sahasrara, the crown chakra

The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development. In 2017 we are journeying through the Chakras and focusing on one Chakra a month. August brings us to the Crown Chakra, the center of spirituality, enlightenment, transcendence, oneness, awakening, and understanding. This month, the Crown Chakra asks you to explore your connection to all the dimensions around you — the spiritual world as well as the earth plane. Are you connected to the divine, humanity, and your higher self? Or do you feel alone in the universe, disconnected from the source and your soul?

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal Chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes. The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years.

The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head. Its functions and purposes include spiritual connection, enlightenment, transcendence, awakening, serenity, beliefs, morals, understanding, thought, awareness, knowledge, wisdom, universal intelligence, pure consciousness, karma, grace, and bliss. It is humanity’s connection to the universe and that, which is beyond death. In Sanskrit, Sahasrara means “thousand petaled,” because this chakra is said to be in the form of a lotus with 1,000 petals arranged in 20 layers and resides in the “plane of truth and reality.” There are over a thousand names for God, yet it remains nameless and formless. The lessons and goal of the Crown Chakra is to guide us into developing our spirituality, achieving enlightenment, and understanding the secrets of the universe as well as the bigger picture in our own lives. Crown Chakra needs that must be met for transformation and transcendence to occur include having a spiritual connection, faith, and oneness with all.

August 2017 Crown Chakra Forecast: As the center of oneness, the Crown Chakra asks for an honest inventory of your spiritual life and connection to the world around you. Are you fulfilled with your human relationships? Or is something missing? Do you believe in something greater than yourself? Do you have a strong relationship with the universe/God/Mother Earth/The Divine? Can you connect to the divine? How? Do you feel connected with your higher self? Is the divine a relationship you nourish or allow to sit on the backburner? Are you too busy in your life to make room for what is really important? This month, it’s time for your mind to step out of the way of your soul…..

Crown Chakra Aromatherapy Blend

  • 3 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops Myrrh essential oil
  • 4 drops Spikenard essential oil
  • 3 drops Palo Santo essential oil
  • 2 drops Angelica essential oil

The above blend is meant for a diffuser. Place the drops into the diffuser and as you turn on, deeply inhale the aroma and breathe it out through your crown chakra at the top of the head. Visualize your crown chakra beaming up to the heavens. As you do this, state the following affirmations: “I am integrated, whole, complete and one with the divine energy. I am connected to the source, guides, guardians, and my angels.”

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Master Gardener, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit Many Blessings and Be Well!

If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Crown Chakra and Connecting to the Divine through Meditation’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes

Join us for our ‘Autumn Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin September 15 to 17, 2017:


Ametrine… (sigh) It’s complicated.

Ametrine is a naturally occurring combination of amethyst and citrine. Both minerals have the same chemical composition, but when exposed to high heat purple Amethyst transforms into golden citrine. In ametrine, that transformation was only partially finished, creating a beautiful golden-to-violet range of color, uniquely combined in each individual piece. The combination makes it an interesting crystal metaphysically, connecting the solar plexus with the higher chakras, connecting physical and mental planes. In fact, it’s a wonderful crystal for communication, especially when connecting with the spiritual realm. Most pieces on the market are heat-treated amethyst, since naturally occurring ametrine is uncommon. In fact, it was unknown in Europe until Spaniards brought some back from South America to the Queen of Spain.

Lore: There’s a legend that goes along with this origin story, saying that the ametrine mine was a wedding gift to a soldier marrying the daughter of the chief of the Ayoreo tribe. But soon it was time for the soldier, Don Felipe, to go back to Spain. His bride Anahi was torn between her husband and her tribe, but in the end decided to go back to Spain with Don Felipe. The tribe didn’t want to lose her, though, and some of them conspired to kill Don Felipe. Anahi warned her husband of the plot in time to save him, but was herself accidentally injured in the attack. As she lay dying, she gave Don Felipe a piece of ametrine, telling him the two colors represented her divided loyalty. He took some of the precious stone back to Spain, along with a broken heart. There’s still an Anahi Mine named after the young woman in Bolivia, where the stone comes from.

Properties: (Also known as Bolivianite, Trystine, Amethyst-Citrine, or as Citrine-Amethyst) Use at the 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra), the 6th Chakra (3rd Eye/ Brow Chakra), or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) for enhancing lucidity, to aid in decision-making, for personal strength, to increase knowledge, and to create a connection between oneself and the Universe. This stone is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine found in the same stone. This combination is due to uneven heating during the crystal’s formation. Therefore, it also embodies the properties of both of these stones.

One way to use this stone: If there’s someone on the other side you want to communicate with, you can use ametrine to help make that connection. Find some small thing that belonged to them, or a photograph of them, or if that’s not possible simply write their name on a piece of paper. Place the ametrine on top of this, and cover the ametrine with both your hands. Be very focused on the person you want to communicate with. You may feel a message coming from them, and/or feel called to deliver a message to them. This technique also works for connecting with animals, spirit guides, and other types of beings.

unakite for heart balance

Unakite is primarily green epidote, combined with clear quartz and inclusions of pinkish feldspar. It’s sometimes called Unakite Granite, and is named after the Unakas mountains in North Carolina where it was first found. Since it contains both pink and green, the two colors associated with the heart chakra, it can be the perfect stone for heart healing, balance, and other work with the heart chakra. This balancing effect can be especially helpful for couples working together. It’s also an excellent support stone for pregnancy and childbirth.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for creating emotional balance, to stimulate compassion and empathy, to encourage gratitude, for spiritual ascension, to establish a connection with nature (especially with the plant kingdom), to balance chakra energy, to instill determination, and to facilitate feelings of love and friendship. This stone contains Epidote, so these properties also apply.

azurite for spiritual growth

Along with malachite, azurite is a mineral commonly found near copper deposits, where it can take on an astonishing variety of formations. You may see it as a crystal, a stalactite, a bright blue stone with lighter patterning, a midnight blue mass, a prickly little nodule, or in hundreds of other forms. Along with the variety of formations, it’s gotten a lot of different names over time, including Chessylite, Chessy Copper, Lasur, Blue Malachite, and Kuanos.

Lore: Because it is a soft stone with an intense color, ground-up azurite has long been used as a pigment. For example, priests in ancient Egypt would use it to paint the Eye of Horus on their foreheads. Its connection with the brow or third eye chakra is very strong, and it’s often recommended as a crystal to use for intuitive development and connection with heaven. In fact, ancient people of China believed it helped them find the Heavenly Gateway, the path between heaven and earth. It’s a good crystal to have near when you’re meditating, or when you want to connect with your guides and angels.

Properties: Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) to enhance a connection with the Earth, to facilitate the growth of one’s nurturing qualities, to enhance psychic vision and mystical experience, for protection during astral travel, and to aid in acceptance of one’s natural intuitive gifts.

Safety and care: Be mindful of the fact that this ore contains a lot of copper. It may also give off harmful sulfur fumes when exposed to water, so please keep your pieces dry and handle them with care.


septarian for calm

Septarian shields are a formation where brown aragonite has formed into a concretion or nodule*, then cracked as it dried out over time. The cracks were then filled in with a solution of calcium carbonate, which hardened into a white-to-yellow mineral. When these nodules — a type of geode — are cracked open, we can see the two minerals have formed a fascinating pattern. No two pieces are the same. The name “septarian” comes from the Latin word for the number seven, because seven is a common number of main divisions to find in the geode. This formation is also called a Thunder Egg.

Properties: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to promote bravery and courage, to calm fiery attitudes (anger, frustration, etc.), for grounding, to connect one with the energies of the fire element, to aid one in learning the importance self-control, to stabilize the emotional body, to aid in transformation (physical, emotional, and spiritual), and to help someone to become well-rounded. This stone contains Golden Calcite and Brown Aragonite, so these properties also apply.

Lore: Septarian shields are great for peaceful contemplation, but they originated from processes that were not peaceful at all. Way back in the time of the dinosaurs, when water covered a large part of what is now America, volcanic eruptions killed large numbers of tiny sea animals. After their shells sank to the bottom of the sea, mud balls formed around them. Later, when the seas dried up, the mud balls were left high and dry, and they cracked. But as they say, nature abhors a vacuum; in time, mineral-rich water filled in the cracks with chalky guck. The pretty patterns we see in the geodes we call septarian shields come from the conglomeration of all these sources: whitish calcite from in the center, brown aragonite from the shells, and grey limestone from those primeval mud balls. When you crack one open, you’re seeing a piece of the earth’s history.

* Note: There’s a technical geological difference between concretions and nodules, but the septarian shields are commonly called both concretions and nodules.

rhodochrosite for releasing negativity

Like Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite is an ore of manganese. Although they are similar in color, you can usually tell rhodochrosite because it often forms as a stalactite, showing distinctive circular banding. But it can also take a gemmy, semi-translucent form. In whatever form, it’s an excellent stone for dismissing negativity, releasing our emotions from “the dark side” and restoring light to the soul.

Lore: Another name for rhodochrosite is “Inca rose,” and it’s said that the Inca believed it to be the petrified blood of their former kings and queens. They used this stone for funerary jewelry and items. It grows as a stalactite, often forming interesting bullseye, zigzag and circular patterns, and is found near silver ore. Great quantities of it were left behind in Inca silver mines — mines abandoned many centuries ago — untouched by the silver miners. This is perhaps not too surprising, since the elements in it can interfere with silver mining. In the US and Europe, rhodochrosite used to simply get tossed on the slag heap, until modern rock hounds started picking it out for collector specimens, jewelry and other decorative uses. Rhodochrosite’s association with the heart chakra comes from India, and it’s still valued nowadays as a crystal for love and for strengthening the heart. It’s also helpful for finding balance, and for regulating many inner organs. And rhodochrosite can also be beneficial for memory — which seems most appropriate for royal blood turned to stone! Rhodochrosite is the national stone of Argentina. In South America, it’s even said that somewhere under the Andes mountains lies a giant, heart-shaped piece of rhodochrosite, which “beats” once every two hundred years.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to stimulate the memory, to encourage empathy and a compassionate attitude, to instill confidence, and for emotional balance. Rhodochrosite is a good companion stone to Rhodonite. When used together, the two stones will enhance each other’s energetic qualities.

One way to use this crystal: You can use rhodochrosite in a drumming meditation to release negativity. Set the crystal in front of you, close your eyes, and drum to the beat of your own heart. (If you don’t have a “real” drum, it’s fine to use a box or piece of furniture as a substitute.) Gradually, drum louder and with more intensity, until you feel the negativity detaching from you, ready to be released. Slowly decrease the intensity of your drumming as you watch the negativity recede, until it is so faint you can no longer hear it. Open your eyes and thank the stone and the drum for helping you in this work.


rhodonite for forgiveness

Rhodonite is a silicate mineral, an intense pink ore of manganese, usually showing black veins where that manganese has oxidized. It’s often found in close proximity to rhodochrosite, with which it has both a physical and energetic bond. Both are quintessential heart chakra stones, well suited for emotional healing and connecting with the great River of Compassion that flows through the universe. When you need to release a burden of fear, shame, resentment or regret, rhodonite is a sure helper. It can also help you rebuild self-esteem and self-worth after psychological trauma.

Lore: A lot of rhodonite is mined in the Ural Mountains of Russia. People in that area called the stone “orletz,” or “eagle stone,” because it was claimed that the great mountain eagles of the area carried chunks of it their claw to place in their aeries. Area residents decided to do the same, placing pieces of rhodonite in their babies’ cradle, the idea being to make the infant as strong as a mountain eagle. In St. Petersburg, there’s a beautiful altar carved from massive rhodonite at the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood in the Winter Palace, pictured here. This church was built on the site where Czar Alexander II was assassinated. Rhodonite’s association with blood and with the heart seem to extend worldwide.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for encouraging love, to promote group cooperation, to reveal all aspects of a given situation, for grounding, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, to encourage successful meditation using mantras, to encourage new friendships, to stimulate generosity and the spirit of giving as well as gratitude, to heal the physical body as well as the emotions, to facilitate independence, to encourage compassion, empathy, and forgiveness, to aid in healing form past life experiences, to bring peace and calming, to enhance confidence, to heal wounds and insect bites, to reduce arthritis pain, & to ease the symptoms of shock. Rhodonite is a good companion stone to Rhodochrosite. When used together, the two stones will enhance each other’s energetic qualities.

Protective Symbols: Hamsa, Evil Eye & More

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The “evil eye” is an interesting concept. It can be a way of resisting and reversing negative energy we may feel as a result of encounters with certain people, without the need for confrontation. This isn’t the same as when someone intentionally harms you or others; in those cases, confrontation may be unavoidable since the person’s wrong actions must be stopped. But sometimes we feel “bad vibes” from someone who’s not doing anything overtly wrong, and the idea of the evil eye can help us get a handle on those situations and put a stop to negativity.

Here’s an example: Imagine you build a swimming pool, and notice your neighbor looking over the fence, admiring it. He compliments you on how nice it came out and says things like “I wish I could afford something like that.” So one day, being neighborly, you invite him over to hang out by the pool. But even though everything seems pleasant enough on the surface, something feels a little “off” about the whole situation. After the neighbor goes home, you may feel a strong need to smudge the area, a sense of foreboding, or even notice a headache coming on.

Even though your neighbor’s not a bad guy, the negative energy attached to his feelings of envy have left their mark on you and your environment. Smudging and protective devices are ways to take back control of the situation. You don’t, of course, want to fall into the trap of blaming others for every bad thing that happens in life. But once you’ve taken responsibility for the things you truly can control, protective devices can help you make peace with other things and people that are otherwise hard to understand and elusive to handle.

Traditional amulets of protection go back to the stone age. The earliest ones we know of are arrowheads, and one of these (especially made of obsidian) still makes an excellent protective amulet. Over time, every culture came to use protective symbols of one kind or another. Many of these symbols use eyes, hands, and/or horns.

Hamsa: The hamsa is an ancient protective amulet that originated Northern Africa. Hamsa means five in Arabic, referring to the five fingers of the human hand. The amulet is also known as the Hand of Fatima, named for the daughter of the prophet Muhammad. A folk story about the origin of this name says that Fatima was cooking soup one day when her husband came home with a new wife. She was so startled, she dropped her spoon, but continued stirring the hot soup with her bare hand without getting burned. Since God protected her hand, that hand took on the power to protect others from harm.

The hamsa is part of Jewish tradition as well, where it may be known also as the Hand of Miriam. It has also been associated with Venus, and with Mary the mother of Jesus. The symbol has always offered special protection and luck to women, used by brides, those hoping to conceive, and as a charm mothers use to protect their children.

The eye part of the symbol represents the divine watching over us. This watchfulness protects us not only from external forces, but also from our own fears and self-sabotaging thoughts and actions. Some say when the hand is shown with fingers up, it is to ward off the evil eye, whereas fingers pointing downward indicate calling in luck and success. Since a mixture of religious significance are attached to the hamsa, it has recently become a symbol of what middle eastern cultures have in common, and therefore of peace, hope, and of mutual understanding, for the Middle East and for the world.

Nazar, or evil eye charm: One traditional Turkish talisman, the nazar, has come into wide use for protecting against the evil eye. This talisman, which itself looks like a wide, blue eye, can be worn or hung in a house or vehicle. Babies are considered especially vulnerable to the evil eye, so they may be wrapped from head to foot and protected with charms in their bedding, their clothes, or even braided into their hair. Other cultures, including Latin American ones, use similar charms.


Eggs: Another Latin American tradition is to use an egg to remove negative effects of the evil eye (mal de ojo). There, if the mal de ojo makes a person sick, a traditional doctor (curandero or curandera) may pass an egg over their body to remove the curse and restore health. It’s said that the negative energy passes from the patient into the egg. There’s some resemblance between an egg and a human eye, which is probably how this practice got started.
Wadjet eye, Eye of Horus, Eye of Ra: These ancient Egyptian symbols ward off evil and offer many kinds of protection. The Egyptians painted it on boats, carved it into pharaohs’ tombs, incorporated it into carvings, and wore it as a pendant, bracelet, or other piece of jewelry. The six parts of the drawing also represent the six senses, as defined by the Egyptians: taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing, and thought. Offering protection by way of the senses, the wadjet helps control the ability of outside things to affect us internally.
Abhaya mudra: This “gesture of fearlessness” is one of the most basic mudras, the hand symbols used in Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. It’s simple to perform: raise your right hand with the palm facing outward, at about shoulder height. It can be interpreted as one’s own hand raised in a “stop” gesture, or the hand of God offering reassurance and safety.


Italian horn, also called the cornetto or unicorn’s horn, is a single curved horn usually worn as a pendant. The symbol is associated with pre-Christian goddesses, which is why they’re often made of either silver representing a lunar goddess or blood coral sacred to Venus. You sometimes also see them of gold, bone or amber (like the one in the image.) An alternative version is a pendant made of an uncarved piece of branching coral, especially one shaped like the horn of a stag.
Algiz rune: Among the runes, Algiz the elk rune is the one most generally associated with protection. People of northern Europe also also raise their hand in the shape of this rune for warding and protection. It’s also associated with Heimdall, the watchman of the gods who guards the rainbow bridge between the realms of gods and men. This rune and bindrunes created from it are powerful protective symbols.


There are of course many crystals associated with protection against the evil eye, including tiger iron, malachite, and obsidian. Basic protective stones like tourmaline and jaspers are always helpful, and you can even create a protection grid around your home using black tourmaline and selenite.


charoite for working with the past

Charoite is a recently discovered stone that only comes from one area, near the Siberian Chara River for which it is named. Its most noticeable feature is the swirling pattern of white and lavender, sometimes with specks of black aegerine. It is a good stone for both past-life recall and for releasing negative karmic “leftovers” from past lifetimes. When we feel stuck in a negative pattern that seems beyond our control, conscious use of this crystal can help us move forward.

One pattern it can help break is that of making big plans, but then not following through. Working with this crystal can give chronic procrastinators the push they need to keep moving and meet their goals.

One way to use this stone: Lie down someplace where you won’t be disturbed and place a piece of charoite on your third eye chakra. Meditate on what ideas or patterns you would like to release, and what “leftovers” (whether from you current lifetime or a past one) may be keeping you from reaching your highest good. Allow the crystal to help you break up and take away these blockages. When you are done, invite pure white light in to take the place of the negative things you have released. Show your gratitude to the stone and cleanse it well afterwards.

CHAROITE: Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/ Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to aid on the path of spiritual service, to stimulate creative energies, for inner reflection, to promote a positive attitude, for protection, to promote compassion and empathy, to stimulate mystical experiences, to aid in spiritual healing, for shamanic journeying, to facilitate communication with members of the fairy realm, to increase the power of H.A.D.O or water-crystal healing, to cleanse one’s emotional and psychic bodies, to encourage deeper states of meditation, and to induce a feeling of peace and tranquility.


The sun is in Leo. What does that mean for your sign?

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July 21 – August 21

Having visited the four elements of fire, earth, air and water (spirit, physical, mental and emotional) in the first four signs of the zodiac, we now repeat that cycle, ideally with a stronger and more secure ego, able to channel our soul’s uniqueness with passion and confidence.  The Sun is a perfect metaphor for our soul’s higher intention in Leo. We can shine, through our embodiment, the loving light that we are, radiating our love and warmth as passionate co-creators in this time-space dimension. Just how we express ourselves depends on the particulars of our human dynamics, as determined by our karmic patterns and reflected in our astrological birth chart.  A secure and enlightened ego can use this Leo energy in very powerful, joyful ways that inspire others to admire and support worthy creations. An insecure and un-awakened ego is more likely to use the Leo frequency as a way to gain personal attention, approval and importance, at times very intriguing or entertaining, but lacking the more soulful charisma that can lead others. No matter what our birth sign, it’s the Leo in us that claims our entitlement to be our true self, a unique and blessed child of the divine one.

Look below for your birth sign (sun sign) to see what particular challenges/opportunities are being brought to your awareness this month. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Rising sign or a number of planets in the sign.)

Aries: As a fellow fire sign, Aries, Leo invites your natural spontaneity to take action as applied to fun and creativity.  If you look at life as one grand, creative project, what is possible for you? Whether it’s playing a new game right here and now, or launching a big dream for the years to come, use this time to add the qualities of warmth and joy to your existing drive and enthusiasm. This will strengthen your power to attract others to your cause and invites others to express themselves, too.

Taurus: Your penchant for comfort and pleasure is a valuable trait, but watch out you don’t keep it all to yourself. In this Leo month, let your self share your gratitude with others. It doesn’t require you give all that much away. Mostly, the stretch is to be generous in spirit.  See if you can share something, tangible or intangible, in a creative way that expresses your warmth, joy and pride. Make it fun! Sing!

Gemini: Sharing your thoughts is normal for you, Gemini, but are you having fun? There is a trickster within you that wants to play in ways that express your quick-witted mind. Leo is a good time to come out and play. Use your natural enthusiasm for communication to improve your storyteller talents around the campfire. Make it up as you go. Others of all ages will be receptive. Adding fun to your communication skills will bring continuing rewards.

Cancer: Your usual tendencies toward shyness are being provoked this month. The Leo in you wants to turn your caring and sensitive qualities outward, allowing the warmth of your light to be seen and appreciated. Children are especially receptive to you at this time. Cooking, gentle games, and nature are excellent activities to share. Take a risk. Whatever feelings may be stirred, if you keep the focus on fun and playfulness, your talent for nurturing will invoke joy and creativity.

Leo: This is your month, Leo. There is no better time to let yourself shine. Others, too, will be feeling their own Leo inspirations for creativity and expression, so this is an excellent time for you to draw them into your own grand schemes, whether for this moment or for years to come. The key is to appeal to their inner magical children and honor their unique expressions as much as your own. Create a “mutual adoration society” and who knows what’s possible?

Virgo: Having fun and being playful is not generally your strong suit, Virgo, yet you, too, have a Leo inner child that needs attention and adoration. So, make your “Don’t Forget To…” lists, and then break free and channel your natural gifts for method and order into some creative pastimes and enthusiastic foolishness. When it comes to games, you can be the rule-keeper. Adventures? You can create the plan. Art? Find the tools. Explore how to give feedback and criticism in ways that feel playful and warm. If you’re going to make the world a better place, you’ll need to inspire others to join you.

Libra: In your commitment to relationship, Libra, sometimes you can forget the best parts, like fun and romance. So during Leo, let your creative juices flow toward your special someone. Art and music are natural avenues for you to create some playful harmony. Your enthusiasm, generosity and sense of fair play will reward you with returned adoration. Be sure to receive it. Drink it in.

Scorpio: Ok, Scorpio, you know how passionate you are. And you know how much you try to hide it. Well during Leo, passion wants to be expressed, so you might as well find a way to channel those deep feelings into something creative and inspired. Better yet, show a little vulnerability and you’ll be amazed how much people can adore you. Inviting an intimate loved-one into a mutual, juicy star burst is a natural way for you to share your joy. Just make sure your lucky choice is worthy.  

Sagittarius: As another fire sign, Sag, Leo combines with your optimism and cosmic thinking to inspire big ideas and huge possibilities for fun and adventure. The world is your playground. Let your inner child express your natural enthusiasm to others. Invite someone along for the journey, for a change. Use your natural generosity to share your expanded insights in fun and playful ways that leave others feeling warm, enthused and uplifted. There’s a teacher in you needing a little show biz.

Capricorn: Time for some serious fun, Capricorn. Really. All work and no play can make you a very boring person, so let this Leo time be your reason to relax a little and look for some opportunities for your magical child to connect with others. Organized games and activities are probably your best bet. You could lead! At work, trust your unique personality and inspired creativity. Let yourself shine a bit more. Heartfelt enthusiasm will give you more strength and power to lead, as others feel your soul coming through.   

Aquarius: Your normal way, Aquarius, is to either blend in with others as a team player or to be an outside rebel. Leo, opposite Aquarius, calls on you to take center stage more than usual. This is your time to lead, letting others follow your creative juices. If you offer inspired enthusiasm, other’s creativity will be ignited as well, and you will see how your expressed uniqueness synergizes with that of others. Be sure to return the applause, but don’t feign modesty. Like you, they’ll get their turn to lead. If you feel stuck in rebel mode, lighten up. Showing your fun side may attract your tribe.

Pisces: Your usual inward focus and sensitivity to the ephemeral can sometimes make it difficult to relate to the world. Use Leo to allow your artistic talents to develop and shine. If you channel your intuitive perceptions into creativity, the results will naturally connect you to others in uplifting ways, if you share it. Let yourself receive the attention and admiration. You needn’t feel your ego is out of control. Just acknowledge spirit as your partner.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 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, energy healing and transformational 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 or email Barry at [email protected]. or call 608-345-2470.

Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom and war

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Athena (Ἀθηνᾶ)
Greek Pantheon
Goddess of wisdom, war, civilization, arts & crafts
Also called Pallas or Pallas Athena
Burst forth from the head of Zeus, armed and ready for battle. She swore to remain a virgin forever and never married.

Although she is a goddess of war, she comes to the fight in a spirit of justice rather than anger. She is the patron goddess of heroes and artists of all kinds. She shows up in many myths as the helper of heroes; she helped Jason get the golden fleece, Theseus slay the Minotaur, Perseus slay the Medusa, and Herakles complete his seven labors. She took her chastity very seriously, and no man was allowed to so much as see her naked. A man named Tiresias came upon her while she was bathing, and she struck him blind; however, the one glimpse of her naked gave him the wisdom to see the future and understand the speech of birds. She was a favorite of ancient Greek writers, and shows up to help heroes of the Illiad, the Odyssey, and many other works of literature. As goddess of wisdom and learning, she came to be a symbol of civilized life.



  • Owl
  • Shield made from the head of a gorgon
  • Spear & armor
  • Olive tree
  • She often holds Nike, the goddess of victory, in her hand

Aphrodite, Greek Goddess of Love

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Aphrodite (Ἀφροδίτη) / Venus
Greek / Roman pantheon
Goddess of love, beauty, passion, fertility
Also called Cytherea & Cypris
Sometimes considered the daughter of Zeus & Dione, sometimes born of seafoam. Wife of Hephaestos. She bore many children, but the most famous is Eros / Cupid.

In the earliest story of her birth, the titan Cronus castrated Uranus and threw his testicles into the ocean, and from the seafoam rising up from them Aphrodite was born, already a woman. Her beauty caused a lot of trouble among gods and mortals alike, because men all lusted over her and wanted to possess her. She was forced to marry the ugly and humorless Hephaestus, god of metalworkers, to keep everyone out of trouble. He considered himself to have gotten the good end of that deal, and in gratitude made her the cestus, a beautiful belt which unfortunately made her even more irresistible to men. Aphrodite herself was less pleased with the marriage and had many affairs, including with Ares and Adonis. In the Judgment of Paris, which started the Trojan War, she was named the most beautiful of women and awarded the golden apple. She is one of the most popular deities among modern Hellenists. Offerings include fruit, flowers, sweet incense & wine.


  • scallop shell
  • pearls
  • roses
  • dolphins
  • swans

jet for mourning & protection

Jet is a living material: coal exposed to water. Burnt pieces of firewood washed out to sea may in time transform into jet. The mineral’s most famous fan was no doubt England’s Queen Victoria, who favored jewelry made of jet and hematite during her long years of mourning. Queen Victoria popularized the idea of wearing somber clothing and jewelry for mourning, but English jet had already been used for centuries for rosaries and other religious artifacts. English monks and nuns found praying with a  rosary of jet particularly effective for combating delusions, depression, bad dreams, and evil spirits. Irish wives burned jet to ensure the safety of their husband while them men were out at sea. This protective stone has also been worn in many places to counteract the evil eye.

Jet originates from fossilized wood, and in nature is a dull, dark material. But it can be polished to a high shine, and so makes very nice jewelry. When compared to other black, polished stones, it is very light and feels almost “plasticky.” Here’s what crystal healer Ashley Leavy says about distinguishing jet from other, similar black stones: “Jet has a little bit more of a silvery black appearance than just a straight black color. It’s also very lightweight because it’s carbon-based. You’ll notice its weight difference in comparison to other tumbled stones. It also usually has a very high polish on it depending on its place of origin. An exception to this rule about the highly polished surface is tibetan jet. This type of jet can have an almost matte finish. Tibetan jet is rarely seen in larger, rounded, tumbled stones. It’s typically found in flatter pieces because the nature of the material.”

Metaphysically, it is a powerful protective stone, one which is especially good for “sweeping” negative energy that has come about from arguments or other negative interpersonal encounters. It helps heal grief and calm fear, putting things into perspective. With its help, even people who suffer severe anxiety or depression can learn to heal themselves, becoming more self-reliant.

JET: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to balance the male and female energies within one’s body, to connect one with his or her ancestors, to aid one in learning to appreciate nature and the plant kingdom, to instill respect for all things ancient (as well as for the elderly), and to boost one’s energy and overall vitality. Element: Earth  Flower: Black Elderberry Essential Oil:  Oregano  Companion Stone: Amber

turquoise to connect with the sky

Turquoise is a soft, sky-blue stone that has often been connected with heavenly realms and air energy. Often what is sold is turquoise is a “fake,” either a dyed piece of howlite or low-grade turquoise which has been ground up and reconstituted, usually with the help of binders and dyes. Here’s a video which will provide a good introduction to spotting real vs. fake turquoise:

This beautiful stone has been treasured by people all over the world since prehistory. The oldest known pieces of jewelry are the four turquoise bracelets found on the mummy of the Egyptial Queen Zer. A lot of turquoise is found in the southwestern US, where it has traditionally been a valuable trade item. Some tribes such as the Dine consider it an especially holy stone, and it is incorporated into their symbolic and spiritual culture. For example, Turquoise Boy and Turquoise Girl are magical people who reside in the mountain and help the people.

Lore: People have always treasured turquoise for its beauty, as well as for bringing good luck and health. One story from the Egyptian Papyrus of King Snefru (4700 BC) tells of a day when the king was in a bad mood, so he had arranged for beautiful maidens to row him around the palace’s lake. The king was just starting to enjoy himself when one of the rowers lost her turquoise hair decoration in the water. The maiden was distraught, and the king wasn’t too happy either. But then the court magician, Zazamankh, spoke some magic words that divided the waters and brought the gem back safe up in the boat. While this story sounds a little unlikely, it shows how much turquoise was valued.

A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Turquoise: “I embody the ancient spirit of the sky.  Feel your mind become clear in my presence and graciously accept the gifts spirit is raining down upon you.”

Common Healing Properties of Turquoise:

  • Enhances communication with beings from other realms
  • Helps you to be mindful of the present moment
  • Enhances self expression and communication
  • Helps you to live in the moment
  • Removes negativity from yourself and your environment
  • Enhances self confidence
  • Relieves energetic symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn
  • Aids in relaxation
  • Promotes spiritualascension
  • Helps you to remain on the path that is for your highest good
  • Boosts the immune system energetically
  • Aids in removing negative energy associated with ailments of the eyes
  • Reduces energetic causes of acidity in the body and aids in energetic detoxification
  • Reduces inflammation


smoky quartz for spiritual grounding

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Smoky quartz is a form of quartz with traces of lithium and/or aluminum, which give it a gray-to-brown shade, ranging from pale to almost black. It’s a great stone for grounding higher energies, making it an excellent helper for those working with dream healing, astral travel and shamanic journeying. Smoky quartz offers great protection against negative energies that can interfere with healing work or spiritual growth. It is the national gemstone of Scotland, and the ancient Celts used it to adorn both ceremonial jewelry and weapons.

Since it is materially the equivalent of natural citrine, it can grade into that mineral and be hard to distinguish. In these cases, it’s best to work instinctively with the stone to determine which energies are most prominent. It is one of the traditional birthstones for Scorpio.

This crystal is wonderful for meditation and spiritual endeavors, but also very helpful for stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and dealing with negative energy in everyday life. If your own emotions and moods sometimes get in the way of inner peace, try “filtering” out negativity by selecting a piece of smoky quartz that speaks to you personally and working with it on a regular basis.

QUARTZ, SMOKY: (Also known as Smokey Quartz) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra) for grounding, protection from negative energy, to increase energy during meditation, to encourage environmental concern and ecological consciousness, to relieve stress and promote peace and calming, to block electromagnetic pollution and reduce to reduce stress caused by electromagnetic frequencies stress, to aid in detoxifying the physical body, to remove fear, to enhance passion, to dispel bad dreams, to use in scrying divination to promote insight, to stimulate concentration, to promote communication, to aid in stilling the mind for successful meditation, for use with people undergoing chemotherapy, to aid in manifesting, to assist one in managing detailed projects, to relieve physical pain, to treat problems associated with the lower half of the physical body, to remove headache pain, and to aid in the assimilation of vitamins and minerals. Since this is a variety of Quartz, these properties also apply.