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The Retro, Meteors & the Full Moon


Mercury retrograde is in full force. Reaching outward, we’re pulled inward. Unable to maintain “business as usual” for multiple reasons (the retrograde, solar activity/flares altering our electromagnetic field, proton streams of positive ions, the planetary shifts, Uranus/Pluto, the old reality attempting to override the new, etc.), some of us feel paralyzed with tiredness, exhausted from pain, weary with busyness, longing to slow down, rest a while, contemplate individual realities, ideas and perceptions. Instead, we experience disruptive change, things upside- down, and wonder where we’ll find the resiliency to maintain our balance.  We can’t in this present world. This Mercury retrograde in Leo calls all of us to be leaders. And, as leaders, to gather together, build a strong capacity for community, and make a game plan that calls forth, envisions and creates the future. Assisting us with light and energy are the Delta Aquarids Saturday and Sunday, a meteor shower emerging directly from (radiant) the constellation Aquarius. The pre-dawn showers, 18-20 an hour, fanning out east, north and west, stream across the sky distributing the light of the Aquarian Age.

Wednesday is the full moon Aquarius solar festival (10 degrees). The fifth Gate (of Leo, opposite sign of Aquarius) has opened, the fifth Labor has begun. It is a dreadful labor and we must be prepared. Let us keep watch even though our heart is questioning. We must burnish bright our shields, feel our courage strong. Together, amidst the lion’s roar, we venture forth, knowing we must create the brave new world. (More at

Esoteric Astrology as news for the week of Jul. 26–Aug. 1, 2012 for Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20

In the days to come, with Sun in Leo, your deeper creativity will be revealed. But you must be silent for it to emerge. The Sun will reveal your temperament and characteristics of why you are in this particular life and incarnation. It will highlight gifts from previous lives you are living out in this lifetime. It will point out your path foward—and made of stars!

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21

You will either be told or it will be impressed upon your mind that a deeper level of confidence and creativity will emerge as you begin to express yourself in ways that are bold and confident. Although you say you don’t want to be noticed, deep inside when people recognize your gifts you are happy they recognized them and you know you are loved. Does it occur to you to play and have fun at home?

geminiGemini May 22–June 20

Do you speak from a place of authenticity? Or do you speak quickly, anything words will do, as long as you make people laugh and they don’t cling to you? A deep personal power and courage emerges when your true creative mind and voice are expressed. It’s important to identify exactly how you feel and express it. You become a light in the world when you speak, especially from the heart.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20

Do you believe you are valuable and have personal power? Do you give generously of yourself. Do you expect anything in return? It’s important not to hide feelings. You are not to indicate or create puzzles for people to try and figure out how you feel. It’s important to value your feelings, to articulate and to cherish them. They are your pathway to peace.

leoLeo July 21–August 22

You have the ability to bring the heart of the Sun, Love/Wisdom, down into your heart and radiate it outward to everything, everyone and all you encounter. You have the ability to create warmth in others as they stand next to you. You must understand spiritually that you carry the light of the Sun. Often, unaware, you hide yourself in that light. You must instead, radiate that light. You are the Sun!


virgoVirgo August 23–September 22

As the Sun illumines your 12th house it will ask you to dissolve all separative thoughts, feelings, actions; dissolving them into a universal loving matrix so your aspirational efforts can be recognized by the Soul. The Soul cannot direct anyone’s personality if they are unkind, cruel, judgmental, critical—all separative behaviors. The Soul’s light is Love/Wisdom. When you see others creating separations, send them your Soul.


libraLibra September 23–October 22

Are you the bright star with friends and in your social and work groups? I think you are. Your friends appreciate your courage, flair, parties, smile and generosity. You share everything you have with everyone. Sometimes, though, you want to blend into the shadows. Sometimes you’re tired. There are places to explore that are still unknown to you. Your own shadows. In there is someone who isn’t a star for you. Why?

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21

The world needs you ... Scorpios who are disciples and warriors. Deeply individual at first, you build the strongest personality. Later you become aware of collective purpose and serving humanity. Often people think you’re hiding. But really you’re pondering life’s mysteries, which you must undertake, one by one. You shoulder great responsibility so that others can move toward the light. You have a special style.


saggSagittarius November 22–December 20

You sometimes throw caution to the winds. You also sometimes take down your star and let others shine in their own light. You aren’t happy with anything less than the very best of everything. You bring warmth, personality, a buzz wherever you are. You look away sometimes from what others see. You look toward your destiny. You shine a light on it. You walk toward it.


capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20

There is sometimes an unspoken energy around you that brings attention to your happiness and creativity. There’s a bit of mystery about you, too, that no one understands. You maintain your dignity in all situations. You know the difference between people who love you and people who … (you fill in the blanks). You have a childlike way of loving and are hurt when others are cruel. Keep your trust intact. Help others laugh more.


aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18

It seems to be time for an interlude, linking you to nothing and nowhere, just for a while, so that you can come to a central state of balance as to who you are, where you are, why, and what further choices you must make in and for the future. You must, as you stand in balance, attempt to hold all opposing forces in check. This tension creates a greater awareness concerning the distribution of your gifts in service to humanity. And direction.


piscesPisces February 19–March 20

You need someone who understands and listens to you, someone who can share your hopes, wishes and dreams with, someone who, although you have a distinct sense of self, can hear your heartbeat and knows all that you say is important and contains a message. You need environments that bring forth your playfulness, environments of beauty, intelligence and balance.

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

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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.


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