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Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Thursday is full moon, Scorpio solar festival. The focus is on the Scorpio keynote, “Warriors we are, and from the battles we emerge triumphant.” We (humanity) are Hercules, the warrior/world disciple, battling the nine-headed Hydra—the Nine Scorpio Tests, the nine tests of the personality; three for each level: physical, emotional, lower mental. The tests discern if we are strong enough to stand with the forces of light battling the forces of darkness.

One of the mental tests of Scorpio is cruelty. The spiritual ruler of Scorpio is Mercury. Mercury (now in Libra, right human relations) reminds us to “do no harm” (ahimsa), to not be cruel, to tend to our thoughts and language with tender care.

During Scorpio we become resourceful, determined, fearless, intuitive, darkly witty, investigative and profound, with desires secret and mysterious. We may go into hiding, display suspicion and skepticism, stubbornness, determination, and we are often emotionally on edge. Scorpio presents an interesting mix of depth psychology. Research is best during Scorpio, seeking the heart of all matters. When we find what we’re searching for, we “capture” it and make it our own.

Our intelligence becomes highly instinctive; we strategize. There’s a warning in Scorpio, that we do not criticize, judge, opinionate, insinuate or be vindictive. We will challenge others and be challenged in return. Intrigue, hidden motives, and mysteries may appear. We must discern between reality and mental illusions. Ruling Scorpio (sign of power, passion and intensity), Mercury reminds us communication can either create or destroy another. We remember Elvis’ (Jupiter in Scorpio) song “Don’t be Cruel.”  We do no harm (ahimsa).

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Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

We’re in Scorpio now—things mysterious, ageless, hidden, sometimes scary. Friday is Halloween; Saturday, All Saints Day; Sunday, All Soul’s Day. Sunday morning at 2 a.m. (after midnight), Daylight Savings Time ends. Clocks are turned back. Tuesday is the General Election. Our vote is our voice. Each vote matters. Applying freedom of choice—Libra’s teachings. It’s time to build Halloween, All Saints and All Souls altars—with marigolds, pumpkins, sugar skeletons, copal (incense), pomegranates, persimmons, candy corn and cookies, orange and black. It’s so Saturn (now in Scorpio). Saturn is the dweller on the threshold (like St. Peter at the gates of heaven). Saturn can look like a Halloween creature—a gargoyle—a fantastic dragon-like creature protecting sacred sites. The dweller (Saturn) stands at the door or threshold of sacred mysteries, wisdom temples, inner sanctums of churches, offering protection, scaring evil away.

The last day of October and first two days of November, when veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about, are times of remembrance, forgiveness, reconciliation and rapprochement. These actions liberate us. At death, when reviewing our lives and the consequences of our actions if we have forgiven, then we are free, less encumbered with grief and sadness. We place forgiveness on our altars.

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s good to dress up as what we’re afraid of. Or whom we would mentor. Then we become one with them. Note to readers: by Thanksgiving I will need a place to live (with purpose). Please contact me if you know of a place where I can rest for awhile. Teach and build community. [email protected] I will be leaving my mother’s home for the last time.

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Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

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Libra's Two Choices

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international).

During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

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True Heroes Amidst Weary Humanity

True Heroes Amidst Weary Humanity

We have a complex week, beginning with a full moon lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Oct. 8. For three months prior and three months after, eclipses bring change to our lives. The lunar eclipse brings to a close something in our outer daily lives, its usefulness completed. We know what area of life will be affected when consulting our astrology charts. Wednesday’s eclipse, which overshadows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is at 15 degrees Libra. Libra and Aries are especially influenced.
During this time we also have Mercury retrograde in Libra and a potent Venus/Pluto/Uranus T-square in the heavens. Venus is in Libra. It can signify our personal relationships, money and the world economy. Venus, combined with Pluto and Uranus brings forth urgent, surprising and transformative change. Let us watch the news for events. We already had the protests in Hong Kong demanding balance and stability in their future economy and government. The forces of darkness do not have this on their agenda and will do all they can to destabilize humanity’s unified wishes.
However, most of humanity, wearied of war, seeks to inaugurate a new era of harmony and cooperation. We must build the new era communities to bring this forth. The trend of human thinking and the heart is towards the cessation of conflict. This is an event of major importance and indicates an important turning point in human affairs. This trend is impulsed by a weariness of fighting wars, by recognizing the value in human accomplishment, and by a recognition that true greatness is expressed by those who see life itself, humanity, earth’s kingdoms and the entire world as one united, interrelated, cooperative and harmonized whole. They seek to educate humanity in the principles of harmony, goodwill and right relations. Those who struggle for this world perspective and unity are the true heroes. These are the New Group of World Servers (NGWS). Let us join in this endeavor together recognizing ourselves part of this world-serving group.

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Yom Kippur as Mercury Retrogrades

Yom Kippur as Mercury Retrogrades

Mercury retrogrades on Saturday. We know the “rules” by now. As Mercury stations retrograde, we also end the 10 days of repentance (forgiving and being forgiven) with Yom Kippur, the Jewish festival of judgment and remembrance. On Rosh Hashanah God “opened” the books of judgment and creation, observing humanity for acts of goodness, kindness, forgiveness and service. Judgment has been “pending,” and prayers, forgiveness and service were required. Then on Yom Kippur, Friday and Saturday, the judgment is "sealed" (by God and the Heavenly Court).
But the verdict is still not finalized. There’s still an additional chance, positive expectation (until Sukkot, Oct. 8-15) and hope that God will see that we were or are “good.” Good is better than perfect.
May everyone be inscribed by God in the creation book. Let us prepare plates of apples and honey, pomegranates and wine, sharing with family and friends wishing everyone an upcoming “sweet year.”
Celebrating all religions helps us create together the new Aquarian world religion, which incorporates all religious teachings. At their hearts they’re all the same. We join together with our brothers and sisters around the world, participating in their holy festivities. Let us remember also to forgive everyone.

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Under the shadow of the Libra new moon, the Jewish High Holy Days (ten days) begin Thursday with Rosh Hashanah. On this day of rest God judges us for the coming year. We gather with family, recite penitential prayers next to natural flowing waters, ask for forgiveness, listen for the shofar (rams horn trumpet), and eat sweet apples and honey so the New Year is sweet. We wish each other L’Shana Tova - May you have a good year. As we celebrate different religious festivals throughout the year, it’s important to understand them. They form the foundation of the new world religion in the Aquarian Age.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

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Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.
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