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color magic correspondences for candles, crystals, etc.

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Color Chakra Correspondences



Love, passion, courage, strength, success in times of conflict or danger, sexuality, vigorous health



Happiness, self-love & esteem, romance, nurturing, peace, friendship, emotional healing, youth



Strength, success, attraction, good fortune, feasting & celebration, optimism, encouragement



Gentle strength & joy



Clairvoyance, communication, air element, confidence, joy, banishing depression

Apple green


Healing, new beginnings, cleansing



Healing, prosperity, growth, nature connection, fertility, rejuvenation, balance, happy home

Light Blue


Clear communication, balance, intellectual & intuitive insight, creativity, adapting to change

Med/Dark Blue


Meditation, tranquility, peace, truth, wisdom, devotion, healing, remembering dreams



Spirituality, wisdom, intuition, divination, psychic skill, protection from “psychic vampires”



Intuition, dreams



Clarity, protection, contact with elemental beings, consecration, cleansing, breaking curses


Balance, judgment, counteracting negative forces, stopping something already in progress



Absorbs negative energy, protection, Earth energy, deep meditation, power of the unconscious


Earth, animals, grounding, stability, physical healing, decisiveness & concentration, finances


Solar energy, yang force, developing aura, overcoming habits & addictions, luxury , generosity


Lunar energy, yin force, working with hidden energies, introspection, confidence, intuition, gratitude

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21st Century Astrology

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by Barry Kerr, Soul-based Astrologer

Astrology has come a long way in the last half century. Computers have given astrologers easy, quick access to information that, in the past, took hours or days to calculate, often with errors. In addition, the Western re-emergence of knowledge about reincarnation and karma, combined with modern psychology and new astronomical discoveries, provides a deeper, richer and more meaningful context in which to apply the ancient and remarkably consistent language of astrology.

Many astrologers still maintain the old arts of predicting events or the timing for events, but more and more professional astrologers strive toward assisting people with healing, personal growth, relationships and spiritual awareness. The information available for these purposes is uncannily accurate and profoundly helpful. Indeed, around the world, a great many successful psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have integrated astrology into their practices, gaining important insights into their clients. Many hire astrologers for personal purposes.

Though astrology has been a part of nearly every religious and spiritual tradition in history, it doesn’t require any religious theology to make sense. However, soul-based astrology does draw on ancient and universal spiritual principles and modern scientific methods that are part of an emerging post-religion/post-materialist paradigm. Going beyond beliefs, soul-based astrology confirms, experientially, that we are parts of an elegant and caring universe of love and unfolding creativity. Here’s how it works:

Each of us is a unique being. You came into this world with a distinct combination of psychological needs and personality traits, and particular purposes for your soul in this life. You brought talents and gifts to achieve those purposes, and you invited challenges and lessons to encounter on the way. Soul-based astrology describes these, reflected by ten planets, through twelve signs, as they occur at your birth and then continue to orbit (transit) through your life.

Astrology does not tell you what to do or what exactly will happen, yet it can clarify your life issues and challenges, and can reveal the timing of events, influences and choices so you can recognize and honor your soul’s highest calling as life unfolds.

Everyone has a destiny. And everyone has free will. What I am calling destiny is your soul’s plan, a set of goals and lessons you and your guides chose before this life. The soul’s plan is a general outline. Most of the specifics are not known before life but are determined by the choices you make every day. This interweaving of your soul’s plan and your free will creates your life. How much you learn, how much you grow, how far you travel, is up to you. The ultimate intention is to experience more joy and delight, as you become a more conscious co-creator of your life and our collective experience on the planet!

In a birth chart reading, based on your time and place of birth, I connect intuitively through your chart and can see from where your soul has come in relevant past lives and why your soul chose this present lifetime to accomplish the next goals for spiritual growth and evolution. We can examine, together, how the particular traits, strengths, weaknesses and conflicts of your ego/personality are configured to help your soul toward that mission. Your ego’s sense of purpose can be quite different from your soul’s true purpose, and your soul has planned it that way for a reason. Such a clarification can change the way you experience your past and future choices, relieving guilt, judgment, regret, blame and doubt, allowing for more conscious and joyful living.

Soul-based astrology can help you understand how your past and present situations (the good, bad and ugly) fit into your soul’s plan. Would you like to know why you chose your parents, siblings and childhood circumstances? Through dialogue, your birth chart can even reveal why you experienced certain pain and suffering in your youth and perhaps into adulthood. Thus, you can gain confidence in our soul’s wisdom and invite forgiveness and love.

As a compassionate astrologer, I can help you look directly into the mirror and accept what you see, with an understanding of how the divine and elegant design of creation supports your progress toward a more full and conscious awareness of who and what you really are – spirit creator in human form! It can be a life-altering experience to actually see, on paper, how your life is reflected by, and connected to, the planets and stars. Astrology coaching can then continue to be a rich resource of insight into your self, family, friends, adversaries and the cycles of life in general. Times of life challenge and confusion are excellent for reaching out to an astrologer for understanding, guidance and direction.

Barry Kerr, certified soul-based astrologer, is available for readings in person or by phone or Skype. He has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals. 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. They offer healing, coaching, therapy and astrology services. Visit

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Crystals and the Zodiac

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by Cathy Douglas

People naturally like to carry and wear stones connected with their zodiac sign, and at Mimosa we’re often asked which stones are connected with which sign. I’ve tried to find definite information about the subject, but keep getting lost in a muddle of expert disagreement. Then when I’ve asked people who really know their astrology and crystals to please clear things up, they throw up their hands and say “Don’t ask me!” So I set out to find out not only the connections between crystals and astrology, but the reason for all the confusion.

Image by Remko van Dokkum via Flickr

Image by Remko van Dokkum via Flickr

Part of it seems to be the very antiquity of the subject. The earliest stone/zodiac list I know of was written by Josephus in the First Century, using the Breastplate of Aaron as reference, and there’s no reason to assume this list was the first. Many writers since then, from bishops to alchemists, have taken a shot at the subject. The waters only get muddier when we get to the 1800s, when spiritualism sparked popular interest.

Geology itself has changed through time. Knowledge about how to identify and classify stones has grown considerably, along with cross-cultural knowledge. Even in a single culture and time, stones often go by various names. When you throw in variations of time and place, it becomes clear that everyone isn’t always talking about the same thing. Just as an example, think about quartz: An ancient Greek priestess, who used quartz to focus the suns rays for an altar fire, would have quite a different view of the stone from her Roman counterpart, who believed quartz to be an ultra-hardened form of ice!

To see how this confusion affects astrological correspondences, let’s consider Virgo. Checking the conclusions of six authors through the ages, from a medieval cleric to Aleister Crowley writing in the 1950s, we find five different choices corresponding to Virgo: chrysolite, corallite, carnelian, peridot, and emerald (with only emerald getting two votes.) Green stones seem to have the edge, but other than that this list seems a bit random.

In the 1960′s, Rupert Gleadow did an in-depth study using color correspondences, trying to clear up the confusion. Here’s his take on Virgo’s stones:

Virgo, as sign of green corn, could have the apple-green chrysoprase, chrysoberyl, which is the same colour, or green feldspar, which was associated in ancient Egypt with fertility. If thought of as a sign of purity, diamond or an uncoloured chalcedony would be required. But since ripe corn is also a suitable colour for Virgo, one could use light brown agate or onyx.

Is it just me, or are we not now more confused?

Practically speaking, the best we can do is to settle on a relatively simple, short list, using birthstones and color correspondences as guidelines. The list we use at the store gives 3-5 choices per sign, which should give any of us a reasonably good choice of semi-precious stones to complement our birth sign. And if this sounds a little bit like “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” maybe it is!

Here’s a chart we’ve prepared showing some typical crystal correspondences for the signs of the zodiac:

March 21 – April 19 Aries red jasper, carnelian, ruby
April 20 – May 20 Taurus rose quartz, emerald, lapis lazuli, blue sapphire
May 21 – June 20 Gemini chalcedony, citrine, tiger’s eye, golden topaz
June 21 – July 22 Cancer moonstone, emerald, labradorite, opal
July 23 – August 22 Leo amber, citrine, rock crystal (quartz), diamond, olivine (peridot)
August 23 – September 22 Virgo carnelian, yellow agate, jasper, yellow sappire
September 23 – October 22 Libra chrysocolla, smoky quartz, golden topaz
October 23 – November 21 Scorpio jet, garnet, onyx
November 22 – December 21 Sagittarius lapis lazuli, amethyst, blue sapphire, turquoise
December 22 – January 19 Capricorn obsidian, chalcedony, emerald, onyx
January 20 – February 18 Aquarius turquoise, aquamarine, falcon’s eye (blue tiger’s eye), fluorite
February 19 – March 20 Pisces amethyst, coral, labradorite, olivine (peridot)

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“Spirits of Land, Water & Sky: Effigy Mounds in the Madison Area” by Cathy Douglas

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It always amazes when spiritual travelers go halfway around the globe to visit the earthworks of Egypt, Britain or Machu Pichu, but seldom stop to appreciate our own local treasures: the mounds built by the natives of this area more than a millennium ago. Indian mounds in Madison are so thick, most of us pass by them from time to time on our way around town without much notice. Yet I’ve found when I stand close to these mounds and make an effort to keep myself still and present, I feel I’m at a focal point where land, water and sky coming together in a place outside of time. Learning about the mounds, I’ve found this may very well be exactly what their builders had in mind. mound

The mounds around Madison were built by an Native American civilization that preceded the Ho Chunk who lived in this area when European American settlers arrived. This mound builders had no writing, but left many pieces of their story behind in the form of artifacts–pottery, tools, human remains, and of course the mounds themselves. When archaeologists compare their civilization with other traditional cultures, they note that many cultures see the world in three layers: heaven/sky, everyday life/earth, and underworld/water. In striking ways, the mounds themselves reflect this model.

As soon as hunter/gatherers began forming a civilization, they started building burial mounds. In fact, archaeologists tell us that three important innovations came about at the same time: growing domesticated corn, hunting with bows and arrows, and building animal-shaped effigy mounds. (Corn, bowhunting, and funerals–just add beer, and you can definitely recognize Wisconsin!)

Many mounds were destroyed during Madison’s development, but remaining mounds feature common animals like bears, hawks, wolves, geese, and deer. Other animal shapes come from somewhere beyond the physical world, including mounds shaped like water spirits, thunderbirds, and one that seems to be a bird man. It’s interesting that the mound builders combined real and mythical animals in this way, and there are parallels in other cultures. For example, the four sacred animals of Tibetan Buddhism–tiger, snow lion, garuda (a man/bird) and a dragon–also combine the natural with the mythical.

Some Ho Chunk point out that the shapes we find in the mound parallel animal totems they still use to represent clans, and it is possible this was one significance of the mounds. In fact, many modern people still claim these same animals as personal totems. One thing that has always seemed strange to me is that we don’t see effigy mounds shaped like turtles, even though so many creation stories tell of the Earth growing on the back of a turtle. But maybe people started to notice that the ancient conical mounds, which were built for many centuries before the first identifiable animal mound, look very much like turtles. Likewise, early linear mounds at some point started showing curves and outlines that look very snakelike. From there, perhaps the practical, geometrical shapes of the early mounds evolved into totem animals.

There is no doubt that these mounds were part of a spiritual landscape. While some mounds contain human remains, others don’t, so that their only likely purpose was as a focus for worship and ceremony. Both the shape and alignment of the mounds are important to their elemental connections with sky, water and earth. Bird mounds are usually built in high places, as near as possible to the sky, while bear and deer mounds tend to occupy lower ground. We find many water spirit mounds near springs. Goose mounds seem to represent a coming together of sky and water; a typical goose mound is near a lake, showing the goose flying downhill towards the water. Often the goose wings are even a little bent, just as real geese fold their wings in as they come in for a water landing.

At the turn of the twentieth century, archaeologist Charles E. Brown studied the mounds, and at the same time got to know the Native Americans in the Madison area. (Indians still camped on the lakeshore here as late as 1910.) Among them he found many legends about the mounds:

  • Marl (a kind of chalky clay) was considered an especially spiritual mineral.* Near what is now Governor’s Island, many mounds were built on the bluffs overlooking a marl deposit under relatively deep water of Lake Mendota. People believed this marl bed was the home of underwater spirits, long-tailed creatures like the ones the mounds depicted. Before taking a canoe into these waters, it was best to offer some tobacco to these spirits.
  • At an even more ancient site just north of Lake Mendota, there is a conical mound and gravel formation regarded as the nest of a thunderbird. During storms, this mighty bird would leave its nest and fly over the lake, its wings sending down thunder and its eyes lightening. Anyone who’s ever watched a big storm blow in over Lake Mendota will have a good gut-level feeling for this legend.
  • A later legend concerns a group of conical mounds in what is now Eagle Heights. A spirit horse lived there, and was sometimes glimpsed through the haze on foggy days. This place was very sacred, and people would come there to fast and go on dream quests.

Standing near a mound, it can be hard to tell what shape they are from the ground. It’s as if they’re meant to be seen from above, though even if you climbed a tree and looked down, the shape of the earth would be obscured by grass, trees and other plants. It’s as if they were meant to be “seen from above,” but in a spiritual sense, not with our everyday eyes.

In the mounds that were used for burials, the objects archaeologists find in them tell us a lot about the people. For one thing, we find very few trade items or other status symbols. This points toward an egalitarian society, where wealth wasn’t measured by material goods. Some graves contain arrows or cooking pots–hardly exotic treasures. From this we may imagine a peaceful people who spent more time being grateful for what the Great Spirit gave them than striving for more possessions.

The mound-building culture came to an end around 1100, about the time we start to find signs of war–human bones showing arrow wounds, the building of fortifications, etc. Most likely this is not a coincidence.

* In sacred geometry, the molecular structure of marl exhibits ratios that make it an especially significant mineral. Early Native Americans can hardly be expected to know anything about this, but I love coming across these kinds of coincidences.

© Cathy Douglas, 2013. Much of the information used in this article came from Robert Birmingham’s wonderful book, Spirits of Earth, published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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