Thursday, 25 August 2016

So You Turned 50 This Year (or Whenever...)

I watched a great video by Gary Vaynerchuck a few weeks ago, and it got me thinking about astrology. It is about age being relative, and how we are a lot younger than we think - younger than our parents and grandparents were at the same age (you can watch it below). With modern medicine, we're going to live longer and healthier than the generations that came before us. The milestones that we grew up with are irrelevant. In Gary Vee's words: if you are 50, don't wrap it up, start it up. Your whole life is ahead of you. This idea also resonates 100,000% with astrological timing ...

Here is why:

There are a number of cycles that we track with astrology. If we look at the movement of the planets through the zodiac, every so often, they return to the same place in the sky as the moment of our birth. This happens every month with the Moon, and every year with the Sun. And with Saturn, every 28 or 29 years, a phenomenon that is known as our Saturn Return. Saturn is the Lord of Karma so if we have been straying from our soul's path to personal growth and fulfillment, Saturn will send an event to get us back on track. It isn't always pleasant; many a divorce has happened on a Saturn transit. Saturn sends adjustments every 7 years when he completes 25% of his orbit, and an overhaul every 28-29 years. We can get ahead of the curve with a bit of introspection, especially by assessing our priorities and addressing any issues ahead of time before any changes are forced on us.

So how can we try to figure out what our life purpose is? Our natal chart can point us in the right direction, especially when we look at our eclipses, and the placement known as the Moon's Nodes (Sound familiar? We covered them here.) Today I'd like to focus on the Moon's Nodes; the placement that speaks to the beliefs and comfort zones that we need to release before we can find our bliss on the other side. By pinpointing the zodiac sign that our North Node is in, we can identify the behavioral patterns that will help us find that bliss, even though it may be uncomfortable at first. We have all of our lives to resolve these issues, although life will send us a pressure test every 19 years (at the Node's Return), where we are pushed out of our comfort zones. We can see this as an opportunity to grow. My first return was pretty cool; I'm looking forward to the second one when I turn 38 in 2018!

So I was watching Gary's video on turning 50, and it dawned on me that not only should we be thinking about starting it up when we are in our 50's. We also have two big growth spurts to look forward to, the second Saturn Return at 57-58, and the third cycle of the Moon's Nodes at about 57. You could say that the 50's are the place to be, that 60 is the new 40, and 100 will be the new 80. Life is changing, we are all a lot younger than we think. Watch the clip below; my Diary of a Psychic Healer Facebook Page LOVED IT =) And apologies in advance for any curse words ... 

Watch Gary's Video Here




So I hope you enjoyed the video - if you'd like to explore your natal chart for a bit of guidance please get in touch. Natal astrology readings are available here, either as a 20 minute recording that is delivered on email, or a 60 minute Skype session where we  explore several themes. Please get in touch if you have any questions, or if you'd like to book a reading. My  email address is geena@diaryofapsychichealer.com 

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Can Your Intuition Keep You Alert?

Archangel Michael Oracle Deck
I always ask that my angels keep me safe and I'm sure I'm not alone in this. This extends to my family's well-being but also the hassle of having something stolen, especially when you are on vacation in a foreign country and losing your wallet or your phone would be a major pain. A few weeks ago I was traveling with family and we went to one of those country fairs. The kind where you see ferris wheels, cotton candy and lots of kids and teenagers running around trying to win prizes. After an hour or so and a delicious Nutella waffle, it was time to go and we made our way to the exit. 

I was walking with my purse slung behind me, a purse that I love using on these trips because it has so many compartments that it would be really hard for anyone to find anything in it. Still, you don't want anyone snooping around in there, and I suddenly had an image of a hand flash through my mind - that hand was reaching for my purse. I instinctively pulled my purse around to the front of my body where I could keep a hand over it, but I didn't think to say anything (like, girls, keep an eye on your things!). 

Luckily nothing was stolen, but my sister felt like her purse weighed more than usual, and when she turned to look, a small hand was pulling the zipper back every so slowly. A six or seven year old hand, which was the worst part, as we soon discovered. We turned to see a gang of kindergartners with an older boy (or teenager) and they had their hands in all our purses. Beyond the cringe-factor of a gang of pickpockets using little kids (who would be less likely to get in trouble if caught) to steal things, we were spooked by the occurrence. And my sister still tells me that I should have spoken up. Its just that intuition can be so faint that when you get used to it, you respond without really thinking about it. 

Have you had an instance where your intuition kept you safe? Please share in the comment box!  


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Friday, 5 August 2016

How Can Natal Astrology Help Us?

Anyone who knows me would tell you I'm quite the shopaholic when it comes to books and crystals. That one-click option on Amazon is my downfall. Sometimes I'll buy a book long before I have time to read it (or before I have any chance of understanding it). That was the case with Jan Spiller's Spiritual Astrology: A Path to Divine Awakening, which turned out to be a fantastic read and I'm now kicking myself for not reading earlier. I bought the book in 2009, re-gifted it, and got it again last month. It opened my eyes to a new way of working with astrology. But first, let’s look at some of the more traditional ways that a Natal Astrology reading can help us.


Studying our natal charts can help in several ways:


1) Getting To Know Yourself

What does it mean if a person's Sun is in the fiery sign of Aries, their Moon is in Libra. The Sun rules our core, our essence, what our soul is here to accomplish. The Moon is about how we feel, our inner world and emotions. Other planets such as Mercury, Venus, and Mars and might indicate what our thought processes are like, what we value in life and how we go about attaining what we want. On a psychological level, we can use astrology to understand ourselves and what makes us tick.

We can also look at the balance of elements in our natal charts, for example, how many planets do we have in water, earth, air or fire signs and how does this make-up influence our personality. A person with lots of Air might have great ideas, but if they don't have enough planets in Fire (drive) or Earth (logic) they may never get traction. We can work with crystals and other healing tools to balance out the mix.

2) Goal-Setting With Astrology

We can also work with astrological transits to set goals when we are more likely to meet them. By transit, we mean the movement of the planets through the signs (the moon was in Leo on Monday, its in Virgo today). The energy that the planets send our way take on a different shape as they move through the signs. They also influence different areas of our lives as they make their way around the sun. We can study these transits to see where we are more likely to gain momentum in our lives. For example, the past year or so I have had the goal of 'getting back in shape' on the back-burner. I went to the gym and ate healthy more often than not, but I wasn't interested in putting in the effort to shed the last few pounds.
 
Then came the Mars - the planet that rules ambition, drive and our ability to get what we want. It takes Mars about two years to make its way through all the signs in the Zodiac. A month and a half ago it entered the zodiac sign that (in my natal chart) rules health, habits, fitness and work ethic. I suddenly found myself with plenty of energy at the gym as well as the motivation to lay off the chocolate bars and crisps. Those kilos came off quickly despite the fact that I went on holiday for two weeks and ate lots of pizza, pasta and Italian ice cream (but I did hike a lot, too).

Of course, when it comes to weight loss there may be other issues at play, whether it is emotional or stress related. And we all come in different shapes and sizes so it's more about finding the size and shape where we are comfortable, happy and healthy rather than trying to fit into an ideal. For more on sustainable weight loss and healing from the inside out, please read this article of mine with Tiny Buddha... 

3) Predicting Events With Astrology

This area I am not as familiar with, but we can study the movement of the planets through a person's natal chart to predict when certain events are more likely to happen. For example, when are you likely to get a promotion, to get married, to meet your soul mate, etc? These transits tell us when something is more likely but we still need to put in the work to take advantage of the opportunity (though some may fall into your lap - it depends on the transit). 

So for example, if you knew that your big chance to meet a soul mate is coming in 2017, you would work on healing and releasing past relationships before then so that you would be ready for the new one. we can also take it one step further by combining our knowledge of planetary transits with magick to bring the planet's energy into our lives in a more focused and conscious way.  


4) Finding Happiness With Astrology

In Spiritual Astrology, Jan Spiller talks about falling in love and how the feeling has less to do with the person we are "in love with" than our state of mind. That bliss can be found when we plug into our Heart and stop caring about the trials of daily life. So the bus was late, who cares, we're in love! Eventually, our consciousness exits the heart and goes back to our mind/ego. That warm fuzzy feeling may fade - if we want to stay in that place of love it's an inside job. Jan tells us that we can fall in love with life and with ourselves by turning to our stars for guidance.

The book is amazing; the empowering bit comes from studying the placement of each of the planets in a natal chart, and how their placement in the signs influences our feelings. We can manifest a planet's energy constructively, or destructively - within the confines of its sign in our natal chart. 


To give you an example, when I was born, Venus was in Aries. Venus rules love, relationships, social activities, what we value in our lives, and where we find our self-worth. Aries is an independent sign that leads impatiently and can leave people behind. Nothing moves fast enough for Aries. The sign is ruled by Mars, a very competitive planet (and one that I'm not entirely comfortable with).

If I were to plug into the impatient, competitive or self-absorbed attributes of Aries, my social life and my relationships would suffer. Instead, Spiller suggests that I work Venus to my advantage by leaning into the sign that sits opposite Aries on the Zodiac. Libra is a team player (unlike Aries), it values every human and wants to make sure everyone is OK. According to Spiller, a healthy expression of Venus in Aries involves empowering others so that they can lead, achieve their own goals (with Aries as a kick starter). The book shines a light on where we might be sabotaging ourselves.

5) Discovering Your Soul's Gifts

The other big theme in Spiritual Astrology are prenatal eclipses (the eclipses that happen when we are in the womb). Most of us will have experienced two eclipses in the womb, one rules the gift that we have to share with the world in this life. The other one rules the gift or opportunity that we are given as a reward or a treat. I was surprised to learn that my "treat" eclipse is in Pisces (the sign that rules intuition) and that in exchange for me agreeing to come down to earth, I was given the chance to develop my intuition. It is what I am here to enjoy, and I have the most of it! I did however, realize that I haven’t been channeling the gift that I am meant to be sharing with the world (not so directly); that is something for me to work on in the future …

I would recommend the book to anyone. You can find Spiritual Astrology on Amazon (here). There are also several websites that generate free natal charts. AstrologyClub.org was my favorite early on because I could relate to the interpretations. Of course, I also offer astrology and tarot readings through this blog; I'd be happy to explore your natal chart with you. Readings last an hour and we might not have time to go through everything on this list, but if you let me know what you are interested in, we can zoom in on a specific aspect and take it from there.

If you would like to learn more about Astrology, let me know and I can include a reading list in my next email. There is a sweet little book by Amanda Starr that I would recommend: The Joy of the Zodiac. The author does a great job explaining the qualities associated with the various zodiac signs. She also goes into subdivisions for each sign (career, relationships, family life); those descriptions will be relevant when we have a specific sign on the cusp of the house that rules that sphere of life. 

So for example, if you were looking into a new job, you might look at the sign of the 2nd House Cusp (income), 6th House Cusp (work) and the 10th House Cusp (public success and achievement). If you have never seen a natal chart and would like to know more, CLICK HERE for an introduction and a case study. Hope it helps! =) 

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Ground Yourself In Love

It's been a few weeks since my Chakra Healing & Magick book was released and I hope you are enjoying the read. This week, I thought we could discuss grounding and how it can help us prepare for the shifts that come when we begin to engage with energy healing and meditation on a deeper level.

We have discussed grounding several times, so it's grounding in the energy of love that I'd like to focus on. You see, in order to really heal ourselves, we have to be willing to turn a compassionate and objective eye inward, shining a loving light on our fears and insecurities before addressing the aspects that need healing. 

If we are also planning on working with energy healing to bring about these shifts on an emotional or spiritual level, we will be much better off if we begin by grounding ourselves in Mother Nature as that gives us a means of releasing emotional energy. 

How Do We Ground Ourselves?
 
We can begin by learning to ground ourselves. If you recall, grounding is about bringing our consciousness into the body so that we are fully aware of how we feel, and so that we are in touch with nature - which in turn, can help us feel safe, loved and supported. It also makes life easier. 

After all, when we live in the moment we experience life in technicolor and emotions run high, it can be overwhelming - which is why many of us escape when things get a bit messy, rathe or than deal with the turmoil. Some might distance themselves from a relationship, others may turn to desensitizing habits like drinking, and still others flee into a "spiritual" or "zen" lifestyle to try and numb those topsy-turvy sensations.

What's In It For You???

I like to quote my fellow healer and friend, Justin Luria (from the School of Earth Medicine in London) - Justin tells us that grounding is about working on our relationship with the earth. This could be seen on an energetic level, where we draw on Earth energy for support and sustenance (better than Redbull!) and on a figurative level, where we connect with the physical world so that we can enjoy life on Earth.

Learning to ground ourselves is a process, one where we come into contact with our inner voice and with the physical body's language. If you have read my earlier posts on Medical Intuition (here), you will be familiar with what the body can tell us about our beliefs, our food choices and even the way we feel about our lives deep down. 

The physical body and the Aura quite literally register everything that happens to us, and of we learn to read it, we can shed kilos of physical and emotional weight. To do that, we start by grounding ourselves so that we can establish that inner dialogue. 

Channeling Love ...
As a student,I learned to ground myself in the energy of love by visualising tree roots growing out of the bottoms of my feet, into the ground, where they wrapped around a rose quartz crystal at the centre of the earth. That energy travels up the roots, into the body, and cascades out the Crown Chakra, surrounding you with pink light. It fills your Aura with love and trust, which in turn, shields your personal energy. 

From an empath's point of view, this technique is a "sanity saver" as it keeps other people's thoughts, emotions and stress out of our energy field - keeps us clear. It also prepares us for self-healing because love is not judgmental. 

By filling our hearts and minds with that loving energy, we can turn a discerning eye inward, shining a light on our vulnerabilities, our mistakes and some of our regrets, healing them in the process. 

A few months ago I published an article with OM Times Magazine about compassion and how it leads to  healing (read it here); this simple grounding exercise can put us in the right frame of mind to begin self-healing.


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If you would like to know more, the tools of my trade can be found in my new Chakra Healing & Magick ebook, which you should have received a few weeks ago (sign up here for a gift copy!). I am also teaching live, online lessons with OM TIMES MAGAZINE's new school. Follow the links to register for the introductory classes: 



The online webinars will be recorded live, if you can't make it for the live class you should still be able to watch the recording later. These are practical, introductory level classes that complement the material in my new Chakra Healing & Magick book. I hope to see you there! Only 5 USD to attend =) 

I came across this lovely cherry blossom in New York last year! =)


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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Your Crystal Cracked - Now What???

We have all been there; crystals crack, especially when we use them for healing. It starts with small fissures on the inside that let us know they are working. Or in the case of amethyst and citrine crystals, the colors fades with time - or in just a few weeks, it depends on how much energy they transmute. When a crystal cracks, we thank it for its healing vibes and put it back into the earth so that it can recharge its energy and eventually be reabsorbed by the natural cycles in the earth. 

Can We Keep Them From Cracking?


You might be wondering if there is anything we can do to keep them from cracking; a fair bit of crystal care will go a long way to keeping them intact:

Clear new crystals by putting them on a bed of sea salt for 2 hours. Then hold it in your hand and fill it with divine light, asking that it keep it clear and full of energy on a daily basis.

Rinse regular-use crystals with water at least once a week, and then fill it with divine light again to dedicate it's energy.

Keep your crystals in a cool dry place, out of the sunlight to preserve their color (especially important for rose quartz, amethyst, citrine and other varieties that lose their color).

Tune into the crystal's energy and give it a break when it needs one, burying it in a potted plant for a few weeks or months. 

This last suggestion is vital. We can get a feel for a crystal's energy levels by holding it in our left, receiving hand, and sensing its energy levels. They crystal's energy might say "give me a rest!" in which case you might bury it in a potted plant for a month. Taking care of crystals keeps them with us longer. When the crystal is ready to come again it will pop into your mind. You can feel it's energy with your left hand.

A few months ago I was wearing a lapis lazuli pendant and a moonstone bracelet and they both fell off their silver chains the same day - a sign that they needed some rest as I had been wearing them for months without a proper rest. Crystals that are worn as jewelry may need more rest and cleansing  because so many people admire them on us. Take care of your favorite crystals and they will be with you for a long time. 






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Monday, 4 July 2016

Two Minute Meditation

It's been a little while since my last post and I feel like I am cheating with this 2 Minute Meditation where I do and say nothing, but that is what mindfulness is about: bringing your attention back to the moment and enjoying or observing what it is. The goal is not to close your eyes, quiet the mind or to lose yourself in cool darkness. Instead, we seek to turn down the volume of our thoughts by bringing our attention to our breath and focusing our relaxed gaze on one spot.  

This is my favorite meditation spot, though if I am honest, I do not go there enough. If you would like to join me please pull this up on your computer's big screen, sit in a chair with your back straight, bring your attention to your breathe and just observe the plant. You will also hear water in the background ... 

Two minutes to relax your mental, emotional and physical bodies - that is all it takes!






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Monday, 20 June 2016

Dive Into The Ocean of Your Thoughts

I've been meditating for six years but I didn’t know what Buddhist meditations were about until recently. And even though admitting this makes me feel incredibly foolish, I thought I’d share my findings in case you’ve been reading this blog for years and are equally clueless about meditation, beyond contacting angels, which we all love =)

There are different kinds of meditation and the one I have practiced all along is focused on connecting with my intuition, chatting with my angels and asking for guidance. It has been wonderful, but it can also take you away from the real world, instead of bringing you to a place where you can feel peace in the moment.

Then last month, I walked into a shop and a bright yellow book caught my eye. It had a mandala on the cover. The color drew me in even though the title was a bit of a downer: The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying, by Sogyal Rimpoche. 


I was drawn in by the themes of healing, compassion, reincarnation, life and death. It is full of jewels, but for me, the Buddhist take on meditaiton was the first eye opener:

 

1) We Meditate to Witness the Light of the Mind. 

This happens when the clouds clear and we can see the sun in a clear sky, because the author likens our thoughts and emotions to tempest floating across the sky. Our true mind is the sun and the blue sky. We don't tell the clouds to go,  instead, we just look at the sky, clouds and all, and wait for those brief moments of clarity. These moments of clarity might be brief, small spaces between the clouds, and with time, those gaps become longer and longer but still. we are never attached to the gaps. They come and go, like the clouds and we just watch the sky.
 
2) Posture and Breathwork Are Key. 

By keeping your back straight and your breath calm, and natural, we prepare physically. I had experienced this already in my angel meditations, intuition flows when you are sitting up straight and when your breath is rhythmic, not forced but it just sustains your rhythm. The Tibetan Book of Life and Death also suggests crossing your legs to represent the intersection of good and evil, where things are neutral, try it if you like =)
 
3) Keep Your Eyes Relaxed, but Open! 

Whereas my intuitive and psychic meditations usually involve closing your eyes and taking your attention away from the physical world to the spiritual realms, in Buddhist meditations you want to keep yourself fully in the moment so your eyes stay open, and you are aware but indifferent to your surroundings, including noise and distractions. I quite like this and with my dreamy Piscean mind (mercury in Pisces), I find this to be incredibly helpful. It keeps me from floating away and then when I stop meditating and go on with my day, I am also more easily present =)
 
4) Focus on a Mantra, an Object or Your Breath. 

The goal is to slowly train the mind so that you can observe your thoughts and not get stuck in them, or carried away by your emotions. To do this, we focus our attention on an specific thing - not obsessively - the author tells us to keep between 25 and 50% of our attention on the mantra, the object (a crystal, a flower or an image of Jesus, Ganesh, Buddha, etc) or on your breath. The rest of your attention will drift, and that is OK, we are learning to relax the mind.

5) Making Peace  With The Ocean Of Our Thoughts 
 
Finally, the author gives us a second metaphor for the mind and emotions, one that resonated even more than the sky with the sun peaking through behind the clouds. Imagine that you are sitting in front of an ocean or a lake and watching the ripples across the top - those ripples are our thoughts, while the currents, changing temperatures and everything that goes on below the surface are our emotions. Sometimes our mind will be calm, with just a few ripples, sometimes the heat of our emotions lights it up and we have turbulence under the surface. 


In either case, we turn to our physical body for grounding, observing the ripples and the turbulence with love and with compassion knowing that it is just a temporary state and the peace will come soon enough. I thought that was quite beautiful, and I have been meditating on different mantras and crystals ever since. It has been grounding, and that is just what a grounding meditation is supposed to do, help us find solid ground when we are overwhelmed by a sea of emotions.