Another Window into Astrology: the Chart Ruler

fenetre-jolieThe chart ruler is the planet that rules the sign of the Ascendant of a natal chart or composite chart, and it offers fascinating insights into one’s character, relationships, and life patterns.

In order to use the chart ruler, you must know your birth time or have your chart rectified (an astrologer derives your Ascendant by working with you to analyze your life events). First, I’ll describe how it works in charts generally, and then I’ll discuss some fascinating ways it affects the rhythm of your life. Continue reading “Another Window into Astrology: the Chart Ruler”

Behind the Astrologer’s Curtain

I recently spoke with a group of friends who came to have their cards and charts read at The Chakra Shoppe, where I currently see clients on Saturdays. One woman said that she’d had her chart done years before, would another astrologer see something different in it? And I realized that many people have little insight into how astrologers work or how charts are done.

In this post, I’ll take you behind the astrological curtain. It answers all kinds of questions you might have, like: What happens? What does the astrologer do? Are all charts the same? How can you discern an astrologer’s competence?

The chart is less important than what you understand from having it done… Continue reading “Behind the Astrologer’s Curtain”

Yods [Astrological Aspects]

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Traditional yod: quincunx–sextile–quincunx

Yods are a fascinating irregular, triangular “composed aspect” that can be powerful and defining in a person’s life. What is rarely discussed is that there are several kinds of yods, and they operate quite differently, so I’ll share my insights and experiences here.

The most well known yod is a thin triangle that’s formed when two planets have quincunxes (a type of inconjunct) to a third planet—and are sextile each other, and it is the subject of this post. Obviously, astrologers are no strangers to hyperbole as this yod is commonly called “the finger of God.” This expression points to one of yods’ defining characteristics, that their natives often feel “fated” as they are drawn into situations they don’t want but cannot seem to avoid. Karen Hamaker-Zondag’s The Yod Book has numerous examples and case studies, and I have shared my curated links below. Continue reading “Yods [Astrological Aspects]”

Virgo New Moon [Astro Weather]

Calling all analytical neat freaks!

newmoon-virgoDo you like or hate details and analyzing them?

This month, people around you (maybe even YOU) will revel in data, in getting and analyzing information. The key to flowing with the Virgo vibe will be realizing that Virgo’s energy serves a higher purpose: the sign has been burned in the past (in Leo) by being overconfident, and its character is reacting to that by learning through getting the details, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

Read on to learn how to navigate Virgo energy in yourself, people close to you, and business relationships. Virgo’s energy will be especially strong, but you can flow with it by using this month’s forecast as your guide. Continue reading “Virgo New Moon [Astro Weather]”

Taurus New Moon [Astro Weather]

Batten down the hatches! This month will be a doozy for relationships.

newmoon-taurus“You want oppositions and squares!? We got ‘em, in stock!”

This month will have many people engaging in a lot of drama in their relationships with partners, lovers, colleagues, and other close relationships.

Mercury and Venus in Aries will tend to make minds and tongues a little too quick, so people will say things that hurt and that they regret later.

In business, expect questions and disagreements with partnerships, and be patient if you encounter these. Be especially aware of the tendency to say “the wrong thing” to important people in new business relationships in which you don’t have much trust yet because they are the most vulnerable to misinterpretation.

Read on to learn how to be the voice of reason amidst of the fireworks. Continue reading “Taurus New Moon [Astro Weather]”

Eggplant Boats Stuffed with Free-Range Beef and Chorizo

Did you know that baked eggplant turns into a delightful creaminess as it infuses with herbs, spices, and oils? It’s a virtual sponge with a light and creamy texture that really shines here. It is ideal when you want a zesty dish that’s also healthy and light, and that pairs exceptionally with a full range of hearty red wines. I have made this platter many times, and it has me levitating each time I make it: it’s earthy, amazingly flavorful, and filling without being overly so. It also makes great leftovers. Continue reading “Eggplant Boats Stuffed with Free-Range Beef and Chorizo”

Avocado Pineapple Cabbage Salad in Ginger Basil Turmeric Vinaigrette

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Avocado Pineapple Cabbage Salad in Asian-inspired Ginger Basil Turmeric Vinaigrette. Enlarge

This sweet, sour, savory, creamy, crunchy salad will get your senses dancing and put a spring into your step!

Imagine… creamy avocado chunks, crunchy green cabbage, and sweet pineapple in a this jazz septet vinaigrette: ginger, basil, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and evoo (extra virgin olive oil).

This Asian-inspired salad is also extremely healthy and even frugal (costs about 60¢ if you score avocados on sale as I often do, i.e. 49¢ a piece). In addition, it has no animal ingredients if that is important to you (I love meat, but I oft eat vegetarian).

Read on for how to make it in about seven minutes. You can easily have it as an entire meal, or it works well before or after your main course. Continue reading “Avocado Pineapple Cabbage Salad in Ginger Basil Turmeric Vinaigrette”