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Festival of Humanity, World Invocation

Festival of Humanity, World Invocation Thursday is the full moon (6.33 degrees Gemini/Sag), the Gemini solar Festival of Humanity and World Invocation Day. This is the 3rd major full moon festival of the year. At the moment of the full moon (4:07 p.m. Pacific time), the initiating idea of Aries to build the new culture and civilization and the sustaining of this idea by Taurus  are distributed to Earth, awaiting humanity and all Earth’s kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human). All over the world, the New Group of World Servers and the women and men of Goodwill will recite the Great Invocation (thus World Invocation Day), the great Mantram of Direction for humanity (it follows the Our Father prayer, given to humanity during Atlantean times).
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Gemini—a Line of Light Beams and Interplay

Gemini—a Line of Light Beams and InterplaySun enters Gemini Thursday evening. This week preparations are undertaken by the New Group of World Servers for the Gemini Full moon, next Thursday, May 27, the third most important full moon of the year. Gemini, often playful and happy, also displays duality (Castor & Pollux) in all its form. Gemini is the “light of interplay,” a line of light beams revealing all that opposes.
Gemini teaches us about duality, the relationship between two things. Gemini tells us that form and matter consists of this duality and relationship. If we think upon these words realizing Gemini people (Sun, Moon, Rising, Mars, Ascendant, etc.) display these characteristics, we better understand Gemini tasks and purposes in our lives. Humanity experiences Gemini behaviors and characteristics during the month of Gemini each year.
Gemini receives and distributes Ray 2 (Love/Wisdom) from a star in the Big Bear (and from Sirius). When the fact of duality is fully understood (and accepted), love and wisdom result. Gemini works with Mercury (Ray 4, Harmony Through Conflict). Both are the sign and planet of relatedness. Gemini and Mercury link, correlate and connect two things, introduce two people or events and then disappear. Their work of relating being complete, they move onto the next area of life needing connectivity. Gemini and Mercury are with us one moment, gone the next. They are like butterflies in a field. We can’t catch them. They build the Antakarana, the Rainbow Bridge, between Spirit and matter.
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United Nations Day of Families

United Nations Day of FamiliesThis is our last week of Taurus, sign of Enlightenment. The Forces of Enlightenment are preparing for the Gemini Festival of Humanity. Thursday night is Taurus new moon. The Taurus personality-building seed thought is “Let struggle be undismayed.” Our personality learns the nature of form and matter through struggling with duality. Before the Soul directs the personality it too must learn about duality. From understanding duality, we learn discrimination and the ability to choose right from wrong, good from bad, light from dark. A mantra (the NGWS recite daily) from the Upanishads reflecting this is, “Lead us, oh Lord, from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, from death to immortality.”  Saturday, May 15 (observed May 13), is the United Nations International Day of Families. Families are the first community we experience. Family is a primary social unit and the foundation for society. It is an instrument (basic school) for education, culture, character building, ethics, virtues, responsibility and peace (or war). Through family we experience Ray 4, Harmony that emerges from Conflict. Humanity is Ray 4. Family, all types of families, is a crucible for learning. A village can be a family. The UN focus on families this year (2010) is “The impact of migration on families around the world,” as 214 million people have migrated to different countries in search of food, stability, employment and to escape war. Family members are left behind during migrations creating great emotional upheaval. As we ponder upon these ideas, and work to strengthen our family units, let us “open our hearts to the needs of migrants and their families.” Each family is a “holy family.”
This Sunday, 4 pm, join Jozseph Schultz’s family of friends for his flower festival foods, 418 Front St. The Age of Aquarius is the Age of Flowers. For rez: www.10.cruzio.com/w10a091/ordering.html. See you there, everyone. Read more daily at Risa’s Esoteric Astrology Facebook.
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Mother of the World & Mercury Direct

Mother of the World & Mercury Direct

It’s Mother’s Day Sunday. And so, from our heart, let us give thanks for our mothers. Let’s pray also for those who have lost their mothers, who never knew their biological mothers, mothers who adopted or were adopted. We also pray for families separated by wars, disasters or conflict. Mother’s Day morning is Pisces (compassion) moon with a v/c from 1:12 p.m. till 2:29 p.m. (Pacific time) when Aries moon begins. Planning the day around these energies helps the day be successful (or not). I suggest not giving mother gifts during the v/c. In Santa Cruz, Mother’s Day is also the Day of the Reskilling Expo, Temple Beth El, Aptos, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a painting titled Mother of the World by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. See:  american-buddha.com/mother.world.htm. Note her covered eyes. In the Aquarian Age, when justice prevails, when women and men are equal, when the scales are balanced, perhaps the veil will be removed.

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The Times They Are a-Changin'

The Times They Are a-Changin'

We are in the midst of the Three Spring Festivals which are the foundations of the New World Religion forming as the Aquarian Age continues to unfold. In the past weeks we’ve experienced multiple planetary shifts, the purposes being to create the new Earth and the new world humanity is to work within. Sun entering Taurus (in Mercury retro) brought us Vulcan (Ray 1), the erupting Icelandic volcano and the resulting canceling of Europe’s air travel. Chiron in Pisces is helping us review and renew the visions and prophecies of the 1960s. Saturn opposite Uranus has changed time (there is no more time as we have known it) and continues to adjust the world economy. The full moons of Aries & Taurus called forth the Forces of Restoration (to restore the Plan on Earth) and Enlightenment (illuminating humanity’s minds to causal reality). And there’s more to come. At the Festival of Humanity (Gemini solar festival) Uranus (revolution) enters Aries (all things new), then Jupiter enters Aries (and the Aquarian Age truly begins), Saturn will conjunct Pluto (continued transformation of all structures).

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Wesak Festival: Buddha Blesses the World

Wesak Festival: Buddha Blesses the World

Two celebrations (Earth Day on Thursday, Wesak on Wednesday) and one major transit (Saturn opposite Uranus) are the focus this week. Often Earth is not acknowledged in astrology charts. In esoteric astrology, Earth is placed opposite the Sun sign. The symbol for Earth is a cross within a circle. Earth (Ray 3) is a planet developing Divine Intelligence (Ray 3) and the activity of the Holy Spirit (Ray 3) which distributes the purpose of this solar system (2nd or 3), the Will(ingness) to Love). These are the esoteric (inner) reasons for Earth Day.

On Monday the Dweller on the Threshold (Saturn) opposes (eventual integration) the planet of revolution (Uranus) for the fourth time (fifth occurs in July). Saturn and Uranus are the rulers of Libra (Ray 3, economics). Earth (Ray 3) is presently experiencing a breakdown of past structures (Saturn) so the new culture and civilization (Uranus) can be created. Simultaneously, the Aquarian Age is about to more fully manifest (June with Uranus & Jupiter entering Aries).

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Hermes (Mercury) Retrogrades

Hermes (Mercury) RetrogradesMercury (the wing-footed Hermes) retrogrades Sunday, April 18 (East Coast) at 12 degrees Taurus. It’s the second (of four) Mercury retro this year, all in earth signs: Capricorn (January), Taurus (April), Virgo (August) and again in December (Cap). Mercury retro in Taurus calls us to review our values, money and possessions. What and where are they? During Mercury retro all of humanity, events and earth’s kingdoms collectively retreat (except for those born with Mercury retrograde). As Mercury governs our thinking, communication, interactions, transportation, when retro, there is confusion, everything works backwards, sideways or not at all. Everyone’s driving in reverse, looking in a rear-view mirror, and concentrating on inner worlds of reality. It is actually not very safe unless we are consciously aware at all moments. We do not move forward, destination routes are obstructed and all actions must be re-thought-out, re-done, re-kindled, re-worked, re-assessed, re-envisioned and re-arranged. We’re forced into a state of respite, an interval of doing things differently, a lull in which we rest and recuperate creating weeklong retreats. What if we seriously used the three weeks of Mercury retrograde as times to hideaway, of sanctuary, havens of quietude and refuge? Businesses need to think this way. But it must begin with each individual. Mercury retrograde creates a time of mental relief alerting us that our minds are filled to capacity with information gathered (Gemini task) since the last Mercury retro. With Mercury retro we are given time to review, assess, order and organize (Virgo tasks, Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo) what we know thus making room in our minds for the new information gathered in the next three months (till the next Mercury retro). During Mercury retro we have revelations.
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A Different Revolution

Aries Moon late Wednesday and Thursday. We think new thoughts and initiate new ideas. Sun in Virgo with Saturn in Scorpio help disciples to create orderly structures to anchor and bring forth new ideas. Stabilizing Taurus moon Friday and Saturday. We anchor new ideas into form and matter, like seeds planted in the soil. We tend them, waiting for green shoots to emerge. Like the gestating Virgo Sun Madonna, awaiting the birth of the holy child, the Soul, the new light at winter solstice. Mercury and Chiron converse about what hurts and what heals.Saturday is a complex day with Mercury (communication), Mars (action!) and Uranus (revolution). Mercury in Libra is opposite Uranus in Aries. Oppositions (recognizing something new appearing over there somewhere) eventually synthesize. Mercury in Libra calls for Right Action and Right Relations, especially with money. Uranus in Aries—the revolution this time must be different.  Also on Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius. Where are we going, what are our goals, where’s justice, where’s the mountain, do we have good shoes? Sunday Venus trines Pluto—in-depth assessment of money, values and resources. Gemini moon Monday; we talk a lot, tending to tasks in gardens and neighborhoods. Cancer Moon Tuesday and Wednesday; we nurture and nourish. The stars and planets remind us.Note: William Meader, esoteric author & international teacher, will be speaking on “The Soul of Humanity Evolving Through Crisis” at Meditation Mount, 7pm, Friday, Sept. 12.

 

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