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The Light of Life Itself in Pisces

RisaNewSWe have a week of planetary shifts, celebrations, a new moon and a secret birthday. Thursday, Mercury and Chiron team up in Pisces, the sign of compassion and saving the world. Late Saturday night Sun enters Pisces, showering the Earth with the “Light of the World.” “Pisces light reveals the Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter (ignorance).” All of Earth’s kingdoms absorb this “saving” Pisces light. During Pisces, humanity (we, designated world servers and saviors) is clearly informed of its sacred tasks – “to save ourselves in order to survive, sustain and thrive into the new world.” And that we must actually create that new world ourselves, through the formation of communities in every town and city, state and nation throughout the world. Who hears and understands this message? Monday is President’s Day (Lincoln & Washington’s birthday). Tuesday is new moon of Pisces (“Go forth into matter”—the Pisces personality keynote) and festive Mardi Gras. Wednesday (secret birthday) is Ash Wednesday, first day of Lent—40 days/nights of preparation and purification for Easter/Resurrection and the first (of three) Spring Festival(s) of Aries. Our actions during Lent imitate Mars (and Mercury) retrograde activities. We grow in quiet reflection, contemplation, study and knowledge, which purify, enabling us to participate in the spring festivals. The Three Spring Festivals direct the creative tasks of humanity that, over time, “Restore the Plan on Earth.” (Read more news this week at

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Feb 16–22, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
A quiet peaceful change comes into your life. You become sensitive, compassionate and sympathetic toward everyone, especially those in need. You’re drawn to things mystical, religious, spiritual, meditative, functioning behind the scenes and the reason why isn’t apparent. You seek forgiveness while offering it. You allow no persecutions of any kingdom. Here your Aries comes forth.

April 21–May 21
Consider and ponder upon what you do has to do with groups, friendships and the forming of community that restores and reforms society. You know what’s coming. You are concerned with hosting new ideas, creating collective objectives, helping others realize hopes, wishes and dreams that sustain life on earth. There is a mantram that is useful to say. “Let reality govern my every thought and truth be the master of my life.”

May 22–June 20
You can use mantram for Taurus, too, Gem. It’s very useful for the dissolution of glamours —not only the glamours of self but when encountering the glamours (distortions, miasmas, illusions) of others. Eliminating glamours help us focus on accomplishing goals, helps us achieve a successful public life, allows for an honorable reputation. You have authoritative tasks to perform and an influential position to fulfill for the saving of humanity.

June 21–July 20
The light of Pisces Sun is providing you with aspirations and high ideals to learn something new that develops a new level of consciousness leading to wisdom. Remember to never assume a position of knowing until it is experienced or its validity proven. You will expand your mind through travel, study, a philosophy or encountering soil and the earth (gardening). Then you are to teach others. Be adventurous and experiential.

July 21–August 22
You search for your values. They have changed over the years. You explore the values of others, listening to their talk of sex, intimacy, money, death, regeneration. You discover your ability to diagnose illness in friends, extending this ability to pets. You like to be the detective, and for a while read mysteries that provide courage through conflict. Be not jealous or combative. You will lose. Life in the shadows for a while is best.

August 23–September 22
You find yourself through relationship interactions, whether intimate, close friends or who and what you identify with in the moment. You want to cooperate, seeking harmony within all situations so a sense of life-in-balance emerges. From person to the political, from social justice to world peace, you travel the range of relationships within the world of humanity’s endeavors. Do you remember the esoteric formula for peace?

September 23–October 22
You become practical in all ways, tending to daily necessities for self and others. You become the social worker for the world, using your gifts and capacities to create roles for others so they too can be of assistance and be of service. You make improvements wherever you go, tending to details, being scientific and concrete in your healing information. You drop all levels of criticism. You understand forgiveness.

October 23–November 21
When observing you for a time we sense a new level of dignity emanating from you. We also sense a new level of creative self-expression, which in time can lead the world in a new artform that restores the art of living to the world. Sometimes, you focus on happiness, things that entertain and are playful with games, children and/or sports. You speculate on ways resources can emerge into form and matter and used to create a new world.

November 22–December 20
Family continues to be your concern – creating, tending to, or writing about one. Your history is like a tree growing within you, its roots go deep; the trunk is your life force, and the leaves shows how you interact with the world. Realize how important parents are/were, whether they were good enough or not. All parents are “good enough” in terms of what we must learn (and realizing we choose them). A radical thought. Moodiness may assail you.

December 21–January 20
You’re interested new ways of communicating, expressing yourself and talking with family, friends, neighbors and siblings. Most important will be things literary and artistic, either in books, attending museums, music fests or simply reconsidering how to once again bring forth the arts. You love change now and are very adaptable. Realize that others around may not be. Restlessness can upset our organized and artistic apple cart.

January 21–February 18
During this month you will be asked to consider the values within yourself, your abilities, talents, resources and all possessions. You will realize you have vast resources, some of which you will want to give away. You will seek ways of making money and will find a state of reserved strength that sustains conservative yet liberal values. You will seek comfort and a new love to keep you warm.

February 19–March 20
There’s a sense of well-being, exaltation and a radiant willingness in all that you do. You will initiate new ideas others will accept, reject and react to. This is good. Controversy is good, calling forth the harmony at the core of chaos and conflict. The many heavenly lights in Pisces are creating a state of dignity, magnetism and confidence within. Handling all that Pisces is Mars retro in Virgo. Tend with care to diet and health care.

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

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written by Regina Ann Bartlett, February 15, 2012
Her column is wonderful and for me, the best part of THE GOOD TIMES. I always take a recent copy of the The Good Times with me when I travel...because I get asked for it. Thanks've been right about everything going on for quite sometime now. You're wonderful. Much love!
written by KELLY ALPERT, February 14, 2012
I enjoyed very much and Risa's comments here. I enjoy Risa's on the paper all the time. Right on Risa. I hope you are well and happy. Best.

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