This coming Tuesday, January 12th, is the first new moon of 2021. As such we as individuals as well as collectively have a golden opportunity to manifest a brand new beginning for ourselves and our collective consciousness. Every new moon that graces our skies carries with it the potential for a new and improved state of existence.

This week’s New Moon lies in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. With both the sun and the moon in the Earth Sign of Capricorn, we have a powerful energy with which to set the wheels in motion for a brighter future for ourselves, humanity and all other voiceless beings on our planet. Because of the highly Earthly nature of this lunar period, we are readily able to draw on the grounded energy in order to begin this process. At this time, make space for yourself to meditate on not only your heart’s desires but also to bring forth compassion and unconditional love for all those with whom we share our home; including our living, breathing Earth herself. Because of Capricorn’s Earth energy, this lunar period is an excellent time to not only draw on her grounding energy but also to give back to our Mother Earth in gratitude for all that she shares with us at every moment. Give back to her the loving and nurturing energy that she bestows upon us. She selflessly gives. It is important at this time to learn from her and all other species with whom we share her. May they inspire us to live akin to them, to give relentlessly without attachment to the outcome. To give for the sake of wishing for the well being of all others.

For those who wish to start this new year with a proper method of manifesting, below is a step by step guide to manifesting an creating the life we all deserve. As important as it is to understand the accurate way to create your dream life, we must also be aware that the more we are in alignment with and manifest love and peace on a grander scale, the more we raise not only our own vibration but also the vibration of our planet. There is nothing wrong with wanting a better life for yourself! The instructions below are exactly how to do that. With that, if you do feel so inclined to tap into the collective consciousness and manifest love on a larger scale, the same directions apply; as long as you feel and write your words with confidence and conviction!

This new moon is an ideal opportunity to step outside of ourselves and to recognize that our neighbors; animals, people, birds, fish, bugs, trees, and all other life forms in our Universe are part of a great whole. It is a time to step up and to realize tat approaching persona harmony is lesser about our own individual material happiness, but about seeking to realize contentment in our Earthly community along with all of its members. Seeking contentment is lesser about an individualistic approach and more so about selflessly raising the vibration of our planet, thereby connecting each of its inhabitants together for a greater good.


A life beyond your wildest dreams is within your grasp! To most, this seems unlikely, illogical or ridiculous. What if, for a moment, you could transcend “logic”? What if you could go outside of it to see that what you thought to be so concrete was really just something somebody once told you and you adopted it as your own belief? What if you realized that you were the sum and parts of your own limitations?

It stands to reason that most of what we believe is what was put into our heads by external sources such as parents, society and environment throughout the course of our lives. In essence, we are a product of other people’s thoughts and ideas. What if we took a moment to let go of all of this and got in touch with who WE are? Who we are, as individuals, may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Our individual gifts, our individual truths all may have fallen by the wayside in an effort to survive in this society in this day and age.

What if you knew that there is an endless resource that anyone can tap into at any time in order to create anything they desired (as long as it HARMS NONE)? By taking a moment to examine the nature of our lives and the fabric of consciousness, we can truly realize that we are all co-creators in The Creator’s master plan. By taking a moment to acknowledge that every single one of us is created with a beautifully Divine spark, we can begin to realize our ceaseless connection to the Divine Source consciousness. And it is because of this connection that we will soon after be able to witness how beloved each of us is to The Divine.

The Divine Source wishes for us to succeed. The Divine Source wishes for us to live abundant, prosperous lives full of joy and harmony. Believe it or not, all we must do in order to become in alignment with this life is to ask for it.

Here are four tried, tested and true steps to manifesting our heart’s desires. If we stay rooted in these steps, we will be absolutely amazed and how quickly the magic begins to transpire!

1)      COMMIT TO YOURSELF AND YOUR DREAM- by taking steps each day to reaffirm our commitment to our dream, we are reinforcing the belief that it will happen. The Creator and our angels respond only to the vibrations we put out. This is why we always want to remain positive and act with love, especially toward ourselves. We want to use positive talk to ourselves, assuring ourselves that “we CAN do it” and that “we ARE succeeding”, etc. Committing to our dream can come in many forms. Some use a vision board, some write letters to their angels, many meditate. Because we are connecting with our higher selves during these activities, these are all forms of commitment to becoming in alignment with our dreams. It helps to write down exactly what we wish for. Because we think so many thoughts in one day, it can be tough for Spirit to decipher which thoughts we wish to focus on. By writing down exactly what we wish for, Spirit will know exactly what we want. Be aware that Spirit has quite a sense of humour! If we neglect to use precisely the words to articulate what we wish for, we may end up laughing, for the phrase “be careful what you wish for” shall loom. It is a good practice to get into writing our intentions on the new moon. This way, as the moon grows, so do our intentions.

2)      WRITING YOUR INTENTIONS- As mentioned above, in the process of creating our dreams, we must indicate exactly for what we wish. Because we think so many hundreds of thoughts throughout the day, we will want to make it easier for Spirit, our angels and The Divine Source to bring us what we ask for. This is done by writing down specific intentions for what we wish. Within the framework of writing these intentions, there are three guidelines that allow is to protect ourselves from any miscommunication with Spirit. Here are the three P’s of proper manifestation of intentions:
a) POSITIVE WORDS- you will want to ensure that you use positive words only when creating your list of intentions. This is because Spirit best responds to high vibration. Any negative word will only incur negative results. One popular example is; instead of writing the phrase “I Don’t smoke”, you will want to write “I am smoke free”, or “I quit smoking”.
b) PRESENT TENSE- you will want to be sure and create your intentions as if they are happening NOW. If we create intentions such as “I will quit smoking”, your intention is perpetually going to happen in the future, and it will never be happening now. If you use the phrase “I quit smoking”, this action and behavior is occurring right now. Because essentially, all that exists is right now , you are intending for your smoking to stop right now.
c) PERSONAL– because of the laws of karma (which is a whole other article unto itself), you will want to ensure that you only create intentions for yourself. You may NOT create intentions for anyone else. This is because ethically, you are not permitted to obstruct anyone else’s karma. For example, if a loved one is ill and you create an intention for them to get well, you may be interfering in their karma if they have attracted the karma to be ill. While it is a selfless gesture to use your healing power to help others in this respect, what may happen when we involve ourselves in other people’s karma is that we may end up taking the heat off of them and having to take their karma on ourselves. It is best, when wishing to intend something for another, to ask your angels and the angels of the other person involved , to help them to heal in the highest and best way possible. That way, you are releasing your desire to help them to the Divine, who can take care of it as The Divine Source sees fit.

3)      DO THE WORK- anyone who is on a spiritual path is aware of the significance of “doing the work”. It is one thing to become certified as a healer, however without the extensive practice of self-examination, we are not going to get anywhere. By working on ourselves, which can at times be extremely gruelling, we are progressing along our paths. By battling ourselves; our ego and our karma, we are coming one step closer to understanding the why’s and how’s of our existence. We are growing one step closer to fully coming into our Divinity. By coming fully into our Divinity, becoming enlightened, we are able to tap into the endless pool of creativity, manifested by The Creator. (Hence the name!) With this knowledge, we are also faced with responsibility. At the point at which we have done the work, we become aware of, and in alignment with our responsibility to create in the highest and best good of all involved.

4)      HAVE PATIENCE AND FAITH- Perhaps one of the most difficult lessons that we must learn in order to manifest our dreams is the lesson of patience. We must understand the nature of instant gratification versus Divine timing. Just because we “want something now!” does not mean that we get to decide when we are ready to receive it, or if we are to receive it at all! If it does not serve our greater good, or it impedes the life of another, it may not come into our lives. However, if what we are asking for is being requested out of love for ourselves and others involved, it is sure to come to us when the time is right. Part of manifesting, often the most important part, is having faith. We must BELIEVE that our dreams are coming true, and have faith that everything is happening as it should- even if we have yet to see any results. Divine timing is such that there is a multitude of occurrences going on behind the scenes that we do not see. There are a myriad of twists and turns that are taking place out of our line of vision in order for the details of our dreams to work out perfectly- when the time is right. Staying true to your faith in Spirit- AND yourself- is a sure fire way to help secure your dreams!

By following these four steps, you will soon start to notice subtle changes. Though some of the process can seem to go ever so slowly, if you stay on track and have patience, you will be living the life you dreamed of before you know it!

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This coming Tuesday, December 29th marks this year’s final full moon. In conjunction with our past two weeks of brilliant celestial events, the final days of 2020 promise to go out with a bang! Carrying the impact of both the recent new moon in Sagittarius and last week’s Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, this full moon is a fitting end to a chaotic year.

As with all full moons, there is a theme of release. Creating a spiritual practice around the lunar cycle is a wonderful way to unite with both our innermost selves as well as the spirits of nature. While the moon is new, we can create a list of intentions. And, as the moon grows into its fullness, so do our intentions. On the date of the full moon, traditionally we create a list of that which we wish to let go. Once said list has been created, we are ready to ceremoniously release it into the atmosphere. The most common ways to release our list are to either bury it or burn it. By taking one of these actions, we are sending a message to the Universe that we are ready to bid farewell to the old, and ready to create a new and clean space for the new and wonderful gifts that come our way.

As with all full moons, this is a time to take stock of what is working in our lives as well as what is no longer. This is a time to consciously release all that holds us back; that no longer serves our highest good. With this past year having been painfully wrought with challenges and hurdles for every human who walks our Earth, many lessons have been learned. Despite its devastating immobilization of humanity, this year has been undoubtedly full of growth, perspective and layers shed. Throughout these dramatic personal and global shifts, we have experienced a by-product. We have witnessed ourselves shedding the layers of that which is no longer in alignment with our authentic selves. Though we may not have realized it, this was a blessing in disguise. As such, this full Moon in Cancer is time to fully let go of the remainder of these corollaries. This full moon is a time to release all of the pain and suffering that we have endured this last year once and for all in order to create a new and peaceful space for the bright future that is birthing on the horizon.

Backtracking slightly, we have recently witnessed “The Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn. While a magnificent spectacle in the night sky for several nights this past week, those of us who are sensitive would have undoubtedly felt its tug of war. Jupiter being the planet of intellectual expansion, healing, long distance travel, overindulgence and miracles conjunct with Saturn whose properties are structure, function, grounding, logic, responsibility and discipline, we sensitive people would have been highly uncomfortable. Bouncing between free-thinking, creative space and convincing ourselves that our dreams and goals are illogical would have had us constantly at odds with ourselves or with others who attempted to debate us. Particularly as we are in the throes of the second wave of the Coronavirus, our Jupitarian desire to travel abroad or to visit with family and friends over the holidays would have come to a screeching halt with the inane structures that have recently been cast upon us.

In tandem with this week’s Full Moon in Cancer, the Great Conjunction may cause discomfort in the home. As the astrological sign of cancer focuses on the hearth and home, we will find ourselves very aware of our feelings about our family members and or home itself. We will very quickly realize what must be freed from our surroundings. We may experience a desire to run away from our problems, to be free instead of to face them head on. We may become easily irritated by miniscule aspects of the personalities of our family members that hadn’t ever bothered us before. We may become easily irritated with clutter, smell or even having to share space with anyone at all. Conversely, should we be living alone in isolation, the Full Moon in Cancer may reinforce the fact that we are alone. Because Cancer is the maternal, nurturing, emotional sign of the zodiac, should we find ourselves without anyone to nurture at this time, we may feel temporarily out of place and gloomy. Ordinarily either of these scenarios would be unpleasant. However, once we stir in the energy of the Great Conjunction- whose energy is still residually present- we can run into an extra layer of aggravation. We may find ourselves at battle with ourselves or with others in our home over the precedence of free thinking and creation versus logic and discipline.

When Cancer, a water sign, astrologically arises, we can expect to be in touch with our feelings. Because of the vastly hectic year that was 2020, during this particular Full Moon in Cancer, we can expect that the deepest layers of our emotions that have been bubbling beneath the surface are sure to come out. At first glance, this may sound intense and unpleasant. However upon closer inspection we may find that this emotional release is cathartic, therapeutic and liberating. Though we may not have control over the emotional release itself, we do have a golden opportunity to harness these emotions and channel them into a creative venture. Whether we are writers, painters, dancers or artists, the emotions that are sure to come to the forefront during this lunar period can be a blessing.

This final full moon of 2020 invites us to take a serious look at the baggage that we have incurred this past year. It invites us to remember that we have the personal power to dig ourselves out of the mountain of weight that has been placed on our shoulders. This watery full moon in Cancer opens the floodgates and allows the weight of the world which we have been carrying to wash away.





As our second last full moon of 2020 waxes full in the night sky, we witness the bulk of our autumn season in hindsight. Our full moon in Gemini gives way to the beginning of eclipse season with its penumbral lunar eclipse. Though our gaze rests upon the majority of our perilous year in hindsight, eclipses often bring our awareness to the future.

Both the full moon and lunar eclipse mark an important opportunity to release. This year has been so trying for most of us. We have before us an opportunity to release the fear, oppression and the other lower vibrations that we have been carrying around with us for months. We have an opportunity to set the stage for a new beginning. As with all full moons, this is an occasion to reflect on what we need to release in order to streamline our lives to align with our Divine life purpose. Creating a list of that which we are ready to release is the first step to letting it go. Remember you must truly want to let it go. For if your list is created without the intention and meaning behind it, it will not be released. Ensure that your list is compiled of that which you are fully ready to let go. Once you have created this list (the list can be as long or short as you feel necessary), you may take action by the light of the full moon and burn it, bury it or sage it, tear it up and flush it. By doing one of these activities, or any activity that feels right to you, you are, along with the Universe acknowledging that you are letting go. Again, should you partake in this ritual, for it to work, it MUST be done with true intention behind your actions.

At 1:45 AM central time on November 30th, 2020, we witness our final penumbral eclipse. For those of us in  North America, South America, Australia and parts of Asia, we are able to view 82% of the moon’s shades of darkness as the moon eclipses the sun. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun Earth and Moon are exactly aligned, and the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. This can only occur on a night of a full moon.

When the Sun, Earth and the Moon are aligned, we can celebrate the occasion to become in alignment with our shadow sides. As the Sun is our Light, the Moon is our shadow.  While they are in alignment, we come face to face with parts of ourselves that can stir discomfort with us. This is a natural reaction. Humans love to avoid pain at any cost. We love to procrastinate when it comes to doing the self work it takes to ascend. We love to avoid pain by shifting our focus away from it and not dealing with it head on at all. However at this juncture, instead of running away from our shadows, let us become one with them. Let us understand that without accepting our shadow parts, we are unable to fully and completely love ourselves. Let us find the humour and joyfulness in the aspects of our lives that make us feel uncomfortable. Let us realize that this is why we are here on Earth, to learn to love ourselves; shadow and Light.

As the moon waxes full in Gemini, we are reminded of options. We are reminded that we can co-create our futures. As intellectual Gemini reigns high, this full moon is the perfect space in which to contemplate what it is that we desire to create for ourselves. This is an excellent time to cast away self doubt and acknowledge that we are worthy of the limitless abundance that the Universe has to offer. However because of Gemini’s known inability go make a clear decision, it is best at this time to merely reflect and wait to take action. On the other hands this lunar period is an excellent time to recognize the areas of our lives are out of balance and/or out of alignment with our hopes and dreams. Thanks to intellectual Gemini, we are able to analyze and scrutinize our surroundings. With that said, with all of the analysis and scrutiny we may be facing, we may also risk over analysis of ourselves. This is a slippery slope. If we find, during our surveying of surroundings, that we begin to pick ourselves apart in the process, let us be mindful of it and turn it around immediately with waves and notions of self love and care.

Gemini is known for its duality. Again we witness the theme of shadow and Light. Gemini is the sign of twins Castor and Pollux; twin brothers in Greek and Roman mythology. Both twins were immortalized by Zeus, spending half of their time on Earth and the other half in the starry heavens. We can discern from their story our dual nature. The law of duality, the tenth Law of the Universe states that everything is on a continuum and has an opposite within the whole. This is to say; though there are two sides to a coin, there is still only one coin. As Castor and Pollux spend half of their time on Earth and half in the heavens, we are reminded of the Divinity that exists both in the heavenly skies and here on Earth; as above, so below. Everything in the Universe, no matter how far reaching it seems, is interconnected, intertwined with all else that exists.

As Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury who stands for communication, this lunar period emphasizes interpersonal communication. This is a time to evaluate our beliefs and our needs through self acknowledgement. This full moon emphasizes how we communicate with ourselves. Do we speak kindly to ourselves? Or do we talk down to ourselves? This is the time to really pay attention to how we are self-communicating. Remember that how we treat others is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.

We always have work to do. This Full Moon/lunar eclipse highlights the areas in which we need improvement. We are granted the opportunity to delve into this work peacefully. That said, as important as it is to work on our journey to self mastery, so too is it to rest. Be sure, if you feel bogged down by the energy of this lunar alignment, that you take a time out. Be sure that you are giving yourself a break. You deserve to be honest with yourself at all times. You deserve a kind word, spoken to yourself. It is absolutely ok to rest. The more you take the time to honour your needs, the more resilient you become! °♡°♡°♡°♡°♡°♡°




We have all had the adorable experience of being licked by a companion animal. While it may appear that they are trying to communicate their love of us, we may in fact be misjudging the situation. Often animals exhibit behaviour that seems cute and cuddly when in fact they are trying to tell us something entirely different. Cats and dogs communicate in a variety of ways of which many people are unaware. Unless paying close attention and being open to why an animal is behaving a certain way, many of these communicative efforts go unnoticed.

Many cats and dogs develop a “licking” habit and it may be a warning sign to pay attention to. Though it may seem like your cat or dog is grooming or kissing you, sometimes they are, however this is very often not the case. Whether physical or behavioural, when an animal begins to excessively lick, this is a very first sign of something serious.

Animals lick excessively for several reasons. The first and least problematic is that they were weaned too early from their mothers. This is common in certain breeding situations. When the breeder is careless and takes the babes from their mother before they’re finished feeding from her, the babies will compensate for the rest of their lives by suckling and licking people or toys. This licking behaviour is also common in situations where something happens to the mother and she is unavailable to feed her babies. This , again, often results in a lifelong licking habit.

Animals may lick objects in the house that are non-food related such as furniture, appliances, walls or other metals. This is a sign of many potential issues that bear examination. One such issue is that they have developed a compulsive licking habit as a result of household stress. If an animal lives in a home with constant noise, yelling and arguing, people regularly filtering in and out of the house, a dirty environment, a smoky home, a home with an offensive odour, many children yelling and screaming and pulling on his ears or tail or any other type of high stress household, they may outlet their anxiety by licking household items, excessively self-grooming or licking their people. In this particular case, this dog or cat is attempting to communicate that her/his living conditions are too stressful. It is important to take heed of what you and your family members are currently doing to impose this behaviour on your animal. It is important to take significant measures to tone down whatever you are doing to offend your animal. After all, your animal is a member of your family just like the rest of you. Only he is unable to verbally ask you to turn down your volume, stop smoking, ask the kids to stop jumping on and tugging at his ears and tail and so on. So he begins to compulsively lick.

As opposed to physical behaviours, there is a more dangerous side to excessive licking. This danger lies in the health-related licking patterns. One such behaviour is excessive licking of people as a message that the animal is thirsty and dehydrated. Feline and canine dehydration is highly prevalent amd and dangerous in  today’s society. With the human belief that dry food and water provides adequate moisture to their diet, they suffer. Dry food is dehydrated food. If anyone was to attempt to subsist on dehydrated food for their whole lives, their insides would shrivel up. Water alone is insufficient in terms of providing and distributing moisture to all of the body’s organs. Water is an excellent cleanser of toxins from the body, however it often does not nourish the body as it needs. By adding extra moisture to their diet such as wild salmon oil or coconut oil and/or wet food or bone broth, you will be adding necessary moisture to their diet, thereby decreasing the likelihood of dehydration. In a best case scenario, integrating whole foods such as ground turkey or beef, whole pieces of fish or chicken, venison or other forms of whole proteins (WITHOUT sauces and spices!), you will be ensuring that adequate moisture is distributed properly to their body’s organs and tissues. If your kitty or puppy is excessively licking you, themselves or other household objects, and you’re feeding a mostly or completely dry food diet, it is definitely time to consider a diet switch.

Because the kidneys are responsible for processing the body’s water as well as filtering the body’s toxins for urination, when a cat or dog eats mainly or all dry food, the kidneys have to work overtime to process the dry food through. This is because the kidneys do not have adequate moisture to properly and easily do their job. Withboit adequate moisture, the kidneys are forced to drain water from aml other of the body’s organs in order to process the toxins through. Prolonged dehydration from a dry-food based diet will inevitably lead to kidney failure and a lot of pain for your animal and yourself. This is because eventually, if the kidneys run out of sufficient moisture to process the body’s toxins to be eliminated in their urine, the toxins eventually build up within the kidneys and the kidneys shut down. This is the painful reality of kidney failure.  If your animal licks you excessively, it is always important to weed out this potentiality by adding more moisture to the diet. If, after a week or two of added moisture, the animal is still licking, you will know that it is not dehydration. **REMEMBER** Water alone is NOT sufficient moisture for a cat or dog. Ask your holistic vet about and Research EFA (essential fatty acids) supplements that are safe and nutritious for your companion.

Perhaps most dangerously, excessive licking of the animal’s own body is a sure sign of distress. Whether an animal is licking the wall or household item or excessively self-grooming, there is a potential that the animal is in extreme pain. Studies have linked wall-licking to severe headaches, extreme liver imbalances and other fatal illnesses. If you notice that your animal is excessively self- grooming, Pay attention to where the animal is grooming herself. Generally, excessive licking of the abdomen can mean a tummy ache, constipation, diarrhea, bladder crystals, painful elimination, or other physical discomfort. This can be a sign of extreme stress such as living in a house with a smoker or other strong and persistent odour. It could also mean severe abdominal pain. If your animal is excessively licking her/his spine or lower back, he may have a painful back injury that needs attention. Or, he may have a kidney issue as the kidneys of the cat and dog run along the lower portion of their spine. If the excessive grooming is accompanied by apparent straining to go to the bathroom, loss of appetite, lethargy, hiding, red eyes, vomiting, a discoloration of the tongue or saliva, or any other unusual symptoms, take your animal to a vet or holistic care practitioner IMMEDIATELY. If your animal is excessively grooming and it is not accompanied by any other “red flags”, pay attention to the levels of stress your animal may be encountering and do your best to remove the stresses from her life.




Just like in the movies, our next full moon lands on Halloween. Marking the halfway point between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice, our upcoming Blue Full Moon in Taurus on Halloween night brings about much magic and mystery as the veil between the third and fourth dimension is at its thinnest. This full moon is the second full moon in the month of October, rendering its label of a blue moon.

During the days surrounding Halloween, many believe that a gateway between the third and fourth dimension opens. Too many believers, on this occasion, consider it to be a time we are most likely to have an encounter or an experience with spiritual beings; some claim that they are not always of the benevolent persuasion. Many have used Divination tools such as Ouija boards, pendulums and other magical instruments to attempt to connect with beings in Spirit. Unfortunately, many are unaware how to safely connect with other dimensions and can put themselves at risk of connecting with malevolent beings. If you do choose to attempt to utilize the energy of this full moon on Halloween to attempt such an idea, be very certain that you are doing so in a safe and secure manner so as not to put yourself or your loved ones in danger. There are many available resources that will illustrate how to safely connect with benevolent beings who wish to share messages of hope and healing.

Because we experience two full moons in the month of October, there is an overall theme of release. With this Full Moon in Taurus, in combination with Mercury in retrograde, there is a focus on releasing what we once found to be stable, safe and secure. With all of the shifting that has gone on over the last year, we are undoubtedly ready to begin anew. In order to do so, we must prepare to release the old to make room for the new. With Taurean energy focusing on stability, safety and security, our awareness shifts to the areas of our life where we are ready to let go of old belief patterns associated with stability and security. This may mean the release of those aspects of our lives where we are holding onto relationships, material items or other things that once made sense or held great value to us but do no longer. In recognizing which belief patterns and structures are ready to be released, we are de-cluttering our lives, reorganizing and restructuring. However, because Mercury is in retrograde (https://soulsticespirit.com/2017/04/09/mercury-retrograde-what-does-it-mean/), we may have to wait until our nest full moon (November’s Full Moon/Eclipse in Gemini) to release what we have conjured up at this time.

In addition to the theatrical Blue Full Moon in Taurus on Halloween night, we also have Uranus, the planet of sudden insight and change aligned with the Moon. Meaning, at a certain point throughout the 72 hours surrounding the light of the Full moon in Taurus at 9:49am central time, we will receive a surprising piece of information. Or, we are likely to have a sudden, Earth-shattering, ground breaking, game changing realization. With the upcoming US election only three days after this full moon and all of the other global crises, this can truly be anybody’s game. Uranus is very likely to spring upon us information that could very well change the course of our lives completely. Uranus is the planet of spiritual awakening, which means that the Halloween Full Moon will be active, teeming with energy!

Taurus is one of two planets ruled by the planet Venus. Venusian energy is one of Divine femininity and beauty. Ordinarily, the Venusian energy would likely open our eyes to all of the magic, beauty and wonder that our great Universe gifts us. However, with Mercury in retrograde, instead of peering outward at the bountiful world, we will be prone to looking within. Ideally, we can take this opportunity to acknowledge our own inner beauty. For some of us, however, this may take work. And this full moon is the perfect time to do it! This is a fantastic time to learn to be kind to ourselves; to give ourselves a gentle break- to avoid being so harsh with ourselves. This is a fantastic time to practice using positive, loving words with ourselves so that upon the end of this Mercury retrograde, we will be well-versed and self kindness. So much so, that we will radiate love to all those whom we encounter. May we be a light, a beacon of hope to those in despair.

Despite all of the Earth-shattering and restructuring that this Full Moon brings, we can take comfort in the grounding, Earthy sign of Taurus. Taurus, an earth sign, encourages us to connect with nature. Particularly, while we are thrown off kilter during this powerful full moon time, there is a peaceful, calming temperament to nature itself. By rooting our feet into the ground of our Mother Earth and intending  to release all of the chaotic, overwhelming feelings that these days bring, we will allow ourselves be present in the moment. We can feel secure in knowing that whatever the present moment brings, we are safe and cared for. We are loved beyond all measure, more than we can ever grasp. We can feel safe in believing that the Universe only gives us what we can handle. If we are handed a challenge, it is only because we are given the task of believing in ourselves and our abilities to overcome these challenges.




In times of struggle, we rely on our companion animals to carry us through. During this pandemic we have all experienced a rollercoaster of emotions; from joy to sadness to fear and frustration. And our animals have been alongside us, supporting us every step of the way. They have not only lived out their life roles as our companions, they have chosen to be with us at this time in order to aim to take our pain away. Even though they cannot fully take our pain away at any given moment, they strive to be the kind of unique support for us that each and every one of us needs. They relentlessly give of themselves, selflessly so that we have even a moment of peace on our journeys.

Though there is a vast myriad of ways that we can give back to our animals, here are five easily attainable ways that we can give back the kind of love to our animals that they need in order to feel healthy and at peace as they live out the challenging task of taking care of us.

  1. SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET– One of, of not the most important aspects of caring for our beloved companion animal friends is to ensure that they are well fed and adequately nourished. While some of us may be rolling our eyes out of certitude that we are indeed properly feeding our animals, we may want to think again. There are several main staples of knowledge of animal food that must go into every meal. Proper nutrition is an integral component in giving back to our animals. Ensuring that your animals are eating whole foods and not by-products, ingredients that you cannot pronounce or worse; ingredients that are labeled with buzzwords such as “powdered cellulose” (sawdust) or “corn gluten” (weed-killer). Choose foods that list whole foods such as “deboned chicken”, instead of “ocean fish” (the dregs of the ocean; i.e. the most polluted, non-specified fish in the ocean). Choose to research what your animals can and cannot digest. As an example, many cat parents are completely unaware that cats lack the digestive enzyme responsible for the breakdown of grains in the digestive system. This means that they are literally unable to digest grains. Most store-bought cat food is high in grains such as human grade cereal. What happens to our kitty friends when they eat the grains they cannot digest? They get metabolized as sugars and mess with their insulin levels, causing insulin spikes and troughs which very often leads to diabetes and obesity. Research a species appropriate diet. This is to say, research the types of diets that your animal friends ate as wild cats and dogs in nature. Research what their gastrointestinal systems thrive on and what will send them into ill health. Research why veterinary recommended brands cause more harm than good to your animal’s health because of their mainly preservative filled ingredient list. Read as much quality information as you can about what is healthy for your cats and dogs. Do not blindly trust your vet or food brand company. Look into where your food was sourced; the distance it had to travel to get to your store, the nutrient quality of the food, what whole foods are and any other information you can find from a credible source. By feeding our companion animals nutritious diets, they will be more resilient in times of stress, building up resistance to it; stopping illness from penetrating their immune systems. By feeding them nutritious, nourishing foods on a daily basis, we are ensuring that they have the strength to be the best healers they can be. We are ensuring that they have the stamina to accomplish what they came into our lives to do. Healthy eating means a longer life and a better quality of life.
  2. ENSURING OUR HOMES ARE AS QUIET AS POSSIBLE– Though the struggle of parents with young children during the Covid-19 pandemic is very real, we must also pay close attention to how our home environments are affecting our companion animals. Of course it is next to impossible to expect our young children to sit still and be quiet at this time; especially when they are stuck at home with no school, no recess and inadequate physical activity. That said, animals are extremely noise sensitive. They are also fearful of the unpredictable behaviours of children. It is extremely valuable, when planning out our days at home to be mindful of how our household noise will impact the health and well being of our animal friends. While this is a touchy subject and not meant to place additional pressure on parents, it is meant to invoke the concepts of understanding the animal’s perspective of the pandemic. At this time, allowing our companion animals a “time out” by putting them in a bedroom or den behind a closed door for an hour or two per day will allow them a safe zone where they will not feel overwhelmed by loud children or by children who climb on them, and pull their ears and tail. Moreover, if you do have children who are unable to respect the boundaries of your animals and do pull their ears and tail. Do not be surprised if your animal defends himself by lashing out with a bite or scratch. THIS IS HOW ANIMALS COMMUNICATE BOUNDARIES. Please do everyone in your household a favour and teach your children to respect the boundaries of your animals. By giving your animals a time out for an hour or two per day behind closed doors, you are allowing your animals a short time to relax in peace and harmony.
  3. ENSURING OUR HOMES ARE CLEAN & TIDY– Naturally speaking, companion animals are very clean beings. Let us remember that we share our homes with them. They are unable to clean up after themselves. More to the point, they are unable to clean up after us. Companion animals find dirty environments to be very uncomfortable. Dirt and clutter can seriously impede a companion animal’s sense of inner peace. Additionally, many companion animals develop allergies and other respiratory issues that stem from dusty, bacteria ridden and mouldy homes. It is their role to care for us; to keep our emotional, mental and spiritual balance and it is our role to keep their homes clean and tidy. Though regular cleaning of our homes can become labour intensive, remember you’re not doing it for you, you’re doing it for your best friend and emotional support system.
  4. ENERGY WORK– For many reasons, energy work is a MUST at this time. In addition to its well-known promotion of relaxation and inner peace, energy work such as Reiki provides an outlet for animals’ stress. Animals are highly spiritual beings. They are also very physical beings. Particularly in homes where during this pandemic we have limited outdoor access, it is crucial to provide our companion animals with an outlet for their stress. Because companion animals feel that it is their role to remove our stress in every way shape and form, we must acknowledge the reality that they can and do easily fall into illness. When animals become stressed and overworked as a result of their home lives, they will harness the stress within their small bodies. Ordinarily, activities such as exercise will allow the animal mostly adequate release of this stressful energy. However, in times like these we have limited access to the regular forms of exercise in which we engage with our animals. In times like these when we are infinitely more stressed out than usual, bearing in mind that our animals are like little energy sponges and absorb the stresses of their people and environments, it is vital to the health of our companion animals that we create regular intervals of experience where our animals are able to release their stresses. Should we choose to ignore the stresses of our companion animals, what will happen to them? Simply put, their bodies will react exactly the same way as ours would under repeated and prolonged exposure to stress. Their bodies will eventually give in to the toxic energies and fall into poor health and eventually disease. Engaging in regular energy work such as Reiki is an ideal way to promote the release of pent up stress from within our companion animals, especially when exercise and long trips outdoors are not an option. Energy healing allows for the stable peace of mind and inner harmony that comes along with removing the pockets of ill (stress) energy from the energy field and body of your companion animal before it becomes detrimental to your animal’s health. If you are not practiced at energy work with animals on your own, connecting with a professional animal energy worker is helpful, even if she/he is unable to come to your home. The professional energy worker should be well versed at the art of distance-energy work and will be able to discuss with you the benefits of energy healing from a distance.
  5. TELL THEM HOW YOU’RE FEELING– By keeping our animals informed about how they are healing our hearts and souls, they will feel like they are a valuable presence in our lives. Sure, we know they are but how often do we tell them? True, most companion animals do not understand most human language. However we must not underestimate their ability to understand the energy behind our words. In the companion animal mind, it is their role to keep us balanced and joyful. If they are unable to do this, they feel as though they are not doing their job. By telling our animals how much we appreciate them, by telling them how much we love them and that they ARE helping us to feel better, they will feel that there are doing a job well done! Of course they are here to listen to us when we are feeling down, and we can tell them this as well. We may even be surprised at their reaction when we do tell them we are feeling sad!

These are five of many ways that we can give back to our animals during this pandemic and at any other given time. All our animals want to do is to love us. Though they will never ask us for anything in return (except for maybe food!), we can be continuously inspired by their generosity of spirit and give them the kind of love and respect that they deserve.




On Friday, October 16th, we witness our next new moon. This new moon is one of two amazing celestial events this week! This new moon is born in the sign of Libra. With both our sun and moon in the sign of Libra on this day, we are sure to spend our time seeking balance in every aspect of life that we can.

The first of the two amazing celestial events comes to a crux on the night of October 13th. Gradually building up until this night, we observe our warrior planet Mars at its biggest and brightest. As Mars aligns with Earth and the Sun, we feel its tensions boil. Tuesday night we witness both a spectacular sight as well as an astrological phenomenon which captivates the skies in its narrowest gap between The Sun and Mars until 2035. On a clear night, we can see Mars at its closest to Earth. As Mars and the Sun bookend our Earth in alignment, we see the Sun illuminate the red planet, creating a bright red light in our night sky.

In astrological terms, our Earth’s placement between The Sun and the Mars creates a viewpoint of a heated, sunlit, angry Mars.  The Sun’s casting of light onto our red planet from our viewpoint on Earth can cause egos to flare. Mars, called “the red planet” is named so both for its red colour as well as its warlike energy. Mars is the God of war. This is to say that each time we experience a prominent Mars on our journey we are prone to feeling a headstrong desire to fight! For those of us with dominant energies, we may want to take a note that this Martian influence is a great time to become aware of how to keep our ego in check. The bright and powerful sun is casting its light onto our red, aggressive planet and creating an emboldened sense of anger, destructiveness and antagonism. Before we fall prey to these hostile energies, we may choose to channel this headstrong energy into a creative outlet. We may choose to harness the battalion-minded energy and pour it into a physical project or into physical activity, as physical activity is sure to burn off the excess energies. It is important, at this time in our Earth’s evolution, to be mindful of others. The general tendency of people at this time can be to anger quickly, to become frustrated and to take it out on each other. Let us remember that we have a choice; we can be part of the problem or we can be part of a solution that cares about, respects and loves one another. It is our choice.

With our sun and moon in the sign of Libra during the final part of this week, we are sure to be ready to reclaim the balance that had fallen by the wayside; both earlier in the week and earlier in the year. The Zodiac sign of Libra is depicted as “the scales”. The scales represent each person’s balance. Likened to the Tarot card Justice, where an authority figure is holding the scales, we are being called upon to seek out the areas of our lives and our consciousness that are imbalanced. We are called upon to examine how and why they may be unbalanced and further, to seek the means of bringing balance and restoration back into those areas of our consciousness and our lives.

There is a tendency among Libran energy to give into the dramatic nature of our lives. Given that Libra is so concentrated on balance, relationships are no exception. Take care not to become overdramatic when engaged in emotional, heart-centered conversations with your partner. Should you find yourself behaving in this way, you will live to regret it. Take a moment to gather yourself before you choose to speak with loved ones so that you avoid speaking any words you’re unable to take back. Conversely, if you are in a relationship where you have found that you have been giving far more than you have received, this new moon will find a way to bring your relationship back to balance.

Avoiding the opportunity to give into our ego, our dramatic nature also means letting go of the areas of our lives where we are stuck on self-blame. This new moon is particularly helpful for beginning the process of letting go of guilt, shame and all of the lower energies that surround these difficult feelings. This new moon is the opportunity to begin this process, allowing us the time period from now until the light of the full moon in two weeks time. During the waxing of this moon, we may focus on and prepare ourselves for letting go of these aspects of our consciousnesses for the purpose of creating room for newer, higher vibrations that are more in alignment with our futures. For in a short few months, we will see a new and beautiful reality!

The new moon is an opportune time to meditate on our intentions for our futures. With so much uncertainty in the world at this time, during this new moon, we can shift our awareness away from global chaos and toward an angle of self-mastery. By setting our intentions to getting to know ourselves on our deepest, most fragile levels, we can begin to overcome many of our self-doubts and fears. With hard work we can rise above the ambiguity of the months to come.




Most dogs will eat virtually anything. Most cats will not. Despite their different habits, neither gets to choose what we feed them. It’s clear that most of us would do anything to keep our dogs and cats as healthy as possible for as long as possible. But with so much conflicting information regarding companion animal health, how are we to know what makes a healthy meal?

Though there are many philosophies and schools of thought on the subject, there are some definite no-no’s when it comes to purchasing dog & cat food. Here is a list of 10 commonly found, easily avoidable ingredients in cat & dog foods that have been shown to harm the animals who consume them:

  1. UNSPECIFIED MEAT– If your dog or cat food label lists “meat” as its primary or secondary ingredient on its list (or anywhere else on the ingredient list for that matter!) you are feeding your animal road kill, animals who have already died (before they won the winning opportunity to die in the slaughtering plant) due to old age or illness as well as euthanized dogs and cats, which are distinctly labelled ‘meat’ or ‘meat meal’ in very low quality dog and cat foods.
  2. UNSPECIFIED FISH– While fish itself can have its nutritional qualities for dogs and cats, if you notice that your food label lists “fish” without specifying what type of fish is in the food, you are likely feeding you companion animal the most polluted fish, called Tilefish, that are accidentally caught in the fishing net when fishermen and women cast the net to catch sea foods. Also labeled ‘Ocean fish’ or ‘whitefish’, this type of fish is simply a cheap way to call the formula a ‘fish’ formula. Tilefish is so polluted that it will often cause allergies in cats and dogs such as itching, hair loss, vomiting and other unpleasant symptoms.
  3. BHA/BHT– preservatives that have been shown in studies to contain human carcinogens. *A carcinogen is any substance that promotes carcinogenesis which is a process in the formation of cancer.
  4. SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE– Can’t pronounce it? That’s reason alone to realize its lack of health for our animals. Sodium Hexametaphosphate is a preservative that has been linked to skin irritation, swollen kidneys and stunted growth.
  5. FOOD DYES– Most commonly found in kibble (dry food- don’t get me started in why dry food is absolutely unhealthy and harmful to your animal companion!) Food dyes have been linked to concentration disorders in both humans and animals. Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6 all contain benzidone which is a human and animal carcinogen. Food dyes have also been known to cause severe tummy aches (well obviously since food dyes are all chemicals!), IBS and chronic diarrhea.
  6. CARAGEENAN– another preservative that is has been linked to intestinal inflammation. It has also been shown in studies to cause gastrointestinal ulcerations, IBS, cancer and other food allergies. Though Carageenan looks like it may be healthy because it is derived from red seaweed, do not be fooled. This preservative can be quite harmful to our furry friends’ digestive systems.
  7. POWDERED CELLULOSE– While this fancy name may sound like it’s a healthy, plant-based ingredient, it is not. Powdered Cellulose, simply put, is sawdust. Yes, sawdust. Powdered Cellulose is one of the most common ingredients found in almost all cat and dog foods. It is use as filler. Marketing companies use this sawdust to up the fibre content of cat and dog food. Technically, sawdust may be full of fibre, but its clearly NOT the kind of fibre that will aid in anyone’s digestion. Needless to say, Powdered Cellulose is extremely inflammatory and can cause arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, chronic diarrhea, upset stomach, among other inflammatory illnesses.
  8. CORN GLUTEN– Corn Gluten is another brilliant marketing scheme. Consumers read it in a label and think that they’re feeding their animals a nutritious ingredient. However, they are wrong. First, animals cannot digest corn as it is. Second, Corn Gluten is not even whole corn. It is the remnants of the corn that has been leftover from the corn processing operation; from field to table. That may not sound so bad, right? Wrong. This corn gluten is so toxic that farmers have been using it to kill weeds on their land for decades- MUCH longer than anyone has been using it as filler in cat and dog food. Do you want to feed your animals a by-product that has been used to kill weeds?
  9. ANIMAL BY-PRODUCT– there is much controversy surrounding the use of animal by-product in processed cat & dog food. For all interested parties, animal by-product is the word that marketing companies use to cover a wider variety of animal parts that are leftover after the processing operation from farm to store (or plate). These leftover parts include; chicken beaks, chicken feet, hooves, brains, hair. Undeveloped eggs, heads –  the list goes on. Where the controversy arises is that by-products also contain liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, stomach, lungs, hearts and other vital organs. Some professionals (both western medical veterinarians as well as homeopathic doctors) claim that these vital organs are rich in pure proteins and energies that can be used to heal the body in a myriad of ways. While this may be the case, do you want to feed your animals beaks, feet, hooves, brains and heads? While there is some merit to feeding our animals whole organs, why not skip the by-product altogether and head to a butcher shop for clean organ meat?
  10. BREWERS RICE– Rice sounds like a healthy part of a balanced meal, yes? Brewers rice couldn’t be further from a balanced part of a whole meal. For one, cats are physiologically unable to digest grains. They lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of grains. Thus, when they consume grains and starches, they metabolize as sugars and can wreak havoc on their insulin levels. This is often where feline diabetes originates. Friends, do yourselves, your cats and your bank accounts a favour and skip the grains altogether.
    Dogs, however, can digest grains. Whole grains, that is. Sadly, Brewer’s Rice is NOT a whole grain. Brewer’s Rice is the by-product of the white rice processing operation. It is essentially cracked pieces and fragments of white rice that are leftovers. Brewer’s Rice is filler that causes inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and other painful conditions for your dog. If that wasn’t bad enough, recently studies have shown trace amounts of arsenic in rice. Arsenic is a highly toxic poison that can cause bladder cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, kidney cancer among other irreversible, painful diseases.

Above is a short list of harmful ingredients to watch for on dog & cat food labels. There are innumerable others that are harmful, which is why it is always best to DO YOUR RESEARCH. Read labels. If you are unsure what a particular ingredient is, look it up. By taking the few minutes it takes to look something up, you could be saving your animal much pain and suffering. While researching ingredients, it is always beneficial to go to more than one credible source, such as your western medical veterinarian AND your holistic veterinary practitioner. By seeking information from both sources, you will be learning a complete spectrum of knowledge as both eastern and western medicine complement each other.

Ingredients aside, undoubtedly, the best action you can take in feeding your companion animals is to research a species appropriate diet. Research what your breed of cat or dog woul eat in the wild and find a diet that most closely mirrors that. Feeding your animals whole foods such as organic or free-range beef, chicken, (non farmed) fish, venison, rabbit in addition to steamed greens if they will eat them, is a sure-fire way to ensure that they are eating a locally sourced, nutritious diet.

** be sure to ask your vet about proper portions and combinations with respect to feeding your animals whole foods and species appropriate diets. There are MANY important ingredients that our animals need. Sadly, when most humans prepare homemade meals for our animal friends their intentions are great but they lack the education to feed them a completely balanced meal. This is why it is crucial to partner up with your holistic veterinarian to find the best combination of proteins, vitamins and minerals for your animal friends!




A quintessential hallmark of the autumn season, at 4:05pm on Thursday, Oct 1marks this year’s Harvest Full Moon. The unusual nature of this year’s Harvest Moon is twofold; typically, the Harvest Full Moon waxes in the sign of Aries during the month of September, however this year it waxes in October. Secondly, this Harvest Full Moon is the first of two full moons in the month of October, rendering the second one a blue moon. This two-full moon- month occurs approximately once every three years.

Full moons are magical for many reasons. One of which is that spiritually, the full moon is a time to release old energies that no longer serve us. At the time of, or day of the full moon, it is commonplace to take the time to ponder what beliefs, thoughts and feelings are holding us back from our true life’s purposes. In essence, we do not have just one life’s purpose, we have several. To that end, which of our beliefs, thoughts and feelings are preventing us from living our best life? By taking the time to consider those that fall under this umbrella, followed by intending for them to be released forever from our minds and hearts, we are one step closer to finding the inner peace we crave so deeply.

The Harvest Moon waxes full in the sign of Aries. For those of us sensitive to the lunar influences, we will likely be full of fiery Aries energy for at least the 48 hours surrounding the full moon itself. When the moon is in Aries, we can run head first into new projects, especially physical ones such as painting, redecorating or cleaning house. However Aries is also heavily accident prone so if you do choose to capitalize on the grand physical Aries energy, ensure that you pay close attention to your actions as you could easily end up injured. Too, true to Aries form, we may find that the motivation to begin new projects looms large, however the follow through is rather lacking.

At this time, there is great potential for personal breakthroughs. With the fiery, motivated Aries energy burning a fire under our bottoms, we can summon the mental energy necessary to delve deeply into our consciousness. We will feel inclined to examine our identities; who we think we are, how we see ourselves and how we believe the external world sees us. (  https://soulsticespirit.com/2020/04/12/who-do-you-think-you-are/ – a look at how you have shaped your identity)  The more closely we examine, compare and contrast who we believe we are, the more we will resonate with a new awareness of our identity. In addition to the aforementioned opportunity for releasing that accompanies every full moon, our full moon in Aries steadily brings about opportunity for personal growth and revelation.

Our relationship with our identity can also be closely examined by the social light of our current Libra sun. With our moon’s placement in fiery Aries, our sun remains in the airy sign of Libra. Due to its social nature, Libra illuminates the aspect of our identity that correlates to how others perceive us and how we perceive how others perceive us. We may, at this time, be reminded that those whom we attract are a reflection of the state at which we are currently in. So that if we are attracting people and situations that are unpleasant, we can self examine once again. We can ask ourselves: what aspects of our consciousness are attracting these unpleasant circumstances? Would we like to alter what we attract? If so, how can we do so? What are the steps necessary to streamline the vibe we put out in order to attract the positivity we deserve? Conversely, should we be attracting people and situations that reinforce joy and positivity, we can ask ourselves the same questions. We can praise ourselves for radiating the love and positivity we attract.

Given the timing of this moon, this Full Harvest Moon is about giving thanks for the blessed abundance that we have been gifted. Whether the abundance is money, food or any other privilege, the time of the harvest is to be grateful. This is a time to acknowledge that our hard work has paid off and that the reward is sweet.

This Harvest Full Moon is all about self-awareness. It is about becoming aware of what to release and acclimating to awareness in a new light. It is about re-evaluating, shifting and up-leveling. This is a time to cast away our previous concepts of our own identities and to be open to understanding that our life experiences do not define us. They are merely experiences that we have lived through, negative or positive. Our identities are not defined by illness, poverty, abusive pasts- our identities are defined by a level of kindness, compassion and empathy toward self and others that is ever-changing, growing and evolving. Every day we have the opportunity to choose who we are by our actions, thoughts, beliefs and feelings. By choosing kindness toward self and others, we are choosing an identity that is more and more closely in alignment with our Divine purpose on Earth.




Self care in itself is spiritual practice. As healers and empaths we often neglect to take the time to properly care for ourselves. All too easily we become overwhelmed by the many aspects of our lives that call to us. Before we know it the day has passed us by and we have forgotten to take time out for ourselves for self care. With all that is occurring in the world and almost nowhere to escape from it, we are likely to feel easily drained and overtired. Though many of us have very limited amounts of “free” time, there are several daily time-friendly practices in which we can engage in order to promote self care and overall well-being.

1)    STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR PEOPLE- As sensitive souls, we are often known to be peacekeepers in interpersonal relationships. Whether romantic or plutonic in nature, we are likely to find ourselves rationalizing the hurtful or offensive behaviour of loved ones in order to avoid conflict.  We often rationalize and excuse their behaviour because we feel that we can accept everyone for who they are and that we are immune to their negativity. It is our nature as healers and empaths to make excuses for the behaviour of others, even when it offends or hurts us deeply. In order to nurture and care for ourselves, we must remember that it is acceptable to put our own need first. If we are repeatedly hurt or offended by the actions and behaviours of others, it is safe to remove ourselves from the situation. It is safe to accept that these types of people are not contributing to our well being in a positive way. It is safe to accept that after repeated, hurtful behaviour, these people may not be the right fit for us in our lives at this time. Should these excuses we make be for family members or those whom we are unable to remove from our lives, it is important for us to take the time to ground ourselves before and after any interactions with these people. This grounding may take the form of writing, drawing, connecting with nature or any other healthy outlet to which we are drawn. While it is our goal to be non judgmental toward all humans, it is not our job to accept their repeatedly offensive and hurtful behaviour on the grounds that “they have had it rough”, “we deserved it” or any other excuse we can come up with. Though it is important to respect where others have come from, their hurtful behaviour wears on us. After prolonged exposure it even has the capacity to wear on our self respect, self confidence and self love. There is a fine line between accepting someone for who they are and allowing ourselves to shove our hurt feelings down inside to our own detriment. It is never ok to continuously put our own hurt feelings aside to make somebody else feel good.  Be honest with yourself and others. If someone is being hurtful towards you, it is acceptable to walk away.

2)    SET REALISTIC BOUNDARIES FOR YOURSELF AND STICK TO THEM- As empaths and healers we are prone to being energetically drained by other people and circumstances. It is crucial to our well being that we create boundaries for ourselves. This most often means learning to say “NO”. As healers and empaths, it is our second nature, our duty, to help anyone and everyone we can. While this is quite a noble feat, we often tend to go overboard. We often tend to ignore our body’s warning signs that it needs to rest because we are so caught up in caring for others. But what we must remind ourselves that the very best way to care for others is to care for ourselves. And this means setting boundaries with others so that we allow ourselves the time to rest and recharge. This means taking the time to listen to our bodies and hearts to hear them speak of what they need to be balanced. And once we have heard their needs, follow their advices. It is one thing to tell ourselves that we are going to stop doing something, yet it is entirely more effective to stick to the resolution! Be firm with yourself in knowing what you need to keep yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy- and stick to it! After all, we cannot pour from an empty cup!

3)    RESPECT YOURSELF- Self respect is an integral part of self-care. Under the umbrella of self respect are many ideals. Eating healthy food, resting well and exercising to the best of our ability are all adequate ways of respecting ourselves and our bodies. Aside from the physical aspects of self respect, there are various mental and spiritual. To be patient with yourself is to respect yourself. Understand where your beliefs and feelings end and others’ begin; avoid confusing the two. Subscribing to the beliefs and thoughts of others- if out of alignment with ours- can be exhausting. Any beliefs and actions that we take that are out of alignment with or authentic selves are not genuine. The lesser genuine we become, the more exhausting life becomes. Be firm in your convictions however do so without trying to prove to anyone who you are and what you believe. Part of self respect is being confident with who you are and what you believe without allowing ego to interfere. Whether going along with the beliefs of others or forcing your beliefs on others, you may find that you become easily depleted. The preceding behaviours are out of alignment with your highest good. To realign with your highest good is to stay firm in your convictions and to have compassion for those who do not.

4)    LEARN TO SAY “YES”- LET GO OF LIMITING BELIEFS, THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS- Part of caring for ourselves is to acknowledge that we often engage in limiting thoughts, beliefs and actions. When we tell ourselves “no” or “I can’t” or “I shouldn’t”, we are limiting our potential. Often we object to taking breaks or vacations because we feel we “can’t afford” or “can’t leave”. While not everyone can necessarily go on a month long cruise of the Caribbean, everyone has the ability to take a “time out” once in a while. Everyone has the ability to take a few hours away from their stressors to go into nature or to turn off their phones and listen to relaxing music in their favourite room of their house. By telling ourselves “I can” take a break, we are allowing our bodies to recharge.
By telling yourself “Yes, I can take healthy steps to change my life” instead of being afraid of new and potentially exciting new experiences, you will be changing the very fabric of your life. You will be tailoring your life to a higher and better version of itself. You will be creating a far more optimistic life path for yourself.
The energy that comes along with saying “Yes!” to new opportunity is far more positive for the body and mind than telling yourself “No”. The “yes” vibration allows you to be open to receive all of the wonderful blessings and gifts that the universe has for you!

5)    LET GO OF UNHEALTHY ATTACHMENTS- Buddha rightfully claimed that “Attachment is the root of all suffering”. When we become attached to material items, people or circumstances, we are creating the potential for suffering. By practicing detachment from all of the above, we are lesser likely to be disappointed when these things leave us or fail to go the way we’d hoped. Nothing is permanent. To understand the impermanence of all that comes in and out of our lives is to be free of attachment to them.
That said, it is often difficult to release attachment to loved ones. This is because in the human body we form emotional bonds with others. It is even often difficult to release attachment to workplaces and sentimental items for the same reasons. However, often we outgrow these relationships, circumstances and items. Though we have outgrown them, letting them go can prove to be quite challenging. But the more we hold on, the more they can breed suffering. This suffering naturally takes its toll on our well being. This is because these people or situations that we have outgrown are often out of alignment with our current vibration. As many of us know, the further long our spiritual path we venture, the more we gravitate away from that which no longer serves our highest good. When we invest our energy into those situations that no longer serve our highest good, we will invariably find that our energy becomes quickly drained. This is because we are constantly descending our energy to meet those old vibrations which we outgrew.  It is of great import to learn to recognize when an unhealthy attachment is forming and to release it immediately. By aiming to release attachment to all unhealthy situations, we are saving our energy from certain depletion.

Particularly in today’s world where we are often surrounded by misery on the news, at work or on social media self care is a must. Self care is self love. By engaging in positive action toward self care, we will become stronger and more empowered versions of ourselves. We will feel more energized and far better equipped to be the best versions of ourselves we can be!