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Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens.

Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.
The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

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Understanding Sagittarius and its Symbols

Understanding Sagittarius and its Symbols

Sagittarius is the sign of direction. The arrows of Sag are sharp, and pointed in a specific direction. The archer guides the arrows toward a specific goal. The goal is truth and justice—the virtues of Sagittarius.

The sun transmitting Sagittarius light to Earth has a specific goal—that of justice, truth and right judgment. The sun is the father aspect. Each of us, son/daughter of the father, is to follow the father’s (sun’s) direction each month (different tasks provided in each sign). In Sag we set goals through our imagination (mind). We gather all energies and previous experiences (the food of life) and aim the arrows of our imagination toward our goals. Our imagination releases a light from our head center. In meditation, Jupiter, the lord (ruler) of Sag, provides direction, guidance and expansion.

When a sense of direction is rightly developed, purpose comes forth and the personality aligns with the divine plan (God’s thoughts). We are not to look hither and thither for direction. We follow the direction (arrows) set for us by the Soul. Thought has power. When the imaginative mind releases (like arrows) such power in a given direction, the goal is reached. Arjuna, a Sagittarius student, was given right direction by Lord Krishna (the Teacher). Consequently Arjuna fulfilled the plan.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna (the Teacher) of warrior-student Arjuna, says “I am the month of Sagittarius. I am the Teacher and the Teaching.” Artemis/Diana are the female Sagittarius deities. Sag is the photographer. Sag’s focus brings forth expanded awareness and consciousness through Jupiter, the planet of great generosity and love (Ray 2) leading to wisdom. We focus on what presents itself. Sunday, Uranus squares Pluto again (sixth time). It’s the revolutionary transformative agent initiating us into the Aquarian Age.

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Festivals of Light in the Darkness

Festivals of Light in the Darkness

In the darkness of the season humanity creates festivals of Light, and there are many festivals this week. This is how ancient humanity withstood winter each year. We are ancient humanity. Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent, ending at midnight on Dec. 24. Advent nightly candle ritual brings light to the dark, preparing us for winter solstice’s birth of light. Advent means “something’s coming.” The feast day of St. Nicholas (the real Santa Claus) is Saturday, Dec. 6. Monday, Dec. 8 is the Immaculate Conception—a holy day in the Catholic Church commemorating Mary’s (mother of Jesus) high (pure) level of consciousness at birth. Mary, one of the Masters, “mastered” the Earth plane school. Also on Dec. 8,, 1941 (Japanese time) WWII was declared (the U.S. entered the war) after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Next Wednesday, Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day, an honoring of equality, bringing light to the darkness created by ignorance. It commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We thank Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor had Sag rising, Libra Sun, Mercury and North Node. Sag is the sign of justice. Libra, the sign of equality. Eleanor represented both.

We’re in Sagittarius now, sign of food, music, the photographer, adventurer, philosopher, chef, rider on the white horse. Sag’s eyes, always on the Capricorn mountaintop, seek the arrows of intuition scattered everywhere. Sagittarius holds high and noble aspirations. Esoterically it is the aspiration of the Soul to return to the Father (Capricorn’s mountaintop), our source and origins, riding toward the Path of Return. Thus Sag, energetically, is a “beam of focused light revealing the Greater Light ahead.” Jupiter rules Sag.

The Tibetan writes, “Jupiter brings together and binds in friendliness.” Thus, in the season of giving (through Jan. 6, Feast of the Three Kings), let us be generous with our light, our money, resources, gifts, love, friendship, goodness and wisdom.

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Giving Thanks: The Thought-Form of Solution

Giving Thanks: The Thought-Form of Solution

We are in the time and under the influence of Sagittarius, sign of the wanderer, good food, good music, and the joy (Jupiter as ruler) that occurs from giving to others while simultaneously giving thanks from our hearts. Having the Thanksgiving holiday during the month of Sag is not a mistake. No other sign understands joy (an aspect of the Soul) as Sag (except Pisces when not in despair). “Sag is a beam of directed and focused light. The beam reveals a greater light ahead, illuminating the Way to the center of the Light,” emitting the Ray of Joyfulness.

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude; in the form of prayers, thoughts, feelings, wishes, hopes and greetings. Gratitude is something we still need to learn. Gratitude creates goodwill. Together, gratitude and goodwill create the “thought-form of solution” for humanity and our world’s problems. Gratitude and goodwill are the prerequisites for the reappearance of the Christ, the Aquarian World Teacher. In Ancient Wisdom texts it is written, “being grateful is the hallmark of one who is enlightened.” Gratitude comes from the Soul—the characteristics of which are love and wisdom (Ray 2).

Gratitude is scientifically and occultly (mental, not emotional) a releasing agent. Gratitude liberates us and everything around us. Also a service to others, gratitude is deeply scientific in nature, releasing us from the past and laying open our future path leading to the new culture and civilization, the new laws and principles, the rising light of Aquarian, the Age of Friendship and Equality. The Hierarchy lays much emphasis upon gratitude. Let us be grateful this year and this season together. And so now the days of light illuminating the darkness begin (December’s festivals and feast days). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am grateful for all of you, my readers.

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Over Hills and Plains, Riding a White Horse, Bow and Arrows in Hand

Over Hills and Plains, Riding a White Horse, Bow and Arrows in Hand

Saturday, early morning, the sun enters and radiates the light of Sagittarius. Three hours later, the Sagittarius new moon (0.07 degrees) occurs. “Let food be sought,” is the personality-building keynote. “Food” means experiences; all kinds, levels and types. It also means real food. Sag’s secret is their love of food. Many, if not musicians, are chefs. Some are both.

The energies shift from Scorpio’s deep and transformative waters to the “hills and plains of Sagittarius.” Sag is the rider on a white horse, eyes focused on the mountain peaks of Capricorn (Initiation) ahead. Like Scorpio, Sagittarius is also the “disciple.”

Adventure, luck, optimism, joy and the beginnings of gratitude are the hallmarks of Sagittarius. Sag is also one of the signs of silence.

The battle lines were drawn in Libra and we were asked to choose where we stood. The Nine Tests were given in Scorpio and we emerged “warriors triumphant.” Now in Sag, we are to be the One-Pointed Disciple, riding over the plains on a white horse, bow and arrows in hand, eyes focused on the Path of Return ahead.

Sagittarians are one-pointed (symbol of the arrow). Sag asks, “What is my life’s purpose?” This is their quest, from valleys, plains, meadows and hills, eyes aimed always at the mountaintop. Sag emerges from Scorpio’s deep waters, conflict and tests into the open air. Sag’s quest is humanity’s quest. Sag’s quest, however, is always accompanied by music and good food.

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New Pathways, Rhythms and Ways of Being

New Pathways, Rhythms and Ways of Being

The week is filled with heavenly squares, triangles, rectangles, lines and conjunctions as the planets accelerate their interactions with each other. We are preparing for December’s Uranus (in Aries) square Pluto (in Capricorn) – a persistent square causing uncompromising change in humanity. Aries/Capricorn are cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate new realities, squares challenge and lead us onto new pathways. They awaken us new ideas, archetypes, rhythms and new ways of being.

As Saturn (Dweller on the Threshold) disciplines us to face truths and then relinquish the past, Uranus (the new order) presents us with breakdowns Pluto transforms everything, everywhere relentlessly. Aries rules all things new. Capricorn rules governments, leaders and the entire structure of our civilization. Everything’s changing. It needs to. The old is exhausted. We are too.

Neptune (the fish god, the waters of life) in Pisces (saving the world) turns stationary direct Sunday morning as Venus enters Sag Sunday night. Sun joins Saturn (in Scorpio) Tuesday. Venus and Scorpio work with money and resources. We are being moved forward globally into new economic directions, new archetypes. A revolution is occurring. All of this humanity needs for the present unreal financial system to shift toward an economy based on principles of sharing (Aquarian).

Day by day, transit by transit, planet by planet, sign by sign, over time this reorientation (Scorpio’s work, from the solar plexus to the heart of the matter) will occur. At first we will have suffering. Then awakened realization.

Venus in Sag seeks justice for everyone. We display feelings truthfully and directly. We’re less fearful in interactions, more present, more attractive, forthright and adventurous. We also become more hungry.

Nov. 17-18 the Leonid meteor showers enter Earth’s atmosphere creating silvery shooting stars. The showers (from comet Tempel-Tuttle) peak in the dark night sky Tuesday. We look up and see light falling to earth.

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Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Thursday is full moon, Scorpio solar festival. The focus is on the Scorpio keynote, “Warriors we are, and from the battles we emerge triumphant.” We (humanity) are Hercules, the warrior/world disciple, battling the nine-headed Hydra—the Nine Scorpio Tests, the nine tests of the personality; three for each level: physical, emotional, lower mental. The tests discern if we are strong enough to stand with the forces of light battling the forces of darkness.

One of the mental tests of Scorpio is cruelty. The spiritual ruler of Scorpio is Mercury. Mercury (now in Libra, right human relations) reminds us to “do no harm” (ahimsa), to not be cruel, to tend to our thoughts and language with tender care.

During Scorpio we become resourceful, determined, fearless, intuitive, darkly witty, investigative and profound, with desires secret and mysterious. We may go into hiding, display suspicion and skepticism, stubbornness, determination, and we are often emotionally on edge. Scorpio presents an interesting mix of depth psychology. Research is best during Scorpio, seeking the heart of all matters. When we find what we’re searching for, we “capture” it and make it our own.

Our intelligence becomes highly instinctive; we strategize. There’s a warning in Scorpio, that we do not criticize, judge, opinionate, insinuate or be vindictive. We will challenge others and be challenged in return. Intrigue, hidden motives, and mysteries may appear. We must discern between reality and mental illusions. Ruling Scorpio (sign of power, passion and intensity), Mercury reminds us communication can either create or destroy another. We remember Elvis’ (Jupiter in Scorpio) song “Don’t be Cruel.”  We do no harm (ahimsa).

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Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

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