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The Sun is in Sagittarius. What does that mean for your sign?

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Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21

Sagittarius is the third fire sign in the journey through the zodiac. Having come through the crucible of egoic fear and surrender in Scorpio, we now have some conscious awareness of ourselves as spiritual beings, as souls. This new, sense of identity fuels our desire to explore and understand our expanded reality in spirit and invites a subconsciously driven idealism and hopefulness that reflects our true divine nature. Through travel and exploration, we are drawn to discover new horizons and unfamiliar environments which stretch our knowledge of people and life.  In the opposite sign of Gemini, it was enough to exercise our Mercurial curiosity by simply taking in information and data within a rational, logical process of dualism. Now, Jupiter stirs our mind to search for context and meaning in ever larger paradigms through the study of philosophy, science, religion, and spirituality.

If we have come through this zodiac journey thus far with a healthy, positive ego and have awakened to our transcendent self, our spiritual searching will eventually lead us to metaphysical perceptions that see beyond the polarities and dualities of this illusive time-space dimension of physical form. Though human religions may play a role in our spiritual growth, we will sense their limits and be ever inviting of deeper and more expanded awareness, willing to trust our own unique soul connection (Christ Consciousness) to find truth that informs our own moral compass and leads, eventually, to mystical enlightenment.

However, if when the emotional and psychological traumas of Scorpio intimacy has indeed awakened some awareness of spiritual divinity in us, yet we nevertheless remain mostly within the limited perceptions of our ego, then our search for understanding in Sagittarius will be limited to these narrow perceptions.  We will be attracted to religious or scientific belief systems that re-enforce duality and polarization, often dogmatic and with rigid rules of morality. Such philosophies and religions support our newfound hope of divine connection, but also continue to fuel the ego’s misunderstandings and fears that stem from the illusions of separation in the physical world. Yet, even within these more narrow-minded experiences, our Jupiter self is seeking out that which will lead to eventual greater consciousness.

Whether we travel the world of Sagittarius in wide-open and loving trust of our inner guidance or with the self-imposed blinders of religious or scientific caution, we are preparing ourselves for the next sign in the zodiac, Capricorn, where we will step into society with a new sense of self, meaning, possibility and mission. Then, our Sagittarian paradigm will color what we accomplish.

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: Fire meets fire here, Aries, so be aware at this time that your inspired enthusiasm and idealism is creating the adventures you need for your own growth and understanding. Books and “systems” may not suit you. Though you can be an inspirational leader, be ready to check any tendencies toward judgment and preaching. You are entitled to follow your own truth, and to go it alone if you must. Others may follow, but those who don’t are not your enemies. In your quest for truth, always ask “Who am I?”

Taurus: This is a good time of year for you check you priorities regarding material life and spiritual pursuits. It’s not that they are necessarily contradictory. Your natural tendencies toward material abundance and pleasurable comfort can be a fine avenue toward higher understanding if you are mindful to invite insights and wisdom around your human appetites. Once you set your mind toward higher consciousness, you can be steadfast, just avoid stubborn dogmatism. Some truths will change.

Gemini: Gemini is opposite Sagittarius in the zodiac. This is the time of year that most supports your integration of this polarity between rational thought and intuitive understanding. In fact, as a student of dualities, Gemini, this is a good time to apply your awareness of such to a search for meaning around them. Invite these insights through the books you read, the conversations you have, through writing, through travel and even academic studies. Your enthusiastic curiosity can also inspire others.

Cancer: With your sentimental attachments to home and family, the Sagittarian call to explore the world might feel threatening. Just as travel can put physical distance between you and loved ones, so can inner explorations of truth and meaning create mental and emotional distance from your past. You cannot force loved ones to follow you, but you needn’t stop loving them. Kindly share what you can, but make your home your sanctuary of truth. Your “spiritual” family will always feel welcome there and affirm the love that binds beyond bloodlines.  

Leo: As a fellow fire sign, Leo, this month of Sagittarius affords you a chance to bring deeper meaning to your natural passionate flare and creativity. If you are an artist, invoke high ideals as your muse. If you like children, invite their wisdom to teach you. If you enjoy competition and play, seek to expand your experience of intuition and love. The truths that you are gaining during this time relate to the purpose of having a strong ego and who is served. Ego or soul?

Virgo: This month may feel a bit scattered, Virgo, as you alternate between leaping into daily chores with enthusiasm, and departing from routine as you chase adventure. It’s best to acknowledge your need for exploration that requires a break from your routines, and design a schedule of travel or spiritual studies that appeals to your need for order and practicality. Just don’t shoot for perfection, as it will stifle the spontaneity needed for expansive insights and awesome surprises. Remember, most deeper truths do not come through analysis, but through open-minded and open-hearted awareness.

Libra: If you consider your life as a journey toward spiritual consciousness, ask yourself, “Am I traveling alone?” Whether partnered or single, you may be feeling more sensitive to your longing for spiritual companionship and the enthusiasm and fun that comes with it. A compatible relationship between ego personalities is not the same as spiritual partners and at some point falls flat. If you are partnered, this is a good time to introduce mutual intentions for meaningful adventures through travel or studies. If necessary, claim the freedom to explore on your own. Without a life partner who can share the journey, conscious friends will serve the purpose.  

Scorpio: When it comes to higher understanding, Scorpio, what is important for you is to relate it to the deep inner world of intimate emotions and psychology. Your “research” into meaning and truth is carried out within your own realms of sexual encounters, joint enterprises, shared resources and the like, where you can dig into the hidden undersides of power struggles, fears and intimacies. This strengthens your capacity to return more consistently to the surrender of your ego to your soul and grow a framework of cosmic awareness. Watch for judgmental and moralistic attitude as a key to the ego’s slipping backward into unconsciousness.

Sagittarius: This is your month, Sagittarius, so let yourself be free to follow your intuition and quest for expanded living. Whether it’s travel, study, philosophy, metaphysics, teaching or anything else that inspires you, you know it’s about learning about and understanding the world and the nature of reality. Now, more than ever, is a good time for you to question any over-reliance on limited logical thinking. Invite your soul’s guidance to strengthen your intuitive ways of knowing and your ability to channel wisdom to others.

Capricorn: As one who creates order and manifests achievements, Capricorn, this is a good time to consider just how much your “career” is reflecting your beliefs and adding to the meaning of your life. As you mature in spiritual consciousness, your sense of responsibility changes, aligning more with your soul’s perspective of divine order. This can lighten your ego’s sense of heavy personal burdens even as it can step up the challenges your ego is willing to accept in service to the world. Recognition comes without being sought after.   

Aquarius: Your spiritual understanding comes most easily within friendships and groups of kindred spirits. If you’ve longed to travel or study with a group, this is the time. The synergy you create with others is a primary subject of higher understanding for you. Fellowship, so to speak, is the path you travel to ground spiritual wisdom into full bodied mysticism. Invite your intuitive guides to surprise you in fun and innovative ways during this time of Sagittarius.

Pisces: Pisces often experience states of confusion in this physical world because you are attuned, if only subliminally, more than most of us, to the larger reality of divine existence. The confusion is typically for lack of ability in your human mind to be able to make sense of your experiences. Thus, as Pisces meets Sagittarius, it is a good time to commit yourself to applying your rational mind to explore metaphysical principles which will give your mind useful frameworks for sorting out the confusions. You will be delighted each time you are reminded that others have travelled your watery path and have created language to share it. Your centered peace, confidence and gifts will grow.

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 or call 608-345-2470.


Metal Magic

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While healing and metaphysical properties of crystals come from a variety of sources, what we know about the subtle properties of metals comes mainly from one tradition: alchemy. The first thing many people think of when we hear the word “alchemy” is experiments by ancient and medieval scientists trying to transform base metals into gold. But their research didn’t begin or end there, and along the way the human race learned a lot about both the natural world and subtle energies. And since astrology and alchemy developed side by side, it’s not surprising that properties of metals are strongly associated with the planets and their associated deities. Therefore, the seven metals of antiquity — lead, tin, iron, copper, mercury, silver and gold — line up with the seven traditional planets.

These traditional seven metals have been the base of everything from vedic jewelry to singing bowls. Like crystals, metals come from the earth, but metals are a more purified form of the same substances that give crystals their color, physical properties, and energy. Many gemstones are actually ores of these metals. In jewelry, the metal a gem is set in can serve to conduct, enhance, or mitigate the energy of the gem. As with crystals, you may choose metals that balance your weaknesses or ones that amplify strengths. In many traditions, as with vedic jewelry, stones and metals are coordinated for optimum combinations.

As for singing bowls, although they’re often called “Seven metals singing bowls,” they’re seldom if ever made of the seven tradition metals. (You didn’t really want to handle a bowl made partially of toxic mercury anyway, did you?) This goes for antique as well as modern bowls, hand-hammered as well as machine-made. Good-quality bowls are made of bronze, ideally a special type known as “bell metal,” which is about 78% copper and 22% tin. This alloy has been used in everything from church bells to percussion instruments for over a thousand years, because it simply produces the best sound and overtones. Some lower quality bowls and bells may be made of brass, possibly mixed with miscellaneous recycled metals, but you’ll immediately know the difference by the sound.

What are some other ways we can harness the power of metals? Here are a few ideas:

– Using objects made of these metals for ritual and meditation, and adding them to your altar

– Alchemy uses metals as a way of understanding personality. Each of these metals is associated with a personality archetype connected with its corresponding planet, and the deity for whom that planet was named. People are naturally drawn to one of these archetypes, or possibly a combination of two or three.

– Astrological bangles (which you may have read about in Autobiography of a Yogi) contain copper, silver and gold in proportions fine-tuned to the individual’s astrological chart. Less expensive metal bangles are an easier to find, less expensive option. For example, many wear bracelets made with copper and/or magnetized iron to improve circulation and control arthritis.

– Orgonite can be formulated with specific metals and metal ores. This is an especially helpful way to harness the properties toxic metals such as mercury and lead.

– Taking metals internally via homeopathic medicines

–  Use a mineral that is an ore for the metal you want to work with, or that contains some of that metal. This can include aura quartzes. (See the list of associations below.)

Each of the seven traditional metals acts as an archetype. We can work with that archetype not only using the metal itself, but also using associated metals, ores, gemstones including aura quartzes (quartz bonded with a colorful coating of vaporized metal). Since some of the traditional metals are either toxic or very expensive, it’s often practical to work with these associates:

Gold: Bronze, aqua aura quartz, ruby, garnet, pyrite, amber.

Silver:  Rhodium, angel aura quartz, pearl, moonstone, aquamarine.

Mercury: Electrum (a combination of silver and gold), emerald, opal. If you want to work with actual mercury, a safe form is polished cinnabar (mercury ore) in quartz; since it is a polished stone, there’s some degree of protection from toxicity.

Copper: Bronze, Brass, melon/orange/tangerine aura quartz, chrysocolla, turquoise, malachite, azurite.

Iron: Steel, champagne/sunshine aura quartz, hematite, magnetite, carnelian, bloodstone. An iron meteorite is an exceptionally strong form of this metal.

Tin: Citrine, amethyst, cassiterite. Tin itself is inexpensive and safe to use.

Lead: Lead-free pewter, galena, stibnite, black garnet.

And finally, here are a few other metals, with their associations and a few other interesting facts:

Titanium: purity, power, being a catalyst for positive change, repelling negative energy. Titanium can be found in rutilated quartz, and also in various stones with asterisms (star ruby, star sapphire, etc.) It’s also the metal coating found on rainbow, flame & titan aura quartz.

aluminum: self understanding, reflection.

Zinc: transformation of energy, calming of excess or nervous energy

Platinum: meditation, finding one’s true direction

Nickel: problem solving, attracting energy and/or intuitive information, banishing compulsive thoughts or actions. Some yellow/green aura quartzes are coated with nickel.

Antimony: magic, protection, healing, wild spirit. It’s often used in conjunction with other metals, and so is associated with cooperative and teacher/student relationships.


Soul Star Chakra Aromatherapy

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. November brings us to the Soul Star Chakra, a transpersonal chakra and the blueprint of your soul. It holds the record of all you ever were and all you ever will become. It holds all your past lives and your future lives. This month, the Soul Star asks you to explore why you reincarnated at this time. What are your soul lessons and life purpose?

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; but the energy coming to us from the cosmos is changing. We are receiving potent and new energies of high frequency light from the universe. The 7 main chakras were appropriate for us these past 2000 years. As we move into a new era, new chakras above and below the physical body are forming and others are waking up from dormancy to help us evolve into our new future.

The Soul Star Chakra is a Transpersonal Chakra and is located about 6 inches above the top of the head, above the crown chakra. It is not in our physical body, but in our etheric/energy body. Its color is usually seen as white, silver, gold, ultraviolet, or iridescent. The Soul Star Stores the soul’s highest purpose above and beyond all individual incarnations. The soul’s blueprint.  It is through this chakra that a soul enters a physical body during incarnation.  After death, the seed of an enlightened being remains in the soul star. You enter the Soul Star when you die to gain perspective on your life. It connects to higher self, Soul purpose, life tasks, soul groups, soul mates, and pre-destined soul contracts. Our entire being’s karmic residue, those energy patterns that you have held on to for more than one lifetime, is held in the eighth chakra carrying thought forms created over the life of our entire being caused by other lives actions and community consciousness. When attuned and activated, the Soul Star allows access to the Akashic records, the soul’s intent in this particular incarnation, stores the soul’s highest purpose above and beyond all individual incarnations.

November 2017 Soul Star Chakra Forecast: Henry Bolduc was a certified hypnotherapist with almost 40 years’ experience in past-life research. Through his work, he believed “every soul reincarnates in a particular lifetime for one of three reasons. First, we may reap the benefits of grace resulting from the good we have done for others in the past; second, we may correct our faults, thus balancing our good and bad deeds – referred to as karma; and third, we may experience life in such a way that we can contribute to the ocean of life.” This month, the higher energies want you to explore your purpose in this lifetime and your reasons for incarnating. Are you here to receive blessings and grace for good deeds in a previous incarnation? Are you here to continue to learn soul lessons? Are you here a healer and visionary to raise the vibration and help heal the world and humanity during these difficult times?

Soul Star Chakra Aromatherapy Blend

  • 8 drops Palo Santo essential oil
  • 8 drops Elemi essential oil
  • 8 drops Frankincense oil
  • 8 drops Myrrh essential oil
  • 8 drops Angelica essential oil
  • 4 ounces distilled water

The above blend is meant for a spray or mister. Blend the essential oils into 1 teaspoon of vodka or witch hazel (to help disperse the oils into water) and then blend into 4 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle. Mix well. Spray the blend above your head and feel the mist fall down on you. Inhale the aroma and visualize your soul star chakra glowing brightly as a white golden ball of light about 6 inches above your head. As you do this, state the following affirmations: “I am connected to all my past lives and all my future lives. I am connected to my soul group and soul’s mates. I connect to higher self, Soul purpose, life tasks and predestined soul contracts.  I release my karmic residue.”

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Spiritual Counselor, 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! Upcoming events:

‘Soul Star Chakra, Past Lives, Future Lives, the Spectrum of Consciousness and Journey to the Akashic Records’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes

Women’s Energy Healing Day Retreat in West Bend, Wisconsin on the powerful day of healing 11/11 (November 11), 2017:

Group Past Life Regression/Future Life Progression experience in Sheboygan, WI on Saturday November 18th:

The physical properties of various metals

Many of us wear gemstones for their beauty and healing properties. But what about the setting the gemstone goes in, or the chain we wear with it? Often that’s the part closest to your body, and these parts are usually made of metal. And metals have their own individual characteristics and properties. Since it’s a complicated topic, this article will be a two-parter. This week we’ll talk about the physical properties of metals and alloys, and in a few weeks we’ll talk about the metaphysical properties of metals.

Metals may be either one pure element or an alloy, which is a mixture of metals. In jewelry, the latter is far more common. Elemental copper, silver and gold are quite beautiful, but they’re all soft on their own, which means they won’t hold their shape well as jewelry. So an alloying metal is added to make them more workable and stable. Even the types of metal we think of as “pure” may have something else in them; Sterling silver, for example, is actually 7.5% copper. And sometimes even Sterling may contain traces of other metals as well, including nickel.

That can be a problem, because by far the most common metal allergy is to nickel. While some people do suffer from all types of allergies, it’s likely that many allergic reactions to metal are due not to a separate allergy, but to the fact that so many alloys actually contain nickel. So if you have sensitivities to nickel or any other metal, you’ll want to avoid problems by knowing what jewelry is made of before you buy it. Hopefully the charts below will be a start, but there are some other things it’s important to know.

One is that metals are sometimes given confusing names. Metals called German Silver, Tibetan Silver, Inca Silver and other such things usually contain no silver at all. And items that look like they’re made of one metal may actually have only a coating of that metal. For example, often something that looks like copper will turn out to stick to a magnet. Copper isn’t attracted to magnets, so this shows the item is really steel with just a coating of copper. The same often holds true for “silver-look” and “gold-look” chains and other items. And some terms, like “white metal,” are simply a catch-all, and can mean just about anything.

Another problem metal is lead, a toxic element that can especially cause problems in children. Since lead makes a very good alloying material, in the past it was often used to make pewter and other mixed metals. Antique pewter jewelry is very likely to contain lead. Nowadays pewter produced in the U.S. is lead-free, but laboratory tests have shown that many inexpensive items currently imported from China — including cheap jewelry — do in fact contain lead. This should be safe enough for adults to wear; still, many of us would rather avoid it. And over-the-counter lead testing kits don’t always work well to test jewelry, since they may give a false positive to non-lead metals used to make safe pewter alloys.

Those of us who staff stores where jewelry is sold will do our best to let you know what kind of metal is in the items we sell. We can be pretty sure about items made of silver stamped 925, American-made pewter, brass and bronze. But in other cases, the truth is that we don’t always know, especially when it comes to lower-priced imported items. A lot of people enjoy wearing these things and have no problems whatsoever. But if you’re sensitive to certain metals (or have a baby that likes to suck on your chains) you’ll probably want to stick to metals whose content is known.

Another thing people ask is, “Will this metal turn my skin green?” Various metals may do this, the most common being copper and nickel — even if they’re coated with something else. For example, a lot of silver-plated chains are really copper with a thin silver plating, and for some people this will turn the skin green every time. But it’s not the same for everyone, and a lot depends of body chemistry. If you find a lot of metal jewelry turns your skin green, your body chemistry may be more sensitive than other peoples’. In that case, your best choices of metal may be things like stainless steel, titanium, an rhodium-coated silver. But there also are plenty of other handsome-looking options that don’t involve metal at all, such as cotton cord, leather, and ribbon. When you do wear metal, try taking off your jewelry when you exercise, or in other situations where the metal may get wet. Sweat causes even pure sterling silver to tarnish, and that tarnish may also stain your skin.