Whole Astrology—Sagittarius New Moon on December 17-18, 2017

A Sagittarius Stellium, Saturn and Mercury in the Galactic Center, and a sped up awakening as we enter a new frontier, oh, my.

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Special Zodiac Forecast for 2018 (via Oracle and Tarot cards)

As a special holiday gift for followers of Metaphysics 4 Everyday Living and my YouTube channel, Astrologer, Patricia, I pulled a card for each of the Zodiac Signs. Voila!

(The card decks are listed under the video on the YouTube channel).

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Whole Astrology–Gemini Full Moon (still feeling it)

The Gemini Full Moon and Mercury RX in Sagittarius are still in effect. Often times, a full moon passes us by and we think that’s the end of it. Find out what this Gemini Full Moon is about. And then look for it in your Natal Chart because that is the areas of your life where you seek clarity now.

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Intuitive Coaching 101–10 Practices for Challening Times

DSCN1341We all face challenges from time to time, from losing a home, a job, or a loved one, to dealing with narcissistic drama kings and queens. However, during our most challenging times, we can turn to a variety of tools and practices that give us a breathing space.

(This article originally appeared on my other Word Press blog, Locovore).

  1. Look for beauty

No matter our circumstances, life is still beautiful. Look around you and notice something that is beautiful in your immediate surroundings. Or go for a walk in nature and focus on the enchantment of the natural world.

2. Practice gratitude (or appreciation) for what is working.

As humans, we tend to look at the glass as half empty instead of half full. We would rather rehash a painful experience (we’re so profound), rather than find the blessings in that situation or the blessings in our current situation. Find the blessings and show appreciation for them.

3. Humor

If you can’t see any humor in your situation, then go find something funny on YouTube or watch a funny movie or read a funny book. Even in the midst of grieving over the death of a loved one, we can still find humor such as remembering a fun or funny time we had with that loved one. I’m not telling you to negate the grieving process, but to shine a light through humor upon it.

4. Follow a passion or favorite past time

Sometimes when I’m going through a stressful time, my mother will tell me to get my mind off my problems, which I find difficult to do. However, I find that when I read a favorite book, write, watch a movie, go for a walk or take photographs of the world, I am able to get my mind off my problems and this is healthier for my physical and emotional bodies.

5. Surround yourself with supportive people

Now, I’m not talking about finding someone to rehash your stories because no one, not even the kindest people appreciate that type of drama. What I mean by supportive people are those who help out in ways they are most comfortable. For instance, your best friend doesn’t want you to talk her ears off, but she shows up with a bag of groceries or a pot of soup. Let others decide how they want to help.

6. Listen to music

Scientific research has proven time and time again that music has healing power. We know that music heals emotions but it also heals us physically and opens us spiritually. However, don’t listen to jarring or loud music, find something that soothes the soul. If you require inspiration, then visit my blog Whole Music Experience where I go into detail about the healing power of music.

7. Find a coach or therapist

There is no shame in visiting a counselor who can give you new perspectives on your problems. Yet, so many people are too embarrassed to visit a therapist because they fear that people will think they’re crazy. Actually, it’s crazy not to seek professional help when you’re going through a life transition or grieving the death of a loved one. Forget that idea of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. That’s Capricorn nonsense.

8. Try animal therapy

This could even be hanging out with a friend’s cat or dog; or your own if you have a pet. Even watching fish swim in a tank or visiting the ducks at the local pond have a therapeutic effect. People also have therapy animals for extreme trauma or visit a place with therapy animals such as in horse therapy.

9. Deal with addictions

If you suspect or someone close to you suspects that you have an addiction, get professional help. Sure, the addiction offers a temporary escape, but in the end, the addiction only compounds the other problems. We are less able to help ourselves or honor ourselves when dealing with an addiction.

10. Try divination

Here I am speaking about addiction and I have to say that I rely heavily, maybe even too heavily on divination but a good Tarot or astrology reading does provide insights that we might have only experienced on a deep subconscious level. I know that card reading especially have given me hope for the future when I had none previously.

Of course, there are numerous other tools you can practice to help you through trauma. But these are the ones that have helped me through transition periods and hardships.

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Spiritual Essay–A Higher Dimension of Socialism

Saturn shipWith the Saturn-Neptune square playing in the background, soon to be grabbing our attention in the foreground (this summer), we’re all swimming in ideologies. And isn’t it interesting that ideologies are playing such a huge role in the presidential bid in the US? 

(This was originally published on my other blog Locovore. I wrote this article the summer of 2016).

While we may or may not agree with the political or religious ideologies of either Democrat-runner Bernie Sanders or Republication-runner Donald Trump, their ideologies fuel the fire of many Americans and internationals at this time and will gather even more steam in the upcoming months.

So where do these ideologies come from? Saturn, the planet of time, structure, government, discipline, responsibility and maturity transits in Sagittarius, a Fire Sign known for ideology. This planet squares Neptune, a planet known for getting lost in the “ideal” and dissolving physical structure or reality (in its own sign, Pisces), causing ideologies to explode upon the scene; playing a divisive role but also having us question our core beliefs. Spiritual teacher John Newton (Health Beyond Belief) once said in a group call that beliefs are the lies we choose to think (which lead to blocks in all areas of our lives).

So this morning I awoke from a dream where I was hanging out with the musician and socialist Billy Bragg (a Sagittarius Sun). In the dream (Neptune rules dreams), Bragg was hanging out backstage after giving a concert (and in real life when I was in my 20s, I hung out with Billy Bragg backstage after he joined a rally for grocery strikers). I woke up with one of Bragg’s most political songs playing in my thoughts, “Great Leap Forward” and political ideologies swam in my consciousness.

While I have flirted with socialism in my youth, the freedom-seeker part of me doesn’t bode well for a system that forces people to live as collective with restrictions and rules forced upon them. Deep down, I’m a Capitalist, even though that has become a dirty word thanks to the wealthy elite who have used Capitalism as a vicious warhorse on the working class (who I agree the elite have enslaved).

But let us consider that another form of Capitalism does exist that allows freedom and social consciousness, meaning we can make money in a truly free enterprise (which doesn’t currently exists thanks to the elite who control every industry and make laws to serve themselves), and this is “responsible” Capitalism which can only work if we wake up the collective consciousness and move away from a lack mentality or the competitive model and transform Capitalism to include sharing and cooperative behaviors. This is possible and has already been achieved on a smaller scale by women leading the efforts.

Louise Hay

Louise Hay, Founder of Hay House

I’ll give Hay House authors as an example of how this can work. As we know, Hay House authors such as Doreen Virtue and Louise Hay have done quite well for themselves financially with the publication of books, workshops, and other products. But then they give back to the collective through scholarships (Hay House Foundation), and Doreen gives a percentage of her profits to charities and causes she supports. She also teaches metaphysical skills in her reasonably priced workshops (both on and off-line), as do many Hay House authors.

Other examples include author and teacher Marianne Williamson who founded charities to help those less fortunate in her community and another example is Oprah Winfrey who has used her talents and wisdom to lift others up, whether that’s a woman struggling with domestic abuse or an emerging talent who she gives a promotional boost and confidence to succeed on the bigger playing field.  Both Williamson and Winfrey have also shared their spiritual teachings and values with millions of people thus bringing hope to the world. It’s not just monetary wealth that they share with others.

So what is responsible Capitalism and how does it differ from socialism? And why do we require these political systems at all? I think that the Saturn-Neptune square causes us to delve deeply into those questions. I agree with socialists in that every person (and I would include non-humans) deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, have adequate healthcare and be able to afford an education that allows them to work at the professions of their inner calling. But I don’t think you can round up humans and force them to give up significant amounts of the money they earn (not inherited from an elite parent) for the greater good. This giving comes from spiritual awakening and doing the right thing out of love, not fear enforced by government leaders, lawmakers, and a police state.

As more people wake up spiritually and move into their heart-center and heal their wounded egos, I have a feeling that people will automatically add their money to the collective pool of funds that pay for healthcare, education, as well as, money to steward the environment and the ecological systems we all participate. And there will be peer pressure to do so. So instead of living with a rewards and punishment system, we appeal to the conscious (and I know this doesn’t work with sociopaths who seem to be running the show at this time).

I feel that deep down, our consciousness carries more weight than any political system. As we awaken to love and heal our fears, the humanity in each of us forges connections with others. We are deeply caring when we’re not tossed into a competitive arena. Yes, I see the irony of that in talking about Capitalism which is based on competition, but I’m talking about a new type of Capitalism which gives each of us freedom to bring our goods and services into the world in a way that’s fair, ethical and responsible without infringing our efforts with rules and regulations that benefit the elite and crush the efforts of emerging entrepreneurs. What we currently refer to as Capitalism is really Fascism and what I’m proposing is Capitalism where people take responsibility for their actions and practice the Law of Attraction with love for community and humanity (as well as the other creatures inhabiting the earth).

But really what it comes down to is that we can either chuck out the current political systems and create something new for the Aquarius Age, or we can redefine Capitalism and Socialism knowing that the real monster we have dealt with is the wounded ego in the form of greed and corruption. Make no mistake, that corruption exists in all political systems. If Communism, for instance, was such a winner, then why did droves of people risk their lives defecting from it? You don’t see too many people risking their lives to defect from a Capitalist system, though you do see people crushed from corrupt practices happening within a Capitalist country.

The energies of Neptune in Pisces work at dissolving all ideologies and are challenged by the structure-builder Saturn in the ideologist sign Sagittarius. So isn’t it appropriate that I end this essay with the words of Sagittarius Billy Bragg, “A revolution is just a t-shirt away…” But really the revolution is an inner and not an outer one, because, in the end, Neptune has more collective power than old man Saturn, especially when Saturn falls in a sign that weakens the structure.

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Intuitive Coaching 101–Journey with Owl Spirit

owlMy encounter with Owl Spirit began when I visited a cafe in Port Townsend, Washington called Owl Spirit. If my journey started before that time, I was unaware of Owl Spirit’s presence. And since I became aware of Owl medicine, I have seen images of owls everywhere ranging from stuffed owls at the Port Townsend Public Library, to owls in the candy store in the same town.

In fact, most of the owls I’ve seen have been in Port Townsend, although I saw paintings of owls at the Oak Harbor Public Library and I believe I saw owls in Skagit too. Well, what does it all mean? Why am I literally seeing owl images, sculptures, and references to owls (including owl stickers and photographs) every day? Even, my Crow Totem hasn’t grabbed the spotlight nearly this much and I spent ten years working on a documentary on crows back in the day.

Well, owls are associated with the Greek goddess Athena who represents wisdom and battles. She, along with other goddesses represents the Divine Feminine and we are currently embracing the Divine Feminine Age or the return of it. Owl represents intuition and regurgitation. Owls see in the dark and do their hunting during the night. When owls fly in the night they are silent and their prey only knows of the owl’s attack when it’s too late. Owls make no noise when they fly. But when owls do talk, they are like journalists, asking, “who, who…who…”

Birds represent creatures that make a living in the air, above water, and on land. Depending on the type of Owl that visits me, I also need to look at its natural environment–is it a marsh or a barn or are they traveling from the Arctic like the Snowy Owl (my favorite type of Owl)? And even knowing all this information which I mainly gleaned from the late Ted Andrews, what is Owl’s message for me? Owl has never been a totem for me yet I’ve known many people with Owl Totems.

The owl comes to me as a power animal and these spirit creatures show up temporarily to bring us power or to help us reclaim power in some area of our lives. With so many women joining the “Me Too” campaign and marching on streets, getting their voices heard sometimes for the first time (as we enter the Divine Feminine Age), perhaps, Owl is asking me and others to end the silence on one hand, but also to keep our actions covert until the right time when with the help of Athena, we launch into the last battle we’ll ever need to fight–as we learn to make our way through this darkness that has descended upon and curtained the Earth.

As we make our way through the tunnel, who is not better than Owl to lead us through to the light on the other end?

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Intuitive Coaching 101—Flower Essences Heal the Heart of the Matter

DSCN3095I am open to the flow when it comes to healing deep core issues. After all, I’ve been chipping away at my deeper wounds for several decades, and it took several decades to increase the suffering from the wounds. Lately, my wounds have shown up in a long bout with I.B.S. so I headed to Bear Root Apothecary and Wellness Center in Port Townsend, Washington.

And btw, this healing shop is smack on a ley line that runs along Lawrence Street in Port Townsend. I asked the woman at the shop for meadowsweet herb. And then we began a conversation about the Solar Plexus and strengthening this Chakra. The woman showed me a deck of flower essence cards that I believe go with the F.E.S. remedies. I pulled two cards, the Purple Monkey Flower and the Pink Monkey Flower remedies. Since they are basically the same vibration, I chose the Pink Monkey Flower remedy.

Here is the description from the F.E.S. catalog

 Mimulus lewisii (pink)
Positive qualities:
Emotional transparency; courage to take emotional risks with others

Patterns of imbalance:
Feelings of shame, guilt, or unworthiness; fear of exposure and rejection due to prior abuse or trauma

After I chose this remedy, the woman at the shop (sorry I did not ask her name), told me that the remedy would work best with my personal flower. She asked me if I knew my personal flower. I didn’t have a clue. I tried working with the cards again, but I just end up confused. So then, I decided to see if the flower would come to me in a dream. That night, I purposively asked my guides to reveal my personal flower to me. I dreamed of violets. And then, I received deeper confirmation by images of pansies (related to violet) and violets I saw throughout the following day.

Here is the F.E.S. description for Violet. (And yes, I tend to shrink like a violet in some social situations because I am an introvert and the INFJ personality type.

Viola odorata (violet-blue)
Positive qualities:
Delicate, highly perceptive sensitivity, elevated spiritual perspective; socially responsive but self-contained

Patterns of imbalance:
Profound shyness, cool and aloof, fear of being submerged in groups

I love the fact that violet came up instead of some of my other favorite flowers (rose, lavender, and poppies) because it reminds me of working with the Violet Flame and with Archangel Metatron.

I have a card deck that involves working with flower essences and angels but for now, let’s save that for a future post. I will end this post with a shout out to the late Astrologer Donna Cunningham who combined flower essences with her astrology practice. Perhaps, she is still mentoring me from beyond the veil. Donna Cunningham is the one the most nurturing (of talent) and generous metaphysical practitioners I’ve met to date. So, I will leave you with one of her blog posts from Sky Script on flower essences. And for those of you steeped in metaphysics, here’s another Sky Script post which is for those of you born between 1988 and 1990 (Donna truly loved your astrological group).

Learn more about F.E.S. 

And the Bear Root Apothecary and Wellness Center

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Spiritual Essay–Faith & Chaos

DSCN3540I encountered faith often when I lived in between homes. And while I cannot speak for millions of homeless people who sleep on couches of strangers and friends; I cannot speak for people who live in cars or run down trailers or on the street or in shelters, faith plays a role in all of our lives. Faith inspires us to wake up each day and hope keeps us going while we circumvent challenges.

When I lost a studio apartment on September 1, 2015 (which launched a year of living in attics, basements, and hotel rooms), I nearly suffocated from chlorine bleach fumes at a hotel in Bellingham. The next day when I woke up, waves of nausea and a migraine greeted me. My eyes and throat burned throughout the night. I had yet to buy a cell phone and I was experiencing difficulties with my laptop.

But even though I could barely gag down half a container of yogurt while I tried to get a hold of a woman renting out a temporary apartment, I experienced the faith that everything would work out for the time being. And people were helpful, including the concierge at the hotel who offered to have someone drive me to the storage unit so I could drop off my belongings. And the woman with the apartment for rent picked me up downtown to take me to the residence. (And the hotel refunded me part of the cost of the room since I became ill from chlorine fumes).

After a shower and a long night’s rest, I woke up feeling like myself again. Hope returned as I responded to more housing ads, ate a good breakfast, and took a walk around the Columbia Neighborhood—where I hoped to find a home at that time. Oddly, I did end up living for several months in that neighborhood in another temporary apartment rented to me by a kind family.

But there were times when I had to find a different place to sleep each night and these periods stretched for one or two weeks. I took out my Energy Oracle cards and asked where I would sleep that particular night and I never slept on a street or in a shelter. As much as I ranted and complained about lack of housing, something always came through for me, almost miraculously and I practiced gratitude more often than I ranted-though my gratitude was silent and my rants were out loud and on social media.

Faith is not the absence of fear or doubt. Faith comes when we face our fears and move forward even if that means leaping into the void. I’m not alone because most people have faced taking leaps of faith—homeless people and people recovering from illness do this every moment of the day. No one really knows where they are heading or what appears on the trail up ahead. No one predicts the Dark Night of the Soul or when initiations show up in their lives.

To an extent, our thoughts matter because they shape our emotions which eventually carve out our lives. Many spiritual teachers claim that we can start over again at any time, but most of us grapple with this concept. We feel that we really blew it. That no one will give us a second chance, but faith will give us many chances.

Faith comes from the Zodiac Signs Pisces and Sagittarius. And these signs tell us to go with the flow and to expand our consciousness. They focus on the invisible realms mainly or step in and out of dreams. If we can imagine it, we can create it, for these are creative signs on the Zodiac Wheel.

I’m not big on Abraham Hicks any longer nor do I prefer to focus on healing from narcissist abuse videos any longer either (two ends of the spectrum). Whether or not I suffer from PTSD matters so much any longer since it’s time to journey past any label or diagnosis and replace it with the faith that I am in the right place and in the right way. The truth lies somewhere in between new age thought and psychological disorders.

Yesterday I met a woman on a bus and then I spoke to her on the ferry. She seemed stuck on a mental health label despite her obvious inner beauty and creative gifts. I sat on my hands even though I wanted to coach her to explore her gifts and to stop focusing on her diagnosis which left her feeling stuck. And perhaps, people have felt the same way about me and other creative and beautiful people.

Diagnosis, on one hand, have the power to set us free if we choose to empower ourselves through a healing process. However, on the other hand, diagnosis can also keep people feeling stuck because they project that they are undeserving and that they are faulty goods when in almost every case, the opposite scenario is true.

We all face challenges. For some people that are recovering from addictions and for others, it is finding a home and meaningful employment and yet for others, it is recovering their entire life. All this is possible through faith because when we step into the unknown, we are the ones who manifest miracles.

Here’s a song to restore faith.

 

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Whole Astrology–Saturn Transits into Capricorn in December 2017

Saturn Returns to its own sign, Capricorn on December 20, 2017. If you were born with Saturn in Capricorn, get ready to lead the pack.

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Intuitive Coaching 101–Red Flags Waving (Watch out for Challenging Personalities)

narcissist

 

Save yourself the drama and trauma to your body and mind by watching for the following behaviors. Life is short and we’re not on this planet to cater to the needs of challenging people (narcissists, sociopaths, and drama kings). Focus on your own joys and passions.

Red Flags:

  • People who have no sense of boundaries. At first, these people seem overly generous, but they also appear like empty wells void of a personality. They don’t have a sense of where they end and you begin. Run away.
  • People who have one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for you. Here is an example. I once met a landlady who didn’t want to call herself a landlady because she didn’t believe in leases. Yet, this lady had a long set of rules and behaviors she expected from tenants. And she wanted first, last, and a rental deposit because she didn’t want anyone cutting out on her.
  • People who constantly remind you of their assets, talents, and all the times they did a nice deed for someone. These people are insecure and they are like the empty-well person.
  • People who do all the talking and never listen. And when they half-listen they act like they have all the answers for you. These people invalidate your feelings and will never give you encouragement to be yourself.
  • People who offer unsolicited advice and when you reject it act like babies throwing a tantrum.
  • Also, watch out for name-droppers because they are a bore anyway.
  • Watch out for arrogant people who believe that their sex is the best one, their life style is superior to others, that their generation was the brightest one ever…These people are incapable of having a two-way conversation and won’t allow any insights or input from you. After all, they suffer the delusion that they are your teacher and you are an idiot.

Not all these folks suffer from a personality disorder, but if anyone you meet carries several of these traits, then there is a good chance that you are dancing with a narcissist. Having done that many times and suffered the emotional bruising, my best advice is that you find people who are truly generous, see you for you, are capable of giving and receiving, listen to you with enthusiasm, embrace your uniqueness, and observe boundaries between others. These are what I call keepers.

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