Santa Cruz Good Times

Nov 28th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

From Darkness to Light


The New Group of World Servers everywhere is preparing gardens, patios, fire escapes, windowsills and outside areas for the placement of crystal bowls for the Full Moon Wesak Taurus festival Saturday (May 5). Planning since Winter Solstice we invite everyone to prepare with us for the blessings of the Will of God via the Buddha.

It’s good to prepare, subjectively and objectively, a week ahead. Understanding Taurus also prepares us.

Taurus is the “penetrating Light of the Path of Return.” This beam of Light enters the Earth from the point in Aries (bringing forth all things new). The Taurus Light irradiates and uplifts the physical world, illumines our minds and shifts our desire (for things of the self) to aspiration (helping humanity).

Taurus signifies the Buddha, who was born and died in Taurus. He came into the world 500 years before the Christ, to “prepare the minds of men for the Love of His Brother, the Christ.” Buddha’s purpose was the “enlightenment” of human minds. Each year, at the Wesak Festival, the Buddha seeks again to “awaken and enlighten” humanity’s minds.

Taurus presents us with the tests, trials, confusions and experiences that “forge” the personality (lead) into accepting direction from the Soul (into gold). Taurus works with Ray 4, Harmony through Conflict. We (humanity) learn through conflict. Ray 4 is also Art and Beauty that “attracts the sons and daughters of Venus” (the planet Taurus streams through). Taurus “understands” beauty. The Upanishads, the most ancient mantric prayer given to humanity, refers to Taurus and Venus, “Lead us O Lord from darkness to light, from chaos to beauty.” (More at

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Apr 26–May 2, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20

This month you focus on your values and possessions and seek a meaningful state of security. There’s a possibility of identifying only with what you own considering your worth based on possessions. This identity is good for a short time. Then you must focus on creating secure and sustainable foundations, built to last, that support relationships with sensitivity and comfort. Share.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21

You must identify as an innovative leader who brings facts and information to others which helps them acquire a sense of intelligent self-identity. Through your discipline and vocation your words and actions provide direction for others. You are seen as a “light bearer.” Before having self-identity, we must have true knowledge. You are the mentor & teacher for this.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20

You shine when you serve others. Your love opens the hearts of everyone, especially those whose hearts are closed. Because of this you require times of reflection and seclusion for rest. Here you gather compassion so you can assist others, even when you’re not aware of this help. Do not allow yourself to feel lonely. You are not alone. We all stand with you.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20

You have very high hopes and goals, sometimes unexpressed. It would be good if you could communicate them. Sometimes you have a tolerance of others. Sometimes you forget to. More and more you’re called to have heart/mind coherence. This calls for a focus not on emotional choices but on knowledge. Your close friendships are most important. Keep them close.

leoLeo July 21–August 22

What goals, successes and accomplishments are you seeking? It’s important to realize your ambitions because this is actually your purpose and when you know this, your energy is focused and identified. All levels of leadership for you are important. They unlock creativity. Some Leos are shy. You can still be leaders. Quiet yet powerful ones. It’s about ambition, which is identity and purpose.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22

When Virgos turn their focus to the environments around them, especially to gardens and the other kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal), they bring forth very high ideals. They can control their restlessness, use their vast state of knowledge and become quite curious and adventurous, the latter quite unusual for Virgos. You realize, in contact with humanity, that we are all brothers and sisters within one family.

libraLibra September 23–October 22

Desires and experiences have become more intense, powerful and concentrated? The usual is not enough. You need to go deeper, wider, higher seeking what lies beneath the surface, what lies above. Everything unexplored becomes magical and fascinating. Like the Hierarchy (inner world government), you must move in two directions—inner and outer, into the deep waters and into heaven itself.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21

For the next month or so you will take pride in creating harmony with all interactions and relationships. You will feel the need to be close to loved ones, perhaps one in particular. You drop one or more of your veils of protection, know you’re safe being vulnerable and begin to say what you want and need. Social skills become easier. Peace results. This is a rare time for you. Observe it carefully.

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20

All that you do concerning your work and profession relate to your sense of identity. Each day it’s most important to feel busy, to have activities planned and to produce work that is your very best. It is also important that you create Right Relations with everyone you work with. If these are not adhered to each day, you somehow feel less than fulfilled and it moves to depression. Plan your day with intention to be a good steward to all you contact.

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20

You have special and unique qualities combined with a deep level of creativity. You must have opportunities to express yourself each day. And often you do this with a dry sense of humor, a bit of drama and lots of fun. Eventually those who need to, notice you and this leads to new work ventures and adventures. Recognition (and compensation) calms your sense of restlessness. Children are most important.

aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18

You are private and protective about your personal life, home and family. You seek to find your way into a deeper sense of security and a foundation from which you can work. You want to integrate all life endeavors under one roof. This is most practical and allows for greater creativity. You seek emotional attachments so that your heart is not so lonely. Find a home first. Fill it with all that you love. Plant a garden, even a small one. Friends come by. They love you. 

piscesPisces February 19–March 20

You take walks each day because you need a change of scenery, you need to touch life in all its forms, but especially you need people to create new friendships with. You adapt well, but only to a point. You are a teacher needing to teach. You are curious about others, asking questions a lot. Others don’t understand this. You never use power-over with others. Only power-with. Sometimes you’re sad. You need music all the time.

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

More at Risa's email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Facebook: Risa's Esoteric Astrology

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger


Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share


Santa Cruz Gives

A look at the organizations we’re asking you to support in our new holiday giving campaign


Gratitude—For Each New Morning With its Light

The full moon of Wednesday brings light to Thanksgiving (Thursday) under the Sagittarius Sun and Mercury. Mercury in Sag offers humanity the message (Mercury) of thankfulness and joy (Jupiter). No other sign represents food, music and joy better than Sagittarius (only Pisces, when not in despair). Beginning on Thanksgiving, we can list what we’re grateful for. Then we can continue the list, creating a daily Gratitude Journal. What we are grateful for always increases in our lives. On Thanksgiving Saturn/Neptune square (challenging) is in full effect. This can manifest as traditions not being honored, disappearing, falling away. It can also create a sense of sadness, confusion, of things not working out as planned. It’s best to be as simple as possible. And to focus on gratitude instead. Gratitude is a service to others. It is scientifically and occultly a releasing agent. Releasing us from the past, allowing our future—the new culture and civilization, the new Aquarian laws and principles, the rising light of Aquarius, the Age of Friendship and Equality—to come forth. Gratitude and goodwill create the “thought-form of solution for humanity and the world’s problems.” The hierarchy lays great emphasis upon expressing gratitude. Gratitude illuminates all that is in darkness. Let us be grateful during this season together. Being, for others, the light that illuminates the darkness. A Poem by R.W. Emerson: We are grateful … “For each new morning with its light/For rest and shelter of the night/For health and food/For love and friends/For everything thy goodness sends.” (poem by R.W. Emerson). I am grateful for my family of readers.


The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program


Pluck of the Irish

Mid-century immigrant tale engagingly told in ‘Brooklyn’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments


Second Street Café

Pies and tarts for all tastes—from traditional to adventurous


How are you preparing for El Niño?

Getting ready to buy some rain gear. Cory Pickering, Santa Cruz, Teaching Assistant


Fortino Winery

Cabernet and superb fruit wine from Fortino Winery


Tap Dance

West End Tap & Kitchen’s impressive menu to expand to Eastside location