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Persephone Enters the Underworld

RisaNewSJupiter joins Uranus in Pisces, Saturday. These are the two major planets influencing the unfolding Aquarian Age. Jupiter is Love/Wisdom and Uranus revolution and new archetypes, foundations for the new culture and civilization and emerging through the collaboration of humanity (the world disciple) and the New Group of World Servers. Humanity, unknown to itself, is the World Disciple. Within humanity are men and women of Goodwill and the New Group of World Servers. Most of us do not yet realize that we belong to one of these groups. Identification is by aspiration and intention.

The Aquarian Age, through Jupiter & Uranus, is creating within humanity (moon, the masses) groups of aspirants seeking to understand present needs and thus serve all of Earth kingdoms (permaculture), create peace on earth, build intentional communities (like Findhorn) and cooperatives (like Mondragan in Spain), build everything that self sufficient and sustainable. This is the new culture & civilization.

To understand these Aquarian aspirations, let us ask what are the needs of humanity at this time? The answers shape our future (Uranus, Aquarius). It is important also that we look out into the world, recognizing and locating where the first stirrings of the New Age, barely shimmering into life during the 1960s, are beginning to take shape. Then we are to support them. This must be an ongoing inquiry, observation and intentional action.

Saturday, Aquarius moon, is also Yom Kippur. The holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur is a Day of Atonement, repentance, fasting and prayer. As we have sought forgiveness from everyone, including God, in these Days of Awe leading up to this cultural religious festival, on Yom Kippur God inscribes our fate for the coming year in the Book of Life. May we all be thus inscribed.

Wednesday, Sun enters Libra. Autumn, and the dark half of the year, begins. The Virgin stands within the “cave of the heart” gestating (pregnant with) the new consciousness/light to be birthed at Winter Solstice. We stand with her. Persephone enters the underworld. We enter the underworld with her. We eat pomegranates and watch the green persimmons and pumpkins ripen to orange. Ceres, Persephone’s mother, enters into sadness & grief at the loss of her daughter. We sorrow & grieve with her. The leaves fall. Autumn is here. Angel Gabriel stands by.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Sep 16–Sep 22, 201) For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Something appears, is seen, recognized, brought to balance and creates an interlude in your relationship(s). Perhaps you identify how to have true Right Relations with those who love you. Perhaps you learn that through relationships your true self emerges because relationships are an I/Thou situation and this always balances you, provides structure and discipline and leads to true intimacy.

April 21–May 21
There are times when others tell you their deepest needs. Sometimes you can’t hear or understand them. This week your needs, usually hidden and unknown to you, thus hardly ever tended, will emerge. Changes, small and subtle, begin to manifest in how you express yourself, who you speak with, and the stating of long term wishes, desires and wants. Since your usual word is “no” everyone, surprised, listens attentively.

May 22–June 20
Who is your family? What does family mean to you? Perhaps family means criticism and judgments or gardens and nourishment. Whatever family signifies for you, it’s time to create your own family, build balance and love, discipline and rules, kindness and communication into yours. We have times when we can recreate certain events, ideas. This time has arrived for you. An alchemy of love is created.

June 21–July 20
You’re both in the world and not, at home while at working at the same time. Family’s close by and yet they’re not. They are in your heart. Both of you =have spiritual work to accomplish though perhaps not be in the same geographical region. A new set of realities concerning resources emerges. Your specific and particular skills are a deeply needed resource. They nurture and nourish and we are grateful.

July 21–August 22
A tradition, perhaps religious, intellectual, becomes important in order to bring summon you to a discipline, structure and ritual that brings order and stability to your life. Perhaps you’re remembering a parent, teacher, someone older and wiser than you, who instilled ethics and justice, seeing you as an equal. Who is this person? What is this ritual? Honor this.

August 23–September 22
You have resources in common with another? Resources don’t only refer to money. They include values, possessions held in common, intimacy, interaction and relationship. There’s a question about relationship and perhaps a feeling of restriction and grief? Realize the beginnings of your relationships and their original value. Can you find this again? What seems so far away is usually what is closest by.

September 23–October 22
Saturn is in Libra. This is an important passage of time, a growing up and maturing developmental stage for you. There’s a challenge to change, frustrations and time issues, shadows and pressures and wisdom seeking to guide you. There will be times of absolute stillness and times of acceleration. Saturn loves you. He is your father, guide, disciplinarian, your the Dweller on the Threshold.

October 23–November 21
Your deepest desires come forth and although directed at others, the reality is the desire to know the self, to create a new image that better defines you, and the need for partnership between your emotions, intellect, body and Soul. Emotions will be passionate; people may shy away should you display the depth of feeling. Assess who’s safe, who understands, who will stand with you.

November 22–December 20
Turn toward your religious roots, studying the teachings as guidelines that illumine and make sturdy your inner and outer life. This may sound old fashioned. However, major planets are traveling through that sector of your life now and these planets provide us with direction. Another choice is to within a state of self-enforced contemplation, solitude and seclusion. With lots of music and food.

December 21–January 20
A cycle ends, a new cycle begins. Hidden a bit from y ou, however, it’s connected to the harvest festival, gathering fruits of the summer’s season into a root cellar darkness. It’s time to begin fall & winter planting. I suggest a study of Bio-dynamics which uses special plant, animal and mineral (homeopathic) preparations, and follows rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets, stars (of which you are one).

January 21–February 18
An entirely different set of ideals (values, goals) begin to dawn and therefore you begin to view your life differently. Notice it seems the rules have changed, previous values become less important, things taken for granted are no longer useful, and perhaps your faith is being tested. It’s time for new studies, definitely new adventures and travels to new cultures. The disillusion felt will not last forever. Life becomes more realistic. You, too.

February 19–March 20
You think about life and death, and the process of aging. Take walks morning and evening. Focus upon making contact with the elements, the plant kingdom in particular, the most balancing of kingdoms. Gather seeds, pods, notice what is ripening yet still green, stop and view the architecture, notice what soothes and comforts. Read A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. Begin your own photographic journal. Life finds you soon.

Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.

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A Ritual & Initiation

The Pope has come and gone, but his loving presence ignited new hope and goodness in many. While he was in NYC, China’s ruler arrived in Washington D.C. East (China) and West (Rome), meeting in the middle, under Libra, balancing sign of Right Relations. The Pope arrived at Fall Equinox. Things initiated at Fall Equinox are birthed at Winter Solstice. The Pope’s presence was a ritual, an initiation rite—like the Dalai Lama’s visits—offering prayers, teachings and blessings. Rituals anchor God’s plan into the world, initiating us to new realities, new rules. The Pope’s presence brings forth the Soul of the United States, its light piercing the veils of materialism. The Pope’s visit changed things. New questions arise, new reasons for living. A new wave of emerging life fills the air. Like a cocoon shifting, wings becoming visible. The winds are different now. Calling us to higher vision, moral values, virtues that reaffirm and offer hope for humanity. A changing of the guard has occurred. Appropriately, this is the week of the Jewish Festival of Sukkoth (’til Oct. 4), when we build temporary homes (little huts in nature), entering into a harvest of prayer and thanksgiving, understanding our fragile and impermanent existences. We are summoned to reflect upon our lives, our humanity, our nature, our spirit and each other. Offering gratitude, becoming a magnet for others. We observe. We see the needs. We love more.
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