DR. DOUGLAS BAKER

 “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

Kahlil Gibran

 This month, November 3 marks 10 years since the death of a great teacher, my teacher. I dedicate this column to Dr. Douglas Baker, a master of the esoteric sciences, also called the wisdom teachings and especially for me, of the Esoteric Astrology. The above quote very much applies to this hero of World War II and the near-death experiences he suffered which would forever alter the direction of his life. He also suffered pain from war injuries that could not be healed. Yet, he changed the world.

Little Elephant, his ashram and Claregate College one of the first metaphysical colleges in the western world attracted many students world-wide and produced many who carry the work on in their own corner of the world. In charts, Saturn can be an indicator of fathers, authority figures and important teachers in the life, especially when it falls in the first house or sits near the Rising Sign, affecting the personality’s desire to serve a higher purpose. Many of us with this configuration think of Dr. Baker as that authority which changed our lives, gave us something to look up to and emulate and set many of us on a new course in life. As happens with the death of a master, the students for a while scatter and mourn, uncertain how to continue. Ten years after his death many past Claregate students are coming together in new ways, bonded in the common desire to keep the work moving onward into the Aquarian Age. This is the age of groups working together to unite humanity in higher ways of thinking and being. Some of us are fortunate enough to have had a guide. Thank you, Dr. Douglas Baker.

 Everyone: November 19 is a partial eclipse of the full moon, time to consider what you are “hatching.”

ARIES

MARCH 20 – APRIL 19
Planet: Mercury

Dynamic: This busy month will be great for testing your reactivity to fast-paced situations, both positive and negative.

Direction: Use your brilliance to assess before leaping.

Soul Thought: Response vs reaction.

LEO

JULY 22 – AUG 22
Planet: Sun

Dynamic: Blessings and challenges both, in finances and feelings.

Direction: Both are manageable as long as you try to manage.

Soul Thought: And sometimes just letting things be works.

SAGITTARIUS

NOV 20 – DEC 21
Planet: Earth

Dynamic: Things improve as the month goes on.

Direction: Consider it done.

Soul Thought: “The greatest illusion is that man has limitations.” Robert Monroe

TAURUS

APRIL 19 – MAY 20
Planet: Vulcan

Dynamic: You may need to offer a loan or accept a loan.

Direction: Think resources, not necessarily just money.

Soul Thought: What are your God-given resources?

VIRGO

AUGUST 22 – SEPT 21
Planet: Moon

Dynamic: A partial eclipse is important for you.

Direction: It’s up to you whether it’s in a good way or a negative way.

Soul Thought: What does half-baked mean?

CAPRICORN

 DEC 21 – JAN 20
Planet: Saturns

Dynamic: This challenge has been ongoing and has even gotten a bit weird.

Direction: If you have anything to repent, now’s the time.

Soul Thought: What does it mean to repent?

GEMINI

MAY 20 – JUNE 20
Planet: Venus

Dynamic: An exceptionally benevolent month, if a bit serious.

Direction: Use this serious time to ponder, not something you typically find easy.

Soul Thought: “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy.

LIBRA

SEPT 21  –  OCT 21
Planet:Uranus

Dynamic: While you feel a bit out of whack at times, you’re getting used to it.

Direction: Idiosyncrasy is sometimes just what is needed.

Soul Thought: When weird is okay.

AQUARIUS

JAN 20 – FEB 20
Planet: Jupiter

Dynamic: Although overall things should be joyful, problems may occur with a friend.

Direction: Consider the importance of the friendship more than the importance of the issue.

Soul Thought: True friends are gold.

CANCER

JUNE 20 – July 22
Planet: Neptune

Dynamic: A time when magic is at your fingertips.

Direction: This is the time for creativity.

Soul Thought: O, what to create!

SCORPIO

OCT 21 – NOV 20
Planet:Mars

Dynamic: The opportunity to work off karma is huge.

Direction: Say, “Bring it on!”

Soul Thought: And mean it.

PISCES

FEB 20 – MARCH 21
Planet: Pluto

Dynamic: The heaviness gets a little lighter this month.

Direction: Love on a dog and it will get even lighter.

Soul Thought: And let a dog love on you.