Santa Cruz Good Times

Wednesday
Apr 23rd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

The New Year of 2010

RisaNewSHappy New Year of 2010, everyone! Two years to the countdown, yes? 2010 begins under the light of a blue Capricorn/Cancer full moon (revelation, Initiation); the shadow of a lunar eclipse (much in matter simply dissolves away); Mars (the Nine tests of Scorpio) retrograde (activities are internal and hidden); Mercury retrograde (thoughts are withdrawn); and a void-of-course (no connections) on the very first day (Jan. 1). It’s a most unusual beginning to a new year. 2010 will be a year of internal reflection, great tests (Mars), surprising revelations with unfulfilled aspects of our lives surfacing in forms we may not recognize. Our energy will feel withheld, suspended, pending and internalized. 2010 offers constant change and transformation symbolized by four major planets in cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Cardinal signs initiate new realities, cannot stand back to mull things over (mutable signs), or stay with “business as usual” (fixed signs).

Cardinal signs remove hindrances and obstacles that inhibit forward growth, change and progress. Here is the 2010 dialogue we can expect from the cardinal signs: Aries says, “I’ll initiate the new realities.” Libra says, “I’ll get everyone to participate.” Capricorn says, “I’ll reshape and redesign leaders, governments and our entire civilization.” We, too, individually and collectively, will be summoned to reshape our world. We will need to be practical in all areas, explore and search in all directions for solutions to world problems that create greater resilience and equanimity for all peoples of the world.

“Time’s running out,” Saturn and Capricorn tell us. But, with vision, we’ll accomplish much. We’ll learn resiliency; focus of localization; begin farms and gardens; plant edible trees and medicinals; form communities; learn biodynamics, permaculture, Open Space Technology & World Café facilitation; join Transition Town USA, reinvent, localize and reinvest our money in “real goods”; invest in our families, create new ones, recognize and build family wealth (learning how to listen and invest in the dreams of family members. We’ll catch rainwater, greywater our environments, learn to fish, forage, harvest, can, ferment, build greenhouses, ponds; build the soil, and in all we do we’ll plan on others joining us. Because in the midst of retrogrades, which make us re-evaluate and reassess (in order to re-possess) our world, we’ll eventually realize we are the ones to create the new world order. Instead of the directive “Be here now,” we can now say together, “We are here now, to build the new culture and civilization.” So, yes, it will be a “new” and different and change-filled year to come. (Expanded New Year information and signs at nightlightnews.com.

ARIES (March 21-April 20)  Try and try again with all endeavors. However, don’t expect anything to come to fruition until possibly mid-May. You can have many trial runs, planning and perfecting activities that highlight creativity, which will be inner focused and not outwardly seen. Maintain optimism and a rhythm attuned to the Sun.

TAURUS
(April 21-May 21) Everything will be about the correct foundations being stabilized, about patience being recognized as an asset and redoing everything if at first the work is not prepared with the needed perfection, harmony and balance. Perhaps you’re building a greenhouse. Give yourself and others working with you more than ample time for gratitude.

GEMINI
(May 22-June 20)  Life, people, communication, the mail, correspondence, messages – all will seem disorganized and this leads to difficulty until you remember the retrogrades (Mars, Mercury, Saturn soon). What you must do is small tasks, undemanding and repetitive things including repeating information over and over. You will find your way through these interesting obstructions. You’re clever, a wizard, a trickster.

CANCER
(June 21-July 20)  Attempt to do many different projects during this time and not just one. Attempt also to not waste time, which is something that you could sense is occurring. Follow up on every endeavor with care and effort. Monetarily make no changes and do not output more money than is the usual.

LEO
(July 21-Aug. 22)  Remember that the energies are internal now and so adjustments will have to be made in terms of how you interpret other people’s responses and how you literally greet everyone. Careful with fire and sharp tools and injuries to your head and face. Don’t push any river, person, event, plan or yourself. Be the tortoise. Trim your hair.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Many Virgos will go into contemplation, delve into their subconscious, read up on Jung and archetypes and Joseph Campbell books till mid-year and emerge with an entirely new and different aspect on religion, spirituality and their place in the world. The invisible world is surrounding you.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) As everyone realizes the world has slowed down, some feel glum, displeasure and impatience. It’s time to generate parties and pastimes that dislodge the prevailing blues. Only you can be the leader for this. Make the gatherings abundant, plentiful and often till the retrogrades pass.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)  Study those you admire, those you would mentor, and those whose success reflects your aspirations for success. Always think of serving others. This takes the focus away from competition, survival, losing or winning. This is a time (year) of repositioning your creative ideals.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is possible you may discover the Path, devoting yourself to it. Once this Path is revealed you’ll march forward with courage, wisdom and determination. Mars retro is the inner arrow in the bow of the Archer. Later the arrow will be directed toward the Capricorn mountaintop, the place of Initiation. You’re again being tested.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 21-Jan. 20) An inner reconstruction and a phoenix-like rising up may occur within all Caps. It is an excellent time to renew, reawaken, revive, relight and rekindle your most intimate relationship. This will set a new foundation for years to come. And it will be what sustains you in the changing times. Be very careful with money.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 21-Feb. 18) Be generous with everyone especially with loved ones. Ask nothing in return. Working together in close association can create a strong bond that will assist in rising above possible frustrations. Realize that success is linked to all parties attempting compromise and Right Relations. As the leader, you go first.

PISCES
(Feb.19-March 20)  Create and maintain a very regular schedule, Tend to your work early, don’t try to change anything. Everything’s transforming and realigning on inner levels all over the world. Think of everything as an experiment, which it is. It’s stated in Ancient Wisdom texts that when one is in an Initiation they are often alone. Stay poised in this aloneness. Pray.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

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.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

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.
Sign up for Tomorrow's Good Times Today
Upcoming arts & events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

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.