We are in our last week of Capricorn, sign of the mountaintop. It’s Martin Luther King, Jr’s. birthday (observed) Monday. He’s famous for saying, “I’ve been taken to the mountaintop.” King was a Capricorn, the sign of the Initiate who, seeing the world from the mountaintop, and humanity suffering, returns to the world to serve.
Up on another mountaintop, Meditation Mount in Ojai, California (location of the 1937 Frank Capra film, Lost Horizons, from James Hilton’s book about Shangri La, a mysterious valley) weekly Wednesday evening “Conversations For the Common Good” resume, 7 p.m., Jan. 19. (meditationmount.org.)
With Venus in Sag (future goals), Mercury in Cap (practical applications, don’t be harsh) and Mars entering Aquarius, we talk about the new culture and civilization and the sustainable methods needed to create it. We will look at our educational (Sag) systems, mostly based on the past, and realize the minds of our children now are different. Our minds are different, too. Here is a brilliant YouTube video by Sir Ken Robinson (humorous, intelligent) from the RSA (Royal Society of the Arts) about education. Take notes. We’ll need this information as we change the world.
Wednesday is the first 2011 full moon/solar fest (the fourth of 5 full moons at 29 degrees). Join the NGWS with the Great Invocation and the Capricorn seed thought “Lost am I in Light Supernal, yet on that Light I turn my back.” After Capricorn we enter Aquarius to serve humanity.
Risa Teaching: I am teaching one week mid February mid March in the Midwest. The classes will be phenomenological, astrological, esoteric. From morning till night, we’ll be together, forming a learning community.
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Jan 13–Jan 19, 2011 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
You are working toward a goal (or many), seeking accomplishment. Power holds you in focus. You are your own leader and authority. You are ambitious. However, this isn’t all of who you are. You are professional; your heart goes into your work. You enjoy recognition, success. You can have pride and arrogance. Pause a while. See where you’ve come from. Where you’re going. Help others along the way. Lift them up.
Taurus April 21–May 21
Your life endeavor is to understand the world. Looking ahead, over the horizon, you’re able to see what’s ahead and so you prepare, allowing no hindrances. You’re proud of your abilities and tolerance. You’re curious and want others to be curious, also. Alas, many aren’t. You’ve acquired vast knowledge, more degrees than most. Now you hide away, under cover, in order to quietly help others. We see you.
Gemini May 22–June 20
And so, now you realize you must go further, wider, deeper into the mysteries. You must finally accept that where you are may not be where you must be. You long to be somewhere else; a place that reflects your deep spiritual values. As you attune more to your heart, you will discover that a change is needed for your spiritual growth to continue. The Path of discipleship is not easy. You’re on it now. When do you pack?
Cancer June 21–July 20
You attempt to bring harmony to relationships, hiding any disharmonious factors from the world. Sensitive to both peaceful relations and harmony, when rejection’s in the air you scuttle beneath your shell protecting your brood. It’s important to not protect others when their behavior has been harmful. It’s most important to seek out the truth and only the truth, not one side. Otherwise you become separate.
Leo July 21–August 22
There are so many daily responsibilities that, at times, you feel overwhelmed with responsibility, tasks, little time, and serving everyone but yourself (which must come first). Like Cancer, you’re sensitive, especially to criticism. Therefore, be not critical … ever. Soon the hard work, responsibilities, the seeking of perfection will ease. You’ll meet crisis with determination and clear vision. Who do you love?
Virgo August 23–September 22
Things we need to acknowledge for Virgo. You’re unique and special. You’re dramatic and express yourself creatively. Your fun-loving side emerges … sometimes. When is that, again? You’re at times adventurous, risk-taking. Then you pull back. You need to combine new world ventures with technology. Children are most important. At times you’re the child with an inner restlessness. You find your way.
Libra September 23–October 22
There’s so much pride in what you’ve created ... a self-identity, profession, social network, a hidden private life. You protect yourself while building secure foundations, your own new family and a new heritage. Relationships, most important, teach you how to love, share, give, take and cooperate. One thought in all this building up-ness: Don’t deny or reject your past. It contains the “jewel in the lotus.”
Scorpio October 23–November 21
Privacy is your keyword, your template, guide, amulet, talisman and good luck charm. Privacy protects, provides refuge (like the Buddha), is your sangha (community). You protect your home, family, possessions, and your personal life. Even your heritage is somewhat private. Privacy allows you to build a safe foundation from which you emerge into the world. But just for a while. We see you sometimes. We respect you.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
You need change. You’re laughing. You sense restlessness, a need for scene changes … often. You’re proud of your gifts—intelligence, agility, friends (acquaintances?), adaptation, strength, fluent communication, knowledge, curiosity, everyone knowing you while you remain unknowable. Talents and gifts equal responsibility. What and whom do you advocate for? Especially when you’re in the spotlight and valued—like now.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
There’s an image, a “presence” you present to others. It makes an impression. Some embrace you for this, others reject. The rejection surprises you because you’re at your best when, in the world, tending, serving, casting light upon shadows. Some people are those shadows. When you’re nearby they must hide, turn against you. Allow them. Bless them. That is the only way they can survive. They will change.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
There’s a need for introspection and seclusion for a time. Because you must gather strength, not be in the public, direct all energies inward. Yet you must also be in the world tending to worldly tasks. You feel often alone in a crowd, set apart from others. Yes, Aquarians are different, from elsewhere, hear a different drum(er). You are not quite comfortable at this time. You’re seeking the feeling of home. Soon.
Pisces February 19–March 20
Your tolerance and openness, humanitarianism, sense of equality with everyone, lack of bias and prejudice, and having no sense of social status whatsoever, creates the magnetic appeal surrounding you. Sometimes you must separate from people. Even as you adapt easily, you do not easily enter into close relationships except for one or two. You’re here, but not. A silver cord keeps you grounded. For a while. Not too long.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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