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Mercury Heads Into Scorpio

RisaNewSIt’s almost Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Festival of Ingathering Light celebrations. Thursday is possibly one of the kindest, most loving days of the year. Venus in Scorpio trines Jupiter in Cancer. It could also be the most nourishing and most passionate. Let’s observe and help create this day for others—offering love, kindness and nourishment in great measure providing a waterfall of happiness (personality feeling) and joy (Soul quality). Saturday Venus in Scorpio squares Mars in Leo. 

Squares are challenges. Leo asks, “Who’s the leader here?” Scorpio hides behind the scenes doing things quietly. It’s another passionate (Mars/Venus) day of a different kind.

Sunday Mercury enters Scorpio. Each sign streams through three different planets. Therefore each sign has three rulers—personality, Soul and Spiritual. Our state of awareness determines which “lights” (influences) we receive. Mercury, a potent ruler, is the Spiritual ruler of Scorpio. Mercury in Scorpio advises us to communicate always with kindness for “communication (words, thoughts, actions, mind) either creates or destroys, builds up or breaks down.” Mercury in Scorpio is a time of great testing, a vehicle of great power, transforming the lower self to the higher so we begin to communicate the Will-to-Good, which creates Goodwill in humanity.
Tuesday evening Sun squares Pluto—we’re faced with a difficult challenge. Wednesday Saturn trines Chiron. A wound heals after much discipline. It’s Autumn now. Persephone calls to us from the underworld. We drink the red juice of pomegranates.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Sept. 26–Oct. 2, 2013 For Sun and Rising

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Notice your thinking has become deep, probing, intense. You realize the unpredictability of life, experiencing paradoxes and betrayals. You’ll seek the truth, uncovering secrets and motives hidden in all interactions. As you look at inner essential realities your mind increases in knowledge and intelligence. Anything superficial is discarded, including manners. You become the detective.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
You understand diplomacy. Everyone is your friend. People look up to you for your rational, practical and highly intelligent approach to all problems. You teach others that negotiation is best. You never leap to quick conclusions. “No,” your favorite word, means you need time to ponder upon the right decision. You always consider other people’s views. You never take sides. You’re fair. You build Right Relationships.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20
During the next several weeks to months you become more precise and detailed when communicating. You analyze and then synthesize, sorting out what’s useful, eliminating the impractical. Details become important to you, different than your usual way of being. You want a deeper perspective, more possibilities. You seek to never be critical (again). You ponder upon the Right Use of Will. Imagination begins to rule.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20
You’re feeling more confidence as you see each goal attempting to reach each goal each day. You’re more expressive, at times grandiose, which is OK because often you’re under a shell somewhere, hiding from the world, seeking protection. It’s good to tell more stories of your life and to write more. We all need journals to write in – Retrograde, Dream, Food, Cooking, Impressions, Study, Quotes, Gardening Journals.

leoLeo July 21–August 22
You seek quality in each situation, every person, all information objects you interact with. You’re absorbing information at a different level – instinctually then intuitively. They are different. The first is our personality. The second is a Soul quality. You want to understand what influences you. Your family has deeply influenced you, coloring your actions and emotions. Do you need to change this?

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
You can be easily distracted these days. It’s important to just touch lightly upon situations and not enter emotionally into the heart of the matter. You need to have fun and to play, gather information, read and have conversations. You’re interested in the origins of words, in ways to negotiate across differences, in puzzles, jokes and plays on words. Who will play with you?

libraLibra September 23–October 22
You find that you must be practical, anchored in day-to-day living, in common sense. Anything beyond the sensible becomes unrealistic, fanciful and a folly. Your life is focused upon the need to be efficient and effective with the daily tasks you’re called to accomplish. Every once in a while laugh a bit more. A long time ago, Alan Watts introduced a new meditation to his students—20 minutes of unrestrained laughter. It purifies.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
There may be some things you need to decide upon quickly. It’s important to visualize first what must be done. Do this over and over. Then one day you wake up and it’s time to take action. You will act spontaneously. The preparation was accomplished through visualization creating the template that propels the action. This is pioneering work. When everyone understands the brain/mind, life will change. You have begun.

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
Your life becomes more private. You speak less. Your mind is focused internally, behind a veil that’s questioning the past and seeking identifiable answers. It’s a time of repose, research, contemplation and rest. Each day you eliminate things no longer purposeful. Examining your past, you draw upon previous experiences to inform your creative present/future. Allow your imagination and intuition room to explore.

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
Are you thinking again about your professional place in the world? Observe how your communication is received and how your ideas are already being used to serve the world. Whatever you say now has powerful influence. All the kingdoms listen, especially the plant kingdom devas (spirits). They hear your voice, are summoned to assist you by your authority and knowledge.

aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
You continue to have visions, great goals, ideals. You’re seeking greater perspectives, a broader philosophy of life, the big picture (the forest and not the trees). Nothing in your life is mundane. Everything is potent, filled with the miraculous. You’ve shifted from the depths into the light. You need to be on a mountaintop, with rugged boots, overlooking a valley pristine with possibilities.

piscesPisces February 19–March 20
Something has occurred and you seek a fair and balanced solution. However, you’re not heard and thus find yourself in a difficult dilemma. The truths you are aware of are hidden from others. They do not understand these new world values. However you must carry on, overcoming the difficulty. Pray for rationality and logic. Realize your communication causes people to question their power. This often involves finances.

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

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