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Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

RisaNewSWith Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, we are in a time of renewal, tending to matters of the past that, eventually, must be left behind. It’s a time of rest and inner reflections resulting in illumination (Scorpio’s meditation). During times of reflection (Mercury’s retro in Scorpio), our minds review and assess the past. We focus on finances, values, aspirations and motivations. With Scorpio it’s important to explore emotional intimacy.

Libra last month restored balance. Now, with Scorpio, we’re plunged once again into states of dis-equilibrium, entering mysterious waters, experiencing the Nine Tests (nine-headed hydra) of Mars (ruler of Scorpio). Our personality (physical body, emotions, concrete mind) is tested for strength and adaptability. Can it withstand the Light of the Soul?

We enter into conflicts and chaos, attempting to move “from darkness to Light, from death to Immortality.” Struggling toward the Light, we enter into battle. The Way is not easy; there are many obstacles. The opposites of Libra, now merged (why Scorpio is known as the sign of sex), seek to absorb each other (the battle of fusion). Fusion produces transformation. The personality, Soul & Spirit (Life itself, Monad, permanent atom) Lights meet, blend and rise up. We become Hercules, the Hero(ine)-Disciple. The Dweller (Saturn) and the Angel of the Presence face each another. Which will we choose?  Mercury retrograde in Scorpio calls us to practice Ahimsa: “We think no thought and dream no dream that could harm our brothers and sisters and thereby dim their light. We see our brothers and sisters in the Light and with them, hand in hand, we walk toward the Light.”

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Oct. 24–30, 2013 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
You might find yourself called to instruct or teach. There may be those who will follow you to the ends of the earth if what you have to teach is valuable and pertinent to the needs of the times. You may be considering a trip, vacation or relocation far away. Careful with legal situations. Humanity’s rights and freedom are important to you. For Halloween you are the Alchemist Philosopher.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
It’s most important to form partnerships of cooperation and shared resources. You’re learning each day how to work and how to not always stand alone. Loans, taxes, finances, wills, selling and/or purchasing land are of concern. You observe the world’s financial situation to determine the best way to secure personal resources. A loss will gradually be overcome. You are Charon, death’s boatkeeper. You collect pennies.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20
You seek to form new partnerships and create new rules and rhythms within existing ones. You need to bond completely with another. Careful not to create hostility as you come close. Seek only to form harmonious relationships. Create a project with others, including physical work and activity. Shared activity brings everyone together. From romance to sex to enmity to harmony, you’re the leader. Gemini is the Lovers’ card.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20
Each day you have important work to do, great strides to make. Much is expected of you. You meet challenges, make needed changes, feeling extra strength and courage within. Careful not to leave difficulties for another time. Tend to your health, revitalize your blood’s vitality. Allow the Sun to penetrate the back of your neck each day for 15 minutes. This vivifies your entire body. For Halloween you’re the Hermit.

leoLeo July 21–August 22
You acquire all things needed for the coming times. There will be both an increase and a saving of resources. You may initiate new ways of buying or gathering valuable and needed supplies. What you’ve relied on in the past changes. You notice the many levels of attachment and desire in your behaviors. You might discover a chalice of gold or meet a blacksmith. You’re Vulcan for Halloween.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
All that you do in the world highlights your talents, abilities and unique perspectives. You experience self-worth, important in developing a new sense of well-being, identity and confidence. Careful running so swiftly through each day. Accidents occur. All challenges, tests from Mars are overcome easily. You’re the Empress/Emperor for Halloween. Or Zeus, clothed in fire.

libraLibra September 23–October 22
Feeling concealed, under a web of veils, you seek to emerge into the light of day. Secrets held within your heart, often not accessed, are becoming conscious. An important project requires you to think, ponder and work alone with deep concentration. Maintain daily exercise and don’t ignore feelings. In the silence you find purpose and reason to transform a long-held and sad situation. You’re the scales of Justice this Halloween.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
You’ll be called to participate in a community of thoughtful intelligent people. It’s a call to service and your presence and position are important. You will be tending to someone in need of care. Accomplishing a great amount of work you’re released from solitude and aloneness. Eventually, a material goal, held a long time, comes to fruition. You’re Socrates this Halloween.

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
You assess your ambitions and professional life. You see your progression through the years and how these influence your future. You have given initiative, creativity and direction to your life purpose. It’s time for recognition of achievements. Your authority has evolved in leadership. During this time be careful of your public image; maintain patience and understanding with others. Allow no one and nothing in your life to be threatened.

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
You seriously consider your life philosophy, what you support politically, the educational interests calling you, and whether teaching is your profession. You will need to make an important decision. Call forth Right Timing for all activities. Know that discipline (of others) offers them structure, boundaries and rules—all needed  for growth. Create a ceremony. Ceremonies anchor us, connecting heaven and Earth. You’re Persephone

aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
The relationships formed in your life all cooperated in helping to create who you are now. Things financial may be of concern. It’s best not to mix sex, intimacy and money. You might feel like you’ve taken your “last stand” on issues dealing with your profession, intimacy and money – three separate issues yet somehow connected. There’s a battle. Eliminate all things unnecessary in your life. You’re on the Path. You’re the Star for Halloween.

piscesPisces February 19–March 20
Relationship is a serious endeavor for you. Each day you learn how to be in relationship. Something significant begins—new realities, agendas and initiatives. You’re courageous. Do not be hasty with daily life tasks and responsibilities. There’s danger of hurting the self and/or falling. It’s an excellent time for great mental work. It‘s also time to cultivate Right Judgment and the proper use of love.

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

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Right Judgement
written by Rachel, former resident, October 23, 2013
What is right judgement exactly?

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