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Saturn Square Pluto, Dark Sky, New Moon

Saturn Square Pluto, Dark Sky, New Moon

Saturn squares Pluto Sunday in cardinal signs Libra/Capricorn. Cardinal signs bring forth new realities, squares force us onto new pathways. As Saturn disciplines us toward reality and truth (the breakdowns, economic crisis, shootings, etc., are engineered), Pluto simply transforms everything relentlessly. Libra is about relationships, money, economics, Right Relations, Right Thinking and Right Values while Capricorn rules governments, leaders and the entire structure of our civilization. This Saturn/Pluto square occurs again Jan. 31 and Aug. 21, 2010 moving us forward on a trajectory of constant and ceaseless new direction, change and transformation. All of this humanity needs in order for our present unreal financial system to move toward a real economy based on principles of sharing. Day by day, transit-by-transit, planet-by-planet, sign by sign, over time this reorientation (Scorpio work) will occur. At first we will have suffering. Then realization.

Venus is in Scorpio for the next three weeks (till Dec. 1 at Full Moon). With Venus in Scorpio our feelings, often hidden, show themselves directly. (There's more at nightlightnews.com.)

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Mercury in Scorpio – Don’t Be Cruel

Mercury in Scorpio – Don’t Be Cruel

The Sun and Mercury join forces in Scorpio Thursday - Hermes, the messenger (Mercury) sending information about Scorpio’s Nine Tests to humanity via the Sun.  With Mercury in Scorpio we all become resourceful, determined, fearless, intuitive, quite witty, investigative, profound and filled with desires, however secretly and with great mystery. We may go into hiding, display suspicion and skepticism, stubbornness, determination and be emotionally on edge. Scorpio presents an interesting mix of depth-psychology behaviors. Research is best during Mercury in Scorpio. We’ll all be deeply searching for something seeking the heart of all matters. When we find what we’re searching for we’ll “capture” it and make it our own. Our intelligence becomes highly instinctive, and we’ll learn how to strategize. There is a warning with Mercury in Scorpio. That we do not harshly criticize and judge, opinionate or insinuate for Mercury’s communication while in Scorpio could destroy due to its power, force, passion and intensity. Mercury in Scorpio can also be vindictive. Intrigue, hidden motives, and mysteries may appear. We must ask if they are real or mental illusions. We will challenge others and be challenged in return. Everyone may begin to wear black and sales of sunglasses will skyrocket. We are to remember Elvis’ (Jupiter in Scorpio) song “Don’t be Cruel.”

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Saturn in Libra

Saturn in LibraSaturn, the Dweller on the Threshold (Gates of Initiation), enters Libra (till Oct. 5, 2012) Thursday at 10:09 a.m. (west coast). The Dweller (like St. Peter at the Gates of Heaven) can be likened to a Halloween character, at times looking like a gargoyle—creatures carved to protect sacred sites. The Dweller has a partner, the Angel of the Presence, appearing when the disciple has passed tests and completed the preparatory stages that build in the aspirant the strength and wisdom needed to enter the Holy of Holies. Saturn (Ray 3, Divine Intelligence & the Law of Economy) is The Teacher who disciplines and restructures our relationships with each other and with money (the state of the dollar and the world economy). Saturn & Libra concentrate on fairness (in the light of unfairness), justice, diplomacy and cooperation. The Dweller on the Threshold informs us that through experiencing relationships we will learn to work within and then beyond these restrictions, growing into a new, more worthy and valued self. As Saturn is structure and Libra is relationships (intimates, lovers, marriage and business partners, our connection to money and resources) new information (Ray 3) will transform of the next three years all our ways of being.
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United Nations Day

United Nations Day    Sun and Mercury enter Scorpio this week. Scorpio is the sign of in-depth thinking, the Ancient Mysteries, of Persephone and Pluto and the underworld  – psychological and spiritual, hidden and sheltered. Scorpio is the “flaming  sword” protecting the Tree of Knowledge (of Desire), from which the serpent  plucked the apple offered to Eve (feminine mental plane). Scorpio is the  sign and color of pomegranates, the orange of persimmons and Halloween, the  latter informing us soon “something wicked our way comes. It’s the UN’s  birthday (Friday), Catholic feast days of Saints Jude and Simon (Wednesday)  and Saturday, in Santa Cruz, there’s a United Nations Association birthday  party/dinner honoring United Nations Day at United Methodist Church, 250 California St., 5:30 social, 6:30 dinner with music, silent auction and  Joseph Schultz catering. Guest speaker is Denise Scotto who has worked on  the Committee to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW – proceeds  support ratification). See unasantacruz.org .  See you at the dinner, everyone!    

The UNA, supported by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1953, attempts to  build understanding (which brings revelation) and support for the ideals and  work of the United Nations (Scorpio Sun & Mercury). Its educational and  humanitarian are teaches students in urban schools, clears minefields,  provides school-based support for children harmed by poverty, illness, and  war. UNA also has a Model UN, Global Classrooms and a Student Alliance,  which educate and inspire young people to engage in global issues and the  work of the UN through scholarship and critical thinking. See  sunausa.org/education . The UN, in its  reconstruction work, is a deeply Scorpio endeavor.    Next week Saturn (Ray 3, Divine Intelligence, economics), Dweller on the  Threshold, enters Libra (Ray 3). Relationships learn new lessons and news  emerges on the fate and destiny of the American dollar.   
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Facilitating the Great ReSkilling

Facilitating the Great ReSkilling

During Libra (Sun) and with Saturn entering Libra (Oct. 29), we contemplate and assess what we know, don’t know and need to know. Libra distributes Ray 3 (intelligence). Having intelligence allows us to choose the two paths Libra offers. Libra skillfully prepares us for the great tests in Scorpio (the times to come). In Libra we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not) and we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful and to teach each other what we are skilled in.

And so, on Saturday (Libra new moon), Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Transition Town Santa Cruz, there will be a ReSkilling Expo (many small workshops) at United Methodist Church, 250 California Street, Santa Cruz. ReSkilling is a term used in Transition Towns describing a process of (re)learning skills we haven’t learned, forgot to learn or don’t remember we learned from parents, grandparents or great-grandparents on how to maintain, preserve, uphold, sustain (and create resiliency in) our lives on practical levels. ReSkilling helps us respond successfully and practically to the uncertain coming times. (Saturn opposite Uranus transit is still to come. The Great Revolution.) It provides a sense of empowerment through the practical solving of problems, and a sense of belonging (community) by working alongside others. (read more about Transition Town, Reskilling, new moon, Celestial Events at nightlightnews.com).

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Capitalism – A Love Story

Capitalism – A Love Story

In the Libra sky each night, as of this writing, Jupiter (Ray 2, Love/Wisdom) and the Moon (veiling Uranus, Ray 7, new world) have been companions. They are the rulers of Aquarius (Age of Knowledge), the planets that are seeding humanity to bring forth the new culture and civilization. Knowledge we must have in our world today. We must have knowledge and intelligence in order to reach the Soul, which is the only vehicle that can observe, understand, and choose to stand against the forces of darkness, obstruction and materialism. Libra tells us we must no longer be blinded to the dangers among us. It is important to know our country has been educationally dumbed-down with 40 percent of our citizenry functionally illiterate. When we are illiterate we cannot discriminate (Virgo) or make choices (Libra), the task for humanity this month.

Although he often looks hapless and disheveled (he seeks comfort—Taurus Sun), filmmaker Michael Moore is an unrelenting (Sun, Vesta, Venus in Taurus) force (Pluto in Leo in the 1st) to be reckoned with. Casting his wicked humor that sheds light into the darkness, Moore gives us hope as he knocks on doors and enters offices where many “fear to tread.” Moore’s film reveals corporate injustice, cruelty, unfairness, prejudice, inequality, bias, wrongdoing, disparity and ultimately the self-indulgent greed ruling our present centralized world and that has directed us all quietly and subtly into the “Matrix.”

As his films uncover the hidden and controlling realities that have led to humanity no longer owning its food sources, seeds, soil, farms, money, banks, homes,  education or minds, Moore lends each of us the strong arm of knowledge and a dose of reality. Within his truth-telling, we are invited to stand against the forces that quietly and cunningly continue to oppress. Moore’s latest film (his work is a love story), Capitalism : A Love Story opening in a thousand American theatres this week asks us to “Rise up”, to take back our days and nights, our farms, families, soil, seeds money, banking, local towns and cities and above all our education.

And so, during Libra, which each gives us a month to make a great life decision, Moore’s film informs and illumines our minds (and hearts) assisting us to choose which side we are on. It’s the Arjuna Experience once again with Krishna bidding us to take up arms. Where do each of us stand? Pacifism, in the light of our present world dangers, is not a choice. (See Moore’s chart at nightlightnews.com)

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Libra and Right Relations

Libra and Right Relations

We are under the influence of Libra—ruling relationships, marriage and economics, seeking balance between polarities. We presently see polarities between governments, leaders and nations but especially experience polarity within relationships. Always when there is polarity and tension. Tension creates “attention.” In relationships, under the jurisdiction of Libra, polarities, if not integrated (male/female, etc.), create conflict and with conflict a new harmony within relationship is being called forth—difficult yet a process of learning. Out of conflict there will be harmony, but we don’t know what the New Harmony will be while experiencing the phase of conflict. Feeling chaotic is the first step in creativeness. Relationships are not only battlegrounds. They are schools where we learn how to interact, how to cooperate, love and serve each other. In relationships we learn how to be in relationships and we learn who we are.

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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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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.