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Editors Note

From The Editor

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This week’s cover story arrives just in time for the holiday season—when moods tend to swing and stress levels could become a bit elevated. But let’s focus on the good. A group of “positive psychologists” are applying some science around what may have once been considered  pop-psychology. It appears that these days, psychologists and neurologists can factually prove why happiness is actually beneficial for our brains, our bodies, our health—and even the health of others around us in our lives.

 

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Astrology

Humanity – Combating the Forces of Materiality

Humanity – Combating the Forces of Materiality

Chiron, the wound that heals us, (9 degrees Pisces) turns direct Tuesday. From the many Scorpio battles and Nine Tests, humanity feels wounded, yet at the end, is triumphant.
Sunday (full moon) is the Scorpio solar festival. Scorpio is the sign of trials, testing (nine tests), struggles and battles. Eventually triumph predominates.  Scorpio has three symbols (three levels of awareness) – scorpion (on the ground), Eagle (in the air), Phoenix (on the mountaintop).

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Fall has arrived—and so, too, have a gaggle of holiday decorations long before Thanksgiving weekend.  In between all those reminders to “buy, buy, buy,” it might be refreshing to turn your attention elsewhere—specifically, on the environment. That’s what one local has done and the result has proven to be not only creative but downright effective.

 

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Astrology

And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

Jupiter is a planet that expands all of us, increasing our experiences, knowledge and understanding of life, representing optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. Jupiter in Cancer (sign of nurturing one another) turns stationary retrograde Thursday, Nov. 7 (retrograde 120 days till March 10, 2014). Jupiter’s retrograde motion makes a tiny loop in the sky against a background of stars. Ruler of truth-speaking Sagittarius, Jupiter is our integrity and honesty (and everyone else’s), our authenticity, philosophy, sense of justice—larger perspectives in life.

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Local Talk

Name two great achievements of Santa Cruz County this year.

Name two great achievements of Santa Cruz County this year.

For theatre arts I would say the Cabrillo stage summer season was very successful. I really enjoyed “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Oaklahoma” as well as “Escaping Queens.” The Fringe Festival was also really good. Um-Gee-Um and some other great acts came and did their thing.

Adam Stanton
Santa Cruz | Actor/Director

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Astrology

Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Thursday is Halloween. Hopefully “something ‘wicked’ our way comes.” It’s also Samhain – Irish Gaelic festival marking the beginning of winter ("darker half" of the year) and harvest’s end. In ancient times bonfires were lit for warmth and protection. During these days, the veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about. We set a place at the table for departed loved ones, especially children. In Mexico it’s Dia de Muertos—candy skeletons, copal (incense) burning and marigolds decorating altars and gravestones. Friday is All Saints Day, Saturday All Souls Day. Honoring our family, friends, relatives who have been “called back.” They now wait for us.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor
My favorite day is approaching: Nov. 11. It must have something to do with the numerous times I see 11:11 on a digital clock. At least that’s what I thought. More recently, after visiting friends and family back in Chicago, I discovered that Nov. 11 is Poland’s National Independence Day.  Naturally, because I am blond and Polish—more the latter—I took note of that tidbit and thought it was a sign from the Universe to look deeper into my Polish roots. (Not my hair, but my heritage.)  In any event, between writing and editing the second draft of my Polish family memoir—think: Carrie Fisher and David Sedaris crawling under the covers with a Polish Alex Haley; you’ll love it and you’ll pay full price, thank you very much—I found the information somewhat sobering. Bottom line: Nov. 11 is a holiday in Poland commemorating the anniversary of its resumption of independent statehood in 1918—all this after 123 years of partition by Russia, Prussia and Austria. In any case, it seems that, these days, I can’t quite escape the threads of the past. I have come to believe that what happens before us, tends to live on through us. Heady stuff for the first week of November? Perhaps, but ’tis the (deep) season, as they say. So, what has your family lineage been teaching you?

 

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Local Talk

What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

The trash and debris that’s left behind by the homeless in all the parks and parking lots, like here at Steamers Lane. It just gets overwhelming and it gets to be an eyesore. When you have friends in town it's kind of embarrassing to drive around and show them a dirty parking lot or dirty park, and trash strewn along Steamers Lane.

Sam Wenger Santa Cruz | Server

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5 Tips: Buyers Must Present Strong Offer Amid Increasing Real Estate Sales in Santa Cruz

5 Tips: Buyers Must Present Strong Offer Amid Increasing Real Estate Sales in Santa Cruz

With real estate sales building momentum in Santa Cruz County, it comes as no surprise to learn that buyers are vying for their dream home amid low inventory, multiple bids and offers coming in above list price. According to the latest reports, home sales in Santa Cruz County are strong with nearly 200 single-family homes sold in August at a median price of $629,000 – the second highest number of volume sold since August 2005 and $84,000 higher from the 2012 median price of $545,000.

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Astrology

Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

With Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, we are in a time of renewal, tending to matters of the past that, eventually, must be left behind. It’s a time of rest and inner reflections resulting in illumination (Scorpio’s meditation). During times of reflection (Mercury’s retro in Scorpio), our minds review and assess the past. We focus on finances, values, aspirations and motivations. With Scorpio it’s important to explore emotional intimacy.

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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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