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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.”


“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.


Lipstick contains lead. Lead is a chemical which causes cancer. The higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer.

Lead is a potent neurotoxin linked to a variety of health and reproductive problems, including learning language and behavioral problems. Lead is also linked to infertility and miscarriage.

Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to exposure because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain, where it interferes with normal development.

Lead has been eliminated from paint, gasoline and many other products for good reason and now we must demad lead-free cosmetics.

Lipstick brands that contain lead are:

Christian Dior




Estee Lauder


Red Earth (lip gloss)

Chanel (lip conditioner)

After doing a test on lipsticks it was found that the Y.S.L lipstick contained the most amount of lead.

Watchout for the lipsticks which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer it is because of the higher content of lead.

This infomation came in an email, I thought it interesting enough to pass on. Although, oddly enough according to my blood type I shouldn’t eat them but then I have always ‘known’ that from not feeling quite right afterwards.

“A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression ‘going bananas’ is from the effects of bananas on the brain.”

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose & glucose combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonderf the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illness and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food & Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 Students at a Twickenham school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break & lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted bloood supar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from hearburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B Vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its osft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidy and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalise the heart beat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape.

“So, the banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three time the phosphorus, five times the Vitamin a and iron and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

So maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”



I came across this information on Elsa Elsa blog and thought it too interesting not to share it with my readers also.

“Women approaching middle age have long been aware that the consequences of a ticking biological clock include not only decreased fertility but also a sharp increase in the odds of delivering a child with Down syndrome. Older men, seemingly untouched by such biological constraints, felt free to father children as they entered middle, and even old, age.

But now it is becoming increasingly clear that the biological clock ticks for men as well as women, as researchers turn up evidence that as would-be fathers get older, they have an increased chance of passing on genetic defects to their children.”

“Children are almost twice as likely to die before adulthood if they have a father over 45, research has shown.

A mass study found that deaths of children fathered by over-45s occurred at almost twice the rate of those fathered by men aged between 25 and 30.

Scientists believe that children of older fathers are more likely to suffer particular congenital defects as well as autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. The study was the first of its kind of such magnitude in the West, and researchers believe the findings are linked to the declining quality of sperm as men age.”–older-fathers.html

“Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is oriented directly towards or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to appear to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes.

The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, its apparent movement north or south comes to a standstill.

The term solstice can also be used in a wider sense, as the date (day) that such a passage happens. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some languages they are considered to start or separate the seasons; in others they are considered to be centre points (in English, in the Northern hemisphere, for example, the period around the June solstice is known as midsummer, and Midsummer’s Day is 24 June, about three days after the solstice itself).

Similarly December 2 is the start of the Christmas celebration, which was a Pagan festival in pre-Christian times, and is the day the sun begins to return back to the northern hemisphere.

The winter solstice occurs at the instant when the Sun’s position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observer. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the event of the winter solstice occurs some time between December 20 & December 23 each year in the northern hemisphere, and between June 20 & June 23 in the southern hemisphere, during either the shortest day or the longest night of the year, which is not to be confused with the darkest day or night or the day with the earliest sunset or latest sunrise.

Though the Winter Solstice lasts an instant, the term is also used to refer to the full 24-hour period.

Worldwide, interpretation of the even has varied from culture to culture but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

The seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice is varied, since it is sometimes said to astronomically mark either the beginning or middle of a hemisphere’s Winter. Winter is a subjective term, so there is no scientifically established beginning or middle of winter but the Winter Solstice itself is clearly defined within a second.

This article was sent to me as an email but was originally found in The Sunday Times, May 18, 2008.

“They say you have to suffer to be beautiful but now a string of worrying studies linking hair dye with cancer is making women more cautious about picking up a pack at the supermarket.

Andie MacDowell tells us she uses colorant to cover her grey “because I’m worth it”. Last month, however, a study by Yale School of Public Health, suggested that women who used dark hair dyes more than nine times a year doubled their risk of developing follicular lymphoma, a form of leukaemia. For those who started dyeing their hair in the 1970s, the risk rose further, probably due to chemicals that are now banned.

In 2001, a study in the International Journal of Cancer found that women who used permanent hair dyes regularly for 15 years or more were three times as likely to develop bladder cancer as women who didn’t dye their hair. And earlier this year, the World Health Organisation reported evidence that exposure to the chemicals in hair dyes can increase the risk of bladder cancer for male hairdressers and barbers. It did note that there was insufficient evidence to say that this risk extended to people who dye their own hair — but it also suggested that dark hair dyes are especially rich in carcinogenic chemicals.

If all this isn’t quite enough to turn your hair white, it certainly makes you wonder if you should let it go grey. Should we panic? Jamie Page, of the Cancer Prevention and Education Society, urges caution: “For some time, there have been known links between hair dyes and cancer. People should be aware that many chemicals in products have not been adequately tested for safety.”

The cosmetics industry, however, insists that the products we use are perfectly safe, particularly after many of the carcinogenic chemicals used in hair dye were banned in the late 1970s, with a further 22 outlawed in 2006. The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, an industry body, says: “Hair colorants and the dyes they contain are among the most thoroughly researched of all products on the market.”

Hair dyes are, of course, big business, with about 45m salon treatments a year in the UK and a further 50m units of home hair colour sold, so you might be sceptical. On the other hand, it is worth bearing in mind that the types of blood cancer linked to hair dyes are normally non-aggressive and extremely rare. Only 15.4 women in 100,000 develop these strains and they are unusual in the under-40s.  

Henry Scowcroft, senior science information officer at Cancer Research UK, says: “Women who dye their hair should not panic. Although this study did find a link between some types of hair dye and certain types of lymphoma, the increase in risk was extremely small and applied mainly to permanent dyes available before 1980.”

This doesn’t mean colorants are harmless. They contain strong chemicals that can trigger allergies, even potentially fatal ones. In 2000, Narinder Devi, 39, died of anaphylactic shock, an extreme allergic reaction, after using a permanent black hair dye at home in Birmingham. She had previously had an irritated scalp when dying her hair, but thought it was due to ammonia in the product, so she chose an ammonia-free product the next time. In fact, the redness and tingling that she apparently suffered were almost certainly a warning signal that she was becoming sensitised to certain chemical colorants (see below) that were penetrating her skin and getting into the bloodstream. Her immune system was priming her body for the final, fatal attack. Although this was an extremely rare case, it highlights the need for caution when choosing permanent dyes.

Perhaps the most controversial ingredient in modern hair colorants is p-Phenylenediamine (PPD). Found in permanent dyes, it is linked to rare but sometimes severe allergic reactions. Its use in hair dyes is banned in Germany, France and Sweden.

So, what can you do to minimise even the slightest risk involved in dyeing your hair? To avoid a PPD allergic reaction, always patch-test colour first. You might also want to consider swapping your permanent colour for one that washes out in six weeks or so, or swapping your tint at the salon for highlights or lowlights, which are applied on foils, so don’t touch the scalp. There are also a few chemical-free dyes available, such as Logona Herbal Hair Colours. They aren’t permanent, and are relatively expensive, but they come in a good range of shades and shouldn’t hurt the environment or your health.

The following chemicals have been known to cause rare allergic reactions in some people:


m-Phenylenediamine (also called meta-Phenylenediamine or MPD)

p-Phenylenediamine (also called para-Phenylenediamine or PPD)

N-Phenyl-p-phenylenediamine (also called N-Phenyl-para-phenylenediamine)

Toluene-2,5-diamine Variants of these chemicals may have hydrochloride, HC1 or sulphate as suffixes. They may also cause allergic reactions. Hair dyes containing these ingredients will have warnings on the packet. You should always patch-test before use, even if you have used them before, as allergies to PPD can develop suddenly, without warning “





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