The Aries Full Moon asks us to gather our courage, make peace with our past, tap into our truest desires, and then leap into action.
A Full Moon offers the potential for integrating two opposites; this current cycle is about integrating balance (Libra) and from this state of mental harmony, taking spontaneous action (Aries).
Lift yourself out of whatever dilemma or decision that is present. Step back, breathe, a diamond of clarity is available. A new and spontaneous perspective can be yours.
Aries Full Moon squares Pluto and this can lead to compulsive and destructive behavior as deeply buried feelings are exposed. It is difficult to control such intense emotions or reactions. Power struggles with authority figures, family or partners are possible and you or they may become quite ruthless. Relationship challenges can be turned into an opportunity to transform and evolve.
Gather your courage, tap into confidence, and from a secure and balanced center, make your move. This is a chance to let go and get out of whatever mental game of ping-pong and take action.
To take action, align with what you desire and choose it.
Full Moons bring a high-energetic release that may feel like a celebration. As this Moon, Sun, and Mercury also point towards Pluto, this formation triggers deep dives into the shadow of our psyche, cathartic healing, and transformation.
Release the past and welcome the future so you can move through this Full Moon in a way that’s empowered and decisive.
Above all, don’t worry about what anyone else needs. Cultivate a balanced Libran mind … so that you can make the decisions you need to step closer to yourself. This gives your Aries “I am” experience an opportunity to prosper.
Let’s face it: Southern California loves our Mexican food. So, when it comes to celebrating National Taco Day, we don’t take this foodie holiday lightly. Along with restaurants like El Torito, Acapulco and Chevy’s, which are each offering a free taco when a guest comes in and says “TACO”, Frida Tacos and Taco Libre are offering $2 tacos all day. Make sure to check out these top spots if you’re looking for something extra special.
13301 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Opened in 1956 by Rafael “Ray” Vega, Casa Vega serves up authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious margaritas in a warm and cozy atmosphere. To celebrate National Taco Day, Casa Vega will be offering guests micheladas adorned with mini tacos for $15.
2500 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
For National Taco Day visit Casa Escobar and enjoy crispy shell tacos filled with everything of your choice topped with a Cali-style slaw and cranberry crema. Casa Escobar has been operating in Santa Monica since 1967 serving traditional Mexican food to over three generations of local families and tourists alike. Make sure to also try out their Spinach enchiladas!
2200 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Mondo Taco will be offering 30% off all of their tacos and drinks when you dine in on Taco Day from 7 p.m to 10 p.m.
Casita Del Campo
1920 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
To celebrate National Taco Day, Casita Del Campo will offer tacos for $2 a piece from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. From their large selection of tacos prepared with their very own slow braised secret recipe, there will be something for everyone. Or, try their new fried avocado tacos that comes with shredded lettuce and cheese and can be topped with any of their home-made salsas.
Amor Y Tacos
13333 South St.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Critically acclaimed chef Thomas Ortega went back to his roots by opening his award winning restaurant Amor Y Tacos in his hometown of Cerritos a few years ago. Ortega and Amor Y Tacos will be offering their “Mi Abuela” OC tacos for National Taco Day for just $5. Guests can also order the highly popular “Tour de Taco” platter. The platter comes with 5 tacos and your choice of how to make them tasty just how you like it.
1715 Pacific Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Tocaya Organica will be launching a new al pastor taco in celebration of National Taco Day. Choose your protein, add on tomatoes, garlic and onions, and top it off with grilled pineapple salsa and/or arbol salsa.
1025 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Featuring authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, El Cholo restaurants around the city offer up dishes from family recipes dating back to 1923. Celebrate on National Taco Day as they extend taco Tuesday to Wednesday and will be featuring Fiesta Hour all night with cantina tacos, half-off premium tequilas, $7 El Cholo Margaritas and much more. Order up other classics such as their famous green corn tamales, the #1 Combination Plate, and their fresh table-side guacamole.
chap Best Specials For National Taco Day 2017 In Los Angeles
Credit: Taco Bell
In honor of National Taco Day, Taco Bell will be offering patrons a box of tacos for just $5! The box will include four classic Taco Bell tacos: a nacho cheese Doritos Locos taco, a crunchy taco, their Cool Ranch Doritos Locos tacos and a Fiera Doritos Locos taco. To make it extra special for the foodie holiday, each taco will be wrapped in special wrappers relating to National Taco Day!
Woo Hoo! Fiesta 🌮 !
Best.Cover.Ever Show with Ludacris, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo all appear on YouTube’s new competition series “Best.Song.Ever where winners compete to duet on cover songs with established artists which will premiere on YouTube.
The singing competition is co-produced by Ryan Secrest coming soon to the digital video platform.
Each episode will be hosted by Atlanta’s own Ludacris and will feature different superstar artists who will challenge musicians to perform a cover of one of their songs.
Best.Cover.Ever. encourages artists to go for their dreams alongside YouTube including us are thrilled that Ryan Seacrest will give new talent the opportunity to shine in front of over 1 billion fans around the world.
This evenings surprise, Country Keith Urban joins YouTube Original Series Best.Cover.Ever. So stay tuned.. this series is HOT!
love, #krishna k
Today! The new moon Wednesday September 20, 2017 is at 27 degrees Virgo. The astrological influence of this new moon continues the theme of change that began with the total solar eclipse on August 21. The changes will be more like minor adjustments to your long-term goals.
The New Moon in Virgo reminds us of painful wounds that ask to be relieved from suffering. In order to move forward the new focus must begin on the healing process. This will involve adapting to unexpected changes and fine tuning the adjustments to longer term goals and dreams.
New Moon Understanding
A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon gives us an invigorating burst of energy, intention and initiative. This is a fantastic time for making a fresh start, turning to a new chapter in life or starting any new project.
All possibilities are on the table for you as you assert yourself at the center of plans for your future. Old behaviors, beliefs, and habits are questioned now as you search for new inventive ways to make progress.
Under Virgo’s lunar influence of today’s September 20 new moon lasts four weeks up to the October 19 new moon. Within this cycle it is representing a new stage of development. The aim is to make bold, confident changes that lead to long-term success. Determined effort will bring the growth and happiness you desire.
The new moon quincunx Uranus which means this new stage of development involves alterations to your original goals to make it more attainable. Adjusting your methods in response to your deepest and most painful wound so you are set for healing which brings the happiness you deserve.
Happiness is your birthright.
Happy New Moon,
The mystery message Cat often brings to us is a message that we have the power over illusion.
Cat symbolism reminds us to not fall prey to false beliefs, to not be a fool out of ignorance and to tap into our understanding from our own internal wisdom.
This evening, my car windows were down and I ran into my house to go get a new pack of patchouli inscense because I burn inscense while I drive. When I opened the car door there was a cat walking around in my car. I have never seen this cat before but knew instantly this cat was charming and began being vocal with me, meowing, meowing, in a tone where it was telepathic not because he was hungry like it was a strong current of energy that this animal had a lot to say and for me to listen. lol then the cat jumped out of my car and jumped over the fence and disappeared. Animal symbolism like the cat beckons us to realize that when we turn within to our own hearts, minds and souls, and trust in ourselves we will always be shown the truth of matters.
Cats are so cute and in essence, the cat animal symbolism is synonymous with magic and psychic power because of its sometimes unorthodox behavior. The cat teaches us a lesson about being the value of being unique.
Interview with Tzu Chi and LA Yoga Magazine By Kelly Dunn aka (Krishna)
In Chinese, Tzu means compassion, and Chi relief.
The worldwide nonprofit spiritual organization Tzu Chi spreads a mission and a message.
In Southern California and beyond, the worldwide nonprofit organization Tzu Chi spreads the message that giving awakens kindness and love in our hearts. Master Cheng Yen is the founder and leader of the Tzu Chi Buddhist charity organization.
Over the past five decades, Tzu Chi has dedicated itself to the missions of disaster relief, charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture. The focus of these is to offer material aid and psychological support to those in need, spiritual and moral guidance through education, in addition to protecting the environment and providing international disaster relief.
Wherever Tzu Chi goes, good health, peace and love follow closely. As part of their worldwide mission, they are hosting a series of inspiring evenings through the Charity Art Performance Tour. The tour will be coming to LA on October 1.
In Chinese, tzu means compassion, and chi relief. Tzu Chi’s mission includes eight categories called One step, eight footprints. Its mobile food pantry travels to impoverished communities in California weekly, benefiting 20,000 families annually.
Around 900 inmates have received spiritual support through books, magazines, and over 1,200 letters that were answered, offering guidance towards a meaningful life of helping others. A Tzu Chi principle is that illness, while creating pain, can become the root of poverty as well, which is why the organization makes it part of its mission to offer quality and free medical care.
The Compassionate History of Tzu Chi
The organization was founded when the devoted Buddhist nun, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, was moved by the pain and misery she saw around her. She made a powerful commitment to help the poor and relieve suffering.
She collaborated with five other female disciples and thirty housewives. In order to fund their work, the disciples made and sold baby shoes while the housewives set aside some of the money that they had for food. Their mandate: to help the poor and ill with love, joy, compassion.
The footprint of Tzu Chi’s work at the forefront of disaster relief and poverty reduction has spread throughout the world, reaching 94 countries. They have over 10 million volunteers and supporters worldwide, the volunteers serving with steadfast dedication, grateful for the opportunity to provide relief that people can always count on.
Sharing Charity through Art
In advance of the Thousands of Helping Hands Charity Art Performance Tour, we sat down with the Tzu Chi’s CEO, Dr. Han Huang, to learn more about this inspiring organization, its vision, and initiatives.
LA YOGA: We understand that businessman Stephen Huang was inspired to bring the work of Tzu Chi to the United States in part by Taiwan-based Master Cheng Yen‘s emphasis on work and self-sufficiency as part of a spiritual organization. This is demonstrated in how the organization was founded and operates, the fact that she built six hospitals in Taiwan, and spreads the message of service.
Tzu Chi: Yes, yes. I think most people are pretty amazed by that.
LA YOGA: Was Master Cheng Yen’s commitment to medical care inspired in part by what drew her to the dharma, her mother’s surgery, personal challenges, and her father’s death?
TC: We have to go back 50 plus years ago, when she, well there are a few things, a few reasons that she really wanted to set up the foundation. One of them is that she went to a local hospital, it was a hospital, but the scale was in no way comparable to what we have here.
She saw some sort of blood on the floor and then she asked around, “What happened? Why is there blood on the floor?” And then, this lady told her “There is a lady, she had a difficult time to deliver the baby.” There are some residents in the mountains in Taiwan, and it’s difficult for them to travel so they are carried down the mountain.
But then this lady had a hard time delivering her baby and she didn’t have the money to pay the required deposit, so the hospital refused to take care of her. Then they had to hand carry her back, which means that she would just die with the baby.
Master Cheng Yen heard this story and she was so shocked, and she asked, “How could this happen?” But it was a policy of the hospital at the time, and pretty much in all of Taiwan. She was afflicted with grief and sensed the importance of financial support in times of critical need. This incident turned into the catalyst that prompted her to set up a charity.
Master Cheng Yen established the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. Her dedication and determination to change medical care and her commitment to medical care is what drew her to the dharma.
Some other experiences that strengthened her commitment include when she witnessed the suffering of sickness and pain while caring for her debilitated brother in the hospital for months. When her mother needed a risky operation, she prayed and offered to give up years of her own life in exchange for her mother’s health. Her mother recovered without surgery.
Master Cheng Yen’s spiritual calling intensified when her father died and she was left bereaved and full of questions about the meaning of life. The shock and trauma of her father’s death marked a turning point in her life. She began to search for the truths behind life and death, and often visited a Buddhist temple in her hometown to study the Buddhist sutras and to seek answers to her questions.
After her father’s death, she ran away from home to become a Buddhist nun, needing to expand the love for her family to all of humanity. The conditions there were harsh, but her commitment to the Dharma only grew stronger. Her auspicious first contact with Buddha Dharma at this crucial moment offered the wisdom and guidance she was seeking.
Tzu Chi Spreads the Dharma through Compassionate Action
LA YOGA: It sounds like these experiences strengthened her resolve to focus on healthcare as a means of reducing suffering and making a difference. It looks like healthcare is one of the missions of Tzu Chi in the US. What are some of the ways in which this commitment is implemented?
Tzu Chi: In 1993 we had the first clinic, a free clinic in Alhambra, not far from where we are speaking now in El Monte. If patients can prove that their monthly income is below the federal poverty line, they are qualified to receive free medical and dental care. We decided to do a health fair in San Bernardino.
From that we expanded and we developed a portable unit for dental care. We developed a dental bus with two dental chairs, X-rays, everything that a dentist would need. You could even do some light surgery in the van. This progressed from supporting a Dental Van to offering a Vision Van with same-day glasses.
We have a program called See 2 Succeed which is a collaboration of community partners such as, Kaiser Permanente, CalViva Health, Health Net, Eye-Q Center, and many more. Tzu Chi’s Vision Mobile Clinic is serving 10 school districts in Fresno County with the support of community grants and in-kind support.
LA YOGA: What are some of the reasons why people volunteer for Tzu Chi and do you have any stories about the impact of this work on the volunteers themselves?
Tzu Chi: I think they volunteer for the Foundation because we are a faith-based foundation. There is a philosophy behind volunteering. Our volunteers came here to Tzu Chi not just to help; they also want to learn and improve their lives. Some of our volunteers, volunteer with their kids from when they are in primary school until they are teenagers.
The work they do has an impact on their own lives. For example, a group traveled across the border to Tijuana to volunteer for our health fair, and when they came back their attitude completely changed. Now they appreciate everything they have.
LA YOGA: Oh they’re in gratitude.
Tzu Chi: Yes, and the parents are very happy about it because somehow through this opportunity of volunteering the kids learn that the most important thing is to really appreciate everything that you have. The kids especially learn this through volunteer work.
LA YOGA: We understand that Tzu Chi USA began by mobilizing volunteers, then hosting tea parties where they could share their thoughts, experiences, and joy of volunteering. The events quickly inspired the creation of additional chapters gaining supporters.
Today, Tzu Chi USA has more than 60 service centers, with over 100,000 volunteers working to make a difference in their communities. It sounds like the movement has gained traction with the Chinese and Taiwanese communities in the US. How is Tzu Chi reaching beyond their roots to connect with a wide variety of people?
Tzu Chi: Yes, that’s a very good question. That’s the thing that I am trying to work on now. I think every foundation has its history, its story to being with. But I think it’s time that we should think about how we invite more people to participate.
We want to reach out to people who are looking for a philosophy, message, and work that involves the mind, body, and spirit. We are spreading our vision and message through publications such as LA Yoga and other media and talk radio, sharing the spirit of Tzu Chi, which inspires the heart, encourages putting compassion into action, and advocates giving as a way of life.
LA YOGA: In addition to the initiatives such as the Back To School Kick- Off, what are some other Southern California-based programs run by Tzu Chi?
Tzu Chi: Some of the other Southern California-based programs run by Tzu Chi include individual aid cases, disaster relief, Happy Campus Program, mobile food pantries, free medical services, job referrals, charity distributions, character education, and scholarships. There is a lot of variety in the work that we do.
LA YOGA: You mentioned being a faith-based organization and one focused on body, mind, and spirit. What are some of the teachings that are integral to the organization and the mission?
Tzu Chi: Gratitude, Respect and Love. Especially Love.
We are a foundation based on love, and encourage people to take care of others, and to give without asking for anything in return.
LA YOGA: Does Master Cheng Yen share dharma teachings with her students and members of the organization?
Tzu Chi: Yes. Every day in the morning, she offers a sutra teaching. You can listen online here.
You can watch Tzu Chi Teachings related to the spirit of gratitude here.
LA YOGA: Is there any emphasis placed on a daily or personal practice? How is the charity work influenced by the dharma teachings?
Tzu Chi: It is a daily practice. Here is a typical example how our charity work is influenced by dharma, say when we do disaster relief. We will give those impacted some blankets typically because the weather is cold, and then we give them some kind of emergency financial aid, ($300 or $500 depending on the size of the family), and perhaps a hot meal, or some kind of easy to eat nutritious food.
But the manner in which we offer this aid is integral to our practice. The typical way our volunteers deliver items to people is to hand things to them with a 90 degree bow. Through this gesture, we want demonstrate our respect.
We want to show that people care, we care. We want to send the message to people not to give up because a lot of people care, we don’t even know who you are but we’re here! We want to give the message, “Don’t give up, just keep going, we know that you are suffering and we do what we can do to help. The point is you, don’t give up, because we don’t give up, so you don’t give up, just keep going, you’ll be fine.” Hopefully by doing that we encourage and inspire people.
Tzu Chi’s Thousands of Helping Hands Charity Art Performance
LA YOGA: Los Angeles hosts the Charity Arts Performance on October 1. What is the connection of the upcoming Charity Art Performance series with the mission of the organization?
Tzu Chi: The Thousands of Helping Hands Charity Art Performance features the astonishing artistry of the world-renowned China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe ( CDPPAT ).
Tzu Chi: They may be visually, hearing, or physically impaired, but they’re able to move, dance, keep a rhythm, and do so much more because of how they inspire others. The message here is that “Everybody can contribute.” Hopefully this can serve as an inspiration to everyone.
The world can use more helping hands to join together and do good deeds on behalf of those in need in their communities and beyond.
Right now, Tzu Chi has truly taken the suffering resulting from Hurricane Harvey to heart. We mobilized an extensive disaster relief mission for this catastrophe, which has begun, and will continue for some time.
But then Hurricane Irma appeared on the horizon. Our mission will simply embrace this disaster as well.
When it comes to love, there are no boundaries, no limits, and no obstacles that can’t be overcome. That’s what every Tzu Chi volunteer believes and practices daily. In a way, we’re planting seeds of compassion in each aid recipient too – because we have seen how those who receive unconditional love, are then motivated to give and to pass it on to others. It’s a beautiful thing, it really is.
Let’s come together and do more for society! May these two hands that we each possess, and our activities, help others. It feels great, and what greater meaning is there to life, than that – being of benefit to others.
LA YOGA: We are inspired by the mission and work of Tzu Chi. Please support this work by attending the Charity Art Performance to celebrate and support.
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