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A Star Shines Forth

Esoteric Astrology as news for the week of Dec. 21, 2016

With the Sun entering Capricorn, winter is here (northern latitudes). Mercury is also retrograde in Capricorn, and the planets (Venus and Jupiter) that formed the Christmas star more than 2,000 years ago are trine (harmonious) on Christmas morning this year.

The Jewish and Christian festivals of Hanukkah and Christmas occur together this year, too. Hanukkah (eight-day festival of light) begins at nightfall Dec. 24, followed at midnight with Christmas (birth of the Avatar and World Teacher). When the different religious days occur simultaneously, the seeds of the Aquarian new world religion are being sowed in the hearts and minds of humanity.

In the days between solstice and Christmas, there is a hushed stillness in the air. The Sun is quiet, too, resting at the Tropic of Capricorn. There is a searching for respite, a place to stay by a young couple. There is no room in the inn, so a stable is found. Here the young mother gives birth, the animals looking on. Far to the East, three Astrologer Magi Kings, searching the sky, note a “star shining forth”—the two prophesied planets (Jupiter and Venus) aligned. And so they begin their journey westward with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Above in the sky is the constellation Virgo (Madonna with child). We listen within ourselves, an infinitude of space. There we hear the constellations, voices of the numbers, harmonies of the spheres.


ARIES: It’s important to maintain moment-to-moment awareness of all experiences each day, and for all who come into your sphere of life. If aware, you will see their gifts (talents and abilities) and they will reflect your talents, too This is a great revelation. Allow yourself no expectations. Remain poised in observation to all that is around you. In this silence, new values come forth, new perspectives, new realities you have been searching for.

TAURUS: Know that plans will change; feelings and emotions, too. Memories will be part of the holidays this year, and you have many of them. You will sense and feel special people no longer with us. Know they are still loving you, still close by. You will have new revelations about your work in the world. Perhaps a book, a painting, a work of creativity. Follow the signs.

GEMINI: If not traveling, then you soon should be. Travel offers prospects and plans that change the course of your life, advancing you into the future. When the retrograde occurs, all of our focuses turn inward. Thoughts concerning money and resources become practical. You seek new ways to communicate. Make a plan to study compassionate communication with friends and partners. You will never be the same.

CANCER: New insights come forth about the people in your life. Before, you had global ideas. But now you have a deeper, more personal understanding about how others live their lives. You communicate your insights to those who care for you. Become interested in what others think. Ask their insights. This creates deeper connections. And then love is released. You are surprised.

LEO: Tend to your health. A health issue from the past may recur. If seeing a doctor, seek a doctor who will diagnose, test and look at health differently. It’s important to have a new approach to all things, from health to work to animals to co-workers. Mercury retrograde offers revelations around our concerns. Listen in quiet. Information comes on little cat’s feet.

VIRGO: Notice your creative expressions increasing with more feelings of happiness and enthusiasm. Then playfulness comes into the mix, and you recognize these are natural gifts within each of us. Something spontaneous begins to occur, and you understand your life experiences from birth to the present, and then you understand everyone else’s, too. And everything transforms daily in front of your eyes. And then there is joyfulness.

LIBRA: The past returns for review. Nothing can stop this. Gradually a new perspective appears concerning childhood home, parents and siblings. Childhood impressions change like a kaleidoscope of colors. With revelations, your understanding increases as you step unexpectedly into a state of compassion. To anchor this shift, you reorder everything in your home—and a state of wonder follows you everywhere.

SCORPIO: So many thoughts are occurring during this time. You attempt to find a pattern to a puzzle of life. You realize there are things you want to say (and not say) to family and friends. You notice the light of insight and a new way of doing things is all around, and you review old knowledge and see how it forms the foundation for a new philosophy of life. Soon, quietly, new skills appear.

SAGITTARIUS: Life and its gifts have you assessing many things—values, resources, what you have and don’t yet have, what you want and don’t want. You look, too, at what you considered lost (returning later in different forms). New and innovative ideas about your future work in the world. They take into consideration all your desires and aspirations, later to anchor in the world. A new land calls. You answer.

CAPRICORN: It’s good to create an “I am …” journal. With Pluto in your sign, all Capricorns are transforming and becoming their greater selves. Seek to see yourself in new ways, with new information being given about who you are. Write in your journal sentences beginning with “I am …” Write each day. See how you begin to unfold and express yourself differently. A new self-coordination, identity, harmony and creativity emerges as you write about yourself.

AQUARIUS: Perhaps you feel many endings or closings or as if you’re approaching a curve in the road. There may be sadness or sorrow concerning something (someone) that is no longer. This will ease over time. New perceptions occur in the next three weeks offering an understanding of the past. Look back as much as you can. Cherish everything. This remembering is a gift. Soon you will be stepping forward onto another path.

PISCES: So many things change for Pisces during this retrograde concerning affiliated groups. You review when and why you joined and your purpose with them. You discover how they hold a different importance in your life and gradually make changes in terms of your interactions. There is a sense of a new world service calling, new relationships and a new form of group sharing takes place. You step more fully into inner worlds, while remaining very practical in the outer worlds. There is no confusion.

Contributor at Good Times |

Risa is the founder of the Esoteric Astrological Institute and a writer, teacher, esoteric astrologer and counselor. She writes of the new culture and civilization, religion, art, literature, history and the New Group of World Servers. Risa envisions creating an Aquarian community village, the New Sharing Society, a garden and 'lighted house" for humanity, with schools for all ages, including an Arts & Astrology College, where everyone learns astrology as the language of understanding. She also has a masters degree in Psychology and does occasional readings.
Write Risa at risagoodwill[at]gmail.com. Read Risa here and daily on Facebook.

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