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RisaNewSWe begin the week Thursday with Thanksgiving. Unfortunately the entire day is v/c, which means making contact can be difficult unless there is an earnest intention to do so. Holidays that fall on v/c (moon making no contact with planets, therefore we don’t make contact with each other, events, feelings, food, etc.) days can be stressful unless we are aware of the withdrawn energies of the moon, which rules our emotions, family, contact and comfort. Therefore, during this Thanksgiving let us have the conscious intention to make contact with each other, aware that we must work a bit harder for that contact to occur. We remember, “making contact releases love.” And in this solar system (the second of three) “love is all there is.”

To assist us with that contact and with giving thanks for everything small to large and everything in between, here’s some music from David Lowe’s Dreamcatcher album, track title “Seventh Heaven”. The accompanying film on the animal kingdom is beautiful and especially good for children. Playing this music over and over elevates the heart and frees the mind.

We are in the time and energy of Sagittarius now, sign of good food, good music, and the joy that occurs from giving thanks. Having the Thanksgiving holiday fall during the month of Sag is not a mistake. No other sign understands joy (an aspect of the Soul) as Sag (except Pisces when they’re not in despair). “Sag is a beam of directed and focused light. The beam reveals a greater light ahead, illuminating the Way to the center of the Light.”

Tuesday night (west coast), Wednesday morning (Midwest & East Coast) is the Sag/Gemini Full moon festival (10 degrees). The Soul’s meditative seed thought for Sag is “I see the goal, I reach that goal and then I see another.” Let our goal be gratitude this week. Join us everyone by reciting the Soul and Great Invocations, radiating to humanity the Great Mantram of Direction. In return, humanity and the kingdoms send their love and gratitude.

ARIES (March 21-April 20) Something unusual occurs with money or things you hold in common with others. Also, your chart displays a Pisces flavor – an act of surrender, a revelation, or a feeling of being behind a curtain or veil. You will remember the way your mother (or grandmother) tended and cared for you. You will attempt to recreate her food. You will finally praise and thank her. Quietly.

(April 21-May 21) Hopefully you’re home, with family and friends and you have access to things that nurture. If not, make it so. You will ponder upon your family in the past, remember a time when you felt life was bountiful. It still is. Know this. Do get some peace and quiet amidst all the work you’ll find to do. We’re grateful to you.

(May 22-June 20) You’re working internally and externally, thinking and then acting. In the months to come, it will be important to ponder on future plans and goals. It is also most important to create cooperation between yourself and those around you, balancing your self-interests with those of others. Allow no conflict to arise between life at home and life at work. They are one.

(June 21-July 20) You may spend more than you have, be hungrier than usual, and a bit more temperamental and touchy. Ouch! Read what I wrote for Libra. Apply it. Watch for impressions, vivid ideas, thoughts that lead to more independence, further resources, and a set of disciplines that make you feel more safe and secure. It’s inner structure coordination.

(July 21-Aug. 22) Libra’s information also applies to you. Organize your financial information, keep up to date on taxes and insurances, check your investments, tend to debts (monetary, emotional) and save 10% for yourself and tithe 10%. Be close to family, share with them ideas, plans and fears. They care for you. Be kind in your speech. Remember gratitude. Then a magic occurs.

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Spend time with loved ones and those close to you. Compromise and have the intention for Right Relations. As you extend gratitude to all and everything in your life, be forgiving in areas where you judge yourself. Remember, there is no failure. There are only successive stages of learning. Work calls. Maintain discipline.

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Tend carefully to finances; try not to spend on things not needed. Save resources for a family member or emergency. An innovative idea will occur to you concerning how to better save and how to build monetary safety for the future. Think about family wealth (not only money but information, land, etc.). Research silver and attempt to be ready when the economic reorientation occurs. Begin now.

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) After giving profound thanks for all that you have (and all that’s packed away for some eventful later time) and for your enlightened mind, it may be time to give some attention to your finances and slow down on any new output of monies till the old debts are paid. Abundance will continue. Something needs to be sold.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are vulnerable at this time. Usually, you aren’t, but now you are. And in that vulnerability great ideas appear. Write about them. They contain a power for the future and since your ear is tuned to humanity, the subject of your ideas is what humanity is interested in. Don’t tell anyone—just one or two. Keep your ideas secret lest they dissolve away. Sssshhhhh.

(Dec. 21-Jan. 20) You would do well to give thanks for all hidden things in your life, all those events and people that completely transformed you. And even those things that made you weary. Something new enters your world. Tend to everything close to home with care and awareness. Good things come with gratitude.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 18)  Create a journal of hopes, wishes and future dreams. There will be information as your write that turns into goals. For now tend to what is most important around you. Clean and clear away what seems confused, unkempt, untidy, disorganized or incomplete. Change will occur in the new year. Uranus prepares you for a future that is unexpected. I hear the sound of freedom.

(Feb.19-March 20) Gratitude propels you forward, releases the past. You can be grateful for knowing this. There is a ladder you’re seeking. Know also that you are a true leader, that you will eventually, if not now, turn and serve humanity in ways you better understand. For now it’s time to rest, ponder on your plans. Refine them. Concentrate on love within relationships. Laugh.


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