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What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

When a drunk customer ripped the urinal off the wall, then started a fight with the bartender in the cafe downstairs. It was an off-the-wall situation, for sure.
Damani Thomas, Santa Cruz, Chef/Owner

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Astrology

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

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What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Sarah Bianco, because the lightness of her being exudes from her paintings.
Joseppe Percuccio
Santa Cruz | Teacher

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Astrology

Libra's Two Choices

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international).

During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

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Local Talk

Can we save both the whales and the humans?

Can we save both the whales and the humans?

We owe it to ourselves, the earth and future generations to do so.
Lynne Lerner
Santa Cruz  |  Retired

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Astrology

True Heroes Amidst Weary Humanity

True Heroes Amidst Weary Humanity

We have a complex week, beginning with a full moon lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Oct. 8. For three months prior and three months after, eclipses bring change to our lives. The lunar eclipse brings to a close something in our outer daily lives, its usefulness completed. We know what area of life will be affected when consulting our astrology charts. Wednesday’s eclipse, which overshadows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is at 15 degrees Libra. Libra and Aries are especially influenced.
During this time we also have Mercury retrograde in Libra and a potent Venus/Pluto/Uranus T-square in the heavens. Venus is in Libra. It can signify our personal relationships, money and the world economy. Venus, combined with Pluto and Uranus brings forth urgent, surprising and transformative change. Let us watch the news for events. We already had the protests in Hong Kong demanding balance and stability in their future economy and government. The forces of darkness do not have this on their agenda and will do all they can to destabilize humanity’s unified wishes.
However, most of humanity, wearied of war, seeks to inaugurate a new era of harmony and cooperation. We must build the new era communities to bring this forth. The trend of human thinking and the heart is towards the cessation of conflict. This is an event of major importance and indicates an important turning point in human affairs. This trend is impulsed by a weariness of fighting wars, by recognizing the value in human accomplishment, and by a recognition that true greatness is expressed by those who see life itself, humanity, earth’s kingdoms and the entire world as one united, interrelated, cooperative and harmonized whole. They seek to educate humanity in the principles of harmony, goodwill and right relations. Those who struggle for this world perspective and unity are the true heroes. These are the New Group of World Servers (NGWS). Let us join in this endeavor together recognizing ourselves part of this world-serving group.

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What do you know about the Santa Cruz Wharf that most people don’t?

What do you know about the Santa Cruz Wharf that most people don’t?

It's the longest wharf on the West Coast.
Britt Hoberg
Santa Cruz  |  Wharf Construction Crew Leader

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Astrology

Yom Kippur as Mercury Retrogrades

Yom Kippur as Mercury Retrogrades

Mercury retrogrades on Saturday. We know the “rules” by now. As Mercury stations retrograde, we also end the 10 days of repentance (forgiving and being forgiven) with Yom Kippur, the Jewish festival of judgment and remembrance. On Rosh Hashanah God “opened” the books of judgment and creation, observing humanity for acts of goodness, kindness, forgiveness and service. Judgment has been “pending,” and prayers, forgiveness and service were required. Then on Yom Kippur, Friday and Saturday, the judgment is "sealed" (by God and the Heavenly Court).
But the verdict is still not finalized. There’s still an additional chance, positive expectation (until Sukkot, Oct. 8-15) and hope that God will see that we were or are “good.” Good is better than perfect.
May everyone be inscribed by God in the creation book. Let us prepare plates of apples and honey, pomegranates and wine, sharing with family and friends wishing everyone an upcoming “sweet year.”
Celebrating all religions helps us create together the new Aquarian world religion, which incorporates all religious teachings. At their hearts they’re all the same. We join together with our brothers and sisters around the world, participating in their holy festivities. Let us remember also to forgive everyone.

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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.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

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Spring Spirits

Sean Venus’ gin straight up, remembering Rosa’s and a tasting of Hungarian wines

 

What’s your favorite most recent outdoor discovery in Santa Cruz?

A hike that’s across from Waddell Beach. I didn’t realize you could go across the highway and do a super simple loop, and it’s beautiful. You can see the coastline. Liz Porter, Santa Cruz, Community Outreach

 

Martin Ranch Winery

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Front Street Kitchen

Pop-up spot attracts paleo crowd with locally sourced low-carb meals