why the stars are saying “quit sugar” now (Yasmin Boland guest posts!)

Posted on October 30th, 2011

Ever come across Yasmin Boland‘s astrological insights? The other day she wrote about how things right now are primed for quitting sugar. Or, more to the point, right now we can’t tolerate sugar….we’re all wanting to quit. Which would explain why a few of you have quite liked my  I Quit Sugar ebook. Which, by the way, is still $15. You can catch up on the health changes and weight loss others have experienced here.

photo via browneyedbellejulie.blogspot.com

So. Yasmin very kindly offered to explain the deal… it’s fun and weird and got me thinking in different directions. I thought you’d like to know about it, too. Basically, Yasmin reckons we are in the biggest Smash Sugar Forever cycle that we’ve been in for 30 years, which is the length of one Saturn cycle. And Saturn is the planet of wisdom and hard facts and truths.
I’ve asked Yasmin to share a little more:

“In astrology, every planet represents certain qualities or parts of life. Saturn is about teaching and wisdom among other things. Saturn is the mean old headmaster and the strict parent, as well as the representative of the truth in the horoscope. Right now it is in the sign of sweetness Libra. Just as with the planets, each sign governs certain parts of life. Libra is about balance and harmony, art and luxury. And sweetness, including anything made of sugar.

If you’re wondering how these classifications came about, the short answer is that astrologers have observed the movements of the planets for literally thousands of years and noted what happens when and how it coincides with events on the planet and in peoples’ lives. This is Astrology 101. If you want to know more, delve into Secrets From A Stargazer’s Notebook by the awesome Debbi Kempton-Smith.

This Saturn in Libra transit continues until October 2012. (If you happen to be a Libran, now you know why the past couple of years have been so intense! The harder you work between now until October next year, the easier the rest of this Saturn in Libra transit will be).

So if you take the keywords for Saturn and Libra, it’s easy to see that Sarah really has tapped into the skies.

We are all learning (Saturn is all about learning) the truth (Saturn is all about truth) about sugar (Libra is all about sugar) and it’s not pretty (Libra is all about All Things Pretty).

The truth about sugar is coming out. I’ve even read that sugar is more addictive than crack. People who give it up say they feel amazing. It’s everywhere and it’s hard to kick. However since I found out that the food industry actually puts sugar into our foods as a way of hooking us, it’s become a little easier to just say no.

I don’t like the idea of being manipulated by the chemists who make my food. If we don’t get this message soon, we may never get it!

This new food cycle started a few years back, when Saturn went into the sign of alternative health, Virgo. This period saw a lot of people who were making wild claims about what their products could do being challenged (Saturn is all about challenge). And now as Saturn rolls through Libra, sugar has been outed as one of the main culprits for making us unhealthy and let’s use the F word – fat!

(And if you’re wondering about the last time Saturn was in Libra, that was the early 1980s when the sweetness and light of the 1970s was replaced with the hard-nosed Saturn realities. In the US, Saturn squashed the carefree days of old and replaced them with a recession! And what is a recession about in its own special, financial way? Cutting the fat!)

The question is, will we all learn our lessons? Saturn has exposed sugar as one of the greatest dangers to our health. So what are we going to do with this information?”

So you know, you can read Yasmin’s Stars every day here. They’re good!
And if you’re in Sydney, you can join in her Intention Setting Workshop on December 10. Details here

 

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  • Amelia

    At the risk of soundly really dumb!! – when Yasmin says “We are all learning the truth about sugar and it’s not pretty (Libra is all about All Things Pretty) – so how does this correlate if Libra IS about all things pretty, how does this statement work? Don’t get me wrong, at first I loved this statement, but then my over analytical brain went what the…..I’m sure it’s just a littel early for my brain…..

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    Yasmin B Reply:

    Hi Amelia, that is a very good and valid question – I tried not to pack too much astro-teaching into the article so as not to bore people but basically Saturn is the bulldozer of the zodiac. So wherever he goes, he smashes things down. So in this case, it’s about sweetness/sugar. Another example of Saturn in Libra is that Libra is the sign associated with marriage and we have Saturn (the smasher, law) and gay marriage (Libra is about partnerships). Another example would be Saturn (smasher, the truth) and Libra (beauty) and we have all this info coming out about how much pics we see in the media are photo-shopped. Hope that makes sense! Yasmin x

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  • Karen

    Amelia: In my opinion, this is not something you should be wasting your analytical brain on. Thank god for the real thinkers who have demonstrated and delineated real evidence why sugar is not so helpful, so that we don’t have to waste time guessing based on tales about the stars that could be interpreted in a million opposing ways.

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  • Mia Bluegirl

    Absolutely, Karen. Why is the scientifically valid sugarfree movement being cheapened with this kind of hokum?

    Astrology is nonsense. Even if it wasn’t based on the superstitious beliefs of primitve peoples in lieu of any actual scientific evidence, the relative position of the Earth to the stars and planets has changed since then and astrology has not. The Earth has shifted 23 degrees on its rotational axis. Science has discovered new planets and stars in that time which have been conveniently ignored. If it wasn’t bollocks then, it certainly is now!

    Disappointing…

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Mixed views on this one. I always find it so interesting what we consider “facts” and worthy knowledge. What is a fact? It’s a conflation of observations that form patterns that are recurrent enough for us to feel comfortable calling it a fact. Knowledge is the sport of accumulating and refiling and observing and playing with these “facts”. I go back to the idea that we once thought the earth being flat was a fact.
    Boiled down, there are few facts. Boiled down there is nothing firm or permanent or definite. Matter doesn’t exist. It’s all energy. Patterns of energy that conflate enough to appear as matter.
    Which brings me to astrology. More patterns that conflate. And in interesting ways, too. These patterns have been observed for thousands of years, though all kinds of shifts. And so often we notice that they align with some interesting relevance now. This is what I seek from knowledge – I like to take the observed patterns and see how they line up with my subjective experience.
    Disappointing? How can it be? It’s the play of knowledge.

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    I agree with most of that.

    My only issue is that you have used facts and science to “prove” your I Quit Sugar point previously. And now you are associating this same message with something like astrology which, far from being a religous belief which cannot be proven, claims to be a science yet falls apart each and every time it is independently tested.

    I just lost respect for the argument with this article is all. And I believe in quitting sugar wholeheartedly already… that’s what I found disappointing. Hope that makes sense.

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    Yasmin B Reply:

    Dear Mia, as above, so below is my theory. We are all connected to all life everywhere and as I am connected to you, I am going to defend your right to call astrology “hokum”, even though I am pretty sure you have never spent any time whatsoever actually studying astrology, in order to test your “it’s hokum” theory! :-)

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  • Mel

    Thank you Karen and Mia, for expressing exactly what I wanted to say, in a far more eloquent way than I possibly could have.

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  • Kate

    Astrology? Really??

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  • http://facebook.com/thinkbeautifulthoughts Karly

    Lighten up people. We interpret lots of things in our lives… in fact, we interpret everything in our lives in one way or another. Whether or not we do it correctly is down to our own perception, experience and beliefs. Don’t like, or believe astrology has anything to offer you? No worries… Don’t waste your time reading stars.

    Just because it’s not right for you… doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and entertaining for others.

    People need to lighten up a little and stop taking life so seriously. Perhaps it’s Saturn’s influence squashing the carefree out of us all. :)

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  • http://www.thebalancedapproach.com.au Caroline

    I am amused because I have just found this link on my facebook page! little did I know about this astrological correlation when I was writing my blog this afternoon….all about hidden sugars!

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  • heather

    I have been reading Sarah’s blogs now for about a month… even went back and read old ones. I bought the email book too and love it. I love the way Sarah thinks and writes. It just makes sense to me. This post, on the other hand, lost me at “Saturn Cycle”.

    By the way I live in the United States and would love to try some of the products, but they are only sold in Australia :( How can I find similar products in America? Such as the 180 Natural Protein Superfood.

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  • Gai

    My fella eats an enormous amount of sweet foods….as well as good foods – it’s the morning and afternoon tea and deserts that have him hooked. Luckily for him he is naturally of a lean and slender build and does a lot of exercise each week, besides. (we are 50). Lately we have talked about how he’s addicted……so reading your above, and Yasmin’s comments about Saturn and Libra was interesting to me.

    I loved your column in Sun Herald mag when I lived next to a neighbour who used to pass on the mag to me. So, yes…please sign me up for a Friday e-newsletter
    ta
    Gai

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  • jojo

    Well regardless of what others have to say about Astrology – to me it is an incredibly accurate science that resonates deeply with me and all around me. I have many, many times found answers in astrology that have evaded me elsewhere. I use astrology as a great guide post. I look to those who know what they are talking about, such as Yasmin, to interpret those signs and make it easier for us ‘lay people’ to understand. I’ve recently quit all sugar from my diet – 10 days ago to be exact, not sugar alone however, and although I’m detoxing and feeling generally awful for the most part – I know that when I’ve got all the crap out of my system I’ll be in better health and better shape!

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  • http://kellysurteesastrology.wordpress.com/ Kelly

    Great take on the Saturn in Libra cycle Yasmin! Such a real world expresion of this energy, no doubt more of which we’ll see in the coming months as this cycle wraps up. Also curious to see how the Saturn in Scorpio energy might bring new reality/awareness re elimination, detoxing and reproduction etc – all those fab Scorpio body parts/systems.

    Love your definition of ‘facts’ too Sarah.

    I’ve been a bit of a lurker of your site Sarah – and am enjoying slowly removing the sugar from my own diet, as well as my family. (We live in North American where high fructose corn syrup is in just about everything, along with something disgusting known as ‘modified milk ingredients’!) Loved your recent comments about the importance of fats re fat soluble vitamins and nutrients.

    And, as a full time professional astrologer like Yasmin, definitely on the pro-astrology side of this discussion!

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  • Marisa

    Oh yes, this makes complete sense. I am Libran and have been experiencing my Saturn return (I just turned 30 in September), and I am addicted to sugar.

    It has been the roughest couple of years, and whenever I am feeling stressed, I turn to lollies (Allens party mix, in particular). Having experienced a particularly bad week this week in which I think I’ve consumed almost 2 packets of the gluten free biscuits at work, and a thousand fresh dates (I try to replace articifical lollies with fresh dates when I’m feeling the pull) I’ve come on to Sarah’s website to purchase her eBook, and then saw this post!! It’s a sign – surely.

    I feel sugar is very responsible for my mood, my weight (and recent 6kg gain in the past 5 months, after a big battle to lose 11kg last year), my skin and my digestion. The saddest part of all – I am actually afraid of quitting sugar, the true sign of an addict :-(

    Armed with glucofactors tablets and Sarah’s eBook, I’m hoping I can crack my addition.

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    heather Reply:

    Hi Marisa!
    I just quit sugar a week ago. Everyday feels like an accomplishment. I swear my pants are fitting better just after a week. I, too, worked super hard to lose 20 pounds (not sure what that is in kg) and then brought a lot of it back with my nasty sugar addiction.
    Sarah’s book really helped me. Best of luck to you! I was afraid to quit as well because I just knew I would fail… If one week can bring me positive benefits then I can’t wait to see what the future holds with being sugar free. :)

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Thanks for that Heather!

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  • Kate

    I believe what you say & want 2 try BUT, it is so hard. I LOVE SUGAR !

    Also, sugar is in everything, so unless i prepare everything from scratch – i’m a hopeless cook – i am eating very boring food.

    I’ll keep trying..maybe one day !

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  • Kay

    I love enjoy reading my stars every Sunday, and find Yasmin’s column really interesting and often relevant (I remember reading Yasmin’s column at the beginning of the year and it said, “…if you’re trying for a baby? The skies are on your side…”. I found out I was pregnant 2 days later.)

    I don’t take it too seriously, but I have an open mind, and like jojo have found answers in many unexpected places (including astrology).

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Congratulations Kay!

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