Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior.
Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster
Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey.
Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness.
Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.
Solar storms and solar flares that could wipe out all electronic devices.
Tina Bay, Santa Cruz, Actor
Festivals and feast days are rituals celebrated by all of humanity everywhere around the world, in all cultures and throughout all civilizations. Rituals focus our minds and hearts. They create rhythms. Rhythms and rituals help to balance the dark and the light. Rituals bring heaven to Earth. They anchor great ideals into our world. Rituals help humanity to maintain a focus on things of nature and of the spirit.
St. Brigid’s Day (Monday, Feb. 1) and Candlemas (Feb. 2) are both festivals that tell us we are in between winter and spring (cross-quarter days) and that spring is near. As St. Brigid holds a cross (wheel of time, the changing seasons) and a bowl of fire in her hands, Candlemas is a time of blessing and distributing candles—light in the midst of winter. Both St. Brigid’s Day and Candlemas occur in the sign of Aquarius—“the Light that shines in the dark, over the seas (emotional world), purifying the darkness (ignorance, fears, cruelties, etc.) until the dark is gone.” Both feast days are thus, in our esoteric occult world, Aquarian.
Candlemas (also called “Imbolc” [Celtic] and Groundhog Day) occurs 40 days after Christmas, when Hebrew infants were brought to the temple to be blessed and the mother purified (“mikvah” is Hebrew for purification, a holy bath). “And so, after 40 days Mary was purified in the temple.”
Forty days is esoterically a time of preparation for higher spiritual work. There are many biblical references to the number. All were purification times. We too “bathe” during this time. Purifying our bodies with sunlight, with cedar and sage, lavender and pine. We light our fires. We shed any darkness. We make scones with milk and butter. Soon, we know, the quince will bloom.
The Sun enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The energies shift and change in our unpredictable world. From the concretion (earth, mountains) of Capricorn (cardinal initiating sign) to the air of Aquarius, humanity’s sign of freedom, the future and the new age. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus. This means Aquarius works with Uranus, which offers humanity revelations, revolutions and “all things new.” Aquarius calls humanity to create the New Culture and Civilization, bring forth the New Education (based on astrology and the Ageless Wisdom Teachings), create the New Economy (the sharing economy), feed the world differently (bio-dynamic gardening, Steiner’s work), and come to the aid of suffering humanity. There are quotes we can ponder upon this month as the Sun in Aquarius streams into the Earth bringing with it the changing, new world Aquarian energies. Saturday, the moon is full, and Mercury is stationary direct on Monday.
From Buckminster Fuller on creating the new world, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
From Ryokan (Zen Buddhist monk/hermit, poet) on serving suffering humanity, “Oh, that my priest’s robe were wide enough to gather up all the suffering people in this floating world.”
From Antero Alli (writer, astrologer, illuminator) on our present dislocated identity, “We know who we are. We are the dispossessed, the outcasts, and the outsiders, rebels with a cause … we renunciate dominator culture’s status quo … wavering in the fog of dislocation. Free-floating between old worlds and new, guided only by the shining paths of mother evolution … We have passed the point of no-return and since there is no turning back, we celebrate the momentum lifting us on the wings of perception, grace, and whatever skills we have earned … Only when we are over, does our real life begin. (“The Eight-Circuit Brain.”)
David Bowie, Isadora Duncan and Bernie Sanders.
Larissa Farias, Santa Cruz, Mom