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Design Team

Design Team

Stripe Design Group’s Suna Lock and Dana Rader keep it timeless and classic

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Art of Survival

Art of Survival

Cabrillo extends its powerful ‘Speaking Out’ photo-essay exhibit in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Customizing the Details

Customizing the Details

Woodworker Cliff Friedlander on ‘art furniture,’ jazz, and prioritizing space in design

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Love at First Byte

Love at First Byte

Photographer Peter Harris on going digital

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Mountain Stoke

Mountain Stoke

DIO Fest gets better every year while raising funds for a good cause

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Designing Woman

Designing Woman

B. Modern creates decadent costumes from scraps, rags and mad thrifting

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Auto Focus

Auto Focus

Kingsmen Car Club’s annual swap meet benefits a unique local mentoring program

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Keep it Juicy

Keep it Juicy

Abstract artist Sonia Calderon just wants to paint

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Rock On

Rock On

Michael Eckerman’s free-form rock work mimics the sea

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Reclaiming the Pole

Reclaiming the Pole

Jody Ryker and Aerial Arts Santa Cruz bring ‘Pole Diversity’ to Santa Cruz

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The Binding of Edmund McMillen

How a Santa Cruz designer created one of the most unlikely hits in video game history

 

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone. Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?” Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 24

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