Archive for April, 2014

Virtues of Asparagus

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Although I’ve always wanted to grow asparagus, somehow I never got around to it.  Unlike most garden vegetables, this plant does not give us instant gratification, as we must wait 2-3 years before its shoots are mature enough for harvesting.

However, wild asparagus (Asparagus racemosus) or better known as Shatavari in Ayurvedic medicine, grows prolifically in India as a medicinal vine, and is renown since ancient times for rejuvenating and healing women’s reproductive organs.

Today, Shatavari’s domesticated cousin, our common dinner table variety of asparagus, still retains medicinal value, and is an excellent source of potassium, folic acid, vitamins A, C, K, niacin, and phosphorus, while containing a balanced 2:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.  Its high alkalinity helps reduce blood acidity and serves as a powerful detoxifying agent.  Although asparagus also has a large amount of antioxidant Glutathione,  a substance effective in preventing tumor growth, it should not be eaten by people with kidney problems.

 

Other Virtues of Asparagus

  • Nourishes/Increases Kidney Yin (Core energy reserves)
  • Reduces menopause symptoms
  • Benefits the Lungs by reducing phlegm and congestion
  • Prevents Constipation
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Can help balance blood sugar levels

 

So when you are preparing to give yourself a  Spring Cleanse, remember to include asparagus.   You will see and feel quick results.

Astrology Update ~ April 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Hold on to your hats in April for this month promises to be a doozy!, with Pluto turning retrograde, two Eclipses, plus a Grand Cardinal Cross.

With this said, love is in the air on April 5th when Venus moves into Pisces, where compassion and unity reign.  Watch for romance and sensitivity to self and others.

When Mercury moves into Aries on April 7th for two weeks, we may feel more impatient and impulsive than usual.  Be careful not to make hasty decisions that you will regret and make sure you follow-up on all commitments.

Venus and Neptune conjoin on April 11th and heighten our need for sensitivity to spiritual love and understanding.

On April 14th we have a double whammy with Pluto going retrograde for the next five months and a Mercury/Uranus conjunction, both setting the pace for tomorrow’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse.  You may feel out of sorts today as Pluto pulls you inward, and the conjunction keeps your mind quick and active.  Listen to your guidance and remember, inner transformation leads to change in your outer world too.

April 15th brings a Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse at 25°16′ Libra, 3:42 am EDT.  Seen from North America, the eclipse will last over an hour. We begin with a stellium in Aries, with two conjunctions

(Sun/N.Node & Mercury/Uranus).  Although obstacles may slow you down, count on intuitive flashes to move you through.

With three planets all conjunct in Pisces (Neptune/ChironVenus)  we have a huge potential for spiritual growth as these planets draw us closer to the highest form of spiritual love, while bringing joy & peace to others.

Moon conjunct N.Node in Libra brings good fortune by being able to go with the flow in all your dealings at home and with women.  A Venus/Pluto sextile and Venus/Jupiter trine enhance the above by bringing in keen perception, balance, harmony, optimism and an understanding that love heals and transforms all.

Although Mars usually likes to be balanced in Libra, in this Full Moon he opposes Mercury & Uranus, allowing us to be vulnerable to explosive outbursts, irritability, undisciplined & impulsive actions.

This Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse also boasts a Grand Square: (Pluto square Mercury/Uranus square Jupiter square Mars square Pluto) and a Grand Cross:  (Mars retrograde opposes Venus/Uranus, Pluto opposes Jupiter) This is huge mix of disorienting energy that will pull at you from several directions.  The key here is to make a choice to move forward with your spiritual development.  Be conscious of all your motivations, and be careful not to force your viewpoints or sexual passions on others.  Sail your ship straight with common sense, moderation, walking your talk, honesty, and discernment in all things. This will probably mark a time of struggle and unrest with the general public and backlash with the powers that be.

April 23rd marks a major crossroad for 2014 with an exact Cardinal Grand Cross in the heavens.  Here we have, Uranus in Aries opposing, Mars in Libra, and Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn, all at 13 degrees.

Again the way through this intense, active configuration is spiritual evolvement and development, as the pendulum can swing in either direction.  Although crosses symbolically denote death and rebirth and the equal armed cross works with grounding and solidification, squares and oppositions denote challenge and conflict. However, Mars being retrograde may mute some of the more aggressive actions of this configuration.

On one hand you are being asked to act and transform yourself and our culture by expanding your vision and perception of life. On the other hand it may also catalyze the powers that be to surge forward with more war, and/or political, social and economic disruption. Earthquakes or volcanic eruptions may also occur.

Also on April 23rd, Mercury moves into Taurus, giving this day some practical thinking along with common sense.  Perhaps this Mercury sign change will also help tone down the Grand Cross aggressive energies with its dislike of conflict.

April 25th gives us a Grand Water Trine to help smooth choppy waters with Moon in Pisces, Jupiter in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio.  Look for common sense in all matters, and forward movement in spiritual development of the masses.

And finally, on April 29th we have the New Moon/ Solar Eclipse at 8°52′ Taurus, 2:14 am EDT.  Although the Grand Cross is still in effect, this New Moon/Solar Eclipse also ushers in a spiritual awakening of humanity that will unfold over the next six – twelve months.

Easy aspects brought into play are:  Neptune sextile Sun/Moon, Mercury sextile Jupiter, Pluto trine Sun/Moon/Mercury, Mercury conjunct Sun/Moon in Taurus, with Neptune/ Chiron conjunct, plus Venus in Pisces.  Quincunxes Mars/Sun and Mars/Mercury teach us to be less aggressive in our actions and thoughts.