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Neptune Enters Pisces, Aquarius Solar Festival, Saturn Retrograde, Candlemas and the Groundhog & His Shadow

RisaNewSThursday is Groundhog Day (will the groundhog see his shadow and return to his burrow?). It’s also Candlemas Day, a day of significance astronomically and religiously, signifying a time in between winter solstice and spring equinox. In the Catholic Church Candlemas is 40 days after Christmas. The holy child and Mary are presented in the Temple. Beeswax candles are blessed. Friday, Feb. 3, after 14 years in Aquarius, Neptune enters its own sign of Pisces (after 164 years), remaining there until 2025. Neptune was last in Pisces in 1947 ushering in the romantic era of art, literature and music—Walt Whitman (hope), Brahms, Charles Dickens (sad) and impressionism (new impressions) came forth. Neptune esoterically is a subtle new state of Soul (Christ) consciousness. Neptune will be in Pisces for 14 years, thus bringing forth a phenomenal change of consciousness for humanity. Changes in healing, the arts, creativity, the uses of water, new medicine (vibrational medicine), alleviating suffering, new spiritual groups forming, seeking spiritual knowledge and understanding. The emphasis will be to “save the world.” From the heart of the Sun, Neptune streams forth Ray 2, Love/Wisdom, to the world. And we are changed. Tuesday is the full moon Aquarius solar festival. The full moon is the Full Snow moon. The Aquarian seed thought is “Water of life poured forth for thirsty humanity.” We are to be the “waters of life” pouring forth our service to uplift, educate and support “thirsty humanity.” Let us accomplish this task together. The two weeks of Chinese New Year festivities ends at the full moon Lantern Festival. Who is having a Lantern Festival party this year? (read more at

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Feb, 2–8, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Slowly over the next many years, all that is within you, often unknown and unheeded, will surface. So much is buried within. All these, like Vesta, are the "found objects" of ourselves, waiting for the right time and season to emerge. It will surface in dreams, symbols, omens, and talismans. The mystery of yourself will be revealed. You will see unseen worlds. Faith and trust and hope become your guides.

April 21–May 21
You will enter into a newer and wider group of people, like-minded, socially conscious, and spiritually aware. You will all be artistic, creative and quite unusual. You will create, build and form a community that is the template for the new culture. You have yearned for this. Continue to imagine it. You will lead it.

May 22–June 20
Should you feel uncertain about your work in the world, know that this is part of Neptune’s function, attempting to refine you into the new ways of being in the world. Neptune’s watery ways slowly undermine any old ideas that you can act like everyone else. You can’t. What you’re left with is your imagination. What do you imagine would make you joyful?

June 21–July 20
There will be an emphasis on entering deeper into mystical and/or esoteric teachings. It will be good to read Rumi. You will also seek places that are far away from home. So that you can learn new ways, enter into new places of knowledge, gather ancient wisdoms. You will also be called to teach. Humanity is thirsty for real knowledge. You understand humanity.

July 21–August 22
There may be explorations, deeper and more profound, into issues concerning death, sex, rock & roll, and everything else transformational. Taxes, too. And freedoms. And money. Questions like what is death and what is the function of sex? Am I sexy? What’s sexy to me? And how do we want our money to be used to create the new paradigm shift? The world is calling us to be sharing responsibly.

August 23–September 22
You will see others through the lens of everyone—and everything as spiritual. You will see and recognize the life force. Some will see the actual angels (devas) building the kingdoms. You will discover what unconditional love means. First by seeking it. Then by providing it. A sacred contract. You will make new connections. Love will be released. Different than before.

September 23–October 22
A new authenticity will come forth from within and your lifestyle will change. Forgiveness will continue. Begin with yourself first. What can you forgive? All daily routines will focus on creating and sustaining vibrant health. Become very careful and caring with health. Unusual allergies may arise. Stay with homoepathics and homeopathic practitioners. As forgiveness comes forth, you become more authentically of service to others.

October 23–November 21
You are the master of illusion. You will meet others who also have your gift, protecting themselves against all emotional intrusions. You will come to a point when feelings of aloneness must give way to making true contact. Romance may find you. You can be “romanced” by ideas, by a rare coin or flower, one of the kingdoms calling to you. You will become “intimate” with new ideas.

November 22–December 20
There will be a great return to family of origin, family stories, history; its successes, disappointments, strengths and yearnings. What sacrifices did your family make? And how do you hold all of these for your family. What wealth (not necessarily money) did your family build? You too yearn. For closeness and care. Let’s pray for it together.

December 21–January 20
Gradually you will notice the many forms of non-verbal communication and expression surrounding you. It’s as if you can hear (and see) the angels building form out of substance. Read the Findhorn Garden (the picture book again). Your intuition discovers all the subtle signals no one else sees. This stimulates your imagination. Community, gardens, greenhouses are your keywords.

January 21–February 18
Make sure to be careful with input and output of money. It may feel that the outflow is greater than the inflow. And perhaps it is. Eventually your ideas about money will change. New values will replace previously accepted values about money and how it’s made. A new spiritual reality comes forth and you enter gladly into the new sharing society. Watch for this.

February 19–March 20
You may become a bit more subtle, refined, changeable, whimsical and elusive. You may feel the need for more rest, reflection and contemplation. You may experience Oneness, the Love of God. Your identity may shift and lines blur around boundaries. You become mysterious and reflect the needs of others. You “save” others by inspiring compassion.

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

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