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Living Thankfully—For Each New Morning With its Light

Living Thankfully—For Each New Morning With its Light

Thanksgiving is Thursday (it’s Hanukkah, eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights). Mercury in Scorpio trines Jupiter in Cancer—a cosmic message (Mercury) of thankfulness (Jupiter). Let us begin a ritual of Living Thankfully in the coming days and weeks. Let us remember to perform actions today (tomorrow, etc.) that we will be thankful for in the future.
Let us be thankful for…
• The difficulties in our lives, including difficult people. They help us learn patience, a virtue. The virtues are needed at the time of our death to carry us from the darkness into the Light
• Knowing all is perfect in our world.
• That love underlies all happenings.
• Realizing it’s thankful people who are happy (not the other way around).
• Knowing there’s something good in every day, we stay thankful.
• For the people (animals, plants, events in our lives). They belong to us, choosing us this lifetime.

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Sagittarius: The Archer

Sagittarius: The Archer

It’s time to understand the Sun in and Light of the Archer, Sagittarius— sign of abundance, of sharing food, good cheer, things bountiful, adventuresome and expansive. What are the characteristics of this sign? Sagittarius is musician, publisher, adventurer and lover of food. Sagittarius, a fire sign, adapts to changing conditions, inspires others to take action. Always on a journey, filled with optimism (Jupiter’s influence), Sag is the wanderer, optimist and  archer—setting goals, reaching those goals, setting new goals. Ambivalent to the social order of things, Sag, unable to be restricted, values, above all, personal freedom.

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Humanity – Combating the Forces of Materiality

Humanity – Combating the Forces of Materiality

Chiron, the wound that heals us, (9 degrees Pisces) turns direct Tuesday. From the many Scorpio battles and Nine Tests, humanity feels wounded, yet at the end, is triumphant.
Sunday (full moon) is the Scorpio solar festival. Scorpio is the sign of trials, testing (nine tests), struggles and battles. Eventually triumph predominates.  Scorpio has three symbols (three levels of awareness) – scorpion (on the ground), Eagle (in the air), Phoenix (on the mountaintop).

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And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

Jupiter is a planet that expands all of us, increasing our experiences, knowledge and understanding of life, representing optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. Jupiter in Cancer (sign of nurturing one another) turns stationary retrograde Thursday, Nov. 7 (retrograde 120 days till March 10, 2014). Jupiter’s retrograde motion makes a tiny loop in the sky against a background of stars. Ruler of truth-speaking Sagittarius, Jupiter is our integrity and honesty (and everyone else’s), our authenticity, philosophy, sense of justice—larger perspectives in life.

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Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Thursday is Halloween. Hopefully “something ‘wicked’ our way comes.” It’s also Samhain – Irish Gaelic festival marking the beginning of winter ("darker half" of the year) and harvest’s end. In ancient times bonfires were lit for warmth and protection. During these days, the veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about. We set a place at the table for departed loved ones, especially children. In Mexico it’s Dia de Muertos—candy skeletons, copal (incense) burning and marigolds decorating altars and gravestones. Friday is All Saints Day, Saturday All Souls Day. Honoring our family, friends, relatives who have been “called back.” They now wait for us.

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Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

With Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, we are in a time of renewal, tending to matters of the past that, eventually, must be left behind. It’s a time of rest and inner reflections resulting in illumination (Scorpio’s meditation). During times of reflection (Mercury’s retro in Scorpio), our minds review and assess the past. We focus on finances, values, aspirations and motivations. With Scorpio it’s important to explore emotional intimacy.

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Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde

Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse,  Mercury Retrograde

Friday is the Libra solar festival (full moon) lunar eclipse—something in form has reached the end of its purpose. It disappears. Eventually something newer and more appropriate appears. However, we still must choose. Will we return to the past or focus on creating the future? Thus we understand the Libra keynote “I chose the way that leads between two great lines of force.”
Monday, early morning, Mercury turns stationary retrograde, 18 degrees Scorpio (retro until Nov. 10 at 2 degrees Scorpio).

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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

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From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past

 

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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