“I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the Peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.”
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
” The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.”
This year the Sun’s entry into Sagittarius marks a new beginning in our global approach to religion, wisdom, philosophy, cross cultural exchange and racial tolerance. The Sun entered Sagittarius on the day of the New Moon also in that sign at the 0 degrees of the sign.
This signals a new beginning for all things Sagittarius as well as a return to basics and to the origins of religion, philosophy, wisdom, healing and inter cultural, interracial relationships.
Sagittarius, the sign of the centaur archer is the philosopher of the zodiac. It is the sign that seeks to understand the meaning of life. It is also a sign most interested in other cultures, diversity, travel, religion and understanding. The centaurs in mythology were teachers, warriors healers and astrologers. They tutored the heroes in ethics, athleticism and all higher learning.
It is of interest that Sagittarius, the sign of wisdom, is the only hybrid creature of the zodiac, though Capricorn is at times depicted as a sea goat. This sign reminds us to honor both our human and animal nature. The centaur is half horse. Those of us gathered in Central Park this spring were reminded by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the Chief and 19th Generation White Buffalo Calf Pipe Holder of the Lakota Sioux Nation, that the horse has been with us for a very long time and has much to teach us about hardiness, survival, power, friendship and connection to both the earth and the Divine.
Chief Arvol of the Lakota Sioux, the people of the Horse, reminds us, when we look into the eyes of our sweet cousins, the horses it is the great spirit looking back at us. This year in the Chinese calendar it is the year of the Horse. We must journey far and wide for the wise approaches from all nations and races that can heal the suicidal trajectory we are on as a species.
Chief Arvol is part of the growing chorus of wise voices of sanity and inclusion. He has been reaching out across all national religious and racial boundaries calling all to peace, calling all to work for solutions to heal our sacred planet. He told of a time when the sacred hoop, broken by the white man could be healed. He has said we are now in that time, and we must all awaken in our hearts and souls in order to heal the racial and national divides and the terrible destruction of our planet.
One of the meaningful occurrences that I observed at the New Moon was the release on the internet of the film Origins https://www.facebook.com/originwellfans
It is a documentary on the health crisis in humanity and the environment. It was of interest that the film begins by taking us back to Africa, the cradle of all life on the planet. This like the zero degree New Moon chart echoes the need to go back to the beginning and search for wisdom and healing.
The filmmakers explore the close bond that Africans and Native Americans had to the land and animals, and their consequent health and well-being. It then follows the increasing alienation from the land in the Industrial West winding up with the catastrophic industrial poisoning of nature and our food supply.
I was struck by the return to Africa, in the film. The filmmakers learn to walk side by side in careful harmony with lions and other potentially dangerous wildlife. It is interesting that in order to heal our environment and our own increasingly sick bodies we must return to the ways of connection to the earth of the First Nations and Mother Africa.
Africa is the cradle of life on the planet. We all of us have African DNA. Africa is also the site of some of the worst crimes of exploitation of both the land and the people committed by Europe and America.
It is timely that on the heels of this New Moon in Sagittarius, the verdict to not indict in the case in Ferguson Missouri of white police officer Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed African American youth has sparked national protest and debate on race. Racism has been one of the great sins of America’s inception along with the attempted genocide of the Native American Nations. Again the New Moon chart instructs us to go back to the beginning in order to heal.
In another extraordinary Sagittarian development, Pope Francis has weighed in on the subject of race in no uncertain terms, speaking out against racism and intolerance:
“Those who would dare to turn immigrants away, be they legal or undocumented, turn their backs on Christ himself! A racist is not a true Christian. A racist casts aside his humanity to become a beast, a demon! He is the embodiment and personification of evil, a Satan!”
Pope Francis went on to preach a revolutionary tolerance that echoes the original teachings of Christ in their call for universal brotherhood and tolerance:
“ All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for pro life and pro choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”
The New Moon here in the United States took place in the house of oneness and spirituality. Our instructions are clear: Like Chief Arvol and The Pope, begin to practice true tolerance of all races, all religions, all nations. We are truly One Rainbow Nation. Be curious about other cultures and religions. Stretch out of your comfort zone this month and embark on a journey of cultural exploration. Attend Native American and First Nation Events. Read up on First Nations on the Internet.
In this lead up to the winter holidays cerebrate with a religion you have never been exposed to. Attend the church, mosque, synagogue, medicine circle, or solstice celebration of another faith.
The New Moon chart was conjunct Saturn and Mercury in Scorpio also in the spiritual sector reminding us that our holy work is to transmute our personal and collective poison. Culturally as Pope Francis has stated, racism is the most destructive cultural venom we suffer from. Let us offer it up in prayer this month. Let us resolve to observe our conditioned thinking regarding those we consider “other” and remind ourselves instead We Are One.
There is every reason to be hopeful that we can learn to embrace our brothers and sisters world wide. In the chart of this New Moon all the planets conjunct the New Moon are in the oceanic 12th house of spirituality indicating that we are submerged in spiritual depths of transformation. But one planet is in the first house, the house of birth and emerging. Venus, the Planet of Love in Sagittarius, the sign of the Horse gallops out of the depths ready to take us on a journey of Love across all boundaries of Nation Race or Creed. May this sweet Pony guide us down Chief Arvol’s path of Love. Love is the journey and the destination this month. Whoever you are, may we walk this path together.
Blessings to All Races, Blessings to All Nations, Blessings to the Gay LGBT Community, Blessings to the Straight Community, Blessings To Our Fellow Creatures with whom we share the earth, Blessings to our Sacred Mother Earth.
We Are One. May we come to truly know it.
THE PLANETARY REPORT:
The Sun and New Moon entered Sagittarius on November 2nd at 0 degrees Sagittarius, signaling a new beginning to global cross cultural and religious relationships. We are going back to the beginning to start a new cycle in our race, religious and national relationships. This month study wisdom paths and different approaches toward religion and culture.
The Month begins with the Sun, Mercury and Venus all in Sagittarius encouraging us to broaden our minds and explore the viewpoint and wisdom of other cultures, nations races and religions. We are encouraged to be loving and kind as we celebrate cultural differences.
Mercury the planet of thought begins the month in expansive experimental Sagittarius, helping us be mentally buoyant as we broaden our minds. On December 16th it enters executive Capricorn and encourages responsible thinking and spending.
Venus, the Planet of Love begins the month in Sagittarius encouraging us to love the exotic differences between us and celebrate diversity. On December 10th she moves into responsible Capricorn and we are encouraged to be the responsible stewards of our planet and our lives.
Mars, the planet of action and desire begins the month in Capricorn ending its transformational dance with Pluto the transformer. Some governments and businesses will be aligning with values that support humanity and the planet, others will assume an even darker form. On December 4th Mars, will enter humanitarian activist Aquarius to help us stand for human and planetary rights.
Jupiter continues its retrograde journey through Leo all month encouraging us to reflect and reconnect with creative and theatrical projects. We are also asked to seriously reflect upon the lack of wisdom of our current path and the terrible impact it is and will continue to have on our children and the animal kingdom.
Saturn is nearing the end of its journey through Scorpio reminding us that the stakes have never been higher or more deadly with regard to our shared resources. Our food air and water are increasingly compromised by insane corporate malfeasance. On December 23rd Saturn takes its first steps into Sagittarius. The need for judicial and judicious wisdom becomes serious. We must leave the alchemical underworld, hopefully transformed and begin to walk the path of wise connections with other nations and our planet.
Uranus remains in Aries keeping the activist pressure on all decaying systems based on organized selfishness and unfettered greed. Uranus continues to square Pluto in Capricorn chipping away at the old unsustainable order.
Soulful transcendental Neptune continues to broadcast transcendental unity, dissolving our anger, washing away resentments, gently pouring a blessed wave of compassion and forgiveness that washes away the past……Till we are brimming with love and tenderness.
Travel to distant lands and enjoy the differences. Travel philosophically and learn a new way of thinking. Take a wilderness class and connect with the healing power of nature. Spend time with horses. Connect with horse sense. Listen to our First Nation Spiritual Leaders and activists. Work for racial harmony. Work to clean and heal the environment. Celebrate. Be Generous. Practice Gratitude. Study Astrology and be inspired by the beauty and guidance that the heavens offer. Have a Beautiful, Meaningful Holiday Season.
ARIES: The month begins with a major planetary line up in your house of philosophy, higher learning and publishing in abundant expansive Sagittarius. Use your creative energies to further your publishing goals. Write, teach, make presentations. Connect with your faith and the angelic realm. Abundance is seeking you this month open your hands and say yes. take actions to further your creative goals all month but especially through the full moon on the 6th. Your energy is also productively focused on the overall trajectory of your career. Be the able administrator of your life. On the 4th Mars moves into your networking sector and you are fully deployed to be networking and expanding your social circle exponentially.
TAURUS: This month there is a vast amount of celestial light shining into the darkest sector of your chart. You are seeing and understanding your whole approach to money, values and intimacy like never before. You are also coming to understand our collective issues around shared resources, materialism and self esteem. Work on writing or teaching your philosophy about money, shared natural resources and our relationship to the material world. You are one of the responsible messengers of the zodiac this month. Explore venues where your message can be heard. After the 4th work on connecting with like minded groups in order to advance your cherished goals. A beautiful bountiful expansion continues on the home front.
GEMINI: There is a major and joyful planetary line up in your house of partnership this month illuminating your closest personal and business relationships. You are discovering and defying your personal philosophy of partnership this month. What is most important to you on this front? What delights you? What about partnership brings meaning and propose into your life. The month begins with you needing to get fiscally clear about how money resources and labor will be divided within your partnerships. Let your sense of fair play be your guide Your capacity to communicate continues to expand this month, along with your message. You may be rethinking some big plans. Turn to friends for insight and guidance.
CANCER: The big expansion comes through your daily work this moth. Financial gains look tied to your creative life and daily work, but there could be delays. Say yes to opportunities that come your way, they could well lead to more. Your health regime also gets a lovely boost from wise systems of nutrition and exercise. Focus on partnerships the first week of the month. After that look for group affiliations that could expand your reach. Your capacity to receive wealth is expanding. This month look back and re work your financial plan. Examine your beliefs about what you think and feel you deserve. This month increase that capacity.
LEO: Your creativity is ablaze this month. There is a major planetary line up in your house of self expression encouraging your joyful expressive creativity. With Jupiter moving retrograde in your sign this month, go back and explore projects that you may have put down in the past. Do a little creative recovery work like Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way. Connect with your inner child and spend time with hobbies activities and interests that gave you joy as a child. Your home environment and daily habits of order and organization continue to demand your attention. Get your home in order, get your life organized and get to work expressing your considerable talents.
VIRGO: There is a lovely planetary line up in your home sector just in time for the holidays. You are inspired to bring many cultural influences into your home this month. Consider hosting a multi cultural celebration this month. Explore your philosophical approach to home and family. What culture and faith do you feel most at home with. Surround yourself with those influences. You are intensely supported from behind the scenes this month. There is a big new sense of faith abundance and optimism that you are building in. Keep a disciplined focus on your creative work the first week of the month. After the 4th reach out and network with colleagues, friends and associates.
LIBRA: Your mind is philosophically expanding this month. It is as though a giant cosmic lantern of faith optimism and big new ideas is illuminating your mind, Seek out new philosophies and teachings. Explore new religions and spiritual paths. This is great month to teach, write speak and work on communication projects. You are a voice of diplomacy and love this month. Be an angelic messenger of hope and reconciliation and good cheer. Be a cultural ambassador. Jupiter in your friendship sector has you networking like crazy and reconnecting with contacts and friends from the past. After the 4th it looks like a lot of energy will be deployed on fun, kids and creativity. Enjoy.
SCORPIO: This month there is a major planetary line up in your house of money which is also the house of self esteem and values. You are on a philosophical journey this month to heal your self esteem, define your values, deepen both you capacity to love yourself and say yes to a greater and expanded sense of abundance. Your hard work is paying off. Keep up the good work. Maintain your boundaries. Later this month your focus on generating income deepens when Saturn moves into your fiscal sector. Continue to say yes to career opportunities. Work on writing, teaching and publishing projects looks good. Mental discipline continues to be important. Keep up with your writing, administrating or studies this month.
SAGITTARIUS: Happy Birthday Sagittarius. There is a lovely Luminous line up in your sign this month filling you with light beauty and wonderful new ideas. Your mind is filled with creative and philosophical inspiration. The muse of the arts is whispering poetry and prose in your ear while the Goddess of Luck is blowing on your dice while reminding you to bet on your own creativity. This month work on publishing projects. Jupiter, your ruling planet moving retrograde invites you to rewrite and revisit past writing projects. Your biggest job this month is to continue with spiritual surrender. Later this month on the 23rd Saturn enters your sign and you are asked to define yourself in a whole new way. Keep your fiscal house in order. This will invite more wealth.
CAPRICORN: There is a major planetary line up in your spiritual sector making this a wonderful month to celebrate the lead up to the winter holidays. You are filled with faith and optimism. You are surrounded by hosts of angels and supportive ancestors. Focus on your spiritual life as much as possible this month. It is truly the support of everything else in your life. You have lot’s of invisible support this month helping you release the past. Saturn your ruling planet will be leaving your networking sector and entering your spiritual sector on the 23rd. At this time your spiritual path becomes even more important. You may be asked to teach spiritual principles at that time.
AQUARIUS: This month is wonderful for socializing which is one of your favorite activities Aquarius. New friends and social connections are appearing. New partnerships are presenting themselves and this is leading to both a bigger career and a more meaningful personal life. Say yes to all social invitations and networking events. If you are able to travel or connect internationally and cross culturally so much the better. You are a loving liaison across cultural lines. On the 23rd Saturn your ruling planet moves into your networking house and your work takes on a group dynamic that may well involve travel.
PISCES: This month the Sun is shining in your house of career along with Venus and Mercury at the outset of December. Work on expansive professional plans that involve travel. higher learning, teaching, sports and philosophy. Work on your curriculum or any work that needs to be written or published. Professional relationships look sweet and productive this month. There has been a serious focus on shared wealth and inheritance for the past couple of years in your chart. On the 23rd Saturn takes his first step into your career sector and the serious focus shifts to developing and defining your career. Dream up a professional life that would be ideal for you.