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The Thought Form of Solution

The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

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Leo Solar Festival Full Moon

Leo Solar Festival Full Moon

We continue in Leo, the sign where humanity begins to recognize itself through creativity and love. Leo flows through the sun, absorbs the heart of the sun and streams into earth and her kingdoms. Love comes directly from Sirius to the heart of the sun into our hearts and minds. Combining the inner esoteric influences of Leo this month, we see great amounts of love and wisdom attempting to penetrate into the earth, providing us with a great opportunity to radiate goodwill, the primary component needed for peace on earth. Sunday is the Leo solar festival at the time of the full moon. The New Group of World Servers will be calling to recognize their gifts so they can turn to the world and offer their gifts. This assists in restoring the mysteries on earth and helps to “seal the door where evil dwells.”

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In The Time of Leo: Our Creative Efforts

In The Time of Leo: Our Creative Efforts

In this potent time for planet earth, when missiles are downing passenger planes, humanity seems poised on the edge of World War 3. In this time of Leo, as world leaders are called to display true leadership (power, wisdom, love, intelligence) the New Group of World Servers are called to creatively visualize dialogue and open communication in order to bring about harmony from the present conflicts. Leo is the sign where the forces of light and the forces of materialism meet. Leo is the lion of the zodiac, a fiery and dramatic being, always creating in order to reflect self. Emerging from this creative effort is an awareness of gifts and talents that must be brought forth into the world.

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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

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A Year of Creative Self-Expression

A Year of Creative Self-Expression

Wednesday, after a year in Cancer’s nourishing waters, Jupiter enters fiery Leo. Next Tuesday, the sun joins Jupiter in Leo. Leo is the sign of the three fires of life, of seeking our individuality, our gifts and talents. Life for the next year will be quite dramatic, expressive, creative and generous. Jupiter, the heart of Aquarius, is the planet of expansion and truth, distributing Ray 2 of Love and Wisdom.

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Scarab Solar Festival Full Moon

Scarab Solar Festival Full Moon

We continue to be under the influence of Cancer (Ray 3, sign of liberty and freedom). Cancer is the gate through which spirit enters matter. Cancer grows new life in its warm waters. Cancer is the crab living in water and on land. Cancer represents our home, family, upbringing, how we nurture and are nurtured. Cancer is our conditioning, influencing all life choices.

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Four Angels for the Fourth

Four Angels for the Fourth

Saturday is Independence Day, and the 238th birthday of the United States. The U.S. Sun is 12 degrees Cancer, and Sirius, the blue star where love originates, is 13 degrees Cancer. Sirius and the U.S. are aligned. We are in the sign of Cancer now, the sign that receives and distributes ray 3 (which contains new information) and ray 7 (creating new rhythms).

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The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

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