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SPECIAL FEATURES Ayurveda Connectedness in Separation In Living Colour Let your Body Sing Living Consciously During a Recession Maureen Oconnor - Artist Vision Quest REGULAR FEATURES Aboriginal Spirit Princess Royal Island Animal Whispers Talking with the Animals Astrology Greetings.....! Crystals - Kyanite Directory & Events Dreams - Daydreams Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit Raw/Living Food Phenomena Hypnotherapy The Choice is Ours Metaphysics Drums to Spirit Guides Nature’s Essence Remembering our Soul Purpose Numerology - Number One Phenomena - UFOs - Not so Simple Reader Response Searching for Serenity Art of Letting Go Spirit of the Dance - Hippie Dancing Spiritualism Feeling Loved Worthwhile Reading

True Blue
Pursuit of Intuitive Living
Volume 1, Issue 5
June - July 2009
In Living Colour
Raw Food Phenomena
Ayurveda - a Holistic Healing Tradition
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Volume 1, Issue 5
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Contributing Writers:
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Heather Elrix, Michael Gintowt, Janet Laidlaw, Jacquie Large,
Erin Lawson, Stephanie McColl, Kay Nielsen, Sabina Pettitt, Vince Pollitt,
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True Blue
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Ayurveda 32
Connectedness in Separation 7
In Living Colour 30
Let your Body Sing 37
Living Consciously
During a Recession 39
Maureen Oconnor - Artist 44
Vision Quest 16
Aboriginal Spirit 18
Princess Royal Island
Animal Whispers 21
Talking with the Animals
Astrology 57
Crystals 15
Directory & Events 60
Dreams 25
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit 41
Raw/Living Food Phenomena
Hypnotherapy 29
The Choice is Ours
Metaphysics 9
Drums to Spirit Guides
Natures Essence 11
Remembering our Soul Purpose
Numerology 50
Number One
Phenomena 52
UFOs - Not so Simple
Reader Response 49
Searching for Serenity 5
Art of Letting Go
Spirit of the Dance 19
Hippie Dancing
Spiritualism 47
Feeling Loved
Worthwhile Reading 54
From the Publisher
Live in Possibility
Where have you chosen to live? Where are your
At a recent retreat I attended one of the speakers
nodded to another and said, “She lives in possibility.” I
quickly wrote down three words—live in Possibility.
The speaker continued, but my mind stayed behind on
Possibility. After all, doesn’t it sound like a wonderful
place to live?
Through the day I jotted numerous notes but
always returned to that one page, re-reading those three
words. Live in Possibility. Those words felt too good to
This morning I lay in bed with my eyes closed. I
smiled as I allowed three words to play over and over in
my mind. Live in Possibility…live in Possibility, what
would that look like? In several moments a scene was
captured in my mind’s eye. As I floated around our
planet earth, I looked out at the infinite universe
beyond. “Is this Possibility?” I asked. The response was
instant, “This infinite universe is one of countless
dimensions and all of these are Possibility.”
Of course! There are no boundaries! An hourglass,
although referred to as the “sands of time” still has to
be turned to keep the sand flowing. I choose to jump on
a grain of sand in Possibility, where there are no
limitations just infinite life opportunities.
You’re welcome to join me.
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Searching for Serenity
s a child, I would sail walnut boats down the
swollen treacherous rivers of broken water
mains and overflowing creeks. My flotillas would bob
and weave their way, oblivious to whatever monstrous
obstacles I would place in their path. They moved
naturally, simply obeying the laws of the universe.
Somehow, these nut boats always arrived safe and
serene. What a wonderful lesson for learning to “let
Part of letting go comes in understanding that
so much of what we hold onto in our lives is illusion.
As with the seductive beauty of the spiders web, the
more we struggle the more we become wrapped
within ourselves. So much of that web is self-woven;
by Vince Pollitt
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produced in the realm of fantasy: what-ifs, expecta-
tions and judgments, unnecessary emotions. The heart
and soul of serenity resides within a peaceful mind or,
more appropriately, peace of mind. This calmness can
only come from letting go.
In the last article, I touched on the notion that
some of those suffering the ravages of terminal illness
have discovered and are in possession of the elusive
key to lasting serenity. They have “let go.” They have
released much of what binds us to our self-defined
important lives. In their final weeks or months, these
wise and compassionate souls exist within a profound
understanding and all-abiding grace. Ultimately, if
you knew that you had but months to live, what
would you let go of? More importantly, what would
you be left with?
If all-abiding calm is achieved by letting go,
then what had I been holding on to that was restrict-
ing my life? Buddhist doctrine relates suffering to
attachment. I began to look clearly at what I was
clinging to at all levels of my experience. I began to
find patterns in my expectations and assumptions that
guided my days. They focused upon interactions with
people and my environment, around my possessions,
and on my current and future performance in my daily
Letting go of my ego, this is what I learned: I
am not a teacher of etiquette, of right and wrong.
People have their own learning curve. Everyone is
just like me…finding their own way through life’s
chaos in their own time (even my beautiful head-
strong daughter). All things and experiences are
impermanent. The Zen axiom “this too shall pass”
is absolutely true. I am really only renting stuff.
Some of it will be broken or leave my possession. I
could die in the very next instant. I will probably
not make an indelible mark on history. What I do in
life bears little meaning compared with how I do it.
Something will always arise, despite my best efforts
at finding peace, to disturb the desired flow of
things. Making a difference doesn’t have to be
about grand gestures that are often overwhelming
and unmanageable. Ultimately, like the Jack
Nicholson movie, this really is “as good as it gets.”
So, when I look in a mirror, I have to
remember to just let go and get over myself. I
practice living with the awareness of this moment,
beyond the worry of the next, completely attentive
to what is, and fully prepared for the currents of life
to derail me. I try to adjust gracefully, surviving
with integrity. When I take myself out of the
equation, all that remains is the desire to help others
ease their way. From this state of loving compas-
sion blooms the jewel of lasting serenity. Life is
short. It’s time to go and sail walnut boats again.
partner Robyn live on Vancou-
ver Island where Vince has
spent the last 12 years at play
in the health industry. Vince
combines almost 3 decades of
Zen training and spiritual
studies with passions for music,
painting and writing. He
currently offers wellness and
leadership workshops at a
community and organizational
level. As a spiritual coach, he
specializes in Reiki based pranic
healing with instruction in
breathing, meditation, visual-
ization, and centering exercises.
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by Janet Laidlaw
hat you say about me is none of my
That’s what a friend of mine says when
someone offers an unsolicited opinion. Wise words.
But let’s face it, abandonment by a spouse, family
member, friend or peer can be a tough time to
remember that we are all connected. If we are as
one, profoundly joined like cells in a universal body,
how can rejection make us feel so separate and
The feeling of separateness is possible
because of the existence of human ego. Our separ-
ateness is created by “personality.” This is the way
we present ourselves to the world: how we speak,
what we wear, our outward appearances and interac-
tions. We can judge ourselves to be above or below
others but, in a connected reality, there is no status.
There is no better or worse, no right or wrong, no
bad or good; only cause and effect. We are all equal,
sharing space in our world as souls in development.
Relationships tell us about ourselves; we
see them through our own filters. When we are in
love, we like what we see through another. But if the
other looks at us and perceives blemishes and
wrinkles, we may feel bad about the image reflected.
What does this say about how we feel toward our
own selves?
We have the gift of free will. Our choices
can bond us together or drive us apart. However, we
have no control over the free will of another, only
how we respond to it in our own reactions and
Why is self-esteem affected by rejection?
It’s because on some level we accept anothers
beliefs about us as our own truth. If a child says, “I
hate you,” because you have taken away a bottle of
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Connectedness in Separation
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poison, your self-esteem will probably remain intact.
You know the child is unaware. But when an adult
expresses a similar sentiment and we accept their
opinion as truth, we may question our self-worth.
The belief that one can be judged, and the resulting
disconnection, creates violence and destruction.
When we are aware of our interconnectedness we
cannot enjoy the pain of another. It is only our
separateness—created through ego—that allows this.
Respect, love or trust of another creates
openness to that person’s emotional energy. Being
rejected from a situation is an important time to look
inward, beyond judgment, and decide what our own
feelings are telling us. What does this situation teach
us and what can we do to transform feelings of pain,
disillusionment or self-doubt, into strength, courage
and wisdom? What are the gifts and lessons
presented in these circumstances, when we look
honestly without judgment?
When we remove ego from our response to
others, we can more easily see not right or wrong but
truth. As souls in a state of progression, we are all
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can
make you feel inferior without your consent.”
If I accept rejection it’s because part of me
rejects myself. Just as no-one can really make you
feel bad, no-one can make you feel good either. Our
emotions indicate where we need attention or
healing. Rejection is an opportunity to see the parts
of us that we ourselves are rejecting. In looking
closely within, and making conscious choices about
what we want and expect from our own selves, we
can transform feelings of hurt to pathways of
wisdom and growth.
What you say about me is really about you,
and the way I react says everything about me.
video writer/producer
focused on spiritual and
psychic development. She
has been trained in
Transpersonal Hypno-
therapy and at Arthur
Findlay College in the UK, a
school of spiritualism and
psychic sciences. Janet’s
preoccupations include
animals, psychic and
intuitive art, and develop-
ing mediumship.
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had the pleasure of attending a drum
making workshop recently and, as usual,
the metaphysical experiences, which I like to call
“Woo woo”, ensued.
The day started out with a group of us
meeting at a rendezvous point to continue on our
trek to the beautiful town of Campbell River, B.C.
where our drum-making teacher and host lives.
Excitement was in the air as we all chatted, getting
to know each other.
Part of me hadn’t wanted to go, I admit it.
That part of me was talking the loudest the day
before. Whoa, you should have heard her. That part
was saying “What a waste of money. What are you
doing that for? There are better things to spend your
time on.” On and on she ranted. I felt strong resis-
tance to coming along on this journey and that’s
why I knew I just had to be there.
Our host was a soft-spoken, kind man with
many stories to tell about his native culture. One
story was of particular importance. Though he
didn’t know it, this story was actually meant for me.
It’s a story of two dear friends, like brothers they
were so close. They always went everywhere
From Drum Making
to Spirit Guides
by Kay Nielsen
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together, some would say joined at the hip. So
close, that when one man passed over, four years
ago, the other did so as well within 24 hours.
My host proceeded to show us a picture of
the men who were now in spirit. He passed the
picture around the table for all to see. I was anxious
to get my hands on that picture. I just had to see it
immediately, I wasn’t sure why. In fact, it was an
odd feeling to have swirling around in my belly. It
was a mixture of impatience and excitement.
Something was definitely going on here. As the
picture came closer my palms started to vibrate and
my breathing speeded up.
It was a simple picture in a simple frame.
Both men were standing side by side in front of a
group of road signs, nothing abnormal here. Then I
took a look, a close look at the man standing on the
left. Then it hit me! Take his glasses off and I know
that man! That man is very dear to me.
I first met him almost two years ago. He
takes me for walks in the forest where he shares his
wisdom and guidance. He first introduced himself
to me in ameditation and now he visits regularly. I
call him my “Shaman Grandfather” in spirit. I felt
him around me the entire time I was making my
drum. He encouraged me to thank the elk that gave
his life so this drum could be born. With his guid-
ance I worked steadily and with reverence. I am
truly blessed to be here today. I made it through
resistance to have this remarkable experience.
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KAY NIELSEN started her
metaphysical journey 21 years
ago when she discovered Stuart
Wilde and Carlos Castaneda. She
began pursuing her clairvoyant
and mediumship development
four years ago and has been
working professionally since
2006. Having completed the Jazz
program at Vancouver Island
University, she writes and
performs her own music.
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Natures Essence
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andystick was our first essence made
from a saprophyte, a plant with no
chlorophyll. We found it in the early ‘80s while
on a camping trip above Skutz Falls, just south
of Duncan, B.C. It was the kind of summer day
where the dry warm breeze felt like silk bathing
your skin. And when the warm became hot we
could body surf downstream amid the river
rafters on rubber tires.
This bright red and white stick called to
me. I was fascinated and captivated by its
presence—not even realizing at first that it was a
plant, but knowing in some way that we had
work together.
Trying to pick it so that it could be
placed in water was the first challenge. It’s
incredibly sticky and very resilient. Even though
there are small flowers at regular intervals along
this long sticky stem we were guided to put the
whole stick in the water.
Like all our other early essences,
Candystick sat on a shelf until we were ready to
begin researching more fully its healing gifts. In
this case it was a friend who had just had a
therapeutic abortion and was feeling emotionally
and physically uncomfortable. Within minutes of
taking the drops, the physical pain eased and she
said, “I feel like I just fulfilled my part of an
ancient agreement.”
Remembering our Soul Purpose
with the Essence of Candystick
by Sabina Pettitt
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A few years later a woman from
England wanted to include Candystick in a
book she was writing about essences. Her
attraction to the essence was partly due to the
fact that even the name spoke to her of the
“sweetness of life” and she had never felt that
she had experienced that. She was an only
child of a single mother and always felt as if
her mother didn’t love her enough. She felt
very sorry for herself that she didn’t have a
After some days of taking the Candys-
tick essence she recalled being 15 and scream-
ing at her mother, “I didn’t ask to be born.”
Her Mum whirled around and slapped her.
As she recalled this experience,
under the influence of Candystick, she
realized that she had asked to be born and
that her mother was a willing participant in
their soul contract. She rang me with the
news that taking the Candystick essence had
done for her what years of psychotherapy
had not been able to accomplish—to heal
her relationship with her mother.
While all the essences have the
potential for cleaning up our personal
ecology at whatever level the discomfort
exists, physical, emotional or mental,
Candystick was the first essence that really
spoke to us of the journey of the soul and the
“consciousness” of the soul.
Cleaning up the stuck places, so
that our souls can dance in the incarnation
we have chosen, is one of the major healing
possibilities when using essence therapy.
doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, an author
and the co-creator of Pacific Essences®.
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o...feeling tired? Stressed? Unable to
sleep? Concentrate? Say what’s on your
mind? Do you have a hard time finding balance?
Do you feel like you just need a magic wand to
wave over yourself to automatically bring balance
and peace? Well…do I have a crystal for
Kyanite is an aluminum silicate with a
hardness of 4 to 5.5 lengthwise and 6.5 to 7
crosswise. It can be found in shades of blue,
green, white, orange and black. It is found in
Brazil, Burma, Mexico, South Africa,
Switzerland, Tanzania and the USA. It has
been used in ceramic products like porcelain
plumbing fixtures and dishware but is now
finding a place of honour among crystal
enthusiasts because of its strong healing
Kyanite (from the Greek word
kyanos meaning blue) is probably best
known for its self cleansing abilities. It is
one of only two stones that never need
cleansing, the other being citrine. Unlike
other crystals that can absorb and build up
negative energy, Kyanite can actually deflect
the negativity and send it away. Because of this
quality it is extremely useful for cleansing
psychic tools such as tarot and oracle cards. I
keep a chunk of it on top of the wooden box that
houses my tarot cards and between readings I lay
the Kyanite on top of my cards for a quick
When dealing with communication
issues, no stone is more helpful than blue
Kyanite, as it resonates so strongly with the throat
chakra. Sometimes when we are having trouble
speaking up and defending ourselves verbally we
will actually manifest physical issues with our
throats such as laryngitis and other sore throat
problems. This is when Kyanite can really help as
by Erin Lawson and Jacquie Large
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it has such a strong vibration and can rapidly
exchange the energies that are blocking the chakra.
This way, it can quickly dissolve the blocks and
leave you feeling ‘clean’, thus promoting communi-
This really is a power stone and the other
varieties of Kyanite all have their correspondences
to chakras as well. Green Kyanite is helpful for the
heart and quickly opens and balances that chakra, as
well as linking you strongly with nature’s vibration.
Black Kyanite is a strong grounding stone and
balances and supports the root chakra. Varieties of
orange Kyanite are now being found in Tanzania
(Jacquie is trying to find both this one and the
black!), and this would be very helpful for the
sacral chakra.
Although I’ve said Kyanite is a power
stone, it still carries a lovely, peaceful vibration.
This makes it ideal for inducing tranquil sleep,
dream enhancement and dream recall. Many nights
I have fallen asleep with my chunk of Kyanite
clutched in my hand!
It’s a great stone for meditation too as it
will clear and balance you right off the bat. Keeping
a piece in with your other crystals will keep then
clean as well.
ERIN LAWSON has studied metaphysics for over 13 years
focusing mainly on Tarot. Since starting at Wishes eight
years ago, she has learned much about crystals and the
other tools that fill the store. She shares her love of crystals
with Jacquie and the other staff at Wishes. Erin lives in
Duncan with her husband and three children.
JACQUIE LARGE has been the owner of Wishes for 17
years and has watched as the metaphysical world has
evolved with so many exciting changes. She has
studied crystals extensively and happily shares her
knowledge with her customers! Jacquie lives in
Duncan with her partner and daughter.
Kyanite is a striking crystal in its raw form though
it usually has a rough feel to the touch but there are
some nice tumbled pieces along with some very
beautiful jewellery forms too.
But as always, when picking your crystal,
the only thing that matters is how it feels to you and
how much you are drawn to it. The crystals all
speak to us, we just have to listen!
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Cheryl Dawn is a Native Healer-Spiritual Teacher
in Cross Cultural Shamanic Energy Work
A Vision Quest in many Native
American Cultures is for finding your
direction and purpose in life. As we go
through different cycles in our
journey, we may be given or ask for a
Vision Quest for many purposes. For
transition from youth to
transition from adulthood into
the elder years
Spiritual awakening - which
assists understanding the
difference between living and
There is no restriction as to
whom and when a person can experi-
ence a Vision Quest. Whenever there
is a turning point in your life, a Vision
Quest can help guide the way and also
bring you your Spirit Animal, Spirit
Guides, or other Spiritual teachers.
A vision is defined as “Some-
thing seen in a dream, trance, or
ecstasy, especially a supernatural
appearance that conveys a revelation.”
– Websters Dictionary
You may experience your
vision through any of the four senses:
Clairvoyance – vision through
your mind’s eye or dream
Clairsentience – your sense
Clairaudience – through your
hearing perceptions.
Clair-cognizance – your sense
of ‘knowingness.’
Cheryl Dawn 250 652 5849 Victoria
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As well, your vision may come to you in
symbols, colour, words, pictures or a film like scene.
These are all ways that our inner wisdom can
communicate to us. At times you may not be able to
fully comprehend what the messages are trying to
reveal but through practice you will build a strong
relationship with your inner wisdom. Journaling and
practice help to enhance this relationship.
A quest is defined as a search with the
purpose to find something. Someone who is on a
Quest may seek to find an answer or an object -
through vision, sense, auditory perception, research,
and travel.
Below are a few more examples why one
may choose to experience a Vision Quest:
to find your own strength
to receive guidance in a particular situation
to learn the answer to a specific question
to learn a truth to deal with a certain
situation or challenge
to discover your Spirit - the True Self
to establish your divine purpose here on
Mother Earth
to ask for the gifts and tools to be given for
the healing of self and others.
A Vision Quest may be to apprentice with a
Shaman or Spiritual Leader/Teacher to learn tradi-
tional ways as well as allowing their own gifts to
develop. All Vision Quests are carefully determined
by your intention, goals and desires.
A Vision Quest may be experienced in a
confined space (such as an igloo, teepee or small
space) or outside amongst the wilderness. In nature,
healing can be magnified. This is because its easier
to stay grounded, centered, still, clear and focused.
Additionally, a Vision Quest can be offered
in a group or individual setting. They may last hours
or days and include fasting, silence, movement,
meditations, walking, periods of isolation, assign-
ments and many other sacred ceremonies.
Persistence and patience is required. In
attaining this state inner growth can flourish. And
after the journey has ended, the healing and meaning
of the vision can continue to unfold for days or even
Our mission is to provide a safe & loving
space for you to explore your own Inner Self,
connection to Source and Spiritual growth.
"It is through our healing transformation,
both within ourselves and with others, that we all
can experience spiritual enlightenment and move
positively forward in our lives. This will raise the
vibration of Mother Earth and all that is."
Cheryl Dawn
Native Healer and Spiritual Teacher
A Journey with your Spirit
Below - Group Calling in all Directions
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Aboriginal Spirit
s I sit quietly in my La-Z-Boy
chair with a chip of rock that I consider a
sacred object placed over my heart, I allow my
mind to drift back to a sequence of events that had
a significant spiritual influence on my life.
On March 11 of this year when in an
altered state, with my wife Carol and friend Win,
an ancient coast native came and stood in the
room with us. We knew he was of the coast
because he was dressed in a woven cedar bark
cape and a shaman’s tri hat.
His brief message was for me. He said that
when the time was right I would receive informa-
tion from him. He also warned that I must avoid
the sham and listen for the sacred reality.
His most recent communication concerned
well-being of body, mind and spirit. The message
was about the great medicinal value of pure water
when imbued with positive prayer to our creator.
This prayer should ask the creator to bless this
water with all that is required to provide us with
total abundance in our life—of our body, mind
and spirit.
Later, another message from this nameless
shaman from Princess Royal Island told me that
whoever has a portion of Princess Royal Island
(my chip of rock), that has been properly imbued
by him with healing energy, can use this stone for
a healing energy transmitter, to benefit not only
one’s self but others as well. For this I am very
Princess Royal Island
by James Henry Spencer
JAMES HENRY SPENCER is a descendant of Mary Ebbits of the
Tlingit Tribe. Known affectionately by his friends in the spiritual
community as Wisdom James”, he has found a place of peace
and harmony and strives to share that with anyone in his
energy field. “I have an inner joy that continually overflows to
those around me and a constant need to share these beautiful
gifts that I have been blessed with. It is my desire to imbue the
gift of peace, love and harmony into your life.”
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Spirit of the Dance
hen I was six my grandparents
moved to Salt Spring Island, a place
alive with its own spirit. People would gather
in the park Friday nights in the summer,
musicians would play and everyone would
My family wasn’t really what I would
describe as a dancing crowd but they would
take me there, hang out and watch the
“hippies” dance.
Hippies seemed to have no inhibi-
tions, free in their spirits as they danced with
their hands high in the air, their faces filled
with life. I would dance near my family yet
kept the distance of a watcher, never entering
the circles of the true freedom dancers.
As a teenager I would randomly go to
the gatherings there in the summer. By that
time they had been moved from the park onto
people’s properties. One August I went with a
group of my friends from the mainland.
Deciding they should experience the magic of
the island, I convinced them to come on an
adventure with me. We hitchhiked across the
island towards the music, picked up along the
way in old beat up vans, station wagons and
run down trucks.
Where we ended up I don’t remember.
What I do recall is like a film with perfect
detail in my mind, of me wandering and
ending up alone inside a house where a group
of older women gathered in a circle, the voices
of my friends dimly heard outside around the
stage. They opened the circle for me to join, I
by Michelle Staples
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responded with damp palms to outstretched hands.
The women began to chant, their momentum
built, one locked on my eyes, holding me through
my rising teenage angst, full of discomfort and
embarrassment. I began to feel alive, laughter spilled
from my lips, my hands moved wildly towards the
divine and I danced until I was filled with magic and
light. The night went on forever, a beautiful journey
more real than anything I had experienced.
This is what they feel when I see them
dance, I remember thinking to myself; this is what
freedom feels like, this space created where every-
thing becomes illuminated with love and light,
leaving room for nothing else. Here I saw love,
danced joy and became ecstasy.
Too soon the night came to a close. I left and
in that room in that house I left behind what I had
learned, the truth my soul had remembered.
As the years passed, I judged with my
friends all those who have the courage to dance so
freely at festivals, at gatherings, the ones whose
arms reach up toward the skies, who dance their
bodies to the rhythms of the music, whose joy
radiates through their skin and who truly dance the
divinity of their souls. We called them many things,
our judgments reflective of our fear of standing out,
our fear of our own illumination holding us tight
within the rhythm of the crowd, the perfect place to
watch and not be seen, to be involved without
standing out.
One day I woke up tired of living in my own
shadow and the shadows of others. Complaining of
this to someone, they invited me to join a circle in
the woods by a river in the Cowichan. Slowly, as I
watched the dancers fully encompassed in the
creation of their choreographs, my soul woke up the
dance inside of me and I began to move. Weeks
turned into months, months into years as my body
slowly, gently awakened to its light, its grace and
fluidity leading me back to the Island of my child-
hood with a group of my friends, picking up hitch-
hikers along our way.
We arrived at the hall dancing, as the band
opening the evening led the crowd from outside into
the filled hall. They settled on the stage, melodic
notes drifting through the warm summer air, our
spirits joining us in our dances with blissful delight.
Arms moving, floating towards heaven, our toes
welcomed the support of the earth beneath us, our
hearts beating with the drums as our bodies glided
through the warm, heavy August air. Filled with joy,
I looked up as my partner drifted beside me and
noticed the crowd behind us.
“Looks like I’ve finally become the freak I
was so afraid of,” I said, “how completely fabulous.”
I weaved my way into the crowd with
outstretched hands until they found a pair of palms,
damp and hesitant, and the circle was complete.
people speak and discover
their own stories. She
writes for various publica-
tions, compiles papers on
community, social and
economic development,
and helps develop
documentary and educa-
tional films. As the Youth
Program Director for the
Cowichan Aboriginal Film
Festival, Michelle works
with youth of all cultures,
supporting them to speak
their voice and tell their
own story. She continues
her dance studies, training
to become a facilitator of
Khundalini Dance
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Animal Whispers
ow do you ask an animal a question? How
do you know if you're receiving back the
right answer? The first step is becoming still within
and finding your point of stillness so that you can
connect with your heart center. The second step is
experimenting with finding your intuitive path-
ways of communication whether that be mental,
emotional, physical or spiritual. The third step is
what I refer to as “talking” with animals. Now you
can bring it all together, to practise talking with
your animal companions.
The good news is it's actually easier than
you may think. When forming a question that I
want to send to an animal I simply think the
thoughts in my own mind.
For instance, on a recent trip to Costa Rica
I had a chance encounter with a sloth and her baby.
by Stephanie McColl
As I stood in awe underneath the tree where they
hung I wanted to ask the mother if she minded me
being there. I sent her the thought mentally, "Do you
mind me being here right now or would you feel
safer if I left?" I also sent her the image of me
standing there calmly looking up at them and from
my heart sent feelings of peacefulness and joy. I
allowed myself to feel the full extent of this peace-
fulness and joy as well as holding the image and
thought firmly in my mind.
What I received back from her was truly a
gift. The first thing I felt was such a powerful wave
of acceptance and love that I was moved to tears.
She then proceeded to send me this verbal message,
"We are here for you, to be with. It is time to be
still." Her baby, who had been scratching itself
vigorously up till this moment, suddenly looked
Talking with the Animals
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Animal Whispers
down at me and rested its head on the branch. The
mother too turned her head and looked down at me.
For two or three minutes we gazed at each other
sending love back and forth before I had to go back
to the lodge for breakfast, feeling blessed and full of
love for these peaceful and loving creatures.
You may think that when you are receiving
a telepathic communication it is “just your imagina-
tion” or it seems to come so fast and subtly that you
may dismiss it all together. That is why it is so
important to trust in your first response that you see,
feel, hear or sense from your animal without trying
to interpret it. Being open and willing to accept
what you are receiving from an animal, even if it
doesn't make sense to you, is critical in learning
how to trust in yourself and what you are receiving.
To believe in what is happening as real
(even though it is not always tangible) takes a lot of
practice, patience, desire and validation. Eventually,
you will learn to distinguish your feelings, thoughts,
images, and so on from those of your animal. Trust
is one of the key ingredients in animal communica-
tion and you will trust yourself more when you
begin to realize how natural and easy the process
really is. Now all you have to do is try it!
If you have a problem with your pet, and you
would like to discuss it with Stephanie, visit From time to time
we may feature stories resulting from the work
that Stephanie does with you and your pets.
STEPHANIE MCCOLL is an animal communicator and
reiki master who has been working with animals since
an early age. When she isn’t working her magic on
animals, she focuses her energies towards helping
people live natural and healthy lives. You’ll find her
managing Lifestyle Select in Sidney, B.C.
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“You are
the Artist
of your Life.”
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he Toltecs say we dream all the time; that
life is one big dream and if we think of our
life as a mirror, the picture we see and how we
respond to that virtual reality—that reflection is
entirely up to us.
Don Miguel Ruiz, Toltec Master, devotee of
ancient ancestral wisdom, says we can believe the
by Patti Sinclair
lies we've been told since we were children, after we
were domesticated, eventually allowing the dreams
of others to poison us with fear, or we can choose
now, ourselves, to create our dreams the way we
wish. Indeed, so then our dreams, the ones we wish
for, can cross the line to truth.
So you've heard all this before, from this
“Life has the power to create anything without limit.
And because you are life, then just like magic,
you can change the dream of your life.”
Don Miguel Ruiz
author of The Four Agreements
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These plants are native to the Mediterranean and
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they are generally refer
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Since its introduction to health food stores in the mid-’90s,
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Oil of Oregano has other medicinal compounds
that make it a useful product for the spring and
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Oil of Oregano is
a medicine chest in a bottle”. When applied topically,
Oil of Oregano disinfects and speeds healing of damaged
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sores. Oil of Oregano treats inflammation and pain
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tendonitis, campfire burns, bruises, skin irritations and
rashes. Apply to insect and animal bites to disinfect, reduce
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Oil of Oregano’s many medicinal actions also make it helpful
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A Medicine Chest in a Bottle
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PATTI SINCLAIR has been exploring dreams, myth, and
symbols in her meditation, journeying, writing, and poetry
practice for many years. She is the best-selling author of
Motherhood As A Spiritual Practice and Out of the
Witch's Mouth. She lives on an east coast island.
guru or that workshop, or this book—all promising,
to make your dreams come true. Well, as you may
know, it is you and you only who can ultimately
allow your dreams to come true, for real, from your
truth, because only you can know your own truth.
Now enough about you.
So imagine this woman. She lives in a place
where her dreams are coming true. On an Island:
her view is
of the water
a place she listens
for music from the boats
down the liquid alleys
water-musicians row
trade music for herbs,
and she is happy
even though her house is only a door
a portal
her view as beautiful
as anyone's
She did have this dream-turned-poem
turned into her life. She is about to move through
this door into her little haven in the country with her
sea view and her storybook house; with her (hard-
won, a dream tells her) beloveds. Maybe it is
because she is 50 this year. Maybe it's because of
menopause. Maybe it's because she has done yoga
for years.
Probably all of the above, yet on the Toltec
hand, possibly none. Maybe it is because she
decided to change her dream and even though the
labour has been long (like the two years gestation for
an elephant!) it has come because she has chosen it,
one choice at a time. At some point deciding not to
re-create that which was in her past, as sacred and
beautiful as it may have been, she decides inch by
inch, tear by tear, to create something new, to dream
it into being, no matter what anyone says or any
obstacle's attempt to slay her new dream.
So what would the Toltecs say? “You are the
Artist of your Life.” Toltec does mean Artist.
Your life is your biggest project; your
biggest installation piece. Build your dream. Paint
your life. “Let your life be the poem you write”
(Bokonon). Write beauty. Breathe flowers. Water
your seeds. Change mirrors. Labour if necessary, but
consider how long—because you have choice in the
matter. Knit your life with cobalt-blue yarn or purple
made from the dye of beets. Your life is your song.
Your life is your dance. Dream it Artiste! Dance it!
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BARBARA ADELBORG is a clinical
hypnotherapist and she maintains a
practice in the Cowichan Valley, where
she has resided for over 30 years.
Barbara is trained in several hypnosis
techniques, and is currently producing
her third hypnosis CD.
hen we always do what we have always
done, we get what we have always got. This
is what we do when we operate from past condi-
tioning. We do life without thinking and wonder
why we are doing it wrong.
The choice is ours, and the result becomes
our outcome, negative or positive, the mind creates
everyday what we believe we will accomplish.
Doubt is the destroyer of change. It is
that energy that slows everything down and even
stops it.
There is, however, the ability to change all
of this by learning the process of your own mind
and changing the past conditioning. Recognise your
personal patterns, realize that change is necessary
and what needs changing.
• organise your thoughts and actions
• be aware that you do have choice
• grow beyond your present circumstances
• develop skills for what you really want
Just as artists will see a completed work
of art in their mind before the first step is taken,
this too can be an important step for you to
Observe yourself doing things differ-
ently by focusing on wants, needs and desires.
Focus on the results desired, not on
what you don't want. Be aware of staying
present in the moment, in the “now.” As you
commit to the responsibility of this choice to
change, know that the process itself will
Occasionally old habits will re-emerge.
Acknowledge them and re-focus on your
desired results to bring yourself back to the
present moment, the “now.”
The freedom to be who and what you
choose to be is your personal choice as you take
charge of your life. Success and happiness is a
mind set that goes hand in hand.
The Choice is Ours
by Barbara Adelborg, CMH, HT
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uras are the “invisible” energy fields
surrounding living beings. Clairvoyants
have heightened visual perception and see them as
colours around the physical body. This colourful
field provides a wealth of information about an
individual’s natural abilities and strengths. The
overall shape and unique combination of colours
give information about life’s challenges, personality
traits and preferences. It is a useful tool to help
define life purpose and identify issues that are
blocking forward movement.
The first aura class that I attended taught
that each person was one of the primary colours –
red, yellow or blue. After several exercises I was
positive that my main colour was green. The facilita-
tor said that wasn’t possible, directed me to choose a
primary colour and analyzed me accordingly. This
was limited and simplistic. Disappointed, I investi-
gated further and discovered a method of reading
auras based on the combination of birth colours.
Each major colour in the aura interacts with
the others to provide a full picture. Certain traits
and preferences occur in people with similar colours.
For example, a common experience for a person
with pink as one of his major colours is that people
discuss their problems with him. Pink is one of the
colours of the heart and a “pink” person is seen as
caring and compassionate. The “pink” person
takes on the pain and the other person
leaves feeling better. If there is dark
blue around the outside of the pink,
it will act as a shield and he
can listen to others more
easily without picking
up their distress.
In Living Colour
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by Terry Winters
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However, people will sense the blue and think that
he is cool and maybe unapproachable until they get
to know him better.
Ideally, the body is centred in an oval aura.
Many things can affect the shape. Impact due to a
car accident may twist or knock the aura out of
alignment. One or more of the chakras, seven major
spinning points that the body receives energy
through, may be blocked. An example of this would
be when someone has suffered emotional pain due to
a divorce or death and closes the heart to help cope
with the loss. The energy field would constrict at
that point. Someone who is not grounded and blows
from task to task without completing them has a fire
shaped aura. The aura has a tendency to pull in close
to the body when someone is going through a period
of inner searching. Much like a flower they will
begin to bloom and open to the world when they are
ready to go forward again.
Auras are constantly changing according to
our thoughts, beliefs and the environment. This was
graphically depicted when I had an aura picture
taken several years ago. While I was waiting,
hooked up to the monitor, I envisioned colours and
expanded and contracted my aura. Instantaneous
results appeared on the screen!
We truly have the gift of creation. Whether
or not you can see or sense the energy field, you can
still correct its programs and bring healing to your
life. Use of positive beliefs, visualizations and
affirmations will dissolve negative beliefs and
habits. This makes corrections to the field and you
will experience the benefits.
TERRY WINTERS has combined training in arts and
counselling with an interest in metaphysics. She is an
internationally known clairvoyant with over twenty years
experience reading auras and working with the human
energy field. Contact Terry at (250) 754-4069.
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Ayurveda -
a Holistic Healing Tradition
yurveda is the oldest known
system of healing. Originating in
India more than 5,000 years ago, it is
referred to as India’s traditional medicine.
The heart of Ayurveda is our relationship
and interconnectedness to the natural world;
every living thing in the world around
us—air, water, earth, fire and ether—
bringing together, unifying and balancing
mind, body, and spirit.
In the beginning, through intense
daily meditations, the wise seers were able
to recognize the eternal truth. Ayurvedic
teachings were orally recorded as sutras:
poetic Sanskrit verses used to teach succes-
sive generations of practitioners. The name
comes from Sanskrit (an ancient Indo-Aryan
language): Ayus, meaning life, and Veda,
meaning science or knowledge. In English it
literally translates to life science or life
At about 500 BCE, this knowledge
evolved into a written form, resulting in its
eventual movement into China and Japan,
and it has strong ties to Buddhism. As well,
yoga is believed to have originated with the
teachings of Ayurveda.
Historically, we see the practice
being suppressed at the time of the invasion
of the Muslims and later the British invasion
and occupation. There was a continued
suppression of Ayurvedic practices, with the
British fearing both the practice and its
practitioners. Upon gaining independence,
India, under the leadership of Gandhi, would
see a revival of this ancient healing art and
philosophy for living.
by Laurie Poulson
“The philosophy of
Ayurveda is that people
are so intimately bound
to nature that they can't
help but be comprised
of its elements.”
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Ayurveda -
a Holistic Healing Tradition
Achieving Balance & Unity—Breath of Life
Balance and Unity cannot be
achieved on a mental level alone, but
through deeper levels of awareness,
achieved through activities like meditation
and prana (breath of life). These processes
follow the path and flow from spirit, bring-
ing consciousness to the mind and body and
therefore every aspect of life. The Chinese
refer to prana as chi, the flow of which is
opened and controlled through exercises like
Tai Chi and Qi Gong, and through treat-
ments like acupuncture. Prana is conscious-
ness and intelligence, both of which flow
into and animate our physical state. When
prana is compromised, aging and death are
imminent. Therefore it is imperative for our
overall health and well-being that we
conserve, protect and increase prana.
Ayurvedic Practitioner
Upon visiting an Ayurvedic practi-
tioner, the first task at hand is to find out
why the person has the symptoms they have.
Two persons can exhibit the same symp-
toms, but the factors in each case may be
entirely different. The Ayurvedic healer is
concerned about discovering the underlying
cause of the imbalance, so that there can be
an ultimate resolution of the imbalance,
rather than just an appeasement of symp-
For example, if a person comes to a
healer with a headache, they would do an
Ayurvedic pulse assessment and ask ques-
tions to determine what imbalance is creat-
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ting the headaches—What is the person doing in
terms of their diet or lifestyle to create the imbal-
ance? Ayurveda addresses the symptoms by first
addressing the cause of the symptoms, unlike
modern medicine which addresses the symptom only
and thereby, in the process, can potentially destroy
nature's signalling system.
Common conditions enjoying great success
from being treated with Ayurveda include insomnia,
heartburn, chronic fatigue and weight gain.
Ayurveda can be used not just to treat existing
conditions but also to predict future illness patterns
and to take preventive steps to avert problems.
The Doshas—Your Personal Constitution
Although we each have a unique constitu-
tion, Ayurveda has identified the three Doshas
(Tridosha)—Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha
(Earth)—that in varying amounts make up our
constitution. We will typically have a dominant
dosha, with the other two being less prominent. In an
effort to balance a dominant dosha, one would seek
to raise the prominence of the two lesser doshas. For
example, if your stronger dosha is Pitta (Fire), one
need only increase the qualities associated with Vata
(Air) and Kapha (Earth), thereby reducing their ‘fire’
dosha qualities and shifting the balance.
The following are characteristics commonly
associated with each dosha:
Vatta – Slender frame, lightweight bone
structure, dry, rough or dark skin, brown/black hair
colour, small thin lips and mouth, little perspiration,
poor long-term memory, good short-term memory,
anxious, nervous, depression, high sex drive (or
none at all), love of travel, dislike of cold weather,
slight to variable appetite.
Pitta – Medium height and build, fair to
reddish complexion and hair coloring, green/grayish
eyes, sharp/clear voice average size mouth, light
sleeper, intelligent, clear memory, jealous, ambi-
tious, sexually passionate, dislikes hot weather, loves
luxury, strong appetite, thirsty.
Kapha – Large frame, tends to be over-
weight, thick and pale-coloured oily skin, strong
white teeth, blue eyes, full lips/large mouth, speaks
in slow monotone, requires deep sleep, steady
appetite, heavy sweating, business oriented, good
memory, passive, dislikes cold and damp, loves good
food, enjoys familiar surroundings.
Medicines of the Earth—Healing Aromas
Essential oils are used in ayurvedic thera-
peutic formulations for their yogavahi value—their
ability to help transport the healing wisdom of herbs
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and herbal oils to the cells and tissues of the body.
Beyond their role as yogavahis, many essential oils
are important for their own healing wisdom. The oils
help create balance through the sense of smell. To
balance Vatta dosha, pick from calming or warming
essential oils such as ylang ylang, sweet orange,
frankincense, clove and rose geranium. For Pitta,
choose from cooling or soothing aromas such as
rose, fennel, mint, jasmine and vetiver. For balanc-
ing Kapha, choose from invigorating or warming
oils such as rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, basil,
juniper and coriander.
Ayurveda is a system that uses the principles
of nature to bring the individual back into balance
with his or her true self and ultimately bring total
health to body, mind and soul.
The philosophy of Ayurveda is that people
are so intimately bound to nature (eating from it,
breathing it and bathing in it) that they can't help but
be comprised of its elements, earth, air, fire, water
and ether (space).
Ayurveda is currently distinguishing itself
around the world, thanks to the popularity of leading
health professionals and scholars like Deepak
Chopra, MD, who clearly support and explain the
holistic benefits. We are moving toward learning and
embracing this common-sense approach to our
overall well-being as we witness for ourselves and
through scientific study, the far-reaching benefits of
this healing practice.
LAURIE POULSEN is the Founder and Director of
Business Development for Lloyd’s Salt Spring Island
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Multimedia Video
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by Dorothy Jeanne Engst
hee Ormond and Sara Wilhelm of Victoria,
B.C. fit the bill of the average teen. Yet there
is also a spirit burning within them to reach out to
those in need. After all, they’ve been talking about
doing a fund raiser since the school year began. Not
exactly everyone’s desire.
When Miley Cyrus put a challenge out for
folks to create their own “Hoedown Throwdown”
video and put it on YouTube, Rhee and Sarah saw it
as an opportunity to get people involved and raise
funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of
Canada. The girls’ slogan is “Dancing is like singing
with your body.” And they want to get out there and
sing about helping Crohn’s patients.
Both of the girls are acquainted with either
friends or family who have been affected by this
disease and, as Rhee said, “It’s not nice to see
someone you love in the hospital all the time. It’s
hard for them to feel like other kids.” Sara was quick
to pipe up, “Everyone is close to at least one person
that has the disease.”
The girls put the thought out there and then
they started networking through Facebook and word
of mouth. When you put things out there with the
spirit of love, followed by action, what happens?
Those plans come to fruition and more! The “Hoe-
down Throwdown” video has mushroomed to a full
day event with supportive sponsors coming out of
the woodwork.
On Saturday, July 18, “Fun Day in the Park”
will run from 10 am to 4 pm at Braefoot Park in
Victoria. With improv shows, face painting, fortune
telling, an auction, food, dancing and much
more…what a great way to have some fun in the
sun. There will also be special performances by the
Dancing Moon Multicultural Arts Co.
( Why not try your hand at
the “Hoedown Throwdown” and let your body sing
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We can shed our fears about the “Me”
generation we all talk about. There are lights at the
end of the tunnel, and two of them live in Victoria.
Find out more about their gift of spirit by
calling Teri who is co-ordinating their event at (250)
Sara Wilhelm (left) and Rhee Ormond
Let your Body Sing
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recession is nothing more than taking the
time to re-tool, to go inside and see what
needs to be done so you can live more abundantly.
Last month we were talking to a tradesper-
son, who was having anxieties over the apparent
recession because contracts were shrivelling up. He
was saying, “I can’t relax”, and he was having
anxieties over his family and paying bills.
We told him, “You need to relax. You need
to be yourself, you need to continue to give of
yourself, whether that means spending money on
certain things that you need to get, or working on
things you need to work on. You need to nourish
yourself. If you do that, at the same time this will
open up the receiving end of things and you get what
you need.”
He came back to us within the next week’s
time and said, “Well, I took your suggestions and
now I’ve got contract work for the next five months
and then I’ve got more jobs coming in after that.”
When people are getting laid off from jobs that they
have held for a number of years, they feel panicky.
They are listening to fear and saying how bad it is.
But is not bad…. It means that you need to do
Living Consciously
During a Recession
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by Dr. Sterling Desmond & Rea Ciera
something new, you need to evolve. You need to do
something for yourself and your livelihood, while at
the same time doing something that contributes to
your community. So this seemingly forced change is
really an opportunity to let go of who you think you
By being courageous and open, we can end
the recession for ourselves. This ‘recession’ of
regressive energy drains us from being ourselves,
from living, from spending, from being progressive
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in our lives. In order to receive physical vitality,
fulfilling work, or in order have open and vital
family inter-relations, everyone in their own way
needs to be unafraid of living. We need to embrace
or receive this recession as a gift because it is there
for a reason. To ‘live consciously in a recession’ you
need to give, energetically and practically, of your
self in order to reciprocally receive.
Receiving is often the toughest exercise.
When we hold on to our money we hold on to
ourselves, we are shrinking back from life and we
are closing our hearts to receiving. The whole world
is doing this and creating this widespread so called
‘recession.’ Receiving means to extend your self to
whatever possibilities exist or can be created.
Receiving means opening your arms to embrace one
another, whether it is purchasing an item at a local
store, giving a requested idea of hope to someone or
smiling and sending out progressive energy to the
person on the street. It is feeling genuinely progres-
sive about your self and therefore the world.
The world changes one person at a time and,
as such, the recession changes to progression, one
person at a time. As we open our hearts to giving
and receiving we learn to live free; we realize we no
longer need to live caged by the greed called a
involved with intuitive practices since childhood. Dr.
Desmond has 15 years experience in Advanced Energy
Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture,
Aromatherapy and Counselling.
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Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
t’s not the food in your life; it’s the life in
your food.
Many diets and food fads have come and
gone over the years, but the raw/living food lifestyle
has stood the test of time. Raw foods have been part
of every world culture for as far back as anyone has
recorded. We instinctively know that fresh and raw
is better.
Just picture the aisles of your grocery store
and decide for yourself... would you rather have a
beautiful ripe peach, or chunks of peaches cooked to
death in a can filled with sugar laden syrup and
Raw and living food consists of uncooked
fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains
combined into delicious and nutritious healthy meals
and snacks. These foods are not processed, heated,
cooked, or altered in any way that will strip out or
destroy the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals,
and enzymes.
What this isn’t, is a diet. It’s really the
ability to finally be free to be healthy and unencum-
bered by food addictions and the dependency on
refined, denatured, dead food that offers no
life-giving force to it whatsoever.
People generally find health benefits begin
manifesting themselves within days of starting a raw
food eating regime. The first noticeable difference is
generally the feeling that a haze has been lifted off
Raw/Living Food Phenomena
Special to True Blue Spirit
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“Did you say were having raw
food, or having food in the raw?”
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Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
your brain and your energy level increases. Next it is
usually a decrease in weight and general aches and
pains. The beneficial results are limitless. The
Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida,
has had many years of success in helping critically
ill people regain their health and improve the quality
of their lives by adopting the raw/living food
Experience has also shown that eating raw
foods brings you back into touch with your food
instincts, thus allowing you to select more precisely
which foods your body needs.
Don’t be afraid of change… when you begin
eating raw your world will look different to you.
Your senses will sharpen and you will see, smell,
feel, taste, and hear things at a different level. You
will experience a direct energy shift.
In her book Living on Live Food, Alissa
Cohen states, “Seeing clearly can be unsettling.”
Living Food heightens your vibration, your energy.
When this happens, you tend to feel really well. But
this same heightened energy also highlights those
parts of life that aren’t so good, or those parts that
aren’t working for you. Eating raw may end up
being just as much of a healing process for your
mind as your body.
There are great books and spectacular
products to help you get started. Just the same as
your conventional ‘cooking’ kitchen needs an
adequate supply of utensils and ingredients, the
‘un-cooking’ kitchen does too. Once you delve into
the many raw food un-cookbooks, you will begin to
compile a list of must haves. Once you have
acquired the equipment needed, be sure to buy good
quality ingredients for your new delicious recipes.
One of our favourites on the next page.
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Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
3 ripe avocados
6 tablespoons Agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon Braggs Liquid Aminos
½ cup Carob Powder
1 cup Cocoa powder (pure unsweetened)
Berries or fruit of your choice
Cut avocados in half and remove the stone.
Scoop out the “meat” and put into food processor.
Add Agave, vanilla, coconut oil, and Braggs liquid
aminos. Process until smooth and creamy.
Add the dry powders half a cup at a time until
thoroughly blended.
Layer with pudding and berries and garnish with a
sprig of mint.
Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
If some of these ingredients seem foreign to you,
let me help.
Ultimate Superfoods Coconut Oil :
Available at a Health Food store. It is
actually solid in the jar.
Ultimate Superfoods Agave Nectar:
Available at a Health Food store. It’s
sweet and very yummy. Agave comes
from a cactus.
Cacao Powder: Available at a Health
Food store. Can you believe
it…healthy chocolate
Braggs Liquid Aminos: Available at a
Health Food store. Braggs is an organic
soya sauce.
“Healthy” Chocolate Pudding
Your family will have a hard time believing this is “good” for them.
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“If you don’t do what you
are compelled to do, you
feel it, there’s something
missing; that’s the spiritual
aspect of creating art.”
Maureen O’Connor, artist
or Maureen O’Connor of Gabriola Island,
her intuitive instinct for design and colour
has been passed on through generations and it has
shown up for years in Maureen’s love of knitting.
Maureen was looking for something else to
release her creativity when she stumbled upon the
“Make a ring in a day” course with Lindsay Stock-
ing Godfrey of Mudge Studio. This one day course
struck a chord so intense that it led to a two year
silversmith apprenticeship for Maureen. There are
now four jewellery artists on Gabriola Island who
trained at the same school and currently run studios.
Maureen OConnor - Artist
by Dorothy Jeanne Engst
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Maureen’s husband, Patrick, an artist in
his own right, convinced her to learn to make
glass beads. He showed her a video he had
borrowed from the library. This led to a one day
workshop, and the rest of the glass bead making
techniques she has developed through the use of
books and videos. Now she can make complete
pieces as a silversmith and lampworker* where
she uses beautiful Italian Murano glass.
The techniques Maureen applies to her
jewellery making have been used for thousands
of years. The oldest known beads were made
40,000 years ago. Where it differs today is
through the benefit of an even temperatured
Maureen makes her pieces in a very
aboriginal manner, in that each piece evolves.
There is no set pattern drawn out ahead of time.
She goes with colour and feeling, then her
intuition comes into play and the piece evolves.
Each piece is unique and imbued with
Maureen’s creative energy.
For Maureen, her art feeds her soul. “If
you want something to happen, you have to
make it happen. The easiest route can become
the hardest if it isn’t the right one. You have to
be true to yourself, or else life is a slow death.”
lampworking–creating beads from glass rods using an
open flame.
Maureen is pictured working in
her Whalesong Studio on
Gabriola Island.
Jewellery in photos are
Maureens creations.
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“Someone’s talkin’ to me saying I love you,
Even when there’s nobody there I can still hear the
words, I love you…”
hese song lyrics express the highest desires
that any one person can aspire to—to know
unconditionally that we are loved. This is the main
purpose of the evidence given by a spiritualist
medium, that love transcends death. Those in the
spirit world return giving proof that love is eternal,
and those who have passed into the world of spirit
return because of their love.
Sometimes the evidence we receive seems
quite mundane. Messages such as, “congratulations
on your promotion,” let us know of the pride and
love of the deceased person who is communicating.
My friend, Harold, received what seemed to
be an unexceptional message—a detailed descrip-
tion of a photo, taken by his deceased mother who
was communicating. Harold’s mother described
details in the photo along with its location in his
home. Harold’s mother had been in the spirit world
for many years and had never visited his home
when she was alive. Harold was dealing with some
health issues and the thought that his mother was
Feeling Loved
by Carol Spencer
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close by, watching over him with her love and
caring, allowed Harold to feel comfort and
I recently heard a preacher give a sermon
on love. “Remember God loves you, you are
never alone.” This statement was intended to
provide comfort and peace to the congregation.
Would a statement such as this give you comfort?
For myself, when I have been experiencing
difficulties, this statement would not fill me with
a sense of peace or comfort. The questions I
would immediately have would be—If God loves
me why do bad things happen? Where was he
when I needed him and how am I supposed to
know he loves me when I really doubt he’s there?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if proof of
God’s love could be flashed up on a big screen
TV or a billboard on the side of the road? Very
few people have divine revelations of this kind.
Yet think about this, we have been touched and
are continually being touched by God’s love,
through the beauty in nature, or the smile of a
Daily we hear sounds of love through
music, the sound of wind in the trees, of water
running, or the quiet breathing of the earth. Each
one of these sounds stimulates the awareness of
something much greater than we are. This stimu-
lation creates that etheric bridge and reconnects
us with our divine home.
How can we actively develop that sense
of God’s love and presence? By seeking out
beauty, truth and love in all of life; by choosing to
connect and enjoy all aspects of nature; and by
offering to be of service to our neighbour. All of
these things will generate that feeling of love
within us. While we are participating in these
A native of Salt Spring Island, CAROL SPENCER
established the Continuous Light Sanctuary in 1999.
Continuous Light is a society dedicated to spiritualism,
where gatherings are held to share the philosophy and
gifts of spirit. Carol teaches meditation, healing,
clairvoyance and psychic awareness.
activities there is no room for anxiety, fear or
negative thinking.
Maintaining a positive attitude won’t
eliminate all of life’s crises, but it will help create
an inner strength and endurance.
“…Whenever I take enough time to stop and
to listen (to listen)
Someone deep in my heart is talking to me
And though I don’t quite know who it is I want
to believe it
It’s a big lonely world, I need all of the love I
can get”
Someone’s Talkin’ To Me - by Alan Moberg
Perhaps we need to take the time to stop and to
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“Drawn Together”
Reader Response
Boopsie Boo...
My Boopsie Boo died of lung cancer 2 yrs. ago this
past February 26th. Because she was so scared of
the outside, we kept her ashes in a beautiful
wooden box along with candles on either side.
Above this are her picture and an engraving of a
poem my husband wrote for her. In the corner we
keep a vase with pussy willows which has been
there for several years.
One morning a few weeks ago I was sitting on my
bed and had a conversation with Boopsie, telling
her how much we missed her and loved her. My
husband and I were devastated when we lost her.
After I talked with her awhile I bent down to put
on my shoes and felt something hit me on the
head. It was one of the branches of pussy willows.
How could that have happened? Those branches
had been in that vase for a long time, and why
would one happen to pop out at that moment?
I know it was Boopsie telling me she is still here
and that she loves us too. I still cry for her but I
know she isn't far from me ever. She loved it when
I came home from work at night and I would hold
her face in my hands and kiss her cheeks. She
loved that and expected it every night. She is
forever in our hearts!
Chris and Jeanie B.
Courtenay, BC
An inspiring collection...
I wanted to let you know how much we have
been enjoying your delightful magazine... We've
left out issues and people lap them up! It is
always an inspiring collection of material and
visually quite outstanding! ...thanks for a great
Rose H.
Gabriola Island, BC
Great articles.....
We are visiting from Ontario and picked up your
magazine. Great articles and I adore the cover.
Claudette F.
Bringing it all together...
Love your magazine! You are bringing it all
together for all of us who are blessed to live on
these precious islands.
Vicki I.
Victoria, BC
Breathing space...
I am writing to tell you how fabulous I think your
magazine is. We pick it up at Edible Island in
Courtenay. It really is laid out well, great colours,
great quality photographs, nice composition,
and just the right amount of "breathing space"
throughout, in the design.
Brenda J.
Courtenay, BC
Greetings Dorothy and Team!
A huge thank you is something that I feel
compelled to share with all of you.
As someone who has gone from self help, to
metaphysics to the esoteric, thinking that I was
somewhat alone on this journey, I breathed a
sigh of relief when I came across True Blue.
It gives me great comfort knowing that there are
other light workers close by.
Andria W.
Victoria, BC
Just believe, expect miracles and have faith!
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“Drawn Together”
Reader Response
Boopsie Boo...
My Boopsie Boo died of lung cancer 2 yrs. ago this
past February 26th. Because she was so scared of
the outside, we kept her ashes in a beautiful
wooden box along with candles on either side.
Above this are her picture and an engraving of a
poem my husband wrote for her. In the corner we
keep a vase with pussy willows which has been
there for several years.
One morning a few weeks ago I was sitting on my
bed and had a conversation with Boopsie, telling
her how much we missed her and loved her. My
husband and I were devastated when we lost her.
After I talked with her awhile I bent down to put
on my shoes and felt something hit me on the
head. It was one of the branches of pussy willows.
How could that have happened? Those branches
had been in that vase for a long time, and why
would one happen to pop out at that moment?
I know it was Boopsie telling me she is still here
and that she loves us too. I still cry for her but I
know she isn't far from me ever. She loved it when
I came home from work at night and I would hold
her face in my hands and kiss her cheeks. She
loved that and expected it every night. She is
forever in our hearts!
Chris and Jeanie B.
Courtenay, BC
An inspiring collection...
I wanted to let you know how much we have
been enjoying your delightful magazine... We've
left out issues and people lap them up! It is
always an inspiring collection of material and
visually quite outstanding! ...thanks for a great
Rose H.
Gabriola Island, BC
Great articles.....
We are visiting from Ontario and picked up your
magazine. Great articles and I adore the cover.
Claudette F.
Bringing it all together...
Love your magazine! You are bringing it all
together for all of us who are blessed to live on
these precious islands.
Vicki I.
Victoria, BC
Breathing space...
I am writing to tell you how fabulous I think your
magazine is. We pick it up at Edible Island in
Courtenay. It really is laid out well, great colours,
great quality photographs, nice composition,
and just the right amount of "breathing space"
throughout, in the design.
Brenda J.
Courtenay, BC
Greetings Dorothy and Team!
A huge thank you is something that I feel
compelled to share with all of you.
As someone who has gone from self help, to
metaphysics to the esoteric, thinking that I was
somewhat alone on this journey, I breathed a
sigh of relief when I came across True Blue.
It gives me great comfort knowing that there are
other light workers close by.
Andria W.
Victoria, BC
Just believe, expect miracles and have faith!
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oday’s article is all about the Ruling
Number 1. I consider these life path
numbers to be the most important of all the
numbers used in numerological calculations.
They include the numbers 1 through 9, plus the
master numbers 11 and 22. No other number will
influence our lives more than our ruling number.
It represents the most important lesson we came
here to learn and the one we most need to master
in this lifetime.
Your ruling number is based on your birth
date and calculated by adding all the digits of
your date together, arriving at a total, and then
reducing that sum until we end up with a single
digit (with the exceptions 11 and 22). This final
digit is your ruling number.
An example birth date: March 2, 1967
Begin like this:
Step one: 3/2/1967
Then add it up like this:
Step two: 3+2+1+9+6+7 Total = 28
Next, reduce the first total:
Step three: 2+8=10; reduced to 1
This ruling number is a 1.
Attributes of ruling number 1
If you were asked what you thought the
qualities of a #1 person would be, you would
likely come up with things like leadership,
self-motivation and possibly successful
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Number One
by Shanon Wills
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SHANON WILLS has been a Metaphysical student for over 40
years. Several years as a professional channeler assisted her
progress in understanding spiritual energy. As a Reiki Master
Teacher she has merged the power of sound to create a unique
healing experience for her clients. Her interest in Numerology
began in the late 80’s and blossomed when she discovered a
spiritual connection to numbers.
Note - the responses requesting a numerology analysis have been
overwhelming. Shanon will analyze several of the dates submitted in
Volume 1, Issue 6. Thank you for your interest.
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Life Purpose
Your purpose in coming here under this
vibration is to help others by assisting them with
life’s many demands for change. You are likely the
most adaptable and versatile of any other ruling
number because you were born with these
attributes. Without adaptability none of us would
last very long, not as a species or as individuals.
Practical Expression
If your ruling number is a 1, your primary
way of expressing your creative ideas will be to put
them into a workable form that is useful to others,
whether that is in performing publicly, building
monuments, fundraising or writing books.
Greatest Challenge
Each birth number has its own particular
lesson and part of our success in life is to master it
so we can move on. The biggest challenge of this
ruling number will be to overcome the urge to
dominate others. If this challenge is not mastered,
more karmic debt is incurred and any success in life
will be double-edged.
Healthy Outlook
When Ruling Number 1 people are living
in the flow of their positive energy, their optimism
and good nature will manifest remarkable success
in life. Happy and delightful companions, these
people make loyal and generous friends.
Parents should note that if you have a
child with this ruling number, you can help them
a great deal by guiding them towards greater
participation in family or group activities where
there is a need to work co-operatively. These
experiences provide valuable opportunity for the
development of self-autonomy within the context
of friendship and support.
If your child is artistically gifted, here are
a few examples of great groups: drama clubs,
choirs and orchestras. All of these are wonderful
examples that combine the elements of self-
expression, co-operation and understanding of the
roles each participant plays within the context of
the whole. Compassion is learned best within the
family home and extends outward to community
involvements that focus on helping others whose
needs are greater than our own.
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any people are under the impression that
the study of UFOs is a matter of recording
sightings, and theorising about aliens, or engaging
in conspiracy-think, wondering what governments
are hiding. Television shows such as the X Files are
the main source of information for those who have
not actually studied the phenomenon.
The mainstay of professional UFOlogy, the
study of UFOs, is the people who carefully inter-
view witnesses, record sightings, and analyze the
data. The US-based Mutual UFO Network
(MUFON), for example, is a large organisation that
records thousands of sightings, using a network of
volunteers around the world. Professional UFOlo-
gists are trained to recognise meteorological and
astronomical phenomena, as well as aircraft behav-
ior. They are careful to rule out natural and man-
made explanations before declaring a sighting to be
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UFO’s - Not so Simple
Part One
by Michael Gintowt, MA
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MICHAEL GINTOWT has an MA in psychology, and formal
training in hypnosis, behavioural neurobiology, and clinical
psychology. His interest in the paranormal can be traced to
when he was 14 years old, and corresponded with
Dr. J.B. Rhine, the pioneering parapsychologist. For decades,
he has been involved with the divinatory arts, shamanic
practices, and martial arts. He lives on Vancouver Island
with his wife.
“unidentified”. (Did you know that the planet Venus
is commonly reported as a UFO?)
Other researchers focus instead upon a
related, bizarre, and confusing element that refuses
to go away—the abduction phenomenon. Psycholo-
gists have taken this on and tried to explain
abductions as sleep paralysis, memory distortion,
masochism, hypnosis-induced false memories and
various psychopathologies. Although some abduc-
tions can be explained by various combinations of
the aforementioned causes, there are others that,
like UFO sightings, cannot be explained.
Many abductions, for example, take place
during daylight hours, thus ruling out sleep paraly-
sis. Sleep paralysis is a well-documented condition
whereby a person awakens, but the paralysis
function that keeps us from moving around too
much while we are asleep, stays operative for a
while, resulting in a terrifying sense of being wide
awake, paralyzed, a crushing sensation on the chest
and a feeling of presences in the room.
Dr. John Mack is a Harvard trained clinical
psychologist who wrote two authoritative books on
alien abductions. His peers and superiors ques-
tioned the professionalism of his activities, and put
him through a two year ordeal of review and
inspection, where his motives, methods and results
were questioned. He survived intact. But this raises
another aspect of the UFO phenomenon: the fact
that any serious discussion about it is, to a great
extent, a modern day taboo.
The taboo surrounding serious discussion of
UFOs has multiple origins. First, the US Air Force
and the Central Intelligence Agency created a
systematic and ruthless campaign to discredit
people who reported UFOs. This came about
because, during the Cold War era of the 1950s, the
public was pressuring the USAF to come up with
explanations for the UFOs that were being reported
in high numbers—and they had none.
Officials were concerned that unless the
UFO issue calmed down, reports could be used by
the Soviets to mask a real attack. They began to
systematically deny the existence of UFOs, come
up with any “natural” explanation, no matter how
improbable, and ridiculed those who insisted that
they had seen something unexplainable. Seasoned
pilots, especially, were targeted, and that had a
devastating effect, silencing both Air Force and
commercial pilots. The media adopted the ridicule
strategy, as it was easier than investigative journal-
ism of something elusive and was in compliance
with government policy. The psychological opera-
tion worked so well that the smirking, mandatory
association of “little green men” with UFOs is with
us to this day.
In the past year or so, however, major
media have shifted their strategy regarding this
topic, in tandem with an apparent global, coordi-
nated campaign to have national UFO files released
to the public.
To be continued next issue
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Jim Elvidge
Jim Elvidge takes us “down the rabbit hole” on a thought-provoking
roller-coaster ride through quantum physics, virtual reality and futurism.
He makes a compelling case for the view that our physical reality is a
“consciousness program” created by digital codes. If numbers and numeri-
cal codes define our very existence, could our genetic memory have been
encoded, to be triggered by digital codes at specific times and frequen-
cies? 2012 may well be one of these specific times when our evolution
takes a giant leap, every 15,000 or so years.
Elvidge asks a reasonable question concerning our perception of reality
which we so readily take for granted. “How do you know that what you
perceive is not an illusion?” Our limited perception of so-called reality is
nothing more than electrochemical reactions within our brain – is it not
possible these are merely produced by an intelligence, or a non-local vast
computer-like consciousness that is connected to your brain via some form
of wireless network?
Could we also be under programmed control, our thoughts and actions monitored and generated by a vast com-
puter? Could our “programmers” be in fact, humans (us) from the future, who have been able to acquire the
technology to ‘recreate’ ourselves? Do we exist in a virtual reality world akin to Star Trek’s holodeck or like one
depicted in a final episode of “Red Dwarf”?
Take the akashic records for example – all past and future events are stored and can be accessed, as Elvidge states,
“From a programmed reality standpoint, the akashic field is just a data bank of the computer.” Would this not
explain clairvoyance, psychic phenomena, the paranormal, OBEs, NDEs, altered states, remote viewing, and UFOs,
he wonders?
Virtual Reality simulations are technically feasible, and would help explain such things. If we are indeed living in a
“virtual reality”, then I’d have to agree with one wise soul’s response concerning such a possibility: “the graphics
are great, but the plot sucks!”
Title to the contrary, Jim Elvidge doesn’t give us all the answers, nor does he pretend to – Elvidge is more than
qualified to present himself as an authority on such matters, having an Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell
University, expertise on subatomic physics, artificial intelligence, cosmology, nanotechnology and a keen interest in
the paranormal.
Jim Elvidge presents the facts in an intelligent, humorous, playful and informative manner, so that you can come to
your own conclusions about our shared reality. The Universe – Solved! is a refreshing, entertaining and thought-
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family & friends. Turn your material assets into earth
gardens, water systems and energy sources. Get ready
to live the old ways in a new way, operating with the
universe from our hearts.
Planetary influences:
It takes Pluto (Hades) 284 years to pass through all 12
signs of the zodiac.
Pluto- is time- representing the energies buried deep in
the psyche.
Pluto described as the dark hand of fate. Associated
with drastic upheaval – or the other side of the planet
to destroy what is decaying and useless, to make a
clear way to a positive change.
Pluto in Capricorn:
Meaning radical at the material realm.
Either Tempus working with cyclic, seasonal
time, elementally, annually & quarterly.
Example: Celtic moon or Mayan calendars.
Or the Grim Reaper, old man time, time a
man made measurement.
Example: Gregorian calendar
Pluto: historically – ambitious.
Jupiter: Spiritual – sensibility
Neptune: Denotes great sensitivity
Jupiter conjunct Neptune: Father/God/Zeus –
learning (one of Neptune’s tricks) nothing is what it
appears to be.
Saturn in Virgo:
Direct challenge to learn discrimination &
moderation in search of perfectionism.
Creating pride to stubbornly adhere to chosen
Can create over compensation with work
For some, exceedingly sensitive to critical
Uranus in Pisces:
Helps us to be real as spiritualists, we learn
freedom is not force, kindness has no judg-
As we transform from subconscious to
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To find harmony within change, this is our challenge.
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Make your space sanctuary from the material realm.
Realizing none of it holds truth and selectively let go
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Aries – Fire – Action, combustion
Ruled by – Mars
March 21 – April 20
Key phrase – I am
The warrior, holding courage with audacity. Adventurous & pioneering.
QUESTION ALL SYSTEMS. Remember not to quarrel when your quick temper aggravates partners &
friends. Patience is continual, those that know you practice it also.
Taurus – Earth – Manifestation ability
Ruled by – Venus
April 21 – May 21
Key phrase – I have
Nature’s heritage plays a deep role in balancing your will towards your project.
Keep in focus your great ability for trustworthiness & doing a job well, creates
exalted leadership quality. Stop demanding attention and you receive recognition.
GeminiAir – Communicator
Ruled by – Mercury
May 22 – June 22
Key phrase – I think
Ability to visit the moment. Very fresh.
Imagination, not used to invent but to illuminate observations is creative.
Used to falsify experiences is betraying. Understand the difference
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Cancer – Water – Ocean of emotion
Ruled by - Moon
June 23 – July 23
Key phrase – I feel
Psychic ability is accented, being happy dreaming in comfort. You are
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Leo – Fire – Powerful – activation
Ruled by – Sun
July 24 – August 23
Key phrase – I will
No kidding! The leader, all us others, followers. Well, let’s hope people
don’t mind your (subtle) arrogances. Even though you dramatize all that
you do (quietly of course). Somehow you apply your power & nature of your
will upon us & over & over we just give in to your inspired selfness’s – It seems
we are in training & you the facilitator.
If the vision is there – gr…gr…great!
Virgo – Earth – Quick silver/mind magnet.
Ruled by – Mercury
August 24 – September 23
Key phrase – I analyze
~You mysteriously articulate memoirs to imaginative hypercritical audiences~
You are ever brighter as an instructor in simplifying systems & setting up
designs for living ideals. It’s needed more & more. If done – you will win
the prize for ingenious, no doubt! Dear diplomat reveal to us knowledge
well needed – Thank you!!
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LibraAir ~ I can fly, I can touch the sky~
Ruled by – Venus
September 24 – October 23
Key phrase – I believe
Your romantic nature comes to life this summer. Acts of grandeur are done simply, your ease with
graceful dignity eloquently exalts your artful life. It’s time for flirtations. Be damned fine and full of
glory. Theatrical energy is worth the effort. Well done! Remember you’re never boring.
Scorpio – Water – Deeply moving emotion
October 24 – November 22
Ruled by – Mars
Key phrase – I desire
Being Martian is usually orange & green something like Irish, but different. Oh well, you
always have miffed us somewhat with your planet of war settling into your element of
water/smoke screening us with emotional steam. We sit back not knowing if we have
been scolded or swooned. Not to worry! Your sexy ways turn and keep turning our
heads regardless of our hearts, you create mystery, so might as well embody it!
Sagittarius – Fire – Smoldering coals
Ruled by – Jupiter
October 24 – November 22
Key phrase – I see
Usually meaning you seek as a spiritual warrior. Intellect hunts questing
truth with charismatic control over your actions and responses. You, the
clever one, enjoy a good story as the archetypal ARCHER you
are – your aim is true. Without question your code of ethics holds
strong. Remember your mantra – forgiveness is forgetting.
Capricorn – Earth – Divining destiny
Ruled by – Saturn
December 22 – January 20
Key phrase – I use
You are more emotional than usual, for your planet is active &
creating quite the stir. Self examined you are rather powerful – yet again.
We are who we are, we are what we are, we are beings of light here
to reflect our light by being light. Something you earth creatures once
learned, as the teacher within. Light brightens, expands & stimulates.
AquariusAir – Anicha ~ Sanskrit word meaning wind, change & power.
Ruled by – Uranus
January 21 – February 19
Key phrase – I know
How long is the Aquarian age? Longer than you & I will be remembered &
passing our greatest of great grandchildren (who really knows) if our earthy
mother allows great, great to be. Radical discordance, oh well, what we do, we must
acknowledge. So help us to clear up this unraveling world & reap the grim benefits of
redemption so we can learn and go on. A great plan – stick to it. For critical stages are
due to happen sooner than later. Being ready does help.
Pisces – Water – Tidal
Ruled by – Neptune
February 20 – March 20
Key phrase – I believe
Well, there’s many a fish in the sea. Diverse divers, colourful schools of motion flashing by, with witty
laughter you stay free – spirited. Keep living with the world at your feet. For the few descending deep
ones, those easily hurt, who self medicate with addictive behaviors. Perhaps being clear, losing the fear.
Letting go of the fiction you’ve tried continually to turn to fact… Could create a tail of fantasy after all.
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