Saturn Retrograde

The planet Saturn goes retrograde on April 17, 2018. When a planet retrogrades, it becomes a time to reevaluate all those aspects of life that aren’t working. Saturn will make sure you do, whether you want to or not!

As a planet, Saturn not only rules Capricorn, but it’s travelling THROUGH Capricorn so it’s a double whammy for Cappys. But also for Cancer, as it opposes Cancer. It will also significantly affect the other two cardinal signs, Aries and Libra It turns direct in the beginning of September. Saturn is the task maker. It’s your lessons. All those things you need to learn will be coming up in one way or another. If you have chosen to learn your soul’s lessons, it won’t be bad. If you haven’t, well, hold on, because you will have to! To determine what you need to learn, it’s necessary to determine where Saturn lies in your chart.

It is interesting to note that July 4, 1776 is known as the birth date of the US. That would make the US a Cancer Sun, with Moon in Aquarius. Saturn retrograde will affect the houses of the US chart where the Sun and the Moon reside. We, as a country are also having a Pluto Return. Pluto is the planet that tears everything down to rebuild it. Since Pluto is a very slow moving planet, the last time Pluto was in Capricorn late degrees was on July 4, 1776!

It’s a good time to consult an astrologer!

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The Good Tarot — Review

I bought this deck by Colette Baron Reid when it first came out because I liked the concept. No negative images and she renamed some of the scarier cards like “Death” which becomes “Transformation” and the Devil becomes “Temptation”. I’ve found that some of my clients react negatively to those cards in particular, however much you explain them. Hollywood hasn’t done much to shine their image.

The cards themselves are stunningly beautiful. The artwork by Jena Della Grottaglia is gorgeous. It’s soft and kind looking, and well, good. The colors are somewhat muted and I must say, they are my favorites. The Water cards have a aqua blue background, Earth a brown background, Fire, pink/magenta and Air blue.

The Knights have been renamed “Messenger” and are decidedly female. The deck itself is very feminine and boosts mostly female characters. I love that many of the Cups cards feature mermaids and sea creatures. The Air card characters have wings and feathers, Earth cards have lots of branches and antlers, and the Fire cards have suns and fire and lots of light. I love that all sorts of creatures appear on the cards –animals such as stags and seahorses, mythical creatures such as the Pegasus and Fairies and a few musical instruments.

It’s a very mystical and ethereal deck and beautiful to work with. The backs are a soft green which I love. It comes with a very informative book.

I would recommend this deck. Of course, I did what always do when purchasing a new deck: I used it for a while then went back to my staple Rider-Waite. But after writing this, I think I’ll take it out again!

Bright Blessings, Ravenhawk

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The Practice

A spiritual “practice” is just that, practice. The definition of “practice”  is: repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it. (Noun)

So often I encounter people who are trying “a little of this and a little of that” in their spiritual lives.  Initially, there is nothing wrong with that, as they are seeking to find their niche, the slot in which they fit.  Once that slot has been found, it’s necessary to practice, in order to receive the total benefit of the practice.  It doesn’t matter what the practice is, be it meditation, yoga, Bhakti, Reiki, or whatever.  In order to fully reap the benefits of the practice, which are numerous, you must practice. (Verb)

I once facilitated a Reiki group where it was impossible to make another appointment for a Reiki Circle because everyone’s calendar was so full of disparate practices.  Yet they wanted to experience Reiki and enjoy its benefits.  You can’t really do that without practicing.

Reiki, for example is not a miracle cure. You cannot touch the garment of a Reiki practitioner and instantly be healed. Sometimes it’s necessary to have several Reiki treatments in order to see a real improvement.  For more serious situations, Reiki must be administered over a period of weeks.  There is no instant cure or instant enlightenment, no “McSpirit”, the McDonald’s mindset where everything must be instant.

Spiritual progress takes time and practice.  Find your niche, and practice, practice, practice!

Blessings, Georgia

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Exponential

Several years ago, I went to a dinner party at a client’s house.  Several of my students were there.  They talked about the work they were doing, great healing work.  I was so proud of them.

On the way home, I got to thinking.  Our work is exponential.  I hear some people say that they don’t do enough to help others, but really we do.  I realized that for the six people that were there, they had each helped six or more to heal, and their students also did the same.  I suppose if I did math, I would find some astronomical number.

It makes me think back to my wonderful teacher, the late Dr. Judith Larkin Reno, and all the people she taught. So many of them went out and made a difference in the world. It made me see that it ALL MATTERS.  It all contributes to the healing of the planet.

Way back in 1993, when I started learning Reiki, it was considered a “fluff” method used by kooks with aluminum foil hats on their heads.  Today, in 2018, Reiki has made its way around the world and is used in hospitals and even the VA.

So stay the course, no matter how “insignificant” you think your contribution has been.  It all matters.  It’s all exponential.

Do Animals Have Souls?

My own answer to that is a resounding “yes”.  I have worked with animals for over 30 years, and I can say that they do.

 

Animals are certainly self aware.  They exhibit compassion.  They are sentient. They reason. And their spirits live on after death.

Self awareness means the ability to distinguish yourself from others and the environment. Animals certainly exhibit this trait.  They can determine how others will react to them, how they feel about them and how they see them.  Just notice a dog’s reactions when they interact with people who are afraid of them or don’t like dogs.

 

I have seen outstanding examples of the compassion exhibited by animals.  So many mother animals take in and raise babies of other species.  Service dogs give solace to those in nursing homes or soldiers with PTSD.  Orcas (Killer Whales) don’t usually kill those crazy humans who love to teach them to do silly tricks.  Military dogs give their lives for their handlers.  And so on….

 

They are sentient in that they sense and feel things intensely.  Often you can see their feelings prominently displayed on their faces.  If you are at all intuitive, you can sense how they feel, and if you are an animal psychic you can actually feel their feelings and hear their thoughts.

 

I have also noticed with my own dogs that they can reason.  I had a little chihuahua once who was very adept at getting what she wanted.  When her brother was playing with a toy that she wanted, she would get another toy, loudly squeaking it to get his attention.  When he came to see the decoy toy, she would fly over to the toy she wanted while he was distracted. I have also seen videos of Ravens working out complex problems to get a reward.  There are examples all over the animal kingdom.

 

And finally, I know that animals have souls or spirit because I have seen it.  My deceased pets have come to me often in the dream world.  I have seen their spirits leave their bodies, while they come to say goodbye.  And I have literally seen the spirits of deceased animals in my lifetime.  Sometimes they look exactly as they did when alive, and sometimes just a flash of light.

 

So yes, I believe that animals have souls. They should be treated as sentient, living and loving beings as we treat humans.  There really isn’t all that much difference between us.

Reiki for Pets

Reiki is a very simple method of energy healing.  It’s not necessary to have a complicated procedure for giving Reiki to your pets. By pets I mean dogs, cats, fish, birds and reptiles. Animals are generally very receptive to energy healing, and Reiki is a very simple method of energy healing.  Reiki energy goes where it needs to go, regardless of what you are doing.

Simply place your hand over your pet as shown in the image and let the Reiki flow!  If you know where your pet is hurting, place your hand on the spot, or you can place your hand just a little above the area if it’s too sore for touch.

You can give Reiki during your loving interactions with your pets.  Hold the dog or cat in your lap and just let the Reiki flow out of your hands.  When your pet begins to lose interest, or when you feel the Reiki stop flowing, you are done.  This could be 10 minutes or an hour.  Reiki is basically an intuitive process, so pay attention to how your pet is acting and how the flow of Reiki is moving through your hands.

For larger dogs, sit on the floor with them.  Give Reiki to their heads, then their neck and chest and intervals down the torso until you reach the rump. This will cover just about everything.  If there is a particular area of injury or disease concentrate on it after doing the rest of the body.  Treat with Reiki as long as the pet will sit.

Make your Reiki time with your pet a loving time, by petting and whispering loving words to them. Your pet will come to seek you out for Reiki if it’s an optimum experience for them.  I have known many pets who come up to the Reiki practitioner asking for healing energy.  Animals are well aware of the benefits of Reiki and they have no “monkey mind” to doubt it.

A few animals will not sit for a Reiki treatment. This may happen if the pet is not yours and is shy. I’ve had this happen with clients’ cats a few times. You can treat these animals with distance healing from another area of the room. This is also true for birds and reptiles if they are not comfortable with handling.

To give Reiki to fish or reptiles that cannot be handled, simply place your hands on the glass walls of the tank and let the Reiki flow. I once had a little Betta fish named Fred who was looking like he might pass.  I placed my hands on his bowl and let the Reiki flow.  He actually swam over to where my hand was.  It was pretty obvious that he felt the energy.  He lived for another year after that.

I have had animals actually show me where they are hurting by pointing to the spot with their noses. Animals are very open and receptive to Reiki and keenly aware of what you are doing.

To give a basic treatment to your pet, it’s necessary to at least be attuned to Reiki I. A Reiki I attunement will enable you to render hands on healing, in other words your hands must touch the pet, or be no more than an inch from its body.  The Reiki II attunement enable you to send distance healing.

If you would like more information about taking a Reiki Class, please contact me.  Reiki I is available online.

Astro-Coaching

Of all my services, Astro-Coaching is my favorite. By studying my client’s astrological chart, I can ascertain their life’s purpose, what they came here to do, what has blocked them and what cheers them on. There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing a client having an “aha” moment, and moving forward when once they were stuck.

I believe that everything about the person is contained in the chart.  We might not yet be able to read all of it, but astrology has come a long way in the last 50 years.  Your soul’s purpose, love style, ability to manifest prosperity, family of origin, emotions, will, restrictions, lessons and karma are all contained in the chart. The astrological chart is a map of the soul and it’s in place at birth.

My sessions are results oriented. That means that we focus, together, on prioritizing your goals, setting definable goals and breaking them down into increments so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.  You will never feel alone, but rather you will feel supported.  I am with you throughout the process.  You may send email and texts throughout along with personal meetings.  There is no charge for texting and email.

Issues that benefit from Astro-Coaching sessions are:

  • Career issues such as wanting to make a change in career, get out of a back work situation, start a business or find a rewarding career
  • Navigation of the spiritual path.  Many people find they feel like they have a purpose in life, but are unable to find it.  Astro-Coaching can zero in on the purpose in one session. It is non-judgmental and all paths are honored.
  • Coming through the crises that affect our lives…divorce, broken relationships, family relationships, business relationships and friendships.
  • Making decisions when at a crossroad in life. Often these crossroads appear at the great Astrological life passages, the Saturn Return at 28-30 and 58-60; the Uranus opposition at age 38-40 and the Chiron Return at 48-50 (these dates are approximate).

It’s very detailed and thorough and quick, relatively speaking.  I have even had psychologists refer patients to me for an astrological coaching session when they hit a roadblock.

In the first session, we go over the chart, identify blocks and issues that hold the client back and map out a process to overcome them and achieve the goals we set together. And make no mistake, it’s a mutual process.  The coach is a partner on the journey.  It’s the client who is truly the expert on his or her own life.  The coach just helps the client to discover their expertise.

Coaching is 100% confidential and non-judgmental.  It is not therapy, but rather a partnership and a person to hold the client accountable.

Within three coaching sessions, most people notice a big difference in their clarity, goal achievement and perception.  Here is a recent client’s assessment of their coaching sessions:

My experience with Georgia as a Life Coach has been impressive and genuinely eye opening for myself.  The worksheet and homework for the initial session really gave me insight into what was holding me back in life.  The coaching she gave me actually began working immediately to change my life to thriving from surviving.  When I went over the strides I had made from the first session to the second session I could see this was working!  I will be forever grateful for her continued support and these coaching sessions.

You can book a session through my website, or call 858-705-0288,