I noticed the acacia, plum and quince blooming so it must be time for the centuries old Chinese Lunar, Spring & New Year (year 4707 in the Chinese lunar-solar calendar) Festivals. The Year of the White Metal Tiger (yin branch) begins on Valentine’s (Sunday, Feb. 14), the day after the second new moon (25.18 degrees Aquarius) of the year. The festival ends at the Lantern Festival and full moon (9 degrees Pisces/Virgo). Like Christmas in the west, Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in China and consists of family celebrations, gift-giving, and special foods.
This Year of the Tiger “wearing metal” signifies a non-peaceful year. “This tiger jumps around attempting to shed the metal around its body.” However, Tiger is considered most caring and thoughtful, protecting loved ones and friends against injustices. The Tiger, symbolizing power and leadership, can also at times be inflexible and have difficulty with Right Relations. Tiger is “learning.”
Year of White Metal Tiger, pouncing and roaring, brings changes in all spheres and endeavors, new leaders in power, social change and political rebellion on a world scale. This week is full: Monday is Presidents (Lincoln and Washington) Day, Tuesday is Mardi Gras and Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is Ash Wednesday, signifying atonement. “Remember, from dust thou art and unto dust though shalt return.” However, our Soul returns to Spirit which “resurrects.” To everyone, Gung Hay Fat Choy! (May prosperity be with you).
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Feb 11–Feb 17, 2010 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
As you recognize the vital and initiating work you will bring forth, it’s time to learn how to participate in groups with both intelligent and heartfelt alignment. You are to construct part of the new world, culture and civilization. Is this in your awareness? Are you conscious of what this takes and the needs of humanity? You’re called to awaken again for the times are coming when those who to plan and lead boldly, take risks and see into the future, working with both heart and mind, will be summoned. Prepare.
Taurus April 21–May 21
The architecture of your participation in life is changing. Previously you dreamed big, pondered upon many realities, not concerned if anything took shape. Now you’re competently leading and facilitating boards and groups, preparing the components of the new world order. Taurus has the ability to see humanity’s future needs. You are aware in the breakdown phase seeds of the new must be sowed. You’re synthesizing.
Gemini May 22–June 20
Many forces are at work. You always attempt to resolve polarities—higher with lower, Soul with personality. This is a vital and difficult task accomplished by the proper cultivation of the mind principle (which soothes the emotions) and the right course of study that allows no illusions or maya. Later you share the Path. Aquarius calls you to develop all seven levels of your mind. Are you? Can you define the Soul yet?
Cancer June 21–July 20
Always we feel some form of conflict. Know that this is useful. It gives us the ability to observe tensions and to express needs, fears and trigger points. For some there is a great battle going on between the Soul personality. The Soul calls us to Right Action and Right Service. We don’t always know what these mean. Ask the Soul. A reorientation and information will be released into your mind. Asking, we always receive.
Leo July 21–August 22
You’ve entered a time where relationships are vitally important yet at times you don’t feel connected to anything or anyone. You’re in a place of balancing and choosing, an interlude state. Your inner reality concerning relationships and how you function in them is being modified so that you can display Right Relationships while still expressing your unique creativity. Hold opposing forces in balance. A greater awareness emerges.
Virgo August 23–September 22
Very new revelations stream into your mind concerning how to structure daily life. How we function within our daily life prepares us to function within the new dimensions and structures in the world that are slowly emerging. Receive with devotion and detail adherence all ideas impressed upon your mind. Be aware if weariness occurs. You then must rest, which changes your perspectives.
Libra September 23–October 22
Although, under the veil of Libra’s charm, you are a strong and powerful force, a greater level of Love/Wisdom must begin expressing itself through you. It begins with acceptance and gratitude for everyone and everything (small and great). Begin with intention and stating “Love expresses itself through me always and Wisdom follows.” Then your life and relationships proceed with protective healing care.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
You will begin to have solitary times thinking things great and small. Create an environment that nurtures in all ways—the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of yourself. Be in touch with the kingdoms—Soul, human, animal, plant and mineral. Love. combined with your great intelligence, will form a foundation for the new life emerging. It begins where you live. Later you’ll be asked to teach this.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
You should have a very good year. Especially if you blend two realities—your personality and Soul. This produces harmony. Then the Soul leaves and Will enters and you’ll harmonize with Will. Not easy. I read that your career will rise and make a big splash! Never be thoughtless. You’ll lose much. Remember as you go about work that “wisdom is knowledge gained through experience and implemented by love.” Ponder this. thought.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
Whatever it is you hope for, radiate it with Love from your ajna (third eye) center. This is where love streams forth. Then new life will take root expressed as harmony, beauty and peace (a process). Your love (no matter what happens) eases disharmony and conflict when abruptly arising. You do remember that Harmony comes after conflict and chaos, yes? So the higher level of harmony can come forth.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
This year you have great energy and potential, needed as new sources of income are sought and as you seek to control impatience. If you’re not aware, you could end up being a bit thoughtless toward others. Remember to be courteous and kind, show sympathy to those who have less than you. A new self-identity continues to emerge. Be sure it includes goodness, generosity and love. We experience what we give.
Pisces February 19–March 20
You have begun the arduous task of understanding your feelings, thoughts, aspirations, actions and vulnerabilities. Much of your life has been treading the pathway of service and sacrifice, which you know well. A new beneficent cycle has begun, expanding your courage and strength of character. This may not be acceptable to some. Maintain privacy, walk away from disharmony, don’t believe criticism. The stars are protecting you.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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