Current Newsletter- Fourth Quarter 2006

                                                                                                                                            Helena@HelenaAstrologer.com

StarGazer by Magi Helena, Certified Magi Astrologer
Fourth Quarter 2006


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In This Issue
  • Ask the Magi
  • Predictions for each Zodiac Sign for October - December 2006
  • Discussion: The Politics of Compassion
  • Ask the Magi
      I encourage your questions..... : )

     "Hello, my Chiron is the sign of Sagittarius at 7 degrees retrograde in my 3rd house. What does it mean when Mars is in Sagittarius?  How would that affect my Chiron?"

         In Magi Astrology, we would not give a lot of meaning to a transiting planet traveling through the sign of a natal planet unless the transiting planet is within 3 degrees of a natal planet, and is applying.

         At that point, we would interpret the transit based on the symbolisms of Magi Astrology. In brief, when transiting Mars is conjunct natal Chiron, we would imagine that domestic/familial relationships would "heat up," which could mean more activity and energy in the home/relationship, and/or could mean more competition or even disputes. Since it's a conjunction, more benign effects are likely. If you are unattached, this transit could indicate a vigorous search for a soulmate.

         For more info on Magi Planetary Symbolisms:
    http://www.helenaastrologer.com/magi_lessonsyms.htm

    "How can I change my karma? I don't want to keep going through the same painful lessons in the next lifetime."

         Obviously, none of us really know on a demonstrable level what transpires in the afterlife, but most of us have a belief in some kind of hereafter. Many believe that we incarnate again and again in order to perfect our Souls, which enables us at the end of our journey to return fully into oneness with God-The-All-That-Is. The belief is that on a Soul level, we put ourselves into experiences that will allow us the opportunity to learn the lessons that our Soul needs to learn. Karma is not punishment. Karma simply provides the opportunity to learn a needed lesson.

         In a natal chart, the Soul Path is indicated by the axis of the Moon's Nodes. The South Node, by sign, house, aspects and geometry reveals the accumulated learning and habits of past lives. These are strengths that we bring into this incarnation, but are the polar opposite of the lessons we came into this lifetime to learn. We can fall back on the strengths we built in prior incarnations, but we cannot make them the thrust of our life this time around, tempting as these familiar ways of being and operating can be.

         The North Node, by sign, house, aspects and geometry, reveals the Soul Path we chose for ourselves prior to this incarnation. The Soul requires that we pursue this Path, and will pull us out of any situation (regardless of our personality attachment) which is a hindrance to it. When we are on our Soul Path, life is deeply satisfying in a way that we cannot know otherwise.

         The way to show that we have learned a karmic lesson is fairly simple: DO IT DIFFERENTLY. Time and time again, we are tested. We are put in the path of what for us, as an individual, is an ultimate temptation. When we respond the way we always have, we demonstrate that we have not yet learned that lesson. If you want to be complete with a Soul lesson, don't follow the temptation- respond in a more evolved way.

         Responding in an evolved way means responding from the God within, which could be called "taking the high road." When we respond naturally- in both our thinking and our actions- out of love, compassion, understanding, tolerance, acceptance, etc., we demonstrate that we have left a more primitive way of being behind.  We have to change our natural perception and change our natural behavior to demonstrate that a lesson has been learned. This is usually easier said than done!

         Be patient with yourself. Learning our Karmic lessons is what we're all here to do, and none of us are finished, or we wouldn't be here. Just keep moving toward a naturally evolved response in all situations, and trust that all of us are moving- some faster, some more slowly- toward re-Union with God.

    Predictions for each Zodiac Sign for October - December 2006
     
         

    Quarterly predictions for each Zodiac Sign for October - December 2006: Birthdate ranges shown may vary by a day or so either way. Be aware that these are general predictions, and that a detailed analysis of your personal transits and progressions will always show much more pinpoint accuracy. As in all predictive columns, this is written based on the Solar House system. If you know your Ascendant (Rising Sign) read that section as well as your birth sign. I attempt to write these predictions for all degrees of each sign, however, your own Sun and Ascendant may be anything from 0°-30° of a sign. If these predictions seem way off, your Sun or Ascendant may be at the extreme beginning or end of your sign. In that case, check out the predictions for the sign immediately before or after yours and you may find a closer match. (If you are a Pisces, check out Aquarius and Aries, for example.)

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    Aries- Mar 21- Apr 20:  Rams will find their focus on the outer world in the fourth quarter. Partnerships of all kinds, including financial alliances, will be spotlighted and should be highly favorable. Both your sexual attractiveness and your sexual drive should be high. The lead weight you feel like you have been carrying around that prevents you from having fun should be easy to shed by early next year. Try to get away over the holidays if you can.

    Taurus- Apr 21- May 21:  Relationships are emphasized for Bulls too in the next 3 months, though the focus is more on personal associations that financial ones. If you are feeling cranky with your partner, it is likely that a romance session is needed and will blow off the necessary steam. Single Taureans may find a relationship becoming more serious. Don't be tempted to get too far off the pragmatic path when it comes to your daily responsibilities. Learning a new intellectual pursuit or just doing mentally challenging projects will be satisfying.

    Gemini- May 22- Jun 21:  You should be able to find pleasure in even monotonous tasks this quarter, which is very convenient as you will be busy! Career changes may seem surprising at first, but should be for the best in the long run. Don't expect things to settle down very soon, though. You may be feeling especially creative, and can feel free to enjoy the artistic impulses as long as you don't forget your responsibilities in the process. Late in the year, romance is highlighted and should be a pleasure.

    Cancer- Jun 22- Jul 23:  All play and no work won't be dull this quarter, but don't lose track of what must be done. Late in the year you'll have an easier time buckling down. Financial restrictions which may have plagued you for some time are on their way out, though perhaps not soon enough for you! This is a time to be sure to share the spotlight and avoid being seen as too much of a primadonna. Don't be surprised if romantic plans take on a high level of importance.

    Leo- Jul 24- Aug 23:  Your focus will most likely be on home and family for the last quarter this year. Part of this will be an eat-drink-and-be-merry celebration of the various holidays, part will likely be just a time out from the rest of the world to recharge your batteries. Your lighthearted ability to charm will return fairly soon after having spent some time AWOL to your mystification. Your organizational abilities are strong now, and you'll be able to whip almost anything into shape. Your primary relationships should be especially sweet.

    Virgo- Aug 24- Sep 23:  Both written and verbal communications are highlighted in the first portion of the fourth quarter, later on, your focus will be on domestic matters. Partnerships are continuing to move toward positive changes- outmoded ways will not be allowed to persist. Trying to hold onto the old will only create unexpected events, you must actively let go of anything that has reached to end of its life span. You have a genuine vocation for helping others now and you will find any kind of work in that realm deeply satisfying.

    Libra- Sep 24- Oct 23:  You are working away toward your financial future now with the assistance of boundless energy, great ideas and Lady Luck. Some of your friendships may seem burdensome for a while yet- it's important not to let them divert you from what you need to get done. A fast-paced and changeable tempo is the rhythm of daily responsibilities- finding new approaches to monotonous tasks will make them much more fun! In dating and in relationships with children it's important to keep things balanced- it would be very easy to give too much.

    Scorpio- Oct 24- Nov 22:  Though usually fairly private, you will be more comfortable in the spotlight than usual this quarter. By year-end, your attention will be directed toward financial matters, which should remain strong. Sweetness in your home life will help to balance career pressures. It is certainly time to "stand and deliver" in your work, but rewards should flow commensurately with your efforts. One thing to be aware of is a possible tendency to waste time on wild goose chases or other ultimately unrewarding illusions. If single, your dating life is still filled with surprises.

    Sagittarius- Nov 23- Dec 22:  You may be subject to some delays in the early part of this quarter, but a lot should come into fruition before year-end. It is safest to expect the unexpected in your home life now- good ways to use this energy would be to work on a home-improvement project of some kind, or to make needed changes in domestic routines. You may still be experiencing some limitations in your freedom- especially the freedom to learn something new, or to travel. Patience will bring its own reward as the stars shift. Friendships are close and supportive now. Watch that waistline during the holidays!

    Capricorn- Dec 23- Jan 20:  You are likely to be very involved with group associations, social events, and just enjoying the company of friends in the fourth quarter- especially early on. Later in the quarter, your life should settle down somewhat, and you may find yourself wanting to spend extra time alone to rest up. It is an excellent time to build alliances in your career for extra momentum. Finances are fairly secure as long as you carefully avoid involvement in any shaky investments or any other kind of monetary wishful thinking. You analytical powers are at the forefront now.

    Aquarius- Jan 21- Feb 19:  You have a kind way about you that is very attractive to others now, including 2- and 4-legged strays. Do be discerning about who you take in and flea dip. Career matters are at the forefront, and you should see some solid expansion in that area. Long-term relationships may seem very looong now, but will lighten up as the stars shift. Money matters are still somewhat unpredictable. Travel will allow you to make new acquaintances, but don't forget the potential caveat concerning new friends. It is a creatively rich and enjoyable time.

    Pisces- Feb 20- Mar 20: Expose yourself to some new horizons if at all possible this quarter. If you don't go somewhere or learn something new, you can expect some seriously itchy feet. Day-to-day responsibilities are a bit of a grind now, so some kind of escape would be wonderful. You are still impatient with personal restrictions, and conformity is definitely not your strong suit now. Career matters may be intense; be very sure to play fair. Your spirituality should be quite deep and meaningful now, and should provide a welcome respite.
     

    Discussion


    The Politics of Compassion

    Perhaps this isn't exactly astrology-related, but my heart hurts seeing the world as it is today. Hatred and division seem to be at the height of fashion for so many people. Despite this so-called era of "family values," and "compassionate conservatism," hatred and judgment seem to hold more sway than in any time that I can remember in the last 30+ years.

    There could be many reasons for this. I think one major factor in the flourishing of an atmosphere of hate could actually be many people's lack of sufficient self-esteem. It is a basic human desire to want to feel like we are good enough. One way for those with damaged self-esteem to feel more adequate within themselves is to feel superior to others. This is far easier than more evolved ways to have self-esteem, such as to heal our old wounds, to stay in our integrity, to take responsibility for our lives, to hold ourselves accountable, to consistently work for the greatest good of all concerned.

    An unfortunate side effect of this shadow human desire to feel superior to others is that it offers a fertile ground for exploitation by political and religious groups interested in population control. People whose hatreds are stirred up are highly emotional and therefore easily manipulated, since their logical minds are dormant. An old aphorism states, "Twist the horse's lip with a cord called hatred, and he will not notice what is happening underneath his tail." When feeling righteous, people can often justify anything- even things that would normally fall outside of their own acceptable range of behavior.

    An entirely different way of viewing ourselves and others is with compassion. Compassion allows for differences- and yes, even imperfections- without judging them to be inferior. Compassion starts with empathy, as we put ourselves in another's place and understand their life from their own perspective. From empathy can come understanding, which displaces judgment.

    We don't have to place everything in a hierarchy. Differences can be different and still be equal. We (or our group) do not have to own the sole copy of "the book of truth." It is possible (and so very freeing) to live in a world of many truths. Everyone else does not have to be wrong for us to be right.

    Compassion allows us to experience Universal Love toward everyone, including those with whom we disagree. Compassion does not require a two-way street- we can send compassion even to those who are sending us hatred in return. Compassion relieves us of the burden of being judge and jury. It allows us to substitute the serenity of acceptance for the inner turmoil of judgment. Compassion brings us inner peace. But unless we also stop judging the judgers and hating the haters, we are still caught up in judgment and hate- we are still out of our compassion.

    It is very difficult to manipulate people who hold the inward centeredness of compassion. Those who are clear and peaceful inside cannot be stirred into action by hateful propaganda. They are able to see the broadest truths and the highest paths. They are able to stay moral in the best sense of the word.

    I invite you to join with me and become another conscious objector to the current zeitgeist of hate. If we want to seed and claim a world of acceptance and love we have to start with ourselves. We have to move out of judgment and into compassion. We have to consistently choose not to buy into the highly persuasive messages of hate. We can't oppose the zeitgeist of hate by hating it. Compassion for EVERYONE is the only way we can oppose the politics of hatred. I invite you to move with me into the world we can create as more and more of us choose the politics of compassion.
     

    ·          "This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy." 

    –His Holiness the Dalai Lama
     

    Last Words

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    Many Blessings!

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    Magi (May'jī) Helena has been a dedicated student of various metaphysical and spiritual disciplines for 28 years.
    Of the 4 levels of Magi Astrologers certified by the Magi Society, Magi Helena
    is one of only 3 Magi Astrologers, and the only woman, at the highest level
    of certification.

    Over the years, Magi Helena has helped countless people- throughout the US and around the world to understand every aspect of their lives, and to harness the power of the stars for an extra measure of success in everything they do.

    IN CLOSING...

    I send out my vision for all of us, and invite you to hold it with me-a vision for all Beings of all Universes--of Peace and Compassion, Love and Light. May it be so- with every thought we think, every word we speak, and every action we take- may we all choose to co-create Paradise.

    Starlight Blessings, Peace, and so very much Love,

    Helena
     

     
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