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Palm Sunday & Mercury Stationary Direct

Palm Sunday & Mercury Stationary Direct

Sun square Pluto on Thursday challenges us to bring everything hidden into the light of day. The light transforms and uplifts. This aspect between Sun and Pluto reflects the prayer from the Upanishads (ancient Vedic Hindu prayer), “Lead us O Lord, from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, from death to immortality, from chaos to beauty.” 
 
Thursday is influenced by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and the heart of the Aquarian Age. We need, in our world, the light and reality of immortality to create beauty out of the present purposeful chaos. 
 
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Astrology

Aries Fire and All Things New

Aries Fire and All Things New

The new moon of the new spiritual (spring season) year occurs Thursday morning, at 2.22 degrees Aries. Mercury retro and Uranus are poised, like messenger-sentries, on either side of the new moon. Humanity may be impressed with an idea (Mercury) that becomes a great ideal concerning our future (Uranus). We’re in the full energetic stream of Aries now. Spring has arrived and new life is emerging in the Northern Hemisphere. The new Spiritual Year began at Spring Equinox as the Sun entered initiating Aries, sign of the mind, of fire, where all ideas begin and where the fiery impulse to take action actually happens in form and matter.

In Aries (where all new things begin) for the next seven years is Uranus, planet of revolution and the new archetypes needed to create the new culture and civilization. Mercury retro joined Uranus in Aries March 18 and will again April 22, Earth Day. Calling humanity to rise up, revolutionize, absorb the new archetypes and create the new world, together. Perhaps Mercury/Uranus will “present” a “solar event” on Earth Day. There is a direct relationship between planetary alignments and solar activity. Unlocking solar codes allows us to prepare for solar events.
 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

 

Three months ago, we were preparing for the holidays and the new year. Now, it’s all about spring, which arrives next week. Ready or not, here it comes. And so, too, does a new season that is hopefully full of insights and, perhaps, the manifestation of some of your deeper desires—your “dreams,” hopes and wishes. Oh, those, you say? Where are they? What have you done lately to fuel your innermost passions and desires? 
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Local Talk

Blocking access to UCSC

Blocking access to UCSC

Do you think blocking access to the UCSC campus is an effective form of protest? Why?


Yes, it's an effective form of protest because it gets attention, and that’s what they want.
Karsten Mueler
Santa Cruz | Professor

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Astrology

International Astrology Day And More ...

International Astrology Day And More ...Everyone will be at the Thrive premiere this Thursday (Del Mar) and Friday (USCS). A new conversation about all things new (Uranus in Aries) is needed in our town providing us with new thinking that, together, creates the new culture & civilization. Saturday, Aquarius moon, is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick taught the Trinity, the three Aspects of God, Will, Love/Wisdom and Intelligence with three-leaf clovers.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Stop what you’re doing. Sit still for a moment and just ... be. That might prove challenging for some of us. Regardless, there’s no telling what you might observe when you’re not busy paying attention to all the busyness in your life.

Something I noticed: A fundraiser for 7-year-old Ishmael Gomez.
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Local Talk

Mitt Romney presidency?

Mitt Romney presidency?

What do you think a Mitt Romney presidency will look like?

 

Same toolbox, different tool.
Tianna Laura
Santa Cruz | Student

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Astrology

Thrive’s Local Premiere & the Full Moon

Thrive’s Local Premiere & the Full Moon It’s in Ojai on the 10th with Catherine Austin Fitts. It’s in Santa Cruz next week. It’s the film Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take?” and it premieres in Santa Cruz at the Del Mar Theatre (3/15; 469-3224) and UCSC Media Theatre (3/16; see this week’s cover story). Santa Cruz filmmakers Foster and Kimberly Gamble will be present, prior to a world tour. GT Editor Greg Archer introduces. Mark your calendars.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus Letters to the Editor 

Few would argue that these days, coffee has become more than just about drinking the beverage itself. Especially if you’re out ordering coffee at a local coffeehouse. From the wide range of specialty drinks to the time we actually spend at a coffeehouse—socializing, working and, of course, drinking coffee—our “coffee experience” has become just that—an experience.
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Local Talk

In the Rittenhouse Building?

In the Rittenhouse Building?

Name a few stores that would be great tenants in the Rittenhouse Building in Downtown Santa Cruz.

A bitchin’ hotel with a swanky restaurant and lounge.
Kati Graham
Santa Cruz | Owner, Bubble Lounge


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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”