Santa Cruz Good Times

Oct 04th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, New Moon, Candlemas

RisaNewSThe recent controversy (unnecessary flap) around astrology was short lived and distracting. I received, as did many astrologers, hundreds of emails asking what was the truth. Here’s the information. There are two different types of astrology for two different parts of the world and two different types of mind – 1) tropical (for the western mind) & 2) sidereal or Vedic (for the eastern mind, religion, training and sensibilities). The tropical zodiac is based upon the seasons (using equinox and solstice points. Vedic astrology (or the sidereal zodiac) is based upon the zodiacal constellations. Though 24 degrees apart, both are correct yet different. This seems a paradox, but it’s not.
The winter months, January, February and March, can seem rather empty without the winter festivals. This Wednesday, Feb. 2 (midwinter, increasing light), we have multiple reasons to be festive - Chinese New Year of the White Metal Rabbit (more next week), new moon (Second of the year), Candlemas, Groundhog Day (divination) and Imbolc. The last three are fire festivals bringing Epiphany to a close and the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. The new moon (14 degrees Aquarius) is Wednesday evening. The meditative seed thought that explains the building of the personality in Aquarius is “Let desire in form rule.” The air of Aquarius constantly seeks shape, form and practicality. Each day, beginning at winter solstice, through winter and spring, the NGWS joins the Hierarchy in preparing for Wesak and the Three Spring Festivals. The Great Invocation is recited daily. Join us, everyone for the new Aquarius moon festival and our preparations. 

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Jan. 27–Feb. 2, 2011 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Who are your friends? What groups do you belong to, if any? What are your hopes, wishes, dreams for the future? How do you see the future? These are some of the questions posed by the present astrological energies, while offering opportunity to review specific life issues. We work hard in our lives. There are times when we must pause, set our sites on future endeavors, find, identify, join our friends. And then we set about helping others. This is your time.

April 21–May 21
More and more you’re being identified as a leader with extraordinary organizing skills, who understands and mentors collaboration, a leader who leads with not only great intelligence but also willingness to have love. A group or community looks to you for direction. Although preferring to be behind the scenes, you’re being called out is in a new developmental stage. Come into the greater light of recognition. We are grateful.

May 22–June 20
And so, the same message, over and over. You are to travel somewhere, not wait. There is a place you’ve considered. It’s time to make plans, reschedule the next several months making room for not only travel but also study, entering and experiencing new village life, community endeavors. You need to expand out from where you presently are, see a different world a bit. It’s your future.

June 21–July 20
Are you concerned about finances, reviewing cash flow, considering consulting an advisor for help with taxes, assets, resources? Do not remain silent. Have at least one person you can speak with. Also, it’s time to consider end-of-life (you are not dying) preparations, so those who remain here on Earth know what to do. What do you want done after you die? This includes resources.

July 21–August 22
Whom do you love these days? Soon it will be Valentine’s Day. Someone must be on your mind. Or perhaps you’re on another’s mind. It seems that whomever you’re attracted to must be very unusual, almost revolutionary. You like this. However, your Leo pride hides it. You want to be innovative, too. Which you are, when you focus on creativity, presently in need of attention. Perhaps a trip somewhere will activate it. Love calls to you. Can you hear?

August 23–September 22
Do you feel overloaded and overwhelmed with work, tasks, chores, errands and just about everything calling you to do more, faster, quicker without rest? Something’s changing concerning your work and work environments, in the way you do things. You think about community, health, a needed spa experience. You’re running here, there, everywhere. Where are you going?

September 23–October 22
Although the energetic focus in your life remains at home, it’s shifting to the creative arts. It’s good to, with a group of friends, meet at a museum, theatre, dance performance, art gallery, and party after. You need more fun. Invite friends over. Don’t take monetary risks or gamble. In the meantime, amidst this artistic activity, think about what gifts and talents you possess. Humanity needs them.

October 23–November 21
Where’s your family, how are they doing, what is your relationship to them? What was your early life like and how does it affect your present life now? These are questions for the month. You may want to visit family (whomever you consider family), be in touch and in contact (which releases Love), send messages to those far away. In between, tend to home with loving attention. Soon more work calls to you.

November 22–December 20
And so the upcoming days may feel like a puzzle that must be completed in very little time. There will be many activities to tend to, many people to talk and confer with, decisions to be made, possibly more deadlines. You’ve walked into the future and will need to juggle present/past and future time. This is not a test. You’re perfecting how you work on multiple levels within time/space. And then you must tend to your social life.

December 21–January 20
Are you concerned about money and resources? Is there not enough? Do you need to balance what’s coming in, what’s going out? Is there something that must be purchased? It’s good to think about and save for the future, to use resources to put things by (like the Mormons), to consider the idea that a greenhouse is an important investment. Are you saving and tithing? You know the spiritual rule for tithing, yes?

January 21–February 18
More and more, day after day, events in your life are creating a new self-identity. Because of this it’s good to have new clothing, shoes and hairstyle, discover new colors never worn before. How you present yourself to the public, how you look and what you say, is remembered always. Confidence and a sense of well-being makes you feel festive, creative and alive. People want to be with you. Then they too become confident.

February 19–March 20
It’s time to tithe, giving to organizations you believe in so they can serve others. It may be a community (Aquarius), a hospital for children (St. Jude’s). It may be Oxfam or the Heifer Project, sending money so families can raise bees, ducks, chicks, farm animals. It could be Doctors Without Borders, Catholic Charities, or Unicef (for children). Service calls you. You understand this. Where are you?

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

More at Risa's email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Facebook: Risa's Esoteric Astrology
Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger


Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share


Making a Scene

As it celebrates its 30th year, Santa Cruz County’s Open Studios is one of the most successful in the country—and a make-or-break event for many local artists


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.


The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program


Film, Times & Events: Week of October 2

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments


Extra Pop

Assembly’s pop-up space goes into regular rotation, Cabrillo wine dinner, and a visit to Mozaic


What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When people say they’re “going down” somewhere, and they’re actually traveling north. Julia Ragen, Santa Cruz, Psychologist


Downhill Cellars

An easy-drinking Chardonnay from Downhill Cellars


If whales have a message for humans, what might it be?

“Do not come in the water and join us.” Howard Hall, Santa Cruz, Retired