At first I thought it was a praying mantis -- but it was a green grasshopper at the bottom of a small pile of feathers. She is clinging to some feather fluff and her wings look and feel just like dried leaves. I loved finding her -- they say a green grasshopper in the house is a good omen, but I'm not sure about a dead one. That pomegranate was dried on the furnace for one year. Every year I dry at least one. It'll go into the winter potpourri jar now.
Last night I made half-moon soup to recognize yesterday's waxing half moon. It's really just my regular miso soup but I cut the carrots, turnips, and onions into half moons.
Today is a waxing moonday in the sign of airy Aquarius. Aspects of Aquarius are community, the greater good, social issues, networking, making improvements, inventions, and friendly conversations. We are drawn out of our shells, so to speak. I think great things can and do happen under the influence of Aquarius.
Aquarius affects the calves and ankles -- walking is a great way to get the circulation going, but the balance to that is to put our feet up now and then, too. The legs symbolize moving forward or feeling stuck. I still sometimes refer to the 1982 classic, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, which correlates all the body parts with their energetic meaning. I just got it off its dusty basement shelf and looked up lower legs. It's the only body part that I have *starred* -- between my children and myself, we must've had a lot of aching legs around here.
Miso Soup: In a little olive oil, saute a small turnip, a medium onion, and 2 carrots, sliced however you wish. Add 2 1/2 cups water and 2 vegetable bouillon cubes and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add 2 cups chopped greens (napa cabbage, bok choy, spinach, etc.) and remove from heat. Take out 1/2 cup of the broth and mix in a tablespoon of miso. Add this mixture back to the pot and you are done. Never boil miso. I always double this recipe but only use 3 vegetable bouillon cubes. This is good for clearing out residual radiation and medicines from the body, always beneficial for anyone in recovery.
Here's to looking forward to the next step.