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December 2022 Specials

You still have one more day for November 2022 Specials.

DECEMBER 2022 SPECIALS

2023 Astro Preview

This was a popular special in December 2021, and I feel led to offer it again this year. A 75-minute Astrology Reading with in-depth focus on supportive and challenging transits for you in the coming year. We’ll look at opportunities to expand into your soul’s purpose for being here now. We can also explore good time windows for action, rest, healing, and/or creating.

Learning to work with the energies already in play — in your natal chart and in the sky — helps you to create more realistic strategies and expectations. When you know the flavor of challenges on the way, you can choose to experience them on a higher or symbolic level, rather than getting blindsided by so-called “fate.” This reading also supports people who already know their goals for next year but want to know which time windows work best for which purposes.

As always, I will tailor these readings to the individual. $222 for an hour and a quarter (fifteen minutes free) if prepaid on or before 12/31/2022. Please contact me to sign up.

$44 Tarot Special

I’m extending this special again this month, because a lot of people like to have a tarot preview for the New Year. Others like to give these Tarot Specials as gifts.

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 themes and trajectories.

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 focus upon. Tarot also seems to benefit those people who have exceptionally good things coming their way, yet wonder if I might be “padding the reading” or “just saying what they want to hear.” The cards don’t lie. (Neither do I – but the cards seem an even more objective medium for delivering good news.)

Please contact me if you’d like to sign up for this special. $44 instead of the usual $55.55. Offer valid if prepaid on or before 12/31/2022.

You can also request this special as a gift for someone else.

Gift Certificates:

Each year, people ask if they can gift a session to a loved one. I like to offer a discount to honor the love and care behind this gift. Certificates purchased in 2021 will remain valid through December 31, 2023. Since people always ask me this: no, you may not purchase a gift certificate for yourself. You can, however, request someone else get you a gift certificate. When you contact me to order a gift certificate, please let me know the name of the person you’re gifting, as well as any details you’d like me to include on the certificate. I’ll create and email you a personalized PDF, which you can email or print out for your loved one.

2022 gift certificates cover any of my services at $99/half hour instead of the usual rate of $133/half hour. 

The Magic of Gratitude

Wishing everyone a Happy Gratitude Day!

Even if you’re not in the US or you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, remember to look around you with eyes of gratitude. Moments of magic can appear when least expected, and they lift the vibe all day. Thank you to all my blog readers–especially to those who share your insights and experiences in comments. I appreciate you, and so do many silent readers. I know from individual sessions that many people feel alone, but we are ALL connected. The comment section here is one way people realize that, and it has started more than one off blog friendship.

Much Love,

Laura

First Frost and Snow

Well, it took until mid-November, but we finally got our first hard frost and a dusting of snow this weekend. Today we have our first snow accumulation. Last Thursday, I harvested all the greens from the Garden Tower, but I left the hardier kale plants up front until we dip below the 20’s. We’re making our way through the greens, and I’ll chop and freeze a bunch to make room for the larger kale plants I’ll need to harvest by Friday.

Although I cut back a lot of the front garden, I left some marigolds to see what they’d do in the snow. The leaves died, but the flowers look like little jewels!

I’ll trim them when I get to what has become a purple kale shrub! All the leaves I harvested this summer have re-sprouted on the stem. I hope if I cut it back low enough to get snow cover all winter, I’ll have second year kale in spring. 🙂

I suspect the lacinato will be even hardier than the purple kale, but they won’t do well without covers in 16 degree temps this weekend. I love frost nipped kale. It turns so sweet!

Sending everyone some snow covered blessings and good cheer from Michigan!

Dinner with a Loon

This morning’s Dream Guy commentary on society comes from the 1938 Screwball Comedy, “Bringing Up Baby.” For context, in the film, there really are leopards in Connecticut:

11/12/2022
“Dinner with a Loon”

For some reason, I dreamed the dinner scene from “Bringing Up Baby.” Not sure why. Comedy, but it’s also about gaslighting, lies and multiple people trying to get others to believe something other than the truth.

END of dream journal.

This is the scene:

From my dream journal commentary:

There are multiple situations of extreme gaslighting happening right now, so the dinner conversation could have been triggered by any of those. … [I]t could be ANY narrative being foisted on people, and the scene is masterful in that there are so many different levels of awareness and confusion. That’s quite similar to society right now.

Just in case you’re feeling crazy! Keep in mind that the “experts” saying, “It’s a loon” might have no idea what’s happening. And the other people telling you, “No, there are NO leopards in Connecticut” might be trying to fool you. Some people know they’re clueless. Others accidentally let the truth slip out, then retract it and run away.

Maintaining or cultivating a sense of humor helps. Things will continue to get crazier, but this, too, shall pass. 🙂

Bohemian Rhapsody

For some reason, different parts of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody keep blaring through my head–as a background to dreams, during the day, when I’m doing totally unrelated things. Maybe there’s a collective message in here somewhere:

Full Moon in Taurus, Lunar Eclipse ~ November 8, 2022

My November 2022 Forecast shared:

November 8 Full Moon in Taurus, Lunar Eclipse, 6:02 a.m. Eastern US time. Also called the “Mourning Moon,” this one occurs on (the scheduled) Election Day in the US. The Full Moon peaks at exactly 16°00′ Taurus, between Uranus and the North Node. This portends an intense day, pointing towards the future. The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is: “AN OLD TEACHER FAILS TO INTEREST HIS PUPILS IN TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE. KEYNOTE: The inadequacy of past knowledge in time of crisis.” According to Dane Rudhyar, “We might speak here of the principle of CREATIVE FRUSTRATION.” Mercury and Venus conjunct the Scorpio Sun point. This meeting may temper frustration through love, but nasty, vindictive words, jealousy and revenge could also arise. Depending on events, Uranus and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse could trigger riots, but hopefully not!

We may already be witnessing some early Eclipse energy with the unfolding situation in Brazil. I don’t like to talk politics on my blog–and I am not commenting on specific agendas other than to say that we may see this Eclipse Season play out on the geopolitical field.

If the North Node and Uranus were in Scorpio rather than Taurus, I would feel more concerned. With Taurus highlighted for the future orientation (both Uranus and the North Node), it seems something liberating and tangibly empowering will be unleashed. What that will be remains anyone’s guess. Uranus is full of surprises, and “creative frustration” suggests people may not be satisfied with the first round of whatever transpires. Uranus, the North Node and this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse sit within a few degrees of the Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction in late July-early August 2022 and this event re-triggers the fourth exact Saturn square Uranus event in early October 2022. We can look back to those times to see which issues may rear their heads again on November 8th.

Eclipses play out over the next six months, so we’ll see how everything unfolds in the longer term. Overall, this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the scheduled US Election Day seems important. The US will undergo its own ritual, which may or may not produce desired results, depending on your politics, as well as depending on who counts the votes–and how they do so.

I suspect we won’t have full clarity on the 8th itself, and certainly the First US Pluto Return continues to affect the entire world. Some people have wondered aloud why the UK keeps getting hit by disruption, and I would remind everyone that the US Pluto Return is also the Pluto Return of Great Britain’s role in the American Revolution. Time continually cycles, not just relative to natal charts. We can compare transits for any major event or time period.

Wherever you live on Planet Earth, you’re living through massive changes. Again, with the North Node in Taurus (stability/tradition/Earth Element/security), rather than Scorpio (death/destruction/rebirth), it seems that humanity will ultimately move through a period of disruption into one of greater stability and breakthroughs rather than total breakdowns (Saturn in Aquarius square Uranus/Full Moon Lunar Eclipse/North Node in Taurus).

How can you best utilize this eclipse energy? That depends a lot on your natal chart, but here are some good questions to ponder:

  1. In which areas, do I need to shore up, gather, repair and/or become more self-sufficient?
  2. What limiting beliefs or habits can I upgrade to something more nourishing, sustainable and supportive?
  3. Which traditions are worth preserving? Which ones deserve to die in these times of change?
  4. Which innovations would allow me to experience the best of the old while embracing the new?
  5. What does my body tell me I need to do? What does my physical reaction tell me is true or false?
  6. What feeds my body, my home, and my self-esteem?
  7. What do I value and why? Do I really value these things, or did someone tell me I should value them?

With the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the South Node in Scorpio opposite Uranus, Full Moon/Total Eclipse and the North Node in Taurus, we have an opportunity to release that which no longer serves. Think “liberation” and “innovation” rather than simply getting rid of old things. Focus on upgrades, and you can benefit from potential chaos. Patience will serve well, since some of these systemic upgrades take time. Step by careful step, both internal and external worlds will shift beyond a need to crash and burn.

November 2022 Specials

As always, I base each month’s specials on the current energies and needs I sense. Because of these intense times and client requests, I’ve decided to extend the popular Three for Two Special through November. Heads up: unless I get a strong nudge otherwise, this special will NOT get extended into December. I’m also adding back the $44 Tarot Special, which makes a nice gift, as well as a fun and informative check-in.

NOVEMBER 2022 SPECIALS

Three For Two

This is a high request special, so here it is again. Three hours for the price of two: save $222. This package can be used in whatever increments you choose — hour, 40-minute, half-hour, or 20-minute sessions — and for whatever services you’d like — Medical Intuition, Life Coaching, Astrology, Relationship Clarity, Soul Readings, or any other related service. $444 if prepaid on or before 11/30/22. Please contact me to sign up.

$44 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 themes and trajectories.

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 focus upon. Tarot also seems to benefit those people who have exceptionally good things coming their way, yet wonder if I might be “padding the reading” or “just saying what they want to hear.” The cards don’t lie. (Neither do I – but the cards seem an even more objective medium for delivering good news.)

Please contact me if you’d like to sign up for this special. $44 instead of the usual $55.55. Offer valid if prepaid on or before 11/30/2022.

Garden Update ~ Autumn Beauty

Happy New Moon in Scorpio Solar Eclipse! It’s a perfect Fall day here, but we have still not had our first frost of the season. This is very late for us, and I love seeing so many colors at once. Some photos from today:

As you see, we’ve still got nasturtiums and marigolds galore. I love the nasturtiums as a spicy sandwich garnish:

Mum’s the word here. You can see those flowers dancing in the breeze amongst parsley, chard and carrots:

It looks and feels like Fall with the colored leaves and brisk winds:

The one below feels auspicious: a rainbow with a 1:11 timestamp:

Sorry if everything looks muted and slightly blurred. I love the liminal nature of Autumn, where change in the air keeps things moving and just out of focus. So many possibilities arise when we allow our gaze to shift.

Celtic Woman – Máiréad – Granuaile’s Dance [HD]

I don’t know why this July 2013 post started trending on my blog today, but I’m glad it did. For anyone who has trouble believing that real, live faeries dance among us:

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Fall Garden Update

It’s been awhile since I posted any garden photos, and most of these are a week old. We still haven’t had our first frost yet, so everything looks similar today. Lots of jewel tones to share!

I harvested a bunch of the nasturtiums last night, since some lower areas of Kalamazoo might have had a frost. So far so good — but we’ll have peppery salad accents today.

I love the late afternoon light.

The sea kale in the bottom center seems to have established itself well. We’ll see how it fares this winter. The one in the backyard got even larger. With any good fortune, we’ll have early greens followed by pretty white flowers and funky seed heads the rest of the season.

The main shift in the front garden involves the two large rocks that came with our yard.

I wanted to add another Big Bag Bed Mini (2 foot across) and an additional 10 gallon fabric pot. I already have an overabundance of garlic, but I wanted more beds in which to rotate crops and, yes, plant more fall garlic. I’ve so enjoyed the upgraded front yard that I didn’t want to alter the main layout. I ended up adding the pot near an existing group at the edge of the Japanese maple drip line. Then inspiration hit at just the right moment.

I decided to move the rocks, level the area and then place them like an entry marker. They were heavy, and knew I couldn’t do this on my own. Plus, the ground really tipped. If we didn’t have sand, I’d need to bug David to get some. He happened to be clearing out our garage, so I called him over to listen to my idea. Unbeknownst to me, David’s garage clean out included two bags of sand he found under the workbench. Like the rocks up front, these also came with the house. He had planned to toss them but recognized the synchronicity. Instead, he carried over the sand bags and helped me reposition the rocks. By “helped,” I mean he did it himself. 😉

We had EXACTLY the right amount of sand to level the area for the new raised bed, and I think the shift will look good once the former rock location fills in with some ground cover sedum I transplanted.

You can see the new garlic bed next to the old rock. I love that these additions barely change the garden but make it that much more functional.

The backyard continues to produce loads of mini bell peppers, kale, collards, carrots and arugula, while the front yard offers kale, chard, carrots, herbs, celery, banana peppers, bush beans and lettuce. Pole beans, zucchini, tomato and basil are done for the year, and I have since removed the amaranth. I considered letting it bloom into huge maroon tops, but I don’t want amaranth all over the yard next year. It’s fussy to harvest with lots of renegade seeds. I’m glad I grew it but don’t need to again.

Ditto my laughable sweet potato harvest! I grew an impressive amount in a bed with full all day sun in Goshen but hadn’t tried here until this year. We’re further north, and sweet potatoes like it hot, hot, hot. I also had them growing in a poor soil bed behind the shed. Maximum daylight was maybe 6 hours of sun. Peppers and butternut squash did surprisingly well back there, but I harvested a total of seven sweet potatoes from five planted slips. Two of those were pinky finger sized! I’m sure the groundhog who gobbled up 2/3 of the leaves one week didn’t help, but overall I’d call that a garden fail.

I share some of these failures and disappointments because they’re part of gardening. Some things grow better than others. Factors like weather, microclimate, watering, light, and — especially — soil quality make a huge difference. I took the opportunity to add rock dust, fish meal and a bunch of minerals and worm castings to the dug up soil. That bed originally got filled with a delivery of what turned out to be really sandy, dead soil. I didn’t even plant it some years but decided to try again this year, with an added bed in front of it.

Next year, things should grow better, but I’ll choose crops that can thrive in less light. I just wanted to try some new things this year to see what did or didn’t work in various locations.

Speaking of thriving, these Autumn Beauty Sunflowers lived up to their name and put out a second round of blooms. The leaves turned purple from colder nights, but these bring a smile to my face whenever I see them. By far our latest sunflowers!

Today I’ll harvest several bunches of celery that I need to remove from next spring’s hyacinth beds. I should have harvested the celery sooner, because it’s a little tough when raw. I’m going to experiment today with chopping it and sauteeing with onions and some of that overabundance of garlic I mentioned. Hopefully, this will provide a quick frozen start to winter soups. I’ve also got an overabundance of peppers and will “roast” them in the air fryer, then freeze whatever we don’t use this weekend.

Remaining garlic may get chopped and then frozen with olive oil. I’ve heard this method preserves garlic for an entire year. You can break off whatever portion you need for a recipe. Just don’t thaw and refreeze the garlic/olive oil mix. The high fat content makes this possible. We’ll see how it goes! In any case, our kitchen will be hopping today.