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Move Forward, Step Back: Jupiter in Aries, Saturn Retrogrades

Move Forward, Step Back:  Jupiter in Aries, Saturn Retrogrades Sun enters Aquarius, Thursday (Mayahma, the Buddhist New Year). We leave the mountaintop of Capricorn and enter Aquarius, sign of serving humanity, to serve and in Pisces, to save. Saturday Jupiter enters Aries, an important shift, preparing us for Uranus’ entrance into Aries, March 11. Aries is “all things new,” Jupiter expands, Uranus revolutionizes. Together they create “new ideas that become ideals” that bring forth the new culture and civilization. Helping us assess this is Saturn, Dweller on the Threshold, demanding discipline and attention to structure, retrograding (review before the new arrives) in Libra (creating Right Relations, new, sustainable, practical economic model). Saturn retros at 17.14 degrees (till June 12, Pentecost, Holy Spirit as tongues of fire, new information, new minds, virtues and gifts to create the new world). It’s an exciting time.
News & Notes: 1. The Tucson shooting informs us we need to teach ahimsa (Sanskrit/Hindu for “do no harm”). 2. With flooding in Brazil and Australia, the destruction of the banana plant (New Yorker, Jan. 10, 2011, “We Have No Bananas”), along with the many other compromised crops around the world), everyone needs greenhouses—on balconies, patios, rooftops, in back yards, blocks and neighborhoods, creating  “greenhouse communities.” Cows and chickens, pigs and sheep, and llamas, too.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Jan. 20–26, 2011 for Sun and Rising Signs

Aries-March 21–April 20
What’s happening in your home, with family and loved ones? Something from the past needs tending, a new structure perhaps, new disciplines. Created with love, of course. How is your biological family influencing your life now? Each of us, within our families, has the spiritual task of healing generational family wounds  (Chiron)—a Soul contract—the purpose of our lives. Love (the heart of sacrifice) that understands this.

Taurus
April 21–May 21
You’re the focus, speaker, leader, facilitator of the community/village you live within. You have patience with individual emotional vicissitudes, understand behavior patterns and different ray structures. You have the capacity to see the whole picture containing the many smaller ones. Your abilities bring individuals together, help them identify as a group that, trying your patience at times, eventually (through resistance) forms community.

Gemini
May 22–June 20
The impulse, the message, the (Hierarchical) impressions being placed upon you to travel to a community (not anyone, a specific one) is becoming greater. What is needed by you to follow this impress? Many of us are being “impressed” these days, by greater intelligences who, observing us, know what we need, know what others need, know who can fulfill those needs. You could perhaps consider that you are needed elsewhere. Ponder this.

Cancer
June 21–July 20
You are participating in something with family, something personal? You continue to return to a place that either needs you or you need it. Perhaps, and most likely, it is both. You feel serious about a family situation, make plans to bring more discipline. The next six months you will consider the needed changes to be made. You will consider the direction, meaning and purpose of your life. A new direction will be taken.

Leo
July 21–August 22
Have you found your thoughts more serious, more concerned with rules and regulations? Are you feeling restricted by a certain relationship? Do you feel the need to run away, far away? Is someone or something waiting for you there? Is work more serious and is change needed there? Do you seek community to fulfill relationship needs? Something new will happen soon. Surprising.

Virgo
August 23–September 22
Take seriously the idea that you are of deep value. Also, be aware how your money and resources are used need reviewing. Is there enough to continue with your present/past lifestyle? If not, what needs to be changed, restrained, revitalized, added? And how can these be accomplished? Each day is filled with tasks. Each day changes, no matter how you plan. Remember you hold hidden within new realities.

Libra
September 23–October 22
Soon you’ll feel a shift deeply inward, lasting for about six months, where you assess responsibilities, review self-identity and participate in the total transformation of the beliefs that have held you for so long. Your future is in the roots of the plants that you grow. So, as I wrote last week, begin your garden with herbs, medicinals, flowers (edible) and vegetables. Include fruit trees. Begin a writing, drawing garden journal.

Scorpio
October 23–November 21
It’s a good time to ask yourself Scorpio’s most potent questions. Always you seek the truth and your truth creates your philosophy, which constantly changes. Searching within, realigning beliefs and values, ask yourself what goals and dreams you hold. Any left? Sometimes disappointment destroys them. You want reality. Our morning meditations’ prayer: “Let reality govern our every thought. And truth be the master of our lives.”

Sagittarius
November 22–December 20
Is your mind racing, full of future ideas and possibilities? Is there a bit of recriminatory thinking, of things you failed to do in the recent past? Shafts of both darkness and light flit through your life. These are the elements you are made of. I read a line of poetry by John Donne the other day that reminded me of you. “I am cunningly made, a universe of elements.” You hold not only your own, but others as well. This new year will be a surprise.

Capricorn
December 21–January 20
As you continue to transform internally, your sense of self and communication transform, too. Be aware that Mercury is in your sign. Mercury in Cap can sound harsh to others. Astrologers know it’s not harshness, but practicality. Most of humanity isn’t astrology-wise or practical (yet). You may turn this upon yourself. I caution you. Don’t be (self-) critical. It’s destructive and separates you from life. Turn the criticism to self-praise creating value.

Aquarius
January 21–February 18
You’re in the community, sensing, discovering values and resources, assessing their usefulness in terms of your daily life and needs. There’s a quiet transformation taking place. You’re asking deep questions, the answers of which will alter the patterns of daily life. There are special friends around who you trust and care for. They laugh at you. However they also respect you. A life could be built around your collective dreams, hopes/wishes.


Pisces
February 19–March 20
A spiritual presence is making itself known, perhaps through your acts of kindness & care, sacrifice and love. It’s good to tell others about your spiritual tasks. That before you die (and that could be years from now), you are to have Right Relations with everyone and with all kingdoms. With this promise, by living within this standard of values, you increase your worth, authority, happiness and joy. Life then follows.


Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.

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Aries Solar Festival

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Symbolizing victory and triumph, paradise, sacrifice and martyrdom, the Pisces World Teacher entered Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (signifying humility).

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Printer's Devil

Iconic editor Buz Bezore, who died last month at the age of 68, left a huge mark on Santa Cruz journalism   Eventually, it’s all a blur. You live long enough, and maybe a little too hard at times, so that when you hit the rewind button of faded memory, it moves so fast that you can hardly sort and gather the details. One scene skips to the next, and to the next, without proper editing or sequencing. Chronologies get distorted. Which came first: stealing the chickens or coloring the eggs?
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