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What’s your take on the current housing situation in Santa Cruz?

What’s your take on the current housing situation in Santa Cruz?

It’s ridiculous how expensive it is. I used to live here. I live in Burlingame now, and it’s crazy expensive, but being in Santa Cruz, for what the incomes are, it’s insulting.

Annette Cavalier, Burlingame, Flight Attendant

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Astrology

Spring—Light Equals the Darkness, Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse

Spring—Light Equals the Darkness, Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse

Honoring all fathers, St. Joseph’s Feast Day is Thursday, March 19. On Friday, March 20, spring begins. Less than one hour after the New Moon (29.29 Pisces) total solar eclipse, the Sun enters Aries. It’s spring equinox, the new Spiritual year begins, and we celebrate International Astrology Day. Essential eclipse themes—endings, completions, departures, breakdowns, breakthroughs and revelations.

The gate of Aries, sign of “all things made new” swings open at spring equinox and the primal fiery green force within all life on Earth resurrects. This fiery life force is the hidden mystery of Easter and resurrection. Ancient people believed at the beginning of time/creation, when elements first appeared forming the substance (matter, mater, mother) of our cosmos, the Sun was in Aries.

As spring unfolds, the creative life-giving spiritual essences within humanity and Earth’s kingdoms ascend. Spring initiates (Aries keyword) new life, new hope and vision, the new world order, culture and civilization. Sparks of fire appear at the rootlets of plants, “resurrecting” them “from fire to light to life.” The two first leaves of new plants resemble the sign Aries.

The first day of spring is the first full day of fiery Aries (after Pisces waters—fire and water together form new life), initiating the new spiritual and astrological year (International Astrology Day). A new cycle of time begins in the tropical (seasonal) zodiac. Astrology is the heavenly directional template, the guidepost for beginnings, endings, changes, transformations for humanity.

Aries Sun, spring equinox, Sun at the equator, light equaling darkness, the northward equinox occurring also signal the Iranian new year (Norouz); beginning of the Bahá'í (Naw-Rúz) calendar; Ostara (Germanic spring goddess, giving birth to Yule in nine months); Chunfen (Vernal Equinox) in China. In Maya, it is the “return of the Sun serpent. The ever-moving wheel of the year turns once more. We together, “ascend.” Resurrection begins within all life on Earth.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

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Local Talk

Do you think the shutdown of Highway 17 was an effective form of protest?

Do you think the shutdown of Highway 17 was an effective form of protest?

No. It was a complete and total misguided attempt by people that probably have rich parents to disrupt thousands of peoples lives, and it just makes no sense. It was pointless.

Kevin Roberts, Santa Cruz, Mortgage Banker

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

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Astrology

Intensity, Change, Transformation — Mars, Uranus, Pluto

Intensity, Change, Transformation — Mars, Uranus, Pluto

Mars/Uranus, Mars/Pluto, Mercury enters Pisces, Saturn retrograde, Uranus square Pluto, Venus enters Taurus—this is astrology language describing significant cosmic events occurring this week. They signify intensity; portend inner and outer significant changes in our world, changes that bring about a new world order (esoteric words), a new culture and civilization. It is a long, drawn out process. Our senses will be affected. We will be tested. No one is unaffected. As Mars, Uranus and Pluto meet, fiery exchanges may occur interpersonally and globally. Saturn retrograde with Venus entering Taurus attempt to stabilize us. The planets circling the Sun stream energies into Earth that propel humanity forward. They are potent yet neutral. The character and consciousness of each of us depends on how we receive and are influenced (act out, react, respond, stay poised, etc.) by the energies. There may also be increases in geological and political (both Ray 1) events.

Since June 24, 2012 until now, the major planets of change (Uranus) and transformation (Pluto) met four times in the sky. They meet for the last (fifth) time on March 16—Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn (15 degrees). Squares intensify energies, calling for directional change that anchors new realities.

Responses to these planetary influences are dual—war (Middle East), ongoing protests, killing and violent conflicts along with examples of goodwill and demands for negotiation and peace. Extremes are everywhere.

We must adapt, remaining poised at the apex of the triangle. Then we can be of service to those in need. We realize the needed world changes are occurring, a new cycle of life eventuating. We continually recollect the need for poise. (Read more at nightlightnews.org.)

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Local Talk

What would make Santa Cruz better?

What would make Santa Cruz better?

A lot more outdoor activities such as outdoor movies and concerts, food and art festivals, and more multicultural activites.

Emmanuel Cole, Santa Cruz, Bicycle Industry Product Developer

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Astrology

Week of Festivals: Full Moon, Lantern Festival, Purim, Holi

Week of Festivals: Full Moon, Lantern Festival, Purim, Holi

It is a week of many different festivals along with a full moon, all occurring simultaneously. Thursday Chinese New Year celebrations end with the Lantern Festival (at full moon). Thursday is also the Pisces Solar festival (full moon), Purim (Jewish Festival) and Holi (Hindu New Year Festival). Sunday, March 8, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. The festival of Purim celebrates the freedom of the Hebrew people from the cruel Haman (a magistrate) seeking to destroy them. Esther, the Queen of Persia, who was secretly Jewish, saved her people from death. The sweet cookie hamentaschen celebrates this festival.

Friday, March 6, is Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival celebrated after the March full moon. Bonfires are lit the night before, warding off evil. Holi, the Festival of Colors, is the most colorful festival in the world. It is also the Festival of Love—of Radha for Krishna (the blue-colored God). It is a spring festival with singing, dancing, carnivals, food and bhang, a drink made of cannabis leaves. Holi signifies good over evil, ridding oneself of past errors, ending conflicts through rapprochement (returning to each other). It is a day of forgiveness, including debts. Holi also marks the beginning of New Year.

At the Pisces Solar festival we recite the seed thought, “We leave the Father’s home and, turning back, we save.” Great Teachers remain on Earth until all of humanity is enlightened. The New Group of World Servers is called to this task and sacrifice. Sacrifice (from the heart) is the first Law of the Soul, the heart of which is Love. This sacrifice saves the world.

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Editors Note

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From The Editor

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Local Talk

What defines a good dive bar?

What defines a good dive bar?

It’s slightly dirty, and they serve cheap drinks.

Stella Celeste, Santa Cruz, Barrista

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Health Screening

Santa Cruz wellness expert releases app to improve workplace well-being

 

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6. Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears. Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at nightlightnews.org and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 31

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Bargetto Winery

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Margaritaville

Popular Capitola spot gets new owner and complete makeover