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

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The sun is in Pisces February 20 – March 20.

While the Sun is in the sign of Pisces, our ego subliminally longs to reunite with our soul’s connection to the divine love of all-that-is. Such mystical awareness has always been the main goal and challenge of human existence, so of course we are still easily confused by such longings. These inner intuitive promptings and sensitivities are typically misunderstood, resulting in illusions, delusions, fears, suffering and addictions. The spiritual path has always resulted in an inward turn, to discover our true source of being. We invoke devotional practices to increase the flow of our soul through our personality expression. While this attention to inner awareness increases the longing for wholeness and spiritual unity, it also challenges us to experience and discern the ways in which our ego continues to create the illusions of fracture and separation.

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  (Mar 20 – Apr 20): The energy of Aries seems a direct contradiction to that of Pisces, since Aries is all about strengthening and asserting the individual human ego. Thus, the Aries experience with devotion to soul can feel somewhat disabling, prompting episodes of guilt, shame or fear of being weakened or lost. The key is to find your own way to practice, free of conformity, yet allowing you to express the compassion and acceptance that reflects your true, larger identity.

Taurus  (Apr 20 – May 20): Your need for stability and material security colors your approach to the inner, devotional life. A need for fixed values and solid outcomes can become dogmatic beliefs that block your willingness to step into the amorphous waters of inner exploration. Your easiest access is through your body and with nature. Yoga, gardening, creative craftsmanship and such can keep you grounded, yet allow your awareness to grow beyond the illusion of the physical and become comfortable with the unknown. Once you find what works for you, devotion comes naturally.

Gemini  (May 20 – Jun 20): Inner awareness requires stilling the mind. For a Gemini, this can sound like death. After all, what’s the point of sitting still and meditating if not to find out what’s in there, right? Certainly, asking questions and trying to understand is a part of your spiritual path, but at some point, you must let go of the need to feed your curiosity and process ideas and instead merely “be” with what is. If you can give your mind the understanding that it is not who you really are, you will transcend thought and allow profound intuitive “knowings” to soak in.

Cancer  (Jun 20 – Jul 20): Cancer and Pisces are both water signs, meaning their energies are very much that of emotions and feelings. For Cancer, the emphasis is on the personal emotions that demand the care and nurturing that builds emotional security for your ego. For Pisces, it’s more about the deeper feelings that emerge from your longing for the divine. The challenge is to discern the difference. If still struggling to build a strong emotional security as an individual, the influence of Pisces can be very confusing, causing you to feel other peoples’ pain as your own and directing your spiritual longings into martyrdom. The key is to hold compassion, but not rescue. Model self-nurturance.

Leo  (Jul 20 – Aug 20): Leo’s gift, when done well, is the ability to shine the light of the soul through the ego/personality in ways that cause others to feel the warmth of that divine light. To pull this off, you must allow the ego a lot of rope, which is precisely the challenge you face in the realm of inner spiritual devotion. Leos can find themselves in episodes of shame when they overextended the ego and lose soul consciousness, usually because they’ve attracted so much attention in the process. The devotional practice, Leo, is to exercise Piscean forgiveness and compassion for yourself, and use your expressive talents to model a healthy humility that encourages others to shine, too.

Virgo  (Aug 20 – Sep 20): Virgos, when motivated, can become the most devoted of spiritual mystics. Virgos like to know how it all works and then do it right. Creating new habits and routines, a powerful requirement for true spiritual growth, comes naturally to you. The trouble is that you can then get so caught up in the mechanics of devotion; you miss the spirit of it. Self-judgment and criticism of others can stand in the way of the very divine connectedness you desire to experience. Your challenge is to see that perfection is always present on a divine level. Once you get that, you become the model.

Libra  (Sep 20 – Oct 20): Libras are all about connecting to others, valuing close relationships. They can spend their lives mastering the art of serving others well and thereby balance out their own ego’s natural selfishness. This turn from self to other is a natural bend in the circle of spiritual growth we all travel. However, the ultimate completion of that circle in Pisces is about coming back to the self again, but now the higher self of the soul, which actually includes everyone else’s soul. So, Libra, the challenge for you for inner devotion is to not confuse the need for a strong human partnership with the need for a strong partnership with your own soul. Such soul awareness blesses any relationship a Libra may have.

Scorpio  (Oct 20 – Nov 20): As another water sign, Scorpio, your challenge in spiritual devotion is the fear of being exposed. With such sensitivities to the feelings of others around you, it can be a confusing mess inside. The Scorpio experience involves the unwinding of the ego and facing the monstrous illusions of darkness and horror that require a transcendent experience beyond the ego. Thus, facing your inner world, you will find many shadows and scary places, but you also tend to have strong desires to explore such realms, so it can work for you.

Sagittarius  (Nov 20 – Dec 20): The Sagittarius path of truth-seeking seems to naturally point you toward mystical fulfillment of Pisces, however, it isn’t quite that simple. Sag’s can get very stuck in the mental realms of spiritual beliefs, theologies and doctrines. This prevents them from entering the interior worlds of direct divine experience unless at some point you stop asking questions and taking dogmatic stances and instead understand that scriptures and teachings are there to point the way, not BE the way. Once learned, you can be a gifted teacher of devotional understanding.

Capricorn  (Dec 20 – Jan 20): Capricorns block to inner spiritual awareness is the need to achieve and be recognized. You are so accustomed to setting goals, making plans and then getting things done, that the nonlinear nature and non-predictable timing of spiritual growth can frustrate you. Also, you can find yourself striving to take leadership in spiritual circles when what you might truly need is to either follow or just “be”. You’ll do best when you have a disciplined and routine practice of devotions in which you can let go of all your worldly aspirations.

Aquarius  (Jan 20 – Feb 20): Aquarians are naturally drawn to environments and groups that exist outside the norms of society. This can give you a leg up on moving toward a spiritual lifestyle. However, your tendency to live in your head, not in your heart, can keep you aloof from the more heart-felt levels of connections that you need to incorporate into your wholeness. Though Aquarians might be drawn to spiritual groups easily enough, you might also feel rebellious and miss the opportunities to surrender to the group unity that reflects the wholeness of your own soul.  Finding the right group is key.

Pisces  (Feb 20 – Mar 20): One might assume that a Pisces person would be most likely to fulfill a spiritual mystic life, but there are many complications to the Pisces ego that do not necessarily align with the highest intentions of the Pisces calling. Though you are very sensitive to the feelings of those around you and to the deep longing within you for the divine, you can also feel crushed by the weight of that awareness. Addictions and escapisms can turn into years and decades of avoidance of the very feelings that are required to step into the conscious path of mystical awakening. You need to learn to stay grounded and present in your body and seek experienced help in discerning the confusing perceptions you experience inside.

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 or email Barry at


the basics of sacred geometry

Just as mathematics is the foundation of all science, a special kind of math is the foundation of all metaphysics. Sacred geometry springs from the examination of patterns and relationships found in nature. On the surface that may sound a little dry, but when we look at how basic lines and curves come together to form the universe, it’s like taking a wonderful look into the mind of creation. Because while all matter is made from elements, it’s the patterns that gives matter form, purpose, and astounding diversity.

The images in the title photo show an example of how this works. Calcite, aragonite and seashells are made of the same thing: calcium carbonate (CaCO3) The earth forms this material into calcite, usually in squarish blocks, directly through geological processes. Sea creatures also take up CaCO3 and, and with the help of patterns recorded in their DNA, they reform it into shells. Eventually these shells decompose, returning their the CaCO3 to earth as aragonite, a mineral with its own distinctive shapes. So aragonite and calcite are the exact same material, but each has its own unique structure. In other words, the first three images are all the same substance; only the pattern is different.

But what about that fourth picture? The spiral staircase isn’t made of CaCO3, yet it has the same pattern as the nautilus shell. In this case human engineers have copied a form found in nature, translated it into a new material, and given it a new purpose. This specific form, the Fibonacci spiral, happens to be one of the prime symbols of sacred geometry.

Calcium carbonate alone is a simple mineral. Patterned by life, it becomes a shell. Patterned by the mind, that shell in turn becomes an intelligent design.

The Fibonacci spiral and many other forms and patterns we talk about in sacred geometry arise from the Flower of Life, which is seen as the basis for all other patterns in the universe. The study of sacred geometry begins by drawing circles:

Two intersecting circles form the vesica piscis, seen also in chalice well symbol.
Where three circles intersect, we see the triquetra, a symbol of sacred trinities.
The seed of life is also called the genesis pattern, where six intersecting circles signify the six stages of creation.
The egg of life takes this into three dimensions. The eight non-intersecting spheres, and can represent the cell division of an embryo.
The flower of life is 19 intersecting circles within the boundary of a larger circle. It’s said that all patterns can be found within it.
In Metatron’s cube, lines connecting the centers of the circles in the fruit of life. The lines represent masculine energy and the circles feminine energy, so that this pattern combines polarities into a unified creation.

Obviously, these patterns are closely related, becoming more complex as we draw new connections. We start with two circles, then three, and so on, watching how these circles intersect and relate. New combinations of circles, lines, and three-dimensional images continue to evolve, and with each evolution we gain new insights.

Continuing the process, eventually a significant set of three-dimensional shapes arises: the platonic solids. Platonic solids are 3-dimensional shapes in which 1) all faces are the same 2) all edges are the same length 3) all angles are the same 4) if the figure were put inside a sphere, all vertices would touch the sphere. Another way of looking at these shapes is that they all arise from the cube, when it is truncated in various ways. Thus the cube is the Father of all forms, while the sphere is the Mother of all forms. These shapes are the building blocks of everything from crystal formation to music to organic life.

Three additional forms deserve special mention:

The vector equilibrium is a three-dimensional shape constructed  with triangles and cubes. It’s sometimes called the “perfect shape” because every corner is exactly the same distance from all the other corners. This very stable shape is the basis of a three-dimensional rendering of the flower of life.
Pyramids have amazing preserving and energizing properties, because the pyramid is such an efficient amplifier. By focusing universal energy, it increases the vibrational field of whatever is placed inside it with intention — even intangible things like hopes. This effect is can be enhanced by the pyramid’s material, color and other properties.
The merkaba is the intersection of two tetrahedrons. The one pointing downward brings up earth energy, while the one pointing upward channels universal energy into the human plane. A person within this energy field will experience the confluence of both types of energy. While the chakras can be seen as an energy system within the body, the merkaba represents an energy system outside it. The name combines three Egyptian words:

mer = rotating fields of light
ka = spirit (the intangible part of human life)
ba = soul (the sum of all it means to be human)

Note from the author: Sacred Geometry is an extremely complicated, detailed subject that’s hard to deal with in an article of any kind of reasonable length. To be honest, researching it made me feel like my left brain was jousting with my right brain with both ending up dehorsed on the ground. Hopefully the information below will explain enough about forms and their  symbolism to help you put sacred geometry to use in your everyday life: for meditation, making crystal grids, sacred art, etc. If you really want to get into detail into the theory behind all this, we recommend The Sacred Geometry Movie from Spirit Science.

Photo credits: staircase: De Mcginnly de, CC BY-SA 3.0,; nautilus: By Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0,



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pendulum dowsing to find lost items, pets or people.

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Pendulums and copper rods are used by many people all over the world for divination, answering simple questions, and all sorts of things in between. Perhaps you have worked with a pendulum to answer yes or no questions or to select one thing over another – those are the most common reasons for dowsing. Did you know, though, that dowsing tools can be incredibly helpful when it comes to finding lost objects or even missing loved ones and animal companions? If you’d like to know how you can work with a pendulum to find something that is nowhere to be found, read on. Here are some simple tips and tricks to get you started.

Believe You Can: Before a pendulum will be of any use to you for finding lost objects, stolen items, or missing people and animals, you must have confidence in your dowsing abilities as well as the higher forces that you might be channeling to assist you (the Universe, God, Goddess, etc,). There are many opinions about where the answers come from and unfortunately there’s no way to scientifically prove any of the popular theories. This is where faith comes in! If you don’t believe your pendulum can help you, it can’t. It’s that simple. You need a positive attitude to be a successful dowser no matter what you’re using your pendulum for.

Locating Household Items: Keys, wallets, and eyeglasses are easy to misplace around your home, so when you can’t find them – get your pendulum out! The best way to locate a lost object in your home is to start in one room and ask your pendulum if the item you are searching for is somewhere in that room. Once you get a positive response, you can begin to narrow it down by dowsing particular areas of the room. If you’re looking for something that you haven’t seen for quite some time (for example something that might be stored in a box), suspend your pendulum over boxes or storage bins that you believe the item might be safely packed away in. The more you practice doing this, the easier it will be to find things with your pendulum. I’ve even known former dowsing students of mine to ask their family members to hide items for them so that they could practice locating them with their pendulums.

Recovering Stolen Items: Many people have asked whether or not a pendulum can help you find something that was stolen from you. While a pendulum can be useful in finding out where stolen items disappeared to or perhaps who the culprit is, getting them back may be another story unfortunately. Let’s say, for example, that your bike was stolen. There are a couple of ways you can search for it with a pendulum. If you have a hunch about who may have stolen it, I recommend asking your pendulum very clearly about the person you are questioning and whether or not they took your bike. What do you do with that information? Dowse a very zoomed in map of where the suspect lives if that information is known and ask if your bike is there. Now in most cases, you won’t know who would’ve taken your bike, and the possibilities where it would have ended up could be endless. That’s where a map is necessary. Dowse a map like you would a chart, starting broad and narrowing the area down as you go. If you don’t know where to start, dowse the area from which your bike was stolen and then branch out from there. You may get a positive hit on a location. Now how to recover that stolen item – that’s the tricky part and will depend on the situation or who you can get to help you get it back.

Searching for a Missing Person or Animal: Believe it or not, psychics have helped law enforcement on several occasions solve missing persons cases with a pendulum in hand. I believe dowsing in these cases can be helpful, and why not use every possible means to find someone who has disappeared? The main reason why dowsing can be challenging in a missing person or animal case in my opinion is that emotions are typically running wild. Strong emotions can run interference with the dowsing process, and that can give false results. It is easier to dowse for missing people and animals when you are not personally involved, so keep this in mind if you ever decide to try it. Dowsing for missing people or pets is done similarly to dowsing for lost or stolen objects. Maps are particularly useful, and if possible, going to locations where you get positive hits is helpful as well. Obviously the more information or leads that you have will make this process less tedious, but sometimes no information is available and you may feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s where faith, prayer, and a strong belief that you can and will find your loved one will help.

*When searching for a missing person or animal, I suggest using a chambered pendulum. A chambered pendulum opens up and you can put tiny things inside it. Anything that contains their DNA (a few strands of hair from their hairbrush) or something that reminds you of them (teeny tiny crystal chips or a few drops of their favorite essential oil) can be placed inside the chamber in order to help you truly focus and connect with their energy in particular.

Locating Treasure: Yes! You can dowse for all sorts of things that lie buried in the ground including natural resources and treasure. City water utility workers still use copper rods to this day to help them locate water! This is pretty exciting when you think about it. Dowse areas by actually going to them, or use a map. Either method works. I suggest taking your pendulum with you on nature walks so that you can practice.

As you can see, if you’re looking for something that is missing outside of your home, a map is a very useful tool to have. These days most people use maps on their phones to get where they need to go, but when you’re using a map for dowsing purposes I suggest printing one out or using an old-fashioned paper one that you’d keep in the glove compartment of your car. Maps are extremely helpful and they will save you time and energy. Also, be sure you are working with a pendulum that you feel comfortable with and that you really connect with. The right tools are essential for successful dowsing.

Sacral Chakra Aromatherapy Reading for February

The chakras are an idea roadmap for personal growth and development. In 2017 we are focusing on one chakra a month. February brings us to the sacral chakra. In the month of February, the collective consciousness focuses on relationships, particularly those of the intimate kind. We celebrate romance this month with St. Valentine’s Day. So this is a great month to focus on sacral chakra energy and how it influences your life.

Brief Overview of Chakras: The chakras ore 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 Sacral Chakra: The sacral chakra governs relationships and feelings. It is located a few inches below the belly button in the area of the reproductive organs (testes, ovaries) and lower back. Its themes include sexuality, sensuality, passion, pleasure, joy, hobbies (activities that you enjoy), feelings, gratification, family, friends and your tribe. It represents the element water and is associated with the planet Venus. The personal growth lessons of the sacral chakra revolve around developing a sense of belongingness.

February 2017 Sacral Chakra Forecast: Focus on relationships with your significant other, children, and parents this month. Be especially aware of anger, resentment, and short fuses with these individuals. Anger is based in fear and frustration. To bring balance to this chakra and subsequently your relationships, you need to identify the root of your anger in these relationships. What makes you angry? Why do you feel angry? Why are you holding on to this? What can you do about the situation? What part do you play? Do not let anger and frustration control you. Life is too short to be angry, especially with those you care most about. Face your anger, fear and frustrations in your relationships, do what you can to change it, or let it go. You may then find yourself looking at your relationships in a whole new way.

Sacral Chakra Aromatherapy Recipe

1 drop Vanilla
2 drops Cardamom
1 drop Rose
2 drops Orange

Put the drops of essential oil on a cotton pad or tissue or in a diffuser. Breathe in and state the following affirmation: “I am a sexual and sensual being. My life is full of passion and pleasure. I have healthy and rewarding relationships.” Repeat as needed.

Christina Wilke-Burbach, PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist and Reiki Master Teacher. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra classes and chakra bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit Many blessings and be well!

Upcoming special events include a monthly online Chakra mini-series and a Spring Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat.