Archives for February 2014

Meatzza! And Why A Cheesy, Fatty Meat Pizza Is Good For You

PizzaWhen I gave up grains, I thought I was also giving up pizza forever. Yes, I cheat a couple of times a year with a gluten free pizza, but really it’s no good for me: my body doesn’t tolerate tomato sauce, cow cheese, yeast or grains well. That’s four points against eating pizza. [Read more…]

Pisces New Moon: Dare To Believe

let_the_butterflies_in_by_wdnestEvery year around this Pisces New Moon, I take an intentional walk with Spirit. Using the front door as a magical threshold, and the tree-lined trail in back of our house an enchanted forest stage, I step out with the intention to receive what Spirit wants to tell me.  With my bottle of water I also carry a magical mindset; open, receptive, surrendering and present, I view everything I encounter as a message specifically for me, the receiver. It also helps to be in a non-linear space, fuzzy and wide-open, as I do on this day. [Read more…]

Leo Full Moon: Fallen Stars

fallen_stars_in_the_blue_by_kaikaku-d6qdqc4I, like many, was surprised to hear about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death last week. As an actor and human he seemed to be in a genre completely of his own, and because he had touched me in that place few actors do, I was saddened. I didn’t know he had a history with addiction, and that he relapsed last year; now we all know. In the media, compassionate articles like Russell Brand’s “my life without drugs” re-circulated (he wrote this after Amy Winehouse died of an overdose last year), and there have been more discussions since. A NYTimes article talked about the impact his death has had on fellow members of the AA community who shared their collective fear: If it can happen to a man 23 years sober, can it happen to me? [Read more…]

Book Review: Lessons In Astrology As Magic

astrology as magicYou know that excited-all-over feeling you get when you meet someone who will inspire you in some momentous and mysterious way? Over 20 years ago, as a student of astrology, too poor to buy a copy of the magazine, I would hunker down in Santa Fe’s Ark bookstore, cup of tea (it was free) in hand and a fresh copy of The Mountain Astrologer, to drink in astrologer, Dana Gerhardt’s words. I was googly-eyed for Dana (still am). I don’t remember which article inspired me the most, but I am pretty certain that I barely tasted the tea.

Reading her new e-book, Lessons in Astrology as Magic, a compilation of her most beloved articles, was like coming home to myself. Dana asks questions that even seasoned astrologers rarely voice but all of us experience, like, What happens when you look at a chart and see nothing (p.s.-it happens to all of us)? To that end, she honestly addresses the reality that while we can study for years, get certificates, degrees and work astrology’s precise methods down to the letter in attempt to make a prediction or certain outcome, the planets don’t always behave as expected. [Read more…]