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Autumn Festivals, Full Moon, (Temporary Dwellings)

RisaNewSAutumn arrived in the northern hemisphere as Sun entered Libra, sign of balance, equilibrium, Right Relations, justice and harmony. As the dark half of the year begins, we look forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins, festivals of Light (Diwali, winter solstice, Christmas) and another Mercury retro, (Dec. 10-29 in Capricorn—difficult). But we’re at the beginning of Autumn now with harvest festivals, images of Persephone entering the underworld, Pluto as bad guy and Demeter, (Ceres) in search of her daughter, held in such grief at her loss that all the trees drop their leaves. Sorrow has taken hold of the plant kingdom. We know this story to be ancient, the tale told to early humanity by Teachers of the race to explain the growing darkness of autumn and approaching winter.
Two festivals this Thursday: Jewish Sukkoth (huts, temporary dwellings, remembering 40 years wandering in the desert) and Libra solar festival, Aries full moon, 0 degrees. Saturn (restructure, discipline, intelligence, the Dweller) joins the Sun. The Soul in Libra says, “I choose the way which leads between two great lines of force.” We learned discrimination in Virgo. Now in Libra choices must be made. Will we choose this (new) or that (previous) reality? For clarity, we align with the Will-to-Good, the Will of God creating Goodwill. Our judgment is tested. We choose to cultivate Goodwill. We eat pomegranates. The persimmons ripen. Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Sept. 23-30, 2010 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
The Dweller (Saturn), disciplinarian, the one who structures, slows us down and brings us to our knees is in your house of relationships and all of a sudden you become cautious, enter a phase of stability and endurance. You become older, meaning more responsible, accountable, serious and sober, dependable, trustworthy, reliable, sensible and mature. Consider the marriage vows. Consider the Bodhisattva vows.

April 21–May 21
Certain work and health issues arise. Their presence makes you more aware, conscientious, and dutiful, knowing your responsibilities, never avoiding them. Serious and proper when it comes to health, you first tend to the animal kingdom, even when the tasks are almost overwhelming. You worry sometimes, change is slow so in between all tasks, it’s time to eat chia seeds, drink whole raw milk, swim and be in water. For health’s sake.

May 22–June 20
It is difficult to mentally relax in order to enjoy yourself so that pleasure can be experienced. Everything seems very serious for you, even romance. This is a situation that will pass but not for several years. Love and romance (and creativity) are serious business. If children are involved, tending to them may feel difficult. Discipline - kind, gentle, neutral, Montessori - will be necessary. Allow no financial risks to be considered.

June 21–July 20
How is your house and home these days? Are you feeling completely responsible for family, supporting them through unknown and unexpected situations? Are you tending to everyone’s security, being conservative with money, providing for the future to insure security for everyone? Just one question. Are you getting enough sleep, exercise, correct food, nurturing and privacy?

July 21–August 22
Increasingly you become practical and disciplined in areas previously not considered practical or even interesting. While change appears in your thinking, don’t allow feelings of inadequacy. If depression begins, remain in the plant kingdom, calling upon its light to surround you. Listen to your speech. It slows down, becomes considerably useful and substantial, cautious, legal and truthful. You’re the Sun.

August 23–September 22
Although you seem to want change, what’s most important now and for several years is security. You have worked hard to obtain this, accumulated hours of service, are practical when it comes to financial, home, relationship & work security. It’s important to recognize your achievements even as you think you want something else. That rainy day will come some day.

September 23–October 22
In the next several years your personal identity, how you see yourself, expands, deepens, matures and changes. At first there may be disorientation, not knowing who you are anymore. You’ll seek ways to be more confident amidst discouragement. You will eventually feel stronger, having an inner strength, allowing nothing superficial in your life. People may think you’re too serious. No, you’re becoming a Disciple.

October 23–November 21
Sometimes a universal life action word emerges when pondering upon the signs fand the words emerging for you were reflection and contemplation, reflecting upon the meaning of your life at present and what it meant beforehand. Cycles are ending, new structures will be introduced and, like the Nightly Review (where we review our lives and create Right Relations each night), your Life Review is called for. This prepares for the good things yet to come.

November 22–December 20
Scrutiny (examining your life) happens within. It has roots in ancient spiritual practices, the Three & Seven Scrutinies. Questions about morals, ethics and faith. These are asked when electing a Pope. It’s valuable to ask these of yourself at this time, along with the quality of your associations, circle of friends and networks. You seek a deep and close friendship. You seek the rightness of relationships. What you are also “seeks” you.

December 21–January 20
It’s good to learn things about yourself so you can constantly improve, a trait all Caps seek to know as they climb the ladder to assume their divine tasks of Right Leadership. There is no glass ceiling for Caps. It’s good review what you’ve been building and the many responsibilities assumed. Perhaps there’s now a time of slowing down in the world because you need rest; something at home needs tending. A radical approach is best. With love.

January 21–February 18
Questions: What am I doing, what am I going toward, what is my future, what are my needs, how do I have clarity, what are my belief systems, what do I stand for, what is my personal philosophy, where is my adventure and have I any confidence left amidst all these questions? It would be good to answer each one, in order to create and define a pathway that you are to travel upon. Allow all that is not essential to fall by the wayside.

February 19–March 20
You’re especially sensitive at this time as life, professional, personal and financial responsibilities press upon you. Many things are coming and going now, including you. The keyword: adaptability, a deeply spiritual term. The animal kingdom always “adapts” to humans. We need to learn adaptability; bring about a deeper spiritual order. We are to stand in the sunlight, which, cultivates and increases life vitality and adaptability. This is esoteric.

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

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