The solar eclipse of 8/21 has been making a lot of news. It’s a rare event, mainly because of the proximity offered specifically in the United States. People have been buying up special goggles to observe it. Old-school types are making those “viewers” out of shoeboxes that some of us remember from grade school.
Yeah, that’s all cool. But such a momentous astrological event has other consequences.
Have you been feeling edgier than usual the last few days? Upcoming eclipse.
Does your life feel like a bunch of confetti thrown up in the air, with the parts landing wherever? Eclipse.
Basically, this big solar eclipse is Changing The Game – like it or not. The shifting energies around the event are forcing us to review where we’re at, adapt, mix things up.
A solar eclipse triggers rapid change, so hang on. Unlike lunar eclipses, which also bring change, but of the more “internal” kind, solar energy is much more “outer-directed.” Stuff on the outside of our life will change – and that requires an ability to vamp, look for a different path, figure out another way around the new obstacles put in our way. So stay flexible in your thinking.
Take the powerful energy of this solar eclipse and put it to work for you; thinking outside of the box is essential. Get creative – even outrageous. Brainstorm every crazy solution, and don’t be shy.
“Game of Thrones” fans, think of Daenerys riding her dragon into battle: use that (somewhat) scary solar/fire energy to give a new shot to your dreams. Be bold, step into the light and heat and see where it takes you. This could be just what you’ve needed to get things moving in the right direction.
Happy 2016! Don’t know about you, but man, I couldn’t wait to see the hind end of 2015 as it got the hell outta here. As the saying goes, “Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya…”
So now, we have a whole new year to work with. And the numerological vibe of that year, 2016, is “9.”
Now what does that mean? 9-energy is an indicator of things ending, finishing, completing. It’s the last number before we get into double-digits. It’s the end of a cycle.
Sometimes, when I read someone and “9” comes up, their first instinct is “Uh oh – an ending. That’s gotta be baaaaad…..”
But no. Endings, quite literally, hold the seeds of a beginning. Endings clear the way for the next phase. Endings hold great power and potential. Winter has to finish before spring can arrive.
During a “9” period, there’s a wonderful chance to pause and assess where you’ve been. In the Tarot, the 9 card is The Hermit, a guy at the top of a mountain, looking down and taking the 10,000 foot view of things – quite literally. So as we step into 2016, take a moment to look back and see what –or who — you’d like to ditch.
Pay attention to that overall “9” vibe this year – what (or who) will end, go away, disappear on the national or world stage? I have one suggestion….
Anyway, let the 9 energy of 2016 assist you in ridding yourself of those things that are outdated, old, stale. Don’t fight it. Let them go. If something (or someone) looks or feels like a grind, an uphill battle, a constant frustration, that’s a sign that it’s time to re-assess (like our guy on the mountain) and perhaps say “buh bye.” If you can’t end that “thing” – like a tough relationship with a family member — then maybe you need to flush the “approach” and find a new tactic. The good news is, that this energetic vibration will give you a helpful “push” in ending a bad habit or anything that’s been holding you back. Like a kid on a swing with a strong hand at their back, 9 energy will help you to sail forward.
Endings don’t have to be a downer – they offer fabulous creative possibilities for your next chapter. Consider “zigging” instead of “zagging,” looking this-away versus that-away. Flip the script. And make this year’s pages fantastic!
Ah, Halloween. Even these (many) years after trick-or-treating, I still remember how cool that night felt. Racing out the door after dinner, meeting your friends on the neighborhood streets that were lit only by streetlights (who DOES that anymore?), and of course, the candy. The frikkin’ candy that would keep you in a perpetual state of pre-diabetic shock for days after.
But what I most recall is that magical energy in the air. You could feel it – literally. Like any spooky thing could really happen. My friends and I saw ghosts and goblins hiding everywhere — and man, was it fun.
As a psychic-medium, I’ve since learned that there’s a very good reason for that magical “feel” of Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve – or “Samhain” – was one of the most important religious times of the year for ancient Celts. Samhain is still celebrated by Wiccans, as it marks the end of summer and the harvest, and is, quite literally, their “new year.”
The spooky angle of Halloween came about because of an ancient belief that this night was when the veil “between the worlds” was at its thinnest. The Celts knew that the spirits of the dead could come back and walk the earth – hence, dressing up in costumes to “scare” them away. That scare factor also accounts for the plethora of walking-dead-blood-spurting-chainsaw-wielding type movies that run on cable all week long.
I’ve since learned to view Halloween as not only fun, but sacred. There’s a certain power to honoring another “turn of the wheel” and the natural rhythms of the earth that were so well known to my ancestors. Consider this time your “new year” and think about what you want to bring about or change in the coming months.
And because the wall separating us from deceased loved ones is not as high on this night, place a photo of someone who’s departed under your pillow. Invite them to join them in your dreams, and know that their presence is very real.
(Just because it is one of THE great dance videos, here’s some Michael Jackson to celebrate. And admit it — you’re gonna be doing some of these moves in your living room. I know I am. Trick or treat!)
The Beach Boys sang about it – and so did a pre-“serious actor” Marky Mark. I’m talking about “good vibrations.” “Vibrations”, as in a higher energy. “Good”, as in, well, good.
Working effectively with any metaphysical practice (like Tarot), or entities (like angels), requires adjusting our energy. That’s because our usual human energetic state just chugs along. We go on autopilot, with our vibration sort of “powered down.”
Not to mention, today’s environment pounds the crap out of our energy, between the food, toxins and endless electronic distraction we’re subject to. In that state, it can be tough to sense the presence of the higher-functioning beings that are always around us and want to help.
So humans and those other beings need to sort of “meet in the middle.” They slow their fast-moving energy down, while we raise ours. It’s a little bit like those planes that get fueled in mid-air.
“Raising energy” is different for everyone. Personally, I get uncomfortable if I feel too “buzzy,” so I’ve learned how to monitor myself as I do any exercise, and then dial it up or down as needed.
Regular meditation is and has always been the standard way to actively raise and control our energetic vibration, but here are some other things that can be done, pretty much anywhere:
-Drink water. Water conducts electricity. Electricity is a form of energy. Staying well hydrated keeps your vibe going.
I also like to write an intention on my water bottle, like “Health,” “Joy” or whatever I need. Water, boosted with an intention, has enormous power: the molecules are changed –literally. There was an experiment done in which water droplets were either prayed over or yelled at. When viewed through a microscope, the prayed-for water exhibited a beautiful crystalline structure; the yelled-at ones looked dark, raw and dirty. Intention really packs a punch; make yours positive ones.
-Practice gratitude. Focus on what you have versus what you don’t, what’s going well versus what sucks. That upgrades your vibration in a huuuuge way, because “gratitude-energy” resonates at a very high level. I like writing down 5 things each day that I’m grateful for.
On today’s menu, it was:
1) waking up in a warm, comfy bed
2) the “regulars” at the diner who always make me smile
3) the leaves turning colors outside my window
4) a hot shower and a cup of coffee
5) my three healthy, snuggly cats
Right now, what 5 things are YOU grateful for?
-Listen to Buddhist or Gregorian chants. Not only do they sound gorgeous, there’s a very high spiritual energy attached to these particular forms of music. No surprise they’re key parts of two grand spiritual traditions.
-Jump up and down. I’m not kidding. Physical activity raises physical energy — and your vibration. Dancing, walking, whatever will do the trick. But it’s been shown that just jumping up and down “excites” the cells in the body and makes them healthier. Hey, Van Halen was on to something….
Besides it being a part of working with angels, spirit guides or those on the Other Side, a higher energetic vibration is key to the Law of Attraction: when we sense the very real Universal Flow, we can then direct that heightened awareness and clarity to manifest what we want in our life.
But here’s the thing about raising your vibration: things in your life may start to go amazingly well. In fact, maybe too well. You may start to worry that something “bad” is bound to happen, that no one deserves all these blessings. Just remember that this state of increased happiness and awareness is what we’re supposed to be experiencing. That joy then ripples out to the rest of the world, so you getting a big break puts a smile on your face, which then makes you more likely to show kindness to someone else, and so on…Good stuff for you is good for everyone. Get it?
Life holds a balance, so yes, there will be tough times – they hold lessons for us, it’s just the natural order. But the truth is that we can experience a greater percentage of “good stuff” over “bad” when our vibration is better aligned with Universal Source. And we can handle challenges much more efficiently, because we can call on help from the Other Side – and actually sense it/work with it for a change.
So in any metaphysical or spiritual pursuit – or just plain old daily life –consider a heightened frequency as the gas that makes the car go. Get ready to go a whole lot faster!
I recently had a client here who told me that he was taking a psychic development class. But he quickly added that he had no intention of “turning pro” like Yours Truly. Another one of my blog followers posted something similar in a comment.
As if becoming a professional psychic, medium, animal communicator or whatever is the only goal. It most certainly is not. And it doesn’t mean you have to use whatever gifts you possess to read your cousin/sister/co-worker whenever they ask you to.
Learning to tap into the hidden ways that the Universe speaks to us every single day is something well worth your time. It can completely change the game, make you see things in a fresh new light, and give you unexpected tools to solve your problems.
My own journey started when a girlfriend told me about a psychic development course she was taking. It sounded fun, so I signed up, too. The first night blew my mind, and from that moment on, my whole life would be different. I dove right in, opting to further develop my abilities because it gave me a new way to do my life.
Reading professionally happened by accident when a New Age store opened by me. I wandered in to have a look, started a conversation with the owner and before I knew it, she asked if I’d like to do readings for customers. The rest is history.
I enjoy being a professional psychic; but there is absolutely no rule saying that you have to do the same. Psychic and metaphysical information is fundamentally meant to enrich life in ways you can’t even imagine.
Whether it’s a single book, an ongoing class or even just reading my blog (thank you!) – make some room in your life to explore the metaphysical world on a regular (OK, semi-regular) basis. Whatever speaks to you: Akashic Records, mediumship, angels, Reiki and energy healing, Wicca, Tarot, past-life regression – there’s an endless subject list, and it’s all fascinating.
If you’re like me, you may find that bits and pieces make the most sense. My library is a complete mash-up of topics. Some of those books really engage me; others make me roll my eyes (those are the ones I re-sell on Amazon!). I’ve taken some fascinating classes, and some that made me want to suck down an airplane bottle of gin in the ladies room during our breaks. All of it helped me find my own “psychic style” — which is more like a crazy quilt.
You may opt to delve deeply into a single subject and make that your primary focus. It doesn’t matter: all that information is out there to help us become better, stronger, wiser humans. You’ll find your groove.
Although you may be inspired to share what you’re discovering, remember: using what you learn to benefit others is not a pre-requisite. Let what you unearth transform you first. Then see where it takes you. Or doesn’t. Each of us has a unique path. That’s the beauty of it.
PS – if you want some fun ways to start opening your own channel, check out these posts. Here’s one….and another….and another.
You know that TV show, The Long Island Medium? Besides her god-awful, freeze-dried hairdo, the thing that really annoys me is how she does readings just, oh, wherever. Waiting at the deli for fresh mozzarella? Read someone. On line for the bathroom at an AC/DC concert? Read. In a dentist’s waiting room? Read.
Yeah, yeah – I know these “on the fly” readings are done for the show. But you’d be surprised at how many psychics choose to read in the most inappropriate places. And that’s not good for them – or the person getting the reading.
I admit that I’ve done the odd quick reading for someone when we’re out to lunch or something. But over the years, I’ve learned that its really best to reserve psychic stuff for an assigned time and place.
Years ago, a girlfriend of mine (and a very gifted psychic) took a gig at a nightclub. She was a single mom and needed the money. But she admitted that the toll those readings took on her proved to be soooo not worth it. Not only was the space really loud (boom-chaka-laka), the clients were usually half in the bag/mad at someone who didn’t want to dance with them/desperate to dance with someone who didn’t want to dance with them.
She tried her best to protect herself from those janky vibes by loading herself down with crystals – but they could only do so much. That gig lasted only a few weeks before she gave up.
A similar place that is super-bad for giving/getting readings is in a bar. Oh sure, you’re having a few drinks with friends, and it comes up that you’re a psychic. All of a sudden, someone wants you to “tell their fortune.” You might be feeling a bit loose, so you’re like, “sure.” But I’m here to tell you, you will pay a massive price afterwards.
When you open yourself up psychically, its like peeling off a layer or two of skin. You will feel everything – literally. So whatever downer vibes are in that bar – and let’s face it, many bar patrons have a lot of downer stuff going on at the moment – you’ll pick it up. And will pay with the Mother of All Hangovers (trust me,I know. Boy, do I know).
Some of my students, excited about what they’re learning, have felt compelled to read total strangers at the grocery store or car wash or wherever. They tell me, “I just started getting all this stuff….” But that does both themselves and the “target” a huge disservice. From an ethical standpoint, it’s rude to insert yourself into someone else’s private life without their permission. From a physical standpoint, a developing psychic risks serious burnout if they’re not properly grounded and prepared.
Psychic or mediumistic readings are extremely intense energetic events. The reader is opening him/herself to very sensitive energies and influences; to some extent, the client is, too. That deserves a sacred space, proper preparation and focused attention — not standing in an aisle at Wal-Mart.
And despite any seeming sense of “urgency,” the truth is that most spirit communication or any other psychic info can wait for the right time. They want the information to get through in the clearest way possible – so they’re willing to chill.
So, if you’re psychic – hold your readings in a place and time where all the sacred energies can work with and help you. If you’re a client, give yourself the gift of the right time and place to fully experience this powerful connection to the Other Side.
Fellow psychics, tell me: where’s the worst place you’ve ever read? What were the results? And clients, have you ever had someone come up to you unexpectedly with a message? How did you feel? Leave it in the comments!
A few years ago, I used to read at a local New Age shop. And you could pretty much count on getting some nasty piece of literature shoved under the door each week, claiming that what we were doing was “evil,” “of the devil,” we were going to Hell, blah blah blah.
I’ve gotten similar comments on Facebook or at my website. And, although I’ve been patient over the years, I’m here to tell you, I’VE OFFICIALLY HAD IT.
So here’s the deal. I respect people’s religious beliefs. But what I can’t stomach is medieval fear-mongering. As a psychic, what I do aligns with all great teachings, namely, helping someone evolve to something higher. And I would at least like the super-religious types to respect MY “religion.”
Psychics and mediums are tapped into a higher spiritual vibe. We are very aware that there is something greater than us, and we honor that. I think where it goes sideways for some folks is that an ethical psychic will always emphasize your free willin a situation. Anything that comes up is dependent on you taking action. This is where psychics and religion tend to part company.
For centuries, many religious leaders put the emphasis on that great spirit in the sky. “He” – and by default, “they”—were in charge. They could dispense praise and punishment, they ran the show. Conversely, the metaphysical world puts YOU in charge. And -no shocker- the establishment does NOT like that.
I’ve been reading Tarot for years, and discovered something interesting in my studies. The cards depict our journey, from being a straight-up dumbass (The Fool) to a more enlightened being (The World). Along the way, there are many tests and challenges (the minor cards), but ultimately, the individual is in charge of the choices they make (or don’t). I once read that this wisdom was put into “card” form so that the reader could scoop them up and be on their way in case the religious po-po showed up. Much less dangerous than a book, or a street sermon – which might’ve gotten them burned at the stake. Because “they” feared the power of the individual and how psychics emphasized that.
This, to me, is why so many religious believers freak out over psychics. But we are not here to replace or diss your God, rather to give you a different way to experience that kind of spiritual power. So stop already with the “devil” talk. We are not down with Satan.
And stop throwing shade at those of us who deal with the spiritual life in a different way. Like I said, I am OVER it. Just had to rant. Thanks for letting me off-gas my rage.
Especially since, at the movies, Ouija, is scaring the crap out of people. Don’t believe all the hype – but on the flip side, don’t be an idiot either. Read on.
….I would bet that at some point in your life, you’ve had an experience with a Ouija board or seen them in the movies. For centuries, the “talking board” has been used to communicate with people in spirit. It’s amassed a reputation for being “evil,” a beacon for demonic entities. During a recent bout of insomnia, I saw a TV show where they trotted out those same old spooky tales. Oh brother.
Personally, I don’t view Ouija boards that way. In fact, I have a beautiful one, handmade by an artist friend of mine. Another medium I know works exclusively with her board, using her main spirit guide as the control during sessions.
The thing with these tools is that, like a circular saw, Strontium 90 or a high-powered rifle, you really need to know what you’re doing. The board does serve as a portal between the worlds and one must be experienced to work safely with it.
I choose not to acknowledge evil spirits. I don’t want to give them any of my attention or any power. But I’m the first to admit that I don’t know it all and there are some things in this world I have yet to have firsthand experience of. Using any kind of mediumistic tool without proper precautions is akin to just leaving your front door open all night long. You never know who – or what — will come in. Leave the Ouija board to the professionals…..
Signs and symbols are all around us. They represent the language of the subconscious (hello, Carl Jung). But frequently, they’re also a way for entities on the Other Side to speak with us.
When you have a question or an issue that you want guidance on, ask for a sign from your guides – then remain gently aware as you go through your day. Pay particular attention if you repeatedly see the same sign, or it pops up in a dream several times.
These signs may show up literally (like having a fender bender) — or as an image in an unusual place (like a pic of a baby in a store window). Trust that sense in the back of your brain that tells you there’s something different.
The following list are some of the more common ones I’ve run across. Got any favorites of your own? Add them in the comments section!
ACCIDENT: A wake-up call; pay attention!
ACORN: From small beginnings, great things grow. Good sign when you’re starting something new.
AIRPLANE: Soaring to new heights; having high ideals.
BABY: New beginnings; potential; new spiritual awareness; new ideas.
BELL: Can be a warning; be alert.
BOAT: An emotional journey; leaving the safety of land to “test the waters.”
BOOKS: Wisdom, knowledge, lessons to be learned.
BUTTERFLY: New beginnings on a higher plane; joy and bliss.
CAR: Represents the “vehicle” that you travel through life in; if there are problems in the car, how do they represent what’s happening in your body or your life?
CAT: Your deep, intuitive self; feelings of independence and power.
CLOCKS: What is your relationship to time? Is it running too fast, too slow?
CLOUDS: Clear clouds mean spiritual uplifting: storm clouds indicate trouble brewing followed by a period of “cleansing.”
CROSS: Infinite love; a ladder to the highest levels of God; protection.
DOG: Faithfulness, loyalty, truthfulness.
FEATHER: Presence of spirit; an important message from the Creator.
FIRE: The power of the life force; desire; energy.
HOUSE: Represents your physical and spiritual body; if there are leaks, clogs, problems, what parts of your life mirror that? What do you need to “clean up” or “fix”?
KEY: Doors are opening; solutions are at hand.
LIGHTNING: Indicates speed, strength and awakening the life force; a very powerful sign.
MONEY: If you keep finding money, your finances are improving; coins or small change indicate “changes” on the way.
OCEAN: Represents inner power. What is the state of the water? Calm or stormy?
PEN/PENCIL: Express yourself.
RAINBOW: Extremely favorable sign: a message that you’re going in the right direction; new hope after a period of difficulty.
STREET SIGNS and BILLBOARDS: Notice what they’re saying to you.
SNAKE: A symbol of healing, transformation.
STORM: Inner turmoil followed by a period of calm; the air is clearing.
TELEPHONE: Trying to get your attention; a subconscious message trying to come through.
I recently re-did my office to make it my “reading room” for clients. Put away are the corporate items that once dominated the room: files, binders with reports, back issues of trade magazines and biz-related books. Those now reside in a couple of big containers stashed elsewhere.
Instead, I’ve consciously reworked the space to give off a peaceful, healing and spiritual vibe. It helps me during the reading, but it also puts my client into a calm, positive space that they take with them afterwards.
Over the years, I’ve amassed a boatload of tools, tchotkes, potions, powders, Tarot decks, oracle decks, books and more related to the spiritual realms. I had fun dragging them all out and arranging them in my new room. But when it gets right down to it, there are four things that anyone can display in their home that will instantly pull in wonderful energies.
One of my friends had a living room that looked like a rock shop. Crystals everywhere. I haven’t gone that far, but I do keep some particular ones in my room: quartz, amethyst and rose quartz. Those are the go-to stones and cover a lot of ground, purpose-wise. Displaying even a single crystal in your home changes the energies. I wrote more about stones here and here.
The light from a candle isn’t just warm and peaceful, it serves as a beacon to helpful entities on the Other Side. They’re drawn to the gentle illumination. The ritual of lighting a candle instantly dials down the everyday drama and puts you in a more peaceful state.
There’s a reason churches and temples burn incense: it creates sacred space. In some traditions, incense “carries” our prayers to the heavens. Before my client arrives, I light the incense, then carry it around the room (in a dish of sand so no random embers drop onto the carpet). It’s the fastest way to “get in the zone.”
At last count, I had figures of Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Kuan Yin, Archangel Michael, St. Teresa, St. Anthony, St. Francis, random angels, a Native American shaman and some Hindu god whose name escapes me. Seeing this parade of enlightened beings from all traditions grounds me. It reminds me that there are entities available to help us as we navigate life’s ups and downs. But even a single image of a being meaningful to you instantly draws in powerful spiritual energy.
Got any favorite items of your own? How do you “make over” your space? Spill it in the comments!