Happy Lunar New Year -- the Year of the Earth Dog!
I love how every year offers us so many new beginnings, don't you? There's the ancient Celtic New Year, at Samhain (Oct. 31); the Western calendar New Year Jan. 1; and the ancient Pagan observances of Imbolc
(sometimes called Candlemas) which mark the halfway point between
Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, traditionally celebrated on Feb. 1
Then there is celestialImbolc, which is the exact moment between Solstice and Equinox (this year, it was Feb. 3), as well as Lunar Imbolc occurring on the first New Moon after Imbolc. This year, that will be this coming New Moon of Feb. 15.
This year, Lunar Imbolc coincides with the Lunar New Year's celebrations of many Asian countries, also called Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival.
This huge, international new beginning usually occurs on the second New
Moon after the Winter Solstice. After the 2017 year of the Fire
Rooster, this year we will celebrate the year of the Earth element Dog. (Lots more about this in my Astrological Tidbits!).
Still needing another chance at a new start? The last big one will be
March 20 this year, when the Sun enters the sign of Aries on the Vernal Equinox.
That is the astrological New Year, and yet another opportunity to do
away with our old, stagnant, outmoded stuff, and welcome fresh new
Why am I banging on about all this?
Because this year, the two main Imbolc observances -- the traditional
calendar Imbolc of Feb. 1 or 2, and the Lunar Imbolc of the New Moon on
Feb. 15 are especially powerful, since they are on either end of an "eclipse window."
With the Jan. 31 Full Moon eclipse, and then the Solar eclipse of Feb.
15, I have felt that this is a cosmic doorway for all of us to let go of
what is no longer authentic to our purpose, and choose more affirming,
So that's exactly what I've been up to, and I am eager to tell you all about it today.
So read on, dear one, and I hope you will celebrate with me, and be a part of this new day. Love,
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News and Notes: Readings As
you may imagine, my challenges of the last 18 months have forced me to
reevaluate my time, my priorities, and what is juicy and true for me.
During the gateway between the eclipses, I have done much soul-searching
about that, knowing that I have needed to make some choices.
While my health and energy slowly continue to improve, and I have great
faith that I have been given the grace of a new chapter, I am also
realizing that I have arrived at the ending of others.
I remain dedicated to being of service through my readings, but my
availability will be rather limited, so that I can forge ahead with
other dreams and callings that still remain unfinished.
Therefore, it is with very mixed feelings that after more than sixteen years of service, fun, and incredible blessings, I am retiring from offering my readings at Dancing Moon Books.
My thanks to their staff, past and present, the other readers there, and
the huge community that I have been so honored to serve.
I will be available about twice a month for readings here at our cottage in the woods of Durham, NC, or by phone.
I recognize this may be a disappointment for some of my faithful Raleigh
friends. But please let me reassure you that I believe making a special
trip here to Laurel Hill Cottage will be a healing, magical experience
that goes well beyond the reading itself!
Alas, my appointments for February are already filled, but currently,
there are still sessions available on March 13, and March 29. I'll add
Classes and Workshops I am even more committed, in this new year, to teaching. Be on the lookout for a re-launch of my beloved Tarot Boutiques -- intimate gatherings at my home to explore specific topics of the Tarot.
Also, I am thrilled to say that I have just learned my April introduction to the Tarot workshop at the prestigious Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at NC State
is already at maximum capacity! This is a terrific honor, and, given
the popularity of the topic, I hope that I will be invited back again
In the more immediate future, though, for
serious readers and practitioners of ALL sorts who might want to go into
business (or get better at it!), this is the workshop years in the
Newly updated and revamped, registrations are now open:
Although starting your own business is perilous in any occupation, being a metaphysical practitioner comes with its own unique set of challenges and rewards.
This workshop will benefit ALL esoteric modalities and services (however, my Tarot students are near and dear to my heart and especially welcome).
If this is your dream, let me help it come
true! I will share my many years of experience, to help you avoid the
hazards and build a thriving divination/reading/healing service.
If you are ready to show up with your talent,
your passion, and your own special gifts as a professional, bring your
questions, your enthusiasm, and let's get you going!
It will be a number of years before I offer this again, if ever, so don't miss out!
Magic and More Many of you have asked if I will resume
offering my Birthday Club memberships. Alas, I fear that lovely gift is
something that has run its course, at least for the foreseeable future.
But I am delighted to continue sharing my Soul Card Kits. They now include more details regarding the botanical selections and crystal that are attuned to your card.
What's a Soul Card? Based on your date of birth, you are aligned with one of nine Major Arcana Tarot cards. This card is your Soul Card.
It reflects a deep, unbreakable energetic signature that has been with
you since birth. Familiarity with your Soul Card can illuminate much
about your core self and the karmic work of this lifetime.
So what can you do with a Soul Card kit? I am glad you asked! Keep reading for one answer of many!
This month's Tarot Q&A: Hey, Beth! I have been wondering if it's
okay to let other people touch my Tarot cards? I have noticed that in
your readings, you never seem to mind.
But what if they get weird energy on my cards? Or does it matter? Thanks!
- G.B., Charlotte, NC
Great question, G.B.!
People have different preferences, of course, and lots of people don't
care in the least. On the other hand, I have a number of both "public"
decks, as well as some decks I prefer not to let anyone handle but
myself. It may be because they are rare or fragile, or it might be that
they are particularly intimate for my use only. But that's just me.
I do personally feel, however, that people and situations can leave
energies that "stick" to a deck, sometimes even if they don't physically
handle the cards. For instance, after a particularly emotional reading,
I may feel like the deck that was used needs some clearing.
I also make it a practice to use magical cleansing techniques to awaken
and welcome new decks that I buy or receive. To me, good psychic hygiene
is an everyday practice, both for my cards, my other magical tools, and
my own self.
So, this might include smudging with white sage or other sacred smoke
(being VERY cautious not to singe the cards!), sound smudging (using a
singing bowl or tuning fork, for example), placing a strong clearing
stone or crystal on the deck, or even putting my decks in Sunlight or
Moonlight (always indoors, however, since I would not want them to get
damp or molested by wildlife).
Another suggestion is to use your Soul Card Kit! Since it comes in an
semi-permeable organza bag, you can store your deck(s) with or nearby
your kit, allowing the scent and energies of the botanicals to clear any
stuck-on vibes as well as to harmonize with your own personal Soul Card Tarot signature.
Thanks for writing! If YOU have a question for me about using the Tarot, drop me a note. I'll be glad to answer if I can!
February, 2018 This month, the astrology is relatively quiet -- compared to some of the challenges we've endured recently!
However, there's a powerful New Moon and eclipse (as I mentioned earlier) that shouldn't be overlooked.
Some of my favorite astrologers offer important insights.. (Click here to continue).
Other Big Changes Afoot: Will Pagan Pride Raleigh Continue?
with very mixed feelings that I received a not unexpected announcement
this week from Johnson Davis and the faithful crew who have worked
themselves to the bone year in and year out, to make Pagan Pride Raleigh
(also known as Central NC Pagan Pride) a cherished success.
(To read more, including the full text of their message, click here).
Winter here in the Northern Hemisphere will certainly continue to hang
on, this New Aquarius Moon and the increasing daylight hours are
revealing awakenings well under way.
Whether it is Summer or Winter slipping away where you live, may you thrive through the changes ahead, and be blessed. Thank you for your many kindnesses and enthusiastic support. You mean the world to me.
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