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Living Thankfully—For Each New Morning With its Light

RisaNewSThanksgiving is Thursday (it’s Hanukkah, eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights). Mercury in Scorpio trines Jupiter in Cancer—a cosmic message (Mercury) of thankfulness (Jupiter). Let us begin a ritual of Living Thankfully in the coming days and weeks. Let us remember to perform actions today (tomorrow, etc.) that we will be thankful for in the future.
Let us be thankful for…
• The difficulties in our lives, including difficult people. They help us learn patience, a virtue. The virtues are needed at the time of our death to carry us from the darkness into the Light
• Knowing all is perfect in our world.
• That love underlies all happenings.
• Realizing it’s thankful people who are happy (not the other way around).
• Knowing there’s something good in every day, we stay thankful.
• For the people (animals, plants, events in our lives). They belong to us, choosing us this lifetime.

Beginning on Thanksgiving, let us list what we’re grateful for. Then we continue the list. What we’re thankful for increases in our lives. Together, let us give thanks “For each new morning with its light; for rest and shelter of the night; for health and food; for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” (Emerson). I’m grateful to and for my readers—Risa.

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
You’re grateful for family, however they manifested in your life, no matter what they taught you. Over the months you find that a home and land are vitally important. You seek to belong, with roots and a foundation that supports your needs, and a community calling you to serve. At home you find the need for more space, more room, more balance. For contentment.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
You’re grateful for your education and ability to communicate. You will see yourself increasing your already brilliant mind. As you learn, you communicate to others and they learn, too. They are grateful. You understand the most complex realities and explain them in plain simple language. Deep down there’s joy in teaching and sharing knowledge. For so long you didn’t think you could.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20
You’re grateful for the tangible things in your life, for your enthusiasm and your gift of feeling worthy, spontaneous, smart and talented. You’re most grateful for your charm. An even greater sense of self-worth will reveal itself and this attracts abundance in surprising ways. New talents appear. You develop them with an eye to future earning power. Splurge a bit for a moment or two.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20
You’re grateful for your health, which is improving, getting better day by day. You’re grateful for the increasing vitality and for being able to face health challenges with preparation, knowledge and poise. Even when challenges persist you feel joy and gratitude in your home life, with those who love and care for you, and for a sense of stability and balance increasing daily. Something new is coming to your home.

leoLeo July 21–August 22
Something educational is offered, a new learning that increases your skills and sense of self as important, loved and valuable. It’s good to be out and about in the neighborhood, like Mr. Rogers would be. He was always grateful. You have the ability to express yourself with more joy and enthusiasm and to understand more things outside yourself. This allows you to have more ease when socializing. Less dramatic and more creative.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
Are you remembering someone from the past, a lover perhaps, a close friend, an intimate? Is there something occurring in the present reminding you of long ago, for which you’re grateful? Something, someone previous helped create your value system. You have remained within this system. It’s time now to expand beyond it. It is not your system. It is another’s. You have within you your very own sense of livingness, talents.

libraLibra September 23–October 22
Life feels more balanced. For this balance, the key to Libra’s life, you’re grateful. This balance releases pent-up energies allowing you to be more physical, more determined and decisive. You consider events in your life in terms of fairness. Know you’re the fairest of them all. You’re grateful to feel optimism, joy at times, and cheerfulness. A generosity begins. You realize giving creates freedom. You’re grateful. So you give more.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
Everything is behind the scenes, more so than usual. You retreat once more into a state of privacy. You’re grateful for this opportunity. While there you realize how protected and insulated you are, how this allows you to develop more compassion which wipes away fears, betrayals and sadnesses, guilt at times, and loss. These are Scorpio feelings. Dreams are prevalent. And visions. Love, too. Are you loving someone quietly and privately?

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
You’re thankful for all experiences in your life—good, bad, indifferent. Sometimes you’re bursting and satiated with those experiences. They stop you in your tracks. You realize you must begin to assess, eliminate, take control of the reins. You realize you’re both rider and the steed you’re riding as well. You’re grateful for the myriad goals presented. You see those goals, reach those goals, then see more. You’re a point of light—deep, focused.

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
You’re grateful for the shoes you wear. They take you up to the mountaintop to see the rising Sun. At times you’re the scapegoat, then unicorn. All that you do fertilizes the minds of others on the path. Sometimes you’re in the wilderness. You like the wilderness. The mysteries reside there. You’re able to work in the earth and on the mountaintop. For this you’re grateful. These words are metaphors, meaning you’re sure-footed.

aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
You’re the Light that shines on Earth, across the Sea. You shine for others when they cannot see. You purify the fields till the dark is gone. Know this. Then your light shines brighter. You love to serve and be all things to humanity. You’re grateful when you serve. It brings your essence forth. Your love can often be impersonal. This means it has its own strength. It’s pure and potent because it comes from Jupiter, the heart of Aquarius.

piscesPisces February 19–March 20
You are one of the artists of the zodiac. Imaginative thoughts, filled with dreams and visions, creativity is the special gift of Pisces. However, some are not aware of this yet. Circumstances will be such that a certain detachment, renunciation and a turning away (the Law of Repulse, a Law of the Soul) will occur. Eventually, for these you are grateful, leading you to a greater state of liberation and freedom. You need rest and fun.

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

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