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Palm Sunday & Mercury Stationary Direct

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Sun square Pluto on Thursday challenges us to bring everything hidden into the light of day. The light transforms and uplifts. This aspect between Sun and Pluto reflects the prayer from the Upanishads (ancient Vedic Hindu prayer), “Lead us O Lord, from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, from death to immortality, from chaos to beauty.” 
 
Thursday is influenced by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and the heart of the Aquarian Age. We need, in our world, the light and reality of immortality to create beauty out of the present purposeful chaos. 
 

 

Thursday afternoon Cancer moon anchors (Ray 7) the intelligence (Ray 3) that nourishes humanity. In our last solar system we developed the lower mind. In this solar system we must develop the higher abstract mind (Jupiter), foundation of the Intuition (Pallas Athena). 
 
Saturday Mars in Virgo inconjuncts Uranus in Aries, as Venus in Taurus inconjuncts (150 degrees apart) Saturn in Libra! Inconjunct signifies nothing works well together, there’s no understanding of the elements (differing) creating an inability to cooperate. We stand solitary wherever we are. Mars/Uranus – a jolt somewhere occurs. Venus/Saturn, we don’t know where our resources are or their value. 
 
Sunday is Palm Sunday. Fresh palms lined the streets in Jerusalem when Jesus, the Christ, passed through. As the people recognized He was the Pisces World Teacher, He realized this was the Path toward His betrayal, death and Crucifixion (an Initiation we all take) at the end of the week.  

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Mar 29–Apr 4, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20

You must be dreaming more often, feeling more instinctive, sometimes confused, sensitive, inspired and insightful at times. Prayer, meditation, study, contemplation call to you. They create gentleness and a compassionate and caring way of being. When you find yourself in a group calling for your leadership to help create the future these virtues step forward. This new world is in your visions.


taurusTaurus April 21–May 21


You have one task—to focus on your health. Tend to joints and bones; tend to your heart, taking more calcium/magnesium, not allowing anxiety or stress, eating calming foods. Use your great practicality to care for yourself. You must choose daily what’s best – to be out and about socially, leading everyone into the future, or remaining at home and in the garden creating your perfect health. Begin with daily enzymes and probiotics.


geminiGemini May 22–June 20


Something revelatory happens between you and the world, between you and your work and you and certain groups. You’re inspired, encouraged and guided. With careful study, years of preparation, and viewing the past in terms of your gifts, a spiritual pathway opens, choices and commitments are more easily made, and gratitude settles into your heart. Can you talk about this?


cancer
Cancer
June 21–July 20


What have you been mostly thinking of during this Mercury and Mars retrograde? Has a new and different study been introduced? What these days makes you feel generous and at home? Is there’s a new reality or interest presenting itself? You want to participate fully, but something’s obstructing you. Are you disturbed by something? Do you feel you’re not smart enough?

leo
Leo
July 21–August 22


You’re becoming more perceptive, intuitive and enlightened and this affects those you work with. Someone, something (words, ideas, memories of someone in particular) will create a shift into greater and deeper awareness of how you have related in previous relationships. Your mind sorts through ideas of intimacy, money, sadness sometimes, and old dreams. Love is good, all the time, even when it hurts, which means you’re learning.


virgo
Virgo
August 23–September 22


You will relate better with others, especially those close to you, if you offer love as unqualified and unconditional. This is something many of us need yet to learn. When we do so, we flourish and thrive and discover greater support and guidance when needed. Challenging others doesn’t work. Compassion does. It nourishes the heart.

libra
Libra
September 23–October 22


Think, visualize and pray daily for all that you want and need your life to be. Include art, creativity and your vocation along with relationships, children and partnerships. If you’re not sure, then ask yourself each day, “What are my hopes, dreams and wishes? What are my abilities and gifts?” In the coming year you become stronger, more resilient. Take very cautionary care with money and resources. You need a fish in a fish bowl for a special pet.


scorpio

Scorpio October 23–November 21


Use your resources and investments in terms of preparing for the future. Find a forward-thinking money manager. Think seriously about a new economy needing to unfold. It will look much different than our present one. Don’t speculate on the old economy. Instead study books on greenhouses and bio-shelters, using resources to create these environments. You then become forward thinking.


sagg

Sagittarius November 22–December 20


 The planets in the sky are affecting your money, your foundation, your family and home situation, your creativity, and presenting possibilities in terms of relationships, partnerships, and for some, marriage. So many different realities pulsing within and around you. Something kind and benevolent, something sacrificial and sad is remembered in your family. Are relatives and loved ones on your mind? This is a stage of remembrance.


capricorn

Capricorn December 21–January 20


You’re thinking optimistically about a change of residence, or doing something new about how and/or where you live? You want to bring more grace and goodness, ease and beauty to your family life. You recognize everyone’s doing their very best, especially you, and you’re asking for a big change. Begin writing (journaling) in earnest and drawing up wants and needs. This is your next creative endeavor.


aquarius
Aquarius
January 21–February 18


Money and resources are going through a definite change—less money and more need to stabilize. This means more attention to the well-being of your finances is needed. Don’t forget to use resources to help others. When we serve others, we are taken care of. The charts show a change of home or location, something new occurring there. Follow calls to you. It’s purposeful.


pisces
Pisces
February 19–March 20


Neptune in Pisces brings forth a new state of reality, and at times confusion. Neptune blends many realities together into one reality. It’s difficult to make sense of the blending, and details can dissolve away. Be aware of and observe this occurring. Neptune is not the planet of detail. It’s the planet of refinement, of parting the veils, of watery realms where dreams are alive. Neptune transits can make us tired to exhausted. 


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

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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