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Retrograde Cyclone

Retrograde Cyclone

We follow astrology closely and one of our essential resources is The Traveler's Well Astrology team. Follow this link to sign up for their informative newsletter (excerpt below) and consider booking a reading to plot the year ahead, it's invaluable!

"Following the two Solar Eclipses this Summer, we continue on an intense path with many planets retrograde. Retrograde periods are a time of re-thinking, re-feeling, re-analyzing, and re-defining. They can be important times of consolidation.
However, with so many planets retrograde all at once, you might be feeling a good dose of frustration. We want to look ahead to Mars, Saturn and Pluto (all in Capricorn) turning direct over the next 30 plus days.
Here are the current retrogrades:
  • Mercury Retrograde (ended on August 18)
  • Mars Retrograde in Capricorn (ends today!)
  • Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn (ends on September 6)
  • Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn (ends on September 30)
  • Neptune in Pisces (ends on November 24)
  • Chiron in Aries (ends on December 9)
  • Uranus Retrograde in Taurus then Aquarius (ends in January 2019)
If there is such a thing as good pressure, this might be one of those times. There are moments in life when you have tried so many things that you simply are more open to receiving guidance and taking it to heart because you long so deeply for lasting change. You might even feel exasperated because the current path is getting very worn and you are feeling are drained.
Personally, we have felt frustration and a deep desire to understand why we were feeling how we were feeling. This retrograde time has brought several things to closure or very close to it. We have made so much sense of where we are now by looking back over the past years. We see the various changes we made over time and what each change introduced introduced into our world (for better or for worse). We are talking about big changes and turning points (like starting businesses, relocating, etc.).  Based on this big picture recap, we have a clearer understanding of what needs to be further released and what needs to be created, enhanced and further embraced.  
You might be feeling this too.  Movements that were feeling rusty are now freeing up allowing for greater expression. Think of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, rusted into place.  Real, lasting change is taking place! 
This is an excellent time to strengthen your resolve for true change so that old patterns fade to their rightful place in history versus siphoning energy from the present.
As these retrograde periods have provided an opportunity to sift and sort and revisit where we are and why we are there and how we got there, we can now prepare ourselves to stop re-reading the same old script and take the first steps to write the new chapter. Mercury is now direct so our mind is once again focused on path before us and the steps we are currently taking. So, let's focus on the three planets retrograde in the sign of Capricorn: Mars, Saturn and Pluto.
With these three malefic planets retrograde in Capricorn, aspects of life that have not matured as we would like are feeling pressured. Capricorn is a sign that relates to the passage of time and societal expectations. Capricorn relates to societal expectations and can introduce social taboos and guilt. But, also your own structures: your finances, your career, your social status, your conditioning, etc. Old patterns running in the mind might have us focusing on fears, doubts, worry and concern.  
These old patterns do not serve and they just reinforce the notion that in some way we are stuck, powerless. Patterns from the past siphon energy from the present and, unless we greet them with the power of our spirit, they aren't going anywhere.
A retrograde period is a good time to recognize, review, and revise these habits, that is precisely why they should be tackled right now. Make progress when the headwinds are the greatest and embrace the fierce power of your spirit.  
Over the next 5 weeks, first Mars, then Saturn and finally Pluto will all move direct."

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Strawberry Moon + Pancakes

Strawberry Moon + Pancakes

Did you miss the Strawberry Moon last night? Us too! While the full moon didn’t actually look red like a strawberry, it’s interesting in North America that the name comes from Algonquin tribes of Native Americans; it was their sign to harvest wild strawberries, says the Old Farmer's Almanac. We love the idea of how tied the old world was to crop cycles, so we’re featuring a buckwheat pancakes with roasted strawberries recipe, because without a doubt, it’s strawberry season! And if you’re interested in the cosmic implications of this full moon, it seeks to gift us clarity by calling forth the elder within us to more details via Mystic Mamma, one of our favorite astrological resources.

Cookie and Kate’s Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

1 cup buckwheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups buttermilk, shaken*
1 large egg
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Butter, for the skillet

Roasted Strawberries
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced into bite-sized quarters or halves
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Roast the strawberries: preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, gently toss berries with the sugar and maple syrup/honey. Arrange the strawberries in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring halfway, or long enough for the berry juices to thicken but not burn (watch the edges in particular).

Make the pancakes: in a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour(s), sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps.

Preheat your skillet over medium-low heat and brush with 1 ½ teaspoons of butter. Give the batter a light swirl with a spoon in case the buckwheat is starting to separate from the liquid. Using a ¼-cup measure, scoop the batter onto the warm skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes (you’ll know it’s ready to flip when about 1 inch of the perimeter is matte instead of glossy), and flip. Cook on the opposite sides for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown.

Transfer the cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200 degree Fahrenheit oven to keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more butter when needed. Serve immediately.

* MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTERMILK WITH DAIRY-FREE OPTION: combine 1 ¼ cups low fat milk (any variety of low fat milk should do—almond, soy, rice, low fat coconut) with 1 tablespoon + ¾ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes before using.

Photo credit: Brooke Lark
Recipe credit: Cookie and Kate

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