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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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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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What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to celebrate the holidays?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to celebrate the holidays?

I went up to a Santa and asked what he wanted for Christmas, and it turned out that he was a hired homeless man. It was really crazy, but really rewarding in the end.

Hani Esengio, Santa Cruz, Waitress

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Astrology

Understanding Sagittarius and its Symbols

Understanding Sagittarius and its Symbols

Sagittarius is the sign of direction. The arrows of Sag are sharp, and pointed in a specific direction. The archer guides the arrows toward a specific goal. The goal is truth and justice—the virtues of Sagittarius.

The sun transmitting Sagittarius light to Earth has a specific goal—that of justice, truth and right judgment. The sun is the father aspect. Each of us, son/daughter of the father, is to follow the father’s (sun’s) direction each month (different tasks provided in each sign). In Sag we set goals through our imagination (mind). We gather all energies and previous experiences (the food of life) and aim the arrows of our imagination toward our goals. Our imagination releases a light from our head center. In meditation, Jupiter, the lord (ruler) of Sag, provides direction, guidance and expansion.

When a sense of direction is rightly developed, purpose comes forth and the personality aligns with the divine plan (God’s thoughts). We are not to look hither and thither for direction. We follow the direction (arrows) set for us by the Soul. Thought has power. When the imaginative mind releases (like arrows) such power in a given direction, the goal is reached. Arjuna, a Sagittarius student, was given right direction by Lord Krishna (the Teacher). Consequently Arjuna fulfilled the plan.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna (the Teacher) of warrior-student Arjuna, says “I am the month of Sagittarius. I am the Teacher and the Teaching.” Artemis/Diana are the female Sagittarius deities. Sag is the photographer. Sag’s focus brings forth expanded awareness and consciousness through Jupiter, the planet of great generosity and love (Ray 2) leading to wisdom. We focus on what presents itself. Sunday, Uranus squares Pluto again (sixth time). It’s the revolutionary transformative agent initiating us into the Aquarian Age.

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Local Talk

Should law enforcement wear cameras?

Should law enforcement wear cameras?

I think it would be a great thing—to keep them reliable and honest.
Savannah Willis, Santa Cruz, Barrista

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Astrology

Festivals of Light in the Darkness

Festivals of Light in the Darkness

In the darkness of the season humanity creates festivals of Light, and there are many festivals this week. This is how ancient humanity withstood winter each year. We are ancient humanity. Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent, ending at midnight on Dec. 24. Advent nightly candle ritual brings light to the dark, preparing us for winter solstice’s birth of light. Advent means “something’s coming.” The feast day of St. Nicholas (the real Santa Claus) is Saturday, Dec. 6. Monday, Dec. 8 is the Immaculate Conception—a holy day in the Catholic Church commemorating Mary’s (mother of Jesus) high (pure) level of consciousness at birth. Mary, one of the Masters, “mastered” the Earth plane school. Also on Dec. 8,, 1941 (Japanese time) WWII was declared (the U.S. entered the war) after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Next Wednesday, Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day, an honoring of equality, bringing light to the darkness created by ignorance. It commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We thank Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor had Sag rising, Libra Sun, Mercury and North Node. Sag is the sign of justice. Libra, the sign of equality. Eleanor represented both.

We’re in Sagittarius now, sign of food, music, the photographer, adventurer, philosopher, chef, rider on the white horse. Sag’s eyes, always on the Capricorn mountaintop, seek the arrows of intuition scattered everywhere. Sagittarius holds high and noble aspirations. Esoterically it is the aspiration of the Soul to return to the Father (Capricorn’s mountaintop), our source and origins, riding toward the Path of Return. Thus Sag, energetically, is a “beam of focused light revealing the Greater Light ahead.” Jupiter rules Sag.

The Tibetan writes, “Jupiter brings together and binds in friendliness.” Thus, in the season of giving (through Jan. 6, Feast of the Three Kings), let us be generous with our light, our money, resources, gifts, love, friendship, goodness and wisdom.

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Local Talk

What charities would you like to see people support this season?

What charities would you like to see people support this season?

Any charity that helps feed people who are hungry. The Homeless Services Center, Homeless Garden Project, Second Harvest Food Bank, Valley Churches United—those are really local oriented.
Judy Allen, Scotts Valley, Consulting

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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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