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Something Essential Disappears


Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

As the Sun’s radiating light and energies are obscured during a solar eclipse, something essential in our lives becomes hidden, too. And then it disappears, its work completed. It is a time of a major ending in our lives. To determine where the changes occur in our lives, we find where 9 degrees Taurus is located in our charts. Historically, the last time a solar eclipse occurred at 9 Taurus was April 29, 1995.

We look to the sign the new moon is in to determine the quality of this eclipse. Taurus (Ray 4, harmony through chaos/conflict), the first earth sign after Aries (stabilizing the initiating fires of Aries, the new ideas from the Mind of God) is the sign of values, finances, possessions and resources. It is not a new idea to any of us that our world needs a new set of values, a new way of handling money and resources to build the New Sharing Society (Aquarian Age task). Along with a renewed sense of stewardship creating the new era community. Within the present world chaos and conflict, a new harmony comes forth. From where, we ask? From each of us. We are the “harmonizers.”

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of April 24–30, 2014 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20

Careful how you interact with others. Don’t rely only on outer monetary realities though they are important. Rely also on instinct and then intuition to direct and guide you into knowing the quality of a person, event, resource, and investment. You will be called to courage, a virtue of the heart, and to a deep calmness realizing all’s well. Because you made it so.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
Be aware that you make impressions on others leading them to follow your every thought and move. Therefore it’s important to complete all plans, agreements, promises and agendas. You’re attempting to initiate new projects impacting humanity far into the future. Proceed forward. You may be one of the only ones able to accomplish this. The future of humanity awaits your instructions

geminiGemini May 22–June 20

You may feel exhausted, needing more rest. You also may not be sleeping well—either dreaming or remaining awake. The mineral kingdom is shaking underground with underwater volcanic activity. Your sensitive body feels this. Maintain light, fresh green-foods diet, eliminate excess, drink more pure water, love more, and expect the shifting to continue. Look to the stars for direction. Study your chart and the charts of those close to you.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20

It’s important to maintain close connections to the group(s) of like-mindedness you identify with. Look to all interactions as opportunities and seek to understand what the hopes and wishes of others are. Know that no matter how life looks now, greater levels of community will be available to you and your family. A new structure of creativity calls for your recognition creating balance. What is it?

leoLeo July 21–August 22

You may need to rearrange your work or travels or life direction. There are whispers of change everywhere. Perhaps your job interests, abilities and/or responsibilities have reorganized. Perhaps you’re being honored for excellence and innovation. In cooperation look to others around you. Recognize and emphasize their qualities and helpfulness, as a good leader would.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22

Are you creating various lists of tasks, errands and duties? Accounts that need reckoning, travels being considered, responsibilities to be completed, and problems that need harmonizing. Spending time alone helps you complete difficult projects. You may be dreaming of others, tending to their wounds from your heart of compassion. Share your resources and tithe to those in need.

libraLibra September 23–October 22

Is there money or resources you share with another? Is everything clear, safe with the purpose of sharing in this area? It’s time to arrange your finances so that debts are paid off quickly. It’s also time to be frugal, economically prudent, thrifty and careful, conserving all resources, so you can share with others later. Be prepared to teach others very soon in these ways of resource efficiency and farsightedness.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21

Relationships are primary now so listen very carefully to what others are communicating and have the intentions to respond with care, interest and emotional equilibrium. Should you feel uncooperative, a feeling of imbalance will ensue and you will sense a neglect of responsibility. People are looking to you as a mentor. In their suffering they look to you for direction and ways toward safety.

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20

Career matters assume new dimensions, you need more care, you want to improve your health, create new work methods and tend to the necessities of your new life. You realize this takes balancing and so you move slower than usual, foregoing adventure in order to create a long-term plan of practical goals. Your greatest success is acceptance of everything in your life. Then everything harmonizes.

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20

Setting out each day’s agenda, realizing priorities allows you to have wisdom, clarity and focus to what needs to be routine. Try not to criticize yourself of anyone. Everyone, including you, is doing their very best. Everyone is at a different stage of development.

aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18

Home, family, property, community and parents are important in the coming weeks. Attempt to improve relationships with family while also improving the beauty, order and organization at home. Challenge no one, and calm any tensions with exercise, prayers, vitamins, minerals and herbs. Tend to financial matters carefully. Don’t let your resources disappear. Read Libra. They need you to help them grow in the right direction. New opportunities keep appearing. Ask for help when necessary. Rest more.

piscesPisces February 19–March 20

You may be traveling to teach and/or to study this summer. You may be planning meetings, conferences, classrooms and/or curriculum. You will definitely be communicating with others on a greater scale, personally or through writing, speaking, teleconferencing, conference calling. Some or all of these will occur. You know all things new must come forth. You cannot go back to the old ways of being. They are not there anymore.


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

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