Mental Health Is ‘My Thing’ — Bombay Ficus (Reblog)

With everything that is going on around the world, we are exposed to crises on a daily basis each time we scroll through our feeds. So naturally, one day gender equity is our thing, one day it is equal wages, another morning we are moved by farmers’ plight, and then our new thing is mental […]

Mental Health Is ‘My Thing’ — Bombay Ficus

*Check out this great article above — our mental health is so important and especially right now.

17 Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga — daneelyunus (Reblog)

Yoga – The word”yoga” in the Western world which indicate a modern form of Hatha yoga and consisting largely of the postures known as asanas.  It is one of the six orthodox schools of traditions of Hindu philosophical. Yoga is a group of mental, physical and spiritual practices or disciplines which started in ancient India. […]

17 Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga — daneelyunus

*Great article above. There is never a bad time to take up good practices — and yoga is one such good practice.

‘Sovereign’ Haikus for Health

*Each day is a new beginning, embrace your sovereignty.

Haiku copyright Francis Barker 2020

London In Silhouette — A Poem

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Return of the rhyme.

*Whatever is happening to us this year and over the previous few years, we will overcome.

Haikus for Health No.5

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Astrology & Health: Taurus – Astrology Musings

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It is of course far too simplistic to assert that we are all typical of our sun signs. Logic implies that we are all rather complex, with our own particular strengths and weaknesses.

However, an individual birth chart analysis, where many other factors as assessed, can help to give a clearer picture of what we are made of, astrologically — and even throw light upon which health issues may affect us through our lives.

Nevertheless, the sun’s position by sign will always be a key factor and general indicator of our health.

Strong Supporting Role

Taurus lies in second place in the zodiac, the fixed earth sign and traditionally rules the neck, throat and thyroid gland. It’s sometimes easy to forget that the neck bears the weight of the head, yet correlates with the essential Taurus function of being supportive, dependable, even stubborn.

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Strongly Taurean individuals are said to be prone to problems in the neck region. Taurus is ruled by Venus and this sign often produces excellent singers — which inevitably leads to problems with the throat, too.

Gardening for Peace

Taurus also rules the thyroid gland, which if low functioning through a lack of the thyroid hormone, can lead to slowness, weight gain, tiredness and depression. Sometimes there is too much hormone produced, which leads to hyperactivity. A healthy thyroid gland is clearly very important for our general well being.

Because Taurus is fixed earth, he or she likes security, stability and peaceful surroundings. Perhaps for this reason, Taurus loves gardens and gardening, generally a very calming pursuit which can work wonders for maintaining mental health.

Astrology is also about polarities, meaning the opposite sign can produce a reflex action in terms of health. The opposite sign to Taurus is Scorpio, which rules the genital and lower bowel region, which are also said to be potentially vulnerable areas for they typical Taurus native.

It is interesting to note that at the same time a male reaches puberty, his voice also becomes that of a man — Taurus/Scorpio polarity.

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Haikus for Health No.2

Haikus for Health No.1

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*It was the ancient Greeks who cultivated the idea of a healthy body in a healthy mind. Is this correct?

Astrology and Health (part 1) — Astrology Musings

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Astrology and health do go together, each sign of the zodiac is traditionally associated with a part of the human body.

The twelve signs begin with Aries and end with Pisces. Logically, when you visualise a human form, we start at the head and end with the feet, top to bottom. From that simple correlation, we can, for example, deduce that Aries ‘rules’ the head and Pisces the feet.

Interestingly, the Ram, or Aries, is known for butting heads – a battering ram, so it may not be surprising to find out that the head is often a weak point of this sign.

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Similarly, if you look down at your feet, maybe you can imagine the glyph of the Fishes, or Pisces, which bear the whole weight of our bodies. Poor Pisces has to take on so much!

In this series of short articles, I will explore the health associations with each sign, plus how health issues can relate to factors in our far more individual birth charts.

*** It is very easy for us to neglect our health but during times like these it is especially wise for us to stay healthy and watch what we eat.

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January Diets Are Not For Me

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Come January and a plethora of dietary advice hits us like an Alpine avalanche.

You know the score, you’ve overeaten for a week or more and you dread getting on the scales each morning, right?

Well, I for one don’t really believe in diets. I think you have to mindful all year round, including Christmas. Sure you can eat a bit more, but I often skip breakfast, or have something really light at that time, if I know I’ll be partaking in a feast at night. I might drink more water too.

A week or ten day’s overindulgence could take weeks to put right in terms of losing that weight you’ve rapidly put on. So I simply don’t do it. I am not perfect by any stretch, I just say no to that extra drink, I don’t get drunk and I rarely overeat – even at Christmas.

Ultimately, prevention is so much better than cure. A ‘diet’ for me is for life, not just for January.

copyright Francis Barker 2020