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Lenten Rituals In Mercury Retro

Lenten Rituals In Mercury Retro

Saturday Mercury turns stationary retrograde (20 degrees Pisces). Mercury remains retrograde until March 17. Sunday is the festival of Purim (deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction). Monday is the Pisces solar festival (full moon) and the Lantern Festival, signifying the end of Chinese New Year. By Wednesday Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Neptune are in Pisces—waters that purify, cleanse and prepare us for the fires of spring.

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Valentine’s Day—Being Of Love

Valentine’s Day—Being Of Love

Valentine’s Day is Thursday. Aries moon says, “Let’s do something new and different. Let’s get out and about, move around, challenging the ways we’ve done Valentine’s Day before.” Valentine’s Day this year is free and easy, nurturing, friendly, happy-go-lucky, cheery, light-hearted, happy and optimistic. Let’s make Valentine’s day all of these. With sweet treasures in between, ”be(ing) of love a little more careful …” (e.e.cummings).

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Chinese New Year: The Snake

Chinese New Year: The Snake

Chinese New Year begins Sunday, Feb. 10, at the new moon of Aquarius (22 degrees). It’s the Year of the Black Water Snake (known in the Midwest to be gentle). The element of the year is water, element of changeability. “Snake sleeping in winter” is a year of transformation, warning of a period of preparing for hard times. It’s a year of transforming and awaking humanity from its slumbering belief in all that’s untrue. A year of learning the difference between illusion and reality. It’s a year of transformation, the snake shedding its skin at times blinded. Colors of the year are black, dark green and indigo blue—darkness of the seed underground. The darkness needed to gestate a new reality.

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Music for Our Winter Rituals

Music for Our Winter Rituals

There’s a lot of planetary movement (planets changing signs) this week. Mars (energy) enters Pisces and Venus (love) enters Aquarius on Friday. On Tuesday, Mercury (communication) also enters Pisces. This creates a shifting of energies in our world. Pisces attempts to save the world as Aquarius attempts to change the world. Friday (Feb. 1) is St. Brigid’s Day. Saturday (Feb. 2) is Groundhog Day, Candlemas Day and Imbolc, a “cross-quarter” day - between winter solstice and spring equinox with the Sun’s light each day is increasing in power.

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Water For a Thirsty Humanity

Water For a Thirsty Humanity

Saturday is the first full moon solar festival of the New Year. The full moon is a timing mechanism. It informs us that on one side of the Earth is the moon and on the other is the Earth.

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Freedom And Humanity

Freedom And Humanity

Friday night/Saturday morning both Mercury and the Sun enter Aquarius, in time for the Presidential Inauguration (in Aquarius). President Obama’s rising sign is Aquarius. The United States’ moon is Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of service, of serving humanity and of freedom. Aquarius is the sign of humanity helping one another, our future.

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Points of Light Within the Square

Points of Light Within the Square

Friday (Jan. 11) is the first new moon of 2013 (22 degrees Capricorn). The moon and Sun, joined by Mercury, offer a message to humanity. It’s time to learn how to create and build the new world government, future structures and the new culture and civilization. We receive this information through “impressions’ —patterns and symbols impressed upon our minds and hearts by our inner spiritual teachers.

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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’
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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.