Friday night begins our time under Virgo, sign of the Madonna gestating a new state of awareness for humanity. Virgo is also Ceres, mother of Persephone descending underground when autumn begins. The mother weeps at the loss of her daughter (spring and summer). Reflecting her grief, the trees and plants drop their leaves.
Sun entering Virgo brings a sign and element change, from Leo’s fire to Virgo’s practical earth. Food, health, grains, service and small animals are in the news and on our minds. It’s one month till autumn. Pumpkins and persimmons are ripening. Venus is in Leo. We radiate warmth; we’re generous, playful and affectionate. Everyone shows off in an ardent, passionate, warm-hearted, romantic and over-dramatic way, reflecting Leo’s fiery nature. Think of life as Shakespeare wrote: life is a play, we are its actors on the same stage together.
Monday is Virgo new moon (2.19 degrees). At new moons we strengthen the hands, arms and work of the New Group of World Servers (NGWS). We circle the earth, reciting the Great Invocation (mantra of direction) together for humanity.
Esoteric Astrology as News for Week Aug. 20-27, 2014
Aries-March 21–April 20
Over time, you will more fully be able to accept responsibilities greater than personal desires. You will attempt to return home (childhood), discovering it’s no longer approachable. You’ll learn blaming others never fixes situations. Eventually security comes when you create your life from understanding, responding to the needs of others. Comfort emerges from climbing the ladder (Jacob’s), defining ways to serve. This is serious work. You’re to initiate the building of the new world.
Taurus April 21–May 21
You’ll be on overload the next two years, gathering information in order to make appropriate decisions that affect the welfare of others. Details will be important. However, the larger view is where you must begin. What you are to create (a new home, community, food sources, etc.) must be considered an adventure. This will help you discover more and have inspiration. Others will follow. You have help.
Gemini May 22–June 20
It will not be in your best interest to maintain such independence that you can’t change your mind, include others or let go of things (possessions, habits). Should you do any of these you may create a life crisis, have difficulty with relationships and be afraid to investigate new realities. Much is becoming outdated in your world. And this is not attractive for you. Ask what are your soul’s needs? Ask that they appear and are recognized.
Cancer June 21–July 20
These are the rules for your life in the coming two years. Refrain from competitiveness, impatience, “me-first thinking” and taking any situation personally. Observe how those around you are sensitive, have tact and cooperation, stand in others’ shoes, see through others’ eyes and work to create community. While the latter nourishes you, the former makes you hungry. Learn how to bake. Or if you already know, bake more. Give away.
Leo July 21–August 22
It’s most important to be practical in the coming times, not leaving anything to chance, creating daily health routines and schedules incorporating right eating and exercise. It’s important to cultivate order and organization allowing your mind a more confident focus. Seek harmony, as you encounter more deadlines and details. Dreams and new awareness unfold when we care for the smallest aspects in our lives. You can do these things.
Virgo August 23–September 22
It’s no longer the time to seek symbols that only provide material for new dreams. It’s no longer the time to act out old dreams, either. There seems to be a gap between what you dream for and what truly is. You must begin to express creatively all you wish and hope for. You must not rely on others. A great creative pool lies within. What you will create is beautiful, harmonious, and real.
Libra September 23–October 22
Try not to over-manage your life and try to relax standards of achievement and perfection (self and others). All that you do and achieve is good enough, which is better than perfect. Allow yourself to observe more, to be vulnerable, open and receptive. These are human traits providing needed information. Make home and family (your hidden refuge) the most important place on earth. Your mother loves and recognizes you. She thinks you’re perfect.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
Are you sometimes harsh with others’ feelings and opinions, or do you have excess nervous energy obstructing you from having true and kind relationships? Are you pressured, hurried and afraid your freedoms will be limited? You’ll find that learning to listen deeply to others leads to meaningful and intelligent relationships—the secret to having social graces and forming substantial social networks. Love then comes, too.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
Your value has nothing to do with the values of others. Your needs need not be enfolded in the needs of others. Should these occur you attract confusion and intensity in relationships instead of peace and comfort. What are your values (not those of your family, parents or relationships)? What do you enjoy and what of your own needs must you realize so your self-worth expands? Be patient with these questions. Ponder them.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
Slowly and quietly you learn to stand alone relying on instincts and inner knowing. You learn to express wishes, hopes and needs to others without restraint or fear of consequences. You are indeed very, very good. Sometimes impulsiveness adds a bit of edge and glamour to all that goodness. Do you know there’s a relation between achieving peace in relationships and having inner peace? Plant a pomegranate tree.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
You worry often; have feelings of guilt, and fear of not achieving enough. Sometimes you lack trust in yourself and in God. You can over-analyze any situation until it simply expires from exhaustion. It’s important to focus within your heart more. This develops the soul virtue of compassion toward self, then others. Many, like you, traverse the difficult burning grounds of life. It’s to purify.
Pisces February 19–March 20
There’s a difference between seeking what we want and what is needed. If we drop the wants, needs are magically met. You will undergo great changes and sacrifices in the coming months. You have known about them for a long time. One day you will simply surrender to what is most practical and precious. The outcome will be surprising, loving and protective. This will be of great comfort. Call forth patience and courage.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.