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Forces of Light and Dark, and the New Group of World Servers

Forces of Light and Dark, and the New Group of World Servers

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.”

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What’s your favorite place to buy gifts downtown?

What’s your favorite place to buy gifts downtown?

I’m a geek at heart, so I would go to Atlantis Fantasyworld.

Ron Carskaddon, Santa Cruz, Front Desk Manager

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Astrology

Advent: Preparing for Winter Solstice

Advent: Preparing for Winter Solstice

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.

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How are you preparing for El Niño?

How are you preparing for El Niño?

Getting ready to buy some rain gear.

Cory Pickering, Santa Cruz, Teaching Assistant

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Astrology

Gratitude—For Each New Morning With its Light

Gratitude—For Each New Morning With its Light

The full moon of Wednesday brings light to Thanksgiving (Thursday) under the Sagittarius Sun and Mercury. Mercury in Sag offers humanity the message (Mercury) of thankfulness and joy (Jupiter). No other sign represents food, music and joy better than Sagittarius (only Pisces, when not in despair). Beginning on Thanksgiving, we can list what we’re grateful for. Then we can continue the list, creating a daily Gratitude Journal. What we are grateful for always increases in our lives. On Thanksgiving Saturn/Neptune square (challenging) is in full effect. This can manifest as traditions not being honored, disappearing, falling away. It can also create a sense of sadness, confusion, of things not working out as planned. It’s best to be as simple as possible. And to focus on gratitude instead.

Gratitude is a service to others. It is scientifically and occultly a releasing agent. Releasing us from the past, allowing our future—the new culture and civilization, the new Aquarian laws and principles, the rising light of Aquarius, the Age of Friendship and Equality—to come forth. Gratitude and goodwill create the “thought-form of solution for humanity and the world’s problems.” The hierarchy lays great emphasis upon expressing gratitude. Gratitude illuminates all that is in darkness. Let us be grateful during this season together. Being, for others, the light that illuminates the darkness.

A Poem by R.W. Emerson: We are grateful … “For each new morning with its light/For rest and shelter of the night/For health and food/For love and friends/For everything thy goodness sends.” (poem by R.W. Emerson). I am grateful for my family of readers.

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If you could be someone else for one month, who would it be?

If you could be someone else for one month, who would it be?

President Obama, so I could change a lot of laws that pertain to people in jail for drug possession and other minor crimes.

Raouf Ben Farhat, Petaluma, Self-Employed

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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