They say, 'if we look after the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves'. Once, I could simply remind you of this adage and add my own advice about how relevant this was to your situation. But now these forecasts are read in many lands where there are neither pennies nor pounds! Thankfully, we need not consult a currency converter. The same principles apply. As, indeed, they do now with all matters of detail. The key to accomplishing something major lies in attending to an issue that is seemingly minor.
TV sets have remote controls to help us ensure we never have to watch anything that we don't want to watch. Books have pages. If we don't like what we are reading on one of those, we can turn to the next. If only it were so simple to control our own thoughts. Why can't we tell our minds to entertain us on one topic and refrain from bothering us with concerns about some other matter? This week, you actually can put down an annoyance and pick up an inspiring train of thought instead. But you may have to make an effort.
What happens if you put people - and processes - and situations - and arrangements - under pressure? They respond differently. Whether the change is advantageous or deleterious depends on the amount and duration of that pressure. A lot often turns out to be too much. But to apply none at all cannot be helpful either. This week, we must ask, 'are you being pushed too far?' Or, 'are you coming under just the right amount of coaxing, urging, pushing and prodding?' What really needs to happen, can happen without too much drama.
There is an old Greek myth about a wounded healer who can cure almost anyone of anything but who cannot treat his own ailment. This ancient idea is just as relevant today. We can all see what others need more easily than we can clearly see our own solutions. That's one reason why we all have each other - although it doesn't automatically follow that everyone else we speak to is going to be an expert in our own particular area. But if you do all you can for someone else this week, you will yet get the help you need.
'Prices,' say economists 'are set by markets.' People will pay the amount they believe an item or a service is worth. They will be influenced by the sum that they feel they are able to spend, and by their perception of the comparative quality of the offering. If something is prohibitively expensive, it will be ruled out. And if it seems too cheap, it may be similarly rejected. This is not a perfect system. Somewhere in your life this week, something is being under or over-valued. That imbalance is about to be addressed.
What makes a person feel safe or unsafe? What puts us at our ease? What sets us on edge? Why do we crave comforting reassurance and dread disappointing developments? Can it be wise for us to be dependent on the ever-changing weather of the world and its whims? Over the years you have learned to create an inner shelter. You may not need it now but it never harms to strengthen and support such a place of inner retreat. Events this week, allow you to make the greatest investment of all in your long-term future.
'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.' This, in some minds and hearts, still qualifies as a philosophy out of which some kind of justice can be enticed. But, as your fellow Libran, Mahatma Gandhi, is reputed to have said 'An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.' Some exchanges have to be unequal. Some things cannot comply with the conventional definition of 'fair'. Higher, wider, understandings have to be applied and employed. To get the best out of any situation now, you have to give it the very best of yourself.
Have you ever sat on a beach, watching children build sandcastles? Some know that it will only be a matter of time before their creations are washed away. Others believe themselves to be constructing fortresses, so strong and secure that the sea itself will be unable to destroy them. They, presumably, grow up to be the engineers who make dams and tidal barriers. But give an ocean enough time and it will even erode a mountain. The way to withstand this week's potential ocean of change is to float, not fight.
Let's pretend that you have signed up for a charity parachute jump. You are up in the plane. The hatch is open. It is your turn to go next. All you can think about are the reasons why you really should not be doing this. You have lost all your enthusiasm. You can't understand whatever possessed you to get into this position. Must you now go ahead, simply through fear of losing face? Not if your heart and soul are truly united in their intense objection. This week, either remember your real reason why... or make another move.
Today is September 1, 2014, assuming we accept the Gregorian calendar. According to the older Julian calendar today is August 19. But then the Jewish calendar tells us that this is 6 Elul 5774, whereas in the Islamic tradition it is 6 Dhu l-Qa 'da 1435. But it is the same day, whatever you call it and however you count it. And it is, regardless, the first day of the rest of your life. That's the important bit. The rest is detail. Be similarly discriminatory as you approach all matters of choice and categorisation this week.
Earthquakes don't issue us with advance notice. Even expert seismologists can only hazard a guess as to when an event will next happen along a fault line. You might think that this would prevent people from setting up home in places where there is a likelihood of unexpected tremors. Yet, strangely, it doesn't. What does that tell us about the human psyche? We are, it would seem, hardwired to be accepting of risk. Even so, you might want to steer clear of some obviously tricky territory this week.
Before the invention of photography, artists were required to keep visual records of sights and scenes. Now, almost every mobile phone contains a camera, and artists are free to develop more creative interpretations of the world around them. The key question for you, this week, is whether you are looking at an exact, precise, representation of a situation or whether, perhaps, you are responding to what is effectively an artist's impression. If it is the latter, you may have more choice open to you than you think.