2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens.
Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.
The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.
Esoteric Astrology as News for Week Dec. 17 – 23, 2014
Aries-March 21–April 20
As an intelligent light is focused on all outer aspects of your life, you wonder who you are in the larger society. Examining your purpose, standing, and reputation, you also ask what is your direction and how you’re progressing. It’s possible you will be sought out for honors, observed as a mentor, given tasks and projects of leadership and power. Tend to them carefully, using intentions for goodwill and intelligent love in all endeavors. You can then lead others to the light.
Taurus April 21–May 21
New experiences and meeting people from different regions—perhaps by phone, email or conference calling—are broadening your horizons. You might consider giving, creating, or attending a new course of study that’s intellectually disciplined, practical and purposeful. New routines should be established so a new understanding of time emerges. For guidance, investigate laws concerning a new endeavor and ponder upon the new Aquarian laws and principles.
Gemini May 22–June 20
Your feelings, emotions and mind are working together to provide subtle new information concerning life and death, wellness and health, money and resources. Your inner self is being expanded through unusual activities occurring in your daily life. Are you caring for others? Your beliefs are shifting, leading to a deeper self-inquiry into money, resources, relationships and psychological healing. Maintain your tender care.
Cancer June 21–July 20
As you interact and work closely with others, you understand more about yourself. You’ll discover how you unconsciously make decisions affecting your actions. This leads to a deeper awareness of choices, hidden agendas, resentments and expectations. With awareness comes change, and a light shed upon the value within all relationships. Begin to have intentions for goodwill in all interactions.
Leo July 21–August 22
So many tasks to be accomplished and responsibilities to be considered! You will be efficient and effective if you stay to the point, set timetables, examine techniques and procedures, and sharpen your mind with discriminating intentions. Others will call for your input and have needs and wishes. Through trials and grief, and having become one who serves, you will tend to all with equanimity and poise. Before all else, though, tend to you daily health.
Virgo August 23–September 22
Perhaps you feel an unusual happiness, expressing yourself, setting priorities, seeking fun and play. If not, then begin. It may take effort completing daily responsibilities. Finish them early so your day is free. Caring for children, pets, or a garden creates joy and happiness. In all endeavors, you’re more creative, imaginative, artistic, resourceful and inspired. Applause.
Libra September 23–October 22
Your personal life and people you intimately relate with are your focus. You seek a firm foundation, things familiar, reason and purpose to build the future. Much of your attention now must be focused inward to assess values (what do you value?) and recognize psychologically what you need. Events from the past are remembered, affecting you deeply. Examining the truth of this past is most important. It’s not what you think.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
Observe your interactions with others and how you handle relationships. Are there communications and habits of thinking that enhance or undermine your effectiveness? Do you pour out all your energy? It’s most important to listen carefully to what others are saying. There’s an alchemy (magic) in listening. Creating spiritual dew within the heart that assuages loneliness. Confusion ceases.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
Make a list of all resources in your life, physical and spiritual, and assess their value. You often seek to express yourself through non-material resources. Therefore, a list of them is of value. Knowing more about yourself provides you with greater control psychologically. On the other hand, it might be time for a party celebrating your successes and resources, which gives others fun, amusement and pleasure. Serve artful foods and drinks.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
It’s time to renew yourself for the New Year, to withdraw somewhat from the world, turning inward into the darkness, where, under the new light of winter solstice, new ideas form. This is not a selfish act, but one born from future needs. While in the world be sensitive to others. If relationships problems arise, resolve conflicts by calling upon the soul’s help. The answer lies in what is the good for the whole and of greatest service—and how it comforts you.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
Align (visualize this) your thoughts, words and actions. It’s important to be aware if several messages are being projected simultaneously from you to the world. You or others could be acting out unresolved childhood behaviors. Ponder on this. As the year ends, review and reflect upon the past year. When feeling peaceful and quiet, plan the New Year. It should be more comforting, kinder and more prosperous than last year. Reflect on what you need.
Pisces February 19–March 20
You’re recognizing the value of friendships and other close and important relationships. This assessment relates to your present life purpose and the visions and ideals you hope to manifest. Cooperate with others who are like-minded. Also, quietly observe others. Those you are attracted to reflect many different aspects of yourself. Cultivate these friends. It will be within a group that your ideals, hopes and visions manifest. Love more.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.