Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jupiter Clashes with Pluto on Feb. 25,2011

Jupiter squares Pluto this Friday, Feb. 25 (1:40 PM mst), the last of three such difficult energies since last summer, activating possible spirited conflict, political dissension, governmental and ideological upheavals, the resurgence of severe conditions or treatment of others, international turmoils and continued weather anomalies. Jupiter as the harbinger of optimism, opportunities, faith, spirituality and long-journeying is being challenged and tested. Just look at the world news and you'll see that since July/August of 2010,  there has been a wave of these national and international stirrings in government and the private sector, with citizens demanding better economic conditions and more say in the way they are governed. If there's an underhanded, devious and malicious play of emotions and actions, then the Pluto signature has surfaced with the outcome being a potentially positive transformation things that up until now have not been fully realized or acknowledged in the global community.  Now the challenge is to air any grievances, missteps or injustices, and seek to find solutions. Whether in your own home, community, state or in other nations, these times and circumstances are part of the collective, affecting us all on some level, and certainly demanding creative solutions in order to bring peace and new directions for all who have sadly not had a say or have been dis-empowered from charting their own destinies. 

For example, this is the time to extend yourself, even energetically, to influence a better outcome for others, even if you don't personally know them. At home, your job or in your community resolve to be the change, be the compassionate one who takes the initiative, since everyone has a part to play. Pisces energies come to the rescue and offer a look at the big picture; what affects all peoples, as well as the greater possibility of resolving these old difficulties and injustices among world communities. With the personal planets of Mars, the Sun, Mercury and Chiron in the sign of the Fishes, all things are possible. There is nothing like a Pisces to bring the situation around to what may work for everyone, and to do that in the most gracious and previously unrecognized way. Creative solutions to complex problems come when we all pitch in and dig deeper in the collective soul to lighten our path. The truth will prevail, but it is not without some messes becoming larger, some conflicts taking longer, and those previously uninvolved beginning to be heard. 

To complement all this water energy are the planets and asteroids in earth: Venus, Pallas-Athena and Juno. Again, personal and international difficulties exposed and intensified by the influence of the outer planets are cooled and re-grounded by the elements of water and earth, which work amazingly well when chaos and conflict seem to prevail. That's why taking hot, soaky baths in the privacy of your own space or hugging a huge pine tree in the forest work so well. Writing in your journal, sketching in pencil or paint or making a collage about how you feel is good therapy to relive tension and stress in these circumstances. Playing instead of obsessing also works, and you can invent new ways to release pent-up anger through exercise, meditation or prayer and allow your fears and worries to subside. Coming to peace with the ugliness around you, even if you are the cause and not the solution is the challenge for us all right now. There is always room in your awareness to see how you are contributing negative vibes, disgust, criticism, an it's-not-my-problem or they're-doing-it-again attitude which precisely adds to the difficulty of coming to the creative answers we so need. Engage your nurturing mind, extend your amazing kindness in action, think compassionately and behave in larger ways to bring your world and that of all others to a higher loving and spiritual place. Settle for nothing less!!

When Jupiter reactivates Pluto strongly and favorably again this summer, when both are in earth signs, sigh deeply, release what has just happened or is still transforming, and begin to see a brighter and more abundant future in all ways, for every living being and creature with whom you are so blessed to navigate this lifetime. 

How Jupiter, Pluto and all the other planets affect you personally now is seen in your own personal chart, so call and set up an appointment for a reading with me at 303-692-9299.

Use the Knight of Cups in the Tarot as a focus for meditation. This knight can bring peace to the emotional intensity of this time.

Blessings, Tom 


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Animal Totem Energy - Week of Feb. 20, 2011

Now is the time to refrain from joining into the dramas of others, & instead to go about our own business with a sense of play as well as dedication. Porcupine brings busy energy, but with a much better ability now to balance the demands of work with the need for play & relaxation. Porcupine enjoys solitude, so make time to just be alone with your own thoughts as you go about your daily routine. Also, just as porcupine's quills will stand up straight when she is disturbed, this energy reminds you to pay attention when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Something is amiss & needs to be dealt with.

Graze lightly when you eat for a time. Give your insides a chance to rest as well by snacking instead of chowing down for every meal. Emphasize vegetables, fruits & plenty of water.

When the day is done, hole up in your den & maybe go to bed early for a change.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Transitioning Full Moons at 29 Degrees - Feb.18, 2011


Tomorrow's Full Moon at 29 degrees Leo (1:36 am mst) is the last of five such moons at 29 degrees which began last October with the 29 degree Aries' Full Moon. Since the first and now the last of these full moons are in the fire element,  inspiration, passion, those things dealing with spirituality, aggression and a change of consciousness tend to be emphasized. This is a time to release and let go of whatever is not working, including both individual, community, national or global issues. For example, a wider feeling of generosity is highlighted both with yourself and with fellow human beings. A real chance to extend a welcoming hand, help to resolve those longstanding feuds, injustices or states of being that no longer fit your ideology, or even your pocketbook.  It is an opportunity to change your way of viewing problems, and examine them in an out of the box manner. Here again, thinking in the usual ways will lead only to the same conclusions; hence, a different way of proceeding and processing is needed. Even in our individual lives, have we taken the time to be generous and giving to ourselves, to relax when necessary, to approach a difficult circumstance in a totally novel way or to nurture our inner child? Or in a larger context, have we lent someone a hand or a kind smile, donated to a cause, given time to straighten out another who seems to bother us, or have we given of ourselves in new and novel ways to help a larger cause? All of these questions help us to focus our attention so we can  understand and use these influences now. 

Yesterday, scientists reported a spectacular and powerful solar flare, the size of which has not been witnessed in four years, and the Sun's releasing activity in this event makes it not only coincide with this Full Moon, but it gives us more geomagnetic energy to add to the already increased electromagnetic activity present in this first of six super moons this year. Be aware that communications may be disrupted and in some cases intensified, so be cautious and possibly delay any stressful conversations until next week. Use the increase in inspiration and creativity to throw yourself into writing in your journal, meditating more, actually doing your art or making a scrumptious meal for a loved one. 

There are six planets, asteroids and the north node in the air element now, and six in earth. Only two are in water which indicates that our feelings and emotions may need to be carefully monitored and thoughtfully expressed should we become annoyed by anyone or anything. Delaying any difficult communications or projects for the time being is advised. Moving ahead with any sense of clarity and purpose will require careful and thoughtful action. We would be best to use this time in finishing up in any area that is required in order to be able to allow our consciousness to expand and grow both psychologically and spiritually.  Remember to be patient, look to changing how you think in order to embrace a new way, and be compassionate with yourself and other people, especially those who are not easy for you to accept, understand or with whom you disagree.

Use the influence of the Devil in the tarot to exercise constructive constraints in all your affairs at this time, and know that the more discipline you can exercise now, the more it will pay off in the future.

Blessings, Tom   

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Animal Totem Energy - Week of Feb. 13, 2011


Our best & brightest energy this week is delivered by
Hummingbird. She comes to us like a little visitor from the fairie realm who wants for us nothing but the most wonderful outcomes for our endeavors.

Hummingbird energy can herald a time of increased accomplishment, which will be a nice change from the past few months. It's as if some things break free & begin to move or come suddenly to a place of completion. Watch closely for people & things that come out of the past, but in a good way. For example, someone pays you money they owe you, but which you thought was long gone. An inheritance comes your way from someone you barely knew, but who remembered a kindness you showed them long ago. Perhaps a book reappears that contains just what you need to know for some project or circumstance. Maybe you run into an old friend whom you haven't seen for an age, & find that you're both thinking about starting the same kind of business, which now you can form into a partnership with this person. You might have a spontaneous memory from your childhood that allows you to release something that's been blocking your progress. You could even have an unexpected recall from a past life which will help somehow in this lifetime. Gifts from the past are a large part of Hummingbird energy.

Everything you put your hand to during this time has a much better chance of success. This is also the time to re-evaluate your diet with a special emphasis on sugar intake. Do you have enough sweetness in your life? Reveling in the good things that make up your inner & outer environment can give you a wonderful new perspective on your existence. Practice gratitude by writing in your journal each evening three things for which you are grateful. Cultivate the sugar in life. It's all around you & can take the place of actually eating too much sugar.

Color & light are important in Hummingbird energy. This is a good time to learn about colored light therapy, work with colored stones, wear bright colors that bring you joy. Find window charms that will sparkle & cast rainbows all over the place. Sit in the glow of a piece of stained glass in order to absorb the healing energies of the radiant colors. If you're in touch with the unseen guardians of your home & garden, listen to their suggestions about improving your environment for greater health & contentment.

Hummingbird loves to play, so allow yourself new joy at this time. Visit a flower shop just to absorb the energy of the blooms. Maybe take some of them home. Rent a funny movie, eat popcorn & laugh out loud. Enjoy the silliness of life for a change. There will always be plenty of time to be serious later.

Light & Blessings, Val

The Threat of Municiple Street De-Icers

This story comes from one of my animal communication clients who wanted me to pass it along. This woman was walking her dogs in Denver during our recent arctic blast when the snow had piled up & there was a lot of de-icer on the streets. She stopped for a light & one of her dogs sat down & started licking his feet off. Within half an hour he was so ill he couldn't get up, & had passed away before she could get him to the hospital. The vets believed it was toxic poisoning from the de-icer. It's evidently not as uncommon as you'd think, so if you walk in the city, don't let your dogs lick their feet while you're out, & wash them off right away when you get home. The pups might appreciate the warm water on their chilly feet anyway!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chiron Re-Enters Pisces Until 2018

Think healing, feel healing and be healed. Hold on to and experience the excitement and opportunities of Chiron re-entering Pisces this week on Tuesday, and remaining active in the sign of the fishes for about 7 years. Not only does this dwarf planet, which is sometimes referred to as an asteriod, relate to the wounded healer and the quest for the truth, it carriers an especially potent influence in Pisces because of its current positive aspects to Pluto, Vesta and the nodes of the Moon. These aspects will allow us to reach into our inner world and to ask where do we need healing. Is it that unresolved spiritual or psychological conflict, or is it our mother or feminine issues that need closer examination? Are we projecting a false sense of self onto others and not even realizing that we are doing it?

Since Chiron has an affinity for both Saturn and Uranus astrologically and mythologically, this inner investigation may be more difficult to unlock or may take us on an unexpected journey we never could have imagined. Maybe we thought these various concerns were settled; if that is the case, take the time to see how you feel about these areas now. Isn't there some slight psychological backsliding we need to cop to, or is it time to do some inner housecleaning about our beliefs and behaviors which no longer fit? Examine what you are attracting in others and see if these same issues apply to your life. It's often those closest to us, and even those we have just met who are mirrors of what we are doing, and thus are harbingers of our next lessons. For example, when you go to visit your mother is she still able to make you feel as if you can't do anything right? Or do you get angry if someone is trying to tell you what to do? The repetitive patterns of behavior that we can't seem to shake are surfacing again. Time once more to work to overcome them. Pluto and the nodes of the Moon have a positive effect on Chiron right now, and so we are shown the depths to which we will have to go in order to uproot our greater illusions and the stuck places that plague us. They offer us a treasure trove of transformation. Remember that the universe is always with you and seems to never give you more than you can handle.

Historically, Chiron concerns the alternative healing arts and since it was discovered in 1977, the fields of herbalism, homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, color healing, and the like have grown exponentially. According to mythology, Chiron was also a dominant factor in the beginnings of modern medicine. Chiron in Pisces will teach us the spiritual connection in healing. If the spirit is content, then the body will be at peace. The body-mind connection will play a huge role in healing, and this understanding might even infiltrate the allopathic medical community. The healing of causes rather than just symptoms may become paramount.

Work with the energy of the Ten of Swords, which is the card of melodrama. When we fall into an old pattern, we can choose how to react. Create a new paradigm for an old situation.

Blessings, Tom

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Raisins and Other Threats

I got this as an email & have seen the information before, but it's so important that it can never be seen too much. Please pass it along to any of your friends who have dogs.

Written by:
Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , OH

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was
a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1 AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7 AM.

I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had hear something about it, but... Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 & 1/2 times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.
The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids. At that point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care. He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his
vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around
150, skyrocketed to 220 ... He continued to vomit and the owners elected to Euthanize.

This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please
alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern. Onions, chocolate, cocoa, avocadoes and macadamia nuts can be fatal, too.

Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends
who do. This is worth passing on to them.