We have upon us today a magnificent opportunity. Today is one full of brand new beginnings. Today is one full of designing and aligning with our soul’s highest potential. Today marks a gateway that passes from the tumultuous stumbling of our past to the crisp, clear, completeness of our future; should we take the leap.

This day of dual beginnings embarks with our Summer Solstice; the first day of summer. Every beginning of a new season is a blessed opportunity to begin anew. It is a Divinely timed opportunity for us to wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to begin a new and exciting season of our lives. Astrologically, the summer solstice is marked by the longest day of the year. And as it happens, on this longest day of the year and shortest night of the year, we coincide with a new moon. Both the new moon and the solstice are colossal opportunities to manifest the next phases of our lives.

During this powerful celestial event, we can note that Mercury is in retrograde. Thus, there is a shift of focus inward. This is a time where we can journey within and examine the aspects of our consciousness that are out of alignment with our soul’s highest purpose at this time. We will find ourselves in a state of reflection regarding past experiences and how we can engage in higher levels of healing. This is a time to look back at past experiences we may still be holding onto and learn to walk the path of self forgiveness. Because the new moon is in Cancer, this Mercury retrograde/new moon period will be all about allowing ourselves to feel our deep emotions, bring them to the surface, work through them and forgive. For more information on Mercury retrograde; what it is and how it affects us, see: .

Due to the daunting nature of this year thus far, we must remain vigilant and understand that we as a species hold the capability to shift any subsequent reality to this alarming and sad series of worldwide events. Though we have all undoubtedly done the very best we can to wade through the mess of 2020, it is now time to take it upon ourselves to make a change and to work toward building a brighter future for ourselves, our children and our animal brothers and sisters.

As with all new moons, this one is a time to heavily consider what we wish to manifest over the coming months. Particularly overlooking the next six, we will want to take note of where we wish to see ourselves and humanity at the end of six month’s time. As this new moon is in Cancer, we will be taking the longer view to six months from now when the moon will wax full in Cancer, allowing our seeds of this particular new moon to unfold. To best create our intentions along with the moon, we will want to write them down on the date of the new moon. We will then watch them grow and flourish with each lunar cycle until the moon n Cancer waxes full in December. To write our intentions, we must always us the 3 P’s. We must also remember to engage in actions, thoughts, beliefs and feelings that support our intentions (for more information about the Law Of Attraction, see:

Because the new moon is in Cancer, we will experience and emphasis on home and family life. During this new moon time we will feel inclined to want to ensure all of our children and family are safe at all times. In fact it may become a brief obsession of ours; making sure we are in constant contact and finding that we are feeling alarmed is a loved one is unreachable. We will likely be hyper-focused on nurturing our loved ones. It will become even more important to us to ensure that our family and friends are well fed, well loved and well-heard when it comes to any current stress through which they are living. This new moon is sure to bring out the “mom” in all of us- even if we have no children!

Cancers tend to be quite emotional. It is important, during this lunar period that while we are caring for all of our loved ones, we take extra good care of ourselves. Eat well, play well and rest well. Finding our own sense of balance will surely assist us in caring for our loved ones. After all, how can we care for them if we are exhausted? We would surely do a much more fulfilling job with caring for our loved ones if we did so from a balanced state. We must always remind ourselves that its ok to be emotional. This is a very strange and unusual time in our world’s history that affects each and every one of us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And we must allow ourselves to feel the depths and heights of these modern challenges. We must avoid bottling our feelings as they will only come out at a later time in an unhealthy way. By allowing ourselves to feel our sadness, despair, compassion and empathy, we will more easily be able to process them and to pass through them in the healthiest way possible. It is OK to feel our feelings!

This is a time that is ripe with fertility! The combination between this new moon and the beginning of summer is sure to bring the opportunity for expressing gratitude. Any and all celestial events can be celebrated through the communion with nature. By connecting with nature and allowing ourselves to feel gratitude toward Mother Earth at this time, we will not only be sharing healing energies with her, but we will also be allowing ourselves to ground and find peace in her arms. We may connect with nature in may different and beautiful ways. We may root our feet into our Earth, we may collect several natural items to bring into our homes from nature with which to meditate. We (my favourite!) can go out into nature, remove our shoes and dance, dance, dance the glorious day away!

For those of us who have healing crystals, this day is an excellent time to clear and recharge them. Remember to clear them means to place them in direct sunlight for several hours. You may also use sage and the power of intention to clear their energies. To charge them, set an intention for yourself for the next six months of your life. Place that intention into the crystals and bring them back into your home, placing them on your altar or wherever feels energetically proper.

However we choose to celebrate this fantastical day of new beginnings let us all take periodical moments throughout the day to find as many aspects of our lives about which to be grateful. Gratitude is the highest and best way to being more joy into our lives. It is the highest form of prayer. Gratitude is the colour palate of life. Let us paint to our heart’s content!





Its late spring and our cats and dogs love to be outdoors. Fresh air and sunlight are among the most exhilarating environmental factors to companion animals. Particularly in climates where the summer season is short and the winter season is long, we, along with our canine and feline friends wish to enjoy the warmer temperatures for as long as we can.

As many conscious animal caretakers know, cats and dogs are at high risk of dehydration. Not only do they have a layer or hair/fur on their skin to keep them warm, but they also have an alternate type of bodily cooling system from humans. True, some dogs and cats have shorter hair and fur than others but because of their sweat glands and skin thickness, their bodies’ methods of cooling is not as simple as drinking water as it is for humans.

Even in seemingly mild temperatures, animals can become dehydrated. There are several key reasons why an animal can easily become dehydrated. One main element to note is diet. If an animal is eating mainly kibble; dry food, there is a very strong likelihood that your animal will become dehydrated easily. This is because dry food, in essence, drains the water from an animal’s gastrointestinal system in order to process. The draining of the body’s water will leave the animal’ hydration stores easily depleted. On a longer term scale, if an animal’s diet lacks moisture and the animal is exposed to warmer temperatures, this can spell disaster. The vital component in this situation is to recognize that water alone DOES NOT HYDRATE dogs and cats. It is imperative to add essential fatty acids to the diet. EFA’s are readily available in the form of omegas 3 & 6.

A main concern with diet-related dehydration is that water is a key component in waste removal from the body’s organs, muscles, joints and cells. Sadly, far too many cat and dog foods are chalked full of inflammatory ingredients which cause much detriment to our animal’s health and longevity. Because water is vital for the purpose of removing the by-products of inflammatory foods, when it is absent in the body, the animal’s health is in grave danger. Most store-bought foods are high in inflammatory ingredients. Some have fewer than others, but any processed food will have ingredients of concern. Some common, notably harmful ingredients include; corn gluten, meat by product (chicken, pork, turkey), ocean fish, brewers rice, modified corn starch, food colouring (all colours), brewer’s yeast to name several. If your cat or dog food lists any of the above in the first six ingredients, PLEASE consider switching food sources. Many consumers fall prey to recommendations from animal care professionals. Do not be fooled. Read ingredients, research them and ask more than one type of animal care practitioner for their opinion. Do not blindly accept what anyone says, especially if the above ingredients are listed toward the beginning of the list.


Though some signs of dehydration are glaringly obvious, there are several that are lesser so. Here are five lesser known signs that your cat or dog is dehydrated:

  1. SKIN ELASTICITY– Take a moment to place your hands behind your cat/dog’s shoulder bones. Pull the skin up just slightly. Note the level of elasticity that exists as you do. To measure, gauge how long it takes for your cat/dog’s skin to go back to its original place. The more quickly it returns, the greater the elasticity. The greater the elasticity, the more hydrated the animal.
  2. LICKING– We would all love to think that every time our cat or dog licks us that they are giving us a kiss. However, there are many reasons why animals lick. It is extremely important that if your cat or dog licks you regularly that you rule out any medical conditions immediately. If there are no medical reasons why your dog or cat is compulsively licking you (as opposed to licking/grooming their own bodies), your animal may be dehydrated. Many people believe that water is an adequate source of hydration. While water is an absolutely necessary aspect of cleansing and hydration, it does not prevent dehydration. As per above, adding essential fatty acids to your cat or dog’s diet will help them to absorb and retain moisture. Perhaps even more simply, if your cat or dog frequently licks you, be sure to immediately check their water bowls to ensure they’re full!
  3. LOSS OF APETITE– Dogs and cats will lose their apetite if they are excessively dehydrated. This is because their bodies lack enough moisture to create saliva to digest their food.
  4. VOMITING– Dogs and cats will vomit when they’re severely dehydrated because they lack the oxygen in the bloodstream for their digestive organs to properly function.
  5. ELEVATED HEART RATE– When cats and dogs are dehydrated there is a noted elevation in their heart rate. Dehydration causes strain on the heart. The amount of blood that circulates through the body decreases when the animal is dehydrated. This means that their hearts will beat more rapidly to compensate for the lack circulation of blood. Accompanying signs of dehydration to an elevated heart rate include; dizziness, nausea, vomiting. Panting and drooling alongside an elevated heart rate in both dogs and cats is a very serious warning sign of severe dehydration. These are also symptoms of regular stress, however if your animal has been outdoors in the heat for hours or has not retained much fluid, their life may depend on a vet visit.


When a dog or cat’s body becomes dehydrated, the volume of fluids in the body is reduced. This reduces the delivery of oxygen to organs and tissues. In the short term, these symptoms may be treated through various means. If an animal is exposed to severe dehydration for a prolonged period of time -anywhere from an hour to days; depending on the age, breed and overall health of the animal)-the body’s organs will begin to shut down. Kidneys can fail and there can be a buildup of toxins in the bloodstream that will be fatal. If you suspect your animal is dehydrated, do not hesitate. Take urgent action- go to your veterinary clinic immediately.







A powerful celestial week lies ahead! The combination of Friday’s Full Moon in Sagittarius and the penumbral lunar eclipse is sure to electrify our lives. Though this lunar eclipse is only visible in Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa, its profound effects will most certainly be experienced all over the world.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth passes between the sun and moon, casting its shadow onto the moon, creating a progressively darkening celestial event. While indeed a spectacular sight to see, its astrological energy is nothing short of magnificent. Spiritually speaking, the Sun represents our personality, or the aspects of ourselves that we show to the world while the moon represents our subconscious mind and our shadow sides. During a lunar eclipse, our sun, moon and Earth form a powerful alignment. It is at this time that we are able to align our persona with our subconscious mind and shadow sides. It is at this time that we have a beautiful opportunity to bring forth our shadow sides in an effort to heal them and to make peace with them. During the course of the eclipse, even if we are not able to see it, for example if it is only visible from a different side of the world from where we are or if it is cloudy, the energy of the lunar eclipse is quite prevalent. This is an optimal time to come to terms with our shadow selves. In other words, this is an optimal time to look hard at the parts of ourselves that make us feel uncomfortable. It is time to look deep inside of ourselves at what we are masking so that we can remove the masks and become a more authentic version of ourselves.

In addition to this powerful lunar eclipse, we have the profound opportunity to work with the energies of the Sun in Gemini and the Full Moon in Sagittarius. With Gemini’s ruling planet Mercury juxtaposed to Sagittarius’ ruling planet Jupiter, this is a perfect time to throw a party! If, under the circumstances, parties are unable to be thrown, we will still find ourselves wanting to dress up nicely and have a video chat gathering. Mercury is known for its communicativeness and Jupiter for its confidence, intelligence, wit and wisdom. With these two planets ruling the weekend, it is clear why we will want to engage in social activities.

The moon waxing full in Sagittarius brings with it some challenges; foremost of which is the theme of ‘overindulgence’. Both Jupiter and Sagittarius have an “expansive” nature about them. Jupiter and Sagittarius love festivities and their favourite aspect of festivities is eating, drinking and being merry. While being merry is always an enjoyable way to spend and evening, these two love to overeat and over-drink. There is a strong tendency, during the Full Moon in Sag to overdo everything. From food to alcohol to exercise to sleeping, there is a major desire to indulge until we cannot possibly go anymore. While this may sound like fun, we must always keep in mind that there are consequences to our actions.

In addition to overindulgence, a common Sag trait is their insatiable thirst for knowledge. While this moon waxes full in this sign, seeking means of expanding our minds could take centre stage at this time. Whether reading books or reading people, we will be inclined to want to seek the means to learn. As many of us are staying home at this time, reading, studying and partaking in intentional spiritual growth is a worthwhile way to spend this lunar experience. Coupled with Gemini’s Mercury (communication) influence, this Moon is an excellent time to take a course on a subject that you love! What a better way to celebrate the Mercurian need for communication and the Jupitarian need to learn than to listen to and participate in a classroom environment?

Being mindful of our need to control all external circumstances is vital at this time. Sagittarians often feel a deep desire to “make sure things go their way”. Should we encounter this type of behaviour within ourselves or others, we can acknowledge it as a gift of a lesson of how to relinquish control of our behaviours to the Universe in the belief that the Universe will create the perfect outcome of any and all for all involved.

If and when we do begin to feel off balance, we can thankfully rely on the balanced nature of our Sun’s position in Gemini. On a good day, Gemini is generally laid back, carefree and able to see the humour in most situations. When we feel the grip of our need for control getting out of hand, we can step back and align our energies with the Gemini sun.

However you choose to spend this spectacular celestial event, be sure to give thanks to your angels, Mother Earth, the Universe and most of all to yourself. Even though it seems like you have a long way to go on your journey, it’s important to be grateful for all of the hard work you have put in. This Full Moon/Eclipse is one that will balance our darkness and our light with respect to socialization, communication, overindulgence and leveling out how many tasks we take on. This is a time to look deep within at our love/hate relationships with our addictions. This is a time to recognize and identify with our shadow sides, bring them into the light and celebrate them!





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. 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.





An opportunity to begin anew, this year’s New Moon in Gemini falls on Friday the 22nd of May. As with all New Moon’s, this one is the ideal time to create. This is a perfect time to plant the seeds of your desired future. By writing your intentions down on paper, you are taking the first step to allowing the magic of the Universe to unfold. At this time in our Earth’s chaotic history, we now have the opportunity to contemplate what we desire for ourselves once the chaos settles into its new normal.

As many of us are anxious to get back to any version of normal, we must be patient. We must have faith in Divine timing. Saturn’s position respective to our New Moon in Gemini will allow us to approach our longer term goals in a methodical, structured way. Saturn whose key words are “structure” and “function” will grant us the grounded approach we need to create a stable future for ourselves. This planetary alignment is likely to present us with the recognition from our peers and family of a job well done. We can expect to feel as though our hard work is finally paying off.

Best known for its dual sided nature, Gemini is the sign of the twins; Castor and Pollux. At this time, we may feel conflicted about our futures. As we embody the energy of the Gemini moon and its duality, we may feel as though we are constantly battling one side of ourselves against the other. We will find ourselves second guessing each decision we make. While it is important to be sure of our decisions before we make them, over-thinking our choices can become a nightmare. Over-thinking can seriously inhibit any progress and personal growth we’ve made. Unfortunately over-thinking is a main staple of the Gemini moon. In order to avoid being taken hostage by the hamster wheel of over-thinking, take the time during this lunar period to learn to trust your intuition. Your gut will never fail you. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know how to read your gut reaction without second guessing it. There are several ways in which you can learn to trust your gut; most of which begin with learning to quiet your mind. Without the background noise that thinking creates, we are more receptive to the visceral feeling of our intuition. Another way to discern the truth of our intuition is to pay attention to how our body responds to certain circumstances. Our body will literally tense up if our intuition is letting us know that a situation does not feel right. Of course, everybody’s body and intuitive response differs from the next. It is best to do some research and learn what works best for you!

With our planet Venus in retrograde, this is not a time where romance can be taken seriously. Venus, the planet of love is in retrograde which means that any matters of the heart should be taken with a grain of salt. This is not a time to make any concrete decisions about taking any ‘next steps’ in our romantic partnerships. Should you meet someone new of romantic interest, be sure to avoid falling in love too soon as you will soon see that this person is not being altogether honest with you. Pay extra close attention for red flags.

Whereas ordinarily, Gemini is a highly social astrological sign, in this particular case, we must be cautious with respect to social engagements; whether one on one or in groups. Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury’s claim to fame is that is represents all communicative efforts. Mercury is the planet of spoken word, typed letters, TV, radio and all types of communication. During a regular Gemini New Moon, we would likely find ourselves engaged in many social pursuits – yes, even during social distancing, we would be tempted to find a way. This new moon is a wonderful time to take note of any dreams and goals that we have. Because it is a New Moon, we will want to take advantage of the lunar period in which the moon waxes (gets bigger). Particularly because the new moon is in Gemini, we can also choose to capitalize on its communicative tendency. The highly social Gemini has no trouble in articulating its wants and needs. HOWEVER. Because this New Moon forms an astrological ‘square’ (in layperson’s terms, a type of opposition) to the planet Neptune, we must be very wary when it comes to our social desires. The astrological skies warn against making any concrete decisions as because of this planetary alignment we will feel a pull in two opposite directions as fact and illusion battle it out within our minds. Again we see encounter the theme of “duality” with both the Gemini twins and the new moon square Neptune. We can find that we are living in two opposing realities at the same time, rendering it virtually impossible to make a definite decision.

As you may have guessed, we will tend to be all over the map with this new moon. Between the dual sided Gemini moon, Neptune’s battle between logic and irrational spirituality and Venus retrograde, this is a time where we may experience the proverbial spinning of our head. Though we may be unable to make tangible progress with our immediate plans, shifting our focus to longer term goals will allow us a window into the endless possibilities of the future. Take the time during this lunar period to plant the seeds of your future. For all that you plant at this time will come full circle by the light of the Full Moon in Gemini in six months time.






Our spiritual journeys are wrought with hurdles. Along the way, we are confronted with many speed bumps, obstacles and ‘problems’. It seems that many have trouble letting go of attachment to that which they are battling. What many may not be conscious of is that each of us attracts each situation; speed bump, obstacle and problem, as learning experiences. Whereas in a linear sense, this law of attraction is obvious, what is often overlooked is the grander scheme of things: why each of us continues to attract the same situation time and time again.  In the grander scheme of it all, we will continue to attract the same types of situations time and time again until we heal the aspect of ourselves that attracts it. This type of healing work is deep and intense. It is the type of healing that delves into karmic patterning that we have developed from a myriad of sources. And once we recognize its origin, we are one step closer to letting it go.


Unlike the commonly known term (ego- narcissist), the spiritual ego is that which we, on our spiritual journey, must overcome in order to become in alignment with our dharma. Dharma is a Sanskrit word which loosely translated means: living in accordance with Divine will; a point at which our personal choices become synonymous with The Creator’s path for us. According to Hindu, Buddhist and Spiritualist philosophies, we are born with two aspects; One being the ego and the other, the self. The self is the aspect of our being that is directly in alignment with our Divine purpose (Dharma). This aspect of ourselves is considered to be the truest form of Divinity on Earth. The second aspect of our consciousness is the ego. The ego is the aspect of ourselves with which we were born- otherwise known as our ‘personality’. Given that, according to these philosophies, we were born with two sides, it is believed that our journey in human form on Earth is to learn to make peace between both of these aspects of ourselves. As we may imagine, this can prove challenging. The spiritual ego can be very manipulative. The ego will wish for us to react to situations and experiences in a negative way. The ego will wish for us to become angry, frightened and sad. The self, however, is always at peace. The self is the Divine aspect of our consciousness that reflects the pure, unconditional love that exists beyond the third and fourth dimensions. The self is a clear and perfect reflection of the true nature of the Divine Source Consciousness. And it is our “job” in each life to become as closely aligned with that Divine love as we can.


The ego feeds itself on our belief systems. Most of our belief systems have been handed to us by our genetic lineage, formative experiences as children and karmic patterning. Some of these belief systems run so deep that it takes many lifetimes to work through them. Belief systems often involve thought patterns respective to money, relationships, intimacy and body image issues. They involve phrases such as “all women are…”, “i am never going to”, “I am unattractive”, “life is hard”, “If I do this then this will happen!”, to name a very small few. Belief systems can be hazardous to our spiritual growth for many reasons. Belief systems often cause worry, fear, despair and frustration. These are the vibrations that feed the ego. These vibrations are out of alignment with Divine will. These vibrations are in alignment with the ego aspect of consciousness. All vibrations that arise from self (Divine Consciousness) are created through loving intention to create peace and harmony within one’s self and beyond.

There are also positive belief systems, of course, such as “I think I can”, or “all living beings deserve respect”. There are also belief systems that can heal our negative belief systems such as “I am beautiful just the way I am”. When we are working through ego based thoughts, we are working with the heavy, toxic, unpleasant vibrations. If we are falling subject to the lower vibration belief systems, this must bear examination. We must alter how we feel about ourselves, each other and the Divine Source Consciousness. The very first step to doing this is by using only positive, loving, reassuring words when we speak to ourselves and each other.


There are several types of karma with which we incarnate. Some of these include;  genetic karma, gender karma, race karma, species karma or karma we have incurred from our current incarnation. However, the main type of karma focused in this article is the karma which is essentially the “stuff” we brought with us from previous incarnations. To use a specific example, if a person is addicted to alcohol and is unable to break the addiction completely, she or he will re-incarnate with the same predisposition to alcoholism. In fact, she or he will continue to re-incarnate this way until the addiction is completely healed.

Ideally, on our spiritual paths, we strive to eliminate all of our karmic patterning. Much of our karmic patterning hinges on belief systems- the same belief systems that are handed down to us in the above three ways.

Our karmic patterns manifest as unhealthy relationships, unresolved issues, addictions, body image issues and unfounded fears. It is our job to recognize our karma and heal it. And sometimes, recognizing the karmic pattern is half the battle. The other half is ego.

The ego can be very stubborn. The ego can want to attach itself to these negative belief systems and unhealthy situations to feed itself. It can often seem to “feel better” to be angry, depressed or hurt by external circumstances. The reality is, all of these “negative” external situations are happening to us because we are repeating the same karmic patterning that we have in previous incarnations. The reason is that it’s time for us to grow from them. The truth is, in the absolute depths of our despair, we are learning and healing the most. The truth is, we CHOSE to be born into and carry out all of the circumstances in this life that we currently are. The soul chooses to incarnate into whatever form and life it needs to in order to learn what it needs to learn. With this knowledge, we will be stronger. We will be able to overcome. Knowledge is power.

The ego never goes away for the duration of our human incarnations. We will always have that voice that wants to react negatively to something potentially upsetting. What we do learn, however, is to hear the ego voice in our minds, acknowledge it, and consciously effort to let it go. The sooner we let go of the power that our ego has over our emotions, outlook and choices, the sooner we can be free of karma.


Letting go of the challenges we are faced with can be challenging. The ego can be reluctant to let go of relationships from which it feeds. To the ego, anger, resentment and fear based thoughts have power. They have a position and a place in your psyche and they make you who you are. This is incorrect. Who YOU are is NOT who your ego wants you to believe you are. You are a Divine, pure being whose innate nature is unconditional love. Your ego will tell you otherwise. Your ego will tell you that you are fear based and that you need these fears in order to protect yourself from being hurt, being financially poor, being alone or being unhappy with the way you look.

The reality is that the ego can be powerless over you if you let it go. Given that the ego feeds on the very same things that are holding you back, if you feed these problems to The Divine Creator instead of feeding them to your ego, you will never be alone. You will have a partner in healing. You will be removing the ego’s power over you and then it will starve and weaken. You will have healed.


The good news is that we are not alone on our karmic healing journey. We are always surrounded by beings of Light who embody the unconditional Divine vibration. They may appear or sound to most like angelic beings, spirit animals, and other beings who exist in non Earthly realms. We will know it is they whom we are hearing and seeing as their messages and presence frequently bring tears of joy and love to our eyes.


As walkers of spiritual paths, we are constantly becoming more self-aware. The more aware we become, the easier it is to identify where we are out of alignment with our Divine selves. Understanding our karma is a crucial part of spiritual growth. Taking the time to seek out and destroy our negative belief systems can take years of hard work. Though this work can be gruelling at times, once we are through we will be forever healed from those patterns. We will be completely free of those issues and perhaps be able to inspire and others to walk the path we have. We will walk in tandem with our dharma, at peace with ourselves and all that is.

To find out specifics about how to heal your karma, stay tuned for part 2 of this article.






Thursday, May 7th yields this year’s Full Moon in Scorpio. Nicknamed “The Fighting Moon’, this full moon warns against putting ourselves in any potentially volatile situation. The full moon in Scorpio promises to be an explosive day of self-expression, cold shoulders and the taking of everything far too personally. The good news? Within 48 hours after May 7th’s full moon, all of this volatility will wear off. Let’s hope that there is no longer lasting residual damage.

This Full Moon in Scorpio is the final of three Supermoons of 2020. A “supermoon” occurs when the proximity between the Earth and the Moon is the smallest, giving the illuminated moon a “bigger” looking body in the night sky. Because the moon is literally closer to the Earth during a supermoon, it appears to be larger in the sky as opposed to the other full moons throughout the year.

As with all full moons, this one is an ideal time to practice the releasing of all that exists in your life at this time that no longer serves your highest good. Thanks to the “fighting moon”, we will be hyper conscious of any toxic relationships, thoughts and behaviours that we need to release. That said, it is important to recognize what truly requires releasing from our lives versus what is a temporary upset due to the moon’s position in Scorpio. To practice proper releasing, all we must do is to sit quietly and ground. Once we have partaken in a grounding exercise such as meditation or a nature walk, we can safely look within from a balanced state and take note of that which we are ready to release from our lives once and for all. Only YOU have the power to be able to discern what needs to be released.

Named “the fighting moon” after Scorpio’s reputable sting, this moon could have the vast majority of us feeling wounded when all is said and done. While regardless of the warning, we will likely feel this way, we can take comfort in knowing that we are not alone and that it will pass. If we are brave we may also choose to use this as an opportunity to practice forgiveness of those who seem to have hurt us. Not only is this “fighting moon” one that could have us at odds with others, but it is also one that could have us at odds with ourselves. Often, we are our own worst enemies. We have the power to consciously shift our awareness.  From letting ourselves fall prey to self doubt and internal self battle to allowing ourselves to delve deeper into what it is that triggers us to behave this way will have a long lasting harmonious affect on our journeys to inner peace.

Scorpio, a water sign, begs us to look deeply at our emotions. It begs us to uncover and examine our triggers in relationships with others as well as in relationship with ourselves. The more deeply we learn about our self-love and self-need with respect to relationships, the more we will find that shallow relationships fail to meet our needs any longer. We may find that learning about ourselves, what triggers us and what makes us tick will broaden our desires to find partners who are on similar paths to self love. Should we find ourselves already engaged in such balanced partnerships, we may find that our moon’s time in Scorpio and help us to learn about our partner on an even deeper level than we have before. Ideally, the “fighting moon” will have a lesser “fight” and a greater opportunity to learn.

Many of us may find this moon to be emotionally overwhelming. We may find that this water sign will facilitate a feeling of drowning in our emotions. “Water, water everywhere!,” we may feel. Should we fall under this category, we can stay afloat by calling on our Sun sign of Taurus. While our Moon wades full in the watery sign of Scorpio, our Sun remains rooted in the earthy sign of Taurus. Earth signs such as Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn help us to stand our ground in times of emotional and spiritual upheaval. If we are feeling overwhelmed and overloaded at this time, let us call on our Sun’s trusty Taurean energy to help us through. To do so, all we need do is take a walk in nature. We can choose to keep walking through a wooded area, we can choose to remove our shoes and root our feet into the Earth, or we can choose a different method that works well for us, individually. Thankfully we have more time to do this than we may ordinarily might. Engaging in regular grounding exercises is an excellent way to maintain a healthy balance and focus. Partaking in daily morning grounding rituals can help us to find focus before we even begin our day. Becoming familiar with how our bodies react to grounding techniques will only provide us with healthy coping tools at any time we feel dislodged from our balanced state.

Though this lunar period has a strong propensity to throw us far off course, knowledge is power. Because we are aware of this potentiality, we can prepare for it. We can accept that we may feel “off” for a few days and that it will, as does all else, soon pass.






Akin to humans, companion animals experience several types of depression. Animals are acutely sensitive to all of their environmental factors. Many of these factors become triggers for depression and other mood disorders. There are many, many triggers in an animal’s life that can create mental, emotional and spiritual un-wellness. Particularly at this time in our lives where we can easily find ourselves in a downward spiral into depression, it is extra important that we pay attention to our support systems; our beloved animal companions in order to note how they are coping with our personal and household disorder.

Because companion animals feel that it is their duty to remove all distress from their people, animals can often become depressed in doing so for one of many reasons; three of which will be explained in this article. The first reason is that animals are like sponges. This is to say that if a companion animal is living alongside a depressed person or people, the energy that these people are emitting will, without a doubt, impact the mental health of the animal. Companion animals feel that it is their role in our lives to keep us from as much pain and suffering as possible. Though, of course they are unable to do so, in their minds they are. Animals feel responsible for our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Of course it is unreasonable for us to expect ourselves to keep away from being depressed or having bad days. However, once informed, we are able to identify with how our moods affect or animal companions and take steps to ensure that we lessen the negative impact on them which will be discussed in the third part of this article.

The second reason for companion animal –human related depression is perhaps the most significant. Animals feel that it is their role to maintain emotional, mental and spiritual balance in the home. In fact, almost all companion animals make it their mission to bring peace and harmony to the home. However when they feel as though they have failed this role, they become very depleted and depressed. Companion animals use all of their might to bring joy, mental and emotional health and peace to their people. If all of their might is used up, they have no more energy to give, yet they will relentlessly try. Once they have become energetically depleted and feel as though their mission to bring peace has not been completed, they will fall into depression.

The third reason that a companion animal may become depressed alongside their people is through their lack of being heard. In so many households, there is a major lack of communication between animal and people. Often animals feel misunderstood in the home. An animal will often try several times in several different ways to communicate a message to her people. If left feeling unheard, the animal will become depressed and often act out in an attempt to further get her message across. Sadly, in most cases, this “misunderstood” behaviour leads to undue punishment which further intensifies the companion animal’s depression.

In addition to familial triggers of depression, there is another environmental factor that can often (but not always!) weigh heavily on an animal’s mental health. Just like for humans, the winter months can cause seasonal affective disorder in companion animals. With the days getting shorter, fewer daytime hours and colder temperatures, some animals become depressed. Sometimes dogs who love winter can become depressed because their people are too cold to want to give them the daily exercise they would love to have. Animals who are sensitive to darkness may become depressed without hours upon hours of daylight.

Animals may often experience depression if they are physically unable to enjoy their lives. When an animal’s mobility is compromised, he or she may become depressed as a result of not being able to run, play or guard the home. Often this is due to injury itself however animals also regularly experience minor skeletal imbalances that can create an inability to live her or his life comfortably. It is particularly important to pay attention to the way an animal walks to see if the spine or limbs seem unbalanced. Upon first sight of any imbalance, seeking care from an animal chiropractor is always the highest and best form to heal the skeletal system.

It goes without saying that neglect is an unfortunately common cause of depression in companion animals. Animals have very deep feelings and become sad and depressed if they feel ignored on any level. Should humans neglect to walk, feed or play with their animal companions, the animals will question their purpose in the home and in life. When animals are malnourished, they can also become depressed as there are far too few nutrients in the brain and body for the animal to feel mentally and physically healthy. When dogs are not walked or cats’ litter boxes not cleaned properly, the dog and cat will feel helpless and down on themselves for having to eliminate in undesirable places. Naturally speaking, dogs and cats are very clean animals. When dogs are forced to eliminate in the house and cats outside of their boxes due to neglect of their human caregivers, they feel embarrassed. In time this lack of cleanliness will render them helpless and depressed.

A lesser considered yet quite prevalent form of companion animal depression stems from a loss of purpose. Many animals experience a loss of purpose throughout their lifetime. Loss of purpose occurs when an animal’s ‘job’ is taken away. An animal’s job can be anything from herding cattle to being an emotional support animal to being a service animal. Should their primary task be removed from their life, whether through moving to a new home, the loss of their main human or any other loss of job, the animal will almost always fall into depression. For complete mental wellness, all companion animals need jobs. They need a purpose. Should they have a purpose that later gets removed from their life, they will feel as if they have no reason to live.

There are far more reasons that an animal may become depressed. Depending on the individual needs, life experiences and circumstances of an animal’s life, there may be triggers that could impact an animal’s mental wellness that are specific to the animal. It is paramount that all those who care for companion animals get to know each animal they care for on a very individual and personal level. By connecting with our animal companions this way, we are able to acknowledge an act upon her or his needs in order to include them in the most joyful life possible!


Animals & Depression Pt 2: 6 signs that your animal is depressed:

Animals & Depression Part 3: 5 safe and effective methods of treatment:





On this coming Tuesday, April 22nd sits this year’s New Moon in Taurus. This new moon is full of magical new beginnings. As with all New Moons, this one is an ideal time to take heed of all of the intentions you wish to set for yourself and your future. New Moons are the perfect time to plant our seeds of intention, watching them grow from little seedlings on the New Moon to the flourishing flowers of our garden on the Full Moon upcoming. Ideally, keeping a pen and paper close by will help you to remember your intentions by writing them down. Additionally, by writing your intentions on a piece of paper, you will be letting the universe know exactly what you wish to accomplish so that they are able to do the work behind the scenes in order to help your dreams to come true!

Co-incidentally, this year’s New Moon in Taurus falls on Earth Day. Taurus, a sign of the Earth element’s teamwork with Earth Day will have us thriving in and striving to be in the great outdoors all day long. We will want to connect with our beautiful Mother Earth in a variety of ways, from grounding meditations to outdoor sports to basking in the radiant glow of the sunlight. Thankfully at this time, most of us have the luxury of extra time on our hands to honour our Mother Earth. We now can understand the validity of appreciating her and not taking her for granted.

We may choose, on this Earth Day/New Moon occasion to honour our Mother Earth by creating an altar in or outside our homes. With the air so much cleaner, we may choose to take a long walk in nature and make a point of collecting several natural items that inspire us such as a beautiful rock, petrified wood or other gifts that we come across, offered by Mother Nature herself. We may even go so far (I know I Do!) as to ask, when we come upon an attractive object in the forest or on a trail, Mother Earth if we have her permission to remove the object in question from where it lays. It is common to believe that every natural object is in a specific place for a specific reason. Given that it does not belong to us, we may wish to ask her permission to use it for our altar. *An altar is a designated place on a mantle, table or in a corner that is used to collect various items that hold energetic value to the collector. This is the area that the collector will cherish as a part of her/his spiritual ritual.*

Given that at this time, the sun and moon are both in Taurus, the sign of the bull, we can expect to butt heads with our home and business partners. This is a time where everybody has a strong opinion about everything. It is important to give people a wide berth; most especially at this time when many of us are very far out of our comfort zones without access to the activities that balance us. Let us remember that part of our lesson in the human mind and body at this time is to practice forgiveness of others. We must remember that it is very easy to hold a grudge. However it is of a much higher order that we do the work it takes to forgive those who seem to offend us. After all, most people who are confrontational and argumentative are only reacting to the pain that they have lived through. We must understand that we are often triggers for those who have been hurt and as such may we understand the value of patience and compassion; especially at this time.

On the brighter side of things, Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus. Given that both the sun and moon are in Taurus, we can expect to truly appreciate the beautiful things. Dance, art, music, nature; this is an ideal time to get lost in the majesty of beauty. It is a perfect time to engulf ourselves in splendor. We are all at our emotional tipping point now. Engaging in listening to inspirational music, dancing our hearts out, gazing at art, flowers and painting- these are the activities into which we can pour our emotions. Being that the sun and moon are currently ruled by Venus, there is also a strong appreciation of the human form. This is a recommended time to engage in romance. Ideally, this would be an excellent time to go out on a romantic date to an art gallery or ballet. However, a virtual date will have to do!

Whether your plans include a family trip into nature or a virtual date, this New Moon/Earth Day is sure to be a welcome day away from the chaos-minded world!

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Some time ago, I was challenged by Spirit to take a good hard look at my concept of “identity”. Initially I had some idea what I would find, but as I delved deeper into the existential idea, I became aware of just how much humankind is influenced by what we have adopted as our identity.

When we think about our identity, we often associate it with our given names, our jobs, our financial income, what we have or do not have and where we live. We may relate our identity to aspects of our childhood; how we grew up, what our parents may have put us through and what town we grew up in. We may relate our identity to a chronic illness; physical mental or otherwise. And we may even relate our identity to what we believe we look like relative to others. Further, perhaps on a deeper level, we can examine who we think we are by acknowledging our likes and dislikes. What are we passionate about? What moves us? What do we stand for? What do we stand against? What makes our skin crawl? The list of question goes on. And most of this list is compiled by external influences.

According to Buddhist, Hindu and Spiritualist faiths, all of what we have constructed within our minds to claim as “who we are” is simply a reflection of ego. When we observe the concept of “ego” we are referring to the term indicated in Hindu scriptures that opposes the term “self” which refers to the naked soul.  This soul is our true nature, free of Earthly desires and fears. The self is the immortal part of our experience that lives out each incarnation in any body it chooses in order to learn whatever experiences it needs to in order to fulfill its higher purpose.

Along with the self, the ego incarnates into the body. The ego exists for the purpose of teaching us how to make peace with it. Apart from the self, our ego forms attachments to the experiences we have had and integrated them as our identity. When we become invested in the experiences that we have had, we become very attached to them and how they have affected us. And we begin to dwell on them. We begin to allow these experiences to shape our personalities. They easily become who we believe we are. When we relive a story time after time in our minds, when we continue to rerun it over and over, we become so attached to it that we believe that this is who we are.

Often we will find ourselves using these experiences that we have had as excuses for ourselves. They become our belief systems as to why we “can’t”, “shouldn’t” or “are afraid”. These excuses and belief systems that we have wired into our minds become the blueprints that shape the rest of our lives- if we let them.

Our identity is often fuelled by our image. In our minds it has become very important to pay attention to what we look or seem like to other people. In some cases we can spend our lives trying to fit into a mold and making ourselves look or seem appealing in one way or another. We become attached to the idea that we need to look a certain way. We become attached to the idea that we have a specific role to play. We become attached to the idea that we are “strong”, we are “sick”, we “can’t afford” we are “depressed”, we are “the well-dressed man”, “hot girl”, “fat guy”- all of these images that we feel we can relate to become our identity.  Even chronic illness becomes our perceived identity. When we feed into these identities, they begin to run our lives. Instead of understanding that these circumstances are external and remaining detached, we integrate them into ourselves and they become who we are. And in doing so, we are missing the point. When we seek validation from external sources, we are only seeking to fill a void within ourselves that can only be truly filled with self love. This self love can only be attained by making the time to look at and work on the parts of ourselves that can be uncomfortable and dark. Though this can be highly unpleasant at times, the resulting self love brings with it a beautiful sense of peace and well being.

If we take a moment to examine who we are, free of our experiences and beliefs, we may come to a profound insight. Let’s use myself as an example: I am J Morgan Saifer. I am an Animal Communicator. These statements are valid, as they are my given name and my occupation. However they are just that- a name and an occupation. Let us understand that our occupation does not define who we are. Our occupation is a choice that we have made in order to fulfill certain Earthly needs. If we are fortunate, our occupation is one that we enjoy and can bring Light to others. However, no matter how spiritual a job is, it does not define our identity. In fact, years ago I was in the company of many new people at a party. And when asked the socially prevalent question “what do you do?” my answer was simply “I love”.  I stand by this statement.

When we remove the occupation (or any other external experience such as poverty, wealth, family trauma, etc) of the identity, we are left with: I am J Morgan Saifer. Upon examination of this statement, it is valid, as this is my given name and how I identify myself to others. However, when we look at what the given name represents, we can peel away its layers as well. Saifer is my family name, a lineage that has little to do with my “self” and everything to do with my ego. Because my body (DNA) belongs to a specific set of genetics, I was born with the identity of my mother’s and father’s genetics and all of their belief systems. This, as well as any other family lineage in the world has presented many blessings and challenges; all of which have been accrued due to previous generations of human experience.

Further, when we remove my name, we are left with the phrase “I am”. What am I? I am a female. I am 39. I am Caucasian. I am a healer. All of these adjectives and titles that we call ourselves are once again borne of identity. These are Earthly depictions of how we identify ourselves relative to others. These identifications have nothing to do with the self but for the challenges of making peace between it and the ego identity,

We are then left with “I ”. The name “I ” accounts for the Earthly belief that each of us is separate from the next. This separation occurs on Earth due to each individual’s concept of her own identity. But when we view this concept from a higher perspective, we will find that this separation is in the minds of the human ego. When we view this separation from a higher perspective we will see that when we become one with the self, there is in fact no separation at all; we are all one. We have all come from the same benevolent origin and continue to incarnate with ego life after life in order to find peace with it. And until we realize this, we are subject to this cycle of reincarnation.

And then we are left with nothing. When we are truly one with the self, all of the individual identity dissipates and we become reconnected with the benevolent source from which we came. And according to Buddhist, Hindu and Spiritualist beliefs, this is the nature of human existence, and the sum and parts of the meaning of life.

It is necessary to have awareness of what we identify with to survive in society. However the key is to be aware of these aspects of our ego and remain healthfully detached from them. By living our lives in this way, we may find that our lives become more peaceful; for attachment is the root of all suffering.