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A New Moon on New Year’s Day!

A New Moon on New Year’s Day!

Often after the holidays (Christmas) there’s a feeling of let-down and ennui. Complex feelings of endings and beginnings arise. It’s important to realize we can continue celebrating and staying festive for 12 days after Christmas. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 6 we celebrate the 12 Days After Christmas ending at Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, Epiphany, when the Three Magi Astrologer Kings discover the Holy Child. During these 12 days, the twelve zodiacal hierarchies (Angelic Presences, Aries to Pisces) stream the Sun’s vitality into the Earth and all life forms. Each day is under the influence of one of the zodiacal signs, which corresponds to a body part (to be tended to carefully). Beginning Dec. 26 to Jan. 1——Aries/head; Taurus/throat; Gemini/hands; Cancer/chest and breast; Leo/heart; Virgo/stomach and digestion. The following six signs continue next week. The 12 Days prepare for the New Year.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

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Three good things. Name them. Think about it. Think of three good things about 2013, your life in 2013 or ... ? There’s an old saying: “What you focus on grows.” No doubt, this time of year, we’re reminding to A) practice gratitude and B) focus on the good. So, perhaps these are the “good” tasks at hand as we inch ever-closer to—gasp!—2014. If we focus on some good ... more good arrives. At least that’s the idea. Personally, I sense 2014 is going to be a stellar year. Don’t you? The Universe has a way of balancing things out, and after all that Santa Cruz County has faced in the last 18 months—the loss of two police officers and other  anomalies—2014 seems primed for some happier times.

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Local Talk

The GT staff is asked: What’s the quirkiest thing that happened in 2013? What’s the best thing that could happen in 2014?

The GT staff is asked: What’s the quirkiest thing that happened in 2013? What’s the best thing that could happen in 2014?

Healthcare … and for 2014 … mandatory cookies and milk and nap time for everybody.

Rose Frates-Castiglione
Ad Sales

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

If you’re still pondering last-minute gift items, fear not—GT’s Holiday Gift Guide is out at newstands and kiosks. But you may be interested in this week’s cover story. Penned by Entertainment Editor Jenna Brogan, it captures some the best books of the year written by local authors. A few of those authors weigh in on their creative process, too, which is always intriguing. And let’s face it: it doesn’t hurt to promote reading in a day and age when Tweets and short messages polluted with abreviations run rampant.

 

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Astrology

Things That Sparkle

Things That Sparkle

Saturday, Dec. 21, after the Sun enters Capricorn and Winter Solstice begins, Venus (love, finances, beauty, resources and gifts) retrogrades (29 degrees Capricorn). For those still considering gifts for Christmas (a daunting task), here are some imaginative ideas. Consider things that sparkle and shine, resembling stars and planets. Things tasting divine. Things hand-sewn with a bit of tulle, bio-luminescent and incandescent. Things that bubble, boil, bringing a bit of trouble. Things that bend, lean, wave and sway—pink ostrich and peacock plumes. Things soft, satin, made of mohair, angora or llama.

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Opinion

Why Elon Musk is a Poor Person’s Worst Nightmare

Why Elon Musk is a Poor Person’s Worst Nightmare

In the movie Elysium, the wealthy and privileged flee Earth to inhabit a Larry Niven-like artificial ringworld, leaving the rest of humanity behind on a destitute planet. The future, if left to Elon Musk, bears an eerie resemblance to Elysium.

Musk, the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technology officer (CTO) of SpaceX, the CEO of Tesla Motors, and chairman of the board of SolarCity, doesn’t care about the poor or middle-class and his business models prove it. The technology-centric crowd fawns over Musk like he is the second coming of Steve Jobs. He is a creative problem solver who looks to the future. However, his products serve only the wealthy and elite.

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Local Talk

You are St. Nicholas and about to hand down your legacy to the new Santa (your son or daughter). Best advice you give him/her is ...?

You are St. Nicholas and about to hand down your legacy to the new Santa (your son or daughter). Best advice you give him/her is ...?

Keep your reindeer healthy. Because without your reindeer you cannot go anywhere. You can’t take your packages anywhere, they’re not going to be delivered, and it's not going to be a good thing. People are going to be saddened.

Tracy Sears
Santa Cruz | Marketing

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Local Talk

If you could do one thing, and knew you wouldn't fail, what would it be? Why?

If you could do one thing, and knew you wouldn't fail, what would it be? Why?

I'd jump off the Empire State building—because I'd be famous!

Holden Tunheim
Santa Cruz | 4th Grade

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Astrology

Countering the Darkness

Countering the Darkness

It’s a busy upcoming week of feast days, rituals and festivals. Rituals (of goodness, gratitude and giving) counter the season’s darkness, framing it in light. Each day of Christian Liturgy is a saint’s day, celebrating the life of one who exhibited deep spiritual presence and actions in the world (like Nelson Mandela). Each saint’s day is a day of Light. We are the saints of our present day. The new and full moon festivals are “days of light.” They “counter” the present day darkness of materiality that has overtaken the world in clever and unseen ways. Rituals focus our minds, create a centripetal force, turn us inward, anchoring the Soul into our daily lives. This week has many festivals of remembrance and of light.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


If you morphed Facebook with something more, well,  socially and civic-minded, it might resemble the likes of Civinomics. The fairly new enterprise has been capturing the attention here, and, this week, GT’s Joel Hersch  explores how two locals wound up creating the area’s first civic governance networking site. Click here for the full report and learn how your own ideas and comments can help generate conversation on the local front.

 

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Dancing In the Rain

District Attorney Bob Lee’s death in October stunned the Santa Cruz community, but he had battled cancer fiercely—and privately—for more than a decade. Now one of his closest friends reveals the remarkable inside story

 

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

 

Pinned Down

Actors shine in true-crime wrestling drama ‘Foxcatcher’
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Best Bites of 2014

A look back at the year in good taste

 

What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

The Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz. Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor

 

Vino Tabi Winery

One of Santa Cruz’s most happening areas to go wine tasting is in the westside’s Swift Street Courtyard complex. Ever since a group of about a dozen wineries got together and formed Surf City Vintners (SCV), the place has been a hive of activity, and a wine-tasting mecca. Adding to the mix is the lively Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing beer company—making Swift Street Courtyard a perfect spot for a glass of wine or a pitcher of ale.

 

Betty’s Eat Inn

Yes, she’s a real person; no, this isn’t her