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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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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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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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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.