Domestic Mystic’s Daily Dish July 9th-15th

Monday- This may be a flat day emotionally. You may have to work a little harder to find joy in the little things. No worries though, by the end of the day you will have your optimism back.

 

Tuesday- When addressing your goals, you may find that you need to start sacrificing a bit now in order to do what you would like to do later. Take a hard look at your budget and find a way to start putting a little more aside. Later on this year, you will be so grateful that you did.

 

Wednesday- This is an important day for communication. Don't pass up an opportunity to have a good chat with your boss or a visit with an old friend. Remember that your words matter and others may look to you for some inspiration from time to time.

 

Thursday-  What may look like a great deal now may not be in the future. Choose wisely and do not jump into anything today. If it looks too good to be true then take a step back, ask more questions and seek the opinion of a trusted friend or advisor.

 

Friday-  Everything you touch turns to gold today. This is an excellent day to accomplish goals, receive good news and even try something new. Success is in the air.

 

Saturday-  You have been running hard all week and today your mind, body and spirit need a rest day. Be sure that you set some time aside for  yourself. Whether you nap, read a great book or catch up on your favorite show, you will be glad that you gave yourself an opportunity to rest.

 

Sunday-  Your family needs your spiritual fortitude now. You will likely have others reaching out to you today for your advice, strength and support. Do your best to stay neutral in charged situations. You will find that others are struggling to keep their egos out of the way.

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Domestic Mystics Daily Dish July 2nd-9th

Monday- Be generous with your love today. You may find yourself needing to extend a helping hand who someone who isn't always seen as a friend. Be kind, because that's who you are, not because it is who they are. 

 

Tuesday- Your light is vital on the planet right now. You don't have time to get bogged down in drama and distractions. Find ways to be encouraging and inspiring. Others rely on your light more than you realize.

 

Wednesday- You may find yourself with an itch to take an adventure. Whether you throw caution to the wind and do something wild today, or make plans for a trip in the future, listen to your heart.

 

Thursday- There are things about you that you would do well to embrace and stop trying to change. Whether it is your body, your lack of organizational skills, or your messy house that make you crazy, you are lovable and perfect just the way you are.

 

Friday- This is a fantastic day for manifesting. Accept the abundance that is coming your way. You deserve it. Start by being willing to take a compliment or a strangers seat on the bus when they kindly offer. When you allow others to be in your service from time to time, you send a big statement to the universe that you are willing to receive.

 

Saturday- There is change afoot in your life. It may very well do with work. While it may feel painful now, down the road, you will see it as a benefit. Be willing to allow yourself and others around you to grow. The more you grow and let go of others and let them do the same, the more abundant you all become.

 

Sunday- You may find yourself playing the role of the peacemaker today, particularly in your family. There are old rifts that needed to heal. There is forgiveness begging to happen. You can help both parties lay their pride aside, discard of their hatchets and start anew.

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Domestic Mystic’s Daily Dish June 25-July 1st

 

Monday- What are you waiting for? It's time to take action. If there is something in your world that is making you uncomfortable, make a plan today to change it.

 

Tuesday-  Your heart is so expansive today and you will likely be feeling love and compassion for the whole world. You may also be bearing the pain of the world. Make a difference where you can, and please know that your efforts do make a difference.

 

Wednesday- It's all about communication today. You have had some thoughts and feelings brewing up in you that you know you need to express. This is a good day to open up conversations that are meaningful to you. This is also a great day to journal or blog.

 

Thursday- Your beliefs and convictions may come into question today. There are those around you who do not believe the same things that you do that may be looking for a fight. Be prepared to explain with kindness but not defend. You have every right to nurture your own beliefs.

 

Friday-  You may very well run into a past love interest or friend today. Don't be afraid to say hello and reconnect. While the fire may not burn like it used to, it will still feel good to reminisce about the past. You may also see this as an opportunity for closure.

 

Saturday-  You will likely find yourself climbing the walls today. You have plenty of things you could be doing, but none of it feels like what you want to be doing. This would be a great day for an impromptu road trip, BBQ or night out with friends. It is important to balance work with plenty of play.

 

Sunday- This is one of those days that feels like time is moving faster than ever. Prioritize the things you need to accomplish today, as the day will slip away quickly and you will likely not get to everything. Be sure that you also leave a little time today to rest and rejuvenate.

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Domestic Mystic’s Daily Dish, June 18th-24th

Monday- This is a day where you will find yourself needing to assert your opinion and stand by your decisions. You may very well discover other people pushing your boundaries for their own gain. Remember that it is okay to say no and that you do not ever have to apologize for yourself.

 

Tuesday-  This is a great day of getting what you want. It could be a goal achieved or even Some good news coming your way. This is also a fantastic day to start feeling creative and inspired. Don't be surprised if you start feeling the urge to make some big changes in your living space.

 

Wednesday-  This may be the happiest and sweetest day of the week. You will find yourself feeling loved and protected by those around you. You may also feel inspired to engage in service and acts of love in your home, workplace and community. This is a good day to recognize your role in activism as well. What are you passionate about?

 

Thursday-  You are not interested in anyone asserting their authority over you. That could not be more true and obvious today. You will likely find yourself bristling at anyone who attempts to assert themselves. Take a deep breath and walk away. The long-lasting effects of having an altercation or harsh words may not be worth it.

 

Friday- You may find yourself grieving today. It could be a current loss, or an old one. The words of others may fall flat on your ears as you need to work this one out internally. This would be a good day for some writing to help you work out your feelings. Later in the day, you may benefit from talking to someone detached from the situation to help you get clear on your feelings.

 

Saturday-  Much of the pain from yesterday has dissipated and today you see only love. Don't be surprised if you find yourself feeling quite forgiving towards those who have hurt you in the past. Your heart is open and ready to move on into a place of peace and joy.

 

Sunday-  This is a bright day full of hope and promise. Surround yourself with people that you care about. Give yourself many opportunities today to laugh and enjoy life. You can worry later. Let today be about finding the joy in the little things and spreading your light to the world. You are a luminous light being after all.

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Domestic Mystic’s Daily Dish June 11th-17th

Monday- This is an excellent day to get things done. Your energy level should be high, as you race through your to-do list and move on to working on projects that make you feel creative and empowered.

 

Tuesday- You may have an opportunity today to make a financial decision. Be sure that you are allowing yourself some funds to play with. Life is too short to do  nothing but work. Your budget must allow you some opportunities to travel and enjoy life.

 

Wednesday-  Don't talk yourself out of your intuition today. If you find yourself doubting someone's word, feel it out. Remember, your intuition is in place to help you be discerning. You may need to reach out for some help getting to the truth.

 

Thursday- This will be another day of heightened intuition. You may feel like there is a lot going on behind the scenes in your life that you have not been paying attention to. Don't be afraid to dig deeper and ask more questions. Knowledge is power after all.

 

Friday-  You are feeling passionate about life today. Maybe it is the fact that it is Friday. Maybe it is more. This is a great day to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. You may catch yourself wanting to do something impulsive and out of the ordinary for you. Go for it!

 

Saturday- Choices, choices! Stay home and clean house? Take a last minute road trip? Binge watch Scrubs all weekend? The only thing that you have to decide is what will feed your soul. Life is meant to be enjoyed!

 

Sunday- Sometimes you pay to play. Today, you need to stay home, take care of some mundane tasks like laundry and housework, and get some rest. Play upbeat music and diffuse citrus oils to keep the energy in your house bright and happy.

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Domestic Mystic’s Daily Dish June 4th-11th

Monday- You may be asked to confront your fears today. This feels like a day full of impossibilities, and yet, you are stronger and smarter than you give yourself credit for. Take a deep breath and dive in. You have got this bright star!

 

Tuesday-  This is a good day to get a few things done. There is not a lot demanding your current attention, giving you space to make some plans, tie up some loose and and clean out your purse.  This is not a good time to procrastinate.

 

Wednesday-  The winds of change may be blowing, but today feels stagnant. You might give anything to feel that wind on your face.  While patience may not be one of your virtues, days like today are making you get much better at it. Find something creative to do true pass the time and get your mind off of your worries.

 

Thursday-  Who do you see in the mirror this morning? Could it be your shadow?  Don't be afraid of the lesser seen sides of you. You may discover much of your strength in the parts of you that you try to keep under wraps. Today you may find it necessary to examine trends of shame and negative self-talk.

 

Friday-  This is a great day for finances and resources. You may get some good financial news. You may also discover sharing resources pays off for you. Perhaps you have an extra gallon of paint for your friend's bathroom. Perhaps her boyfriend would be happy to fix your lawnmower. Look for ways to help those around you and don't be afraid to ask for some help yourself.

 

Saturday- You were born to be happy. You were born to thrive. You were born to gather up all of the love in the Universe and spread it far and wide. Be kinder than necessary today. Smile at strangers. Forgive quickly and laugh easily. The world needs your light, now more than ever.

 

Sunday-  This is an important day to trust your vibes. Your intuition is strong and you are feeling deeply connected to your angels and guides. Don't be afraid to share a message with a loved one. You may discover that some of your dearest people are in need of some encouragement today.

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12Weather Report May 28th-June 3rd

Monday- This bright day leading up to the full moon is full of light and levity. You may find yourself laughing more than normal and feeling like you are shining brightly. This is a great day to use your powers for good to help boost someone else.

 

Tuesday- The full moon may have you feeling  like reading, writing and studying. This energy is perfect for expanding your knowledge and sharing what you have learned. Find some time this evening to bask in the rays of her marvelous light.

 

Wednesday-  All you need is love. Or so they say.  Your heart has been feeling tender lately. Even commercials may make you cry. This is a perfect time to share the love with friends and family alike.  Consider engaging in some sort of service to others.

 

Thursday- You may find yourself seeking some knowledge or wisdom today. Alternatively, you may find yourself on the receiving end of someone who thinks they need to educate you. This is not a good day to engage in internet battles, as everyone thinks that they are correct. Instead, consider arranging a coffee date with like-minded friends for a great chat.

 

Friday-  Your light is shining brightly today and you are  feeling so empowered. This is a great time to start something new, do something brave or have a seemingly hard conversation. Don't be surprised if you catch yourself singing along to the radio, saying hello to strangers and smiling more than usual. This is a great day.

 

Saturday- Choose your words wisely today as you may find that others around you are feeling quite sensitive. Maybe even overly sensitive. Avoid being critical if you can. Try not to take anything personally, as you may encounter some salty behavior from others.

 

Sunday- Recent conflicts among family members may have you feeling exhausted and defeated. If this is happening within your home, it is time to sit everyone down and talk about it. Use your diplomatic skills to help everyone find some common ground. If it is happening outside of your home, be sure that everyone knows that you are not interested in being placed in the middle of their conflicts. You will be so much happier on the outside from the skirmish.

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12Weather Report May 21st-27th

Monday- You may be feeling a bit uncomfortable in your skin today. Like that feeling when you are hungry but nothing sounds good or tired but you cannot rest. Some physical activity should help you to get more centered.  However, you will likely feel quite serious and somber all day.

 

Tuesday-  Today will bring news of financial changes. If you are lucky enough to see an increase, be grateful. If you are in the camp of those seeing a decrease or unexpected financial obligation, take heart. Things always seem to come out in the wash. Everything is going to be okay.

 

Wednesday-  There is so much happening in your life, yet today time is standing still. You are waiting for answers, events and a movement that has not arrived yet. Distract yourself from your boredom  by getting lost in a great book or immersing yourself in some other media.

 

Thursday-  Your bubble will be big today, and you will likely not want anyone to touch you. Or maybe even to talk to you. You are feeling prickly and maybe even a bit grouchy. This is a good time to stay home if you can. Some energy work will help, as well some meditation.

 

Friday-  There is truly no problem that does not have a solution. Today, you will have to be a master problem solver as you will find  obstacles popping up right and left. Remember that this is only temporary and that you are stronger and smarter than any challenge thrown into your path.

 

Saturday-  This is a brilliant day of inspiration. you may have woken up with no plans, only to be struck with a flash of genius. You are feeling passionate about a new plan or project. It is safe to be a bit impulsive today.

 

Sunday-  Be wise today about financial commitments and obligations. Choose where you put your money wisely. Be sure that you are setting something aside for the future. You will have various opportunities come up over the summer that will require a financial contribution that you don't want to miss.

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12Weather Report May 14th-20th

Monday- This is a great day for getting things done. You will find yourself with more physical and emotional energy than normal. Take advantage of it to tie up some loose ends and tackle any projects that have been bothering you. You will feel great about a long list of accomplishments.

 

Tuesday-  You may find yourself feeling a bit withdrawn today. You aren't really hurting, you just don't feel like engaging with anyone. This is a good day to meditate, write and read books that take you deep into a place of introspection.

 

Wednesday-  You will wake up today feeling like it is a new day and a new you and you are ready to tackle the world. It is a great energy to be in as you get a lot done today. Don't be afraid to make a few changes in your household and at work. You will have a lot of clarity today about things that are working and things that are not.

 

Thursday-  This is not the day to oversleep. You may find yourself feeling like you are running behind all day. Time is just moving too quickly! Prioritize well and be willing to cut a few things loose if you have too much on your plate. Also, don't forget to ask for help when you need it.

 

Friday- Take good care  of your heart today. You may feel like your heart is bursting with gratitude and joy for your loved ones. You may also have a bit of melancholy in your heart for those who have lost. This is a great day to reminisce and express that love and gratitude to those that you are feeling.

 

Saturday- This is a fantastic time to be generous. When you share what you have you easily attract more back to you. Tip more than expected, gift generously and look for ways to care for and nurture those around you. You will feel amazing about being someone who helps.

 

Sunday-  You may find yourself feeling unsettled today. The earth is feeling unsettled. She may even be shaking. That is leaving you feeling ungrounded and maybe even a bit fearful. It would be good for you to spend some time in nature today connecting to earth and water to help you get grounded and centered.

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12News May 7th-13th

Monday- Some days you find out just how strong you are. Today seems to be one of them. As you find yourself navigating through some chaos and drama, fall back on your own spiritual strength and wisdom. You may very well find others coming to you for guidance.

 

Tuesday-  This is a great energy day. You will likely feel a little extra pep in your step as you navigate through the day. Your smile is infectious as you bring a little extra joy to everyone around you.

 

Wednesday- You may see a trait or two that you are not comfortable with raise their head. Jealousy, anger, resentment and martyrdom are thinking about swimming to the surface. Think before you act and use this as an opportunity to evaluate your shadow.

 

Thursday- This is a bit of a blue day. You may experience some old grief rising to the surface. If that is the case for you, be sure to do something to honor your loved ones. Talk to them! They are only a whisper away.

 

Friday- You are a born problem solver, and you will have plenty of opportunities to flex those muscles today. You may perceive a brick wall that is standing in the way of your happiness. Get creative and knock it down!

 

Saturday- You may find yourself living in the past today, as you are feeling very sentimental. This is a great day to connect to your oldest friends, watch old movies that touch your soul and journal about early experiences.

 

Sunday- What a wonderful day of prosperity and growth. Everything you touch turns to gold today, so be productive and dream big. Be sure to do something just for you!



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12Weather Report April 30-May 6th

Monday- You may discover that you have a brand new vigor for life today. This is a great day to refresh and renew stagnant parts of your life. Clean out your car, clean out your purse and dejunk your bedroom. That is a good start to letting go of the unnecessary clutter in your life. 

 

Tuesday- You may be asked to let go of an old grudge today. Whether it is in the workplace or your social Circle, you will find that it is time to learn from an old hurt and move forward. This is a good opportunity for you to clear some past debris in your life.

 

Wednesday- This is a joyful and carefree day. You may find yourself wanting to play hooky in the afternoon in order to have some fun. It is good to let your hair down and change things up every once in awhile.

 

Thursday- Today, choose to stop swimming upstream. Life is meant to be loved. You were not born to struggle. Sometimes you forget that and put unfair and unrealistic expectations on yourself. Evaluate those expectations and decide what goes and what stays.

 

Friday-  I want to see you be brave! Really though, today you will find yourself needing to be braver and stronger than you thought you could be. You may very well have people in your life that need your light and your advice to help them get through some trouble times.

 

Saturday- What are you manifesting? That is the question of the day. This is an excellent time to manifest wonderful things into your life. Get clear about what you want and form a good action plan to help you achieve your goals. There is no limit to how big you can dream.

 

Sunday- This is a great day to plant seeds, both literally and figuratively. At the very least throw a few sunflowers into the Earth that you can enjoy later in the summer. From a spiritual perspective, the seeds of manifestation that you plant now will begin to grow as you nurture them, pluck away the  weeds and love them into fruition.

 

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12Weather Report April 23rd-29th

Monday- This is a great day for clarity and seeing people as they truly are. It is okay to love and accept others for who they are right now, with no need to force a change. By the same token, choose to love you right now as you are. Accept yourself and love yourself without limits.

 

Tuesday- You may find yourself surrounded by people who need you today. This is a rough day for many who are feeling out of sorts and perhaps even unloved. Do your best to listen without judgement and offer your love and encouragement. You can truly be a powerful advocate for those around you.

 

Wednesday- You may find yourself feeling the travel bug. While you may not be able to lift your anchor and leave today, make a plan now for some travel soon. Even a weekend away would do your spirit well.  In the meantime, consider taking a drive or visiting a new restaurant today. New experiences are calling to you.

 

Thursday-  This is a powerful day of meaningful communication. Allow yourself to get lost in deep conversations with like-minded friends. This is not a time for polite chit-chat. This is a day for diving deep into magic, mystery, sex, theology and all matters of the spirit. Don't hold back, you are safe to express your deepest thoughts and feelings.

 

Friday- This is a day of wonder and joy. Feed your inner child with fun and freedom. Put away your watch for awhile and have some fun without living by the clock. Perhaps even take the afternoon off to enjoy yourself without having to be accountable to anyone. This is also a great day for creativity. Sidewalk chalk anyone?

 

Saturday- Get some sunshine today and do something good for the Earth. You will benefit greatly from spending some time outside. There will be an abundance of opportunities for fun if you look for them. Don't be afraid to be spontaneous today. This is an excellent time to do something unexpected.

 

Sunday- You have been working hard for awhile now on your goals and future plans. This is an important day to reevaluate where you are in life and what you truly want. You may discover that some of your goals have changed. It is good sometimes to recognize who you are now and what you value the most. Don't be afraid to change your trajectory.

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Your Dog Hates Your Phone

I have heard this so many times in animal communication sessions. Your dogs and your cats for that matter, hate your phone. It is no accident when they knock it on the floor or nudge out of your hands. 

 

Recently, when a dog told me this, I asked him if it was because his companion was paying more attention to their phone than they were to him. I was a little surprised by his answer. He said that is certainly part of it, but that the main reason for hating the phone was that he didn't like the way it made his companion feel. Let that sink in. He could see a change in the energy of his companion when they spent a lot of time on their phone. He was knocking it out of her hands because he felt that it was having an adverse effect on her spirit and her health.

 

I feel like that is some incredible insight. We have all heard it before. Spending too much time on electronics is not healthy. But straight from the dog's mouth to my ear, a visible change in our energy occurs when we fall down the rabbit hole of technology.  I feel like this is worth listening to and considering. It doesn't mean that you have to give up your phone. But it does mean that it would be wise to self-evaluate the amount of time spent with technology for you and your children. It would also be wise to evaluate the subtle changes that you may be feeling as well.

 

Above everything else, the next time one of your animals tries to vandalize your phone, take a pause to consider what they may be saying to you.

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12Weather Report April 16th-22nd

Monday- You will have an opportunity today to make a difference in someone's life. Be kinder than necessary and recognize that sometimes opportunities to serve others come in obscure. Keep your eyes and your heart open.

 

Tuesday- Try not to swim upstream today. Go with the flow, even if that means changing your plans. It is okay to allow for some spontaneity today. Don't plan on getting a lot of work done, as you will likely have many distractions.

 

Wednesday- You may find yourself needing to let go of something today that is no longer in your best interest. It could be as small as a physical item. It could even be as large as a job or a relationship. Whatever is under your skin, pay attention to it and be brave about letting go and moving forward.

 

Thursday- Just as yesterday asked you to let go of something, today is allowing you to birth something new. This is a great day for new ideas, movement on goals and starting something fresh.  It can be painful sometimes to birth a new idea into the world, so be patient with yourself if you are feeling uncomfortable.


Friday- Do something fun today that fills you with childlike joy. Fly a kite, blow a bottle of bubbles, roll down the big hill, soar on the swings at the park or take a bike ride. Whatever you decide to do, have some fun and allow yourself to swim in a stream of joy. You can worry later. Now is the time to lay worries aside.

 

Saturday- You may be given an opportunity today to revisit a past event or an old hurt. This is a great day to heal your past. Whether you allow yourself to forgive someone, or perhaps you are the one doing the apologizing, you will clear the air for a powerful future. Some energy work today would help you to move this process along.

 

Sunday- Your light is shining bright today. You are a bright star to those who love you. Spend a little time today nurturing loved ones who have been having a hard time lately. You will feel amazing by being in service to others and they will benefit so much from your love and kindness.

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Pigs Bite and Other Insights from the Pig Pen

My husband has been longing to make a mini pig a part of our family for a long time. A really long time. I have held out for years, but recently decided that now is the time. Finally, we picked our baby up from the breeder last week.

 

She is 7 weeks old. She weighs 2 lbs. She is just tiny and adorable. And sassy, demanding and opinionated! It is as if we have a newborn baby on our hands. In fact, we do! Her name is Fiona, because she is a bit like living with an ogre. 

 

We are quickly learning how to be piggie parents. The first hard lesson: Pigs bite. Hard. She has bit me a few times now, all when I was trying to make her do something, like get in her litter box or put on a sweater (yeah, yeah, I know. I probably had that one coming). It is not hard enough to break the skin, but definitely hard enough to hurt my feelings!

 

The second: Eating like a pig does not always mean pigging out. Sometimes it means being picky and stubborn about what you will eat. This little darling cannot be bought or bribed with a treat.

 

And third: The noise, dear god, the noise. This little piggy says wee, wee, wee, all day long. The oinking, snorting and squealing is a constant around here. It is darling and astonishing, all at once. She can pitch a fit that makes your two year old look like an angel.  

 

Little Miss Fiona is quickly worming her way into our home and our hearts. I’m sure that there will be many more piggie stories to follow. For now, know that I am under the mind control of a tiny tyrant with a penchant for warm blankies and cuddles.

 

We are documenting our adventures with Fiona on Facebook. And Youtube, if you would like to follow us. 

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12Weather Report April 9th-15th

Monday- This is a great day to take stock of where your goals are at so far this year. Give yourself some credit for your accomplishments and efforts. You may also receive some positive feedback from others that you were not expecting.

 

Tuesday- This is a great day for your finances. You may very well get some good financial news today. Perhaps you are getting a great tax return, or even a raise. Whatever it is, make sure that you are allowing yourself some financial support to your goals.

 

Wednesday- You may find some conflict around you today and you will have to stand your ground. Standing up for yourself and advocating for yourself can be a challenge, as empaths struggle with choosing themselves first. This time though, you must choose and defend what is right for you.

 

Thursday- You are on your own today, as everyone seems to be a little withdrawn. Try not to take it personally. It actually has nothing to do with you. Rather than nurse hurt feelings and rejection, make plans to do something for yourself. This would be a great time for some self care like a massage.

 

Friday- Buckle your seatbelt, it is going to be a bumpy ride. You may find disruption at every turn. At work, authority figures will be grasping for some control. In relationships,  we are likely to see some selfish behavior. Recognize that everyone is just trying to survive right now and try not to take it personally.

 

Saturday- You have some choices ahead of you that may be making you feel panicky. Do not fall for the illusion that you must make a decision right now. It isn't true. Take a little time to evaluate financial decisions as well as any pending changes in employment, relationships and housing. Things will fall into place if you can be patient and allow yourself to make well thought-out decisions.

 

Sunday- This would be a good day to talk a trusted friend, advisor or even a wise relative. You have some fear about your security bubbling to the surface that needs to be talked out. Be honest and clear about how you are feeling, and work together to seek a plan of action.

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12Weather Report April 2nd-9th

Monday- The energy today will have you dreaming. Daydreaming that is. This is a great day to start making plans for the summer. Be sure that you are allowing yourself the time and finances necessary to do some things that feed your soul.

 

Tuesday-  This is a day of feeling passionate about your hopes and goals. You will continue to ride the wave that you created on Monday by working on doing some things that you have always wanted to do. Perhaps it is a trip, a concert or even something super brave like jumping out of an airplane. Whatever it is that feeds your soul, it is worth it.

 

Wednesday-  You may experience some conflict today, particularly in the workplace. You will discover that everyone has a strong opinion and a need to be validated. This is a good time to keep your head down and worry about your own work.

 

Thursday-  This is a particularly productive and creative day.  You will feel like a master problem solver, as nothing seems to be getting in your way.  This would be an excellent day to plant flowers or start seedlings, as everything you touch wants to turn to gold.

 

Friday-  There is peace on earth today, or at least in your world. Chaos has settled and people around you are behaving much better than they were earlier in the week.  This would be a great day to grab some friends and do something fun. Sometimes being carefree for a while is the best thing you can possibly do for yourself.

 

Saturday-  You may find yourself feeling a bit impulsive today.  Before you trade your car in or put your notice in at your job, take the weekend to mull over your decision. You may very well find that by Monday you are feeling a little differently about the situation.

 

Sunday-  This is a good day to stay home. Your mind body and spirit could do with some extra rest and down time.  It is okay to choose you and change your plans if necessary. Don't allow yourself to feel pressured to give up your day to someone else's plans.

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12Weather Report March 26-April 1st

Monday- Today is all about confidence, and you've got it! You are feeling good about your ability to manage your life. Keep that light shining brightly. Those around you will benefit from your luminous spirit.

 

Tuesday- The energy around you may feel flat and slow today. You may even feel a bit discontent and bored. Resist the urge to go looking for drama. Instead, engage yourself with uplifting activities.

 

Wednesday- You may feel a little empty today. Sometimes, you can feel lonely even in a crowded room. This would be a good day to reach out to someone who knows you and loves you well for some comfort and reassurance.

 

Thursday- You will feel a little withdrawn today. Current events in your life have your heart hurting and you don't know how to express that. It is okay to have all types of emotions. You don't have to be happy and bright all the time. You may need to reach out to a trusted friend or advisor today to talk out your feelings.

 

Friday- It has been a rollercoaster of a week and you will likely be seeking some balance today. While you may feel like you would like to retreat to your bed for the weekend, be sure to balance that need with some fun and social time.

 

Saturday- This is the most creative day this week. Take advantage of that energy to get a few things done. Your home, pets, family and friends could all use a bit of your attention today. You may also feel compelled to  work on some of your own projects.

 

Sunday- The world Is In conflict and for empathic souls that can be a suffocating, defeating energy. Today you may find yourself feeling beat down by the collective energy. You would benefit from some time outside, some energy work and some meditation.

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Katie's Ark: Helping Animal Companions Adjust to Change

Life is ever changing, of that we can be sure. In our human minds, it is easy to justify changes, as we think in a series of consequences. Moving, changes in jobs, routines, divorces, etc. are all things that can cause a lot of upheaval in our lives.

 

As an animal communicator, I often see pets suffering through changes with a great deal of confusion. If you have animal companions, these changes can have a profound effect on them. Some signs that they may be suffering are: changes in eating habits, heightened anxiety, clingy behavior, accidents in the house, and unexpected aggression or fearful responses.

 

    If you have an animal companion that is struggling through changes, try this: Sit near them and picture a glowing pink and green ball in the center of your chest, your heart chakra. Picture their heart chakra as well, then pull a silver thread of light from your heart and connect it to theirs. Use this connection to send them love and support. Animals think in pictures, so send them pictures of you caring for them, spending time with them, and everyone in the home feeling happy and settled. Archangel Uriel frequently works with animals, and is wonderful for responding to requests for support as well. Occasionally you may want to reach out to an animal communicator to check in with your animals. If you know that you have big changes coming, it is always helpful to let them know beforehand if possible.

 

    Overall, your animal companions just want to be close to you, feel safe and feel connected to your heart. Be sure that you are making some one on one time for them daily, with no other distractions. When you can give them that, you will soar through life together.

 

 

 

Help wanted?

In animal communication work I frequently work with families whose animals are experiencing behavior issues. One of the most common things I see are bored and confused cats and dogs who are trying to establish their role in the family dynamic. Just as you need purpose in your life, they do as well. Sometimes our pets will assign themselves jobs that are less than helpful.

 

Recently, I worked with a family who is cat had suddenly started  leaving surprises on the rug instead of in his litter box. His companion suspected that he was angry with her because she was working more than usual and did not have as much time for him. Indeed, he was. He explained to me that it is his job in the home to be near her and help support her. She was not allowing his love and support because of her job demands. He was angry and in order to express his anger, he showed her by leaving a mess. Because her situation will not be changing anytime soon, we agreed to create a new job for this kitty. We asked him if he could turn his attention to another family member who is struggling and could use his protection and comfort.  He agreed to this arrangement and immediately began sleeping with and attending to his new charge. Peace has returned to the home, and of course, no more surprises on the rug.

 

I have worked many times with families whose dogs were behaving aggressively when other dogs were near. The families, of course, were concerned about  their dog engaging in frightening and violent behavior. Typically these are dogs who are otherwise happy and well-adjusted. In most cases, we have been able to pinpoint the person that this dog has assigned himself to guard. Through animal communication, we have  are able to show them that their behavior is frightening and not acceptable. Most often, these dogs can be shown that rather than behaving violently, they are to trust their companion and be docile by their side when they are approached by other dogs.

 

The point is, the animals that live in your world are intelligent, sentient beings that require and deserve your thoughtful inclusion in your life. Whenever behavior issues arise, consider for a moment what their position could be and how we can create change together to make everyone in the home more comfortable. The animals in your home all need to have jobs and assignments to keep them feeling busy and fulfilled. And as always, remember that you have your relationships, your family, friends and job. They only have you. Don't take that for granted.

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12Weather Report March 19th-25th

Monday- This is a day that you may find yourself grieving old hurts and losses. Take a walk down memory lane if you can to soothe your heart. It wouldn't hurt so much if we didn't love so much . This would be a good day to reach out to a friend for a happy distraction.

 

Tuesday-  There is a great vibe of harmony today and you will likely find yourself sailing smoothly through the day. By late afternoon you will find yourself looking for something fun to do. Look for something that makes you laugh and helps you to maintain this brighter, happier energy.

 

Wednesday-  Are we there yet? The energy is slow and flat today and you will likely feel like everything is happening in slow motion.  Some people will experience some anxiety and jittery vibes. Take advantage of a slower day to get a few things done.

 

Thursday-  Be aware of conflict in the workplace today. Be careful that you do not fall into anyone's trap of gossip. You will find that this is a day that you will want to keep to yourself to avoid a pit of drama. Avoid conflict on social media as well, as everyone is feeling defensive of their own  opinion.

 

Friday-  There is a general energy of  uneasiness today. Do not let this vibe convince you that there is something wrong in your world. Take a quick evaluation of your relationships, family and job. You will likely find that all is truly well. By late afternoon the uneasiness will shift and you will feel much more optimistic.

 

Saturday-  You will hop out of bed today  full of ideas and passion. You may choose to create something new, rehab something old or even rearrange your space. This is a fantastic day for  your creativity to shine brightly.

 

Sunday-  This is an excellent day for manifesting.  Take stock of your financial situation and start making plans  for an adventure later in the summer. Perhaps you would like to take a trip, move or buy a new car. Whatever it is, nothing is out of your reach when you get real, get organized and make a great plan.

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12Weather Report March 12th-18th

Monday- Are flowers popping out of the ground yet? Spring is trying to grace us with her presence. You are also feeling productive and energetic. Take advantage of it with some good spring cleaning!

 

Tuesday- It might feel like everything is happening at warp speed today. Don’t worry if you feel like you are running behind all day. Just do your best to prioritize and laugh about the absurdity of the rat race.

 

Wednesday- You can usually get away with grinning and bearing it through most frustrations in your life. That may not be the case today. Communication is key as you feel compelled to share your fears with someone close to you. This kind of sharing is good and therapeutic.

 

Thursday- Today is a good time to hit the reset button on some part of your life that needs a new beginning. It could be a relationship, habit, pattern or even just an attitude. This would be a good day for some energy work to help you start fresh.

 

Friday- Your spidey senses are peaked today, as you are feeling deeply aware of the energy around you. Empaths will benefit from taking breaks from crowds. Turn to music to help you raise your spirits and flow through the day.

 

Saturday- Love is in the air! This is a great day to work on relationships, both romantic and otherwise. Send a sweet note, plan a date and have some fun celebrating all of the love in your life!

 

Sunday- This day dawns brimming with hope. Nothing can stifle your optimism. This is a great day to spend some time with like minded friends. You will have the world's problems solved in one good coffee date! Spread that joy and hope throughout your world. Your friends and family need your light.

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12Weather Report March 5th-11th

Monday- Make some time today to just be quiet. Turn off the radio and the television and allow yourself to become comfortable in the silence of your own company. You may choose to daydream or meditate or just be still. There is so much benefit in learning to be silent.

 

Tuesday- It is a magical day. You may find yourself wondering at the beauty of nature or the exquisite nature of people. This is a great day to get in tune with your spirit. Perhaps pull a few cards from your favorite Oracle deck or even do a little candle magic.

 

Wednesday- Your words and actions matter. This is one of those days where that fact will be crystal clear. Be kind and be compassionate. Others are looking to you for a good example of how to treat each other. Your light shines brightly on the world.

 

Thursday- Ideas that have been burning brightly within you are finally ready to be birthed. You may start a new project today or see the completion of something already in the works.  Be bold and brave about sharing your talents with the world. We need you.

 

Friday- It is time to stop swimming upstream. You have been struggling against something for a while now and you are tired of doing it. Let go of expectations and outcomes. Walk away from things that you can see will not change.  

 

Saturday- You may find yourself being shifted out of your comfort zone today. This is a scary and exciting place to be. Trust the guidance of those around you and dip your toe into uncharted waters. You may just find that you thrive on the edge of the comfort zone.

 

Sunday- The warrior activist in you is rising to the surface. You may feel that you can no longer stay silent about issues in your world that you are passionate about. Be brave and be true to yourself. Be wise and willing to listen to others as well. Never forget that your voice is necessary and needed in your community.

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Katie's Ark: I Will Make You Love Me

Have you ever noticed that people who don't like animals attract them like a magnet? Any one who comes to my house who does not like animals is sure to have dogs and a cat all up in their business. I feel like they are trying to reassure them that animals are safe. I suspect that most people who claim to not like animals have had a bad experience somewhere along the way. That is so sad to me, because I know how much interacting with animals can enrich people's lives.

 

When I was a kid I had a beloved ferret named Francine. She was one of the coolest beings I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. She was funny, smart and clever. She also had a habit of burrowing down inside of furniture and sleeping for hours at a time. When she did that, she was impossible to find and retrieve. On one such day, my mom had some ladies from the church come to visit. One of them was a bit of a stodgy old broad who did not like animals. My mother was clear on this fact from previous visits and had put the dogs and cats in a bedroom before she came. Little did she know, Francine was asleep inside the couch. At some point during their visit, my mom noticed the liner under the couch moving. I'm sure that she started to get nervous then. Pretty soon, Francine popped her head out from under the couch. It was not uncommon for her to lay on her back and pop her head out to nip the feet of the unsuspecting people sitting there.

 

My mom noticed her eyeing up the polyester dress pants, pantyhouse and sensible shoes before her, and whispered a silent plea for her to leave the church ladies alone. I'm not sure if Francine recognized an anti animal person or if she was just in a particularly mischievous mood. She did not nip at the ankles of the ladies. Instead, she slid right up the pant leg of the woman who would appreciate it the least. Poor Sister Fife leaped from the couch in shock, bellowing in fear with an unknown intruder climbing her leg, zipping past the knee and heading straight for the crotch. My mom moved fast to extricate Francine from the poor woman's pants as she danced around the living room, howling in terror. After Francine was securely returned to her ferret house, my mother apologized profusely for the intrusion . After the ladies left she laughed herself to tears. Her rendition of the incident that night over dinner was enough to have us all in stitches. That was the last time that particular woman visited our home.

 

Now that might be an extreme example of an animal trying to love someone into submission, if that's what you could call it. But I'm sure that many of my readers can relate. If someone comes to your house that is nervous about dogs, your dog is going to demand to be petted and loved on by that person. If they are not a fan of cats, your cat is definitely going to insist on sitting on their lap and purring loudly. It seems to just be the way things are.

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12Weather Report February 26th-March 4th

Monday- This is a great day of optimism. You will likely find yourself easily rising above negativity and unhappiness of others. No one is going to rain on your parade today, as you are feeling positive and confident about your life in general.

 

Tuesday- You may find yourself playing the role of the peacekeeper today. As people around you are engaging in skirmishes and frustration, you are able to see both sides of the issue and help them come together in a resolution. You may also feel compelled to mend some of your own bridges. Sometimes forgiveness equals freedom.

 

Wednesday- New ideas and projects are being born within you today. Dream big, and be sure to write down your goals. This is also a good day to evaluate where you are at with other goals and projects. You may decide to wrap a few things up in order to move forward.

 

Thursday- Your light is bright and beautiful today and you are realizing now, more than ever, how much you affect the world around you. Your attitude, actions and overall energy have a great effect on your friends, family and workplace. Today, that light is bringing joy to those who have little to feel joyful about. Shine on bright star.

 

Friday- You may need a reminder to trust your own intuition. You may feel as if you need to change your plans in some way. Sometimes that feeling and does not come with a great  explanation. Still though, you must be free to trust in yourself and your spirit.

 

Saturday- Follow your bliss today and have some fun. Sometimes you get so busy with other parts of life, you forget to do joyful things. Plan a little adventure today and take a few friends along for the ride.

 

Sunday- Sometimes life does not deliver exactly what we think we will get. Sometimes, the people we love most are not living up to their greatest potential. Today, you may find yourself reflecting on what you don't have. Be wise enough to recognize what you can change and what you can accept as being your reality right now.

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Katie’s Ark: Furry Medicine

My son had his tonsils out last week, as well as a broken nose repair. His recovery has been rough, as you can imagine. We are doing all we can to keep his pain in check and his discomfort at bay. Pain meds are working, most of the time. Ice packs and popsicles offer some relief. He has better medicine though.

 

He is receiving a daily, constant dose of Vitamin Fur. The kind of medicine that can only be administered by someone of the four legged variety. In his case, his nurses are two tiny chihuahuas with a penchant for warm blankets. The moment we came home from surgery, their work began. They immediately assessed the situation and reported to work, burrowing into the blankets and cuddling up tight. They have been careful around his face and neck, no rowdy business or roughhousing allowed.

 

The idea of animals taking a role in healing is not a new one. It is a common sight to see therapy animals working with purpose at hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. According NPR, the benefits of animals in the medical world dates back 150 years! Many studies have show that petting a dog can lower blood pressure. Some studies also suggest that there is a direct link between interacting with animals and the release of oxytocin, which has powerful effects on healing and the body’s ability to grow new cells.

 

Animals are excellent at knowing when you are ill or in physical or emotional pain. Have a rotten day at work? You can expect that your fur companions will be stuck to you like glue when you get home. Down with a bad case of the plague? Your cat is going to lay on your chest until you feel better. The empathy of our animal companions is endless. We are so lucky and blessed to share our homes and lives with them.

 

So for now, I will keep slinging the pain meds and pudding, and leave the heavy lifting to the dogs.

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12Weather Report February 19th-26th

Monday- There is a thick energetic fog hanging low today. You will likely feel introverted and quiet. This is a great day to learn, read and meditate.

 

Tuesday- This is a great day for sending your blessings far and wide. Whether you pray, meditate, drum, do energy work or any other thing, your intention is king.  Be sure to give yourself ample time today to work on behalf of yourself, your family and your world.

 

Wednesday- You may find that you are going it alone today. Everyone seems to be wrapped up in their own agenda. There is not a lot going on socially. You may also find that at work no one is interested in cooperating or collaborating. This is a good day for you to bury your head in your own projects.

 

Thursday- You may feel pressed to connect with the energy of the Earth today. It would be great to take a hike or a walk in nature. If that is not possible, consider taking a drive. You may also consider doing a little healing on behalf of Mother Earth. Perhaps you will clean up some trash or engage in some environmentalism. Whatever you do, remember, without her there is no us.

 

Friday- It's all about family today. You may be feeling reminiscent of those who have already passed. You may also feel compelled to call or visit elderly relatives who have stories to share with you. Their DNA is yours as well, and they carry many of your stories within them.

 

Saturday- It is all about truth and clarity today. You may have a few revelations coming about work and relationships alike. You may also get a wake up call about something you've been trying to ignore. Whatever it is, face it bravely and be willing to explore all aspects of the situation.

 

Sunday- You are feeling so inspired today and you will likely be compelled to create something new. Whether you are writing,  creating art, cooking, crafting, decorating or something else entirely, give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the process.

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12Weather Report, February 12th-19th

Monday- Your focus is razor sharp today. You can focus on your goals, your dreams and current projects. You can also focus on all of the negative, yucky stuff that comes up. Make a choice now to be mindful and committed to staying positive and productive today.

 

Tuesday- There is a nice energetic flow today that will carry you with a great attitude. You will likely feel like you have more physical energy today as well. This is a really good time to pay attention to the needs of your mind, body and spirit. Be sure that you are nurturing you.

 

Wednesday- Pay attention to your vibes today, as your understanding of a situation in your life is unfolding. You will have an opportunity today to recognize why other people in your world do the things that they do. This new awareness will make it easier to deal with frustrations with other people.

 

Thursday- If there were a day this week that you needed to stay home and do your own thing, this would be it. Be sure that you are finishing what you start. Procrastination is not your friend right now and could very well get in the way of new opportunities.

 

Friday- A new friendship or relationship is emerging. This is great news and a good opportunity for you to spend time with someone that can challenge your beliefs and help you grow. Say yes to invites and opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone. You will discover that it is actually not all that scary out there.

 

Saturday- Eat your Wheaties and get a good night's sleep because your strength will be needed today. You will likely encounter friends or family members who need to lean on you. Do your best to be a good listener and support without judgement. Remember that everyone is on their own path.

 

Sunday You will likely wake up today feeling anxious to clear out the clutter in your life. You may feel compelled to do some deep cleaning and reorganizing in your home. You may also feel like you need to detox your body and your spirit. This would be a great day for some energy work.

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Katie’s Ark: Puke Warfare

 

Anyone who has a cat knows that puke warfare is a thing. So are piss rockets and poop guns. Cats will use their bodily fluids as a showstopping way to get your attention. Ew. I know. But it works!

 

I have a cat client with a bowel disease who poops in the dining room to make sure her family knows that she is ill again. It is gross, and they wish she would not do it, but it sure does get the message across.

 

My mom had a cat that peed into the burners of the stove. Horrible, I know. She was a deaf, blue eyed, lovely white long hair named Angel. She was a magical kitty with some anger issues. She was pissed off (pun intended) about a new dog in the house. No one asked her about bringing this obnoxious dog in, and she hated him.

 

I have had many cat clients over the years that will puke when they are upset about something. Puking on your bed, in your shoes and on your belongings are all ways that they are sending a message to you. The faster you realize that and listen, the quicker you can end the vomit onslaught.

 

Now let’s be clear, sometimes cats just gobble their food down too quickly or could be ill. Sometimes peeing in strange places indicates illness. If your cat is sick, take them to the vet. If they are perfectly healthy though, you should consider what is going on in their world.

 

Some common sources of contention are

 

  • Power struggles with other animals in the home. Is one of your cats sneaking around, pooping in places other than the box? It could be that a more evil and strong willed cat is refusing them access to the box.
  • New people coming into your world. Your cat didn’t puke in your new boyfriends shoe on accident.
  • A change in your schedule. Have you been gone more than usual, leaving your cat alone more? If so, that Lake Pissagain on your bed may be cat-made, to send you a message of discontent. 

 

If you know what the problem is, and can fix it, great. This is where an animal communicator can help a lot. Sometimes just acknowledging their frustration is enough. Sometimes it requires dedication and a change in something in the home. You usually cannot ignore problems like this away, however. Nobody wants these issues to get worse over time.



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12Weather Report February 5-12

Monday- The energy today feels heavy and thick, holding you down in a place of quiet and introspection. You may feel like intrusions of the radio or television are too loud and distracting. Be sure that you take some time today to meditate and daydream.

 

Tuesday- The thickness of yesterday's energy has broken loose and you will find yourself ready to peek out of the rabbit hole to see what everyone else is doing. This would be a good day to have lunch with a friend or some other social activity. You need to laugh and lighten up a bit today.

 

Wednesday- Today has taken on a raw and harsh feeling that will leave empaths dashing for cover. this is a good day to stay home and take good care of yourself. Do your best to avoid harsh people, media and situations. You may take a lot of comfort in gentle music and creative endeavors.

 

Thursday- Truth is unfolding today and you will find yourself feeling more clear about various situations in your life. You will particularly feel like you have gained clarity around employment issues. You may be tempted to protect or elevate others. At this point, you would do well to worry about yourself only and accept the potential abundance and praise that is coming to you. You have earned it.

 

Friday- There is a magical vibe in the air. You will likely feel compelled to connect with nature today. this would be a great day to take a hike, or at least take a drive with your windows down. Breathe in the fresh air and allow the magic of the Earth to permeate your spirit. You may find yourself feeling silly and wild as this energy pulses through you.

 

Saturday- You may be tempted to struggle and swim upstream today. There are situations in your life right now that you are struggling against. Take stock of them today and consider why you are struggling and how you could change your pace to go with the flow. Sometimes  it feels easier to carry heavy burdens of fear, anger and grudges than it is to let them go. Whatever it is for you, now is a good and supportive time to stop swimming upstream.

 

Sunday- Pay attention to your dreams today as the energy is perfect for dream visitations, premonitions and lucid dreaming. You just may receive the answers to some long-held questions. You may also receive some new inspiration along your path.

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Katie's Ark: Along Came a Spider

When I was a kid, I had a cousin named Eric who adored creepy crawly things. The only thing he loved more than all of his critters was making everyone else uncomfortable with them. If you were willing to hold his snakes, geckos, rats etc, then you were cool. If you weren't, he would harass you with them until you were. Every one of his critters was named Leroy. He pronounced it in various ways. Heavy on the Leeeee-roy. A subtle Lee with an accented Roy. Leroy, but in an Australian accent. You get the gist. He was a weird and wonderful kid that was a lot of fun to be around. Eric was killed in a car accident when he was 17. The world lost a beautiful, eccentric, incredible soul. 

 

I learned a lot from Eric as a kid. One of the gifts that Eric gave me was a tolerance for spiders. He had a tarantula that he was constantly packing around. It was not uncommon to see him just watching TV with the tarantula sitting on his chest or climbing his head. If you wouldn't hold the spider you were ridiculed and teased. I idolized Eric and really wanted to be cool enough for him. Obviously, that meant that I had to hold the spider.

 

It was incredible to me how the tiny toenails of the tarantula would anchor in the pores of my skin as it walked from hand to hand and up and down my arms. Leroy and I bonded and I was no longer afraid. That was not enough for Eric however, who was determined to test my bravery. He insisted that I lay down on the floor and allow Leroy to walk on my face. There was no way that I was going to fail the cool test and so I did indeed lay down on the living room floor and allow Eric to put Leroy on my face Leroy scampered around my face for a few minutes, his toenails anchoring ever so subtly in the pores of my cheeks and forehead. I managed to get through it without a whimper or grimace. After that, I was able to see spiders in a completely different light, with no fear. What a gift.

 

The thing is, spiders are powerful medicine. They are typically seen as female energies. With their web weaving capabilities, they are inherent creators. Spiders are resourceful and capable of taking care of themselves and creative ways. We could learn a lot from them. For some reason though, it tends to be human nature to be frightened of them. I believe that much of that is conditioning. if your mother was afraid of spiders perhaps you will be as well and so on and so forth.

 

My challenge to you is that you evaluate your own feelings about spiders. Could you hold a tarantula today? If not, Perhaps you could at least observe a tarantula and breathe with her and give yourself a moment to feel her powerful ancient energy. We tend to fear what we don't understand and if we could understand the energy of the spider better, perhaps much of that fear would be dissolved.

 

The next time you encounter a spider, whether it is in your bathtub or in the great outdoors, take a moment to reach your consciousness out to theirs. Allow yourself to feel their energy. Sure, your skin might crawl a bit and the hair may stand up on the back of your neck. That's okay. You are feeling something different than you. Feel their energy. Ask them questions if you can. But don't be afraid. Be curious!

12Weather Report January 29 through February 4th

Monday- A low band of luck moves through today bringing with it many possibilities for achieving your goals. Get very clear about what you want as manifesting is King right now. Don't be afraid to speak up today and ask for what you need. Whether it is a raise at work or more help at home you are in a great energy today to receive it.

 

Tuesday- The sun is shining bright with confidence and abundance today. The energy from yesterday has certainly flowed nicely into this day as well. This is a good day to make financial decisions. This is also a good day for commerce. If you have been thinking about selling something you would be wise to carry through with that plan today.

 

Wednesday- There is a tremendous full moon today that is continuing to bring in a powerful stream of abundance and possibilities. Try to avoid wondering when the other shoe will fall and just enjoy what you have right now. Be sure to make a plan to spend some time in the light of this Moon, as you will not want to miss her blessings.

 

Thursday- There is a brisk breeze of triumph blowing through today. It is likely that you will see some powerful movement forward on old goals. This is yet another great day for manifesting. Be sure that you are very clear about what you want. Remember that the Universe has a never-ending supply of abundance to offer you.

 

Friday- This day dawns with a thick fog of transformative energy. You may be faced with situations that force you to face the fact that you have changed. You may find that you no longer resonate with certain people, teachings or even friend groups. There is nothing wrong with climbing out of your cocoon as a brand new butterfly who sees life through different eyes. The exciting part is there is a massive world full of incredible things for you to explore through your new lenses.

 

Saturday- A gentle rain is drumming down singing balance into all things. This is a day where you will likely feel compelled to make some changes to your routine and your household in order to strike better balance. You may experience some resistance from others but don't allow that to deter you. This is about you getting what you need, not sacrificing yourself for the needs of others.

 

Sunday- The sun is shining bright and clear today and so are you. Your confidence is luminous. You are feeling capable of taking on the world.  This is a good day to reflect on the life experiences that have brought you to this point. The truth is, you have been through plenty and managed to emerge from it a stronger, wiser and happier person.



The Sacred Buffalo

I live near Yellowstone Park. Because of that, I have grown up hearing all kinds of stories about the wolves the bison and all of the controversies. Did you know that if bison stray out of the Park that they can be euthanized? It's true. They are not welcome to wander the range as their ancestors did. It is because they are believed to carry a disease called brucellosis that can cause cattle to spontaneously abort their fetuses. The ranchers have been so concerned about the buffalo infecting their herds that this sacred animal has been completely cut off from their ancient paths of migration. It seems that in this instance, our need to produce as much beef as humanly possible on this planet has had a negative impact on the ecosystem. That is happening far too much.

 

It truly makes me sad that we have done this to the buffalo. Where I live it is not uncommon to see deer, and an occasional elk or moose wandering through open prairies or near rivers. I have always wondered what it would be like if you could also occasionally come across a herd of bison living freely in the wild. They could be dangerous if approached, but so can any other wild animal. I believe that with good fences, good management and good citizenry it would be possible to allow the buffalo to wander free as they were meant to.

 

Buffalo medicine tells us that the Buffalo represents abundance, prosperity, standing your ground and protecting and conserving your resources. Buffalo typically make excellent parents and their babies have a great survival rate do to the protection that the herd offers them. They are fiercely protective of their own. I suspect that we could learn a lot about community from the buffalo.

12Weather Report, January 22nd-29th

 

Monday- There is a dizzying wind racing through today, taking your breath away. You may feel like you cannot get anything done, especially on time. Take a deep breath and do your best. You may not get all of your tasks accomplished today.

 

Tuesday- The sun is shining bright and clear today and you may feel like you can take on the world. It's true, you can. This is a great day to make some positive changes in your life. The only limits you have are the ones you put in place for yourself.

 

Wednesday- There are storm clouds rolling through today, bringing with them a peek at your shadow. You will find yourself in situations today that give you a great opportunity to work on parts of your personality that you may not understand very well or sometimes not be very proud of. Take your time and be thoughtful in your exchanges with other people. This is actually a very good opportunity for you to do something different than you have done in the past.

 

Thursday A low pressure band of earth energy rolls through today, making you long to get outside and connect to the energy of the planet. This is a great time to do just that. Make sure that you get outside for some time with nature in some way today. It will help you to remain grounded and centered.

 

Friday- A gentle rain of wisdom is drumming down today, bringing with it a desire to learn. You may very well choose to dive into learning in some way. Perhaps you will read a good book, watch a documentary or even take a class. Whatever you do, remain open to new ideas and new information.

 

Saturday- A dense fog of isolation rolls through today and you will likely find yourself feeling the need to withdraw. Sometimes it is just too painful to stay in the space of other people for long and this is one of those days. Take care of yourself and avoid harsh people and harsh situations today if at all possible.

 

Sunday- A high pressure band of community moves through today and you will likely feel like all is well in your world. This is a good time to work on strengthening relationships and enjoying the company of people that you care about. Don't forget to do something fun. You could really use a good laugh.

12 Weather Report January 15th-22nd

Monday- The wind is zipping through today bringing  with it a feeling of urgency. You will likely feel like there is not enough time today to accomplish everything you need to do. Take a deep breath and prioritize. You do not have to conquer the world in a day.

 

Tuesday- There is a fog rolling through. A mental fog that is. You may feel like you cannot quite get your  thoughts together today. It is likely that you will feel a bit foggy and ungrounded. Be sure to spend a little time outside to see if you can clear the fog by getting grounded and centered.

 

Wednesday- The sun is shining bright and harsh today and you will likely feel like you need to withdraw from the world. Days like this are times when an empath needs to take a big step back from the world then take care of themselves. Avoid harsh people or places as much as possible.

 

Thursday- It is hailing chaos today. You will likely feel like Murphy's Law is in action. Don't worry, this chaotic energy will shift by early afternoon and you will get your zen back. In the meantime though, stay calm and put out the fires as they come. You are stronger than you think and smarter than you know.

 

Friday- The chaos of yesterday has passed and today there is a happy Breeze blowing through. This is a day where you will likely experienced some success. It is a good day to expect the best and learn how to take a compliment.

 

Saturday- The sky is bright with opportunity . There is nothing that you have to do and yet you may feel as if you want to dive into a project that makes you happy or even take a class that sings to your soul. This is a great day to invest in yourself.

 

Sunday- A gentle rain is bringing a slower easier energy than we have seen all week. You may very well feel like you need to take a down day to rest and rejuvenate your  mind body and spirit. Be patient with yourself and take all of the time that you need.

Katie's Ark: Dreamtime for dogs

Have you ever seen a dog have a dream? Sometimes they will bark with their mouth shut with this funny muffled found. Sometimes they will whimper, whine or cry in their sleep. We used to have a Great Dane that loved to sleep on the cool tile floor in the bathroom during the summer. She would lay on her side with her feet up against the side of the tub. Sometimes, she would jerk me awake with quite a clatter going on, all four giant feet crashing and scratching against the side of the tub while she was dreaming. Running in her sleep. Our sweet little Chihuahua Rico frequently dreams as well. Sometimes, it is obvious that his dream is not a happy one. He whines, cries and struggles all while sound asleep. I have learned that it is best to stroke him and gently speak to him, reassuring him that he is okay. Eventually, the dream subsides and he falls back into a peaceful slumber.

 

I have been curious about this phenomena. My mom used to say that they were chasing cats and hiding bones in their dreams. I decided to talk to my own dogs about it. Indeed, my mom was mostly right. They are usually meeting up with friends. Some who are living and some who are not. They seem to be taking a trip across the Rainbow Bridge in their sleep. They are running through endless meadows, rolling around in thick green grass and drinking from cool streams of water. Maybe it is the reward they get for putting up with this earthly experience.

 

This revelation blew my mind a little bit. Ultimately, this means that dogs can astral travel. They can leave their bodies and go somewhere that they want to go. I don't know why I am surprised, as they are wise sentient  beings. It just seems like such a rich conversation, considering all of the things that dogs could do. Obviously, occasionally it is just a bad dream, just like we have. But the rest of the time, dogs are off having fun in their sleep. No wonder they are so lazy! They happen to be having the time of their lives!

12Weather Report January 8-14th

Monday- A thick fog of solitude rolls through today, making you want to stay home. This is a great time to catch up on a good book or binge-watch Netflix. Don't push too hard and do what you can to avoid having to go out in chaotic places.

 

Tuesday- The wind is surging with choices and options today. You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the sheer weight of it. Take your time and give yourself the right to take your time in choosing. You have nothing to gain by giving in to the pressure of society today.

 

Wednesday- The rain is gently pitter-pattering down, bringing an easy energy of change with it. Unlike the pressure to make split decisions that you were feeling yesterday, today feels supportive and gentle. It is true though that change is on the horizon for many of us.

 

Thursday- There is a low band of grief moving through today. You may find yourself grieving a friend or family member or even a past situation. Don’t be surprised if you are dreaming of a job you used to have or a group of friends that you used to run around with. Talking will be therapy for you today, so be sure that you share some love and stories about those that you are missing.

 

Friday- While the energy may feel flat and stagnant today, there is actually a nice little breeze of patience blowing through. This is a great day to make those uncomfortable phone calls, face your budget head on and clean out the refrigerator. You will feel like you have both the patience and the emotional fortuity to do it.

 

Saturday- The sun is shining bright with accomplishments today. You may find yourself receiving a little praise or other recognition from those around you. You may also find that you are feeling proud of your own accomplishments. This is a great day to share something that you have created with the world. Perhaps it is a blog, a photo of something that you have cooked or something else that is near and dear to your heart. Share away today with confidence. You will receive positive feedback.

 

Sunday- Today feels like the brightest day of the new year. You are full of hope and light. Take advantage of this optimistic energy and have some fun. This is a perfect time to take a drive, connect with friends and even step out of your comfort zone socially. Your light is shining so bright, those are around you cannot help but notice.

12Weather Report December 11-17th

Monday- A dense fog of wisdom settles upon us today, bringing out the soothsayer in all of us. You may choose to share your wisdom through social media, visiting with a friend or even posting a blog. Whatever you do, remember that your words matter. 

 

Tuesday- The sun is shining strong and bright with partnerships and trust today. This is a great time to build trust at work And within social circles. You may also find yourself being drawn to join an organization that aligns with your values.

 

Wednesday- The wind is howling today, shutting down your voice. You may find yourself suffering without being able to express what you are feeling. Search for the right words, as bottling your pain up inside will do you no good.

 

Thursday- There is a pitter patter of love drumming on the roof tops and your heart. This is an excellent day for romance. Do something kind for your significant other today. If you are still searching for your best match, this is a great time to connect with your crush.

 

Friday- Your intuition is as bright as the sky today. You are feeling very clear and on point. Trust yourself, as you can lead yourself in the right direction.

 

Saturday- Gray, moody skies will likely keep you indoors, feeling the need for a day of solitude. Make a plan to stay home. This would be a great day for a long bath with a good book.

 

Sunday- The sun is shining bright with harmony today. You will likely feel like all is right in your world. This is a great day to spend some time in the presence of friends and family that bring you joy.

12Weather Report November 27th-Dec 2nd

Monday- A low pressure band of harmony moves through today, bringing with it a sense of well being. All is truly well and you do have everything that you need to navigate through life. This is a good day to set some financial goals.

 

Tuesday- It is hailing drama today and you want none of it. You will likely feel the need to withdraw and protect yourself. Empaths will find themselves feeling prickly and unable to deal with negative energy.

 

Wednesday- The skies have cleared and and the sun is shining bright with unconditional love. You will likely be reaching out to be in service of others today. This is a great day to do some holiday shopping as your heart is full of love and appreciation for those you care about.

 

Thursday- The winds are swirling with authority today. You may find both at work and at home that those in places of power are asserting themselves aggressively. Choose your battles wisely and don't engage in power struggles unless you are fully prepared to go to battle.

 

Friday- The only thing shining brighter than the sun today is your solar plexus. You are feeling confident and powerful today. This is a great time to introduce yourself to that cute guy you have had your eye on or ask for a promotion. Your confidence is luminous.

 

Saturday- The energy of the Earth is shaking today and that may leave you feeling very ungrounded. Be sure to spend some time outside to put your spirit back in order. You may even need to reach out for some energy work to get back to feeling like yourself.

 

Sunday- It is pouring choices today. Should you go out with friends and enjoy the day? Should you brave mall and get some shopping done? Should you stay home in your jammies and watch movies with your cat? These and many more choices are coming to you today. Be sure that you are honoring what your body and spirit are asking for before you honor what other people would like to see you do.

 

12Weather Report November 20th-26th

Monday- A gentle warm breeze of love is moving through. This energy could bring in new relationships or breathe new life into existing relationships. Pay close attention today if you find yourself reconnecting to someone that you have not seen in a long time. What once was old could easily be made new again.

 

Tuesday- A low band of energy moves through today bringing with it a need for rest and reflection. Try to keep your schedule light today as you may find that your body requires more rest than normal. This is a great time to catch up on a good book or simply give some time up for a nap and some great daydreaming.

 

Wednesday- You may find yourself hit with a blizzard of awareness today. Your senses are sharper than ever. For empaths, it may be hard to find yourself in big groups of people, as you are feeling everything. Your intuition is off the charts today. Be sure that you are trusting and validating your vibes.

 

Thursday- The sun is shining bright and strong today, deepening your connection to the earth. This is a great day to celebrate your connection to your family and friends that help you to stay grounded and centered.

 

Friday- A strong band of chaos moves through bringing with it conflict and defeat. This is a good day to stay home and stay out of the fray. Do your best to avoid getting into arguments with those who have different political or religious beliefs than you. It could result in a bitter feud.

 

Saturday- The sky is clear and blue today, just like your throat chakra. You are ready to express yourself in clear and concise ways. Whether you do so through talking, writing or creating, trust yourself. Your words matter to those around you.

 

Sunday- The rain is drumming down to day bringing with it buckets of the truth. What may have been hidden from you in the past is becoming clear right now. Be sure to ask lots of questions to get clear about what you are seeing and feeling. This is also a great time to come clean if there is anything that you have been hiding. You are safe to come out into the open now.




 



Thanksgiving Food for Animal Companions

Here in the US, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, kicking off a month of holiday indulging. Ask any vet, and they will tell you that this time of year is hell on the bellies of animal companions. Whether on purpose or by accident, pets end up eating things that are all wrong for them.

 

Our friends at PetMD.com weighed in on popular holiday foods for dogs and cats. Here is what they advise:

  • Turkey- Lean, boneless turkey is fine in moderation. Absolutely not skin, fat or bones.

  • Stuffing- Not recommended due to the possibility of onions and garlic.

  • Mashed Potatoes- Spuds get a green light, in moderation, of course.

  • Gravy- Pass on the gravy. Your babies don't need the high salt and fat in most gravies.

  • Green bean casserole- Green beans are fine, but those crunchy little french fried onions on top are definitely not.

  • Pumpkin Pie- All of that sugar is not cool, but you may consider saving a bit of plain canned pumpkin to share. Dogs love it and it is really good for them.

  • Some obvious no nos are alcohol, chocolate and raisins. It is never worth the risk to their delicate little systems.

  • If you know that your pets are prone to stomach issues, food allergies or chronic health issues, stick to their regular food. Consider giving them a new toy instead of a treat. 

 

A few things to think about, especially if you are hosting:

  • Keep food covered and/or put away. You know dang well that Mittens will be on the counter and in the middle of that turkey carcass the second your back is turned.

  • Keep an eye on the trash. Plenty of pets have gotten into trouble raiding the garbage can while no one was looking. Their gobble gobble could land them in the vets office.

  • Make sure that your guests know the rules about feeding or not feeding your animal companions. Just because you know better than to give Rusty a bite of chocolate pie or a turkey leg does not mean that Grandma does.

  • All of that holly jolly fun might stress your pets out. Way out. Be sure that they have safe escape rooms to get away from the melee. No animals should be forced to allow guests to hold or pet them. Guests should be advised that if the cats want to meet you, they will seek you out. Otherwise, please leave them alone.

 

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope that you and your animal companions get to have some time to relax and enjoy each other's company this week. 

Katie's Ark: They see you when you’re sleeping…

You have probably heard it said that animals and babies can see far more than we can. As a general rule, this is true. I have worked on many cases of animals seeing other worldly things that their owners could not.

 

Once I was called in to help with a dog who was barking incessantly at the refrigerator. He would bark at the refrigerator and scratch at the wall next to the fridge. He had literally put holes in the sheet rock. His family had tried everything to make him stop, but it had gone on for weeks and weeks. Someone suggested that they get an animal communicator involved to find out what was distressing him so much. As it turned out, there was a portal there. A portal essentially is an open door to the other side. Spirits were passing through it, going on their merry way, and really upsetting this dog who believed himself to be the guardian of his home. I closed the portal and instructed him that he was to stop doing this damage to the house immediately. True to his word, the barking and attacking stopped. His family was able to repair the wall and the case was closed.

 

Once I was called out to a home where a darling cockatoo in a cage was displaying the most upsetting and perplexing behavior. Every once in awhile, without warning, she would be pinned to the bottom of her cage. It was as if an invisible hand was pressing down on her she would scream and squawk and struggle to get loose. It was truly terrifying. The only thing that would stop her struggle was to open the cage and pick her up. In this same home, two tiny Chihuahuas  lived in constant fear. Many times, their family reported seeing them fly sideways through the room, yelping as if someone had kicked them or be launched off of the couch where they were resting. Sure enough, there was a dark entity in this home that was terrorizing the animals. They could see it and were clearly being affected by it. After we had banished it from the home, all of the animal's distress stopped.

 

These of course, are extreme cases. I have also heard many reports of cats and dogs that continue to see an owner who has passed away in the home. These are certainly not frightening occurrences, they are comforting ones. Animals can also frequently see your guides and angels around you. I like to think that they work in conjunction with each other.

 

The point is, if you have an animal companion that is acting like there is something bothering them in your house, it may be worth investigating. It is likely not nefarious, but still, it is wise to find out what it is and why it is there. An animal communication session can help you to get it sorted out.

 



12Weather Report November 13th-20th

Monday- A gentle breeze of options is blowing through. You are safe to trust your gut as you make decisions about your future today. Reach out to a trusted friend or advisor if you need to hash things out.

 

Tuesday- The sun is shining bright today, illuminating and energizing your connection to your higher self. It's all about the Crown chakra. Be sure that you give yourself some time for meditation as you connect to your guidance for support.

 

Wednesday- We can expect gale force winds of success to move through today. This is an excellent day to launch something new, or see the completion of a goal you have been working on. This is a good time to ask for a raise or put in for a promotion.

 

Thursday- A gentle pitter patter of love is sprinkling down. You may find a new relationship blossoming. You may also find current relationships deepening to a place of intimacy that you had not known in the past. This is a great day to make a move on someone you have been dreaming about.

 

Friday- A strong band of unconditional love moves through, inspiring you to reach out to the ones that you love. You may feel drawn to spend some time in service of friends and family today. Perhaps you will buy lunch for the homeless guy on the corner or pay for the coffee of the car behind you in the drive-through line. Whatever you do, this energy is ripe for random acts of kindness towards strangers and loved ones alike.

 

Saturday- The winds of change are blowing yet again, transforming you in some way. You may discover that a bit of your own philosophy is changing. It could be due to new information or a strong gut feeling. Either way, trust yourself and do not apologize for being you.

 

Sunday- There is a haze in the sky today that feels both magical and mystical. This energy will make you want to go deep within and seek out some of your own inner truth. This is an excellent time to meditate, daydream and write.

 




The Importance of Animal Communication

Many years ago, when I was still quite new to the field of animal communication, I had an interesting client. A dear friend of mine called me from another state to say that her friend had a pit bull that was going through something and refusing to eat. They were worried sick. In diving into the case I discovered that she had recently become pregnant by a much larger dog. Her owners felt that it was in her best interest to have her spayed. The vet agreed that due to her unusually small size it would be dangerous for her to carry the puppies.

 

When they got her home from being spayed she was terribly despondent. All she wanted to do was lay on her bed and stare at the wall. She was not interested in eating, cuddling or playing. She was not herself at all. Her humans assumed that the reason she was so upset was that they took her puppies from her. They felt horrible about it and wanted to express to her why it had to happen. That's where I came in. I employed distance animal communication techniques and quickly built a bond with her. I launched directly into the speech from her parents about why she had to go through this surgery and why her puppies had been taken from her. I was puzzled when she expressed her relief for that surgery and explained that she wanted to the be the baby in her family not have babies.

 

So why then, was she so upset? She explained to me that her experience at the vet was terrifying. She was very frightened and locked in a cage. She had no idea why she was there at the time. She couldn’t understand why her beloved family would leave her in this place where she was scared to death. When the vet tech came to get her out of the kennel to take her to surgery, she panicked and pinned herself to the back of the cage, snarling and snapping. She bit the vet tech. The tech responded by beating her. This sweet little dog received a terrible beating at the hands of those who were trusted to heal her. She wondered why her family had brought her to this place. She had never been treated this way in her entire life. She was traumatized and hurt. Shortly thereafter, surgery commenced. When she woke from surgery, she was back in the same cage. Much to her relief, her family came soon and wrapped her in her favorite blanket and took her home shortly thereafter. She knew that her babies were gone. She could feel it. That wasn't why she was sad though. She was sad because she couldn't understand why her family would take her to this place. She was terrified that she would have to go back there.

 

Through my own tears, I promised her that I would relay the message to her family. I swore to her that she would never ever have to go back to that place again and that they would find a new place that would be loving to her. I expressed to her that her family loved her dearly and that they would have never taken her there had they known that something like that would happen. A huge wave of relief rushed through her as she knew that she would not have to go back there anymore. I expressed to her that her family was worried about the fact that she wasn't eating. I asked for permission to do a healing on her body and spirit. She gave me permission and I did the kind of healing one would do after someone has had surgery, and a healing for trauma.

 

When we were done, I spoke to her loving family on the phone. They shed tears as I explained to them why she was so upset and traumatized. They of course, vowed to me that they would find a new vet immediately, as she was scheduled to have her stitches removed in just a few days. As our call was concluding her mother shrieked with joy as she realized that this sweet little dog had just jumped up on the couch, stolen her sandwich and eaten the entire thing. She was able to revert back to her happy, playful self and was back on her food. It was a relief to say the least.

 

This experience taught me a lot. I learned from her that one should never go into a session assuming anything. Things are so frequently not as they seem. I also learned from her the importance of helping animals understand what is happening when they go to the vet or to be kenneled. So much of her angst could have been avoided had she known beforehand where she was going and why. Of course, that may not have prevented the abuse she endured. I always encourage my clients to have a quick session with their animal companions to help them understand what is happening if they are to be kenneled, taken to the vet or groomed. Wouldn't you want to know why you were being taken and left at a strange and potentially scary place?

 

 

12Weather Report November 6th-13th

Monday- The sun is shining bright with confidence today. You are shining like the radiant beauty that you are. Don't be surprised if you get a little unexpected attention from strangers as you are really standing out in a beautiful and powerful way.

 

Tuesday- A low pressure band of energy moves through, slowing everything down. You may feel like you are moving through molasses. This is definitely not a day where you can get anywhere on time. Plan well, and leave early.

 

Wednesday- A heavy fog of intuition settles over all of us. This is a day that you will likely feel more dialed into your intuition than normal. You may also discover that you are feeling more mystical and magical. This is a great day for daydreaming, journaling and meditating.

 

Thursday- A gentle rain is drumming down today bringing change with it. You may find yourself letting go of something that isn't working for you anymore. It could be a habit, a job, a friend or even something bigger.

 

Friday- The skies are dark and heavy today, bringing with them confusion and mental exhaustion. You will see some people stirring up drama in order to try to break free from it. Don't fall into that trap. Listen to music that is good for your soul, watch inspiring movies and read things that nourish your spirit.

 

Saturday- A strong wind blows through in the morning, whisking away those heavy clouds from yesterday. Today is about choices and decisions. You may find yourself wanting to change a few things. It will likely be home things. You may decide to rearrange a room or redecorate in some way. You might even decide it's time to trade in your car. This is a day of feeling brave confident and positive about your own ability to make good decisions.

 

Sunday- Sunday dons dark and dreary with a heavy feeling of loss. Empathic souls may be feeling the weight of the world today. You may also have some of your own grief rise to the surface that needs to be nurtured and acknowledged. Take some time today To acknowledge your own pain and then do something to help clear away the heaviness of the world. Take a sea salt bath, take a walk out in nature and maybe even get some energy work. You will feel so much better.

 




12Weather Report October 30th-November 5th

Monday- The winds of success are gusting through today. This is a great day to start a new project, apply for your dream job or even try something new. The energy today is ripe for your triumph.

 

Tuesday- A low band of flat energy moves through today bringing with it boredom and apathy. You may find that you have to force yourself to throw that Halloween costume on or go to that party.

 

Wednesday- The energy continues to be quite low and flat today, and you may not feel like you have the energy to push very hard. This is a good day to dedicate some time to your own rest without any judgement on yourself. Did someone say Netflix?

 

Thursday- This is the last day that we will see this low band of energy and you are starting to feel impatient. You may feel a bit nervous about the fact that you have very little energy to get anything accomplished. Use this as one last day to rest and rejuvenate as it is the last one you will have for a while.

 

Friday- The sun is shining bright with creative energy today. You finally have your groove back and you are likely feeling the need to throw your energy into something with passion and excitement.

 

Saturday- You may feel like the ground under you is shaking and that can throw your root chakra into a tizzy. This is a really good day to get yourself outside to connect to nature. Take a drive, take a hike or just sit with your favorite body of water. Connecting to the earth will replenish your spirit.

 

Sunday- The sky is booming with temptations today. You may feel tempted to tell off a bad boss or throw your diet out the window. Think before you act and make sure that your decisions are in alignment with your future goals. After all, giving in to a temptation or two may not be worth the long-term damage to your goals.




 

 

Katie's Ark: Understanding the Brachial Chakra

Have you ever considered what the chakra system of your beloved fur baby might look like? Well no big surprise that their chakra system looks nearly identical to ours. They have all of the same chakras we do in relatively the same places with the addition of the brachial chakra. The brachial chakra is on the back, right between the shoulder blades. This is considered to be the spot where our soul and their soul can connect the strongest.

 

If you think about where you are most likely to put your hand when you reach down to pet an animal you may find that many times you have put your hand directly on their brachial chakra. I think it is an interesting phenomena. We are simply drawn there. As you caress an animal or run your hand down their head, frequently that's where your hand will stop and rest.

 

If you are connecting to an animal you have never met before and you want them to know that you are a friend, try to connect through the brachial. If they are willing to allow you to touch them put your hand on their back, between the shoulder blades. Allow the energy from your palm chakra to intermingle with their brachial chakra, connecting your spirits.

 

This chakra is frequently seen as a black or soft grey color. Abused animals frequently have a brachial that is out of balance, as they are mistrusting of people. Rescue animals should receive a lot of attention to bringing their brachial into balance, as they learn to trust their caregivers.

 

Many years ago, I was driving home from the grocery store when I felt very strongly that I had to pull into a Farm and Ranch store near my home. As it turned out, the Humane Society was set up that day with a myriad of dogs looking for new homes. There was a beautiful reddish dog with golden eyes. He was profoundly frightened. For some reason I had to stop the car and connect to that dog. He immediately came to this side of the pain and allowed me to touch him. The Humane Society people were shocked. They said that he was terrified of people and wouldn't let anyone touch him. They insisted that he needed to go home with me. I simply could not turn this terrified dog down.

 

The Humane Society volunteer shared his story with me. His companion was a woman who was living in domestic violence. She finally managed to get her abusive husband out of the house. She had a restraining order, but he walked right through that and came to her home while she was working and shot and killed two of her dogs. For some reason he did not kill this guy. Afraid for her life,  she ended up leaving town.  Her beloved Tebow ended up at the Humane Society, as she could not take him with her. He was absolutely terrified of people. Especially men. He was also terribly frightened of loud noises.

 

It took Scott 6 months before Tebow would allow him to touch him. From the get-go though, he would let me touch him. I did a lot of Reiki sessions on him in that first few months. We connected for many clearings from all of the trauma he had suffered. He would sit for a great deal of time with my hands resting comfortably on his brachial chakra while he went through the process of healing. He only lived for a few years after he came to live with us, but I will be forever grateful for all of the lessons that Tebow taught me about energy work with rescue animals and most importantly, about learning to trust.

12Weather Report October 23rd-29th

Monday- A low pressure band of patience moves through today and you may find yourself making plans that require long-term goal setting. For once, you are feeling patient enough to take a good hard look into the future and set some realistic goals.

 

Tuesday- The rain is coming down softly today with an encouragement for rest and rejuvenation. This is a great day to stay home curl up with a good book and give your body and your mind an opportunity to take a good break.

 

Wednesday- The winds of change are blowing yet again and that could mean a change in financial situations. This is a good day to expand upon a good idea, ask for a raise or launch something new. There is a lot of energy in building more abundance.

 

Thursday- The sun is shining bright and sweet spreading harmony throughout your life. Remember that darkness does not exist in light places. This is a great day to exercise a little forgiveness, permanently bury a few hatchets and be willing to embrace a newfound harmony, even with those who you have not had a harmonious relationship with in the past. This is a great energy to create new strengths in relationships at work.

 

Friday- Gusts of success are sweeping through. You may find yourself in the completion of a goal today or celebrating success in some other way. This is an excellent day to let something wonderful happen.

 

Saturday- It is hailing power struggles today. Even those who typically do not assert themselves that way may find that they are engaging in power struggles. Be sure that you are not a rebel without a clue. Walk away from the struggles that aren't worth it, and if you decide to engage, be prepared for the ramifications as everyone is feeling pretty stubborn.

 

Sunday- A gentle rain of communication is drumming steadily down today. This is an excellent time for you to express yourself through the written word and the spoken word. You may consider doing some extra writing today or expressing yourself verbally. This is a perfect time to organize a brunch or coffee date with like-minded friends for a great visit about things that are important to you.

 


Knowing when to cry uncle

In the animal-loving world, we seem to have an unspoken agreement that we will love, protect and keep the animals that come across our path. For the most part, we fur parents do just that. What happens though, when you bring an animal into your home that turns out to be a bad fit? I've had several clients struggling with something like this recently and I think it bears bringing up. Not every animal will be well suited to your home. Perhaps it's because of the environment. Perhaps it's their personality or their needs. Perhaps it is other animals in the household who are unable or unwilling to adapt to having them there. There could be a myriad of reasons. Essentially, it leaves us with two choices. We either stick it out and find some way to make it work or we find a new home for that animal. Sometimes neither option feels great.

 

On one hand, there is certainly plenty of reason to give it a little more time. A day or two may not be enough to know if we can work our differences out right? But then again, if it is clear from the get-go that this animal is not going to work out in your home, perhaps it is best to find them a new home before they have bonded to you.

 

So let's talk about rehoming. Surrendering an animal has a pretty cold empty feeling to it. If you end up in this situation, I would urge you to do the legwork to find a good home yourself. Perhaps that does come in the form of a rescue. Many rescues are breed-specific and will very well understand the needs of the animal that you are rehoming. That is a great option. Another, is to reach out to your field of friends and family and see if they or someone that they know and trust would be willing to take this animal companion on. Just because they are not a good fit at your house doesn't mean that their forever home can't be right around the corner. I think this is a better option when one is struggling with the idea of keeping a home a pet in their home. If you or the other animals in your house are significantly impacted in a negative way by having this pet there, you are not doing the animal any favors by keeping it. Sometimes we may just be the stepping stone to their forever situation. I think it takes some courage and a lot of humility to recognize when there is a poor fit. It is not a failure to recognize what you can and cannot offer to an animal companion. After all, they deserve to be in the very best situation just as much as you do.

 

Whatever you decide to do, set yourself free from the guilt. Beating yourself up and making you yourself feel terrible for surrendering an animal is silly. So long as you know that you have done the best you can with the information that you have, there is no reason for regrets.

12Weather Report October 16th-22nd

Monday- We will find the truth drumming steadily down on us today. You may feel more bold about speaking your truth today than you normally do. You may also feel as though others are quite blunt with you. Avoid getting your feelings hurt, as everyone is feeling the need for truth and clarity.

 

Tuesday- A gentle breeze of faith flows through. You may discover that things you have been working on manifesting are coming through a little easier right now. This is a great time to be stubbornly optimistic in the future, as you know that you have the ability to continually create wonderful things in your life.

 

Wednesday- The sun is bright and clear today as is your consciousness. You may have a need right now to clean up messy relationships in your life. That may come through in the form of forgiveness as well as boundaries. Whatever you decide to do, give yourself permission to be happy and healthy.

 

Thursday- A low pressure band of trust moves through and you may find yourself forming alliances with other people that you trust. Whether it is an expressed or unspoken bond with people at work or in your family, this is a good time to nurture mutually beneficial relationships.

 

Friday- The rain is dancing on the rooftops today and so are you. While you may be feeling a need to celebrate something specific, you may also just have a need to kick up your heels and have a little fun. It is Friday after all. Make plans to do something fun tonight. You might even decide to step out of your comfort zone a little.

 

Saturday- The winds of abundance are howling through today. Abundance is breezing into your life in the form of financial gain, beneficial growth in relationships and improved health. Take a few minutes today to count your blessings and show a little gratitude for all of the good in your life.

 

Sunday- There is a mystical, magical energy in the air today. You may feel drawn to flex your intuitive muscles and connect to your angels and your guides. You will likely be feeling more connected to them than ever by the end of the day. This is a good day to make plans to stay home and give yourself many opportunities for quiet. It is in The quiet moments that our connection to the divine are the strongest after all.



 

Witches Runes

***This blog was originally written in 2015***

 

Making your own set of Witches Runes is a lot of fun. There are 13 stones in a witches set. You can make your runes out of wood, rocks or clay. Be sure to bless your runes with your own intentions before your use them. Simply hold them in your heart and tell them what you would like to do. I like this blessing, "I bless these runes to always tell the truth, both to the reader and the person being read. Let us always work together for the highest and best good of all involved." Runes can be cleared by smudging or being left out in the moonlight.

 

Cast your runes the way you cast Norse runes, or get creative with your own spreads.

 

I have found the following chart to be very accurate and easy to use. Please note that I did not make it. All credit goes to www.tarotwikipedia.com.

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Frankindog

I have long been a big fan of Frankincense essential oil. It is an ancient scent that evokes feelings of old soul remembrances. It is also an excellent oil forever variety of physical and emotional maladies. Frankincense is one of the few oils that has no objection in the animal world.

 

Old arthritic dogs, dogs with lumps and bumps, and anxious dogs may all benefit from the use of Frankincense. When using essential oils on dogs, they should always be diluted with a carrier oil. For example, if you have an old dog with arthritic hips, it would be wise to put a tablespoon or so of a carrier oil in the palm of your hand or a small dish and add two or three drops of Frankincense. Very diluted. You must remember that their sense of smell far exceeds hours. If you are placing an oil on their body, you must make sure that the smell is not painfully overwhelming to them. After all, we are trying to help them not hurt them right? Once you have put together your little massage oil, rub it into their hips. It helps to get it on your fingertips so that you can massage deep down into the fur. Be gentle, and listen to their cues. If they are stiffening then you may be using way too much pressure. Don't forget the base of the tail and the low spine as you administer your massage. This can be repeated every day as needed.

 

As always, check with your vet when addressing any health issues with one of your pets. And of course, with essential oils, do your homework and make sure that you are using a safe oil.

12Weather Report October 9th-15th

Monday- A high pressure front of adventure moves through today. You may find yourself feeling a bit antsy and unable to sit in one place for long. This is a great day to play hookie and sneak away to do something fun.

 

Tuesday- The winds of truth are blowing today. You may feel like now is the time to come clean about something that's been hanging over your head. This may also be a day where the truth of some relationships in your life is laid bare. Move slowly and think before you react.

 

Wednesday- We are blessed with a gentle sprinkling of harmony today. While yesterday may have created some turbulence, the seas calm today and harmony sweeps in and cools everything down into a gentler and kinder place.

 

Thursday- It is hailing intuition today. You may not be able to escape from deep empathy for others. If that is the case, surround yourself with the kindest and gentlest people that you can. Avoid harsh experiences and upsetting media.

 

Friday- The sun is shining bright and clear with a need to celebrate today. Whether you are basking in the revelation that it is Friday or have some other need to kick up your heels, go ahead and have some fun. Remember that life is meant to be enjoyed.

 

Saturday- A low-pressure band of wisdom moves through today bringing a strong need to share our deep inner wisdom with others. You may choose to write, blog or even share in a great philosophical conversation with others. Remember that others will have the same need to share their own deep in her wisdom. Do your best to respect the points of view of others and honor and acknowledge their own need to share.

 

 

Sunday- A gentle breeze of companionship greets us today. Make plans with friends or family to spend some fun and low key time together.

12Weather Report October 2nd through the 8th

Monday- A high band of pressure moves through, creating accelerated motion all the way around us. You can expect that today will fly by in a flurry of activity. Make a list if you have plenty to do, as you will likely let a few things fall through the cracks

 

Tuesday- A gentle pitter-patter of harmony is falling today. It is a lovely day for relationships and new friendships forming. You may find yourself working together with someone new or unexpected on a project.

 

Wednesday- The sun is shining bright with success today. This is a great day to accomplish one of your goals. Expect that the universe is conspiring to bring wonderful things into your life.

 

Thursday- There is a gentle breeze of creativity ruffling our feathers today. This is an excellent time to do some writing, painting, redecorating, cooking or any other kind of activity that flexes your creative muscles. Remember that creativity is about the journey not the final product.

 

Friday- We will awake to a dreamy fog today, taking us to a place of daydreams and imagination. Intuition will be off the charts today. This is a good time to stay home and give yourself many opportunities to go within.

 

Saturday- A low-pressure band of sentimental energy comes through today and you may find yourself revisiting some old grief. Allow yourself to process through your emotions and if needed, talk it out with someone that you trust.

 

Sunday- It is hailing choices today. You may feel like areas of your life that have been stagnant are suddenly blowing up with too many choices and opportunities. Don't panic, this is a wonderful thing. Trust your gut and reach out for some validation if you need to.

 



12 Weather Report September 25th through October 1st

 

Monday- Strong winds of irritation blow through in the morning. You will likely be feeling like Monday is not really your thing. By the afternoon though, the winds have calmed and you will likely feel much more grounded and centered.

 

Tuesday- It is gently sprinkling sentimentality today. Perhaps you will bake your grandmother's signature cake or thumb through an old book of photographs. You may find yourself longing for days gone by.

 

Wednesday The sun dawns bright and light-hearted today. You will likely feel the need to laugh a little more than usual. This is a great day for lunch or coffee with friends for some good fun conversations.

 

Thursday- Storm clouds are rolling in and thunder is booming with a need for change. If there is something in your world that has been under your skin for a while, this may very well be the day that you finally utter the words of change.

 

Friday- A cleansing rain is drumming down bringing us some relief from the frustration of yesterday. You will likely feel driven to get some important things done this afternoon. This is a great time to tackle something that you have been procrastinating.

 

Saturday- A high-pressure band of energy comes through making this truly a psychic Saturday. Your intuition will be on fire today. Trust yourself and have some fun with it.

 

Sunday- The foggy misty energy today will likely encourage you to stay home and have a good self-care day. Get some rest, eat some comfort food and do a few things for you.

Katie's Ark: Animal Epigenetics

Epigenetics has gotten to be a large and fascinating study of human DNA. Scientists have discovered that trauma can result in scars on your DNA that can be inherited by your posterity. It is fascinating and useful information. For example, children born to mothers that lived through Chernobyl were much more likely to have anxiety disorders than other children their age. I believe that the same principles apply to the DNA of animals.

 

Years ago, I had a client with a puppy that had some perplexing issues. He was savage about food. This otherwise very sweet and gentle dog would become vicious when there was food on the floor. He guarded his food dish fiercely. The family was unable to give the other dogs a treat or feed any of the dogs in the same room without a horrible attack from him. Even his human companion had been the target of him defending food. She had received a few terrible bites. When there was no food issues, he was a darling and sweet puppy. Obviously, she had altered the way she fed her dogs accordingly, but even then, sometimes a food issue was unavoidable. By doing some energy work and animal communication with him, I discovered that he came from a feral litter of dogs. She confirmed that he came from the region that I suspected, where feral dogs are common. In digging into his DNA I discovered that his mother had starved frequently and that all of the dogs in his pack had to be vicious about food in order to survive. I did the same kind of DNA healing and clearing that I would do on a human. The results were astounding. The food issues literally came to a halt. He stopped attacking the other dogs in the home over food, and they were even able to start feeding all of the dogs communally again. All of this dog’s anxiety over food security were remedied. What a powerful tool to help this dog be successful living in a family unit.

 

Behavior issues in animal companions are common. There are many reasons and challenges. Considering scars on DNA is just one piece of the puzzle, but a useful one, no doubt. If you have an animal companion with a perplexing behavior that no other work or training has been able to address, it may be time to consider the origins of this animal and what their ancestors may have been through.

Throat Drops with Essential Oils

Several of you have asked me for my recipe for my throat drops with essential oils. I set out to make a look a like to doTerra's On Guard throat drops and Breathe cough drops. Both of these products help me a lot in the winter, but the cost is way too high, IMO. When I was in college, one of my cooking classes put on a Mother's Day luncheon. We made centerpieces out of hundreds of homemade lollipops. I spent a good week making suckers, until I think I could do it in my sleep. I figured that I could modify a hard candy recipe into a suitable lozenge recipe. 

 

But first, a disclaimer. Ingesting essential oils is a personal choice. Some aromatherapists and naturopaths do recommend ingesting certain oils. Some do not. I am, in no way, attempting to diagnose or treat you. It is YOUR decision to ingest oils safely, and it is your responsibility to do your own homework. 

 

This is the hard candy recipe that I followed:

 

http://www.lorannoils.com/hard-candy-recipe-r0194

 

I followed the basics explicitly. You have to be exact with product measurements and temperatures when you make hard candy, or you will end up with a goopy mess that doesn't get hard. Even worse, you can end up with a pan full of burned sugar that smells horrible. It can happen really fast. You MUST use a candy thermometer. You can get one at a big box store for around 5.00. Totally worth it. 

 

I veered away from the their recipe at the point of adding food coloring. I waited until 280 degrees, as adding it sooner fouled the color in the first batch. My lovely blue cooked into a hunter green. Pay close attention at this stage. You can go from 250 to 300 in a flash sometimes. Instead of adding their flavor oils, I used essential oils as follows.

 

When your product reaches 300 F, pull it off of the heat immediately. Allow it to sit to 1-2 minutes, then add oils. Premeasure them into a spoon. You cannot afford to waste time dripping oils in drop by drop. Stir them in quickly. There is some controversy among oils people about losing oil properties at high heats. Some say it is fine, others not so much. I feel fine about it. 

 

On Guard Drops- I used Jade Bloom's* Protect EO blend, 20 drops, and Jade Bloom's Tangerine EO, 10 drops. I had intended to use orange eo, but I was out, so ended up using tangerine. Either would be fine. 

 

Breathe Drops- I used Jade Bloom's Relief EO blend, 30 drops, and JB Cardamom EO, 5 drops. If you are using Breathe from doTerra, you would not need to add cardamom. 

 

I bought small candy molds at a local craft store. I sprayed them with Pam while my candy cooked. When the product was ready, I spooned it into the molds with a small metal ladle. You have to work quickly, as the product sets up quickly as it cools. Once your drops have fully cooled and hardened, you can dump them out of the molds and store them in an airtight container. 

 

A note about safety and clean up. First, be really careful. If you get hot boiling sugar on your skin, you will get a horrific burn, as it sticks to you and just keeps burning. Second, cleaning this mess up is best done by time. I toss all of my spoons and tools into the saucepan, fill it with hot water and soap, and let it sit overnight. By then, it is all dissolved and washes right out.

 

*I use a few different brands of EOs. I have developed a great affinity towards Jade Bloom due to their excellent quality, transparency and fabulous prices. I have also used a lot of doTerra over the years. If you have another brand that you love, feel free to sub their oils. Just be sure that you getting oils from a reputable source that you feel great about. 

 

12Weather Report September 18th-24th

12Weather Report September 18th-24th

 

Monday- It is raining prosperity today. Get out your buckets and your hats. You will want to harvest as much energy from today as you can. Be sure to allow yourself to receive abundance in many forms from others without questioning your own worthiness.

 

Tuesday- A warm front of community blows through today. This is a good day to connect to your blood family and your spirit family. Check in with someone that you haven't spoken to in awhile and spread the love.

 

Wednesday- There is a light breeze of new beginnings and fresh starts moving through today. Be sure to deal with any old baggage now so that you can move forward and a lighter easier place. That may mean that you consider practicing some forgiveness for others and yourself.

 

Thursday- The sun is burning bright with possibilities today. You must take action quickly and refuse to procrastinate. Though you may feel like time is moving at hyperspeed right now, do everything that you can to take advantage of opportunities presented to you now.

 

Friday- A high pressure front of stubborn energy moves through today. You may feel the need to stand your ground at home and at work. Be aware that you will likely be standing alone, as everyone has their own agenda right now and may not be quick to have your back.

 

Saturday- Emotional clouds roll through today and you may not feel like engaging with other people. Emotional withdrawal might be the very thing you need to get through the day, as you are processing through all of the events of the previous month. You may be tempted to judge yourself harshly over past decisions. Be kind and gentle with yourself. You are always doing the best you can with the information that you have.

 

Sunday- The wind is howling with worry today. You may find yourself worrying particularly about financial and material changes. Take the bull by the horns, and have an honest conversation with yourself and your partner about your financial situation. Make a solid plan moving forward to diminish your worry and get on top of an uncomfortable subject.

Katie's Ark: Past life memories in animals

It is a compelling question. Do animals have past life memories? I believe that animals have many many past lives. If that is the case, then wouldn't they have past life memories coming to the surface sometimes? I believe that they do. Have you ever had a dog who had an irrational fear? Perhaps he was terrified of water but you couldn't ever place him having a horrible experience with water. Perhaps he reacts very strongly to getting in the car, though he's never had a bad experience with the car. The list could go on and on. Now clearly, his fears could be grounded in something else, but is it possible that he drowned in a past life? Or was hit by a car? Of course it is. The only way to answer that question is through animal communication.

 

Years ago, we rescued a special needs Great Dane. He was pure white with blue eyes, and a product of bad breeding. We named him Vegas. He was deaf and mentally stunted. He was a wonderful dog by many accounts. He was huge and beautiful, and frightened of many things. Vegas was particularly terrified of riding in the car. He would leap from the back seat to the front seat, frothing, panting and whining. At that size, he was dangerous to ride with, as he could easily distract the driver or crank the steering wheel. At first, I thought that he was afraid because he was deaf, and perhaps the movement of the car threw him off. Over and over, I reassured him that he was safe, to no avail.

 

Eventually, I dug deeper with him. He repeated over and over to me that cars are bad, cars hurt dogs and showed me images of cars running him over. I was puzzled because Vegas lived in our backyard, in a very safe indoor/outdoor kennel with plenty of opportunities to the run the yard. We rescued him when he was 5 weeks old, directly from the breeder who was threatening to put him down due to his disabilities. He had never been around a car unless he was on a harness and transferred safely. Where were these fears coming from? It finally occurred to me that he was replaying a past life memory. I continued to assure him that he was safe, that the memories he was replaying did not happen in this life, and that I would never let something like that happen to him. He did eventually settle down in the car. 

 

 

In humans, when we uncover a trauma in a past life that is manifesting as a fear or phobia in this life, frequently that fear or phobia disappears. Is it possible to help an animal to dissolve their irrational fears? I believe that it can be done. Through reassurance, communication, and a willingness to understand what they may be going through, I do believe that we can face fears and phobias in our animal companions head-on.

 

Remember that they put a profound amount of trust in you. You are in charge of their every need. They trust that you will feed them, provide them access to water and hopefully give them some love and companionship as well. This need is no different. I am certainly not saying that anything that makes your pets nervous is a past life memory. I am saying though, that occasionally, in extreme cases of fear and anxiety, the past life connection should be considered.

 

 

I do believe that animals have a much greater understanding of the universe than we do. I suspect that that cuts back a little on the fear that they experience regarding spiritual matters. Hopefully that means that they experience past life traumas less frequently than people do. Either way, if we've done everything else that we can think of to cope with fears or phobias in animals or people, and we are still in a place of trauma, it is definitely worth investigating.

12Weather Report September 11-17th

Monday- We are facing torrential hail storms of miscommunication today. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Try not to assume that you understand what someone else is saying. This is a good time to ask many questions for clarification.

 

Tuesday- A high pressure band of impatience moves through today, tempting us to look for the easy way out. Don't fall into that trap. Instead, reevaluate your plans and make necessary adjustments to continue down the path of your goals.

 

Wednesday- The wind is howling with power struggles today. Choose your battles wisely. Keep your own goals at the forefront of your mind as you move through this stubborn energy. Take a moment to evaluate any resistance that you may be feeling towards authority figures. If you feel that it is justified you may move forward with your rebellion. It is possible however, that you will discover that you are being insubordinate for no justifiable reason.

 

Thursday- We will enjoy gentle sprinkling of self-love today. That may encourage you to take some time for yourself. This is a great day to dedicate a little time and resources to excellent self-care.

 

Friday- There is an easy breezy energy today that may make you feel like you would like to kick back and have some fun. Go ahead and indulge in some easy free time. What is life for after all, if all we do is work?

 

Saturday- A tsunami of words overtakes us today as the energy of communication is off the charts. You may choose to write, read or talk. As you are fulfilling your own need to communicate and express yourself, be sure that you are giving others the same courtesy.

 

Sunday- The sun dawns bright and sharp today with the energy of fun and motivation. Make plans to do something adventurous and out of the ordinary today. You will be glad you did.

Katie's Ark- Bringing in new Animal Companions

About a week ago I noticed a little white footed tabby cat running around our neighborhood near my house. He is a kitten, but not a tiny baby. At least 12 weeks old. This kitten decided that he lives at my house. He started darting through our legs when the door would open coming in the house purring, meowing, rubbing up against our legs. He even started sneaking in open windows and sleeping in people's beds. We don't have any cats. We have a lot of dogs, and so I've always opted to not have a cat. However, this little guy insisted that he lives with us. I started putting a little food and water out for him, because I certainly didn't want him to be hungry. Then, we started calling him Jeffrey. You should never give an animal name unless you're planning on keeping them right? Anyway Jeffrey has very quickly made himself a fixture at our house. He loudly lets us know what he wants and is basically getting all of the spoiling that he believes he deserves.

 

Our little Chihuahuas aren't sure what to think. Skippy, our older dog, actually seems to like him. I have seen them taking long, sweet naps on the couch or in the dog's bed. I even caught Jeffrey chasing him through the house batting at his tail. Skippy didn't say a word, just let it happen. Rico, however, our younger Chihuahua, is having none of it. He has never been around cats before and he does not know what to do with Jeffrey. He is jealous and skittish when the kitty is in the house. To add insult to injury, Jeffrey keeps playing with his toys. Rico has a bed full of coveted babies, and Jeffrey thinks that they are a lot of fun. I keep reassuring Rico that it's going to be okay. We are giving him plenty of attention and love. This is not the order in which I would have planned to do this. Had we made a conscious decision to add a new animal to our household, I would have checked in with all of our dogs first, to make sure that they were comfortable with this plan. Unfortunately though that's not how this one played out. The universe had other plans for us when it came to Jeffrey.

 

As an Animal Communicator, I frequently help people to incorporate new animals into their homes. It really is a respectful and positive thing to do to check with your animal companions and make sure that they are comfortable with your plan. I wish I could have made that happen this time but I couldn't. It's just what happens. When adding a new pet to the home, it is always wise to consider the impact on all of the animals that already live there. Will they continue to get the same kind of attention they've always had? Will their living space be affected? Will they have to start sharing key components of their lives and care? It is likely that all of those things will be affected. That's why it is also wise to discuss it with them and at least make sure that they know what's going to happen.

 

As for us, we will continue to work towards fostering a great relationship between Rico and Jeffrey and the rest of the gang. I'm still not quite sure who Jeffrey showed up here for. He seems to be a familiar who knows that he lives here. He's been busily bonding with all five of us, but I do suspect overtime his connection to one of us will emerge as the reason he is here. It’s just another day of magic and mystery!

12Weather Report September 4th-10th

 

Monday- The sun is shining bright with social opportunities today. Take your pick, or sneak in a great day to do a few things for yourself.



Tuesday- The wind is howling with emotional shifts today. Buckle your seat belt and hang on tight! Avoid drama as best you can.



Wednesday- The full moon today is offering us waves of love and healing. Embrace the kinder things in life, and allow others to do a little for you as well.



Thursday- It is pouring passion today. You may find that you are feeling more powerful than ever. This is a good day to make important phone calls and connections, as you are a strong presence right now.



Friday- A gale of impatience blows through today. Road rage and office clashes are likely. Take a deep breath and think before you act, to avoid lasting effects.

 

Saturday- The sun is burning bright with balance today. Common sense rules, as you will be clear about important decisions. You may find that you have no tolerance for drama of any kind.



Sunday- A gentle breeze of support is gliding through today, bringing comfort and peace with it. This is a great time to jump into the service of others. Whether you bake cookies for your neighbor or perform a random act of kindness, serving will give you a big energetic boost.

 



Katie’s Ark: Healing Grieving Hearts

Katie’s Ark: Healing Grieving Hearts


A few years ago, my sister asked me to check in on her German Shepherd, as she seemed to be ill. The first thing that she blurted out was, “I REALLY miss Rosie!” Rosie was another dog in their home, who had passed away 6 months or so prior. We were surprised to hear that because they were not companions and didn’t even act like they liked each other, and yet, there it was. She was in pain, from arthritis and in deep grief that had not been acknowledged. Her physical needs were addressed, as well as her emotional ones. The family went out of their way to talk more to her, cuddle with her, and overall make note of her feelings.


Dogs and cats grieve, sometimes deeply. They can get lost in the shuffle of our own grief. How then, can we help then? By acknowledging their pain, giving them a decent amount of undivided attention and talking to them. Be patient, and don’t be upset if they are not in the mood to play with the toy or run at the park. They will perk up, but it may take some time.


I have been consulted to visit with many animals over the years about bringing in a new companion. I love that. It is the right thing to do, especially after a death. Just because you are ready for new, adorable kitten doesn’t mean that the other animals in your house are. It pays off to find out if they are ready, and let them chime in on who they would like to bring in.


What to expect this week-


The first part of the week will likely result in some clingy behavior. Don’t be surprised if your dog won’t get off of your lap or your cat insists on sleeping on your head. They are feeling the need to be VERY close to you right now. That should get better later in the week. If you are working on training or behavior modification, you should see some breakthroughs this weekend.

 

 

12Weather Report August 28th-September 3rd

Monday- A low-pressure band of resistance moves through today that may find you wanting to break a few rules. Before you tear the tag off of that mattress, be sure that you are ready for the consequences.

 

Tuesday- A gentle breeze of reality floats through today, and you may need to get real about some of your plans. Being flexible is key as you recognize what you truly can and cannot accomplish at this time.

 

Wednesday- The sun is shining bright and clear today with a hunger to learn. If you have been considering signing up for a class or learning a new hobby now would be a great time to invest in it.

 

Thursday- A tidal wave of self-awareness moves through. Be sure that you are objective and kind to yourself. Don't beat yourself up as you recognize your flaws. If there's something that you'd like to change, then work on it. Now is not the time to tear yourself down.

 

Friday- It is pouring ambition today, and this is an excellent day to work on your goals. You may feel a little more serious than normal, and sometimes that's okay.

 

Saturday- Fun is in the air as the winds of play blow through. Make plans to do something fun today. This would be a great time to get out of the house and into nature.

 

Sunday- A high pressure band of positivity moves through today. This is a great time to give yourself a pep talk or encourage someone else that may need it. This is a great time to work on strengthening your core relationships.

12Weather Report, August 21st-27th

Monday- It is finally here, the Big Kahuna. We have been anticipating this full solar eclipse for quite some time. For those of you who have felt a lot of pressure building you may experience a bit of relief today. However, most of us can anticipate a tsunami of emotional energy to surge today. Be patient with yourself and with others, as everyone is reacting to the intensity of the eclipse.

 

Tuesday- It is pouring motivation today. You will likely feel the need to get a lot done. Stay positive, and resist the urge to be hard on yourself. After all, you are doing the best you can.

 

Wednesday- A gentle breeze of compassion is moving through today. This is a wonderful time to be in the service of others as well as yourself. Make some time to connect with like-minded souls today, as you may take a lot of Solace in the comfort of their compassion.

 

Thursday- The Sun is bright and sharp with justice today. You will likely feel the need to impose your version of right and wrong today. Think before you speak, and let that Facebook post sit for a few minutes before you hit send.

 

Friday- A low-pressure band of balance moves through today bringing with it a sense of harmony. This is a great time to abandon your judgment of others and turn within. If you have qualities that you would like to develop within yourself, now is a great time to work on them.

 

Saturday- It is hailing great ideas today, but communication is not at her best. You may feel like you are not really being heard or understood. If that is the case, take a deep breath and a step back. You may want to wait to communicate your plans until later on. Be aware that others may also have a need to express their inspired ideas to you. Do your best to be a great listener as you are being trusted with precious information.

 

Sunday- A misty fog of daydreams move through today. Make sure that you have some adequate time alone in order to allow your imagination to run wild. It truly is a magical day.

 

 

Katie's Ark: Air Quality for the 4 Legged

 

Each week on Katie's Ark, Animal Communicator Katie Weaver discusses a topic relating to the physical, emotional or spiritual health of our animal companions. 

 

 

 

We think about air quality in our homes for ourselves, but have you considered the air quality needs of the animals who live there? It's a no brainer that second hand smoke is not good for them, but what else?

 

 

 

  • Cleaning Supplies- Harsh chemicals are a huge contributor of indoor air quality issues. Choose your supplies carefully, and go as natural as you can. If you are making your own cleaning supplies with essential oils, be sparing, and learn what it safe for pets. Remember, they walk, sleep and eat on the floor a lot more than you do!

  • Air Fresheners- A little bit goes a long way. Be really sparing with things like air freshening sprays, Plug Ins, wax warmers, diffusers, etc. Animals should never be trapped in a space with things like this. They need to be able to get away from smells that are overwhelming to their sensitive systems. If your dog's fur smells like the air freshener, you are likely using too much.

  • Pollen, dust and other air borne issues- Animals can develop allergies just like humans can. Be sure that filters on furnaces, air purifiers and air conditioners are changed or cleaned frequently to support the best air quality.

 

What to expect this week, August 14th-20th-

 

 

 

Sleep seems to be the name of the game. The dog days of summer are catching up to our fur kids this week. Don't be surprised if your companions are acting like they want to stay home and be lazy. They might have the right idea, as the collective energy is pretty heavy right now. Make some time this week to join them in a good nap and cuddle session.

 

 

 

McDoggies? McNo!

Katie’s Ark

 

 

McDoggies? McNo!

 

 

In a recent visit with our vet, he was telling me about a terribly overweight lab he has been treating with joint problems. He asked the dog’s owner if he was getting table food. She denied that completely, swearing that he was only getting his diet dog food, and that was it! On the way out the door, when she thought vet was out of earshot, she crooned to her baby, “You’ve had a hard day! Come on, honey, let’s go get you some chicken nuggets!” The poor vet could only shake his head. The truth is, we LOVE treating our dogs to people snacks. When I was a kid, our local Artic Circle would sell you “Doggie Cones” for 25 cents. Our dogs thought that a trip to Article Circle for an ice cream cone was pure heaven.

 

 

I had an aunt and uncle growing up that were fairly eccentric. They didn’t have any children; thus their little dog Muffin was their pride and joy. Muffin was a Westie. She was darling, sweet and fatter than hell. Once when we were there visiting, I watched my aunt Jean unwrap a full sized Snickers, chop it up and serve it to Muffin in her dog dish. Muffin gobbled up that candy bar in a matter of seconds. My mom, looking very concerned, mentioned to Jean that chocolate is actually really bad for dogs. Jean replied, “Oh, I know, but she just loves her Snickers soooo much! How can I possibly say no?” Um, Jean? Muffin has no money, no car and cannot possibly go buy Snickers bars on her own. You don’t have to say no. You just don’t buy them.

 

 

I know that you are all going to slip your beloveds a little people snack now and again, so I won’t waste my breath telling you not to. It is a losing battle at my house too. Can we just get clear on some basic food nonos for dogs? According the AKC, these are the 10 most toxic foods for dogs:

 

 

·        Chocolate

 

·        Alcohol

 

·        Onions

 

·        Garlic

 

·        Raisins/Grapes

 

·        Apricots/Pits

 

·        Sugar

 

·        Mushrooms

 

·        Green potatoes

 

·        Yeast dough

 

 

Every one of these foods has a bad reaction in a dog’s system. If you are going to give them a taste of something you are eating, it should not have any of these components in it. A taste should be a less that a spoonful, and never a bowlful. And for the love of god, no dog needs his own Happy Meal!

 

 

What to expect for the week of August 7th-13th

 

 

The week starts with a lunar eclipse. Even if you can’t see it where you live, expect your animal companions to react to the energy of it. This is not a time for cats to wander the neighborhood at night or dogs be left home alone too much. You may notice your pets acting a bit more nervous and on alert this week. Cats who are destructive for attention may be especially naughty. One word. Catnip. Later in the week, active dogs will need a good opportunity to run and play, as they need to burn that energy off. By the weekend, things should be on an even keel. Make sure that you build some time into your weekend to give your animals some good one on one time. Remember, YOU are all they have, and they need you.

 

The Illusion of Privacy

Privacy. Something that we think we want, until someone gives us a cell phone and an Instagram account. People get very upset about the government prying into their privacy, and yet they are likely to spill their deepest darkest secrets to their hairdresser next time they get their hair done. We are funny like that. We want privacy, but always on our own terms. I live in a small house with a husband, three teenagers, and six dogs. There is no privacy to be had. To be honest, I am writing this article while locked in my bedroom, pretending to get dressed. The only privacy that is really ever afforded to me is when I am working with clients. Then my family knows that they better keep their distance and stay away. I just have to keep reminding myself that someday they won't all live here, and I will probably miss their chaos.

 

Recently, the topic of spiritual privacy has come up for me several times. As a medium, I have spirits around me frequently. Spirits don't tend to have polite boundaries when it comes to privacy. In visiting with some students and colleagues in the last couple of weeks, we have shared some good laughs about times that we've had spiritual activity in awkward moments. We have all had to tell spirits that we were not interested in talking to them when we were in the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, etc. I thought about making one of those cute, kitschy little signs that go on the bathroom door that says “Ghosts and kids line up here.” I probably won't though, for fear that they actually will! Now that's a visual.

 

Our basic understanding of the spirit world, is that they are kind of like Santa Claus right? They see you when you're sleeping, they know when you're awake, they know if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! I have had clients wondering if their grandma was upset with them because they were pretty sure that she saw them banging their boss or smoking a joint. The truth is, she probably did see that. And she is also not upset. Judgement in the spirit world is not nearly so much of a thing as judgement around here is. Your late grandma wants to make sure that you are happy and she wants to assist you wherever she can. She is not spying on you to pass harsh judgement on your life choices.

 

I don't know if we should be comforted or freaked out by the fact that there is so much spiritual activity happening around us at any given moment. Maybe a little bit of both. Hopefully though, I can help you see that you are never truly alone. Even in the darkest, seemingly most lonely and low moments of your life, there is always someone around you to help offer love and assistance.



Spontaneous Much?

Last night, near midnight, I discovered that people were witnessing Aurora Borealis in the clear night skies around me. I was giddy with excitement, as I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights in person. Scott and I set out on a grand adventure, just as we should have been climbing into bed!

 

 

Scott drove us way out on the desert, away from the city lights, to the top a tall hill. We were the only souls for miles and miles. We had 365 views of a perfectly clear night sky. In the distance, we could see the whitish, swirling lights rising, with occasional brilliant flashes of green. The Aurora Borealis, in all of her wonder, lighting the sky with her mystical allure. It was pure magic.

 

The silence was pristine, no traffic noise to intrude on the solace. The only sound that we were heard was the moment when two packs of coyotes, on either side of us, began calling to each other. One pack was close enough that we could hear their individual voices. The young pups, high pitched and shrill, were balanced by the deeper voices of their elders. They talked back and for some time, then moved on.

 

 

Eventually, we pried ourselves away from the sanctuary of the sky and headed home. As we drove in comfortable silence, I thought about how much I need these spontaneous adventures. We ALL need spontaneous adventures. Life is often too structured, too scheduled, too planned. I am determined to put my calendar away more and fret less about time. Will you join me? I would love to hear about your spontaneous adventures this summer!

 

In Defense of the Givers

"You have to HAVE balance between giving and receiving...You give too much...All you ever do is take care of others." We have all heard it, right? I know I have, and I have probably even said it. We have convinced ourselves that there is something wrong with giving with our whole hearts, like that somehow sends the wrong message to the Universe. I am so tired of that message. I don't believe it. I believe that some people were born with a spark in their soul to nurture everyone they come across. Can we please stop shaming kindness and generosity?

 

Sure, giving can become toxic. If you start to feel bitter and resentful of those you are caring for, it may be time to back off a bit, to get some perspective. It is up to each of us to self monitor our own emotions and act accordingly. Givers struggle to receive sometimes. That's okay. It's not a crime. Just say yes to some help every once in awhile. Don't strip another giver of their desire to serve you.

 

Our society is a big fan of finding ways to make people feel shame and guilt. How have we managed to fall into the toxic belief that being kind and generous with our time and resources means that we are not taking care of ourselves? It IS possible to be a giver all while taking great care of ourselves.

 

For all of you givers our there who wear themselves out taking great care of others, rock on! I know you. I know that you are giving your whole heart with a smile on the inside. I know that the comfort and happiness of others is your drug of choice. I know that you wouldn't have it any other way, and I love you for it.

 

 

 

 

The Nose Knows

 

Scent is a powerful thing! Smells hold so much nostalgia, and can take us back to memorable times in our lives. For pregnant women, otherwise harmless smells can trigger an avalanche of nausea. For others, certain scents can instantly force a painful memory to the surface. In the psychic world, scents are powerful as well.

 

The spirit world does a great job at grabbing our attention through our sense of smell. It is called “clairolifacation.” This unique clair is the ability to smell psychically.

 

 

A lot of people have some psychic smelling gifts that show up unexpectedly. People report smelling their grandfather’s pipe tobacco, their mother’s perfume or their grandmother’s fresh baked bread out of the blue. What a sweet message that our loved one are near! Additionally, some people report smelling roses when they work with angels.

 

 

For me, I smell Big Red gum when my grandma is near. She chewed that gum my whole life. I even slipped a few packs into her casket. When I was 15, one of my beloved cousins was killed in a car accident. He was 17, and like a brother to me. I still get a strong whiff of his cologne from time to time. It is his way of letting me know that he is near me.

 

 

Pay attention to the smells around you. Scents from heaven frequently show up in places that they should not be. Cigarette smoke in a nonsmokers home, cologne in the car, a floral scent wafting through your bedroom, etc. If you smell something that reminds you of a passed love one, just say “Hello” and “I love you.” They will be overjoyed that they got your attention.

 

Birthday Wishes

I’m turning 40 this week. It’s bringing up some weird emotions for me. I don’t really mind getting older. I got a text from my aunt this morning referring to my sisters and me as “you kids.” I had to laugh. Age is relative, right? I am nearly 40, but I will always be one of the kids to her. Yesterday, my husband instructed our son to hang his cell phone up. That made me laugh too. You know you are old when you think you are hanging your cell phone up, instead of putting it on the charger.

 

 

Back to the birthday emotions…Birthdays always bring up some grief. Even as an adult, my birthday is just not the same without my mom and dad. Maybe someday I will get over that. Maybe not. The hardest part, every year, is getting specific about something that I want. My kids, husband and sisters all start asking the same question. “What do you want for you birthday?” It shouldn’t be that hard, right? But it is. I have no answers. If I answer with “World peace” again, I fear that I will be getting socks and underwear.

 

 

So what do I want? I have puzzled all weekend over it. I know that I want time. I want lunches with friends, drives into the mountains with my husband, and trip to a mystical lake that I love. I want to wander her shores for hours, gathering stones and sticks and hearing her stories. I want to take a whole weekend to drive around and visit ancient cemeteries. I want to sit with the graves of babies and grandmothers and drink in the essence of their lives and the love that surrounds them. I want to sit with friends and family and swap jokes, stories and insults. I want I want to laugh until my ribs hurt and tears run down my legs.

 

 

So maybe I really do know what I want for my birthday. I want to relish every second of life, with no time clock ticking. That isn’t too much to ask, is it?

 

5 Life Changing Lessons from Past Life Regression

As a Past Life Regressionist, I have conducted countless regressions with clients. I have learned so many valuable things from those sessions, and occasionally things that challenge my own beliefs. Sometimes people tell me that they want to have a past life regression because it sounds like fun. I always assure them that it is not going to be fun. It is going to be work. Life changing, sometimes gut wrenching, work. And it is going to be worth it.

 

The following are 5 powerful lessons that past life work has taught me.

1-    1- We are eternal, sentient beings that have a tremendous amount of wisdom in our souls. Don’t ever let anyone tell you differently.

2-    2- Our current problems, whatever they may be, are just a tiny snapshot of a giant picture. You have surmounted larger obstacles so many times, and you can do it now too.

3-    3- Our loved ones who have died are never more than a whisper away. Time and time again in regressions I have witnessed clients go through their deaths, then stay very close to their loved ones until the ends of their lives.

4-    4- Every life will have some regrets and some triumphs. Love big, travel, be kind, and refuse to become jaded by life. Life your life in a way that whenever it ends, your regrets will be few.

5-    5- The most powerful lessons are learned during times of struggle. It is possible to keep loving, keep finding joy, and keep living, even during hard times. Your struggles shape who you are, even more than your successes do.

 

If you have been considering exploring your own past lives, I want to encourage you to do so. Get ready to tap into your well of wisdom and deepen your connection to your soul!

 

I have a group past live channeling coming up on June 25th at 9:00 AM PST over at 12Academy.com. I would love you see you there!

 

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Ethereal Metals

I am a dream traveler. I have been for all of my life. In the past 10 years many of my dreams have been downloads of information. Sometimes, I think I am remembering something from a past life that I need to bring into my current one. Sometimes I think I'm being taken to a time and place to learn something that humanity needs right now.

 

Recently I had one of those downloads. I was with a dear friend of mine who I frequently travel with in dreams. Our dream adventures are sometimes very intense. Once, a couple of years ago, we came back from a dream adventure and she was covered in blood and I had pleurisy in one of my lungs! We must have had quite a night! We don't always remember the work that we are doing, but when we do it is exciting.

 

In this dream she was laying on a stone slab. She was surrounded by people that were performing some sort of a healing on her. We were in a giant stone building. I identify this place as Atlantis. I have been there in dreams and past life regressions many times. My friend was surrounded by people that were performing a healing on her. They were teaching me how to insert an egg-shaped disc of mercury into her shoulder, draw it all the way down her arm and pull it out her hand for her pain. In the dream, she and I were both concerned because mercury is known to be poisonous. It was patiently explained to us that mercury is only poisonous in the physical form but not in the ethereal form. We inserted the disc into her shoulder and drew it down her arm and out her hand five times. They explain to me that mercury will help with her nerve pain. They showed me how to work with other metals too. I was seeing ribbons of silver, tetrahedrons of gold and little steel balls that we were moving through people's bodies for various kinds of healing.

 

I woke up from that dream full of wonder. I knew that I had received a download of information that I was now to take forward and use. I called my friend to compare experiences with her and, as has happened many times before, she also remembered the dream and the experience. I have not spoken to her in a couple of months, and did not know that she suffered an injury in yoga that has resulted in a significant amount of pain on the right side of her neck all the way through her shoulder and down her arm. While we were on the phone we practiced the healing technique running the disk in all the way down her arm and out her hand. We did it five times. She experienced immediate relief from her pain. We were both getting very excited about the possibilities. Since then I have been asking more questions and applying ethereal metals to healing whenever I can. The results have been exciting and interesting to say the least. I I'm confident that the more I work with this energy the more we will understand it.

 

Please join me for a very special Katie Weaver show this week on Wednesday, June 7th, at 10 a.m. Pacific as I discuss Ethereal Metals, share some of the things I have learned, and do some healings for my listeners.

5 Ways to Nourish Your Kids' Brains and Souls This Summer

Ah, summer! School is waning, and suddenly, parents everywhere are looking down the barrel of having their kids home for a few months. It can be terrifying and liberating all at once. No more packing lunches, early mornings, or frantic 10:00 PM homework announcements. No more after school clubs, dances, or band concerts. Yet on the flip side, you now have a wild pack of wildebeests on your hands for the next 3 months. They are prepared to eat everything in the house in milliseconds and dirty every article of clothing that they own in one day. They will be bored in a just a few days, and they will expect you to entertain them. I have put together a list of things that kids can benefit from learning over summer break.


1. Teach them how to prepare a meal that has significance to your family. Someday, when you are gone, or your kids live a long way from you, they will appreciate knowing how to prepare familiar comfort food. Even the littlest children can start helping with tasks like getting things out the fridge, setting the table, tearing up the lettuce, etc. Older kids can easily carry out advanced skills like chopping, peeling, mixing, kneading, boiling, baking, etc. Whether is mom’s chicken noodles or great grandma’s tamales, you will always feel good about teaching them about your family food.


2.    Teach them how to meditate. Meditation has tremendous effects on developing brains. Start slow, with brief meditation times, and work up to something longer. Consider setting up a ritual that you go through together each time to set the stage. You may consider letting the kids help pick and light a stick of incense and a candle, place cushions on the floor for sitting, and choose the music that will be played. Start with deep breathing and relaxation, then leave them in a space of quiet for a few minutes. Meditation time for kids should never exceed 15 minutes until they are teens.


3.   Instigate a family book club. There are so many wonderful books out there that a family can read together. Plan for book discussion times each week, and let everyone weigh in on their opinions and thoughts about the book. Make discussion time fun by making special snacks and brewing a pot of tea. Treat your children like equals as you talk together about the book. You will be blown away by their insights and wisdom.


4.    Teach them “The 4 Agreements.” If you have not read it yet, “The 4 Agreements” is a wonderful book by Don Migel Ruiz. Ruiz presents 4 basic agreements to make with yourself for a successful life. All kids should learn these principles early and learn how to put them into action in their lives.


5.    Teach them how to take care of the earth. Teach them about our planet, pollution, animal extinction, etc. Let them help instigate a family recycling program, and help them understand why it is so important. Take them on hikes with gloves and trash bags ready to clean up the trail as they go. Tune up everyone’s bicycles and ride bikes as much as possible to cut back on your family’s carbon footprint. There are so many tremendous ways that out kids can help us find a cleaner future for our planet, and it definitely starts at home.


Obviously, this is a short list that will get your wheels turning. I hope that you will find a million and one ways to educate your children this summer in ways that will feed your soul and theirs. To all of the parents who have kids getting out for the summer, may the force be with you!

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Are you looking for your stairs?

I have an precious Chihuahua who is 11. His name is Skippy. He has never been an athletic guy. He has never been able to jump up onto the couch. That is a huge issue for him, since he spends 90% of his day there. Nothing makes Skip happier than an afternoon of snuggling in quilts on the couch. Additionally if anyone else is sitting on the couch he believes that it is his responsibility to sit with them. Recently he was the recipient of a set of puppy stairs. They were hand-me-downs from his dachshund  cousins who refused to use them. Their mother had finally had enough of them and passed them on to Skip. He wasn't sure what to make of them initially. I had to teach him how to use them by chumming him up the stairs with Cheese Nips. It didn't take him long to figure out that those stairs meant freedom. Now he comes up and down the stairs many times every day. Up the stairs to lay on the couch, down the stairs to get a drink, up the stairs to bark out the window, down the stairs to go see what someone else is up to. It goes on and on all day. No longer does he have to beg next to my chair to be picked up. He simply sprints up his stairs and is in my lap in no time. It has been fun to watch him discover his new-found freedom and start using it. The incredible thing is, he has perked up in other ways too. He is not sleeping as much. He is playing with toys a lot more. He is bouncing around the house looking for someone to play with. He has even been venturing into the backyard to play a little bit. Skippy's life has literally been changed by a hand-me-down set of stairs.

 

I have a talked to a lot of people lately who are feeling stuck. Jobs, money, relationships and personal growth are all topics of stagnancy. People are looking for their own set of stairs to elevate them to a new level. Most people are looking for BIG change, thinking that will help them to feel better. Could it be, though, that smaller, easier changes could make all of the difference? What if your stairs are looking right at you, so easy, so obvious, but you can't see them?

 

If you are feeling stuck, step back. Start small. What can you change about your self care, your environment, the way to spend your time? So often, when our whole situation seems bleak and hopeless, we forget that we have the power to change a great many things in our lives. Change what you can, and as you shift your frequency out of feeling stuck, expect to see larger changes begin to roll out.

 

5 Things Married People Know

I cannot believe that it is May already. The year is nearly halfway gone, and as usual, time flies when you are having fun. May is my anniversary month, and it always makes me think a lot about relationships. I met my husband when I was fourteen years old. I fell for him instantly, and he, for me. We dated throughout high school and into college, and married when we were nineteen. We will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks, and I have no idea where the time has gone. I still feel like that fresh faced child bride with utter optimism and complete faith in love. I am shocked to see a wrinkle or strand of gray hair when I peer into the mirror! Many of my clients are drawn to me for relationship help. I used to wonder why, as I have not dated in practically ever, and felt like I did not have a lot to offer. My sister pointed out that I must have some good relationship advice, considering that I have been married for a long time! After pondering that, I have considered five things that married people seem to know.

 

  1.           Love more than you battle. I know this seems simple enough, and it is. However, I constantly see people battling each other on small stuff, losing sight of the big picture. Will you really care in five years if he wears that ugly shirt to your family reunion? Probably not. But you will care that he came and gave horsie rides to a herd of shrieking kids for three hours, because he loves you. Choose your battles wisely, and offer more love and affection than reprimands.

2-      Equality is a thorn in the side of love. Sure, everyone one dreams of the perfect balance of chores and responsibilities. That would be great. But is it worth your relationship to make it happen? You may say, “I love you,” more than he does. He may take out the trash more than you do. That doesn’t mean that you are lazy or he loves you less. Avoid keeping score or becoming the martyr. It isn’t loving, and it negates everyone’s efforts.

3-         Be your own best friend. It is not your spouse’s job to ensure your every happiness and joy. It is yours. They should support that, and they may some coaching to learn how, but it is up to you to make sure that you feel like your best self. Do your own work, and love yourself. When you can do that, you are so easy to love.

4-           Do not expect to marry a mind reader. Not going to happen. If you need something that you are not getting, speak up! Do not give in to the urge to stew and resent the person you love most on the planet because they are not giving you something that you did not ask for. See how silly that sounds? Use your voice, and request more compliments, affection, romance, etc.

5-        An attitude of gratitude will get you far. Your spouse is not the only one who has bad days, gets grumpy, looks like a train hit him in the morning, etc. You do too, and he tolerates and adores you anyway. There is plenty of give and take in a solid relationship, and you both deserve a little gratitude for being a willing party.

 

Happy May, everyone. May this be a year full of love, joy and growth for all us, both in relationships and in life.

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Saying Goodbye to our Big Blue Girl

It wouldn't hurt so much if we didn't love them so much. That's what I have to keep reminding myself. I know I wouldn't change it for anything. We lost one of our beloved dogs last week. Our Great Dane was nine years old. She was a Blue Merle Great Dane. We named her Saphira after a giant blue dragon in the novel "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini. She definitely had the heart of a dragon. She was getting up there for sure. Her health had been remarkably great. Danes tend to struggle with a myriad of weird health issues, but she really hadn't had any of them. She did struggle with anxiety when there were loud noises like fireworks, thunder or gunshots. Overall though, she had enjoyed an excellent 9 years of health and happiness.


Last weekend she got ill. She clearly didn't feel good and seem to be having some pain in her abdomen. By Sunday night she was vomiting. Monday morning we called the vet. We were instructed to keep her hydrated and bring her in on Tuesday. We did so. On Tuesday the vet suspected that she had a uterine infection that was causing her to have a high fever, dehydration and vomiting. I knew it wasn't good. I had told my husband Tuesday morning I felt like we were going to lose this battle. It's not a prediction that you want to be right about. It is what my gut told me though. I felt like she was getting ready to transition from this world, that she was all done. She was hospitalized on Tuesday, for observation and hydration. Wednesday morning the vet called and said that her white blood count had shot up in the night and they needed to do an emergency surgery to rid her of the infection. We knew that it was fairly risky at her age but at this point it was do surgery or she would die. I authorized the surgery. At 1:30 in the afternoon my phone rang. I was in the shower but felt strongly that I had to take it so I quickly toweled off and grabbed the phone. It was the vet. He said that he was not sure how to express this to me but needed us to know that our dog died in surgery. He said that her heart was doing something funny and he couldn't stabilize her. I wasn't surprised but of course I was still heartbroken. He offered to let us come and get her, if we wanted to bury her. That made me chuckle a little, as in her prime she was a hundred-and-fifty-pound dog. I couldn't imagine the size of hole that would have to be dug in the backyard in order to bury her on our property. We decided to go a different route.


Scott and I grieved together that afternoon. Our hearts were broken but we still had a tremendous amount of gratitude for the time that we did have with her. 9 years old for a Dane is old. We have been on borrowed time for a while and we knew it. We had a very busy ahead of us, and had chosen not to tell the kids until later that evening. At 7 we dashed home to grab softball gear to head to a practice. At that point my youngest daughter realized that something was wrong. She demanded to know where Saphira was. She's not really a kid that you can lie to. She's very dialed in and her intuition is constantly at work. I realized that it would just make it worse by not just telling her the truth and so I did. She cried all the way to softball practice. I told her that she would have to put her game face on and get through practice with me and then we would tell the other kids and grieve together. When we got to practice I noticed her clutching her heart. She looked at me with her giant brown eyes and said, “Mom my heart just hurts. It literally hurts in my chest right now.” Oh, how I know that feeling. We managed to get through softball practice and get home. When we got home we sat the other kids down and let them know what happened. Many tears were shed, of course.


When I got up the next morning, I realized that in spirit she was still sleeping right next to my bed like she always did. She got up and followed me into the bathroom like normal. She expressed to me how strange it was to be so light, so unencumbered. She was also a bit miffed that her bed was already gone. Later that morning Skippy, one of our little Chihuahuas, was spooked by her in the kitchen. I saw him come dashing around the corner towards me then throw the brakes on turn and head into the corner of the kitchen where he watched me with with a bit of suspicion. It made me laugh. He never liked her getting too close to me.


The saddest grieving it all has been from our little chihuahua Rico. Rico was Saphira's best friend. They cuddled together, played together and generally adored each other. She was very careful to play with her 3 pound pal and not smash him in the process. After we went to bed Thursday night, I noticed that he was crying in his sleep. He cried and whimpered for most of the night. He was very quiet on Friday, with no interest in playing with his toys or even playing with me. He wanted to cuddle with Skippy in his blankets, and that was it. We have made a point of giving him a lot of extra attention this weekend, and slowly, he is perking up. I know that his grief will go on for some time, and we will be patient with him. As an animal communicator, I have been careful to be sure that all of our dogs know what has happened. They will grieve anyway though, just like us.


Years ago I was working with a dying dog who told me that death, to a dog, is an honor to the soul. She told me that her body was unable to house her soul any longer, and she would be graduating out of it soon. I know that Saphira is just fine now, no illness or infection or lumbering body to drag around. It sure is weird to go to bed without her demanding a series of back scratches before she can settle in next to me for the night. It is weird to get up in the morning without worrying about stepping on her when I hop out of bed. We are okay at my house. Our hearts hurt right now, but we will heal together. After all, it wouldn’t hurt so much if we didn’t love so much. I wouldn’t trade the love and companionship for anything in the world.

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Porcupine Wisdom

Spring has really sprung here in Idaho and the weather couldn't be more volatile. In the last week we have experienced gale force winds, snow, driving rain, hail and beautiful sunny days. It's a lot to keep up with. I have become much more mindful about how much the weather affects my mood. As it turns out, it's not really fair to snap your kids head off because it's raining outside! All of this moisture is greening up the forests. Scott and I have spent many days this last week wandering around gathering morel mushrooms and wild asparagus. It is a hobby of ours in the spring to do so. Yesterday we were in the woods hunting for morels when we discovered the most delightful thing. Scott saw him first. A porcupine was sitting in a tree watching us. It is common for porcupines to bed down in trees. They even make a nest. This guy was just hanging out doing on branches and watching us curiously. Even our loud kids didn't dissuade him, though he did climb a little higher. He allowed us to get some video and some beautiful pictures of him.

 

I started thinking about the significance of seeing the porcupine. What spiritual significance could this have? What lessons can I glean from this unique creature? I set out to do a little research on the totem of porcupine. I learned that the porcupine is a member of the rodent family. His barbs help to keep him safe. He actually does not have great eyesight, so he likes a high vantage point. I noted that the porcupine has a very sweet and innocent face.

 

Porcupines are a totem of faith and trust. They remind us to have faith in ourselves and our own inner wisdom. They also remind us to retreat to the trees to get a better vantage point and to change our perspective. The porcupine quill provides protection when necessary and yet they have a soft underbelly that can be exposed if they are feeling safe. Sometimes I see people’s spirits like that. I see them covered in barbs, like life has been too much for them and they have now covered themselves with their protective exterior. We have all felt a bit prickly from time to time. Can you think of a time when you felt so irritated, your spirit felt so prickly that you could not stand to have other people too close to you or in your space? That is the cautionary tale of the porcupine. Know when to use your prickly exterior to keep you safe, but also know when to allow yourself to expose that vulnerable underbelly.


For me, I think that the porcupine is a reminder to me to slow down, to observe more and to remember to seek out joyful things in life. I could use a reminder from time to time to be curious, to seek out knowledge and wisdom and to renew my own sense of wonder. What can you learn from our wise new friend?

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The True Weight of Stuff

My aunt used to say that nothing made her happier than bags of trash at the curb. As an adult I can really understand that. When my house gets too cluttered I start feeling like I'm drowning in it. Stuff carries a tremendous weight. We live in a society where we are constantly encouraged to have more. We work hard to acquire more. But the more we have, the more we have to deal with. We have to store, display, clean, repair and deal with all of the stuff in our lives.

 

We recently completed an addition on our home. We created an additional bedroom. As my son was moving into his new bedroom, he downsized a lot of his things. It made sense to me. Just moving bedrooms he realized that he was holding on to a lot of old things that didn't make sense to keep any more. As my daughters moved into their respective bedrooms, they discovered the same thing. In just one afternoon all 3 kids managed to clear out a tremendous amount of extra stuff. I was amazed to see all 3 of them suddenly acting like they had more energy. They got out of bed the next morning without a struggle, and got out the door on time. Their stuff is organized. They know where their clothes and their shoes are. Their bedrooms are easy to navigate. The energy is just better.

 

The rest of the house is just about to get the same treatment. Every so often it really pays to do a big decluttering. I am a fan of the box method. Put several boxes on the floor in the living room. Label them. One box for recycling, one for trash, one to return borrowed items, one to give things away, and one to donate. As you navigate to your house it is easy to pick up items and place them in the appropriate box. It doesn't take long to have your house sorted out. The key then, of course, is to deal with the boxes. They can't now sit in the living room for six weeks. I feel like these sorts of projects have to be put on a short deadline in order to be successful. Set a goal to have all of the boxes dealt with in two days. You will be surprised how much better your house feels and how much happier your spirit feels.

 

All of that additional stuff carries an energetic imprint. If you have a stack of mail that brings you anxiety, every time you walk past that stack of mail you will feel anxious. Instead, deal with that mail. Take action and do what you need to with it so that you can then shred it and have it gone. That dead houseplant in the corner just feels like death. Get rid of it. That ugly old blanket on the back of the couch that your mother-in-law made? Let it go. The worst energetic culprits in your house are the things that you are keeping out of obligation. Just because it was a gift does not mean that you have to keep it front and center if it doesn't bring you joy. I don't know about you, but if I gifted someone something and it did not bring them joy I would certainly not be angry if it wasn't displayed in the living room. In fact if I've ever gifted someone something and they don't need it or use it any longer, I am completely happy for them to donate it or get rid of it. To be honest I probably wouldn't remember what I gave them anyway. We keep many things out of obligation. That is a mistake. Keeping any items out of obligation prevents you from surrounding yourself in things that you love.

 

I have been on many, many space clearings in people's homes. Some of the worst energetic homes that I've ever been in we're full to the brim of extra stuff. There was a home that was literally built on a landfill. Apparently there had been a very junky old property that was abandoned when its owners died. Rather than deal with all of their stuff, the county eventually brought in a backhoe, dig a giant hole and buried all of their junk. The piece of land was sold and a new house was built. Several years later, my client bought the home. This house was an energetic nightmare. They had constant paranormal issues, weird energetic issues and chaos in that house. Every once in awhile some of the buried junk would work its way to the surface. Their  lawn would gift them with an old baby doll head, a fork or a broken string of cheap baubles. It was weird and unsettling. It took several visits and a lot of creative work to finally fully clear that property. All of that stuff with its own energetic imprint was affecting the entire property. All of that stuff carried a huge energetic weight.


If you feel like you are drowning in your own clutter, make a promise to yourself this spring to let It go. While you are at it, let go of guilt and obligation. Remember that your house is your sanctuary and you deserve to feel fabulous there.

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Eloheim, the Angel of Ascension

I’ve been doing psychic radio for a long time. Radio is great, but it exposes you to a lot of different energies. When the Psychic Sisters started on New Sky Radio, at CBS, we were exposed to a much larger audience. Suddenly, I found myself under psychic attack over and over again. A psychic attack happens when someone has a strong emotional response to you and makes a connection to your spirit. I have always worked with Archangel Michael in times of trouble, but it just kept happening. I was exhausted, ungrounded and in pain.

 

 

Finally, in meditation, Michael introduced me to an angel I had never worked with before. He was an archangel, and huge, a lot like AA Michael, only older. Ancient. He had long white hair and hardly spoke. Michael told me that his name was Eloheim. I was sure that I was mishearing this, as this is a name associated with God in the bible. I asked for the name again, again heard Eloheim. Again, I insisted that I was mishearing, but for the third time, heard Eloheim. Michael explained to me that man has frequently misunderstood whom they were working with, thus the confusion with who this light being is.

 

 

I asked AA Eloheim if he could lessen my load, clear and protect me from the energetic attacks that were coming my way. He used a red flame to burn away all of the psychic debris. He placed a red ring of fire around my feet, to continue to protect me from all that was not loving. I felt better than I had felt in months.

 

 

I was so curious about this ancient being of light, who so effortlessly burned away months of pain and struggles. It was explained to me that Eloheim is an angel whose purpose is to help ascending beings. He is, indeed, ancient. He has not been active on our planet for a very long time, but is now here to help anyone who calls on him. He says very little. His job is not to comfort or coach. His job is to clear away lower vibrating energy, in order for us to continue to ascend to higher frequencies.

 

 

If you would like to learn how to connect to this powerful Archangel, I am teaming up with Kristi Brower to teach a Spiritual Protection class on April 17th at 7:00 PM at 12Academy.com.  We will discuss AA Eloheim and teach students how to connect to him for help, as well as presenting other techniques for psychic protection. 

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You are HER. She is YOU.

I have really been drawn all things Goddess for many years now. I love the old Goddess mythology, Egyptian tales, etc. I LOVE that the oldest depictions of the Goddess show a very round, chubby, mommy shaped Goddess. In fact, when I saw pictures of that, I though, “My god, maybe I am the Goddess. She is shaped just like me!” A good year later, I read a thought provoking book, “The Moon Under her Feet”. That book left me with the full realization that I really am the Goddess. I am Isis, Goddess of motherhood and domestic arts. I am Inanna, the Queen of Heaven. I am most certainly Artemis, Goddess of dance, singing, and enchantment. I am, without a doubt, Demeter, Goddess of protecting women. I am also Kwan Yin, Vesta, Anu, Danu, Rhiannon….and the list goes on. I am, in all of my greatness, just like them. When I am nurturing my children, healing my clients, tending my garden, loving my dogs, cleaning my home, baking bread, tending to family members and friends in need, I am the the Goddess. I am also, in my darkest moments, just like them.

 

When I am grieving, sorrowing, raging against injustice, or just raging to rage, I am the Goddess. When I having PMS and I am grouchy, I am still the Goddess. When I am laughing with friends, playing games, teasing, joking, singing, and spreading joy, I am the Goddess. When I am communing with nature, hiking, swimming, basking in the sunlight, soaking in the moonlight, and loving the earth, I am the Goddess. When I can forgive those who have hurt me, and when I can forgive myself for my own missteps, I AM THE GODDESS! It is an amazingly freeing realization, to become the Goddess. I am all powerful. I control everything around me. I am a formidable force for good, being that I am the Goddess and all.

 

So, here comes the point of this article. Are you ready? Have you already figured this out? YOU are the Goddess. Yes, you are. You really are. When you nurture, love, laugh, cry, dance, sing, rage, scream, or just be….you are She. The Queen of Heaven. When you love someone you would love to hate, you are Her. When you get all riled up about something seemingly trivial, you are Her. She is you. You are me. I am you. Do you get it yet? We are all one. One in our love, one in efforts, and one in our attempts to change to world.

 

The Goddess in me needs to change the world. She is passionate about it! She won’t leave me alone about it! She came here to get things done, and she won’t rest until it is so. Will you join me? Will you rise up, claim your divinity, and be the Goddess? Will you smile when people call you a bitch, and know that Bitch is just another word for Goddess-that-scares-the-crap-out-of-people? Will you follow your heart, listen to your inner guidance, and get the job done? Will you remember, even when you feel like wimping out, that the Goddess is not a sissy? I believe that you will. I know that if you let the Goddess out of the bag, that your life will never be the same. I know that if you decide to embrace you own inner Goddess, and join us, that you will be a force to be reckoned with. I know that you will be unstoppable, fearless, and, I hope, that every once in a while, you will proudly wear the label of Bitch Goddess! It is a great honor to walk this path with all of you.

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5 Things That Your Animal Companions Want You to Know


Anyone who shares their life with an animal knows that there is a lot going on in those little craniums. You can tell just by their expressions that there is that their wheels are constantly turning, thinking about all kinds of things. Have you ever watched your dog dream? They can become very animated, sometimes barking, running in place and otherwise acting out a dream. I'm sure that you have looked at that dog before I wondered what in the world is going on in that crazy head of yours? As an animal communicator I have the privilege of working with a myriad of pets, though I'm going to focus this conversation on dogs and cats. There are some things that come up frequently in animal communication sessions and I would like to share them here.

 

 

 

1.      Your company is vital to us. We miss you when you are gone. When you get home we really wish you would make some time just to greet us. We are so excited to see you! Please sit with us for a minute and help us to feel secure and loved.

 

 

 

2.      We feel your emotions deeply. Your pets are so dialed in to your emotions, it is impossible to hide what you are feeling. In fact, they are probably closer to your emotional body than anybody. Many of my clients with extreme anxiety report that even when they cannot stand to be around any people, they can still allow their dog or cat to sit closely with them. You may also notice that when you are grieving that animal tries to be very close to your heart chakra, sitting on your chest, in your arms, right up near your face. This is no coincidence. They choose to sit close to you and to be near your spirit and in your heart space to help heal you. I do believe that animals see auras. They do know what's going on with people just by looking at them. I also believe that due to their enhanced sense of smell they can smell your body chemistry and also know where you are emotionally and physically. When they act like they need to show you love, let them. They have assigned themselves a role in your home and frequently a large part of that role is emotional support. It's okay to hug them, to cry and to allow them to be your comforter.

 

 

 

3.      We really hate your cellphone. These days you spend more time looking at that thing than you do at us. Can you just put it down for a while and take us on a walk or throw our ball? I have found it interesting how many of my clients report that their dogs or cats try to knock their phones out of their hands. I think they are telling us something. Not only has our screen time taken away from the time we would normally spend with them, but I think that they also see what is or is not good for us. In fact, as I type this, my Chihuahua Rico is desperately trying to get my attention and insisting on sitting in my lap. I will definitely have to make some time to cuddle with him soon. (Side note, I finally ended up writing this article by voice text because he was so insistent on being held. He really wanted to be a part of the conversation.)

 

 

 

4.      If we were a rescue pet, there may always be some level of insecurity within us about whether or not this is our forever home. It's not because you don't make us feel secure. It's not because there's anything wrong with your home. We love it here. We're grateful for you. But you have to understand that when you have been abused and abandoned, that kind of thing stays with you. I have been amazed with rescue animals who are in very secure home situations, and have been for years, who are still asking if they will live here forever. If you have rescue animals in your home be sure to reassure them frequently that you love them and that they are there for good.

 

 

 

5.      Please stop setting us up to fail. We try to please you, and we do want to follow the rules. However sometimes our emotions or senses overpower us and we do things that you cannot explain. If we tend to be destructive when you're not home, it would be better for us to be in a crate where we would feel more secure and not have the temptation of destroying your belongings. If we cannot make it through the night without an accident, it would be better for us to sleep in a room where an accident is no big deal. You see, we do have our own limitations as well. I am amazed at how frequently I have a client who is very frustrated with the pet for not following the rules that they seem unable to follow. For example, if you are walking your dog off leash and he takes off chasing a cat, that is on you. He was overwhelmed by his senses and even though he knows that the rule is to stay next to you, he simply could not. Rather than setting him up to fail by going off leash, why not keep him on a leash in places where his safety and the safety of those around him are paramount? Everyone wins in a home where accommodations are made for the needs of the animals living there. This can become especially important as animals age. Elderly pets may not do as well with going to the bathroom outside as they once did. They may need a change in food. They may need to be kept warmer, have different sleeping arrangements or need more time with you. Just as we make accommodations in the home for the humans who live there, sometimes accommodations for the pets who live there is just as vital.

 

 

 

Clearly our relationship with our animal companions is symbiotic. We both receive a lot from these relationships. Just remember, as you are making decisions and plans, to include their needs in the conversation. They are every bit as much of the family as you are.

 

I presented on this topic recently, at the 12Family Psychic Symposium. You can watch my presentation on YouTube.


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Invisible Scars

The scientific study of epigenetics digs deep into the theory that highly emotional events can cause literal scars on DNA that can be inherited, just like green eyes or blonde hair. Part of my work has been to learn how to unlock those scars and heal them, setting clients free from invisible barriers to their success and happiness. It is such an intriguing subject, with an incredible potential for positive change.

 

I had a client years ago that was in a miserable marriage. She and her husband struggled in every way imaginable. They had both had repeated affairs, and hadn’t slept in the same bedroom for years. They didn’t seem to even like each other, let alone love each other. She wanted to leave him desperately, but couldn’t seem to make it happen. Every time she got on the brink of leaving, something within in her would back up.

 

She came to see me to see if I could help her sever the energetic cords that connected them. We did that. Six months later she was back, still married, still miserable. We did past life work. We worked through fear and ego. We did inner child work and more energy work. She stayed married. Her family and friends begged her to go. SHE begged herself to go, but as usual, she felt blocked from doing so. Things had deteriorated to the point that he was unwilling to work and they were forced to live with his mother. My client was at an all-time low.

 

She came to see me for a DNA clearing. She said that she was not sure why, but had a dream that made her think that was what she needed. DNA clearings involve taking a look at ancestry to see where there may be scars on a client’s DNA that are affecting their current lives and behavior. Immediately, her maternal great grandmother came in. We were told that she carried scars on her DNA regarding marriage that her granddaughter was carrying. She expressed to us that as a young bride, her husband was a gambler and philanderer, but her mother would not allow her to leave him. She instilled in her that she had to be a dutiful wife and make it work. She stayed married to him until the time of his death, when she was in her 70’s. It was an unhappy marriage for the bulk of that time. She took joy in her children and her little dogs, and worked hard to keep them all fed.

 

She expressed to us that the hurt and humiliation he caused her had created scars on her DNA that she had passed along to her posterity. I performed a DNA healing on my client, unlocking those scars at the source, the great grandmother, and sending them forward through her posterity. We followed up that clearing with a new blessing, empowering her to get her life back. Her grandmother promised to stay close by and to help her in any way that she could.

 

I didn’t hear from her again for several months. When I did, I learned that she left her husband just a few weeks after our work together. She was living in her own apartment, had released 20 lbs. and had a good job that she loved. Her grandmother was so proud of her.  Life still has it's ups and downs, the but the invisible scars that were helping her stay stuck and miserable are gone now. She is in control of creating her own happiness.

Seeking the High Road

Mondays are considered motivational Mondays at my house. I have a little Instagram group with my kids a few close family friends that I share a few motivational quotes with. It has been fun, because I can tailor quotes to the things that I know are going on in these kids’ lives. They are mostly athletes, so many of the things that I share relate to sports, but not always. Sometimes it is about friendship, kindness, teamwork or hard work. Recently, I shared a quote with them that really hit home to me.

 

“Reach for higher ground, every day, in every decision. Big and small, our choices add up to the life we live. Be someone who encourages and uplifts. Share your story. Trust in what you feel. Follow your heart. Live the dream in you. Then you inspire someone else to live on their higher ground.” Kelly Epperson

 

This quote helped me to start evaluating my own decisions, big and small. Am I reaching for higher ground, or the easiest ground? Do I encourage and uplift selectively? Am I truly living the dream in me? I know that I can do better, in many areas. I also started wondering, what I am doing to encourage and motivate myself. Does my self-talk reflect who I want to be? Does my self care reflect how I would like my health to be? Right now I have more questions than answers. It is time for me to do some soul searching, with brutal honesty. I suspect that I am in for an attitude adjustment. My kids say, “You better check yourself, before you wreck yourself!” Consider me checked.

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Schumann Resonance is Affecting You

 

It has long been believed that there is a measurable “heartbeat” or frequency of the earth known as the Schumann Resonance. The Schumann Resonance (SR) has been spiking really high over the last 30 days. Higher than it has ever been in recorded history, in fact.

 

According to Wikipedia, the Schumann Resonance “are a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency (ELF) portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum. Schumann resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, generated and excited by lightning discharges in the cavity formed by the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere.”

 

Up until 2014, the SR was measured around 7.83 HZ (cycles per second), as a constant. Sometime in 2014, we started seeing spikes in the SR from 15-25 HZ. In Feb on 2017, we saw spikes as high as 36+ HZ. Since the Schumann frequency is said to be “in tune” with the human brain’s alpha and theta states, the SR acceleration could be why light workers have been feeling so out of sorts for the last few months.

 

Typically, the root chakra grounds to the earth, attuning the frequency of our spirit to the frequency of the earth. With the earth going through such a huge shift in frequency, it is forcing our spirits to realign with it. We are witnessing a huge spiritual awakening on our planet, and it is so exciting to be a part of it! Ultimately, I believe that this shift will allow people to shed old, self-limiting beliefs and behaviors. We will see a heightened sense of intuition in many people as well. However, I do believe that we can expect to experience a fair amount of discomfort along the way.

 

I believe that realigning to the current frequency can result in feeling dizzy, nauseous, exhausted, emotional and foggy. Some people may also find that they are feeling like they are on the precipice of something big happening, with no idea what that thing is. This energy can be very intense. Over the next 6 months, I expect that many of us will experience significant spiritual breakthroughs.

 

In the meantime, we will need to take great care of ourselves. Regular energy work is a must, as we are shedding old layers from our emotional and spirit bodies. Some gentle physical movement will help our bodies to ease into a higher frequency. Pay attention to the needs of your body, as you may find your nutritional needs shifting as well. Spending a good deal of time in nature will be an easy and natural way to help your root chakra to stay connected to this shifting frequency.

 

 

 

 

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Women Elevate

I grew up in a home of 3 girls. As adults we have been each others best friends and allies. It wasn’t always that way though. As kids, we fought just like any other house full of kids does. My dad hated the fighting, and couldn’t bear to see us be cruel to each other. He would always say, “That is your sister, and she is your best friend!” What wise words. As we grew into teens, we all became much better friends. We shared a lot of friends that came to our house to hang out with all of us. By the time we reached young adulthood, we were truly best friends.

 

What kind of a world would we live in, if all women could treat each other that way, like their best friend? Even after all of these years of female empowerment, we are way too quick to tear each other down. It is expected. It is accepted. Women fight, don’t you know? Too many women in an office means war, right? Wrong. It doesn’t have to mean that. It is time to flip the script on people who believe that women are supposed to devour each other for their own gain.

 

We need to start looking for every reason to defend and support our sisters, whether we know them or not. We are our sister’s keeper. We must start teaching our children a new narrative about girls and women. Our little girls need to see their mothers modeling supportive and accepting behavior towards all women. We must REFUSE to judge other women based on their appearance, weight, relationships, parenting choices, career, religion, clothing, sexual choices or any other thing that is none of our business. Instead, we have to be brave enough to look within, to find the light in our female counterparts, and to draw it out in any way that we can. We have to be brave enough to allow other women to be equal to us, with no need or attempt to tear her down.

 

There is room in this big world for all of us to be individual. To be successful. We can all win when we choose to stop competing and start elevating every woman and girl in our lives. Never forget, she is your sister and she is your best friend.

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8 Ways to Help Kids With Depression

Being a kid is tough these days! Our high pressure world demands action and results from people starting at such a young age. It can get overwhelming and depressing. As parents, it is our job to recognize depression in our kids, and help. Some symptoms of childhood depression are apathy, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, behavior changes, and sadness that does not go away. If you feel like your child may be depressed, they need to be seen by their pediatrician. Being proactive is important to get them the assistance needed to feel better.

 

There are plenty of things that can be done at home, as well.

 

1.    Diffuse citrus essential oils. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, and bergamot oils are all great for elevating moods.

2.    Play Native American Flute music. The flute is the oldest known musical instrument. Listening to the tones of the flute helps kids to connect with their spirits and relaxes their bodies as well. Even better, let them choose their own flute to play at home!

3.    Create a “Worry Jar”. Help your kids create a special place for their worries to go, so that they don’t have to carry them around. A quart mason jar works great. Provide paint, stickers, markers, sequins, glue, etc. to decorate the jar. Keep the jar in a place that kids can access it without help, as well as small pieces of paper and pens. Encourage them to write or draw their worries down, and put them in the jar whenever they feel like they need to. Once in a while, let kids help pour all of the worries out and burn them in a safe place.

4.    Do your best to engage all kids in some sort of exercise. Swimming, biking, yoga, Tai Chi, and hiking are all good ones to try. Depressed kids may not be self-starters when it comes to exercise, so you will want to exercise with them. Make it fun, easy, and reasonable to keep them engaged. Exercise is a known mood elevator, as the brain releases vital endorphins during movement.

5.    Keep your space clear. Homes that have a lot of heavy energy are depressing to everyone. There are a lot of great ways to clear space. Consider trying smudging, clearing with basil tea, or drumming. Best of all, space clearing is fun for kids to help out with.

6.    Provide access to great nutrition. Fresh fruits and vegetables are powerhouses for kids that need a boost. If you have kids who struggle with eating fruits and veggies, try providing options for dipping. Peanut butter, Ranch dressing, Greek yogurt, and Nutella are all popular dip items at my house.  

7.  Keep an eye on social media. According to bullingstatistics.org, over half of teens and preteens have been bullied online. Additionally, most kids don't tell their parents when they have been bullied. If your kids have Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc, then you should as well. If you don't know how to use them, learn! If you have kids, you live with a bunch of tech experts, after all. Keep an eye on what they are posting and how people are responding to them. Kids are usually not emotionally mature enough to navigate the complicated waters of online relationships, and they may need your help.

8.  Screen time depression is a very real thing. According to Psychologytoday.com, children who are exposed to too much screen time are frequently impulsive, moody, lack in attention span and suffer from depression. It is important to help kids find ways away from their phones, TVs, tablets, etc. There should be some expectation daily of electronics being put away to work on other things, as well as a time at night that they are retired for the evening.

 

Provide love and support to struggling kids without displaying worry. Do your best, and remember, your love and acceptance is the biggest gift that you can possibly give your children.

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Your Bliss Is Within Your Reach

For the last few weeks I have been noticing an interesting trend among many my friends and clients. They are frustrated with each other, angry, and hurt. It seems that emotions are running high and folks are feeling the full weight of it.

 

Yesterday one of my Facebook friends commented that she had high hopes for the day, but someone had said something to hurt her, therefore her entire day was ruined. In my optimism, pointed out that no one can hurt your feelings unless you let them. My comment further irritated her, and she responded with a curt response, “Well, I’m sorry. Not everyone can be perfect.” I realized a little too late that what she really wanted was someone to commiserate with her misery, and tell her that it was okay to react that way. The fact is, I love her too much to do that. I care about all of you too much to do that, so I am going to share with you my thoughts on this.

 

Simply, no one can hurt your feelings unless you let them! If someone’s mean comment ruins your entire day, then you are allowing yourself to feel that way. The truth is, people who are behaving that way have a lot more issues than you. Their actions are a result their own drama, their own fear, and their own unhappiness. When you can step back, refuse to take things personally, and see the bigger picture, suddenly, you have no need to get offended. You may even decide to feel a little bit of compassion for that person. That is great, but NO saving allowed. Gone are the days of always having to be responsible for other people’s happiness. Right now, you are only in charge of yours. After all, when you are happy and operating through love, other people with catch that bug. You don’t actually have to DO anything.

 

So, how do you operate through happiness and love? You just do. You make a conscious choice to be “that person”. I read an article on MSN the other day that claimed that happy people on Facebook make other people feel bad. I think that is rubbish. Truly happy people have simply decided to be happy, regardless of their immediate situation. It doesn't mean that bad things don't happen to them. I doesn't mean that they don't have their own bouts with depression, grief and fear. It does, however, mean that they have decided to find some joy, somehow, in their lives. I love this quote: “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”-Ghandi. With that being said, you owe it to yourselves to surround yourself in people and circumstances that feel good. There is nothing wrong with weeding toxic people out of your lives.

 

Sure, the rain will fall in your lives from time to time. That is a part being human. We all have moments of anger, sadness, grief, etc. It is the way we react to that emotion that is the key. Can you emerge from it stronger, wiser, maybe even happier? Or will you allow it to destroy you, set you back, rob all other happiness from your life? The choice is yours.

 

Give yourself permission to be happier, love more, forgive more, and laugh more. It is the greatest act of love that you can give yourself. I am pulling for you! I know that you can do it, because I know that I can do it, and we are not that much different, you and I.

 

Today, I choose to live in my bliss, embrace happiness and spread joy. Join me!

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There is Room In This Big Tent

Forgive me this once, for getting a little political. Or perhaps it is not political at all, but human. This Muslim ban business over the weekend has really held my attention. Honestly, I hardly slept last night. I am reading accounts of citizens holding green cards, unable to get home to their children and animal companions, their jobs, their homes. I am reading accounts of judges issuing emergency orders to prevent this, only to have those orders ignored. I am reading accounts of senators and attorneys staying in airport security all night, demanding that innocent citizens be released and allowed to return to their lives. I am reading about countless rallies and demonstrations across the country and beyond, many with mayors, governors and state representatives in attendance. This morning I am reading strongly worded statements coming out of Washington by our representatives, denouncing this act. Suddenly, they are not Dems or Republicans, they are Americans.

 

Last week a mosque burned to the ground. The LDS church next door opened their doors and offered space to the Muslim community to pray until their building is replaced. Right there, in a room meant to teach little ones about Jesus, are rows of Muslim men, on their knees, praying to their god. Incredible and courageous. They LDS community had to blast through their fear of something they don’t understand or even agree with, in order to make a generous and decent offer. The Muslims praying in that church will never forget the kindness that has been offered to them. It is an example that we must all take to heart right now.

 

I have noticed some memes floating around, asking Americans why they care so much about immigrants when we have a homelessness and poverty issue in our country that is not being addressed to the fullest. I agree. We have homeless veterans, homeless families, and hungry children. It has to change. They thing is, it is okay to care about both. We have to stop buying into the “either/or” rhetoric that has been sold to us. We can show constant compassion for ALL who are suffering, and we can certainly spread our efforts around. The only way we can offer true change it is to unite and work together.

 

A few years ago, when the Seattle Seahawks had the strongest defense in the NFL, their coach said that they practiced “ball first” strategies. All plays revolved around the ball, all players gravitated to the ball. It worked. They were unstoppable. At this point, we must develop a “Compassion First” strategy. Every single one us, regardless of the country that we live in, our economic status, or our political beliefs, must start looking at the world through compassion colored lenses. We do have enough. There is enough wealth, enough food, enough land and enough grace in the US to take care of everyone who is suffering. We have been sold a different story. We have been led to believe that we should fear what we don’t know. We have been encouraged to assume the worst of those who are suffering the most. It is time to do more ourselves, expect more from our political leaders and stop getting distracted by our differences.

 

We are unifying right now, and breaking down party lines. Democrats and Republicans are suddenly under one umbrella, standing up for humanity. It is refreshing. It is needed. This is the time for us to lay down our hammers, to stop pointing fingers and start locking elbows. I don’t care who you voted for or even who you supported last Tuesday. I will join you, heart to heart, human to human, to stand up for what is right. There is room in this big tent for everyone. We can agree to disagree. We can show great love and courage for all of those who need our help. We can capitalize on the things that we are all concerned about and get to work. For all people. For humanity.  

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A Medium's Thoughts on Suicide

Suicide. It's not a comfortable topic, but one that must become a part of our dialog about death. Part of my job is communicating with people who have died, as a medium. I often work with grief stricken families looking for answers. I have worked with countless families who have suffered a suicide among their loved ones. I am often able to help them find some peace. So many of the questions, both spoken and unspoken, are the same.

 

1- Are they okay? If they have already crossed over to the other side, then yes, they are more than okay. They have gone to heaven (or whatever you are most comfortable calling the other side) to heal and bask in unconditional love and peace. Please do not buy into any mean spirited dogma that suicide victims will go to hell, wander the earth for 100 years, cease to exist, etc. It simply isn’t true. They go to the same place that everyone else does when they die. And frankly, it is a wonderful place.

 

2- Are they in trouble? I find a lot of families really wanting to ask this question, but they are terrified of the answer. The truth is, no one is in trouble. For various reasons, life got too hard, too painful, too overwhelming. They bailed ship before they finished what they came to learn and do. They will likely have a another life similar to this one where they can try again. But are they in trouble? Absolutely not. They are loved, just like you are.

 

3- Was there anything I could have done to stop them? Again, a sad question that many are afraid to ask. Time after time I have talked to those who have taken their own lives and asked this question. Time after time they have confirmed that this decision was theirs alone, and that no one could have stopped them, at least not permanently. Families and friends: It is not you fault. Ever.

 

4- What happens now? Now, you live your life to the best of your ability. You love, you find a way to laugh, and you take care of each other. Your loved one will be with you a lot, in spirit. Honor their memory just like you would anyone else who has died. Do not, for one second, allow anyone to make you feel ashamed of your loved one. Their spirit is divine, their soul lives on. There is no shame in that. Your deceased will most likely wait for the lives of their family members to end and guide them home when their time comes. They will guide you when they can, visit you in your dreams, and hold your hand when you cry. You will see them again. I promise.

 

When people die and they cross over into heaven, they only take love with them. Fear, pain, sadness, etc, do not exist there. Love, joy, peace, bliss, and happiness are the emotions of the spirit world. Spirits are not angry, they don’t hold grudges, and they aren’t in pain. They simply cannot be, since those feelings don’t exist in heaven.

 

If you are considering suicide yourself, I would like to ask you to consider the effect that your death would have on your family. If you do it, they will likely have to find you, bury you, endure a very painful and sad funeral where horribly insensitive people will say misguided and hurtful things to them. They will live with a lifetime of guilt, horror and unanswered questions. Your parents, spouse, siblings, children, friends, co workers, teachers, classmates, neighbors and others will never forget what happened. Their lives will be changed forever in an awful way. Get help, and if that doesn’t work, get more help. Keep getting help until life is sweeter than it is bitter. There are a lot of options for healing out there. Eventually, I hope that you will find a million reasons to keep living, keep trying, and keep loving.

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Dream a Little Dream

When I was sixteen my cousin Eric was killed in a car accident. It was a single car rollover, in his beloved 1960’s Beetle. He was seventeen years old and the closest thing to a brother that I ever had. We had been close for years. He knew how to scare me half to death with some stupid scary movie, make me laugh with ridiculous prank calls and make me feel loved by vetting my boyfriends. I had experienced death before, but never someone that I was so close to. The grief that I felt sent shockwaves through me for months. Eventually, I had a dream about him. He looked so good, like the real him, nothing like the beat up grey corpse that I had last seen. He was smiling, laughing and teasing. He asked me to tell his mom that he was okay. He showed me that he was with a lot of other souls, doing important work of some kind. I woke from that dream feeling some peace around his death. It didn’t take away my grief, but I do think that it softened it. I shared my dream with my mom, who told me that she had dreamed a few times about her grandfather, after his death. In all cases, our dreams felt so real, like we had an opportunity to see each other face to face.

 

I have come to understand that these dreams are visitations; opportunities to connect with souls that we love. They are precious reminders that we are not alone, that the soul lives on. I often receive visits from my parents, grandparents and other souls who are precious to me in dreamtime. I know that many of you do as well, because you have shared so many incredible stories with me.

 

The question is, what if you don’t? I have talked to grieving clients over the years that would do anything to have a visit with their passed love ones. I have, in mediumship sessions, heard spirits say that heavy layers of grief are hard to navigate through. I have also heard them say that they will not come in a dream if it would do more harm than good. If saying goodbye again is just going to tear someone’s heart out, they may hold off until the wound is not so fresh.

 

If you are hoping to connect with someone on the other side, invite them! It helps to ask them to come, and to ask your angels and guides to help make it happen. Be patient, as our linear time is not the same as time on the other side, so it may not happen right away.

 

May your dreams be filled with comfort and peace.

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Understanding Empaths

An interview my spirit guide, Hannah. The questions are from me, the answers are channeled messages from her.

 

Q- What does it mean to be empathic?

A- An empath feels what others are feeling, usually without realizing that they are doing it. They tend to be more likely to absorb negative energy around them, as well as being more susceptible to psychic attacks. Empathic feelings are a transmission of information from one soul to another.

 

Q- How does someone know if they are empathic?

A- It is really easy to tell if you are empathic. If the negative moods of others make you feel tired, sad, depressed, etc., or the feelings of happiness, joy, and pride exhilarate you beyond normal emotions, then you have empathic tendencies. There are different levels of empathy. Some empaths just feel energy. Others feel physical feelings of pain or sickness as well.

 

Q- There seem to be a lot of empathic people on the planet right now. Are there really more, or are we just learning more about it?

A- I believe that there are more emphatic people currently because there are so many people waking up to their spiritual sensitivities. You talk about being an empath as if certain people are born with that gift and others are not. That is not correct. All people, when in the right spiritual frequency, will have empathic feelings. It is a part of your soul.

 

Q- Okay, so with that being the case, then once empathic, always empathic also does not apply, right?

A- Correct. When someone is softening to their spiritual roots, letting more of their soul shine through, they will naturally be more empathic. If that same person, for example, suffers a trauma that hardens their heart, they may turn their back on their spirituality and the empathic traits would go away as well. Realize that many people spend a tremendous amount of their energy refusing to feel. They leave a wake of broken relationships and hurt people in their path.

 

Q- Sometimes my clients think that being empathic is a curse, some see it as a gift. What are your thoughts on that?

A- Again, empathic gifts are a part of your soul. Your soul IS you. Of course it is a gift. A soul processes everything through feeling, through energy. It is this very gift that allows for psychic information, energy healing, telepathy, and the connections that souls make that you call love.

 

Q- Sometimes being empathic can be very uncomfortable. What can people do to have less discomfort?

A- First and foremost, accepting these feelings as a part of your soul. When you can accept that you are so much more than this physical body having this current life experience, you naturally feel better. Secondly, honoring the fact that the feelings you are experiencing are the result of connecting with another soul. It is truly a beautiful wonder to connect on a soul level. An example could be: You meet a friend for lunch. She seems quieter than usual, and suddenly, you start feeling sad. Her soul has connected to your soul and transmitted a message. Your friend is sad. You have 2 choices. You can act like you are feeling nothing, finish your lunch, and leave, still feeling her sadness. Alternatively, you can acknowledge that feeling and release it. You may address it with her directly, “You feel sad to me. Is everything okay?” or you may choose to wordlessly tell her soul, “I see the sadness is you and I honor our connection.” Either way, you have acknowledged the feeling and no longer need to carry it.

 

Q-What if you feel physical pain from someone else?

A- Again, it is acknowledging it. Consider this: You are visiting your grandmother who has had a stroke. Out of nowhere, you head starts throbbing. Wordlessly, you can thank her soul for connecting with your and sharing with you her pain. Then release it, let go of it, stop feeling it. This is a huge gift to have when you are in the service of others. Mothers know when their children are ill, and where it hurts, massage therapists know exactly where it hurts without being told, healers zero in on problem areas in their clients and understand how to help. Again, we are talking about a transmission of information from one soul to another. On the psychical plane, if someone needs to speak to you, they may call you on the telephone repeatedly until you answer. Once you have answered the phone and received their message, obviously they will stop calling. This is no different. The information, or feeling, will keep coming until we acknowledge it.

 

Q- How do we help empathic children?

A- Empathic children should be taught to receive the message, then move on. When they go to school, for example, and their teacher feels angry, they may internalize that anger and act up or think it is their fault and shut down. Instead, teach them to check into their own guidance system. They are remarkably intuitive at this point. Teach them to ask their angels or guides a series of questions. If they do not hear messages from their angels or guides teach them how to muscle test.

  1. “Is Mrs. Smith angry?” Yes
  2. “Is she angry with me?” No
  3. “Do I need to do anything about it?” No
  4. “I understand that Mrs. Smith is angry. Thank you for the message. I choose to let her anger go and stop feeling it now.”

Q- Sometimes my clients wake up feeling off, full of pain, maybe anxious. I have found that they are often tuned into collective energies around them that they are feeling acutely. How do they cope with that energy?

A- Collective energy can certainly be painful and difficult. Try this exercise:

  1. Close your eyes and picture your soul self, hovering over the planet. You are so much larger than you realize as your giant, powerful soul self. Embrace the earth and cradle it in your arms, like you would a baby. Comfort and love the planet and every being on it. Acknowledge that there is pain and suffering, and soothe it with love. You may choose to wrap the earth in a blanket of green or pink light, a symbol of love and peace. When you feel that your healing is done, return to your physical body, knowing that you have offered a powerful healing from your soul to the all of the interconnected souls that you share life with.

Obviously there is so much more to this conversation, and I will continue to ask Hannah questions and share here answers here on my blog. I am excited and encouraged about her insight on this vast and important topic.

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New Year's Goals

A new year is upon us, and that can mean many things. From a mundane position, it is time to get ready to file taxes, wrap up old accounts, and start a new fiscal year. From a home perspective, it is time to put away the remnants of the holiday, declutter, and bless your house with a good cleaning. From a spiritual perspective, it is time to evaluate 2016 and set some goals for 2017.

 

I’m not a big fan of resolutions, as they seem to have turned into a trite statement on the New Year that doesn’t mean anything a few weeks down the road. Do you even remember your resolutions from last year? Goals are different to me. Goals will need work and attending to, of course. Goals give us direction, and help us set our course. Goals can be short term or long term, and it is a great idea to have some of each. I think that short terms goals can be wrapped up in a few months, versus long term goals that take a greater amount of time. It is helpful to have a way of measuring the success of your goal in order to track your progress. More success usually lights a fire for even more success. Goals can be a sacred contract that we make with ourselves.

 

Let’s take a look at an example:

Mary has gotten behind of her bills, and she knows that something needs to change in order to get out of this hole. Her goal is to be caught up on her bills in the next 3 months.

1.    First, she must write her goals down in a place that she will see them. You can work on something if you don’t remember what it is. A vision board is great for this.

2.    Next, she must take a good, and honest look at her finances. Is her goal reasonable? She needs to evaluate how much she can earn and save in the next 3 months. Will there be enough money to accomplish her goal? If not, how can she get creative about it? Can she work extra hours, pick up a temporary second job, or sell something that she is done with? If so, great. If not, she needs to re-evaluate her time frame to be sure that it is reasonable. Don’t set yourself up to fail, as that is contrary to accomplishing your goals.

3.    Mary’s choices must now come into alignment with her goal. When faced with spending extra money, she should ask herself, “Does this support my goal?” If it doesn’t then she knows that it is time to make a different choice.

4.    After Mary has met her goal, and her finances are in good shape, she can move on to a new goal. Perhaps she wants to start saving more money so that she does not find herself in this position again, or start living on a budget so that she is making wiser choices with her money.

 

Ultimately, goal setting only works if you work it. Goals should be realistic, have an end point, and be measurable. I like to set one or two long term goals for the year, and several short term goals. I build a vision board based on these goals that is hung in my bedroom, so that I am always reminded that I have goals. Goals make dreams become reality.

 

Ask yourself, what are your goals this year? You DO have the power to accomplish anything that you set your mind to!

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Winter Solstice Wonder

The Winter Solstice is near. I can feel it tugging at me, this turn of the wheel. I love this solstice. This is the time that the world settles. This is when we reconcile the past year and start dreaming about the next one. The Winter Solstice always feels sleepy and dreamy and mystical to me. The magic of the Yule is gentle and full of hope, bringing the promise of lighter days to come. The Winter Solstice always makes me long for some ceremony. It is an ancient tug on my soul. What kind of ceremony differs from year to year. Here are a few things I am thinking about this solstice.

 

1-    A sacred fire. I studied for a few years with a Grandmother who taught me many things about ceremony and ritual. She taught me how to build a sacred fire for ceremony that creates sacred space. I feel like warming my soul in the light of a sacred fire will give me the best backdrop to do my work.

 

2-    A burning ritual. I have some serious releasing to do this year. First, I must give gratitude for the things that have challenged me and helped me grow, then I must release them. I am going to use pine cones. Some people may choose to use a pen and paper. First, I will sit in meditation, reflecting on the past year. One by one, I will hold a pine cone to my lips, speaking the challenge or situation into its bristles and what I feel like I learned from it. Next, I will release my pine cones into the flames of the sacred fire, allowing them to devoured, transmuted and honored by the flame.

 

3-    A Solstice bath. I am making solstice bath salts by combining sea salt with Frankincense, Jasmine, Spikenard and Rosewood essential oils. Frankincense, because it connects me to my higher wisdom. Jasmine, because it connects with and honors the returning of the sun. Spikenard, because it connects me to the earth. Rosewood, because it connects me deeply to the Divine Feminine energy that flows through me. Men may consider blending with Cypress, to honor the Divine Masculine. I will bathe by candlelight, and spend that time contemplating things that I would like to learn and accomplish during the Winter Solstice period.  

 

What will you do with this solstice? Get creative and trust your gut. There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate this truly sacred time of year.

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Life Lessons from the Bowl

I’ve been practicing sound therapy for years in conjunction with energy work. I have amassed a pretty good collection of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums and tuning forks during that time. My bowls have taught me many things about energy and few important things about life.

 

A few years ago, I invested in a lovely little garnet crystal singing bowl. She is small, just 6” across and 8” tall. She is tuned to the note of G, the throat chakra. I was so disappointed when she arrived. She didn’t sing. I tried over and over again, but could not draw a song out of her. I gave up, declaring that I had wasted my money, and put her up on a shelf in my office as a display piece. Recently I moved by bowl collection to my home office. I lamented to my husband, as I prepared to place her back on a shelf, that I am still sad that this bowl came to me with a defect, and wouldn’t sing. “What are you talking about?” he asked me. “I have drawn a song out of this bowl tons of times. You just have to work on her for a while, and be patient.” Curious, I grabbed a striker and began rotating it around and around the bowl. For 60 seconds or more, the only sound I could hear was the leather wrapped striker whisking around the edges of the bowl. Suddenly, a vibration started to emerge, getting louder and louder, eventually filling up my office with a rich, pulsating tone. I couldn’t believe it. All of this time, I had written her off as faulty, when she was far from it. Her song is beautiful, powerful even, when given the patience to really shine. What an incredible metaphor about life. How often do we write people off too quickly? We miss out on so many beautiful songs when we fail to have enough patience for the people around us.

The art of creating Tibetan singing bowls in an ancient practice, passed on from one generation to the next. That practice has nearly vanished now, with a great deal of bowls being hammered by machine. In my opinion, the old way of creating bowls is the best way. In the old way, 7 metals are melted together, poured into rounds, and hand hammered into the shape of the bowl. When the bowl is complete, it is played to learn what note it has become. This is an incredible concept to me. Usually items are manufactured to BE something specific. In the case of Tibetan singing bowls, it is a mystery until the last hammer has rung. They are allowed to BE whatever it is they have become. I have always felt like this is the way we should be raising our children. Rather than force them into our boxes, wouldn’t it be amazing to just embrace whatever it is that they become?

 

Though the healing energy I have received and passed along from my bowls is incredible, the life lessons I have taken from my bowls is even better. Slow down. Be patient. Be accepting. And of course, everyone, no matter how small they may feel, has a voice, has power and has a song to share.

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Tossing Tradition

I had an interesting epiphany about traditions. Traditions can be a yoke around our necks. A heavy link to the past. Even traditions that once brought you joy could be holding you back in the present moment. I'll give you an example. There is a dish that my family makes at the holidays. It is gross. No one likes it. At least no one alive. It's called corn and oyster casserole and it's as yucky as that sounds. Layers of saltine crackers, canned corn and canned oysters finished off with heavy cream, salt and pepper, and baked in the oven. I don't know who came up with this mess, or why it has become a holiday dish. This year, in musing about what to make for Thanksgiving, my sisters and I agreed that we should stop making corn and oysters. No one likes it that is living. I will admit that we have made it for the last three thanksgivings even though we knew no one was going to eat more than a spoonful of it. Why? Because that's the way it's always been done. It was freeing to decide that we did not have to make the nasty casserole any longer. The truth is, we didn't have to make it all along. We thought we did though. That's what traditions do. They get under your skin. They wheedle their way into your repetitive mind, and they stay there indefinitely. Since the holidays are all about keeping with tradition, it makes sense to evaluate those traditions and make sure that the ones you are carrying out are ones that actually bring you joy.

 

My new litmus test for traditions are that they cannot make life complicated for me, and they have to warm my heart. If they don't, they are out. I encourage you to take an honest look at all of the things that you feel compelled to do, particularly around the holidays. Do these things fill you up? Are they reasonable and feasible? If they don't, I urge you to find it within you this year to say no. I am astonished at how often we break ourselves financially, physically and spiritually to live up to tradition. We have a deep seeded idea that we have to do what has been done before.

 

So if not that, then what? What comes next if you decide to let go of old traditions? You can start new traditions, with the caveat that they will only remain a tradition as long as they bring you joy and make life richer. For the past few years we have played with different kinds of food at Christmas dinner. One year we did a giant taco feast. It was fabulous. I recommend everyone has a margarita or two on Christmas day. One year we did Italian food. Lasagna, Fettuccine Alfredo and a bottle of Moscato. Does it really get more festive than that? I remember once when I was a kid, my aunt suggested that we have a spaghetti feast for Christmas instead of traditional Christmas food. My dad was horrified. How could we forgo ham and potato casserole and all of the other trimmings that he was used to for Christmas dinner? Ultimately the plan was overturned and we went back to traditional Christmas food. I get it now though. She was sick of the same old grind. She didn't want to stand in the kitchen all day. She wanted a Christmas dinner that was quick and easy and that would change things up a bit. It's brilliant.

 

Gifting in itself is a laborious tradition. I saw someone suggest on Facebook last week that if you don't want to give and receive gifts you should just let everyone you know know that you are not going to be doing Christmas this year please do not give you a gift and please do not expect one. I understand why people may want to let go of the need to gift. I also understand that this could be a very sticky social situation. As a parent I am afraid that I have built tradition around gifting but I don't feel like I can get away from at this point. In fact I think that most people may see it as a bit callous and mean to decide to stop giving my children gifts for Christmas. The truth is, I don’t want to. Gifting DOES fill me up and bring me joy, so it will continue to be a tradition in my home. I also saw a Facebook friend posting for prayers in a prayer group that I belong to because her family has chosen to forgo Christmas this year due to lack of funds. She said that her their decision to let Christmas go had thrown them into a deep depression that she didn't know if they could climb out of. While I am confident that at some point they will climb out of this depression, that is how deep our attachment to the tradition of gifting goes. My daughters have a best friend who spends a lot of time with our family. Her mother and I have gotten to be good friends. She told me recently that she and her husband do not give each other gifts for Christmas. She said that they have always made it about the kids, and never worried about purchasing things for each other. My first instinct was to be sad for her. No presents for Christmas? The more I thought about it though, the more I realized how freeing that could be. Perhaps they just take good care of each other throughout the year. Perhaps when someone needs or wants something they find a way to get it without the decorum or pressure of Christmas.

 

This year, it is my hope for you and for me that we can evaluate our traditions and give ourselves permission to participate in things that bring us joy only. Let's do our best to stay present. Traditions are in the past, anxiety is in the future and yet we can choose to be comfortable, and maybe even happy with who we are and what we have right now. It is YOUR holiday. Do what you want with it!

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Beating Bah Humbug

It is nearly December, and I am searching for something that is merry and bright. This time of year is tough on a lot of us, me included. A client asked me yesterday what she could do to get more into the Christmas spirit. The truth is, I have no idea. I rarely even put up a Christmas tree. I don't consider myself to be a Christian, at least not a traditional one. I have spent the morning soul searching for some holiday joy.

 

As I frequently do, I asked Hannah, my spirit guide, for some guidance. She asked me why I think that I have to feel something so specific. She pointed out that the Hallmark version of the holidays is made up, and trying to emulate that may be setting yourself up for failure. Hannah also pointed out that the feelings that I had about Christmas as a child were through the shielded lens of childhood. She challenged me to think about things that inspire me, that create wonder in me. I made a short list of activities that DO make me feel warm inside.

  1. First, "The Christmas Box," by Richard Paul Evans, is required reading for Christmastime. I love this book. It helps anyone who is grieving at Christmas to remember that they are not alone in their sorrow. Over the summer, I had a chance to visit the cemetery in Salt Lake City where the Christmas Box Angel is placed. She brings hope and peace to the hearts of those who grieve, particular for children.

2. Neighbor treats are a big deal to me. When I was a kid, my mom would spend days baking up trays of holiday treats to deliver to all of our neighbors. One cold winter evening, we would bundle up in our warm winter gear and deliver the treats. As a kid, I probably grumbled about helping with it, but as an adult, I have realized that my mother knew something that I didn't. She knew how important community is. She understood that being kind to, and knowing your neighbors was a foundation of a strong community. We are lacking that understanding these days, and we need to do better. I need to do better. I have not even bothered to do neighbor treats the last few years. That is going to change this year. I am going to enlist my teenagers, regardless of how loud they complain, into helping me serve my neighbors. Maybe someday they will look back and understand why it is so important.

 

3. Christmas lights! Okay, so maybe not on my house, but on everyone elses. When I was little, my dad would load us in the car, stop for a hot chocolate, and drive all over town admiring the beautiful lights. We would blast Christmas music and have a great time doing it. I need that this year. I need to let those lights warm my soul. I need that hot cup of cocoa to nourish my inner child. I need to sing those songs at the top of my lungs. And I need to remember to put my phone down long enough to enjoy it.

 

So maybe there is a holiday spark in here somewhere. Maybe I just need to stop thinking long enough to let it ignite. I suspect that this list will grow as I allow myself to feel my feelings, without trying to change them. What is on your short list of must do's for the holidays?

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Empathy: A Call To Action

Empathy, A Call To Action

 

Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering. Nothing. Not a career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity.

~ Audrey Hepburn

 

I have been talking to a lot of my super sensitive clients recently who are suffering. We are feeling drained, exhausted and physically ill. I know that many of us have tried to take breaks from the news, social media and other sources of stress, and yet, we continue to feel beat down. Though I believe that the US election and subsequent ugliness is partially responsible, many started feeling this way in October.

 

For weeks I have been saying that now is a rough time to be an empath. Last night, I had a realization though. We are not under attack. We are being called into service. Now is not the time to bury our heads and hope that it passes. Now is the time to rise up, to start a revolution. A love revolution! Who is better to lead the charge than those who feel life the deepest?

 

We have a brilliant opportunity right now to shift our collective vibration into a place of love and hope. It starts with us. Search out those who need your love and support right now, and give freely. Stop focusing on who Tweeted what and get back to service. Stop trying to force others to see things your way. Embrace your differences and move on. Get involved in your community in any way that you can. Now is a great time to collect food and clothing for those who need it. Shine a bright light on suffering anywhere that you find it, and be a clear and compassionate voice for changing it.

 

So many times I have been told that we are the ones we have been waiting for. We don’t need our government to lead the charge in kindness and compassion. That is on us. We can choose to ignore the suffering in front of us, or we can refuse to accept it.

 

For all of my beautiful empaths: May service be your medicine. May compassion be the balm your heart needs. May the world be as kind to you as you are to it. May negativity roll off of you with ease. May you wake this week with a new determination to shine your dazzling light to all of us. We love you. We need you.

 

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Candle Magic for Thanksgiving

 

I love Thanksgiving. It is the best reminder to be grateful for all of the good in our lives. This year particularly, it will be life affirming to me to allow gratitude to abound. I love including candle magic with dinner to draw the conversation away from uncomfortable topics and into a place of reflection.

 

 

Yellow chime candles are easy to get online or in your local metaphysical store. Holders are too, but could be cost prohibitive, depending on the size of your dinner party. You may consider making your own candle holders with clay, tiny pumpkins or small glasses filled with rice or dried beans. If you would like to anoint your candles with an essential oil, Nutmeg would be a great choice for this ritual. After the candles are blessed, just rub one drop of oil on each candle, from the bottom of the candle to the wick.

When the candles burn down, and the last bit of smoke is released, all of your gratitude is released to Universe!

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