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Ending the Darkness of Matter

RisaNewSWe are in Pisces now, the last sign of the zodiac—“Light of the World, revealing Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” Pisces contains all previous eleven signs. Pisces is the two fish, connected by a silvery cord. One fish is the personality, the other the Soul. They represent the duality all of humanity experiences. Being both animal and divine, we experience simultaneously feelings of attraction and separation, passion and despair, suffering and bliss. Pisces lives through three different levels of reality—bondage and captivity, renunciation and, finally, saving others, liberation. The fishes flow upstream, downstream, in all streams and waterways. Eventually they orient themselves to one specific current, a sense of direction, an emerging potential becoming practical. Pisces brings great understanding and compassion to the world, and at times seems to have an unlimited supply or resources for the world. Pisces calls upon Virgo for order and organization, Capricorn for structures, Aries for direction, Taurus for stability, Gemini for love and understanding. Pisces calls all the signs, and then absorbs them, harboring seeds for spring.

The fish withdraws, standing always within the world of art, dance and theatre, with the higher spiritual values religion offers. Pisces is both sacred and profane (of spirit and of the world, too), interweaving the real with the ideal, emitting tints and hues of subtle silvery color. Eventually Pisces becomes the World Savior. “The waters drowned the fish. It appeared and disappeared. It eventually brought salvation.”
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Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Feb 28–Mar 6, 2013 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
A great intuition may befall you, along with great inner strength and faith, surprising you who mostly relies on outer courage and risk taking. You are different for a little while. A gift given of sensitivity. Compassion (you rarely express) will fall from your lips. Then a different sort of discontent creating a state of vulnerability. There is no fear. Only faith.




taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
Overseen by Venus, Earth’s elder sister, you are very accepting, adaptable, flexible, humanitarian and idealistic. You focus on the future. When called to be in the present you feel a deep challenge. At times it’s difficult to know what your hopes and wishes are. Simple goals are not enough. You want more, the best, the most. Artists are attracted to you. Listening better helps you can communicate better.




geminiGemini May 22–June 20
You see current trends and they fuel your creativity and vision, both mostly underground. Your creativity is in helping others who are challenged, who are drifting without a direction, seeking their purpose and calling in life. Actually you’re in these places many times so you bring understanding to those in these states. Childhood may have given you chaotic messages. It’s time for you to leave them now.




cancerCancer June 21–July 20
You’re assuming practical responsibilities and tending to things fallen to the wayside long ago. You felt you could never retrieve a sense of order and balance. But look at your life now. Day by day, you’re achieving that order and balance, harmony and beauty. You sense and accomplish the goals to be reached. At the end of the day, at your nightly review, you see your day was good. You see you can do anything and everything. You have discipline.




leoLeo July 21–August 22
You feel a spiritual longing. You thought you had tended to this long ago through various philosophic studies, living like a hermit, caring for the kingdoms of nature, using technology, and attempting to forget everyone in your past. All of this has left you wanting. Are you sharing resources with another? Are your financial records intact? You are creative and imaginative. You accept others into your life. However, you miss someone far away.

 


virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
Often you give more than most, and demand more than most. Wearing rose tinted glasses, sometimes your perceptions are more than accurate. Sometimes not. When you love someone you see their potential. This is good but unrealistic and you become disappointed. Call forth discrimination and discernment each morning upon awakening. You will become a more realistic communicator and partner. You will see reality.

 


libraLibra September 23–October 22
It’s important to see the details in managing day-to-day affairs, to create efficient routines, allotting different days for different tasks. These lessen confusion. It’s important to have boundaries, especially at work. Creating agendas helps you manage each day and week with order and organization. You must also tend to your health with this same amount of care. Have compassion for yourself and others.



scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
A sense of drama sometimes overtakes you. Especially when the artist within begins to express itself. Which brings me to the idea of acting. Often you’re the actor on life’s stage, standing behind curtains of protection, eyes downcast, hiding all you know. Often, you only see things the way you want to see them and hear only what you want to hear. You attract those who need care. They reflect you perfectly.

 


saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
Viewing your childhood you may consider it was complex for you, a sensitive, preoccupied child. Perhaps now you’ve begun to long for a home, family, mothering and nurturing. So you attempt to create an extended family to love and nurture but really to be loved and nurtured by. It’s vital to step into quiet and solitude to revivify your spirit. Recognize family as the source of your present success. Then you see family clearly.

 


capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
The planet Pluto is bringing about a transformation in your life. You’re aware of this. It’s bringing you out of a previous way of being and introducing you into a newer self-identity. Be aware that you may feel restrained and this will create feelings of frustration. Allow others to care for you, giving them opportunities to use their gifts and to serve. You never lack discipline. Do not press forward too soon or too fast your healing.

 


aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
Making money through artistic pursuits suits you well, as you cannot be boxed into regular ways of working and living. Financial advice is always useful, especially for those not focused materialistically. Your ways of working are based on instincts, hunches, impressions. You wish for wealth. You actually are wealthy, but in different ways. When you realize this, all needs are met. You are to be generous in order to have and then give more.

 


piscesPisces February 19–March 20
Many consider you gentle, sensitive and sometimes too dreamy for “real” life. Yes, you’re sensitive, you do dream and you can be gentle when seeing others in need. Underneath the subtle allure of gentleness and peace that passes understanding is a strong, Plutonic character with a sensible approach to the world. Only a few see this. Only a few understand the power of your imagination and the ability you have to heal. Only a few.
 


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

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