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Kabbalistic Wisdom of Aquarius – Month of Light

One of the beautiful things about living in the internet age is that we have so much exposure to different spiritual schools of thought.  And if you live in L.A. there is a all-you-can-eat buffet of centers and religions that welcome you with open arms and open minds.  The Kabbalah Center on Robertson Blvd (yes, the one Madonna made famous) is no exception.

The word Kabbalah means many different things to many different people. In a nutshell, it is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. It is a set of esoteric teachings, which explains,  ”that all of the branches of our lives – health, relationships, business – emanate from the same trunk and the same root.” It seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being, the nature and purpose of existence, and various other ontological questions.  It’s meant to fit into whatever current faith or path one is following.

Kabbalah teaches us that each month, we have the ability to take control over the astrological influences. Here’s a great read on the month of Aquarius by Karen Berg, Spiritual Director of the Kabbalah Center Los Angeles, which offers wisdom on how to take control of your consciousness of this month.

True Freedom- Aquarius 

The month of Aquarius is known to be a month of Light, freedom, and the ability to connect with the “big picture.” Kabbalistically, we know that each of us is influenced by the energy of every month, even if we are not born in that month. This means that even if we are, for instance. a Cancer or a Gemini or a Pisces, we will still be influenced by the energy of the month of Aquarius: first, because this is the energy that is available to us right now, and second, because each of us has with in us a little of each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Perhaps the most apparent quality of Aquarians is that they love freedom and hate to be constrained. Aquarians are the type of people who might say, “I am who I am, and if you don’t like it… tough!” At the same time, however, the Aquarian nature is to be philanthropic, to worry about the world, to be a part of humanitarian causes. The reason for this is that the Aquarian mind sees the big picture. On the other hand, family and interpersonal relationships can be problematic for Aquarians. Don’t get me wrong, Aquarians love the world and believe in the concepts of brotherly love and understanding; they just have difficulty in loving a single person because their mindset and scope are so broad and capable that they refuse to be restricted.

So what does this information mean for us this month? How can we use this energy of freedom and the big picture to rise to our next level? Well, basically, the challenge this month will be to practice listening to and being present with those around us. This may seem counterintuitive to the vastness of Aquarian ideas, but in the long run, being attentive to others can be the key to helping us translate all of our brilliant thoughts into reality. The truth is that, yes, we can have big ideas and big dreams. But if we can’t communicate with those around us, if we can’t hear the messages that the universe is sending us all the time, then how do we expect to move forward to bring our dreams to reality?

Now you may be saying: What do you mean? I have ears and I hear! But really, the truth is that most of us don’t really hear because we hear with our own egos. We hear the things that we want to hear, not necessarily what the other person is trying to tell us. We can think of it this way: Have any of us ever been in an argument where we were absolutely wrong? Of course not! That’s why there was an argument in the first place.

So why is it that two people sometimes need an arbitrator to help them communicate? Is it because they don’t have ears? No, it’s because one person is right because his ego told him so, and the other person is also right because his ego also told him so. Ego is not necessarily always bad. It’s just the way we as humans automatically operate.

When something happens in our lives and we feel we are being criticized, we should look for what we can learn from the situation instead of automatically assuming the other person is wrong or seeking ways to get even. We need to ask ourselves: What is it that the Light is teaching me through this person? What can I learn from this situation to make myself stronger from the inside out?

When someone offends us or does something to us that is difficult to take or painful, we need to get to the point where we ask: Why did I deserve this? I know I deserved it, otherwise it wouldn’t have happened. Is it possible that this is happening to make me stronger, to make me listen more, to make me take more care?

This month, the key to the freedom that the Aquarian desires is to grant human dignity to those around us, to listen to others, and to try to see the situation from the other person’s point of view. This month, we need to try not to hear what our ego decides to hear—namely, our own decisions and opinions—but to really put ourselves aside, and through this effort, to grow and to manifest more of our soul’s potential.

-Karen Berg, Spiritual Leader of The Kabbalah Centre, has committed her life to introducing the teachings of Kabbalah to the world and to expanding the role of women in spirituality and in the global community.

Have you studied Kabbalah?  Share your experience with others below.

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Best of Astrology: How the Final Full Moon of 2012 is Especially Significant

There is no denying 2012 has been packed full of spiritual energy. As we approach the exit of this powerful year, the Dec. 28th full moon intends to usher us from one powerful plane to another.  Glad.is has compiled the best advice and predictions from our favorite Astrologers to help you understand how the alignment of 12/21 will affect our last full moon of 2012.

This full moon is the first since Winter Solstice where light is dawning again after the longest night. Spirituality is the primary focus where we may see a raising of global spirituality to a new level of acceptance and understanding. It will not be surprising to see the best and worst at the same time as this polar extreme is common with the 28th’s celestial alignments. Endurance and calling on strength from within are most transmitted at this time.

Our faith will be tested heavily at this Full Moon. For some the 21st seems not to have heralded the paradigm shift that was hoped for, at least not in an obvious way and not in an instant. There is no quick fix to consciousness. Isn’t that just like Jupiter though, here we are a week later and not one of his overblown promises have materialized! “Patience” says Saturn sextile Pluto. This transformation is slow but thorough; no stone will be left unturned.
The Full Moon on December 28, 2012 begins at 7:22 eastern standard time. It is at 7º Cancer on Mirzam in the front paw Canis Major. This is the final Full moon for 2012 and it contains some strong energy for transformation and healing.

Here is the FULL MOON report for December 28th, 2012:
Dipali Desai of Celestial Space Astrology:

“There are some memories so deeply embedded within the Unconscious, that they need to be exposed for transformation and healing to take place so they no longer influence your life or behaviors. Why hold on to painful memories from your own life or that of your family ancestors and genetic lineage…”

“What could be the key themes or issues surfacing now? They will be around family, roots or belonging, rejection, abandonment, emotional security, financial or professional security as well as death, dying, letting go of the past and moving past old comfort zones.”

“…Be receptive to healing and also remain open to allowing things to wash away and prepare your inner container for new beginnings by being in the present moment. Let the raw emotion of rejection, abandonment and emotional betrayal heal. Allow love to caress you and nourish you on every level.”

“One major astrological configuration is: Sun ‘Conjunct’ Pluto in Capricorn both Opposing the Moon in Cancer while making a tense ‘Square’ aspect to Uranus in Aries. There will be exposure and illumination of whatever is decaying or falling apart so it can be cleansed. “

“Also it is possible to experience out of the blue or unexpected external situation, circumstance or issue that intensely pushes into your personal space or bypasses porous boundaries. The sudden shock or something coming up to a boil sets things in motion or possibly creates an eruption. Everything may feel chaotic and then after the emotions are felt and pass, clarity and objectivity follows.”

“Remember the potential to to “clear” away the stuck stuff and make you aware of the Spiritual insight and purpose. It is an opportunity to be emotionally empowered and assertive. From the level of Soul, the painful experiences(s) reveal or point towards where you have closed yourself off to love or abandoned yourself. Practice being responsible for how you emotionally react to things or situations. Be mature enough to fulfill your need(s) with the help of Soul and the Divine.“

“The Full Moon in Cancer may feel extra potent on an emotional and psychological level. It has the potential to trigger extreme emotional reactions (even infantile reactions) with possible emotional eruptions. Leading up to and the day of the full moon and a day or two after, it’s possible for people to feel especially prickly, cranky and even act in passive/aggressive ways.”

“The theme of ‘moodiness’ perfect describes the Full Moon in Cancer. Of course the end of the year or Holiday blues tend to catch up with those believing in the “loneliness” story within the mind. It is possible that emotions go high and low, but turn to healthy alternatives to help you balance and gain perspective.”

“Another piece to the Full Moon in Cancer is that people have a tendency to live on auto-pilot tend to carry forward sticky emotional guilt, painful memories, family curses, intense bitterness within the ancestral lineage without even questioning anything. And at times this plays it out in their personal lives or with situations in present time. The old story repeats in a loop like a memory.”

“The Full Moon in Cancer offers a wonderful opportunity to let go of being on auto-pilot and detox. Allow whatever is meant to be exposed to be revealed you can face it head on and move forward.”

“It it also possible one’s family or ancestors that have transitioned (died or left the physical body) will be around to support this important phase and transformation. They too want to contribute so that the ancient patterns heal and become whole and healthy once again.”

Another take from the always insightful Kelly Rosano:

“The Full Moon is activating the powerful Pluto/Uranus square… Expect the unexpected. Uranus challenges the Sun (who we are) and the Moon our (emotional needs). We could be drawn into ego conflicts…”

We want to be proactive versus reactive. We may have little patience for ego games and emotional dramas. It is crucial to take time for yourself. Meditate.

”Go to the core of what is really bothering you. Make the needed changes within Self to eliminate those factors. The only person we can change is ourselves. We cannot change other people. However, you can change your behavior. Seeing positive change in the world begins from within. World Peace starts with us. Practice being a peaceful person. For instance, accept the choices those around you make. We may know better. However, each soul is learning form their own choices. This is how we attain Self mastery. Accept the choices that other people are making.”

“…Pluto opposing the Cancer Moon means it is time to purge the past. Pluto and Uranus challenging the Full Moon imply that we are to release what no longer serves our highest good. For instance, holding on to past memories, events we cannot change, creates needless suffering. Surrendering, accepting and allowing empower us to go higher in Capricorn…”

“Fortunately, we have a supportive sextile between Saturn and Pluto exact at the Cancer Cull Moon. We can look forward to two more sextiles between our heavy weights…This aspect will empower us to be strong and stable within ourselves. We can work hard and focus tremendous energy on the tasks before us. Make friends with change, Make friends with your growth and transition. These are our allies.”

“The Cancer Full Moon message is to release the past. Let go of what no longer serves us be it a relationship, a job, a living location and/or a lifestyle. This is a favorable moment to release self-limiting beliefs. We create our reality through our thoughts and feelings. If we want to change our lives for the better, we must first change ourselves. Albert Einstein believed that a problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking it was created.” Thus, we must climb higher and/or go deeper in our consciousness to find our answers. Old solutions cannot solve new problems…”

“On a positive note, Mars entered Aquarius on December 25. This can give us the courage to release what no longer works or serves us. Mars (the individual) is in Aquarius (the group). Mars and Uranus are in mutual reception and have a supportive sextile. You will have opportunities to assert your individuality and do things that you have never done before.”

“Change can be creative and exciting, adding a new passion for life. Mars can give us the courage to be forward focused and burn the past. Mars and Uranus are empowering the individual. Mars and Uranus are encouraging us to fight for our freedom peacefully. Mars and Uranus want us to feel excited about our future. What actions steps can you take today that puts you in the driver seat? We are the empowered ones. We can choose peace.”

Master Astrologer, Henrik Gullfoss, says is devotion is the key at play. This is being devoted to love, and to forgive the limits of others, in their loving. He writes, ‘It is to accept the love and devotion from others without judging or putting up defenses or making demands for how one is going to be loved. This is the true love of seeing, meeting, and dancing with God, through seeing, meeting, and dancing with all the multiple forms of God that are manifested in the visible and invisible universe.’”

“With the holidays upon us, many are coming together with the family-of-origin where we bump so furiously up against each others limits of loving. This is where we’re triggered the most. And also, it’s with family, that we see the evolution of intimate family ties over the course of a lifetime. We have a long history. And every visit is marked ‘to be continued’ which means there’s time to soften, to come to deeper understandings.”

“Epiphanies happen at the Full Moon. Cancer and Capricorn (Sun) illumine the kind of intimacy that feels like family, and that takes many forms. It’s about your home base, and those you reach out to, to feel a sense of belonging.”

“This Moon, nurture your close connections, and if you feel isolated, reach out…The Cancer side of the cardinal axis brings us into balance, with compassion, empathy, and emotional intelligence. It’s seeing the priceless value of deep care and acts of kindness. This instinct will grow wings in 2013, when Jupiter goes into Cancer. The tide will turn, and we’re sure to see a breakdown of the social isolation that many live with.”

Be alert to revelations in these Moonlit nights, of ways to drink in more love. There may be messages about what changes to make, for more organic love nourishment. It begins with self-love, and resisting the temptation to build calcified defenses, in such raw and chaotic times.”

“Cancer is a sign that finds strength in emotional sovereignty. And Capricorn is a sign of integrity, ‘walking the talk.’ When the Moon is full, the Sun is synched up with Pluto, for a vitalized purging and resettling. In the month of Capricorn, we find our center again, and our footing. As we dig deeper for what it takes to fulfill our potential, we come up against presumptions, conditioned responses, emotional baggage.”

“So pay attention to the feelings that circulate up to the surface. Look at survival fears, and practical ways to feel more secure.”

What will you shed and celebrate with this full moon?

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