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Diwali – Hindu Festival of Light

Diwali – Hindu Festival of Light It’s good to understand all the world’s religious festivals. It creates religious unity. The day after Wednesday’s Scorpio new moon is Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights. Autumn and winter festivals of light signify hope during a time of darkness. All religions time their festivals by the stars, planets, sun and moon. Diwali (Deepavali) begins in the dark half of the new moon and ends in the light half of the Scorpio new moon - a five-day autumn festival between mid October and mid November (Scorpio’s month). Celebrated when the moon passes out of Libra – accounts are balanced, the business year ends, and enters Scorpio – the new financial year begins. Libra and Venus rule money and social accounts.
Diwali is Sanskrit for “rows of lamps”—small clay oil lamps; when lit suggesting good over evil, light within darkness. Diwali, at the end of India’s harvest season, is a time of thanksgiving.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

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We’re living in powerful, insightful times. Change is afoot—almost everywhere you look. Something ends. Something else begins. It may sound like “seasonal” speak and mood-swing blather to you, but it’s true—we’re in a time of profound shift, politically, economically, culturally. Nobody has felt this quite so distinctly as our school systems, which have taken a brutal blow financially yet still manage to impress with what they are able to accomplish under some of the most challenging of circumstances. This week, we talk with Cabrillo head Brian King and UC Santa Cruz chancellor George Blumenthal to understand more clearly what has been unfolding on both campuses. Over the past few years, both colleges have been affected economically. So, how are they doing? The news may surprise. News Editor Elizabeth Limbach’s compelling interviews with the two men. Send us your thoughts at [email protected] Read on ...

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on Occupy Wall Street?

What are your thoughts on Occupy Wall Street?

I think it's wonderful what all the people are doing in all the cities around the country right now in reference to the Wall Street crash and all the problems. And I also think they should take that and take it to the banks and the mortgage companies. I think it's wonderful and I'd like to see more of it.

Corrina Shirley

Santa Cruz | Student

/Mother


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Opinion

A Righteous Display of Anger

A Righteous Display of Anger

The “Occupy” political movement is one of the most fascinating developments in recent years, as frustrated, self-described regular folks are stepping up to demonstrate just how furious they are with Wall Street.

They’re calling themselves the “99 percenters” and they’re focusing their antipathy towards the “1 percent” that they see as nearly taking down our economic system.

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Opinion

Carpe Diem. Tomorrow.

Carpe Diem. Tomorrow.

Time is a flirt, the little bitch. Time says, “I’ll always be here for you.” And you come to believe it, and get used to it, and then suddenly you really need Time, and then Time is nowhere to be found. You panic, you scramble, and somehow you learn to cope without it. Then there’s a knock at the door, and it’s Time with a bottle of wine and some sweet talk, and all you can remember are the good days.

It’s fall, and fall is procrastination season. For one thing, school has started. School is where we encounter our first deadlines and decide how we will fight their power. Will we finish the assignments early and thereby defuse the tension? Prudent, but bo-ring. Procrastinators such as myself prefer to live on the edge, racing toward deadlines with steely nerve in a temporal game of chicken to see who will flinch at the last second. Sometimes due dates get extended, and we get a sense of relief the Prudentarians will never enjoy, but more commonly we find ourselves paying the price with an all-nighter. Though we may be criticized for our sub-standard work, we can hold our heads high and say, “Sure, but considering I did a two week project in one night, not too shabby!” It may not be the best way to get our money’s worth out of an expensive education, but it gives us time to focus on other important fall things, like ... the holidays!

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Astrology

Occupy! The People’s Aquarian Revolution

Occupy! The People’s Aquarian Revolution

 

Libra is the sign that enters our world in times of transition. Humanity is in a state of transition at this time “changing over” from the Age of Pisces (where we developed faith. Hope religion) to the Age of Aquarius (where we develop a knowledge base that realizes freedom is most important for our survival). During transition there is needed chaos (Ray 4). Humanity learns through Ray 4. During transitional periods, Libra, before Scorpio, steps in to assist in balancing the chaos. Libra also distributes Ray 3, the ray of Right Economy. Along with Venus, Libra’s ruler, Ray 3’s task is to balance imbalanced financial structures. Aquarius’s task is the demand for freedom, equality, justice and economic opportunities for everyone. We are seeing this demand for economic justice and demand for freedom in the “occupiers,” beginning on Wall Street and spreading around the country in towns and cities everywhere. This demand is an evolutionary phase strengthened by Libra’s economic focus and by Aquarius, the unfolding. The sign influencing humanity after Libra is Scorpio. Sunday, the Sun enters Scorpio. Scorpio calls humanity to be the world disciple, the warrior, courageous enough to fight for justice and humanity’s freedoms.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Steve Jobs. Dead. No doubt the co-founder of Apple is biting into fruit of another kind, wherever he may be. News of Jobs’ death last week quickly captured headlines in print and television. If you’re an “Apple person”—and even if you’re not—no doubt you’ve thought of the man that helped profoundly shift the way we interact with our computers and communications equipment. The man made a dent, that is for certain. I can recall being lured into the Mac world back in the ’80s. I was interning for the Lyric Opera Theater at Arizona State University and that small Mac, boxed as it was, with a floppy disk drive to boot, was where my journey began. Today, many of us are feeling the ripple of effect of Jobs’ enterprising visions—whether it be on our smart- phones or personal computer devices. R.I.P Steve. Here’s to jobs well done.

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Astrology

Libra’s Crisis of Balance and More

Libra’s Crisis of Balance and More

As we are in the sign Libra at the moment (the month and during our present time of transition), it’s important to understand the Libra tests we are undergoing. Then we view our experiences and choose with intelligence.

Of the three signs of Crisis (Leo, Libra, Capricorn). Libra is the Crisis of Balance. We must make a choice between two options, two opposing forces, the old ways or the new. One force surrendered to the other (personality surrendered to the Soul or vice versa). It is this Libra need to choose that leads humanity to the crisis, moving us from a state of chaos to a state of self-direction, equilibrium and balance.

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Local Talk

What will it take to get our representatives to favor the needs of the citizens before the interests of big business?

What will it take to get our  representatives to favor the needs of the citizens before the interests of big business? I think it will take a lot of compassion and an uprising on the citizens part to address that to our leaders. I don’t think we’re involved enough. We don’t care enough to actually take action.
Anna Sunflower
Santa Cruz | Gardener
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


They keep telling me—and not the voices in my head, thank you—that “thoughts are things.” What do you think about that? Careful ...  If it’s true and thoughts are, indeed, “things,” meaning, depending on the intensity—OK, we’re in Santa Cruz, so I’ll just say it: vibration—of your thoughts, you—yes, that would be you and, well, me, if we’re talking about the collective “you,” which we are, so ...—have a definite say in the creation of your reality. Just by how you think. All of this just makes me think: What are you thinking? (Other people have asked me this—Hi Mom—countless times and not in esoteric conversation.) A local “thought” guide once proposed to me, and others, that it was healthy to observe your thoughts—just notice them and not attach to them. It’s an interesting exercise. I did that for quite a while but always kept getting sidetracked by my—wait for it—emotions, to which the local guide chuckled and said: “Just notice your emotions—don’t become too attached to them.” I felt exhausted at this point and thought of one thing: Chocolate. I felt better after that.

Why am I telling you this? Thoughts, emotions, evolution and unity are part of the work of Sahara Devi. The spiritual leader hits Santa Cruz next week and will host a gathering on Thursday, Oct. 13. Check out saharadevi.com to learn more about how this individual promotes elevated consciousness on the planet.

For more information on the event, call (323) 829-1054.

In the meantime, three writers are feeling good and thinking great thoughts this week—the winners of GT’s “Take One” screenwriting contest. Discover who came out on top, and how their films will be produced by Impact Productions and will later be screened at the 2012 Santa Cruz Film Festival. Sometimes, drama really pays off. (Oh, and be sure to check out the winners of our Pet Photo Contest. )

More next time ...

 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor


Yeah, About The Economy ...

Regarding last week’s story in News, today’s economic recovery in Santa Cruz is not, I repeat, is not on an upward slope. According to Executive Vice President and chief development officer of Bay Federal Credit Union, Tonee Picard’s statements, “Economic conditions are also on the upward slope—we’re seeing a stabilization of the economy,  just based on a few key indicators. She says: “People are starting to  borrow again, there has been an uptick in our loans, auto loans and  refinancing homes due to all time low interest rates, [and] we’ve been meeting our lending goals. We are noting that credit scores are improving and the saving rates are still very high.”

People are saving money in prevention of further economic needs (i.e.  food, shelter and clothing), people are refinancing their homes to  save more money for these basic needs. People are borrowing again  because they have to. And the banks are willing to let them. Credit  scores are improving because people are paying down their debt. Inflation is looming over America like a freight train. with interest rates at all time lows, they can only rise. Homes at lower prices, must go up. The rental market is saturated due to forclosures, causing more inflation, even more lay-offs in the government and bringing home troops and releasing criminals from prison, will only  increase unemployment.

I do appreciate Tonee’s outlook, but it was, after all, the banking industry that caused this mess, so with a grain of salt ( it’s all I have left) and reading between the lines of her comments, I gracefully decline to interpret.

Homelessly submitted,

A former contractor,

Mark Becknerz


Street Beat

Regarding the article by Daniel Woo, I am a professional drummer who has played and studied music for the past 38 years. As a child, I watched Tom Scribner play his musical saw on Pacific Avenue. Recently I myself have performed on the mall, with the hope of inspiring children to take up a musical instrument. I have found the many restrictions on performing downtown to be even more difficult to manage than carting a (muffled!) drum set to and from my vehicle.

The Great Morgani is a professional street performer. I take my cues from him. I do not appreciate street performers with limited training and talent. I believe that Santa Cruz should encourage, even subsidize, professional street performers, or "buskers." Without them, Pacific Avenue is colorless, at best.

Jay Wilson

Santa Cruz


Best Online Comments


On  GTv’s  Charlie Sheen Roast’ coverage ...

Bravo. The balances of men, and ladies’ opinions finally sway his way. Vengeance sweet and all Divine. Bless.

—CS


Whether you like Charlie or not, he's entertaining—just like watching a Train Wreck.

—Lupin


On the dining story “Au Midi” ...

This place ROCKS! By far my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. If you haven't already gone, you must, and if you have I hope you're not as addicted as I am.

—Foodie


On  ‘Risa’s Stars’ ...

This my second Age of Aquarius. I am happy to be living clean and sober this time around. In my 60 years of this life I have never experienced an Astrologer and Teacher as powerful and knowledgeable as Risa. I thank you Risa. I have traveled many different roads. Simplicity, Kindness, and Love are incredibly difficult paths for me. I appreciate Risa's strong and powerful readings of my Leo Journey. Thank you for your dedication and love for us all.

—William M. Sweet


Clarification                Regarding last week’s music blurb, Austin Wilhoit is the bassist for The Devil Himself.


 
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Spring Triangle: Three Spring Festivals—Aries, Taurus, Gemini

The Spring signs Aries, Taurus and Gemini constitute a triangle of force that sets the template for the nine signs that follow and the template for the entire year (Spring 2015 - Spring 2016) ahead. Aries initiates new ideas, Taurus stabilizes the new thinking of Aries and Gemini takes the initiating stabilized ideas of Aries/Taurus and disperses them to all of humanity. It is in this way that humanity learns new things, with the help of Mercury, the messenger. As Spring unfolds, three elements emerge: the Fire of Aries (initiating new ideas), the Earth of Taurus (anchoring the ideas of God through Mercury) and the Air of communicating Gemini. These three signs/elements are the Three Spring Festivals. They are the “triangle of force” forming the template (patterns) of energy for the upcoming new year. After these three we then have the soothing, calming, warming, nurturing and tending waters of the mother (Cancer). Cancer initiates our next season under the hot suns of summer. Planets, stars and signs create the Temple of Light directing humanity towards all things new. March 29 is Palm Sunday, when the Christ, World Teacher, was led into Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (humility). Palms waving above His head, signified recognition of the Christ’s divinity. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before the Easter (Resurrection Festival). Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the week of capture, imprisonment, passion, sacrifice, crucifixion, death and resurrection of the christ. All events in the Christ’s life represent events (initiations) that humanity experiences through many lifetimes. We turn our attention to these holy events this week. Their concepts portray and reveal to us greater spiritual understanding. Then, Aries, the “light of life itself” shines through us.

 

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