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Embrace The June Full Moon

Embrace The June Full Moon

Each spring three full moon solar festivals (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) occur that invoke specific forces (of Restoration, Enlightenment, Reconstruction) to aid humanity’s evolution. These festivals help “restore the Plan on Earth” and create the foundation for the new world religion in Aquarius.

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Gemini, Mercury,Fruits & Freedom

Gemini, Mercury,Fruits & Freedom

Mercury enters Gemini Thursday morning and is “home” once again. Mercury is the personality-building ruler of Gemini, or the planet Gemini streams through before reaching Earth. Mercury we know is the messenger from the Sun, a brilliant position of the light interplay and possibilities. 

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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini

 

The Sun enters Gemini Sunday (Ascension) morning. Late afternoon (evening on the east coast) Sunday, the new moon occurs at 0.21 degrees Gemini (degree of Alcyone, Star of the Individual, in the Pleiades). The new moon is also a solar eclipse; something essential in our lives (individual, group, humanity, the world) has come to an end. Eclipses signify endings and beginnings.

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Time For The Earth Grand Trine

Time For The Earth Grand Trine

We have an interesting and eventful week. Saturday’s sky has a Grand Trine in earth, signs of the three planets that rule (distribute) Scorpio (sign of Discipleship). Forming a triangle in the sky are Mercury (in Taurus), Mars (in Virgo) and Pluto (in Capricorn) at eight and nine degrees—eight is reorientation (Scorpio) and nine is Initiation (Capricorn). Earth and her kingdoms, especially humanity, are in a state of reorientation and initiation.


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Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon Festival

Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon Festival

The April full moon, Taurus Wesak festival is this Saturday, May 5. This festival, the annual return of the Buddha to bless the Earth and the four kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal and human), is of momentous importance. On the day and night of Wesak (May 5, 8:35 p.m. West Coast, 10:35 p.m. Midwest, 11:35 p.m. East), esotericists around the world place crystal bowls filled with water in the open air. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters are also blessed.

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From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

The New Group of World Servers everywhere is preparing gardens, patios, fire escapes, windowsills and outside areas for the placement of crystal bowls for the Full Moon Wesak Taurus festival Saturday (May 5). Planning since Winter Solstice we invite everyone to prepare with us for the blessings of the Will of God via the Buddha.

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Earth Day—Earth, Humanity’s ‘Shadow’

Earth Day—Earth,  Humanity’s ‘Shadow’

Sun enters Taurus Thursday, Saturday’s a new moon and Sunday’s Earth Day with Mercury and Uranus connecting Aries (all things new). A message is available for humanity concerning the Earth (a conscious Being) concerning our present future, which we, World Servers, must create. Mercury (Raphael and Hermes, the Healers) will help. The Great Invocation, the great Mantram of Direction for Humanity, was given at the 1945 June full moon festival (after WW II).

 

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Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.

 

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

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

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.