Astrology

Labors of Hercules—from Cancer to Leo

Esoteric Astrology as news for week of July 20, 2016

Each of the 12 signs provides humanity with a task, a specific labor, which helps humanity recognize and step upon the Path of Return. Humanity, in the Labors, is represented by Hercules, the son of God who is also the son of man (Sanskrit for the “thinking ones”—all of humanity at this time).

As Hercules enters upon each sign, he faces trials and continuous tests. Each lifetime, as each sign represents, certain tasks and tests are completed. As this occurs, Hercules is flooded with understanding, his sight is widened, his mind illumined, love gathers in his heart. The 12 petals of the heart open and Hercules finally, the world disciple, enters the Rain Cloud of Knowable Things. Here intuition and pure love reside. Each sign’s labor is different building one upon the other.

In Hercules’ Fourth Labor (Cancer), Hercules must have wisdom, obedience of the heart and discernment which allows him to choose rightly. This particular task is important to understand. The world situation is demanding that we, too, make “right” choice between the dual realities offered us. Our choice determines our future. From the “Labor of Cancer” we read, “The Great Presiding One within Shamballa asked the Teacher: ‘Where is the son of man, who is the son of God? How fares he, how is he being tested and with what service is he now engaged?’ We say; ‘Our world is engaged in war now, O Teacher.’”

After Cancer’s fourth Labor comes Leo’s fifth Labor. “Let Hercules burnish bright his shield. Let him prepare. Hercules must have courage strong. He is to seek the Temple of the Lord. But first he must rest from the last labor, resting at the fifth Gate. Afraid yet not afraid. Alone yet not alone.” (to be continued)


ARIES: The full moon created a challenge between home and profession, bringing that duality to light so you could integrate both realities. Polarization, duality can be a source of difficulty, pulling one in two different directions. Visualize, imagine and plan for a synthesis of the two worlds, bringing them into a harvest of light. As you lead others, have both willingness and love, or leadership fails.

TAURUS: You’re emerging as a teacher. The Cancer/Cap full moon is a time when the Teacher is recognized and gratitude given. The Dalai Lama said we were to rejoice in the Teacher (and the teachings). What teachers blessed you with goodness so you gained knowledge? Thank them. You are to become greater than your teachers. The student is always to surpass the teacher—the student’s spiritual task.

GEMINI: You’re to be sensitive to impressions from greater realms (Venus and the starry realms) so you can understand more deeply the ancient mysteries. What concerned you prior to the Cancer festival and full moon is forgotten. Venus, Gemini’s Soul ruler, asks you to list your values (things, events, people, creatures, behaviors, facts, plans, teachers, etc.). As you see your values in words a greater self-identity emerges.

CANCER: To figure out what’s truly important, we often have to observe our daily routines. What is routine this week and month and how do these routines help define you? What helps you decide what to accomplish each day? Do you provide yourself with the same nurturance, safety and security you provide others? Careful with communication. You may not be able to hear yourself clearly.

LEO: Allow yourself time away from work and responsibilities. Give yourself time to use your imagination. Allow yourself to play. These soothe, comfort and create a sense of care that sometimes you seek from others. Work continues to be quite transformative and in-depth. Prepare yourself each day with proper foods and exercise so weariness doesn’t set in. Are you remembering your father?

VIRGO: Your mind is always filled with new ideas and plans, detailed organizing that others never consider. So much about you is inspired. Recognize this with delight. Virgo’s ability to discern, organize and tend to things in detail are deeply creative gifts. Eliminate all that’s not needed in your home. Reimagine your home. Offer loving care to those around you. Your heart is touched by Jupiter.

LIBRA: So much is in flux, with less and less knowable direction. As you change, your home life transforms. You always focus on bringing forth beauty, order and organization to all environments. Notice if your thoughts and beliefs are changing, too. If you feel obstructed in any way, look around. There’s something important to see. Be kind in all your interactions, especially with family.

SCORPIO: There’s an ongoing question concerning resources, money and finances. This, at times, causes anxiety. It’s good to communicate about these things. Communicating expands awareness and calms reactions to what seems like continual change. You continually feel the need to create a hopeful philosophy of life. Paring down expenses allows for emerging new and unusual resources (and imaginative thoughts) to appear.

SAGITTARIUS: It’s good to follow the advice about finances for Scorpio. A transformation is occurring, inner and outer, concerning resources and values. This is an important time when you think deeply on how you want to improve upon how you are in relationships. Notice your moods. From heights of achievement and authority to lack of confidence. These are normal behaviors for everyone in times of transition. The right time, place, direction, knowing appears.

CAPRICORN: Careful driving, communicating and doing things that demand a focused mind. Neptune is refining your thinking. At first veils seem to drop over your eyes. Then your mind feels empty or confused. Then there are bursts of creativity, visions of new worlds. You will want to communicate these things. This is normal behavior for Neptune. You might have thoughts of attending church or praying more. For healing and for beauty.

AQUARIUS: Tend carefully to your money. Know where it is at all times. Also, consider yourself valuable in all ways. You’re the new culture’s hero(ine), artists for the coming times, its creative spirit, dream and vision. Have confidence in all that you do, think and say. Build community whenever, wherever you can. You bring forth for others new and different perspectives. Be very disciplined with money, finances and resources.

PISCES: Home is your Vestal light, your refuge, place of freedom and creativity. Carry out daily tasks of nurturance rhythmically. With Neptune in Pisces, your nervous system needs a protective enclosure. This means a home and garden of one’s own. If sounds are disturbing, take Aconite, calcium and magnesium. Some Pisces need an actual home. Pisces need the deepest care of all the signs. You want to return home again. Pray for and visualize what you need.

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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