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Scarab Solar Festival Full Moon

Scarab Solar Festival Full Moon

We continue to be under the influence of Cancer (Ray 3, sign of liberty and freedom). Cancer is the gate through which spirit enters matter. Cancer grows new life in its warm waters. Cancer is the crab living in water and on land. Cancer represents our home, family, upbringing, how we nurture and are nurtured. Cancer is our conditioning, influencing all life choices.

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Four Angels for the Fourth

Four Angels for the Fourth

Saturday is Independence Day, and the 238th birthday of the United States. The U.S. Sun is 12 degrees Cancer, and Sirius, the blue star where love originates, is 13 degrees Cancer. Sirius and the U.S. are aligned. We are in the sign of Cancer now, the sign that receives and distributes ray 3 (which contains new information) and ray 7 (creating new rhythms).

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Isolation vs. The Crowd

Isolation vs. The Crowd

Friday is the new moon festival of Cancer. “Let isolation be the rule, yet the crowd exist.” This is how we feel when we are learning how to be in the world. We are in the world yet feel isolated from everything and everyone. Cancer climbs under its Cancer shell for protection. Isolated, even in a crowd. This is the personality-building experience in Cancer. Gradually we “build a lighted house” to dwell in—and invite everyone over.

 

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Signs of Summertime

Signs of Summertime

Sun enters the sign and magnetic field of Cancer, the gate where spirit enters form, Saturday at 3:51 am (Pacific time). Summer begins in the northern hemisphere. Moon/Uranus in Aries, Sun/Mercury in Gemini (a message for humanity to bring forth all things new).

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The Festival of Humanity

The Festival of Humanity

The Festival of Humanity, the Gemini Solar Festival (at the full moon), occurs Thursday evening (9:11 pm Pacific time), June 12 at 22 degrees Gemini.

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Gemini Festival Preparations

Gemini Festival Preparations

The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the Gemini Solar Festival occurring next Thursday, June 12, at the time of the full moon. This is the third of three spring festivals (Aries, Taurus, Gemini), and is accompanied by the cosmic forces of reconstruction. 

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Gemini: A Line of Light Beams

Gemini: A Line of Light Beams

We’re half way through 2014, which always occurs in Gemini, sign of duality and the two brothers, Castor and Pollux, (one dimming, one growing in light, signifying personality and Soul lights). Each of the 12signs provides humanity with a distinctly different light (message), revealing twelve personality-Soul interactions.

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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.