Observation is vital to correct reasoning. If you don’t step back to watch and listen you aren’t getting the complete picture. And the complete picture is necessary before making a choice – the best choice for you. This week the horoscopes repeatedly point to the need for observation in becoming more conscious of the world around you.
Here are some ideas about how to approach observation for those of you who rush into things (I think that is probably all of us).
Wait. Before you jump into a conversation, before you open your mouth, mentally stop yourself and count to 10. Your jaw may push forward attempting to speak. You may feel a jerking sensation in the body – its attempt to respond. You may even have emotion rise upward to your chest. All of these things are a learned response. If you are so focused on getting a word in edgewise you aren’t observing.
Listen. Next time you find yourself in public look for a comfortable place to park yourself and spend some time listening. Listen to everyone around you, their conversations, their voices, their inflection when they speak. Can you pick out the ones attempting to manipulate? What about the ones playing victim? Or the ones trying to control the conversation. Mull over what you are hearing. Do you sound this way? Which conversations were you drawn to? Consider why.
Choose words carefully. In a conversation this week make a point of observing yourself and the person you are conversing with. Is it mindless information? Are you a talker or maybe the other person is. Do you really want to spend the rest of your life saying nothing?
Learn to act and not react. Spend some time looking at the Hierophant card and the Chariot card. The Hierophant corresponds to the faculty of HEARING. The Chariot corresponds to the faculty of SPEECH. Both images can assist you in unlocking the secrets of those faculties.