Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pluto Retrograde - Take Time to Think About Change

A couple of people have told me that they feel "low energy" or a bit confused of late. One person said to me that she just can't "get her gears in the right speed." OK you can blame it on Pluto. Pluto, the planet of transformative inner power is in retrograde and will be until September 2013. In fact, it will finally move out of retrograde on Sept. 20th - very close to the autumnal equinox.

Instead of bemoaning the low energy of a Pluto retrograde use it. Pluto is the planet of death, transformation, money, sex and power - all of those light-hearted, fun topics! Where Pluto is in your chart is where these issues are churning right now.  If you don't know where Pluto is - ask me - I will do a chart. And then think about those issues - what do you want to change, how can you change? Go deep inside and ask the tough questions - that is what a retrograde demands.

When Pluto goes direct and that power of the equinox kicks in you will be ready to make those necessary changes!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Reviews for "Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook

If you have a review blog or are active on Goodreads and the like, and you’d like a review copy of "Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook," please contact me either through my website, www.signsofthetines.com or via email at joansastrology@gmail.com. 
You would be agreeing to review the book. That means you’d have to read the book and give your honest opinion.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eating With and For Alignment With the Body

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My cookbook, "Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook" pairs food with astrological signs. However, Chinese Medicine has been informing people how to eat for health for centuries. I recently met with my friend, Eva DeCourcey, who is not only an acupuncturist but a teacher of medical Qigong. She was "eating for her spleen that night." That, of course, was a sentence that sparked my imagination. How do you eat for your spleen?

She explained to me that the spleen works with the stomach to break down and utilize the foods that we eat.It craves warm foods, comfort foods that can be easily incorporated into the system. Raw foods or foods that are ice cold are not conducive to the optimum working of the spleen.

According to Chinese medicine the spleen works overtime when we study or concentrate and it is during those times that we need to give it warming foods. Because she had been doing a lot of "mind work" lately, the spleen needed an extra boost. She feed it with a warm fish stew and hot tea. She was indeed eating for her spleen.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I have been having so much fun with my book, "Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook", that I have been doing a lot of food related, fun chart castings. Yesterday brought the fun to a halt and brought us back to reality.

If you remember a few weeks ago I made an entry called "Feeling Confused" where I spoke about the wild Stellium - the five planets all in Aries, the sign of raw, male energy. I called it one of the craziest charts ever -and spoke of angry Aries.

Well sadly the dreamy Pisces Stellium is now gone but we still have Mars and the Sun still in Mars' natural ruler - Aries, the warrior in conjunction. This conjunction is opposing a retrograded Saturn in secretive Scorpio. Mars and Saturn are always a sign of potential violence when they are in disharmony - and Saturn is now retrograded - added fuel to the fire.

 Mars/Sun are in the 9th house - a fire house that is associated with foreign affairs. However, Saturn is close to home in the 3rd house. Because Mars/ Saturn are heading into the 8th house - the house of power and unstable Uranus and Mercury are in the 8th already - I am thinking this is a domestic terror perhaps helped by tactics learned from foreign terror groups - but someone who is feeling powerless and hidden from society.

The 3rd and 6th houses are cadent - or houses of things hidden.  We will find that this is someone that had gone under the radar of law enforcement - either a person or group that is hidden from us - or was.

Pluto retrograde in the fifth makes me think of a unhappy kid.

Predicting terror attacks is not "my thing" - I prefer food and past life analysis but there it is. We can only pray for the victims and yes, for the deluded perpetrator too.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Order: "Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook"

Just in time for Mother's Day - my cookbook, "Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook" is available for sale!

The 295-page book with more than 120 recipes is written to celebrate a unique pairing of food and astrology.

Discover why:
• Scorpios have a craving for pasta puttanesca
• Librans feel grounded when they dig into a chocolate mousse parfait
• Cancerians stand tall with their bowl of Brunswick stew
• Virgoans set aside their healthy-conscious habits when faced with chocolate raspberry ramekins
• Aquarians respond to the sustainable fish used in Pollock with berry prosecco sauce
• Pisceans beat a common ailment when feasting on quinoa with roasted root veggies.
"These recipes are taken from a number of sources; some are family gems, others I've concocted and tweaked over the years," says author Joan Porte.
The home cook will discover how astrology as a source for new food ideas and new ways to entertain friends. And the astrology enthusiast will discover how cooking can be a new use for astrology as a way to add more meaning to the daily ritual of eating we perform to survive and thrive.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Value of Past-Life Perspective:

 A chart reading is a very personal thing but one of my clients spoke of the impacts of a chart reading on her blog. Her comments and insights were wonderful because this is why I love doing this work!

Thank you Barbara.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The King's Hot Dog

Yeah, you knew I was going to use the title, didn't you? Last week I spoke about President Roosevelt's hot dog dinner for the King and Queen of England during World War II. Why did the King enjoy the picnic? The answer lies in his first house. He has four heavenly bodies in this first house, Venus, Saturn, Uranus and the Moon all in secretive Scorpio. Having Saturn, the task master, and Uranus, the rebel, together in a fixed sign in the first house is a prescription of someone who is torn between tradition and change. Basically, he felt like a "push-me-pull-you llama his whole life - I should, I have to - but geez, I don't want to - I want to run away from it all.

It is no wonder he was a heavy smoker, a vice that lead to his early death to lung cancer, is a symptom of the heavy Scorpio in his first house. Scorpio is so secretive that they have a hard time expressing themselves

This man was torn, burdened by duty that he wants to escape and is doomed to keep his emotions inside. Can you see why he would love to keep up his heels with a fun and silly picnic? He loved every minute of it I am sure.

P.S his stutter is clearly seen with that retrograded Jupiter. (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius and his Mercury, the communication planet is in Sagittarius.) Anyone with an affliction to Mercury has either educational, communication or social awkwardness.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Why Did FDR Serve the King a Hot Dog?

There has been a lot of discussion lately mostly because of the movie, "Hyde Park on the Hudson,' regarding a party that President Franklin Roosevelt held in honor of King George of England in which he served hot dogs. The press was aghast and tongues wagged on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, there were other things on the menu that day but the hot dogs were the talk of Washington.

What is it in FDR's chart that would make him do something so unusual? Well, that is easy to see. He was dominated by the sign of the usual - Aquarius! FDR had Aquarius Sun, Venus and Ceres all in his 5th house - the house of fun and creativity. (The 5th house is also the house of  sex but that is for another blog entry.) In addition, his 6th house the house health, is opened by Aquarius and he has his Aquarius Mercury there.

The question for me is why he only had one "odd" dinner party. With a chart dominated by the
unusual, the quirky and the never predictable Aquarius he loved the idea of being a rebel and thinking outside the box when it comes to fun, food and entertaining.

Next week - how did the king respond to the hot dog lunch?

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