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What Local Talk question would you like to see in 2015?

What Local Talk question would you like to see in 2015?

How are you going to make a tangible difference in your community this year?

Tony Purtcher, Felton, Grad Student

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Astrology

The Unicorn

The Unicorn

All 12 astrological signs have glyphs and symbols. The higher intuitive mind understands concepts through symbols. Symbols capture the story and essence of a subject. Capricorn’s glyph represents the signature of God (hidden). Most of the astrological signs have animal symbols. Capricorn’s are crocodile, mountain goat and unicorn. Unicorn, spiritual symbol of Capricorn, inspires disciples, indicates one-pointedness, a continued upward movement into divinity and purity. The unicorn moves slowly, never forgetting what is gained through experience. It reaches unreachable heights. On its ascent the unicorn never slips, reaching its goal (Sagittarius) of the mountaintop, standing within Capricorn’s light.

Unicorn is a divine and mythical creature; one horned, a single spear emerging from the forehead (the Ajna Diamond Light Center of Direction). We imagine ourselves as white unicorns climbing the mountain, alone, at peace, silent. Silence prevails around us. Discipleship requires the qualities of a unicorn—strength, willingness, stable, tolerant through time, one-pointed, working toward noble goals, accomplishing slowly and gradually, reaching heights through inner contemplations and outer labor, experiencing silence within and all around, ever expanding into higher states of consciousness.

In the zodiac we encounter the ram (Aries), bull (Taurus), goat (Capricorn) and unicorn (Capricorn). Ram and bull have double horns. Unicorn a single horn. Ram and bull horns are curved, unicorn’s one horn juts straight outward, like a sun ray. Ram and bull double horns indicate duality in our world. Unicorn’s single horn indicates nature/reality beyond duality. Like lion, unicorn lives alone, is much more solitary than lion, living in the heights of mountains. In the same way the peacock signifies Master Morya (head of all esoteric schools), the unicorn (appearing in mythical art and stores) signifies a teacher and/or master of wisdom’s presence. May the light of Capricorn bring forth within each of us the spirit of the unicorn. Note: Mercury retrograde on Jan 21.

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Editors Note

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Local Talk

What’s the best resolution you have kept?

What’s the best resolution you have kept?

I raced a 24-hour solo mountain bike race. I placed second.

Sean Morrissey, Los Gatos, Unemployed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My resolution every year is whatever I decide to do I'm going to be the best at it. This year it’s going to be making beer, last year was something different.

Michael Enos, Watsonville, Brewer

 

 

 

 

 


Purging the people in my life that were not good for me, and not let them take me down.

Kira Prokopakis, Santa Cruz, Nursing Student

 

 

 

 

 



Becoming vegan. It has changed my whole energy and made my life better.

Gina Giommi, Santa Cruz, Artist

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stop reading mediocre books.

Fadra Perrin, Santa Cruz, Semi Retired Retail

Astrology

The New Year, New Renaissance: Incoming Ray 7

The New Year, New Renaissance: Incoming Ray 7

We are in winter now in the northern hemisphere— a deeply interior moment of time. As 2015 unfolds humanity begins to understand its true identity (World Server), and realizes the old cannot be restored, as the last of seven Uranus/Pluto squares occurs. Uranus—all things new. Pluto—complete transformation.

A new world is emerging as the old passes away. The world’s economic adjustment will continue. It signifies the  first initiation for humanity, a new birth into new awareness and responsibility in the new Age of Aquarius. As new awareness grows, there will be a simultaneous emergence of new entrepreneurs (Uranus in Aries). The year 2015 will be the Game-Changing Year. We will remember and recover the renaissance which ended the Dark Ages for humanity (with Ray 7—the new rhythms coming in). A new electrical energy (Uranus) is coming into the Earth. The young ones will discover this energy, coining new words describing the new energy. It is beyond “alternative.”

Ancient teachings of science, long suppressed, will create breakthrough energies giving hope to humanity and the will to shape a different future. The political, governmental and financial landscapes will also change. The young will no longer be interested in government breakdowns and partisanship. We will no longer need oil, gas or coal. Without these our Mideast focus (wars) ceases. From our ancient past will emerge a renaissance.

The renaissance began as Ray 3 (divine intelligence), Ray 5 (concrete and scientific knowledge), and Ray 7 (new rhythms) entered Earth. These are once again sweeping into Earth and anchoring new archetypes. They rule the new Aquarian Age, the Age of Humanity. The old can no longer be restored. Epiphany is Tuesday. The Three Kings with their three gifts found the Holy Child.

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Astrology

Our Gifts - Fiery Sacrificial Lights to One Another

Our Gifts - Fiery Sacrificial Lights to One Another

Wednesday is Christmas Eve, Hanukkah ends and the Moon is in Aquarius, calling for the new world to take shape at midnight. Thursday morning, the sun, at the Tropic of Capricorn, begins moving northward. The desire currents are stilled. A great benediction of spiritual force (Capricorn’s Rays 1, 3, 7) streams into Earth. Temple bells ring out. The heavens bend low; the Earth is lifted up to the Light.

Angels and Archangels chant, “On Earth, peace, goodwill to all.” As these forces stream into the Earth they assume long swirling lines of light, in the likeness of the Madonna and Child. The holy child is born. Let our hearts be “impressed” with and hold this picture, especially because Christmas may be difficult this year.

Christmas Day is void of course moon (v/c moon), which means we may feel somewhat disconnected from one another. It’s difficult to connect in a v/c moon. Try anyway. Mercury joins Pluto in Capricorn. Uh oh … we don’t bring up the past containing any dark and difficult issues. We are to attempt new ways of communicating—expressing aspirations and love for one another, replacing wounding, sadness, lostness, and hurts of the past. Play soothing music, pray together, have the intention for peace, harmony and goodwill. Don’t be surprised if things feel out of control and/or arguments arise. We remember, before a new harmony emerges, chaos and crisis come first to clear the air. We are to be the harmonizers.

Christmas evening is more harmonious, less difficult, more of what Christmas should be— radiations of love, sharing, kindness, compassion and care. Sunday, Feast Day of the Holy Family, is surprising. Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2014. Taurus moon, a stabilizing energy, ushers in the New Year. Happy New Year, everyone! Peace to everyone. Let us realize we are gifts radiating diamond light to one another. Living sacrificial flames!

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Local Talk

What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

The Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz.

Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor

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Local Talk

Guitar or surfboard?

Guitar or surfboard?

Guitar. The closest thing I ever came to surfing was sliding down a rock hill.

Charlie Tweddle, Santa Cruz, Hats and Music

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

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Astrology

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens.

Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.
The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

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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

 

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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