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What’s a creative new approach to addressing summer beach litter?

What’s a creative new approach to addressing summer beach litter?

Robotic dogs, with duct tape on their paws, that walk around picking up litter wherever they go.

Joaquin Heinz, Santa Cruz, Barista

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Astrology

I Build a Lighted House and Therein Dwell

I Build a Lighted House and Therein Dwell

Wednesday, June 24, Chiron turns stationary retrograde (we turn inward) at 21.33 degrees Pisces. We usually speak of “retrograde” when referring to Mercury. But all planets retrograde. Next month in July, Venus retrogrades. What is Chiron retrograde? Chiron represents the wound within all of us. Wounds have purpose. They sensitize us; make us aware of pain and suffering. Through our wounds we develop compassion. Through compassion we become whole (holy) again. Chiron helps develop these states of consciousness. Everyone carries a wound. Everyone carries family wounds (family astrology tracks the astrological “DNA” through generations).

Chiron wounds are deep within. We’re often not aware of them until Chiron retrogrades. Then the wounds (through pain, hurt, sadness, suffering) become apparent. They seem to break us open emotionally, psychologically. Painful events from the past are remembered. They are brought to the present for healing. Through experiencing, talking about and deeply feeling what is hurting us, healing takes place. We begin to understand and bring healing to others.

All week, Jupiter and Venus move closer together in the sky. They meet in Leo at the full moon, Cancer solar festival, on Wednesday, July 1. The Cancer keynote is, “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” The soul’s light has finally penetrated the “womb” of matter. The New Group of World Servers is to radiate this light. At the end of each sign are keywords to use and remember during the Chiron retrograde.

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With more people and fewer jobs in the future, what will you be doing?

With more people and fewer jobs in the future, what will you be doing?

Walking my dog, drinking coffee in the sun and talking to people. Probably working whatever job I can find.

Katie Osborn, San Francisco, Waitress

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Astrology

Summer Solstice, Sun Gods and Father’s Day

Summer Solstice, Sun Gods and Father’s Day

Sunday is summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. It is also Father’s Day. We celebrate all fathers (and some mothers who are also fathers) on this longest day of light for the year. We celebrate the masculine (radiating outward) aspects within all of us, the “fathering” of newborns, and all men (fathers) who have, in ways great and small, impacted our lives.

At summer solstice the Sun in Cancer rests quietly for three days at the Tropic of Cancer before turning southward again. Since winter solstice, the light grew stronger each day. When summer solstice begins, inaugurating the three months of summer, paradoxically there is less and less light each day.

Summer solstice is also called Litha—Celtic for the month of June. Uriel, the summer Archangel, living and teaching in fields and meadows, protects the Earth.

The Sun’s golden power is celebrated at solstice. In early times there were bonfires at midnight to reflect the solstice as the longest day of light for the year. The crops are growing, the Earth is warm, and the animal kingdom (humanity is both animal and spirit) spends many hours in nature under the long day’s warming Sun. Summer is the exact opposite of the cold darkness of Yule.

Ancient people celebrated the Sun god at summer solstice. Their names (representing the disk, rays and power of the Sun): Amaterasu (Shinto); Ra and Aten (Egypt); Apollo (Greek); Lugh (like Mercury, Celtic). The feminine (heart) aspect of the Sun was revered through Hestia or Vesta (flames, Greek); Juno (Roman, June is named for her); Minerva (Celtic, goddess of Wisdom); Sunna (Norse, goddess of the Sun).

The solstice unfolds under a Sun/Saturn transit (Saturn is Father Time). We may feel very serious, aware of the passing of time. Monday, Jupiter trines Uranus in the early morning. We harmoniously expand into the new world. The forerunners (New Group of World Servers) “imagine” this world first. Then everyone “sees” it.

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Local Talk

What helps you get through tough times?

What helps you get through tough times?

Time in nature, especially some of the really special places like Gazos Creek Beach.

J.T. Beggs, Santa Cruz, Outdoor Educator

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Astrology

Mercury Direct, Neptune Retrograde, Flag Day, Pax Cultura

Mercury Direct, Neptune Retrograde, Flag Day, Pax Cultura

Thursday, June 11, Mercury is stationary direct at 4 degrees Gemini at 3:33 p.m. Pacific Time. Numbers are important, the foundation of the universe both literally and symbolically. Mercury remains in its retrograde shadow until June 27. We proceed slowly into the world during Mercury’s shadow period. Gradually we assimilate new information, the previous information organized through the retrograde. Someday humanity will understand the order and organization offered by retrogrades, when humanity awakens to the greater (heavenly timetable) realities. Now, most of humanity is learning about emotions, polarized in desire—the astral field. There is beauty, color and dappled light in the astral. However, there is much more to discover beyond the astral/emotions. There’s the mind.  

Friday, early morning around midnight, Neptune turns stationary retrograde. As Gemini (Ray 2, Love/Wisdom) stations direct, Neptune (Ray 6, hope, vision) retrogrades in the great timepiece we call the heavens. Neptune begins at 10 Pisces, retrogrades to 7 Pisces, completing the retrograde November 7, Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Christ. Neptune, with its three-pronged trident, is the Christed waters (Aquarian World Teacher’s Teachings). These are the “waters of life for thirsty humanity.” Waters of the Soul, the Fifth Kingdom. Humanity is the Fourth Kingdom seeking the Fifth Kingdom, the Path of Return.

Sunday is Flag Day. Flags, unrecognized art forms, represent the spirit of the people in each nation, country and state. There is a famous “flag” by painter Nicholas Roerich representing unity through art and culture. Called the “Banner of Peace,” Roerich wrote that the cultural values within every nation and country unite humanity (Pax Cultura—Peace Through Culture). If we created a flag of our values and culture and the spirit within each of us, what would that flag look like?

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Local Talk

How do you define success?

How do you define success?

Success is happiness, and it comes from within.

Jules Weisser, Santa Cruz, Harmony Facilitator

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Venus Direct, Mercury Retro Soon, Honoring Our Labors

As Burning Man (nine days, Aug. 30-Sept. 7 in the sign of Virgo) burns in the hot white desert sands, a petal of the rose created by retrograde Venus and the twelve-petaled Sun in Virgo’s petals unfold. All of us are on the burning ground (Leo) in the womb (cave of the heart) of the mother (Virgo), gestating for humanity once again (each year) a new state of consciousness. Both Virgo and Cancer, feminine (receptive energies) signs, are from our last solar system (Pleiades). When humanity first appeared on Earth we were nurtured by the mother, a matriarchy of energies (on islands in the Pacific). Eve, Isis and Mary are part of the lineages of our ancient Mother. Overseen by the Pleiades, the Earth (matter, mater, the mother) in that last solar system was imbued with intelligence (Ray 3). As we move toward autumn, another mother, Ceres realizes she has mere weeks left with her beloved daughter, Persephone. Persimmon and pomegranate trees prepare for autumn, their colors signs of hope as the light each day continues to dim. Sunday, Venus in Leo turns stationary direct, yet continues in her shadow until Oct. 9 (when retrograde Mercury turns direct). Slowly our newly assessed values emerge from the Venus retrograde. We thought in Venus retro how to use our resources more effectively. Mercury retrogrades Sept. 17. Monday is Labor Day. Let us honor the labor of everyone, all life a “labor.” Let us honor Labor Day and all those who have “served” (labored for) us this past year. We honor their labors. We honor the labor of our parents, those who have loved us. We honor our own labors, too. We are all in service, we are all laboring. We are all valuable.

 

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