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as·cen·dent

adj – Inclining or moving upward; ascending or rising; Dominant in position or influence; superior

n – The position or state of being dominant or in control: a conservative policy currently in the ascendant; In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that rises in the east at the time of a person’s birth or other event; An ancestor

“The ascendant (Ascendant-symbol.png or As), or rising sign, is the zodiacal sign and degree that was ascending on the eastern horizon at the specific time and location of an event. According to astrological theory, celestial phenomena reflect or determine human activity on the principle of ‘as above so below’. Thus astrologers believe that the ascendant signifies a person’s awakening consciousness, in the same way that the Sun’s appearance on the eastern horizon signifies the dawn of a new day.

Due to the fact that the ascendant is specific to a particular time and place, it signifies the individual environment and conditioning that a person receives during their upbringing, and also the circumstances of their childhood. For this reason, the ascendant is also concerned with how a person has learned to present him or herself to the world, especially in public and in impersonal situations. In some circumstances, it can therefore function as a shield or mask to guard a person’s real nature – in other words the ‘defense mechanism’ every person has to cope with unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations. The ascendant also has a strong bearing on a person’s physical appearance and overall health.

The Ascendant is thus considered to be of great significance in all schools of astrology due to the fact that it in effect serves as the filter through which everything in a horoscope- including the Sun and Moon- is expressed. Most astrologers believe that the Rising Sign exerts an influence equal to or more powerful than the Sun and Moon.

In Jyotish, the ascendant is without question the most individual and defining element in the chart.”

http://www.answers.com/topic/ascendant

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“Breast Cancer Month is upon us and the NBCF has many events and activities taking place throughout October.

You can register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast. You will also find information on our Global Illumination events – tickets are available for purchase for events all across Australia.

Our Pink Ribbon Shop is hotting up with the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer T’s not available as well as our huge range of Pink Ribbon products.’

Our community fundraising activities feature a special performance of ‘My Fair Lady’ on October 5, as well as a wonderful production called ‘Breast Wishes’ being held on October 31. More information, including how to book tickets is indicated on our events calendar – don’t miss out!

Our corporate partners are also celebrating Breast Cancer Month with the Dove Pink Star Walk in Sydney and Ford Live! event featuring the Pussycat Dolls in Melbourne. See the events calendar for more information.

Don’t forget to look out for NBCF pink products when out shopping – you will find most supermarkets turning pink in October.

October 27 is Pink Ribbon Day and we need help to sell our Pink Ribbon merchandise. If you’d like to volunteer to have some fun while at the same supporting breast cancer research, please contact us via our ‘Get Involved’  section. We need enthusiastic, energetic volunteers for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Happy Pink Month”

 http://www.nbcf.org.au/

http://www.kemh.health.wa.gov.au/general/poster.pdf

“It’s just what we’ve all suspected – pure, ‘straight from the mountains’ bottled water is not so pure after all.

Yesterday *EWG released an industry-rattling report that reveals the dirty truth about bottled water.

We tested 10 brands and found an alarming array of contaminants, including cancer-causing byproducts of chlorination, fertiliser residue, industrial solvents and even caffeine.

*The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan research organisation dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment. The EWG Action Fund is a legislative advocacy organisation that uses EWG research to promote healthy and sustainable policies.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20081014/report-some-bottled-water-not-so-pure

Just another reason to be proud of my city and hometown.

“A law to decriminalise abortion in Victoria has been passed by the lower house of Parliament.

The debate continued into the early hours of this morning before the bill was passed 49 to 32.

The proposed legislation, which legalises abortion up to 24 weeks, will now be sent to the upper house.

Women’s Affairs Minister Maxine Morand says she is optimistic the bill will be passed by the Legislative Council.

“A lot of women have been waiting for this for a very long time, I met somebody today who told me she’s been waiting for this for 40 years,” she said.

So for a lot of women who remember backyard abortions and abortions being prosecuted this a very, very important day for them.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/12/2362487.htm

“Chocolate has 400 distinctive flavour compounds – that’s 200% more than any other food!

The exotic flavoured ‘criollo’ variety represents only 1% of world production and is the highest priced in international commodity markets.

Cacao Power products have an anti-oxidant (ORAC) score of 95,000. To put that into perspective, that’s 14 times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, 21 times more than green tea and 7 times more than even dark chocolate.

Magnesium is the most common deficient major mineral even following a balanced diet – it is estimated that over 80% of Australians are chronically lacking.

Phenylethylamine (PEA) found in cacao products is an adrenal-related chemical that is created within the brain and released when we fall in love and also help increase focus and alertness.

Pure raw cacao seems to dimish appetite – likely as a result of it’s unusual MAO inhibitors that allow more serotonin and other neurotransmittors like anandamide (the bliss chemical) to circulate in the brain, precipitating a rejuvinating effect.

Cacao beans, nibs and powder contain no sugar and have a fat content lower than most other nuts.

The Kuna Indians of the Panamanian Island consume significant amounts of high-flavonol cacao; they also have extremely low blood pressure that doesn’t climb as they age.

http://www.powersuperfoods.com/cacaopower/cacaofacts.html

 

“The City of Port Phillip Council says it will make significant changes to the proposed St Kilda Triangle development after the release of two major reports.

They recommend 28 changes, including moving two buildings and reducing the number of retail shops.

The council will meet on Thursday to consider the changes.

Port Phillip Mayor Janet Cribbes says the council is listening to the concerns of the St Kilda residents.

“We don’t anticipate there being any delays. We’re negiotating to make the changes that will reflect the concerns of the community,” she said.”

http://stkildatriangle.com.au/

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Libra – 7th and most diplomatic of the zodiac; seeker of balance and harmony; lover of beauty, music and art

7th House – The partnership of love and of unity; all that is in twosome

Quality: Cardinal

Element: Air

Charge: Masculine / Positive

Motto: i Balance

Planet: Venus

Symbols: Scales

Colours: Pink; Pale Green/Aqua; Lavender

Flowers: Daisy; Rose

Birth/Gemstones: Jade; Sapphire; Opal

Metal: Copper

Body: Kidneys & Lumbar region

The air form of Libra is calm autumn winds

Positive Traits:

Co-operative; diplomatic; open-minded; just; urbane; fair; partnership-oriented; avoids conflict; refined; graceful; charming; debative; idealistic; egalitarian; sociable; artistic; peace-loving; elegant; graceful; compromising; easy-going; gentle; sensitive to others; kind; cheerful; romantic

Negative Traits:

Rationalise; be easily deterred; indecisive; lazy; manipulative; pleasure-oriented; self-indulgent; frivilous; mind games

Likes:

Fairness; equality; harmony; beauty; justice

You are a person of principles, striving for balance and order.

You prefer agreements to orders, but do insist on what you are convinced is the right way. Sometimes you find it hard to make up your mind, and to decide between opposite alternatives, in other cases you move surely and swiftly from A to B to C. You believe strongly in reason, and in solutions reached by discussions. You do not believe that anything defies logic.

Dislikes:

Cruelty; offensive behaviour; conflict & discord; vulgarity & coarseness; injustice

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