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Libra and Right Relations

Libra and Right Relations

We are under the influence of Libra—ruling relationships, marriage and economics, seeking balance between polarities. We presently see polarities between governments, leaders and nations but especially experience polarity within relationships. Always when there is polarity and tension. Tension creates “attention.” In relationships, under the jurisdiction of Libra, polarities, if not integrated (male/female, etc.), create conflict and with conflict a new harmony within relationship is being called forth—difficult yet a process of learning. Out of conflict there will be harmony, but we don’t know what the New Harmony will be while experiencing the phase of conflict. Feeling chaotic is the first step in creativeness. Relationships are not only battlegrounds. They are schools where we learn how to interact, how to cooperate, love and serve each other. In relationships we learn how to be in relationships and we learn who we are.

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High Holy Days, Forgiveness, Mercury Direct

High Holy Days, Forgiveness, Mercury Direct

It is important to understand, historically and through observance, the practices of humanity’s primary religions because the new Aquarian religion and spirituality are being built upon their foundations. When we are aware of different religious practices, we can incorporate their inner qualities into our lives. In this way, humanity becomes unified, which is the Aquarian task. We are in the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, begun at Rosh Hashanah (Friday, Sept. 18) and ending at Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) on Monday, Sept. 28), when G-d closes the Book of Life. During these 10 days we ask forgiveness from G-d and from each other. Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the Jewish year.

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UN International Day of Peace and a Week of Festivals

UN International Day of Peace and a Week of Festivals

Thursday, Mercury squares Pluto (careful with communication) while Mercury retro re-enters Virgo (careful of criticism and wash hands often). Friday is the new moon festival, 26 degrees Virgo, 11:44 a.m. (Pacific time). Join the NGWS, strengthening the hands and arms of all world servers, by reciting the Soul & Great Invocations and Mantram of Integration. Saturday is Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. Tuesday is Autumn Equinox, Sun enters Libra, and the Year of the Soul begins.

Monday, Sept. 21 is the Feast Day of St. Matthew, tax collector and writer of the first Gospel. Matthew means, “Gift from God.” Monday is also United Nations International Day of Peace (UNIDP), not a holiday but a global event—internationaldayofpeace.org/.

Monday is a day of Peace-building (different than Peace-making or Peace-keeping) where the world’s nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creating a 24 hour period of non-violence and promoting Goodwill, Right Relations leading to Peace.

We know “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And that “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its Peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP focuses on creating a “culture of peace” through education leading to 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 Peace on Earth.” The dove is the symbol for the day.

ARIES (March 21-April 20) New endeavors come forth; all that’s been hidden emerges too and creates a transformative atmosphere around your work and daily life. Work and more work is given to you – work only you can accomplish. It will entail research, going back into the past, ordering, organizing and reassessing all agendas and work plans. You will need to schedule moments of exercise in between. View everything as opportunity.

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Food

Food

Before Virgo Sun is over for the year, with retrograde Mercury re-entering Virgo Sept. 17 (Mercury squares Pluto), with Tuesday’s 3rd Saturn opposite Uranus (revolution and reorganization in the food industry) and Saturn presently in Virgo (structure of our food systems) till entering Libra (relationship and economic housecleaning) Oct. 29, it’s important to look at the present health of our food (health and food are Virgo subjects) industry. Review is a retrograde (which Mercury will be until Sept. 28) task.

From research, examination and analysis of the present U.S. food situation we realize our food (Virgo) system isn’t working and that a restructuring (Saturn) of our food’s quality, sources and distribution is immediately needed. Let’s look at some information. It seems major U.S. corporations actually own much of our organic foods (farms); a handful of corporations own most of the seed companies; large organic health food stores may not be what they seem; many people are no longer cooking; and few families eat together. It is important for us to be informed. At Night Light News I have listed various websites to read about the state of our food industry.

The issues are energy production and distribution. In the Transition Town Movement, emerging from Permaculture design, there is a focus on creative adaptations leading to a sustainable future and one of the major subjects is agriculture and food production.

Food quality, production and distribution and the changes needed fall under the jurisdiction of Virgo, Saturn in Virgo and Saturn opposite Uranus (revolution of present structures). As Pluto (transformation) in Capricorn (business as usual) turns direct Friday, Sept. 11, the changes needed will move forward. Read much more at nightlightnews.com.

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Full Moon, Mercury Retrograde, Labor & Evolution

Full Moon, Mercury Retrograde, Labor & EvolutionFriday is the Full Moon (Virgo/Pisces, 12 degrees, 9:03 a.m. Pacific time). Join the New Group of World Servers by reciting the Soul and Great Invocations at the time of the festival. Each of the twelve signs in the zodiac has a task to perform for humanity. Virgo’s task is to “shield, nurture and finally reveal the hidden spiritual reality within matter and within our lives. Virgo is represented by sheaves of wheat and corn in one hand (representing our spiritual food). Her other hand holds a lamp signifying the Soul shedding light in the darkness. The lamp also represents that within matter (mother, Virgo), gestating quietly and silently, is the Holy Child, the Light of the World, birthed at winter solstice.
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Love/Wisdom, Ray 2, Streams to Earth

Love/Wisdom, Ray 2, Streams to Earth

Both Venus and Mars are in Gemini, sign of duality. If we observe our lives we will see duality come to life. Venus and Mars are also the lovers Psyche (feminine) & Eros (masculine). Gemini’s energy, although dual at first (the two parallel lines indicating two realities, also the World Trade Center buildings) thus always providing humanity with choice, eventually synthesizes as the two lines (brothers) form a triangle with love at the apex. This is the secret of Gemini energy, people, events, times and a certain area in each of our astrology charts.

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Total Eclipse of the SunTuesday night is the 2nd Cancer new moon (29:17 degrees) along with the longest total solar eclipse (the moon, passing between Sun & Earth, completely obscures the Sun’s light) of the 21st century. This eclipse (and the Sun’s corona – tongues of fire), the 2nd in a triplicity, is most visible in China (and parts of India, however India is in the midst of monsoon season), is also visible across SE Asia and western Pacific, lasts a total of 6 ? minutes and is 160 miles wide. The new moon solar eclipse occurs at 7:35 pm Pacific time (9:35 pm; 10:35 pm east coast). The path of totality (tracking the eclipse on the Earth’s surface) lasts 3.4 hours. Eclipses bring inner/outer realities to a completion and thus to an end. Solar eclipses conclude (end, dissolve) substantial inner realities of how we see ourselves. When the moon covers the Sun we must be aware not to allow our desire (emotional) nature dominate. Enlightenment is hidden. Wait awhile. There is not enough vital (Sun) energy to create anew (not yet). Caution. Balance feelings with reason. Or remain quiet until after the eclipse.
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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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