This Month: Astrological Trends * Winner of Tower Tarot Contest * Daily Affirmations * Poached Eggs with Huevos Style Pintos and Yogurt
December 2014 Astrological Trends
The Gemini full moon of December 6 is a sacred time when we can use music or any other method of communication to express ourselves to one another and to the Divine. It is a time when we can trade our joys and sorrows and grief and in general the fullness of emotion with one another, especially if we are spiritually-based in our communication. On the lower side, we might observe people being scattered and frenetic, but with some knowledge we can instead gather ourselves and our energies in order to use intention to transmit love and caring to one another. We might even find ourselves receiving some very potent messages from the other side or divine messages around the days of this full moon. It is a nice time for sacred gatherings. The days leading up to December 6 can be used for preparation and meditation.
During the middle of December, we will reach the time of the 6th of 7 Uranus (Aries)-Pluto (Capricorn) Squares that will happen in our lifetimes. This is a powerful and amazing aspect that has been impacting the entire decade. It is only exact at 7 points in time, and this is one of them. The final one will be March 17, 2015. This aspect is connected to changes that are revolutionary and institutional. In the United States, we have seen the unrooting of laws around marriage and marijuana so we can examine them. I am not the person to comment on other countries, I am afraid, but there should be subjects such as these to comment on there, as well. These impacts are long-term. Since we are in the middle of them, it may take us some time to see them. Venus is also in conjunction with Pluto and I would not be surprised if we were to see issues of gay marriage (romance), finance, or creativity take center stage for this aspect during the latter half of the month. Mercury will also meet up with Venus, to add voice and synthesis of thought to these issues. On the personal level, we can use these energies to express ourselves artistically in some of the most powerfully authentic ways. We can also see ourselves transform our lives as we either choose to release what we no longer need or are “helped” through no action on our part. We may find there is no turning back after this month. If there is one theme, it is release, let go, or clear. (Choose your mantra!)
On December 21, the winter solstice–when the Sun enters Capricorn–offers us even more Capricorn energy to allow us to put the spotlight on the structures of our lives. The holidays always bring light to the dark places, and Capricorn energy at its best can take a spark to its fulfillment—building the best creations out of the smallest light carried within a human heart. At its lowest, it is a petty tyrant willing to exploit anything in its path. We can see both at play in the world at present. Let us always keep our eyes out for the spark of light within those around us and nurture those sparks at each opportunity. That is my prayer on this winter new moon; to become more skilled at nurturing the light in others and within myself.
On December 23, Saturn also enters Sagittarius. At the end of a Saturn transit in one sign, as it moves into the next, Saturn imparts a great gift. Since Saturn is a teacher, it’s as if you get a graduation gift as it switches signs. Generally it is some sort of new energy or something we have synthesized within our human experience. We are ready for the next phase.
After a stay in Scorpio, we should see some gifts in our sense of wisdom about the depths of life and death. Saturn is a teacher and Scorpio tests us at each turn. For me, I have Scorpio in my house of relationships, so I have been tested in every relationship the past two years to see if I am properly humble, compassionate, and willing to be of service, I think! (I am laughing as I write this, because I hope I’ve passed the Saturn tests, which are actually fun because it’s fun to love people to the maximum of my ability. I will even re-take those tests and see if I can better my scores!) One of the things I need to do now is step more into direct action toward my destiny and expansion (a Sagittarius theme) and stop spending the majority of my energy being second to others, as if I am coming out of the depths (a Scorpio theme). I share this with you because I have STRONG Saturn in my chart and am very affected by Saturn’s movements, so I think it illustrates what happens to a person when the sign changes. This has all happened very organically. (I just realized the changes were occurring as I wrote this forecast—it is not something I did on purpose or planned—but astrology sure did line up, timing-wise!) You can see where Saturn is moving through your chart if you know astrology, or call on one of the Kajama astrologers to run your chart and let you know its influence for you. (You can reach me directly at Intuitive Moon’s readings page or I can personally recommend Susyn Blair-Hunt, as well!)
Winner of October Tarot Story Contest: Trish wins a Free Half Hour Reading!
In October, with all the Mars energy floating about, we had a Tarot story writing contest. You sent in your stories focused on The Tower card, which is the Tarot card associated with Mars. Here is the winning entry from Trish, whose story illustrated the tower card’s message for all of us. Trish, you can claim your free reading with me any time between now and March 31, 2015! Contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange our appointment.
Thank you, Trish. This is a really inspirational story that we can all learn from!
When karma comes into your life, it feels like something you can’t avoid. That’s what the tower was in my reading and my life. I thought I had a good relationship, but the reading I had showed that there were things I was not aware of, and ended with the tower card. The reader said there would be an unexpected transition in my relationship life. I thought it was probably not true at the time because we had been together for a while.
Granted, we had problems. I thought he’d been pretty involved in his job and I was probably not paying much attention to the fact that we’d grown distant. I guess I just had on rose-colored glasses. This was the guy who had all the “right” qualities on the outside, but if I looked in my heart, he didn’t really have the qualities on the inside that I would want. I just didn’t want to be alone. That’s probably the definition of settling.
Well, the reading was right. I found out he’d been having an affair and all his excuses about the working hard were actually excuses he made to cover up the fact that there was somebody else. Our tower indeed came crumbling down around our feet. The reading was spot-on and I had to let go of all those dreams that were just my imagination and my image of him. That’s not who he really was and I learned about myself, too.
It was a hard time to go through, but the tower experience opened up my eyes to so much. After a year or so, I met my current husband and I also learned I became a lot better at choosing people for partners. I also became a much better partner myself. I am more aware and more awake. This time, my heart is 100% invested in reality!
This year, I have been writing a snippet each day to affirm it is a good day and to set an intention about how I might use positive energy throughout the day. Have you thought of a daily routine for meditation that you can do to make going inward something you enjoy, and make it truly your own? Here are a few of my favorites.
January 16: Today is a good day to quietly attend to something that completely makes me alone joyously, outrageously happy.
March 23: Today is a good day for recalling past apocalypses–2012 and the Myans, Y2K, 1984 and Nostradamus… And for knowing how fear is a balloon without substance. Let it land and be silent.
April 4: Today is a good day to plant more. I read a FB post that I thought said “toys have no garden.” It actually read “toys have no gender.” LOL! Mother Earth is writing me poems.
July 8: Why are the things I have so much more enjoyable than the things the advertising systems tell me to want? It’s been this way for a few years. Today is a good day to be utterly satisfied with what I have and with all I am.
August 14: Just now I had that experience I often have when I feel hopeful and eternal. No matter whose face I gazed into as I traveled through my morning appointments, people were stunningly beautiful. Their circumstances made no difference. My eyes made the difference and my ability to inhabit a higher consciousness made the difference. I felt graced by this energy. Today is a good day for humanity and for seeing its beauty.
September 15: Today is a good day to look around at the environment that has been created. Like a muscle relaxing, a chemical bond releasing, the steam of boiling water emancipated and inactive now. Sometimes in our ego imagination we think it’s constantly time to cook, but other times the meal is done, we’ve been fed, and all our activity is in the quiet, divine cleanup.
October 29: Today is a good day to bathe in starlight. I know any sense of inky blindness is just space between me and the nearest star or time between now and the next rotation of dawn. Besides, how many times have I said, “I just need a little space?”
November 24: Imagine at the end of our lifetime, we all step off the stage and discover we have been wearing our personalities and relationships like characters in a play. Today is a good day to consider if that would make us more flexible about how we view others and our interactions. If we could see behind the characters, the parts they play, the entire drama–would we feel more empowered, less frustrated, more neutral? Would we be more effective script writers and better at stepping outside situations that feel they have been scripted for us so we can live deliberately?
Nourishment for the Body and Soul
Poached Eggs with Huevos Style Pintos and Yogurt
Maybe like me, you have worked on poaching eggs by hand for years with little success. I have a secret for you. There are little silicone egg poachers you can set into hot water, put the lid on your pot, and let the steam produce pretty much perfectly poached eggs for you. All you need is a little olive oil or other cooking spray and a pot full of water that has been brought to the slightest of boils and then had the temperature lowered so it stays warm but does not actually boil. Watch the eggs so they do not harden, and you are golden!
Yield: 2 servings
2 tsp butter
2 mild chiles or bell peppers
1 red onion
1.5 cups pinto beans, prepared (see below)
3 roma tomatoes (or any tomatoes you like)
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
¼ tsp cayenne
1 tsp thyme
1 clove garlic
2 tortillas of your choice (flour or corn are suggested)
about ½ cup plain yogurt
Optional: cilantro, oregano, and any other herbs you would like. Salt and pepper to taste.
Dice the onion, jalapeno, and chiles. In a deep sauce pan, melt butter and then saute diced vegetables for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add beans and tomatoes, and then add all spices and herbs. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then turn heat to low to keep warm.
Poach the eggs by using egg poachers in a large pot of nearly boiling water. While the eggs are poaching, plate the tortillas in a bowl. Put half the sauce on top of each tortilla. Drizzle yogurt on top center of Huevos mixture.
Carefully release 2 poached eggs onto center of each bowl.
To prepare pinto beans from scratch:
I like to prepare a big crock pot of pinto beans to last a week or more for a variety of recipes, even to give some to neighbors and friends. Here’s how I do it:
Dice the following: 1 onion, 3-5 stalks of celery and 3-5 peeled carrots (or carrots that are washed and scrubbed very well). Add them to the bottom of the crock pot. (I used to sauté these in butter before adding them to the crock pot, but I found when I was rushed one day it works just fine to add them raw.) Measure out 20 ounces, or about 2 and a half cups, of dry pinto beans. I like to get beans that are as fresh as I can find them. Some beans might have been sitting around for years, so I try to buy them from local growers at farmer’s markets. Add plenty of water to fill up the crock pot. It’s Ok if there is liquid after the beans cook—it can be added to bean soups as stock! You want to check back and make sure there’s plenty of liquid for the beans to absorb. I usually add about an iced tea pitcher full of water. That’s 2 quarts. Set the crock pot to cook for 11 hours on high. Wait. Stir occasionally. (I usually do this overnight.)
Tip: Never add anything acidic, such as tomatoes until beans are already cooked. Also, I would refrain from adding salt until after beans are cooked.
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