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Behold, I Make All Things New

RisaNewSSaturday is Spring Equinox and International Astrology Day. Monday is World Water Day (clean water for a healthy world) at the United Nations. See link. At equinox, the Sun shines directly over Earth’s equator, having passed from southern to northern latitudes, making its way to the Tropic of Cancer (Summer Solstice). This is the astronomical Resurrection.

The night and early morning skies are filled with starry lights. To the left of Orion’s belt (three stars in a row) is Sirius (Ray 2) where Love originates. To Orion’s right are the Pleiades, Ray 3, where Intelligence originates. Turning around we see the Big Dipper (Ray 1, where Will originates), it’s seven stars and Seven Rays influencing all life on Earth. Jupiter (Ray 2) is the morning star with Mercury (Ray 4), Venus (Ray 5), Mars (Ray 6) and Saturn (Ray 3) nightlights. It’s good to introduce our selves to the stars and planets. There’s always a response.

At spring Equinox, the Sun distributes the fires (creative energies) of Aries (Rays 1 & 7) beginning the new solar year. Aries, always first, rules the head. We visualize the head’s spiritual centers awakened and illumined. As new rhythms enter the Earth, heavenly fires touch the rootlets in the plant kingdom. The fires also touch the animal kingdom to bring forth a new generation. Humanity is part animal, part god. The disciple James relates to Aries. James was the first to answer the Discipleship call, the first martyr. The first Initiatory event in Aries is the Transfiguration. Aries (Rays 1 & 7) is the first of the fire mysteries. The Archangel Raphael, Mercury/Hermes, now assumes protection of the Earth.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Mar 18–Mar 24, 20 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
The issues you’re facing have to do with shared things – like money and possessions and belongings. For now you think it all belongs to you. The issues are also about things close and intimate, serious things like knowing you need a change from the usual ways of being. It’s been a long year and you’ve been busy. It’s time to take a few days away in retreat and solitude before beginning anew. Think before acting.

April 21–May 21
You’re compelled to accomplish the work of multiple people. Even when the situation is unbearable you push right through. Are you tending to health concerns and providing yourself the same (or more) care you show to others? I think not. I want to engage you in a discussion about your health and ask that this become a primary focus for several years. Saturn will help. Saturn demands it.

May 22–June 20
Beyond relationship, health and work issues, you’re realizing the changes occurring for everyone are deeply significant, and you question what your position, place and actual work will be in creating humanity’s future. Perhaps you can answer several questions. What inspires you? What revolution(s) would you be part of? What does “green” mean to you practically? Are you part of Transition Town Initiative?

June 21–July 20
Are you finding many things simple yet very complex at the same time? Profound change in your thinking is occurring daily. New and vital information, not understood by most, turns into insightful and weighty realizations. You become more and more visible to the world and in the public. Later, with acceptance, this will make more sense. Tend to what hurts.

July 21–August 22
Continue to build, construct, formulate, plan and craft your artistic and creative endeavors. Create solitary time where there are no interruptions and a long flow of time to accomplish great amounts of work. You remain both in the world and yet a bit hidden both of which are good for you at this time. Be careful with activities. You could hurt yourself.

August 23–September 22
If you feel you’re lost in clouds of unknowing, even while walking from room to room, and can’t seem to find things it’s because your usual direct and focused mind is being influenced by Neptune, god of the waters. Things dissolve so they later can be refined, uplifted and spiritualized. In communicating, realize you think and talk ceaselessly in order to understand yourself more clearly.

September 23–October 22
You try to discipline yourself because so often you simply feel in a state of chaos and conflict. Discipline helps you move forward with more clarity. Conflict and chaos function like rainstorms, washing away dust and debris. You want to express your authentic self but recently have found it difficult. So you’re silent. This isn’t easy. Find something or someone you can quietly serve. Make a point of stabilizing your relationship.

October 23–November 21
You are completely and vitally busy here, there and everywhere—with so many realities summoning you it’s difficult to decide how to accomplish it all and actually you simply can’t. So the reality becomes choosing which actions to focus upon, how to hide away while still being in the world, who to trust, and what you creatively expect of yourself. You’re conflicted (not new). That focus will come … and go.

November 22–December 20
It’s possible you’ve come to the end of a long road where transformation was the only experience you understood and you raged against it. If you think back over the previous 10 years, you’re now a very different person. You’ve been considering new forms of work in the world. In time (during a transit) everything will make sense. These issues take a long time to form. While you’re waiting, be kind. It’s a magnetic attractive force

December 21–January 20
There are many new things to accomplish at home and perhaps some very internal issues also. What’s occurring with relationships? As you attempt to move forward, deep feelings, emotions and several wounds are felt. They’re here and then they’re gone—to reappear again later. Feelings of vulnerability occur with others. Just love more, no matter what. Begin to eat a solid (protein, veggies) breakfast to stabilize metabolism.

January 21–February 18
So many thoughts, ideas, plans and purposes swirl through your mind. You ponder upon unusual projects, places to visit, people to meet. Keep thinking about this future while remaining focused on present goals. Some Aquarians may need to move to a new neighborhood. Your mind works overtime in the coming weeks asking what goals do you want to work with and how do you want to live in your future? Be generous.

February 19–March 20
New opportunities and archetypes are being offered creating a reshaping and rebalancing of your very life. You realize you’re not alone. Unusual opportunities are also being offered for new ways to use your money and resources. This leads to a new self-identity. You’re seen as a creative resource. You’ll come out of hiding very quietly and slowly. You need new shoes.

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

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