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Columns - Astrology

Sealed in the Book of Life

Sealed in the Book of LifeWe’re coming closer to Halloween. Who or what energies will each of us personify? Saturday is Yom Kippur (In the “Days of Awe” the Day of Atonement, Forgiveness, the holiest day of the Jewish year). On Yom Kippur, we seek and offer forgiveness. At the end of Yom Kippur our “fate is sealed” in the Book of Life. Let us offer forgiveness.
Sunday Venus enters Scorpio. We give ourselves away for one breathless moment. We surrender to mystery, bliss and eternity. Then the Nine Tests of Scorpio intervene. Monday, Columbus (or Indigenous) Day, is full of parades (5th Avenue; the Bronx; Chicago, New Jersey, etc.). The new world was seen by Columbus for the first time in 1492. It was magnificent.
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L’shanah Tovah (A Sweet Year to All)

L’shanah Tovah (A Sweet Year to All)We have several religions festivals this week, reflecting Autumn and the balancing sign of Libra. Festivals anchor and stabilize us during our long sojourn on Earth. Thursday is Michaelmas, feast day of Michael the Archangel. Earth’s protector, he stands with a sword throughout all of Autumn. In these transition times, we, too, must stand with a sword. Thursday (sundown) is Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year). Apples and challah are dipped in honey to ensure a sweet new year. We hear the greeting “L’shanah tovah,” May you (be inscribed) have a good (sweet) year.” By participating in all religious festivals, we learn humanity’s religious history and are prepared for the Aquarian new world religion (based on astrology).
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Autumn Equinox & the Dark Half of the Year

Autumn Equinox & the Dark Half of the YearFriday early morning, accompanied by morning stars Mars & Jupiter, the Sun enters Libra. Autumn, the Soul half of the year, begins.
We are in the “dark half of the year.” From now on  the amount of available light each day lessens, the days become shorter and darker. The part of us that longs for rituals (Ray 7) to protect and anchor us on Earth (Spirits in matter), looks toward the Festivals of Lights soon to begin. Autumn Equinox, a moment (day and night) in time when there is balance of light and dark, expansion and contraction, between summer and winter, is bittersweet. It holds a different sort of promise. That hidden within darkness is Light—the significance of the Soul Year … that light (Soul) is hidden within the darkness of matter (the personality as its vehicle).
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Intentions for Goodwill = Right Relations = Peace

Intentions for Goodwill = Right Relations = PeaceInternational Peace Day. In the UN this week and worldwide, festivals are occurring calling humanity.
Thursday is International Democratic Day. Democracy (rule of the people) is not capitalism – knowing the difference is important. Friday through Sunday is Clean Up the World Weekend. Saturday, the UN will celebrate International Peace Day (its usual date is Sept. 21). In the UN Rose Garden, the Secretary General will ring the Peace Bell. Wednesday, the 21st, is the actual International Day of Peace or Peace Day, a personal and planetary event where millions of people organize to celebrate together. Esotericists within the UN hold ceremonies all week.
People everywhere, considering themselves “instruments of peace” are creating practical acts of peace. It’s a day of Peace-building (different than Peace-making) internationaldayofpeace.org/peacebuilding_101.html.
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Jupiter Retrograde & Full Harvest Moon

Jupiter Retrograde & Full Harvest MoonJupiter, planet of all things generous (at times, over the top), turned back (retrograde) this week (at 10 degrees Taurus), remaining retrograde until Christmas day, Dec.  25 (at 0 Taurus). Jupiter is a social planet (along with Saturn), concerned with businesses, things of the world. Jupiter is the Lord of Fortune and the ancient god of gods in mythology. As planetary ruler of Sagittarius (Sag & Jupiter are "colleagues"), Jupiter represents integrity, honesty, spiritual values, spiritual goals and justice. Represented as a woman blindfolded, justice doesn't prevail in our world yet. With Jupiter retrograde we ask, “Do we practice the virtues of honesty and justice
in our lives?”
Jupiter, working with Sag, is concerned with hope, promise, enthusiasm, expansion of philosophies and religions. We deepen philosophically & religiously. We also review adventures not taken, hopes unfulfilled, study, education and travel curtailed.
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Our Labors

Our Labors

As Burning Man (Rites of Passage) burns in the desert sands, everywhere the Virgo petal unfolds (Earth—a 12-petaled lotus) and we enter the womb of the Mother, gestating, for humanity, once again (each year) a new state of consciousness. Both Virgo and Cancer, the feminine signs, are from our last solar system, where we were nurtured by a matriarchy of energies. Overseen by the Pleaides, the Earth (matter, mater) in that last solar system was imbued with intelligence, with the “mother.” As we move toward autumn, Ceres, the mother of Persephone, has only three more weeks with her beloved daughter. The persimmons and pomegranate trees are preparing for autumn, their colors signs of hope as the light each day dims.

Thursday is Scorpio moon, a time of mysteries and discipleship. Friday continues the Scorpio moon. In the nighttime, Sun trines Jupiter. Something harmonious and loving appears. Saturday is v/c for two hours prior to Sag moon at 2:03 p.m. taking us into Labor Day.

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Rites of Passage: Burning Man

Rites of Passage: Burning Man

Mercury turns stationary direct Friday, 3 p.m. (West Coast) at 19 degrees Leo. The new moon, 16 degrees Virgo, is Sunday night (8:04 p.m.). Join the New Group of World Servers for the new moon festival by reciting the Great Invocation.

Burning Man has presciently (French: foreknowledge) named their theme this year “Rites of Passage.” Providing a link or bridge between the death of one reality and the birth of another, the idea of Rites of Passage can also be applied to what is occurring to humanity and our economy in our present world situation. Esoterically, as the economic system seems to be floundering with erratic ups and downs, we can understand this as the withdrawal of Ray 6 (competitive age of values) and the emergence of Ray 7 (new Aquarian values of sharing). Change creates a disturbance in the fabric of accepted reality for society and individuals.

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

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.

 

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

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