Sunday, 24 April 2016

Chakra Healing & Magick eBook!

My next ebook is coming out in June 2016! All about Chakra Healing, Intuition and a bit of crystal magic - It will be available as a gift for email subscribers!



In this Chakra Healing & Magick Ebook you will learn to: 

  • Ground, clear and protect your personal space. 
  • Access your Intuition and meet your angels and joy guides.
  • Send healing to the past, present or future through the Chakras. 
  • Channel that childlike sense of wonder that so many of us left behind.
  • Basic rituals for self-healing and empowerment. 
  • Available in June 2016!

My blog is on hold temporarily, until the ebook is finished... In the meantime, I'm available for Angel & Tarot Readings, which also include a bit of astrology!





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Thursday, 31 March 2016

My 3 Month Vegetarian Update

It's been three months since I became a weekday vegetarian for environmental reasons and thought this would be a good time for an update. If you read my reviews of Graham Hill's Why I'm a Weekday Vegetarian TedTalk, or the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, you'll know that cutting back on your meat consumption may do more for the planet than taking short showers or riding a bike to work. Giving up meat on weekdays has been easier than I imagined, and I don't feel silly for making a sacrifice that is big for me, but only a drop in the bucket when you look at the world's population. 


This is what I have learned from being a weekday vegetarian so far:

  • We don't need as much protein as we think and this took a lot of the pressure off when I realized I was aiming for twice the requirement. There are also lots of packaged foods that are fortified with protein. While I would rather get it from a natural source, I do enjoy my new Special K cereal. 
  • My skin looks great and I don't know if it's the diet, but everyone keeps mentioning it. I haven't lost any weight but that wasn't a goal. I'm just glad that I have the same energy levels at the gym.
  • Friends  ask  if I feel healthy and full of energy. I do. We don't miss out on anything by eating animal products just on weekends. I do have cheese and eggs, but I try to drink almond, soy, oat or coconut milk whenever I can. Dairy is bad for the planet too but I'm not ready to give it up =(
  • What am I eating instead of meat?? Spinach, lentils, peanuts, almonds, avocados, quinoa. You can also get pasta made from quinoa, lentils and even black beans, with lots of protein. Good stuff. 
  • The hardest thing has been going to my gramma's house for lunch and trying to tell her that I don't each meat, chicken or fish. Somehow that feels rude. Technically I could eat meat  on weekends but I really love vegetarian food and I am starting to lose my appetite for animal products. 

So that's my first three months of part-time vegetarianism. It would be amazing if we  all cut back drastically on our animal consumption. Sustainable fishing and farming are things we tell ourselves to feel better, when there are too many people on Earth for us all to eat meat everyday. If you haven't watched Cowspiracy, it's available on Netflix. And personally, I really really like Graham Hill's 5 minute Ted Talk on why he became a Weekday Vegetarian. That one did it for me, even though I didn't follow through right away.  






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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A Meditation for Physical & Emotional Vitality

There are seven "planets" in astrological magic and healing: the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn. Each has its own energy, and we can work with these planets when the time is right to stimulate our lives through the Chakra System. While the associations in this list aren't definitive, I use them myself with good results: 

  • Vitality: Mars & The Root Chakra
  • Passion: Mercury & The Sacral Chakra
  • Personal Power: Jupiter & The Solar Plexus Chakra
  • Love: Venus & The Heart Chakra
  • Honesty: Scorpio (Pluto)& the Throat Chakra
  • Vision: Chiron & The Brow Chakra
  • Intuition: The Moon & The Crown Chakra

Follow this link for an earlier post on the Chakras & the Planets, or watch to my latest VLOG below for a meditation on energy, initiative and Mars. This month, and today in particular, we are working with Aries to Kickstart the Astrological Year. Now would also be a good time to revisit worthwhile resolutions, as discussed in my blog post last week. 

The following is a meditation that we can use on Tuesday mornings to make the most of this fiery energy, especially now that the Sun is in Aries. While Mars does have something of a reputation as a hothead, we can combine the red planet's energy with Mother Earth's to achieve a bit of balance. Please share your thoughts below! I'm still new to video blogging; all suggestions are welcome (even "shut the door Regina!" LOL) 



A Meditation for Physical & Emotional Vitality



I worked on another version where we connect with a power animal and ask it join us during the month of Aries. If you'd like to incorporate this, stay with the meditation for an extra minute and visualise a Ram appearing. You could visualise yourself sitting on the Ram's back and holding on for dear life as it rushes off to embrace the day, full of excitement and drive! If you are wondering, the Ram is the symbol for Aries.


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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Resolutions for the Astrological New Year

Most of us in the western world grow up doing our New Years Resolutions in January, which I have always thought to be a little bit silly because if something is worth implementing in your life, why wait until then? That said, I do understand the value of a yearly milestone that we can tap into, but a part of me believes March/April would be a better time to adopt big resolution. Whereas January is in the dead of winter - a time when most of us would rather crawl under our blankets than go to the gym - the energy around springtime is more conducive to new beginnings, especially if a great deal of effort is required on our part. 

This time of year also has the following advantages:

It's The Month of Aries...

Think of Aries as the Kickstarter of the Zodiac. Full of fire, drive and a fair dose of impatience, the Ram's energy propels us forward. Not only does this sign take the lead at the start of the Astrological Year, it is also ruled by Mars, the planet of energy, drive and ambition. By adopting our New Years Resolutions when the sun moves into Aries, we can leverage all of that fiery energy. The sun is in Aries from March 21st to April 19, or thereabouts

And The Equinox!

There are four major dates in planet earth's calendar, the Summer and Winter Solstices mark the longest and shortest days of the year. We also have the Fall and Spring Equinox, where night and daytime are equal in length. Each of these four dates marks the start of a season, and in Spring, it also marks the start of the Astrological year. If we think about the metaphorical ratio of light vs dark in our lives, the equinoxes also indicate a time when our light and shadow sides are balanced, and by tapping into that energy we can heal and embrace our shadow - those elements that we hide, even though in all likelihood, they are not as ugly or as dark as we think.

It can be helpful to view "Light" and "Shadow" as two sides of the same coin, especially if we bring astrology into the mix. Every Zodiac sign has a polar opposite, two energies that appear to be at odds with each other. If we learn how to tap into that opposing force, rather than shun it, we will be able to leverage its power in our lives. The past few months I have been using meditations and self-healing to help me balance the energy in my natal chart (as seen here). By getting to know our natal charts, we can work that polarity to our advantage. I began by exploring my Sun sign which reflects our core being and the motor that drives us, before considering other placements.


If you would like to check out your star signs, you can generate a free birth chart at www.AstrologyClub.org. This is the service I used early on, as the interpretations often resonate. You'll need to know your time, date and place of birth. If you'd like personal attention, I'm now incorporating astrology, tarot and angels in my readings, and we can explore how best to approach this integration process - using meditation, crystals and self-healing. Readings can be booked on the Angels & Tarot Tab on my blog. The Basic Email Reading (8 USD) would cover your sun sign and its opposite, while the 20 Minute Recording would explore the natal chart in more depth. If there is a particular issue that you would like guidance on, we can look at that as well.


My Latest Vlog, on the Astrological New Year!





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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Sacred Sites for Personal Empowerment


One of my teachers at The College of Psychic Studies told us he had more than two hundred oracle decks. My collection is in the low double digits and to keep it from growing exponentially, I  put myself on a one-in-one-out plan where every new acquisition necessarily leads to a gift. It also makes me pause before buying a new deck - is it worth giving up an oracle that I already know and love? 

The answer was a BIG YES when I spotted Barbara Meiklejohn-Free's Sacred Sites Oracle Deck in the lobby at the College last summer. Instead of angels, tarot or archetypes, we have approximately 52 sacred sites from around the world, ranging from Machu Picchu in Peru, to Petra in Jordan and Mont Saint-Michel in France. Each of these sites has an energy that we can channel for self-healing and empowerment. We can also view the cards as an oracle, asking our guides what issues we need to work on, though it may be more exciting to use them as a prompt for astral travel and meditation. Imagine what it would be like to travel there and connect with its energy. Each of these sacred sites has a lesson to teach us.

I found this deck to be intriguing because the images have three layers to them as well, for extra depth. Barbara Meikeljohn-Free refers to the bottom third of the card as the Lower World, or the Past. The Middle World represents  current opportunities, while the Upper World is where we are headed. I sometimes interpret it as the Subconscious, the Conscious and Divine Guidance. Today I am sharing three messages that came through when I tuned into the cards. Coincidentally, these are cultures I am quite drawn to.

Varanasi, India (Lord Ganesh):

The message today is about cleanliness from a spiritual and emotional point of view - I'm not even sure why I'm using that word, but there is something about the image of the Ganges River washing away our fears, regrets, and mistakes that makes me think of cleanliness. It's about having a pure heart, and not letting the very human experience of fear and anger hold you down. The Ascended Master or guide that comes through is Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. If you are drawn to Ganesh ask for his help removing any internal blocks to progress, as those are usually the most powerful. There is also the message to trust the process of life and to trust God to remove any external blocks when the time is right. See here for my post, Let Go & Let God (or Ganesh).


The Pyramids, Egypt (Osiris):

The British Museum was one of my favorite haunts when I still lived in London. You can visit any civilization just by hopping on the London Underground - and sometimes, the sightseeing begins before you even leave the station. That is where I found this turquoise ankh, the Ancient Egyptian symbol for eternal life. When I began studying ancient religions (for fun!) I was struck by the similarities between this one and Christianity. Both believe in eternal life, a day of judgment where our actions are weighed up and to a certain extent, in miraculous pregnancies even though it's likely Ancient Egyptians saw the myths of Isis, Osiris and Horus as allegories for the human ego's death and the soul's ability to rise above and see clearly - represented by the Eye of Horus. The card in Barbara Meikeljohn-Free's Sacred Sites deck speaks of the Ankh, this symbol of eternal life, and of the Divine Feminine and Masculine. I will let you figure out the meaning for yourself, but balance may be the key. Coincidentally, a friend recommended a book called Initiation, on the past life memories of an ancient egyptian priestess - it's on my to read list! =)



Chichen Itza, Mexico (Kukulkan)

Today I'm drawn to the Lower and Upper Worlds on the Chichen Itza card. The first theme is about self-sacrifice, asking us to reinforce our boundaries and our sense of self-worth. Do you go out of your way to help others, putting yourself on the backburner burner until everyone else's needs are met? If so, it's time to start recognizing your own light, and how it needs attention to shine. This brings me onto the Upper World interprentation - a reference to the Mayan "messiah" known as Kukulkan, a figure who came down to earth to teach us how to heal the sick and even how to resurrect the dead, though Meikeljohn-Free tells us that his mythology was largely wiped out by the Spanish conquistadors. Personally, I find it really interesting when the mythology of several religions starts to overlap, as it can point out a mystical truth that we are all grasping.
 
 Chichen Itza's Equinox



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Monday, 7 March 2016

A Practical Guide to Runes, by Lisa Peschel (Book Review)


Four years ago I bought a box of runes at the British Museum in London, and believe it not, I hadn't used them at all. Not sure why I kept them around all this time, maybe it's because they felt magical and I knew that someday I'd be able to connect with that magical energy. When I quit my job two years ago my colleagues gave me an Amazon gift certificate, and one of my pressies was a book by Lisa Peschel, called A Practical Guide to Runes. Again, I had it in my closet but didn't read it, until last week. WOW. The book starts out by telling us how Nordic Runes were used in ancient times, doubling up as an alphabet and an oracle system. Villagers used runes to ask their gods for guidance on practical matters, and they also used the runes to channel their desired intent into the world with a bit of ritual magic. Peschel's book talks us through all of these steps, including how to make your own runes so that unlike me, you don't need to buy them in a museum store LOL.

At first I felt overwhelmed because we don't have many visual clues to trigger our memory. An upright rune can mean different things depending on the runes it's surrounded by, a reversed typically means the opposite. To simplify matters, I created a cheat sheet for myself with one or two key words for each rune. So far I have found the answers to be direct, and the feeling I get from Peschel's book, is that the runes come through when we genuinely need an answer. Based on my experience with them so far, once you get the hang of the keywords, asking a simple question will give you a reliable answer. So for example, last week I was looking at different ways to get my blog out there so that more people will find me. I pulled three runes to ask about an approach that I was considering and the runes that came up were positive and relevant: Othel (financial security), Tir (success) and Daeg (prosperity). I took it to mean that this approach would have tangible success, helping my blog find it's way to people who will genuinely benefit from my insights as a Healer, Angel Intuitive & teacher. 

What I like about the runes is how practical they are, giving us no-nonsense advice on love, life, career and any changes we are thinking of making. They are also relatively easy to read on your own - though of course, it always helps to use other tools to boost your intuitive skills, like meditation and journalling. If you would like to learn how to read runes for yourself, I can't recommend Lisa Peschel's book enough. As I mentioned, learning the names and meanings of the runes can be daunting, so please create cheat sheet with the symbols, the names and a few keywords. 

Here is my cheat sheet of meanings (the symbols are in the book): 

  • WYRD  - The only blank rune, signals "Let go and let God"
  • FEHU - Cattle, earned income, creative firepower.
  • URUZ - Wild ox, endurance, willpower.
  • THURISAZ - Good luck, protection, divine intervention.
  • ANSUZ - Wisdom, communications, dialogue.
  • RAIDHO - A journey, travel, a gateway to your soul.
  • KENAZ - The floodgates open and clarity ensues.
  • GIFU - A gift, partnership, reciprocity.
  • WUNJO - Joy, bliss, life is a beach in Belize.
  • HAGALL - Disruption, delays, Uranian influence.
  • NIED - Patience will come in handy
  • ISA - Hibernation, sleep, freeze, winter.
  • JERA - Harvest, karma, a seed was planted long ago. 
  • EIHWAZ - Endurance, rebirth, the end of an era.
  • PERDRO - Mysteries, the occult, know yourself.
  • EOLH - Fortunate influences, blessings.
  • SIGEL - Victory, power.
  • TIR - Success in competitions.
  • BEORC - New beginnings, birth, family ties.
  • EHWAZ - Physical moves, new home, changes.
  • MANNAZ - Humanity, interdependence, solidarity.
  • LAGAZ - Intuition, downloading information from on high.
  • ING - Relief, success, completion.
  • DAEG - Prosperity, increase, support.
  • OTHEL - Property, possessions, money. 

Only after learning these, did I start to turning to the book for in depth answers during practice readings. Eventually, we will learn the meanings of the runes when they are paired with each other, and only after knowing their meanings and energies inside out, should we use them for manifesting desired outcomes. On a side note, before using the runes to manifest, you should start with a reading to ask how it will turn out, as we don't want any unintended side effects. A part of me didn't want to engage with magic because I was scared of what might happen, but then I realized that we are already manifesting unconsciously with our thoughts and our actions, and look at the chaos in the world. If you'd like to explore the magical sciences, I would suggest beginning with self-healing so that you can release any hurts or fears that can influence your "manifestations" and then get to know the laws of cause and effect, etc.


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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Climate Change for Beginners (Like Me)


Last year I expanded my definition of healing to include humanity's relationship with the planet as well as our relationship with each other, and with ourselves. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, however you would like to view it. I also realized that I didn't know enough about environmentalism or climate change, even though the hippy in me is seriously annoyed when people tear down trees to build more apartment complexes. Having grown up in California during the drought years in the 80's and 90's, I am also well aware of the need to save water. Beyond that I have always had this feeling that I wasn't doing enough. And to be honest, I don't know what has to be done on a broad scale, or what we can do to help as individuals. Even if one person's actions are just a drop in the bucket, they add up.

So I took it upon myself to learn this year. My journey started with a TedTalk called Why I'm a Weekday Vegetarian, by Graham Hill. This was when I learned that animal farms have a huge impact on the planet's resources, wasting tons of the water that I was so keen to save, and using up loads of land as well. After a few failed attempts to become a weekday vegetarian, I watched Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, a documentary that spells out the cost of cheap meat in enough detail that it's hard to ignore. I also learned that animal farms are responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the transportation sector. That sounded ominous but I didn't know what it meant - why should we care?

These questions led me to another documentary that I should have watched 10 years ago. Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. It portrays a complex issue in simple terms that we can all understand. Here are some of the questions that it answered for me (a complete Climate Change newbie):

What's the big deal with Greenhouse Gases???

In an unpolluted world, the sun's rays would hit different parts of the planet during daylight hours, illuminating the sky and warming us up until nightfall. A good deal of these infrared rays would bounce back into space, taking their heat with them. Greenhouses gases are, as I understand it, the rather thick layer of gas that now sits on the outermost layer of the earth's atmosphere, trapping those infrared rays so that they are less able to escape. Infrared rays are HOT, it's what makes your skin feel warm when you are in the sun. These gases produce a greenhouse effect so that the air and water on the planet gets a little bit hotter each year. 


Why Climate Change and not Global Warming?

I'm guessing this has something to do with the unpredictability of the weather. How often have we remarked on how crazy it is? For example, this year I spent Christmas in New York and New Years in San Diego. I had no need for a jacket in Manhattan on the 24th December, but I did need that and a scarf in Southern California a few days later. All of this craziness and unpredictability is happening because rising temperatures affect cold and hot currents in the air and in the oceans, altering the patterns that had been in place for years. Climate change includes a variety of conditions we see today. If we look at Kilimanjaro, the mountain get less snow than it did 20 years ago. And as An Inconvenient Truth illustrates, entire lakes have dried up, leaving nearby populations without their water supply.

Isn't temperature cyclical anyway ...?

Yes there have been Ice Ages and subsequent heatwaves that melted the ice, but I doubt any of us wants to be here to witness one of those. And this is my humble opinion, but if we see fit for NASA to monitor outer space and deflect or destroy any gigantic pieces of rock that could hit the planet causing a disaster like the one we think did away with the dinosaurs, we should probably look in the mirror too. Temperatures did rise and fall in the past but not to the extent that they are rising now, and it's our  civilization that is to blame for the way we have interacted with the planet. We may have been oblivious to the consequences, but now we know better. 

Why aren't we on the same page? 

The documentary is an hour and a half long, and worth watching, so I won't go into more detail here (I'd rather not play telephone and distort the message, either). There was just one more issue that stood out, and that is the media's portrayal of climate change. As former vice president Al Gore points out, a survey of 1000 scientific studies leave no room for doubt, climate change is a reality. If however, we look at coverage in the media, the stories follow a 50/50 split. Based on my own time in the corporate world and in advertising I would guess PR campaigns may account for this difference. Or even ratings, as debates and a tad of confusion may engage more viewers than science. That's a shame because we are already paying the price and if nothing changes, it will only rise in the future. These documentaries explain it much better than I can - Weekday Vegetarian, Cowspiracy and An Inconvenient Truth are all on Netflix. Please check them out!








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