Plus Letters To the Editor
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.”
Bernie Sanders, because he seems like a team player.
Edward Brooks, Santa Cruz, Framer
Saturn, the Dweller on the Threshold (one side) and the Angel of the Presence (the other side) can be interesting Halloween characters. The Dweller (like Saint Peter at the Gates of Heaven) can at times look like a gargoyle, or carved face or figure protecting sacred sites. The Dweller stands at the door (threshold) of the sacred mysteries (Scorpio), the Wisdom Temples, the inner sanctums of churches built by Masons, who, trained in sacred architecture, built spires (prayers, stupas) reaching to the heavens. The stern Dweller turns into the compassionate Angel of the Presence when we have passed all the Scorpio tests. The nine tests of the personality are given in Scorpio to build strength, character and wisdom, which all disciples need.
It’s time to build our Halloween altars filled with marigolds, chrysanthemums, pumpkins, sugar skeletons, copal (incense), pomegranates, persimmons, pineapple guavas, candy corn, and scary cookies in orange and black (so Saturn)!
The last day of October and the first days of November are also times for forgiveness, reconciliation and rapprochement. Forgiveness liberates us now and after death, when reviewing our life and recognizing our lack of right relations and the consequences of those actions. When we forgive now, we are later less encumbered with grief and sadness concerning our missed opportunities to love. These factors are the inner, real and essential significances of Halloween. Happy Halloween, everyone! Let nothing scary or wicked your way come!
They pay taxes, and they should be able to choose the mayor.
Joni Macfarlane, Santa Cruz, Human Resources
Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 21 and 22) are the last days of Libra. Friday, a very complex day, Sun enters Scorpio. During Scorpio we can expect the Nine Personality Tests, Scorpio’s emphasis on death and regeneration and its call to discipleship. There are unusual and multiple interactions with the planets, reflecting the deep complex emotional and mental waters of Scorpio itself. A major shift of energies is the sign change (from Libra to Scorpio), from balance to desire, rest to transformations, choice to revelations. Continuing through Sunday.
Saturday, United Nations Day, is the 70th birthday of the United Nations (Scorpio organization), created by the hierarchy to bring forth the rule of law for the world. The U.N., in its reconstruction work, is a deeply Scorpio endeavor.
Sunday is favorable with Venus/Jupiter in Virgo, radiating love/wisdom (Ray 2) to Earth and humanity, expanding goodwill. Tuesday is the full moon, Scorpio solar festival (4 degrees). Scorpio is the sign of deep feeling, Temple Mysteries, Persephone and Pluto’s underworld—psychological, spiritual, hidden and sheltered. Scorpio is the “flaming sword” protecting the Tree of Knowledge (and desire), from which the serpent plucked the apple offered to Eve (feminine mental plane). Scorpio is the sign and color of pomegranates, the orange of persimmons, pumpkins and Halloween, the latter informing us soon “something wicked (good) our way comes.” Scary indeed!
All the eclectic choices.
Cathy DeBolske, Santa Cruz, Caregiver
This is our last week of Libra Sun. Libra prepares us for Scorpio. For the tests and trials of discipleship. Libra is the sign that oscillates up and down until we come to rest in a state of contemplation, the meditation in Libra. We contemplate upon Libra’s tasks before entering the deep waters of Scorpio. Halloween is the outer symbol of Scorpio, of things and presences that “go bump in the night.” Libra, the sign of choice, informs us we must choose before Libra is over. Will we remain where we are, turn back to a previous time, or progress forward? It is a deep and difficult choice.
Those of us building our personality (physical body, emotions, lower mental) do not have such choice—progressing automatically into Virgo for purification. Disciples, soul-directed, are aware, yearly, of choice occurring in Libra. Preparing for Scorpio, a preliminary step is being aware of the choices available. Here are Libra’s choices. Note the three levels.
Do we create imbalance, seek equilibrium or is our life in perfect balance? Do we dominate others, are there winners and losers, or does everyone win? Are relationships personal, interpersonal or transpersonal? Is our focus on self alone, do we realize others exist, or do we stand together as one humanity? Is our philosophy “an eye for an eye,” “eye to eye,” or does a diamond light of love radiate from our forehead (third eye, Ajna center)? Are we materialistic, idealistic or a true realist, seeing the essential spirit within all beings? Are we separators, mediators or peacemakers? Are we part of the new sub-race on Earth called the loving understandings?