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Virgo: In Service

Virgo: In ServiceA friend from D.C. wrote last week: “If you want to know what's happening, go down to Glenn Beck’s (Aug. 28, Restoring Honor, Lincoln Memorial) rally. If you really want to know what’s happening, go to Burning Man" (through Sept. 6th). We’re in Virgo, sign of caring for and serving humanity. From Burning Man comes a service group, Burners Without Borders (BWB), providing volunteer opportunities after the Burning Man playas are cleaned and emptied, towns and communities dismantled, and everyone re-enters the regularly accepted world. “BWB is a manifestation of what can happen when we take our values off the playa and out into the rest of the world.” They are part of the NGWS. See” burnerswithoutborders.com.
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Burning Man – Life in the City

Burning Man – Life in the City

During this Mercury in Virgo retrograde (Aug. 20-Sept. 12) the Black Rock Arts Festival, Burning Man, the yearly “desert art-piece on the playas,” begins, distilling all facets of community creation, living and sharing.

And so, through the retro, almost at summer’s end (Aug. 30-Sept. 6), the celebration develops, proceeds, burns, cleans up and then disappears without a trace. The theme this year is Metropolis, the Life of Cities. People worldwide are returning to the cities. Tent cities are now in major metropolitan cities everywhere, filled with both the migrating masses and those who have lost their homes.

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Mercury Retro in Virgo

Mercury Retro in VirgoMercury in Virgo turns retrograde Friday, Aug. 20 (12:59 p.m., west coast). The retrograde, till Sept. 12, lasts three weeks. Mercury retro joins five other starry retro big hitters—Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron. Retros are linked with the prefix “re”. We redo, review, re-visit, re-think, re-examine, re-evaluate, etc. ideas, thoughts, plans, studies, agendas created since Mercury’s previous retro, (April/May).  We look back, assess, refine, rest and recuperate from a mind exhausted with facts. With so many retrogrades, especially the major transformers (outer planets), the entire world is critically rethinking everything. It’s an interesting time.
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Awakening the Savior: Uranus Retros Back to Pisces

Awakening the Savior:  Uranus Retros Back to PiscesTo my readers: I am seeking a place to live with others in community by the end of August. Is there a community or community house (young and elderly, children, adults, teens, etc. with gardens) in Santa Cruz County? I’ve been looking and haven’t found it yet. Is it yet to be created? Please email me: [email protected]

The week: After intense planetary activity, including solar flares (Shamballa force) from the Sun and the magnetic field impacted Earth in previous weeks, the energies slowdown. Friday, Uranus (planet ruling the Aquarian Age, where community flourishes), retrogrades (till March 2011) back into Pisces (sign of saving the world). Uranus stimulates revolution, inventiveness, freedom, new archetypes.

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Leo New Moon, Cardinal T-square, Nine Tests

Leo New Moon, Cardinal T-square, Nine Tests

Monday (8:00 pm, Pacific time) is Leo new moon. The personality-building seed thought is “I rule because I exist,” the words of the undeveloped and un-integrated personality, the “benevolent dictator”, learning (stumbling) toward true leadership. At a later time, when the integrated personality is directed by the Soul, the little will joins the greater Will (of God) and true leadership, combined with Love, comes forth. Friday Venus (money, values) enters Libra (Ray 3, equalizing economics). Sunday Venus/Saturn oppose Uranus, creating new structures (Saturn) with money (Venus). This opposition connects with Pluto in Capricorn (civilization transforms). A cardinal (signs) T-square appears in the heavens initiating new ideas/realities. Mars is also in Libra (Ray 3, economics). Mars presents humanity’s personality (physical, emotional, lower mental) with Nine Tests (3 x 3).

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Essential and Sweeping Change

Essential and Sweeping Change

Astrologically, the coming week/month is very challenging. The upcoming transits, phenomenal in their power, force, strength and multiplicity (with more to come), have long-range, enduring and continuing effects upon all of humanity’s endeavors.

Thursday, Mars enters Libra. Mars presents humanity with nine tests, including testing our ability to recognize and discriminate between the two forces presently at battle on our planet. Simultaneously, as Libra asks us to choose sides, Mars allows us to distinctly see the difference between personality and the Soul. Watch the news for “arbitration,” mediation (Libra) between two distinct factions often at war (Mars).

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Saturn Enters Libra

Saturn Enters Libra

Last Wednesday, in the early morning, Saturn (Dweller on the Threshold, Taskmaster, Disciplinarian) entered Libra. Saturn is very dignified and in “exaltation” in Libra. It does good things. Libra is the sign of relationships and the creation of Right Relations. “Exaltation” in astrology means the planet continues to grow in strength, bestowing goodness and the power of cooperation (Aquarian principle, and Saturn is the ancient ruler of Aquarius). Saturn reorganizes, reforms and redistributes. While in Libra Saturn restructures our relationship to each other, allows us to see the essential needs of a partner and how to make the relationship last forever. Saturn in Libra also restructures our money and economic systems. The new currency will eventually shift to food.

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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?