Plus Letters To the Editor
Festivals and feast days are rituals celebrated by all of humanity everywhere around the world, in all cultures and throughout all civilizations. Rituals focus our minds and hearts. They create rhythms. Rhythms and rituals help to balance the dark and the light. Rituals bring heaven to Earth. They anchor great ideals into our world. Rituals help humanity to maintain a focus on things of nature and of the spirit.
St. Brigid’s Day (Monday, Feb. 1) and Candlemas (Feb. 2) are both festivals that tell us we are in between winter and spring (cross-quarter days) and that spring is near. As St. Brigid holds a cross (wheel of time, the changing seasons) and a bowl of fire in her hands, Candlemas is a time of blessing and distributing candles—light in the midst of winter. Both St. Brigid’s Day and Candlemas occur in the sign of Aquarius—“the Light that shines in the dark, over the seas (emotional world), purifying the darkness (ignorance, fears, cruelties, etc.) until the dark is gone.” Both feast days are thus, in our esoteric occult world, Aquarian.
Candlemas (also called “Imbolc” [Celtic] and Groundhog Day) occurs 40 days after Christmas, when Hebrew infants were brought to the temple to be blessed and the mother purified (“mikvah” is Hebrew for purification, a holy bath). “And so, after 40 days Mary was purified in the temple.”
Forty days is esoterically a time of preparation for higher spiritual work. There are many biblical references to the number. All were purification times. We too “bathe” during this time. Purifying our bodies with sunlight, with cedar and sage, lavender and pine. We light our fires. We shed any darkness. We make scones with milk and butter. Soon, we know, the quince will bloom.
The Sun enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The energies shift and change in our unpredictable world. From the concretion (earth, mountains) of Capricorn (cardinal initiating sign) to the air of Aquarius, humanity’s sign of freedom, the future and the new age. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus. This means Aquarius works with Uranus, which offers humanity revelations, revolutions and “all things new.” Aquarius calls humanity to create the New Culture and Civilization, bring forth the New Education (based on astrology and the Ageless Wisdom Teachings), create the New Economy (the sharing economy), feed the world differently (bio-dynamic gardening, Steiner’s work), and come to the aid of suffering humanity. There are quotes we can ponder upon this month as the Sun in Aquarius streams into the Earth bringing with it the changing, new world Aquarian energies. Saturday, the moon is full, and Mercury is stationary direct on Monday.
From Buckminster Fuller on creating the new world, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
From Ryokan (Zen Buddhist monk/hermit, poet) on serving suffering humanity, “Oh, that my priest’s robe were wide enough to gather up all the suffering people in this floating world.”
From Antero Alli (writer, astrologer, illuminator) on our present dislocated identity, “We know who we are. We are the dispossessed, the outcasts, and the outsiders, rebels with a cause … we renunciate dominator culture’s status quo … wavering in the fog of dislocation. Free-floating between old worlds and new, guided only by the shining paths of mother evolution … We have passed the point of no-return and since there is no turning back, we celebrate the momentum lifting us on the wings of perception, grace, and whatever skills we have earned … Only when we are over, does our real life begin. (“The Eight-Circuit Brain.”)
David Bowie, Isadora Duncan and Bernie Sanders.
Larissa Farias, Santa Cruz, Mom
This is our last week of Capricorn. The Sun enters Aquarius next Wednesday, Jan. 20. Then we will enter the Gate of Aquarius, sign of World Servers. Capricorn prepares us for the final two zodiacal signs. Aquarius, where we ‘serve.” And Pisces, where we “save.” Each of the signs impacts our evolutionary journey offering new revelations and new tasks. The 12 zodiacal signs, 12 Labors of Hercules, the Seven Rays, and the 12 planets are dedicated to humanity’s enlightenment, upliftment and evolution (Path of Return). Together they form the “Lighted Way.”
Capricorn, sign of the mountaintop, offers us the truth about our origins and identity. We are the daughters and sons of God, imbued with love, intelligence, courage, and strength. We are together servers and saviors of humanity. We are the diamond light. After a long journey (Aries to Capricorn) we reached the mountaintop, resting in the light of the rising sun. Gradually, from the valleys below, we began to hear increasingly the cries of suffering humanity. Eventually and together, we realized when Capricorn ended that we would return to Earth to help humanity. Our words as disciples this week absorbing the light of the sun are, “Next week we re-enter the Cancer Gates—returning to form and matter. Then the Gate of Aquarius appears, Aquarius, where we serve humanity. On the mountaintop, and on this last week of Capricorn, our words as disciples, speaking together, “Lost are we in light supernal yet we know that on this light we will turn our backs.” Entering Aquarius, to serve. And later, Pisces, to save.
We remember the words of the great leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. (Capricorn), “I have been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen the future (the Promised Land).” King possessed the qualities of the disciple—joy, courage, vision, insight and steadfast devotion to the people. King, with the one-pointed focus of the unicorn, was also the “scapegoat, the sacrificial lamb and the awakened one.” (MLK’s birthday is observed Monday, Jan. 18.)
I think if the world were to take a general consensus on Americans, they would say that we were wasteful.
Noelle Antolin, Santa Cruz, Small-Business Owner