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THE FIRST FROST in the north temperate zone will be happening before we know it, signaling the time for many birds to head for the southern skies, while their former homes and neighborhoods start exploding in delicious banquets of color. With winter only a short time away, soon, farmers will bring in the beginnings of the fall crops and start to enjoy the bounty of their harvest. By understanding life as an ever-present cycle of planting and harvesting— with our thoughts and actions as the seeds which produce the harvest— makes "you reap what you sow" a little easier to swallow. It's nearing harvest season: time for cooking up a more pro-active game plan towards unhealthy habits, and indulging in big second-helpings of self-forgiveness. 

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The Kitchen Tarot— see the Books I Wrote page on this website— when blended with the philosophy of numerology, provides organic food-for-thought for everyone about every month. From the tarot, September brings to the table the energies of the number Seven for the main course— the single-digit for September, when added to the year 2014 becomes 9+2+0+1+4=16, which reduces down to the single-digit 7— making this a time when you are asked to develop an inner-strength that will move you toward your destination, while keeping your instincts and emotions firmly under control. It's time for looking hard at what pleases you and harder at what doesn't, and taking action. Whatever has been limiting your movement lately, has also been expanding your capacities. Be more tolerant of imperfection, and don't let anybody make you feel guilty for wanting what you want. You have no right to be mean to yourself.

Like the classic Chariot tarot card of self-control, mastery, and overcoming obstacles, the Kitchen Tarot's card Seven— aka The Rolling Pin— speaks of taking decisive action this month. It is a signal that obstacles will be soon be swept from your path and will free you to advance, provided you refrain from acting impetuously. The Rolling Pin understands that we must take responsibility for ourselves, for who we become, for how we live each new day. The time for passivity is over. Unleash your freest free will, and evoke zest, exuberance, and joi de vivre, as the French would say, or "the love of life." When matters don't develop like you want, you have no right to whine, "Why is this happening to me?" unless you ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes your way. Indeed, when you meet life with love and a smile, you're certain to find love and something to smile about.

 Itʼs correct that we are what we eat. Equally important to the Kitchen Tarot is “you are where you eat.” Feng Shui, the ancient philosophy concerning home & furnishings and locale, dubs the dining room the ʻwealth area.ʼ This month, treat yourself and bring out the good stuff— the china, crystal, and silver— and relegate the plasticware to the garage. And whether with guests or by yourself, donʼt wolf down leftovers balanced on your lap in front of the dvr. Kitchen Tarot Feng Shui believes that every person is a house with a quartet of rooms: a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual. Most of us tend to hang out in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day— even if only to let in some fresh air— we're not a complete person. 

Tend to dusty, old e-mails and re-connect this month, also. You may not get much of any one thing accomplished— and that’s just fine. Now, the Rolling Pin's strategy for success is to tackle your problems from a different angle, and to live as spontaneous and varied a life as possible. Treat predictability and boredom as unpardonable sins. Be of good cheer, and allow the spirit of comfort and joy live in your heart every day.

And be purposeful and grand this month— don't bite off more than you can chew or behave like a blender set on high without a lid. Liquefy any lumps that threaten to sour your domestic peace and aren't cutting the mustard. Perseverance and integrity make for a winning recipe now. Sip and savor your inner-strength, and be of good cheer every day. Regard any setback this month as a hiccup, not a pathological distraction. Sometimes it takes repeated attempts to get a pasta sauce spiced just right. Be grateful for summer's interesting difficulties, and acknowledge how much smarter they made you. It's time to lose any attachment you have to pleasure and rewards that won't mean much to you a year from now. 

September's Rolling Pin affirmation is: "I am heading in the right direction at a healthy pace."

 Dennis Fairchild • e-mail denfairchild@aol.com • office 248. 546.6912