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Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius (11th sign after Aries) is the sign of service—serving one another, building community. Aquarius is fixed air, stabilizing new ideas in the world. When new ideas reach the masses the ideas become ideals within the hearts and minds of humanity. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are mental. They think, ponder, study, research, gather and distribute information. For air signs, education and learning, communicating, writing, being social, tending to money, participating in groups and creating sustainable communities are most important. One of the present messages Aquarius is putting forth to the New Group of World Servers is the creation of the New Education (thus thinking) for humanity—one based not on commodities (banking/corporate values) but on virtues.

Humanity and Aquarius

Aquarius is the sign of humanity itself. We are now at the beginnings of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Humanity (rising). The “rising” is the Aquarian vision of equality, unity, the distribution and sharing of all resources and of individual (Leo) creative gifts for the purpose of humanity’s (Aquarius) uplifting. This is the message in the Solar Festival of Aquarius (at the full moon) on Tuesday, Feb. 3. We join in these visions by reciting the World Prayer of Direction, the Great Invocation.

Tuesday’s solar festival follows Monday’s Groundhog Day, or Imbolc (ancient Celtic fire festival) the halfway mark between winter solstice and spring Equinox). The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) during these two days are preparing for the upcoming Three Spring Solar Festivals: 1. Aries Resurrection/Easter Festival (April); 2. Taurus Buddha/Wesak Festival (May); and 3. Gemini’s Festival of Humanity (June). Aquarius and the new and full moons together are the primary astrological influences behind all of humanity’s endeavors. The NGWS are to teach these things, calling and uplifting humanity. Join us everyone. (301)

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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

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Local Talk

What gets to you like “nails on a chalkboard”?

What gets to you like “nails on a chalkboard”?

Getting tin foil in my mouth, like biting tin foil. It’s the worst thing ever.

Bill Gibson, Felton, Sales

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How are you going to make a tangible difference in your community this year?

How are you going to make a tangible difference in your community this year?

Spread more kindness and compassion.

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Astrology

Serving in Aquarius – Sun, New Moon in Aquarius

Serving in Aquarius – Sun, New Moon in Aquarius

While resting on the mountaintop of Capricorn, the disciples, hearing the cries of humanity in need, knew they would return to Earth, to serve in Aquarius and save in Pisces (the last two signs). Tuesday, the sun enters Aquarius. The disciples return after a long well-deserved rest in Capricorn’s light.

Aquarius—the New Age (after Pisces); the Moon of the U.S.; President Obama’s Ascendant (18 degrees Aquarius, close to the U.S. Moon)—distributes Ray 5 from a star in the Big Dipper. All 12 zodiacal signs are influenced by the seven Cosmic Rays from the Big Dipper. Ray 5 is Concrete/Scientific Knowledge (technologies central to the Aquarian new age). The heart of Aquarius, however, is Jupiter (Love/Wisdom). The rising sign (Ascendant) signifies one’s Soul purpose (virtues). Now that our Sun and solar system is aligned with Aquarius, the rising sign of Earth (and all of humanity) is Aquarius. The Soul of Humanity is beginning to express itself as Aquarius, the “water bearer”—“Waters of Life Poured Forth for Thirsty Humanity” (Aquarian task). It is therefore through the characteristics and nature of Aquarius that humanity’s collective human purpose (the next two thousand years) is revealed.

Esoterically, Aquarius is the “light that shines on Earth, across the sea … the light shining in the dark, cleansing with its healing rays that which must be purified, until the dark is gone.” The New Group of World Servers are present-day “water bearers,” commissioned with creating the new culture and civilization, the heart of which is Love/Wisdom, equality and essential unity, directed by the Aquarian Laws and Principles (explained next week). Upcoming week: Tuesday—Aquarius New Moon Festival. Wednesday—Mercury retrogrades (17 Aquarius). We complete major plans this week. During Mercury retro we rest and review.

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What Local Talk question would you like to see in 2015?

What Local Talk question would you like to see in 2015?

How are you going to make a tangible difference in your community this year?

Tony Purtcher, Felton, Grad Student

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Astrology

The Unicorn

The Unicorn

All 12 astrological signs have glyphs and symbols. The higher intuitive mind understands concepts through symbols. Symbols capture the story and essence of a subject. Capricorn’s glyph represents the signature of God (hidden). Most of the astrological signs have animal symbols. Capricorn’s are crocodile, mountain goat and unicorn. Unicorn, spiritual symbol of Capricorn, inspires disciples, indicates one-pointedness, a continued upward movement into divinity and purity. The unicorn moves slowly, never forgetting what is gained through experience. It reaches unreachable heights. On its ascent the unicorn never slips, reaching its goal (Sagittarius) of the mountaintop, standing within Capricorn’s light.

Unicorn is a divine and mythical creature; one horned, a single spear emerging from the forehead (the Ajna Diamond Light Center of Direction). We imagine ourselves as white unicorns climbing the mountain, alone, at peace, silent. Silence prevails around us. Discipleship requires the qualities of a unicorn—strength, willingness, stable, tolerant through time, one-pointed, working toward noble goals, accomplishing slowly and gradually, reaching heights through inner contemplations and outer labor, experiencing silence within and all around, ever expanding into higher states of consciousness.

In the zodiac we encounter the ram (Aries), bull (Taurus), goat (Capricorn) and unicorn (Capricorn). Ram and bull have double horns. Unicorn a single horn. Ram and bull horns are curved, unicorn’s one horn juts straight outward, like a sun ray. Ram and bull double horns indicate duality in our world. Unicorn’s single horn indicates nature/reality beyond duality. Like lion, unicorn lives alone, is much more solitary than lion, living in the heights of mountains. In the same way the peacock signifies Master Morya (head of all esoteric schools), the unicorn (appearing in mythical art and stores) signifies a teacher and/or master of wisdom’s presence. May the light of Capricorn bring forth within each of us the spirit of the unicorn. Note: Mercury retrograde on Jan 21.

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The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back

 

Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”

 

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