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Spring Forward, Fall Back

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Jupiter is in the astrological news this week. Thursday Jupiter in Cancer ends a five-month retrograde (since November 2013). Jupiter is the personality-building helper (ruler) of Sagittarius. Jupiter is also the heart of the Aquarian Age. Receiving and distributing Ray 2 (Love/Wisdom) from a star in the Big Dipper, Jupiter at first expands us. Everything grows bigger. Then Jupiter blends dualities – head and heart, thinking and loving, above and below. The result is Wisdom.

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Mercury Direct, Mars and Saturn Retrograde, Lent

Mercury Direct, Mars and Saturn Retrograde, Lent

Friday morning (Feb. 28) Mercury in Aquarius turns stationary direct. Until Marsh 21 we remain under the shadow of Mercury retrograde. If we begin each day aligned with the Will-to-Good, Right Choice and Right Action come forth. As Mercury turns direct, Mars (actions) and Saturn (structures) retrograde. It’s like a game of chess. The entire first half of 2014 is under a retrograde watch.

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Pisces: Sinners Who Become Saints

Pisces: Sinners Who Become Saints

We are now under the influence and light of Pisces—the Light that saves the world, sign of World Saviors. Pisces is the last sign in the zodiac ending the zodiacal year. Pisces gathers all gifts, transgressions, vicissitudes, talents and wonders of the eleven previous signs, placing them in Neptune’s waters where distinctions dissolve, hard edges soften, separative behaviors unite. All the determined individualities merge into a chalice of Oneness.

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Valentine’s Day: Full Moon and More

Valentine’s Day: Full Moon and More

Friday is Valentine’s Day, a full moon in dramatic Leo (Aquarius solar festival) and Chinese Lantern Festival. A creative multi-festival celebration—full moon Valentine’s Lantern Festival party. It’s best to give Valentine gifts and start festivities by 7 p.m. (West Coast time). After that the night’s (the moon is) v/c and connections will be harder to make.
Where to find Chinese lanterns? In Santa Cruz it’s the Om Gallery on Pacific Avenue.

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Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: Reflection and Review

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: Reflection and Review

Thursday, Feb. 6, Mercury makes its first 2014 retrograde (from 3 Pisces to 18 Aquarius). We’re familiar with generalized guidelines for Mercury retro. No major purchases, signing contracts, buying homes or cars, expectations of being heard/understood, strange driving and drivers, less and less understanding, messages not received, misunderstandings, etc. Mercury retrograde times can be magical, comedic, absurd, otherworldly, unreal and unbelievable. Actually Mercury retro (and all retrogrades) is a time of rest and recollection, of integration, assessment and review.

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Chinese New Year, 2014 - Green Wood Horse (馬 午)

Chinese New Year, 2014 - Green Wood Horse (馬 午)

Chinese New Year is China’s Spring Festival. Last week in the California woodlands, I saw the first blooms of quince - traditional on Chinese New Year altars. Chinese New Year begins at new moon, ends at the full moon Lantern Festival. This year the full moon Lantern Festival is also Valentine’s Day. A confluence of celebrations.

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Aquarius, Waters of Life

Aquarius, Waters of Life

The Sun is in Aquarius. The new Age is the Age of Aquarius. Humanity is Aquarius. The New Group of World Servers, at the threshold of each morning, stands together calling humanity’s Soul forth. Aquarius, the Water Bearer, “waters of life poured forth for thirsty humanity,” expresses the Soul of Humanity. The characteristics, qualities and nature of Aquarius (the Age of) leading humanity toward its collective purpose the next 2,000 years. Aquarius will color and impulse all activities, directing humanity to the Path of Return.

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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