Monday, 21 June 2021

Meal to celebrate the summer solstice 2021

 Today, my astrology buddy in Hong Kong cooked up a delish meal according to the planets.

Our Midsummer's Eve menu

All guests were served with coconut water in its original container, representing milk from Mother Earth!


For starters, pea soup was served to honor the Moon and Mercury.  This yummy pea soup (Moon) was made with coconut milk (Moon) seasoned with mint (Mercury).  We had a potato and turnip (both lunar ingredients) pancake but I was too busy eating that I forgot to take a photo of it!


Then we had an interlude of honoring Jupiter with fresh figs and chestnuts glazed with maple syrup.  Don't they look like a work of art?!


Honoring Jupiter continued with another dish:  chopped chestnuts with cloves, nutmeg, sage and maple syrup.


Then we moved onto the Sun and Mercury with this sassy salad:  tangerine (Sun) and fennel (Mercury) drizzled with a olive oil-based dressing.


Continuing with the solar theme:  rice with cashew nuts and raisins, flavoured with cinnamon.  We also had cucumber (Moon) and celery (Mercury) salad, but I forgot to take a picture of it!



Lunar dessert:  peaches, papaya and pears with roasted coconut chips, drenched in coconut sauce.

Sparkling water with lemon slice (Mercury!)

Thank you for your hospitality Kimberly!  We also had a great astro conversation with another fellow astrologer, Tom, who gave us many food for thoughts!


Saturday, 22 May 2021

Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius 2021

The lunar eclipse happening at 5 degrees Sagittarius on 25th-26th May 2021 square Jupiter, the ruler of the moon.  Beware of greed - one of the seven deadly sins.  If something looks too good to be true, it probably is exaggerated.  Overconfidence and blind optimism are on the cards.  In addition, we have Neptune square Mercury and Venus, possible misunderstandings and even deceptions are likely.  

This can be a highly emotional time so it is best to avoid making important decisions until you are mentally calm, especially for those with planets in mutable signs (Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces).

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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

The Mirror of Opposition Part 1

In astrology, when 2 planets are facing one another, i.e. 180 degrees apart, it is called an opposition. 

It has been described as both parties wanting the same goal but approaching it from opposite directions.

The word 'opposition' is understood as something or someone standing against you. The nature of an opposition in astrology is very similar - a part of you is being reflected to you in the external world. Ever had the experience of getting annoyed by someone? Sometimes you know why, but other times, you simply cannot stand that irritating git!  The key is to work out why you have attracted that person into your life and is able to trigger you emotionally.

An opposition is formed when 2 planets are in opposing signs.  With 12 signs altogether, we have 6 pairs of signs in opposition, each have the same goal, but approaching it from a different perspective.  Try to work out the role of the other person you have attracted and identify the part you play in this tug of war:

Aries - Libra
This is the axis of 'me' against 'you'.  Aries is concerned with the self, me me me, whereas Libra is about putting the others first.  However, they are both at the extremes.  

Is the other person being selfish? (Aries) Or are you annoyed by their inability to stand up for themselves and allow others to walk all over them? (Libra)

Common goal:  Relating to others
Incorporate both signs:  Relating to others cooperatively (Libra) but without losing oneself (Aries)

Taurus - Scorpio
Taurus is hoarding material possessions, whereas Scorpio is holding onto emotions.

Is the other person being Taurus (hoarding, being stubborn) or Scorpio (vindictive, jealous)?

Common goal:  Building/creating something that will last
Incorporate both signs:  Building steadily out of love (Taurus) and not go to the extremes (Scorpio) , e.g. being destructive and annihilate when the going gets tough 

If you could bear to take a moment and ask yourself why those people annoy you so much, you will often find that those irritating souls are merely mirroring a part of you that you have disowned.

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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

The Power of the Moon: Transiting in Gemini

The moon is the closest piece of rock/satellite to us, hence its influence is said to be strong for us Earthlings.  

It enters a new sign every 2.5 days.  

Depending on which part of the world you are currently located, it's due to make its ingress into  Gemini on:

12th May 2021  05:43:06 (Los Angeles PDT)

12th May 2021  08:43:06 (New York EDT)

12th May 2021 13:43:06 (London BST)

12th  May 2021 20:43:06 (HK Time)

12th May 2021 08:43:06 (Tokyo JST)

12th May 2021 22:43:06  (Melbourne AEST)

Mood, behaviour, state of mind under a Gemini moon:

Chatty, communicative, sociable, cerebral, inquisitive, restlessness

This is a great time for brainstorming, as your mind is buzzing with ideas, bursting to be manifested.  Multitasking becomes easier.  Make that phone, contact that acquaintance on your mind.  

Dinner parties held under the Geminian moon are likely to be lighthearted and filled with jokes,  laughter and gossips!


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Friday, 7 May 2021

The Power of the Moon: Transiting in Taurus

 The moon is the closest piece of rock/satellite to us, hence its influence is said to be strong for us Earthlings.  

It enters a new sign every 2.5 days.  

Depending on which part of the world you are currently located, it's due to make its ingress into Taurus on:

9th May 2021  16:46:58 (Los Angeles PDT)

9th May 2021  19:46:58 (New York EDT)

10th May 2021 00:46:58 (London BST)

10th  May 2021 07:46:58 (HK Time)

10th May 2021 08:46:58am (Tokyo JST)

10th May 2021 09:46:58  (Melbourne AEST)

Mood, behaviour, state of mind under a Taurus moon:

Indulgence, sensual, natural, stable, practical, stubborn, gluttonous, sedentary

Take advantage of this time to organise your finance, be it your porfolio or shopping around for better returns.  Go out and enjoy walks in the great outdoors and immerse your soul in the beauty of the natural world.  Compared to the previous zodiac sign, this is likely to be a time of inactivity/rest, sticking to what is familiar rather than being adventurous.

Dinner parties held under the Taurean moon is likely to influence our appetite.  Hosts can expect to see your guests mopping up their plates or asking for more.  Not so good for those who are watching their diets! 


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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Power of the Moon: Transiting in Aries

 The moon is the closest piece of rock/satellite to us, hence its influence is said to be strong for us Earthlings.  

It enters a new sign every 2.5 days.  

Depending on which part of the world you are currently located, it's due to make its ingress into Aries on:

7th May 2021  04:52:58 (Los Angeles PDT)

7th May 2021  07:52:58 (New York EDT)

7th May 2021 12:52:58 (London BST)

7th  May 2021 19:52:58am (HK Time)

7th May 2021 20:52:58am (Tokyo JST)

7th May 2021 21:52:58am  (Melbourne AEST)

Mood, behaviour, state of mind under an Aries moon:

Courageous, combative, competitive, ambitious, active, pioneering, impatient, impulsive

It is the perfect time to take the plunge and do something you fear (without causing danger to yourself and others of course) - skydive, bungee jump. Be daring, create your own path!

Discussions occurring under this moon may become heated easily, as even the most timid may not be able to keep a stiff upper lip.  Getting ones point across seem to be more important than usual.  There is an urge to act, to begin, to fight....anything but do nothing.


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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Mercury in Gemini, Mercury goes retrograde May 2021

Mercury is the messenger god, ruling communications and transportations.

It enters its sign of dignity (Gemini) on 3-4 May and will remain there until 12th July.

Normally, Mercury stays in a zodiac sign for just over 3 weeks.  However, with this messenger planet going retrograde on 30th May, it will remain in this strong position for an extended period of over 2 months.

While Mercury is in Gemini, expect more active cerebral activities (ideas buzzing in your head, planning projects),  and smoother communications (willingness to share thoughts and opinions, chatting on the phone/internet).

When Mercury reaches 24 degrees 43 minutes on 30th May, it will begin its retrograde motion and moves backwards, retracing its steps until it reaches 16 degrees on 23rd June, where it will resume direct motion again.  

Astrologically, it will affect those with planets in Gemini and other mutable signs (Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) between 16 to 24 degrees.  

The usual advice given on the internet include:

- avoid signing contract (renewing is fine), if cannot be avoided, scrutinize the small print

- refrain from expensive purchases

- expect traffic delays

Personally, I experience the above even when Mercury is in direct motion anyway.

What I do notice when Mercury goes retrograde, and it triggers your natal planets,  is that communication with others become more sensitive than usual.  The chances of misunderstandings are higher.  So double check and triple check your instructions are being correctly processed.  Be extra polite in your choice of words.  When in doubt add an emoji to lighten the mood.  Be humble.  Double confirm your facts before you launch into a heated argument......

Mercury goes retrograde 3 times a year, each time for around 3 weeks.  It is a period of readjusting the way we communicate.  If we are too blunt and crass, then try to be more refined and subtle in the way we interact with others.  In Gemini, we can learn to be short and simple in our choice of words.  Be direct.  Say what you mean.  And most importantly, INTERPRET in a simple way.  For example, if your husband wants to add a pinch of salt to your soup, then it means the soup is bland.  It does not mean you are a lousy cook, good for nothing, can't even manage a simple task of putting a decent meal on the table........  Your cooking skills and your self esteem are not interlinked.  And if you are the husband, perhaps compliment on other aspect of the soup before you say 'I think adding a pinch of salt will bring out the flavour even more....'

What kinds of difficulties do you run into during a Mercury retrograde?

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Meal to celebrate the summer solstice 2021

 Today, my astrology buddy in Hong Kong cooked up a delish meal according to the planets. Our Midsummer's Eve menu All guests were serve...