The Mother of Mother’s Day

The woman responsible for making Mother’s Day and institution never had her own children but started the day as a memorial to her own mother.  Anna Jarvis was not only a crusader to recognize the day she later became angry that it became too commercialized. She was reportedly upset with people who gave mom a printed card and candy that they would then share. She thought the gift should be something written from the heart just for your mom. (Boy would she be freaked out now!)

We don’t have Anna’s birth time but know that she was born May 1, 1864 in Webster, West Virginia. Even without the time we know a few things. One her south node, where she was coming from karmicaly was in Taurus so she had the karmic identity of being someone who wanted to around beautiful things and had a creative sense. (No wonder she wanted everyone to write a personal note to mom.)  She also had Sun in Taurus.

With her Moon in Pisces, she was compassionate, emotional and carried a bit of a martyr complex. Now I might get in trouble here but with her Chiron, the deep wound, next to her Moon I think she was overcompensating for  her own feelings of not being a “perfect daughter.” I could never live up to you mom – never do enough for you mom so I will make my life’s work to show everyone that I really, really did love you.

She also had Mars and Pallas Athena in Pisces – these are the warrior god and goddess – so her cause – her battle is going to be to make everyone back to Mom (whether they want to or not.)  She just had a ton of Pisces – that need to sacrifice and wear the emotionalism on her sleeve.

So as you shop for mom, make those florists and restaurants rich, all this Pisces/Taurus wanted was for you write her a note!

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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.

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.

What’s for supper?

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 I thought I would have some fun playing with my two favorite things – food and Astrology. Now keep in mind it is silly to say all Pisces will eat this particular kind of food. Sun Signs, remember are a very minor part of our astrological makeup. We have to look at the rising sign and for something like food – see where a person’s Venus resides. Those are better indicators of whether they think food is something they have to bother with in order to survive or if it is almost a religious experience!

If you are expecting a heavily Aries influenced person over tonight reach for the spice rack. Aries like to have their food bite back a bit -nothing boring and bland. Oh and don’t waste their time with an hours long meal – they want to keep moving. Taurus on the other hand wants gourmet meals, lavish foods and the best of wines. Don’t you dare serve them a frozen dinner or the Bull could charge!

Gemini is easy – serve them a meal that is bite-sized. Remember Cher’s character in the movie, “Mermaids”? She only made meals in finger sandwich size. Now that is someone with a lot of Gemini in her! They want to be able to read, eat, and play video games all at the same time. For Moon Child, however, it is all about cozy, family comfort food surrounded by as many generations of family as possible. Think chicken-pot-pie, apple pie and macaroni and cheese when you think of Mood Child.

Leo the lion has to have a table big enough for their adoring courtiers to surround them while they dine. Like Taurus they want the best food and wine but with Leo you have to serve it in the best china you can muster. Virgo has already lived this life of Riley and their digestive systems have paid the price. Go directly to the health food store and get the healthiest organic meal and serve in on biodegradable dishes!

Libra has to be with other so break out the Leo table, take all the gold off and put it out for Libra. For food, think of things that can be shared because Libra is all about the other person – Chinese food – pizza….whatever it is – it has to be shared. Scorpio loves to delve into mystery so think of something deep dish and maybe have a surprise on the bottom!

Make something foreign for Sagittarius – or better yet take them to a part of town that is known for exotic food – like little India or little Thailand – and let them think they are travelling the world! Capricorn the goat is all about meat and potatoes and good solid veggies – all American food please!

Ok for Aquarius take all the leftovers you may have from the other signs and make one big wacky dinner. To make them even happier – serve it on the floor on a big silly blanket. Finally for Pisces keep the booze under lock and key – some of them might have an issue with that. Make sure you have some dreamy music playing and make soothing soups and soft custards.

Time to make dinner! Have fun.