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Gifts: Giving and Giving Some More


We’re in the season of gifting, a holiday ritual that, for some, brings terror (What do I give? Who am I? What do they like? I have no money!), and for others it’s a way of being festive, showing gratitude, participating with family, friends and loved ones and giving all we have unconditionally.  Two major religions, side by side, two developmental stages, celebrate the Festival of Lights in December—The Jewish Festival of Hanukkah (the miracle of oils and light in the Temple) and Christmas (Christmas tree, birth of the holy child, the new light). We join with our brothers and sisters of all religions, worldwide, in all the celebrations of Light this season. Hanukkah begins this week, sundown Saturday, lasting through Sunday (Dec. 16). Hanukkah means menorah (miracle of Lights), dreidels (play), candles, gold coins (chocolate), Tzedakah (Hebrew for giving to charity, tithing, sharing) and Tikkum Olam (Hebrew for helping to repair the world, “restoring the Plan on Earth,” Restoring the Mysteries,” fix what’s broken, helping families rise from poverty to self-reliance, the highest form of charity). Christmas comes later, Dec. 25. After the Dec. 21 winter solstice when the new light, new consciousness, holy child, “light of the world” arrives. Some fast during Christmas, some offer their services to those in need, some are alone at Christmas (elders, ill, homeless, abandoned, etc.), some feast, some give and give till they’re given more to give. Let’s do this one. We remember Dec. 21 begins the Festival Week of the NGWS. During the week, ending in a Full Moon, revelations occur concerning how to serve, educate, transform, illuminate and assist the Earth, her kingdoms and humanity for the next upcoming seven years.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Dec. 6-12, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20

Things fun, exciting, risky and surprising. Things athletic (running shoes, pedometer) and things that help them use, form and understand words. Things trendsetting, fashionable, metallic, Things big and flashy, a new project, a list of things called “I Want That!” a fire engine, a red cap, anything to play with, be entertained and to burn. A heated stadium seat. Nothing fancy when wrapping. They want to get inside and see what’s there!

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21

Remember they love fine craftsmanship, woods, things that warm and comfort. Things that slide easily (drawers), are substantial, soothe the throat, music for dancing, ancient tools made of wood. Nothing from discount stores (horrors!). Not even for the children. Always choose something that will last forever, is cozy, old with age, a collectible, cashmere, luxury. An old leather chair. A rib-eye steak.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20

Anything different, very individual, things curious and unusual that makes them think. Puzzles, a Japanese butterfly kite, software and hardware for computers, cams and phones. Magazine subscriptions, things that make for easy and quick travel, maps, geography books, a children’s Atlas, an eBook, lightweight luggage, Astrological Daily Planetary 2013 Guide, bookshelves, thank you notes, a new car. Something to talk about.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20

A notebook journal for note— taking on the progression of their bio-dynamic garden, a 2013 Biodynamic Sowing & Planting Guide, organic vegetable and flower seeds, medicinal plants, things domestic, sentimental, familial and historical. They never tire of baskets and containers, a birdhouse, treasures of the home from long ago, new pots and pans, a bathrobe, a home, a music box.

leoLeo July 21–August 22

Let them be the center of attention; allow them their needed drama. It lends them a high level of creativity. Bright shiny things, baubles, fine jewels, trinkets for the little ones, items that allow them to smell good, look good, make a good impression. Gemstones, real gold, things with their names, flamboyant, glittery things. Theatre tickets, massages, art supplies, fine chocolates, pomp and circumstances, rituals, pampering.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22

virgo Aug23–Sep22 Things that make their heart sing, like organizing tools, things they can analyze, ways to keep them walking while talking, homeopaths, a Meile vacuum cleaner, natural sponges, books, a light therapy visor, mold and germ destroying air purifier, binoculars, “What the World Eats” (book) by Faith Adams, crystals for every window in every room.


libraLibra September 23–October 22

Wrap it beautifully, elegantly, with style and balance. They seek harmony and beauty; they are imaginative and smart, with a bit of mystery as they inch toward Scorpio (next sign). Opals, art, scented candles, a sonic toothbrush for their magnetic smile, Himalayan salt light, one for every room (romantic), “Perfect Recipes for Having People Over” by Pam Anderson. Intimacy. A piece of Dale Chilhuly art glass.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21

A video screen microscope for research. A money clip, a bright pen light to search for hidden things with, mysteries and thrillers, puzzles, things obscure and filled with intrigue, Alice Bailey blue books, shamanic practices, Ageless Wisdom teachings, Magic kit, Genetics Kit, metal detector, cash, a dark room of their very own. A crime to solve that provides them insight into themselves that no one understands.

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20

Books by Anthony Bourdain— chef and traveling food host who consumes exotic ethic dishes, a banjo, bow and arrow, target and white steed, exotic birds, a keyboard, iPad, leather backpack, talking 30 language translator, walking stick, online photography course, name a star after them. Anything intrepid, moving, musical and philosophical. Philosophy (brand) soaps and creams (for men and women).

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20

A calendar watch, sandalwood watch, an alarm clock, a winter hat, a French press coffee brewer, European drinking chocolate, teddy bear, slippers, perpetual calendar made of wood, a step ladder, mountain boots, silver, a class on money and investing, asking what fulfills them. Give them the very best for they must “present” to the world, always, as the very best. Tell them they are. Things sporty, outdoorsy, monogrammed, crested.

aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18

Night vision monocular for seeing the future in the dark. A light therapy system. Bicycle rear view camera. Magic wand remote control, personal oxygen bar, Estrella Natural Toothpaste, quality headphones, things humanitarian, unorthodox, cutting edge, computers, electronics. A membership in Arbor Day, Heifer Project ducks and bees, donating to Cory Ybarra’s “Building for Generations.”


piscesPisces February 19–March 20

Angora sox, space saver shoe rack, an aquarium, a heated vest, spring-loaded walking shoes, electric espresso machine, aprons, seed packets stationary, things that help their hopelessness while also being intuitive and creative. Paints and paintbrushes, canvas, boots, Young Living oils, a golden chalice, statues of holy ones, a prayer shawl (cashmere). Visiting a botanical garden of Chihuly glass art.

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

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