Work, Astrology, and the Elements

four-elementsIf the place you work at everyday creates stress and discomfort, then I recommend you pass this article along to your boss.  If you are the boss, manager, or supervisor and you feel you are not getting the productivity or respect from your employees that you feel you should, then sit down and take five to read this.

Synergy in the work place is a win-win for everybody. Unfortunately I have witnessed too many business owners with the need to become bigger and better at the expense of their staff.  They are more than comfortable with the win-lose scenario if their bank accounts are growing.  The staff becomes dispensable or the state of their well-being is disregarded.  Now of course there are businesses out there that actually get it, and know a healthy staff is a healthy business. So these places can just take in a few extra tips here to improve an already thriving environment.

What does a great boss or business owner look like?  For one, they care.  They care about the hearts of the people that have chosen to spend their daily expression at their place of business.  They know that everyone has gifts and talents that they may still be figuring out how to express.  Nurturing others and bringing out the best in them will help everybody learn and grow. Yelling, talking down to, or intimidating your staff will only create a weak foundation of fear and negativity.

When we can accept that everyone contains the energy of the four elements within, but at different levels, then we might not be so quick to judge or expect others to behave a certain way.  There is the energy of the Earth element, the Water element, the Fire element, and the Air Element.  The fifth element is Love and it is the whole of who we are.  It is expressed the strongest once we’ve learned how to balance out our four elements.  In the meantime it is best if we accept our natural elements within, at whatever level we experience them.

The expression of the Earth element is very grounded.  People with this as a strong energy in their astrological birth chart are considered “down to earth”. They are the best at being present to what needs to be done.  They like being physical and active in the work place, but at their own pace which usually isn’t too fast.  They are thorough and methodical.  This practical approach usually leads to a job well done.  Sometimes they can be stubborn, but their commitment is strong.  They help ground those around them that are naturally lacking this energy in their being.  They are the rock for those who are prone to spiral out of control in an unpredictable situation.  Everyday life is what they know how to do best and this shows up in the work place as well.

The expression of the Water element is sensitive and feeling based.  These people connect to their emotions and how things make them feel.  They are quite empathetic and have strong intuitional tendencies.  Because they feel so much so deeply they can be prone to over emotionalism at times.  This emotional expression is a way to release the overflowing energy that they have absorbed from their environment.  The sensitivities that a strong Water element person brings is the understanding of the importance of personal connections and how to relate to others from a deeper, more emotional place.  Others will feel accepted and understood in their presence.

The expression of the Fire element is quick and lively.  They are those high- energy people that have no problem putting themselves out there.  They like to be spontaneous.  Sometimes they may over react (combust) in certain situations or say things without thinking first.  They naturally raise the energy in a room and therefore can be utilized in keeping everyone’s mojo up.  Naturally passionate they breathe fire into any area they are interested in.  They can also contribute to doing the tougher jobs that takes a more feisty personality like dealing with conflict.

The expression of the Air element is very thought oriented, intuitive, and quick. Some with this strong energy love to talk a lot and if it isn’t out loud then it is in their heads.  Their minds are always going and sometimes it is hard to keep them focused on one thing for any length of time.  They like learning, change and movement.  They come up with great ideas and communicate them well. Very animated in their expression they like to talk with their hands.  Air types can be scattered with their energies at times, but they have many great ideas to contribute to any work place and will clearly communicate what needs to be said in any given situation.

Understanding that everyone has strengths and weaknesses is important. Enhancing our strengths will help us to feel good about ourselves and this will naturally support and encourage us to strengthen our weaker elements.  If the work place is balanced with different personality types then the business will be balanced and all will feel good.  Everyone will have their part and everyone will learn from each other.  Diversity in people is a gift. We are not robots and therefore should not expect people or employees to all behave the same way. Yes, I get that you may be running a business and want uniformity, but let that stay in the business end of things.  Lets support each other’s gifts and strengths and allow each other to shine the best they know how to.

If we take some time to learn how our elements balance out in our own astrological birth chart, we will become more conscious of our own make-up and will be able to accept the truths of our being.  If we discover there is no air in our chart we will understand why we may have always struggled putting our feelings into words, communicating with others, or no interest in reading.  If we see that we have an over abundance of water in our chart then our sensitivities and over emotionalism will make sense.  Maybe you lack fire and really need to be pushed to motivate yourself to follow through with all of your great ideas because you are very high in air?  If there is little earth in your chart you may struggle with the day to day duties.  Knowing where we fall short helps us to understand where we need to put the extra efforts in our lives.  Knowing these things about the people you work with everyday helps us accept each other without trying to change or control one another.

We are all in this together.  There are ways to love and accept each other regardless of the type of relationship we have.  It is easier to do once we’ve done the work on ourselves and can fully love and accept who we are and what we have to offer.  When we choose to show up at a place of work everyday to give our time and energy, why not make it a positive, healthy environment.  This goes for stay at home parents too.  Understanding your children’s gifts based on their stronger elements will help you enhance what they enjoy doing everyday, and you can actively support their weaker elements.

Now some of us are fortunate to be naturally balanced in all four elements.  If you want to know what your special formula looks like, find an online astrology site that will figure it out for you for free, or contact some who studies astrology and find it out with them, plus a whole lot more!

 

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Raw and Grateful

Sun BurgerWhat does one get excited to eat for Thanksgiving dinner when they are doing a raw cleanse?  Well this one is very excited to enjoy one of my favourite raw dishes from Raw Roses book, Uncooking with Raw Rose. It is the delicious Sun Burgers with all of the fixings. Just a warning here as I continue to blog about my raw cleanse, I will be mentioning Rose’s book often, but mostly because it is my favourite raw recipe book. If you are interested in this particular recipe you’ll have to contact Rose or myself to purchase her book.  I am writing about my cleanse, but for those of you interested in the recipe, that is where you’ll find it.

I want to share that it is possible to be just as excited for Thanksgiving Dinner as everyone else craving their turkey and mashed potatoes.  I made sure that yesterday I did all of my own food preparation so that I would be able to sit down at the family dinner table tonight and be just as satisfied.  My bonus will be that I won’t suffer from the food coma like everyone else (that doesn’t mean I am doing all the dishes by myself after).  While the family is enjoying pumpkin pie, I will be very grateful for the wonderful gourmet raw chocolates that I made for my dessert.

If I sound like the typical “dieter” who sadly munches on their salad wishing they were eating what everyone else was, but pretends they are loving their salad, this is definitely not the case.  I am truly excited about my dinner tonight, and feel so very grateful for the abundance of fresh, healthy food that I am able to enjoy.  I know I’m doing what my body needs me to.  In the recent past I’ve chosen a very out of balance way of being and I now have the motivation to correct it.  My health has become my priority thanks to the support of my transiting planets of my astrological chart, and I am not going to waste this loving, supporting energy.

I have collected a lot of tools over the years for living and being healthy, and I’ve practiced many ways of being.  I have “failed” and “succeeded” over and over and each time I’ve been able to keep a gem for my treasure box, seeing the beauty in each lesson.  Now I get to practice presence and to not hold onto judgements of the past.  I am here now, and this is all that matters.  Today I choose to do what is in the highest good for my well-being, and that is enough. I have let go of excuses, and blaming others for not fully supporting me or not choosing to make the same choices as me.  This is my journey, and I need to be fully accountable.  I am grateful to be in this place today.  I am grateful for my beautiful family.  I am also grateful for the opportunity to make every moment a new beginning to practice being the best me I know how to be, without judgement.  I am here, now…and I am so very grateful to experience it with the freshness of each brand new moment, over and over again.

 

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Raw Noodles & Pesto

Zucchini & Pesto NoodlesMy partner said to me last night, it must be hard to get full while eating raw.  I replied it’s actually more difficult for me to get hungry!

I start each day with a fresh juice or smoothie, later I snack on some fruit and vegetables, then I try and eat my supper around 3 or 4 in the afternoon (I enjoy it most at this time).

The food I am consuming is so full of nutrients that my body is able to use; it gets the job done right the first time around.  I am not mindlessly consuming empty, lifeless food hoping to eventually feel full.  I also get the benefit of feeling energized after I eat instead of feeling like I need to go and relax because I ate too much.  So for now I am enjoying the positive benefits of my raw cleanse.

As one of my mentors Raw Rose likes to quote:

“Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels”      – Anthony Robbins

Here is one of my suppers I made for myself that was quick, easy, and really yummy!

Zucchini

Raw Noodles & Pesto

 Zucchini 

  • Make desired amount of Zucchini noodles using a peeler or mandolin 

Creamy Avocado Pesto

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Cup of Spinach
  • ½ Cup Pecans
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • ¼ Cup of fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp. of Lemon juice
  • ½ of Water or more to get desired consistency
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

– Blend ingredients in a blender

Vegan Parmesan Cheez (optional) 

  • ½ cup slivered Almonds
  • ½ cup raw Cashews
  • ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder

– Combine all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Pulse until a fine meal forms

– Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

Assembling Noodles and Pesto:

– Toss Zucchini Noodles and  desired amount of Pesto Sauce in a bowl

– Sprinkle some Vegan Parmesan Cheez on top

– Add fresh Cherry Tomatoes (optional)


Ingredient List:

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Cup of Spinach
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • ¼ Cup of fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp. of Lemon juice
  • ½ cup slivered Almonds
  • ½ cup raw Cashews
  • ½ Cup Pecans
  • ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

Recipe by Raven Magik

www.ravenmagik.com

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Going “Raw”

FullSizeRenderThe other day while talking to my sister-in-law she told me her neighbour gave her a fresh zucchini from the garden, and that she wanted me to have it. She then sweetly follows up with, could you pleeaaasseee make me that amazing raw lasagna?  I haven’t made it in years, but lucky for her I was about to venture into a raw food cleanse. This to me was a sign from the Universe that I am being supported to follow through on my recent contemplation of taking on a raw food lifestyle in order to bring myself back into balance.

This particular recipe is one of the fussier raw food dishes that I like to make. I tend to only be motivated to create such meals when I am eating clean, real food. Apart of it I believe has to do with energy levels.  I feel inspired and motivated to accomplish a lot more in my everyday routine when I’m fuelled by living foods with a higher vibrational frequency.

Other benefits I find is that my taste buds change and I get really excited about eating real food, and only real food.  If you are wondering how could someone eat something that wasn’t real, well my definition of food that isn’t real refers to the processed, modified, chemically altered and tampered with products that have been mastered into luring and deceitful products.  Some of us love to consume these food imposters even though we really shouldn’t.  I then take it to the next level by not cooking my real food, so all the live enzymes stay in tact.

Once upon a time I was a firm believer of only eating 100% raw food, but this is because when I did for a period of six consecutive months, I felt the most energized and on top of the world in my entire adult life.  I have since evolved into seeing the benefits of other ways to eating healthy whole foods, and know that many people feel great consuming cooked grains, beans, vegetables etc.  I think that since we are such complex beings that the most important way of living, comes down to finding out the formula that resonates best for you.  In our society food is much more than physical nourishment, so based on many different personal factors, there will be lots to consider.

At this moment I am choosing to cleanse and detox by consuming 99% raw. I only leave out that 1% because sometimes I’ll eat a toasted nut or two, or maybe eat non-raw nori, but my goal is to eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible.  When eating this way your body eventually is able to use all that you consume and therefore hunger doesn’t happen the same as before.  Because you aren’t putting in empty, useless calories that the body can’t utilize, you need a lot less food each day,  well at least that is my experience.

After a few days of detoxing and feeling disoriented as my body tries to figure out what to do with the lack of processed cooked food, and how to make the most of the fresh living foods, I start to feel good.  I’m still up and down a bit, but I’ve spent far too long eating whatever.  I’ve been a strict vegetarian for 17 years now, but on and off as a raw foodist, or vegan.  As we all know there are way to many concoctions out there to support an unhealthy vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.  I have even learned you can be an unhealthy raw foodist.

The most important thing when it comes to following a healthy lifestyle, is to know that you are your best doctor, nutritionist, or coach.  Listen to your body, research what interests you, learn from others as well, but in the end you know what works best and what you need.  There is far too much information and opinions out there, especially in the health industry, and it is changing all of the time.  The thing I love about this is that it has forced me to be the one to know what I need, or to at least try and figure it out.  I have also found it important to not attach to the labels such as “vegan” or whatever because it then limits the ability to truly listen to the body and it’s needs.  It is all a process, and with multiple important planets in my sixth house in my astrological natal chart, it is a major part of my journey to focus on my health and mastering my optimal self.

Once I hit day five of eating raw, I felt inspired enough to make the raw lasagna that my sister-in-law requested.  It is a two day recipe, but oh so worth it.  I decided to take pictures and share it here with you.  I look forward to eating it for my 3:00 supper today, and will happily share it with other family members who are interested to try it as well.

Today I am inspired to create some delicious raw desserts like raw chocolates, raw “cheez” cake with berry sauce, or a chocolate coconut cake.  Once I get started I wouldn’t be surprised if I make them all!

Almond Ricotta

 

By request, here is the recipe:

Raw Lasagna Recipe

 Extra Prep Time:

  • Prepare Almond Cheez (soak 8 hrs. + ferment 8 hrs.)
  • Soak sun-dried tomatoes
  • Marinate mushrooms for at least 1 hour to overnight
  • Lasagna can be warmed in dehydrator 1-2 hours

Quantity: 7”x 7” casserole dish, or 9” round spring form pan (4-6 servings)

 Ingredient List:

  • 1 green onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 4 portabella mushrooms
  • 2-3 medium zucchini
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 vine ripe red tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon probiotic powder
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Nama Shoyu or other unpasteurized soy sauce
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews

Directions: 

Almond Ricotta:

  • 1 cup Almond Cheez
  • 1 Green Onion (minced fine)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Place ingredients in a bowl, mix well and set aside

Almond Cheez:

  • 1 cup of Almonds to soak (8-12 hours)
  • ½ cup water + ¼ teaspoon probiotic powder (= 1 capsule)

To make Almond Cheez, leave skin on, or remove it. The colour and texture are more cheese-like when skin is removed. For both methods:

  • Soak almonds in cold water 8-12 hours
  • To make a white, creamy ricotta, remove skins by pinch/peel almonds while they are still in water. Discard soak water and skins
  • Rinse and drain peeled or unpeeled almonds. Blend almonds with water and probiotic powder until smooth and creamy
  • Pour into a nut mylk bag hanging over a bowl (to catch drippings), or put a nut mylk bag or cheesecloth into a colander, over a bowl. Do not use a metal colander or strainer. Ferment 8 – 12 hours (less in warmer weather) in a warm (not hot) place. If the room is cold with no warm location, cover with a damp towel and place in dehydrator set at 90º
  • When desired fermentation is reached, scoop out cheez and store in a covered glass container up to a week

Tomato Pesto Layer

  • 1 cup Dried Tomatoes
  • Water to reconstitute
  • 1 bunch of Basil
  • 1 cup Pine Nuts
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Soften tomatoes in a small amount of water. Drain, reserving liquid, and place in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade
  • Pulse together with the rest of the ingredients until it is a thick paste. If need be, add enough of the tomato soak water to complete processing

Mushroom Layer

  • 4 Portabella Mushrooms
  • ¼ cup Nama Shoyu or other unpasteurized soy sauce
  • Rinse, dry, and stem caps.
  • Slice thinly crosswise, place in bowl and stir in soy sauce to coat
  • Let sit one hour to overnight in the refrigerator
  • Drain and press out excess liquid before using

Zucchini Layer

  • 2-3 medium Zucchini, sliced 1/16 inch thick lengthwise using a cheese slicer or vegetable peeler or a mandolin

Spinach Layer

  • 2 cups Spinach (chop just before assembling Lasagna)

Tomato Layer:

  • 2 vine ripe red Tomatoes, sliced thin

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

  • ½ cup slivered Almonds
  • ½ cup raw Cashews
  • ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Combine all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Pulse until a fine meal forms
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

Assembling Lasagna:

  • Lay strips of zucchini lengthwise and crosswise in dish
  • Spoon some of the tomato pesto on top and spread evenly
  • Cover with a layer of mushrooms and press with spatula
  • Spoon and spread 1/2 of the ricotta cheez
  • Cover with a layer of spinach
  • Press firmly
  • Repeat above steps
  • Add a last layer of zucchini slices
  • Top with fresh sliced tomatoes
  • Finish by sprinkling Parmesan Cheez across the top
  • Serve immediately, or warm in dehydrator at 125 º for 1 to 2 hours. Store in fridge up to 2 days

*Inspired by different recipes including the Almond Ricotta from Uncooking with Raw Rose.

 Recipe by Raven Magik

www.ravenmagik.com

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