The Astrology Page Blog: Almonds, Industry, and Astrology

Friday, August 03, 2007

Almonds, Industry, and Astrology

The US almond industry has decided to subject all raw almonds to heat or chemical pasteurization. The Cornucopia Institute is leading a campaign to convince the USDA to reopen the public comment period on this issue. The previous 45 day comment period was not publicized, and resulted in only 18 comments, none of which were submitted by private citizens or consumer advocate organizations. This campaign will be launched late this week or early next. Check their web site for information on who to contact to make your opinions heard. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets both have policies stating that they will be selling only almonds pasteurized with steam, rather than those treated with propylene oxide.

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In Chinese astrology almonds are associated with the rat, Vedic astrology, associates them with Jupiter, Renaissance astrology and William Lilly related the almond tree to Venus, and Al-biruni believed the hard shell made almonds of the nature of Saturn. What do you think? My Venus is strong in my chart and I like almonds, but they are not at the top of my favorite foods.

During my herbal training, I was told that eating one almond a day was good for the immune system. In The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable, Juliette de Bairacli Levy writes that it was a well kept secret that Arabain horse breeders used almonds to boost the immune systme of their Arabian horses.

Sally Fallon in her book Nourishing Traditons says that it is a good idea to soak almonds overnight to make them more digestible.

A good cereal recipie for oatmeal and almonds. In a covered bowl, on the counter, soak oats, pre-soaked almonds, raisins, a pinch of salt, and raw milk or raw cream overnight. If you don't have raw milk substitute water.

Summer in the Northern hemisphere is a good time to support your local farmers by shopping at the Farmer’s Markets. There is plenty of healthy, often organic, food at reaonable prices. I have been told that Massachusetts is supporting the local farmers by giving money to the cities who have a weekly Farmer’s Market.


Anonymous Nina Gryphon said...

Hi Susan,

This topic is near and dear to my heart. Almonds are excellent for one's health, and it is known that roasted (and presumably pasteurized) almonds do not have the nutritional value they do in their raw state.

From the astrological perspective, almonds are ruled by Venus and/or Jupiter, depending on the astrological source. Since these are the two benefic planets, we can be certain that the ancient astrologers understood the high nutritional value of almonds, presumably in their natural state.


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