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The Election in Mercury Retrograde

The Election in Mercury Retrograde

Uh, oh. That’s what many astrologers are saying when viewing the Nov. 6 election day astrology chart. How could this occur we ask? It must be some cosmic joke that allows us to possibly revisit the contested events of the 2000 election. 

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Scorpio ... and Things of the Night

Scorpio ... and Things of the Night

The Scorpio Solar Festival, full moon, occurs Monday at 7 degrees Scorpio/Taurus sometime after noontime. We have both Libra and Scorpio seed thoughts influencing us during these times of change and transformation. “I choose the way that leads between two great lines of force.” (Libra’s seed thought) articulates for us a unique time in which humanity in the U.S. must choose not only between two candidates (elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6) but also decide on how our world will be in the future. 

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Scorpio: Transformation and Reorientation

Scorpio: Transformation and Reorientation

On Thursday, California, the entire West Coast and many regions of the U.S. will experience the Great Shakeout—drills to help prepare for earthquakes and practicing how to be safe. (See shakeout.org.) The Orionids meteor showers can be seen Saturday and Sunday prior to dawn. After our last days of Libra’s choice we begin the month of Discipleship and the Nine Tests as Sun enters the sign of Scorpio. Everyone begins wearing sunglasses.

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Mercury And Saturn Enter Scorpio

Mercury And Saturn Enter Scorpio

The planet of communication (Mercury) and the planet of structure and discipline (Saturn) entered Scorpio, sign of Discipleship and the Nine Tests, last Friday. They slipped out of Libra (did we choose the path of the past or the unknown future we must create?) and quietly entered the dark discipleship waters of Scorpio. Saturn remains in Scorpio for 2=plus years (until 2015). 

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Jupiter in Gemini Retrograde

Jupiter in Gemini Retrograde

 

Thursday, St. Francis of Assisi feast day, Jupiter (the planet at the heart of the Aquarian Age) turns stationary retrograde (16.23 degrees Gemini). Jupiter signifies good fortune, faith, abundance, expansion, luck, optimism, speculation and seeing life philosophically. 

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The Road Taken

The Road Taken

We are in Libra now, the sign of creating Right Relations with our world and all we encounter. Libra is also the sign of balance. We oscillate between two opposing points until a balance is achieved. In Libra, we make a serious, spiritual life choice. Do we return to previous realities or move forward into the new, eventually into Scorpio, sign of the Nine Tests, of death, regeneration, warriorship, discipleship and triumph? During Libra’s interlude we assess the two paths ahead. We understand Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both. And be one traveler. Long I stood. And looked down one as far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth. Then took the other, just as fair. And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear. 

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International Day of Peace at Autumn Equinox

International Day of Peace at Autumn Equinox

As Archangel Michael, the great protector, assumes protection of the Earth, the Sun enters Libra (autumn equinox) and autumn in northern latitudes begins. We are in the midst of the dark half of the year, leading to winter solstice. Libra is the sign of Right Relationships created through intentions for goodwill, the equation that leads to peace. On Friday, inaugurating Libra and the autumn season, the International Day of Peace (IDP), with a Sag Moon (justice, fairness, honesty, integrity), is celebrated. 

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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