Monthly Archives: July 2015

Green Tara

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Buddhist Bodhisattva

Buddha of enlightened activity, savior goddess of compassion

Mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

The word “tara” means star. The taras are a group of Buddhas particularly popular in Tibetan Buddhism, representing various spiritual attainments.Green Tara is a compassionate helper in difficult and dangerous situations. In her role as a savior, she is able to overcome despair in even the most hopeless situations. Modern Tibetans pray to her when they are sick, beginning a journey, or looking for success in some venture. But the first Dalai Lama also identified eight symbolic perils, representing negative thought modes, that Tara can help us overcome: lions (pride), wild elephants (delusion and ignorance), forest fires (hatred), snakes (jealousy), robbers (wrong views, including fanatical views), prisons (greed and miserliness), floods (desire and attachment), and demons (doubts caused by delusion).



  • Her lotus seat represents the purity of emptiness.
  • Her right hand gesture is the mudra of granting boons
  • Her left hand gesture is the mudra of refuge
  • Her left leg is relaxed in a pose of contemplation, while her right leg is outstretched and ready for action.
  • She holds a blue lotus, symbolizing purity and power.

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Kwan Yin

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Buddhist Pantheon (Chinese origin)

Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy, protector of women, children & sailors, patron of vegetarians

Also known by Guan Yin, Quan Yin,  Kannon (in Japan)

Kwan Yin is a goddess of compassion, whose name means “One who hears the cries of the world.” She is regarded as a feminine bodhisattva, an enlightened being. Her worship took its current form when Buddhism came to China. As the female analog of The Buddha of Mercy, Avilokiteshvara, she’s loved by all. One variation is Kwan Yin of 1000 Arms, who has vowed never to rest until she has freed all humankind from mortal suffering. People of certain walks of life and situations traditionally seek her  favor, and many of the symbols we see on statues reflect this. Here’s a key to some symbols and other features of statues, along with their meanings:

  • dragon for ancient wisdom and spiritual transformation
  • with a baby, giving strength and blessings to mothers and children
  • lotus for contemplation and purity
  • bottle of medicine, sometimes with a stream of water, for healing
  • sea serpent, as a protector of sailors
  • waterfall for tears of compassion
  • sprig of foliage from the weeping willow, also signifying tears of compassion
  • rice bowl, for having one’s material needs met
  • hand cupped in the yoni mudra representing the universal feminine
  • pearls of illumination

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Current Transits: Astrology Report for August, 2015

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by Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Leo on July 22.

Having satisfied our need for love and belonging in the soul-baptising waters of Cancer, we now turn ourselves outward with a radiant shine of pride and warmth, knowing we are a child of “Creator”, ready to share our “special” gifts with those around us. Oh what joy – it’s Leo.

Just as the Sun radiates warmth into our solar system, so our inner Sun shines our inspired individuality into the physical world through our ego/personality. It is by expressing our creativity, playfulness, passion and joy that we fulfill the ego’s limited sense of purpose in life. This is generally very different than our soul’s purpose in this lifetime, but is necessary for the soul to reach it’s goals. To lend our unique talents to the collective creation, we must first know how to actually manifest our own vision and talents.

When we are conscious in this expansion into Leo, we learn to strengthen our individuality, follow our heart’s desire, be willing to take center stage, increase our willpower, enthusiasm, and self-confidence.  By being willing to take risks and look at life as a game, we learn how to have fun and relate to the childlike qualities in others.

Our unconscious Leo might insist on getting its own way, make changes just to show its power, become addicted to taking risks. We might demand others’ attention, create melodrama, or be overly prideful in the face of fear. At times, we might be overly concerned with what’s expected instead of following our own heart.

Blue Moon on July 31

When there are two Full Moons within one calendar month, we call the second one a Blue Moon. This Blue Moon falls in Aquarius. Uranus squaring Mars and trining Mercury, it’s a good time to let your rational mind be open to the intuitive influences that can inform and perhaps redirect your choices in taking action. Your actions tend to spring from emotions right now, while your mind is more tuned into your authentic and creative expression. Trust that Saturn will guide your actions toward a responsible and productive outcome, if you can resist impulsiveness.

Jupiter squares Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn square each other through most of August, so expect to feel a struggle between your need for fun-loving adventure and play and your need to remain disciplined and responsible. There might be a working vacation or an office party.


New Moon on August 14

During the August New Moon, Venus (relationship and values) conjoins with the luminaries, which trine with Uranus (individual intuition). This will be a good time to set your intentions for the following month to strengthen your ability to radiate your unique expression of love into all your relationships. Just be aware, as Saturn squares this new moon, that you are responsible for paying attention to the affects you have on others and being vulnerable to ask for and accept feedback.

Uranus-Pluto release

After the release of the five year Uranus-Pluto square in May, we’ve seen some of the results of the deep shifts in our societal landscape that have taken place behind the scenes during that time. Expect to see more evidence as the summer and year unfold and these transiting planets trigger yet more revealing events.

Good Leo questions to ask yourself in August

To heal and evolve your Leo self, notice if you have a fear of being seen, recognized, put in the spotlight. Do you feel unworthy of notice, lacking talent or any gift to share? Conversely, do you find yourself trying too hard to be seen, applauded or loved? Do you steel attention at the same time you are feeling unworthy? Do you have a hard time accepting accolades, compliments or attention? Do you live primarily through others’ achievements? Perhaps your children’s.

Good Leo things to do in August

Give yourself permission to shine. Let go of standards, comparisons and judgments. Just follow your creative urges. Draw, sing, sculpt, craft, write, perform. Make having fun the priority, as if you were a child, without regard for outcomes. Play a sport. Compete in a game. Laugh and feel your inner child radiate joy and warmth to those around you. Take pride in your self.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 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.


Crystal message: “Open your heart to the compassion that the universe has to offer. Receive this as a gift from universal source and feel yourself full of gratitude, supported and nurtured by the world around you.”

Common Properties:

– Creates emotional stability

– Enhances feelings of love

– Promotes feelings of safety and security

– Provides emotional protection

– Enhances self-love

– Re-opens your Heart Chakra after heart-break or loss

– Supports you when you’re dealing with feelings of grief

– Helps you to become comfortable with yourself

– Removes interference from the ego self

 Color pink Colors: Pink; Salmon; Mauve
 Morgan's chakras  Associated Chakras: Sacral (2nd); Heart (4th)
 Tauruscancer  Zodiac Signs: Taurus; Cancer
A composition of natures basic elements

water element

 Elements: Earth; Water
 bleeding heart Companion Flowers: Bleeding Hearts
 lotus  Companion Essential Oil: Lotus
 invisible-vera-cruz-amethyst-150x150  Companion Stone: Vera Cruz Amethyst
 afghanistan  Common Origins: Afghanistan, Brazil, China

Notes: Morganite is the pink variety of Beryl.

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Amethyst, Vera Cruz

Crystal message: “I gently deliver you with life lessons and important messages from your guides and angels to assist your spiritual growth while on the earth plane. I connect you with the violet ray of divine knowledge and wisdom, stimulating your inner knowing.”

Common Properties:

– Promotes spiritual ascension and growth

– Connects you with your higher self

– Instills an attitude of compassion

– Promotes thoughts of Lovingkindness

– Dissolves the ego consciousness

– Enhances the nurturing aspects of your personality

– Opens your heart chakra to divine guidance and love

– Helps you connect with your guides and Angels so that you can better serve others

– Opens your eyes to important life lessons and the reasons for having them

– Helps keep you humble when you experience “spiritual success” or progress

– Promotes deep states of meditation

– Stimulates your intuition and inner knowing in order to provide you with guidance about your life path and soul purpose

– Encourages you to “be here now” by helping you appreciate the present moment and the gifts it has to offer you

Color violet Colors: Violet; Purple; Lavender
vera's chakras Associated Chakras: Heart (4th); Third Eye (6th); Crown (7th)
aquariuspisces Zodiac Signs: Aquarius; Pisces
A composition of natures basic elements

water element

Elements: Air; Water
violet Companion Flowers: Violet
Fresh lavender flower on white Companion Essential Oil: Lavender
morganite stone Companion Stone: Morganite
vera cruz Common Origins: Vera Cruz, Mexico

Notes: As Vera Cruz Amethyst is a variety of Amethyst, its properties also apply.

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Crystal message: “Open yourself to your connection with the stars. Feel your consciousness expand with the energy of the universe.”

Common Properties:

– Facilitates astral travel

– Enhanced shamanic journeying and soul journeying

– Connects the user with higher beings (especially during meditation or channeling)

– Encourages spiritual ascension and soul evolution

– Facilitates dream journeying and lucid dreaming

– Enhances the intuition and psychic awareness

– Promotes psychic phenomena

– Heals and balances the mind, body, and spirit

Crystal Lore: Moldavite is a naturally formed, forest-green glass–the result of an asteroid impact almost 15 million years ago. Such an impact obviously produces a lot of heat, enough to melt the rock underneath, forming the glassy meteorites known as a tektite. Moldavite comes only from the Czech Republic, and is becoming rarer every year. At one time farmers found pieces while plowing or on the ground. These pieces might be given to brides to promote marital harmony.

Moldavite has a very high frequency, causing some people to experience strong reactions. The intense energy may cause them to laugh, cry, or break out in a sweat–reactions that may all be part of the evolution of consciousness. The rarest specimens are known as “angel chimes”; pieces will actually “ring” if dropped onto a sheet of glass. The use of moldavite for spiritual transformation isn’t new, either: moldavite pieces have traditionally been used in ritual objects. Pieces even appeared at the same site as the Venus of Willendorf.

Other Notes: Moldavite is a green variety of Tektite and is often described as an “impactite.”  For more information about Moldavite, Click Here to read our blog post article.

Green-150x150 Colors: Emerald green
moldy chakras Associated Chakras: Heart (4th), Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th)
cancersagittarius Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Sagittarius
A composition of natures basic elements

water element

Elements: Air; Water
jack in the pulpit Companion Flowers: Jack in the Pulpit
juniper Companion Essential Oil: Juniper
invisible-herkimer-diamond-150x150 Companion Stone: Herkimer Diamond
moldau prague Common Origins: Found only in the Moldau River Valley of the Czech Republic

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Herkimer Diamond

Crystal message: “Open your third eye to see clearly for the first time. Mental clarity creates space for new thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. You are a spiritual being free from worry, doubt, and fear.”

Common Properties:
– Facilitates astral travel
– Promotes lucid dreaming
– Allows access to your dream consciousness while you’re in a waking state
– Creates mental clarity
– Energizes the physical body
– Amplifies energy and intention
– Helps spiritual people feel connected to their physical, earthly bodies
– Aids grounding and centering after intense spiritual work, meditation, etc.

Crystal Lore: Herkimer diamonds are actually a special formation of quartz — tiny double-terminated crystals with exceptional clarity and brightness. They form in masses of dolostone, hidden in little cavities called “vugs.” Workmen in Herkimer County, New York, discovered them more than two centuries ago, while cutting through rock in the Mohawk River Valley. But even before that, Native Americans and European settlers found the stones and prized them for their amazing clarity. Many people who come across these tiny gems just naturally seem to feel their specialness. Some say Herkimer diamonds hold and transmit only the purest energy — so much so that they will vibrate if someone near them tells a lie. The purity of Herkimer diamonds can be helpful for people who need to stand up for their rights, or have the courage to do the right thing in a difficult situation.

Other Notes: Herkimer Diamonds often contain inclusions of Golden oil droplets. They are typically found in a gray, stony matrix rock.

color Colors: Clear, Gold
chakra map Associated Chakras: Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th)
libralibra Zodiac Signs: Libra, Scorpio
A composition of natures basic elements Elements: Air
baby's breath Companion Flowers: Baby’s Breath
white sandalwood Companion Essential Oil: White Sandalwood
moldavite spray Companion stone: Moldavite
Herkimer county Common Origins: Found only in Herkimer County, New York, USA

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