For music lovers, the best place to be this weekend is the Ojai Music Festival. It’s the Festival’s 70th year, Peter Sellers is the music director, and it’s all weekend long—Friday through Sunday.
The festival is filled with “energy, courage, allure, inquiry, reflection, and secret revelations.” There’s opera, Noh theatre, Ezra Pound (inspiration), a band from Cairo, music from India and a children’s festival. “Surprising, path-breaking and visionary.” Ojai is 90 miles north of Los Angeles. It’s Shangri-La.
Sunday is Shavuot, the Hebrew festival marking the anniversary of the day God gave Moses the Torah (Five Books of Moses), the Jewish Laws. We know them as the Old Testament. If we open a bible at the beginning we see the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Moses was given the Torah (laws) during the change in the Ages—from Taurus (Egypt) to Aries (Canaan)—as the Hebrew walked in the desert from Egypt to Canaan. Taurus was the Age of Desire (and of slavery for the Jewish people). Aries was the Age of Laws. Thus the “laws” given to the Hebrew people from G-d as they walked toward freedom.
Tuesday is Flag Day. Flags, an unrecognized art form, represent the spirit of the people who live under that flag. In the U.S. flag, the 13 stripes (red and white) represent the first 13 British colonies that declared independence from Great Britain. The 50 stars represent the 50 states in the union. Our present flag was created by 17-year-old Robert G. Heft (Sun/Venus in Capricorn, Mercury in Aquarius) as a high school class project. He received a B– for his work!
ARIES: Whereas your main gift has been instinct and intuition, a higher super-human level of instinct emerges. It will provide you with greater inner strength and a new faith. Many will be surprised as you become more easygoing, compassionate and concerned for others (not just yourself). A greater belief in yourself also comes forth due to an anchoring of new spiritual ideals. Your identity deepens. Don’t let divine discontent upend you.
TAURUS: Idealism is part of your nature along with adaptability and flexibility. These virtues further develop in coming years. As you attempt to always keep the peace, you might discover you’ve lost knowledge of your deepest hopes and wishes. You must find them again. Connections with friends must always have a spiritual basis or you become dissatisfied. You are to develop the arts, for you are the Art of Living itself.
GEMINI: What does your intuition tell you about current world trends in business, the arts, humanity, education, politics? In coming years you will develop a deep creativity and vision leading you to the arts, media, things of service and charity. Work on maintaining clear direction lest goals and your calling in life are lost. You’re better than perfect. And you’re responsible. Know these things. Allow no misconceptions of self to be nurtured.
CANCER: It’s important to be practical with goals. You have a deep inner faith. It’s good to consider what you believe and why. Where did the concepts come from? It would be good to study different religions, or to even enter a seminary, becoming a minister or pastor. Higher education offers involvement with religious, philosophical or artistic fields. Travel beckons, too, but here you must be careful healthwise. Compassion becomes your teacher.
LEO: Are you experiencing spiritual longing, deep sensitivity, fantasies, ecstasy, warrior dreams? If not now, later. In the meantime, something from the past—a relationship, love, person—seems to be important once again. However, you choose not to contact or connect with them—a mistake. Where before the boundaries were blurred, you both have grown. Boundaries are intact now. Careful with money. Give it, don’t loan it. Love more.
VIRGO: So often Virgo gives more than they’re able to receive. They seek a soul mate, one linked to them psychically. They see potential, instead of reality at times, seeking others as they wish them to be, not as they are. Sometimes Virgos want to save or be saved (from themselves). These are all developmental stages. They can be confusing and difficult (for a time). Until you realize your potential extraordinary talents.
LIBRA: Daily plans, agendas and affairs (work) become so fluid you may not know where you are at times. All routines seem to float out the door, replaced by chaos, confusion and helplessness. Know that when chaos comes around, it’s announcing a coming new harmony. Rearrange everything in your environments. Tend to health methodically. Interact with the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms with awareness. They bring a new order into your life.
SCORPIO: When people use the word drama it’s usually disparaging, judgmental. However, some signs truly have dramatic things occurring relentlessly. We actually have little choice in the matter of our lives and behaviors. We have little choice in how people react and respond to us. Those experiencing drama in their lives are living life deeply, fully, creatively, and with passion. It’s just their time. Your time is now.
SAGITTARIUS: Was home, family, relatives, mom, dad, family life as a child complex? Were (are) you sensitive, free-spirited, idealistic, philosophical? Do you need at this time to set limits? Do you long for a new home and sense of place? Do you alternate between being social while also seeking solitude? Do you at times isolate yourself? Is family challenging? And do you have many inflated dreams? A new identity will appear in the next 18 months. With a new path.
CAPRICORN: Visualize all that you want to be and do, your future, where you’re called to live, the interior and exterior of your (next) home, the environments calling to you, the gardens and kitchen. Do this on a grand and detailed scale. This creates a magnetic field and what you envision (if it is yours) comes into manifestation. Then you can decide your true wants/needs. We become what we deeply imagine, we express what we can create, we encourage what we love. Do these with confidence.
AQUARIUS: It’s important to be balanced about money—not too strict, not too lax. It’s important to know the value of yourself and your work, presenting this to the world. Others may attempt to undervalue your worth and value. Follow your intuition and instincts concerning your use of money. Honor all debts. Value others and their work. Tell them. Do not gloss over monetary details. Be generous. However, care for yourself. This is practical.
PISCES: A great sensitivity has befallen Pisces. It’s as if you live in a dream—someone else’s, actually. Others see you through their own projections. This is hurtful. Reality for you isn’t what reality is for others. Tiredness overcomes you often. At times, dizziness, too. Tend to health very carefully. Moods come and go. Sleep more. Calcium needs Vitamin D (lots of it) to be absorbed. Magnesium helps you sleep. Begin painting. Neptune has come home.