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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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Our Gifts - Fiery Sacrificial Lights to One Another

Our Gifts - Fiery Sacrificial Lights to One Another

Wednesday is Christmas Eve, Hanukkah ends and the Moon is in Aquarius, calling for the new world to take shape at midnight. Thursday morning, the sun, at the Tropic of Capricorn, begins moving northward. The desire currents are stilled. A great benediction of spiritual force (Capricorn’s Rays 1, 3, 7) streams into Earth. Temple bells ring out. The heavens bend low; the Earth is lifted up to the Light.

Angels and Archangels chant, “On Earth, peace, goodwill to all.” As these forces stream into the Earth they assume long swirling lines of light, in the likeness of the Madonna and Child. The holy child is born. Let our hearts be “impressed” with and hold this picture, especially because Christmas may be difficult this year.

Christmas Day is void of course moon (v/c moon), which means we may feel somewhat disconnected from one another. It’s difficult to connect in a v/c moon. Try anyway. Mercury joins Pluto in Capricorn. Uh oh … we don’t bring up the past containing any dark and difficult issues. We are to attempt new ways of communicating—expressing aspirations and love for one another, replacing wounding, sadness, lostness, and hurts of the past. Play soothing music, pray together, have the intention for peace, harmony and goodwill. Don’t be surprised if things feel out of control and/or arguments arise. We remember, before a new harmony emerges, chaos and crisis come first to clear the air. We are to be the harmonizers.

Christmas evening is more harmonious, less difficult, more of what Christmas should be— radiations of love, sharing, kindness, compassion and care. Sunday, Feast Day of the Holy Family, is surprising. Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2014. Taurus moon, a stabilizing energy, ushers in the New Year. Happy New Year, everyone! Peace to everyone. Let us realize we are gifts radiating diamond light to one another. Living sacrificial flames!

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We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

Saturday, July 4, is the 239th birthday of the United States, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence (the U.S. astrology chart has Aquarius moon—freedom for its people, by its people). Cancer, a liberating and initiating sign, is the “gate” where Spirit enters matter. Cancer receives and distributes Ray 3 (Divine Intelligence) and Ray 7 (new rules, new rhythms, new free nation under God). Cancer represents an intelligent freethinking humanity that can and must create right economics for the world. This means a policy of sharing, an opportunity for the U.S. when Venus (money, resources, possessions, etc.) retrogrades July and August in Leo (the heart of the matter). The United States has a unique spiritual task for the world: to lead humanity within and toward the light, accomplished by its people who must first awaken to this task, learn discrimination and be directed by the soul to assume the Herculean task of spiritual world leadership. Let us review the first words of our Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.” Let us form that union together. The following is a review of the spiritual tasks for each sign. Read all the signs. They all apply to everyone.  

 

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