Plus Letters To the Editor
“Do not come in the water and join us.”
Howard Hall, Santa Cruz, Retired
A few hours after Mercury retrograded last week, Saturn (teacher, discipline, structure, Dweller on the Threshold), entered Sagittarius, sign of the Archer, after two and a half years in Scorpio. Saturn remains in Sagittarius until Dec. 20, 2017. Saturn teaches us caution, helps build foundations of true knowledge and calls us to practical, useful and meaningful living. Saturn teaches moderation. Enlightenment (a fire) comes slowly and in moderation. Or else we burst into flames. Sometimes with Saturn we can feel melancholy, distant and cold. We learn what our limits are. Saturn builds an identification with our courage and inner strength.
With Saturn in Libra, we learned right relations; in Scorpio, discipleship training. In Sagittarius, we begin a new journey. “Out on the plains, in plain sight, on a white horse, Hercules on a noble journey, eyes set on the prize—the mountains of Capricorn.” In Sag we consider what truth and justice are, we attempt to see behind and remove the veils hiding Lady Justice’s eyes. We seek to know our principles, their origins, where they are taking us. We want principles to guide us like an arrow directed at the target of authenticity and truth.
In Sagittarius, we seek knowledge and wisdom that makes us teachers. Saturn, the Great Teacher, sees to all of this. The usual excessive behaviors of Sag are curtailed when Saturn enters Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter’s expansiveness becomes more defined, structured and more realistic—good lessons for both Sag and Jupiter. We become practical and responsible, embarking finally on our “noble journey.”
We have a complex week ahead. Wednesday, Jupiter is opposite Neptune (Virgo/Pisces). Synthesis. A most auspicious, kind and loving day. Thursday, Mercury, star of conflict and crisis, is playing its beginning of retrograde in Libra (16 degrees). Our last Mercury retro was in Gemini (May/June). It concerned communications. Now the retrograde is in Libra, concerning relationships, right use of money and pondering upon right relations. Mercury takes us deep within ourselves where we deliberate, ponder, and brood over issues in our personal and global worlds. Mercury retro in Libra helps us review the quality and status of our relationships (commitments, marriage, partnerships, etc.). It calls us to assess if we have right relations with all the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal, human and our soul (the new kingdom on Earth). Mercury retrograde continues through the Oct. 9. We all know the Mercury retro rules by now.
Monday is United Nations International Day of Peace. Everywhere in the world, at noon, there is a moment of silence. Let us all participate. We know the esoteric equation for peace: Goodwill + right relations (Libra) = the beginning of the peace process. More at internationaldayofpeace.org.
Wednesday (Sept. 23) is autumn equinox, as the sun enters Libra. The soul year begins. It’s also Yom (day) Kippur (to atone), a somber day of atonement, the most holy and solemn day of the Jewish year. We ask God on this day to forgive us, our omissions, ignorance, and all that we have done to create separations and sadness in others. The purity of Virgo has prepared us for the Libra balance and harmony forgiveness offers. All things are then made new. “May we all be inscribed for good in the Book of Life.”
There is a humanitarian crisis in Europe that is affecting the world. Thousands of refugees, forced out of their countries due to war, persecution, terrorism, injustices, slavery, violence and death squads are seeking refuge and asylum in many European countries.
The leaders of the countries do not yet know how to meet this crisis. When crisis occurs in our world (globally or individually), notice at first we don’t know how to respond, often entering into states of denial, duality, separation and isolation—a reaction due to shock and unfamiliarity. To solve the problem (crisis) we must expand beyond it in order to see a solution. Europe is finding itself in this stage of the crisis. The refugee situation is unprecedented. Refugees are not migrants or immigrants (seeking better economic opportunities). Refugees (seeking asylum from persecution, wars, death, etc.) are protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948) and the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. The situation in Europe is one in which David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee says that this is a crisis that needs to be “burden-shared.” All of us—from great nations to individuals. The humanitarian crisis calls each of us to new acts of service.
What is service? Service is a law of the soul, a life demonstration, a soul urge, an evolutionary impulse of love. In Virgo, our personality (doing the action) and soul (pouring forth love) unite. We express the soul by offering healing, help, comfort, assistance and service to those in need. The forces of materialism have created a disastrous human crisis. It is a battle for the survival of humanity. World Servers stand with and support the Forces of Light, responding with the Three Jewels: 1) the Teachings (compassion), 2) the Dharma (our service), and 3) the Sangha (creating safe communities). Together.