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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Under the shadow of the Libra new moon, the Jewish High Holy Days (ten days) begin Thursday with Rosh Hashanah. On this day of rest God judges us for the coming year. We gather with family, recite penitential prayers next to natural flowing waters, ask for forgiveness, listen for the shofar (rams horn trumpet), and eat sweet apples and honey so the New Year is sweet. We wish each other L’Shana Tova - May you have a good year. As we celebrate different religious festivals throughout the year, it’s important to understand them. They form the foundation of the new world religion in the Aquarian Age.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

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The Peace Equation

The Peace Equation

Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival.

We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see www.cultureofpeace.org    
Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.

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A Different Revolution

A Different Revolution

Aries Moon late Wednesday and Thursday. We think new thoughts and initiate new ideas. Sun in Virgo with Saturn in Scorpio help disciples to create orderly structures to anchor and bring forth new ideas.

Stabilizing Taurus moon Friday and Saturday. We anchor new ideas into form and matter, like seeds planted in the soil. We tend them, waiting for green shoots to emerge. Like the gestating Virgo Sun Madonna, awaiting the birth of the holy child, the Soul, the new light at winter solstice. Mercury and Chiron converse about what hurts and what heals.
Saturday is a complex day with Mercury (communication), Mars (action!) and Uranus (revolution). Mercury in Libra is opposite Uranus in Aries. Oppositions (recognizing something new appearing over there somewhere) eventually synthesize. Mercury in Libra calls for Right Action and Right Relations, especially with money. Uranus in Aries—the revolution this time must be different.  Also on Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius. Where are we going, what are our goals, where’s justice, where’s the mountain, do we have good shoes?

Sunday Venus trines Pluto—in-depth assessment of money, values and resources. Gemini moon Monday; we talk a lot, tending to tasks in gardens and neighborhoods. Cancer Moon Tuesday and Wednesday; we nurture and nourish. The stars and planets remind us.
Note: William Meader, esoteric author & international teacher, will be speaking on “The Soul of Humanity Evolving Through Crisis” at Meditation Mount, 7pm, Friday, Sept. 12.

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Under the Light of the Full Moon

Under the Light of  the Full Moon

We must be patient Thursday, Sept. 4—we may experience limitation and restraints, feeling we haven’t done or said enough. Carefully think through ideas before explaining. The afternoon is easier. Friday through Sunday may prove difficult concerning agreements or conclusions. We can’t seem to find anyone thinking or feeling as we do to understand us. This is temporary. However, it places everyone in a state of solitude and feelings of loss. What’s occurring is refinement from Virgo, transformation from Pluto and inner expansion from Jupiter—all working together for our evolution (Path of Return). Things get easier with Aquarius moon. We begin to feel a sense of freedom, innovation, liberty. Saturday we’re more hungry than usual. We need expansion. Sunday, Pisces moon, we’re confused, seek the spiritual, encounter dissolution. We dive into the wreck and emerge out of the deep waters filled with compassion and tenderness. Monday is unsettling (Uranus). Monday evening (full moon time) is the Solar Festival of Virgo, 16.19 degrees. Virgo (the mother, earth, matter and form) contains within herself the spirit of God (Father). As Father and Mother/matter merge they create the Holy Child (the Soul), which Virgo is gestating, giving birth at Winter Solstice. We begin preparations for winter solstice at this full moon time. Tuesday, Mercury/Pluto—a message is given to humanity that things are building toward a deep, we-can’t-go-back-to-the-past, transformative change. We prepare for this, too. Together. Under the light of the full moon.

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Mercury Enters Libra

Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

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Entering Virgo

Entering Virgo

Friday night begins our time under Virgo, sign of the Madonna gestating a new state of awareness for humanity. Virgo is also Ceres, mother of Persephone descending underground when autumn begins. The mother weeps at the loss of her daughter (spring and summer). Reflecting her grief, the trees and plants drop their leaves.
Sun entering Virgo brings a sign and element change, from Leo’s fire to Virgo’s practical earth. Food, health, grains, service and small animals are in the news and on our minds. It’s one month till autumn. Pumpkins and persimmons are ripening. Venus is in Leo. We radiate warmth; we’re generous, playful and affectionate. Everyone shows off in an ardent, passionate, warm-hearted, romantic and over-dramatic way, reflecting Leo’s fiery nature. Think of life as Shakespeare wrote: life is a play, we are its actors on the same stage together.

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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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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

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