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Christmas 2019 brings in its wake the Summer Solstice (in the Southern Hemisphere) and an eclipse – in some parts of the world – on Christmas Day itself! An unusual event. This will be an annular solar eclipse with a ring of fire around the Sun when the moon covers the Sun (called totality).
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December’s Full Moon is an exalted Moon in Taurus, opposed by Sun and Mercury in Scorpio. Saturn and Venus are within degree in the next house, Sagittarius, suggesting there will trigger effects around loved ones.
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Rabindranath Tagore, mystic, painter and Nobel laureate for literature is among the leading personalities of Modern India. He was awarded the Nobel prize in Literature for his collection of well known poems Gitanjali.
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November’s full moon in Aries is opposed by Mars, Mercury retrograde and a debilitated Sun. After 12 months in Scorpio, Jupiter has recently moved into its own sign of Sagittarius, and will look to the significations of this transit.
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Guru Gobind Singh, born Gobind Rai, was the tenth Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher. When his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, Guru Gobind Singh was formally installed as the leader of the Sikhs at age nine, becoming the tenth Sikh Guru
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Mercury will be retrograde from October 31st to November 20th. It will begin its retrograde motion in Scorpio and then enter Libra on November 7th. When Mercury, or any other planet for that matter, is retrograde, its energy becomes intensified. It can be compulsive, obsessive, or urgent. You can think of the retrograde phase of a planet’s transit to be like a cup overflowing.
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By 1910 the village of Shirdi had become slightly more prosperous, though Mrs Tarkhad, a Sai Baba devotee and regular visitor from Bombay, still found it “little more than a neglected hamlet without any lighting, sweeping or other conveniences of civilization… The streets and passages were all dark and unlit at night.” By then, Baba’s mosque had already taken on the character of a darbar (royal court), which it was to retain till the end of his mortal days.
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Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath, from Pisa. Galileo has been called the “father of observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”, the “father of the scientific method”, and the “father of modern science”.
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Howard Murphet was an author and devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. Howard Murphet was born in Tasmania and educated at the University of Hobart. Many of his books were instrumental in people discovering and visiting Sathya Sai Baba.
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October’s Full Moon occurs on 14 October, with Ashwini Purnima taking place on 13-14 October. This month’s Full Moon in Pisces – a water sign – calls to explore the depths of water, feeling, emotion with movement towards self-understanding – of our true nature – the Self of all that is. On this occasion of Full Moon we also observe Valmiki Jayanti (birth of Valmiki) and Mirabai Jayanti (birth of Mirabai).
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George Fox was an English Dissenter, who was a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends. The son of a Leicestershire weaver, he lived in times of social upheaval and war.
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Guru Nanak is named founder of the Sikh religion. ‘Sikh’ means ‘disciple’ and Guru Nanak believed that one can evolve or achieve salvation only through direct contact with a true master or a ‘sadguru’. His religion has spread not only in North India but also in America, Singapore and Africa. Many Sikhs now live in other countries.
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Elijah Benamozegh, sometimes Elia or Eliyahu, (born 1822; died 6 February 1900) was an Italian rabbi and a noted Kabbalist, highly respected in his day as one of Italy’s most eminent Jewish scholars. He served for half a century as rabbi of the important Jewish community of Livorno, where the Piazza Benamozegh now commemorates his name and distinction. His major work is Israel and Humanity (1863), which was translated into English by Dr. Mordechai Luria in 1995.
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