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Secret Life of Virgo

Secret Life of Virgo

Be careful on Thursday. We could stumble, wound, hurt, be unaware or have revelations that create a revolution. Mercury the messenger interacts with Chiron (wounds seeking healing) and Uranus (the unusual, apocryphal, revelatory thoughts leading to revolutionary actions). Scorpio Moon Thursday. Be aware of mysteries, secrets and hidden agendas.

Friday, the Sun in Leo (its last days in Leo) squares Saturn in Scorpio. We are to be aware of rules, creating needed boundaries in our lives, following directions, listening to the Teacher (the Soul).

Saturday, the last Leo Sun day, we may be confused, in a dream, steering our ships to destinations unknown. Direction appears late in the afternoon. Sunday, before dawn, the Sun enters Virgo. The Virgin appears, pregnant with new realities, the Soul, the new Kingdom on Earth. Virgo spreads her cape over the world, protecting humanity and Earth’s kingdoms, “nurturing and nourishing the little ones.” In Virgo, two lights are seen—one is bright and strong. This is the light of form (outer reality). Virgo is an Earth sign. The other light is faint and dim (inner spiritual reality), the light of spirit, the holy child, gestating in Virgo’s womb. One light (spirit) is waxing, the other (form) waning. Virgo gives birth at winter solstice.

There is always a stirring and a quickening within Virgo. A purity, a preparation, a grace seeking its rightful place in the material world, aspiring always to serve and fulfill its life task, to go perform right functions when needed. Virgo works with the devas, angels and archangels, great beings of light. Virgo’s spiritual task is to “protect the light.” This is the light of the soul, the light within each of us, the light of the angels. These are the hidden tasks and secrets of Virgo.

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Local Talk

Will we rise up and take back our government?

Will we rise up and take back our government?

The dollar is so damn powerful that politics doesn’t really have anything to do with it anymore.

Chris McGilvray, Santa Cruz, Filmmaker

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Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo

Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo

When the Sun and/or planets move through the sign Virgo, everyone begins to talk more. Talk, talk, talk and more talk. There’s a reason. Talking helps us sort out and integrate experiences, thoughts and ideas. Mercury and Jupiter are now in Virgo, which means a surplus of ideas flowing through minds. Thus, lots of talking. Mercury is exalted in Virgo. Jupiter expands Virgo.

Virgo has a great ability to see, point out, discuss and tend to earthly details. Pisces loves Virgo (sometimes). Pisces peers through clouds and veils, not quite understanding the Earth plane. Pisces is water (flowing) to Virgo’s Earth (solid). Often, Pisces turns to Virgo to understand those details before returning behind the veils. Veils are a comfort for Pisces, but for Virgo they are a frustration. Virgo is busy, serving all the time, seeing everyone’s potential, working and waiting for that potential to come forward.

While Mercury is in Virgo we must be detailed and precise in our communication, discriminating in our choices without emotional or critical reactions.

Jupiter is the enthusiastic big picture. In Virgo, Jupiter offers the larger context surrounding the details. Both are needed.

Jupiter in Virgo is a bit cautious, less exuberant, and hides its enthusiasm (at first). Jupiter becomes the professor speaking of religions, philosophies, culture and travel. Jupiter invites Virgo onto the playground, to take a rare quenching gulp of pleasure. At first, Virgo uses a thousand words (Mercury) to say, “No. I must be efficient, tend to details, create routines and schedules, and order daily life. I have no time to play.” Jupiter laughs. He has lots of time. Jupiter remains in Virgo for an entire year (till September 2016).

Friday, Aug. 14, is Leo new moon. The New Group of World Servers invites everyone to the Leo festival by reciting the Soul and Great Invocations. “Let light, love and power restore the plan on Earth.”

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What issue would you like to see get more media coverage?

What issue would you like to see get more media coverage?

Farmers’ and farmworkers’ rights, so that they can have support from their community for providing our food.

Meg Svensson, Santa Cruz, Massage Therapist

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Humanity in a Time of Crisis

Humanity in a Time of Crisis

In Leo, we are on the Burning Grounds, given tests, standing in the fire. The crisis builds the fire of knowledge in our minds. Our God is a fire, Agni. In these sacrifices occurring in our families, towns, cities and world, a critical question arises: what is our response? When experiencing shocks, loss, devastation, exhaustion, and inexorable grief, we are in danger of losing our hearts. We don’t know how to respond. Leo is the heart of all that matters, calling us to maintain connection with our hearts, thus poised within the heart of all that matters, and to call forth our spiritual will of goodness. When we stand in spiritual will, we help the forces of light “seal the door where evil dwells.”

Here is a Mantra of Oneness; the Mantram of Unification. We recite it each day, together and from now on: The daughters and sons of men (humanity) are one. And I am one with them. I seek to love, not hate. I seek to serve and not exact due service.
 I seek to heal, not hurt. Let pain bring due reward of light and love.
 Let the Soul control the outer form, And life and all events.
 And bring to light the love that underlies the happenings of the time.

Let vision come and insight.
 Let the future stand revealed.
 Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
 Let love prevail. Let us all love more.

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Is Santa Cruz turning into Malibu North?

Is Santa Cruz turning into Malibu North?

It's got a ways to go before it gets wrecked like Malibu, but I think we need to be very careful about growth.

Maria Mattioli, Santa Cruz, Psychotherapist

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Venus Direct, Mercury Retro Soon, Honoring Our Labors

As Burning Man (nine days, Aug. 30-Sept. 7 in the sign of Virgo) burns in the hot white desert sands, a petal of the rose created by retrograde Venus and the twelve-petaled Sun in Virgo’s petals unfold. All of us are on the burning ground (Leo) in the womb (cave of the heart) of the mother (Virgo), gestating for humanity once again (each year) a new state of consciousness. Both Virgo and Cancer, feminine (receptive energies) signs, are from our last solar system (Pleiades). When humanity first appeared on Earth we were nurtured by the mother, a matriarchy of energies (on islands in the Pacific). Eve, Isis and Mary are part of the lineages of our ancient Mother. Overseen by the Pleiades, the Earth (matter, mater, the mother) in that last solar system was imbued with intelligence (Ray 3). As we move toward autumn, another mother, Ceres realizes she has mere weeks left with her beloved daughter, Persephone. Persimmon and pomegranate trees prepare for autumn, their colors signs of hope as the light each day continues to dim. Sunday, Venus in Leo turns stationary direct, yet continues in her shadow until Oct. 9 (when retrograde Mercury turns direct). Slowly our newly assessed values emerge from the Venus retrograde. We thought in Venus retro how to use our resources more effectively. Mercury retrogrades Sept. 17. Monday is Labor Day. Let us honor the labor of everyone, all life a “labor.” Let us honor Labor Day and all those who have “served” (labored for) us this past year. We honor their labors. We honor the labor of our parents, those who have loved us. We honor our own labors, too. We are all in service, we are all laboring. We are all valuable.

 

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