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The Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon Festival

The Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon FestivalThe week is filled with expectation; a great festival is being prepared. Worldwide, aspirants, disciples, Initiates, holy ones, pilgrims are traveling to the Wesak Valley in the Himalayas for the yearly blessing from the Buddha, who enters our earth plane for eight minutes to distribute the Will and Love of the Father. Many of us will be there, by intention, during the night of the festival when the moon is full—Tuesday morning, May 17, 4 a.m. 
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Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Preparation

Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Preparation

Thursday is Cinco de Mayo, Gemini moon, a perfect day for festivities. Sunday is Mother’s Day. The Cancer moon calls us to nurture and nourish our mothers in ways they need and understand (not necessarily our ways and needs).
I remember one Mother’s Day my brothers took mother (a Leo) to a Lobster Hut. It was (is) also a biker (motorcycle) hangout. There were no tables inside. Set amidst boulders and teetering on a hillside were picnic tables. The winds were almost gale force. A good time was not had by mother! My three brothers wondered why. They loved it.
Wednesday, a highly charged, multi-planetary-aspected day, Mars enters Taurus in the early morning. We are serious about preserving our lives, bringing the art of living into our world as it all crashes down around us.

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May Day & the May New Moon

May Day & the May New MoonThe new moon occurs this week late close to midnight Monday night (Pacific), early morning hours (Eastern), 12 degrees Taurus. The Taurus personality building keynote is “Let struggle be undismayed.” While living in form and matter we learn not only about the nature of form itself, but, through encountering duality, we learn how to discriminate. Often this is a struggle.
Saturday, Venus opposes Saturn. We may feel isolated, separate from what we love and care for. Something new must be integrated.
Sunday is May Day, with various celebrations and commemorations, from early times to the present. May Day is the Festival of Flora (Roman goddess of flowers), a five-day Roman celebration. For the Druids, a new fire was lit, lending life to the springtime sun.
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Passover, Passion Week, Easter

Passover, Passion Week, Easter It’s Passover and Passion Week, two religious celebrations, two developmental stages of humanity. Passover—the Angel of Death “passed over the homes” of the Hebrews the night before leaving Egypt (end of Age of Taurus). Passion Week recreates the spiritual Initiations of Jesus and Christ—betrayal, crucifixion, death, resurrection (our Initiations, also).
Holy Thursday—Christ’s Last Supper, washing of the feet (signifying humility, Pisces Age task), Holy Eucharist (bread of matter, the wine of Spirit), Judas’ betrayal for 30 pieces of silver (personality betrays our spirit), agony in the Garden (Gethsemane) by absorbing world evil, accepting the task of World Savior (Pisces task) anchoring Love on Earth from Sirius and first strand of God’s Will (after much unknowingness and asking for help).
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Aries Festival – Love & the Forces of Restoration

Aries Festival – Love & the Forces of RestorationSunday (Palm Sunday), April 17, 7:44 p.m. (West Coast), the Aries (Rays 1 & 7) solar full moon Festival occurs. On this day, the Love of God streams into the Earth. Esoterically, it is the great western Resurrection (of Life) festival when the Spirit of Resurrection is called forth to release the Forces of Restoration. Active during spring, these are the Forces that renew the Earth. Emanating from the Mind of God, and the Intelligence principle in nature, they stimulate, broaden and awaken the human mind (Mercury) so that intelligent thinking and appropriate action comes forth. During this time of transition and world emergency, the Forces of Restoration are active in every land. Initially they produce increased destruction leading to a reorganization of national life worldwide.
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We are the Builders

We are the BuildersWe are preparing for the first of three Spring Festivals, Aries, where we invoke from the Spirit of Resurrection, the Forces of Restoration (not of things old, used, retrogressive or completed, but the restoration of the Plan on Earth). We see the need for restoration in our world. Especially the “restoration” of humanity understanding its spiritual task. Our world is in turmoil. East and west—from wars, to protests (humanity seeking freedom), to earthquakes to radiation now circling the earth, entering our oceans, air, soil, food chain, water and milk.
We are in the heart of unprecedented transformation (Pluto in Capricorn). It is important to remind ourselves the inner reality (reason and purpose) of these happenings. We are in transition, equi-poised between the withdrawing past Age (Ray 6, Pisces) and the incoming new Age (Aquarius, Rays 5 & 7).
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Reviewing All Things New

Reviewing All Things NewSwirling around Sunday’s new moon (13:30 Aries) are six planets in Aries (Sun, Moon, Mercury retro, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus). Running close behind are three planets in Pisces (Venus, Chiron, Neptune). The chart looks like a bucket (Aries/Pisces bundle) with a handle (Saturn in Libra opposite Aries). Creating a square to Aries/Libra is Pluto in Capricorn (7 degrees). And off to the side, like sidekicks, are the nodes (direction) in Sag/Gemini. It’s a potent chart for the week, month, year and times, filled with cardinal energies (Aries, Libra, Capricorn) and new direction (Aries/Sag). As Pluto in Capricorn calls for release of all things hidden, Uranus and the other four in Aries create all things new no matter outer risks or consequences.
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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

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.

 

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

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