Thich Nhat Hanh, who recently passed, was the master of mindfulness. If you do not already know, I leave it to you to discover who this Vietnamese Buddhist monk was. Every Soul Thought quote for March’s column, after each sign, is from him. With his Sun and Venus in Libra and Moon in Sagittarius, he was a man to guide us through these tumultuous times. He clearly put his Libran personality to good use in service to his Higher Self. Libra rules balance, paying attention to all sides of any story, and providing truth and justice for all. Libra also rules books and writing, and he published over 130 books, including You Are Here, No Mud No Lotus, The Art of Living, and The Miracle of Mindfulness.
In one book he mentions how he wants to be remembered. “I have a disciple in Vietnam who wants to build a stupa for my ashes when I die. He and others want to put a plaque with the words, “Here lies my beloved teacher.” I told them not to waste the temple land… I suggested that, if they still insist on building a stupa, they have the plaque say, ”I am not in here.” But in case people don’t get it, they could add a second plaque, ”I am not out there either.” If still people don’t understand, then on the third and last plaque, say, ”I may be found in your way of breathing and walking.”
Everyone: The balance of the equinoxes is ruled by Libra.
ARIES Planet: Mercury MARCH 20 – APRIL 19
Dynamic: Someone may be working incognito, probably in your favor.
Direction: Simply say thank you.
Soul Thought: “You are not an observer, you are a participant.”
TAURUS Planet: Vulcan APRIL 19 – MAY 20
Dynamic: It could be a time of absolution and hallelujah!
Soul Thought: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
GEMINI Planet: Venus MAY 20 – July 20
Dynamic: Relationships may be a bit rocky.
Direction: Use those rocks to brace against as you climb the mountain.
Soul Thought: “Compassion is a verb.”
CANCER Planet: Neptune July 20 – JULY 22
Dynamic: With little in the way of challenges you are free to investigate
Direction: Investigate this holy lama.
Soul Thought: “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
LEO Planet: Sun JULY 22 – AUG 22
Dynamic: Literally, a time of going from the darkness to the light.
Direction: Enjoy one more minute of light.
Soul Thought: “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
VIRGO Planet: Moon AUG 22 – SEPT 22
Dynamic: You are about the changing times.
Direction: Decide how you can contribute.
Soul Thought: “The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.”
LIBRA Planet: Uranus SEPT 22 – OCT 22
Dynamic: The challenge is still there.
Direction: It’s between finances and abundance.
Soul Thought: “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
SCORPIO Planet: Mars OCT 22 – NOV 21
Dynamic: Do you plan to duke it out with everyone?
Direction: Or can you come together as a mindful group?
Soul Thought: “When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.”
SAGITTARIUS Planet: Earth NOV 21 – DEC 20
Dynamic: No challenges and a strong sense of the natural Earth.
Direction: Should you choose to feel it.
Soul Thought: “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
CAPRICORN Planet: Saturn DEC 20 – JAN 19
Dynamic: That persistent problem is still there.
Direction: The lesson is as well.
Soul Thought: “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.”
AQUARIUS Planet: Jupiter JAN 19 – FEB 18
Dynamic: A lovely month for an easy stroll.
Direction: Unless you make a mountain out of a molehill.
Soul Thought: “Mindfulness… is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness
so that we can live each minute of life.”
PISCES Planet: Pluto FEB 18 – MAR 20
Dynamic: It’s a gentle month, even for business.
Direction: The potential volcano can be worked with.
Soul Thought: “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”