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Light Beams, Interplay, Mutability, Duality & Constant Flux (June 7-13)

Light Beams, Interplay, Mutability, Duality & Constant Flux (June 7-13)

This week’s occultation of Venus (passing over the Sun) overshadows our world for months to come, signaling a series of financial situations leading us further into a state of economic awareness (there is a crisis). Venus’ occultation also prepares us for the upcoming June 24 Uranus square Pluto (revolution and transformation of the ‘60s reappears).


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Embrace The June Full Moon

Embrace The June Full Moon

Each spring three full moon solar festivals (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) occur that invoke specific forces (of Restoration, Enlightenment, Reconstruction) to aid humanity’s evolution. These festivals help “restore the Plan on Earth” and create the foundation for the new world religion in Aquarius.

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Gemini, Mercury,Fruits & Freedom

Gemini, Mercury,Fruits & Freedom

Mercury enters Gemini Thursday morning and is “home” once again. Mercury is the personality-building ruler of Gemini, or the planet Gemini streams through before reaching Earth. Mercury we know is the messenger from the Sun, a brilliant position of the light interplay and possibilities. 

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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini

 

The Sun enters Gemini Sunday (Ascension) morning. Late afternoon (evening on the east coast) Sunday, the new moon occurs at 0.21 degrees Gemini (degree of Alcyone, Star of the Individual, in the Pleiades). The new moon is also a solar eclipse; something essential in our lives (individual, group, humanity, the world) has come to an end. Eclipses signify endings and beginnings.

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Time For The Earth Grand Trine

Time For The Earth Grand Trine

We have an interesting and eventful week. Saturday’s sky has a Grand Trine in earth, signs of the three planets that rule (distribute) Scorpio (sign of Discipleship). Forming a triangle in the sky are Mercury (in Taurus), Mars (in Virgo) and Pluto (in Capricorn) at eight and nine degrees—eight is reorientation (Scorpio) and nine is Initiation (Capricorn). Earth and her kingdoms, especially humanity, are in a state of reorientation and initiation.


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Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon Festival

Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon Festival

The April full moon, Taurus Wesak festival is this Saturday, May 5. This festival, the annual return of the Buddha to bless the Earth and the four kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal and human), is of momentous importance. On the day and night of Wesak (May 5, 8:35 p.m. West Coast, 10:35 p.m. Midwest, 11:35 p.m. East), esotericists around the world place crystal bowls filled with water in the open air. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters are also blessed.

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From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

The New Group of World Servers everywhere is preparing gardens, patios, fire escapes, windowsills and outside areas for the placement of crystal bowls for the Full Moon Wesak Taurus festival Saturday (May 5). Planning since Winter Solstice we invite everyone to prepare with us for the blessings of the Will of God via the Buddha.

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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Watch List

From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past

 

The Peace Equation

Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival. We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see www.cultureofpeace.org    Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.
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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

 

Santa Clara Wine Trail

My memories of growing up in England include my mother pouring port after Sunday dinner—and sometimes a glass of sherry before dinner. My family didn’t drink much wine back then, but we certainly made up for it with the port and sherry.