Friday, December 27, 2019

Post-Holiday Alkalizing Avocado Salad Dressing

I hope you have all been enjoying your solstice/Christmas/holidays! This is the time of year when there are so many delicious treats to savour and share with family and friends. I can't eat any of those delectables anymore (thanks a lot, Bayer), but I certainly cherish my memories of holidays past and the celebratory foods that went with them.

One issue that can pop up during or after the holidays is excess acidity in the body. Sugar, flour, alcohol, coffee/tea, meat, and dairy (basically all the good stuff) are all acidic, and consuming these things too often or in too great a quantity can create health stress.

(I know a lot of people have denounced the benefits of eating an alkaline-heavy diet, but I absolutely experience ill effects when I consume too many acidic foods without enough alkaline foods to balance them off. So I'm going to thumb my nose at those people and proceed...)

Due to the ill effects of fluoroquinolone poisoning, I'm on a steady diet of salads, which is one way to keep your digestive system on the alkaline side while also keeping blood sugar levels in check. But I have to say, I was getting extremely tired of my standard olive oil/lemon juice/apple cider vinegar dressing.

I'm not an imaginative (or a particularly talented) cook, so I was really happy when I figured out a new and super easy alkaline salad dressing recipe. I thought I would share in case you'd like to employ it as you come out of the blissful haze of holiday indulgences! I don't measure the ingredients, and I don't use a food processor to make it - why clean a food processor when you can use a whisk?

Friday, December 20, 2019

A Stellium on the "Master Builder" Degree of Capricorn Kicks Off this New Decade

 Saturn-Pluto conjunction at 22 degrees Capricorn on January 12, 2020 in a stellium with the Sun, Ceres, and Mercury, along with Jupiter - click to enlarge
 

The Sun enters Capricorn on December 21 (8:19 p.m. PST), marking winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of Capricorn season. Winter solstice is always a celebratory date to observe in Canada, as it marks "the shortest day," and daylight hours begin to lengthen soon following this yearly marker.

This year's solstice is followed by a Christmas Day New Moon at 4 degrees Capricorn (9:13 p.m.) which will be conjunct Greater Benefic Jupiter, officially launching us into Capricorn season.  

True to the Jupiterian astrological marker, this Capricorn season is a big one!

It involves a massive stellium of bodies in Capricorn (Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto, along with the South Node of the Moon), including the historic conjunction of Saturn and Pluto at 22 degrees Capricorn on January 12, 2020. 

As you can see in the chart above, Earth Mother dwarf planet Ceres will be exactly conjunct Saturn and Pluto at 22 Capricorn at the time of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. The Sun and Mercury will also form exact conjunctions to Saturn and Pluto on this degree around that time.

This indicates a bit of a "getting serious and taking stock" moment as we survey our progress over the past year and over the past decade while preparing for new responsibilities up ahead. We're solidifying current positions while simultaneously contemplating new vistas that are opening to us. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Jupiter in Capricorn: Experiencing Encouraging Progress Even Amidst Highly-Discouraging Planetary Conditions

"Jupiter in Capricorn: Experiencing Encouraging Progress Even Amidst Highly-Discouraging Planetary Conditions" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.

This article outlines aspects and themes of the year-long Jupiter in Capricorn transit. The transit will come to a close with a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction at zero degrees Aquarius at winter solstice 2020.

Jupiter in Capricorn - December 2, 2019 to December 19, 2020

Jupiter retrograde - May 14 to September 12, 2020 from 27 degrees to 17 degrees Capricorn


"Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before."
- Jacob A. Riis