12/04/11: Compassionate Power | Empress and Emperor

"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment." Mohandas Gandhi

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Today’s Tarot is the Empress (Venus) and the Emperor (Aries, i.e. ruled by Mars) from the richly colored Rosetta Tarot – so it’s the perfect Tarot couple! Mom and Dad, both represented. Yin and yang, yielding and assertive, passive and active.

Most of us tend to fall toward one or other end of that continuum. What I’m seeing today is a call for balance. Each energy has it’s time and place. There’s an appropriate time to express compassion, acceptance, forgiving—touchy feeling feeling stuff. And there’s an appropriate time to express authority, control and boundaries. One would be ineffectual without the other.

It’s not hard for me to put myself into this paradigm—I’m the mama, all over! And it does, indeed, suit me. But today, I’m taking this as reminder to be tough, powerful and assertive as the situation calls for such. Let’s just say it’s an area where I’ve got room for improvement, shall we?

How well do you balance Yin and Yang?

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