How My Quest for Understanding Astrology and Soils Changed My Life

I would like to share myself with you so that you know a little more about me and what lead me down the path that I am on with Emerald Astrology.

My quest for understanding astrology and all of its intricacies started in January 2014, when I was accepted as a student to attend to Maharishi University of Management (MUM). Then in May 2015, I was blessed to learn about soils after having a revelation that I needed to know more about how the soil functions since I stand upon it every day and depend on its health for my life.

From what I can remember, I always had an insatiable hunger to understand the meaning of my life and why things function the way that they do. During my childhood and teenage years, I grew up in the state of Texas and was greatly influenced by the mystics of my family. I got to understand life through the lens of Christianity, but it seemed to be very limiting to me because the questions that I asked could not be answered and if they were, the answer I received was ‘because God said so.’ That answer was obviously not enough for me, but nonetheless, I enjoyed the feeling I received when I thought there was a merciful God looking out for me. (I was, and still am, a mystic at heart.)

However, I soon discovered that my peers were not feeling the same as I was emotionally when I shared my faith with them. I felt there was something missing to my understanding of Christianity that I did not receive.  The knowledge I had didn’t feel holistic to me because when I shared my heart and knowledge with my peers, I felt this disconnect, pain, sorrow, frustration, and loss of hope. Consequently, I thought if I had a more holistic understanding of Christianity there would be a deeper understanding of why this suffering takes place. There would be some Knowledge and Wisdom to it that would help others deepen their human experience.

I finally succumbed to the fact that I needed to learn more about the meaning of life and why it functioned the way that it did and had to go to college to expand my horizon. I drove 1,000+ miles from the South to the Midwest, with my boyfriend at the time, to MUM, eventually heading straight to what my family called the witch’s craft, astrology. (LOL!) Okay, so I didn’t intentionally find astrology, it came to me.

Being at MUM, I was surrounded by people who came from different walks of life and had a wealth of knowledge from different sources. I was geeking out on everything, or in other words, becoming promiscuous with knowledge. Astrology, however, along with a few other topics like the Goddesses and crystal healing, stuck with me.

Aside from my academic studies, I learned about Vedic Astrology and the Vedic philosophies that came with it. I was confused yet fascinated, learning about foreign deities such as Shiva, Ganesha, Lakshmi, and Kali to name a few, and was also blessed to have dreams of me working with them. It was a miraculous time, and it helped me understand more about who I am and what I am meant to do in this life.

I slowly but surely started to understand astrology and how everything on earth interrelated with the cosmos. Through astrology, I eventually started to see how I was changing and becoming more of myself and why my relationships that I had at the time started to fall apart and change form. I then started to understand a little more about how “God” works and how everything in this life is following some sort of law or pattern. I started to understand that I don’t need a false sense of control of what is going on around me and within me, but that I am a part of this ever-changing scheme of life and only a piece of this mandalic puzzle.

Life was beautiful and unfolding its meaning, yet trying as well because not only was I learning this in-depth science on the side and practicing it with friends, but I was also in school and had a relationship that was falling apart.

While in college, I learned that soil is a living organism that is able to create, sustain and destroy life on its own, and I was blown away when I learned that if I worked with the soil, I, too, can benefit and be healthy. I can grow nutrient-dense foods, feel good, be happy, work with my body physically to keep the soil healthy and spread this wonderful knowledge that I gained. I learned that I can now be an alchemist and a mystic at the same time–a person that holds Knowledge and Wisdom about the meaning of life and continues to see the intricacies at work every day.

To tie this all together, learning about soil and astrology has truly brought more meaning and depth to my life by filling in the missing pieces that were lost during my childhood and teenage years. I eventually discovered esoteric astrology and now am able to take my knowledge to a whole other level. I am honored to share this knowledge with you.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey to gain this knowledge. I hope you benefited by reading a little more about me and continue this wonderful journey with me.

If you have any questions or would love to share a comment please don’t hesitate to ask or share. I don’t bite! I would love to chat with you.

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Heal the Soul, then the Soil

This post will go into one of my current core beliefs. Heal the soul before the soil. Or even better, heal the soul while healing the soil.

As a collective, we have strayed away from caring about the soil that supports us every day. We seem to pay no mind to how we treat it, make it someone else’s problem, and expect it not to crumble, lash out, and destroy us. That subtly reflects how we treat ourselves and fellow women and men… but I will go into that another time. That is not what this post is about.

I want to help you see what I see, starting with the soil. When I look at soil, I see a soul. A lot of the time this soul is very quiet, but when you take the time to silence the mind and be with her, she speaks so clearly with subtle movement and rumbling on her own time schedule. This soul is full of pristine intelligence, and I am truly surprised that she has put up with us this long. Although, when karma demands to be paid it’s going to be a hard blow and a slow recovery, so we better, excuse my language, get our shit together.

You see, the soil has a soul. But we have dissected it to its many parts and forgot to put the pieces back together to see the bigger picture. We know that soil is made up of various levels of water, air, sand, silt, clay, biology, electrical charge, and enzymes. However, if we put it back together, you have a soul. A soul that is able to respond to stimuli. A soul that is able to create, sustain and destroy life. It has an essence.

The soil is a lot like us and we are a lot like her.

We can be broken down into different components; bone, blood, enzyme, minerals, electrical charge etc., but when you put it all together you then get thoughts, emotions, and desires; a soul emerges. We have great ability to create, sustain, and destroy life. There is an essence to us.

If you are a parent, look into your children’s eyes. You helped bring this creative being into this world and sustain their life. Look at the state of the world, you helped contribute to destroying it. Just by being alive, you create, sustain, and destroy life. That is how it is, it’s nature; the need for cycles. But to push the earth to the point that we may not be able to sustain human life on earth? By swinging the pendulum of action from one extreme to the next. That’s unsettling. As a collective, we need a spiritual intervention. A spiritual cleanse. We need to wake up and see what we are doing and how we can change the way we operate. Realize who we are and why we decided to be this way.

We need to learn controlled destruction and purposeful right action.

We can look to the soil for ways to do this. Soil creates, sustains, and destroys life and reveals balance and imbalance. Through the “imperfections” we can see various lifeforms in the plant, microbe, insect, and animal kingdom ability to thrive. For example, when you plant a tomato don’t give it the right conditions for it to thrive, pests appear and start to feed on the tomato, killing your precious tomato and returning its nutrients to replenish the soil. However, you can redeem your plant by bringing attention to it. When there is focused attention, you start to see how it functions. If you give your tomato plant attention it starts to communicate by giving signs. If it looks like it is leaning towards the direction where full sun is available, the leaves are starting to become spotted, yellowed and a bit droopy. You then realize that maybe you need to plant the tomato where there is full sun, the soil may not be wet enough or too wet, that the soil needs compost and to be covered with organic matter, and last but not least, plant nasturtium and marigolds near it (friends). Of course, right off the bat, you wouldn’t know these things unless you’ve been gardening for awhile, but by giving attention secrets will start to be revealed. You may even start to include soil testing and get down to the elements and microbial makeup of the soil, which is great by the way!

When there is attention, intention soon follows. Our soul functions the same way as the soils’ soul does. Our signs of suffering and a need for balance reveal themselves through our thoughts, emotions, and actions, while the soil shows its’ way of suffering through manifestations of microbe, plant, insect, and animal life. It may even have emotions, but that is more subtle, and currently beyond my understanding.

But how do we understand what our soul wants when we live in a society that tells us what we want and how we should want it?

That’s where I get into astrology. Astrology is an art and science of the cosmos and the human soul. Through understanding the cosmos’ blueprint of your soul, we can then see what is it that your soul is wanting to express and manifest in this life. How do I do this? By bringing attention to your Moon and Pluto placement. When I bring attention to your Moon and Pluto placement, with your permission, I am able to see where your soul is restrained and desired to be released. I help you bring attention to yourself and create a new intention geared towards your well being. It’s possible then to heal yourself and the soil, which pushes toward healing the earth and all who live on it.

That is why one of my core beliefs is to heal the soul and then the soil, or even better, heal the soul while healing the soil because then you are in alignment to who you are meant to be and how you are meant to impact the world, effectively.

Blessings to you and may you continue on the journey to be connected to your soul and the earth. If you don’t want to do this alone, you can join me and others on this vast journey toward healing by signing up for my Soul and Earth newsletter,
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Transform how you see yourself and the world. 

Love,
LaToya

Bacteria

Bacteria
Is a tiny single-celled organism that is the foundation of the soil food web next to fungi. It acts as a fertilizer bag in the soil by immobilizing nutrients until it dies or is eaten and likes to feed on rock and dead green plant material. If it is a beneficial bacteria, it uses its mucilaginous glues to bind the soil to create micro-aggregates or make compost tea thicker and able to coat plant foliage. In a balanced soil, there are 75,000 species of bacteria per gram of soil, and if conditions are right, they reproduce every 20 minutes. There are some bacteria that can withstand very cold or hot temperatures, however, the ones that we would want to cultivate and diversify in the soils prefer temperatures that are between 32-165F.   Bacteria comes in three general shapes: spherical, rods, and spirals.

The spherical and rod-shaped bacteria resides in all soils at various ratios and is more beneficial if there is a diversity of their presence in the soil.

Spirillum is a spiral shaped bacteria that is pathogenic to humans and plants, so be careful if you come across it under microscopes. 

 

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How to Make Bone Meal

“Meat eaters, don’t throw out another bone! Instead, put it to good use by learning how to make bone meal fertilizer.”

http://patioofpots.blogspot.com/2013/06/how-to-make-bone-meal-fertilizer.html

The benefits of bone meal
https://www.maximumyield.com/bone-meal-basics/2/1310

What is compost and why should you use it?

What is compost?
Compost is the end product of decomposed organic matter that is aerobic and full of active beneficial soil microorganisms.

Why should I use compost?
When used in soil, compost has the ability to suppress plant disease, decrease the need for fertilizers, increase and retain nutrient content in soil, increase water retention, and increase soil microorganisms biomass and diversity.

How to use it?
You can apply compost to the soil as a solid, extract, or tea.

Different composting methods
Aerobic Thermal, Verma, and Static.

Aerobic Thermal (ATC) is more labor intensive compared to the other methods and requires monitoring. ATC has the ability to kill off human/plant pathogens, weed seeds, and root-feeding nematodes. Based on the materials given, bacteria utilize the material as food and multiply in a rapid rate, making the pile hot. Depending on the recipe, the compost pile can reach up to 160-180 F or more. However, you would want to keep the pile temperatures below 160 F and above 131 F for about 10-15 days. Within 10-15 days, the pile should be turned at least 5 times to ensure that the pile’s contents have been cooked thoroughly and oxygen is freely flowing throughout the pile.  It can be ready to be used within 6-8 weeks.

Thermal composting

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Vermicompost (worm compost) is a continual process and less labor intensive compared to ATC and static composting. This composting method needs red wiggler worms to encourage decomposition. Small bins are ideal to keep control over the conditions that the worms are living in. The foods that they prefer must have a bite to it. For example, lettuce, green vegetables, fruits, avocados, cardboard, newspaper, leaves, garden waste, and fruit pulp to name a few. No soupy foods and use small amounts of citrus and coffee if you’d like to use them. Do not use more than a couple peels or an ounce of coffee grounds per week. Too much citrus or coffee kills the worms since they have sensitive skin. Red wigglers create a perfect environment for diverse microbiology to flourish.

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Static compost is a neglected approach and less labor intensive compared to ATC. Static composting is best to use if you have a household of food scraps and yard waste that you do not want to throw away, and do not have the equipment, knowledge, or time to do ATC.  Use an equal ratio of greens to browns. The best way to go about static composting is to have a mound of wood chips and leaves with food scraps buried within.  You can start placing your food scraps from the bottom and work your way around the mound and up to the top. To keep wild critters from your pile, make sure to have your food scraps buried in the mound to the point that there are no smells. (about 6 inches deep) After placing food in the mound and you’ve reached the top, you can turn the pile every 2-3 months to make sure it is well aerated and decomposing evenly. Compost should be finished after 6 months to 1 year.

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Good luck and happy composting!

Love,
LaToya

Interested in the difference between compost tea and extract? Click on my link here: https://emeraldastrology.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/compost-compost-tea-and-extract/

If you have any questions please contact me at emeraldhearths@gmail.com

Clay vs. Humus

Clay and humus play an important role in soil structure and plant growth, however, too much of one of them is frustrating and too little of the other is a pending death sentence.

What is clay?
Clay in soil is a fine-grained natural rock or soil material and appears in deposits due to weatherization. ( If you are living in Brazoria County, Texas then you are living on a deposit- ha!) Clay can appear in soil in various colors from white to dull grey or brown to deep orange-red. A clay particle is finer than silt and sand and according to geologist and soil scientist,  a clay particle is less than 2 micrometer. (a hair strand is about 100 mm in diameter) Due to how small a clay particle is, it has a larger surface area compared to silt and sand and contributes to the chemistry of the soil. Clay mineral is usually negatively charged and attracts water and positively charged elements in the soil, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc. With that being said, clay isn’t entirely harmful because it has some ability to retain water and nutrients, however if there’s too much of it, because of it’s small size, it can choke the soil out of all its oxygen and block soil microbes from encouraging soil structure and nutrient cycling …making the soil hardpan and dead.

Now, what about Humus?
Humus is the end product of decomposed organic matter that was had by soil microbes. It can be seen as the chocolate/black gold of the earth and acts as an anchor for soil nutrients. It appears in color ranging from dark brown to black and smells earthy and is fluffy to the touch. Humus is negatively charged and has a high cation-exchange-capacity (CEC) that helps the soil retain water and positively charged elements that are beneficial to plant heath. Humus appears in soil from organic matter that is left alone and microbes that eat it or each other and releases nutrients. It can also appear in soil by adding Compost with a capital- C and weatherization, but these take either some work and or time. The end result and benefits of organic matter breakdown (humus) are accessible nutrients that can be taken up by plants, improved soil tilth, pest-resistance, and toxin reduction.  If there is too little humus in the soil, plants suffers, insects are happy, animals suffer, and we suffer. In the US, the average amount of organic matter in soil ranges between 1-5% and ideal percentages to grow flowers and vegetables are 4-6%.

In other words, there can never be too much humus in our soils, unlike clay, it improves our well-being as well as other life forms. So please. Keep your soils covered with organic matter and add compost! <3

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Why isn’t our economic system replicating the nutrient cycle within the soil!?!?!?!

Soil bacteria and fungi are the small bags of fertilizers within the soil. The protozoa and nematodes come along, eats and digest the bacteria or fungi, and excretes the excess of carbon and other nutrients as waste that isn’t needed for them to survive.

So back to my title… Why are we not replicating this perfect system? Because not only does the nematodes and protozoa benefit from the fundamental organisms within the soil, but also the plants that need extra nutrients benefits too! Which in all brings a complete circle for all to survive and benefit.

If we as a human species learn how to only take what is needed in every aspect of our lives then we wouldn’t have these issues of food scarcity, economic failure, water pollution, etc.

Let’s return to the soil and learn their ways!

Compost, Compost tea, and Extract

What is compost?
Compost is the end product of decomposed organic matter that is aerobic and full of active beneficial soil microorganisms.

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What is compost tea?
Compost tea is soil microorganisms extracted from compost into a continually oxygenated water process with added foods to proliferate appropriate beneficial soil microbiology for 24-48 hrs.

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**If well aerated, must be used within 4-6 hours.

What is compost extract?
Compost extract is soil microorganisms extracted from compost into water.
**Must be used within 2-4 hours

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Different methods of composting are static, vermi, and thermal.
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Have questions? Contact me at emeraldhearths@gmail.com

11 benefits of healthy soil

 

  1. Soil stabilization
  2. Soil Aeration
  3. Nutrient Cycling
  4. Nutrient Retention
  5.  Water Retention
  6.  Disease Suppression
  7.  Plant Fertility
  8.  Carbon Sequestration
  9. Toxin Reduction
  10.  ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR FERTILIZERS AND THE ‘CIDES’!
  11. Happy Family, Happy Community, Happy Nation, Happy World!