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Easter, the Resurrection Festival

RisaNewSIn the Christian liturgy this week, Thursday is celebrated as Holy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper, when Christ (Archangel from Sirius, where Love originates) gathered His students (disciples) in an “upper room” (higher mental plane) and instituted the priesthood and Holy Eucharist, the new dispensation (Pisces Law of sacrifice, the heart of which is Love). No longer was humanity to sacrifice (offering) the blood of humans or animals on the temple altars. Instead, the “sacrifice” was the in the form of bread (Christ’s body—form/matter, Ray 3) and wine (blood, the Spirit, Ray 1).

Good Friday is the day of Christ’s Crucifixion, the 4th Initiation, the Great Renunciation, the “dying” into spirit or into our “essential nature.” Holy Saturday, the candles are extinguished in the church; there is no light, commemorating the death of Christ in the tomb of matter. While in the tomb, Christ entered the underworld and released the earth spirits from their involutionary (deeper into matter) path. Humanity was released also from 18 million years of isolation.

Sunday is Easter, which always follows the Aries Full moon. This festival of Resurrection recognizes the new spiritual year in humanity. It’s the Festival of Love; of new life coming forth in all kingdoms each year.

Sunday is Sagittarius (joyful) moon till 1:57 p.m. The afternoon is v/c (it’s best to rest/play) till 6:07 p.m (PST) when the moon enters Capricorn. May we all be uplifted during Easter.  It’s also Passover (Pesach), the Jewish Festival of liberation (from the Taurus Age to the Aries Age, led by Moses). When the different religious celebrations come together, a synthesis of humanity’s spiritual endeavors emerges. Each of the main religions, Hindu, Judaism, Buddhism and Christianity contain the seeds of the new world religion, based upon the positions of the stars, moon and Sun. Shalom (peace, completeness, hello, goodbye), everyone.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of April 1–7, 2010 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Home and work, simultaneously need you. Do your very focused best. Two directions imply an opposition, which creates, after resistance, a synthesis and blending, a sharing and unifying. How can this occur? The astrology shows your intuition (Pallas Athena in Scorpio) already knows how. Ask, then wait for quiet answers. Take time off.

April 21–May 21
In these present times, as the reorientation occurs, when our world as we know it may one day slow to a halt and how we’ve lived isn’t available, you are very aware of how to prepare for life on the edge, life without comforts, while still maintaining the Art of Living. Continue storing foods, medicines and water – what makes life livable. It’s time to construct the greenhouse.

May 22–June 20
You wonder about your partnerships, where they’re going, how to navigate through and with them into the distant future. Is there responsibility, a heaviness, coldness and strictness permeating all close interactions? This is temporary. Do something to make things warm and comforting so a distance doesn’t continue. Cultivate trustworthiness and reliability.

June 21–July 20
If you’re experiencing inflammation and pain, remember that Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory. East Indian foods are best—use cayenne for warmth. The spices have health benefits: coriander, also for inflammation, contains magnesium; cumin aids in digestion; chilies have Vitamin C. Dry roast the spices first then sizzle them in ghee (clarified butter). These are nurturing south node in Cancer and Saturn in Libra tips.

July 21–August 22
Tending to self is your Easter season task. Share all that you have, know, feel and do. This creates a new self-identity. Is there contact, communication and emotional support with family? It seems many things from the past remain behind the scenes, somewhat hidden away. You however can no longer stay hidden. You are Vesta, the light of life for others. Vesta is the found object of self. Make a Vesta box.

August 23–September 22
Is your daily life feeling somewhat shrouded in a mist? Can you assess daily needs and priorities? You need practicality while initiating new goals. Relationships are expanding. How will this affect your life? Do you think about serving others? Serving is a Virgo task. The Tibetan says, “Out of duty, perfectly performed, will emerge those larger duties which we call world work.” Always the world calls to us.

September 23–October 22
You’ve become (or will) prudent, disciplined, focused, reliable, industrious, serious, reserved, patient and persevering. You’ve taken on more responsibilities and some Librans are assuming the fatherly role. Do not allow insecurity or inhibitions to limit you. Think these through. Go only where you feel cared for and supported, where everyone sees you as perfect.

October 23–November 21
There’s a brilliant new state of creativity available to you. Music, very important now, must be in your environments constantly. Travel, study, things cultural, sculpting, hiking, horse tending and/or riding, seeking your next out of body experience, are past gifts you can again cultivate. Tend to mundane tasks carefully and bless the details. They create new consciousness.

November 22–December 20
Home, and you in it for so long in a state of here and not here, now assumes a more expansive reality. Bring in bright colors, plants, bowls of fish and neon (if possible). They create an exciting place. Home is your sangha, sanctuary and retreat where stress is soothed. Try not to be at odds with anyone and tend to all responsibilities, including others, with care. Family needs you to expand their growth and development. Will you see them?

December 21–January 20
The tension and pressure you’re feeling can be used creatively. Know that a self-transformation slowly comes your way. Cooperation is available from everyone. Teaching others to cooperate nurtures them and you. Everyone sees you as someone of great value, providing you with the courage needed that transforms all situations. You answer to needs. You are the harmony after the conflict.

January 21–February 18
It’s important to secure your money and not use it indiscriminately. It’s also important to share it with care and in service. Your money should be used to safeguard your work and family. Invest in land, think about joining and/or building a community. Assess the world situation and be the first to communicate what you see. A new world is coming. You will play a major part in its establishment.

February 19–March 20
Past abilities and gifts emerge in your daily life. There are many and they are good. Wounds go into hiding for a while. Tend mindfully to daily tasks especially if traveling. Responsibilities increase. Love increases too. Find Taurus people. Sit and talk with them. They comfort you. Careful with how you invest your money. Be prudent while also constantly sharing. Listen only to your heart’s desires.

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

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