Sept 24, 2018 marks this year’s full moon in the sign of Aries. For those born in the fire element; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, this moon promises to be a wild ride! For all other signs as well, there are various themes of which to be cognizant. Simply, the more information we have about this full moon’s planetary alignment, the better equipped we are to rise above its seemingly intense challenges.

The full moon’s placement in fiery Aries has the potential to cause irrational thoughts, behaviours and actions. Though this will likely be our primary call to action in any circumstance, we must be mindful that all thoughts, behaviours and actions have consequences. Though the Aries full moon will have us wanting to react before we think, this is the perfect occasion to practice the pause. Practicing the pause is a concise way to plan to think before we react. With respect to consequences, by thinking before reacting, we are setting ourselves up to succeed.

On the heels of today’s autumnal equinox, representing the season of harvest, tomorrow’s full moon allows us to take stock of all that we have planted in the spring and watched flourish over the summer season. As with all full moons, this moon represents the culmination of a life cycle. Both the autumnal equinox and the full moon allow us to take a step back and acknowledge a job well done. We have worked hard over both the spring and summer. We have worked hard over this last lunar cycle which began with the new moon in Virgo. It was a time of deep self reflection.  And now we are ready to reap the harvest that we have sewn.

In addition to the fire power of the Aries moon, we have several planets in a placement that warns of the danger of exhibiting control issues. If we are prone to control issues without this planetary alignment in place, we must take great care to self realize. With the sun, moon, Mercury and Saturn forming the dreaded astrological square, we will feel an overwhelming sense of severity over our lives leaving little room to remember that which brings us joy. To easily counterbalance this sombre seriousness, we may wish to take a moment to engage in activities that bring us joy such as playing with animals or connecting with Mother Earth. Bonding with nature and animals is a naturally cleansing experience; after which we will always feel rejuvenated.

On the other hand, this “controlling’ energy does have the capacity to encourage us to draw lines in the sand between ourselves and those people and situations who may be overstepping their boundaries with us. On the subject of thinking before we react, his bold planetary alignment will have us far more readily able to say ‘no’ to anything or anyone. This, of course, can be quite empowering; especially to those of us who are ‘people pleasers’. For those who are, this astrological square is an ideal time to learn to say no. With this astrological backing, we will muster the courage to put our own needs first.

As if so far, this alignment was not enough to make us want to avoid human contact during this 48 hour period, we also have Venus in Scorpio. Venus, being responsible for love interests, takes on a combative, insecure nature. If we are in love during this full moon, we may take extra caution not to give in to feelings of jealousy, possessiveness or the overall desire to emotionally manipulate our partners. Should we begin to feel these low vibration feelings, we must become conscious of them and remember that they are simply our ego at play. These are insecurities that are only a reflection of our fears and nothing more.

This full moon in Aries also highlights the aspects of our personal relationships that may be out of balance. The elements of our relationships in which our needs are not being met will inevitably come to the forefront. And we must ask ourselves: can we work through these imbalances or is it time to break free and put our own needs first? It is not selfish to take adequate self care before we are able to adequately care for others. With Venus nearing its retrograde, relationship disharmony is beginning to showcase itself.

Thankfully, due to the sun’s placement in the sign of Libra, we can rely on the theme of balance. The Libran nature is to bring balance and justice to all. Whereas the Aries’ lunar influence has the potential to create chaos in any given situation, the Libran energy allows us to step outside of our reactive nature and employ a higher wisdom.

Though most of this planetary alignment encourages us to suit up in armor before we even leave our house in the morning, if properly grasped, we can utilize these harsh energies to our advantage. For those of us who struggle either with people pleasing or with a lack of compassion for others, this lunar period call help us bring back the balance between the two.




As with all new moons, today’s new moon in Virgo represents the beginning of a new life cycle. Though this new moon affects all 12 signs of the zodiac, it particularly affects those born under the signs of Virgo and Pisces, with those born in the signs of Sagittarius and Gemini in close tow. These four zodiac signs fall under the ‘mutable’ category of the zodiac. Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius are all present at the end of each season; meaning that they are associated with a major transition. Therefore, this new moon has the significant power to engulf us in a massive personal shift.

This new moon is the beginning of the season of harvest. In addition to the harvesting of crops, this is the origin of the time of year when we can begin to reap the budding life that we have planted and sewn over the spring and summer. This is the time of year when we are able to begin to feed on the personal and spiritual nourishment that we have, alongside Spirit, created for ourselves. It is a time to bask in the glory of our successes, as it is almost time to celebrate the fall equinox; a time to dance and be grateful for the beautiful gifts that we have been granted. This two week period between the New Moon in Virgo and the Fall Equinox are a time of celebration and preparation for the oncoming season.

Perfectionist Virgo will have us tying up loose ends during this 48 hour lunar period. These loose ends can be anything from phone calls to details of personal health and nutrition. With this Virgo themed moon, research will be on the forefront of our minds. Any issues in question that pertain to health, nutrition or other personal interests will be the highlight of the day and the desire to research relative information will be strong and focused. Virgo’s practical side will bless us with a grounded mind while wading through the various projects and details that we had previously cast aside during the unstable energies of the summer months. This new moon is the ideal opportunity to refocus our efforts on the completion of tasks that had gone astray.

Highlighted by the Virgo energy will be the necessitation of creating boundaries. Because of the practical-minded Virgo, we may be inspired to acknowledge the aspects of our personal relationships that are out of balance. Perhaps we will realize that we are giving too much energy to a cause that cannot reciprocate in the way that we need. It is the energy of this new moon that has the ability to empower us to create that boundary for ourselves so that we do not continue to deplete our energy source.

On the other hand, this new moon is a time to be cautious of our over-critical nature. We could find, during this time that we tend to over-analyze ourselves and our lives (even more than usual!). Though it’s important to take stock of our lives, there is a danger in overdoing it. This danger is a compulsive need to control and micromanage all aspects of our lives. While it’s important to have a solid grasp on the ins and outs of our daily lives, we must remember the value in letting go of control. When we release control, we allow miracles to shine through. These miracles almost always tend to work out in blessings we had never even dreamed of.

We must remember that all efforts to create the harmony that we desire are a tandem effort between us and Spirit. By relinquishing control to Spirit we will find the peace we seek. By placing our faith in that which exists outside of our minds and in our hearts, we will be acting out of love. We will be creating from the heart in conjunction with the aspect of ourselves that exists in Spirit; or highest selves. And we will know that when we do this, only love and positivity are born.




We have all asked ourselves: Why is life so challenging sometimes? And then we are reminded that if life was easy, we would never learn anything. It is the nature of the human experience to live out the peaks and troughs of life. As a result, the human experience can be quite uncomfortable at times. As with all circumstances, we have a choice. We can let them get the best of us, or we can employ our spiritual warrior sides and face them head on. When we choose, we must realize that if we choose to ignore the situations or let them get the best of us, we will continue to be confronted with them time and time again until we have healed. It is fair to say that the old proverb “If not now, when?” is of great import with this.

As a spiritual healer and teacher, I am often asked how to heal from a situation; whether it is a soul contract, heartbreak or trauma. Whatever the origin, the grieving process can be difficult at best. Here are five steps that we must all take in order to heal properly from pain, loss and trauma:

1)      Acknowledge- The first step to healing is to acknowledge that we are hurt. Acknowledge that it is time to heal.

2)      Accept- To fully heal, we must accept that we are hurt. We must accept responsibility for our part in the situation. We must accept that we are not a victim. We must accept that we have been involved in a situation that has caused us pain and accept that our actions have gotten us here. Or in some cases, we must accept that we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We must not blame others for our pain. Though other people may have been involved in our traumatic experiences, our primary responsibility is to ourselves and our own healing, irrespective of others. We cannot change the events that have taken place, we can only change our reactions to them by accepting the situation as it is.

3)      Feel your feelings- to fully heal from an experience, letting yourself feel the depths of your pain is the most sincere form of facing your shadow side. It can be extremely uncomfortable at times to stare your heartache straight in the face but it is necessary to do so in order for it to work its way out of your system. Of course there is a major difference between dealing and dwelling. Dealing with pain means bearing down, sitting in it and letting the emotions run their course. Dwelling in pain refers to those of us who repeat the story of our pain over and over again to ourselves, not allowing ourselves to overcome the pain. It refers to those of us who are stuck in the trauma so deeply that it becomes who we think we are, and our true nature becomes lost. There is a fine line between dealing and dwelling. To deal with our pain, we must not ignore our feelings. We must not numb the pain with external substances such as drugs, alcohol and food. By numbing the pain, we are procrastinating the self-work involved in healing. We will eventually have to face the pain. And the deeper it’s buried, the harder it is to find. The more we ignore our feelings, the more we create a blockage within ourselves. And the bigger the blockage, the more healing will be necessary in the long run. To deal with our pain, we must acknowledge it, accept it and feel it; however uncomfortable it may be.


4)      Forgive yourself- Perhaps the most overlooked step to healing is self-forgiveness. Self-blame is a common thread in all situations that involve healing. We often blame ourselves for aspects of the situation that we had no control over at the time; aspects of the situation that could not have been altered. We blame ourselves to the point that the guilt takes over and causes a downward spiral thinking pattern. This too can lead to repetition of thought resulting in it becoming our identity; losing ourselves in the process. To err is human. We must recognize that we are fallible. We are not perfect; and it will only harm us to continue to punish ourselves for actions that we have taken that have created an undesirable result.  It is part of our wiring to make mistakes. If we did not make mistakes, we would never learn. And as we realize this, we can grow. To be gentle with ourselves is to begin to heal. Once you have forgiven yourself for your part in the situation, you are ready to let it go!

5)      Let it go- holding onto any burdensome situation is unhealthy. This behaviour affects our physical, emotional mental and spiritual states. To completely heal from any situation, we must let it go. We will know when we have finally healed from the experience when we are able to think about it and remain balanced. No crying, no sadness, no remorse. Once we have healed we will be able to reflect on the experience with love.

The road to self-healing can be complex; and to walk it we must be courageous. Remembering that we are only faced with what we can handle can give us the strength to succeed. Should we choose to delay the facing of our fears, we will hinder our personal progress. We will be subject to living out the same scenario time and time again until we learn from it. It is important to be patient with ourselves during our road to healing. We must give ourselves healthy space and time to breathe and build self-confidence so that we are able to overcome our perceived obstacles in order to come into alignment with our highest selves.





With five planets in retrograde, this full moon is sure to be an intense one! On Sunday, August 26th the world will experience this year’s full moon in Pisces. Retrogrades are a time for self-reflection; a time to take a deep look at ourselves. And as with all full moons, this Piscean event will mark the culmination of a life cycle. And, as with all full moons, the astrological position of the sun is opposite the moon. Pisces’ astrological opposite has our sun in grounded, logic-based, meticulous Virgo throughout this lunar influence.

Because we have five planets in retrograde (appearing to go backwards in the night sky) we will find ourselves ruminating over various aspects of ourselves and our lives. Which aspects of our lives do we feel need improvement? Which aspects of ourselves and our life cycles are we ready to release in order to make room for new and healthier ones?

During this lunar period, we have Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto in retrograde. This means that we will have the desire to reflect on all of the aspects of our lives that correlate to these planets. With Mars named after the God of War, its energetic influence will often have us in an air of conflict both with ourselves and others. However, due to its current retrograde motion, its energy will lean us toward more of an inner conflict. This internal struggle will be all about ego. Because Martian energy is the ruler of passion, male sexuality and warriorship, this retrograde can be an intense time of questioning our self worth especially relative to these aspects of self. Whereas when Mars is in forward motion, it encourages us to head full force into battle, sparing none, the retrograde period will have us wanting to examine these aspects of our personalities. In combination with the Piscean moon, we may find that we are at odds with ourselves. This is because Mars has a very fiery, passionate energy whereas Pisces is a very deep and emotional energy. This will come to a head throughout the full moon period and create stormy weather within our self reflection.

Saturn retrograde is perhaps the most mentally challenging as it causes us to deeply examine the structure and function of our lives; belief systems, habits and simply the way we live. In conjunction with the Piscean full moon which has a tremendously ethereal energy, we may find that this lunar period has us thrown from the grounded nature of the Virgo sun into a virtual ‘washing machine’; spinning endlessly through shift and flux. Though this may feel like a hurricane for 2-3 days, rest assured that once the moon moves out of ethereal Pisces, we may feel far more comfortable with our functional examination.

Contrary to the discomfort of Mars and Saturn retrograde, Neptune is also retrograde during this full moon. Interestingly, Pisces is ruled by Neptune. This means that for those of us who are daydreamers and interdimensonal travellers, we may find our inner escape to be pleasantly comfortable. Because both Neptune and Pisces represent our dreamlike consciousness, even though Neptune is retrograde, we will find an inescapable desire to dream the day away. This daydreaming is fully supported by the Divine as Neptune retrograde encourages us to remember to go within to find answers to our most pressing queries. It will remind us that all of the answers we seek can only be found within; NOT from external sources. It will remind us that each and every one of us already has the wisdom we seek within.

Next, in the spectrum of planets retrograde, we have Uranus: the planet of sudden change. Whereas in most charts and planetary alignments, Uranus’ appearance often creates havoc and disruption, when it turns retrograde, we may often feel stuck. We may feel as if we are ready for a drastic change and frustrated that ‘nothing is happening’. Whereas when in forward motion, the sudden nature of Uranus affects both internal and external shifting, its retrograde counterpart will almost always only affect our inner world. And this means a massive shake up of old fears and anxieties. It will have us circumstantially re-evaluating old fear-based beliefs that are ready to be released once and for all.  To intensify this shake up, the confluence between the ethereal Piscean moon and grounded Virgo sun will have us ping-ponging from one end of the spectrum to the other regarding the most efficient way to bring the balance back to our new mental landscape.

Lastly we have Pluto retrograde. Pluto’s nature is to give us higher insight into our subconscious. Thus, its retrograde will create the ideal environment for us to take the time to go within and seek out our life purpose. Are we taking part in activities and beliefs that support our Divine life purpose? Are we simply treading water in fear of proceeding down uncharted paths? Or are we going to realize that most of our actions and beliefs are not in alignment with our Divine life purpose? Whichever road we find ourselves on, if we are unhappy, Pluto retrograde is the perfect time to reflect on where we would like to be and how we feel is the most effective way to get there.

This lunar period proves to be an intense time of self examination; getting to know ourselves again on a deeper, more intimate level. Though these 48 hours will surely be full of highs, lows and daydreams, once we find ourselves on the other side, we will be far stronger and more empowered. We will be more connected with ourselves and Spirit. We will be more fully in alignment with our highest and best selves.





All cat people fall madly in love with their funny behaviour, warm hearts and nurturing souls. Their meows and purrs are like music to our souls. All kitty noises seem to be adorable and sweet except for one: The hairball. The sound of hairballs brings many of us to concern as they are a clear sign of discomfort for our kitty companions. Often, these sounds can tug on our heart strings, leaving us in wonder as to how we can help them through the struggle.

Almost all house cats will have hairballs at one time or another while living alongside their families. Cats, as most of us know, bathe themselves several times per day. During these bath times, there is much potential for cats to ingest their hair. While it is common for a cat to swallow a lot of hair, hairballs themselves are often avoidable. Listed below are four easy ways to help our cat friends to live a hairball-free life:

1)      VACUUM/DUST- Whether we have carpeted or hard wood floors to vacuum and dust is a must! Dust easily seeps into carpets and collects along the walls of any flooring. Stray animal hair from our feline friends or any other animals who live in our homes often sheds from our animal friends’ bodies and gathers together on the floors of our homes. If cleaning is not our second nature, it can strongly affect the number and intensity of hairballs that our kitty friends have. By slightly altering our cleaning regimen to once per week or more (depending on the number of animals in our home) we can easily lower or prevent the number or hairballs our cats must suffer through.

2)      DIET CHANGE- KIBBLE IS NOT FOOD!!!!! Among a long list of reasons why cats should never eat kibble is that it is hyper-dry. The dryness of kibble (dry food) heavily contributes to an inability to swallow. The swallowing of food is directly linked to hairball issues as the throat of an animal is devoid of the required moisture to swallow her hair upon grooming. Most kitty kibble contains a high quantity of human grade cereal.  This is alarming given that cats lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of grains. When cats eat dry food that contains grains and simple sugars, there is a frighteningly large potential for diabetes. Nutrient poor foods such as dry food (kibble) and veterinarian-recommended foods increase shedding of hair in cats and dogs. This is because these foods lack the nutrients responsible for maintaining a healthy skin and coat. Remember: the more the cat sheds, the more she has to swallow.
By adding moisture and changing our feline friends’ diet to a more holistic one, we are reducing if not eliminating the likelihood of hairballs. We will want to feed at least 95% wet (canned) food or add more whole foods such as whole fish or poultry to their diets. All cat lovers are aware of how finicky our little friends are. If they are eating dry food (which is also horribly taxing on all major organs an causes severe health problems as they age; ranging from arthritis to early stage organ failure), we will want to slowly change their food over bit by bit. Every cat is different which means that each cat will migrate towards a healthier diet at her own pace. Some take a few days and some take a few weeks to accept their new foods. As we are switching from dry food to wet or wet food to a more whole-food based diet such as fish or poultry, we must be patient with our cats. This diet change will not only save our feline friends hairball problems but will also promote longevity and much higher quality of life. In addition, healthier food choices will save on vet bills as they age as their organs, muscle tissues and overall well being will be healthy and not break down. By feeding more whole foods, we will avoid traumatic surgeries and encourage proper ranges of motion and healthy cognitive function as well as an overall longer life span.

3)      COCONUT OIL- Coconut oil has innumerable benefits for all animals. Aside from its omegas which allow our animals to retain the moisture they are missing from their water and food, coconut oil will lubricate the esophagus so that any hair that our cats swallow will essentially stick to the oil as its swallowed. This allows for a far lesser dry swallowing of the hair. The oil encourages moisture as the cat swallows the hair, rendering it easier to make all the way into the digesting tract. Additionally, coconut oil aids in digestion so that any swallowed hair does not come back up in the form of vomit.

4)      BRUSH YOUR CAT!- It goes without saying that the more we brush our cat companions, the lesser the hair they have to swallow.  By brushing their coats once per week we will be allowing the brush to remove much of the excess hair along their bodies before they are able to groom themselves and swallow it.

The above are just four of the readily available ways to reduce hairballs in our furry friends. These steps are easy to maintain and make a world of difference for our felines!



J Morgan Saifer
Animal Communicator & Medium





Those of us who are privileged to live with canine companions find that they are a continuous source of compassion and joy. They make us laugh uncontrollably and of course, they remind us of the true nature of loyalty. Generally, those of us who care deeply for our canine friends will share a bond whereby we understand most of their behaviour. However, try as we might, there may be a few common behaviours we have yet to understand. Below are five very common behaviours that most dogs engage in and why they might be doing so:


Dogs eat non-food items for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are behavioural and some are health-related. It is important to rule out al health-related reasons for non-food item consumption before proceeding to any potential behavioural issues. The name of the disease by which dogs (and cats and people) eat non-food items is called pica. Animals acquire the desire for pica for one main health reason; malnourishment. When animals are not fed balanced meals, they will always feel hungry. If they are eating mainly processed foods such as dog foods bought from human grocery stores, they are likely not receiving the complete set of nutrients that their bodies require to feel full and healthy. If dogs are fed “people food”, they may believe that it is acceptable to eat other items than their specific food. If dogs are not fed often enough or are fed smaller than healthy portions, they may hunger and eat anything they can find to feel fuller. This can often include other animals’ waste in the yard or litter box. For more information on why dogs will eat animal waste, please see the following article: . Do not be fooled. If your dog is eating non food items you might think it’s because you may be feeding him portions too small. But before you go and double his portions, make sure you cover all of your bases. Your dog is likely eating non food items because he is hungry, yes. However, that does not mean that he will feel fuller by eating larger portions of the food you are feeding him. BE SURE to read the ingredients of the food you are feeding. The portion size you’re feeding may very well be enough but the food itself is not a sufficient source of nutrition for your dog to feel full. Be sure to research what an adequate amount of protein is for your dog, where the food was sourced as well as any additives that were combined with the food during processing to make the bag or can feel fuller. (Hint: no dog should be eating corn gluten, chicken flavoring, rice flour or brewers rice).


Dogs will howl in your empty home for one of three main reasons. The first of the three reasons is that they miss you. Many people confuse all types of dog howling in an empty home for separation anxiety. Though this can be the case it is not always. The latter two reasons why dogs howl in empty homes are more often the case. Dogs will howl most often due to boredom. If your dog has a very sharp mind and is highly intelligent, long walks alone may not sate their energy. This is because intelligent dogs need mental as well as physical stimulation. Just like for humans, if a dog’s mind has little stimulation, the dog will become quite frustrated. Many dogs will then begin to boredom howl. Thankfully, there are several options to appease boredom howling dogs. Two of which are the following: try a doggie daycare. For dogs who are easily bored while you’re at work all day, a doggie daycare can provide up to 8 hours of healthy physical and mental stimulation for your dog. Dogs learn to socialize well and to respond well to humans. At good daycares, dogs are thoroughly exercised both physically and mentally. Be foretold that it is imperative to do your research before you select a daycare for your dog. Be sure to thoroughly interview the daycare owners and staff as well as seek out testimonials to see if that establishment is right for you and your dog. The second way to approach boredom-related howling is to hire a dog walker. Remember that a dog’s walk is not only for physical exercise but also for mental stimulation. Dogs integrate high volumes of information through their olfactory senses. The computation of the olfactory sensation allows for adequate mental stimulation. By hiring an experienced dog walker to walk your dog, you will be allowing your dog to learn and grow. The final reason why a dog will howl when you are not home is due to physical pain. Dogs are often reluctant to show signs and symptoms of physical pain. However, howling can also be attributed to it. Be sure to rule out any potential physical pain associated with howling before approaching other angles.


Many puppies who were weaned too early from their mothers have improperly developed digestive systems. This is because when they were weaned, they did not integrate adequate nutrients to develop healthy bodies. They became malnourished at such a young age that their stomachs did not develop along with proper enzymes, nor did their intestines develop adequate proboitic flora. Over time, this lack of body regulating organisms can create a major imbalance in the digestive organs. If a GI system lacks appropriate digestive enzymes, this means that certain foods may be difficult for the puppy to break down in the stomach. Additionally, with an imbalance in the intestinal flora, the puppy could take issue with absorbing nutrients into the body and run the risk of flushing all of the food out in loose stools. This could negate any nutrient absorption into the body and create nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, if puppies are not weaned early but have a malnourished mother herself, the puppies run a serious risk of not obtaining sufficient nutrients from their mother. The results would be similar in terms of improper bodily development. There is a very distinct difference between digestive enzymes and probiotics. For more information about the two, please read the following article: . Other than malnutrition, poor quality food can affect dogs who were weaned properly and had healthy mother’s milk. Chronic diarrhea and/or constipation are likely a result of a poor diet. Just as for humans with sensitive tummies, dogs may not be able to digest many types of processed foods. Researching species appropriate diets is the best way to gain ample knowledge of what is the best food source for your dog. Do not be fooled by marketing schemes, advertising or false information from trained professionals. Do your own research.


Dogs lick humans for a variety of reasons. Though we would all like to believe that it’s because licking is their way of kissing us and showing their love, often it is a behaviour that is more serious. In modern day urban environments, most dogs are fed nutrient poor foods. Unless you are feeding your dog a raw food diet or cooking his/her meals yourself, your dog is eating highly processed foods. One such example is a kibble-based diet. Kibble, or “crunchies”, is a form of processed, dehydrated food. If you were to attempt to subsist on dehydrated food, what would happen to your vital organs? They would become dehydrated! This is exactly what happens to the vital organs of your canine friend; especially his kidneys. His kidneys must work extra hard to produce enough moisture to process the dehydrated kibble through the body. Because of all of this hard work, the kidneys and the rest of the vital organs become depleted of moisture, resulting in dehydration. How does this pertain to licking? By licking, your dog may be trying to tell you that s/he is thirsty. Be mindful that water is often not an adequate source of moisture for the body, particularly if the dog is only eating kibble. In a kibble based diet, water does not always get absorbed into the body and it passes right through the urine. By adding additional sources of omegas 3 & 6, you will be assisting your dog’s body in regulating the water system. Secondly, a dog may lick a person due to having been weaned too early from his/her mother. When a dog is weaned too early, s/he develops an oral fixation and will subconsciously try to re-establish a bond through licking. While this may seem cute at first, it may gradually become increasingly problematic as the dog ages. This, as with all other compulsive behaviours, must be healed. Through obedience training, the dog will learn that compulsively licking his/her person is not acceptable behaviour. This will allow for a healthier mental state for your dog.


Sadly in today’s society, most consumers are unaware of what they are feeding their animals. Most consumers do not read labels and do not research any labels they do read. The result of this is nutrient-poor diets for dogs. Believe it or not, obesity can often be a result of malnutrition. This malnutrition can occur through overeating or it can occur from eating regular amounts of nutrient poor processed foods. When dogs (and people!) consume nutrient-poor foods, their bodies are unable to function optimally. These poor quality foods are often chalked full of inflammatory preservatives and other non-food ingredients. It is common, in overweight dogs who are fed processed foods, to find inflammatory issues such as arthritis and other painful bodily conditions. Most overweight dogs are like people. We must compare the caloric intake of a dog to the caloric output (exercise). Just as for people, if a dog is consuming more calories than he is burning, he will gain weight. It is that simple. If your dog is gaining weight and does not have a pre-existing medical condition, he/she needs more exercise. If you are unable to do this yourself, hire someone who can. Infinite studies have shown that obesity is one of the leading causes of death of companion animals. Obesity leads to arthritis, early stage kidney failure, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, respiratory disease, depression and more. If you had the power to prevent some or all of these health issues for your animal wouldn’t you?






On Saturday, August 11 at 4:59 am central time, we are blessed to experience yet another celestial event in this year’s series of eclipses. Though invisible in the early morning sky from central Canada and the US the eclipse’s effect can be felt throughout several days preceding and succeeding.

New moons are all about new beginnings. At it is believed in many spiritual practices, the start of each lunar cycle represents a new opportunity to begin again; to begin to plant the seeds for a new cycle of manifestation. This is to say that under the rule of each new moon, we may take the time to create a new list of intentions for ourselves. This list of intentions is a written list of aspects of life which, as positive, loving beings, we deserve.  As the moon waxes (grows bigger) from its new moon to full in the sky, as do our intentions. For more information on how to properly write your list of desired intentions, see: New moons are a beautiful time to meditate on our hearts desires, to plant the seeds of intention and to fully release our faith to the Divine.

With both the sun and moon in the fiery sign of Leo, we can examine just exactly how to let go of our intentions. Generally speaking, Leo’s are very alpha, take-charge personalities. We often tend to want to control and micromanage all aspects of our lives as we feel that we are the best people for the job. Leo’s are self-motivated, independent workers. This aspect of the Leo personality can make “releasing attachment to outcome” or “letting go” often challenging.  Because manifesting our life’s desires is a tandem covenant between us and The Divine Source Consciousness, we must release attachment to our intentions once they have been created. This way, we will are allowing The Divine Source Consciousness to do their part in helping us to create the life we desire; the life we deserve. We are unable to fulfill our lists of intentions without the Divine Source, just as the Divine Source is unable to create our intentions for us without our laying the ground work. There are always “behind the scenes” events that take place within the Divine to help to fulfill our desired intentions. In order to see our desires come to fruition, it is crucial that we relinquish control. Often, this lack of control can lead to a power struggle within us and with those around us. During this new moon, we may find ourselves struggling to find balance between having empowered self confidence and needing to have control over all aspects of our lives.

Given that the sun represents our conscious mind and the moon our subconscious, the eclipse of the two aspects has the potential to cause both joy and aggravation. Due to the self-motivated nature of Leo, this planetary alignment has the power to allow us to head full-force into any projects we are currently undertaking. This motivated energy allows us, if we are not already knee deep in a project, to fully focus on any aspect of our lives that we wish to improve or to altogether change. This planetary influence will allow us the confidence and courage to go about revolutionizing our lives and the way we view ourselves.

Finding the balance between confidence and control will be this new moon/solar eclipse challenge. In addition to the positivity of self-motivation that Leo incurs, he also personifies his hot-headed, impatient and sometimes irrational energy. Without proper outlet, these energies have the potential to quickly bubble and fester within us, easily bringing us to a boil. It is imperative that should we begin to feel influenced by this aspect of the Leo nature, that we find healthy outlets for these rapid and intense energies. Exercise, nature-gazing or even engaging in laughter are wonderful ways to temper the Leo fire.

Especially with Mercury still in retrograde, we may struggle with finding the balance between confidence and control. Mercury correlates to efficient communication. While in retrograde, it often brings a halt to many important communicative efforts. Our challenge during this particular retrograde with sun and moon in Leo is to practice the discipline of patience. It will benefit us to, though we will be inclined to proceed though our tasks speedily, take our time to ensure that all of the details of our communications are in order before we are through with them. Leo’s, being the ever-dominant fire sign, often lack the methodical approach necessary for effective task completion. This quality can have all those in a leadership or creative role doubling back to redo our work if we are not meticulous the first time, thanks to Mercury’s retrograde.

Particularly influenced by these solar eclipse energies are those with a sun or moon sign in Leo, Aries and Sagittarius. These are the three fire signs of the zodiac. These three signs will likely experience the highest level of physical energy and will want to find an adequate outlet. Should we, as fire signs choose to bask in the energy of the fire-cloaked sun and moon, we may find ourselves easily irritable and quick tempered. There is no need to fear, however as this mid-summer alignment will provide us with many enjoyable outdoor activities to enjoy!




Many of us who are caretakers of companion animals are well versed in understanding the behaviours of our animal family members. We are cognizant of when they are hungry, when they need to go out and even when they want cuddles. Some of us are conscious of the acute sensitivities of our animal companions such as loud noise, potent smell and how our home environments affect our animal friends’ well-being. Even fewer of us are aware that every action, thought, feeling and belief affects our animal friends on very subtle levels. As these fewer of us are aware, if left untreated, these external factors can create blockages within an animal’s energy field and eventually become manifest as illness in an animal’s physical body. Aside from environmental factors that can affect an animal’s health, there are often physical symptoms which animals exhibit that go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Within the ideology of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a concept called observation. The concept, in a nutshell, suggests that we observe our animals while they are healthy so that we are able to spot the first sign of a downward shift. This is to say that when we first adopt an animal, after the animal has been given a clean bill of health, it is crucial to take note of how the animal appears and behaves. This way, when there is even a minute shift in the animal’s appearance or behaviour, we will be made aware of it immediately. Suffice it to say that upon this immediate awareness, we will take the animal to our holistic veterinarian. By doing so early enough, more often than not, we can prevent many traumatic experiences for our animal friends and ourselves. We may even be able to save their lives.

Among many, there are 6 common signs to watch for in our cats, dogs and other companion animals. It is paramount to observe these 6 aspects of our animals’ bodies regularly. This observation is best begun after the animal has received a clean bill of health and should be carried out weekly for the duration of the animal’s time with us. Listed below are 6 of the signs to keep watch for:

1.       EYES- An animal’s eyes are a prominent feature when it comes to gauging an animal’s health. The eyes speak volumes about the health of the inner organs. For example, if an animal who normally has the whites of her eyes as solid white, the first sign of bloodshot eye-whites is a sign that one or more inner organs is off balance. Or, if an animal’s normal state is to have slightly bloodshot eyes, very red eyes or purple eye-whites may be a symptom of an inner organ issue. It is our job as caretakers of the animal to understand her normal state and what is off balance. Eye white-colour correlates to several internal organs. Thus, if the eyes are off, it is more than likely that so is an inner organ. By recognizing this at an early stage, we are likely to be able to salvage the balance of the organ through holistic or homeopathic care.

2.       EARS- Just as the eyes represent inner organ health, so do the ears. When the ears of our animals are healthy, they will contain just enough moisture to regulate the inner workings of the ear. However, when we find ear infections, dark gunk in the ears, hair loss in the ear area, excessive moisture or excessive dryness in the ears, we can be sure that these symptoms are a reflection of an inner organ imbalance. We must note what our animal’s ears look and smell like in a healthy state so that we are able to note the very first sign of imbalance.

3.       TONGUE- In their natural state, different animals are born with different tongue colours. Different breeds of dog or cat also differ in tongue colour. It is important to take note of what colour and texture our animal friends’ tongues are so that at the first sign of imbalance we will be made aware. Within the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are several areas on the tongue that correspond to different inner organs. If one area of the tongue is swollen, discoloured or in pain, there is a good possibility that the corresponding inner organ is off balance. In addition to the tongue-organ map, we must also document our animal companion’s natural saliva colour, texture and tongue coating. While this may be challenging to gauge, their saliva is a crucial sign of inner organ health. To exemplify, let’s say our dog or cat usually has clear saliva and a clear tongue coating. One day we wake up to find that their saliva is slightly yellow and the coating on their tongue has a purplish tinge. This, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a clear indication that the liver needs immediate attention from an animal care professional. While this may seem to be straightforward, it is not so much. Some breeds of dog have naturally purple tongues. This is where observation can become tricky. If we did not know that our dog has a naturally purple tongue and we read the above statement ‘purple tongue is likely a reflection of a damaged liver’, we may become frightened and worried without reason. This and many other reasons are why it’s important to get to know our animal friends’ natural, healthy states.

4.       COAT/SKIN- As many of us are aware, the coat and skin of an animal is a direct reflection of an animal’s digestive health. If an animal is not receiving adequate nutrition from her/his food, the skin and coat will suffer. Unfortunately, many cat and dog food brands that are recommended by medical professionals are completely devoid of nutrients and cause severe malnourishment in animals. It is imperative that we all read every ingredient list of every food we are considering to feed our animals. It is imperative that we do not blindly trust medical professionals just because they tell us to. If we are the caretakers of animals with dry skin and coat, the very first thing we must to do is to look at what our animals are eating. If they have been eating a nutrient-poor food for a substantial length of time, we may only notice symptoms of malnourishment once it’s too late and the organs have begun to fail. By taking note of what our animals’ skin and coat look like when they are in their healthiest state, we will be able to ascertain the first signs of poor digestive health should their coats and skin become coarse and dry. Or, in certain cases of organ imbalance or early stage failure, an animal’s coat and skin can become oily or greasy. If an animal has accidentally ingested poison, the coat will appear greasy as well. Noting a healthy skin and coat can make all of the difference in the world in terms of keeping their inner organs balanced and toxicity free.

5.       GAIT- An animal’s gait (posture and way they walk) is a tell tale sign of bodily health. A with humans, through the central nervous system, the spine is connected to all major inner organs. Should we notice our animals suddenly walking ‘funny’ or straining to stand up or sit down, we may want to consider that their spinal health may be influencing the stability of an inner organ. Additionally, if we find that an animal is favouring a certain side when she walks or runs, we can be sure that this is a reflection of her spinal health as all aspects of an animal’s skeletal system are interconnected. Perhaps more commonly, should we notice early enough that our cat or dog is limping, we will likely be able to treat the issue long before it becomes a matter of surgery.
By noticing how our animals walk while they are healthy, we will be able to notice the first sign of a skeletal imbalance. Should we find the imbalance when it first occurs, we will most assuredly prevent traumatic surgery for our animal companions.

6.       ELIMINATION PATTERNS- By far and away the most significant indication of an animal’s health is his elimination patterns. The elimination of an animal is directly connected to his digestive system. If an animal is not ingesting adequate nutrients, he will have poor elimination habits such as constipation, diarrhea or a combination of both. Consistent bowel movements are a sign of proper inner organ health. Nutrient poor food often also leads to bladder crystals, UTI’s and early organ failure. It is critical to research species appropriate diets for every animal in our care. Animals should not be consuming corn gluten, pork by-product, tri-glycerides, hydrogenated vegetable oils, chicken flavouring or any other non-food ingredients that are commonly listed in ‘prescription diets’. ANIMALS NEED WHOLE FOODS to encourage longevity and a healthy quality of life.
By noting what an animal’s elimination habits are while they are healthy, we will be able to discern if what we are feeding them agrees with their bodies. Should we choose to feed processed foods, we will be able to recognize how our animals’ bodies process these foods by how they eliminate their waste. Dogs and cats should never have prolonged diarrhea or constipation. If they do, their bodies are clearly unable to process what they are eating. If they do, it’s time to change their diet to a whole-food based diet. To learn more about species appropriate diets, see your local holistic veterinarian.

The above six aspects of health are just a few of the many notable signs that we can find to observe the health of our animal friends. These six aspects are six symptoms of inner organ health. This means that alone, each symptom is not its own health concern but it is correlated to deeper issue of imbalance within the body. Should we seek care from a medical doctor, she will likely solely address the symptoms of the issue and not the root cause. Should we seek care from a holistic doctor, she is trained to address the root of the issue and not the symptoms. Should we choose to treat the symptoms alone without treating the root cause, the symptoms are likely to return. However, should successfully treat the root itself, neither the root nor the symptoms will recur. For more information on how seeking holistic care can save your animal’s life:

Making ourselves aware of how our animals look and behave while they are healthy can allow our animals to stay healthy. To reiterate, understanding our animals while they are healthy allows us to spot the very first shift in health. Treating the beginning stages of this shift, more often than not, can mean the difference between life and death for our animal family members. Just as it is their role to take care of us as best they can, it is ours to do the same for them. Let us honour their bodies by regularly ensuring that they are balanced; inside and out.







“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn.. all things tell of Tirawa”. –Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee 


At the time of the ancients, animals were not called animals, but creatures or beasts. Creatures were considered equals, in unity with all other living beings. Animals, birds, rocks, lakes, trees, insects and reptiles were all part of a Divine oneness shared with humans. They were treated with the highest respect and consideration. There was a great harmony between all beings on land, in sea and in flight.

Somewhere along the lines, between the wisdom of the ancients and the times of modern day, the connection between human animals and all other species was severed. Somewhere along the lines, animals were named subordinate; inferior. Perhaps it was because of their differing ability to communicate than humans. Perhaps it was because their compassion was so strong that humans saw them as “weaker”. Perhaps it was because humans began to see animals as commodities.

It is possible that humans began to separate themselves from all other species due to the creation of the spoken word. As a result of the human ability to understand a wide range of letters, sounds and words, perhaps humans began to surmise that they were better or more significant than the beings who had a different but equally valid form of self-expression. It is because of this arrogance that there is the human belief that all species are not of equal right to live out their natural lives in harmony with nature. This is a devastating misconception. It is the cause of so much suffering and destruction of animal kind and nature.

Is it not true that for centuries, at various times throughout history, different races, religions, genders and sexual orientations were considered subordinate and of lesser importance than others? Now we know better; that they are all equal. When we truly examine the nature of this concept, it is also true currently for all nonhuman species on Earth. We ALL have a right to be here, to live freely. We are ALL one, from the same Source creation, of the same origin, to the same end. The idea that one species is more important, more intelligent or lesser evolved is inaccurate and harmful.

In fact, animals are entirely Divine beings. They have come here to be our teachers, mentors and guides along our spiritual paths. What’s more is that they are beings of such depth of compassion and empathy that they are fully conscious of the errors of human ways. They are fully conscious of the fact that most humans consider them to be inferior. And they forgive us. They are conscious of the fact that they have incarnated to live alongside our fallible human species just to be misunderstood, poorly nourished, abandoned and abused-just so that humans can learn.

As our teachers, animals silently show us the nature of unconditional love. They show us how to love in a world so devoid of it. They are the bringers of joy, laughter and wonder. And just as our ancestors did, it is our job to respect, care for and nurture them in return.

As our teachers, animals allow us to understand the concepts of living in the moment, free of attachment to material things. Their concept of time is far more in alignment with The Divine than that of most humans. They do not live by a clock as humans have become accustomed to, but rather in response to the rhythms of their bodies, environments and nature.

When we become one with the soul of an animal, the universality of all of life becomes clear. When we become one with the soul of an animal, we experience true beauty; Divine beauty, a oneness of consciousness shared by all living beings.


Your animal friends have chosen to be your companions. They have seen your soul struggle life after life and want to help you heal. They, along with humankind and Mother Earth are spiritually evolving. It is their dharma to teach us what we need to learn in each life in order to progress along our paths to enlightenment. Our animal friends are fully Divine beings. Though they, too have their own karma from life to life, they incarnate in part to remind us of where we came from; the Divine consciousness.

Your animal friends chose you before they incarnated. It is no accident that you were at the right place at the right time to adopt your new family member. Your animal friend’s soul incarnated into whichever animal form you were drawn to, knowing that you would meet in this life and be together for however long you both needed to learn what you needed to learn from each other.

Our animal friends also learn from us. They learn about the human experience. They learn how to rely on us for everything- food, shelter, warmth and love. They learn how to trust and sometimes what it feels like to have trust broken. As they have their own karma, they also choose to learn from us these traits and abide by Earthly vibrations such as fear, sadness and shame.

Even our animal friends who are with us for a very short time have come into our lives to fulfill a specific purpose. They may have come to help us through a momentary grievance. They may stay with us until we beat an addiction, overcome an illness or other personal trauma and then be taken from us more quickly than we’d ever imagine. They may come into our lives to teach us why we need to keep the gate locked in order to pave the way for our next animal companion’s safety- they are that compassionate. They embody an unending supply of love that is at times unfathomable to the human mind.

Our animal friends have a purpose on Earth just as we do.

Animals are fully conscious, sentient beings and should be treated with nothing but respect and equality. Though they may not be able to “speak” our native language, they are completely capable of communicating with us in the language that is most familiar to every living being at their time of creation: love.





Friday, July 27th marks this year’s full moon in Aquarius. This full moon is accompanied by a total lunar eclipse. This eclipse is visible from Europe, Asia, Africa and Antarctica. Though this eclipse will not be visible from North America, its effects will still be greatly felt.

As with all eclipses, there is a strong pull to find balance. This eclipse is no different. With the sun in the passionate, fiery sign of Leo and the moon in the detached, unemotional sign of Aquarius, we will find ourselves attempting to seek balance between the two relative to consequence. We are all aware that all actions have consequences. This eclipse is the time during which, if we are reactive personalities, we will be inspired to think before we react. Conversely, if we are prone to live too much in our heads without taking action to empower ourselves, we will be inspired to speak up on our own behalf! To find this balance between action and reaction is a discipline not taken lightly. However, this lunar event will surely prompt us to do so in a healthy and positive way.

Throughout this 48 hour lunar event, we may tend to gravitate towards the Leo persona; allowing our reactive energy to overtake our rational thoughts and behaviours. Because the Leo energy is rooted in action, we are subject to its hot-headed thoughtlessness. With respect to understanding consequences to our actions, it may help to ground in the emotionally detached moon sign of Aquarius. Aquarians, alike to Leo’s, do feel very deeply and intensely. However, Aquarians have an innate ability to practice restraint when it comes to reacting to external circumstances. They have the inherent aptitude to recognize that all external influences are just that: external. Though they may be a reflection of what we are attracting, Aquarians understand that any external circumstances wield no power over us unless we let them. Practicing this detachment is the ideal lesson for any Leo-hearted personality.

Yet just as the Aquarian nature is to detach from emotions and experience, they, too have much to learn about the Leo way. Should we choose to live a life free of emotion, we are not allowing ourselves to feel. Feeling our feelings is part of an honest and true path to self healing. Feeling our feelings is gravely a part of the human experience. So much so that should we choose to proceed through life without feeling, we would be doing ourselves a disservice. Rooted in feeling are empathy, compassion and unconditional love. These feelings are the foundation of existence. Without allowing ourselves to feel the depths of emotion, we would be unable to heal these depths in order to achieve resonation with unconditional love. This is how the fully detached Aquarian mind can learn from the Leo heart.


Within the astrological framework, there are three ‘modes’; fixed, mutable and cardinal. Both Leo and Aquarius are ‘fixed’ which means they thrive on consistency and stability. As with all full moons (and eclipses) we are encouraged to shake off all old belief systems. For the duration of this 48 hour full moon/eclipse period, particularly if we are Leo’s or Aquarians, we may find that we are battling our stubborn ego. As fixed signs, we are often protected by our stubborn nature, unwilling to venture out of our comfort zones. Now is the time that we must take a leap of faith and believe that there is a higher path outside of our current comfort. And, as with all full moons and eclipses, if we choose to stand on the sidelines instead of taking spiritual warrior action to do so on our own terms, we may find that we are thrust into action  without proper warning. This is a choice that each of us can make. Either way we go, we will find ourselves within this celestial event, battling our ego to shake down old beliefs and negative thoughts that inhibit our spiritual evolution.

Adding fuel to the Leo fire, this lunar event is brought to us in concert with Mercury retrograde. For more information on Mercury retrograde: Because of this Mercurian influence, we may find regular tasks to be excessively challenging. With respect to our deep desire to release that which no longer serves us, we may find that the final release of our old ways may take extra effort. Mercury retrograde suggests that we take time to go within and reflect on our current imbalances and how to bring them back to order. Thus, while the lunar events of this 48 hour period will want to have us swiftly releasing old behaviours and thoughts, we may find it more productive to take a more methodical angle to our release. We will, in the name of finality, want to rid ourselves of that which holds us back. To do so, we will find that approaching our challenges from a more grounded perspective will help us to let go once and for all.

With all of the planets in this alignment moving forward and backward, we may find that we become scattered and easily frustrated. Some planets are working ‘against’ our personal progress (Mercury, Mars, Uranus) while some planets have our back (Saturn, Venus, Jupiter). This has the potential to feel like a chaotic experience. Our sun is in Leo and our moon in Aquarius. The combination of fire and air can create a very smoky time, rendering us struggling to ‘see’. Many of us will undergo a deep-seated need for grounding during this time. It is crucial for every one of us to make time to go out into nature, plant our bodies onto the land and connect our root with that of our blessed Mother Earth. Because of the flighty, ungrounded disposition of this 48 hour period, our Mother Earth embodies the beauty and wisdom to bring us back to balance. While we are interconnecting with her and all of Divine Consciousness, let us remember to exemplify a vibration of boundless gratitude, as gratitude is among one of the highest human vibrations. This vibration will allow us to invoke our highest and greatest potential!