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LIVING IN RHYTHM with the UNIVERSE
This post encompasses the very essence of all three of my upcoming book(s): 1) INTRO to Herbs are Nature's Medicine (eBook); 2) Herbs are Nature's Medicine: Your Handbook for Healing with the Elements; and 3) Living in Rhythm with the
Universe: Your Mental, Physical, Spiritual and Emotional
Healing with the Elements.
The three Air Signs: Gemini (influences our respiratory system), Libra (influences our excretory system) and Aquarius (influences our Meridian System). Air is the element least connected to the body, and some Air Moon signs literally forget to eat. Reminding yourself to eat regularly is important, as the typical Air Moon is quite vague about their physical needs. Focus on smaller meals more frequently, as you don't do well with heavy meals.
The three Fire Signs: Aires (influences our brain and central nervous system), Leo (influences our circulatory system/heart) and Sagittarius (influences our muscular system). Fire symbolizes heat, so flavorful, spicy foods are preferable for people with Fire Moons. Garlic, ginger and chili pepper add the intensity you crave. Focus on high-nutrient foods, like fresh fruit and vegetables so you get the maximum energy from the least amount of fuel. Fire is linked to energy, which come via iron-rich foods, typically meats and dark green vegetables.
The three Water Signs: Cancer (influences our lymphatic system), Scorpio (influences our reproductive system) and Pisces (influences our integumentary** system). Water is all about feelings, and if you have a Water Moon, you can be a very emotional eater. If you feel happy, you'll want to share a meal to celebrate with friends. If you're sad, you can eat in an attempt to drown out your pain. Good health and eating well comes down to managing your mood. Explore natural mood-enhancers - such as exercise or wellness therapies like massage or reflexology. That way you'll rely less on food to soothe you.
And the three Earth Signs: Taurus (influences our endocrine system), Virgo (influences our digestive system) and Capricorn (influences our skeletal system). Eating based on emotions can be a problem for these Moon signs. Virgo Moons are especially health sensitive, and processed foods are a no-no for Virgo tummies. Taurus enjoys the pleasure of eating, and can gravitate toward carbs and high-fat foods. Capricorn sees foods as a means to an end, and must focus on nutrient-rich foods to make up for a somewhat slow absorption.
* Various cultures utilize their knowledge of the power of the forces of nature, but group the elements differently. The Afrikan Universal Elements: Air (represented by the Ntru Hapi and Nbt Ht), Fire (represented by the Ntru Neit and Duamutef), Water (represented by the Ntru Serkhet and Qebsenuf) and Earth (represented by the Ntru Auset and Mset). In our Afrikan culture, the forces of Nature (without vowels) are called Ntr (pronounced Netcher; plural is Netcheru). Chinese 5 Elements: Water (inherently connected to the kidneys and bladder), Wood (inherently connected to the liver and gall bladder), Fire (inherently connected to the heart and small intestines), Earth (inherently connected to the stomach and spleen) and Metal (inherently connected to the lungs and large intestines). Ayurvedic: Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth – are grouped into the 3 Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Regardless of how they are grouped and defined in various healing systems, OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE POWERFUL WISDOM OF THE ELEMENTS DO NOT CHANGE THE HEALING REMEDIES THEY HOLD FOR US IF WE JUST LIVE BY THEM AND USE THEM TO HEAL OURSELVES.
** The integumentary system is the organ system that protects the body from various kinds of damage, such as loss of water or abrasion from outside. The system comprises the skin and its appendages (including hair, scales, feathers, hooves, and nails). The integumentary system has a variety of functions; it may serve to waterproof, cushion, and protect the deeper tissues, excrete wastes, and regulate temperature, and is the attachment site for sensory receptors to detect pain, sensation, pressure, and temperature. In most terrestrial vertebrates with significant exposure to sunlight, the integumentary system also provides for vitamin D synthesis.