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Libra: Pondering The Path of Return

Libra: Pondering The Path of Return

Transition Town News—Rob Hopkins, founder of International Transition Movement, on a rare tour of the U.S., visits San Francisco area, Oct. 10-12; Los Angeles area Oct. 13-14 and other towns. transitionus.org/rob-hopkins-visit.

Libra is Ray 3, Divine Intelligence. In the east Aries is noontime, Libra midnight. Aries is passion for the natural life. Libra is passion for social life —fashion, food, cities, jewels, literature, etc.—the life material. In Libra the material world blossoms in fullness, grace and beauty. Libra’s symbol, the scale, signifies equilibrium, balance and justice. Leo protects the Law, Sag is the sign of Judges, but Libra is the actual sign of justice, weighing of the scales. King Solomon, evaluating the mothers’ stores, was Libra.

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Libra New Moon Festival: Let Choice Be Made.

Libra New Moon Festival: Let Choice Be Made.

It’s a rather unusual, possibly irrational and unexpected week, with things unforeseen, unanticipated and unpredicted occurring. We may experience a subtle nervousness and anxiety due to Uranus interacting with the Sun and planets. Sun/Moon in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries - creating all things unexpected and new with finance and relationships.

Friday (Libra new moon festival) through Tuesday, Saturn, Mercury, Uranus and Scorpio are all in a jumble of interactions. Things interconnected yet uncompromising continue throughout the week. We seek harmony and confront chaos. The moon (humanity) travels between the planets, with Uranus in charge. Change becomes the norm.

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Mercury Heads Into Scorpio

Mercury Heads Into Scorpio

It’s almost Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Festival of Ingathering Light celebrations. Thursday is possibly one of the kindest, most loving days of the year. Venus in Scorpio trines Jupiter in Cancer. It could also be the most nourishing and most passionate. Let’s observe and help create this day for others—offering love, kindness and nourishment in great measure providing a waterfall of happiness (personality feeling) and joy (Soul quality). Saturday Venus in Scorpio squares Mars in Leo. 

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The Soul and Spiritual Task of the United States

The Soul and Spiritual Task of the United States

Sunday is Fall Equinox with Sun entering Libra. Autumn and winter emphasize the Soul. “Destiny of the Nations,” by Alice Bailey (scribe for the Tibetan Teacher Djwhal Khul) refers to the Soul purpose of the United States. I quote from the book in the light of the Syrian situation.

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All the Kings Horses and All the Kings Men

All the Kings Horses and  All the Kings Men

This is a potent week leading up to Wednesday, Sept. 18 when a Yod, Finger (Will, Direction) of God (sextile and two inconjuncts) points to the Gemini rising and Uranus of the United States’ chart.
We’re standing at a gateway of the new world, the new age, the new civilization’s new ideas and culture. Saturn in Scorpio offers us opportunities to reorient from the solar plexus (separations) to the heart (unity), and to bring about the needed changes leading to the Path of Return.

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Rosh Hashanah (New Year) & Virgo New Moon Festival

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) &  Virgo New Moon Festival

On Thursday two festivals occur—the Virgo new moon festival (13 Virgo, Mercury in Virgo) and the first day of Rosh Hashanah (till Sept. 6), the Jewish New Year (High Holy Days, Days of Awe). The blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) begins 10 days of asking (and offering) forgiveness, ending in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
“Let matter reign” is the personality-building keynote for Virgo new moon. Matter (the word) originates from the Latin mater (mother).

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Amidst the Whirling Forces

Amidst the Whirling Forces

The astrological week begins Thursday with Mercury opposite Chiron (seeking to heal) and Mercury inconjunct Uranus (puzzled about creating the New Era Community). We feel saddened (Chiron) at the state of our world and feeling unable to change it. Sun/Saturn tells us we have the tools for the new world. Saturn in Scorpio helps us emerge out of the Matrix of our present thinking. Here is how humanity, in turmoil, feels at present as we enter the new Aquarian world.

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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