Plus Letters To the Editor
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
During Scorpio each year—and particularly with those born with Scorpio Sun, Ascendant, Moon, Mars, Venus, the nodes, etc.—humanity is given great tests and challenges. We sense a constant state of warring and of battle occurring. This battle is purposeful. Scorpio calls each of us to a state of spiritual discipleship. One must be strong, able, courageous, unwavering, and ready. Disciples carry the light of regeneration and reorientation for and to humanity. The light is like a “burning ground.” Disciples are the leaders of humanity. They are called the “New Group of World Servers, women and men of goodwill.”
Scorpio works with Ray 4, harmony through conflict, which is how humanity learns—through suffering. Scorpio streams through Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Mars brings the Nine Personality Tests, urging us to bring harmony out of chaos (Ray 4); raise lesser values (desire) to higher (aspiration); lift darkness/ignorance up to the soul’s light. In Scorpio we battle with crystallized (old) thinking and behaviors.
We identify with the symbols of Scorpio: the scorpion (sting), serpent (betrayal), spider (web), eagle (air), and phoenix (firelight). Earth to air and into the light. Humanity’s present battle is to reorient materialism from greed to a world of sharing. In Scorpio, the spiritual power of humanity can triumph. Let us work together to see that we do.
There are too many people that don’t care about the old-school flavor that we had before the earthquake.
Phoebe Schmalfuss Marquez, Lost Coast, Self-Employed
Wednesday is quiet. Thursday is transformative, surprising. Friday is detailed. Saturday, we seek balance. Sunday we remember to love more. Monday, wounds appear. Tuesday, we communicate about those wounds. Wednesday (a three-fold festival day) is Veterans Day (our gratitude to those who suffer in the wars for our freedoms), the Scorpio new moon festival (“Let maya flourish and deception rule”) and it’s Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights (as the monsoons end and a new fiscal year begins).
The word Diwali, or Divali, is Sanskrit for “rows of lamps or lights.” Diwali, a bright, happy autumn festival in India, is celebrated on the darkest, new moon night of the Lunisolar Hindu calendar. The festival signifies “victory of the light, good over evil.” Diwali lamps (diyas) and candles are lit at night inside and outside homes. The diyad symbolically represent parts of the Sun, cosmic giver of light and energy for all life on Earth. Families pray (puja) together invoking Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity. Sweets (mithai) are eaten, gifts are exchanged. Stories are told of the ancient battles of good and evil, light and darkness, gods battling dark forces. Fireworks light up the skies. Celebrated by many different religious sects in India, Diwali’s essential message is victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, harmony over chaos, recognizing the spiritual inner light (Soul) over material darkness (the personality). Diwali is also a festival of peace, of kindness, goodness and goodwill. It is said that soldiers at the Indian and Pakistani borders put down their guns to share sweets with each other during Diwali. Creating, during war, brotherly gestures of goodwill. May we do the same with those we consider our enemies. May Diwali help us to “love more.”