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Pure Monday, Ceremony of Mutual Forgiveness

Pure Monday, Ceremony of Mutual ForgivenessThis last week of February has an added day. It’s leap year. Thursday, Mercury joins the Mars retrograde. We ponder upon many things but cannot act on them until after April 13 (Mars turns direct]. Mars retro restrains us in order that we reassess, reorder and review. Friday is the feast day of St. Matthias replacing the disciple Judas after his betrayal of Christ (a developmental stage).
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus letters to the Editor

When the New Year hits, we inevitably find ourselves filling out numerous forms of some kind. Get ready to fill out a few more when you visit us online at goodtimessantacruz.com. For starters, the Best of Santa Cruz Readers Poll is up. Once again, we’re asking readers to vote for their favorites in Santa Cruz County—from restaurants and nightlife portals to admired professionals and other locals making a difference. Voting runs through early March so get going and have your vote count. Winners will be announced in April. Good luck to all.
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Local Talk

Does evil exist?

Does evil exist?  Unfortunately, I believe it does. I think when the Universe was created there was no evil. Human beings are greedy, and I think that that’s where evil comes from. I think that religions try to prevent evil, people but they also reinforce it by saying dont be evil or you'll go to hell. I believe that we have to teach people not to be evil, which is sad.
Maureen Beck
San Diego | Legal Secretary


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Astrology

The Light of Life Itself in Pisces

 The Light of Life Itself in PiscesWe have a week of planetary shifts, celebrations, a new moon and a secret birthday. Thursday, Mercury and Chiron team up in Pisces, the sign of compassion and saving the world. Late Saturday night Sun enters Pisces, showering the Earth with the “Light of the World.” “Pisces light reveals the Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter (ignorance).” All of Earth’s kingdoms absorb this “saving” Pisces light.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus Letters to the Editor 
I’ve said it before: Santa Cruz is full of inspiring locals. Bill Veltrop is one of them. In this week’s cover story, Veltrop says that he sees the next age to be “a conscious evolution of our social systems.” Those are but a few of the compelling words from the 82-year-old, considered to be the leading architect of organizational design.
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Local Talk

What is your idea of a romantic date in Santa Cruz?

What is your idea of a romantic date in Santa Cruz? A bike ride along West Cliff with a stop at Kelly’s Bakery to grab some food. Then continue on to Wilder Ranch to enjoy a sunset picnic.
Sean James
Santa Cruz | Drummer—Tater Famine 
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Astrology

There’s a Path From Me to You…

There’s a Path From Me to You…We begin the week on Thursday, with Venus joining Uranus in Aries. Venus represents money, resources and values. Uranus “creates the revolution” and needed new archetypes. And Aries initiates “all things new.” The energies are building for a showdown (breakdown) in March. The keynote at this time is preparation.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus Letters to the Editor 

I like this week’s Quote of the Week. Perhaps we’ve seen each other in the “in between” place? (Yes—that was you.) Clarity, balance, fun. So, how do we embrace all of that effectively in 2012? With Facebook, Tivo, Xfinity on Demand, Twitter, and a slew of other media offerings, sometimes finding that balance is not as easy as we’d like it to be. But, we’re Santa Cruzans, after all, and we don’t need to look far for some guidance and inspiration.
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Local Talk

Where do you see media/journalism heading in the next two years?

Where do you see  media/journalism heading  in the next two years? I think that media outlets’ agendas are only going to get stronger, and the way they report the news will be more influenced by those agendas rather than truth.
Ariel Benlevi
Santa Cruz | Sous Chef / Johnny’s Harborside


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Astrology

Neptune Enters Pisces, Aquarius Solar Festival, Saturn Retrograde, Candlemas and the Groundhog & His Shadow

Neptune Enters Pisces, Aquarius Solar Festival, Saturn Retrograde, Candlemas and the Groundhog & His ShadowThursday is Groundhog Day (will the groundhog see his shadow and return to his burrow?). It’s also Candlemas Day, a day of significance astronomically and religiously, signifying a time in between winter solstice and spring equinox. In the Catholic Church Candlemas is 40 days after Christmas. The holy child and Mary are presented in the Temple. Beeswax candles are blessed. Friday, Feb. 3, after 14 years in Aquarius, Neptune enters its own sign of Pisces (after 164 years), remaining there until 2025.
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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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Flats Bistro

Pizza with an artisan twist comes to Aptos Beach

 

What’s your take on Santa Cruz locals?

Santa Cruz locals are really friendly once you know them. I think a lot of them have a hard time leaving, and I would too. Ryan Carle, Santa Cruz, Biologist

 

Soquel Vineyards

If Soquel Vineyards partners Peter and Paul Bargetto and Jon Morgan were walking down the street wearing their winning wine competition medals, you’d hear them coming from a mile away. This year was particularly rewarding for the Bargettos and Morgan—they won two Double Gold Medals and five Gold Medals at January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

 

Enlightened Flavors

Squash & Blossom’s artisanal alternative-flour delights, beet kvass from Cafe Ivéta, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival