Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. It is said that God made the sun, moon, and stars as a mode to communicate to His people His appointed times. Genesis 1:14-16
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The spiritual year which begins when our Sun enters the zodiacal first sign Aries is preceded this year by two eclipses, first a Lunar eclipse on Feb 10/11 2017 and the recent Solar Eclipse of Feb 26 2017. In other words 2017 Easter, the Festival of the Risen Christ is heralded by two powerful life-changing eclipses.
Eclipses are turning points in the field of energies in which we live, move and have our being. Eclipses act like doorways into different energy paths and are powerful enough to transform, shift and change the direction and flow of our lives. Eclipses are viewed in the spiritual philosophy of man as being deeply transformative times that can bring abrupt and sudden changes. While this is true, there is another side to eclipses that is important to remember; eclipses are like a cosmic helping Hand of the Universe. Imagine the energy of an eclipse like a universal Hand that reaches down from the heavens and puts you where you need to be. You thank the Supreme saying:
I thank God for protecting me
from what I thought I wanted
And blessing me with
what I didn’t know I needed.
Whilst the lunar eclipse is a glorified full Moon in which things are brought to a head, the Solar Eclipse is a magnified New Moon in which you can begin to prepare for the coming breakthroughs.
THE SYMBOLISM OF TWELVE (12) FOR THE HUMAN RACE
The electromagnetic field in which we live and move and have our being is partitioned into 12 segments outlining 12 basic fields of forces and energies.The symbolism of 12 is basic in most ancient and modern philosophical or religious systems. Even the Founder of the Christian religion, Jesus Christ Himself initiated His movement with the 12 disciples.
Twelve is a symbol of cosmic order.
Twelve is the number of space and time.
There are 12 months in a year. Time is measured in two groups of 12 hours.
Everyone should be familiar with the 12 Energies of the Zodiac (even if they can’t list them!): Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. They can be compared to 12 segments of a great cake in which we can all share. But you must know the qualities of the different portions of this great cake of life we are called to share. They are what that great psychologist and philosopher Dr. C G Jung call ‘Archetypes of our collective Unconscious’.
The oldest preserved zodiac dates from 3000 BCE when the Sumerians in Mesopotamia developed their zodiac based on twelve heavenly bodies they could see. The Babylonians, with their numbering system of 60, found the number 12 to be practical and useful for calendars and times. The author of “Science: A Four Thousand Year History“, Patricia Fara, says “the Babylonians split the heavens into twelve equal sections, one for each lunar month and carrying the name of a prominent constellation. Translated into Latin, these now exist as the twelve signs of the zodiac”7. This idea was passed on from culture to culture: “The notion of the zodiac is very ancient, with roots in the early cultures of Mesopotamia. The first 12-sign zodiacs were named after the gods of these cultures. The Greeks adopted astrology from the Babylonians, and the Romans, in turn, adopted astrology from the Greeks. These peoples renamed the signs of the Mesopotamian zodiac in terms of their own mythologies, which is why the familiar zodiac of the contemporary West bears names from Mediterranean mythology.”
“Astrology” by James R. Lewis (2004)8
The number 12 is very important in many religions, mainly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also found in some older religions and belief systems. The importance of 12 in Judaism and Christianity can be found in many places in the Bible. The biblical Jacob had 12 sons, who were the progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, while the New Testament describes twelve apostles of Jesus; when Judas Iscariot was disgraced, a meeting was held to add Matthias to complete the number 12 once more.
There are 12 days of Christmas. The song Twelve Days of Christmas came from the traditional practice of extending Yuletide celebrations over the twelve days from Christmas day to the eve of Epiphany. Each day representing one Apostle or symbolizes one soul quality to be developed in the devotee. Similarly, Eastern Orthodoxy observes 12 Great Feasts.
In Shi’a Islam, there are twelve Imams, legitimate successors of the prophet Muhammad whilst in Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names.
There are 12 Petals in Anahata, or the heart chakra, which in Man is the energy centre of love, which when awakened leads to light and liberation.
THE SYMBOLISM OF 12 IS UNIVERSAL
There are twelve signs in the standard Zodiac and twelve months in our year. Twelve hours of the day and night. Twelve is a higher octave of the number three and is an indicator of great understanding and wisdom. Much of its knowledge is gleaned from life experiences which enable a sense of calm to prevail in even the most turbulent of situations. Twelve is significant in ancient man’s life because there were twelve tribes of Israel, twelve disciples followed Jesus, there are twelve astrological signs in the zodiac, there are twelve months in the year, and our modern clock is divided into two groups of twelve hours. It is considered to be the ancient number of completion as it signals the end of childhood and the beginning stages of adulthood. Additionally, the ancient numbering and measuring systems are based on this number, as evidenced by terms such as a dozen (12), a gross (12 times 12), a shilling (12 pence) and a foot (12 inches). Positively twelve gives hope and faith in the goodness of life whilst negatively, twelve can suffer from a form of depression brought about by a feeling of resignation that life’s events have transpired in such a way.
The Flag of the European Union
The EU flag has 12 stars and there were also 12 countries using the euro as of December 2004. The number of stars does not have anything to do with any number of countries that are members. The number 12 was chosen for the symbolism it represents. The number 12 is found in cultures and religion in all of Europe. The number 12 reflects the ancient meaning of 12 being the number of perfection.
The number 12 is the result of 4×3, 4 elements – 4 corners of the earth – 4 cardinal points. When these are multiplied 4 x 3, three being the sacred number of God, the result is 12 – the perfect number. God- the Trinity of Goodness that ensouls and enlivens us- commands over the 4 corners of the Earth.
The official description of the EU flag states: “Against the blue sky of the western world, the stars represent the people of Europe in a circle, a symbol of unity. Their number shall be invariably set to twelve, the symbol of completeness and perfection.”
The design of the flag seems to be enthused by the Bible verse in Revelation 12:1: “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;” Revelation 12:1
The Italian painter, Carlo Dolci (1616-1686) was inspired by the same Bible verse and painted “Madonna in Glory” in 1670. Reading the Bible verse and looking at Dolci’s painting may answer some questions about the design of the flag and the goal for the creation of the EU. The European flag was officially adopted on December 8, 1955. It may just be a coincidence, but December 8th is also the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
first sign of the zodiac and ends with Pisces, the twelfth sign. Just like a traditional calendar year, there are 12 zodiacal months, each represented by a different sign.
first sign of the zodiac and ends with Pisces, the twelfth sign. Just like a traditional calendar year, there are 12 zodiacal months, each represented by a different sign.
There are twelve signs of the Zodiac. Pisces is the twelfth astrological sign in the Zodiac and the Sun transmits its energies to us from February 18 to March 20 each year. This is the month during which Christians all over the world fast and pray for deliverance. The energies of Pisces are symbolic of self-sacrifice and selflessness which when reversed represents selfishness repudiated by Jesus Christ when He was tempted by Satan and found clarity and strength to resist temptation. He fasted and prayed for 40 days during this time preparing and making ready to begin his ministry. Lent is the time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection before the beginning of the spiritual new year. Explore the web to learn more about the energies of each amazing sign as they impel or drive our evolutionary unfoldment!
ECLIPSES AT THE MOON’S NODES
Eclipses typically occur around the Moon’s nodes. But what are the Moon’s nodes? The lunar nodes are the orbital nodes of the Moon, that is, the points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic; the ecliptic is the apparent path of the sun. The ascending or north node is where the moon crosses from south of the ecliptic to north of the ecliptic whilst the opposite is the descending south node.
The North Node (NN) and South Node (SN) of the Moon are points that are directly opposite each other. Together, they form the Nodal Axis. They are not planetary bodies; rather, they are mathematical points that take into account the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth. The nodes are astronomical facts that emphasize the duality of all manifestation. There are 12 signs of the Zodiac–(symbolically named after animals common to all humanity) actually made up of 6 pairs of opposites; there are other divisions.
The eclipses this year accentuate the Virgo-Pisces energies polarity. Pisces is the sign of the FISH, a symbol of the Christ Person and Principle and of course, it is known that He was born of the Virgin Mary. The symbolism of the Christ (Pisces ) and the Mother ( Virgo) refer to the Christian religion which is placed under the influence of Pisces and its opposite sign, Virgo.
The New Testament is replete with symbolism, that of the fish and bread being one, outlining the Virgo-Pisces polarity. Many do not understand that symbolism, metaphors, or parables are ways of representing hidden truths of existence. In Christian symbolism, the fish is of great significance. It is among the earliest art forms generally thought to be the symbol for Christ.
Every religion is placed under the influence of two constellations which are opposite each other on the zodiacal circle; Buddhism, another World Religion is aligned with the energies involving the Taurus-Scorpio polarity.
For the past two years or so the Nodes of the Moon have been with the North Node in Virgo and South Node in Pisces, the sixth and twelfth signs respectively of the Zodiac The North Node is said to indicate the way up we should go whilst the South Node is the past we are coming from or that which we should leave behind. We can keep on doing the same old karmic patterns of the south node (denial, delusion, deception, avoidance of reality, escapism, playing the victim/martyr/savior, spiritual bypassing and/or turning to addictions to numb out your failures and disappointments) OR we can move into the north node direction of growth and evolution by accepting responsibility for the way things have turned out and making discriminatory choices to free ourselves and move on, which is not easy but which pushes us past our narrow edges or limitations.
PISCES & THE LENT PERIOD
With the North Node in Virgo the path of growth is self-mastery, self-awareness, discernment, humility and being deeply committed to doing one’s work- both inner work and outer work in the world. The South Node in Pisces, the twelfth sign of the Zodiac indicates that we leave behind all negative self-undoing attitudes that block our way to spiritual freedom.
Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is a great time to “repent” — to return to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It’s a forty-day trial run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart. Maybe Jesus needed some time with God to sort through the major changes happening in his life. Maybe he needed to get away from family, friends and the familiar routine in order to see God (and himself) more clearly. Perhaps he wanted some intentional time with God as he searched for direction and answers like you. Like Jesus, we may need to take some serious time to pray and listen for God.
Lent is an opportunity to tame our instinctual and sometimes wild irresolute lower nature and transform it toward soul intent and consciousness. The following Easter is an opportunity to rise and become new in body,heart, and soul.
The energies of Pisces are transmitted to us by the Sun during the months of February and March -actually 18 Feb-19 march. This 40-day period encompasses the Lent period for the Christians wherein they intensify their praying, purification and fasting to get nearer to God. The period prepares us for Easter, the festival of the Risen Christ. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness ministered by angels and there faced the World shadow, the ‘devil’, the personification of evil. Lent is the time to transform the vital forces of the individual nature that need to be transmuted and transformed. The individual soul enters the wilderness of the unconscious wherein those illusions that block the perception of truth, beauty, and divinity, our human birthright can be dispelled. Followers or worshippers of the Christ applied ashes to the forehead as preparation for the resurrection of Easter. Ash attracts vital force upward to open the spiritual eye center. Lent is the time for raising vital energies to the higher centres strengthening our spiritual nature and for receiving nourishment from the Divine via the Heart chakra or centre.
for the world this is a time of great change, of purification and transformation, creation and release, where all beginnings are endings and all endings are new beginnings… our LAST CHANCE to “let go and let flow”…..
Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone contributing writers for Wake Up World, a spiritually innovative site tell us that “the powerful Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Leo on February 10th marked our entry into a new pattern of personal and collective awareness that will influence humanity’s direction through 2017 and beyond. Now, the planetary alignments accompanying today’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces provide us with a full dose of energy, breathing life and passion into our new direction. This offers us a valuable energetic opportunity: to clear out and break free of limiting emotional baggage and to finally begin initiating and manifesting new directions into reality in a really meaningful way. This is a time of great change, of purification and transformation, creation and release, where all beginnings are endings and all endings are new beginnings ……..As the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse takes form, we are being offered an opportunity to better understand our journey, the nature of change itself, and importantly, how we can positively influence the Shift moving forward. The collective heart has been broken, and now, the healing process is beginning. This is a cycle through which humanity will begin re-organising itself and finding anew form, as we find new understandings of ourselves and a renewed sense of meaning and purpose.“
Let us remember that PISCES is the twelfth sign and is of endings and of karma, or reaping what we have sown, good or bad. The Spirit of the times demands we release and transform our old karma, our old negative attitudes that block us from moving on. Tara Greene of Infinitypress.com urges us: “This last Pisces eclipse is our LAST CHANCE to “let go and let flow”. Release your old unconscious patterns of martyrdom and avoidance patterns, let go of your addictions, let the boats of your dreams that you don’t want to float anymore go gently down the stream. Let go of projections. Virgo’s North Node is part of the message. Clean up your act and your health. Be accountable. Be of service. Virgo is practical, real, hardworking and humble. This is the time to manifest all your spiritual hopes and dreams and to bring them into reality.”
As the effects of the eclipses unveil, we should open our minds and hearts to the freeing, healing, loving energies of the Christ Spirit abiding in us. We should let divine love wash over us carrying away that which no longer supports our highest good. Old beliefs, hurts, grudges and obsolete patterns must fall away. We must forgive those who have hurt us, we must forgive ourselves to move on. You must chant with us:
My spirit rejoices in the infinite goodness of God.
I give thanks for the benefits and blessings
of the past and present And I am thankful
for those yet to be received.
I open my heart to God and give thanks for a
healthy mind, body, and spirit.
God heals what needs to be healed, tuning me
up for greater blessings ahead.
Eclipse effects can last a year or more so you can begin now to clean up your act health-wise. Are you on the correct diet? Are you suffering from obesity, elevated blood pressures, insomnia or chronic restlessness etc.? Are you exercising enough or is all you do just Sexercise? Are you taking enough water to flush out locked-up toxins? Do you have the right attitudes towards life’s challenges? You should make a true assessment of your health status. We can help you do this at our Clinic. Our QRMA and Counselling session would help you a lot! Talk to us today!
An inventory is needed not only for your physical health but also your psychological health and well-being. Difficulties and discouragements, disappointments and bitterness can all be explained by the fact that you may not be on the right path. You will need to find your own true path and walk your Path. You may need to turn to your inner and Higher Christ Self, your superior soul and spirit within. In the West, this inner and higher Self is called the Christ Consciousness whilst in the East, this principle is called the Buddhic Consciousness or the Atman, the consciousness of the Oneness of life.
The February 10th/11th Lunar (Full Moon) Eclipse in Leo represents the opening of a new gateway and a starting point into the energies of 2017 but the following New Moon eclipse of 27 Feb. gives us the last opportunity to ‘let go and let God’, thru the Christ Consciousness within us take control.
THE DIVINE MOTHER
Inspiration and art by our friend and sister at www.mysticmamma.com conclude for us that theFULL MOON of the 27 Feb Eclipse “moves us into the sign of Virgo, the archetype of the virgin whose original meaning was a free woman or a woman onto herself. Holy and whole onto herself, she is the medicine woman within each of us who knows that by healing herself she heals the world………..She is the Corn Mother who is able to separate the wheat from the chaff and helps us focus on what truly matters….She brings offerings of remembrance of our indelible connection to Mother Earth as our Source. She calls to us to recalibrate and restore as we rise into our real work. “
In this section, we give tribute to the Women in our lives as we celebrate the Full Moon of Pisces. It is Dr. C.G. Jung, that brilliant psychiatrist, and psychotherapist who founded Analytical Psychology and opened the door to understanding our collective Unconscious. The work of Carl Jung transformed the field of modern psychology by incorporating the concept of archetypes and synchronicity into the mystery of the workings of the psyche. The Jungian process involves delving into our dreams and the symbols that weave a web linking the conscious and the subconscious. In doing so, we are able to venture on a path of self-discovery and facilitate the process of what Jung called “individuation” in which lost parts of ourselves are recaptured. His works and his words have impacted the world today in significant ways and it will continue to do so for a long time. He opened the door to our understanding of not only our collective Unconscious but also how to transform the contents of our minds. In his critique of the Western psyche he keynoted the absence of the Feminine Principle as a major cause of much of the West’s psycho-cultural imbalance. The return of the Divine Feminine would indeed facilitate the spiritual redemption of Western Culture, he once opined. With this perspective we may be able to understand a key image from Revelations relevant to the theme of our current times: the Woman clothed with the Sun: “A great Portent in Heaven, a Woman robed with the Sun, beneath her Feet the Moon, and on her Head a Crown of twelve Stars. She was pregnant, and in the anguish of Her Labour She cried out to be Delivered. Then a second Portent appeared in Heaven: a great red Dragon with seven Heads and ten Horns; on his Heads were seven Diadems, and with his Tail, he swung down a third of the Stars in the Sky and flung them to Earth. The Dragon stood in front of the Woman who was about to give birth so that when Her Child was born He might devour It. She gave birth to a male child, who is destined to rule all the Nations with an Iron Rod..…” Revelation 12:1
The Italian painter, Carlo Dolci (1616-1686) was inspired by the same Bible verse and painted “Madonna in Glory” in 1670.
An interpretation offered in Knowledge of Reality (KOR) www.sol.com.au a magazine dedicated to spiritual issues states that: “The Divine Woman, a central figure of Revelations, is the Comforter Herself. The crown of stars indicates that Her authority and heritage is of the Divine Father, the moon, upon which She resides is another symbol of the feminine. As the Divine Mother, She is giving birth, i.e.self-realization, and succeeds in producing a man-child. A man indicating spiritual maturity and dynamic action and yet a child symbolizing purity of heart and that quality of innocence which Christ taught was essential to enter into the state of Heavenly Experience. The child, having the mystic awareness of self-realisation, rules over the nations indicating acommand of the earthly plane as well as over the inner country, the chakra system. The child of the Divine mother is a Gnostic adept! He rules with an iron rod, the kundalini, which mercilessly slays the forces of evil, the obstacles which obstruct her flow through the chakra system.
The dragon who stands over the Woman as Shelabors waiting to devour the child could well be the Churches. Their 2000 year vigil against the Divine Feminine lest she produces a race of Gnostics is evident in their manipulation and suppression of the scriptures. Revelations tell us that the Divine Children are destined to overcome the beast and establish a New Age of divine awareness. She would represent the Holy Spirit, the “Comforter”, the giver of spiritual gifts, a manifestation of God’s love. Consider Christ’s warning “he who has blasphemed against the holy ghost shall be damned forever”. What then of the Churches who have virtually edited the divine feminine out of the Western Cultural tradition in order to maintain their grip on the masses? “
Not only does orthodoxy frustrate the birth of true spiritual consciousness but errant Capitalism is also frustrating the birth of the New Age consciousness. Pope Francis concurs with us.
POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS: CAPITALISM IS “TERRORISM AGAINST ALL OF HUMANITY”
Once again, Pope Francis has made global headlines, shocking reporters on the day of the eclipse of the Sun 26 Feb 2017 after blaming the “god of money” for the extremist violence that is taking place in Europe and the Middle East. A ruthless global economy, he argues, leads disenfranchised people to violence.
Responding to a question from a journalist about whether or not there is a link between Islam and terrorism, more specifically addressing the fatal attack on a priest by a Muslim extremist in France last week, Pope Francis said, “Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person.” “This is fundamental terrorism, against all humanity,” he continued. “I ask myself how many young people that we Europeans have left devoid of ideals, who do not have work. Then they turn to drugs and alcohol or enlist in [the Islamic State, or ISIS],” he said. He believes no religion has a monopoly on violence, and his own experience in inter-religious dialogue has shown him that Muslims seek “peace and encounter.” “It is not right and it is not just to say that Islam is terroristic.” “If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent,”
Pope Francis said the inspiration for terrorism wasn’t Islam but a world economy that worshiped the “god of money” and drove the disenfranchised to violence. Kudos to the Pope!
About International Women’s Day -IWD (8 March)
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It is observed during the passage of the Sun in Pisces, again the sign of sacrifice and renunciation in which united global meditations to honor our Oneness have appeared.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continues to grow from strength to strength.
History International Women’s Day Celebration
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America. International Women’s Day is a celebration of Woman in Sprit and nature. Only as the feminine is integrated can we become whole: only as the feminine are accorded equal rights can our world become whole. This holiday was initiated in NYC in1910 and is widely celebrated throughout the world. Ancient culture celebrated the divine feminine in Gaia, the Earth Mother.