Since it’s Mercury Retrograde, I’m going to be featuring a few questions from the community.
Q: Why do you suggest eating leafy greens right now?
Eclipses can increase our sense of irritation and frustration which is connected with the liver in Chinese medicine and this can disrupt the heart and mind.
When we eat bitter:
1. It cools the body and reduces heat in the heart and eating cooked greens brings vitality to the body including important minerals which I find really help around eclipses. That magnesium in greens really helps our physiology.
2. It reduces anger and irritability. I know I need that around full moons with lunar eclipses.
July 2019 Eclipses
Two important reasons why I suggest eating cooked leafy greens NOW.
It’s #EclipseSeason again everyone and Mercury is Retrograde at the same time.
Eat cooked greens now because:
1. It is good to eat more greens with Mercury retrograde, drink green tea early in the day. Green helps the systems connected with Mercury function better.
2. In Ayurveda, greens reduce the heat of Pitta in the middle of summer (in the northern hemisphere).
Reduce Heat Help reduce Pitta irritation in summer
Ayurveda and Pitta
Ayurveda is the healing system of India. Of the three doshas (which is the state of imbalance for different body types), Vata, Pitta and Kapha we seek to balance the tendencies of each imbalance to experience harmony and ease. The healthy states of these three doshas are connected with clear Prana, Tejas and Ojas.
Pitta imbalance or heat tends to increase in everyone in summer time. In general, everyone can benefit from reducing heat, but it is the Pitta body type which needs the heat reduction the most in summer.
Bitter and Pitta
In both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, when we add bitter to our diets it helps us clear heat from the body. Bitter foods are diuretics and increase urination and cool us off.
Add some chill to your life around the eclipse week by eating your leafy greens.
Q: I’m watching the video from six months ago around the New Moon after December Solstice. You mention eating bitter, leafy greens. Is this always done after the first new moon after solstice?
A: I mentioned eating bitter greens in January 2019 because it was #eclipseseason six months ago, just like it is now.
Two important things to know why I suggested eating bitter greens in January around the eclipse…THEN
Eclipses and bitter to reduce irritation
Eclipses occur every six months, like clock work. And eclipses occur in pairs (and sometimes in threes).
Lunar Eclipse July 16 or 17 (depending on your time zone)
The partial lunar eclipse is next week with the full moon on either July 16 (in Europe, Canada and the Americas) or July 17 (southern hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore etc).
Sarah Kruse from Embrace Ayurveda in Seattle says “It is during summer that pitta dosha, inherently driven by solar force, is most predominant. It is comprised of the fire and water elements. Pitta dosha is the expression of radiant energy, both within our bodies and in the universe.” on her page about the doshas.
Learn more about Ayurveda and the different Ayurvedic Body Types HERE.
If you want to harmonize with the Sun, Moon and planets, use Conscious Calendars to show you the new and full moon according to Vedic Astrology, and when the moon is aligned with different energies all month long.