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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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It Takes a Revolution

It Takes a Revolution

We’re in the midst of summer. The days are hot in the northeast, cold and rainy out west. It’s as if the earth has shifted positions and every area is now experiencing different weather patterns. The situation in the Gulf worsens daily. The news media lacks the truth. I wonder how long before the revolution begins. Perhaps after December. Let’s look at our week. Thursday is Virgo moon, a gentle gestating day till early evening when Mars (action) arrives for dinner. Friday morning moon enters Libra, calling us to Right Relationships. Let’s pray for those (all kingdoms) living in and around the Gulf Coast waters. Friday is orderly,  disciplined in the morning, unruly in the afternoon. Saturday, Mars joins the U.S. Neptune. Neptune is oil. Mars/Neptune gives an indirect, roundabout response, which is how BP is handling the situation. With Mars/Neptune there can be lies told, cloudy realities presented, things left to “fate,” real control is illusive, facts are unclear, infections (disease, illness) appear, there’s mystery and secrecy.

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Isolation is the Rule, Yet the Crowd Exists

Isolation is the Rule, Yet the Crowd Exists

At 12:40 p.m. (PST )Sunday, there’s a new moon total solar eclipse (19 degrees Cancer). New moons bring forth new endeavors. Solar eclipses (hidden Sun) inform us that something substantial, having completed its purpose, is no longer available. Eclipse means “hidden.” The personality-building theme for Cancer new moon is “Isolation is the rule, yet the crowd exists.” This is how our personality feels, before Soul integration. The personality often feels isolated; connecting with others is difficult, even with family members. Something’s always missing. We feel imprisoned in an isolated reality, seeking something, not knowing what. Until one day, one lifetime when, having built a strong and vibrant personality (physical body, emotional body, lower mind) the Soul (love, unity) makes contact and the personality, feeling exhausted, responds with surprise and surrender. Then the meditative seed thought becomes “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” We then become the “Light of the world,” nourishing the “little ones” (Earth’s kingdoms).

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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.