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A Different Revolution

A Different Revolution

Aries Moon late Wednesday and Thursday. We think new thoughts and initiate new ideas. Sun in Virgo with Saturn in Scorpio help disciples to create orderly structures to anchor and bring forth new ideas.

Stabilizing Taurus moon Friday and Saturday. We anchor new ideas into form and matter, like seeds planted in the soil. We tend them, waiting for green shoots to emerge. Like the gestating Virgo Sun Madonna, awaiting the birth of the holy child, the Soul, the new light at winter solstice. Mercury and Chiron converse about what hurts and what heals.
Saturday is a complex day with Mercury (communication), Mars (action!) and Uranus (revolution). Mercury in Libra is opposite Uranus in Aries. Oppositions (recognizing something new appearing over there somewhere) eventually synthesize. Mercury in Libra calls for Right Action and Right Relations, especially with money. Uranus in Aries—the revolution this time must be different.  Also on Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius. Where are we going, what are our goals, where’s justice, where’s the mountain, do we have good shoes?

Sunday Venus trines Pluto—in-depth assessment of money, values and resources. Gemini moon Monday; we talk a lot, tending to tasks in gardens and neighborhoods. Cancer Moon Tuesday and Wednesday; we nurture and nourish. The stars and planets remind us.
Note: William Meader, esoteric author & international teacher, will be speaking on “The Soul of Humanity Evolving Through Crisis” at Meditation Mount, 7pm, Friday, Sept. 12.

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Under the Light of the Full Moon

Under the Light of  the Full Moon

We must be patient Thursday, Sept. 4—we may experience limitation and restraints, feeling we haven’t done or said enough. Carefully think through ideas before explaining. The afternoon is easier. Friday through Sunday may prove difficult concerning agreements or conclusions. We can’t seem to find anyone thinking or feeling as we do to understand us. This is temporary. However, it places everyone in a state of solitude and feelings of loss. What’s occurring is refinement from Virgo, transformation from Pluto and inner expansion from Jupiter—all working together for our evolution (Path of Return). Things get easier with Aquarius moon. We begin to feel a sense of freedom, innovation, liberty. Saturday we’re more hungry than usual. We need expansion. Sunday, Pisces moon, we’re confused, seek the spiritual, encounter dissolution. We dive into the wreck and emerge out of the deep waters filled with compassion and tenderness. Monday is unsettling (Uranus). Monday evening (full moon time) is the Solar Festival of Virgo, 16.19 degrees. Virgo (the mother, earth, matter and form) contains within herself the spirit of God (Father). As Father and Mother/matter merge they create the Holy Child (the Soul), which Virgo is gestating, giving birth at Winter Solstice. We begin preparations for winter solstice at this full moon time. Tuesday, Mercury/Pluto—a message is given to humanity that things are building toward a deep, we-can’t-go-back-to-the-past, transformative change. We prepare for this, too. Together. Under the light of the full moon.

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Mercury Enters Libra

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.

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Entering Virgo

Entering Virgo

Friday night begins our time under Virgo, sign of the Madonna gestating a new state of awareness for humanity. Virgo is also Ceres, mother of Persephone descending underground when autumn begins. The mother weeps at the loss of her daughter (spring and summer). Reflecting her grief, the trees and plants drop their leaves.
Sun entering Virgo brings a sign and element change, from Leo’s fire to Virgo’s practical earth. Food, health, grains, service and small animals are in the news and on our minds. It’s one month till autumn. Pumpkins and persimmons are ripening. Venus is in Leo. We radiate warmth; we’re generous, playful and affectionate. Everyone shows off in an ardent, passionate, warm-hearted, romantic and over-dramatic way, reflecting Leo’s fiery nature. Think of life as Shakespeare wrote: life is a play, we are its actors on the same stage together.

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The Thought Form of Solution

The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

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Leo Solar Festival Full Moon

Leo Solar Festival Full Moon

We continue in Leo, the sign where humanity begins to recognize itself through creativity and love. Leo flows through the sun, absorbs the heart of the sun and streams into earth and her kingdoms. Love comes directly from Sirius to the heart of the sun into our hearts and minds. Combining the inner esoteric influences of Leo this month, we see great amounts of love and wisdom attempting to penetrate into the earth, providing us with a great opportunity to radiate goodwill, the primary component needed for peace on earth. Sunday is the Leo solar festival at the time of the full moon. The New Group of World Servers will be calling to recognize their gifts so they can turn to the world and offer their gifts. This assists in restoring the mysteries on earth and helps to “seal the door where evil dwells.”

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In The Time of Leo: Our Creative Efforts

In The Time of Leo: Our Creative Efforts

In this potent time for planet earth, when missiles are downing passenger planes, humanity seems poised on the edge of World War 3. In this time of Leo, as world leaders are called to display true leadership (power, wisdom, love, intelligence) the New Group of World Servers are called to creatively visualize dialogue and open communication in order to bring about harmony from the present conflicts. Leo is the sign where the forces of light and the forces of materialism meet. Leo is the lion of the zodiac, a fiery and dramatic being, always creating in order to reflect self. Emerging from this creative effort is an awareness of gifts and talents that must be brought forth into the world.

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Dancing In the Rain

District Attorney Bob Lee’s death in October stunned the Santa Cruz community, but he had battled cancer fiercely—and privately—for more than a decade. Now one of his closest friends reveals the remarkable inside story

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

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The Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz. Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor

 

Vino Tabi Winery

One of Santa Cruz’s most happening areas to go wine tasting is in the westside’s Swift Street Courtyard complex. Ever since a group of about a dozen wineries got together and formed Surf City Vintners (SCV), the place has been a hive of activity, and a wine-tasting mecca. Adding to the mix is the lively Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing beer company—making Swift Street Courtyard a perfect spot for a glass of wine or a pitcher of ale.

 

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