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Our Labors

RisaNewSAs Burning Man (Rites of Passage) burns in the desert sands, everywhere the Virgo petal unfolds (Earth—a 12-petaled lotus) and we enter the womb of the Mother, gestating, for humanity, once again (each year) a new state of consciousness. Both Virgo and Cancer, the feminine signs, are from our last solar system, where we were nurtured by a matriarchy of energies. Overseen by the Pleaides, the Earth (matter, mater) in that last solar system was imbued with intelligence, with the “mother.” As we move toward autumn, Ceres, the mother of Persephone, has only three more weeks with her beloved daughter. The persimmons and pomegranate trees are preparing for autumn, their colors signs of hope as the light each day dims.

Thursday is Scorpio moon, a time of mysteries and discipleship. Friday continues the Scorpio moon. In the nighttime, Sun trines Jupiter. Something harmonious and loving appears. Saturday is v/c for two hours prior to Sag moon at 2:03 p.m. taking us into Labor Day.

The Labor Movement is part of humanity’s searching for Freedom. Labor Unions arose in the mid 1800s with a set of values—that of solidarity; the good of the whole; mutual assistance; equality; esprit de corps; support for families; disdain for elitism, and that democracy and individual rights do not stop at the workers’ gate. Employees and laborers united for just rights. The Labor Union movement developed “weapons”?—education (supporting freedom) and the strike. Many discovered strength in unity and to “wrest from monied interests decent wages, better living conditions and leisure, the right of every human.” There are spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement, oft neglected and unknown. Labor Day celebrations today are lost in the midst of summer’s ending. Let us honor Labor Day.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Sept. 1–7, 2011 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Those who work with you seek your mentorship and direction. You’re the structure and light needed that lights their way. This is not a compliment. It’s a responsibility of leadership, direction and love. It’s important to maintain health and a simple diet. Possibly you need more calcium/magnesium for calmness. With all relationships, don’t be harsh.

April 21–May 21
The work and responsibilities continue to arrive. You tend to everything needed, forging ahead with Vulcan’s (Soul ruler) help. Vulcan fashions gold out of iron, creates a forward momentum, allows for optimism (a little), drives you toward future goals. On your mind is always how to create and sustain community. It takes more than a village.

May 22–June 20
Home continues to matter more and more. Where will you live, with whom and how to create community. These questions sustain you. However, movement forward is still an issue. Continue to care for those in need with compassion and humor. You’re to serve with a wise heart. Venus is your companion. She greets you with a pale yellow light.

June 21–July 20
Home and family become increasingly filled with responsibilities and work. You try to pass on traditions to family. However, so many tasks interfere. Restrict how much work you’re doing for others or exhaustion ensues. An acupuncture treatment is most likely needed and chiropractic, too. You’re the one at home needing tender loving care. Sit a while.

July 21–August 22
Are you finding yourself going out and about, creating deeper relationships with neighbors, siblings and close friends? Leos often tend only to themselves and this creates loneliness. Wherever there’s an imbalance, ask questions, listen, assess, speak from the heart and forgive. Saturn, the Dweller on the Threshold (of divinity) is asking you to review past beliefs before a new mental attitude can form. You can do this.

August 23–September 22
In your daily life, have the intention to focus on facts not fictions, fantasies, or wishful thinking. Facts are the foundation of a clear thinker, and, later, good leader. Facts help uplift emotional disturbances, disappointments and confusing changes. Saturn asks that you consider what is of value to you and provides both emotional and intellectual inspiration. Relax into a moving transformation.

September 23–October 22
You seek a sense of belonging somewhere. Assessing your talents and gifts you wonder when the context will appear where they can be used with less stress and limitation. You know you’re here to serve. A change of appearance may come forth due to new confidence and a desire to be more harmonious. You are a bit mysterious now. Careful with too much exercise. Careful with bones and ligaments.

October 23–November 21
Notice your concern with how others see and assess you. Notice a change of values occurring, too. It’s an excellent time to make new and contact old friends, create business opportunities with groups and social media. There’s a community or group needing your research abilities. The present work situation may shift about. This will pass. Maintain composure.

November 22–December 20
Work should be pretty good and you’re well-liked, but you possibly feel restricted, constrained and controlled in one or more groups of people. It will be important to make yourself more productive in terms of creating harmony at work. Go against all the limitations, create a more positive, light-filled aura. The outcome will be more than expected. Work on the honor system. Your honor.

December 21–January 20
Make contact with those you care for who are far away. Your communication creates harmony and happiness. As your mind ponders future goals, include religious as well as physical, emotional and intellectual considerations. Religion stabilizes and sustains for its energies are greater than we are. Prayer stabilizes us. As you continue to transform recite the Great Invocation daily and with family.

January 21–February 18
Your focus on money is correct in terms of the future. Gather it and put it away. Offer your gifts in exchange for what you need, and value your potential. Daily routines need changing, rearranging. Your vitality (life force) is fast forward. A bit of slow-down is needed for equilibrium. You’re a good-to-excellent sport!

February 19–March 20
Walking that raggedy precipice of reality, not remembering yesterday not seeing tomorrow, summon faith that there is indeed a Path you are walking although you know it’s invisible. Some Pisces may receive a marriage proposal. Some will enter a business partnership. There will be a moving forward soon (after years of un-knowing). The forest will become the trees of opportunity. Go to Findhorn.

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

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