On Thursday, California, the entire West Coast and many regions of the U.S. will experience the Great Shakeout—drills to help prepare for earthquakes and practicing how to be safe. (See shakeout.org.) The Orionids meteor showers can be seen Saturday and Sunday prior to dawn. After our last days of Libra’s choice we begin the month of Discipleship and the Nine Tests as Sun enters the sign of Scorpio. Everyone begins wearing sunglasses. I find I can’t discuss regular news anymore because nothing’s real in the news. There’s no information on Fukushima, radiation, no news on the Federal Reserve, the money removed from our system and country, no news about the weather changes, the manipulated food and gas prices. These are the issues Ron Paul would discuss. Notice alternative candidates have been silenced from the debates. What debates, actually? It’s all “engineered.” There are no real issues discussed, no news that’s real news. All we have is entertainment as news. It keeps humanity asleep. However, Scorpio’s call to transform and reorient (and Halloween) shakes us up each year. Scorpio is the sign of the Ageless Mysteries. Of all the 12 signs (except Pisces), Scorpio is the most veiled, concealed, hidden, unknown and buried in misunderstanding. When encountering a Scorpio (Sun, Moon, Rising) there’s always a subtle aura of mystery, intrigue as something’s always transforming. Often dressed in black with sunglasses (even after the sun’s gone down), Scorpio hides away for several reasons – to protect and be protected, to observe without being observed. Scorpio, extremely intelligent, is a strategist. They understand all that is hidden. They call it into the Light. To be with a Scorpio (family, friend, lover) is to be aware of death and regeneration … daily. Since Scorpios are aware of others on invisible levels, and since experiences of betrayal have trailed them throughout lifetimes, Scorpio conceals from everyone (except trusted intimates) their innermost secrets, lest more betrayal occur. If you’re considered trustworthy, this is the highest compliment Scorpio offers. Tend to the Scorpios in your life with understanding, kindness and care. They’re often weary from constant inner and outer battles, the nine spiritual tests and the concept of death always surrounding them.
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Oct 18–24, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
So many changes are occurring that you become more aware of everyone’s behaviors, beliefs and responses in all interactions, including your right use of money and resources, your capacity to discern and discriminate and your aspiration to give (and give some more). Intimacy is of great value and importance to you at this time. All that you value shifts to a higher level.
Taurus April 21–May 21
The ways we are in relationships stem from family observations and experiences as children. Although you seem to hide yourself away in relationships, you’re dedicated to those you love. You never think of leaving. This dedication allows others to grow, transform and evolve. A question. Are you loved enough in return?
Gemini May 22–June 20
No matter how compelling it is to return to a previous situation, you will not remain there. The purpose of the return is to review the lessons, realize the goodness, offer gratitude and forgiveness. This liberates your future. The Nine Tests of Scorpio shadow you. You pass them. Have that focused intention.
Cancer June 21–July 20
Are you feeling restricted by anyone or anything in your life? Is there a need for a rebalancing with friends or family? Are you concerned with choices, enough rest, future resources? Let’s discuss rest. You need this in great amounts. A specific creativity is calling to you. Does it have to do with your home and garden? Are you planting? You must. Biodynamically.
Leo July 21–August 22
Remember a long time ago when home was mainly outside? When you picked fruit and made fire to cook with? Remember long walks at daybreak and sunset as the stars appeared? Remember the sense of community. There was also loneliness Remember as adults we are able to release what’s sorrowful. Through loving forgiveness. Remember who loved you?
Virgo August 23–September 22
You seek more freedom— especially financial. This has been bothering you for months and years. One of the most important ways of receiving money is tithing to those in need. When we give things away we experience freedom. The heart opens. What we give returns tenfold. What you are truly seeking is liberty. Create a freedom journal.
Libra September 23–October 22
Happy Birthday to a special Libra. Your future is emerging in great transformative waves— reorganizing your self-identity, how you see yourself, your professional and personal realities and your interactions with the world. Listen carefully to all communication. What must you balance and choose to create a future of freedom? Forgiveness heals you first.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
There will be a new identity available in the coming weeks, a discovery and a new learning on how you see yourself. It begins with you creatively helping another. Helping others reconciles us to our own humanity. We see the needs of the times through the needs of others. Then we begin to build the new culture and civilization— the new sharing society. You are the resource behind this idea, which becomes an ideal within humanity.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
In Nonviolent (compassionate) Communication classes we learn to compassionately understand the self and others’ needs. Being able to discern needs becomes a creative act, deeply internal, yet profoundly affecting all outer experiences and interactions. Cooperation (a virtue) begins in earnest. If you haven’t already, it’s time to learn Nonviolent Compassionate Communication techniques. Its effects are extraordinary.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
Profound changes continue, with self-identity and life direction. Group work is of great importance. In groups people see you as one who comes in to transform them. Some like this, many don’t. However, this is your task in groups. Understanding this helps you maintain focus and confidence. You manifest the group’s spiritual work. Before any work, call in the Soul of yourself and all others. The Soul protects.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
Your resources depend on your state of mind. It’s most important to downsize so you can move forward quickly when needed. Don’t let this be traumatic. Either use what you have or give it away so you are less dependent on physical non-essentials and more focused upon freedom, which the unusual and uneasy future will call for. Balance is in having less.
Pisces February 19–March 20
With Neptune in Pisces. “Amidst whirling forces we stood confused, we were swept up and down the lands, blinded, no where to rest.” Finally we said, ‘Here I stand and will not move till I know the law governing this very moment. I face many ways and soon I will determine for myself which way to go. I will travel no longer up and down the land. I will no longer be blinded. I will only upward move.” (The Old Commentary for Pisces.)
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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