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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, far energetic support in dealing with pain, especially headaches and lower-body pain. Since this is a variety of Quartz, these properties also apply.

Anubis, Egyptian god of the afterlife

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Egyptian Pantheon
God of Embalming who ushers the soul into the afterlife
Anput is both his consort and his female equivalent. Their daughter is the serpent goddess Kebechet.

Anubis was originally the Lord of the Underworld, though in time Osiris replaced him in this context. He is sometimes shown as a jackal, sometimes as a human, but most often as a combination of the two. Since these wild dogs like to hang around tombs, people naturally came to associate them with the dead. Anubis himself rescued the murdered Osiris from oblivion by embalming him. His functions are those of a priest and psychopomp: He invented and oversees the process of embalming; he receives the mummy as it is brought into the tomb, and then ushers the soul to the Field of Celestial Offerings; and he monitors the Scales of Truth, which weigh the hearts of the dead. He is associated with the color black, because embalming methods of the day caused the corpse to take on a very dark hue.


  • Scale
  • Fetish
  • Flail
  • Oxhide hanging from a pole

July’s Chakra Reading & Aromatherapy Recipe

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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. July brings us to the Third Eye Chakra, the center of insight, vision, and intuition. I firmly believe that intuition is not a “gift” only some are lucky enough to have. I believe intuition is an innate ability we all have. Some of us are just too busy sleepwalking through life to notice messages from the divine. This month, the Third Chakra asks you to tune inward…. Do you believe in intuition? Do you honor and listen to your intuition? Do you trust your intuition?

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 Third Eye Chakra is located in the pineal gland, center of the forehead/brow area, and back of the head. It functions and purpose include clarity, seeing, intuition, insight, goals, dreams, aspirations, imagination, dreaming, visualization, inner sight, inner guidance, intelligence, self-realization, seeing your life clearly, and seeing the bigger picture. Its Sanskrit name is Ajna, which means “perception, knowledge, authority, and command.” Ajna honors the psychic within each of us. The lessons and goal of the Third Eye is to guide us into trusting our intuition and inner knowing. Third Eye Chakra needs that must be met for transformation and transcendence to occur include: the ability to dream and have goals and aspirations, realizing your personal potential, ability to see the whole picture and have insight, ability to find meaning, personal growth and peak experiences, self-actualization and self-fulfillment.

July 2017 Third Eye Chakra Forecast: Many think that all intuitive abilities are associated with the Third Eye; when in fact, each Chakra has an intuitive ability. The Chakras act as antennas that receive and interpret energy from the other realms. From clairsentience, to clairempathy, to claircognizance, we all pick up the subtle messages from the universe in a unique way and tend to have an intuitive ability that is more dominant than the others. There are many different ways to read and sense energy. Some feel, some know, some hear, some see, some taste, some smell. The key is learning to identify how you connect to the divine and then nurturing that ability by using it, strengthening it, and developing it. Sure everyone wants to be clairvoyant (see energy and see the spirit world), but that might not be the way you are psychic. This month, go inward in meditation and contemplation. Sit in silence. Be still. Be aware of all that is around you. How do YOU connect and communicate with the divine?

Third Eye Chakra Aromatherapy Blend

  • 1 drop Tulsi (Holy Basil) essential oil
  • 2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1/2 ounce of a vegetable oil like coconut, jojoba, grapeseed or almond

Blend the essential oils into the vegetable oil then anoint your third eye. As you do this, repeat the following affirmations: “My inner vision is clear and strong. I see all things in clarity. I trust my intuition and inner vision and always understand the true meaning of life situations.”

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 ‘Third Eye Chakra and the Foundation of Intuitive Development’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes. We also have an online Chakra Boot Camp series on Chakra Intuitive Development. And join us for our ‘Autumn Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin September 15 to 17, 2017.