Saturday is National Service Day. President Obama asks Americans to organize and participate in local community service projects honoring shared values and to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision (mountaintop, future, freedom). President Obama, his staff and families will participate in service projects in Washington D.C.
Sunday, the President will be sworn in privately. Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), Inauguration Day ceremonies begin with a public swearing-in (on the steps of the U.S. Capitol), followed by the inaugural address (Obama’s vision for America and goals for our nation), anthems, brass and bugles, flurries and ruffles (music), parades, a walk to the White House, luncheons, parties, balls and galas. See: dc.about.com/b/2013/01/09/inauguration-swearing-in-ceremony-2013.htm.
Tuesday is the Inaugural National Prayer Day Service; officials of diverse faiths attend (by invitation) Washington National Cathedral for prayer, readings and music (webcast live nationalcathedral.org).
It’s four days of ritual and ceremony. Ceremony and ritual anchor new energies into the world, call forth new rhythms, new ways of being. Rhythm is Aquarian. Both represent freedom. Now and in the times to come, we must each insure and stabilize humanity’s freedoms so humanity’s light isn’t dimmed.
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Jan 17–Jan 23, 2013 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
It’s important to work closely and deeply with others. They form parts and pieces of your puzzle of endeavors needing to fall into place. They are your helpmates. It’s important to enlarge your circle of relationships (friends, co-workers, equals). You need their support to bring the new culture and civilization into clearer view for those unable to recognize world needs. Use the keywords coordination and cooperation in all sentences.
Taurus April 21–May 21
Success in whatever you are endeavoring to accomplish comes easily at this time. You know the steps, the order, the agenda, the plans, the hard work and you set the goals. This outlines clearly how to move ahead. You are serious and strong. You discriminate and are not concerned with anyone’s opinions. You’re on the mountaintop. You see the future. It contains freedom and independence. You will see to it.
Gemini May 22–June 20
You spend your days questioning and attempting to discover truth—about yourself and your intentions, family, the motives of those around you and the truth about our world. These latter truths are hidden from us. But your keen eyes part all veils. Do not concentrate anymore on the mundane. Everyone speaks in this way. You have more important things to impart. People, seeking direction and truth, listen to you.
Cancer June 21–July 20
Parts of you have entered the land of Scorpio. What do I mean by this? That your desire nature has expanded. It’s become more passionate, ardent, zealous and fervent, more magical, loving and devotional, charmed and charming. In turn things occur that seem to be the opposite of love and goodness. You may feel a lack of resources which forces you into self-reliance. You sense betrayal. You withstand all struggles.
Leo July 21–August 22
In everything you do these days, for a month or so, you will seek out people and events that are challenging, even creating some of those challenges yourself. Why? To strengthen your courage, to break psychological beliefs, to work with the duality of aggression and peacefulness. The purpose is to develop within yourself a deeper sense of cooperation and compromise. Everything good begins with intentions for Goodwill.
Virgo August 23–September 22
Careful with your energy levels. Pace yourself. Be sure that you are independent in all that you do. Also be aware of impatience. Others may not be able to think and/or work as fast as you. Mercury, quicksilver, is your companion. Others have different planets working with them. In your life (or perhaps in the life of others who need this more than you), order, organize, classify and sort till all environments become “clean well-lighted places.”
Libra September 23–October 22
Sometimes you choose something because of its risk factor. You confront yourself. And it’s fun. Entertainment, the arts, games, food, theatre are, to you, important cultural pursuits. They bring out your playful nature. Sometimes, hiding behind charm, your competitiveness comes out, too. Sometimes you need discipline to create a new rhythm in your life. What needs ordering in your life? What needs movement? Who needs communication?
Scorpio October 23–November 21
You have an instinctual ability to protect those you love and care for. You also have a keen sense of knowing when manipulation is occurring. Wherever you are, leadership calls to you, whether at home or in the world. You have tremendous energy to accomplish important domestic tasks. Careful with anger and/or arguments with family members and loved ones. Be instead the harmonizer. That’s true leadership.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
You know a lot of information. And so you express yourself easily. Your ideas and opinions provide others with needed new knowledge. More and more you become direct in communication, leaving the trivial behind. Being capable in so many areas of life, you can also be impatient. Everyone doesn’t have your fire (Sag is fire) or enthusiasm (more fire). Fire inspires and encourages. What do you inspire in others? What inspires you?
Capricorn December 21–January 20
You work hard in all that you do. You focus often on method, tending carefully and with deliberation. Practical things are important to you. However, you always put a bit of a flourish at the end. You like challenges and attempt each day to build up your physical strength. This aids in self-worth. Working independently is best, for you value freedom, climbing the ladder of what success means to you. You are strong and steady. You are the unicorn.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
It’s OK to know that you begin new endeavors and initiate new realities with enthusiasm and energy and then you must hand the follow-up to others for completion. You are fiercely and ardently independent, needing to be spontaneous with no obstructions or misgivings. It’s most important to not judge others in terms of your own feelings of failure. No one fails. You do not fail. Life is your school. Tend to money wisely and carefully.
Pisces February 19–March 20
When asked to come forward, you may feel at times unable. You may experience your energy hiding somewhere behind multiple veils. Sometimes you feel defeated and despairing. Then this passes. Sometimes you’re very tired and you forget to rest. It’s important to be around people who recognize and encourage you. This helps the building of inner courage. Pisces people are very strong. Behind Neptune’s scepter is Pluto’s sword.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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