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Cooperation and Cooperatives Aquarian Agenda, Serving Humanity

RisaNewSMany ask what to think and do for the coming times. We have little time. Every moment must be filled with purpose and focus, Sagittarian ideals that build the new civilization (Capricorn). Let us have the willingness of action that determines specific results (from Will to Love). Cooperation, community, comradeship are the keys. Mars in Virgo (through June) provides the “quickening” needed to manifest a new way of being. 2012 is the UN International Year of Cooperatives (IYC 2012).  The Aquarian Age (unfolding now) is the sign of humanity working together, building community and cooperatives. Cooperatives are democratically governed, operate on an at-cost-not-for-profit basis, focus on economic and social well-being of people and nations worldwide, encourage and foster cooperative development, which generates local wealth, employment and marketplace interactions.It’s a plan of action whose time has arrived. For the thought of continuing under the "empire's" big corporation (BC) agendas is no longer tasteful, acceptable, attractive, magnetic, feasible, understandable or sustainable. BCs are part of the past, lifeless world or greed. Cooperatives fulfill the need of the 99 percent, seek what is local and sustainable, are consumer-owned, member-controlled – benefits that create communality and community. Cooperatives differ completely from profit-driven enterprises. There are Seven Cooperative Principles (values) that guide cooperatives worldwide. Visit Organic Valley (dairy) is a cooperative as is Cabot Creamery. Their farmers say, “I’m a farmer. I’m an owner.” Cooperatives are everywhere. Are you part of or know of one? (Read more at

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Jan 12–18, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Working hard, perhaps to exhaustion, with your thinking power and energy focused in the world and work. Are you finding yourself easily upset, angry and impatient? Is there criticism around you, or intrusions? You have achieved and continue to achieve success and enthusiasm. You ask that others exhibit the same. They cannot. They don’t have your astrology chart. Be generous, instead of exuding expectations. Exhaustion falls away.

April 21–May 21
You love pleasure and pursue it quietly. You seek each day satisfaction within your endeavors. At times you’re unexpectedly playful. Deep down you’re competitive. Your animals and/or children may exhibit this. You’re affectionate. You forgive. You’re admired yet secretive. You’re a taskmaster toward yourself. Enter the field of art. Draw, paint, sing, act each day. It’s your saving grace.

May 22–June 20
You’re protective of friends, home and family. You hide away within them (most of the time?). You have anger but no one can find it. You don’t even know why. It’s hidden in a Scorpio sort of family situation. Careful because resentments fly out of you, fiery sparks, sometimes. Someday you’ll seek a more direct approach to your inner hidden world. Pursuing sports is one way of deflecting away from what hurts. You lead the way at home.

June 21–July 20
More and more you speak your mind, expressing ideas and opinions. Knowing a lot of this and that, you become upset when your morals and values differ from others’. Sometimes you’re afraid, sometimes you’re informative. Sometimes it’s disruptive. Consider the differences and outcomes. Everyone has important information. Even silence contributes. Everyone is polishing the facet of themselves, creating the great diamond.

July 21–August 22
You’re working hard which is actually usual for you. In the months to come notice working slower and slower, being more and more precise and deliberate producing only what you value. At times, you’re ambitious. Then you become impatient with a fiery impulsiveness. You can also be possessive. Independence is vital; a value you defend with secrecy. What resources of your creative self are ready and available for humanity? In service.

August 23–September 22
For a time you’ll be more forceful than usual. A dynamic energy will pour through and forth from you. It allows you to consider new realities, new plans and endeavors. It gives you a new identity that looks independent and direct. You will be called to spontaneity, action and follow-through. Only for only a while, though. Then Mars turning retrograde everything turns inward. You return home.

September 23–October 22
For a long or short amount of time, you have felt stifled from your choices. Understanding and asserting yourself to take action has been obstructed. A feeling of defeat, perhaps despair was felt. No one was encouraging or loving you enough. You need(ed) to build up self-confidence and a sense of beauty. Then you made a decision to return somewhere. You will see how this is. Your balance is re-establishing itself.

October 23–November 21
Make a spiritual decision, based on comradeship, to work directly with people in a state of intended cooperation. You will achieve your goals more readily. Enlarge the circle of people you trust. Do this by supporting them first in their endeavors. Cooperation is your new work and keyword. It will establish for you more permanent relations with others and call forth all hidden abilities and gifts.

November 22–December 20
You feel these days you were born to be successful. That you’re to be respected for your gifts and other people’s opinions are of no concern. You keep your eyes on the horizon while realizing no one is an island and that compassion is your keyword. You learn to be more loving in the coming year realizing everyone’s of value and useful. This makes for real leadership. Be practical with money. What is choice without limits?

December 21–January 20
You curb yourself when self-righteousness floods your lower mind. You never want to disregard others’ opinions. However, you know there is great truth beyond opinions and you seek that truth everywhere - in everything and everyone. It’s quite hidden, yes? You have trained yourself to be honest, smoothing blunt edges of communication. You’re direct when you speak and your humor finds the absurd in all events. Laughter is a companion. New leadership responsibilities make a call.

January 21–February 18
So clearly do you see through pretenses that sometimes you can be blunt in the attempt to banish untruths. This is both a gift and a difficulty. Many admire you. Some don’t understand you. You want to share. However, something hurt you long ago that makes you wary. Your desire for nature is strong. It makes things happen like magic. Whatever you focus on materializes. You provide nourishment to the world so hungry.

February 19–March 20
Be conscious and aware of interactions, especially with intimates and close family and friends. You could feel, and be perceived as impatient, angry and unaware of others’ needs. Should this occur you would feel devastated as your behavior is never like this. Use the prevailing energies to quicken your sensitivity toward everyone, including the kingdoms. Ask what are everyone’s needs, hopes, wishes and cares? What can you offer them? Cultivate these ways, developing the subtle art of relationship.  

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

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