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Pure Monday, Ceremony of Mutual Forgiveness

Pure Monday, Ceremony of Mutual ForgivenessThis last week of February has an added day. It’s leap year. Thursday, Mercury joins the Mars retrograde. We ponder upon many things but cannot act on them until after April 13 (Mars turns direct]. Mars retro restrains us in order that we reassess, reorder and review. Friday is the feast day of St. Matthias replacing the disciple Judas after his betrayal of Christ (a developmental stage).
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The Light of Life Itself in Pisces

 The Light of Life Itself in PiscesWe have a week of planetary shifts, celebrations, a new moon and a secret birthday. Thursday, Mercury and Chiron team up in Pisces, the sign of compassion and saving the world. Late Saturday night Sun enters Pisces, showering the Earth with the “Light of the World.” “Pisces light reveals the Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter (ignorance).” All of Earth’s kingdoms absorb this “saving” Pisces light.
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There’s a Path From Me to You…

There’s a Path From Me to You…We begin the week on Thursday, with Venus joining Uranus in Aries. Venus represents money, resources and values. Uranus “creates the revolution” and needed new archetypes. And Aries initiates “all things new.” The energies are building for a showdown (breakdown) in March. The keynote at this time is preparation.
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Neptune Enters Pisces, Aquarius Solar Festival, Saturn Retrograde, Candlemas and the Groundhog & His Shadow

Neptune Enters Pisces, Aquarius Solar Festival, Saturn Retrograde, Candlemas and the Groundhog & His ShadowThursday is Groundhog Day (will the groundhog see his shadow and return to his burrow?). It’s also Candlemas Day, a day of significance astronomically and religiously, signifying a time in between winter solstice and spring equinox. In the Catholic Church Candlemas is 40 days after Christmas. The holy child and Mary are presented in the Temple. Beeswax candles are blessed. Friday, Feb. 3, after 14 years in Aquarius, Neptune enters its own sign of Pisces (after 164 years), remaining there until 2025.
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Mars Retrograde in Virgo

Mars Retrograde in VirgoEveryone has heard (and talks) about Mercury retrograde. Lesser known are Mars & Venus retrogrades, joining Mercury retrograde this year. Mars retrograded Jan. 23, a long three-month Mars retrograde. Mars, retrograding only every two years (51-84 days), is very significant for humanity. Mars provides us with the energy, assertion, desires and the will to exist, to be and to act. Mars rules our ability to proceed into the world. Mars, god of war and warriors, gives us strength and directs us outward into experiences that build our personality to become a strong vehicle for the Soul.
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Dragon: Year of Imagining

Dragon: Year of ImaginingSun enters Aquarius Friday morning—the “Light that shines on Earth and across the sea.” We have returned to Earth from the summit of Capricorn; we absorbed the Light Supernal (heavenly light), radiating now from our hearts— healing light, to serve humanity in Aquarius. We become the “waters of life for thirsty humanity.” This week has several important festivals and the red planet retrograding. New moon festival (3 degrees Aquarius, “Strengthening the arms of the New Group of World Servers”) is midnight Sunday.
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Cooperation and Cooperatives Aquarian Agenda, Serving Humanity

Cooperation and Cooperatives Aquarian Agenda, Serving HumanityMany ask what to think and do for the coming times. We have little time. Every moment must be filled with purpose and focus, Sagittarian ideals that build the new civilization (Capricorn). Let us have the willingness of action that determines specific results (from Will to Love). Cooperation, community, comradeship are the keys. Mars in Virgo (through June) provides the “quickening” needed to manifest a new way of being. 2012 is the UN International Year of Cooperatives (IYC 2012). 
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Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.

 

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.
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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.