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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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Columns - Astrology

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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Burning Man: A ‘Welcome Home’

Burning Man: A ‘Welcome Home’

Thursday evening the Sun enters the disciplined Virgo, sign of gestating new states of consciousness. And always in time for Burning Man (Aug. 26 to Sept. 2), the radical arts community/temporary metropolis, in the playas of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Burning Man, with its ethos (spirit) of freedom and culture, organically begun in 1986 in San Francisco, is a field of survival (it’s 107 degrees) amidst creation—together building the new world. It’s irrational, primal, celebratory procession of humanity, days and nights of gritty dust under the Sun and stars, individually in communion. Its build, burn, dismantle—leave no trace. It’s shared community with rules, laws, ordinances, precepts and Principles.

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Blue Moon—Second Full Moon, Leo Solar Festival

Blue Moon—Second Full Moon, Leo Solar Festival

This is our last week of Leo, sign of the “burning ground.” Leo does not stream into any planets (as other signs do). Leo instead streams through three fires of the Sun – the Central spiritual Sun (cosmic fire), the Heart of the Sun (Solar Fire), and the rays of the Sun (fire by friction). And directly into our hearts to create the Will-to-Good.
During Leo our love, strength, courage and service are tested (the “burning ground”) individually and  globally. It is only through such tests that our personality (individual and humanity’s) calls out to the Soul for help and direction. For Leo is the sign of the Soul. Through the tests our personality is transformed, sensitized and refined. The purifying fires and testing create in us (especially Leo) great sensitivity: 1) to the external environment, 2) to our personality wishes and desires, 3) to the Soul, 4) to Spiritual Will.

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The Path to Sirius

The Path to Sirius

In Egypt the annual flooding of the Nile occurred as Sirius, the blue-white star left of Orion, became visible at sunrise. Rising over the dome of the pre-dawn sky, the simultaneous rising of Sirius and the floodwaters associated Sirius with fertility and life-giving abundance. The Nile deposited silt that grew the foods the Egyptians needed for the year. The Pyramids (Temples of Initiation) are aligned with Sirius.

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Lammas—First Harvest

Lammas—First Harvest

Lammas, an ancient first-harvest festival of wheat and grains, is celebrated Aug. 1 in the northern hemisphere (southern hemisphere Feb. 1). Grains, ground into flour and made into loaves of bread (and communion bread) were later brought to village churches for blessing. Pieces of the blessed bread were then placed in barns to protect the remaining stored grain for the coming year. A primary part of the festival was reaping, a village celebration. 

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All About Leo

All About Leo

We are under the influence of fiery Leo now, sign of individuality (at first), of focusing upon our self-identity, lifetime after lifetime. Leo is self-centering work. This is the developmental stage of the Leo individual building a sense of self (the personality). We (Leo) grow and grow just for ourselves. But then suddenly something new occurs. We become aware that other realities exist around us. A sort of unwinding occurs. Having become wound tight within ourselves, we begin, like petals unfolding, to turn outward toward the world of others. We see life differently.

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The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

 

Say Uncle

Five types of kids, and how to be their best friend
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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

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.