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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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Local Talk

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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Astrology

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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Local Talk

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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Astrology

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6.

Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears.

Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at nightlightnews.org and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)

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Local Talk

What do you think of Bernie Sanders?

What do you think of Bernie Sanders?

He’s what we need, more hardcore Democrats. Old-school, ’70s-style Democrats.

Tony Dolan, Santa Cruz, Freelancer

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Astrology

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible.

Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone.

Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?”

Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

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Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

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