Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fan0fFacts forecast about Phallas Athene Goddess daughter of Wisdom

Pallas Athene, one of the "goddess" asteroids moves back into the business minded sign of Capricorn today. this is yet another switch in the feminine principle noted in the news by stories of "high profile women" finding their voices in a "testy" astrological climate dominated by flighty asteroids and planets in the midst of recent sign changes. 

Mothers, wives, daughters and "women's" work will become more of a theme in the collective with serious overtones of "manifesting substance in a climate of lack " and becoming an "authority". This should assist in the creative process where past confusion over boundaries created artificial "limits" that have prevented an easy flow of self directed energy, an energy that may appear to others to be lacking in feelings or based on "getting the job done" despite the odds and in many cases, because of them.

Pallas Athene guides wisdom and creative principles (the Arts of civilization) and is not immune to using what is considered a male centered approach. As Minerva (another Pallas identity) her visage graces a large painting of George Washington in the "eye" of the Capitol rotunda, as he is flanked by other maidens ( the 13 original colonies) and " rises to heaven" as a God. Pallas is a war goddess and a patron of wisdom attended by her shield and owl, denoting wisdom and a need to defend principles to "civilize" men. Pallas can "disappear" in female form altogether when challenged using her wits and defensive posture more in line to that of a man if need be. 

In Capricorn Pallas will have an affinity to the "tenth house" of power and success. Good news for Capricorns and Capricorn rising signs that have felt battered and defeated as of late. Pallas remains in Capricorn until October 26, 2011.

Pallas Athene in the Tenth:

You have a strong destiny to achieve recognition in the public and professional arena. In a woman's chart it often indicates a person who has chosen career rather than family life, and focuses enormous creativity and dedication into her work. In any chart, it suggests a person who is motivated and creative in accomplishing their goals and gaining recognition for their contributions.

Pallas Athena

The war goddess of the ancient Greeks was Athena often called Pallas Athena, or simply Pallas. The Romans identified her as Minerva and ranked her third among their gods, after Jupiter and Juno. Athena was also worshiped as the goddess of wisdom and of crafts, especially spinning and weaving.
According to mythology, Athena was the favorite daughter of Zeus. She was said to have sprung from his head full grown and clothed in armor. The goddess was usually shown wearing a helmet and carrying a spear and shield. Like her father, she also wore the magic aegis a goatskin breastplate, fringed with snakes, that produced thunderbolts when shaken. Athena was very different from the war god Ares. She represented the intellectual and civilized side of war she was not so much a fighter as a wise and prudent adviser.
Athena was regarded as the protector of all cities and states. She was wise not only in war but also in the arts of peace. She supposedly invented the plow and taught men how to yoke oxen.
Athens became the most important seat of the worship of Athena. Zeus had decreed that the city should be given to the god who offered the most useful gift to the people. Poseidon gave them the horse. Athena struck the bare soil with her spear and caused an olive tree to spring up. The people were so delighted with the olive that Zeus gave the city to Athena and named it after her. Athena is often shown with an olive branch, a symbol of peace and plenty.
On the hill of the Acropolis the Athenians built a beautiful temple to Athena called the Parthenon (from parthenos, meaning . In the temple stood the ivory and gold statue called the Athena Parthenos, by Phidias, the greatest Greek sculptor.The Athenians held their most important festival, the Panathenaea, on the day considered to be the goddess' birthday. It was celebrated by a procession, sacrifices, and games.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Staying conscious with Neptune in Aquarius!

This is the final time that we will live through the planet Neptune ( fantasy, dreams, the unconscious ) transiting ( traveling through) the constellation of Aquarius ( 11th house of humanity) for the next 165 years. After February of 2012 Neptune will move into the sign that it rules over, Pisces, considered the cradle of humanity and the womb of our unconscious existence. Neptune and the planet Uranus conjuncted * met at the same degree* over a period of 5 years or so in Capricorn on and off with the aspect *formation* becoming exact several times around 1992/1993. 

This is a one time event in our current astrological focus that only occurs every 171 years. People born under this Neptune/Uranus conjunction are ... DIFFERENT.

From astrologer Alan Oken this aspect = INTUITION UNITES WITH ILLUMINATION:
"The conjunction of these two planets in an individual who can respond to their vibration results in raising their consciousness to another level. It gives great abilities in the mystic and the occult."

In astrology the discovery and recognition of planetary bodies is more than a scientific event. Planets, when "visible and recognized" become available for use in our mass counsciousness- not that they haven't existed previously, but they are now ACTIVE as far as how they affect humanity, and the individual is receptive according to his or her own planetary make up as evidenced in an astrological chart. Heightened sensitivity as hypersenses have been awakened in each and every one of us since we all have a part of our charts that CAPRICORN presides over.

According to astrologer Sandy Anastazi: transits are triggers, progressions are unfoldment. 

In other words, if you have planets or points ( example, ascendant) in Capricorn the transit and conjunction of Neptune and Uranus were TRIGGERS to utilize this ability, if your progressed planets meet at this point it is the UNFOLDMENT of the ability based on your original placement and scheme of Neptune and Uranus in your birth chart.

Capricorn in the natural zodiac resonates to the tenth house of status, public face, legacy, the corporate "structure", the ares of governance of the thing/being/undetarking, the ultimate AUTHORITY, the "father", the CEO or Prime Minister, President, Head of the STATE. Capricorn is ruled by SATURN/KRONOS the keeper of time, the grim reaper.

Thanks to Fan0fFacts for this information!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Full moon info for 8/13/2011 Leo and Aquas!

Full Moon forecast from Fan0fFacts 8/13/2011

This Aquarian full moon ( August 13, 2011, is taking place at a momentus time in our history as life forms on this planet. Aquarius is the sign of inventive genius, sometimes the mad scientist other times the radical reformer. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Aquarius' own ruler, the "awakener" Uranus, joined Neptune the "dissolver" in Capricorn, the sign of Structure making an exact conjunction ( meeting at the same degree) in 1993.

Today Neptune sits OPPOSITE the fixed star Regulus, at 29 Leo, where it will remain until February of 2012, occupying the same degree ( the anaretic, or ending degree) as the last full moon of February 2011, when the moon was in Leo and the sun was illuminating the most spiritual degree of the Zodiac, 29 Aquarius. 
Full MoonFeb. 18, 201129° Leo/Aquarius
The infusion of this Neptunian energy opposing Mercury traveling backwards through Leo is working to remove us from ideas of self serving and haughty role playing that encouraged us to continue lording over the lesser souls in our planetary scenario, and is not going unnoticed and in the sensitive is felt on a much deeper subconscious level as a deep need to connect to the vast ocean of One-ness in dramas of the human heart. 

I feel your pain, I recognize and respect your divinity.

The dramas lately are explosive events accompanied by the "fireballs" of outward physical human activity, even seen in the activity of our own "heart" our physical sun. This is terribly unsettling for people who have not made the upward turn of the spiral in their evolutionary journey of consciousness uniting them to the return, the "Source" of all that is. The ejecta from the sun, primal plasma from our "star' or lifegiver on the planet contains the seeds of everything that is and everything that was, at First Cause. The initial fusion, the fuel of creation for our solar system.

Timing is everything. This full moon entertains echoes of past migrations of souls wishing to create utopian vistas fleeing social injustices in other times and in other lives. Ideals vs Ideas, Freedom from Tyranny, the Spiritual Initiation vs Right of Divine rule.
The King is dead, long live the King.
A Collective Unconscious Awakening- Edmond Wolman, Dell Horoscopes spring 1993 edition
"This new reality of course, depends on our ability to recognize that we create our reality totally, and that we alone possess the choice in the creation of our reality and experiences (Uranus). If we believe that physical reality exists outside of us empirically (Saturn), this recognition may be invalidated. If however, physical reality is seen as simply a focused dream (Saturn) and dream reality, or other dimensional consciousness as an expanded dream (Neptune), then the paradox that the conscious mind feels about these polarities and its "control" over them, is eased through the recognition of choice, either consciously or unconsciously at the portal marked by the orbit of Uranus.

The " unexpected" occurrences associated with Uranus by traditional "old world" astrologers, are simply forgotten choices, made at an unconscious level, that appear as "fate". The argument for determinism is destroyed by the existential recognition ofanother possibility. Primarily, this belief in reality and hierarchies outside of the self, comes through the expectations of conscious mind focus and judgment (Saturn). This transference of evaluations meant for physical survival as discernment, is an un-necessary restriction and crystallized ring remnant of the Capricorn power and hierarchy perspectives.1
By taking responsibility for our reality at Saturn, we acknowledge our choice in the creation of our reality at Uranus, which then allows for merging with a broader reality at Neptune, transition to this new reality at Chiron (that is the "healing") and recognize at Pluto that we are one with the ALL THAT IS.
Physical reality and dream reality are the aspects of the concept of reality. The polarity pair of "dreams". We co-fuse these dreams at Neptune. Uranus allows for the adhesion of this co-fusion.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Transparency and truth, integrity and honesty will come at a premium.

Another post from my friend Fan0fFacts!

Hold on we're in for a very rough ride.........

Pluto in Capricorn makes an exact square today to Uranus in Aries. To say we have not noticed intense changes taking place within the last few years since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2007/2008 is to admit we are using escape hatches that prevent us from taking off the blinders that Neptune in Aquarius ushered in circa 1997/98. Neptune promotes surrender, release and dissolution en masse and one common theme of Neptune in Aquarius has been to remove us from the individual capacity to react, blunting our responses by blurring the lines between rational thought and self centered activity through mind desensitizing and sensational addictive imagery and agents ( chemical, drug induced, hallucinatory, weird and spacey) and humanitarian crisis.

The internet is part of this "connected yet separate" feeling and promoted a sense of security in numbers, groupthink, groupspeak, trust in individuals who we knew nothing more about then a screen name and an "avatar", and was deployed by many individuals and groups who asked for money and personal information for purposes other then their publicized intent.

We are seeing the fallout of this "mind connection" daily with stories of hacked information from social networking sites and the sites themselves have become suspect, if not the originators of the networks, as to motive and purpose, and operational objectives are revealing connections to data mining companies and larger organizations who "oversee" information security. 

Pluto will take no prisoners and in Capricorn is forcing whatever "bad habits" accumulative over that time period to ooze up from the cracks in the structures allowing us to let go of whatever overlying artifices we "thought" were secure and foundational to undergo transformation. In this process deep psychological decaying material is purged and exposed to the daylight so it can be dealt with in full view of the conscious state. This includes disinfo, rumors, secrets and lies.

Bloggers and publishers of alternative news are feeling the sting as more and more channels of information are shut down or scrutinized for content and subscriber information. Media at large has been exposed (Rupert Murdoch) and continuation of this theme is expected with Neptune back in Aquarius until February of 2012. Identity, security, and trust are at the forefront of this issue.

Uranus in Aries has changed the balance of power, personal and at the very source. Misuse of personal power and past associations are spotlighted now. How you project yourself (the ACT) is being "watched" and seeing others portray themselves as something totally different than they really are will not serve much longer. Who you are, what you are, and why you are and the psychological underlying motivation behind your actions will rise to the surface during these transits. 

Transparency and truth, integrity and honesty will come at a premium. 
The true value of life is to experience it in the flesh with both eyes open and both feet on the ground. Do not be misled. Don't accept any wooden nickels.

The true value of currency is that it is backed by something tangible. A heart of gold, an ounce of gold... and what lies in the balance...

If you feel as if all hell is breaking loose that's because it is...

There are so many things I'm reading this week about truth, loyalty and misuse of power.  Here's a quote from my latest read from Fan0fFacts. "Transparency and truth, integrity and honesty will come at a premium."

So I've been noticing more that I'm out in public more often now than before, that there is a lot of chaotic energies out there.  Everyone seems to be watching for the other shoe to drop so to speak and it's going to we all can feel it every where around us.

My hopes is that we can just do like we do with any crazy rides we go on.  Get in, buckle up, prepare as much as you're able to, and enjoy the ride...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Here's what else is effecting and affecting the planet and us!

Here are some more tid bits from Fan0fFacts:

Uranus the planet of freedom and excitement plays with the Moon in Sagittarius today, and Venus for a short while longer.
Enjoy the innocence of the pure joy of life for the moment. Relationships that sizzle during this transit may fall flat after the 16th when Venus separates from the romance of the Leo sun. Expensive items purchased at this time may get returned after the luster wears off and reality ( Saturn ) makes a connection to Venus turning the whole affair costly and serious!

Sweet freedom...but at a price for some.
The 22nd degree of any sign ( Aries to Pisces) in predictive and natal astrology is considered malevolent. Why this degree ? is owed to ancient astrological correspondences to events and fixed stars that "hold" the energy of the planets that influence that degree. It may be the event is embedded somehow, by resonance in the energies of that degree and passage of other bodies over that degree release the energy in relation to the body that passes over. In any event Venus and the sun will meet at 22 Leo on August 16 in the midst of a Mercury/sun/Venus conjunction (connection of all three bodies). 

21, 22, and 25 degrees of Leo are particularly violent and most likely do not presage a comfortable passage.

As the moon will pass over Scheat ( fixed star of desolation) at 29 degrees of Pisces on the same date I feel it is necessary to alert you to the possibility of financial disruption and one that will also possibility influence matters of the heart.
29 degrees of Pisces- the end of the matter.

Recalling that Black Moon Lilith ( oscillating lunar apogee = a point affixed by the moons nodes or ascending and descending degree in relation to the eclipses that are current) resides in Aries at 20 degrees this could be a very potent week for Venusian pursuits.

...and Venus will be heated up in every way possible.

What's going on with this moon by Fan0fFacts

Thanks sistah for this information!

Today the moon storms into Sagittarius. The unvarnished emotional depth of Scorpio gives way to the possibilities of optimism and hopes influenced by the pings of intuition that our world may have taken a small detour over the last few days that reveal something of a hidden destiny that yearns for, and must be supplied with, something bigger and better, still just out of reach, but somehow obtainable it we can just reset our bearings to shore up to a plan that is workable given the circumstances.

To say this is a small shift is to ignore the obvious. Many systems are just not working anymore. Partners and those whom you would normally be connected to with ease are also feeling the strain. This week will reveal much of what has been anticipated in the way of "breaking down" resistance to change and the usual avenues taken by rote, or routine, could have detour signs that prevent previous customary access.

Transparency and truth are imperative, on our part and on the part of the universal consciousness that is having a momentary break from being able to access clear and discernible data, unclouded by longings for "the easy way out". 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Heads up Seven UP! Mars and Neptune take the stage!

Here's the most recent from my good friend FAN0FFACTS!

You know I always perk up when she speaks Aquarian lol

Welcome to the CHANGE UP!
Mars the planet of aggression entered CANCER the sign of emotion and Neptune the planet of illusions backed into AQUARIUS, the collective.
With respect to Neptune reentering Aquarius, Neptune was last in Aquarius 1998, "the veil" in the sign of the "collective". The last time Neptune was in Aquarius in the grand cycle there were periods of enhanced spiritual teaching coming form the "masters" or the " Brotherhood" since the 11th house, Aquarius rules over the "consciousness of MAN" and humanity as a whole.

The theosophy society was founded by Helena P Blavatsky at this time and is one of the more well known contributions of "higher self" promoted by the energies of Neptune in Aquarius.

The Theosophical Society
The Theosophical Society is a worldwide association dedicated to practical realization of the oneness of all life [Pantheism] and to independent spiritual search [Gnosticism]. It was founded in New York City in 1875 by Helena P. Blavatsky, Henry S. Olcott, William Q. Judge, and others. Blavatsky (1831-1891) is the primary force behind the modern theosophical movement. Her works and those of her teachers express the principal concepts of its philosophy. A Russian by birth, she traveled for twenty years in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Near East studying mysticism and occultism [satanic connection]. Helena P. Blavatsky also wrote books titled Isis Unveiled [pagan goddess] and The Secret Doctrine [Gnosticism].

Objects of The Theosophical Society

  • To diffuse among men a knowledge of the laws inherent in the Universe. [wisdom based - Gnosticism, with 'highly intelligent spiritual entities (demons) from superior spheres' influenced adepts for teachers]
  • To promulgate the knowledge of the essential unity of all that is, and to demonstrate that this unity is fundamental in Nature. [we are all one with nature - pantheism]
  • To form an active brotherhood among men. [their version of Church]
  • To study ancient and modern religion, science, and philosophy. [wisdom based - Gnosticism, the do-what-you-wantism with freedom of conscience, one religion is as good as another]
  • To investigate the powers innate in man. [be a 'god']

This time around it was coupled with "media" and films, groups of humanitarian based organizations concerned with the advancement or enlightenment of humanity as a whole as well as fantasy film and media. Spiritualists and mediums on TV, channelers, web based organizations and groups promoting evolutionary and revolutionary thought (Aquarius is ruled by Uranus the awakener and Saturn representing limits and boundaries).

In the last 14 years many "false flag" events, staged for show ( Neptune opposed Leo, the act, the play, the actor on the stage) and removed the ability or "limitations" of the group to discern clearly exactly WHAT is taking place while promoting a feeling of "connectiveness" on a higher level. this was experienced as losing ones self to the whole or release of the individual to the thoughts or wishes of the MANY.

Depending on a persons age this transit either enhanced spiritual capabilities and/or promoted a sense of false security based on "hazy" circumstances or forced a person to deal with issues of EGO surrender to an event/ or events that affected the integrity of the ability of the person to move forward with confidence due to unsettling situations promoting a sense of loss of self within the "whole" of humanity. Drugs and addictions to sense numbing agents or sense enhancing agents- PROZAC, EXSTACY, video games and role playing games like SIMS, SECOND LIFE, "screen names" vs real persona, sci fi and fantasy based series on TV, the return of SUPERHERO films and tv shows like ALIEN, V, AVATAR, BATMAN, CATWOMAN, etc. 

This energy was unsettling to a degree where many new "syndromes" and psychological affectations emerged in the sensitive and drugs and paranoia as well as newly emerged virus's and epidemics were promoted to 'medicate" if not sedate the people who were undergoing the most intense trans formative effects of this transit.

"The flip side of Neptune is the desire to “escape” from life, through playing the sufferer, victim or martyr role by giving away our power to someone or something. Then Neptune’s creative brilliance turns into addictions and addictive behaviors as an escape mechanism. Now we’ve entered Neptune’s realm of confusion, deception, delusion, fantasy, illusion, deceit, despair, and hysteria.

Neptune Rules:
Oil, chemicals, gases, poisons and pollution; contagious diseases
Drugs, alcohol, tobacco
Hospitals, institutions, prisons, and places of retreat
The Arts; photography and film; mythology and magic
Advertising/promotion; glamour"

Neptune will "blur" the lines between illusion and reality and in some people promote a "sleepiness" or powerlessness to defend self against perceived threats. Neptune is not all negative, but extremely receptive and/or deceptive in those people who have issues clearly defining SELF. Neptune acts UNCONSCIOUSLY so those who have susceptibility need to improve their "armour" or shields to effectively utilize the higher energies.

CURRENT below,
Mars enters CANCER August 3, while MERCURY goes RETROGRADE.
MERCURY is the RULER of Gemini and Virgo-- Neptune is opposing MERCURY ( in LEO) and NEPTUNE is on the cusp of PISCES backing into AQUARIUS.
This retrograde will affect GEMINI, VIRGO, SAGITTARIUS and PISCES, COMMERCE, the WORKFORCE, CONGRESS and INSTITUTIONS as well as the "vehicles necessary to get the job done".
Keep your mind on the road and eliminate distractions from your planned course- metaphorically and literally!
DRIVE CAREFULLY and do not attempt to cross running water if this situation presents itself - flooding of bridges and roadways, washed out bridges, overflowing levees, all possibilities with the astrological weather expectations of NEPTUNE returning to AQUARIUS and SATURN in LIBRA ( connections and bridges, boundaries, trains ).

We will return to the world of FANTASY and illusions, deception and false flag "events" staged for show. NEPTUNE was last in Aquarius from January of 1998 until February of 2011.The birth of the internet ( connected thought or telepathy) groupthink and groupspeak, escapist "reality" shows/ sci-fi and space exploration, proliferation of Prozac and antidepressant drug prescription and increase in usage,"weird" epidemics, spiritualist and seance type "connections" and channels in the mainstream, will again be featured and revisited at a time when practical thinking and real time issues demand our attention.

MARS WILL NOT PLAY NICE IN CANCER! Male aggression meets female passivity ( with a twist...URANUS the game changer and ERIS the disrupter!!) this will not be an easy transit for MANY MANY people, the humanitarian crisis in Somalia is only one event showcasing violence against children and denial of subsistence fom "authorities". Please be mindful of your own child or children during this transit * 2 plus months.

What's in your kitchen?

Well now I see why I've been looking at going more "live foods" to eat and less of the other.  Here's raw tacos off of  a new site I found called. My Food Geek check them out here!

I'm going to be doing just that especially after I get this update about a recall on some food and more information from my great friend FAN0FFACTS!

Here's her latest post:

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Meat giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has killed one person in California and sickened at least 76 others.
Illnesses in the outbreak date back to March and have been reported in 26 states coast to coast.
Cargill said Wednesday that it is recalling fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company's Springdale, Ark., plant from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2 due to possible contamination from the strain of salmonella linked to the illnesses.
Company officials said that all ground turkey production has been suspended at the plant until the company is able to determine the source of the outbreak.
"Given our concern for what has happened, and our desire to do what is right for our consumers and customers, we are voluntarily removing our ground turkey products from the marketplace," said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill's turkey processing business.
The Minnesota-based company said it was initiating the recall after its own internal investigation, an Agriculture Department investigation and information about the illnesses released by theCDC this week.

Please be extra careful when buying "factory food". Better yet, look up recipes for home made veggie burgers. they are not at all hard to make and delicious. Note, this "recall" goes back to March ( last MERCURY retrograde!).

Vaccination programs, food and health safety, toxins in dairy and/or beef (domestic animals, chickens, pork, etc) will be revisited as they were emphasized back in 2008 when Saturn last transited Virgo during the most recent Swine Flu episode ( replaying the 1976-1980 swine flu panic).
Guillian Barre syndrome ( mild polio and/or paralysis) was one of the outcomes resulting from side effects reported at that time and we may see an emphasis on mass inoculations again and/or a new "epidemic" stemming from faulty or erroneous science. Organic gardening and family gardening may be in the news or regulations discussed.

Jupiter is still in Taurus and the beef industry and dairy products are under focus. Recent reporting from Fukushima exposed radiation tainted beef products were sent to the marketplace without any warnings and this will continue to remain a concern. Mad cow and other unexplained food anomalies will increase and/or be on the public's radar as Mars will continue on past Leo and enter Virgo activating the Mercury retrograde degree in almost 6 months. Taurus rules the throat and throat problems, esophagus, thyroid and goiter, iodine deficiency OR need to supplement (potassium iodide) will be in discussions.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Great article on Cleansing from the Health Ranger website

Thanks to the health ranger on (NaturalNews)  for this article post!

Some years back I heard Bernard Jensen, one of our country's great nutritionists and author of over 50 books, tell the story of Samson, "the Saxon Giant." Samson was a weight lifter and wrestler who was brought to the United States by Florenz Zeigfield in the 1920's as one of the featured acts in the Zeigfield Follies. Besides his strength, Samson was also known for his baby-soft skin, a feature that Samson attributed to his daily regimen of dry skin-brushing, and a fact that greatly intrigued Jensen.

One year, so the story went that Jensen told, Samson lost the world's championship heavyweight weight-lifting contest by just 10 ounces. Jensen was able to find and examine Samson's diaries, and found that Samson had a novel theory explaining his defeat. Samson attributed his loss to the fact that he had neglected to dry-brush his skin for three weeks prior to the contest.

Jensen decided to do a little experiment of his own to see why Samson would have reached such an unusual conclusion. Jensen bought a skin brush and stood on brown wrapping paper while he brushed his own body. After enough debris had fallen onto the paper, Jensen sent the material to a lab. The lab found a lot of dead skin, which, of course, was expected. But the lab also found dried catarrh, urea, sodium chloride, sebum and metabolic acid wastes. From his little experiment, Jensen came to understand that when these substances are not removed from the skin, they can become backed up in the muscle structure, and can consequently cause a loss of vitality. Jensen became a great advocate for daily dry-skin brushing.

One of the most wonderful things about our bodies is that its largest organ - the skin -- is on its outside. We can, and do, automatically and continuously both nourish and detoxify our bodies through the skin.

The ability of the skin to accept substances and deliver them to the bloodstream is well-known. The skin serves as a direct link to all the other organs. Contemporary physicians have revived the age-old practice of delivering medicine through the skin. Heart patients use nitroglycerin patches; cigarette smokers try to break their addiction through the use of nicotine patches. So great, in fact, is the ability of the skin to absorb substances that one drop of essential oil placed on the fingertip will show up in hair analysis ten minutes later.

The skin's ability to excrete toxins, however, is not as well emphasized. In natural health circles, the skin is referred to as the body's third lung, or third kidney. It aids tremendously in throwing off all toxins from the body. We absorb more impurities, and eliminate more waste through the skin than any other organ in our bodies (including the colon). Two pounds of waste are eliminated every day through the skin. The skin works hand in hand with the kidneys. On hot days, we do a lot of our elimination through our skin, and our kidneys don't have to work as hard. Conversely, on cold days, our kidneys take over this function of the skin because the skin is not eliminating as much.

The body organizes itself, in part, through a continuous dance of creating new while simultaneously shedding old, and it does this process especially efficiently with skin cells.

The skin is often the first place that biological imbalance appears. When the other systems are overloaded in dealing with too many toxins, the skin is utilized as an additional organ of detoxification. Sometimes old cells can cling to the surface of the skin, trapping pathogenic microorganisms like bacteria within; as well new cells are inhibited from breathing. Eruptions, blemishes, odors and colors may appear as the skin tries to do overtime in ridding the body of waste.

Skin brushing is especially useful for lymphatic cleansing. Cleansing the lymphatic system is essential because the lymph glands serve as one of the body's primary defense mechanisms. The lymphatic system cleanses out cellular debris that the bloodstream has not been able to take care of, such as viruses, bacteria and dust.

The lymphatic system is like the circulatory system: it moves a fluid -- which makes up about 80% of total body fluids -- throughout the body. This lymphatic fluid picks up debris as it moves along its path. Normally, excess lymphatic fluid is excreted through the skin, the kidneys and other eliminative organs.

Unlike the circulatory system which has a pump -- the heart -- to keep the fluid moving, the lymphatic system has nothing to keep the fluid moving other than your own movement. When there is toxicity from improper diet or elimination, clothing worn too tightly, or not enough exercise, the lymphatic fluid gets blocked.

Improper lymphatic drainage is one of the main reasons that so many women are plagued with cellulite. The dimples that form on the thighs and buttocks are due to the accumulation of fats, proteins and other waste products that are not being excreted from the body efficiently. These unwanted products are usually carried out of the body by the lymphatic system. Dry skin brushing helps to kick-start the lymphatic system by stimulating the lymph canals, which helps detoxify the blood and reduces the toxic build up that causes cellulite.

Jensen himself was testimony to his own theory. When he was 88, he appeared at a conference I was attending. He rolled up his shirt sleeves and pulled up his pants legs, showing us the skin on his arms and legs. There was not a single wrinkle, line or blemish anywhere on this man's body that we could see. Jensen, like Samson, attributed the beauty of his skin - its tautness, smoothness and elasticity - to his daily regimen of skin brushing.

Jane Goldberg Ph.D is the founder of La Casa Day Spa in New York City, which recently celebrated it's 18th anniversary, making it the oldest spa in New York City.

About the author:
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and author of 7 books, including the acclaimed, The Dark Side of Love. As well, she is the owner of La Casa Day Spa in NYC , now celebrating its 18th year anniversary. In her specialization of working with cancer patients, Dr. Goldberg has integrated her psychoanalytic work with the field of holistic health. She has worked with many cancer patients who, through commitment to sound principles of health as well as an interest in the exploration of their mental, emotional and psychic states, have defied the statistical odds and consider themselves "cured."

Dr. Goldberg is also the Founder and Director of Brainercize, a system of interactive integrative brain exercise classes designed to maximize brain functioning.

Dr. Goldberg's books at Amazon:

The Deceits of the Mind

The Dark Side of Love

Because People areDying

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