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Universal Peace Day

RisaNewSAs we progress through Mercury retrograde, the past shows up for remembrance and review. During the final stages of World War II (in 1945), two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9), Japan, This event, (the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date) released and liberated the energy of the atom, an important spiritual event equal to the appearance of humanity on Earth. Universal Peace Day was created to commemorate the moments and days of those bombings. Organized in 1984 (Art for the People in Central Park, New York beginning with a sunrise meditation), singers, dancers, artists and poets shared messages of peace throughout the day. At the exact moment on the anniversary of the bombings, candles were lit and bells rang out all over Central Park. Since then Universal Peace Day celebrations occur around the world. In 1987 as people everywhere shared their visions of peace by computer, the mayor of Hiroshima “made a dedication for peace via telephone at the exact moment of the bombing.” By 2008 international recognition for Universal peace day was commemorated simultaneously by the United Nations and Japan ringing peace bells together. In Hiroshima this year, runners will bring the torch of peace into the city to light the fire of Hope & Peace. Now a global observance with worldwide broadcasts, everyone can join in with bells and candle-lighting. The purpose is to unite humanity for a moment of peace, to remember the bombings in Japan and to re-dedicate ourselves to Life. We remember the Esoteric equation for Peace; Good Will, Right Relations, Active Peace. On-line: tune in to Peace Day TV, the United Nations Peace page. See Register your celebration at See Risa’s Facebook page for daily astrological/esoteric updates. Note: in the weeks to come, we’ll change our minds a lot.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Aug 4–10, 2011 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
It’s best to plan on having fun during the next several weeks. This will stimulate your creativity, which won’t follow its usual road less traveled but will embark upon an entirely new direction. This is only if you ponder upon the state of your creativity and seek other sources of inspiration to discover new patterns. New alternatives find their way to you. Change is your newest name.

April 21–May 21
Mercury retro is about detours, delays, and the long way around any and all situations and events. It’s time now to review your previous course of action and decisions. More fundamental values have now arisen and it’s best to get to the heart of what you’re doing so that future stability is assured. Someone’s voice is important. Harken to it.

May 22–June 20
It will be important for your self-identity (which is altering) and your creativity (being restructured) to understand that your life agenda is evolving, your friends are shifting about, positions are changing and only you are the reliable one in your life. Always the message–tend carefully to your money. You may spend more than usual.

June 21–July 20
Take time to settle financial worries and concerns by re-strategizing where money is being spent. Concerns about the future are real. The future is an unknown. However, we need to prepare by putting food by in case of unusual events. The Mormons are efficient in this area. I found an excellent website about food storage for you. Analyze and review it.

July 21–August 22
The main questions asked the next several weeks are “Who am I to myself and to others?” How do I project myself out into the world?” The search for answers leads to an internal review of self that shows you the truth of who and what you’ve become over time in the last many years. Now is the time for refinement, for calling in consistency and personal magnetism and a love that’s real. It will happen.

August 23–September 22
All realities become inner realities. All resources become inner resources. All communication becomes internalized even though sometimes you think you’re speaking aloud. Know that for three weeks veils will envelop your eyes, a mist will surround you as your life’s reality and activity move behind the scenes. In other words, only instinct and intuition are your guides.

September 23–October 22
So many things are occurring for Libras. Your self-identity is restructuring, your foundation is transforming, your home has moved, your creativity has been refined, your relationships have revolutionized, your resources have expanded, your anger has arisen, your love of friends has been revealed. Now it’s good to be silent for a while to assess. New vistas of introspection are approaching.

October 23–November 21
What’s occurring in your world? Something important is being communicated there; something’s offered. Take it, at least for a while. Make no big decisions the next three weeks. However, do ponder on what it’s like to be in the spotlight. Don’t misstep and stumble amidst all the footlights aimed at you. Stand a bit in the shadows. Others follow your clear thoughtful mental clarity. You’ve earned this recognition.

November 22–December 20
You are in a period of pausing a bit, entering into an interlude of thoughtful rest. Tend to important things like travel which so often gives you direction, vision and purpose. For the next 12 months a new self-identity will resolve itself within you. For now you may be feeling the shifting to and fro of many different identities. Try all of them on. Impact your environments, friends and yourself with acts of goodwill.

December 21–January 20
Set a goal to review your monetary situation. Set another goal to organize it, applying resources in ways that don’t make you feel overspent. Are there resources somewhere you’ve forgotten or are there other ways of bringing in money that you’ve previously rejected? A sure way of receiving more is to tithe to those in need. When you give from your heart, a magnetic field is created and we’re given back tenfold. Teach this to children .

January 21–February 18
What is the status of your relationships, partnerships, intimates, close friends? It is good in coming weeks to assess this; to mend ties with some, offer services to others, forgive some and ask forgiveness of others, shake hands with some, embrace others. Misperceptions easily occur. Reach out; make contact through direct compassionate communication.

February 19–March 20
Everything in your daily life is suddenly different. New responsibilities appear as you return to a previous situation. Mental clarity will be needed along with physical strength and quiescent emotions. Careful with anger toward mother or those close to you. The recognition you seek may not be available. You’re on your own on an island. You’ll need a boat, good shoes, and that sweater your mother always told you to wear.

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

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