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Cathy DeBolske, Santa Cruz, Caregiver
This is our last week of Libra Sun. Libra prepares us for Scorpio. For the tests and trials of discipleship. Libra is the sign that oscillates up and down until we come to rest in a state of contemplation, the meditation in Libra. We contemplate upon Libra’s tasks before entering the deep waters of Scorpio. Halloween is the outer symbol of Scorpio, of things and presences that “go bump in the night.” Libra, the sign of choice, informs us we must choose before Libra is over. Will we remain where we are, turn back to a previous time, or progress forward? It is a deep and difficult choice.
Those of us building our personality (physical body, emotions, lower mental) do not have such choice—progressing automatically into Virgo for purification. Disciples, soul-directed, are aware, yearly, of choice occurring in Libra. Preparing for Scorpio, a preliminary step is being aware of the choices available. Here are Libra’s choices. Note the three levels.
Do we create imbalance, seek equilibrium or is our life in perfect balance? Do we dominate others, are there winners and losers, or does everyone win? Are relationships personal, interpersonal or transpersonal? Is our focus on self alone, do we realize others exist, or do we stand together as one humanity? Is our philosophy “an eye for an eye,” “eye to eye,” or does a diamond light of love radiate from our forehead (third eye, Ajna center)? Are we materialistic, idealistic or a true realist, seeing the essential spirit within all beings? Are we separators, mediators or peacemakers? Are we part of the new sub-race on Earth called the loving understandings?
Mercury completes its retrograde Friday, poised stationary direct Friday evening at zero degrees Libra. Mercury begins its journey through Libra once again, completing its retrograde shadow Oct. 12. Things should be a bit less complicated by then. Daily life works better, plans move forward, large purchases can be made, and communication eases. Everything on hold during the retrograde is slowly released. Since we eliminated all thoughts and ideas no longer needed (the purpose of Mercury’s retrograde) during the retrograde, we can now gather new information—until the next retrograde occurs on Jan. 5, 2016 (1.3 degrees Aquarius), retrograding back to 15 degrees Capricorn on Jan. 25. It’s good to know beforehand when Mercury will retrograde next—Jan. 5, the day before Epiphany.
On Monday is Columbus Day, when the sailor from Genoa arrived in the new lands (Americas), Oct. 12, 1492. This discovery by Columbus was the first encounter of Europeans with Native Americans. Other names for this day are “Discovery Day, Day of the Americas, Cultural Diversity Day, Indigenous People’s Day, and Dia de la Raza.” Italian communities especially celebrate this day. Oct. 12 is also Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
Monday is also the (19 degrees) Libra new moon festival. Libra’s keynote while building the personality is, “Let choice be made.” Libra is the sign of making life choices. Often under great tension of opposing forces seeking harmony and balance. There is a battle between our lower (personality) and higher selves (soul). We are tested and called to cultivate right judgment and love. When we align with the will-to-good, right choice, then right judgment and love/wisdom come forth. Our tasks in Libra.
The Pope has come and gone, but his loving presence ignited new hope and goodness in many. While he was in NYC, China’s ruler arrived in Washington D.C. East (China) and West (Rome), meeting in the middle, under Libra, balancing sign of Right Relations. The Pope arrived at Fall Equinox. Things initiated at Fall Equinox are birthed at Winter Solstice.
The Pope’s presence was a ritual, an initiation rite—like the Dalai Lama’s visits—offering prayers, teachings and blessings. Rituals anchor God’s plan into the world, initiating us to new realities, new rules. The Pope’s presence brings forth the Soul of the United States, its light piercing the veils of materialism.
The Pope’s visit changed things. New questions arise, new reasons for living. A new wave of emerging life fills the air. Like a cocoon shifting, wings becoming visible. The winds are different now. Calling us to higher vision, moral values, virtues that reaffirm and offer hope for humanity. A changing of the guard has occurred.
Appropriately, this is the week of the Jewish Festival of Sukkoth
(’til Oct. 4), when we build temporary homes (little huts in nature), entering into a harvest of prayer and thanksgiving, understanding our fragile and impermanent existences. We are summoned to reflect upon our lives, our humanity, our nature, our spirit and each other. Offering gratitude, becoming a magnet for others. We observe. We see the needs. We love more.