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Transition Initiative & the Occupiers: Discipleship Groups for the New Age

Transition Initiative & the Occupiers: Discipleship Groups for the New Age In Scorpio the World Disciple emerges. Humanity is the World Disciple in potential and actual fact. World Disciples are leaders able to perceive obstacles hindering humanity from progressing onto the Path of Evolution—the spiritual Path of Return. Returning to our origins is humanity’s heritage. We are presently at the halfway mark and beginning our ascent (returning home) after 21 million years of involution (descent into matter).
Scorpio is the sign that assists humanity in identifying as World Disciple. In our present developmental stage of chaos and conflict, where the forces of materiality battle the Forces of Light (Arjuna experience), disciples worldwide are marching into the battlefield in service to humanity. Their battle cry (in Scorpio there is definitely a battle) is “Freedom & Equality,” reflecting the values of the Aquarian Age.
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Diwali – Hindu Festival of Light

Diwali – Hindu Festival of Light It’s good to understand all the world’s religious festivals. It creates religious unity. The day after Wednesday’s Scorpio new moon is Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights. Autumn and winter festivals of light signify hope during a time of darkness. All religions time their festivals by the stars, planets, sun and moon. Diwali (Deepavali) begins in the dark half of the new moon and ends in the light half of the Scorpio new moon - a five-day autumn festival between mid October and mid November (Scorpio’s month). Celebrated when the moon passes out of Libra – accounts are balanced, the business year ends, and enters Scorpio – the new financial year begins. Libra and Venus rule money and social accounts.
Diwali is Sanskrit for “rows of lamps”—small clay oil lamps; when lit suggesting good over evil, light within darkness. Diwali, at the end of India’s harvest season, is a time of thanksgiving.
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Occupy! The People’s Aquarian Revolution

Occupy! The People’s Aquarian Revolution

 

Libra is the sign that enters our world in times of transition. Humanity is in a state of transition at this time “changing over” from the Age of Pisces (where we developed faith. Hope religion) to the Age of Aquarius (where we develop a knowledge base that realizes freedom is most important for our survival). During transition there is needed chaos (Ray 4). Humanity learns through Ray 4. During transitional periods, Libra, before Scorpio, steps in to assist in balancing the chaos. Libra also distributes Ray 3, the ray of Right Economy. Along with Venus, Libra’s ruler, Ray 3’s task is to balance imbalanced financial structures. Aquarius’s task is the demand for freedom, equality, justice and economic opportunities for everyone. We are seeing this demand for economic justice and demand for freedom in the “occupiers,” beginning on Wall Street and spreading around the country in towns and cities everywhere. This demand is an evolutionary phase strengthened by Libra’s economic focus and by Aquarius, the unfolding. The sign influencing humanity after Libra is Scorpio. Sunday, the Sun enters Scorpio. Scorpio calls humanity to be the world disciple, the warrior, courageous enough to fight for justice and humanity’s freedoms.
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Libra’s Crisis of Balance and More

Libra’s Crisis of Balance and More

As we are in the sign Libra at the moment (the month and during our present time of transition), it’s important to understand the Libra tests we are undergoing. Then we view our experiences and choose with intelligence.

Of the three signs of Crisis (Leo, Libra, Capricorn). Libra is the Crisis of Balance. We must make a choice between two options, two opposing forces, the old ways or the new. One force surrendered to the other (personality surrendered to the Soul or vice versa). It is this Libra need to choose that leads humanity to the crisis, moving us from a state of chaos to a state of self-direction, equilibrium and balance.

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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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Columns - Astrology

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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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.