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Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for November 2013

Friday, November 1st, 2013

If you read last month’s column and/or you follow astrology you might look at November and wonder, is this just more of the same? The thinking and communication planet Mercury is still moving in a retrograde pattern and we start the month with an Eclipse. Even though these patterns are continuations of a sort, in November we start to emerge from the mysterious and healing waters of Scorpio with a changed perspective. Mercury will end its retrograde on Sunday November 10th. Expect additional Insights and clearer answers to be emerging throughout the month.

The partner to the Lunar Eclipse last month is the New Moon Solar Eclipse on November 3rd. This time, the Moon will come in-between the Earth and the Sun temporarily disrupting the solar radiation and electro-magnetic transmission. Like the Lunar Eclipse, this can feel like our psychological, emotional and spiritual systems are being rebooted. But this time, the more masculine and yang rational mind is eclipsed by the more yin intuitive heart. Both the Sun and Moon will be moving through the sign of Scorpio which represents our need for transformation and even cathartic change.

This Solar Eclipse brings to mind the Hawaiian Goddess of volcanoes, Pele. The fiery, raging energy of the volcano is expressive, destructive and creative. It may put us in touch with deep, raw and almost instinctual emotions. The cosmic theme song this month might be “Shout” by Tears for Fears. But take heart; Solar Eclipses are associated with new beginnings. We don’t need to wait until the New Year to set some new intentions. And as we move into the holidays we can be more focused and clear about our feelings, more direct in our actions and behaviors, and more authentically ourselves. Let it all out!

Quote of the month: “Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” (Jonas Salk)

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach
You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.

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Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for September 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The Mood for September is initiated in the first week with a New Moon in the practical and solitary sign of Virgo. Popular culture refers to this intelligent and flexible sign as the virgin. But if you dig underneath the surface for the historical and mythological roots of Virgo you find the goddess in her many forms and incarnations. This goddess has a strong need for privacy, solitude and personal space. She’s comfortable with herself and indeed knows she is complete and whole. From this foundation flows her sense of equanimity and wisdom and her ability to be of true service in the world. When you think of Virgo these are the words that should come to mind – analytical, logical, private, contemplative, integrity, humility and service.

It’s no mistake we often associate September, the season of Virgo as the time we go back to school. Virgo very much reflects her thinking ruling planet Mercury in her logical and analytical approach. As a grounded earth sign, she seeks to convert knowledge into practical applications. Virgo is associated with food, nutrition, exercise and positive routine. This is the month to set some new intentions for your own education, habits and schedules. Include plenty of private time to give yourself the opportunity to just breathe and contemplate.

This is also a good time to de-clutter your physical environments as symbolic of releasing some of the mental clutter as well. Reserve a room or space where you can meditate, read, study, or just be by yourself. If you are attracted to one or more stories of goddesses or ascended masters this is the time to get a picture, book, statue or some other representation of their energy as a reminder and to bring the essence of their energy into your space.

If we want to be of true service to our families, communities and world it’s wise to follow the lead of Virgo and nurture ourselves with healthy habits and environments and by creating a dynamic balance between being and doing.

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach
You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.

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Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for August 2013

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

It’s time to shine with the Sun and communicating Mercury both in sunny Leo this month. Leo is the sign of self-confidence and self-expression. Under the influence of Leo we get in touch with our need to be our authentic selves and to be appreciated by others. You don’t’ need to be born under the sign of Leo to help yourself to a heaping helping of attention and recognition.

This month we will also be treated to a New Moon in Leo on August 6th reinforcing our desire to get in touch with the innocent but precocious side of ourselves. The energy of this Lunar Cycle conjures up images of a young Shirley Temple – adorable, talented, outspoken and not afraid to be seen. Now you may not sing and tap dance, but you were born with innate and unique talents that when you allow them to shine, they contribute to the light of all consciousness.

The Full Moon in Leo’s opposing sign Aquarius on August 20th balances the potentially aristocratic Leo energy with a healthy dose of appreciation for differences and the unique qualities of individuals. Ruled by the revolutionary planet Uranus, Aquarius is the  sign of originality, humanitarianism, and social reform.

The first few weeks of August are the perfect time to take a good long look at your environment and think about how your home or office does or does not support your sense of self. What does it say about you? Use the Leo energy of self-expression to rearrange, re-design and re-create your environment to reflect your unique personality. After the Full Moon, take your cue from Aquarius and give away or donate those gently used clothes and home furnishings to a good cause.  Your choices and possessions speak to the world about you. Make sure they are representing your most authentic self!

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach

You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern. Leo

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Eat almonds!

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Delicious and healthy.

Delicious and healthy.

Almonds are delicious, crunchy morsels, and this alone is reason enough to grab a handful. But almonds are so much more than a tasty snack – they are packed with healthy compounds and a great addition to any diet.  Here’s why:

Almonds are a healthier choice than the ubiquitous peanut, which has held tight to its spot as the favorite nut (peanut butter, peanut snacks, peanut brittle, the list goes on). However, peanuts are acid forming, whereas almonds are alkaline. Some cancer specialists claim that everyone who is diagnosed with cancer has an acid pH. Almonds are also less toxic and less allergenic than peanuts, which are actually legumes, rather than nuts, and therefore can be more challenging to digest.

There are so many wonderful health benefits to eating almonds. They are good sources of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, which help in bone growth. They can help prevent cholesterol build up in the veins, which reduces risk of heart disease. They are full of vitamin E, which keeps the skin looking young, healthy and soft. Compared with other tree nuts, almonds have more protein ounce for ounce, as well as higher fiber (12% of the daily recommended amount) and calcium.

Practically speaking, almonds are a very handy snack. They are perfectly portable and great for grazing through the day. They also give that sought-after satisfied, full feeling. This is because almonds contain oleic acid, a healthy fat, which helps trigger the small intestine to produce oleoylethanolamide, a component that has been shown to curb hunger pangs.

Almonds are very versatile when it comes to including them in your diet. They can be eaten as sweets or savories, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Almond butter (ideally, raw organic) is a delicious add-in to a morning smoothie or stirred into an oat, amaranth or millet porridge. Almonds can be flaked or chopped and sprinkled over muesli. One delectable savory dish that incorporates almonds is the Moroccan pastilla, which is a spiced vegetable and ground almond parcel, wrapped in filo pastry.

Almonds can be used in a variety of dessert recipes, still offering all the health benefits of this nut, wrapped in a decadent package. For baked goods, almond flour or ground almond can be used as a flour replacement for gluten free and paleo recipes. Many health food enthusiasts make their own variations of bliss balls, which are dried fruits and nuts, seeds, and oats, all blended together and rolled into balls. Bliss balls are perfect natural energy snacks and satisfy a sweet tooth. They are delightful with a cup of herbal tea after yoga class. Here is one recipe to try using almonds:

In a blender or food processor, mix pitted dried dates, ground almonds, a couple of teaspoons of raw cacao powder, and a handful of whole nuts of your choice (e.g. walnuts, brazil nuts or cashew nuts). Mix thoroughly, adjusting the consistency by either adding more dry or moist ingredients, or even a drop or two of water if needed). Roll the mixture into truffle sized balls and pop them in the fridge for easy access snacks and treats.

All in all, almonds help support the body’s internal systems, make the skin glow, and are a healthy, handy and filling snack. Almonds can be incorporated into every aspect of a natural diet. So if you’re in a peanut rut, switch up your habit for almonds and enjoy a delicious new spin on healthy eating.  (courtesy of Gemma Ford)

Astrology Soul Coach Cosmic Dance for April 2013

Monday, April 1st, 2013

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Happy New Year! No I’m not behind – I’m talking about the Astrological Year which began on the Vernal Equinox. On March 20th, the Sun was re-born in the courageous, innovative and pioneering sign of Aries. This fire sign is inspirational, spontaneous, fearless, and independent and yes, often unpredictable.

As several of the planets including Venus, Mars, Mercury and Uranus are also refueling in Aries, spring fever is upon us. And ‘spring cleaning’ is the least of it! Aries is undaunted by obstacles and enjoys being the initiator. But the cosmos does not plan to have the youthful and inexperienced Aries making all the decisions this month. A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 25th is one of the first, but unmistakable signs, our best interests are not served by an attitude or approach of ‘full steam ahead’. Not unless we care to emulate the fate of the indomitable but unfortunate Titanic, which by the way, met its misadventure in April a century ago.

When the earth stands between the Sun and Full Moon, it is a harbinger of change – often endings or culmination points. This particular eclipse spotlights issues associated with Taurus – the need to own, accumulate, and collect, and Scorpio – our need to cleanse, purify, heal and release. This is the month to give serious consideration to everything in your life – from relationships to the salt and pepper set on the kitchen counter. How do the people and things in your life reflect you and your values? Be honest with yourself and release what is no longer working and open up to your future. Although you may not be able to replace the loveseat that reminds you of your old boyfriend, do what is possible to recycle and release. Then treat yourself to something within your budget that reflects your dreams for your future. How about a salt lamp? Earthy and practical Taurus will approve both the function and beauty and Scorpio will appreciate the cleansing and spiritual properties. Make all your decisions winning ones this month with a conscious approach.

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach
You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.

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Zen and the Art of the Shoji Screen

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Shoji Four-Panel Screen

What can a Shoji screen do for your home décor?

Well, if you need a peaceful and meditative space within your home, away from the clutter and noise, a Japanese Shoji screen may be the answer.

What is a Shoji screen?

By creating a subtle division within a room, these decorative, unobtrusive room dividers can make any space more graceful, elegant and private. A Shoji screen makes an interesting and unusual accent in any room.

Also known as privacy screens, Shoji screens are constructed with a trellis-like wooden panel. Each square or rectangular opening is then covered in Shoji. Shoji is usually made from smooth, translucent, vinyl-coated fiberglass, which gives the appearance of rice paper.

How are they used?

A Shoji screen is portable and lightweight, easily folding into three panels. This can be helpful in creating a mobile, secluded workspace almost anywhere in the home. Using a Shoji screen will make a portion of a room private, while still a part of the main room.

Some people choose a Shoji screen to hide an unsightly closet, or cover a window which has an unpleasant view. It will also enhance the overall look of the space.

A Shoji screen can offer a certain degree of sun protection too, making them useful in south-facing rooms. By diffusing the light in an overly bright space, the screen creates more ambient lighting and improves the room’s appearance.

These Japanese screens are available in a variety of wood finishes, panel designs and sizes, so everyone should be able to find the perfect one for their home.