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Door Number 27 ~ Star Gate Portal

Star Gate Portal by Laura Bruno

At long last, I’ve finished the portal door I “downloaded” in a flash in January 2021 while working on a collaborative project. I saw it so clearly and right away ordered a slatted wooden sign that I could turn into a vertical “gate.” I found and ordered a dresser pull to use as a mini doorknob, and David drilled a hole for me at a doorknob appropriate spot. The image was so clear, and the objects so readily appeared that I expected this to be one of the fastest portals I ever created.

Then, it became obvious that the collaboration needed to pause while other projects occurred–for both of us–and I received not one, but two commissioned portals that jumped ahead of the Star Gate. I shared those stories in write-ups for The Queen of Wands Imbolc Portal and Strength Portal with Quan Yin and Tiger. As I mentioned in those posts, I sensed all three portals as somehow linked together. Not only did I give Reiki Healing Attunements to all three wooden panels/sign, but I primed them at the same time. I coded preliminary Runes on the back of them as a group, even though each portal features its own coding specific to the person for whom I created the portal.

I mention the delay because “perfect timing” plays out with all of these portals. I often experience delays that prove meaningful. The Queen of Wands portal jumped ahead of both my own and the other commissioned portal, and I finished on Imbolc Eve. This is a date sacred to St. Bridget/Goddess Brigid, with whom the patron feels a strong connection. When I finally began working on the Strength Portal with Quan Yin and Tiger, I realized we had just entered Year of the Tiger. Again, perfect timing!

I posted the Strength Portal on October 3, 2022 and figured I would get started on my Star Gate Portal, but nope. Instead I downloaded an idea for turning my Metaphysics of Lyme nonfiction project into a novel. I spent a month brainstorming and jotting down notes, pulling characters’ natal charts, and then on October 30, Mars stationed Retrograde in Gemini–where I have four planets, including my Mercury. I was going great guns on that novel project until everything screeched to a halt. We entered holiday season, and I leaned into some very deep inner shifts that apparently needed to occur before I could finish the Star Gate Portal or the novel.

Of all my portals, this is the one most assisted and directed by David. Not only did he drill the hole for the drawer pull doorknob, but he also took me on a surprise visit to a crystal shop where seeing a bunch of blue topaz gave me the idea to glue those onto the portal as stars. I picked up three shungite stones from the same place, and eventually I realized I needed to use two rocks David had picked up from one of our walks by Lake Michigan. Then I got the idea to use a mirrored star as “The” Star of the portal. It’s traditionally an 8-pointed star, but I accidentally ordered a Star of David. When I realized the mistake, the only 8-pointed star available was a Star of Bethlehem. I grew up in Bethlehem, PA, so this seemed perfect, too. Now I have a 6-pointed Star of David for some unknown future project, plus a mirrored portal star connected to my own early life.

As we approached David’s holiday work party, held on January 6, 2023, I realized I would need to cut the black and white wig for my Cruella costume. The one I had was just too long. It occurred to me that I could save some of the white hair and use it for my portal, at which point, I realized this would be much more of a multimedia collage than a portal “painting.” I found and ordered different colors of felt and ribbon to glue onto the portal in the same imagery I’d seen so long ago in my head.

January 6, 2023 was a potent day. Not only did it feature a powerful Full Moon in Cancer exactly conjunct my Ascendant/Midheaven Midpoint, it occurred on the religious Feast Day of Epiphany. In Christianity, Epiphany represents the arrival of the Three Magi/Wise Men/astrologers who followed the star to the babe in a manger. The term epiphany refers to a sudden insight or realization. Using the white hair cut from the costume I wore to the January 6 party further links this portal to David, as well as to the idea of sudden downloads, realizations, gifts, and a recognition of Divine Timing.

That particular Full Moon’s Sabian Symbol was: (CANCER 17°): THE UNFOLDMENT OF MULTILEVEL POTENTIALITIES ISSUING FROM AN ORIGINAL GERM. KEYNOTE: The life urge to actualize one’s birth potential. Combined with the Star of Bethlehem linked to my very early life, this all felt orchestrated. The long delays ended up simplifying the portal creation. Instead of painting, shading and needing to figure out how to paint imagery with spaces between the slats, everything came together as a collage.

Mars stationed Direct on January 12, 2023, and from then on, the Star Gate Portal unfolded in rapid fire ways. David helped me plot out the felt pieces, and he ironed the ribbon I used for the portal quote. (Yes, David does any ironing in our house, because that’s not a skill I’ve acquired!) It also felt symbolic to have him assist so much on this portal, which feels like the most “me” of all the portals. I ended up gluing most of it together between January 21-23, 2023. This time period included a powerful New Moon in Aquarius that almost exactly conjuncted my natal Moon, followed by Uranus stationing Direct on the 22nd, and then the finishing touches glued on 1/23, which links this portal to the Magician Portal.

In Tarot, the Star card connects with the Sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Because of how my natal chart interconnects, that Aquarius New Moon activated my entire Sun/Moon/Pluto Grand Trine in Air, plus my Mercury, Neptune, Ascendant, Midheaven (career), Part of Fortune (happy spot) and Vertex (fated trigger point). It felt like someone flipped a switch that will allow me to live much more to my full potential. This has already begun to play out in real time. I’ll announce a big shift sometime in the next week or so.

In addition, the 1/23 finish date ties into a key dream I had on 1/23/2020 (a version of 1/23/4), “full speed ahead” that also connects to Door Number 16: “Not all who wander are lost.” Of course, this portal also connects to an earlier Star Portal commissioned in Canada in 2010. That was Door Number 11, tying into my own 11 Life Path Number.

The quote and numbers of the Justice Portal also tie into this new Star Gate Portal. That was Door Number 22 and featured an 11/11 on the painted ribbon. My birthday is May 22, and again that 11 Life Path Number arose in connection with stars. I actually painted lady Justice as Astraea, a star goddess, further connecting both portals. That was a commissioned portal, but the patron and I share many synchronicities as her two portals continue to activate, even years later. That portal’s quote reads, “The universe and the light of the stars come through me.” That’s a Rumi quote, while this portal’s quote (also by Rumi) reads, “Let the waters settle and you will find the moon and stars mirrored in your own being.”

This whole portal process felt so instructive. Despite delays, the actual work portion of the portal unfolded really fast. The longest part was waiting for glue to dry for various layers, but it took very little active time. This, too, felt symbolic. The pieces were all in place, yet they needed to settle and gel before moving forward. The end product looks so similar to my original vision, except it became almost effortlessly 3D. What I thought presented a major challenge–painting a realistic figure over slats with spaces between them–materialized in such a literal and easy way. I felt surprise and delight as the portal confirmed a repeat Dream Guy message, “Delay leads to delight.”

Once the glue dried, I hung this portal in my office, near a waterfall tapestry and a magical owl I got from Faery Sis Tania Marie. I love how her white hair and the kyanite “water” echo the white owl and the waterfall. Photos don’t show how much it sparkles and glows at night, but you can kind of imagine the energy.

Star Gate Portal with Dream Weaver by Phoebe

Even though the owl is not part of this portal, it definitely plays with the portal energy. Tania included a lovely write-up on her post suggesting this Barn Owl and Faery Queen wanted to move on. You can explore this beautiful owl more thoroughly here. Scroll down her post to get to the owl part. The owl and faery arrived about six months after my initial vision of the Star Gate Portal. I’ve always sensed the portal would go in that same corner, but I didn’t originally anticipate how the white hair and ribbons would play off the waterfall and owl.

They resonate so well together that I consider them part of a powerful co-creation in that entire corner. From my desk, I see the owl aimed to land on my shoulder, while the doorknob and starry crown sparkle and shine. The Star of Bethlehem mirror looks like something shining from within the door, and the kyanite reminds me that inspiration flows.

Key symbols in this portal include:

Star Card Symbols: The Water Bearer (Aquarius) pouring water into water and on the land. An 8-pointed star. This card is number 17, and with the 16 blue topaz stars, that brings us to 17. Qualities associated with the star card include: hope, best of both worlds, rejuvenation, alignment, cleansing, ascension, promise, and reassurance. The woman is naked and unashamed, in total harmony with land, sea and sky.

Blue Topaz: The clear blue color symbolizes water, wind and sky. Blue topaz stabilizes emotions and helps us to find our own True North through authentic inner guidance. It also enhances creativity and self expression.

Blue Kyanite: Sometimes known as a “channeling stone,” blue kyanite enhances our connection to inspiration and messages from beyond. It’s an excellent stone for writers. According to the paper that came with the stones I ordered from Mind Body Nirvana LLC, “Blue Kyanite: inspires spiritual growth, facilitates dream work, improves clarity, improves one’s communication, inspires transformation, improves intuition, assists with psychic abilities & divine guidance.”

Shungite: Used for water purification, shungite is 99% carbon, which also ties into stardust and the human body. With unknown origins, shungite may have come from a meteorite colliding with Earth. Shungite protects from EMF radiation, and it assists with any conditions related to inflammation or allergic response.

Pitchers: These silver vessels tie into the Divine Feminine, reception, water, and flow.

Starry Crown: Again, the presence of a starry crown links to Justice (Door Number 22), which featured Lady Justice as Astraea the star goddess wearing a starry crown. Anytime a new portal links to an earlier portal, it seems to activate both, like reaffirming the intentions and generating big synchronicities related to the door or its coding.

I coded the Star Gate Portal to support the powerful current and upcoming activations in my natal chart, progressions and life. For years, I’ve looked at this 2023-2025 time period, when Pluto in early Aquarius will conjunct my natal Moon (most personal point in the chart) and trine or sextile so many other things. I knew that running away from change would only make Pluto’s tsunami crash harder against my Moon, so I decided to lean into change. I can use this energy to bring forth so many creations with tremendous depth and power. I can flow during my own rebirth.

This portal is a prayer and intention that no matter what happens, I will thrive, renew and regenerate. I added one extra blue topaz star to the rock upon which the woman sits. This brings the star energy into her foundation and adds an extra sense of grounding to all the psychic downloads and dreamy intuition.

This post kept getting delayed by newly activated projects that unfolded throughout the week. Only today did I realize that Door Number 27 would post on 1/27. Thanks for journeying awhile with me!

Full Moon in Cancer ~ January 6, 2023

My January 2023 Forecast shared:

January 6 Full Moon in Cancer, 6:08 p.m. Eastern Standard US time. According to Dane Rudhyar, the Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is: (CANCER 17°): THE UNFOLDMENT OF MULTILEVEL POTENTIALITIES ISSUING FROM AN ORIGINAL GERM. KEYNOTE: The life urge to actualize one’s birth potential. What a beautiful and encouraging start to 2023! At the time of the Full Moon, the Capricorn Sun point trines Uranus in Taurus, which sextiles the Moon point. The presence of Uranus brings extra energy for breakthroughs and liberation.

The Moon rules the sign of Cancer, empowering this Full Moon with extra potent juju. We see an emphasis on intuition, emotions, ebb and flow, and issues around mothers, children, home, and country.

modified from original chart on astro-seek.com

The Sun point conjuncts Mercury in Capricorn. Information and messages will come through, especially about the past. With Mercury Retrograde, we might discover that some things are different than we originally thought. We can review details and reorganize our worldview. Pay attention to insights about rules, structures, organizations, and top down authorities. This is a great time to reassess loyalties and traditions, making sure these speak to the real you. If someone or something diminishes you, reconsider how you spend your time and energy.

The Full Moon conjuncts Echeclus. This object is both a centaur and a comet, which ties into his role in astrology. Zane Stein notes:

On Amable’s blog, Transneptunian Astrology, there is this interesting observation about Echeclus: “When Echeclus is activated, there are time connections between past, present and future. Usually something of the past has imposing influence in the present, and something of the present can have an imposing influence in the future, and vice versa, like in the movies “The Kid” (2000), “Family Man” (2000), “Pay it Forward” (2000), “Frecuency” (2000), “The Lake House” (2006, remake of “Il Mare” South Corean film of 2000), “Déjà Vu” (2006), “Tomb Raider: Legend” (PS2, 2006), “Star Trek” (1979) and “Tess” (1979).

“Learning to switch time perspectives allows us to shift our attention easily between the past, present and future, and consciously adapt our mindset to any given situation.”

Precognition and time loops get activated by Echeclus. If you find yourself “going around in circles,” consider the possibility of a spiral staircase. Are you processing the same thing but on a deeper or higher level? Time is non-linear. We can revisit and pre-visit events from widely divergent times and timelines. Remember the Sabian Symbol: THE UNFOLDMENT OF MULTILEVEL POTENTIALITIES ISSUING FROM AN ORIGINAL GERM. If you’ve felt stuck, this Full Moon’s for you. Whatever glimpse you’ve had of your most authentic, full potential Self, go for it!

Asteroid Pallas also conjuncts the Full Moon in Cancer. Pallas stands for Pallas Athene, and represents Athena’s wisdom, knowledge, and support of the arts. She also deals with pattern recognition, including astrology. This conjunction increases insight into overall patterns playing across our lives. Many of these patterns appear in our natal charts. It just depends how we play the hand we’re dealt. Will we embrace our soul’s full intention for this lifetime?

An owl often sits on Athena’s shoulder, so we get Full Moon, female and owl, all of which remind me of this grainy mirror photo from 2010:

This Full Moon exactly trines asteroid Psyche in Scorpio. Psyche represents the Soul, and in Scorpio, we’re talking the deepest parts of the Soul. Psyche was born mortal. Through a process of love, loss, divine intervention and even more love, Psyche became an immortal goddess, finally allowed to live with her husband Eros. She covers all levels and realms of consciousness, all the different ways we discover who we are and what makes us tick. This Full Moon urges us to reach our full potential as a soul.

The Full Moon in Cancer + Psyche in Scorpio form a Grand Trine in Water with asteroids Vesta and Atlantis in Pisces. Combined with the Sabian Symbol for this Moon, I find the trine with Vesta and Atlantis fascinating. Vesta represents devotion to that which we hold most dear. She tends the flame of our highest ideals, kind of like the Statue of Liberty with her torch. The sign of Cancer wants to protect and nurture family, home and country. This Full Moon in Cancer occurs within three degrees of the US natal Sun. Remember, January 6 marks an important date in US history. Whether you consider J6 an insurrection or a false flag, this Full Moon will shine light on those events.

It also occurs in larger context of the ongoing First US Pluto Return (most exact from 2022-2025). This transit will either destroy the US or see it rise like a phoenix born from the ashes of its own funeral pyre. Pluto destroys that which no longer serves, removing anything stagnant or stifling. Anything not included in the original seed or divine blueprint gets blasted away. In context of the Full Moon’s trine to Atlantis and Vesta, America was originally imagined as “The New Atlantis“–a reference to Sir Francis Bacon’s novel of that name. Analyzing this novel’s influence on the founding of the United States, Rosanne Lindsay explains:

Sir Francis Bacon was a Freemason who had a major influence on the founding of America. Along with the Pilgrims who came to America for religious freedom, secret societies, who followed Bacon’s work, came with another agenda – to use America’s military and financial power to establish democracies throughout the world, and to restore The Lost City of Atlantis.

In a pure democracy, laws are made directly by the voting majority leaving the rights of the minority largely unprotected. In a republic, laws are made by representatives chosen [by] the people and must comply with a constitution that specifically protects the rights of the minority from the will of the majority.

The issue of constitutional compliance is “up” right now and impacts what could prove a monumental lawsuit on the Supreme Court docket for January 6, 2023. Time will tell what happens, but what uncanny timing with the J6 anniversary, this court case, and the Full Moon! The next four weeks could get very interesting, especially once Mars, Mercury and Uranus station Direct in mid-late Janaury. Action, information and liberation will play key roles on the world stage. The Sabian Symbol for the US natal Sun includes a KEYNOTE: Fulfillment in transcending and changeless wisdom. By conjuncting the US natal Sun, the January 6 Full Moon in Cancer amplifies the presence of Pallas Athene, with her owl and wisdom. Athena is also the patron goddess of Athens, aka the “birthplace of democracy.”

Look to overall patterns and the potential to transcend current challenges through wisdom that endures. At the time of the Full Moon, the North Node destiny point sits at 11°11′ Taurus–another manifestation gateway. Again, the Sabian Symbol of this Full Moon bodes well. THE UNFOLDMENT OF MULTILEVEL POTENTIALITIES ISSUING FROM AN ORIGINAL GERM. KEYNOTE: The life urge to actualize one’s birth potential.

Synchronously, this Full Moon also occurs on the Christian feast of Epiphany–when the Magi recognized the divine nature of Jesus. Most people don’t realize that these Three Wise Men were astrologers watching the sky and following a star to find divine revelation in human form. An “epiphany” is also “a sudden insight or intuitive understanding” that often leads to breakthrough. Once again, the Sabian Symbol rings loud and clear.

Happy Full Moon in Cancer! May we each become our best and truest selves.

Karen’s Dream of Owl and Me

Today’s post is, in some ways, a continuation of my Sleeping Bear Dunes and Birthday Owls post. I’ll begin with my dream journal recap of Karen’s dream. She has graciously allowed me to use her name here. You’ve already encountered her in the Two of Cups Equinox Portal post and the Queen of Wands Imbolc Portal post. If you’ve read those posts, you’ve gotten a peak into her journey, and you can see the synchronicities and joy begin to unfold in magical ways.

Fast forward to today’s dream journal recap:

6/3/2022

“Karen’s Dream of Owl and Me”

Yesterday afternoon, client Karen (whose North Node conjuncts my Venus) told me she keeps forgetting to tell me about a dream she had. She rarely recalls her dreams, and to her knowledge has never dreamed about me. In her dream, she and I stood looking at an owl. When the owl opened its beak and mouth wide, I pointed to it and said, “Look, it makes a perfect ‘o’.” 

She tried to describe the symbol to me, because it was really an ‘o’ with points. I asked her to draw it and she sent me a drawing, then a photo of a Kentucky agate portal with “the right swoop if you make the sides a bit rounded.” She has her little witch/Queen of Wands portal I painted her now walking towards that portal. (It’s a slice of the Kentucky agate, and you can slightly see through it.)

I texted back, “Very cool to all of this! Especially the portal. I will have to ponder your dream. Thank you for sharing it. So basically, I pointed to the owl and said it was making a perfect O? Was it a baby owl?”

She replied, “It was not a baby owl. We were looking at an owl and it opened its mouth wide, and you made that comment. Now I’m not sure if there was any interaction or if we were just observing it. 

“Now [I’m] doubting myself because it wasn’t an o as in round, but it [m]ust have been a perfect symbol. Maybe some Rune that sounds like oh?”

I told her I would ponder this because nothing jumped out at me. Awoke around 3:55 a.m. just before David’s alarm went off. I realized, “It’s a UFO. Turn the owl mouth 90 degrees and it’s a flying saucer shaped UFO. An owl with open mouth gives a message about UFO’s.”

I emailed Karen so as not to wake her up: “Turn the dream symbol on its side and it’s a UFO flying saucer. This connection is central to Mike Clelland’s research, including the book I am in.” Then I included owl and alien emojis. I’m supposed to post about this. She has also been to Suttons Bay and the owl store. Apparently, there’s a spot where people hike down and often can’t get back. Not sure what she meant since this was the end of our session.

Fell back asleep, and I got more downloads for my July 2022 Forecast. The precision of highly charged astrology transits hitting the US in July is insane. No wonder I have such a feeling of massive shift. From start to finish — it’s not just the Mars-Uranus-North Node conjunction. That’s like the fireworks finale to a month of fireworks — literal and figurative.

END of dream journal.

After writing up the dream, I asked Karen: “Can I post about this without using your name, and if so, may I include the photos and your texted description of the dream? If not, no worries on either account. I just got the sense I was supposed to document this on my blog for some reason.”

She replied: “Sure. You can do anything you want. I don’t even care if you mention my name if you feel led to. And very cool connection you made which reminded me that I saw either a really futuristic plane or a UFO last week. It was black and looked sort of like a fan shaped shield and I saw the top of it like it was going straight up. Then it went forward and was so thin it disappeared. I hear you… planes don’t do that. But I do live near an air force base. I’m going to look into that some more and see if I can find a picture.”

The exact moment her reply came through, I emailed her two images, with the following message:

I’m imagining the outline of this, including the beak:

and this, minus the legs:

I love that the image comes from a site called: https://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-silver-metal-flying-saucer-ufo-harsh-white-desert-planet-landscape-landed-image35526575   … The pinterest owl image also originated at “dreamstime.com” 

Karen replied: “That’s the mouth!”

To which I replied, “I was just emailing Mike Clelland about this when your message came through ‘That’s the mouth!'”

Our morning continued with interwoven synchronicities. Mike’s in a different timezone, so he hasn’t yet flown into the swirling vortex — at least not by email. 🙂

Here are the images Karen texted me last night as a follow-up to our phone conversation:

She and I went back and forth about how much of her name to include, and she added about the possible UFO event: “What I saw might have been the stealth bomber. But it’s still an anomaly because it’s not stationed here.”

me: “Lots of anomalies these days!”

Karen: “So true.”

I went about the rest of my morning, tending the garden, riding the exercise bike. Then I received another email from her with a subject line “FYI.” She sent it from her iPhone: “Just passed a car the license plate said area 51B.”

me: “LOL, I better write this post soon or it will keep growing!”

X-Files, Owls, Faeries and Soft Disclosure

A friend wished me Happy Leprechaun Day, and I said, “I like that. I might swipe it for a St. Patty’s Day post, if you don’t mind.”

She said, “Of course not, the little guys would love it!”

So … Happy Leprechaun Day!

I searched my blog for “Leprechaun” because I know I shared about a real life Leprechaun experience I had involving a pair of boots. I keep dreaming of shoes and boots, so I know that post will appear sometime. Apparently, THIS post wants to go up again.

For all those people who ask me about resources regarding Faeries, ETs, and UFOs, here you go … recommended resources as of February 2016.

Laura Bruno's Blog

Today’s post began one way, and then turned into a compilation of resources:

Here’s an interesting and thoughtful piece from Rebecca Hardcastle Wright called, “What’s Beneath ET Disclosure: Were We Lab Rats?” — definitely worth a read now that the new X-Files, Hillary, Podesta, all manner of experiencers and the New Age cavalry seem to be pushing a soft disclosure of ET presence. As an ironic rule, I don’t make firm conclusions, really not in any area, but especially not this one. Rebecca asks herself some difficult questions, yet her conclusion reminds me of something I notice in so many other areas these days — no matter what the original intent and real or imagined existence of would-be overlords, people continue to free themselves from the maze.

In addition to Rebecca’s article, I highly recommend Mike Clelland’s new book, “The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee,” which I’ve reviewed

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At the Threshold of Jupiter Conjunct Saturn

I keep having dreams of doors, latches that cannot and should not be locked, and thresholds. I also keep having bizarre experiences at the threshold of my office. These feel orchestrated, “impossible,” and then, upon further investigation link to a spiderweb of dreams going back decades.

I shared some of these threshold experiences in other posts:

Aftermath, New Moon in Taurus: Starting Over from Zero

The Hermit is Active!

The Lion Dream

Last night as I crossed the threshold of my office, my left knee bent and my leg involuntarily lifted itself up high, then smashed my heel right on the raised wooden threshold. It hurt, but not too bad — more like a dramatic way of getting my attention. This linked to the experience I described on October 25, 2020, where — after a potent dream — the glass of water I was holding as I approached this same threshold spontaneously sprinkled water over the wooden threshold, like a sacred offering.

Because of the connection between the experiences, I looked up my reblog of Aftermath, New Moon in Taurus: Starting Over from Zero … only to discover another web of dream, astrology and “real” life synchronicities. It’s like a fractal of synchronicities. Because of so many recent dreams about doors and thresholds, I’ve been asking, “Which threshold?”

This article from AstroButterfly came through as I sat down at my desk. It confirmed a persistent sense I’ve had about the upcoming Jupiter Saturn Conjunction at 0° Aquarius on Winter Solstice. (11:11 a.m. right this moment as I type!)

In addition to powerful collective implications, this Great Conjunction occurs within 1° of my natal Aquarius Moon, so I’ve been tracking it for awhile. I also had potent initiatory experiences last Winter Solstice Eve, and David and I got married on Winter Solstice 2016. Is this the threshold my dreams say I’m approaching? Time will tell.

Certainly we, as a collective, are in a doorway of some sort. Where does it lead? Despite all the chaos and uncertainty of our times, my dreams continue to show me a beautiful future. Yes, it involves a death and rebirth in order to get there, but from what I’ve seen, it’s worth the Plutonian journey. I encourage everyone to check out the post Jupiter Conjunct Saturn — A New Order, as it gives an easy to understand overview of the coming energies.

I’ll leave you with two recent photos of the threshold to my office, both recent activations. The first I shared in the Hermit is Active post:

The Hermit Portal by Laura Bruno

After a powerful, spiritual and expansive vision, I came home to find light hitting the portal so that the lantern lit up the image, as though real. The second photo is from a couple days later, same threshold but with the door open.

I later noticed that I emailed it to myself at 5:55 p.m. As I shared in my repeating numbers post:

Repeating 5’s indicate big changes on the way. Even good changes can feel stressful, so prepare yourself for shifts. When you see 555’s, get focused on what you do want instead of repeating all the things you don’t want. If you feel frustrated at the slowness of changes, know that they are coming. If you’ve wanted out of something, put whatever things in place you’ll need for when that something falls away. Affirmation: (The Serenity Prayer) “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

11:22 now as I type. On the outside of this same threshold is The Messenger owl from Orgonia — a Winter Solstice 2017 gift from my friend/Soul Bro Mitch:

The Messengers plaque by Orgonia

This plaque, in turn, was inspired by a series of synchronicities that Bo shares in the product description:

“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.”
Carl Jung

This much larger owl plaque was inspired by an uncanny spate of “owl synchronicities” that happened to me this last (2015) Thanksgiving. As the synchronicities began to pile up over the space of a week I began to reconstruct where the whole affair had probably begun.
A synopsis – my family was on a jaunt to Houston, TX (where much of my extended family lives,) and one of our excursions took us to the Menil Museum which houses an extensive collection of African masks and ritual objects. Particularly arresting were the owl effigies and in particular this one at which I lingered for some time:

The next day we were treated to a private showing of a wonderful little documentary (Rara Avis) about John Audubon in which his owl prints figured prominently.

Then upon returning home on Monday Orgonia started getting orders for owl plaques one after another – four in a row – one order being for 5 plaques – with the final tally being 8 owl plaques ordered consecutively. The first owl plaque had been ordered by someone who lived a few miles from the Austin, TX airport from which we had flown home. The last order in the “run” came in from Australia.

As this pattern was unfolding I emailed my friend Laura Bruno, whose “alternative” blog is one of my favorites, to get her reaction and feedback. Owl synchronicities are a much rumored if still obscure phenomenon, but I figured if anyone had some interesting chatter about this it would be Laura. The very next day she sent me an exclamatory email linking to that mornings’s debut on Amazon of a 400 page collection of owl synchronicity stories which book I highly recommend (“E. Long” is my Amazon reviewer name.)

Make of this what you will it certainly grabbed my attention and set me on the road to coming up with a bigger owl statement in my orgonite plaque line up. This Great Horned Owl has the gravitas and refinement I was looking for. It’s a big hunk of orgonite energy beaming out through the eyes of potent being.

All of this comes full spiral to ongoing owl synchronicities shared on my blog, as well as me sharing my experiences in Mike Clelland’s book, Stories from the Messengers and in an interview on The Unseen Podcast. Here’s my review of The Messengers, mentioned in Bo’s product writeup.

What does it all mean? I don’t know, but these synchronicities, owls, doors and threshold activations seem very precise and ongoing. If you enjoy rabbit holes, I recommend all the links in this post. If you only read one, though, do check out AstroButterfly’s post about Jupiter Conjunct Saturn on Winter Solstice 2020. That’s a collective transit, but as with SO many collective transits this past year plus, it hits my chart in a very personal way. It doesn’t get much more personal than something conjuncting one’s natal Moon.

Blessings, courage, love and magic to all, as we approach the threshold.

Scenes from Sunday and Signs of a New Earth

I haven’t mentioned them in awhile, but my longstanding “life in death” dreams continue, with lots of waking life bleedthrough. I described some of these dreams in the Precognitive Blues series, and also mentioned them in a post called “Ringing in a New Decade and a New Earth,” alluding to my powerful experience in The Womb exhibit at Meijer Sculpture Gardens, which began a spontaneous ritual initiation for me on the Eve of Winter Solstice 2019.

On Sunday, David and I went to Lake Michigan for our fourth time out of the past five weekends — a welcome recharge of walking along the edge of and in the water, as well as sitting on an eroding sand dune of eerily upturned trees. The exposed roots form a kind of Otherworldly forest of open tunnels and hilly sand passages to get there. We like this area, because it’s quiet and somewhat secluded, with shade for fair skinned me. Here was our view to the left this past Sunday:

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On the way there, we stopped at Geoscape Rock Shop in Paw Paw, MI. David had seen a sign for it while out there for work one day. The outside of the shop features huge chunks of unusual landscaping rocks like sodalite, lepidolite, Mookaite (aka Australian jasper), lavender rose quartz, and more standard selections. Inside, they offered a large and varied collection of unusual items, including the Zebra Onyx Crystal Skull, pictured below.
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This jumped out at me because of the zebra and owl dream I described in the post Owls, Dragons and Zebra Elephants: when dreams spill into “real” life. To the right of these skulls, was a statue of two owls, which again echoed the two owls I was drawing at the end of that same dream:

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Owls, Dragons and Zebra Elephants: when dreams spill into “real” life

Yesterday, we took a lovely morning walk along the shores of Lake Michigan in Van Buren State Park, which we had not visited since March 2018:

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It always feels so good to get in or near a large body of water, especially since I continue having disconcerting, yet encouraging dreams. Yesterday was no exception.

What’s weird is that the entire day ended up echoing a series of three dreams I had on 6/26/2020. One of those dreams featured a professor from Africa — a world renowned owl expert — and her daughter living in an apartment with cheerful pink bedspreads and a massive amount of zebras. When David and I saw this mural with the hot pink background, he wanted to take a photo since I kind of looked like I could be on safari anyway:

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Who knew the rare zebra elephant roamed so close to Lake Michigan?

I immediately flashed on my dream with the pink bedspreads and all the dramatic zebras, but I didn’t realize until later in the day how much 6/26/2020 dream bleedthrough the day had already been bringing. Continue reading

Door Number 21: The Hermit Portal

I finished painting this portal on May 14, 2020, right around the time Jupiter went retrograde. I needed to wait for paint and glue to dry, but mostly, I needed better light for photographing it. Michigan rivals the Pacific Northwest sometimes! I love the gloomy days, but they don’t make for good indoor photographs. This “door” has been knocking on my subconscious for months. I thought I’d begin the weekend of March 29th, tapping into the world’s pandemic “hermit” mode; however, when the world goes crazy, I get busy. I’ve had so many sessions that I didn’t even start working on it until the week of May 4th.

As usual with these portals, astrological timing superseded my own plans. May 4, 2020 marked the actual crossquarter day of Beltane, when the Sun crosses 15 degrees Taurus. Beltane is a fire and purification festival, and also one of two key times the trooping faeries change residence — the other being Samhain, on or near Halloween. Even before I knew much about astrology, the doors — literal then, now sometimes canvas with painted doors — either featured astrological signatures or began or finished on key dates like Easter Sunday or Pentecost. This Hermit portal is Door Number 21:

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The bottom isn’t crooked like it looks. I just can’t get it to photograph or crop right on my phone. The bottom and right edges are gray and the darker blue. The lighter blue is the wall behind it in my office. For some reason, whenever I try to photograph doors or canvases, something weird happens with the angles. By now, I’m used to it, but just to clarify, the portal itself ends with the gray rock and dark blue sky. Continue reading

Ringing in a New Decade and a New Earth

I’ve had so many potent dreams — even more so than usual. A recent one, I called “Nurture Tenderness,” involved “six agreements” whose enactment would bring in the New Earth frequencies. The first of those agreements was “Nurture Tenderness.” I decided to share a little more here as we close out 2019 and enter 2020, because Tania mentioned how my dream reminded her of Lee Harris’ 2020 Energy Forecast, recorded 12/12/19, but which she just posted today. He, too, lists six themes, which coincide with so many of my recent dreams. From Lee’s YouTube channel:

Themes discussed in the 2020 Energy Forecast include:

BLINDING CLARITY (Intuition/Truths + Truth-Telling/Mental Re-arrangement)

RISE OF LOVE THROUGH DEATH AWARENESS (The death of people/relationships/animals/nature/systems)

COLLABORATION AND TEAMS (The Upswing of people coming together to collaborate and work with each other)

GROUNDING VIA NATURE (The technology take-off/distraction of attention being leveled through Nature but also Natural Disasters/Loss and local events)

CREATIVITY AT HIGH SPEED (Faster than ever creative endeavors – with less internal resistance and more need/embrace in the outside world)

HEART HEALING (Conflict Energy showing up as a trigger for heart healing/the rise of emotional awareness and the need for more people to lead in the realms of heart healing, mindfulness and emotional intelligence)

His video clocks in at 1 hour 11 minutes, and you can watch it here:

Lee’s list summarizes my past four months of extremely intense and often quickly validated, precognitive dreams. I’ve also experienced what I can only describe as “spontaneous rituals,” where life creates such elaborate synchronicities that they feel like planned rituals, dripping in lush symbolism, with a beginning, middle and end. I am not the same person I was before encountering these journeys, most of which feature over-the-top womb, birth, and death symbolism. Here’s a photo from an exhibit called “The Womb,” by artist Rebecca Louise Law, at Meijer Sculpture Gardens:

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My experience inside this corridor and womb (made of nearly one million dried flowers) was so personal that I don’t feel led to share it here. Entering the floral womb in the center, with a loud heartbeat over just imperceptible music, and all that fragrance triggered an inner rebirth that then continued to spill forth throughout the day, in synchronicities with my exact birth time, first breath and finding a perfectly hidden, (yet intuitively revealed to me and then validated) dead coyote in half-frozen sand sculptures on the edge of Lake Michigan’s waves. Just before sunset. On the Eve of Winter Solstice. I’m still unpacking the entire day’s events. Too personal and interwoven with synchronicity overloads to share more here.

In my same dream that featured the party/class sharing the six agreements to facilitate living on the New Earth, there was another part of the dream that involved sniffing a “really stinky navel.” It was actually my own navel, but the stinky navel brought a big grin and was “OK, because it can give birth.” The really stinky navel had something to do with Cosmic Rebirth. It smelled of deep Earth and ozone — extremely pungent, green moss and fertile soil.

Another dream featured special boxes that could “rejuvenate very old people” if delivered to the correct address, which was “20 Virgo.” Besides a personal meaning to me, I find it fascinating that the Dane Rudhyar Sabian Symbol for 20 Virgo invokes a New World collective journey:

PHASE 170 (VIRGO 20°): A CARAVAN OF CARS HEADED TO THE WEST COAST.

KEYNOTE: The need of cooperative effort in reaching any “New World” of experience.

It is difficult to know, from the original formulation of the clairvoyant’s vision, the type of caravan of cars that was visualized; what seems to be clearly implied is a process in which a group of persons are journeying together — thus linking their consciousnesses and energies (the “car” symbol) — in order to safely reach the goal of destiny. Here there is no longer any sense of competition, but an ordered and structured endeavor.

At this last stage of the five-fold sequence the past is entirely left behind; men cooperate in the great “adventure in consciousness” in a TOTALIZATION OF PURPOSE AND EFFORT.

In order to deliver the rejuvenating boxes to 20 Virgo, “I had to crawl out of this dirt floor passageway with the boxes intact, then down another ladder and try to find the right location where the people were, who needed reviving.” (I’m quoting from today’s dream journal entry.)

“On the way, there was a display with all sorts of stories made out of tiny seeds. People kept asking me if this was the story they heard in their youth, but how would I know that? I just guessed sometimes yes, sometimes no. The colored seeds in transparent vertical boxes were like the book covers.” (Everything was arranged like a library, and each seed contained an entire story, each vertical glass holder appeared as a book with thousands of seeds making up the images of the book covers.) “Time was running a little short, and I needed to get to the 20 Virgo, which was now an address.”

I don’t have exact interpretations of these dreams, but the symbols seem over the top and not just relevant to me.

On a recent walk, I silently asked if I could and should trust what I’ve been shown as the new coming in. I immediately noticed a feather on the ground. I walked past the feather, then heard, “Turn around. Pick it up. That was for you.” Before turning around, I felt/knew “It’s an owl feather.” Sure enough, it appears to be so. Its edges have the special fringe that allows for silent flight. As I continued my walk, a solitary stag with medium sized antlers walked slowly across the road in front of me.

This morning’s sunrise came between very low and very high, dark thick clouds, initiating between these layers a long, horizontal rainbow. I wasn’t sure what, if anything, to share as we close out this decade, but this seems just right.

Love, Blessings and Happy New Year!

Laura

Door Number 20 ~ Oak, Ash and Thorn, aka the Isis Portal

I spent this past weekend, Monday and Tuesday painting a door given to me by our Goshen landlord when I took over the Blue House as an office next door. This was a skinny, dirty door with a shoelace handle, and we lugged it from Goshen when we moved to Kalamazoo in 2017. At some point, I felt eager to paint another door, but David told me he threw it away in our purge after arriving. He really thought he had, so whenever I wished I could paint this door, he’d say, “No, remember, I threw it away. I’m sorry.” I just couldn’t get it into my head that he had really thrown it away, no matter how many times he told me.

Fast forward to the weekend before Thanksgiving when David suddenly decided we needed a lighting upgrade in our dining room. He changed the chandelier to LED lights with an LED dimmer, and the flicker, hiss and tone drove me batty. It wasn’t just “Laura’s sensitive to light and sound,” this was awful! Like, I will never eat at home again kind of bad. He switched things back to incandescent with a new dimmer and installed 60-watt incandescent bulbs instead of 40’s. That change also caused an audible hiss and strobe effect: back to the 40-watts, but David had gotten used to much more light.

We compromised by buying a three-headed LED floor lamp for the corner, which meant moving plants to different locations. It also opened up the other side of the dining room window, as that plant went into our bathroom, replacing a plant that really wanted to go up front. The former plant location looked barren, but having a plant on only one side of the window looked imbalanced. We agreed to keep the area clear and that we’d know the next thing when we encountered it.

We spent a lovely Thanksgiving at David’s cousins’ house with their daughter, son-in-law, grandkids and friends from Canada. When new people ask what I do, I always need to intuit what kind of answer to give. This time I said, “I’m a life coach and an artist,” intending to gloss over both topics without going too much into either one. I didn’t mention “intuitive” or “writer” because I didn’t want to get into those discussions as an unknown guest at someone else’s close family gathering.

“Ohhhh, what do you paint?!”

“We need to see pictures.”

Each new person who walked into the room learned: “Laura paints doors. Yes, doors! We really need to see some photos.”

I pulled up the Divine Doorways and Porta-Portals page on my phone, so I could show them a few quick photos, but the talk continued all day. Our hostess volunteered to get a truck so she could drive me to galleries with all my doors. David and I explained that I’ve been painting canvases lately, because the doors are so large and heavy. Someone mentioned getting me more doors just for gallery showings, as which point, I said, “Oh, I do love doors! They’re so much more fun to paint than canvases. There was this one small door, a real skinny one from our last landlord, but David threw it away.”

“Actually, I found it.”

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