Happy February!!  It's the Lunar Year of the Dog!
 
Spring is Just Around the Corner!!!
 
Happy Birthday Aquarius!!!
 
The second month of the year features the darkest of winter nights as a backdrop for the most stars!  The sun rises now in the mysterious sign of Aquarius, the Woman With The Alabaster Jar.  
 
Aquarius and Pisces both have intense energies of The Magdalene.

Scholars and historians alike have long wondered about the identity of the man who carried the water jug in Jerusalem, found in Luke 22 and Mark 14.  Jesus specifically mentioned this man to His disciples as the one to be followed to the house he would
enter.  The man led them to a house with an upper room, where they gathered and prepared the Passover feast and the Last supper.  It was in this same upper room where they gathered to receive the outpouring of the Comforter in the form of tongues of fire. 
 

We are wise to put this in the context of preparation for endings, for the end, for a time of sacrifice, which few associate with Aquarius.

The Water Bearer appears again in the Garden of Gethsemane, wearing a linen shroud, following after the man about to be arrested and crucified.  He is a fascinating and underreported figure here, as no one can put him in any context that's explicable outside that of being an outsider.

The gender and identity of the Water Bearer is multi-layered, as we see from the current rage for questioning these and the concepts behind them.  

The next time you see clouds, think of them as water bearers!!

Large and small, birds, play an important part of our early spring observances as in our national life.  Though not exactly heralds of romance, eagles are known to mate for life, as are swans and cardinals.  Birds are symbols of activity in the Aquarian heavens, and that portion of our lives which may fall within that domain.  Pay attention, Star Travelers!  The Ancients considered Cygnus, which forms a distinctive cross of stars, to be a point destination for the souls of the dead at departure.  Cygnus was a close friend of Phaeton, who dived into the sea and swam in circles trying to recover the body of his lost friend after his fiery catastrophe.

We star gazers, readers of Gods word written in the heavens, know the names of the stars of Aquarius, the Water Bearer, include The Record of the Pouring Out; Who Goes and Returns, the Urn, and What Issues From The Flowing Stream. Those people and relationships born under these stars are connected with commercial and literary affairs, guiding stars in every sense, and have excellent powers of concentration.  
 
In this mornings sunrise we can see the stars of The Winged Horse, Pegasus.  Beloved Pegasus kicked open a spring of clear clean water, said to be the source of all poetic inspiration.  The individual names for these stars include He Who Goes and Returns;  Who Carries;  and A Flock of Lambs with Kids.  Those people and relationships born under these stars are connected with commercial and literary affairs, guiding stars in every sense, and have excellent powers of concentration. 
 
 
The wise and prudent will consider her actions and issues through this lens. 
 
 




The daily lights, calculated from real time at sunrise on the Pacific coast, for Monday 26 February 2018

The moon dances in Gemini all morning long, and the double dose of air has us whirling!  With the moon in Gemini we are loquacious, socially interactive, curious, and mentally adroit.  This is the moon when we need each other the most, and become capable of doing our most good for others- or the most harm.  Not the time to take the low road and be the bad twin!!  Special care must be taken of the shoulders and lungs, as these are at their most vulnerable at this transit.  Recall, 'touch not with iron those parts of the body resided by the moon.'  You won't die if you get bronchitis now, but you won't heal as rapidly and recover as fully, either.

Our morning dreams are full of swashbuckling adventure, treasure seeking and finding, tinged with a hint of romance.  Spring advances and our mood is sunny, we anticipate a brand new life!  We know exactly what we don't want to do today upon rising and make no bones about it.  By 9 17 AM Pacific, 12 17 PM eastern, we are about our work in a big way!

Just after noon on the west coast, 3 28 PM eastern time, the moon comes Home to Cancer.  The sun gleams in cool Aquarius, and we are free to spread our cozy warmth through the neighborhood!  With the moon in Cancer we are kinder, gentler, home loving, nurturing, and ferociously protective of the young- in any form, be it our garden, our newest project,  a child or distant cousin.  Baking and home decor may take precedence, but not over piety, filial obligations, and patriotism.  Not the time to attend an anti-something rally!!  Special care must be taken of the chest, breasts, and stomach, as these are at their most vulnerable at this transit.  Recall, 'touch not with iron those parts of the body resided by the moon.'  You won't die if you get a breast augmentation now, but you won't heal as rapidly and recover as fully, either.

 

Today is great for a heavy workload. No surprises!  

Tuesday morning sparks a marked romantic encounter!

 

This Thursday is the first of March and the full moon in Leo.  If we are sensitive to the lunar tides, let's ground now, and be extra careful of our birth control.

Many devout Christians take this 40 day period of Lent to review the passion of the Christ, and to sacrifice some worldly pursuits for spiritual strength and purification.  Like works, this won't get us to perfection, but it puts earthly life in perspective.

How we are looking forward to March!  Spring is almost here!!
 
Let's celebrate, Star Travelers! 


     The Christian Aquarius knight on quest for the True Cross, the Great Work, or the Holy Grail.  The Christian Aquarius knight is out traversing the worlds, rescuing, slaying monsters, banishing evildoers, and salvaging treasures.  As an Aquarius, this knight quests continually on every level until he brings heaven and earth together again in harmony, brotherhood, tolerance, and freedom.  Called the Big Brother, this optimistic, honest, and independent knight is inventive, enthusiastic, and original in all his pursuits and endeavors.  His charm can be felt over his abruptness.  

     Judging the character by the names of the stars in the sign, the Aquarius knight notes The Record of the Pouring Out; Who Goes and Returns, and what issues from The Flowing Stream.

     The spiritual light of Aquarius is subtle violet, that same shade found at the top of the skull, as a crown of glowing violet soul light.  Violet energy rays, like Aquarius, are unifying, harnessing people and events for altruistic and universally beneficial purpose.    

     Under the violet light of Aquarius, we are able to accept our connection, and to realize the hard and unbending truth that what we do to one another, we do to ourselves.  In rending another person we expose what we are within.  

    By intentionally spiritualizing our own minds and daily lives, we can begin to use the creative and inventive violet energy rays to promote healing and continuity. We can consciously bring to the fore undiscovered truths. We can unite people to further humanitarian and environmental causes. We can demonstrate the oneness of the whole and wholeness in the one.

    Violet is a serene, calm and vibrant color long known to be spiritually activating and awakening.  It was anciently used to aid insomnia, headaches and eczema.   The flowers which bloom now have strong anti-bacterial properties, ideal for skin rashes or burns. 


    Add Lavender and jasmine oils for a seasonally Aquarian scent.

     Foods include valerian and vervain for extra rest; eggplant, plums, kale, broccoli and purple grapes. 

     Amethyst and Clear Quartz crystals vibrate at much higher frequencies, opening us to the eternal, the heavenlies, our own higher selves and the Life source of the universe.

 

 






Buoying along in Aquarius, Mercury gives that fresh approach and innovative shine to our ideas.  Our words sparkle like a rainbow!  The best time of year to really put our minds to work on the insolvable, and to reach out to broaden our social circle.  
 
 
The phantom moon Vulcan tickles our who identity concept now. 
 

 





Venus, the golden girl of the cosmos, peruses Aquarian ideas, ideals, and oddities in a lazy, meandering way.   Venus in Aquarius is a friendly but friends-only sign, so we may not miss much on St. Valentines Day! 

We greet the spring with her inner grace, vast spiritual treasures, and rich splendor on March 3 rd when she is exalted in Pisces, our own special sign!

 
 




Fidgety Mars takes a quick journey through Scorpio, a sign he feels quite comfortable in stirring up, upsetting, blasting with sound and fury.  Our best bet is hard physical exercise, which will benefit us in more than one way!
 
 





Mighty, benevolent Jupiter, now in Libra, enhances and expands all that is elegant, refined, sweetly harmonious and charming.  What a year we have ahead! 
 

 





Saturn is making a straight shot through Sagittarius, stalling our travel plans and putting a damper on our school credits.  The dour schoolteacher of the cosmos, at his best, can steady all the wild sky horses with sober calm, turning their tricks into reigns to guide our own inner drives with a more mature hand.  We  have the next couple of years to study the laws by which we live and measure them against the Laws by which we really live.  If there is a discrepancy, now is the time to address such issues. Schooling and study itself will come under scrutiny and some fire.  Test the tester!!  We will find travel restrictions are nothing new and hard as iron now, and we need to seriously consider the need for borders.  Saturn is all about form, walls, and watching.

 
 





Uranus, the cosmic hand grenade, blasts through Aries on the 0 degree, all or nothing at all.  Our sudden impulses and tracks seem so intense!!  As spring launches itself upon us, he will explode through the Spring Lamb like a soccer match on steroids.  Sports, military maneuvers, policing issues and leadership opportunities seem to materialize out of the air, and demand immediate action.  Let's be ready to think on our feet, Star Travelers!   This can be a fun time full of exploration, innovation, experimentation.
 
 
 




Neptune, the orb of idealism and music, buoys through Aquarius, the sign of ideas, brotherhood, idealism, and innovation.  This  inspires delightful forms and colors for a future that is more out of this world than of it.   
 

 





Pluto, the fateful, fitful energy orb which can open our eyes to what is really there in front of us cruises in the sign of true blue Sagittarius.  Our core beliefs about religion, the law, The Law, education, and foreign affairs will be challenged, turned upside down and inside out, and we are wise to move through slowly to examine our own innards to see what is really going on there.  Sagittarius is the great Truth Seeker.  Let's not disappoint Him! With courage, dignity, and grace, we can refine and now redefine who and what we are, in our inner reality.  As Pluto next visits the sign of government, dads everywhere, the corporate culture, we can emerge much more sure of ourselves and our beliefs and principles by engaging with Fate now!

Pluto will engage with the sun and with Venus on the 9 th of January 2018 in a powerful embrace which is bound to change feelings, values, and core beliefs, bringing to the surface all that is rotten and obstructive to be lanced, cleansed, purified, and healed.  This may be a painful process but not likely violent, especially if we do not fight it, but go with the tides of heaven. 

 





There are currently no retrograde planets as we enter the new year!!!   All the cosmos is in forward motion till March!!





The planette which keeps watch on the home fires, Vesta, is on fire in Scorpio!!  We are all about keeping the house warm.

 





Our spousal planette Juno bops through Aquarius, full of platonic connections.  Juno is almost never happy when alone, or when committed.

 





Splashing in Pisces is the planette Chiron, our Wounded Healer, retrograde now to go back and fix what needs work on our inner emotional issues with real success when using color, theater, drama, or past life therapy. 

 





Pallas, the planettary BFF and sister in arms, jumps the hoop in Aries big time! She uses this as a launch pad for making new friends and annoying old ones.  

 






The planette Ceres, the cook of the solar system, resets everything at Home in Cancer, where she reconfigures, revitalizes, revisualizes, and revamps our kitchen, redecorates, and invites the whole neighborhood to her board.

 

 





This marks the third complete lunation for this new year.






Jesus' Teachings on Money



One of the most corrosive quandries we face as American Christians today is that of the, and it's erroneous teachings about money and our attitude toward capitalism.  Jesus Himself was a capitalist.  

The witness of His Own Words provides us with the right attitude on material possessions and our righteous atttitude toward them.  Jesus taught us in story form, anecdotes, or infomercials, so that we might have an ear of understanding.  These stories have more than one level on which we can access His reasoning.  In these passages, Jesus didn't advocate usuery;  He praised a money lender for his work nonetheless.  If Jesus did not approve, He would not have liken our own best behavior to that of a good and faithful servant.

Luke 19:23 Why then didnít you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?í


Matthew 15: 26 "His master replied, ĎYou wicked, lazy servant!!  27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

For the Scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain." And in another place, "Those who work deserve their pay!" I Timothy 5:17-18.

3 John 1:2 "Beloved, I wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." 

 

 

Even He, the Lord of Lords, was accompanied by a group of wealthy women who provided for Him materially. Luke 8: I-3;  JohnThe emergent church and it's communist overtones chooses to ignore these passages because these words do not suit their agenda, just like the Whore of the Many Waters, who only tells part of the story.

 

Many godly Bible characters were wealthy. 

Solomon was the wealthiest man in history; yet observe his conclusion of this matter. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14  

Job was the wealthiest man of his day (Job I: 3) yet when all his wealth was gone, observe his attitude. Job 1:20-22

 

We do not please God by being poor; our relationship with Him is the important part of life.  It is not measured by either abundance or absence of material goods. Nowhere in the Bible does God or Jesus specifically condemn anyone simply for having or not having money.  He always deals with their heart attitude.

Jesus Himself not only participated in festive occasions which included eating and drinking with others (Mt 9:10-11; Mk 2:15), there are times when He hosted parties.  Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana, he didnít chastise the family for having an expensive feast. Nor did he say, "Just drink water and save your money for the poor."  


He was even called a glutton, a drunkard and a friend of riff-raff (Mt 11:18-19; Lk 7:33- 36).   Jesus entered into joyful celebration with "sinners, taxcollectors, prostitutes and the rabble."

In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus positively described a lavish feast (Lk 15:22-
23).  

The Gospels repeatedly record Jesus giving thanks for food (i.e., Mt 14:19; 27:26-27).  As the perfect Man, Jesus exemplified grateful enjoyment for Godís bountiful gifts.  He demonstrated that "the religion of gratitude cannot mislead us" (Wordsworth).  Genuine gratitude and enjoyment can coexist with a sacrificial, generous determination to relieve the suffering of others.  (The Apostle Paul echoes this theme in 1 Cor 10:30 and 1 Tim 6:17-18).  

 

The Bible does NOT say that money is the root of all evil, It says... "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil... " I Timothy 6:10.


One of our commandments is to refrain from envy and covetousness, to be content with what Gods provisions for us.  This includes talents, looks, aptitudes, and family background.   All we have been given is a blessing!!  We are not to be ashamed of Gods work or to gainsay His decisions. Psalm 49: 16-17; Exodus 20:17


We are to be content in whatever state we find ourselves, resting in  the LORD JESUS CHRIST Philippians 4:11 Interestingly, Paul wrote these words while in jail!


Let's consider the things which we know from experience money can not buy:

 Wisdom Proverbs 16:16
 A righteous life. Proverbs 28:6; Proverbs 16:8; Psalm 37:16
 A good night's sleep. Ecclesiastes 5:12 
Gods own word. Psalm 119:14, 72, 127
Good health. Luke 8:43
Peace and quiet Ecclesiastes 4:6; Proverbs 15:16; 17:1

Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

1 Timothy 5:8New International Version (NIV)

8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.I Timothy 5:8.

 

 

In 3 John 1:2, John, His beloved disciples, says to us Christians, "Beloved, I wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." 


 

A message to the emergent church from Christ Jesus: Proverbs 11: 1, "A false balance is abomination to the Lord...".Luke 19 12 27





The Future of A Christian Nation

Are we in fact a Christian nation, as denied by a US President?  What is our destiny?  Is New York City actually Babylon??  

      I prefer the Sibley birth chart for the United States, as opposed the more popular 2AM birth time;   the Sibley chart reflects best the history and changes faced by the US through its lifetime.  I also read in real time, thus am using sidereal astrology.  This is the chart.

     The chart reckoned by the tropical seasons is not so much different from the sidereal chart, only inasmuch as it is more detailed, and that detail is eerily accurate!  Both charts indicate our national good humor and optimism, as well as our obsession with sports, especially if that sport involves horses!  Sagittarius rising lets the world know that the USA is a natural cowboy, the icon that most often represents us at our best.  A  restless and freedom loving lot, we respect religion, education, and those who have traveled far in the world;  we won't tolerate being ordered around or talked down to! 

     The sidereal chart shows us to have a Scorpio eagle rising, again, highly accurate for us and for our spiritual reality.  The 20th degree of Scorpio fades into a Sagittarian first house, so there is little difference here, indeed, none to worry us! 

     With Pluto in the second house we know how to make do, make over, remake, and recycle;  we are hardy pioneers who flourish despite the odds.  With this placement we are a bit fixated on money, a little extravagant, and tend to make snap judgments, being quick minded and impatient.  The natural nobility and promise of our Aquarian soul as represented by the moon at 5 degrees of this sign shines our from the third house of The Populace, or We The People.  We desire freedom and liberty for all, whether or not they be our friends.

     We love science and mathematics, big loud machines and anything shiny and fast, says our Uranus in the sixth house of Taurus;  our versatility is proverbial, as is our eccentricity;  we as a nation have real concern for the rest of the globe.   Mars in Taurus lets everyone know we will defend what is ours.  The sun in Gemini imbues us with that duality so noted by foreigners, and keen observers of American culture;  we love what we love, and can put it away from us with an awful disassociation.  We have the sun, Venus, and Jupiter all in a row in Gemini, in the seventh house of Others, proof that we as a nation have unexpected opportunity for exceptional service to others.  Mercury in Cancer shows our patriotism, love of mom and apple pie big enough to be shared by everyone in the neighborhood, just like in Norman Rockwell's art. 

     Even our national reach for the medicine cabinet is here at the top of the chart with Neptune in detriment in Virgo.  Strange dietary fads, our obsession with hygiene, and labor troubles emanate from here, as well as our spiritual faculties, for we are a spiritual people with visions and prophetic dreams.  

     Typically American, we have no planetary ruler;  we are a nation of Laws, and those Laws have limits.
 

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