Halloween Approaches Which Means More Ghosts: Here’s what to do about it

Halloween isn’t what it used to be. It is an ancient holiday that signals the veil between the living and dead is at it’s thinist. This means you can experience more ghost activity in your home. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see apparitions, though many can see something out of the corner of their eye that vanishes when they turn to look.  What many people experience is heightened irritability, trouble sleeping, an intense feeling of anxiety with no cause and an uncontrollable anger that pops up out of nowhere.

Clearing the house is one solution to calm and clear this paranormal activity. Here are three easy ways to clear the energy of your home.

Small Sage Bundle Burning

  1. Smudge the house. This is a Native American inspired method of space clearing. You take a bundle of white sage (easily found at Whole Foods or your local health food store) and you light the bundle. It will flame for a moment and then it will smolder. The rising smoke clears the energy. Carry the smudge stick from room to room. Want to know more? Here’s a link to my best-selling booklet on Smudging.
  2. Use sound to clear your home. Find a pleasant sounding bell you can ring in the house. Start at the front door and then move through the house ringing the bell loudly. Go through the entire house finishing where you started at the front door. You can use a bell or a singing bowl.
  3. Salt works too. Dissolve sea salt or Himalayan pink salt in warm water and add to a spray bottle. You can walk through the house spraying the mixture into the air to clear the energy.

Any of these methods will work. Choose the one you feel most comfortable with. You may have to clear more than once during the month of October. And then follow up with a clearing either monthly or at least once a quarter.

Let me know how you clear your home. And which of these methods you find the most effective.

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Three things you need to know for 2018

February 16, 2018 will be the start of the Year of the Earth Dog. Here are three things you need to know about the new energy coming in 2018.

Year of the Earth Dog

  1. Earth years (and Earth years always come in pairs, so 2018 and 2019) are when we focus on practical matters. We put our attention on finances, security, and living simply. The last set of Earth years was 2008/2009.  And yes, if you were wondering, it was Earth years in 1928 and 1929. That doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a stock market crash but I wouldn’t rule it out. I also see Astrological aspects forming in late 2018 and 2019 that could be the peak of the real estate market and signal a drop. What do we do? We prosper during this time by being flexible and creative. More about that in future blog posts.
  2. Dog years are when connections with others rise to be the most important and most helpful thing you can do in your life. These days we are connected virtually but more isolated physically. 2018 will bring you opportunities to connect socially and professionally. Don’t hide at home. Find friends and colleagues and see them in the real world.
  3. Whether the energy of Earth Dog is compatible with your own sign or not you can still succeed. The reason we study Astrology is so we know where the smooth roads are and when we’re going to hit the bumps. If the map of 2018 says you have challenges ahead then you know where you’re going to have to put in the effort. Or if you read it’s a lucky year for you then don’t waste the luck by doing nothing. Use the positive energy and take chances. Want to know more? My new book is on Amazon (presale until November 15th). Chinese Astrology 2018 Year of the Earth Dog. Chinese Astrology 2018 Year of the Earth Dog
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Solar Eclipse: Dealing with the fear of change and uncertainty

Solar eclipses can be tough periods of change and uncertainty. This is an especially difficult eclipse as we haven’t had a visible, total solar eclipse in the USA in about 100 years. And we can already see how much unrest and turmoil this eclipse is bringing forth.

If you walk a spiritual path you know you can pick up emotions, fears, and doubts from others as well as having your own. During this period, or any eclipse period for that matter, it’s important to be aware and accepting of the feelings you’re having.

Don’t judge the emotions that come up for you at this time.

Feelings you have are not necessarily a portent of something bad that’s coming nor are they confirmation of your worse fears. They should not be seen as anything accept a part of you that wants your attention. The best way to handle these feelings is to say, “I’m acknowledging that I’m having these feelings and it’s okay”.

Give yourself a hug.

Treat yourself, during this time, with the same love, understanding and compassion you would give a child who was feeling sad or afraid. Take a few minutes, shut off the distractions, set down the phone and just be still. Breathe and as you exhale release the negativity. As you inhale bring in feelings of love. After a few minutes have a glass of water to finish the clearing.

This eclipse is going to bring some very needed changes into our lives. We will look back on this period and say we’re glad it happened. In the meantime be kind to yourself through this process.

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The Solar Eclipse – 3 steps to using this energy for your highest good

On August 21st we will experience a total solar eclipse. To quote my dear friend and mentor, Diane Ronngren, an eclipse is a time to find new ways to express who you are by recognizing and overcoming emotional blocks.

Basically this is an opportunity to leap forward on the road to your goals. Eclipses bring change. Sometimes these changes are very real in our lives. Eclipses travel through the same signs about every 18-19 years. During this period the changes in my life have been considerable. I built a business and sold it. I met a man, fell in love, married and then lost him to leukemia. I moved back to my beloved California to rejoin old friends and meet new, wonderful people. I wrote many ybooks and built a thriving consultation business.

How much has changed in your life over that period?

This coming eclipse is here to bring more change and to help us towards our goals. The energy is strongest for change for the months following the eclipse but the seeds planted during that time can grow into an entirely new life experience for you.

The eclipse is a time to begin to do different things.

Here’s what to do.

Step 1: Write down your vision for the future. It could be as simple as a few bullet points or a long description of what you want.

Step 2: Do as many different things as you can that are related to your vision. Is having a love in your life part of your vision? Then go try “speed dating” or find a match-making service or join online dating. Want a new job? Post your resume, apply for some positions, get a side gig that can grow into a full time career. Want to move? Go see some places you could live, engage the help of a realtor, put your house up for sale. Each different thing you do is a seed planted that can grow into what you want your life to be.

Step 3: Release your vision into the hands of the Universe. Let it go. Then allow yourself to be open to what happens next. The results will be remarkable.

Want to know more? Join us for the upcoming New Moon Wishes teleclass where we’ll talk in depth about the energy of this coming eclipse.

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Mercury Retrograde – Time to Assess Progress on Your Goals

When Mercury is retrograde we’re drawn into the past. We travel through territory we’ve been through before. This is a perfect time for a mini life assessment.

I can feel some of you resisting this idea. In fact, I stiffen up a little at the thought for two reasons really. First, it doesn’t feel like there’s time. Mercury retrograde is a hectic period where we’re juggling more than usual. But also when we look at our plan to achieve our goals and what’s not working in that process it opens up room for doubt. So instead of assessing I often grit my teeth and struggle to move forward while the energy of the planet Mercury is moving backward. It’s like trying to walk uphill in a windstorm.

In the Astrology chart, the Sun represents you, your talents and abilities and Mercury represents your thoughts and ideas. It’s Mercury that’s going backward, not the Sun. The Sun never goes retrograde. What this says to us is it’s useful to doubt an idea but never useful to doubt ourselves.

During this period of retrograde energy take a look at your plans and the actions you’ve been taking towards your goals. Look at what’s been effective and what isn’t working and needs to be discarded. If you’re not getting results look at new strategies. But in this process don’t doubt your capabilities. You have what you need to achieve your goals. Mercury retrograde is just here to help you find a better, faster way.

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Mercury goes Retrograde Today

Hi everyone, Mercury is retrograde today and so for the next few weeks we have the opportunity to go back over stuff that we’ve done before – now with the potential of much better results. Here’s a few things to do now that Mercury is retrograde…

  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise
  • Resume learning a language
  • Reach out to past customers and clients
  • Review recurring bills and see what can be eliminated
  • Deal with paperwork by filing or shredding

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The Two Reasons Stuff is Hard to Get Rid Of: Decluttering and Time Travel

This morning I was making the bed as usual and as usual, I shoved the blue exercise ball out of the way to reach the far corner of the bed to straighten the duvet. This is the exercise ball that I haven’t used in two years that I roll out of the way every morning.

“Why do I still have this exercise ball?” Two reasons.

Attachment to the past

And fear of the future

I, like many of you, loved Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I love the idea of only having things in my life that spark joy. But I struggle with the items that have positive memories from the past and/or could be useful in the future. I waffle between a vision of freedom I would have when I have less stuff and the desire remember the past and be prepared for what’s to come.

After I reduced my wardrobe (see my post Getting Dressed in 3 Minutes) I saw how much time and energy our stuff really sucks from our lives. Looking at this blue exercise ball you wouldn’t think this is taking up time and energy but there’s a whole set of questions that must be answered about this object.

Where should I put it so I will use it?

Where should I store it when I’m not using it?

If it’s not meeting my needs could it be changed or improved so it will?

Could it serve multiple purposes?

Should it be replaced with something that I would use?

One or more of these questions go through my mind every time I shove the exercise ball aside to make the bed, so once a day. That’s a lot of mental energy used up. Neuroscience research tells us that the more decisions we make on mundane things the less energy we have for decisions about real things. (You can see more about this in the amazing book, The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal). So if I spend all my energy on decisions about what to wear, where to put stuff, what toothpaste to buy and what to watch on TV then I don’t have energy for important decisions like who to vote for, who to marry, what my next book should be about and what to do with my life.

As mentioned, hanging on to things that don’t “spark joy” is done for two reasons; attachment to the past and fear of the future. Here’s my blue exercise ball as an example.

The past: There was a time when I was young enough and fit enough that I could balance on a ball like this and if I fell off I didn’t risk breaking a hip. Sometimes I wish for the past body I used to have. These days I would have to set the phone right by the ball so when I did fall off I would hopefully land on the button that speed dials 911.

I have other memories too. Once I had a party here and so many people showed up that I ran out of chairs. I sat on this exercise ball while we talked, ate, and had a wonderful time. So the ball gives me the feeling of being social and having friends. I have to remind myself I would actually still have friends even if I didn’t have a blue exercise ball. Sometimes my brain is not rational.

The future: Am I envisioning a future where I suddenly have an overwhelming desire to use the exercise ball? Yes, in this future I use it every day for years and years. It becomes the best thing in my life and if I hadn’t kept it I would be missing out on this marvelous experience and perhaps a shot at Cirque du Soleil stardom.

Or do I see a future dystopian nightmare where the world has become so poor there’s no money for furniture at all and I’ll I have left is this blue exercise ball to sit on?

Yes, a bit of an exaggeration but my point is that when I define my feelings about an object I can see more clearly why I’m having trouble getting rid of it.

So if the past and the future aren’t good reasons for keeping something then I need to look at the present. In the present, I don’t need a blue exercise ball or any color ball for that matter. And someone else in the world might need it. So into the car it goes and it will be taken over to my favorite Goodwill store that sells off many other of my former possessions.

One item down…several thousand to go. I know the process will get easier and faster as I continue. Let me know about your letting go process. Do you have items you’re holding on to even though they don’t serve your present needs? Do you struggle with items that bring up memories of the past? Do you hang on to items because you think you might need them in the future? And let me know if you would like to see more posts on this topic.

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