Ah, Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere) and welcome to my September newsletter. The Fall Equinox is almost here (again in the Northern Hemisphere) and that deserves a few words. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ve got the Spring Equinox headed your way and the beginning of your growth season, also an ideal time for a New Beginning if you want one.
For those of us up here, though, the Fall Equinox is also known as: Alban Elfed, Autumn Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Festival of Dionysus, Harvest Home, Harvest Tide, Mabon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Witch's Thanksgiving, and the first day of autumn.
I thought you all might enjoy a bit of information and trivia about this time of year.
In ancient Britain both the solstices and equinoxes were the preoccupation of the mysterious Megalithic peoples who pre-dated Celt, Roman and Saxon on Europe's Atlantic fringe by thousands of years. Stonehenge and other stone structures were aligned so that the solstices and equinoxes could be determined and honored.
On the day of the fall solstice, astrologers have determined that the sun enters the sign of Libra -- the constellation of the balance or scales.
The Native American tribe from Southern California, the Chumash, celebrate their Fall equinox sun ceremony during their month of Hutash (September). It takes place after the harvest is picked; processed and stored....Kakunupmawa is a ritual name for the Sun. According to traditional Chumash lore, all humans were known as children of the Sun, or 'sons of Kakunupmawa.' The spiritual thoughts of the tribe would become focused on the importance of unity in the face of winter confinement, death and rebirth.
At this time of the year, the ancient Celts (Druids) conducted a mock sacrifice of a large wicker-work figure which represented the vegetation spirit. This might have been the origin of Julius Caesar's comment in his Gallic Wars that the Druids performed human sacrifices. Although he never witnessed a human sacrifice and never met anyone who had, this story has been accepted and repeated often enough to be accepted as truth.
This Celtic mock sacrifice has been reborn in the Burning Man Project, a yearly fall festival celebrated for one week in Black Rock Desert in Nevada here in the U.S...
The ancient Mayans constructed a pyramid at Cihickén Itzá which displayed different patterns of triangles of light at the time of the solstices and equinoxes. The dates signaled the start of a harvest, planting, or a religious ceremony. On the fall equinox, seven triangles become visible on the pyramid's staircase.
The month of September also marks the 'Wine Moon,' the lunar cycle when grapes are harvested from the arbors, pressed and put away to become wine... The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox is known as the 'Harvest Moon,' since farmers would also harvest their crops during the night with the light of the full moon to aid them.
As I wrote before, an equinox occurs twice a year (Spring and Autumn), when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the Sun being vertically above a point on the Equator. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day are of equal length, or at least too close to notice any difference.
On the day of an equinox, the centre of the Sun spends a roughly equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on the Earth, night and day being of roughly the same length. And I think an equinox is an ideal opportunity for every one of us to think about the balance demonstrated for us by the world we live in when a day and night are equal. We can all use a bit more balance in our lives and some of us need a lot more than just a bit. I have printed here for you an excerpt from my book that is coincidentally entitled “Balance”.
Linda Simmon C.Ht.
By Linda Simmon
Two days a year, every person on earth experiences a perfectly balanced 24 hours. Twelve hours of day and night. Just think about that a moment. Each and every person shares this same experience twice a year on the Spring and Fall Equinox. These two days we all share this equality of dark and light, a perfect balance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us could also find this same sort of balance? Sometimes we need reminders. Why not use the Equinox as a guidepost? Nature gives us guideposts and road signs all the time if we’ll just open our eyes and our minds and at least twice a year when we have an Equinox, let them be a reminder to look inside. Ask yourself does balance exist within you? Or have you become a prisoner of a perceived image of who you are; whether it is your perception or the perception of someone else. Have you spent a lifetime hearing how you “should” act or who you “should” be?
Someone I loved once asked me how he could find what he needed to be happy. I told him the usual stuff, you know, that happiness must come from within ourselves. It can’t depend on “something” or “someone” outside ourselves. There isn’t another person, place or thing that can make you happy. No one can tell you how to be happy. No matter what you hear, there isn’t a set formula for finding your joy. Happiness, joy and fulfillment are as unique as each of us and what gives you joy will be different than what gives me or anybody else joy.
Good advice, right? Yes and no. He told me that he’d basically spent his whole life thinking that if he could just have who or what made another person happy, then it would make him happy as well. If he could have the girl everybody wanted or the car or the sound system or the job or the clothes or the toys that someone else either had or wanted, then he’d really truly be happy. The problem was, it didn’t work. So he spent years studying and reading self-help books, getting involved with a church, talking to friends and counselors and the bottom line was that he still wasn’t happy and didn’t know what would make him happy.
This was also frustrating for me because the advice I had given him had worked in the past. Using hypnosis to clear away the garbage that we all accumulate over time helps to give us clarity. And with this clarity most people find the direction they need to take or what it is that will give them joy. But not my friend and I simply didn’t know what to suggest.
But then I had an epiphany while watching a great movie “The Legend of Beggar Vance”, and I think I might have found at least part of the answer for my friend and those with a similar problem. There is a line in that movie when Will Smith is talking to Matt Daman and it goes something like this:
“There’s a perfect shot out there just looking for you, all you have to do is get yourself out of your own way so that it can find you.”
I realized that’s the problem and the answer. Whether it’s an emotion, feeling, goal, desire, lover, job or whatever you are seeking, sometimes you just need to get yourself out of your own way so that it can find you. That means stop analyzing everything so much, stop thinking it to death, stop trying to live your life the way someone else thinks you should or trying to live the life that someone else has. Silence those nagging voices in your own head that can keep you up at night. Strive to balance the dark and light within yourself. Get out of your own way and let your unique and special joy, happiness, fulfillment and life find you. It will, the moment you let it!
The easiest way to quiet the chatter in your head is by putting yourself into a relaxed state where you feel safe and comfortable. In this state, you are able to open your mind more easily to suggestions, the right kind of suggestions. You are able to access your subconscious. This is most effective when the suggestions are being given to you rather than you trying to do this all by yourself. I learned this with my clients several years ago and it is the reason why I developed my recorded sessions. They work because the voice you hear isn’t being affected by what you are feeling. No matter how hard we may try, if we are angry, hurt or depressed it will affect our thoughts, our voice, even the words we use; but the recorded voice can’t be affected by any of that. Recorded and live sessions with a hypnotherapist whether they are over the phone or face to face work AND they work faster and quicker than anything else. But even more than that, they allow the subconscious to grow strong. They allow you to clear out the old, get rid of the trash and make room for the thoughts and ideas that you want running through your mind, working for you, helping you to get yourself out of your own way; and in doing so, you give your subconscious “permission” to fix what might be broken, to balance the light and dark within yourself.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
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Eat This Leafy Green for Your Colon
Keep your colon polyp-free by using this leafy green in your fresh summer salads: spinach. This dark leafy green is loaded with magnesium -- and a recent Japanese study suggests that getting enough magnesium may be crucial when it comes to curbing the risk of colon cancer.
In the study, men with the highest dietary intakes of magnesium were much less likely to develop colon cancer compared with men who ate few magnesium-rich foods. Interestingly, this particular study did not show a similar benefit for women, although many other studies have concluded that colon cancer risk may be curbed in both genders with magnesium-rich foods. Not a fan of spinach? You can up your magnesium intake with halibut, almonds, cashews, soy, or potatoes instead.
Magnesium may play a vital role in the synthesis and repair of cellular DNA -- which could explain the colon cancer research results, since DNA damage can lead to the development of cancer cells within the colon. More research is needed to confirm the finding, though. Still, there are lots of other health reasons to add high-in-magnesium foods to your dinner plate -- like keeping your immune system strong and your heart and muscles functioning properly.
Enjoy Spot-Free Skin with This Dark Red Fruit
Sun spots are right up there with wrinkles when it comes to the list of skin defects we'd all rather avoid. But keeping sun spots at bay may be as easy as munching on sweet, tangy pomegranate seeds.
Sunscreen is step one in avoiding sun spots. But according to Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles, nutrients found in deep ruby-red pomegranate seeds may hinder abnormal changes in skin color brought on by long-term sun exposure. The main nutrient in question? Ellagic acid. But that's not all. The age-fighting antioxidants in pomegranates may be particularly skin-friendly as well. In fact,
Tannis claims that the antioxidant capacity of pomegranates is so powerful that they're able to neutralize twice as many skin-damaging free radicals as red wine, and seven times as many free radicals as green tea. Pomegranates are also loaded with anthocyanins -- powerful inflammation-fighting antioxidants that give the pomegranate even more super-for-your-skin status. So pick up a pom, and pop out those seeds.
Or save yourself the inconvenience by buying frozen or refrigerated packages of pre-extracted pomegranate seeds from the grocery store. They're great in cereal and oatmeal, on yogurt or salad, or just by the handful..
- Which Nut Is Tops for Clearing Arteries?
Nuts certainly are great for heart health. But which nut should you choose if you want to make the most progress against heart disease: walnuts, almonds, or pecans?
Kind of a trick question, according to a recent review of the literature. A body of nut research suggests that just about any nut will help lower bad cholesterol and improve the balance of bad to good cholesterol as well. So just pick your favorite. Better yet, use nuts in place of foods high in saturated fat.
In many of the studies analyzed, the improvements in cholesterol were even greater when heart-healthy nut fats took the place of less healthy kinds of fat, like those from animal sources. And it took only about 2 1/2 ounces of nuts a day to reap cholesterol rewards. Although, the more nuts people ate, the lower their cholesterol dropped.
How do nuts take such a big bite out of bad blood fats? It may be because of the plant sterols in nuts. They somehow stymie the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. Something in nuts may also open and relax arteries, so more blood flows to your heart. And it doesn't hurt that nuts are packed with dietary fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and a slew of antioxidants.
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