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Astronomical clock on old city hall in Esslingen, Germany, By CatalpaSpirit – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59999041

We may be in denial of negatives or the darker side of things today, the 15th, but that actually serves us well, allowing us to take full advantage of a strong inclination to take care of what we’ve been putting off, and to sort out what’s smart and practical, and so supports our overall health. Relax, attend to things, and don’t worry–things run like clockwork, if we let them.

Roman mosaic depicting Leda and the swan from the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, Palea Paphos, Cyprus, 3rd century AD
Photo by Ken and Nyetta {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a swan. You may have personal associations beyond the way swans generally suggest grace, fidelity (they mate for life), and beauty. Do you tend to ‘swan’ in to situations and blow everyone away (for good or ill)? In what life areas are you a swan, exhibiting a high degree of integrity, skill, and/ or artfulness? Do you know anyone who hides their nefarious intentions behind a graceful mask, a la Zeus and Leda?

For the 16th we may find ourselves living in our heads, our minds active with power issues, potentials for expression, and our own ambition picture and its odds for success. Keyword for today is, ‘Adjustment’, not only to changing circumstances, but in order to embrace the benefits of the unexpected. Too, be open to modifying your views about the past; flexibility in seeing how you got to where you are will make things go forward a lot easier than will clinging to a single, possibly distorted, interpretation of yesterday.

Party after a game of bocce–see? That’s the spirit! By State Library of Queensland, Australia – https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryqueensland/8755455497/, No restrictions, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53527046

Today’s word image is a set of bocce balls. Is it really fair to declare that Life is a Game? It seems so serious when we’re emerged in it, and to each individual, certainly, it will eventually be life or death. Maybe the trick is to realize that, as in a game, conditions are ever-changing, according to the players, and to be too firmly married to one image, label, or identity is to lose the ability to improvise that all the best players have.

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