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Identity, Freedom, Choice

Identity, Freedom, Choice

The full moon, Leo solar festival, is Saturday around noon (Pacific time). Leo calls us to a self-identity, which then allows us to choose, in this worldwide critical time, which side we support, the side of the retrogressive forces (dark) or the side of evolution (Light). It’s been a difficult astrological few weeks. The United States is experiencing Saturn return (Saturn in Libra). Saturn, Dweller on the Threshold, points out personality hindrances (materialism) obstructing Spiritual work. This is occurring to everyone as well as to the United States. We (individuals, citizens, the U.S.) must address the Dweller in order to safeguard our future.

The U.S. (transits/natal chart) is experiencing extreme instability, positioned precariously between dark and light, with great opportunities ahead should the Dweller be addressed.

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Universal Peace Day

Universal Peace Day

As we progress through Mercury retrograde, the past shows up for remembrance and review. During the final stages of World War II (in 1945), two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9), Japan, This event, (the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date) released and liberated the energy of the atom, an important spiritual event equal to the appearance of humanity on Earth. Universal Peace Day was created to commemorate the moments and days of those bombings. Organized in 1984 (Art for the People in Central Park, New York beginning with a sunrise meditation), singers, dancers, artists and poets shared messages of peace throughout the day. At the exact moment on the anniversary of the bombings, candles were lit and bells rang out all over Central Park.

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From Water to Fire— Mercury Retro & Leo New Moon

From Water to Fire— Mercury Retro & Leo New MoonWe’ve left the waters of Cancer and find ourselves in the heated sign of kings and queens, of Lions, the Sphinx, Sirius, and the giant star, Regulus, at the heart of Leo.  Leo is the “heart of matter” from which our life force emanates. Knowing this about Leo, we begin to understand the depth, breadth and dramatic life force of Leo (Sun, Rising, Moon, Mars).
Leo is fixed, steady pulsating fire. Leo, on the personality-building level, creates dictators not in touch with love or Divine Will, commanding others from their undeveloped self. Let us see them as in
training. These are their words, “I rule as a right of my presence in any situation. Let other forms exist. I rule because I am!”
When directed by the Soul (consciousness, the Sun (the Father) streams into the heart creating Divine Inspiration, uniting Will with Love Leos and leaders. Great leaders rule with Will and Love.
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Economic Intelligence, the Holy Spirit & Liberation

Economic Intelligence,  the Holy Spirit & Liberation

 

As of this writing severe weather (heat, sink holes, flash floods, droughts, etc) is occurring in many places around the country while our U.S. government is deadlocked about the state (debts, taxes, etc.) of our economy (Ray 3). During Cancer’s full moon meditation Thursday night, those participating in the Kalachakra Initiation and full moon meditation in Washington DC saw the president’s helicopter take off and fly over the city. He flew into the Light of the Cancer full moon. We hope this gave him the strength and courage to decide what is for the greatest good. We call forth the Law of Ancient Dominating Good and the Forces of Light to flow into and influence the U.S. government.
The financial disarray (achieving a harmony through Conflict, Ray 4) is not surprising. Saturn in Libra (both Ray 3 of Economic Intelligence) is squaring the U.S. Sun in Cancer in the second house of finances and values. Squares challenge us into a new direction. Saturn, Dweller on the Threshold, highlights obstacles to intelligent success. Saturn, exalted in Libra, calls for balance. Opportunity is given if we make responsible decisions.

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Full Moon and a Teleconference

Full Moon and a TeleconferenceTwo important events are occurring this week: Full moon Cancer, solar festival (22 degrees), Thursday night close to midnight (11:40 p.m., PST). Read about it Thursday on my Facebook page— Risa’s Esoteric Astrology.
The second event, Monday, July 18, is the live teleconference of A Conversation with Rob Hopkins. Rob is teacher, writer, permaculturist, author of Transition Handbook, co-founder of Transition Town Initiative. Richard Heinberg (author of 10 books including “The Party’s Over,” Peak Everything and soon “The End of Growth”) will host. To be part of the Conversation, presented by Transition United States, go to transitionus.org/event/conversation-rob-hopkins.
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Human-Angelic Communication

Human-Angelic CommunicationWe are in the month and sign of Cancer (crab, scarab, tortoise). On the personality-building level, Cancer is about mother and nurturing, birth and nourishment of all life. On the Soul level, Cancer is about developing intelligence (Ray 3), intelligently working with all the kingdoms, and thus creating a new world (Ray 7).
Because Cancer is the sign of humanity (the masses, ruled by the moon) and the sign where Spirit enters matter (the Gate), during the month of Cancer humanity reviews life and world events for the purpose of preparing for the coming year (autumn, winter, spring).
As of this writing, Arizona and New Mexico are burning from wildfires and many states if not experiencing record triple-digit heat have flooded farmlands.
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New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Independence Day

New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Independence DayThe week holds two important events – Friday’s new moon, solar eclipse (sun hidden), 9 degrees Cancer and the 235th birthday of the United States, Independence Day, Monday. The Sun and moon at the new moon joins the U.S. Sun (12 Cancer).
Saturn is part of this new moon. The message of Saturn (disciplinarian, Dweller on the Threshold) and the solar eclipse, is that humanity is at a turning point, change is here for good, and it’s time to create the new and work together for our survival. We are in a revolution for the purpose of evolution.
The new moon chart has many squares forming a Grand Cross in cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Squares challenge us to anchor new realities. The Grand Cross helps us initiate and actuate plans and visions.
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Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

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.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.
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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

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.

 

Waddell Creek, Al Fresco

Route One Summer Farm Dinner You’ve been buying their insanely fresh produce for years now at farmers’ markets. Right? So now why not become more familiar with the gorgeous Waddell Creek farmlands of Route One Farms?