On Saturday, April 14, Spirit Mountain Retreat will bring an afternoon of astrological information to Idyllwild. From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Caine Learning Center, Joseph Sheehan and Makeshta, both of Palm Springs, will present “An Illuminating Afternoon.”

Enter the world of astrology for a few hours to explore and understand the astrological signatures in the sky affecting individual and global transformations this year. The 2012 energy is pushing us toward greater degrees of consciousness.

The more conscious we become the freer we are, and the freer we are the greater the responsibility to show the world the light of integrity. Energy is light and light is consciousness. This energy is permeating the planet at a more intense rate, awakening consciousness to a greater awareness of itself.

At sunrise on Dec. 21, 2012, for the first time in 26,000 years the sun rises to conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. This cosmic cross is considered to be an embodiment of the Sacred Tree, The Tree of Life, remembered in all the world’s spiritual traditions.

The presentations will address the positions of the three outer planets and their impact on this profound change in consciousness. Uranus is intensifying Gaia’s (Earth) central nervous system (internet) leading to instantaneous awareness and greater personal freedom.

Neptune points to an energetic harmonization of the divine with physical manifestation facilitating a renaissance of the soul leading to unity consciousness.

The third planet, Pluto is breaking down authoritarian institutions and the powerful elite, leading to a major cultural transformation.

The suggested program fee is $25 and will benefit Spirit Mountain Retreat. To register for the session, please call (951) 659-2523.