Attavagga: The Self

June 30, 2014 | Rogue |



157. If one holds oneself dear, one should diligently watch oneself. Let the wise man keep vigil during any of the three watches of the night.

158. One should first establish oneself in what is proper; then only should one instruct others. Thus the wise man will not be reproached.

159. One should do what one teaches others to do; if one would train others, one should be well controlled oneself. Difficult, indeed, is self-control.

160. One truly is the protector of oneself; who else could the protector be? With oneself fully controlled, one gains a mastery that is hard to gain.

161. The evil a witless man does by himself, born of himself and produced by himself, grinds him as a diamond grinds a hard gem.

162. Just as a single creeper strangles the tree on which it grows, even so, a man who is exceedingly depraved harms himself as only an enemy might wish.

163. Easy to do are things that are bad and harmful to oneself. But exceedingly difficult to do are things that are good and beneficial.

164. Whoever, on account of perverted views, scorns the Teaching of the Perfected Ones, the Noble and Righteous Ones — that fool, like the bamboo, produces fruits only for self destruction. [14]

165. By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.

166. Let one not neglect one's own welfare for the sake of another, however great. Clearly understanding one's own welfare, let one be intent upon the good.



The Dhammapada - Papavagga: Evil 116-128

June 18, 2014 | Rogue |

Papavagga: Evil
translated from the Pali by
Acharya Buddharakkhita
© 1996–2013


seated damaged buddha


116. Hasten to do good; restrain your mind from evil. He who is slow in doing good, his mind delights in evil.

117. Should a person commit evil, let him not do it again and again. Let him not find pleasure therein, for painful is the accumulation of evil.

118. Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.

119. It may be well with the evil-doer as long as the evil ripens not. But when it does ripen, then the evil-doer sees (the painful results of) his evil deeds.

120. It may be ill with the doer of good as long as the good ripens not. But when it does ripen, then the doer of good sees (the pleasant results of) his good deeds.


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Eclipses Spring 2014 – Shake Rattle and Roll

March 03, 2014 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

spring 2014 eclipses
Eclipses bring changes. Many believe that an eclipse is about ten times more powerful than a full or new moon. Most find times during eclipses are stressful, because, let’s face it, we don’t like change. The eclipses always occur on the New or Full Moons, and they usually come in pairs like we have coming in April 2014. But, occasionally we will get three eclipses in a row. The New Moon eclipses are always solar eclipses, and the eclipses that occur on the Full Moon are always lunar eclipses. Some of the changes eclipses can stimulate are the breakup of a “rocky” relationship, layoffs and cutbacks in industry, death of an elderly loved one, sudden accidents, and new babies being born. Change brings progress, even if it is sometimes very uncomfortable.


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Mars Retrograde – The Warrior Retreats – 2014

March 03, 2014 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

mars retrograde
Mars is retrograde from March 1st through May 19th, 2014.

In Astrology Mars rules our energy and our sex drives, and in mythology Mars is the god of war. He is the lower octave of Pluto. Mars is the ruler of Aries, and he symbolizes new beginnings and a feisty temper. Mars gives us our reason to get out of bed and get dressed in the mornings. Mars breathes life into situations and then puts them against the backdrop of time to animate our world. When Mars is afflicted jealousy, resentment, envy, and rivalry rear their ugly heads.



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Astrology Forecast for March 2014 – General Tendencies for All Sun Signs

March 03, 2014 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

spring astrology
Mars retrograde will probably be the big event for March. We might find that our energy is low, and projects we begin could end up much differently than we anticipated. Saturn will also turn retrograde and Jupiter will turn direct, so we may notice that some areas of our life are ending, and some are reawakening. Jupiter and Uranus will maintain, and even strengthen, their conflict throughout this month. Most of our day to day routines should go fine, but there could be a subconscious nagging, and even a few outbursts before March ends.


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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius – February 2014

February 05, 2014 | Rogue |

By Janet (Sparrow) Moon

mercury
Mercury is a very small, but dense, planet that orbits the Sun about every 88 days and turns retrograde three or four times per year. All of the major planets, except the Sun and Moon, turn retrograde, but none turn retrograde as often as Mercury. That’s why you hear us astrologers chirping about Mercury’s retrograde so much.

When a planet turns retrograde either we (the Earth) are passing it, or it is passing us on our solar race track. And, just like when you pass a car on the highway, for a short period of time, the planet (auto) appears to be moving backwards. So, when a planet is in retrograde, it is closer to the Earth than it is in other parts of it’s orbit. Because the planet is so close to us, it’s gravitational pull will have a stronger influence on our personalities.

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Astrology Forecast for February 2014 – General Tendencies for All Sun Signs

February 05, 2014 | Rogue |

By Janet (Sparrow) Moon

february astrology
Ah, February. We are so ready for Winter to go away, that we pretend that a groundhog can bring us an early Spring. Its that time of the year, when Winter is beginning to recede, and our hearts and our minds turn to the romantic and the spiritual sides of life. This month the planets may aid in our desires for romance, and they may also mislead us. The big events for February are Mercury doing his retrograde thing throughout most of the month, and Jupiter and Uranus, at a stand-off (square), encouraging fanatics and incredible ideas. It could be a month of the sublime and the ridiculous, so grab a soda and maybe a snack, and enjoy the show!

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Astrology Forecast for January 2014 – General Tendencies for All Sun Signs

December 30, 2013 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

polar bears coke moon
We will have a little of everything in January 2014. The month may begin with extra challenges in front of us, because eight of the ten major planets will be lining up for battle in cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). There could also be big mistakes and failures as January ends with Jupiter tugging on Pluto. However, we could find extra comfort at home mid month, under the Cancer full moon, but people could also get a bit touchy with Venus (still in retrograde) squaring off with Mars around the same time. We also have two New Moons this month with the second one beginning the Chinese New Year (the year of the horse), and Venus will turn direct as the month ends. All in all, January may bring a few challenges, but there will also be time to relax and be ourselves.

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Astrology Forecast for December 2013 – General Tendencies for All Sun Signs

December 02, 2013 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon


Owl Country - December Astrology
December is going to begin with a very majestic tone. The first twelve days of December could bring inspiration and strengthen our faith. But, around the first day of Winter, we may begin feeling a loss of control, and by the end of December we could be dealing with accidents, and fears and worries could be creeping into our thoughts.

December begins with the Sagittarius New Moon on Monday, December 2nd. There could be some pleasant surprises with Uranus beaming positive rays towards the Sun and the Moon. Also, people will be at ease and ready to laugh as the week begins, with Mercury dancing with Mars. It will be a great week for beginning new projects, but a fight between Mercury and Neptune may cause us to begin to lose our ambition by Thursday, December 5th, the last day of Hanukkah.

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Astrology Forecast for November 2013 – General Tendencies for All Sun Signs

November 04, 2013 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

scorpio
November could begin with a great big bang. Uranus and Pluto will hit the peak of their disturbance on November 1st bringing upsets and strife. Two days later on November 3rd, we will be under the light of a total solar eclipse, and that pretty much guarantees changes for most of us. Then we will have to deal with Jupiter turning retrograde and Mercury turning direct, before our luck finally changes around mid-month. In fact, the second half of November will not only signal a return to normalcy, but we may even get rewarded. Thanksgiving should go well, and we may find some very interesting bargains on Black Friday.

November begins on the weekend, and this would be a great weekend to dig a hole and crawl in it. I don’t mean that literally, but things will be difficult for most of us. We could be dealing with crisis, tragedy, and lots of unexpected events throughout the weekend. There could be emotional issues and loss on Friday, November 1st, but for most, there will also be loved ones there to support us. People could be looking for revenge throughout the whole weekend with a solar eclipse in Scorpio on Sunday, November 3rd. Diplomacy and introspection will be the key to dealing with these issues. Also, practice moderation. Some of us may overdo it.


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Venus Retrograde Winter 2013 – 2014

November 04, 2013 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

planet venus
We astrologers don’t talk much about Venus’ retrograde, mostly because it only happens every eighteen months. Unlike Mercury’s retrograde, which occurs every three to four months. Venus’ retrograde is every bit as important as Mercury’s, maybe even a bit more important. When a planet is in retrograde it is either passing the Earth or being passed by the Earth on our “solar race track.” Venus travels a bit faster than the Earth and orbits the Sun every 225 days. When Venus is in retrograde, she is passing between the Earth and the Sun and is very close to us, therefore her gravitational influence will be stronger.

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The Dhammapada - Sahassavagga: The Thousands 100 - 115

October 02, 2013 | Rogue |

Sahassavagga: The Thousands
translated from the Pali by
Acharya Buddharakkhita
© 1996–2013


line of buddhas

100. Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.

101. Better than a thousand useless verses is one useful verse, hearing which one attains peace.

102. Better than reciting a hundred meaningless verses is the reciting of one verse of Dhamma, hearing which one attains peace.

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Astrology Forecast for October 2013 – General Tendencies for All Sun Signs

September 30, 2013 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

halloween


The Uranus-Pluto conflict will be escalating throughout the month of October, and the month will begin with the Sun irritating the hell out of these two planets. We may get a bit of a reprieve from the New Moon through Columbus Day, but by mid month we will be in the midst of a lunar eclipse and another Mercury retrograde. And, as we approach Halloween and the end of October, there could be some very rash and fanatical behavior going on around us. Keep your schedules light, keep a stash of extra money, and take care of your health this month. You are probably going to need the extra time, money, and energy.


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Fanatical Fall 2013 – Big Astrological Changes

September 16, 2013 | Rogue |

by Janet (Sparrow) Moon

Lunar Eclipse - Mercury Retrograde - Solar Eclipse - Uranus-Pluto SquareLunar Eclipse – Mercury Retrograde – Solar Eclipse – Uranus-Pluto Square

Late September through Mid November 2013

fall colors
Uranus and Pluto are two slow outer planets and aspects between them often last for years. The battle (square) between them began in the Spring of 2011 and will continue through Winter 2015. Because these planets are in retrograde almost as often as they are moving direct, the angle between them will widen and narrow throughout the process. So, there will be times when their energy peaks and then wanes again. Uranus and Pluto will be building up to another peak though the Fall of 2013 and as they approach their climax, Mercury will begin his retrograde, and the Sun and Moon will line up for their biannual ecliptic events.

Uranus and Pluto will bring emotional strife, and some will become fanatical. There will be upsets on the personal and the community level. Its likely that internet crime will increase, so it would be a very good idea to increase the security of your internet accounts. There could also be public demonstrations and disturbances, especially around the Halloween and Samhain holidays.

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The Dhammapada - Arahantavagga: The Arahant or Perfected One 90-99

September 01, 2013 | Rogue |


The Arahant or Perfected One
translated from the Pali by
Acharya Buddharakkhita
© 1996–2013

buddha



90. The fever of passion exists not for him who has completed the journey, who is sorrowless and wholly set free, and has broken all ties.

91. The mindful ones exert themselves. They are not attached to any home; like swans that abandon the lake, they leave home after home behind.


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