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A Beam of Focused Light

RisaNewSThere are many events this week following last week’s Full moon festival of Sag/Gemini (goals brought forth for humanity and Earth’s well-being). The Parliament of World Religions & Women at the Parliament in Melbourne, Australia, Dec. 3-9; Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Dec. 7-18; Santa Cruz UNA (United Nations Association) Human Rights Fair (after downtown parade), Saturday, Dec. 5, noon to 9 p.m. at Louden Nelson. Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent (“something’s coming”) and feast day of St. Nicholas (the real Santa Claus).

We’re in Sag now, sign of food, music, the photographer, adventurer, professor and philosopher. In the Bhagavad-Gita Krishna (divine driver of warrior Arjuna’s chariot) says, “I am the month of Sagittarius.” Artemis/Diana are the female Sagittarian deities. Sag’s center of attention, when not seeking the arrows of intuition scattered everywhere, is always upon the Capricorn mountaintop. Sagittarius nobly holds high aspirations (aspiration of the Soul) to return to the Father, humanity’s origins (we are starlight). Sag is energetically a “beam of focused light.” No wonder Sag is the photographer. Sag’s focus brings forth expanded awareness and consciousness through Jupiter, planet of great generosity and love (Ray 2) leading to wisdom. The Tibetan says, “Jupiter brings together and binds in friendliness.” Thus, in the season of giving (through Jan. 6, Feast of the Three Kings), let us be generous with our light, our money, our gifts, our love, our goodness and our wisdom.

 

ARIES (March 21-April 20) You’re being called to sing, dance and be merry, to have an adventure, a dream, multiple goals, and to assist others in their creative endeavors (after yours, of course). Philosophical and religious thoughts may catch your attention along with things in the distance and in the distant future. Everything about you is intelligent. Show it calmly and with humility.

TAURUS
(April 21-May 21) You attempt to figure out how to work with other people’s money—how to create partnerships that are financially lucrative because you are aware that the future is about frugality, thrift and great resourcefulness. There are people waiting to assist and they will help you conserve your strength as you continue to work toward ways of bringing in valuable assets, capital and funds to bring forth the new culture and civilization’s values.

GEMINI
(May 22-June 20)  Will you be moving, or traveling or planning on a sort of long distance traveling that temporarily changes your focus and way of life? Are you attempting simultaneously to have right relations with those close to you, intimates, partners and close friends? Are you modeling cooperation, observing skills, and discrimination? Is the idea of a group and community most appealing? If yes to everything, you’re on track. Thumbs up.

CANCER
(June 21-July 20) More and more, your health and well being are the focus and they interact directly with the work you perform, your close alliances and partners, and your daily tasks and responsibilities. Be very aware of all environments. Where there are needs, offer to assist. Where inefficiency, or a lack of understanding exists, offer your organization and competence. You may not be recognized for your gifts and skills. But we see them.

LEO
(July 21-Aug. 22) The new culture and civilization works directly with Leo/Aquarius energies. The Leo realizes that all gifts and abilities of self must be given up to the world, in order to serve and uplift humanity. Before Leo can give of self, they must know themselves and they come to know the self through their creative endeavors. What are your creative endeavors, Leo? How do you express these magnificent parts of self? As you come to know and offer them to humanity, more come forth.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) It is important that you maintain a constancy in all that you do now, in daily home and work endeavors, with money and financial resources and assets, in planning the future and what you want to achieve and even in hosting people in your home or having a dinner party. As you tend to order and orderliness, keep thoughts and emotions on a stable course. Work slowly and carefully. Recite mantrams.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) There may be interactions with family, with siblings and relatives for food, money, educational, travel or visit purposes. It will be important to be current with family affairs as well as affairs of the heart, of the community and the news of each day. Contact with family will deepen a love within the family often hidden, buried, concealed unacknowledged and latent. The suppression of love and acceptance underlies most ills within the world. How is your health?

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You have important and valuable ideas concerning money in the future including the use and idea of barter. This is not a new concept, however it is an original to most of humanity today. Think about the services you offer humanity and what you can barter. Think about what you can create for the future that would be part of a bartering system. The breakdowns occurring today provide opportunities that safeguard the new ways of the future. Your depth of mental focus can bring these forth.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 20)  Be prepared for changes in your belief system, ways of seeing things, point of view, how you see yourself, what “getting ahead” means and your entire state of self confidence. Home is both a place of joy and wounding where there’s both a sense of confusion and healing. Allow these paradoxes to simply remain where they are. Like roommates, they’ll glide away eventually leaving you more detached and humanitarian. Are you banking locally?

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 21-Jan. 20)  While some of you must be out in the world, a large part of you wants stay behind the veils focusing on personal creative endeavors—for these are what truly define you. There is a push to create, to bring forth art forms of beauty, balance and symmetry. However, there’s always a bit of the unusual in your work and that is what magnetizes others. Being alone is healing for you. It too balances, creating inner symmetry. Continue with your art.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 21-Feb. 18) You will interact with friends and community acquaintances more than usual. Notice talk centering on travel, distant place, ideas, desires and aspirations. Listen carefully. These are other people’s dreams. Ask them if there is a way you can assist them in accomplishing their dreams. Tell others your dreams too. Act in ways that arouse kindness, giving and random acts or goodwill. Tend to friends, to health and to promises.

PISCES
(Feb.19-March 20) There is a possibility of inflammation in parts of the fish’s body. Daily turmeric and chlorella help ease this condition. Most Pisceans are finding themselves more in the world, much to their chagrin. It can be unpleasant for the fish (who hides quite well) to be seen and noticed much. I see that most Pisceans again need new shoes and a visit to their hairstylist (both women and men). And to also be careful not to be caught in other people’s suffering. To concentrate instead on their own hopes, dreams and wishes. Try.

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