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What’s the most underrated movie?

What’s the most underrated movie?

Dogville. The best movie that everyone else hates.
June Rose, Santa Cruz, Sock Flinger

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Astrology

New Pathways, Rhythms and Ways of Being

New Pathways, Rhythms and Ways of Being

The week is filled with heavenly squares, triangles, rectangles, lines and conjunctions as the planets accelerate their interactions with each other. We are preparing for December’s Uranus (in Aries) square Pluto (in Capricorn) – a persistent square causing uncompromising change in humanity. Aries/Capricorn are cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate new realities, squares challenge and lead us onto new pathways. They awaken us new ideas, archetypes, rhythms and new ways of being.

As Saturn (Dweller on the Threshold) disciplines us to face truths and then relinquish the past, Uranus (the new order) presents us with breakdowns Pluto transforms everything, everywhere relentlessly. Aries rules all things new. Capricorn rules governments, leaders and the entire structure of our civilization. Everything’s changing. It needs to. The old is exhausted. We are too.

Neptune (the fish god, the waters of life) in Pisces (saving the world) turns stationary direct Sunday morning as Venus enters Sag Sunday night. Sun joins Saturn (in Scorpio) Tuesday. Venus and Scorpio work with money and resources. We are being moved forward globally into new economic directions, new archetypes. A revolution is occurring. All of this humanity needs for the present unreal financial system to shift toward an economy based on principles of sharing (Aquarian).

Day by day, transit by transit, planet by planet, sign by sign, over time this reorientation (Scorpio’s work, from the solar plexus to the heart of the matter) will occur. At first we will have suffering. Then awakened realization.

Venus in Sag seeks justice for everyone. We display feelings truthfully and directly. We’re less fearful in interactions, more present, more attractive, forthright and adventurous. We also become more hungry.

Nov. 17-18 the Leonid meteor showers enter Earth’s atmosphere creating silvery shooting stars. The showers (from comet Tempel-Tuttle) peak in the dark night sky Tuesday. We look up and see light falling to earth.

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Editors Note

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Local Talk

How do you feel about your tax dollars going to space exploration?

How do you feel about your tax dollars going to space exploration?

I think that the tax dollars could be spent more on a local level, something that “we the people” could relate to and connect with.
Steve Rogers, Santa Cruz, Sommelier

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Astrology

Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Scorpio, Doing No Harm: Ahimsa

Thursday is full moon, Scorpio solar festival. The focus is on the Scorpio keynote, “Warriors we are, and from the battles we emerge triumphant.” We (humanity) are Hercules, the warrior/world disciple, battling the nine-headed Hydra—the Nine Scorpio Tests, the nine tests of the personality; three for each level: physical, emotional, lower mental. The tests discern if we are strong enough to stand with the forces of light battling the forces of darkness.

One of the mental tests of Scorpio is cruelty. The spiritual ruler of Scorpio is Mercury. Mercury (now in Libra, right human relations) reminds us to “do no harm” (ahimsa), to not be cruel, to tend to our thoughts and language with tender care.

During Scorpio we become resourceful, determined, fearless, intuitive, darkly witty, investigative and profound, with desires secret and mysterious. We may go into hiding, display suspicion and skepticism, stubbornness, determination, and we are often emotionally on edge. Scorpio presents an interesting mix of depth psychology. Research is best during Scorpio, seeking the heart of all matters. When we find what we’re searching for, we “capture” it and make it our own.

Our intelligence becomes highly instinctive; we strategize. There’s a warning in Scorpio, that we do not criticize, judge, opinionate, insinuate or be vindictive. We will challenge others and be challenged in return. Intrigue, hidden motives, and mysteries may appear. We must discern between reality and mental illusions. Ruling Scorpio (sign of power, passion and intensity), Mercury reminds us communication can either create or destroy another. We remember Elvis’ (Jupiter in Scorpio) song “Don’t be Cruel.”  We do no harm (ahimsa).

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


 

 

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Local Talk

What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

People smoking cigarettes downtown.
David Finn, Santa Cruz, Graduate Student

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Astrology

Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

We’re in Scorpio now—things mysterious, ageless, hidden, sometimes scary. Friday is Halloween; Saturday, All Saints Day; Sunday, All Soul’s Day. Sunday morning at 2 a.m. (after midnight), Daylight Savings Time ends. Clocks are turned back. Tuesday is the General Election. Our vote is our voice. Each vote matters. Applying freedom of choice—Libra’s teachings. It’s time to build Halloween, All Saints and All Souls altars—with marigolds, pumpkins, sugar skeletons, copal (incense), pomegranates, persimmons, candy corn and cookies, orange and black. It’s so Saturn (now in Scorpio). Saturn is the dweller on the threshold (like St. Peter at the gates of heaven). Saturn can look like a Halloween creature—a gargoyle—a fantastic dragon-like creature protecting sacred sites. The dweller (Saturn) stands at the door or threshold of sacred mysteries, wisdom temples, inner sanctums of churches, offering protection, scaring evil away.

The last day of October and first two days of November, when veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about, are times of remembrance, forgiveness, reconciliation and rapprochement. These actions liberate us. At death, when reviewing our lives and the consequences of our actions if we have forgiven, then we are free, less encumbered with grief and sadness. We place forgiveness on our altars.

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s good to dress up as what we’re afraid of. Or whom we would mentor. Then we become one with them. Note to readers: by Thanksgiving I will need a place to live (with purpose). Please contact me if you know of a place where I can rest for awhile. Teach and build community. [email protected] I will be leaving my mother’s home for the last time.

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Local Talk

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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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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