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The Chalice of Receptivity

The Chalice of Receptivity

The long awaited time has arrived - Dec. 21, 2012—the end of a unit of time (k’atun) in the Mayan calendar. Initiated by three new evolutionary cycles the Aquarian Age begins in earnest. The Sun enters Capricorn 3:12 a.m. (West Coast).

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Darkness Verging on Light

Darkness Verging on Light

 

Thursday’s Sagittarius new moon—the last of 2012—prepares us for Winter Solstice and the Festival Week of the New Group of World Servers. Uranus becomes stationary direct (4.37 Aries) Thursday. The New Age is right on schedule. In the sky Thursday and Friday are the Geminids meteor showers (possibly 50 an hour) dropping light into the minds of humanity, building the Rainbow Bridge. Anticipation, expectancy, hope is everywhere. 

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Gifts: Giving and Giving Some More

Gifts: Giving and Giving Some More

We’re in the season of gifting, a holiday ritual that, for some, brings terror (What do I give? Who am I? What do they like? I have no money!), and for others it’s a way of being festive, showing gratitude, participating with family, friends and loved ones and giving all we have unconditionally. 

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A Look at the Mayan Calendar Ending

A Look at the Mayan Calendar Ending

Our first week of December, candles lit for Advent, we remain under the shadow of the lunar eclipse. The end of the Mayan calendar occurs in three weeks as the Festival of the New Group of World Servers begins. We have gifts to make (no more buying), food to prepare, guests to invite, trees (or Hanukkah bushes) to trim, lights to hang as the days move deeper into dark stillness. 

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The Harmonizers

The Harmonizers

 

The Sun is in Sagittarius, sign of good food, journeys, justice and jurisprudence (study of law). Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day of Gratitude. The day is void-of-course (moon making no connections with planets, therefore we have difficulty making connections and creating comfort). This can be complicated as Thanksgiving is a day of making contacts through gratitude and great feasting. With Sun (personality) and Venus (loved ones) squaring (challenge) Neptune (confusion or deeply religious), we may be rather baffled, the food may not cook in time or taste the same, people may not show up, we may lose our way. Anything can go wrong. 

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Preparing. Something’s Coming.

Preparing. Something’s Coming.

 

In our last week of Scorpio, sign of Discipleship, the hidden, sacred and the Ageless Wisdom teachings, we begin inner preparations for the upcoming season when dark turns into the light. This time of preparation is referred to as Advent (advenire, Latin), when we sense “something new is about to arrive.” 

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Three Lights Meet, Blend, Rise Up

Three Lights Meet, Blend, Rise Up

Readers: please read my website and FB page. As I write this column (a week ahead) I do not know the outcome of the elections or even if they occurred. I will have more updated information on my website (nightlightnews.com). 

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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Feeding Frenzy

Culinary journey ‘The Trip to Italy’ isn’t the foodie film you’d expect 

 

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From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past
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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

 

Santa Clara Wine Trail

My memories of growing up in England include my mother pouring port after Sunday dinner—and sometimes a glass of sherry before dinner. My family didn’t drink much wine back then, but we certainly made up for it with the port and sherry.