Mercury Retro Recreation, Arts, & Crafts

Things become much more manageable and also fun when things are lumped into piles that can be addressed one at a time, although Mercury, or Murphy’s Law does not always seem to allow such organization to take place. Some of us do this automatically without question. Instinct or intuition guides us to take actions that simplify our life and increase productivity. Some of us need a little push or a nudge to become more resourceful and efficient.  A few need a disaster to shake them out of a rut. Some just don’t have a clue as to where to begin.

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Here are a few suggested piles to play with:

Clear-up Pile – What kind of piles can you gather up to get rid of – as in throw away, destroy, burn, bury, delete, zap, discontinue? You can make one giant Clear-up Pile or several ones under different categories. Any junk accumulating in the kitchen, closet, or basement? Soda cans on the beach? Trash on the widewalk? Papers, papers, and more papers? Excess email? When you do this kind of thing voluntarily instead of wait for a necessity or disaster to force you into it, it can actually be enjoyable. I like to put on a favorite album and clear away to my heart’s content! When things get really deep and disconcerting, Tangerine Dream helps me get through the cinematic horrors of my clutter.

Donate Pile – It’s true that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Sometimes the garbage we keep could benefit someone else. There is something in your life right now – out of sight, out of mind, but its space is definitely being rented in your energetic field. You don’t love it. You don’t use it. You don’t wear it. For God’s sake you don’t even look at it. Why on Earth do you hold onto it? An ugly watch that a relative gave you on Christmas? An unwanted pair of jeans with rhinestones on the back pockets? An old pot or pan way in the back corner of a cabinet that hasn’t seen light in about 7 years? Might be time to grab a cardboard box and start creating your Donate Pile.

Fix-it Pile – This pile is one of my favorites. Another name for it could be “When-I-get-to-it-Pile”. It is the pile of things that may be collected throughout the year until there is enough time to address the items contained in it. See, we don’t have to wait for a bunch of things to break down on us all at once to think in terms of adjustment. There could be a favorite barrette that broke, a blade that needs sharpening, a guitar bridge that needs repair, you get the idea. The things in this pile are not in need of urgent attention but they are useful and worth taking the time and effort to fix or get fixed. So, if you have your Fix-it pile together, take your pick get down to it.

Exchange Pile – This is another fun pile, because you have a choice in whether to donate the stuff inside to a charity or or meet up with someone that has things they are also willing to part with you might find useful. In Sonoma county, many women I know love to throw what’s called a “Clothing Exchange Party”. Women bring clothes and other odds & ends they don’t wear or use anymore and just have a field day picking and choosing from a giant pile or exchanging items in mini piles. The party atmosphere may be enhanced with snacks, music, and special beverages.

Scrap Pile – Scraps can come from fabric used in sewing, construction papers used in crafts, old crayons, cracked garden pots, wrapping paper from gifts received, random ornaments, acorns, copper wires, bones, little whatnots and thingamajigs. Instead of throwing away ribbons and other pretty accents you can save them for future arts and crafts. I mean, don’t go overboard with this and turn an entire room into a scrap pile (unless your profession is directly related to turning scraps into art). One box is sufficient. It can be whatever size box you choose. There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes with turning scraps into art.

Just as the physical body needs circulation to function properly, so does the environment that we inhabit. You might come up with your own kind of piles that work better for you. The point is to make way for creative inspiration to flow with ease.

September Superfoods & Supplements

There are many foods, minerals and supplements that people may find very helpful this month to unwind and replenish during the transit of Mercury Retrograde in Virgo and the intense activity of the eclipses.

The sign of Virgo relates to physical health, diet, exercise, hygiene, organization and work. It rules the large intestines and nerves. Challenges to planets in Virgo can cause a wide range of physical symptoms from indigestion to insomnia, nervous exhaustion, and toxic overload.

What is the #1 mineral for Virgo’s physical (and a few mental/emotional) issues? I’ll tell you in a minute…

This has been one of the most underlooked minerals in the past, but it is now being recognized as crucial to the assimilation of other key vitamins and minerals such as Calcium and Vitamin D. Most Americans are extremely deficient in it, and as a result they suffer from stiff muscles, headaches, stress tension, irritability, anxiety, mood swings, irregularity, and restlessness.

That magical mineral that we need more of is Magnesium!

There are far too many symptoms and conditions for me to list here related to a deficiency in magnesium but they include diabetes, intestinal complaints such as Crohn’s disease and leaky gut, kidney malfunctions, menstrual cramps, heart attacks and even cancer.

Magnesium has been shown to help with detoxification, elimination of heavy metals, regulation of blood sugar levels, and general calmness. There is a popular supplement on health food shelves that is actually called Calm Magnesium, which can be especially helpful before retiring for the evening. Not all magnesium supplements are created equal. Magnesium with citric acid called Magnesium Citrate can cause “the runs”. Magnesium Oxide is not readily absorbed. Magnesium Glycinate is chelated and can provide greater bioavailability and absorption than the others.

(Don’t take my word for any of it – plenty of research data is available on the internet! Consult your health expert for advice)

Magnesium Changes Lives

Magnesium is meant to be an abundant mineral in the human body. Like water itself, when insufficient a huge list of ailments can manifest leading to degeneration. There was a time in my life when my anxiety was so incapacitating that each day was spent in agonizing misery and anxiety that felt like I was going to suffocate from lack of oxygen and heart palpitations any minute. This discomfort continued for hours, sometimes days and weeks.

When I began taking a magnesium supplement I was amazed at what began to occur in my body. It was not a cure-all but it definitely shifted my perspective, my heart rate, my breathing, my posture, and my ability to function. I’d say that it did quite a bit to improve my condition!

Sources of Magic Minerals

SuperFoods containing magnesium, also rich in many other minerals and nutrients – ORGANIC ALL: Almonds, Basil, Broccoli, Burdock Root, Raw Cacao, Chlorella, Sage, Seaweed, Sesame Seeds, Spinach, Spirulina, Sunflower Seeds. A lot of Green in the diet!

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Another supplement that I highly recommend for those who have been stressed to the max lately is B12.

A lack of it often coincides with anemia, fatigue, dementia, lack of appetite/emaciation, depression, general weakness and malaise.

This special vitamin is absolutely required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological functioning, optimal energy levels and overall wellbeing. It is also easy to lose quickly in states of high stress and panic, and in aging. B-12 is said to aid in the body’s ability to make DNA for new cells. It is one of eight B vitamins that help the body convert food into glucose which is how we get our energy. Many people are low in several Bs so they might as well take a B-Complex.

Foods containing B12 aside from various types of meat include: Eggs, Nutritional Yeast, Yogurt, and grains that have been fortified with B12.

As a supplement B12 can be taken as a pill, sublingual drops/tablet, or injection for those who like needles🙂

For supplements of a more subtle nature check out 3 Flower Essences for Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

3 Flower Essences for Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Every time Mercury appears to be moving in reverse there are many aspects of life that seem to be also. There is often this random stream of chaos: a dish cracks, a computer crashes, a tire goes flat, someone thought you said dumbass when you said alas, a new pair of pants don’t fit, and so on and on. It’s time to slow down – just a wee bit – and do a little bit of review.

The house that Mercury is transiting in your own birth chart and any planets being “aspected” will say more about how Mercury Retrograde is affecting you specifically.

With Mercury Retrograde in Virgo from August 30th until September 21st there is a focus on improving aspects of what we have already been building upon, healing, or manifesting. It is also of great assistance in releasing old items, beliefs, or toxins.

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Buried emotions might rise to the surface causing depression or a flood of thoughts and worries could make it difficult to fall asleep at night. Here are three Bach Flower Essences that might be particularly helpful during the next few weeks while Mercury is Retrograde in Virgo.

Crab Apple

This is the flower to help quell an obsessive concern for imperfections and impurities. Nitpicking and excessive criticism so often experienced when Virgo is stressed in some way can be eased with this essence. The desire to be perfect or do a perfect job at something can erode one’s confidence in the long run. When one feels they are not good enough, or they are embarrassed because of a blemish, or experiencing germophobia, Crab Apple helps gain a healthier perspective and fosters self-acceptance. Psychosomatic illness and certain allergies often develop in those who loathe their bodies or appearance in some way. Crab Apple is a great essence for those who feel that the physical body is unclean no matter how much they bathe. This includes a religious shame of sexuality. This flower essence can energetically enhance many types of detoxification programs and diets, including fasting. When there are serious questions about what is pure, moral and “good”, Crab Apple can facilitate clarity.

Pine

The essence of Pine is indicated for use when there is an inability to forgive oneself or to accept one’s human nature. Although regret may sometimes be useful to a certain degree it can easily become so exaggerated than one feels a lack of motivation to better themselves or even get out of bed in the morning. It can turn into self-deprecation, which does not help anyone. We all make mistakes! That’s part of life on the Earth plane. Pine addresses the kind of shame that makes it very difficult to make any progress. If such shame is an ongoing or crippling issue for someone it may work very well together with Crab Apple to restore ones sense of self worth and original innocence. Pine is a tree that represents both purity and equanimity. Its appearance, fragrance and energetic imprint can help us to become more objective about our shortcomings and to understand how we may better ourselves with a compassionate awareness instead of judgment and the burden of guilt.

White Chestnut

White Chestnut is the flower essence for the mind that never quits. It just gets more lit the later it gets at night. There are as many reasons for mental agitation as there are personalities. Most will agree that having an overactive mind is unpleasant and exhausting. One could be concerned with the completion of a project that requires a lot of mental energy, thus making it difficult to wind down at the end of a very stimulating day. Another person could fear losing their job, health or relationship which causes them to feel that they are constantly living on the edge with their minds replaying various scenarios of the worst that could happen. The events of the day, week, or month could be repeatedly analyzed and lead to extreme headaches and insomnia. This type of nervous energy can also wreak havoc on the digestive system and immunity. White Chestnut helps to reroute congested mental energy from the higher chakras to the rest of the body or areas where it might be needed. When there is more clarity and calmness within the mind, the voice of the Inner Self can more easily be heard and heeded.

Free Flower Essence Report and other goods!

From now until September 22nd, I am offering a free flower essence report (usually priced at $5.00 Flower Essences) along with any reading with the chance to win a free copy of my new ebook Flower Spirit Medicine. I will be doing a name draw on the Equinox of the 22nd. Anyone who voices their interest is eligible for the chance to receive a free copy of the ebook.

In addition, a free custom essence blend and future 30 minute reading will be provided to the participant who shares the most fabulous testimonial about their experience receiving a reading or flower essence blend from me! Anyone who submits a testimonial may receive a free mini flower/numerological/ or basic natal report as an appreciation for their time😀

Comfort and Crisis in Consciousness

In the spirit of the Aquarian Lunar Eclipse (August 18th) which highlights creativity, technology, and breaking free, I present to you my first humble speech video:

  • Breaking out of the “Comfort Zone”
  • What triggers a healing crisis or crisis in consciousness
  • How to start living before it’s too late

This is my very first self-captured video as well as my first time figuring out how to edit a video of this kind. Friends, clients, and and allies have been nudging me to do this for awhile, but I had to really push myself to get this far. I’ve attempted it a handful of times over the past couple of years and wound up chickening out and deleting everything. You’ll see me briefly ~ going out on a limb, but mostly this is for the audio: 

Flower Spirit Medicine – an ebook

Hello flower enthusiasts, energy healers, and folk in search of unique healing methods! Here is something that I have been working on since Spring. It is my very first ebook (about how to use and produce your own unique vibrational flower remedies!)

This is a guidebook for those wishing to learn the art of attuning to nature spirits, how to make their own flower essences, and it  is a great reference book containing essences for various troubling issues. Included is a chapter on flower essences as they relate to astrology.

A print version will be available for purchase in October 2016.

Sanskrit and Vedic Astrology Transits

What I shared on Stargate Radio this morning at the KOWS station

Sanskrit is a language of spirit and light, capable of effecting profound change and healing…

Dharma Widmann shares his viewpoints on the ancient language of Sanskrit and how it relates to Yoga and Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). Current transits of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Rahu affecting the US and Europe are also discussed in this interview: