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The Stars Shine and Teach

RisaNewSAs the planets circle the Sun, they gradually enter into the fields of the 12 zodiacal signs. Gathering the energy of a sign, they stream that energy to Earth. As the planets and stars shine they also “teach” different lessons based upon the Law of Vibration. Sometimes many planets are changing signs simultaneously. Sometimes sign changes are spread out over months. This week Mercury (leaving Pisces) enters Aries, Venus (leaving Aries) enters Taurus and Pluto retrogrades in Capricorn. 

With Mercury in Aries, we’re enthusiastic, quick to communicate, won’t tolerate old ideas, initiate new ideas that takes a Taurus to complete. Mercury builds the Rainbow Bridge to the Soul.

Venus in Taurus enlivens our senses. We seek beauty for stability and comfort, become conventional, learn to say “no” more, commit only to relationships that have purpose. We’re not dreamy, but we’re very romantic. We need luxuries to create the Art of Living. 

With Pluto retrograding (till September), this “underground transformer” becomes even more “underground.” Pluto rules Scorpio, detective” of the zodiac. Pluto retro enters deep into things hidden and one by one brings them into the light—because only light transforms them. Pluto retrograde calls for transparency, elimination and release of all things outworn, unreal, obsolete and over-used. Regeneration occurs within. It’s a time of psychological change where we travel backward in time, repeating events to get them right. Then we create new ground rules. Pluto encourages growth, makes life richer, more solid. For six months we ponder upon these things. Finally we embrace our potential and not our past. That’s over. The changes we encounter with Pluto retro will be permanent.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Apr 11–17, 2013 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
There’s a sense that you’re here on Earth for a reason. That it’s a spiritual and soul-driven reason and that it’s a mission, and so you assess your abilities, seek internally what legacy you want to leave in the world, and with power and intensity you slip away from previous ways of believing and enter a pathway that fulfills your destiny. You see the Matrix and step out of it.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
Your journey is one of the mind. You’ve left the Matrix, the prevailing belief systems, knowing they do not allow for change, truth, life or regeneration. You know the future will be one of endurance. Events begin to happen that enlarges this new picture, expands the mind. You help prepare humanity for this new world. They often don’t understand.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20
There are many hours and days when you think about the process of death, a mystery to most. Each new experience creates a little death of the old. You renew an interest in things hidden (esoteric), the Presence behind outer realities, understanding crisis and your part in helping to create, from the depths of yourself, a new world. You struggle with power struggles. You learn how to communicate only with Goodwill.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20
You seek to relate with others more closely. You seek depth. One-on-one interactions are best. Sometimes you will challenge others with your demands. You seek to have no false assumptions. But first you must begin with an authentic self and step out of the shadows. Set aside anger and impatience. And take off your shell. You’re safe all the time.

leoLeo July 21–August 22
You will attempt to transform your work life into something that takes into consideration your health and that of co-workers. You want to include all levels of self—body, emotions, mind, soul, spirit, to integrate and purify them. Then you can be dedicated to serve all those who look to you for guidance. You consider many levels of healing. There is no longer any shadow.


virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
It’s important to recognize yourself as a creative person and to assume this identity as a reality. Something from the past is a seed for your creativity. You rediscover and ponder upon this as it brings you happiness and joy. It’s your own self-expression and you’ve had it since childhood. It’s been in your heart, resting there ever since. A bit of play would be good.


libraLibra September 23–October 22
Some Librans (Sun/rising) are remodeling, buying or selling their homes. Some are moving in (or out) with parents, some are foreclosing. So much emotion emerges from the past concerning family. It’s good to create a new conversation about family. Seeking deeper into the reality that love was always there. And that love was part of the “happenings of the times.” When you know this, forgiveness happens.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
You want to be known as someone who stands behind his/her words and for people to see the real you. But not too much of the essential you and not too much discussion. You’re at heart a hermit and researcher. You’re presently interested in neighbors, your neighborhood and town. You may not show it but you know much more than most. You know how to strategize, a way of maintaining personal power. Often you are unspoken.


saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
There have been challenges over the years concerning money and finances. But the real situation is about values—knowing about values, changing values, sensing new values, coming to a true value of self as naturally talented and able to provide completely for the self. After value assessment then the idea of security, trust and resilience come into play. And you search for your true geographical “sense of place.”


capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
You can be very sensitive to chemicals and toxicity. Your life is being ruled completely by Pluto. It strips away all things not useful for your life, eliminating them completely. You are called to transformational change and thinking in parts of your daily regime. Many will see this occurring. You will experience it. The power that is within you, hidden and quiet till now, comes forth. You will learn how to work with this unique power.


aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
You will sense so many things veiled within your psyche. Pluto shines a light on these areas, revealing how you really feel, what you actually sense, want and know to be true for yourself. It will be both surprising and revelatory at first. Then you will enter the core of your being and from there a new direction comes forth. Focus now on what’s important for you. Know this will change.


piscesPisces February 19–March 20
You will let go of many things – people, ideas, beliefs and ways you’ve held for the longest time with compassion. However, you finally come to an end point, a boundary, and you begin to firmly close doors. This is healthy and important, eliminating areas that are not compatible to your future usefulness. These actions will seem radical. However they simply allow you to focus on that what matters most. Health.

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

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