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Avatars, Presidents, Valentines, Ashes, Lent and a New Moon

Avatars, Presidents, Valentines, Ashes, Lent and a New Moon

This is our last week of Aquarius (world server). Next week (Wednesday) the sun enters Pisces (world savior). Note the different esoteric tasks. Although it’s being denied, past structures of reality continue breaking down and dissolving. As this occurs, new revelatory (Uranus) alternatives will slowly be revealed (Aquarius). The breakdown is Ray 6 (Piscean Age, beliefs) withdrawing. New information/archetypes for the Aquarian Age (Ray 7) and new technologies (Ray 5, Venus) streaming in provide understanding, hope and beauty to the breakdown.

Thursday, Feb. 12, is Abraham Lincoln’s 206th birthday. Lincoln was an avatar (esoteric definition). The word avatar means “from far away.” An avatar’s appearance signifies new principles, laws, energies released to our world. Avatars, through their actions, “strike a note,” and offer new teachings that express future cycles of development that bring forth a new age and civilization. Avatars embody great truths toward which the masses must work (to fulfill). Buddha and Christ were avatars.

The presence of avatars are called into being from the very heart of humanity. When great needs occur, the heart of humanity yearns (prays) for that need to be filled. Lincoln represented humanity’s need for freedom. And freedom, yet unrealized, still constitutes an objective in our world.

Saturday is Valentine’s Day. What to give? Something alive (rose bush), organic/fair trade (chocolate). Things self-made … chocolate, caramel sauce, ice cream, cards. Monday commemorates Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays.

Tuesday, is Mardi Gras. Wednesday is the Aquarius new moon. The sun entering Pisces (sacrifice), Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent). With ashes placed on our foreheads we hear the words, “From dust thou (the personality) are, and unto dust thou shalt return.” Lent … forty days and nights of fasting, purifying and preparing for the Three Spring Festivals Fasting is good. After forty days and nights, habits disappear.

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Last week of Mercury Retrograde

Last week of Mercury Retrograde

This is retrograde Mercury’s final week. Mercury stations direct Wednesday, Feb. 11. Mercury will now retrace all of its retrograde degrees (from 17 degrees to 1 degree, and back over them again) until it reaches the original retrograde degree—17 Aquarius. This retracing degree is called “Mercury completing its retrograde shadow.” It ends March 4.

While in its “retrograde shadow” Mercury’s not yet quite moving forward with its usual “messenger” speed. That means even though we are no longer under the Mercury retrograde where everything’s upside down and inside out, where our mind functions more internally than externally (for most of us, but not for natal Mercury retrograde people—those born with Mercury retrograde), we, too, aren’t thinking or acting or making decisions quite as clearly as usual.

We remember that all that occurs on Earth is a smaller reflection of what is occurring in the heavens. The stars, planets, Sun and Moon provide us with direction. They inform us of right timing, helping us make right choices, so that our daily lives function with ordered and organized rhythms. Few know and understand this, but those who do, stand on the threshold of the Aquarian Age, the foundation, the tools and the language of which are astrology (personality-building and Soul/Ray directed).

Aquarius, the sign we are now influenced by for the month; Aquarius, the name of the New Age (an age lasts 2,500 years); Aquarius which is the Age of Humanity and of Flowers; Aquarius the Age of Serving one another, calls us to its tools and language so that we can create the New Era which is the Era of Community and of Sharing. We are all “called.”

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Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius (11th sign after Aries) is the sign of service—serving one another, building community. Aquarius is fixed air, stabilizing new ideas in the world. When new ideas reach the masses the ideas become ideals within the hearts and minds of humanity. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are mental. They think, ponder, study, research, gather and distribute information. For air signs, education and learning, communicating, writing, being social, tending to money, participating in groups and creating sustainable communities are most important. One of the present messages Aquarius is putting forth to the New Group of World Servers is the creation of the New Education (thus thinking) for humanity—one based not on commodities (banking/corporate values) but on virtues.

Humanity and Aquarius

Aquarius is the sign of humanity itself. We are now at the beginnings of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Humanity (rising). The “rising” is the Aquarian vision of equality, unity, the distribution and sharing of all resources and of individual (Leo) creative gifts for the purpose of humanity’s (Aquarius) uplifting. This is the message in the Solar Festival of Aquarius (at the full moon) on Tuesday, Feb. 3. We join in these visions by reciting the World Prayer of Direction, the Great Invocation.

Tuesday’s solar festival follows Monday’s Groundhog Day, or Imbolc (ancient Celtic fire festival) the halfway mark between winter solstice and spring Equinox). The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) during these two days are preparing for the upcoming Three Spring Solar Festivals: 1. Aries Resurrection/Easter Festival (April); 2. Taurus Buddha/Wesak Festival (May); and 3. Gemini’s Festival of Humanity (June). Aquarius and the new and full moons together are the primary astrological influences behind all of humanity’s endeavors. The NGWS are to teach these things, calling and uplifting humanity. Join us everyone. (301)

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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

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Serving in Aquarius – Sun, New Moon in Aquarius

Serving in Aquarius – Sun, New Moon in Aquarius

While resting on the mountaintop of Capricorn, the disciples, hearing the cries of humanity in need, knew they would return to Earth, to serve in Aquarius and save in Pisces (the last two signs). Tuesday, the sun enters Aquarius. The disciples return after a long well-deserved rest in Capricorn’s light.

Aquarius—the New Age (after Pisces); the Moon of the U.S.; President Obama’s Ascendant (18 degrees Aquarius, close to the U.S. Moon)—distributes Ray 5 from a star in the Big Dipper. All 12 zodiacal signs are influenced by the seven Cosmic Rays from the Big Dipper. Ray 5 is Concrete/Scientific Knowledge (technologies central to the Aquarian new age). The heart of Aquarius, however, is Jupiter (Love/Wisdom). The rising sign (Ascendant) signifies one’s Soul purpose (virtues). Now that our Sun and solar system is aligned with Aquarius, the rising sign of Earth (and all of humanity) is Aquarius. The Soul of Humanity is beginning to express itself as Aquarius, the “water bearer”—“Waters of Life Poured Forth for Thirsty Humanity” (Aquarian task). It is therefore through the characteristics and nature of Aquarius that humanity’s collective human purpose (the next two thousand years) is revealed.

Esoterically, Aquarius is the “light that shines on Earth, across the sea … the light shining in the dark, cleansing with its healing rays that which must be purified, until the dark is gone.” The New Group of World Servers are present-day “water bearers,” commissioned with creating the new culture and civilization, the heart of which is Love/Wisdom, equality and essential unity, directed by the Aquarian Laws and Principles (explained next week). Upcoming week: Tuesday—Aquarius New Moon Festival. Wednesday—Mercury retrogrades (17 Aquarius). We complete major plans this week. During Mercury retro we rest and review.

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The Unicorn

The Unicorn

All 12 astrological signs have glyphs and symbols. The higher intuitive mind understands concepts through symbols. Symbols capture the story and essence of a subject. Capricorn’s glyph represents the signature of God (hidden). Most of the astrological signs have animal symbols. Capricorn’s are crocodile, mountain goat and unicorn. Unicorn, spiritual symbol of Capricorn, inspires disciples, indicates one-pointedness, a continued upward movement into divinity and purity. The unicorn moves slowly, never forgetting what is gained through experience. It reaches unreachable heights. On its ascent the unicorn never slips, reaching its goal (Sagittarius) of the mountaintop, standing within Capricorn’s light.

Unicorn is a divine and mythical creature; one horned, a single spear emerging from the forehead (the Ajna Diamond Light Center of Direction). We imagine ourselves as white unicorns climbing the mountain, alone, at peace, silent. Silence prevails around us. Discipleship requires the qualities of a unicorn—strength, willingness, stable, tolerant through time, one-pointed, working toward noble goals, accomplishing slowly and gradually, reaching heights through inner contemplations and outer labor, experiencing silence within and all around, ever expanding into higher states of consciousness.

In the zodiac we encounter the ram (Aries), bull (Taurus), goat (Capricorn) and unicorn (Capricorn). Ram and bull have double horns. Unicorn a single horn. Ram and bull horns are curved, unicorn’s one horn juts straight outward, like a sun ray. Ram and bull double horns indicate duality in our world. Unicorn’s single horn indicates nature/reality beyond duality. Like lion, unicorn lives alone, is much more solitary than lion, living in the heights of mountains. In the same way the peacock signifies Master Morya (head of all esoteric schools), the unicorn (appearing in mythical art and stores) signifies a teacher and/or master of wisdom’s presence. May the light of Capricorn bring forth within each of us the spirit of the unicorn. Note: Mercury retrograde on Jan 21.

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The New Year, New Renaissance: Incoming Ray 7

The New Year, New Renaissance: Incoming Ray 7

We are in winter now in the northern hemisphere— a deeply interior moment of time. As 2015 unfolds humanity begins to understand its true identity (World Server), and realizes the old cannot be restored, as the last of seven Uranus/Pluto squares occurs. Uranus—all things new. Pluto—complete transformation.

A new world is emerging as the old passes away. The world’s economic adjustment will continue. It signifies the  first initiation for humanity, a new birth into new awareness and responsibility in the new Age of Aquarius. As new awareness grows, there will be a simultaneous emergence of new entrepreneurs (Uranus in Aries). The year 2015 will be the Game-Changing Year. We will remember and recover the renaissance which ended the Dark Ages for humanity (with Ray 7—the new rhythms coming in). A new electrical energy (Uranus) is coming into the Earth. The young ones will discover this energy, coining new words describing the new energy. It is beyond “alternative.”

Ancient teachings of science, long suppressed, will create breakthrough energies giving hope to humanity and the will to shape a different future. The political, governmental and financial landscapes will also change. The young will no longer be interested in government breakdowns and partisanship. We will no longer need oil, gas or coal. Without these our Mideast focus (wars) ceases. From our ancient past will emerge a renaissance.

The renaissance began as Ray 3 (divine intelligence), Ray 5 (concrete and scientific knowledge), and Ray 7 (new rhythms) entered Earth. These are once again sweeping into Earth and anchoring new archetypes. They rule the new Aquarian Age, the Age of Humanity. The old can no longer be restored. Epiphany is Tuesday. The Three Kings with their three gifts found the Holy Child.

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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.

 

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