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International Day of Peace at Autumn Equinox


As Archangel Michael, the great protector, assumes protection of the Earth, the Sun enters Libra (autumn equinox) and autumn in northern latitudes begins. We are in the midst of the dark half of the year, leading to winter solstice. Libra is the sign of Right Relationships created through intentions for goodwill, the equation that leads to peace. On Friday, inaugurating Libra and the autumn season, the International Day of Peace (IDP), with a Sag Moon (justice, fairness, honesty, integrity), is celebrated.  Established in 1981 at the United Nations and celebrated as the General Assembly opens (third Tuesday of September), the International Day of Peace is a day of cease-fire and nonviolence. All peoples are urged to honor a “cessation of hostilities, creating a day of education and programs concerning the process of peace”. The theme for 2012 is “A Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” During the day humanity is asked to reflect upon the grievous physical, emotional, mental, spiritual toll wars take on all kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human), affecting all lives well into the future. Wars “rob humanity of opportunities to develop, create jobs, safeguard environments, fight poverty, reduce risk from disasters, advance social equity and ensure everyone a place to live and enough to eat.” War robs humanity of basic human freedoms. The Forces of Materiality, perpetuating war, understand these consequences. There is a Peace Bell set within a cypress-wood Shinto shrine on the grounds of the U.N. Given to the U.N. as a peace symbol in June 1954, the metal is made from coins collected by delegates’ children from 60 nations. When the bell is rung, the International Day of Peace for all nations begins. Visit

Esoteric Astrology as news for the week of Sept. 20–26, 2012 for Sun and Rising signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20

Your natural fiery, risk-taking, initiating, temperamental, independent behaviors will be tempered a bit. Restraint and control will enhance your ability to communicate and act in the world. This is good. Giving you time to observe how relationships are faring, how resources are being handled, and what intelligence you must bring forth next.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21

Some Taurus people find they are ill, not feeling strong these days. However, strength and new immune resistances begin to develop, helping to eliminate many physical ailments from the past. Diet should be light, eliminative. Old habits and ways of being will be challenged in daily life. Listening deeply to others is the only way harmony will come forth.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20

The focus in your life shifts into acts of creativity. You wonder what your creativity is. Love is your creativity; your very creative act. At first Gemini is focused upon the mental—gathering and dispersing information from and to all sectors of life. Then a calming process begins and love enters all aspects of life. Then wisdom. And your purpose comes forth under astrological watch.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20

You seek to deepen roots with family and connections with friends. You attempt to provide a stable home, constantly looking for ways to nurture and bring forth the best foods and care, needed for the mind, body and spirit of everyone around. Allow yourself no judgments or criticisms. Plan informative meetings with others. Many need your careful observing knowledge.

leoLeo July 21–August 22

You’re proud of your gifts, abilities and accomplishments. You’re often very humble of them. You work hard, and sometimes feel you haven’t done an adequate job. Let me say you always do the best to the point of exhaustion, which comes when you persevere beyond abilities. Remember also there are no mistakes. Do not judge yourself. Ideas from others may come forth. They are valuable.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22

Again the question is what you value. Create a notebook of values. Begin with the letter “A” and end with the letter “Z” and fill in the pages under each letter. Do this for the entire month of Libra. Simultaneously, list under the letters what you have been liberated from and what would make your life more fruitful. In the meantime tend to all financial obligations with gratitude.


libraLibra September 23–October 22

The Sun is in your house of self-identity, self-recognition and how you’re seen in the world. You become more sensitive to what pleases (and displeases) you, to needs generally and specifically. In all interactions support and establish a deep rapport of care. Make no demands. Create more beauty. It strengthens your spirit. And inspires others.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21

Your depth of focus, research and abilities are only matched by Pisces. You are cautious, yet confident in decisions. Often you must protect yourself and not be daunted by those who oppose you. If questions come your way at this time, be sure to listen carefully and objectively. You can be blind sometimes to certain realities. Expand your ability to carefully listen. Seek to understand others’ realities.


saggSagittarius November 22–December 20

You ponder upon what you have gained, experienced and accomplished in the world. Look upon your past with a sense of wonder, continuing to recognize that what we are given is what we actually shared with and gave to others. An ancient maxim says, “When we give much more is given to us so that we may give and give again.” Continue this art of giving. It ensures good fortune.


capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20

Review the many aspects of your life. Ask yourself if there is an area (or two) that needs to be transformed, needing to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Perhaps the coals in those ashes are still hot. Does something somewhere need to be rekindled? Is it possibly a level of love or spirituality? It is a good idea to dedicate yourself to the Will-to-Good, which nourishes you first and then everyone else in your life.


aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18

You have many ideas concerning humanity. You see humanity’s needs. Your ideal is to bring these ideas forth into form and matter so that humanity’s living can improve. In your personal and professional life you are sensitive to the qualities of fairness, human rights, respect, truth and freedom. You live within this framework. You may begin to travel more. Exercise with fortitude.


piscesPisces February 19–March 20

In your personal life, tend to all financial obligations, all bills and debts. Explain when you find this difficult or impossible. Tell the truth. Truth holds us. A transformation is occurring within. A spiritual choice is being made. Don’t give up. Call forth strength and confidence when challenges arise, which they will. Pray for an intervention. Do your yogas—hatha yoga combined with raja yoga. 

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

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