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And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

And Then ... Jupiter Retrogrades

Jupiter is a planet that expands all of us, increasing our experiences, knowledge and understanding of life, representing optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. Jupiter in Cancer (sign of nurturing one another) turns stationary retrograde Thursday, Nov. 7 (retrograde 120 days till March 10, 2014). Jupiter’s retrograde motion makes a tiny loop in the sky against a background of stars. Ruler of truth-speaking Sagittarius, Jupiter is our integrity and honesty (and everyone else’s), our authenticity, philosophy, sense of justice—larger perspectives in life.

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Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Candy Skeletons, Copal and Marigolds

Thursday is Halloween. Hopefully “something ‘wicked’ our way comes.” It’s also Samhain – Irish Gaelic festival marking the beginning of winter ("darker half" of the year) and harvest’s end. In ancient times bonfires were lit for warmth and protection. During these days, the veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about. We set a place at the table for departed loved ones, especially children. In Mexico it’s Dia de Muertos—candy skeletons, copal (incense) burning and marigolds decorating altars and gravestones. Friday is All Saints Day, Saturday All Souls Day. Honoring our family, friends, relatives who have been “called back.” They now wait for us.

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Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

With Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, we are in a time of renewal, tending to matters of the past that, eventually, must be left behind. It’s a time of rest and inner reflections resulting in illumination (Scorpio’s meditation). During times of reflection (Mercury’s retro in Scorpio), our minds review and assess the past. We focus on finances, values, aspirations and motivations. With Scorpio it’s important to explore emotional intimacy.

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Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde

Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse,  Mercury Retrograde

Friday is the Libra solar festival (full moon) lunar eclipse—something in form has reached the end of its purpose. It disappears. Eventually something newer and more appropriate appears. However, we still must choose. Will we return to the past or focus on creating the future? Thus we understand the Libra keynote “I chose the way that leads between two great lines of force.”
Monday, early morning, Mercury turns stationary retrograde, 18 degrees Scorpio (retro until Nov. 10 at 2 degrees Scorpio).

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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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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.