I’m a geek at heart, so I would go to Atlantis Fantasyworld.
Ron Carskaddon, Santa Cruz, Front Desk Manager
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.
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.
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
When we study and apply astrology in our daily lives, we are anchoring new Aquarian thinking. Study, application and use of astrology, understanding its language, builds the new world, the new culture and civilization. Astrologers are able to plan right timing and right action. Next week is Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 26). It’s good to understand the energies influencing us in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. When we know these things we are able to make Right Choices, have Right Action. We link heaven and Earth, our minds with the starry energies that influence us. Let us consider the following influences.
The North Node (point in space where sun and moon meet, representing humanity’s present/future pathway) has just entered Virgo. Virgo is about food, purity, cleanliness, service, detail, order and organization. What can we learn from this? Because these energies are available to us we, too, can have intentions and a rhythm of order and organization, purity and cleanliness.
Sunday, the sun enters Sag, joining Mercury (we have high ideals, many goals). Tuesday, Mercury/Saturn (structured disciplined thinking) squares Neptune (thoughts, ideas, goals dissolve away). Wednesday is 3 degree Sagittarius solar festival (full moon).
Sag’s keynote is, “We see a goal, we achieve that goal, and then we see another.” We might have many plans and goals for Thanksgiving. However, on Thanksgiving those goals may be dashed. Saturn (structure) squares Neptune. All structures and plans dissolve and fall away. What is our response to this? We simplify all that we do. We plan on everything changing. We don’t fret. We adapt instead. Adaptation is the behavior of the Disciple. Sagittarius is the sign of the Disciple.
Build a restaurant, buy a house for my mom and donate a quarter of the money to the Boys and Girls Club.
Jevon Martin, Santa Cruz, Chef