Star Signposts: First Quarter Moon~ April 22-28 Here’s a list of the First Quarter Moon characteristics compliments of my friend/sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza ~ www.lunarplanner.com “The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Now…

Star Signposts: New SolLunar Cycle in Aries~ April 15 – 21 New SolLunar Cycle in Aries “Sunrise” photograph by Claire Dibble Our last SolLunar Cycle, tied to watery, intuitive Pisces and Wounded Healer Chiron, brought huge emotional clearings and fostered an emerging clarity to our lives. In extraordinary contrast, we now leap into this New SolLunar…

Star Signposts: Last Quarter Moon ~ April 8 – 14 Are any of you feeling sudden tidal waves of emotion moving through you and throughout your day, vascillating between tears and a churning rage or passion? Or waves of astounding energy then needing to crash and rest? If so, it’s all part of the sky…

  Full Moon in sidereal Virgo/Pisces “South of Half Moon Bay” painting by Lucinda Abbe Are any of you feeling sudden tidal waves of emotion moving through you and throughout your day, vascillating between tears and a churning rage or passion? Or waves of astounding energy then needing to crash and rest? If so, it’s all…

Recipe: The Soup 1 tbsp. Ghee or Coconut Oil 1 Shallot, Peeled and Diced 1 Bunch Asparagus Trimmed and Chopped 3 Cups Vegetable Stock 4 oz. Coconut Cream Salt & Pepper to Taste Garnish: Cilantro Pesto Instructions Melt the oil in the pot. Add shallot and cook 3 minutes stirring frequently to avoid burning. Add…

Many artists speak of “the muse” or the inspiration that flows through them when they are in the process of creating. Some also speak of getting out of the way and allowing the creative process to lead them toward a finished product. Annie Band Jewelry is an extraordinary example of this. Band is an artist…

My core has never been this sore! A well- held a belief in strength training: If you’ve got your core, everything else follows. There’s nothing like exploring one’s abdominal strength, or lack thereof, while simultaneously (and rather breathlessly) conducting interviews with some of Jackson’s most popular health and fitness gurus. As a former athlete and…

Star Signposts: First Quarter Moon ~ March 24-30 Our New SolLunar Cycle takes place in sidereal Pisces, linked to Chiron, the Wounded Healer and potent Shaman. In the next three weeks, we will build healing bridges and open new lines of communications. In addition, old wounds still in need of emotional healing might re-emerge. Seek alternative modalities…

Question: How do the spiritual and contemplative aspects of yoga resonate with and affect you? Answers: (real answers from real yoga students) A: The physicality of breathing and intentional movement grants me access to the meditative mind. A: Making the mind/body connection grounds me. A: When the yoga class is over I am more in…

Star Signposts: New SolLunar Cycle ~ March 17 – 23 New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Pisces “Water Child” painting by Lucinda Abbe Our New SolLunar Cycle takes place in sidereal Pisces, linked to Chiron, the Wounded Healer and potent Shaman. In the next four weeks, we will build healing bridges and open new lines of communications. In addition,…

I was fortunate to be able to dine with some of my oldest friends recently. We discussed a modern book that was providing guidance for our children. As we talked about it, I realized that one aspect of the book was a teaching the same lesson as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which reads: “When…

Yoga class is full of forms: standing poses, balancing on hands or feet, seated poses, backbends. We shapeshift and move through poses on the belly, side and back. The yogi is always practicing moving into and out of forms as part of practice. One word for form in Sanskrit is Murti. This word is specifically…

Question: What is your brief definition of yoga? Answers: (responses from real people who practice yoga) A: Union of mind, body and breath A: Alignment of body and mind A: Striving towards the middle path A: Where I go to remember how to be calm A: Physical exercises which promote strength, exibility and balance A:…

Question: Why do you practice yoga? Answers: (an interesting and diverse array of real student responses) A: For sanity and peace A: To balance and heal my body from many injuries A: To improve my athletic performance A: Overall health A: To meet girls A: Stress reduction A: For community A: To detox A: To connect…

Star Signposts: Last Quarter Moon March 9-16 Here is a description of the qualities of the Last Quarter Moon phase compliments of my friend and sidereal colleague, Nick Anthony Fiorenza at Lunar Planner: “This phase completes with our Inner Needs surfacing to consciousness, to become aware of what is important to self and what is not. Knowing…

Recipe 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 leek, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced 1 pack of pea shoots 5 cups chicken stock or low sodium vegetable broth 2 four inch rosemary sprigs 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, thinly sliced 20 oz fresh…

  Sky is nothing more than the prairie hometown snow cursed its cold goodbye to and was lost. Snow spent enough days falling away, sky forgot her angles and she forgot sky’s name. Without a sundog, sky and snow never reconciled. Each tipped over the other’s framed photograph so only occasionally glintings off tack heads…

Star Signposts: Full Moon ~ March 1 – 8 Full Moon in sidereal Leo/Aquarius “Water Keeper” painting by Priscilla Marden (above) I dedicate this post to the courageous, articulate, compassionate high school students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Parkland, Florida, and to their movement ~ Never Again ~ that is arising out of the mass murder that occurred at…

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