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From Water to Fire— Mercury Retro & Leo New Moon

RisaNewSWe’ve left the waters of Cancer and find ourselves in the heated sign of kings and queens, of Lions, the Sphinx, Sirius, and the giant star, Regulus, at the heart of Leo.  Leo is the “heart of matter” from which our life force emanates. Knowing this about Leo, we begin to understand the depth, breadth and dramatic life force of Leo (Sun, Rising, Moon, Mars).
Leo is fixed, steady pulsating fire. Leo, on the personality-building level, creates dictators not in touch with love or Divine Will, commanding others from their undeveloped self. Let us see them as in
training. These are their words, “I rule as a right of my presence in any situation. Let other forms exist. I rule because I am!”
When directed by the Soul (consciousness, the Sun (the Father) streams into the heart creating Divine Inspiration, uniting Will with Love Leos and leaders. Great leaders rule with Will and Love.
Tuesday, Mercury retrogrades, 1 degree Virgo. Saturday (11:40 a.m., west coast) is new moon, 7 degrees Leo. During new moon festivals, Esotericists “strength the hands of the New Group of World Servers.” As we are all world servers, let us stand together around the world, strengthening the hands, minds and hearts of each other and our government leaders, struggling within duality, seeking synthesis (some of them).
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Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Jul 28–Aug 3, 2011 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
All this week the questions presented to you are: what engages your attention, what do you find creative about yourself, what resources would allow your creativity to expand, what do you think about you with children and their care and well-being, and how do you rest and relax, party and have fun? Your answers are your identity. Some Aries will attract a new love affair.

taurusTaurus
April 21–May 21
Something about the events or people in your life bring forth thoughts of family lineage, relatives and ancestors. This information creates a foundation for your future life, with or without family. New ideas occur to you, which, formerly rejected, will take root and change your perceptions (about family). Nurturance is a need now either from you or toward you. Both are best. You go first.

geminiGemini
May 22–June 20
An interesting Gemini situation this week. As the new moon is in your 3rd house (Gemini house, solar chart), your ruler, Mercury is in your 4th house (home, family, early life, mother). The early training (and experiences) we received as children form who/what we are today. It’s important to see these early experiences as gifts gradually allowing you to become conscious, find your way, create your own brilliant life. Seeing life in this light liberates your heart and mind.

cancerCancer
June 21–July 20
What’s important in your life these days and what’s not really important? There’s need for determining the difference between the two. It’s important to have practical knowledge so that difficulties don’t appear in terms of family communication. Messages may become conflicted and misunderstood. Stay within this mantram. “Let reality govern my every thought. And truth be the master of my life.”

leoLeo
July 21–August 22
Happy Birthday, now and forever. What do you want/need for your birthday? Do you need a cupcake, an ice cream bar, a trip somewhere unusual, a new identity, a new past, a talk about money and investments, a teacher, a group to interact with, a new profession, expansion of your chosen profession, a wound to be healed, a brilliant relationship? Angels are standing by, waiting for your answers so they can spring into action.

virgoVirgo
August 23–September 22
This week tend to important actions—communication, bills, plans, agendas, purchases—before Mercury retrogrades Tuesday, in your sign. Mercury then goes into a tailspin. Thoughts are so internalized we can’t reach out. Solitude may play a great part in this week for you. Stay behind the scenes. Allow yourself to rest and sleep in the next three weeks so dreams have a chance to teach you through symbols what the coming months will be like.

libraLibra
September 23–October 22
I’ve been wondering what the north node and Pluto in your 4th house of home and family environment have brought to you. I’ve wondered how these two important symbols have influenced your daily life and what choices you’ve had to make. The north node is our Path into the future. Pluto brings forth transformation that we can’t push aside. And so I ask where are you, where have you gone, how and where is your home?

scorpioScorpio
October 23–November 21
Some things new should be coming forth in your professional life, career, or in how others see you. Good things. In the meantime as you await this new reality, step forward into the public and act as an ambassador of goodwill. In a community monastery, Figueira, in Brazil, people are trained to be “harmonizers.” Think about becoming one (a harmonizer). It’s done silently within intention. Consider the outcome!

saggSagittarius
November 22–December 20
Don’t let any mixed messages created by the stars throw you overboard into the waters of confusion. Yes, two areas of life, home/profession, will be opposed. Yes, there’s no end to the unexpectedness occurring. Yes you feel lost and will seek solace from friends, but only a very few whom you trust. Things cross-cultural, religious, higher education, long journeys should help. Life’s eclectic. You need romance.

capricornCapricorn
December 21–January 20
Are you looking at what others have, and think perhaps you want that! Are you thinking of what you don’t have? Let’s think about the famine babies in Somalia instead. When we begin to feel lack, it’s good to tithe to those in need. Are you thinking of traveling? But are you of two minds? A great creative surge is enveloping you. There’s a refraining of movement (Neptune in the 3rd) and a wound hovering somewhere. Reconsider everything.

aquariusAquarius
January 21–February 18
This new moon is important for you. It’s the Leo new moon. You are Aquarius, Leo’s opposite sign. Therefore an integration of energies/signs will be attempted, energetically. Between your individual self and the group called humanity. For you to move forward, it’s important to survey and catalogue your talents and gifts, gather them into a bundle and offer them to the world. With conscious intention. Can you visualize this?

piscesPisces
February 19–March 20
Your daily life is in question. What will you do? There are choices. Will you be here or there or yet in another direction altogether. The Neptune in Pisces creates a state of confusion leading to a sense of non-direction. You need a witching wand, a divining rod, a branch of the hemlock or hazel or willow tree, to find the ley-lines, the currents of your future. You need a foundation now so your future can come forth. Have courage.


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

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