February 2022 Forecast + First Quarter North Node Horoscopes

FEBRUARY 2022 FORECAST

February 2022 brings intensely passionate energies. Venus and Mars conjunct each other for over a month, closely from February 7 – March 15. These lovers spend some of this time very close to Pluto in Capricorn. For good or ill, Valentine’s Day 2022 will be one to remember!

On February 20, 2022 we’ll experience the long awaited first exact US Pluto Return when transiting Pluto returns to his exact point at the United States’ birth date on July 4, 1776. We’ve felt the lead up for years, but this first exact hit will reverberate around the world for the next few years. Though tempting to color all of February with these transits, you can find more highlights below:

February 1 New Moon in Aquarius, 12:46 a.m. Eastern. The Sun and Moon conjunct Saturn and square Uranus, bringing new insights into energies of the prior year. We can also view this New Moon as “A BAROMETER” of things to come. How do various groups relate to each other and to ongoing questions of personal sovereignty, top down authority, revolution, mob role and potential “tyranny” “for the greater good”? We won’t find definitive answers yet, but we can put a finger to the wind and prepare for future outcomes. This New Moon coincides with the traditional date for Imbolc, which celebrates having made it halfway through Winter, when ewes produce their first milk. A time of sustenance and taking stock.

February 4 Sun conjunct Saturn, and Moon conjunct Neptune. Mercury stations Direct (near Pluto in Capricorn). A big day for emotional clarity with the potential for deep internal knowing and enhanced communication. We can now assess things from a sober, realistic perspective that integrates intuition and inspiration. Commitments arise from a clear understanding of emotional expectations.

February 7 Venus begins to conjunct Mars. Who can tell when these lovebirds very first noticed each other, but Fred and Ginger will be “out together dancing cheek to cheek” for five weeks. They begin in Capricorn and whirl into Aquarius on March 6. The cosmic lovers come together as Mercury conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn and trines the North Node in Taurus. Such alignments favor destiny level talks and realizations about the dance of intimacy. Physical connection may assist the integration process. Chemistry and feelings run high. Beware of jealousy.

February 10-12 Mercury conjunct Pluto. What information came to light in the past month? In which ways has your worldview undergone a death and rebirth? Pay attention to dreams, signs, symbols and synchronicities. Many messages occur on multiple levels. Look at the surface layer, but also probe the depths. A good time for detailed research and getting to the bottom of things.

February 13-22 Jupiter sextile Uranus. This period favors greater understanding of why people value freedom and independence. Innovative, expansive ideas may come onto the scene, offering previously unimaginable solutions. Pay attention to sudden insights and epiphanies, but pace yourself to avoid burn out. When in doubt, practice random acts of kindness.

February 16 Full Moon in Leo, 11:56 a.m. Eastern. This Full Moon in late Leo occurs at the same time Venus exactly conjuncts Mars. The close proximity of these cosmic lovers spans from February 7-March 15, but they consummate today. Uranus passes through 11°11′ today, too, opening a portal of liberation in Earthy Taurus. The energies are expansive enough to overwhelm. If you feel option dilemma, don’t try to decide anything today. Just enjoy the flood of potentials after a long period of immobility.

February 18 Sun enters Pisces. Light shines on the sign of dreams, mysticism, unconditional compassion, and higher love. The Sun joins both rulers — Jupiter and Neptune — in Pisces. Whether we “tilt at windmills” or luxuriate in a bubble bath to Chopin’s Nocturnes, we can more easily believe in a bigger picture and a benevolent, wide sweeping plan. The next month flows with creativity, cleansing (even happy) tears, and a return of faith.

February 20 US exact Pluto Return. Like the New Moon on January 31-February 1, we can view this first exact US Pluto Return as a “barometer” more than a one-time event. As chaotic energies crash and churn, pay special attention to the still, small voice within. What do dreams, signs and symbols imply about the meaning of external events? No matter where you live, the United States exerts a formidable influence across the world. Seismic power shifts have been ongoing for years. This could be “the big one,” but with Pluto ruling the Underworld and deep unconscious realm, we might not notice the change until we feel its aftershocks. Along with the feared death and destruction, Pluto brings renewal and rebirth. As the Hopi say, “This could be a good time.” Watch for unfathomable blessings surfing a tsunami.

February 22-25 Venus and Mars sextile Neptune. An extra dreamy period where higher love and unconditional compassion support personal love and passion. Manifestation may come easier during this time, so feel into your intentions. If they trigger peace and joy, lean into them even more. If not, practice non-attachment: think “if not this, then something better.” You can have it all, but the All is bigger than your ego can possibly imagine. Align your will with the highest expression of beauty and then take action.

How February’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This quarterly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura


You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

FIRST QUARTER 2022 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 could bring inner friction and turmoil with all the squares to your nodal axis from Capricorn. Relationships are especially “up” for reconsideration during these three months. When you muster courage to face your fears, you’ll gain tremendous ground. Respect your inner patriarch — the part of you who governs your reputation, your ability to lead, and makes sure you get paid what you’re worth. If frustration or irritation arises, consider that an invitation to explore uncomfortable territory. Your Libra South Node would rather avoid conflict, even when discord serves you. By Equinox, you’ll know yourself better, and will be able to act from a more grounded sense of authority.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: In First Quarter 2022, Taurus North Node natives will feel a shift — perhaps subtle at first, but it will gain steam over the next 18 months. The world starts conforming more to your highest level of expression. Unexpected, destiny level events lead to liberation. Much of this will occur without you needing to “do” anything. Retreat, meditate, you can even “hunker down” until inspiration strikes. Pay attention to strong nudges to take action, but if no nudges come, allow yourself to stand firm in your current position. Change will happen. Your job is to get quiet enough to notice how life rearranges itself around you. Go with the inevitable flow. Allow yourself to thrive and feel secure even in surrounding chaos. The scary stuff is not for you!

GEMINI NORTH NODE: On January 19th, the Sun enters Aquarius and brings a month of harmonious support for your nodal axis. Think best of the old, re-imagined into the new. Gemini North Node natives need to pay attention to little messages — tiny coincidences that lead you home. Allow your path to meander. You don’t need a straight shot in order to get where you’re going. Make micro-adjustments as needed. In January and February, energies from Capricorn will bring fleeting, yet important insights into relationships and intimacy. When new information comes, it’s OK to tweak your goals and expectations. The closer you get to an intention, the more refined your vision becomes. Love life could heat up in March with supportive trine energy from the Lovers (Mars and Venus) entering fellow Air Sign Aquarius.

CANCER NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 brings both challenging and supportive energies to Cancer North Node Natives. The True North Node’s move into Earthy Taurus offers more compatible energy for your sign than Airy Gemini. Squares from Aries and oppositions from Capricorn urge you to find new balance between form and function. Favor the softer side of life over rigidity. Emotions and relationships matter. A lot! If you’re not happy with your home life, consider upgrades, redecoration or even relocation to a more compatible cocoon. Focus on creating a cozy nest that allows you to rest and let down your guard. Collective energies could get crazy this quarter, especially in February. Not all structures and traditions will remain. Embrace more personal ways of feeling safe and secure.

LEO NORTH NODE: January through March puts strong focus on old patterns and expectations. If something feels like a loss, realize your nodal axis is getting a workout. Anything that falls away will leave you more receptive and better prepared for a brilliant future. You don’t see it yet, but liberation is within your grasp. Pay attention to how much energy or effort situations, tasks and people take. Time flies when your heart sings. Trust your inner enthusiasm and see which things bear fruit. Be honest with yourself: do these fruits taste sweet? If so, go for it. If not, you’ll need to release yourself from the tyranny of others’ expectations. You’re not here to fit in. You’re here to shine. Step into your truth and the right people will find you.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: This is a good quarter to focus on the power of your mind. Physical manifestation follows the formation of intentions, fostered by mental energy. Not everyone benefits from New Year’s Resolutions, but Virgo North Node natives thrive with greater discipline. Instead of daydreaming about a better life, turn those ideas into an official wish list. Healthy routines support you far better than occasional grand gestures. If you don’t have a daily (or at least weekly) to do list, you need one. Tap into that bigger picture Pisces South Node awareness and envision a more positive year. Then, plan for and implement it, bit by bit. If you gained weight in 2021, start 2022 with a cleanse of body and environment. Organizing your inner and external space gives you more confidence, clarity and energy.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 asks you to find a balance between hard work, determination, sacrifice and surrender. Sometimes hard work means slogging through a jungle of should’s, must’s and straight up desire. Because nope, it’s not all about you. Partnership — with humans and unseen helpers — is always “up” for Libra North Node natives. Much more so in January through March. Relationships bring their own rewards. You might need to move more slowly or even shift some of your goals to include the ones you love. You’re not being codependent — you’re learning to cooperate and collaborate. The stakes are different than before. You’ll find safe passage by sharing the burden of those around you. Acknowledge signs of progress, even if situations move slower than you think they should.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: When the transiting North Node moves into your South Node sign, your life path turns 180 from the collective energies. While the collective will face the dark side of Scorpio — your focus turns to its more positive expression: regeneration, rebirth, and renewal. When in doubt, observe things from a spiritual perspective, rather than a more Taurus South Node idea of what’s “real.” Your intuition works well, and you can afford to trust the inner guidance. Don’t let money worries get you down. While the rest of the world might need some lessons in this area, you need to pay attention to the light at the end of the tunnel. If things feels like too much effort, back off a bit. Your blessings will come in unusual ways and from unexpected places. Allow yourself to thrive in any circumstances.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Since May 2020, your life path has felt 180 from those around you as the transiting South Node moved through your North Node sign. When the transiting nodal axis shifts from Gemini/Sagittarius to Taurus/Scorpio, you get released from the intensity. Take stock of perceived losses. What did they open you to receive? How did living 180 from the mainstream world increase faith in your own intuition and spiritual path? You’ll find it easier to make friends now, and things that burned away will illuminate greater truth and love. Difficulties that seemed fated begin to ease as the Universe turns its magnifying glass on other signs. Commit to bolder strides this quarter, and find a way to travel somewhere without restrictions and without compromising your philosophy or religion. Along with your angels, you will find a way.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 brings rewards for hard work in recent years. This quarter involves a lot of Capricorn energy, continuing and amplifying December’s focus on relationships. Powerful magic, regeneration and spiritual insights vie for your attention. How will you seize the opportunities at hand? You can resolve longstanding confusion and any tendencies toward self-sabotage. Release that Cancer South Node habit of feeling like a victim of circumstances. You are where you are. You can’t control people and events, but you can control your reactions. Changing perspective brings you to a higher level of experience. An initiation process takes as long as it takes, but you’ll return as a different being — empowered by hard-earned and invaluable inner resources.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: Exercise the power of perception, and foster awareness beyond your own immediate experience. This quarter brings humbling insights that free you from ego wars launched by your Leo South Node. Awakening from the nightmare doesn’t feel good at first, but you can use those experiences to catapult you forward. When seeming loss arrives, look to your left or right. Something always replaces that which fell away. Consider the possibility of a universal benediction: everything aligns for the Highest Good of All, including your own highest good. You’re an important part of a cosmic plan. You don’t need to be the star of the show in order to play a key role. If you let go of a perceived need to dictate the “how,” you’ll find that life surprises you in beautiful ways.

PISCES NORTH NODE: Do you ever feel like Fate directs your course? Like some great Wheel of Fortune in the sky spins a Mystery so vast and so harmonious you can almost hear the Cosmos sing? That’s more than a random daydream or fantasy. You tap into a larger source field of Divine Awareness. When the world gets too much for you and worries overwhelm, spend time in nature or tap into your breath. You can unite passion and intention, as long as you align yourself with the spiritual element first. For you, the “real” world flows outward from the inner experience. When you take time to tune in, you regain that time in positive synchronicities, flashing road signs and wind beneath your wings. Instead of needing to figure everything out, you can go with the flow and get wherever you need to go. Indeed, this is your most efficient route.

January 2021 Specials

Just a heads up that February will have different specials.

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For the New Year, I feel led to discount the very popular New Year Tarot Readings and have also had requests to offer the Three for Two Special, a chance for extra support and focus. I hope these specials offer whatever most helps you to align with and maximize this amazing energy.

Details below:

JANUARY 2021 SPECIALS

$44 New Year Tarot Special

Half-hour tarot reading at 20% off the usual rate. Tarot readings offer an energetic check-in, the chance to ask questions about pending decisions or intentions, and represent a fun, yet powerful way to gain perspective on relationships and challenges. They can also be used to offer a snapshots of the coming months and year.

Tarot readings are particularly good for people who don’t know what kinds of questions to ask me; they just want some kind of guidance because they feel unsure of what’s coming or what to…

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5G EMF Protection

People keep emailing me and asking me in sessions about the 5G rollout and how to protect themselves. I’ve written on EMF’s many times before. This is just a heads up that Aires Tech currently has a 25% discount site wide using the code FEELGREAT. It looks like the sale runs all weekend.

This is the only company with whom I have an affiliate relationship, and the only reason I did that was because Aires Tech approached me with an opportunity to offer discounts to clients I was already referring to them. (The current 25% off sale is more than my affiliate discount, so I include that here.)

Back in 2018 and then again in 2021, Aires Tech sampled me a variety of products, including the Lifetune Device for laptops and cellphones. I keep the Lifetune Personal with me at my desk, and we use a second one if David needs to keep his cellphone by the bed when he’s on call. I am SUPER sensitive to EMFs, and I definitely notice a big difference with their products. They also have options for animal friends and entire rooms.

Just passing along the sale since so many people keep asking about the 5G rollout. I also have many, many products from Orgonia all around our house and yard. I use these for general EMF protection and to sweeten the energy in and around our home, but Bo also has some products specifically for 5G. Between Orgonia and the sale at Aires Tech, I trust you’ll find what works best for your individual situation.

Winter Garden Update

I miss gardening, so I thought I’d give a quick Winter Garden Update. Longer days and lots of worm compost finally triggered the window greens to start growing:

Unfortunately, these self-watering trays seem to breed gnats. We don’t have too many, but it’s a little annoying. Next time we get a day in the upper 20’s, I’ll probably put the trays outside for a few hours to get more light and hopefully discourage the gnats from hanging around in ideal conditions. The greens will handle the cold, but I don’t think the gnats will like it. I haven’t decided if I’ll repeat this experiment next year, or if I’ll do this easy peasy and perhaps more productive setup in the backyard:

Meanwhile, indoor gardening livens up the January house. Our Christmas cactus continues to bloom, and this succulent also offers a yellow blast of cheer:

Crazy Plant Lady loves her blooms! Wishing you some cozy cheer from gray and snowy Kalamazoo.

Full Moon in Cancer and North Node in Taurus ~ January 17-18, 2022

My January 2022 Forecast noted:

January 17 Full Moon in Cancer, opposite Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, 6:48 p.m. Eastern. After years of orchestrated tensions and pitting of one group against another, this Full Moon in late Cancer opens the door to much needed integration. Deep love can move us beyond surface differences. In primal, natural ways, we are more alike than different.

With the Sun conjunct Pluto, light shines in the darkness. We can more easily recognize our own shame, Shadow and the ways in which we hide from intimacy. Consider how these unnatural overlays prevent us from honoring ourselves and others. How does the outside world reflect our deep, unconscious fears and/or desires?

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon point is:

PHASE 118 (CANCER 28°): AN INDIAN GIRL INTRODUCES HER WHITE LOVER TO HER ASSEMBLED TRIBE.

KEYNOTE: Inner rebirth through a total acceptance of the primordial values manifest in the human body and its natural functions.

What is shown here is an emotional and warm commitment to the RETURN TO NATURE which today appeals so strongly to the new generation, but which Jean Jacques Rousseau, many great Romanticists and Gauguin long ago advocated and exemplified.

In a time of divisive vitriol, we can find ourselves and each other by returning to nature. When things seem too big and too challenging for human solutions, nature offers a fresh perspective and a chance to remember our true connection to All That Is.

This theme gains momentum due to the next day’s True North Node shift from Gemini to Taurus. Gemini represents Air, while Taurus brings us down to Earth. In Gemini, we get stuck in our heads; Taurus grounds us into our bodies, reminding us that we, too, are part of the natural world. This is one of the most important transits of the entire year. My January 2022 Forecast noted:

Since May 2020, the True North Node has flitted about in Gemini. With the shift to Taurus, ideas and situations that have existed on the mental plane begin to take physical form.

In the next 18 months, collective destiny moves through a Taurus-Scorpio axis. Humanity will need to face Scorpio South Node’s power struggles, shame, abuse and karmic backlash. We can’t afford to keep crashing and burning. Rather, we’ll make slow, steady progress by taking small, tangible actions. Focus on beauty, true security, good food, and nurturing the body. Patience and persistence win the day.

January 18 True North Node enters Taurus. Newton’s First Law of Motion (also known as the Law of Inertia) explains much about the sign of Taurus: an object at rest will stay at rest, unless acted on by an outside force; an object in motion will stay in motion and on the same trajectory, unless acted on by an outside force. It takes a lot to get Taurus moving, but once in motion, autopilot kicks in. If you don’t like your current trajectory, then use today’s shift as a course correction. Align with your body, your values, and your innate sense of self-esteem. Collective energies trend more solid, tangible, safe and natural. …

We can think of this Full Moon as a 24-hour event, setting our course for the next 18 months. The Full Moon point conjuncts Asteroid Burney, which relates to “a very personal approach and its link at the collective level.” As Within, So Without. As Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Each individual shift blazes a wider trail for the collective. Together, we can do this!

Merging with Nature

These photos have been in my queue to share for awhile, but different posts keep jumping ahead of them. In late December, before larger snows began, David and I walked the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail while he tried out the camera on his new iPhone. I love these artful, moody shots — all courtesy of David:

We had to laugh, because once again, I ended up matching our surroundings. I didn’t plan to do so; it just happened, and this trail looked different than many of the other areas around us.

To me, this speaks of being in tune with Nature and aligning with the energies we love. No matter what the outside world offers, we always maintain a choice of where and how we focus our attention.

In between times bring their own stark and somber beauty.

We walked this trail just a few days past Winter Solstice, before the days grew longer. The Season of Winter is still upon us. This time holds many secrets, and some of them are marvelous to ponder. The Great Mystery meanders to and fro, whether or not we choose to notice.

Inhabiting Aloneness

I love this! John O’Donohue is one of my favorite writers. He died young, but his voice remains. I sense that this process of inhabiting aloneness is one of the key transformations a good portion of humanity has undergone in the past two years.

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My friend emailed me this beautiful excerpt from the book, Eternal Echoes, written by John O’Donohue. It really captures the essence of why I’ve fared so well during these seemingly endless months of involuntary isolation.

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“Each one of us is alone in the world. It takes great courage to meet the full force of your aloneness. Most of the activity in society is subconsciously designed to quell the voice crying in the wilderness within you. The mystic Thomas a Kempis said that when you go out into the world, you return having lost some of yourself. Until you learn to inhabit your aloneness, the lonely distraction and noise of society will seduce you into false belonging, with which you will only become empty and weary. When you face your aloneness, something begins to happen. Gradually, the sense of bleakness changes into a…

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Schizandra Returns

I did not expect to do this, but this morning’s dream, recent conversations, and months of synchronicities led me to re-release my 2009 novel, Schizandra and the Gates of Mu.

In October 2017, I announced that I felt led to “retire Schizandra.” I originally wrote the book to help people prepare for the energies of 2012, and it began to feel dated as more time passed. A July 2017 reviewer noted this very thing, and I took that as confirmation to take the novel out of print on what would have been the character’s 30th birthday. I figured I might re-release the novel if I ever continued writing the intended series.

I stopped writing fiction in November 2009, because everything I wrote kept coming true. Until I could get a handle on whether or not I was causing conflicts to appear around me, or if my fiction was uncannily precognitive, I felt obligated to stop writing fiction.

I’ve since learned that my fiction is, in fact, uncannily precognitive. Most of the concerns I had about continuing to write Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar (Book 2) have already manifested in the world, without my writing them. I’ve also had many more years of proof that my dreams — from which I write fiction and paint portals — often foresee the future by many years, if not decades. This realization frees me to write fiction again, and it also makes me look at my prior fiction in a different way.

In Fall 2021 — two friends who’ve each shared dreams that link into key precognitive dreams of mine — independently requested my last two signed copies of Schizandra and the Gates of Mu. I took that as closure, but both people later reported major synchronicities and dreams related to the novel. As when I first released Schizandra, she seemed to take on a life of her own.

Yesterday, one of those readers asked to discuss my book and its effects on her. She read some passages to me from the end, and I realized, “I need to reread that book, because yes, she’s right, it has MANY clues for right now.”

One thing we discussed was how the Gates of Mu are also hridaya — a Sanskrit word for the spiritual heart, but it also means, “Gateway to the Highest Reality.” I gave her source material for many concepts in my novel — Plato’s Symposium, Plato’s Timaeus, Milton’s Paradise Lost, T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets, and I also told her about various Sanskrit chants and concepts I worked into the text. 

She asked me to explain what it all meant, and I said, “I don’t know! I mean, I know, intuitively, but the book was mostly channeled. I wrote it. I edited it. The words didn’t just channel through me, but it came to me in dreams, visions, and downloads. I’d awaken in the morning with conversations in my head, and those became much of the dialog. I can tell you what it means on one level, but I’m going to need to reread that book. I suspect 2022 me will have a much better idea what it means than 2009 me.”

She agreed. 

As we spoke, I realized a lot of the book explores the transformative power of love — especially when each person’s primary relationship is with the Divine, yet they come together as whole people in love with the Divine. Then they fall in love with each other, and the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.

There is so much occurring now that reflects what people thought would occur in 2012 that Schizandra and the Gates of Mu feels relevant again. When my friend read those parts to me yesterday, I realized, “It’s actually a very good book, very deep, but also well written. It’s not a perfect novel by any stretch of the imagination, but it has value. A lot of my newer clients don’t even know I wrote a novel. I suspect the world is more ready for this book now, having gone through 2020 and 2021.” 

Sometimes my nerdy inner English Major comes through. 🙂 Who knows if this means Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar will also come through? I sensed the world needed to reach a certain level of awakening before that second book would make sense to more than a handful of people. In the past two years, many millions of people have awakened in the ways that I foresaw back in 2009. I make no predictions on the release of any of my work, but I know things unfold in perfect timing — even if that seems very different than the timing I intended!

In any case, you can find Schizandra and the Gates of Mu in paperback on Amazon. I might also release it on Kindle once I get that formatted.

Synchronicity and Inner Guidance

This post comes from a 2012 blog post that synchronously arose today after a dream about a huge sign, the need for a screen upon which to project a “movie” and a magical, un-containable rabbit. I decided to write it up as a separate post rather than reblogging because the end of the original post references things specific to that time period. The post itself seems just as relevant today as it did nearly 10 years ago:

Regular readers of my blog know that I’m a huge fan of synchronicity and “reading” signs. With a Masters Degree in English, I’ve simply expanded my definition of “text” to include this entire living, breathing Universe. I thought I’d share some perspectives on synchronicity and how it pertains to inner guidance, seeking and finding, and divination (specifically tarot).

“Synchronistic meetings are like mirrors that reflect something of ourselves. If we want to grow spiritually, all we have to do is take a good look. Synchronicity holds the promise that if we want to change inside, the patterns of our external life will change as well.” ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” ~Deepak Chopra

“Synchronicity hints at the unified world behind the illusory veil of the material universe.” ~Roger S. Jones

“Synchronicity is choreographed by a great, pervasive intelligence that lies at the heart of nature, and is manifest in each of us through intuitive knowledge.” ~Deepak Chopra

When people first begin to experience synchronicity, the phenomenon may feel a bit overwhelming. Clients often as me if I think they’re “crazy” for noticing signs. Others ask me, “Well?! What does it mean? Does it just happen because I’m looking for it?”

In my opinion and experience, the answer’s a bit more complex. Since attitude helps to create our world, how we feel about synchronous events plays an important role. Do we feel a sinking feeling? Does a series of closed doors fill us with dread when we keep pushing them to open? Or do we sense, “If not this, then something better”? When synchronicity blasts into your awareness, it can easily throw you into the ethers due to a persistent sense of invisible order or interference. If you feel ungrounded or spooked, get back in touch with your body. How does it feel? What messages might you be ignoring, which have now played outwards as external events? As Carl Jung reminds us, “Whatever is not conscious will be experienced as fate.”

Jung defines synchronicity as “meaningful coincidence,” further explaining, “Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world.” But who provides the meaning? Although I do not believe anything occurs randomly in the Universe, trying to assign meaning to every single event becomes a maddening rabbit hole. I often use a three time’s the charm measure: if something jumps out at me once, I make note of it but don’t necessarily take action; second time really gets my attention; by the third time, I begin to formulate a different direction.

That’s my general, everyday operating principle. In times of extreme prayer and quiet (or sometimes intensely loud) seeking, I pay attention to everything. I almost scan the Universe like I scan a client’s energy — searching for anomalies. I don’t force anomalies to appear. Rather, I soften my observation, blur things a bit, and pay attention to whatever pokes through. In an impressionistic painting, a touch of Salvador Dali or Piet Mondrian would certainly stand out! It’s not that impressionists are better or worse than Dali or Mondrian, just different. Having something obviously ordered, yet differently ordered begs my further attention and exploration. For those who don’t know the art history references, I’ve included a few images:

Monet is probably the most famous impressionist painter

Claude Monet ~ The Water Lily Pond with the Japanese Bridge

Imagine something like this image below inserting itself into the above scene:

Painting from a series by Piet Mondrian

Mondrian painted in primary colors and black and white, distinctly using squares and rectangles. Repeats of that might very well grab your attention inside a Monet painting, right? And what about this?

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

The Dali might seem (ever so slightly) less jarring than the Mondrian image if it inserted itself into the Monet, but I’d imagine the melting clocks over the bridge just might grab your attention!

Actually, I love this particular Dali in a discussion of synchronicity, because a hallmark of that subjective “meaning” seems somehow very connected to the compression of time. If the seemingly linked events hadn’t occurred at the exact moment they occurred, we might have simply overlooked them, or allowed them to fade into a background blur. Synchronicity involves anomaly, Divine timing, and a willingness to see beyond what you might normally expect.

I always suggest people pray for eyes to see the signs, wisdom to interpret them, and faith to follow through on them. If you’re going to pray, you might as well go all out!

But what happens when you’re just not sure? What happens if you see so many signs, some of which seem to send conflicting messages? Since we live in a vibrational Universe, Abraham-Hicks would say your experience alters as your point of attraction alters. They’ve often used the analogy of taking a trip from Phoenix to San Diego. It’s a straight shot, and if you keep heading towards your intention, you’ll get there. If, however, you become discouraged when you hit Yuma, you might endlessly cycle between Phoenix and Yuma and back to Phoenix, without ever arriving at your intended destination. In this case, your own personal synchronicities might be all over the place, depending on whether you’re heading towards San Diego or back to Phoenix!

Enter some additional wisdom from Carl Jung: “We can predict the future when we know how the present moment has evolved out of the past.” Towards the end of his life, Jung became very interested in divination tools like the I Ching and the Tarot. He regretted that he had too few participants to create a full study, but modern Tarot Readers often draw upon Jungian ideas like Archetypes and Synchronicity as a means of interpreting Tarot spreads. To me, that makes perfect sense, since which cards appear in any given spread simply reflects the vibration of whoever’s receiving the reading. The cards provide a visual, complete with artwork, Archetypes and a potential storyline (via the suit cards).

You can think of your thoughts as seeds or even eggs, which contain all the nutrients for full blown creation. Synchronicities and Tarot can be seen as indicators of how closely your vibration’s aligning with the thoughts you most want to take form. As above, so below! Great manifestors know and live this maxim. If they don’t like the tone of synchronicities, inner monologue or readings, they harness positivity and redirect their thoughts. As the saying goes:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

This all comes from an older post I had completely forgotten about, but it popped up right after a dream about signs and synchronicities. Perhaps someone out there’s been wondering about these topics. In any case, I hope you find the flow of ideas helpful and timely on your journey.

A 24 Carat Harvest

Happy 2022! This all came together so organically — pun intended — that I had to share.

On New Year’s Eve, I did a few sessions but had the afternoon marked off on my calendar to do a final harvest of the 2021 garden. This plan occurred due to incoming weather, not as a year end ritual, but it ended up being just that.

We’ve had temperatures down to the mid-twenties, and kale, collards, mustard greens, and lettuce survive just fine at those temps. We’re set to dip into the low teens, which meant I needed to harvest since I don’t put row covers in the front yard. I also wanted to dig out any remaining carrots from the top of the Garden Tower before the soil froze.

As I harvested brassicas and herbs, I also cut back spent blooms from late Fall. I piled my harvest on the bench, and hauled the withered parts to our yard waste bin. Each time I added to the harvest pile, a blessing from 2021 crossed my mind. Each trip to the yard waste bin, I thought of something that had already served its purpose and would drop away. I spent over an hour of literal harvesting and composting, all the while pondering the metaphorical implications for 2021.

I used to host Wheel of the Year celebrations, and I designed rituals to reflect each turn of the Wheel — each festival of change. I could not have created a more contemplative ritual to unite body, mind and spirit. You can see my front yard harvest piled on the bench:

Next, I went to the backyard, wondering what usable treats I’d find there. Not only did I gather more greens, but I kept pulling carrots from the top of the Garden Tower. I couldn’t believe how many lay under the soil there, with very little evidence on top.

These grew with no effort on my part. In early Fall, I scattered seeds in less than a minute on top of the Garden Tower. They weren’t ready when the growing season ended, because I planted them late, but because of a mild Fall, they’re fully grown now. It was a delightful surprise to have so many, so large and so sweet! That felt emblematic of things to come.

I munched on three fresh carrots as I washed and chopped all the herbs, greens (purples!), and onion.

At dinner, I told David I had harvested “probably more than 20 carrots,” and he said, “A 24 carat harvest.”

I got curious so pulled out the photo on my phone to count how many. “Oh, it’s 27 carrots.” Then I realized, “I ate three! I did have a 24 carrot harvest.” (You might count 28 in the photo, but one of the carrots broke, so it’s really 27 whole carrots, minus the three I ate, leaving a 24 carrot harvest.)

The term “24 carat” refers to pure gold, so I had a “pure gold harvest,” plus three for me! This feels so symbolic of my entire 2021. The year involved some hard work and challenges, but overall I experienced massive blessings. I feel so much gratitude for the bounty of life, and so satisfied to compost that which no longer serves:

This ritual occurred in a spontaneous, organic way, but I encourage each of you to take stock of your year. What did you harvest? What can you compost? What surprise blessings did you receive along the way?

I wish each and every one of you a 2022 full of unexpected, sweet and nourishing delights.