March 2015

March 20th, 2015 Spring Equinox

equinox-solstice-via-Geosync-e1395584225931Image from 2011, via Geosync Byrd, 3/15.  Everything You Need to Know About the Vernal Spring Equinox:

 

Happy Spring Equinox!

K. Ami March 20th 2015

 

Today marks the first day of spring, and the end of winter. The 20th/21st of March has been a significant date in time for centuries, for cultures across the globe. It is on this day that our Sun balances itself exactly on the celestial equator- which means that both the Northern and Southern hemispheres of our Earth receive equal amounts of day and night for about 5 days.

This time has been used historically as a time of finding balance for oneself. The balance that is within each moment. The dark days of winter have allowed for a time of self reflection and setting intentions, and now, with the flowers blooming and budding all around us, our thoughts and intentions begin to bud.

 

This Planetary balance has been noted by humanity and celebrated in various ways, with a similar motif of celebrating the light and dark within each of us, and the symbolic death and resurrection.

 

Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard from their book, The Path of the Spiritual Sun, notes this about this historical significance:

 

In Christianity, the spring equinox is the time of the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. Likewise in ancient Egypt, it is the time of the resurrection of the ancient Egyptian god Osiris; and the resurrection of the Mayan Maize God Hun Hunahpu. The Great Sphinx of Giza, in Egypt, symbol of resurrection, gazes precisely at the rising of the spring equinox sun. The temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia aligns to the spring equinox, and depicts the scene of the “churning of the milky ocean”—the struggle between the forces of light and darkness. At the temple of the feathered serpent in Mexico at Chichen Itza, the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl ascends the nine terraces of the pyramid on the spring equinox.

Throughout the world, the spring equinox is a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light, in the death and resurrection of the central deities of sacred teachings throughout the world. It symbolizes what an initiate goes through in a definitive and important stage of self-realization, where the struggle between darkness and light creates the opposition needed to attain immortality. This is symbolized by the dark half of the year on one side of the spring equinox sun, and the light half of the year on the other.

Copyright © Belsebuub & Angela Pritchard 2012

 

May Spring 2015 find you in perfect balance and harmony. May you be in good health and happiness.

Ayurvedic medicine suggest changing your diet with the seasons. The kapha reducing diet for spring suggests more foods that are bitter, pungent, astringent, light and warm. Think of brothy soup, steamed veggies, and brown rice. Avoid sugars, deep fried foods, heavy, oily and salty foods. Try a juice cleanse. Some specials that we have at Chaco Canyon Cafe that support a spring diet are:

 

Fennel and Pear Salad

    Nettle Pesto!!! and Portobello Sandwich ( bring in those balancing minerals)

    Pure Bliss Juice

    Any of our delicious soups ( Egyptian Red Lentil, Dill Split Pea, Soup du jour)

From all of us at Chaco Canyon Cafe,

Happy Spring!

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Palm Shortening

There’s been a lot of info in the media about Palm Oil and Palm Shortening lately, specifically as it relates to it being unsustainable with the way they are clear-cutting rainforest to expand their plantations.

Deforestation in Southeast Asia has made Indonesia the third largest carbon emitter on the planet. The orangutan, the Sumatran tiger, and countless other endangered species are being pushed to the brink of extinction.

The palm oil industry can be brutal. Many workers are lured into plantations on false pretenses, and have their passports and ID’s confiscated. Investigations have found workers being beaten by “enforcers”, locked in tiny barracks at night, and not allowed to leave for any reason. Many workers are forced to spray hazardous chemicals with no protection, and the web of contractors and sub-contractors allows the corporations responsible to avoid legal responsibility.

Conversely, the palm shortening Chaco Canyon Cafe purchases (Aunt Patty’s brand) is sourced from organic sustainable plantations in Ecuador. It is certified sustainable and fairly traded.

  • There is a “Farmer to Fork” supply chain that allows for verification of sustainability, collection, production, and processing to a high standard.
  • Fair labor practices ensure farmers increase their well-being and security through advisory programs, economic benefits, and field support.
  • Local biodiversity is treated with respect

 

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