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Mercury Retrograde, Fall Equinox, Yom Kippur, Forgiveness

Mercury Retrograde, Fall Equinox, Yom Kippur, Forgiveness

We have a complex week ahead. Wednesday, Jupiter is opposite Neptune (Virgo/Pisces). Synthesis. A most auspicious, kind and loving day. Thursday, Mercury, star of conflict and crisis, is playing its beginning of retrograde in Libra (16 degrees). Our last Mercury retro was in Gemini (May/June). It concerned communications. Now the retrograde is in Libra, concerning relationships, right use of money and pondering upon right relations. Mercury takes us deep within ourselves where we deliberate, ponder, and brood over issues in our personal and global worlds. Mercury retro in Libra helps us review the quality and status of our relationships (commitments, marriage, partnerships, etc.). It calls us to assess if we have right relations with all the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal, human and our soul (the new kingdom on Earth). Mercury retrograde continues through the Oct. 9. We all know the Mercury retro rules by now.

Monday is United Nations International Day of Peace. Everywhere in the world, at noon, there is a moment of silence. Let us all participate. We know the esoteric equation for peace: Goodwill + right relations (Libra) = the beginning of the peace process. More at internationaldayofpeace.org.

Wednesday (Sept. 23) is autumn equinox, as the sun enters Libra. The soul year begins. It’s also Yom (day) Kippur (to atone), a somber day of atonement, the most holy and solemn day of the Jewish year. We ask God on this day to forgive us, our omissions, ignorance, and all that we have done to create separations and sadness in others. The purity of Virgo has prepared us for the Libra balance and harmony forgiveness offers. All things are then made new. “May we all be inscribed for good in the Book of Life.” 

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Calling Humanity, Humanity in Crisis

Calling Humanity, Humanity in Crisis

There is a humanitarian crisis in Europe that is affecting the world. Thousands of refugees, forced out of their countries due to war, persecution, terrorism, injustices, slavery, violence and death squads are seeking refuge and asylum in many European countries.

The leaders of the countries do not yet know how to meet this crisis. When crisis occurs in our world (globally or individually), notice at first we don’t know how to respond, often entering into states of denial, duality, separation and isolation—a reaction due to shock and unfamiliarity. To solve the problem (crisis) we must expand beyond it in order to see a solution. Europe is finding itself in this stage of the crisis. The refugee situation is unprecedented. Refugees are not migrants or immigrants (seeking better economic opportunities). Refugees (seeking asylum from persecution, wars, death, etc.) are protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948) and the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. The situation in Europe is one in which David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee says that this is a crisis that needs to be “burden-shared.” All of us—from great nations to individuals. The humanitarian crisis calls each of us to new acts of service.

What is service? Service is a law of the soul, a life demonstration, a soul urge, an evolutionary impulse of love. In Virgo, our personality (doing the action) and soul (pouring forth love) unite. We express the soul by offering healing, help, comfort, assistance and service to those in need. The forces of materialism have created a disastrous human crisis. It is a battle for the survival of humanity. World Servers stand with and support the Forces of Light, responding with the Three Jewels: 1) the Teachings (compassion), 2) the Dharma (our service), and 3) the Sangha (creating safe communities). Together.

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Venus Direct, Mercury Retro Soon, Honoring Our Labors

Venus Direct, Mercury Retro Soon, Honoring Our Labors

As Burning Man (nine days, Aug. 30-Sept. 7 in the sign of Virgo) burns in the hot white desert sands, a petal of the rose created by retrograde Venus and the twelve-petaled Sun in Virgo’s petals unfold. All of us are on the burning ground (Leo) in the womb (cave of the heart) of the mother (Virgo), gestating for humanity once again (each year) a new state of consciousness. Both Virgo and Cancer, feminine (receptive energies) signs, are from our last solar system (Pleiades). When humanity first appeared on Earth we were nurtured by the mother, a matriarchy of energies (on islands in the Pacific). Eve, Isis and Mary are part of the lineages of our ancient Mother.

Overseen by the Pleiades, the Earth (matter, mater, the mother) in that last solar system was imbued with intelligence (Ray 3). As we move toward autumn, another mother, Ceres realizes she has mere weeks left with her beloved daughter, Persephone. Persimmon and pomegranate trees prepare for autumn, their colors signs of hope as the light each day continues to dim.

Sunday, Venus in Leo turns stationary direct, yet continues in her shadow until Oct. 9 (when retrograde Mercury turns direct). Slowly our newly assessed values emerge from the Venus retrograde. We thought in Venus retro how to use our resources more effectively. Mercury retrogrades Sept. 17.

Monday is Labor Day. Let us honor the labor of everyone, all life a “labor.” Let us honor Labor Day and all those who have “served” (labored for) us this past year. We honor their labors. We honor the labor of our parents, those who have loved us. We honor our own labors, too. We are all in service, we are all laboring. We are all valuable.

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Seasons of Opportunity

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.”

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Secret Life of Virgo

Secret Life of Virgo

Be careful on Thursday. We could stumble, wound, hurt, be unaware or have revelations that create a revolution. Mercury the messenger interacts with Chiron (wounds seeking healing) and Uranus (the unusual, apocryphal, revelatory thoughts leading to revolutionary actions). Scorpio Moon Thursday. Be aware of mysteries, secrets and hidden agendas.

Friday, the Sun in Leo (its last days in Leo) squares Saturn in Scorpio. We are to be aware of rules, creating needed boundaries in our lives, following directions, listening to the Teacher (the Soul).

Saturday, the last Leo Sun day, we may be confused, in a dream, steering our ships to destinations unknown. Direction appears late in the afternoon. Sunday, before dawn, the Sun enters Virgo. The Virgin appears, pregnant with new realities, the Soul, the new Kingdom on Earth. Virgo spreads her cape over the world, protecting humanity and Earth’s kingdoms, “nurturing and nourishing the little ones.” In Virgo, two lights are seen—one is bright and strong. This is the light of form (outer reality). Virgo is an Earth sign. The other light is faint and dim (inner spiritual reality), the light of spirit, the holy child, gestating in Virgo’s womb. One light (spirit) is waxing, the other (form) waning. Virgo gives birth at winter solstice.

There is always a stirring and a quickening within Virgo. A purity, a preparation, a grace seeking its rightful place in the material world, aspiring always to serve and fulfill its life task, to go perform right functions when needed. Virgo works with the devas, angels and archangels, great beings of light. Virgo’s spiritual task is to “protect the light.” This is the light of the soul, the light within each of us, the light of the angels. These are the hidden tasks and secrets of Virgo.

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Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo

Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo

When the Sun and/or planets move through the sign Virgo, everyone begins to talk more. Talk, talk, talk and more talk. There’s a reason. Talking helps us sort out and integrate experiences, thoughts and ideas. Mercury and Jupiter are now in Virgo, which means a surplus of ideas flowing through minds. Thus, lots of talking. Mercury is exalted in Virgo. Jupiter expands Virgo.

Virgo has a great ability to see, point out, discuss and tend to earthly details. Pisces loves Virgo (sometimes). Pisces peers through clouds and veils, not quite understanding the Earth plane. Pisces is water (flowing) to Virgo’s Earth (solid). Often, Pisces turns to Virgo to understand those details before returning behind the veils. Veils are a comfort for Pisces, but for Virgo they are a frustration. Virgo is busy, serving all the time, seeing everyone’s potential, working and waiting for that potential to come forward.

While Mercury is in Virgo we must be detailed and precise in our communication, discriminating in our choices without emotional or critical reactions.

Jupiter is the enthusiastic big picture. In Virgo, Jupiter offers the larger context surrounding the details. Both are needed.

Jupiter in Virgo is a bit cautious, less exuberant, and hides its enthusiasm (at first). Jupiter becomes the professor speaking of religions, philosophies, culture and travel. Jupiter invites Virgo onto the playground, to take a rare quenching gulp of pleasure. At first, Virgo uses a thousand words (Mercury) to say, “No. I must be efficient, tend to details, create routines and schedules, and order daily life. I have no time to play.” Jupiter laughs. He has lots of time. Jupiter remains in Virgo for an entire year (till September 2016).

Friday, Aug. 14, is Leo new moon. The New Group of World Servers invites everyone to the Leo festival by reciting the Soul and Great Invocations. “Let light, love and power restore the plan on Earth.”

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Humanity in a Time of Crisis

Humanity in a Time of Crisis

In Leo, we are on the Burning Grounds, given tests, standing in the fire. The crisis builds the fire of knowledge in our minds. Our God is a fire, Agni. In these sacrifices occurring in our families, towns, cities and world, a critical question arises: what is our response? When experiencing shocks, loss, devastation, exhaustion, and inexorable grief, we are in danger of losing our hearts. We don’t know how to respond. Leo is the heart of all that matters, calling us to maintain connection with our hearts, thus poised within the heart of all that matters, and to call forth our spiritual will of goodness. When we stand in spiritual will, we help the forces of light “seal the door where evil dwells.”

Here is a Mantra of Oneness; the Mantram of Unification. We recite it each day, together and from now on: The daughters and sons of men (humanity) are one. And I am one with them. I seek to love, not hate. I seek to serve and not exact due service.
 I seek to heal, not hurt. Let pain bring due reward of light and love.
 Let the Soul control the outer form, And life and all events.
 And bring to light the love that underlies the happenings of the time.

Let vision come and insight.
 Let the future stand revealed.
 Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
 Let love prevail. Let us all love more.

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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