We have a complex week ahead. Wednesday, Jupiter is opposite Neptune (Virgo/Pisces). Synthesis. A most auspicious, kind and loving day. Thursday, Mercury, star of conflict and crisis, is playing its beginning of retrograde in Libra (16 degrees). Our last Mercury retro was in Gemini (May/June). It concerned communications. Now the retrograde is in Libra, concerning relationships, right use of money and pondering upon right relations. Mercury takes us deep within ourselves where we deliberate, ponder, and brood over issues in our personal and global worlds. Mercury retro in Libra helps us review the quality and status of our relationships (commitments, marriage, partnerships, etc.). It calls us to assess if we have right relations with all the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal, human and our soul (the new kingdom on Earth). Mercury retrograde continues through the Oct. 9. We all know the Mercury retro rules by now.
Monday is United Nations International Day of Peace. Everywhere in the world, at noon, there is a moment of silence. Let us all participate. We know the esoteric equation for peace: Goodwill + right relations (Libra) = the beginning of the peace process. More at internationaldayofpeace.org.
Wednesday (Sept. 23) is autumn equinox, as the sun enters Libra. The soul year begins. It’s also Yom (day) Kippur (to atone), a somber day of atonement, the most holy and solemn day of the Jewish year. We ask God on this day to forgive us, our omissions, ignorance, and all that we have done to create separations and sadness in others. The purity of Virgo has prepared us for the Libra balance and harmony forgiveness offers. All things are then made new. “May we all be inscribed for good in the Book of Life.”
Esoteric Astrology as News for Week of September 16
Aries March 21–April 20
Close relationships could enter into difficult communication misunderstandings so be aware of Mercury’s retrograde, as it affects interactions with close and intimate friends and lovers. Make no important plans or decisions for the next three weeks. Instead, attempt to clear up unresolved tensions or confusions. Expect misinterpretation. Use language clearly, intelligently and lovingly. “Make love not war.”
Taurus April 21–May 21
As your preparations for the future continue unwaveringly, be aware that more interruptions than usual will occur. Daily plans and agendas, though mapped out, may set off in unusual directions. Do not criticize self or others should the needed work be set aside for more important issues. Mercury is a messenger and during this retrograde time, new information presented to you constitutes your new assignments.
Gemini May 22–June 20
Spend solitary time to reflect upon the times we are in. Discuss with those close to you what they think is occurring and if they feel preparations for the future are necessary. Mercury retro provides us (especially you) with detailed interior information related to present concerns and situations. Like Mercury, who gathers significant information for distribution, you are the messenger. Listen carefully, quietly, interiorly.
Cancer June 21–July 20
Communication is demanding and strenuous during this Mercury retrograde. All energies within your environments are felt more deeply. You will think and ponder upon what you already know. You will not be settled or relaxed. Everyone will demand of you extra care and nurturing. With loved ones, discuss new possibilities, offer vital information, make no plans. All things turn upside down, inside out.
Leo July 21–August 22
Everything will move faster than the speed of light. Should you be traveling, you will not move with the speed of light, but with slow, precise and careful movements toward your destination, which actually could be your destiny. Equipment, tools, computers, phones, technology and people will act as if they forgot how to function efficiently. As well as you can, tend to what’s broken. And tend to your money, resources and values, too.
Virgo August 23–September 22
Mercury, as it retrogrades, helps you realize your true values, including spiritual values. It asks you to consider what the right use of matter (resources) is. These are very complex questions. Mercury, when retrograde, creates within Virgo a very deep state of assessment. By now you should have a Mercury retrograde journal to record feelings, thoughts and revelations during the retrogrades. Always over time, retrogrades offer guidance and direction.
Libra September 23–October 22
Notice if during the next three weeks your perceptions begin to change, if your point of view, ways of thinking, and position on many things often hidden from others adjust, transform and amend. This is a very internal time when thoughts focus on self-identity. Who have you become in the past several years? Have you continued with a posture, thought or belief that is no longer comfortable? Right relations is Libra’s keynote.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
During the next three weeks you might consider several questions. What are your deep inner resources? Faith, religion, virtue, focus and concentration? How do you offer service to humanity? Are you dreaming more? Do you have dreams for your future? You can often be alone, not sharing your inner self with others. You will internalize even deeper, contacting hidden reserves. You’re quiet. We’ll be interested in what you learned during Mercury’s retrograde.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
Reflect upon what you hoped for in the future in the light of the present world news. You may need to change plans, objectives and goals. What are your spiritual visions and aspirations? Do they blend with future goals? Sagittarians are being called to join men and women of goodwill—New Group of World Servers—because daring visionaries, adventurers, and new-idea thinkers and philosophers are needed.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
In the next three weeks, following Mercury retro directives, you will reassess, re-evaluate, re-examine, reconsider, and perhaps revise your idea of a professional life. You will consider the satisfaction your present life provides, the compensations, rewards, drawbacks and advantages. You will see that every day you apply your talents and gifts, rendering service to the humanity you are responsible for. Follow not your rational mind but your heart’s desires. Be grateful.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
It’s practical to be rational using the reasoning mind. But there is another level available beyond instinct—the intuitive mind. Information becomes knowledge uses reason, which then becomes intuition. As you sense and comprehend the rhythm of the present times, you realize your work is to impart a vision of truth and community to everyone. This is your loving service to humanity. The devas (angels) work with you. Ask them for what you need.
Pisces February 19–March 20
You are about to embark upon a journey to the past where you will meet once again crisis, sadness, criticisms and losses previously endured. This will be a test so you can demonstrate a one-pointed purpose amidst an internal crisis. You cannot do this alone. You must call upon the soul, divine intelligence and divine mother for assistance. You seek direction. First, pass the tests. Pray, invoke guidance, study and meditate. Ask and give forgiveness. This is the season.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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