The High Vibration Living Series with Joy Jackson the Backyard Mystic

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Hi, everyone! 

As of this weekend, I will be introducing a new weekly High Vibration Living series to my YouTube channel, where each week I will explore a topic submitted by you the viewers, related to holistic wellness, sustainable living, and raising consciousness. 

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This is a series to support you on your healing journey, and in unlocking your highest potential! 

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The Ascension Series!

 

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For those of you that may not yet have heard, I have had the privilege of being a a reoccurring guest on Waking Up! on Solutionary TV with Dr. Tatiana Irvin’s new Ascension Series Live Show, hosted by Dr. Tatiana, and co-hosted by Jenessee Roy. This series was created for the sole purpose of supporting YOU in your ascension process!

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Western Sidereal Astrology, Part I

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Western Sidereal Astrology, Part I – The Zodiac Issue by Kenneth Bowser

This is the first in a three part series on western sidereal astrology, its antecedents in the ancient Near East, and its renewal by Cyril Fagan, one of the greatest astrologers of the 20th century.  This series, which originally ran in the student section of The Mountain Astrologer, will also cover the introduction of tropical zodiac reckoning, the phenomenon of precession, the astrological ages, and a quick review of the works of Hipparchos of Rhodes and Claudius Ptolemy. People new to astrology are often confounded by the two main schools of thought within it: tropical and sidereal.  Tropical astrology reckons positions of bodies from the Northern Hemisphere vernal equinox. In this system, the zodiac is defined by the seasons and is disconnected from the stars as a frame of reference.  It gained currency late in the first millennium B.C. in the Greek world and is practiced today primarily in the West.

Sidereal astrology reckons positions of bodies from the fixed stars.  In this system the zodiac is defined by the stars themselves and is disconnected from the seasons as a frame of reference.  The earliest form of sidereal astrology gained currency in the Near and Middle East in the second millennium B.C. Sidereal astrology is practiced today primarily in India and among some Westerners, mostly British and American.

There are two schools of sidereal astrology: eastern, also known as Indian, Vedic or Hindu astrology, much described in the pages of this magazine, and Babylonian, also known as Western sidereal astrology.  Babylonian astrology is a familiar quantity in academia because it is very well documented. Western sidereal astrology is built around the re-discovery in the nineteenth century of the sidereal zodiac employed in Assyria and Babylonia (modern Iraq) that spread throughout the Near and Middle East and the Mediterranean world.

Eastern and western methodologies are similar in some respects, but the differences are great enough that the two schools can only be considered cousins, rather than brothers, joined mainly by their use of the sidereal zodiac.  Western sidereal methodology is closer to tropical astrology with the sidereal zodiac substituted for the tropical.

In the ancient world astrology and astronomy were, in effect, twin disciplines.  Every astronomical fact had an astrological corollary, a tenet astrologers still embrace.  Early astrology was crude compared to its modern rendering, but it bloomed into a form roughly familiar to modern astrologers in the first millennium B.C.

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The earliest Babylonian astronomical document to which a date can be affixed is from 1702 B.C and the last datable Babylonian astronomical document found to date is from A.D. 75. Babylonian materials are plentiful and well-edited from approximately1600 B.C. through to the height of the Roman Imperial Era in the first century of the Christian Era.  The earliest astronomical computations in the Middle East were concerned with the varying length of day and night, the rising and setting of the Moon and the appearance and disappearance of Venus. The equinox was noted because of its integral role in the determination of the longest and shortest days.

The most important texts for ancient astrology come from the city-states of Nineveh, Babylon and Uruk in ancient Mesopotamia, and the most important of those texts is the seventy tablet series known by its incipit: the Enuma Anu Enlil (“When [the gods] Anu and Enlil…”).  It is the richest source of second millennium B.C. astrological and astronomical information in the world. The Enuma Anu Enlil series deals with solar, lunar, planetary, stellar, zodiacal and meteorological lore and some omens. Its astrology is called judicial because it deals with events and conditions that affect king and country; primary among those are issues that relate to war and peace, quality of the harvest and weather.  This was all derived from the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars and sometimes the rising point of the ecliptic. Modern astrologers do the same things, now mostly for individuals, but judicial or political astrology is still very much in vogue.

A two tablet series titled Mul Apin (which means “plowstar”), that is part of the Enuma Anu Enlil series, deals extensively with astronomical lore including the simultaneous risings and settings of constellations, the time interval between the rising of paired constellations and the calendar dates that correspond to the risings and culminations of important stars in the Babylonian pantheon.  Mul Apin is a compilation that took centuries to complete. Its completion date is firmly fixed at 687 B.C., and while some scholars place its genesis in the third millennium B.C., the latest work on this series strongly suggests that it dates from 1000 B.C. (1)

The zodiac took many centuries to sort out.  The twelve equal division scheme of thirty degrees each is not attested with certainty until 500 B.C., although there is compelling circumstantial evidence, that it is several centuries older than that.  Before they produced the modern twelve-fold division of the zodiac the Babylonians used an eighteen unequal division scheme that included the twelve constellations used today but with Pisces in two pieces (the eastern fish and the western fish) plus another constellation within Pisces called “the swallow” and with the addition of the Pleiades, Auriga, Orion and Perseus.  

The high water mark for Babylonian mathematical astronomy that transferred directly into an astrological context, covers the second half of the first millennium B.C.  The discoveries in the second millennium B.C. that most planetary and astronomical movements are periodic was an enormous stimulus to regular observation, record-keeping and mathematical treatment of those observations.

After the final determination of the reality of the zodiac, the main tool that allowed the Babylonians to graduate from omens to a broader, more extensive astrology, was a technique called period relations.  Period relations are a combination of sidereal periods and synodic periods. A synodic period is the time elapsed between successive conjunctions of a planet with the Sun as seen from the Earth. The synodic period for Jupiter, for example, is 398.88 days.  A planet’s sidereal period is the time it requires to orbit the Sun as seen from the Earth. The sidereal period for Jupiter is 11.86223 years, but Jupiter’s period relation, discovered by the Babylonians, is thirty-six revolutions of that planet which is 427 years or 391 synodic periods.  That means Jupiter returns to the same positions in the zodiac very closely every 427 years with respect to its synodic phenomena, both in terms of order of occurrence and interval in time. A planet’s synodic phenomena are its first appearance (visibility), first stationary point, opposition (to the Sun), second stationary point and last appearance (visibility).  For example, in the current year Jupiter has had two stations; in terms of sidereal reckoning, it turned stationary retrograde on April 6, 2007 (N.S., i.e. New Style or Gregorian calendar reckoning) at 24° 56′ and stationary direct on August 7, 2007 (N.S.) at 15° 05′. Four hundred twenty-seven years ago Jupiter turned stationary retrograde on March 22, 1580 (O.S., i.e. Old Style or Julian calendar reckoning) at 25° 42′ and stationary direct at 15° 51′ on July 23, 1580 (O.S.). (2)  The agreement between 1580 and 2007 is close enough to allow someone with long term observations of the previous 427 years to predict Jupiter’s behavior quite accurately during its period relation that began in 2007 by comparing it to 1580. The period relation of Venus is 1151 years; Mars is 284 years; Saturn is 265 years; Mercury is 46 years. The understanding of period relations was immensely valuable information much used by later astronomer/astrologers including the Greeks, the Indians and the Arabs.
Period relations are the main component of the first ephemerides, one of the greatest achievements of the Babylonians.  There is a difference, however, of more than five degrees between tropical and sidereal reckoning during Jupiter’s period relation that is at the root of how precession was discovered.  Actually, it is precisely this divide between tropical and sidereal reckoning that is only obvious over a period of centuries that gave rise to tropical reckoning itself. Babylonian material is sidereal, but the Babylonians had no knowledge of precession—the element that separates tropical from sidereal reckoning.  Their use of the equinox was mainly to keep their calendar from drifting out of relationship with the solar year. Their priority with respect to the zodiac is their supreme achievement; ephemerides rank next in importance.

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Tropical and sidereal reckoning diverge with the career of the Greek astronomer Hipparchos of Rhodes. His dates are unknown but his career spanned the period 146-127 B.C.   Hipparchos made observations of stars that he compared against the first star catalogue compiled by a Greek, the astronomer Timocharis, one and a half centuries before Hipparchos’s time.

Hipparchos found that (the modern equivalent of) declinations (3) of some stars had increased in 150 years, some had decreased, some had stayed the same but that distances and positions of the stars with respect to each other had not changed, nor had their celestial latitudes. (4) Hipparchos’s observations were correct and the conclusions he drew from them completely logical based upon his underlying assumptions that the Earth was motionless and the center of the solar system.  He concluded that Spica (the brightest star in Virgo) had been eight degrees to the west of the autumnal equinox in Timocharis’s time, and from his own observations that Spica was six degrees to the west of the autumnal point in his own time. (5) It is from this conclusion in combination with the declination comparisons to Timocharis’s star catalogue that Hipparchos deduced that there was definitely a slow motion between the stars and the equinoxes, heretofore unknown. Hipparchos’s lasting fame rests more on this discovery called now “the precession of the equinoxes” than for any other part of his work.

The consequence of his discovery produced the modern tropical zodiac almost beyond question.  If one believes that the Earth doesn’t move and one observes motion between the equinoxes and the stars, then one is forced to conclude that the stars must be moving with respect to the Earth.  What is actually happening, now as then, is that the Earth moves with respect to an essentially fixed sky, but the Earth’s motion was not obvious by any experiment devised in Hipparchos’s time. The stars do have motion with respect to the Earth but their motions are so infinitesimally small that in most cases it takes tens of thousands of years for an observer to see any change in their distances from each other.  Except for some relatively fast nearby stars (yet even these are still exceedingly slow except compared to a stellar average), it takes hundreds of thousands of years for stars to move as much as one degree with respect to the Earth. So while the so-called fixed stars are not absolutely fixed, as a practical matter they are very much fixed to the naked eye. The night sky looks now to the naked eye just as it did at the dawn of recorded history in Egypt circa 3000 B.C.

The premise behind Hipparchos’s logic is that the initial starting point of the zodiac has to be tied to something that won’t change.  Otherwise one has no absolute standard against which to measure bodies. Yet if it is assumed that the Earth is fixed and the sky is moving, the signs reckoned from the vernal equinox — which moves one degree westward against the stars in 72 years — quickly get out of synchronization with the sidereal signs reckoned from the stars.  Sidereal reckoning is not subject to precession because its frame of reference is fixed to a star and an epoch that obviates the exceedingly slow motion of the stars themselves. The zero degree of Aries, as defined by western sidereal reckoning, is the point forty-five degrees west of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the middle of the constellation Taurus at the epoch A.D. 1950.0. Thus, sidereal reckoning is “fixed” and tropical reckoning is called, “the moving zodiac.
The case has been made (6) by G.J. Toomer, whose translation of Ptolemy’s Almagest is unquestionably the best one, that Hipparchos concluded, at least at one point in his reasoning, that the equinox had moved (which is actually what had happened) and thus that it cannot be regarded as a fixed point on the ecliptic into perpetuity.  

However this position (that the equinox had moved) was the end result of a long process that was intimately bound up in Hipparchos’s determination of the difference between the sidereal year and the tropical year. Therefore it is not completely clear from the modest remnants of his work that he was confident of which frame of reference—the stars or the equinoctial points—was moving in relation to the other until, Professor Toomer thinks, the very end of Hipparchos’s career.  Another modern authority (7) with impressive astronomical and academic credentials also maintained that Hipparchos did adopt the hypothesis that the equinox had to be moving. The rationale behind that assertion, explained by Professor W.M. Smart is that it is unreasonable to assume that every star Hipparchos examined from one era to the next had exactly the same proper motion, which is a requirement if the star field were moving against a fixed equinox.

Precession is well illustrated by observing the wobble inside the spin of a child’s spinning top.  It looks like the slow gyration of the rotation axis of a spinning body. The Earth does the same thing due principally to its shape and the fact that its polar axis is not aligned with the pole of the plane of the ecliptic.  The angle between the ecliptic plane and the plane of the celestial equator is called the obliquity of the ecliptic. It is currently 23 ½°.

The Earth, like any semi-rigid body that rotates even as fast as a merry-go-round, accumulates material around its equator.  The Earth moves at the rate of 1000 miles per hour at the equator, which is more than sufficient to deform a non-rigid sphere.  Accordingly, the Earth’s polar diameter is twenty-seven miles less than its equatorial diameter, which makes it an oblate spheroid due to its bulging equator.

The gravitational relationships between the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are experienced on the Earth side of the equation almost exclusively at the equatorial bulge.  The effect is to pull the Earth upright so as to bring the Earth’s polar axis into alignment with the ecliptic pole; however, a torque — in this case, gravitational attraction — applied to a rotating body will cause the body to respond at a right angle to the [vector of the] applied torque.  That means the Earth, because it is massive and spinning, is able to resist the gravitational forces of the Sun and the Moon that would otherwise change its orientation in space instantly; but the Earth is nonetheless affected by the gravitational attraction of the Sun and Moon tugging at its equatorial bulge and responds at a right angle to the force applied on it: its spin axis slowly wobbles.  This motion is too slow to be seen in a lifetime without instruments. Due to the immense masses, forces and distances in this three-way relationship between the Sun, the Moon and the Earth, it takes approximately 25,800 years to complete a single wobble cycle. Thus about every 2,100 years the Earth precesses through thirty degrees. Those are the astrological ages. The meaning of the term, “Age of Pisces” — in which we are now — is that if one looks due East on the morning of the Northern Hemisphere vernal equinox, one will see the Sun rise with the stars in the constellation Pisces because precession has carried the equinox away from Aries since Hipparchos’s time.

The next great figure in astrology and astronomy is Claudius Ptolemy who is separated from Hipparchos by three hundred years.  Ptolemy’s dates are also unknown although the best educated guesses place him between A.D. 100 and 175. He wrote in Greek but lived in Alexandria, Egypt, the intellectual center of Late Antiquity in the West.  He was a polymath whose known fourteen works included not just astrology and astronomy but mathematics, optics and cartography. Ptolemy thoroughly embraced the tropical zodiac and, like Hipparchos, was convinced of the immobility of the earth and that the solar system was geocentric (i.e., that the Sun orbits the Earth).  His career spanned the period when tropical and sidereal reckoning were almost identical at the very end of the age of Aries. In other words what Ptolemy wrote about corresponded to what an observer saw; there was agreement between observation and theory, but only during that era.

Among Ptolemy’s works, the two that profoundly influenced astrology in the West for 1500 years were the Syntaxis, a treatise on mathematical astronomy, and the Tetrabiblos, a treatise on astrology.  The Syntaxis is better known as the Almagest, which is the Arabic rendering from the Greek superlative for “greatest.” The Almagest served as the primary astronomical and astrological text in the Western world as well as the Near East from the time of its inception around A.D. 150 until its astronomical content was first shaken by the work of Copernicus (1473-1543) and finally superceded by the work of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) and Isaac Newton (1642-1727).

While the Syntaxis was a brilliant treatise for its day, it suffers from the schematism so beloved by Aristotle that affected the intellectual life of the West for another thirteen centuries.  Among the main features of the Almagest that distinguish it from earlier astronomical models are that it employs geometric models (8) whereas the Babylonians used none, and the choice of time rather than position to locate a body in the zodiac. For the Babylonians all planet positions were based upon their places at critical moments: their synodic phenomena.  Once those positions in the zodiac had been determined, the Babylonians interpolated the positions of bodies between those phenomena to get accurate positions of the planets based on their regular behavior within their period relations. Ptolemy addressed the question in the form: “Where are the planets at any particular moment in time?” with time rather than position as the independent variable.  Although the epicycle models Ptolemy used are not a true reflection of reality, and the solar system is heliocentric not geocentric, his numbers were close enough to correct that they were considered an acceptable approximation of the real world by the standards of his day. The accuracy of the Ptolemaic model was shown to be quite imprecise, however, by the standard of the Western world 1300 years later.  He is still unquestionably the pre-eminent figure in astronomy/astrology in the West during Late Antiquity.

(1) Herman Hunger and David Pingree,  “Mul.Apin An Astronomical Compendium in Cuneiform,” Archiv für Orientforschung 24, (1989): 12.

(2) The agreement in time between the dates of Jupiter’s stations over 427 years is much closer than it may first appear to be due to the different calendars in effect at the beginning of these two consecutive period relations.  The difference between twenty-first century Gregorian reckoning and sixteenth century Julian reckoning is thirteen days. Thus the true difference between the beginning dates of Jupiter’s stations in 1580 and the 2007 is actually two days rather than fifteen.

(3) Declination is the distance north or south of the celestial equator measured in degrees of arc.  It is directly analogous to terrestrial latitude extended out into space. The celestial equator is the plane of the Earth’s terrestrial equator extended off the planet into space.

(4) Celestial latitude is the distance north or south of the ecliptic plane measured in degrees of arc.  The ecliptic is a plane that intersects the centers of the Sun and the Earth that is inclined to the plane of the Sun’s equator by 7¼ °.  All the planets orbit the Sun approximately in the plane of the ecliptic except Pluto whose orbital plane is inclined to the ecliptic by 17°

(5) Bernard R. Goldstein and Alan C. Bowen, “The Introduction of Dated Observations and Precise Measurement in Greek Astronomy,” Archive for History of Exact Sciences 43 (October 1991): 114.

(6) G.J Toomer, Dictionary of Scientific Biography, s.v. “Hipparchus” (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1978): 15, Supplement 1, p.218.

(7) W.M. Smart, Textbook on Spherical Astronomy, 4th ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960), 226.

(8) The epicycle theory of Apollonius of Perge that postulates planets in circular orbits around points which are themselves in circular orbits around the Earth.  Ptolemy’s explanations of astrological rationale and interpretation as explained in the Tetrabiblos are superb and well worth serious study even today.

© Kenneth Bowser, 2007.  Adapted from An Introduction to Western Sidereal Astrology (AFA, 2012) To purchase the new edition of this book on Amazon.com, click here: An Introduction to Western Sidereal Astrology https://www.amazon.com/dp/0866906614/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apu_Cs8uBbWW3K3WS  

Part Two will address the astrological ages; the Dark Age in the West after the collapse of Roman power in the 5th century and its affect on astrology; and how tropical astrology gained ascendancy in the West.
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New Moon in Gemini, June 13, 2018

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On June 13, 2018 there will be a new moon lunation in Gemini.

New moons represent the end of one lunar cycle and the beginning of another, bringing us supportive energies for fresh starts and new beginnings.

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The eclipse season begins with this new moon in Gemini, and during this last cycle we are going to be tying up loose ends, and bringing closure to significant themes and issues we have been working through with since the beginning of the year.

The sign of Gemini symbolizes The Twins, and represents duality, adaptability, and the conscious and subconscious minds.

As the Sun comes into conjunction with the Moon in Gemini, our focus will shift to communication, education and gaining wisdom. The mentally stimulating energies of The Twins may make it more difficult for us to calm our minds during this transit, so making an extra effort to take some mental breaks as needed during this period will be very beneficial.

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A Guide to Active Meditation for Walking and Running

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Meditation can be defined as a practice of focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to help achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state of being.

In addition to promoting relaxation and higher spiritual awareness, meditation has been demonstrated scientifically to reduce stress, to ease depression and anxiety, to help reduce and manage chronic pain, and to strengthen the brain.

Even just as little as five minutes of meditation per day has been shown to have noticeable and accumulative effects on the mind, body, and spirit.

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In recent years, many Olympians and elite athletes have begun incorporating meditation into their training because of the host of benefits meditation contributes to their training and overall performance.

Often people become frustrated by meditation when they have difficulty clearing their minds. However, the aim of meditation is not necessary to clear the mind but to focus it by being present with our thoughts and observing them as they arise. As each new thought enters our consciousness, we can choose to follow it, to let it go, or to revisit it at another time.

Active meditation is focusing the mind on the activity we are performing in the here and now, and not thinking about anything else. It provides us with something specific on which to focus our attention on, that we can experience in real time taking place within our present physical reality.

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Activities like walking or running inherently narrow our focus and draw our attention inward to the present moment, and the road ahead, yet we often distract ourselves and diffuse our attention from our bodies and our surroundings by wearing headphones and listening to music, using mobile devices, or passing the time thinking about parts of our lives other than where we are in the moment. Incorporating active meditation into these activities strengthens our ability to re-focus on our present activity and immerse ourselves in the sensations and sensory stimuli that are parts of that experience: the approaching terrain, the gentle breeze of the wind, the songs of birds, or the sound of a nearby river. In truth, there is no right or wrong way to practice active meditation, as several different paths lead to the same outcome, but there are some approaches to the practice that can add to our experience and help us maximize its benefits.

As any endurance athlete will tell you, whether you can keep going has as much to do with mental focus, like physical training. Often it’s the mind that gives up before the body. Often the body can go further when we can create a sense of calm in the mind.

There are many ways to develop an active meditation practice during your walk or run or any other repetitive physical activity. If you’re ready to try focus over distraction during your walks or runs, here are six tips to help you get started:

Focus on Your Breath and Posture

Bring more awareness to your breath, as well as your posture while you walk or run. Be aware of slumping shoulders or tightness anywhere in the body. Try to keep the shoulders back and the chest lifted to allow maximum oxygen to enter the body. Active meditation requires a comfortable pace.

Listen to Your Footfalls

A great place to begin is simply by listening to or counting footfalls. For example, count every step up to twelve, then count back down. Counting is a good way to anchor our attention to keep our mind from wandering off. If distractions start to sneak in, observe them, let them go, and return to your counting.

Choose a Mantra

For most, mantra meditation is a very simple yet very powerful tool to use. Mantras help us to anchor our focus to raise our consciousness. Choose a positive and supportive mantra that holds meaning to you.

Set an Intention

Set an intention that this walk or run will help resolve your question. It could be a question that has been nagging us for days, or a stressful issue or challenging thought that has been on our mind. We don’t have to know what the resolution might be, just hold trust that the answers or inspirations are coming.

Focus on Gratitude for Our Body and the Experience 

While out walking or running, feel the wind embracing each part of your body. Use every sense and every muscle to interact and connect with Mother Nature. Such consistent interaction will develop a stronger connection with nature and thus adds to your healing. Active meditation is a practice of being immersed in the process and the feelings and sensations of the journey.

When our active meditation is complete, we will feel more attuned, less tech-obsessed, and more harmonious in our mind, body, and spirit.

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Full Moon in Sagittarius, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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The morning of May 29th, a full moon takes place as the Gemini Sun opposes the Moon in Sagittarius. Full moon lunations are a time for reaping what we have sown that which was initiated as of the last new moon.

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Are we feeling loony?
Our dreams are also affected by the lunar cycle. About five days prior to a full moon our dreams become stronger and clearer, peaking with the energy of the full moon. If we are not centered, the full moon can scatter our energy and our dreams may seem strange. We may become emotional, anxious or depressed during a full moon cycle, and experience our energy fluctuating to extremes. The more grounded we are entering this lunar cycle however, the less we are affected by external influences. The full moon represents a time of high energy and high power, and is a time to release and let go of all that no longer serves us in order to greet the new. In the cycle of death and rebirth, the full moon represents the initiation phase of death.

Gemini embodies the mind, and Sagittarius represents our higher awareness. The Sun in Gemini asks we think clearly and logically, while this Sagittarius full moon encourages us to be more intuitive and open minded. This full moon will help us to find a balance between these two polarities, and bring about more openness, and a sense of adventure.

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This lunation will illuminate any areas in our lives where we may have an inner conflict between logic and faith, and push us to express our feelings and emotions that come up around these issues. Because much of what we will be releasing will be more emotional in nature than rational during this period, it maybe wise to do our best to exercise some tact and care in our communications with others.

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This full moon transit forms a broad square with Neptune, and this energy has the potential to inspire us, or if we are ungrounded or remain focused, the potential to derail our plans. The Sun forms a trine to Mars, bringing us the fortitude we need to see our plans through, and to release anything that is no longer serving our higher good.

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The Tarahumara and the Power of Chia Seeds

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After hundreds of years chia seeds have had a resurgence due to their wide-ranging health and nutritional benefits, such as gastrointestinal health, detoxification, blood sugar stabilization, mental clarity, and sustained endurance.

While the medicinal and nutritional properties of chia seeds have been purported for many years, this superfood soared in popularity after its mention in the New York Times bestseller Born to Run , which describes chia seeds as an almost “magical” indigenous dietary staple of the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe of ultra runners that dwell deep in the Copper Canyons of Mexico. The Tarahumara run for hundreds of miles at top speed seemingly without effort — at times for pure enjoyment — in nothing more than sandals as they have for centuries, alongside the elite ultrarunning legend, Scott Jurek.

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The specific vital nutrients that give chia seeds their superfood status and makes them so nutrient-dense include Omega-3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B, E, and D, and other trace minerals. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain ten grams of fiber and six grams of protein, and they provide more calcium than milk, more Omega-3s than salmon, more iron than spinach, and more antioxidants than blueberries. It is easy for one to see why Aztec ancient tribes used chia seeds to pay tributes and taxes to priests and nobility.

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The following is a list of the myriad of ways chia seeds can enhance athletic performance and our overall health, as well as some simple ways to can incorporate chia seeds into your diet.

Hydration

Because chia seeds absorb thirty times their weight in water, they help regulate body fluid levels and retain electrolytes, both key in the battle against dehydration. For long workouts in high heat and humidity, chia seeds are a handy way to prolong hydration.


Provides Sustained Energy

Chia seeds are incredibly absorbent, expanding up to ten times their original size when soaked in water and forming a gel-like substance. Because of this gel-forming action, chia seeds slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, meaning the carbs you eat will be able to fuel your body for longer periods of time. The regulation of carbohydrate release also stabilizes blood sugar levels.


Anti-inflammatory Benefits

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are a proven anti-inflammatory, and chia seeds are loaded with them. It has been discovered that the Aztecs consumed chia seeds to alleviate aches and joint pain. The essential fatty acids found in chia seeds alleviate skin problems, promote good neurological health, and can help improve the prognosis of various mental health conditions.


Supports Healthy Weight Maintenance

Because chia seeds are very high in fiber and nutritionally dense, they help users feel full faster and longer when we eat them. The absorbent qualities regulate carbohydrate conversion, preventing blood sugar spikes and providing sustained energy. Recent studies have shown that in addition to reducing body fat, chia seeds also help prevent high cholesterol and high triglycerides.


Accelerated and Improved Workout Recovery

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, while antioxidants are a powerful defense against free radicals. Chia seeds are full of both. Eat them soon after your workout to jumpstart recovery.

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How to Prepare Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can be added to enhance many recipes. Unlike flax seeds, they do not have to be presoaked in order to be digestible. However, it is worth noting that sprouting chia seeds will only increase their nutritional benefits and digestibility even further. Pour a tablespoon or two in a favorite smoothie, salad, or beverage.

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A popular preparation method, adopted from the Tarahumara Indians, is to make a chia seed drink energy drink, by soaking two tablespoons in a glass of water or raw fruit juice for about five to ten minutes. As a general rule, one part chia seeds to seven parts liquid will work well. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and form into a gelatinous mixture. The seeds have a mild and a light nutty flavor, and cooked tapioca-like consistency.

Raw Organic Chia Fresca Recipe

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Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
2 tablespoons of raw and organic fresh lemon or lime juice.
2 teaspoons raw local honey
½ tsp unrefined natural salt (optional, for additional mineral and electrolyte replacement and support)

Preparation:

Stir the seeds into the water and allow them to soak for at least 10-15 minutes. Add lemon or lime juice and raw honey and whisk.

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New Moon in Taurus, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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We will have a new moon in Taurus on Tuesday, May, 15, 2018.

New moons represent the end of one lunar cycle and the beginning of another, bringing us supportive energies for fresh starts and new beginnings.

Because Taurus, the sign of the Bull and the Master Builder, understands our creative force comes from within, this darkest phase of the moon will inspire us to lay new foundations for our most heartfelt dreams and endeavors.

The planets of action, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto, in the sign of practical Capricorn, will be joining us during this transit as well, strongly urging us to to make necessary changes in our lives.

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It is also worth noting that immediately following this new moon cycle, Uranus, the planet of sudden change, will enter Taurus, with the potential to launch us into a radically new direction, ready or not! 

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This new moon transit will affect those with Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius, and Leo in their personal charts, as well as those having personal planets, points, or ascendant signs near the 22° to 26° of the fixed cross.

The square aspect between Mars and Uranus affects those who have planets or horoscope points at 29° of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) or 0° of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) the most.

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Full Moon in Scorpio, April 29, 2018

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On Sunday, April 29, 2018 we will have a full moon in Scorpio, with the Sun in opposition in the sign of Taurus.

The full moon is a time when our dreams tend to become more vivid and lucid, and our emotions tend to run higher. It is also a time of culmination, and the assurance of completion of that which began at the prior new moon.

Taurean sun energy moves us to find healthier ways to feel more grounded and secure, and to cultivate gratitude for the simple joys and pleasures in life.

Meanwhile, a Scorpio moon draws our attention inwards towards our life’s complexities, intangibles, and mysteries
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This full moon provides us with an invitation to harmonize these two energies.

The full moon is a supportive time to express ourselves, and for illuminating issues that were already there that have been left unresolved. A Mars-Pluto alignment, and it’s square North node during this lunation will color the picture with elements of intensity, transformation and growth. These potent energies could move us out of our comfort zones with a bit of a jolt, that could feel disorienting or disruptive initially. However, the balance with Saturn during this transit reminds us that we must create solid foundations for anything in our lives we wish to sustain toward our long-term growth and success.

This lunar phase takes place at 9 degrees and 39 minutes of Scorpio, forming an opposition to the Sun at 9 degrees and 39 minutes Taurus, affecting people born with natal planets and points at approximately 6 to 14 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) the most.

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The Taoist Diet – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

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Diet is an important part of a Taoist’s spiritual practice. We are what we eat, and for this reason, Taoists look at diet as an integral part of general health and a fundamental part of their lifestyle. According to ancient Taoist philosophy, as we age, we gradually evolve to require learning to less and to avoid problematic foods.

The Chinese word “bigu” translates to “avoiding grains”, but it is far more complex than this. From the Zhuangzi:

“On Mount Kuyeh there dwells a spirit man whose skin is like congealed snow and who is gentle as a virgin. He does not eat any of the five grains, but inhales the wind and drinks the dew.”

Bigu, the aim of the highest and most ancient form of the Taoist diet, generally requires one to eat seasonally and locally, eliminating the consumption of grains, processed, artificial, toxic, and genetically modified and/or inhumanely sourced foods. Considering the number of diseases, food intolerances and allergies on the rise from consuming processed and genetically modified foods, there is valuable wisdom within the Bigu diet.

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A Taoist uses food to balance their yin and yang balance and promote an overall state of well being. We find throughout history cultures and lineages that have eaten with their seasons, applying yin and yang to their eating principles. Human populations are diverse and expansive; thus, our dietary needs differ depending on your ancestry, environment, and daily activities. A Taoist diet being locally sourced makes it easy to adapt for people in different cultures and with different needs.

Yang foods are usually warm or hot, higher in density and calories. They are often used for extra energy, grounding, nourishment and for stimulating blood circulation.

Yin foods being lighter, are used to assist us in calming anxiety, detoxification, eliminating excessive energy, and cooling heat.

Regardless of the type of diet to which one adheres to, generally speaking, eating seasonally is really best for everyone — including Gaia. We ourselves tend to flow energetically with the seasons, so seasonal foods best help us nourish ourselves from within.

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The Four Seasons

Spring

Yang energy is rising in the spring, when we, like Gaia, are blooming. In Spring we often crave more sunlight, and we begin to introduce more foods rich in balancing yin energy. Spring is also an especially good time to consume foods that assist in us detoxifying the liver and kidneys.

Summer ☀️ 

Summer is the season of yang energy. Yin food helps us to balance heat, while the hotter weather of summer gets our circulation flowing. Summer is a good time to seek out foods that strengthen the cardiovascular system heart and blood circulation.

Autumn 🍂 

Cold yin chi is rising in autumn as the hot yang energy of summer slips away. For immune support when transitioning from yang to yin, seek out local foods that cleanse, strengthen, and clear the lungs by reducing excess mucus production.

Winter ❄️ 

In Winter, we slow down to prepare for restoration and hibernation. This season has us look to yin foods that nourish the blood, bones, and kidneys. We benefit at this time of year from maintaining our strength and immunity by spending time in nature each day, and also from mind/body exercise, such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, or yoga. Because our digestive system can be a bit sluggish during wintertime, a little exercise, such as gentle walking before eating will help stoke the digestive fires. Mushrooms and adaptogens at this time of year are especially good for cleansing the intestines and boosting the immune system.

Other Taoist Diet Considerations

Taoists will avoid consuming any meat or dairy products that have been raised with unsustainable and inhumane practices, they hold the utmost respect towards our food’s life cycle. A Taoist diet gives food and nature the same respect given towards our own bodies.

Part of a Taoist diet includes knowing where your food comes from and being aware of the entire process by which food is sourced. Our dietary needs are far more individual than many realize, so a Taoist diet also considers:

Detoxification from toxins and allergens.
Nutrient balance and the balance of probiotic foods that support the many different types of beneficial microbes and provide us with resistance to disease.
Physical activity.
The importance of full spectrum natural sunlight, unpolluted water, and exposure to nature.
Changing the constitution of diet relative to how we age.
The preparation and timing of the foods we consume.

From a Taoist perspective, because our wellness needs change and evolve with each season and life cycle, we need to be willing to change and adapt our diets and lifestyles accordingly as we evolve. For most, there will not be a one size fit all diet year round, and our diets will continue to shift and change relative to us.
Once we understand this, it opens us up to live more in the present and fluidly, as we use diet as an additional powerful tool in shaping oneself, and defining who we are on a myriad of levels.

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