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Sealed in the Book of Life

RisaNewSWe’re coming closer to Halloween. Who or what energies will each of us personify? Saturday is Yom Kippur (In the “Days of Awe” the Day of Atonement, Forgiveness, the holiest day of the Jewish year). On Yom Kippur, we seek and offer forgiveness. At the end of Yom Kippur our “fate is sealed” in the Book of Life. Let us offer forgiveness.
Sunday Venus enters Scorpio. We give ourselves away for one breathless moment. We surrender to mystery, bliss and eternity. Then the Nine Tests of Scorpio intervene. Monday, Columbus (or Indigenous) Day, is full of parades (5th Avenue; the Bronx; Chicago, New Jersey, etc.). The new world was seen by Columbus for the first time in 1492. It was magnificent.
As I write this a slender wisp of the new moon rises above California palm trees in an almost indigo sky. Underneath is a red sunset. Venus is the evening “star,” Saturn the morning “star” on Halloween. Many esotericists plan on being the Dweller on the Threshold (Saturn) at Halloween.
Tuesday is the full moon, solar festival of Libra (18 degrees). “Let choice be made.” And, “I choose the way that leads between two great lines of force.” The meditative keynotes of Libra.
Choice is the determining factor (lesson) of Libra. When we invoke the Will-to-Good, we are aligned with Right Choice. We are Arjuna, under Krishna’s tutelage, choosing which side to battle on. Do we choose the personality ways or the Ways of the Soul? Either choice is correct. When the latter is chosen, the Dweller on the Threshold becomes the Angel of the Presence.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Oct. 6–12, 2011 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
An interlude (pause) is occurring in your relationships with others. It may feel different and disconcerting. The reality is a balance is taking place, so that you can ponder upon many things and then make a choice. You might feel separate from others along with the inability to move forward. These are assessment tools. Two paths appear. Be very attentive.

April 21–May 21
The work of consciousness (awareness) proceeds and you find yourself dedicated especially to nature and the elements. At times there’s strife, which Taurus does not like. However, its purpose is to accelerate awareness. You enter deeper into a path of healing, an art you will later bring forth. There’s much work to accomplish to “restore the Plan on Earth.” You’re doing  (and preparing) your part.

May 22–June 20
You would do well to take up the study of the Purpose of the Evolution in our solar system. This is a large and in-depth study only entered into and comprehended through the Ageless Wisdom. Your mind seeks truth as your heart seeks expanded consciousness. Here is your prayer. “I offer my will to the Great Will.” Then the group of study to which you belong appears.

June 21–July 20
More and more you’re called to “nurture form.” Perhaps this takes place in the garden, where you intuitively work. Perhaps it’s preparing and providing food which nurtures others. Perhaps it’s simply to rest a while in nature and observe (and talk with) birds in the air (like St. Francis of Assisi). As you combine love with intelligence you create a fertile field for everyone’s gifts to come forth. You are generous.

July 21–August 22
Notice the opposing forces in your life these days. First, your thinking process, from lower mind to higher abstract mind thinking. During these days of choice comes a place of no return; we must choose the future path. Something I want to tell you. No one is an island. Sometimes you wish you were. However, Libra says you must make compromises and learn to negotiate—difficult for Leo.

August 23–September 22
I can tell you’re weighing and choosing options. You’re wondering should you simply drop the ways you’ve been thinking and feeling or start over on another project, one more expansive and inclusive. Look back from where you’ve come. What are your strengths, what have you accomplished? Do you practice acts of kindness in between, Venus asks? Make sure your gentleness is authentic.

September 23–October 22
The Libra light will shine from the sun to the moon during this full moon, a potent full moon for you. We’re at the halfway point of the astrological year. Libra signifies the scales, the balance, the harvest. You realize harmony and diplomacy are wise ways of being. Your instinctive nature also knows community and sharing helps us survive the upcoming winter. A door of/to forgiveness has opened. Will you pass through?

October 23–November 21
You seek the mysteries, always. You are the “mystery” of the zodiac. Hardly anyone understands Scorpio. You like it that way. One of the mysteries of Libra is that there are two doors, and one must be chosen. Either door is good. One leads to a solitary life, filled with tests and trials to see if you’re discipleship material. The other leads to gestation in form and matter, waiting for a later birth and opportunity. You know which to choose.

November 22–December 20
The life of Sag is filled with multiple influences. The higher (Soul) and lower selves (personality) are always oscillating, seeking rest and relaxation. A certain tension of choice exists. Presently the movement is accelerated, the need to choose becomes a tension, and duality is apparent everywhere. What helps (in balancing) is having a “mission” in life, having a horse to ride, and doing lots of walking in the wildernesses. Contemplation results.

December 21–January 20
Somewhere, everywhere there seems to be added conflict. Let’s give it purpose. Through conflict we are able to observe (and express!) inner battles. During this month an interlude (balance and quietness) occurs, so you can consider new choices. Desire turns into aspirations (a Soul quality). Something’s released. Also, when someone acts out, it means they don’t understand how to act differently. Be their transformation and their grace.

January 21–February 18
Here are a few things to do this autumn. Define the decisions to be made. Bring projects to a completion (harvest). Learn to negotiate with finesse. Strengthen all interactions and partnerships through recognition of gifts. Realize what you give, return tenfold. Give more. Share what you know to be just. Defend others’ rights. Those with culture, intelligence and education will be attracted to you. Tend to your home.

February 19–March 20
At times, working with money can be difficult. Let’s start over here. It’s good and right to be fair with money. Ask and take what is yours. Be truthful about the money owed you. Truth will hold you. Choices will be apparent this month and usually you step aside from decisions. However, this is a most important time and the choice you make determines the rest of your life: where you will live, whom you will work with, the quality of your health.

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

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