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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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Columns - Astrology

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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Columns - Astrology

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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Keeping the Door to Freedom

Keeping the Door to Freedom

We are seeing in our world today the “withering of the law,” the old ways falling away, having completed their usefulness. However, as this is occurring (allowing Ray 7, the new culture and civilization to form), great retrogressive forces are also at play (Ray 6, old regime of power, corruption, money and politics), attempting, with great cleverness and cunning, to hinder humanity’s forward movement into a new evolutionary field.

Each of us has a level of service to bring forth so the evolutionary movement can be accomplished. We have a “note” that “sounds” our highest values that bring about transformation. The Tibetan, in his blue books, tells us we must realize our identity as Divine, as World Servers and World Saviors.

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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 25

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

The Maestra Returns

Cabrillo Festival’s Marin Alsop is back to ‘rock the boat of tradition’
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Time is Ripe

Local fruit harvests hit markets, Storrs Winery celebrates ‘Best White’, and a salt fix from heaven

 

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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

 

Hunter Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth with soft tannins, this velvety crimson Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is delicious and very drinkable.