Plus Letters To the Editor
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
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).
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.
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
The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.