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Palm Sunday & Mercury Stationary Direct

Palm Sunday & Mercury Stationary Direct

Sun square Pluto on Thursday challenges us to bring everything hidden into the light of day. The light transforms and uplifts. This aspect between Sun and Pluto reflects the prayer from the Upanishads (ancient Vedic Hindu prayer), “Lead us O Lord, from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, from death to immortality, from chaos to beauty.” 
 
Thursday is influenced by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and the heart of the Aquarian Age. We need, in our world, the light and reality of immortality to create beauty out of the present purposeful chaos. 
 
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Aries Fire and All Things New

Aries Fire and All Things New

The new moon of the new spiritual (spring season) year occurs Thursday morning, at 2.22 degrees Aries. Mercury retro and Uranus are poised, like messenger-sentries, on either side of the new moon. Humanity may be impressed with an idea (Mercury) that becomes a great ideal concerning our future (Uranus). We’re in the full energetic stream of Aries now. Spring has arrived and new life is emerging in the Northern Hemisphere. The new Spiritual Year began at Spring Equinox as the Sun entered initiating Aries, sign of the mind, of fire, where all ideas begin and where the fiery impulse to take action actually happens in form and matter.

In Aries (where all new things begin) for the next seven years is Uranus, planet of revolution and the new archetypes needed to create the new culture and civilization. Mercury retro joined Uranus in Aries March 18 and will again April 22, Earth Day. Calling humanity to rise up, revolutionize, absorb the new archetypes and create the new world, together. Perhaps Mercury/Uranus will “present” a “solar event” on Earth Day. There is a direct relationship between planetary alignments and solar activity. Unlocking solar codes allows us to prepare for solar events.
 

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International Astrology Day And More ...

International Astrology Day And More ...Everyone will be at the Thrive premiere this Thursday (Del Mar) and Friday (USCS). A new conversation about all things new (Uranus in Aries) is needed in our town providing us with new thinking that, together, creates the new culture & civilization. Saturday, Aquarius moon, is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick taught the Trinity, the three Aspects of God, Will, Love/Wisdom and Intelligence with three-leaf clovers.
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Thrive’s Local Premiere & the Full Moon

Thrive’s Local Premiere & the Full Moon It’s in Ojai on the 10th with Catherine Austin Fitts. It’s in Santa Cruz next week. It’s the film Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take?” and it premieres in Santa Cruz at the Del Mar Theatre (3/15; 469-3224) and UCSC Media Theatre (3/16; see this week’s cover story). Santa Cruz filmmakers Foster and Kimberly Gamble will be present, prior to a world tour. GT Editor Greg Archer introduces. Mark your calendars.
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Pisces Light, Ends The Darkness

Pisces Light, Ends The DarknessWe are living within the Light of Pisces, the “Light of the World that ends forever the darkness of matter.” Potent words for the two fish, one facing downward toward matter and the other facing upward, yearning for the Path of Return. Connecting the two fish is a silver cord. The Pisces glyph represents the life of humanity – leaving our Spiritual home, entering Earth (form and matter), experiencing passion, suffering, attachments, separations, and eventual liberation and redemption (upliftment of all matter into the Light).
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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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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.