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A Cancer New Moon

A Cancer New Moon

Thursday is the 237th birthday of the United States (Declaration of Independence)  formed under the liberating sign of Cancer (Ray 2 of Divine Intelligence, equalized economics, intelligent thinking humanity). The United States continues to experience economic changes and transformation in the coming months. The astrology of change (of the Ages) experienced within the United States coincides with the failing of the (old) economic structures worldwide. It looks like breakdown everywhere in the world. When there is breakdown, there is a simultaneous release of energy, which produces new opportunities for the creation of a new world. We are in this time now. Things are very unusual and unpredictable, irregular, capricious and at times random. The rules, archetypes and templates of life are changing as we stand in between times and ages.

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Venus Enters Leo, the Luminous Creative Mind

Venus Enters Leo, the Luminous Creative Mind

Venus enters Leo Thursday. Everyone’s creativity, all different, awakens the next thirty days. We’ll be bold and expressive with feelings. Dramatic, too. In personal relationship we seek out our favorite people. Leo is the sign that needs appreciation, recognition and praise in order to evolve. We will either praise others or seek others to praise and recognize us. On the Soul level, Venus in Leo praises everyone. As Leo is the sign of children, we see everyone as a child of God, a love object to be cherished.

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Summer Solstice, Full Moon, Mercury Retros

Summer Solstice, Full Moon, Mercury Retros

Thursday, late night West Coast (10:04 p.m.) and just after midnight (Central and East Coast) Friday, summer begins. Sun enters the sign of Cancer, resting for three days at the Tropic of Cancer. Soon, the Sun’s light will lessen, the light moving southward. Within the light there is always a balance of darkness. When summer begins, Archangel Uriel assumes protection of the Earth. The Devic Kingdom (plant kingdom angelic builders) prepare for their Midsummer Night’s Dream woodland wedding. Friday is the longest day of light for the year. Friday is also World Refugee Day. www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/ - nineteen million refugees in are without a home.
Sunday (full moon) is the Cancer (2 degrees) solar festival. Jupiter, heart of Aquarius, joins this festival. We recite Cancer’s most invocative keynote—“I build a Lighted House and Therein Dwell.”
We reflect upon and pray for the homeless refugees during this festival. Cancer is the Gate where Spirit first enters matter. Cancer’s light is the “Light within form, the diffused light of substance itself, the ‘dark light of matter’. This dark light awaits the Light of the Soul.” The Soul builds the “lighted house” within us.

Friday through Sunday is “World Peace, Prayer, Harmony and Honoring Sacred Sites Day” where all nations, all faiths recite One Prayer for the welfare of the Earth. http://worldpeaceandprayerday.com/.
Early morning Wednesday Mercury, star of communication and conflict, turns stationary retrograde (23 Cancer). We all know by now what not to do. And what to do—through July 19.

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Flag Day, Father’s Day and Chiron

Flag Day, Father’s Day and Chiron

Another week of complex planetary energies falling to Earth. Mars interacts with Pluto (inconjunct), Uranus (sextile) and Chiron (square, challenge, ouch!). We won’t know how to comprise, we’ll want to be friends but our hurts will challenge that desire.

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Let Instability Do Its Work

Let Instability Do Its Work

We are moving toward Summer solstice. Friday is complex with multiple interactions and interchanges between the moon and planets Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Neptune.

Saturday is the last new moon (18 degrees Gemini) before summer. “Let instability do its work” is the Gemini personality-building keynote explaining the unpredictable changes, constant vicissitudes, lack of stability, structure, cohesion and unity among humanity, countries and nations. Instability has purpose, creating awareness that harmony is needed. Understanding Gemini’s personality keynote is important when encountering instability, conflict and chaos. 

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The Task of Gemini—Revealing Duality

The Task of Gemini—Revealing Duality

The days, weeks and months of 2013 have slipped by. Time has accelerated. We’re moving into a new world where time and space are experienced differently. They’re collapsed. The particle has become the wave. And so, here we are in Gemini, the sign that reveals the concept of duality.

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Uniting All That Has Been Separated

Uniting All That Has Been Separated

The New Group of World Servers has been holding in safeguarding the Wesak blessing (the Will-to-Good for humanity) since the last full moon in April (Wesak). At Friday’s full moon lunar eclipse (an outer reality disappears), the Gemini Festival of Humanity & Goodwill (and World Invocation Day), this blessing will be dispersed to humanity for the purpose of creating Goodwill & Right Relations throughout the world. It’s a vital and important solar festival, working with the Forces of Reconstruction who appear in times of need to help humanity “restore the Ancient Mysteries and the original Plan on Earth,” hidden and obscured by the Forces of Materialism.

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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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