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Winter Solstice, Gifts, Our Eyes Toward Bethlehem

Winter Solstice, Gifts, Our Eyes Toward Bethlehem

Monday, Dec. 21 at 8:48 p.m. (West Coast time) the Sun enters Capricorn. The days before solstice (and Christmas) are days of quiet expectancy. The four candles of the Advent wreath have been lit. There’s a deepening within nature, a hushed reserve, a gathering of strength for what’s to come. Earth’s kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal, human—feel hope and anticipation together—a spark of flame at each center. At solstice, that flame burns brighter. Darkness gives way to the light. We hold out our hands to each other in gladness. The new light of winter solstice uplifts the Earth to the kingdoms of beauty.

At winter solstice the Sun rests at the Tropic of Capricorn for three days before its rays, with the promise of summer, move northward once again. There is expectancy in the temple and in the stable. The Hierarchy and New Group of World Servers begin preparations for Wesak. The Archangel Gabriel assumes his post of protection over Earth and her kingdoms. The angelic Cherubim from the constellation Cancer, guardians of mothers, babies, children, fathers and all families begin surrounding the Earth. A new light, a star is faintly seen in the sky. All of life is hushed in expectation. Looking up we “set our eyes toward Bethlehem.”

Gifts

On our journey toward the light, and like the three Magi Astrologer Kings, what gifts for each sign shall we bring? See below.

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Forces of Light and Dark, and the New Group of World Servers

Forces of Light and Dark, and the New Group of World Servers

Wednesday, Dec. 9, Pluto opposes Sirius (13 Capricorn/Cancer joining the US Sun, 12 Cancer). Sirius is the star of karma, freedom and initiation. Pluto is the planet of transformation and purification. In our present world the forces of darkness are attacking (and eliminating) humanity’s four freedoms. Defined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the four freedoms are:, 1. Freedom of Speech, 2. Freedom of Worship, 3. Freedom from Want, and 4. Freedom from Fear. The dark forces, through constantly created terrorizing events and cultivating a culture of fear, threaten humanity’s well-being.

The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) is called to counteract this attack through daily meditation, prayer, visualizations and reciting the soul and great invocations. The situation in our world is now in a state of emergency. The Sirius/Pluto opposition affects all of humanity, specifically the United States—whose task is to “lead humanity toward the Light.” Thus, the first Initiation––birthing a new spiritual reality of life into the world.

Friday, Dec. 11 is the Sagittarius (seeing the goal) new moon. During new moon festivals we “strengthen the endeavors of the New Group of World Servers (NGWS).” Strength to support the forces of light in their battle against the forces of darkness.

Saturday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, mother of the Americas. We invoke the Mother to help us recognize the higher values coming into our world. Understanding the need for change, we stand with the wise engineering of these changes. We call forth control by the soul to direct humanity, world leaders and all nations. This is our journey and our work together under the Sagittarius Light. May we all step forward. “Doing our part.”

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Advent: Preparing for Winter Solstice

Advent: Preparing for Winter Solstice

During the month of Sagittarius—a joyful (due to Jupiter) yet hectic (holiday preparations) time of year when the darkness increases, we can begin to feel disconnected from the Sun’s light, and our natural connections to the Earth seem distant. During the season of what seems like endless darkness, there are festivals, religious, spiritual and secular (worldly), which help us reconnect, give us strength and focus (a Sag word) us on what is merry and bright. Advent, a four-week seasonal event, is one of these festivals. Advent is Latin for “something is to come.”

Advent is a preparatory festival of lights following Thanksgiving. Advent articulates for us that, in the darkness of the late autumn to winter season, we are all in a state of waiting. Waiting for the Sun’s return, for light and for warmth. Advent signifies the light in the darkness—a festival of lighting candles, one more each week for four weeks. The candles are in a circle, signifying the circle/spiral of life.

Advent began Sunday, Nov. 29. Fresh evergreen wreaths are made. Four candles (one rose and three lavender) are placed around the circle, one white candle in the center.

The Advent ritual is a preparation, offering us an awareness of time—the four weeks leading up to winter solstice (birth of new light) and Christmas (Holy Child’s birth). We are not confused. The two are the same. Each night the candles are lit. Each Sunday another candle is lit. Until, by winter solstice, all four candles, along with the middle candle, are lit through Christmas (Dec. 25). At winter solstice each year, the hierarchy begins preparations for Wesak (May Buddha Festival, 2016). With our Advent’s inner light, we begin preparations with them.

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Gratitude—For Each New Morning With its Light

Gratitude—For Each New Morning With its Light

The full moon of Wednesday brings light to Thanksgiving (Thursday) under the Sagittarius Sun and Mercury. Mercury in Sag offers humanity the message (Mercury) of thankfulness and joy (Jupiter). No other sign represents food, music and joy better than Sagittarius (only Pisces, when not in despair). Beginning on Thanksgiving, we can list what we’re grateful for. Then we can continue the list, creating a daily Gratitude Journal. What we are grateful for always increases in our lives. On Thanksgiving Saturn/Neptune square (challenging) is in full effect. This can manifest as traditions not being honored, disappearing, falling away. It can also create a sense of sadness, confusion, of things not working out as planned. It’s best to be as simple as possible. And to focus on gratitude instead.

Gratitude is a service to others. It is scientifically and occultly a releasing agent. Releasing us from the past, allowing our future—the new culture and civilization, the new Aquarian laws and principles, the rising light of Aquarius, the Age of Friendship and Equality—to come forth. Gratitude and goodwill create the “thought-form of solution for humanity and the world’s problems.” The hierarchy lays great emphasis upon expressing gratitude. Gratitude illuminates all that is in darkness. Let us be grateful during this season together. Being, for others, the light that illuminates the darkness.

A Poem by R.W. Emerson: We are grateful … “For each new morning with its light/For rest and shelter of the night/For health and food/For love and friends/For everything thy goodness sends.” (poem by R.W. Emerson). I am grateful for my family of readers.

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Simplicity Preparing for Thanksgiving

Simplicity Preparing for Thanksgiving

When we study and apply astrology in our daily lives, we are anchoring new Aquarian thinking. Study, application and use of astrology, understanding its language, builds the new world, the new culture and civilization. Astrologers are able to plan right timing and right action. Next week is Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 26). It’s good to understand the energies influencing us in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. When we know these things we are able to make Right Choices, have Right Action. We link heaven and Earth, our minds with the starry energies that influence us. Let us consider the following influences.

The North Node (point in space where sun and moon meet, representing humanity’s present/future pathway) has just entered Virgo. Virgo is about food, purity, cleanliness, service, detail, order and organization. What can we learn from this? Because these energies are available to us we, too, can have intentions and a rhythm of order and organization, purity and cleanliness.

Sunday, the sun enters Sag, joining Mercury (we have high ideals, many goals). Tuesday, Mercury/Saturn (structured disciplined thinking) squares Neptune (thoughts, ideas, goals dissolve away). Wednesday is 3 degree Sagittarius solar festival (full moon).

Sag’s keynote is, “We see a goal, we achieve that goal, and then we see another.” We might have many plans and goals for Thanksgiving. However, on Thanksgiving those goals may be dashed. Saturn (structure) squares Neptune. All structures and plans dissolve and fall away. What is our response to this? We simplify all that we do. We plan on everything changing. We don’t fret. We adapt instead. Adaptation is the behavior of the Disciple. Sagittarius is the sign of the Disciple. 

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Understanding Scorpio and the Nine Tests

Understanding Scorpio and the Nine Tests

During Scorpio each year—and particularly with those born with Scorpio Sun, Ascendant, Moon, Mars, Venus, the nodes, etc.—humanity is given great tests and challenges. We sense a constant state of warring and of battle occurring. This battle is purposeful. Scorpio calls each of us to a state of spiritual discipleship. One must be strong, able, courageous, unwavering, and ready. Disciples carry the light of regeneration and reorientation for and to humanity. The light is like a “burning ground.” Disciples are the leaders of humanity. They are called the “New Group of World Servers, women and men of goodwill.”

Scorpio works with Ray 4, harmony through conflict, which is how humanity learns—through suffering. Scorpio streams through Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Mars brings the Nine Personality Tests, urging us to bring harmony out of chaos (Ray 4); raise lesser values (desire) to higher (aspiration); lift darkness/ignorance up to the soul’s light. In Scorpio we battle with crystallized (old) thinking and behaviors.

We identify with the symbols of Scorpio: the scorpion (sting), serpent (betrayal), spider (web), eagle (air), and phoenix (firelight). Earth to air and into the light. Humanity’s present battle is to reorient materialism from greed to a world of sharing. In Scorpio, the spiritual power of humanity can triumph. Let us work together to see that we do.

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Diwali: Festival of Light Over Darkness, an Autumn Festival

Diwali: Festival of Light Over Darkness, an Autumn Festival

Wednesday is quiet. Thursday is transformative, surprising. Friday is detailed. Saturday, we seek balance. Sunday we remember to love more. Monday, wounds appear. Tuesday, we communicate about those wounds. Wednesday (a three-fold festival day) is Veterans Day (our gratitude to those who suffer in the wars for our freedoms), the Scorpio new moon festival (“Let maya flourish and deception rule”) and it’s Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights (as the monsoons end and a new fiscal year begins).

The word Diwali, or Divali, is Sanskrit for “rows of lamps or lights.” Diwali, a bright, happy autumn festival in India, is celebrated on the darkest, new moon night of the Lunisolar Hindu calendar. The festival signifies “victory of the light, good over evil.” Diwali lamps (diyas) and candles are lit at night inside and outside homes. The diyad symbolically represent parts of the Sun, cosmic giver of light and energy for all life on Earth. Families pray (puja) together invoking Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity. Sweets (mithai) are eaten, gifts are exchanged. Stories are told of the ancient battles of good and evil, light and darkness, gods battling dark forces. Fireworks light up the skies. Celebrated by many different religious sects in India, Diwali’s essential message is victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, harmony over chaos, recognizing the spiritual inner light (Soul) over material darkness (the personality). Diwali is also a festival of peace, of kindness, goodness and goodwill. It is said that soldiers at the Indian and Pakistani borders put down their guns to share sweets with each other during Diwali. Creating, during war, brotherly gestures of goodwill. May we do the same with those we consider our enemies. May Diwali help us to “love more.”

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Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

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