It is a week of many different festivals along with a full moon, all occurring simultaneously. Thursday Chinese New Year celebrations end with the Lantern Festival (at full moon). Thursday is also the Pisces Solar festival (full moon), Purim (Jewish Festival) and Holi (Hindu New Year Festival). Sunday, March 8, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. The festival of Purim celebrates the freedom of the Hebrew people from the cruel Haman (a magistrate) seeking to destroy them. Esther, the Queen of Persia, who was secretly Jewish, saved her people from death. The sweet cookie hamentaschen celebrates this festival.
Friday, March 6, is Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival celebrated after the March full moon. Bonfires are lit the night before, warding off evil. Holi, the Festival of Colors, is the most colorful festival in the world. It is also the Festival of Love—of Radha for Krishna (the blue-colored God). It is a spring festival with singing, dancing, carnivals, food and bhang, a drink made of cannabis leaves. Holi signifies good over evil, ridding oneself of past errors, ending conflicts through rapprochement (returning to each other). It is a day of forgiveness, including debts. Holi also marks the beginning of New Year.
At the Pisces Solar festival we recite the seed thought, “We leave the Father’s home and, turning back, we save.” Great Teachers remain on Earth until all of humanity is enlightened. The New Group of World Servers is called to this task and sacrifice. Sacrifice (from the heart) is the first Law of the Soul, the heart of which is Love. This sacrifice saves the world.
Esoteric Astrology as News for Week of March 4
Aries-March 21–April 20
In the next month it’s important to see yourself as valuable. Perhaps this is difficult. If so, make lists of all your gifts, abilities, talents, good deeds, thoughts, ideas and plans. In these you will discover your value. Place these lists on your walls. Read and review daily. These initiate your self-identity as a server for humanity—the task for all Aries in the Aquarian Age.
Taurus April 21–May 21
Things hide away, especially you. Or you find someone else in hiding and join them. Someone close is quite mysterious and valuable to you. They’re knowledgeable and have the skills needed for your next creative endeavor for humanity’s future. Resources are hidden away too, though still available. But you must call it forth while tending to practical things. Eliminate (give away) as much as possible.
Gemini May 22–June 20
Past friends, relationships, and past resources are contacted, discovered and renewed. They’re valuable for reasons revealed in the future. A certain group, also from the past, holds great Love/Wisdom (Ray 2, Gemini’s ray). They hold out to you technical possibilities and a way to enter the life stream of humanity through study and understanding of the mysteries. You should be studying your transits/astrology.
Cancer June 21–July 20
Ponder upon how you want to be seen, known and recognized in the world and how you want to help build the new culture and civilization. You are to nurture the new era at its foundational stages. Begin your garden soon, have a worm bin, create bio-dynamic soil, use organic seeds. Then teach everyone what you learned. Cancer needs to move from feeding the world to helping them feed themselves.
Leo July 21–August 22
The Earth (soil, trees, plants) is very important for your well-being. Make sure you’re out and about in the sun, with the devas and nature—the most balanced kingdom. Its radiations strengthen your heart and mind, refocuses your enthusiasm (it means “filled with God”). When we are balance and in rhythm, practicality emerges. Where is your garden and who are your companions?
Virgo August 23–September 22
You may struggle mentally to maintain equilibrium between what you desire and what is actually possible. It’s good to study the subject of sacrifice—the first Law of the Soul. At the center of sacrifice is Love. Love and sacrifice are the same. We are on earth because we sacrificed (chose) to be here. You may feel you’ve become the warrior. You have. Spiritual warriors are always triumphant.
Libra September 23–October 22
You will assess your relationships in terms of their value. Not value as in money but virtues. Simultaneously, assess the values you offer others and if there is more you can give of Goodwill which creates Right Relations. Allow only the goodness of yourself in relationships. Goodness is a purity and an inner quality. What is your goodness and what do you offer others? Include all relationships. Remember true love isn’t a feeling. It’s a choice.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
Tend daily to all thing small and necessary. Give them your deepest attention. Observe habits, agendas, your work, environments and others in your worlds. And how to care for yourself. We evolve step by step. We begin with tending to our physical, emotional and mental bodies. Then we progress to things spiritual. Each day “brood” upon the service needed for the coming day. Ask for Soul direction. The personality then calms.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
The outcome of a long-held creative dream has come true. You’re redefining, reassessing and reaffirming its importance as part of your life’s work. In the meantime, you’re called to two things. Amusement and play, much needed and much missed recently. Acknowledge your creative work reflects who you are now, and part of who you will become. All parts of you are aligning in a close spiritual unity. This is good.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
You see the need for nourishment of the self and of others. One source of nourishment is financial security. Another is the design and layout of your home, its rooms, the garden, etc. Make sure as you tend to your home and its practical beauty, that you have a special workspace for yourself, for your creative home arts. Your creativity is most important for the home and family at this time. Work on this. And in the garden of your dreams.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
Things seem so many things paradoxical – wild, a bit out-of-control, thing dissolving, hurting, illuminated. Eliminate all not absolutely necessary, including that treasure trove of saved things. New interests, new sources of information, new identity are appearing. This identity is yourself. You are a “returned angel” come to help humanity steer itself down stream in a lifeboat. You are to identify, work with and bring in the new culture and civilization. What part can and do you want to play? Think deeply on this.
Pisces February 19–March 20
Life becomes more subtle, a bit out of focus, very different with deep feelings of compassion awakening. Pay debts, then tithe (give)—St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; Catholic Charities; Doctors Without Borders; UNESCO; Red Cross. These are difficult financial times. However the spiritual law is whatsoever we give is returned ten-fold so we can give again. When we serve others our life is spiritually cared for. The third Law of the Soul is service. Hang lanterns everywhere.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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