Esoteric astrology as news for the week of Feb. 8 through Feb. 14:

Losar (Tibetan word for “new year”) is an ancient new year’s festival predating Buddhism and celebrated in Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and India. It begins on the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar (Feb. 5) and lasts for 15 days. Like Chinese New Year, 2019 is the year of the yin (female) earth pig or boar. Losar is a fragment of the winter-incense-burning custom of the ancient Bon religion (8th century) when the people of Tibet gathered at a spring and made offerings to Naga (water spirits), a ritual of gratitude to the water element/spirits. 
At Dharamshala (Dalai Lama’s palace in India) during Losar, the Dalai Lama consults the oracle, a trained medium, able to communicate with spirits, see the past, present and future. The oracle is responsible for the health, healing and protection of the Dalai Lama. 
The rite of the oracle, mediating between two worlds, is ancient, and involves detailed preparation of evocative (calling in) invocations (responses), fanfare, dance, sounds, drums, horns, mudras and mantras to invoke the oracle (non-physical spiritual being in the Buddhic field). The sounds and movements allow a spiritual being to temporarily enter the physical mind/body of the medium providing wise and insightful counsel, prophetic predictions, precognition of the future — a form of divination.
In Tibetan homes for Losar, flowers decorate the rooms, walls are painted with sun, moon and the wheel of life symbols. Cedar and juniper branches burn for incense. Debts are settled, quarrels resolved, new clothes acquired, and special foods (kapse — sweet bread, shaped into twists) and drink (chang, barley beer) are offered. In the fields, peach trees are beginning to bloom. Before the measurement of time, the people knew it was Losar when the peach trees budded. Tashi Delek, (Tibetan for happy new year), everyone. 

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