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Astrology

Festival of Humanity, World Invocation

Festival of Humanity, World Invocation Thursday is the full moon (6.33 degrees Gemini/Sag), the Gemini solar Festival of Humanity and World Invocation Day. This is the 3rd major full moon festival of the year. At the moment of the full moon (4:07 p.m. Pacific time), the initiating idea of Aries to build the new culture and civilization and the sustaining of this idea by Taurus  are distributed to Earth, awaiting humanity and all Earth’s kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human). All over the world, the New Group of World Servers and the women and men of Goodwill will recite the Great Invocation (thus World Invocation Day), the great Mantram of Direction for humanity (it follows the Our Father prayer, given to humanity during Atlantean times).
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Opinion

The Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary

The Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary

A call for increased strength and a new commitment
In less than a year, on March 1, 2011 in Washington, D. C., there will be vibrant speeches and sustained applause for the United States Peace Corps. The agency will be 50 years old. More than 200,000 volunteers will have served in 139 countries around the world.  The Peace Corps volunteer contributions deserve both commendation and recognition.  

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Opinion

May Day Riots

May Day Riots

A community at a crossroads
Recent violence and attacks on downtown have done more than torn through the fabric of our historically peaceful community; it has left many residents simply asking, “What happened to Santa Cruz I know?” In search of easy answers we often look toward short-term policy changes (more police overtime) or easy scapegoats (elected officials). But a micro approach, while satiating the initial visceral need to do something, really does little to address the underlying issue. That issue, simply stated, is that our community is no longer the community we knew.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times
Unsustainable Meat Economy
So, How Do We Generate Energy?
Riot Round-up
Holiday Deadlines
On May 18, there was AMGEN fever as the world-famous Tour of California ushered in thousands of visitors for Stage 3 of the tour. This week, we get a reprieve before Memorial Day weekend arrives and we all officially dive into summer 2010. Food choices shift during the summer months—all the more reason to pay attention to what kinds of foods you are eating. It’s the topic of the week as writer Amy Coombs takes readers on a memorable journey that explores the rare meat trades, specifically targeting the fishing industry and the problem of overfishing. Here, with the help of local environmental giants, we learn more about the plight of the bluefin tuna and other endangered fish, and why now, more than ever, it’s vital to know where your fish came from, and what fish you are consuming. Take note of all the discoveries and send us your thoughts at [email protected]

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Astrology

Gemini—a Line of Light Beams and Interplay

Gemini—a Line of Light Beams and InterplaySun enters Gemini Thursday evening. This week preparations are undertaken by the New Group of World Servers for the Gemini Full moon, next Thursday, May 27, the third most important full moon of the year. Gemini, often playful and happy, also displays duality (Castor & Pollux) in all its form. Gemini is the “light of interplay,” a line of light beams revealing all that opposes.
Gemini teaches us about duality, the relationship between two things. Gemini tells us that form and matter consists of this duality and relationship. If we think upon these words realizing Gemini people (Sun, Moon, Rising, Mars, Ascendant, etc.) display these characteristics, we better understand Gemini tasks and purposes in our lives. Humanity experiences Gemini behaviors and characteristics during the month of Gemini each year.
Gemini receives and distributes Ray 2 (Love/Wisdom) from a star in the Big Bear (and from Sirius). When the fact of duality is fully understood (and accepted), love and wisdom result. Gemini works with Mercury (Ray 4, Harmony Through Conflict). Both are the sign and planet of relatedness. Gemini and Mercury link, correlate and connect two things, introduce two people or events and then disappear. Their work of relating being complete, they move onto the next area of life needing connectivity. Gemini and Mercury are with us one moment, gone the next. They are like butterflies in a field. We can’t catch them. They build the Antakarana, the Rainbow Bridge, between Spirit and matter.
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Local Talk

Would you go to a rodeo if there was one in Santa Cruz County?

Would you go to a rodeo if there was one in Santa Cruz County?

The rodeo's not really my thing but if there was one in Santa Cruz County and somebody I knew wanted to go I'd go. It sounds like something different and interesting. And it's a skill to stay on a wild animal. So I'd be into it. Why not?
Marcus Negron
Santa Cruz | Engineer

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Opinion

It’s Time to Lose the Cynicism

It’s Time to Lose the Cynicism

I was looking in the mirror one day last week when I realized that when it comes to the public dialogue, I’m part of the problem. Chances are that you are too.

I had been watching one of the endless congressional hearings going on these days. It might have been about Goldman Sachs or maybe Fannie Mae or maybe even the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Then came on the analysis. Who was at fault? Who is to blame? What did he know and when did he know it?

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times
May Day Riots: The Aftermath
From The Hub ...
City Council Too Reactionary
The Mayor Says ...
Knowing SubRosa Better
The race is on. Well, almost. The much heralded AMGEN Tour of California kicks off this week and heads right into Santa Cruz Tuesday, May 18. Once again, GT has a great deal of information about the prestigious cycling race, which came through town for the first time last year. (And we’re so glad they’re heading back.) Thousands of people are expected to attend. This year’s Stage 3 finish line is right in front of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Some things to know: take note of this week’s AMGEN tour pullout. It has specific information on the event, including road closures, where to watch, the whole schedule and so much more. (You may even learn a few biking tips, too.) There’s plenty there, so dive in. In the meantime, with cycling fever in the air, we searched for inspiring locals making an impression on the cycling scene. You can find our star in this week’s cover story where Karen Kefauver explores the unique nature of cyclist Shelley Olds Evans. The woman is a dynamo and has her sights set on the 2012 Olympic Games. Here’s to her bright vision and many miles of cycling ahead. See you at the race.

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Astrology

United Nations Day of Families

United Nations Day of FamiliesThis is our last week of Taurus, sign of Enlightenment. The Forces of Enlightenment are preparing for the Gemini Festival of Humanity. Thursday night is Taurus new moon. The Taurus personality-building seed thought is “Let struggle be undismayed.” Our personality learns the nature of form and matter through struggling with duality. Before the Soul directs the personality it too must learn about duality. From understanding duality, we learn discrimination and the ability to choose right from wrong, good from bad, light from dark. A mantra (the NGWS recite daily) from the Upanishads reflecting this is, “Lead us, oh Lord, from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, from death to immortality.”  Saturday, May 15 (observed May 13), is the United Nations International Day of Families. Families are the first community we experience. Family is a primary social unit and the foundation for society. It is an instrument (basic school) for education, culture, character building, ethics, virtues, responsibility and peace (or war). Through family we experience Ray 4, Harmony that emerges from Conflict. Humanity is Ray 4. Family, all types of families, is a crucible for learning. A village can be a family. The UN focus on families this year (2010) is “The impact of migration on families around the world,” as 214 million people have migrated to different countries in search of food, stability, employment and to escape war. Family members are left behind during migrations creating great emotional upheaval. As we ponder upon these ideas, and work to strengthen our family units, let us “open our hearts to the needs of migrants and their families.” Each family is a “holy family.”
This Sunday, 4 pm, join Jozseph Schultz’s family of friends for his flower festival foods, 418 Front St. The Age of Aquarius is the Age of Flowers. For rez: www.10.cruzio.com/w10a091/ordering.html. See you there, everyone. Read more daily at Risa’s Esoteric Astrology Facebook.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times...
Embracing the Best
Earth Day Insult
Strong Brew?
It’s Take: 9 for the intrepid and ever-inventive Santa Cruz Film Festival. This week, our home-grown fest unleashes a wild array of unique films, many from local or locally affiliated filmmakers. In our ongoing coverage of the fest, GT spoke with some of the locals whose work made it into the festival this year. All their hard work and creativity is illuminated under the spotlight. But there’s more: The entire SCFF program is inside as well. In it, you will find everything there is to know about the fest in general—from informative capsules on each film to a list of parties, panel discussions and so much more. It promises to be a memorable outing so nab some tickets and enjoy. The fest opens May 6 and runs through May 15. Look for more exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage from GT in next week’s edition and also online. Let the drama begin ...

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

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.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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