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Full Moon in the Wesak Valley

Full Moon in the Wesak Valley

Thursday is the Buddha Full Moon Taurus Wesak Festival. A great legend says that at the time of the full moon the great “Knowers of Divinity” gather from the many worlds to greet the Buddha who, once a year, at the exact time of the April full moon and for eight minutes afterward, streams into Earth a blessing from Shamballa, home of our God, Sanat Kumara, Regent from Venus. The blessing transmits Divine Will, Purpose, Love & Wisdom to humanity. Buddha (Wisdom) and Christ (Love) work in unison during this festival.

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Columns - Astrology

Earth Day—Creating a World Story

Earth Day—Creating a World Story

Sun enters Taurus this Friday. Taurus, anchoring into the world the fiery ideas of Aries, is a beam of light emerging from the point of Light in Aries, creating a pathway of Light for humanity. Taurus, foremost Earth sign, inspires stability and the fine Art of Living. Appropriately this Monday is International Earth Day. Let’s begin to include the symbol for Earth (an encircled cross) on our astrology charts. Earth is placed opposite the Sun sign.

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Columns - Astrology

The Stars Shine and Teach

The Stars Shine and Teach

As the planets circle the Sun, they gradually enter into the fields of the 12 zodiacal signs. Gathering the energy of a sign, they stream that energy to Earth. As the planets and stars shine they also “teach” different lessons based upon the Law of Vibration. Sometimes many planets are changing signs simultaneously. Sometimes sign changes are spread out over months. This week Mercury (leaving Pisces) enters Aries, Venus (leaving Aries) enters Taurus and Pluto retrogrades in Capricorn. 

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Columns - Astrology

Divine Mercy & New Moon of Spring

Divine Mercy & New Moon of Spring

There are four luminaries (Sun, Mars, Venus, Uranus) in the fire sign of Aries this week. By Wednesday, there will be five as moon joins the Sun in the first new moon of Spring.

Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. Monday is the Annunciation. Wednesday is the Aries new moon (20 degrees). “Go forth into matter” is the personality-building seed-thought of Aries. Over and over, lifetime after lifetime we use the Mars energy & the fiery impulse of Aries to return to Earth, anchor ourselves into a new life, learn more about form and matter, the personality dominating.

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The Spirit of Resurrection

The Spirit of Resurrection

Many this week are preparing for Easter Sunday (or the Easter bunny). Easter celebrates the Spirit of Resurrection – a fire resurrecting all life everywhere on Earth. On Thursday the Sun, Venus and Uranus conjunct (join) in Aries (initiating all things new). The Sun illuminates, Venus carries the Ray of the Aquarian Age, and Uranus rules the Aquarian Age. There is an illumination of things to come, things bright, revolutionary and startling. These new energies falling to earth reveal to us that a new culture and civilization is immanent - the Culture of the New Era Community. The new energies no longer support that which does not build the new world era. Spirit (the Will of God) anchors into matter; the Will-to-Good manifests; and a “new phase of the Plan” is initiated.

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Columns - Astrology

The Spirit of Resurrection

The Spirit of Resurrection

We are in the first week of spring. It is a very potent week with many world conferences, potent astrological alignments and a solar festival with the Spirit of Resurrection and the Forces of Restoration beginning to flow into the earth during the first full moon of the season.
Thursday (World Poetry Day) Venus enters Aries joining the Sun, Mars and Uranus in Aries (four fiery
fields to bring forth “all things new” this springtime).

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Columns - Astrology

‘Astrology is …’

‘Astrology is …’

Mercury retro in Pisces turns stationary direct Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day). Mercury stands still for three days before slowly moving forward. All that we held off (big purchases, decisions) can move forward now. Slowly and carefully.

Early morning Wednesday, Sun enter the fires of Aries and spring, (northern latitudes) begins. Spring Equinox is always International Astrology Day. Honoring this I quote the Tibetan teacher Djwhal Khul (Dwa-Kool) on astrology (written by Alice Bailey, his amanuensis [scribe]), Esoteric Astrology.

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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.