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Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

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Libra's Two Choices

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international).

During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

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True Heroes Amidst Weary Humanity

True Heroes Amidst Weary Humanity

We have a complex week, beginning with a full moon lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Oct. 8. For three months prior and three months after, eclipses bring change to our lives. The lunar eclipse brings to a close something in our outer daily lives, its usefulness completed. We know what area of life will be affected when consulting our astrology charts. Wednesday’s eclipse, which overshadows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is at 15 degrees Libra. Libra and Aries are especially influenced.
During this time we also have Mercury retrograde in Libra and a potent Venus/Pluto/Uranus T-square in the heavens. Venus is in Libra. It can signify our personal relationships, money and the world economy. Venus, combined with Pluto and Uranus brings forth urgent, surprising and transformative change. Let us watch the news for events. We already had the protests in Hong Kong demanding balance and stability in their future economy and government. The forces of darkness do not have this on their agenda and will do all they can to destabilize humanity’s unified wishes.
However, most of humanity, wearied of war, seeks to inaugurate a new era of harmony and cooperation. We must build the new era communities to bring this forth. The trend of human thinking and the heart is towards the cessation of conflict. This is an event of major importance and indicates an important turning point in human affairs. This trend is impulsed by a weariness of fighting wars, by recognizing the value in human accomplishment, and by a recognition that true greatness is expressed by those who see life itself, humanity, earth’s kingdoms and the entire world as one united, interrelated, cooperative and harmonized whole. They seek to educate humanity in the principles of harmony, goodwill and right relations. Those who struggle for this world perspective and unity are the true heroes. These are the New Group of World Servers (NGWS). Let us join in this endeavor together recognizing ourselves part of this world-serving group.

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Yom Kippur as Mercury Retrogrades

Yom Kippur as Mercury Retrogrades

Mercury retrogrades on Saturday. We know the “rules” by now. As Mercury stations retrograde, we also end the 10 days of repentance (forgiving and being forgiven) with Yom Kippur, the Jewish festival of judgment and remembrance. On Rosh Hashanah God “opened” the books of judgment and creation, observing humanity for acts of goodness, kindness, forgiveness and service. Judgment has been “pending,” and prayers, forgiveness and service were required. Then on Yom Kippur, Friday and Saturday, the judgment is "sealed" (by God and the Heavenly Court).
But the verdict is still not finalized. There’s still an additional chance, positive expectation (until Sukkot, Oct. 8-15) and hope that God will see that we were or are “good.” Good is better than perfect.
May everyone be inscribed by God in the creation book. Let us prepare plates of apples and honey, pomegranates and wine, sharing with family and friends wishing everyone an upcoming “sweet year.”
Celebrating all religions helps us create together the new Aquarian world religion, which incorporates all religious teachings. At their hearts they’re all the same. We join together with our brothers and sisters around the world, participating in their holy festivities. Let us remember also to forgive everyone.

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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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Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

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