Plus Letters To the Editor
I’ve heard things about mercury and radiation, but otherwise I’m not really worried.
Tona Karlsson, Santa Cruz, Student/Service Coordinator
Monday, Dec. 21 at 8:48 p.m. (West Coast time) the Sun enters Capricorn. The days before solstice (and Christmas) are days of quiet expectancy. The four candles of the Advent wreath have been lit. There’s a deepening within nature, a hushed reserve, a gathering of strength for what’s to come. Earth’s kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal, human—feel hope and anticipation together—a spark of flame at each center. At solstice, that flame burns brighter. Darkness gives way to the light. We hold out our hands to each other in gladness. The new light of winter solstice uplifts the Earth to the kingdoms of beauty.
At winter solstice the Sun rests at the Tropic of Capricorn for three days before its rays, with the promise of summer, move northward once again. There is expectancy in the temple and in the stable. The Hierarchy and New Group of World Servers begin preparations for Wesak. The Archangel Gabriel assumes his post of protection over Earth and her kingdoms. The angelic Cherubim from the constellation Cancer, guardians of mothers, babies, children, fathers and all families begin surrounding the Earth. A new light, a star is faintly seen in the sky. All of life is hushed in expectation. Looking up we “set our eyes toward Bethlehem.”
On our journey toward the light, and like the three Magi Astrologer Kings, what gifts for each sign shall we bring? See below.
Wednesday, Dec. 9, Pluto opposes Sirius (13 Capricorn/Cancer joining the US Sun, 12 Cancer). Sirius is the star of karma, freedom and initiation. Pluto is the planet of transformation and purification. In our present world the forces of darkness are attacking (and eliminating) humanity’s four freedoms. Defined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the four freedoms are:, 1. Freedom of Speech, 2. Freedom of Worship, 3. Freedom from Want, and 4. Freedom from Fear. The dark forces, through constantly created terrorizing events and cultivating a culture of fear, threaten humanity’s well-being.
The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) is called to counteract this attack through daily meditation, prayer, visualizations and reciting the soul and great invocations. The situation in our world is now in a state of emergency. The Sirius/Pluto opposition affects all of humanity, specifically the United States—whose task is to “lead humanity toward the Light.” Thus, the first Initiation––birthing a new spiritual reality of life into the world.
Friday, Dec. 11 is the Sagittarius (seeing the goal) new moon. During new moon festivals we “strengthen the endeavors of the New Group of World Servers (NGWS).” Strength to support the forces of light in their battle against the forces of darkness.
Saturday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, mother of the Americas. We invoke the Mother to help us recognize the higher values coming into our world. Understanding the need for change, we stand with the wise engineering of these changes. We call forth control by the soul to direct humanity, world leaders and all nations. This is our journey and our work together under the Sagittarius Light. May we all step forward. “Doing our part.”
During the month of Sagittarius—a joyful (due to Jupiter) yet hectic (holiday preparations) time of year when the darkness increases, we can begin to feel disconnected from the Sun’s light, and our natural connections to the Earth seem distant. During the season of what seems like endless darkness, there are festivals, religious, spiritual and secular (worldly), which help us reconnect, give us strength and focus (a Sag word) us on what is merry and bright. Advent, a four-week seasonal event, is one of these festivals. Advent is Latin for “something is to come.”
Advent is a preparatory festival of lights following Thanksgiving. Advent articulates for us that, in the darkness of the late autumn to winter season, we are all in a state of waiting. Waiting for the Sun’s return, for light and for warmth. Advent signifies the light in the darkness—a festival of lighting candles, one more each week for four weeks. The candles are in a circle, signifying the circle/spiral of life.
Advent began Sunday, Nov. 29. Fresh evergreen wreaths are made. Four candles (one rose and three lavender) are placed around the circle, one white candle in the center.
The Advent ritual is a preparation, offering us an awareness of time—the four weeks leading up to winter solstice (birth of new light) and Christmas (Holy Child’s birth). We are not confused. The two are the same. Each night the candles are lit. Each Sunday another candle is lit. Until, by winter solstice, all four candles, along with the middle candle, are lit through Christmas (Dec. 25). At winter solstice each year, the hierarchy begins preparations for Wesak (May Buddha Festival, 2016). With our Advent’s inner light, we begin preparations with them.