Plus Letters To the Editor
Probably the ’70s, because Santa Cruz is such a fly-your-freak-flag place. That was when free love and hippiness was in vogue.
Shane Reber, Santa Cruz, Caretaker
Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home.
Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information.
From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.
As the Lyrid meteors, radiating from the star Vega in the Harp constellation, begin showering heaven and earth with light, Pluto, planet of transformation (or die) turns stationary retrograde (Thursday, April 16), 15 degrees Capricorn. Retrogrades have purpose, allowing humanity time to review, reassess, research and reinvent while returning to previous situations.
Retrogrades are times of inner activity, seeds sown in bio-dynamically prepared soil. Pluto retrograde is the most serious and resolute of retrogrades—a pure tincture, or, as in homeopathy, a “constitutional” touching the essences of all that matters. Pluto offers deep insight into confusion or puzzlement and areas where transformation is still incomplete.
It’s valuable to have one’s astrology chart to follow what area of life the major planets— especially Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto—are influencing. These outer planets have long-term and lasting effects on our psyche, inner/outer life events, how people see us and how we see and process our world.
Pluto, retrograde for five months (until Sept. 24) offers deep earthquakes of change, awakens humanity to the task of building (Capricorn) the new culture and civilization, flailing our inner world about, deepening us until we transform and do things differently. Pluto is an unrelenting teacher.
New moon (29 Aries) is Saturday, April 18. With the personality-building keynote, “Let form again be sought.” Mars anchors the new creative fires of Aries into our world. The New Group of World Servers participates together in the new moon festival, while also preparing for the Taurus Wesak, Buddha Full Moon Festival (May 3). Join us everyone.
Jupiter turned direct Wednesday morning as Mercury joined Uranus in Aries—all things new, including the individual self, coming forth into the light of day. Mercury/Uranus informs us we are different and thus have great tasks to accomplish in visualizing, building and creating the new culture and civilization. That time has come and that time is now. Jupiter’s passage through Leo is a specific time zone where we are to realize, recognize, expand and cultivate our talents and gifts which have purpose and design—they, too, are on a time schedule. Jupiter in Leo (Who am I? What are my gifts? How do I discover them? Does anyone see them? Are they important?) has been retrograde since April. We began 2015 with Jupiter retrograde in Leo. Retrograde’s tasks are of review, reassessment, renewal, refusal if need be, and rapprochement (returning to what once left behind). As Jupiter was retrograde in Leo we were to focus on our gifts, discovering, recognizing and gathering them so that when Jupiter was once again moving forward (out into the world) we would be able to show them off for the world to see. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, a social planet, fusing and blending heart, mind and love. Jupiter is the heart of the Sun, Ray 2, distributing love and wisdom, shining brightness and love into the world. Jupiter creates synthesis, which love does for everything. Jupiter is the Lord of Wisdom in Sag, Lord of Love in Pisces. In our new Aquarian Age, Jupiter at its heart provides us with limitless blessings. In astrology charts, along with rising sign and north node, Jupiter reveals our spiritual purpose, showing us where in life our gifts stream forth.