The Black Hills Full Moon Group will meet at our home on Sunday February 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm. It is a potluck. The actual Full Moon will occur at 1:26 pm Mountain Standard Time Monday February 25, 2013.  Mercury is going retrograde on Saturday February 23 at 2:42 am, so consider it retrograde by Friday. The most significant event with the stars currently is this Mercury in Retrograde motion. It will be there for the next 3 weeks. Please check out the insightful article on this by our good friend and astrologer extraordinaire Robert Wilkinson:

[This] retrograde will be an extremely important one showing us that when all is said and done, we will find what nourishes us among those who are our spiritual family. We can find protection, or can see how we have been protected in our “day of labor” and now can sit down for the feast.

We may find insights related to 2008-2010 when Uranus and Jupiter transited this degree, and can see what life has prepared for us since the last Mercury retrograde. We have all had opportunities to look back and distill wisdom from our past experiences while navigating the Grand Irrationality that’s been constantly active since the last Mercury RX period.

This retrograde will help us say goodbye to many things, and experience “the encompassing richness of experience whenever (our) particular ordeal is over.” We can find “spiritual nourishment” and an “ingathering of forces” that is our reward for diligent work. This time we can stabilize our understanding or plans based in reviewing what we’ve glimpsed or sensed the past several weeks.

Consider the next 3 weeks as a transition period where we shall all take a look back, and do what we must to achieve closure on whatever is related to the 2008-2010 period. Trust your final insights more than your initial ones, and see what is ending or needs closure. This period will concentrate many energies preparing us for the new beginnings of mid-March, while everything we cannot take across the threshold of late March will begin to fade away or dissolve. It will certainly be an important retrograde, given the aspects in play!

This is the Full Moon of Pisces/Virgo:

2013 Pisces Meditation Theme

The Bliss of Sacrifice

Wielding The Electric Fire of Life We Ignite The Seed
Revealing We Are The Synthetic Cosmic Path of Life Itself

Rounding out this year’s meditation focus on Cosmic Communion ~ Consummation of the Life Everlasting theme now, in Pisces, we gain further alignment to the Divine Purpose and Plan.

Synthesis is. (1) This is based on the Essential Divinity of all life. Recognizing this truth, we are called to surrender, to be the Divine Path through the sacrifice of all that is extraneous.

In order to tread the Path, one must become that Path itself. This refers to our construction of the connecting channel between the outer, concrete world and the inner planes of the abstract ideal (2), linking us to the larger, cosmic perspective.

This concept of Being the Path is similarly expressed in the words of the Esoteric Catechism pledge of the disciple, affirming the sacrifice made by the soul: “I am the Cross, I am the Way; I tread upon the work I do.” (3)

Bliss, we’re told by Alice Bailey, is the pure nature of the Spirit and may be comprehended only upon the soul’s realization of oneness with divine essence, on the level of mind ~ following its at-onement with the personal self. (4)

The Bliss of Sacrifice is applied not just in the surrender of the lower self to reveal the higher. The bliss referred to is a profound effect of service, calling moreover for the “… death of that which is higher in the order and scale of being, in order to release that which is lower.” (5)

When the separated self comes to understand itself as a part of a greater life, we become willing to sacrifice ourselves for the good of the whole. We become strong enough to subordinate the self, the part, the fragment of the totality of life. Finally, the hero-soul realizes that there is in reality no separation at all, but one pervading Life. We learn the joy [or bliss] of sacrifice, for as we joyfully pour ourself forth as part of Life Universal, we truly understand that all Life is One, and that nothing has been lost. (6)

Our very experience affirms the recognition of the group Soul, present and active in our awareness, providing support and stamina. As we meet the challenges that arise during times of collective or individual crisis, we are thereby fortified.

The working disciples throughout the world are struggling with every means at their disposal to spread the gospel of sacrifice, because only upon sacrifice can world stability be safely founded ~ the sacrifice of selfishness. (7)

The present Piscean energies assist in summoning the World Saviour through sacrifice, as we align to this Plan and Purpose.

It is the living Christ (the living world Saviour) Who saves humanity. It is the sacrifice, day by day, in the process of daily living which can save the world … the sacrifice of selfish personal interests for the good of the whole and the giving up of one’s practical life to the salvage of the world. (8)

From the perspective of our planetary life, at this time in evolution we are becoming aware of the third Great Approach, “… which will bring the new revelation, with its realised consequences, of a new heaven and a new earth.” (9)

It seems as though many of us are being guided on a “need to know” basis, as to our service.

Invoking, receiving, and directing the cosmic power of Pisces, the world savior, of sacrifice and death, of renunciation and detachment, of bondage and captivity, the group server can allow this cosmic energy to wash through all aspects of itself, through the human soul, through human expression and activity, and through the entire planet, bringing with it the spiritual power to appropriate divinity directly into human material form and expression. As it does so, the world savior is born within humanity and divinity is revealed. (10)

More and more, we recognize that we are all in this endeavor together. Each person’s actions potentially can have major ramifications, and through our cosmic perspective ~ inclusive of all life, rather than simply representative of one arena or other ~ we are called to acknowledge our full spiritual nature and to share this wisely with one and all.

Our receptivity to the inflow of cosmic spiritual energy brings electric fire, emanating from Deity. Alignment to Divine Purpose or Will thereby brings the Activity of Spirit into dynamic, coherent synthesis. (11)

 To the Glory of the One!

Our work is based on the writings of the Tibetan Master Djwal Khul as recorded by Alice Bailey. For more information on the writings of Djwal Khul, The Great Invocation, and the New Group of World Servers see:

Please connect with the group soul this Full Moon no matter where you are physically on the planet. Get together with friends and family. You will be glad that you did. Come on over to our place Sunday evening and celebrate with us, or celebrate wherever you are.

“There’s a temple on an island
I think of all the Gods and what they feel
You can only find them in the deepest silence
I got to get off of this big wheel

And I’m a Pisces fish and the river runs through my soul
I’m a Pisces fish and the river runs through my soul

And I’ll be swimming until I can find those waters
That one unbounded ocean of bliss
That’s flowing through your parents, sons and daughters
But still an easy thing for us to miss”

-Saint George Harrison

This is the Tarot Card for Pisces. The entire Spiritual Path is depicted in this Arcana. Can you see it? The human personality finally leaves the primordial waters after millions of years. It enters the Path of Discipleship and the pace immediately quickens. We work our way past the desire-mind and all its entrapments. Then we are ready to climb the peaks in search of the Light. But how do we pass beyond the Veil held in place by the two pillars? What is our personal “Dweller on the Threshold” that we must confront? What planets rule Pisces? Which one entered the sign of Pisces one year ago and what does that mean for Humanity? Kryon says that it is time to recalibrate. Dharmarucci says that it is time for Humanity to collectively dream a new dream. What say you?

In the midst of all the transitions please remember to breathe and know that the Planetary Elders are in charge. Now is a very good time to find the calm center within each of us. There is a plan. It is Light and Love. It is working out – sealing the door where evil dwells. Light and Love and Power are restoring the plan on Earth. So mote it be. And so it is.

Namaste.                    Mitakuye Oyasin.                

Pax Vobiscum.

Clay and Mary Ellen Uptain
4105 Woodbine Place
Rapid City, SD


From Main Street at the Gap take Jackson Boulevard south to Canyon Lake Drive.  Look for the Common Cents Convenience Store. Turn right onto Canyon Lake Drive. Go five short blocks, one street past Minnekahta. Turn right into Woodbine, and ours is the second house on the right – 4105. Our street is a half block long with no through exit.

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