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Midsummer, Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse

RisaNewSThursday, June 24th is Midsummer Day (quarter day) and the Feast of St. John the Baptist, forerunner, cousin and baptizer of Jesus of Nazareth. This feast day, the oldest festival in the Christian church, occurs three months after the Annunciation and six months before Christmas (winter solstice). There is a famous statement St. John made upon seeing Jesus at the River Jordon, “He (Jesus) must increase, as I (John) must decrease.” (John 3:30). The statement reflects the Gemini brothers’ Castor & Pollux seed thought “I see my other self and in the waning of that self, I grow and glow” (referring to the dimming of the personality (John or in the light of the waxing of the Soul).
“The symbolic role for John in Christianity is to act as the sacrifical twin for Jesus: the dark twin of the summer solstice (John) being replaced by the light twin at the winter solstice (Jesus).” Two St. Johns are the patron saints of Freemasonry; St. John the Baptist at midsummer (June 24) and St. John the Evangilist on Dec. 27. The two saints represent Temple columns, one during the greatest time of light (summer) and the other at the greatest darkness (winter). Standing as they do at the solstices, they represent doorways to light and dark, just as the signs Cancer and Capricorn represent the Gates from spirit to matter and back again. On midsummer’s day the ancients honored water and fire, the sun and the plant kingdom. It is the time of the great wedding (Duke Theseus to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons) as written by Shakespeare (lesser avatar, disciple, Master R.) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (three plots, a wedding, the woodland and Fairyland featuring the King and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Tatiana, under the light of the moon). Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Jun 24–Jun 30, 2010 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Being creative is a good self-identity. Creativity seeks you every minute calling you to initiate new endeavors that respond to all the changes coming your way in terms of work, how you’re recognized, relationships and self-identity, which is more than you think. Observe everything with calmness. Tend to health with a focus on proper digestion (probiotics, enzymes, green foods, etc.)

taurusTaurus
April 21–May 21
Home and how it sustains your relationship must hold your focused attention. There’s much to be done here. Ask yourself what the bigger picture is concerning your life, geography, relationships, partnerships. Careful if working in the hot sun. You may not be absorbing enough water. Maintain proper and adequate electrolytes each day. Something challenges you, calling you to consider other realities. Step into them.

geminiGemini
May 22–June 20
Mercury, your planet the Messenger, and the Sun line up in Cancer this week. A line of light streams directly into your mind and heart. It creates a framework within that unifies polarities but only if you love (Ray 2) more, which happens when enough information has been gathered. Study and gather facts on finances, resources, gold and silver, land, gardens, and foods that sustain.

cancerCancer
June 21–July 20
Communication may be difficult and you may feel anger and frustration. Simultaneously others could be acting out those feelings for you. There’s a situation with money. Whatever you give opens a gate. Always what you give is returned tenfold. That’s a cosmic law. Is there a wound or hurt occurring? Something you don’t understand and it’s limiting you? A cold laser light would help.

leoLeo
July 21–August 22
A retreat is occurring preparing for your next month’s birthday. Sitting amidst your Sun is the past providing you with an opportunity to consider forgiveness as a healing path. Gratitude is walking hand in hand with forgiveness. These ask that you value every person, event and occurrence in your life. When you’re able to understand and work on these, a new breath of life fills you and anything that restricts and obstructs disappears.

virgoVirgo
August 23–September 22
As you begin new things, navigate slowly; allowing yourself rest so your physical body, emotions and mind can restructure fresh thoughts, ideas, and realities. We need this reorientation several times in our lives so original values and pioneering inner resources can emerge from deeply gestating spiritual sources. A new two-year cycle begins. Build a new Vesta box.

libraLibra
September 23–October 22
You hop, skip & jump between home and work, attempting adequacy in both. Emotions pull you home, light information at work. Both comfort you. Daily life seems complicated with relationships ever-shifting. Are you stretched out on a cross, attention called in four different directions? Nothing’s consistent. You’re learning how to navigate the waters of change. Return to the foundations of your upbringing. Understanding slowly emerges.

scorpioScorpio
October 23–November 21
Try not to be careless when communicating about people’s lives. Maintain ethics within the constant variations of reality. Your values have shifted so now you’re evaluating communications. This is good. Home is dissolving and coming together simultaneously as you seek comfort within groups. A wound seems to come from the future/past. Don’t worry about these strange occurrences, normal in times of reorientation.

saggSagittarius
November 22–December 20
A light begins to focus on your money and resources. Questions appear concerning what you value. It’s good to create a list of values, concerning all aspects of life; personal, political, public, possessions, people. Who do you value? And why? What do you value, in terms of relationships and communication? And why? Your inner self needs to be discovered more deeply and so these questions are posed. Pluto is asking.

capricornCapricorn
December 21–January 20
An illumination, a fruition, a completion and then a new beginning occurs at the Full moon. Do you (like Libra) feel stretched upon a cross, called in four directions? The direction of others, partnerships, colleagues; of work and recognition in the world (what is it?); of home, family and daily vicissitudes; and finally yourself (where are you)? This is all very difficult. Acknowledge all four realities. Place an angel at each of the four directions. Stand at the center if the cross and willingly, intelligently and lovingly direct.

aquariusAquarius
January 21–February 18
Each day this week seems filled with responsibilities, tasks, errands, strivings attempting to create comfort and nurturance. On the other hand a dreaminess seems to permeate your choices and relationships become more important and you wonder if you need to learn new and different communication skills. The answer is yes. Ones that are less strict and more conciliatory as if you’ve been listening deeply and well.

piscesPisces
February 19–March 20
As you step more into the world abilities are called forth that awaken both your sense of self-identity and your ability to direct, work with and serve others. All of these “others” need nurturing and you’re the one recognized as having the needed nurturing qualities. However, you feel a great tension and unease of not being in the right place. Yet you continue forward. Something will change soon. Quietly and bravely carry on.


Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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vesta box?
written by Dulce, June 26, 2010
I am a virgo and you suggested that I "build a new vesta box". What does this mean?

From Risa …about a Vesta box - in our school, when we study Vesta (asteroid), all
the students make a Vesta Box. Vesta, the asteroid, represents the deepest
sense of self, the fire within, our most authentic self. Creating a Vesta
box helps one discover the self, it is the creation of an artifact of
self, a found object of self. I ask the students to find or create or
fashion a box with a lid or opening. And to spend time placing into that
box things that one loves or things/pictures that represent what one
deeply loves, values, cares about, hopes & wishes for, needs, etc.
Students are given weeks to create their Vesta boxes. When they are
completed they are beautiful works of art. Then we have an art exhibit.
For everyone, it would be good to create one. They become altars of
beauty, that we found within ourselves.

Risa

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