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What’s the most underrated movie?

What’s the most underrated movie?

Dogville. The best movie that everyone else hates.
June Rose, Santa Cruz, Sock Flinger

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Astrology

New Pathways, Rhythms and Ways of Being

New Pathways, Rhythms and Ways of Being

The week is filled with heavenly squares, triangles, rectangles, lines and conjunctions as the planets accelerate their interactions with each other. We are preparing for December’s Uranus (in Aries) square Pluto (in Capricorn) – a persistent square causing uncompromising change in humanity. Aries/Capricorn are cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate new realities, squares challenge and lead us onto new pathways. They awaken us new ideas, archetypes, rhythms and new ways of being.

As Saturn (Dweller on the Threshold) disciplines us to face truths and then relinquish the past, Uranus (the new order) presents us with breakdowns Pluto transforms everything, everywhere relentlessly. Aries rules all things new. Capricorn rules governments, leaders and the entire structure of our civilization. Everything’s changing. It needs to. The old is exhausted. We are too.

Neptune (the fish god, the waters of life) in Pisces (saving the world) turns stationary direct Sunday morning as Venus enters Sag Sunday night. Sun joins Saturn (in Scorpio) Tuesday. Venus and Scorpio work with money and resources. We are being moved forward globally into new economic directions, new archetypes. A revolution is occurring. All of this humanity needs for the present unreal financial system to shift toward an economy based on principles of sharing (Aquarian).

Day by day, transit by transit, planet by planet, sign by sign, over time this reorientation (Scorpio’s work, from the solar plexus to the heart of the matter) will occur. At first we will have suffering. Then awakened realization.

Venus in Sag seeks justice for everyone. We display feelings truthfully and directly. We’re less fearful in interactions, more present, more attractive, forthright and adventurous. We also become more hungry.

Nov. 17-18 the Leonid meteor showers enter Earth’s atmosphere creating silvery shooting stars. The showers (from comet Tempel-Tuttle) peak in the dark night sky Tuesday. We look up and see light falling to earth.

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Local Talk

How do you feel about your tax dollars going to space exploration?

How do you feel about your tax dollars going to space exploration?

I think that the tax dollars could be spent more on a local level, something that “we the people” could relate to and connect with.
Steve Rogers, Santa Cruz, Sommelier

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Astrology

Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Thursday is full moon, Scorpio solar festival. The focus is on the Scorpio keynote, “Warriors we are, and from the battles we emerge triumphant.” We (humanity) are Hercules, the warrior/world disciple, battling the nine-headed Hydra—the Nine Scorpio Tests, the nine tests of the personality; three for each level: physical, emotional, lower mental. The tests discern if we are strong enough to stand with the forces of light battling the forces of darkness.

One of the mental tests of Scorpio is cruelty. The spiritual ruler of Scorpio is Mercury. Mercury (now in Libra, right human relations) reminds us to “do no harm” (ahimsa), to not be cruel, to tend to our thoughts and language with tender care.

During Scorpio we become resourceful, determined, fearless, intuitive, darkly witty, investigative and profound, with desires secret and mysterious. We may go into hiding, display suspicion and skepticism, stubbornness, determination, and we are often emotionally on edge. Scorpio presents an interesting mix of depth psychology. Research is best during Scorpio, seeking the heart of all matters. When we find what we’re searching for, we “capture” it and make it our own.

Our intelligence becomes highly instinctive; we strategize. There’s a warning in Scorpio, that we do not criticize, judge, opinionate, insinuate or be vindictive. We will challenge others and be challenged in return. Intrigue, hidden motives, and mysteries may appear. We must discern between reality and mental illusions. Ruling Scorpio (sign of power, passion and intensity), Mercury reminds us communication can either create or destroy another. We remember Elvis’ (Jupiter in Scorpio) song “Don’t be Cruel.”  We do no harm (ahimsa).

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Local Talk

What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

People smoking cigarettes downtown.
David Finn, Santa Cruz, Graduate Student

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Astrology

Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

We’re in Scorpio now—things mysterious, ageless, hidden, sometimes scary. Friday is Halloween; Saturday, All Saints Day; Sunday, All Soul’s Day. Sunday morning at 2 a.m. (after midnight), Daylight Savings Time ends. Clocks are turned back. Tuesday is the General Election. Our vote is our voice. Each vote matters. Applying freedom of choice—Libra’s teachings. It’s time to build Halloween, All Saints and All Souls altars—with marigolds, pumpkins, sugar skeletons, copal (incense), pomegranates, persimmons, candy corn and cookies, orange and black. It’s so Saturn (now in Scorpio). Saturn is the dweller on the threshold (like St. Peter at the gates of heaven). Saturn can look like a Halloween creature—a gargoyle—a fantastic dragon-like creature protecting sacred sites. The dweller (Saturn) stands at the door or threshold of sacred mysteries, wisdom temples, inner sanctums of churches, offering protection, scaring evil away.

The last day of October and first two days of November, when veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about, are times of remembrance, forgiveness, reconciliation and rapprochement. These actions liberate us. At death, when reviewing our lives and the consequences of our actions if we have forgiven, then we are free, less encumbered with grief and sadness. We place forgiveness on our altars.

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s good to dress up as what we’re afraid of. Or whom we would mentor. Then we become one with them. Note to readers: by Thanksgiving I will need a place to live (with purpose). Please contact me if you know of a place where I can rest for awhile. Teach and build community. [email protected] I will be leaving my mother’s home for the last time.

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Local Talk

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

When a drunk customer ripped the urinal off the wall, then started a fight with the bartender in the cafe downstairs. It was an off-the-wall situation, for sure.
Damani Thomas, Santa Cruz, Chef/Owner

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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