Book Review ~ Lobster for Leos, Cookies for Capricorns

I love adding a new astrology-themed cookbook to my collection, especially one from a chef who says:

“…this book has little to do with watching your weight. It’s not my intention to tell you what you should or shouldn’t eat, but to present you with an array of options for eating naturally, healthfully, seasonally, and in accordance with the stars.”

I’ve got a strong feeling Sabra Ricci’s Lobster for Leos, Cookies for Capricorns will be my go-to cookbook when cooking with the stars.

With Sun in Cancer and Moon in Taurus, I want real food, but I don’t want to get involved with complicated cooking.  Ricci’s entertaining book offers recipes that are 1) easy to prepare and 2) teaches me about the health benefits of the food I’m cooking.

Ricci assures us that lobsters aren’t just for Leos, though, and cookies made with molasses aren’t just for Capricorns. There are health benefits for everyone. One of my favorite parts of each section is the list of featured foods that support the body function associated with its sign. It’s easy to see from the chapter headings which foods benefit specific parts of the body:

  • Aries Brainiac Foods ~ brain
  • Taurus Megametabolizing Foods ~ thyroid
  • Gemini Easy Breathing Foods ~ lungs
  • Cancer Tummy Soothing Foods ~ stomache Continue reading

Tea Time ~ Going South with Aquarius

Chocolate raspberry scones

There’s a little problem with the outer planets that needs to be corrected. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto don’t own any kind of plants. By “own,” I mean that nothing falls directly under their rulership ~ at least traditionally they don’t. Rulership … Continue reading

Word of the Day ~ Sage

Thanksgiving is a few short days away in the US ~ and that means it’s time for our traditional turkey and dressing dinner. Some people call it stuffing; I grew up calling it dressing and it was always made with cornbread. Whichever word ~ or recipe ~ you prefer, a necessary ingredient has always been sage.

Sage is quite a timely word as we enter the period of Sagittarius and draw near Thanksgiving. It has several meanings and serves several purposes related to this particular period of the year.

Sages ~ wise men and women, whether religious or otherwise ~ fall under the rulership of Jupiter by way of Sagittarius and the 9th house of our natal charts.

A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages.
                             ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The herb, sage, falls under the rulership of who else? Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, of course. It has some interesting folklore attached to it, as well. Scott Cunningham in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs tells us that by eating a bit of the plant every day, we are guaranteed a long life, possibly immortality. (!!) Not surprisingly, he also mentions that carrying sage will bolster wisdom, that fine Sagittarian trait.

Mountain or white sage, used in ritual and some religious ceremonies, is the most common ingredient in smudge sticks. The smudging ceremony is considered sacred and is, therefore, another symbol of Sagittarius. Smudging is ceremoniously used to clear negativity and cleanse an area. Consider smudging your home if family gatherings during the holidays turn sour.

In Phythagorean numerology, “sage” reduces to the number 5, which I associate with the planet Mercury. However, in Chaldean numerology, it reduces to the number 3, the number of Jupiter. Using the Phythagorean system, the S and A both bring qualities of leadership, the G relates to withdrawal, research, and meditation (sage on the mountaintop?), and the E brings change and adaptability, something any good sage has plenty of.

Enjoy your holiday, and eat wisely.

How to Smudge with Sage

Lunar Home and Garden ~ Moon in Cancer, August 6-8

The Moon is in home-loving Cancer Friday through Sunday, easing into Dark of the Moon days as we near the New Moon in Leo on August 9th or 10th, depending on which part of the world you’re standing on. It’s time to start formulating your New Moon plans, but don’t take action yet. That’s for after the arrival of the New Moon. These are the “egg” or “womb” days of the Moon.

Cancer Moon days can be touchy-feely days and emotions may be a bit more dramatic than usual. If they’re out of control, find some time to withdraw and sit with them a while. Process them, get to deeply understand them. If you’re feeling happy and upbeat, share them every chance you get.

In the Home…

Cancer rules all food, essentially, but each sign and planet has a group of foods that they are associated with. See a new page on this blog, Foods of the Sun and Leo, for a listing of meat, veggies, spices, fruits, and even edible flowers, associated with these two celestial giants. I’ll be adding pages for all the signs over the next week or so. They make a pretty good shopping list if you’re wondering what to bring home for a Leo supper.

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
                                                                  ~ Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie wasn’t a Leo, he was a Sag ~ can you tell from the optimism? But when he was talking about lemons, he was talking about the Sun. Continue reading

Lunar Home and Garden ~ Moon in Gemini, August 4-6

It’s time to lighten up, stop over-thinking, and prick up our social antennae. Let’s pick up some good vibes and enjoy each other’s company. Gemini may not want to probe too deeply, but that doesn’t mean superficiality is the way to go. I always learn something interesting in conversation with Geminis.

With the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Gemini, you might want to:

  • Catch a double feature at the local Bijou
  • Write a short note of appreciation to someone you admire
  • Come up with several ideas for a sitcom based on your life

Do you ever look around at your life and think, “This should be on tv, it’s so crazy!” You just have to laugh at the lovable nuts in your life and the absurd, yet funny, situations you have to navigate through each day. Maybe keeping it light with Gemini ~ our trickster of the zodiac ~ helps us cope with it all.

In the Home…

Gemini items are things like books, a bicycle, briefcases, matching bookends, the hallway, the mailbox, and your car. With the Sun in Leo, why not polish them up a bit?

The hallway is frequently overlooked, but it’s really a very important part of the house. It’s the highway of the house ~ taking you to various destinations within your home. Different worlds are behind each door leading off the hallway, and they are frequently as unique and diverse as the signs of the zodiac.

Like Mercury, the hallway is a means of transport and the road signs along the way.

We have a “hall of ancestors” at my house. We don’t display family photos anywhere except in the hall. Sometimes I just stop and look deeply into one, recalling a snippet of family history or spending a few minutes looking into the eyes of someone dearly loved. It’s more than a hall ~ it’s a way through.

…and in the Garden

There aren’t many butterflies in my yard now and I really miss them. Last summer and all through the winter we had more than the usual number. But this summer they are few. Keep an eye out for them. They symbolize joy, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one that didn’t put a smile on my face.

The Lunar Home and Garden ~ Sun in Leo / Moon in Aries

 August 1-2 ~ Moon in Aries  

 You cannot escape the demand for courage. ~ Emerson  

  • Dry some herbs harvested from your garden or produce market
  • Celebrate Lammas with freshly baked bread
  • Get outside and feel the heat ~ in the light of day or by the warm Aries Moon 

In the Home…  

Sunday, August 1st is Lammas ~ the beginning of the harvest, celebrated with corn festivals and the baking of bread. It’s difficult to imagine that the scalding hot days in the southern U.S. can signal any kind of harvest except a heat rash, but we’re nearing that time of year. Lammas brings two foods to mind ~ corn and wheat. If you’d like to do something to note the day, include corn as part of a meal on Sunday, or bake a loaf of bread. You don’t have to start from scratch unless you want to. Add a bake-and-serve loaf to your shopping list or warm a loaf from the bakery in your oven.  

With the Moon in Aries, the time is right for grilling ~ even if the outdoor temperature is scalding hot. Mars is just crazy ’bout fire, so anything grilled or cooked over a high heat makes him very happy. You can Americanize the festival of Lammas by serving the Three Sisters ~ the magical/genius crop combination of maize (corn), squash, and beans. Native Americans planted these three crops together because they supported and enriched each other and the soil.   Continue reading

The Lunar Home and Garden ~ July 23 – 31

Welcome to Leo’s house, the sign of drama, creative endeavor, children, and too-hot-to-handle love affairs. The Sun entered Leo on July 22nd and will be there through the 22nd of August this year. As the Sun transits the Leo house in your chart, you might be stirred to take on some Leo projects. Check out 12 Things to Do When the Sun Transits Leo for some ideas and tips.

We are now fully into the Dog Days of summer ~ a time signaling the prominence of Sirius, the Dog Star, in the heavens. In my part of the world ~ the southern USA ~ we are officially in Give Me Anything that’s Cool ~ Please, please, pleassssse! season. Temperatures are soaring to near 100° daily and it is definitely a long, hot summer. Leo doesn’t mind those sizzling temps, though. The lion thrives in the heat and is more than happy to host a solar flare or two. If you have yard tigers (cats), you’re probably noticing that they’re drawn to the heat and are happy to be outside away from the air conditioning. Make sure they have a fresh supply of water and some shady spots to enjoy. Keep an eye out for them lounging in the shade under your car and give the horn a toot as a warning before starting your engines. Naturally, that goes for yard wolves (dogs), too.

This weekend begins with Moon in Capricorn, slips into a Full Moon in Aquarius on Sunday evening, eases into Pisces on Wednesday and ends with a zesty Aries flare. Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s home and garden focal points. If you live in an apartment, there’s tips for indoor gardening, too. Continue reading

Scorpio ~ Picking at Bones

Griffin Vulture

A while back Animal Planet ran a special, Beasts of the Bible, and I learned something very, very interesting. This is actually quite major in our world of astrological symbolism and I don’t know how we’ve overlooked it for so … Continue reading

Sun in Gemini ~ Moon in Libra

Sun in Gemini/Cancer ~  Moon in Libra
June 19, 4:13am ~ June 21, 8:14am
Sun enters Cancer, Summer Solstice, June 21, 7:30am
For less than an hour on June 21st, the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon in Libra

  • Strengthen your alliances
  • Have some lighthearted conversation with your mates
  • Great days for social functions or an intimate party

Remember that art is “me,” science is “us.”
~ Claude Bernard

Art v. Science 

Astronomical Observatory ~ Art or Science?

I’m stepping out on a limb here to say that astrology is not a science and that I doubt it ever will be. We can’t prove a single point of astrology, and we’ll probably never be able to. It’s still a mystery as to why it works at all. Yet it does. We read the symbols, do our best to interpret them, and somehow or another they begin to live and breathe in front of us ~ not unlike a masterpiece hanging in a museum that suddenly shows its true self to us and brings us closer to understanding a tiny part of what this life is all about. 

How would we handle having a pat answer for every astrological signature? Could we cope with that kind of fate? We have ideas as to what recurring patterns mean, but ~ and I think we’re fortunate here ~ we can’t prove anything. I’m okay with that. 

If astrology were a science, we’d always know that Jupiter in Gemini in the 5th meant one thing only. With an aspect, it would mean something else ~ but only one thing. With varying sun signs, it would mean something else entirely. That’s science. Astrology would be a series of indisputable facts. Do we want that kind of credibility? 

As an art, a much more colorful and interesting world arises. Claude Bernard’s quote, “…art is “me,” science is “us,” rings so true for astrology. In that “us” is the ever-present, ever-evolving “me,” ~ that which makes us immune to the petri dish, fortunately free from the predictable. 

If we got crazy and put astrology under the rulership of Venus (art) instead of Uranus (science), how would that change our viewpoints and our textbooks? Would we have a better relationship with our chart and nurture it more? Would we stop beating up our Saturn, be firmer with our Mars? 

Strengthen Your Alliances 

It’s easy to let our Trines slip away from us. Maybe we take our trines and our alliances for granted a little too often. While the Moon is in Libra, knock the dust off the alliances in your life. Remind them how important they are to you and how much you love them. Remind yourself, too, in these especially difficult times how grateful you are for the blessings in your chart. Celebrate them in the true meaning of the word. Tell yourself how great you think that part of yourself is. Give yourself some pats on the back for being lucky enough to inherit them. 

What’s your favorite thing about your chart?  

Pardon my foray into a little astrologese here ~ I call my Moon/Jupiter conjunction in Taurus on the IC my soft place to fall. Oh, it has its flaws, nothing’s perfect, but it has brought such incredible blessings and has enriched me with an enormous serving of hope. That hope has gotten me through the darkest of days. It is also the symbol of an inspiring, steadfast Mother, and I was extremely fortunate to have just that type of Mom. My appetite may be larger than it “should” be, but so’s my ability to see the silver lining. 

Dust off your trines and your “easy” aspects ~ both in your charts and in your relationships. Shine ‘em up and show them off. 

Have Some Lighthearted Conversation with Your Mates 

Gemini and Libra will work together to do just this. They join in a lovefest of words that can make a day a blessed event ~ joyful, fun, lightly memorable. Let’s resolve to get our thoughts out from under all the heavies in the sky, even if only for a day or so, and keep it on the bright side. 

We can hope this emphasis on the social air signs also makes for some more lighted-hearted gatherings and get-togethers. Once again, look for the lighter moments during this heavy cardinal t-square time. As the Sun moves toward completing a Grand Cross, it’s important to have some jovial stress relievers. It will help to get us through. 

Check out the Sunny and the Sun Glows song, Talk to Me, at the end of the post for a something a little more one-on-one. 

Rising Moon Astrology 

Mary Pat Lynch’s post, Moon in Virgo, moving to Libra, at Rising Moon Astrology is a lovely look at the Aries/Libra axis. She says, “Libra offers us comfort in beauty–not a superficial prettiness, but the deep loveliness of right relationship.” She then shares a poignant Navajo prayer that I found to be quite moving and especially timely. Rising Moon Astrology is a site devoted to the Moon and Mary Pat’s love of the Moon is obvious. 

At the Table… 

Set a pretty table, whether you’re getting together with friends or having a meal with your good friend, your chart. If you’re a guest, take some flowers or a candle as a gift. In Chocolate Astrology, Joy Nagy suggests Black and White Cookies for Gemini and White and Dark Chocolate Layer Candies for Libra. Two sides of the same coin? Perhaps, but two sides and balanced all at the same time. 

…and in the Garden 

The air signs are all about the blossoms and Libra is definitely the sign for flowers. Daylilies come to mind for this combo. They are fleeting, but what an impact that have! Lightly scented, they’ll surprise you with their perfume (definitely understated) and wow you with their depth of beauty. Scott Cunningham tells us that lilies are a “good antidote to love spells.” Hmmm, keep that info handy. 

In the language of flowers, day lilies speak “coquetry.” Flirty, hmmm? That sounds like a Gemini/Libra possibility, but that’s only an artisitic interpretation, not a fact.