The Risk of NOT Trying New Foods

There’s actually a scientific term for the fear of tasting unfamiliar dishes: food neophobia. It’s not just the name that is scary. A study from Finland and Estonia found that people with this trait eat lower-quality diets overall and have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes — regardless of their age, sex, or weight. To add more variety to your diet, you’ll need to be persistent. “An individual may need to try a new food 10 to 15 times before getting accustomed to it,” says study coauthor Heikki Sarin.

Copyright Reader’s Digest April 2020 Issue, Page 52

Weekly Horoscope Sunday, May 24 to Saturday, May 30, 2020

All Signs

Please note: Mercury will be retrograde from June 18 to July 12. However, there are buffer times because Mercury slows down ahead of time; then afterwards, it takes time to catch up to where it was at when it went retrograde. The buffer times are June 4 to July 27. Mercury retrograde is a poor time to initiate new projects. It’s also a poor time to buy cars, trucks, motorcycles and bikes; computers and cell phones. This info will help you to initiate things now or wait. Nevertheless, Mercury retrograde times are excellent to finish old business! (Like frantically squeezing grapes into an empty wine bottle two minutes before the Big Wine Tasting Competition.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Your focus on home and family continues this week; however, there will be more emphasis on family discussions and making plans. Many of you will tackle home repairs and DIY projects. Fortunately, Venus is in the part of your chart where it sweetens your words and makes you charming and diplomatic. This will be handy if you need to cajole others to help you in your projects. Naturally, you will run the show because you’re the general! You’re comfortable giving orders and delegating work to others. “I am Star Command!” Meanwhile, you’re happy being behind the scenes right now. (Maybe even plotting something?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your busy pace continues! In fact, you will be even more busy this week because you will be talking to more people, and perhaps travelling more or taking short trips. Group discussions will take place and you will enjoy meeting meet new people. This will be a good week to gather information about something that you need to know. Get background data and discuss possibilities. Stay flexible because life is a changing landscape right now. Meanwhile, you will still attract money to you. (Yes!) And you will still want to spend money on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. Many of you are collectors, and you love antiques.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your focus is still on money, cash flow, earnings and dealing with your possessions. You might be concerned with some business or commercial affairs more than usual this week because there will be discussions about money. Some of you will have moneymaking ideas, as well. This is likely because in addition to Mercury being in your Money House, Mars is at the top of your chart arousing your ambition. Powerful combo! Plus, lucky Jupiter is in the House of Wealth from others. This is also an excellent time to buy wardrobe goodies but if you have to shop online – that’s challenging. (There’s a thin line between looking indie and looking homeless.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The Sun is still in your sign boosting your energy, and now Mercury moves into Cancer as well! Ta da! With Mercury in your sign (Mercury is all about communication and how you talk and think), you will be talkative! You will also be able to put a great deal of yourself into whatever you say. (At least up to your elbows.) Your mind will be active and you will also have a better ability to examine yourself with greater objectivity. Naturally, you will want to get out and travel because Mercury likes to be on the move! Although your mind will be fast moving – it will also be clear, which will allow you to accomplish a lot. (I’m impressed.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Last week, I mentioned the Sun is hiding in your chart, which means this is a good time for you to formulate goals for your new year ahead, which will begin when the Sun enters Leo on Wed. July 22. Goals give you a clearer focus on what’s important. They also give you more clarity in your decision-making. They give you better control over your future and certainly, give you a sense of purpose. Because Mercury is joining the Sun in this hidden part of your chart, you will be happy to go off by yourself and study or do research. You’re not being antisocial – it’s your preference. Nevertheless, fair Venus is in your House of Friendship encouraging you to be friendly with others and involved in groups. Friendship will promote love and love will promote friendship.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Last week the Sun introduced an influence that makes you popular! This week your popularity is heightened even more because now Mercury is on the scene. Specifically, it will attract younger people into your world and boost your communications with others. It will encourage you to examine your attitudes toward a group. This is a good time to think about goals and to examine whether or not you’re happy with your goals. Meanwhile, Venus is creating favourable circumstances for your business life or your career and your public image. You might find yourself suddenly involved in artistic matters like design, layout work, office redecorating or landscaping. (Mars is still opposite your sign, so be patient with loved ones.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You’re still looking mahvelous dahling, especially to bosses, parents and VIPs because you are captured in the flattering spotlight from the Sun at the top of your chart. This week Mercury joins the picture, encouraging you to make plans for your professional life. Mercury will also encourage you to study something new that will help your career. Mercury will encourage conversations with bosses, parents, employers and people who can help you. Venus continues to promote your love of beauty and potential romance with someone “different.” Venus also wants you to take a vacation – maybe not possible, but you can dream, can’t you?

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Your desire to broaden your horizons through adventure, study and travel will become even stronger this week because Mercury is moving into that part of your chart to join the Sun! Now you are really keen to study because you want to take a larger view of things and see how everything fits together. Details related to foreign places, the law, philosophy and astrology will intrigue you. Naturally, this increased curiosity will make you want to travel – maybe you can; maybe you can’t. In either case, something will happen that broadens your scope of things, making you more tolerant of different opinions. This is so important because as everyone on Facebook is saying, “Although we’re all in the same storm, we’re not all in the same boat.”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is a lovely time to relate to others because fair Venus is opposite your sign, which makes all your closest relationships easy-going and smooth. This is good thing because the placement of your Sun intensifies your passion about everything. And this week, Mercury joins the Sun to amplify this intense focus! You want to discover deep, psychological truths about yourself. This is why you will enjoy intellectual encounters with others that might have a profound effect upon you. You might discuss sex or mortality. (We’re not talking weather.) You’re also concerned with negotiations about finances and property, which is not surprising because increased chaos and activity on the home front are par for the course.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You still need to get more sleep and more rest. Respect your need for this because this will continue until mid-July. (Yawn.) This week Mercury moves opposite your sign, which gives you a beautiful opportunity to clarify and explain issues to someone. It will also help you discuss difficulties that come up in an intimate relationship, especially because you will have more detachment and objectivity to see things. In fact, this objectivity will help you to weigh the benefits of signing or entering into contracts and negotiations. Meanwhile, Venus continues to benefit your health and your job with the exception of overindulgence in sweets and desserts. Yummers!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re still gung ho to work hard and get better organized, which is a wonderful thing. This week Mercury adds to this influence, which means you will love to be absorbed in all kinds of mental work. You’ll find it easy to be attentive to detail. You will be concerned with using the best techniques to do something. You will be more of a perfectionist. You will certainly enjoy planning and making lists. This is also great week to sit down with someone (or a group) and discuss problems that exist. (Don’t criticize others.) Fortunately, the placement of Venus makes you friendly and lighthearted, so you will be smooth. (You can be right or you can be in a relationship.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You have lots of energy because fiery Mars is still in your sign until the end of June. Enjoy this boost because it won’t return again for two years. Meanwhile, you want to play! That’s because both the Sun and Mercury are in the part of your chart related to the arts, sports, vacations, playful activities with kids and romance. Yes, it’s time for fun! You especially want to use your mind for amusing pastimes like reading, writing and playing games that require mental agility. You’ll be more prankish than usual and might want to play a joke on an unwitting friend. Don’t feel you have to justify things with a practical motive. It’s okay to lighten up and enjoy your life! (“When this quarantine is over, let’s not tell some people.”)

A Chuckle for Your Day

Want a laugh? Here’s is a video from Pluto, a cute Miniature Schnauzer on youtube.com

Pluto Living – Shout-out Hootenanny!

Weekly Horoscope Sunday, May 17 to Saturday, May 23, 2020

All Signs

This week the Sun changes signs and moves into Gemini for four weeks. Everyone will feel this shift of focus in their chart; in fact, it will be hyped because Mercury and Venus are already in Gemini. This signifies an increase in daily activity and chatting over the fence as more people venture out from isolation. There will be increased to-ing and fro-ing, increased communication and increased travel. Will casinos open? I don’t know. But I have heard of one, out in the suburbs, that is run by an iguana called the lizard of odds.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The everyday pace of your life is accelerating! Plus, your own interest in the world around you will start to increase more and more. You will want to schmooze with others where possible. You will want to travel or take short trips if you can. You will enjoy interactions with neighbours, siblings and relatives, especially with someone whom you have not seen for a while. This is also an excellent week to study and learn new things to satisfy your curiosity. Discussions will go well. Your honesty and forthrightness in what you say will command the respect of others. It generally always does – but hey, not always, right? (Some days the only yoga I get is pulling my foot out of my mouth.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Astrology texts call Taurus the financial wizard of the zodiac. (And many of you work in financial institutions.) You know how to make money in your own backyard! Small wonder that you’re focused on money, cash flow and earnings in the next four weeks because three planets are sitting in your Money House: the Sun, Mercury and retrograde Venus. However, not only will you be thinking more about your assets and what you own, you will also be thinking about what it is that you value in life. Many people are doing some soul-searching regarding their values because of the recent crisis in the world. It’s valuable to know what is important to you, so you can make wiser decisions in the future.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Ta da! For the first time in almost a year, the Sun now moves into your sign where it will stay for four weeks. This is good news for you because it will boost your energy and enthusiasm for life! You will be more interested in the world around you and you will also attract people and fortunate circumstances to you. You will have a strong urge to get out and travel, in part, because you have a desire to relate to others. In fact, this combination of Venus and the Sun will definitely attract people to you. Meanwhile, Mars is sitting at the top of your chart arousing your ambition. It’s all systems go for Gemini!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Your birthday is a month away, which means your personal year is coming to an end. Therefore, it will behoove you (do you like behoove? Do you want to be behooved?) – it will be in your best interests to set aside some quiet time here and there in the next four weeks, to think about what you want your new year ahead to be all about. How do you want it to be different from last year? What are four things you would like to see happen? The next few weeks are excellent for research and working behind the scenes. In fact, Mars will give you the energy for creative, intellectual work. Mars will make you identify with your ideas and really believe in them. Yes!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This week marks a shift for Leos, especially if you have been in isolation. Suddenly, you’re popular! You want to seek out others and they will seek out you. You will enjoy the company of younger people as well as creative, artistic types. Some of you will become more involved in clubs, groups and classes. You have had time to think about the role that friendships play in your life and now you have a better idea of what this means to you. The next four weeks are excellent for goalsetting. You might encounter someone who has a big influence on you. Meanwhile, disputes about shared property and debts might occur. Oops, how could I forget to mention that your sex drive will be amped! Woot!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Once a year, for four weeks, the Sun sits at the top of your chart shining a spotlight down on you and this light is flattering. When this happens, people admire you, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. (You don’t have to do anything special. Chalk it up to good lighting.) This wonderful time has arrived for you, which means that the next four weeks are obviously your best time of the year to make your pitch and do whatever you can to advance your agenda because doors will open for you! Admittedly, Mars opposite your sign makes you impatient with those who are closest to you. Be nice.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In the next four weeks, you are drawn to intellectual ideas, the media, people from other cultures, plus, exploring opportunities in publishing, the law and medicine. (Could be a reaction after feeling pent-up.) Suddenly, you want to explore the world of ideas and possibilities! Romance with someone “different” might begin. If you don’t travel in the next four weeks, you will dream about doing so and make plans for the future. But all will not be dazzling conversations because fiery Mars will make you work to get better organized, and work hard at your job. (Pick up your shovels and let’s sing another chorus of The Volga Boatmen.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You are a passionate sign and this week, you enter a passionate month ahead! Your passion will express itself in many ways (and yes, certainly that); but for starters, you will reflect upon deep psychological truths about yourself. You will do a lot of self-scrutiny, which in turn, might affect someone else as well. Romance that begins now will be wild and intense! Mars makes your desire nature strong, plus, you want to be free to express yourself in any way possible. “I am!” (Get the T-shirt.) This same window of time is a good time to seek out a loan or attract money to you through your spouse or your business partner.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

For the next four weeks, the Sun is opposite your sign. (Happens only once a year.) Because the Sun represents energy, and in your chart, the Sun is now as far away from you as it can get all year, this means your energy will be flagging and you will need more sleep. However, both Mercury and retrograde Venus will also be opposite your sign. (This is the best position for relationships for Venus!) This is why it will be easy to express your affection to others and easy for others to love you. Mercury will encourage discussions with partners as well as intellectual stimulation and fascinating conversations! Oh my, lucky you!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You might join ranks with a Libra pal because you both want to work hard in the next few weeks. In fact, at a deeper level, you want to examine the challenge of how you should best manage your life. You want to know what duties and responsibilities are a priority. Something else will occur in the next few weeks and it is this: very likely, you will have to work for the benefit of someone else. However, the placement of Venus indicates that coworkers will admire you and your relations with them will be smooth and harmonious. Furthermore, your ability to express yourself in a clear, direct manner will be strong during this time. “Ten-shun!”

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In the next four weeks, you will insist on expressing yourself and doing your own thing. It’s not that you’re interested in bossing others – not at all. But you want the freedom to be who you are. The new placement of the Sun will make you feel lighter and more playful. You will have a greater concern with kids and be more interested in social pleasures and romantic enjoyment. This is the one time of year when you can really be yourself! Creative activities are favoured. Romance will be fun-loving. Although you will work hard to earn money, you will also spend it freely. You’ll be excited about life and realize there is no need to pretend to be what you are not.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

With Mars in your sign until July, you will be a force to contend with because Mars will make you energetic, bold and confident! It makes you more of a fighter for your own rights than usual. In addition, because your energy level is higher, there will be more activity in your world. Meanwhile, your focus on home and family will be strong, especially dealing with a parent. Many of you will use the next several weeks to redecorate and make where you live look more attractive. This is also the perfect great time to tackle home repairs. Family discussions will be important; nevertheless, you will welcome time to be by yourself and reflect upon your life, the existential angst in the world, and what summer shoes you should buy.

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Weekly Horoscope Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16, 2020

All Signs

“These are the shadows of things that have been.” Charles Dickens wrote these words in 1843. By the end of this week, four planets will be retrograde – Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. (In reality, they always move forward in space; but in astrology, relative to Earth, they appear to be moving backwards.) Until Nov., there will be a sense of the past influencing our lives. Remember that everything that happens has both negative and positive aspects. One positive reality about these hard times is there are many more opportunities to practice kindness and generosity. And isolating at home has given new meaning to the idea of dressing for dinner.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This week you continue your focus on money, earnings, possessions and your assets in general. This is because despite the fact that you’re an adventurous warrior, you are always concerned about your security, which is a good thing. When you get down to basics, the most important thing to know is where your bed is at night. Because lucky Jupiter is at the top of your chart now, you have divine protection! Therefore, do not worry. This particular blessing comes along only once every 12 years and for you, it’s for this whole year! Enjoy a chance to reconnect with siblings, relatives and neighbours because this will give you a warm feeling in your tummy.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This continues to be a powerful time for you because the Sun is still in your sign, where it will stay until Wednesday, May 20. This is nothing to be dismissed. The Sun is in your sign for only four weeks each year, and this is always your best chance to re-energize yourself and feel rejuvenated. Meanwhile, two planets are in your Money House. It looks like you might decide to purchase something beautiful that you have been thinking about for a while. Some of you will also have a chance in the near future to explore travel that was delayed or postponed. Looking good!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Until Wednesday, May 20, when the Sun enters your sign for the first time in a year, you will continue to be low profile and stay in the wings. You’re happy working alone or behind the scenes; but you’re no shrinking violet because your ruler Mercury (plus Venus) are both in your sign now, making you talkative and sociable – even charming. Meanwhile, Mars is moving to the top of your chart, arousing your ambition! This is a strong influence and it occurs only once every two years, and when it does, it lasts for six weeks. Therefore, act on your aroused ambition. Get something done that matters.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You are warm, emotional, nurturing person. And lately, you have a stronger than usual desire to reach out and contact with friends or members of groups. Act on your instinct to talk to others whether in person, by phone, online, Facebook or zooming because you need this emotional reinforcement right now. Maybe you need to nurture? Maybe you need to comfort someone? You like to be needed. Some of you might be in contact with a secret love from your past. (You devil.) Enrich your involvement with others because as much as you need to be in contact with them – they will feel happy and gratified to be in contact with you.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You have 10 more days to enjoy the Sun at the top of your chart. (This happens only once a year for four weeks.) It’s a blessing because it creates an illusion whereby others see you in flattering terms! They do not see your failings or flaws. Quite the opposite. They admire your talents! This means you don’t have to work to live up to anyone’s expectations because from their point of view, you have already succeeded. Obviously, this is the time to advance your agenda and make your pitch! Go after what you want because doors will open for you because you look like success waiting to happen. (Applause sign.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You are a fact junkie. (Who knows more trivia than you?) In some ways, you have enjoyed the last few weeks because there’s been so much buzz about so many things – so many opinions – so many insane ideas – jaw-dropping events and the adventures of coping with a new way of being. This is all grist for your mill. You have 10 more days of having the thrill of discovering new ideas and meeting new contacts. The only downside is that with Mars moving opposite your sign for the next five weeks, you will be easily annoyed with partners and close friends. If you express your criticism – things will get worse. (You know this, it always does.) Consider this a personal challenge for cultivating patience, which is a virtue.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Good news! While some of you are busy with essential jobs, and others have their hands full with kids and homeschooling; nevertheless, many of you are schlepping around home in your robe while in isolation. And even though you are such a social sign, you find it easy to lay around for three days doing nothing. The good news is that this week Mars will start to energize you and inspire you to work hard and get all kinds of things done. Oh yeah! You’ll be PowerPoint on steroids until June. Not only will you be busy, efficient and productive, you will strive to get better organized in every aspect of your life. (Gasp.) Marie Kondo ain’t got nothing on you!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You must deal with your low-energy factor for about 10 more days, and then it will disappear and you will rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Oh yes. In fact, your creative urges are starting to percolate on the back burner, which means that until about mid-June, you’ll want to express your creative talents! Set up that easel. Pick up that guitar. Grab those knitting needles or do whatever it is you do to feel your creative juices flowing! In this same window of time, you will enjoy fun activities with kids. You will also want to explore sports in any way possible. You will also find it rewarding to be in contact with relatives, siblings and neighbours. Yea, get the scoop.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

For the next 10 days, your energy to work hard and get better organized will continue. It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished! Do be aware that this week, as Mars changes signs, it ushers in a new kind of increased activity and chaos on the home front. Visiting relatives or residential moves or repairs or renovations will suddenly make demands on your time and your patience. This unexpected activity might also create tension with family members. Fortunately, with Venus opposite your sign now, you will handle this with aplomb. You’ll be so cool, you’ll even where your shades in the shower.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This lighter, fun-loving, more playful time continues for the next 10 days, which is great for you. This same influence makes it easier for you to relate to kids and romantic partners. Meanwhile, Mercury and Venus promote warm relations with coworkers and colleagues, so in this respect, you are blessed as well. Nevertheless, a subtle shift begins this week. Mars moves into the part of your chart that influences your everyday life and especially your communications. It will encourage conflicts because you will be opinionated! It makes you want to “sell” your ideas to everyone. Lighten up. (This influence lasts until mid-June.) Oy! But you will be productive doing mental work.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Home, family and your private life continue to be your focus for the next 10 days. This influence, which has been at play for almost a month, has helped many of you who are working at home. It’s been easier for you to accept the “confinement.” (Which is a lot considering how freedom loving you are.) Starting this week, a new influence will creep into your life that makes you want to work harder than ever to earn money. And for many, this same influence will make you want to spend money, because you feel that what you own represents your personal worth. Don’t go crazy with this impulse and do keep your receipts and paperwork. Meanwhile, both Mercury and Venus sweeten your life in a playful way, which is a blessing.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

It’s been frustrating in some ways for you if you have been confined at home because in the last month, you’ve been more restless than usual. You want to get out and about. You want to interact with others and ideally, you want to travel or take short trips – all of which might be impossible. Beginning this week, Mars will be in your sign until June, which is a mixed blessing. The upside is that it boosts your energy in an amazing way. It will make you work hard to further your own interests and assert yourself with others. You will definitely be a fighter for your own rights and even the rights of others. You’ll have more physical energy and zest for life! But — you could be too pushy and come on too strong. Keep this in mind. Be nice to the little people.

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Daily Chakra Healing (Part 8) Sunday – Crown

Today’s focus is surrender versus escapism. The Divine works through us, not for us; we must serve a responsible cocreators of our life. Too often surrender is interpreted as a come-what-may approach, but there’s more nuance to healthy surrender. What must be released are the ridge plans of the ego in favor of trusting that taking the next step is enough. Once that step is initiated, we will be given the next, but we won’t be shown the entire map before we agree to leave the house, nor can we escape the responsibility of taking action in the absence of complete knowledge. This is the dance of surrender. Today, explore your plans and goals. Do you have any? Are they set in stone? Pare it down to just the next step, asking for guidance and allowing your intuition to inform you[r] actions. If you’re guided to follow- up step that deviates from the ego’s plan, can you surrender, taking action with openness and curiosity?

Color: White or purple

Location: At or just above the top of the head

Crystals: Herkimer diamond, quartz, selenite, moonstone

Food and Drink: Yogurt and kefir, nuts and seeds, especially almond and sesame, sea salt; lavender or lotus tea

Copyright Melissa Tipton Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 11 to 15.

Daily Chakra Healing (Part 7) Saturday – Third Eye

Today’s focus is intuition verses fantasy: what is true verses what we want to be true. Intuition can be firm and, at times, quite loud, but it’s never panicked or rushed, even when change is long past due. Fantasy, however sweeps in with grand visions that have an urgency borne from the belief that this idea is the ticket. — the diet, the career change, the whatever that will finally create desired change.Fantasy is often package with fear of missing out if we don’t jump on its advice, so today, get curious about your inner dialogue and feelings. If you’re moved to pursue a course of action, what feelings and thoughts arise if you consider not doing it? When we ignore our intuition, we might feel a heaviness or dullness, as if some of the life has been drained from us, whereas thwarting our fantasies can trigger anxiety and the pressure to charge forward, no matter the cost.

Color: Indigo

Location: Between the [eye] browns

Crystals: Lapis, amethyst, flourite, tanzanite, indigo, gabbro

Food and Drink: Goji berries, eggplant, purple cabbage coleslaw, plumbs, pleanty of water, acai or sparking grape juice. eyebright tea

Copyright Melissa Tipton Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 11 to 15.