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The Moon’s Influence

RisaNewSAs the Sun moves through the last half of Aries, it’s best to begin projects this week (not next) because on Sunday, April 18th, Mercury retrogrades (looking back, past review) in Taurus. Things initiated now (before the retro) will enter into a reflective stage during the retro, then manifest into form and matter after the retro (May 11th with Aries moon). Thursday and Friday are Aquarius moon days. We could feel rebellion, seek personal freedom, everything’s a bit sideways, unusual and tradition has no place as we build toward the future. Saturday and Sunday are Pisces moon. We seek retreat, tranquility, peacefulness. We’re sensitive, spiritual or drug and alcohol induced. Veils between worlds are thin, delicate, and translucent. We are also. Sunday has only one planetary transit - Moon/Jupiter in the morning. Monday is Aries moon and Saturn inconjuct Chiron. We must be careful how we communicate, trying not to inflict structural demands and harsh criticism or burdens upon others. There is no compromise Monday. Tread carefully everywhere and with everyone. Kindness neutralizes this difficult transit.
Tuesday has no planetary connections/aspects. We’re free. Wednesday is 24 degrees Aries new moon, 5:29 a.m. (Pacific time). New moons provide life experiences that strengthen the personality. They are also times esoterically when we “Strengthen the arms, hands and hearts of the New Group of World Servers.” Each new and full moon provides opportunities to serve through the radiating light to humanity, the kingdoms and the Earth. During each month’s new and full moon times, as the ray, star and planetary energies stream into our head and body chakras, we become more refined, intentional and spiritually purposeful. Each new and full moon has a keynote. The personality-building new moon meditative keynote is “Let form again be sought,” words of Spirit (fire, Aries) and Soul seeking to anchor into form and matter. Helena Blavatsky in her book “Secret Doctrine” writes “Matter is the vehicle for Soul, Soul is the vehicle for Spirit, and these are a Trinity (Rays 1, 2, 3).” Triangles are what create Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of April 8-15 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
It’s a very potent time for Aries, a time for re-invention, for new ways of expression and how you present yourself. You’re busy, full of life, enthusiasm (filled with God), confident of your upward mobility and success. You strive to reveal your authentic self, know impulses lead sometimes to disaster yet you go ahead anyway. It’s a brave new world out there, Aries.

April 21–May 21
It’s important you become aware of others’ needs, important to listen to their communication, seeking in their words the feelings being expressed. Not until we feel deeply listened to can we can then sense understanding within ourselves. Within you there’s a Soul searching and a seeking of inner comfort and peace. When we deeply hear others, that inner peace extends to ourselves, as well.

May 22–June 20
It’s a time to make contact (you remember it releases Love, Gemini’s Soul purpose), network (too-used a word these days), enter, create or extend yourself into
a group, reach out to others. Only within the group will your awareness be heightened, goals revealed, and strengths be projected and nurtured. You then do the same for others in
the group.

June 21–July 20
Let’s ask ourselves what elements of our personality we project into the world. Let’s consider if we act professionally in all areas of life and if  we’re mastering any particular discipline at this time. Responsibilities in and for the world summon you. Hopefully you’re working in a group and can share the tasks. If not gather a group and give leadership direction.

July 21–August 22
You want to grow and expand beyond everyday life’s experiences. You want to explore, wander, journey toward new projects and activities. You want your spirit to feel adventure, your imagination to be wild and unobstructed. You are renewed philosophically by the hope all of this may incurs. You remove the blindfolds from your eyes of justice.

August 23–September 22
Perhaps you’re observing others more keenly, seeking to know how others make decisions, live their lives, what priorities they choose. This observation is important. It’s the first step to understanding another’s emotional and psychological make-up. Observing in this way creates an intimacy that allows you to see with accuracy and later compassion. Cultivate true ahimsa (harmlessness).

September 23–October 22
Each month at the new moon it’s good for all relationships to re-define purpose along with partnership and sharing rules. Notice if among intimates there’s a need for extra care. Meeting it allows for a feeling support for all to be nurtured and strengthened. It’s good for all Librans to ask themselves these questions. “Am I graceful, gracious and supportive in relationships?” “If so, how?” “If not, why?”

October 23–November 21
It is time in your daily life that “all things new” be initiated. This includes choice of foods, diet, exercise, new agendas, schedules, times of rest and tending to everyday matters in unusual ways. It’s time for efficiency, organization, detailed order, analysis and critical thinking. All these point out your desire, aspiration and need for clarity of action and purpose. Steps toward triumphant mastery.

November 22–December 20
You’re either romantically inclined or passionately creative or both. What you need is nothing serious. Just fun-filled endeavors, playful encounters and a bit of celebration that mirrors pleasure and other people’s approval of all that you do, are, and will be. You impact the world. A sort of radiance surrounds you. Radiate it out.

December 21–January 20
Tend to all feelings, concentrating on understanding them. There’s a need for safety and security. In what ways would you feel safe and secure? This is an important question to answer at this time. When you explore the answer more information about yourself emerges, like where do you come from, where are you going, what supports you, who do you support and what are your heart’s needs? This is journal work.

January 21–February 18
Observe your day-to-day experiences. There’s something original to learn, innovative people to meet, interact and make contact (releasing Love) with. Tend to home tasks early each day. This allows for heart contact with your environment that loves you. Many things to do are being presented. Perhaps it’s time to look for a new home, complete forms, begin a new course of study, call home, clean the house and garden. And plant tomatoes.

February 19–March 20
Wherever you feel security and safety, appreciation and attunement, order and organization, value and worthiness is where you should direct your life energies and live. Perhaps you will undertake a circuitous journey before you’re able to understand where this location is. Choose what is most comfortable, what will not betray, what offers you the most open door. It’s a golden door.

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