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How do you think most people outside of the U.S. perceive Americans?

How do you think most people outside of the U.S. perceive Americans?

I think if the world were to take a general consensus on Americans, they would say that we were wasteful.

Noelle Antolin, Santa Cruz, Small-Business Owner

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Astrology

Epiphany (Something New Appears), Retrogrades, New Moon

Epiphany (Something New Appears), Retrogrades, New Moon

Wednesday is the feast of Epiphany (Greek for “manifestation.”) Walking with the Three Astrologer Kings (world messengers) since Christmas, following a star (Sirius), seeking a newborn child, on Jan. 6, 12 days after Christmas, holding gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and the 12 signs, we discover the holy one. This discovery 2000-plus years ago changed our world. On Epiphany we make our Three Kings Cake.

We feel our lives changing this week. Thursday, Sun/Uranus square pulls us to the future (all things new). Thursday night Jupiter retrogrades (four months) offering us time to consider how to expand into that future, where and with whom? Capricorn offers new structures for the new culture and civilization.

Friday, Mercury retro re-enters Capricorn. Mercury, the messenger, offers gifts of discernment, discrimination, order, and organization. Mercury retro in Capricorn re-visits the question: How do we envision the new world and what gifts can we offer for this new creation? Venus joins Saturn Friday. Venus offers the resources needed to build the new structures (Saturn) for the new world. We just need to ask.

Saturday is Capricorn new moon. Everywhere the New Group of World Servers (NGWS) builds the new world for humanity. At new moon times we strengthen and support the endeavors of the (NGWS), reciting the Great Invocation together.

Tuesday, Venus trines Uranus. More change. Wednesday Sun trines Jupiter. An invitation to expand into the future. We are free, unencumbered, swimming together toward the rising sun. We ponder upon the Tarot card, the Hermit. We stand in wisdom. 

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How are you going to rock 2016?

How are you going to rock 2016?

I’m going to travel the world and floss every day.

Ann Stadler, Santa Cruz, Registered Nurse

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Astrology

A New Year: Looking Back into the Future, plus Mercury and Jupiter Retrograde

A New Year: Looking Back into the Future, plus Mercury and Jupiter Retrograde

The new year of 2016 begins Friday. Adding the numbers 2+1+6 equals nine. Nine signifies endings, completion, fulfillment and a major initiation (all year) into a new cycle of learning. Mercury enters Aquarius on New Year’s Day. We step, for a moment, into Aquarius with its new laws and principles. All planets are in direct motion on Jan. 1. Planets-in-direction-motion means we move into the future more easily. This moment of moving forward (planets direct), however, ends Tuesday, Jan. 5, with Mercury turning stationary retrograde. Two days later, Thursday, Jan. 7, Jupiter also stationary retrogrades.

Two major retrogrades in a week at the beginning of the year overshadow the events of New Year’s. Retrogrades are important, surprising, magical times for humanity, offering a rest from usual ways of being. Mercury retrograde influences thinking and communication. Jupiter retro reminds us, “Love more, for love underlies all happenings in our world.”

Retrogrades (inner assessments) at the beginning of our new year set the tone for 2016, an election year. The retrogrades help us review, reassess, reevaluate, reexamine, and reanalyze which candidate is best to lead our country and the world. Which candidate is not involved with Monsanto, places humanity’s welfare ahead of business as usual, can be trusted, and speaks the truth?

The planets work primarily in mutable signs (Gemini, Sag, Virgo, Pisces) during 2016. Mutable signs offer specific experiences that build a vital and integrated personality, strong enough to follow the disciplines of the soul. In 2016, the themes for humanity are building a strong integrated personality, encountering the soul, reviewing the past, stepping into the future and experiencing a new cycle of learning. 

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What news story from 2015 stands out the most to you?

What news story from 2015 stands out the most to you?

Bernie Sanders and his decision to run for president. It makes me proud to see someone who actually cares and wants to speak up for the American people, and is such a genuine loving, caring person.

Hannah Gregory, Santa Cruz, Jewelry Maker

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Astrology

A Christmas Poem by Thomas Merton and the Gift of Each Sign

A Christmas Poem by Thomas Merton and the Gift of Each Sign

During this year’s Christmas time, as the wars increase and so many are in poverty, without homes (refugees without nations), let us read the words of Thomas Merton. They help us remember who we are, why we are here and that we truly are to be our “brother and sister’s keepers.” We remember the story “No Room at the Inn” for the holy birth. And so the parents of the holy child had to find a stable (cave) so Mary could give birth. “Into this world … in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those for whom there is no room … with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power, because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present.”—Thomas Merton

In our lives there are many who are marginalized. They have no home. Jesus (the holy child), born in a stable, emerged from the marginalized. He thus recognized the forgotten, the ignored, the outcast of the world. Let us pray this Christmas season that we recognize those around us “near the edge.” Let us offer them hope, realizing that “Peace on Earth” for some means a place to sleep, find nourishing food, safety, freedom, and be accepted. We pray for those who have been forgotten. Let us realize, in this season of giving, that we are to be the gifts given to each other. Let us remember. Gifts of the signs: Following are the signs written with the thought that each sign offers many gifts. Let us understand everyone’s gifts, seeing each other through the lens of astrology. Recognition is most important. Recognition and understanding bring peace to our world. Peace on Earth, goodwill and understanding to all this Christmas season. Love, Risa

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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How would you stop people from littering?

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