21. Feb, 2018

The traditional hermit is a crusty, bearded character who has withdrawn from the company of men to live a life of seclusion and hardship. Card 9 supports this understanding. The Hermit represents the desire to turn away from the getting and spending of society to focus on the inner world. He seeks answers within and knows that they will come only with quiet and solitude.

There comes a point in life when we begin to question the obvious. We sense that there is a deeper reality and begin to search for it. This is mainly a solitary quest because answers do not lie in the external world, but in ourselves. The hermit on Card 9 reminds us of Diogenes, the Greek ascetic who is said to have gone out with a lantern in hand to search for an honest man. Diogenes is a symbol of the search for truth that the Hermit hopes to uncover by stripping away all diversions.

In readings, the Hermit often suggests a need for time alone - a period of reflection when distractions are limited. In times of action and high energy, he stands for the still center that must be created for balance. He can also indicate that withdrawal or retreat is advised for the moment. In addition, the Hermit can represent seeking of all kinds, especially for deeper understanding or the truth of a situation. "Seek, and ye shall find," we have been told, and so the Hermit stands for guidance as well. We can receive help from wise teachers, and, in turn, help others as we progress.

21. Feb, 2018

What is a regular spiritual practice?

Any activity, done regularly, that helps you remember who you are.  It can be formal, like attending a church service, meditating following a specific spiritual teacher’s prescription, or even going on a retreat.  It can also be informal like walking on the mountains alone, waking up earlier to connect with Source within, and accessing guidance for the day ahead.

Whatever it is, it leads you to a deeper connection to the power that lives within you, that has been there since you were put together in this body, and that knows you through and through.

It is not a religious thing with all the rules and regulations. You cannot be religious without being spiritual (unless it is simply a formality you undertake to avoid eternal damnation!), but you can be spiritual without being religious. This is because deep inside of us all, there is a longing to return to our true design.

A regular spiritual practice enables you to do this.

Why is this important?

Let Me Share with You 5 Main Benefits of Having a Regular Spiritual Practice:

  1. Get Clear on Your True Purpose

Having a new spiritual practice means you are committing to getting to know your true design and that this is important to you. And so it must be. We are all here for a reason and with a purpose that we get the choice to live out or not. The thing for most people is that there is an emptiness that pervades everyday life when you feel like you’re off course.

Choosing to begin a new spiritual practice means you are able to reach within you and pull out your true purpose as you listen intently to the divine guidance you get access to when practicing your new spiritual practice. I personally like to journal whatever I am sensing when I am practicing my spirituality. That might help you too; to get clear on why you are here and what steps to take to manifest it.

  1. Experience More Joy

You are born to experience joy in every moment of every day, but life comes with its distractions and hurts. This can take away your joy in ways you did not expect. Spending time in a spiritual practice can help you heal and return to your true centre.

There is also joy to be found in those profound moments that occur when you make space for them.

  1. Success is a habit

Sometimes, spiritual people expect that they will feel joyous, happy, and connected simply because they have named themselves to be spiritual. There is a tendency to think that it should all come naturally because we are spiritual beings. However, by choosing to put in place a new spiritual practice, you make it a done deal that you will experience success in connecting and experiencing the joy of living a connected life.

Success in any area of life is about establishing a habit; a habit of doing the actions that bring what you say you want, to life. So, if you want to be spiritual and connected, you must choose to put forth habits that enable you to grow in that area.

  1. Peace

How distracted do you feel as you go through each and every day? There are so many things that take up our attention and so many demands on our time. For a lot of people, they wake up and rush into the day without any self-care. A spiritual practice is a form of self-care. Waking up a little earlier than everyone else or carving out time at the end of the day or during the day means you are caring enough for yourself to bring you back to the NOW.

There is peace to be found in the NOW. Panic and stress are found in worrying about the future or in regretting the past. As you perform your spiritual practice, you learn how to live in the now, you get suggestions for the now and you recharge yourself in the now

  1. A Regular Spiritual Practice Will Improve Health, Relationship, and Overall Wellness

You are divinity; a spiritual being. Yes, sometimes you are constrained by your humanity, so it is imperative that you take the time to bolster your spiritual being, out of which your physical life emanates.

As you deliberately perform a new spiritual practice, you allow yourself to break free of the sameness of an old practice, you find renewed enthusiasm for your spiritual disciplines, you hear more clearly what you need to do to move yourself forward and that in turn, will cause you to feel a lot lighter on the inside which will lead to a reduction in relationship over-reactions, an improvement in your mental wellbeing which leads to physical wellbeing and an overall sense of being connected and evolving just as our planet is.

Developing a regular spiritual practice is imperative to a happy life. I hope you will take the time to cultivate one that suits you.
13. Feb, 2018

What is Astrology?
Astrology is one of the most ancient of sciences. It is based on the observation of the planets in the sky and that of human nature.
Over thousands of years man has noticed that each planet has a unique influence on our lives and personalities, and that as the planets move around the zodiac these influences change. The pattern of planets at the moment of birth, our horoscope, affects us at a deep level. It is as if, when we take our first breath, we record the energy of that moment in our memory. We then use that recollection to form our personalities and the way we interact with the outside world.

It may seem incredible that our lives can be affected like this. But at a physical level nothing is solid or static. Our bodies are formed of energy, making constantly changing patterns, held together by invisible forces of great power, both on a genetic level and spiritual one. Nothing is fixed, we exist moment to moment as our internal energy dazzles and whirls in an elaborate cosmic dance.

Astrology works at even less tangible levels than the physical, as it affects our psyche. It reveals to us our emotions, feelings, moods, mental powers, life energy and instinctive reactions. It exposes whether we are fiery or placid, emotional or practical, warm or cool, independent or family-minded, ambitious or easy-going.

It can seem far­fetched that lumps of matter in the sky should affect us, but when the interpretation of the birth chart is done well it can provide amazing and fascinating insight into why things are as they are. A personal birth chart will unlock and explain our confusing contradictions, inner conflicts, personal quirks, hidden talents and the way we relate to other people. Just by knowing what is shown in our birth chart helps us to accept ourselves as we are: it’s wonderfully liberating and, above all, empowering.

In fact astrology is an incredibly helpful tool for gaining self-awareness and of self- discovery that can bring us greater understanding of all aspects of our lives. It is also extremely valuable as a basis for counselling, enabling the practitioner to get to the root of a problem and see the challenges so much more clearly. I have often prepared personality profiles for counsellors and psychiatrists to use in their work with clients. One told me that the horoscope showed what it would normally take months of intense sessions of therapy to uncover.

Astrology is also helpful with timing. As the planets continue with their journey across the sky, they cross areas corresponding to sensitive points in our birth chart, coinciding with crucial times in our life. Awareness of these can be very helpful in making the most of opportunities or by giving us the patience to wait for the right moment to do something.

If astrology can really give such accurate guidance you might well wonder where freewill comes into the equation. Understanding what is shown in our birth chart can help us to make better and wiser choices; but it cannot force us to act. Just as looking at our proposed route on a road map does not automatically result in us arriving at our desired destination. We always have a choice.

We don’t yet really know how or why astrology works, nor do we know how the universe expanded from a speck smaller than a pea to the vast size it is today. However, science is based on observation, and I know from my experience with thousands of charts that astrology certainly does work, and that it can be extremely helpful.

8. Feb, 2018

Essential Oils and Healing Crystals to Calm the Spirit

Five of my preferred and most effective healing stones and crystals to ease grief are rose quartz, amethyst, apache tear, ruby, and moonstone. Exquisite essential oils I use for assistance include Angelica, Bergamot, and Frankincense, often in combination with stones.

1. Rose Quartz & Bergamot: By activating the heart chakra, rose quartz helps release buried and unexpressed emotions, making it ideal for those who resist the grieving experience. Bergamot also opens the heart and helps restore one’s sense of peace and self-compassion.

2. Amethyst: As a stone that assists in guiding one through the realms of life and death, it can be comforting and soothing to those left behind. Its effects upon the third eye and crown centers help clarify the immortality of the soul, bringing one a sense of closeness with loved ones in place of grief.

3. Apache Tear: This obsidian is known as ‘the grieving stone’ and it opens emotional barriers, releases grief, and shields one from psychic attacks while in a weakened psychological state such as grieving.

4. Ruby & Frankincense: This blazon beauty soothes and strengthens both the heart and base chakras to give one the impetus to move forward and remain centered in times of sorrow. Frankincense helps free ties to the past, further promoting progression of the grieving cycle.

5. Moonstone & Angelica: While angelica creates a deeper connection with departed loved ones and angels, moonstone purifies and diffuses negative energies that can keep one in a state of grief. This lovely combination promotes greater joy and optimism — two essentials in troubled times.

7. Feb, 2018

The Last Quarter Moon of Wednesday, February 7th marks the mid-point between the recent Lunar Eclipse of January 31st, and the upcoming Solar Eclipse of February 15th.  This is an important point in time of the eclipse season to which it is wise to bring our full awareness and presence.  The Last Quarter Moon, in general, symbolizes a phase of letting go, akin to the time in the growing cycle when the trees shake off their leaves, gently giving them back to the earth for compost and enrichment in the coming cycle.  This is especially heightened between two eclipses, when a larger eclipse cycle has drawn to a close with the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, and a new cycle is about to begin with the coming Solar Eclipse and New Moon.   This Last Quarter Moon can be seen as a liminal space – one where we are waving our goodbyes to outworn ways of being, and simultaneously looking ahead to the new experience we may have of ourselves and the world through our transformed eyes.   The layers we shed during this time may be thicker or more numerous than usual, and the new seeds of intention forming in our hearts and spirits for the coming cycle have more weight and influence than in an ordinary lunar cycle.  This is the ‘whoa’ factor as well as the beautiful gift of this Eclipse Season. There are large potentials for shifting, transforming and attuning to a more aligned way of being, but the process of that can be confronting, and require that we hone our awareness and really tune into how we can live our most beautiful lives and be our most authentic selves.