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Libra, Venus & Current Transits for October, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Libra on September 22.

Venus rules two signs; Taurus and Libra. Last spring, in Taurus, Venus, the relationship planet, focused our attention on that of this physical world which we need to create security and comfort for our human self. The emphasis was on attracting and building property, wealth, comfort, security and pleasure. This was our earthy Venus.

Now, in Libra, Venus applies the laws of attraction to a much more complicated and airy endeavor; one-on-one relationships with people. Having awakened our emotional needs (Moon) in Cancer and our egoic expression (Sun) in Leo, and having taken in feedback (Mercury) in Virgo, it’s time to apply all we’ve learned to creating, maintaining and improving relationships, especially those that meet our needs for emotional fulfillment.  

In this regard, Libra represents the first of the signs in the second half of the zodiac, and thus challenges us to become aware of the polarity of self and other. Our inner Venus is our yearning to connect to others through love and mutual creativity. Who doesn’t desire a partner, a lover, or even just a best friend? To create such relationships for ourselves, we must learn how to relax our own ego needs and tune into other people’s wants, needs and goals.

The experience of “falling in love” is just that. It’s the joy we feel when it seems that we can finally let down our Martian armor of self-protection and embrace another soul as if they are a part of our greater self.  It feels safe. It feels affirming, comforting, and pleasurable; a bit like coming home. Yet, unlike attaining and possessing a physical object we have come to value and can “own”, maintaining a positive relationship to a valued human soul requires much more of us. Here is where we begin the process of applying our human emotional learning to our growing emotional needs. To continue to grow an emotionally fulfilling bond with a loved one requires an ongoing awareness and valued attention to both our own continuous emotional experiences and to the same in our beloved other. What they feel and experience must become as important as what we feel. This is the “commitment” that most people long for in relationship. Venus in Libra invites us to that commitment.

However, once committed, we are awakened to a whole new level of relationship learning. To manifest the harmony, balance, fairness and beauty that Libra represents, we must come to understand the many lessons around our role in supporting our beloved. A primary principle in this is the polarity between self (Aries) and other (Libra). Finding the balance is key. Are we responsible for our partner’s emotions? No. Are we responsible for our own? Yes. Can we fix our partner’s hurts? No. Can we be supportive and nurturing? Yes. What does being supportive mean? When is it appropriate to defend our own interests?

This is the stuff that builds a partnership and, over time, leads us into deep and real intimacy with an other soul. Yet, it will be through our Pluto in Scorpio, the next sign, that we are inspired and challenged, in intimacy with other, to test the boundaries of our ego’s capacity to actually fully let go and surrender to a much greater relationship with our true beloved: our own soul.

Where Venus sits in your birth chart by sign and house can reveal what you value and are attracted to in relationships. It also points to the kinds of lessons you chose to experience in relationships in this lifetime. For example, a Venus in Gemini in the 5th house will attract very intellectual and highly romantic encounters. By contrast, A Venus in Aries in the 11th house will tend to remain a loner and prefer a wide circle of friends.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on September 30.

This New Moon is in Libra, conjoined with Jupiter.  Jupiter lends the energies of abundance and opportunity to your intentions toward creating greater awareness around your primary relationships during the coming month. Neptune is a key player in this. As it continues it’s year long square with Saturn, your need for balancing your practical, real world perspectives with your idealized and compassionate vision can be advanced by attention to any power issues within your primary relationships. Pluto has just ended a long retrograde and it’s square with this moon invites a discernment between the outcomes of worldly power struggle and the spiritual outcomes of ego transformation. Can you bring your attention to both? Venus, the relationship planet, trines Neptune, magnifying your soul’s guidance to do so.

full-moon-oct-2016The Full Moon is on October 15.

With the Sun still in Libra, the Moon opposes it in Aries, bringing to the surface the polarity between self and other. Uranus will join with the Moon, fueling you with many intuitive awarenesses about your emotions and your need to assert your individuality. This affords the opportunity to test whatever you have gained in your awareness about power within your relationship(s) since the New Moon.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, 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

Jasper Crystal Family

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Jaspers are primarily quartz (silicon dioxide, or SO2) which has been broken down and reformed within the earth, often picking up traces of other minerals in the process. Red jasper, for example, contains traces of hematite. More complex jaspers may even include veins or small pieces of other minerals. Some jaspers are actually agates, rhyolites, or… well, whatever. For the sake of this list, we’re just going to go by what they’re commonly called. In general, jaspers are associated with grounding and connection to Mother Earth. The heavily patterned ones are often also associated with creativity and mental focus.


Picture Type Chakras Properties


  Banded African 1 Grounding, centering, calming energy, meditation, surviving difficult situations
 banded-tiger-jasper Banded Tiger 1 Compassion, banish depression, inner-strength, self-confidence, intuitive insight, protection, courage, peace and calming, counters S.A.D., abundance
 birds-eye-rhyolite Bird’s Eye Rhyolite 3, 5 Protection, dealing with changes, stress relief, brings completion, helps understand and listen to messages, creativity, motivation, grounding, dispels negative energy, protection against EMF, helps with digestion
Brecciated 1 Sorting through details, pulling your life together, strengthens friendships, soul retrieval, enhances shamanic journeying, helps fix broken relationships, strength, clarity, removes negativity
  Bumblebee 1, 2, 3 Energizing, honesty (especially with self), achieving dreams, freeing blocked energy, stimulates mental activity, allergies, triumph over the impossible
  Cobra All Brings clarity, peace, move forward on your path, spiritual growth, courage to grow and change, helps toddlers take their first step physically and emotionally, confidence
  Dalmatian 1 Connection with Nature, enhance ability to communicate with animals, aids in communication with Spirit Guides and Totem Animals
  Dendritic 1, 7 Focus, clarity, peace and calming, connection to earth and plants, good for writers or inventors, helps see bigger picture
  Elephant Skin ( a fossil) 3 & 7 Past life recall, turning hopeless situations around, contacting spirit guides, dissolves negative energy, grounding
Fancy 1, 2, 3, 4 Creativity, peace & calming, shamanic journeying, dreaming, group cooperation, emotional strength & balance, grounding, circulation of the blood, positive thinking
  Green 1, 4 Absorbs positive vibrations, safe and protected by Mother Nature, protection from illness, connection with nature, helps one stay afloat in troubled waters, heal and balance the energy of your heart chakra
 guinea-fowl-jasper Guinea Fowl 1 Daily protection and Guidance, Guards against evil, Healing, Gentle Endings
K-2 6 (Granite with azurite inclusions) See the bigger picture, insight, intuition, higher awareness, clarity, grounding, reaching higher consciousness
  Kambaba 1 & 4 Enhances connection with nature, Connection to the Fairy Realm, Meditation, Instills Loving-Kindness and Compassion, Peace and Calming
 leopardskin-jasper Leopardskin 1 & 2 Shamanic work, healing energy, enhanced cognition, maintaining healthy systems in body, will power, helping others, courage, banishing negative energy, support during illness
  Lionskin 3 Kundalini rising, compassion, protection, self-confidence, aid in completing tedious tasks, sorting details, success in tests & exams, banish depression, healthy reproduction, heal eyes, heal broken bones
Marble 1 Connection to the earth, stability, balance, deep meditation, center oneself, past life regression, revealing karmic causes in this lifetime
  Melarite 1 Brings tranquility and wholeness, “Supreme nurturer”, protects and absorbs negative energies, re-energizes body after long-term illness, courage
Mookaite 1, 2, 3 Strength, balance, decision making, encourages new experiences, healing energy, flexibility, being in the here and now, digestive disorders, helps with yoga
Mugglestone 1, 2, 3 Protection from danger, clarity, see the truth, creativity, strength, courage, vitality, willpower, balance
 nguni-jasper Nguni 1 Promotes sociability, gentle temperament, adaptation to harsh environments, protection from negative energies, grounding, balance emotions, luck and prosperity, comfort, tranquility and peace, wholeness, gentle endings
  Ocean 1, 4, 6 Connection with earth & sea, access to Akashic records, ancient wisdom & knowledge, instilling joy. positive attitude, healing & balance
 panther-jasper Panther 2, 3 Imagination, creativity, great for artists, mindful awareness
Picasso 2, 5 Stimulate creative energies, inspiration, overcoming life’s challenges, aid in expressing/communicating difficult situations or feelings, inner harmony, ability to receive divine insight
Picture 1, 2 Seeing beauty in all things, creative energy, enhances visualization exercises, connect one with a specific time and place, clarity of the mind, enhances meditation, inner peace and Harmony
Polychrome All stimulates creative energy, balances & strengthens chakras, enhances meditation, inducing a zen-like state, changing with new circumstances, especially helpful for painters
 porcelain-jasper Porcelain All Helps one cope with stress, uplifting, love and compassion, balance, creativity, joy and happiness, wisdom and understanding, security, completion, connection to mother earth, heals and balances chakras
 rainbow-jasper Rainbow 1, 2, 4 Protection, courage to speak your mind, personal independence, banishes fears of the night, emotional stress
Rainforest 1, 4 Creativity, green thumb, connection with nature, Earth Mother, respect for living things, love & trust
 red-jasper Red 1 Grounding, justice, remembering dreams, personal boundaries, detoxify blood, regulate circulation, helping hand, control of passion, banish electromagnetic pollution, more favorable rebirth, dowsing, organization
 red-rainforest-jasper Red Rainforest 1 Grounding, remembering dreams, controlling passion, respect for all living things
 spiderweb-jasper Spiderweb 1 Protection, drive away evil, attuned awareness, relaxation, comfort and tranquility, grounding, gentle endings, interconnectedness of universal energies
 african-turquoise-jasper African “Turquoise” 6 Great change, transformation, opens mind to new possibilities, balance, confidence, self-development, wisdom, clear focused mind, finding one’s higher purpose
 yellow-jasper Yellow 3 enhance creativity, promote inner strength, manifest abundance, helps with seasonal affective disorder, personal protection, energy, help in seeing bright side, happiness in children, protect aura and energetic bodies, increase vitality
Zebra 1 Motivation, depression, anxiety, connection with Mother Earth, connection with Universal love, reveals true nature within self, aids in Manifestation, gives courage, helps avoid over-thinking, Yin & Yang, balance between masculine and feminine energies

Calcite Crystal Family

Name Chakra Properties
Apple Root (1)
Sacral (2)
Resist temptation, health & vitality, balance male & female energy, heal reproductive organs
Aqua Throat (5) Communication, connect with ancient cultures (especially Atlantis & lemuria), connect with spirit guides & angels, heal past life trauma, spiritual upliftment
(aka Master Shamanite)
Root (1)
Earth Star
Shamanic journeying, meditation, powerful spiritual protection, grounding, dispels negative energies, prevents psychic attacks, spiritual cleansing and purification
Blue Throat (5) Cooling anger, emotional balance, peace & tranquility, truth in communication, strengthen the bones, relieve cold & flu symptoms, relieve joint aches, joy & happiness
Brown Sacral (2) Communication with inner self, playful relationship with one’s inner child, balances emotions, joy and happiness, relieves intestinal upset, helps one see the love they deserve
Champagne Sacral (2)
Solar Plexus (3)
Enhance self-confidence, Inner light shine through, aids digestive system, increase joy and happiness, prosperity, abundance, stabilizes emotions, gratitude
(Incl. Optical)
Crown (7) Dreams, visual imagery, meditation, astral travel, cleansing aura, motivation, removing negative energy, skin blemishes, tension headaches, spiritual awareness, psychic powers, memory, dispels laziness
Cobaltoan Heart (4) Lift the spirits, heal the emotional body, increase feelings of safety, compassion & empathy
Emerald Solar Plexus (3)
Heart (4)
Self-love, heal a broken heart, grounding & protection, shield the aura, balance an overburdened heart chakra
(Incl. Optical)
Sacral (2)
Solar Plexus (3)
Encourages self confidence, letting your inner light shine, joy and happiness, abundance & prosperity, enhance gratitude, emotional stability
(Incl. Optical)
Heart (4) Vitality, remove disease, stimulate plant growth, connection with nature, remove negative thoughts, relieve joint pain, diminish jealousy
Honey Sacral (2)
Solar Plexus (3)
Encourages self- confidence, aids the digestive system, stabilizes the emotional body, joy and happiness, abundance & prosperity
Orange Sacral (2) Banish depression, cleanse & detoxify body, cleanse energy environment, remove negativity, reproductive health, channelling, motivation, dispels laziness, intuition, immune system, remove warts & other skin blemishes
Sacral (2)
Solar Plexus (3)
Crown (7)
Enhances will and self-confidence, instills optimism, calms sarcastic, pessimistic and overly analytical personalities, soothes anger and frustration, balances hormones, detoxes kidneys, calms anxiety, soothes nerves
(Incl. Optical)
Heart (4) Friendship, opening the heart, group cooperation, emotional soothing, difficult work situations
Rainbow All Positive thinking, joy, heals negative feelings. Combines healing properties of all calcites.
Red Root (1) Purify the blood, detoxify internal organs, heals injured muscle tissue, connection with the fire element, aids in birthing and the delivery process, inner strength, calms fear, problem solving, attracts love
Rootbeer Sacral (2)
Heart (4)
Communicate with one’s inner self, playfulness, relationship with inner child, joy and happiness, positive effect on digestive system, removes self-hatred
Strawberry Root (1)
Heart (4)
Vitality, secual and creative energies, removes emotioanl blockages, motivation, willpower, elevates the spirit, removes depression, dispels laziness, determination
Tangerine Sacral (2) Emotional balance, positive energy, resistance to infection, recovery from illness, general immune system enhancer

Aromatherapy Recipe for September 2016: Cypress

By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA
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Now is a time of great transition. September 1st unofficially marked the end of summer as children in this area went back to school. The Autumn Equinox is this month and the leaves will start changing color and fall. It is also currently Mercury Retrograde, and September 1st was the new moon and a partial solar eclipse. All these astrological events symbolize new beginnings and movement towards a greater clarity in your life. This has personally been a very rough summer for me and my family with unexpected deaths and big changes. I am looking forward to the changing of the season with hope and positivity. I think we all could use some sunshine and blessings right now. So it is very fitting that the intuitive essential oil for the month of September is Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). To me, Cypress overwhelming symbolizes transition. As a tree, Cypress also symbolizes strength, especially in healing deep, painful inner wounds. It reminds you that you are stronger than you think you are. Do not doubt yourself. This oil is here for you to comfort and support you in times of change, whatever your change may be; death, loss of a relationship, new job, new home. Cypress whispers to us, “this too, will pass.” Emotionally, Cypress is calming and assists in grief and loss. Physically, Cypress is beneficial for circulation, cellulite, for balancing skin, helps regulate menstruation, and for asthma and coughs. Spiritually and energetically, Cypress reminds me of the Footprints in the Sand poem:

“One night I had a dream… I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me. The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Let Cypress carry you in your darkest and lowest times. It will not leave you in your time of need.

My Cypress Forecast for September 2016: Are you a mental time traveler? Do you travel to the past in your memories and thoughts and ruminate over things that happened and wonder what you would have and could have done differently? Do you torment yourself by playing things out in your mind over and over again? Are you full of grief, guilt, and despair? The past is passed. Sometimes we need to let it be otherwise it will kill us emotionally and drain us dry. Everything is a life lesson if we choose to learn from it. Everything happens for a reason. Thank the universe for the lessons. Thank loved ones now gone for sharing their life with you and that you will see them again one day. Try to move forward with strength and hope. If you find yourself visiting the past in sadness, you can bring yourself back into the here and now, back into your body with your breath. Breathe in deep, and count your breath in and out. Be here, be still, be present, be in the now. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss

A blend for grief and loss

  • 7 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Myrrh
  • 4 drops Rosewood (or Ho wood)
  • 2 drops Rose

For use in a diffuser. You can also dilute in one ounce of a carrier oil (like coconut oil or jojoba) and apply topically to your heart chakra area. Repeat the following affirmation as you breathe in the aroma: “Heal my heart, heal my soul, bring me peace.” Namaste.

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This blend is dedicated to my loved one, Kali. Rest in peace baby girl.

Aroma Readings are a divination technique using essential oils developed by Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher.  She offers individual Aroma Readings and spreads as well as teaches Aroma Readings in her level 2 ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ certification series. Interested in learning more about herbs, aromatherapy and essential oils? The next level 1 Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy series starts online October 17, 2016. Visit Mind, Soul, and Self LLC for more info: