Monthly Archives: October 2014

Current Transits: October 23 – November 20, 2014

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by Barry Kerr

(Click here for a glossary of astrological terms.)

The Sun moves into Scorpio on October 23:

Scorpio’s spiritual intention is to strengthen our trust in spirit, to know that death, in any form, is but a rebirth of something new: that we are, as souls, immortal. Where change is demanded, Scorpio is there. Our life journey requires that we embrace our feelings and be vulnerable with others, knowing our ego will be challenged, and though it may feel like death upon us, it is actually yet another part of our soul, birthing through the fire of transformation with fuller expression into this world of time and space.  We then feel spirit, know our immortality and are happy to release people and things to live freely and playfully in this world of illusions, knowing we can never really lose their essence. Scorpio’s intensity invites our passionate delight in how spirit is hidden in the changes, deaths and rebirths of this world.

Full Moon: Nov 5-7

On November 6 at 4:22pm, the full Moon is in Taurus, opposite Scorpio. Invoke your earthy strengths of self-worth, self-resourcefulness, ownership, patience, and steadfastness as polar balances to your potentially turbulent Scorpio feelings. With Pluto, ruler of Scorpio, in a harmonic angle to the Sun and Moon, you are given a boost of confidence in your ability to feel empowered in your relating, especially if you honor Jupiter’s challenging tendency (90 degree) to go overboard with your power.

Mercury and Venus join the Sun and Saturn during most of November:

With Mercury (mind) and Venus (relationship, values) still in close proximity to the Sun at this time, they combine with Saturn (responsibility) to give extra Scorpion support to your capacity this month to examine, unearth, value and make use of your hidden dark secrets. Get vulnerable and invoke healing and growth.

Mars joins Pluto: Nov 7-13

Your sense of personal power, will and energy (Mars) is magnified by your relationship to the larger powers around you (Pluto). Be careful that your ego does not translate this into forcefulness, manipulation or coercion. The idea is to align your personal will with a greater, transcendent power. Otherwise, it’s “me versus the world”, when it could be “me becoming the world”. Chiron (wounds and healing) sextiling (60 degrees) Mars will offer empathic humbleness, while Uranus’s square (90 degrees) to Mars will inspire you to apply your will courageously. It may be good to aim it internally.

Good Scorpion questions to ask yourself into November:

Do you routinely honor and respect your own feelings and share them with trusted loved ones? Or stay hidden? How good are you at reading other people’s feelings? What do you do with that? Are you drawn to melodrama, in yourself or others? Jealous much? What’s behind that?  Do you ask directly for what you need, or do you manipulate? Do you resist cooperation? Do you lash out when feeling threatened? Have you learned the difference between interdependence and co-dependence? Are you confident about your immortality? Can you enthusiastically embrace change?

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology readings and coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit for more information.

Barry will host an Astrology for the Soul event at Mimosa on November 20.

Experiencing Past Lives

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by Dina Martinez

For years I’ve heard people talking about past lives. I think the first person I actually heard it from was Shirley MaClaine. It was all just so weird, and since I was living in the South everyone around me insisted that it was delusions from the devil and demonically inspired fancy. People on TV said that she was crazy.

On my spiritual and personal journey I’d heard about reincarnation and people who were anywhere from Cleopatra to Michelangelo. But why were these people who believe in this stuff always famous figures in history? I mean, there are only so many people that can be Cleopatra! Yet so many people claim to be her. It was all kind of frustrating, as long as this was my example.

“Maybe it is the devil.” I thought. My roots were very firm in fundamentalist Christianity; if my Mom, Dad and Pastor told me something, then it must be true. Imagine my surprise when, several years later while driving to work, I had a spontaneous memory! I’ll save the full story for the workshop, but having this experience was kind of foundation-shaking for me. At this point, even I thought I might be crazy.

I turned to the Bible, in which I found a few passages that made me, gasp, question my beliefs. For example:

And if you are willing to understand what I, mean, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come. And if ever you were willing to listen, listen now! (Matthew 11:14­-15, The Living New Testament).

I began to find that this just might NOT be what I believe. So I began a journey to find out more than what’s in between the covers of a book I was told was the inherent word of God. I prayed a lot and asked a lot of questions. What I found was that bits and pieces work for me.

In regards to Past Lives I’ve had people tell me that I was this or that. Whether I was told that I was a Princess in the Middle East or a Samurai Warrior I felt that I just didn’t get why I would just be told. For me, spirituality and this journey to enlightenment is MY journey and not someone else’s. This journey is for ME to experience and for me to find out and if someone just tells me, “Oh you were this or you were that,” how does it help me? Why do I need this information?

I do Past Life Explorations and work not because it’s fun to know that you were someone in antiquity, although it is fun. I do it because I love how it can change people’s current lives. Give them a new perspective. That is in fact why we seek and search out information. We seek it out so that we can change, better our lives and experience this life for whatever it is and whomever we come into contact. The Past Live Experiences are meant to enhance our lives and to help us understand some things we’ve never understood about ourselves before.

Is it beneficial to consult a professional when seeking out more enlightenment? Yes, absolutely. We can absolutely learn from those who have gone the journey before us — those who have worked so hard to develop their abilities to help others. Open yourself to experiencing these past lives with the expectation of learning something about yourself. Let it impact you in the Now as you move forward in this incarnation.

Whether you come to one of my Past Life Exploration workshops or I do a private session with you, it’s important to come with a desire to grow and be open to having a good time. All this stuff is supposed to be fun and bring greater joy to our lives. You’ll get in the thick of the fun. Let’s see who and what we were!

Current Transits: October 2015

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Astrological Update for Oct 9 – 23, 2014

by Barry Kerr

Mercury Retrograde Oct 4 – 25

What is this Mercury Retrograde thing people keep talking about? Several times each year, Mercury appears to move backward in the sky. We call this illusion “retrograde”.  It’s as if we here on earth are in a car that is passing another car on the highway and for a moment it appears that the other car is moving backward. Astrologically, it’s a time when our logical human minds are challenged to question, reconsider and otherwise invite important overlooked information into our awareness. This questioning is often precipitated by communications, transportation, agreements and other Mercurial matters seeming to get stuck or complicated or unraveling. In the face of these unforeseen troubles, we backtrack and apply our minds to rethinking what we started, thus, hopefully, gaining new insights and making adjustments.

Mercury started retrograde on Oct 4 in the sign of Scorpio, a water (feeling) sign. In this Libran month, as we seek to create deep and intimate bonds with others, our minds are now challenged to question how we are doing that, how do we bring our mindfulness to our intimate emotional relationships? When Mercury, retrograding, moves back into Libra on the 10th, the air (mental) quality of Libra will boost your minds ability to grasp the insights behind your emotional confusion. Use this time to ponder, ask questions, clear up misunderstandings, reform expectations. When Mercury goes direct (moves forward) on Oct 25, you will be in a better place to experience resolution and deeper intimacy in your relationships.

New Moon – Oct 22 – 24

The next New Moon is October 23, 4:56pm, at the very first degree of Scorpio. The ongoing Pluto/Uranus square now brings retrograding Mercury into the mix, thus focusing the mindful questioning on issues of freedom, independence, power and transformation of the ego. Since new moons set up emotional intentions at the beginning of each monthly cycle of manifestation, as we head into the month of Scorpio, you would do well to use this new moon to reap the harvest of the Mercury retrograde and set your intentions for your relationships with mindful clarity.

Good Libra questions to ask during this Mercury retrograde:

Give attention to how you are in relationships. Can you assert your boundaries even when it feels as though the other may reject you? Is your assertiveness and defensiveness impulsive or a conscious response to the other person? Are you truly curious about what’s going on in the other person? Do you look for win/win solutions? Are you open to learning about your self in situations of conflict? When you judge or praise others, can you see your self, too? Are you a pleaser, keeping a smile that covers your truth? Do your relationships support how you want to be in life?

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology readings and coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit for more information.

Brainspotting: Funds Available for Veterans & New Research

by Patti Bee, M.S., LPC, NCC

What is Brainspotting, Again? Brainspotting is a Mind-Body Psychotherapy Method that literally connects your brain to your field of vision where you gaze upon a spot, and this is known as a Brainspot. Through gazing at a Brainspot, a person is connecting their body, to their brain, and this allows the brain to know that the person is safe while they process out an aspect of a trauma, emotional pain, or even physical pain. This deep brain safety allows the client to better tolerate the distress of bringing up difficult material in psychotherapy, and therefore moderates the brain rewiring process, that Brainspotting is known for. Brainspotting creates a “mind –  body – field of vision” connection, which is why it reaches the deep brain, where traumatic material is usually stuck.

So what makes Brainspotting so different than other therapy methods. Usually a traumatic event is also an event that takes place in the deep brain, as neural pathway wiring is set in place during and after the event. The deep brain is more technically known as the subcortical brain, and if an issue is stuck there, then that is the place that needs to be accessed in the therapy process to get more far reaching results for treating trauma. Working on a Brainspot connects the therapy process to the deep brain. Much of psychotherapy is what is known as “talk therapy” which happens in the neocortical brain, or the part of your brain where you think and solve problems. Thinking and problems solving are great skill for us humans to have, and it may not be where a person’s therapy needs to happen. This is not to say that “talk therapy” is all bad, it is also used in the Brainspotting process, along side of methods to resolve traumatic events on a brain level. It is this brain level of healing neural wiring that makes Brainspotting unique. And according to observations the past 11 years, it is what seems to be giving people their lives back, alleviating many symptoms of post-traumatic stress, as well as other mental health issues.

New Research:

David Grand, PhD., has recently published his book, Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change, Sounds True, Inc. (2013). Here he relays the basic theory of what Brainspotting is and also the results therapists have been achieving with clients the past 11 years since Brainspotting was developed. David Grand, PhD., has also partnered with a Neurobiologist, Frank Corrigan, M.D., in an article, Brainspotting: Recruiting the Midbrain for Accessing and Healing Sensorimotor Memories of Traumatic Activation, in which they lay out the very technical brain sequencing that happens when a person gazes at a Brainspot. They also posit how the brain really does know how to rewire trauma, once the right brain “file” has been accessed, and that Brainspotting is able to do this. This is the first step in research that is informing us why Brainspotting is effective, and how brain pathway rewiring is crucial in the healing of trauma.

Funds Available for Veterans: There are now funds available for Veterans to come to Brainspotting. If the veteran is a qualifying veteran, then usually the sessions are at no cost to the veteran.

Patti Bee, M.S., is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy (1980 – 1984). Patti works with women veterans and she is an approved vendor through the Non-VA Services Office at the VA Hospital. In her work with clients, Patti combines Brainspotting with Inner Parts Work (IFS) to better target Brainspotting sessions. Patti is also a member of the Midwest Brainspotting Institute and one of the first psychotherapists in the Madison, Wisconsin area to be Certified in Brainspotting.

If you are a veteran that would like to explore Brainspotting, Patti can help. Here’s one experience of what is possible when Brainspotting is a part of the trauma treatment. This is from a Brainspotting client, who has given permission to use this, and it is offered anonymously to protect confidentiality:

“Before I had my first Brainspotting session, getting triggered would become three days in bed, depressed, and it would take that long to work my way out of it. After Brainspotting, the next time I got triggered, I was in bed, and depressed for two hours. I really had moved on after such a short time. Brainspotting has given me chunks of my life back.”

Please contact Patti Bee for details on how to access these funds that are now available for qualifying veterans. And if you are a male veteran, funds are also available. Contact Patti today for more information: Website:, Email: [email protected], Phone: (608) 255-9119 Ext.6


F. Corrigan & D. Grand, (2013). Brainspotting: Recruiting the Midbrain for Accessing and Healing Sensorimotor Memories of Traumatic Activation. Medical Hypotheses Journal, (80,6), pp. 759–766, June 2013

D. Grand, (2013). Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change. Sounds True, Inc., Boulder, CO.