Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
From November 22 to December 21, the Sun is dancing through Sagittarius helping you tap into the jovial, philosophical and adventurous qualities this star sign represents. This month-long cycle infuses life with more meaning, optimism and exuberance. Use the following self-care strategies to fine-tune your wellbeing, foster vitality and reduce stress!
Sagittarius Wellness Mantras:
- I’m motivated by the goals that I set.
- I can travel far and wide to find the answers.
- Life is a celebration!
Sagittarius Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Desire for movement
In Sagittarius healthstrology, aspects of our anatomy and physiology accord with the twelve zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Sagittarius include the sacrum, buttocks, hips, sciatic nerve, thighs and liver.
Give Your Liver Some Love
As Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, is related to expansion and vastness, it makes sense that Sagittarius rules the liver; the largest internal organ in our body. Among its other essential functions, the liver protects health by neutralizing toxins. So give your liver some extra TLC now by reducing the amount of toxins you ingest. Reduce your intake of pesticides and agricultural chemicals by choosing organic over conventionally grown produce and learning about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15. Switching to natural products and household cleaners (you can even go the DIY route)—rather than those that are synthetically based—can also help you reduce your toxic input. And while the holiday season does come along with a flurry of fun and parties, cutting back on alcohol (opt for that delicious mocktail instead) is also a liver-loving strategy.
In addition to symbolizing female sexuality and fertility, the hips are key to our ability to do another Sagittarius-oriented function: move about and explore. There are numerous reasons—including arthritis, osteoporosis and hamstring tightness—that can reduce the optimal range of the hips and even cause pain. A dietary approach for your hips includes anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger and omega-3s, as well as foods rich in bone-building nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin D, and calcium. Pilates—with its focus on muscle lengthening—and Gyrotonics—with its target of joint mobilization—can help to stabilize and strengthen the hip joint as well as the muscles that support it. That said, exercise in general is beneficial, having recently been found to prevent or delay the need for hip replacement therapy.
Sagittarius season brings with it a breadth of vision and optimism. Our minds are expanded with possibility and we like to imagine the future—a great recipe for attracting great outcomes. You can use these inspirations in a therapeutic way through practicing creative visualization. According to author Shakti Gawain, the four steps of this process include: setting your goals, creating a clear idea or picture, focusing on it often, and giving it positive energy. You can use creative visualization to reduce stress, improve creativity, enhance athletic performance, or other goals you may be reaching for during Sagittarius season.
It’s ideal that Sagittarius season coincides with much of the holiday season; after all, this sign is known for its joie de vivre attitude and celebratory nature. Even if unbridled optimism doesn’t come naturally, experiment with it. For example, the next time something gives you pause, take a deep breath and see if there is a way to see the experience through a glass half-full (rather than half-empty) lens. Take a step back from the situation and see if a wide-angle perspective on what is occurring can help you find more meaning. A positive attitude is the first step toward reducing stress levels.
Eat Healthy If You Eat on the Run
Sagittarius season offers a busy time when we’re running here and there, off on this adventure and that quest. With so many appointments, engagements and activities on the docket, carving out time to sit down and have a nourishing meal may sometimes be challenging. Yet noshing on-the-go need not always mean just grabbing that packaged (and carb-laden) snack at the grocery store or deli. With a little planning ahead, you can still nourish yourself when you need to be mobile. Take the time to pre-pack healthy snacks when you know you’ll be having a hustle and bustle kind of day. Some ideas include cut-up veggie crudite, trail mix, hardboiled eggs, small packets of almond butter and crackers, bananas, and organic energy bars.
Foods to Consider
Looking for a sustained energy boost to get you through your busy days? Make a pot of quinoa and have it sustain you as the base of many meals throughout the week. You can enjoy it as breakfast porridge, make a tabouli, serve it instead of rice with a stir-fry, and/or make a quinoa-based veggie burger. This ancient food—revered by indigenous South and Central American cultures—has become popular recently, and for good reason; it not only features a wealth of vitamins and minerals, but also the full range of essential amino acids, making it a potent source of protein. Remember when preparing quinoa to wash it it really well (rubbing the seeds between your fingers) before cooking; this will help to remove the saponin coating it contains, which has a light soapy taste.
When we think of adding heart-healthy nuts to our diet, most people turn to the tried-and-true almonds and walnuts. But during Sagittarius season when we’re inspired to expand our horizons, we ought to include more hazelnuts—a Jupiter-ruled food—which can yield great promise. Hazelnuts feature a great legacy: the ancient Greeks praised their curative properties, while the Chinese considered them to be a sacred food. They are a rich source of many nutrients including magnesium, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and phenolic antioxidant phytonutrients. Hazelnuts go great with dark chocolate, and can be used as a topping for oatmeal, salads and yogurt. For a twist on a classical recipe, use them instead of pine nuts when making pesto.
There’s an enthusiasm associated with Sagittarius season that can get translated into a zealous connection with ideals, as well as an optimistic outlook that can have us envisioning far-reaching goals. And while this can be inspiring, it may also have us setting our sites so high that we become exhausted and teeming with nervous energy as we strive toward accomplishing our lofty pursuits. Vervain flower essence is beneficial for balancing fervor with a pragmatic perspective, helping to channel passionate energy to constructive potential.
During Sagittarius season, there is great potential to view things from on high. We are motivated to weave a well-threaded understanding that can help us answer the Sagittarius siren call, the question that inspires much of our spirit during this time: Why? At the same time, we’re not immune to the trials and tribulations of life, which could pull us away from seeing the bigger picture. Sage flower essence helps us to see things from a wider perspective and access the inherent wisdom in life’s experiences.
Thai massage aligns with Sagittarius healthstrology because it’s a tradition that reflects the wisdom of another culture. This form of bodywork therapy is actually quite active and movement oriented. During a Thai massage session, you are fully clothed, resting on a padded mat on the floor. The practitioner stretches your muscles and mobilizes your joints by coaxing your body into various yoga-like positions. The massage therapist then applies pressure—with hands, feet, elbows, or even knees—to release tension in your muscles and connective tissue.
Hot Stone Massage
Turning to the healing benefits of heat makes sense during this time—since Sagittarius is a fire sign. During a hot stone massage, the practitioner incorporates heated smooth river stones with a Swedish massage. Some stones may be left to rest on different parts of your body while the bodyworker holds onto others while massaging you. The heat helps work deep muscles, melting away tension. You can also do a modified version of this treatment at home by purchasing specially polished stones, immersing them in a bowl of hot water, and then carefully (don’t burn yourself!) applying them to different areas of your body.
During Sagittarius season, we want to spread our wings and fly, surveying new territories. And even if globetrotting isn’t in the stars for you right now, there are still many ways to explore a foreign culture. Read travel memoirs, watch television shows that examine the food and sites of far-away places, and/or enjoy a weekend of foreign films. Check out multicultural restaurants or grocery stores in your area. And since traveling can also relate to the journey within, you can also quench your desire to learn more about world religions or brush up on philosophical tenets.
With an emphasis on movement and activity, Sagittarius season could have us appreciating how relaxing exercise can be. Yet, during this time when we are so mission-driven, just doing exercise for exercise’s sake may not exactly stoke our fire. A way to combine the desire for movement with Sagittarius healthstrology in mind is to get fit with a purpose. Set a goal—whether it’s completing a half-marathon, getting in shape for snowboarding season, or losing an inch from your waist—and then focus your fitness routine with that aim in mind. Yet, remember that Sagittarius energy may also have us in a whirlwind of exuberance, so do be realistic about what you’re capable of to avoid provoking an injury while you exercise.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
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