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Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

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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Taurus New Moon, Mercury Retrograde – Time Out!

Taurus New Moon, Mercury Retrograde – Time Out!

In this last week of Taurus, we have a Taurus new moon festival (Sunday) and Mercury turning stationary retrograde (Monday). New moon times signify new realities, thoughts, ideas and planning. Mercury’s three-week retrograde, creating internal assessments and review, allows us to emerge after the retrograde with new ideas introduced by the new-moon energy.

Mercury retrogrades through June 11 (from 13 to 4 degrees Gemini). Mercury is communication, messenger of the sun (gods). When a planet retrogrades, the outer characteristics become hidden. Everything feels upside down, curving into unexpected directions. Mercury rules the lower mind; how we communicate, add numbers, understand directions, and interpret our environments. When Mercury retrogrades, minds turn inward leading to confusion, misrepresentation, miscommunication, and details left out, not remembered.

Mercury Retrograde Rules: no large purchases (car, house, computer, etc.), no signing (or sending) important papers, no new negotiations of business plans, etc. These “no” statements are protections. Why? Because when Mercury turns direct again, the world turns right-side up, it looks and sounds different, what we signed we discover had hidden clauses, what we agreed to actually never occurred. Everyone’s mind has changed! Mercury retro cultivates inner awareness, listening, research, review, and reassessment of all information received since last Mercury retro (Jan. 21 – Feb. 10).

Mercury retrograde provides us with a rhythm to review three to four times a year. By the time Mercury retrogrades we’re overwhelmed with too much information. Mercury retro’s gift is the offering of new perspectives, a new look at old problems or situations to achieve greater understanding. Mercury is our personal “star,” our “messenger.”

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day—Venus is in Cancer (the protector), the sun is in Taurus (comforter). Mother’s Day (Sunday) this year with an Aquarius Moon, may be a bit unusual—Uranian, unexpected, unpredictable. My mother is no longer on the Earth to call upon, have dinner with, receive flowers or cards. I try remembering everything about her, what she attempted to teach us, her children. Often, I was unable to hear or understand her intentions. This saddens me.

It’s important to remember the fourth Commandment to “Honor thy Mother and Father.” Many of us have forgotten this, along with the other nine commandments given to Moses for humanity’s direction at the beginning of the Aries Age. Positions and responsibilities in life change as we grow older. The mother/father become the ones who must be cared for and tended to in later years.

On Mother’s Day, let us thank and honor our mothers, accepting the future when we will care for and assist them … our opportunity to nurture and love more.

For those whose mothers have died, we say Ohm Mani Padme Hum, placing them in the jewel of the lotus. And if emotionally separated from the mother, we recite St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer. It helps re-establish right relations and goodwill with the mother. St. Francis of Assisi was Libra Sun, saint of right human relations.

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, let me sow joy.” To all mothers (and fathers who are mothers), Happy Mother’s Day.

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Wesak (Water) Taurus Solar Festival, Buddha Blesses the Earth

Wesak (Water) Taurus Solar Festival, Buddha Blesses the Earth

A most important celebration occurs Sunday, May 3—the Wesak Taurus Buddha Solar Festival/full moon. At the moment of the full moon the Buddha’s presence enters the Earth plane for eight minutes. He brings the Will-to-Good from the Father, which, when reaching humanity becomes goodwill (Mother Principle). Held yearly in a valley hidden deep within the Himalayas, the Wesak festival is prepared for for months in advance (beginning at Winter Solstice).

On festival day, amidst pilgrims, disciples and Holy Ones gathered in the valley, the Buddha is invoked through movement, symbols and mantrams. At the moment of the full moon, hearing the words, “We are ready, Buddha, come,” the Lord of Illumination (brother of the Christ) appears in the clouds above the altar to emanate forth the will and purpose of God to earth. The blessing of the father is then held in safekeeping for distribution at the June full moon Goodwill Festival.

The day of Wesak (May 3, 8:42 p.m. West Coast) all disciples (east and west) place crystal vessels filled with pure water outside (in gardens, on rooftops, porches and steps) under the heavens. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters, including waters within our bodies, are blessed. The Buddha is accompanied by the Forces of Enlightenment to illuminate humanity’s minds. Humanity then begins to express new constructive, productive and beneficial ways of the Art of Livingness. Wesak covers five days—two days (before) of dedicated preparation, the actual festival “Day of Safeguarding,” and two days (after) distributing goodwill (the NGWS to humanity). Join us in the Valley by reciting the Great Invocation, mantra of direction for humanity.

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International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home.

Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information.

From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

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Pluto Retrograde, Aries New Moon, Lyrid Meteor Showers

Pluto Retrograde, Aries New Moon, Lyrid Meteor Showers

As the Lyrid meteors, radiating from the star Vega in the Harp constellation, begin showering heaven and earth with light, Pluto, planet of transformation (or die) turns stationary retrograde (Thursday, April 16), 15 degrees Capricorn. Retrogrades have purpose, allowing humanity time to review, reassess, research and reinvent while returning to previous situations.

Retrogrades are times of inner activity, seeds sown in bio-dynamically prepared soil. Pluto retrograde is the most serious and resolute of retrogrades—a pure tincture, or, as in homeopathy, a “constitutional” touching the essences of all that matters. Pluto offers deep insight into confusion or puzzlement and areas where transformation is still incomplete.

It’s valuable to have one’s astrology chart to follow what area of life the major planets— especially Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto—are influencing. These outer planets have long-term and lasting effects on our psyche, inner/outer life events, how people see us and how we see and process our world.

Pluto, retrograde for five months (until Sept. 24) offers deep earthquakes of change, awakens humanity to the task of building (Capricorn) the new culture and civilization, flailing our inner world about, deepening us until we transform and do things differently. Pluto is an unrelenting teacher.

New moon (29 Aries) is Saturday, April 18. With the personality-building keynote, “Let form again be sought.” Mars anchors the new creative fires of Aries into our world. The New Group of World Servers participates together in the new moon festival, while also preparing for the Taurus Wesak, Buddha Full Moon Festival (May 3). Join us everyone.

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Jupiter in Leo—Our Gifts, Talents and Abilities Manifest

Jupiter in Leo—Our Gifts, Talents and Abilities Manifest

Jupiter turned direct Wednesday morning as Mercury joined Uranus in Aries—all things new, including the individual self, coming forth into the light of day. Mercury/Uranus informs us we are different and thus have great tasks to accomplish in visualizing, building and creating the new culture and civilization. That time has come and that time is now. Jupiter’s passage through Leo is a specific time zone where we are to realize, recognize, expand and cultivate our talents and gifts which have purpose and design—they, too, are on a time schedule. Jupiter in Leo (Who am I? What are my gifts? How do I discover them? Does anyone see them? Are they important?) has been retrograde since April. We began 2015 with Jupiter retrograde in Leo. Retrograde’s tasks are of review, reassessment, renewal, refusal if need be, and rapprochement (returning to what once left behind). As Jupiter was retrograde in Leo we were to focus on our gifts, discovering, recognizing and gathering them so that when Jupiter was once again moving forward (out into the world) we would be able to show them off for the world to see. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, a social planet, fusing and blending heart, mind and love. Jupiter is the heart of the Sun, Ray 2, distributing love and wisdom, shining brightness and love into the world. Jupiter creates synthesis, which love does for everything. Jupiter is the Lord of Wisdom in Sag, Lord of Love in Pisces. In our new Aquarian Age, Jupiter at its heart provides us with limitless blessings. In astrology charts, along with rising sign and north node, Jupiter reveals our spiritual purpose, showing us where in life our gifts stream forth.

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The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back

 

Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”

 

The New Tech Nexus

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