Are you an art lover? Here is a way to mix your art with the new age. The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors at 542 W 27th Street, 4th floor in New York City is actually an art space dedicated to the cosmic art of Alex Grey. His amazingly beautiful works display "devotional portrayals of the universal human journey from birth to death with healing, love and enlightenment". Their website is CoSM. and the gallery is worth a visit. Not only do they have special evening events for the full moon and new moon, they seem to have many interesting new age oriented events. Well worth a visit.
It is so easy to get neuortic about health and food. One day caffeine is bad for you, next day it is good. I think that with all things moderation is key.... with the exception of chocolate which is excessively good for you for the most part. Ahem.
There are some foods that contain antioxidents that provide protection against certain diseases. Science Daily is a terrific site that has a range of articles on heath. Recently they offered this on antioxidents. Here is a topline but check out the site for more details.
Antioxidants: Preventing Diseases, Naturally
Rather than taking diet supplements, doctors from the Mayo Clinic strongly urge eating a diet rich in antioxidant-containing foods instead. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotene, lycopene, lutein play a role in helping to prevent diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and macular degeneration. While antioxidants are produced by the body, our effectiveness declines with age.
Foods, rather than supplements, may boost antioxidant levels because foods contain an unmatchable array of antioxidant substances. A supplement may contain a single type of antioxidant or even several.
Some of the better food sources of antioxidants are:
- Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries
- Beans: Small red beans and kidney, pinto and black beans
- Fruits: Many apple varieties (with peels), avocados, cherries, green and red pears, fresh or dried plums, pineapple, oranges, and kiwi
- Vegetables: Artichokes, spinach, red cabbage, red and white potatoes (with peels), sweet potatoes and broccoli
- Beverages: Green tea, coffee, red wine and many fruit juices
- Nuts: Walnuts, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts and almonds
- Herbs: Ground cloves, cinnamon or ginger, dried oregano leaf and turmeric powder
- Grains: Oat-based products
- Dessert: Dark chocolate
Here is a great article from astrologer Felissa Rose on the Mars retrograde (with a little bit on the Mercury retrograde tossed in). Be sure to visit her great website for more information.
The planet Mars goes retrograde on November 15, 2007 at 3:26 AM EST at 12 degrees 27 minutes in the sign of Cancer. It will be going direct in motion on January 30, 2008 at 5:34 AM EST at 24 degrees 5 minutes in the sign of Gemini.
Mars rules construction, tools, physical energy and motion. Individuals are less likely to initiate action during a Mars retrograde period. Falling part of the period in the sign of Cancer, ruler of homes and real estate, this is an unpropitious time for any type of building or remodeling. Those projects continuing through this period will proceed more slowly and need additional work when Mars is no longer retrograde. Surgery and the instruments used for it are ruled by Mars. Elective surgery should be put off until the planet goes direct in motion.
Generally, while Mars is retrograde parts of the body ruled by the sign Mars is transiting tend to be under stress. From November 15 to December 31, 2007 it will be in Cancer. Cancer rules the stomach, digestion, breasts and all containers of the body. Everything from the stomach to the eyeball are containers. Mars in a horoscope rules acid and tends to inflammation. Digestive problems are quite likely and running throughout the holiday season it’s important to be aware of what one is eating. Expect to hear of lots of digestive complaints, just eat smartly so that you’re not one of those people making them.
From December 31, 2007 through January 30, 2008, mars will be retrograde in the sign of Gemini. Gemini rules the lungs, shoulders, hands, wrists, fingers, muscles and the tubes of the body. Chest colds and lung congestion are more likely as wood stoves and fireplaces are burning away in the midst of winter. Dryness and lack of humidity could be a factor, so take action to prevent this from occurring. Muscle pulls and aches from shoveling snow or exercising to compensate from the indulgence of the holidays can be prevalent. Gemini rules communications and, along with Mars, moving parts. Expect technological breakdowns similar to Mercury retrograde but with a difference.
Unlike when Mercury is retrograde, people can still express themselves and get their thoughts across. The problem will lay with the actual equipment and apparatus they are using, such as phones and computers, with more glitches and breakdowns occurring. Mercury will be going retrograde on January 28, 2008 and stay retrograde until February 18, 2008. For a few days from January 28 till the 30th, there could be a double whammy in the areas of communications and its equipment.
Retrograde energy is internalized and it would be a favorable time to think about how you communicate and what you really want to say, especially the importance of speaking one’s truth. Mars is the planet of action. Contemplating and determining what one considers to be proper action is a positive way of maximizing a Mars retrograde period. Focusing on home and the interaction between families while in Cancer, and the way you communicate and the apparatus necessary to do so with the world at large while in Gemini. Mars goes retrograde approximately every 2 years. The next one is from December 20, 2009 through March 10, 2010.
An excellent book on this subject is Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape, by Erin Sullivan.
For those of you who track the void of course moons through the months, here is December 2007. For those who are not familiar with Void-Of-Course moons, please read this article and see how they can improve your timing.
A big thank you to renowned astrologer Felissa Rose for the charts.
MOON VOID OF COURSE – DECEMBER 2007
THE FOLLOWING TIMES ARE CALCULATED FOR EASTERN STANDARD. ADJUSTMENTS MUST BE MADE FOR OTHER TIME ZONES.
VOID BEGINS - VOID ENDS SIGN MOON ENTERS AFTER VOID
Sun Dec 2 9:13 PM To Mon Dec 3 1:02 AM Moon enters Libra
Wed Dec 5 9:49 AM To 1:32 PM Moon enters Scorpio
Fri Dec 7 5:18 AM To Sat Dec 8 2:12 AM Moon enters Sagittarius
Mon Dec 10 10:37 AM To 1:52 PM Moon enters Capricorn
Tue Dec 11 6:58 PM To Thu Dec 13 12:02 AM Moon enters Aquarius
Sat Dec 15 6:52 AM To 8:16 AM Moon enters Pisces
Mon Dec 17 1:28 PM To 1:54 PM Moon enters Aries
Wed Dec 19 2:34 PM To 4:39 PM Moon enters Taurus
Fri Dec 21 1:07 AM To 5:15 PM Moon enters Gemini
Sun Dec 23 3:27 PM To 5:19 PM Moon enters Cancer
Tue Dec 25 8:18 AM To 6:53 PM Moon enters Leo
Thu Dec 27 9:55 PM To 11:45 PM Moon enters Virgo
Sun Dec 30 8:09 AM To 8:38 AM Moon enters Libra
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
This is a great site for those who want to mix their astrology with assorted mixers. Intoxicated Zodiac offers a variety of sun sign inspired cocktails to satisfy any palette. Billed as "Astrology of the Cocktail" it also has a blog and a range of interesting new age content. Hey, did you know that cilantro goes well with a beverage for Virgos? I didn't either.
The recipe for a "bad girl smoothie" (see photo here) has a great deal of Jupiter elements in it (blueberries - who knew?) and therefore might be a good drink for Jupiter ruled signs like Pisces and Sagittarius. I think I will have to try it....