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New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Independence Day

New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Independence DayThe week holds two important events – Friday’s new moon, solar eclipse (sun hidden), 9 degrees Cancer and the 235th birthday of the United States, Independence Day, Monday. The Sun and moon at the new moon joins the U.S. Sun (12 Cancer).
Saturn is part of this new moon. The message of Saturn (disciplinarian, Dweller on the Threshold) and the solar eclipse, is that humanity is at a turning point, change is here for good, and it’s time to create the new and work together for our survival. We are in a revolution for the purpose of evolution.
The new moon chart has many squares forming a Grand Cross in cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Squares challenge us to anchor new realities. The Grand Cross helps us initiate and actuate plans and visions.
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Lazy, Dreamy, Unhurried Days

Lazy, Dreamy, Unhurried DaysOn Tuesday the Sun (0 Cancer, summer solstice) reached its farthest northern position at the Tropic of Cancer (23 degrees 27, north pole, Earth’s axis, maximum inclination). For 72 hours the Sun is still in this northern position. After three days of stillness the pole begins to slowly tilt in the opposite direction, the light begins to decrease, the days grow shorter, the nights longer. An imperceptible change (of light) overtakes the atmosphere. Summer’s here. The life force, rushing into spring and creating tall leggy green growth in the plant kingdom, settles down into an unhurried, lazy, dreamy subdued heat. The human kingdom, expressing heavenly energies, seeks, instead of long overheated laborious work, more mellow activities—leisure, rest, relaxation, vacations. Summer, we all think, is supposed to be fun. If we watch carefully, we notice that plants begin to grow differently as they head toward harvest. Newborns in the animal kingdom turn into teenagers.
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The Trinity, Father’s Day and More

The Trinity, Father’s Day and MoreArt notice: Davenport Gallery (450 Highway 1) show: Concerning the Spiritual in Art (ends June 26). Santa Cruz artists “depicting the mysterious.” It’s illuminating, enticing and beautiful. The show began in Gemini (gifts of the hand) and ends in Cancer (sign of the “Gate where Spirit enters matter”). Artists always stand at the gate, a borderland between things seen and unseen. The artist’s task is to bring spirit into matter.
Tuesday is Summer solstice (or Midsummer-June 21-24), Sun at the Tropic of Cancer. In Masonry and Christianity, it’s St. John the Baptist Day. As summer begins, we enter into the influence of Cancer, sign of mother, family, home, the embryonic waters nurturing new life. Cancer, with Moon as its ruler, nurtures the masses of humanity. In our very earliest incarnations on Earth everyone entered the planet through Cancer.
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Festival of Humanity & World Invocation Day

Festival of Humanity & World Invocation DayThe Gemini Solar Festival of Goodwill & World Invocation Day occurs Wednesday at 1:14 p.m. (PST) at 24 degrees Gemini. The full moon this year is accompanies by a total lunar eclipse, signifying something in form disappears. The Gemini festival is the time in which the Christ, Hierarchy and New Group of World Servers, distribute to humanity the Shamballa force (Wesak blessing from our God, Sanat Kumara)—the Will-to-Good, which becomes Goodwill when humanity receives and absorbs it. The blessing, released by the Buddha, has been held in trust and safe guarded by the Christ for the entire month since the last full moon. Gemini (which gathers and disperses energies) is the 3rd Spring full moon festival. At each of the festivals (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) great forces—that of Restoration (Aries), Enlightenment (Taurus) and Reconstruction (Gemini) – are released to the Earth and humanity for the purpose of accelerating evolution.
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Within Disorder, a Divine Order

Within Disorder, a Divine Order

We have two religious holidays this week – the Ascension (Catholic, Christ doesn’t leave the Earth, He enters Shamballa) and Shavuot (Jewish festival of First Fruits, of Ruth in Boaz’s field, giving of the Torah and Ten Commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai, the Jewish people becoming a nation committed to serving God).

In the sky, Neptune retrogrades in Pisces, Jupiter enters Taurus, Chiron retrogrades in Pisces and Mercury enters Gemini. Mercury comes home again. A beautiful complexity of energies falling to Earth.

Neptune in Pisces creates social unrest that breaks down repressive structures, an awareness and response to the disenfranchised ad underprivileged, a polarization of good and bad, haves and have-nots, right and left.

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Who Will Step Forward?

Who Will Step Forward?This This Saturday, May 28th, 8 pm. 900 High Street, at the First Congregational Church is a concert of violin, oboe and guitar. It’s the Cadenza Passion Concert with conductor Maya Barsacq, whose previous composers, performers and concerts have been revelatory. Streetlight has tickets. See www.scmusic.org.
Wednesday is a new moon solar eclipse (partial) at 11 degrees Gemini.
The new moon prepares us for the Gemini June full moon Festival of Humanity (15th) where we will invoke the Forces of Reconstruction and distribute Wesak (Will-to-Good) blessings to humanity. The solar eclipse tells us, oh dear, something important and essential soon disappears.
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Gemini—Directing the Wind

Gemini—Directing the Wind Thursday and Friday are the last days of Taurus—Light that transforms and uplifts. Saturday morning Sun enters Gemini—the light of interplay, expressing duality (personality level), later, synthesis (Soul level).
Each month a different light (and different task) plays upon Earth. The New Group of World Servers, studying the Ancient Wisdom teachings, using Esoteric Astrology, understands the different lights and tasks to be accomplished. While the task of Taurus is to enlighten and illuminate the mind (Buddha’s Work), Gemini’s work is, by displaying duality, to bring forth the noble wisdom of the Buddha and the Love anchored on Earth 2,000 years ago by the Great World Teacher.
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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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