First quarter moon & other cosmic “chaos” :-), community gardens, your inner journey, Birth of You & Peace Summit


# 1 – The Shift Network is sponsoring two events…

The Birth of a New You – During this groundbreaking free global teleconference this Saturday June 30th at 10am PT, spiritual visionary, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Shift Network Founder Stephen Dinan are going deep.  Accompanied by graduates of the Agents of Conscious Evolution (ACE) Training, they’ll help you explore how to birth a new humanity in your own life — in body, mind, and soul.

What is the “new you” that is emerging that can, in turn, help create this new era? Discover the answer at this free global teleconference gathering: The Birth of a New You AND a New Humanity

Summer of Peace Summit – Includes a full season of live events around the globe plus a massive virtual experience that includes many of the most powerful voices in the peace movement sharing their inspiration and opportunities with a global audience absolutely free!

Featured speakers throughout the Summer of Peace include: Arun Gandhi, Alice Walker, Jack Kornfield, Marianne Williamson, Dot Maver, Ambassador Chowdhury, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ervin Laszlo, Belvie Rooks, Matthew Fox, James O’Dea, Grandmother Flordemayo, Azim Khamisa, Bernard Lafayette — and just announced, Phil Donahue!

P.S. During the Summer of Peace, you’ll also find out about community actions and local projects you can get involved in.

# 2 – Words of wisdom from the wonderful Guy Finley…


Key Lesson: Life is not happening to you, it unfolds as it does… for you.

Self-discovery — and the new self-knowledge it generates — has no limitations, no moment where there isn’t the possibility for something higher to pierce the soul and so reveal that everything that once was is no more because something greater now stands there.

This means that there is no end to what is higher, to what is ever-above you; and that the ground of this immeasurable state of self awaits youwithin you. And as this discovery of discoveries dawns in you, in its light is revealed the greatest secret on earth: Life is its movement into you; and this movement of Life takes place within you. In other words, your real life is an inner journey.

As you begin to align yourself with Life’s secret direction, your experiences in it, and of yourself, are transformed. Slowly, but surely, a whole — and new — kind of pleasure permeates what used to be even your most mundane moments. Boredom with life simply ceases to exist for you. You no longer worry about what you’re supposed to be doing with your life because, at last, you begin to realize that Life already has plans just for you!

Believe me, there is no greater strength than knowing that everything life brings to you is for you as well. And as this wondrous fact grows clear to you, old enemies either vanish or they’re transformed into your allies. Precious energies once wasted in futile self-defense are turned into new powers for further self-exploration. But this is really just the beginning.

By learning to cooperate with what Life wants for you — which is to help you realize the new you that you’ve been seeking all along — your victory over the intimate enemy is assured. The new you that emerges from the ground of this struggle within yourself is as different as the mighty open-limb oak is from its tightly shelled acorn seed. I know this to be true, and so will you.

(This article is excerpted from Who Put That Stone In My Shoe? For a free Welcome Kit from Guy Finley and his Life of Learning Foundation go to:

# 3 – Love the idea of what’s happening in West Yorkshire and beyond with gardens open to the community…

# 4 – First quarter moon astrological update from and more…

The First Quarter Moon that comes along in the evening of Tuesday, June 26th, is an important one. Coming as it does mid-way in the first half of the lunation cycle, leading up to the Full Moon, this moment of tension is always interesting. Now, however, the Sun – newly in Cancer – together with the Moon in square to it, make a Grand Cross in Cardinal signs withUranus and Pluto just as the square between these two outer planets perfects. This day, rather than the recent date of their exact, Sunday the 24th, is therefore the strongest moment of the period surrounding this configuration’s initial contact, presaging a dicey time of revolutionary change coming down, and intense adjustment to the recognition of the radical depth of that transformation.

Of course, this aspect between Uranus and Pluto is far from over, with six more exact hits over the next few years, and with an influence lasting right through to the end of the decade. We are in the soup, no two ways about it, and do well to remain as conscious as possible regarding the extended period of this transition, both individually and collectively. We likely will be hard-pressed to recognize either ourselves or our cultural matrix by the time that the 2020 mark is actually reached, so major is the societal transformation that the world and particularly America is entering into as we step through the doorway of this climactic year. As we cross this threshold we might remember to watch and weigh everything that happens with the utmost attention, reserving judgment as far as that is possible, and holding onto our faith in the essential benevolence of the cosmos to guide us through. The spiritual evolution that is here unfolding has a cutting back effect on whatever is not working in our society and in ourselves and – let’s face it – there is much that needs to be pruned away.

Other factors in these current skies are also significant at this time. Venus is ending its retrograde throughGemini as early as the next morning, the 27th, and in aspect to Uranus and Pluto, further emphasizing the increase in consciousness surrounding this revolutionary and transformative confluence of cosmic factors, while the Sun and Moon also aspect Neptune in Pisces, while Jupiter remains square, representing on the other hand a softer and more intuitive feeling tone that is also a prominent astrological archetype in these powerful times we are living through. Relationships that we hold dear are vital to us now, and deserve careful examination. TheNeptune factor means that we must understand that not everything that is happening right now will be immediately obvious, or even clear. There is the possibility of deception, currently rampant in the news headlines, as well as the potential for self-deception also, and then on the other hand there is the idealism and the hopeful vision that we must nonetheless fall back on if we are to keep our sanity during what will be in many ways a difficult transition.

All in all, this is a time of great potential difficulty. We must give up some cherished notions and perhaps possessions. But this period of trial has its uplifting side in the thought that it is all quite necessary, and even in some sense planned, when we can keep faith in the creative potential of our higher selves, and in the universe that surrounds us, to see us through.

And here’s shamanic astrologer Tami Brunk’s ( take on the current astrological situation…

We have just passed through 48-hour period packed with astrological events that we will continue to feel intensely through next week. The biggest took place early Sunday morning–the first of 3 exact Pluto Uranus squares in 2012. This followed right on the heels of a Venus Pleiades conjunction. About two hours later, the crescent Moon was conjunct Regulus.

Yesterday morning, just after midnight, Neptune and Jupiter were square, followed two hours later by the third big event-Saturn stationing direct after traveling retrograde since February. Tonight (and tomorrow night) after local midnight, look to the SW for the Bootes meteor showers, which should be especially visible this year.

As if this weren’t enough, tomorrow (Wednesday) morning Venus stations direct at 9:00 am MST, after traveling retrograde since May 15. Friday, the Sun triggers the Pluto Uranus square, illuminating the intense energies of the square through next week. Very strange and intense events are occurring at an accelerated rate, and there is a whole lot we cannot control.

Though few of us at this time are managing “perfect” equilibrium, it is vital that we really use the tools we have available to us, to get still and into our core.  Whether that is meditation, prayer, time in nature, or simple connection with those we love, our moments of stillness and calm will nourish us through these days of intensity and awakening.

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page for more tips, picks and free stuff, including information about the free Future of Health Now series with 20 experts, including Dr. Daniel Amen, Rollin McCraty and Daphne Oz !

Inspirational video, Radical Manifestation, Andrew Cohen interview, food additives guide, and a sweet animal story!


This is a great visual experience….very inspiring. Be sure to watch full screen. (Thanks to my friend Nina for passing along the link!)


# 1- An upcoming interview with Andrew on Evolutionary Enlightenment…

On Saturday, June 30th at 2pm ET, Carter Phipps (former Executive Editor of EnlightenNext magazine and author of the new book Evolutionaries) will do a live interview with Andrew Cohen about how Evolutionary Enlightenment helps to facilitate this unique kind of spiritual awakening and how it contributes to the evolution of culture.

>>Register Now

# 2 – Here’s a link where you can download a shopping guide to help you avoid foods with non-beneficial additives…

# 3 – Uh oh, you animal lovers, grab your hankies. Here’s a truly inspiring story of love and compassion, both the human and animal kind…

# 4 – Colin Tipping, of Radical Forgiveness fame, is offering a free on-line course in Radical Manifestation that works with your spiritual intelligence…

I just signed up to try this myself a few days ago. Really like the worksheet  they give you; seems like a nice “accessory” to the information in my visioning workbook.

You can also join Colin for the free Living  A Course In Miracles 3 at:

# 5 – And, as a tie-in with Tip #1, the quote for today is from Andrew Cohen’s new book, Evolutionary Enlightenment…

“Imagine what it would be like if there was no sense of otherness when you were with other people. How would it feel if there was no trace of self-consciousness, and no preoccupation with superiority, competition, fear, mistrust, or unworthiness? Dare to consider, just for a moment, the possibility of being so at ease in the company of others that there was nothing to hide, nothing to defend – only the fear-less transparency of egoless awareness and the ecstatic urgency of the evolutionary impulse. That is what it feels like when we awaken to the Authentic Self, together.”

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page for more tips, picks and free stuff!

Free transformation kit, OraWellness offer, astrological update, healthy sunscreens, and Abraham!


What’s better than finding a great product and a company you love to support with your purchases? Free stuff and lower shipping costs! That’s right, until the end of June OraWellness is offering a free Bass toothbrush when you buy their great all-natural, organic brushing blend. If you take advantage of their popular “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” deal, then you actually get 3 free brushes, as well as a free brushing blend! Just write “free Bass brush(es)” in the note area at check-out, and specify if you want an adult or child’s brush (or a combination, if you qualify for multiple brushes). How does it get any better than that?! Well, OraWellness has also revamped their shipping structure so that you can now save up to 40% on the cost of postage on your order, so now’s the perfect time to visit the site. Having healthy gums and teeth definitely makes the evolutionary process easier. :-)

Here’s just one impressive testimonial:

I received my latest OraWellness order today – thanks.  I cant believe how effective it is.   I had gum surgery years ago which has necessitated regular visits to the peridontist ever since.

Although the 4-monthly scrapings and my vigilant tooth cleaning kept the condition from worsening, the gums were still red and disappointingly never re-attached to the teeth. The costly peridontal treatment just maintained the status quo – it never cured the problem.

Recently I noticed the gum recession in the front was worsening and teeth would begin falling out before long if nothing was done.  Luckily I heard about your website.

Since I began using the OraWellness Healthy Mouth System 3 weeks ago, the gums have tightened considerably and  are now a healthy pink colour instead of red.   That in such a short time!   It’s unbelieveable.  I’m confident that in a few months time I’ll have healthy tight gums that at the very least will halt any further deterioration. Finding your tooth and gum wellness system has been a Godsend.   Keep up your good work.”~Paula C, New Zealand


# 1 – Here’s a great free offer from Mind Power MP3

They are celebrating their first birthday with a Summer sale AND a new free gift for all visitors (The Music and Magic Transformation Kit containing 5 mp3s). Here’s what you’ll get when you visit the site:

1) New and Exclusive – Improve your overall health with Ultimate Mind
Music – Get a sneak preview of this brand new technology (…before
it is launched to the general public)

2) Magical – Experience a Million Blessings with Super Mind Music –
catchy music, uplifting lyrics and positive brainwave entrainment to
boost your energy and vibration.

3) Balancing – Become more tolerant, optimistic and compassionate by
awakening your heart chakra with unique chakra music

4) Rejuvenating – Enhance learning, ESP and health by tuning in to
our planet’s rejuvenating frequency of 7.83 Hz – the Schumann
Resonance – ‘Earth’s heartbeat’ mixed with beautiful modern classical

5) Mysterious – Restore true memory and remove any fears with ancient
solfeggio harmonics. Many secrets lie within the solfeggio
frequencies. They are said to contain the power of creation and

Download all these amazing mp3s for free here (before they are withdrawn) and check out their sale where you can save up to 64%.

# 2 – The new moon has passed, but this information on the current astrological happenings from shamanic astrologer Tami Brunk at is still pertinent…

Happy Solstice and Gemini New Moon! The New Moon at 29 Gemini was exact yesterday (Tuesday) morning, and the Solstice is exact at about 4:00 pm MST this afternoon, so we are in the ceremonial window for both events this evening.

From the Venus Transit to the end of June has been, and continues to be, filled with nonstop aspects, and much of it has emerged from the airy, expansive, quick-moving, spirit-oriented Gemini Mysteries. Today, as the Sun enters 0 Cancer, we can absorb and feel the soothing emergence of the nurturing energies of the Mother, supporting us in navigating the emotional, vulnerable, more “watery” aspects of life.

This evening at sunset is a beautiful time for ceremony, to express gratitude for our radiant Sun, while at the same time tuning into and experiencing the abundance of water that surrounds us, within and without. Soon after sunset we can see the tiny crescent Moon, also in the sign of Cancer, and about 10 degrees south of Mercury (in Cancer)–which should be visible with binoculars.

We can bless our emotional body, welcoming the many tones and hues of emotion that color our experience–from joy, to tranquility, to sorrow, to grief, to clean, clear anger that moves us. We can bless Earth waters–the oceans, the lakes, rivers, and streams that nourish the plants and trees and vegetation that cools and provides oxygen for us. We can ask for the healing rains to fall on the soil most in need of quenching, as nurturance and support is delivered to those who feel the most alone.

Saturn opposite Eris

Saturn in Libra, the stabilizing, structure creating force in our world, is opposite Eris in Aries, the largest dwarf planet in our solar system, larger even than Pluto. Eris, like its namesake, holds the energy of the individual in a community, or the aspect of our personality that is disowned. In Greek myth, Eris was the Goddess who was not invited to the party, and so in her anger started the Trojan War.

Her story reminds me of a Native American tradition where the blessing of the seeds, before first planting, includes the offering of seeds to the thief, as well as to the rest of the community. This spirit of inclusion is such a vital lesson for us at this time. In the bigger picture, who is it in our community that we are excluding? Is it the homeless, the mentally ill, those with addictions? Do we see the gift and the contribution made by every individual to the whole?

And we might ask, in our personal lives (Aries), what it is that we are not owning, which has been causing great mischief in our lives because we have not claimed it, or given it a space at the table? Are we refusing to honor and acknowledge our anger, and so it comes out sideways, causing great harm indirectly to others and ourselves?

Are we only claiming our publicly presentable side-the parts that are good, kind, compassionate, caring-and trying to throw out our self-serving, naughty, or “bad” parts?

We cannot be fully energized in our lives with our will intact, until we learn to work in healthy ways with all aspects of who we are. Otherwise, we continue to subtly (or not so subtly) sabotage our true goals and purpose.

Because this dwarf planet is opposite Saturn in Libra, we can look at the ways these disowned parts of ourselves are standing in the way of loving, authentic, synergistic, and heart-full relationships with friends, lovers, family members, and community-and with our own inner council.

# 3 – With summer officially here, at least for us  in the northern hemisphere, this is a good resource for seeing if your sunscreen is as health-promoting as it can be…

BTW, you will notice that Emerald Essentials, the company that created super products like Emerald Sea and ActionWhey, now also makes Releve Organic (see item 4), a natural sunscreen that ranks up there with the best of them. You can order some for yourself here.

# 4 – I love this one from Abraham…

“You don’t have to protect yourself from anything! In fact, an attitude of protection will surely bring you to the vibration of the thing from which you’re protecting yourself. Because you can’t look at something and say, “Oh no, I’m saying a prayer to protect myself from you,” without achieving vibrational harmony with “you”, whatever you are.”— Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page for more tips, picks and free stuff!

Cell phone radiation, Gemini new moon/Summer Solstice, popcorn, a healthy summer treat, and a little Abraham on the side. :-)


# 1 – More you should know about cell phone radiation…

FYI, Vibes Up has some great products for off-setting EMFs and radiation and has a specific product called Nature’s Earth Armor, aka the “icky shield.” I don’t even have a cell phone, but have three “ickies” (love the name!) that I use for all sorts of things.

# 2 – A healthy summer treat for kids and adults…

I haven’t tried this yet, but plan to. If any of you readers try this recipe, let me know how it turns out. :-)

# 3 – Insights into the upcoming Gemini new moon and Summer Solstice period…

GEMINI NEW MOON: Breakthrough Time! by Simone Butler

Did you feel the June 5, 2012 Venus Transit? The love goddess was blessing us, as her energies filtered through the Sun’s rays to Earth. I felt like I was under a magical spell throughout the transit—and even made a date with a man who contacted me on a dating site at that exact time. However, I ignored the cardinal rule of Venus in retrograde, whether she’s transiting the Sun or not: These potent energies are for enhancing our own self-love, not for meeting new partners!

Predictably, the date was a bust. So, I read Mama Gena’s recent blog with interest. In it, the women’s empowerment guru admits to her unfulfilled yearning for a mate. How, she asks, do you stay spiritually alive when your desires are not yet fulfilled?

The answer, she says, is to recognize that the desire living inside you “is not just you, but a duet—between you and that which is greater than you. And this desire breaks you open, breaks you apart, and re-creates you into the woman you were born to become, that you never could have touched if you did not acknowledge or live your desire.”

The duet is symbolized by Gemini, sign of the Twins, associated with the Lovers card in the Tarot. Interestingly, Mama Gena (aka Regena Thomashauer) has both the Sun and Moon in Gemini. She instinctively understands the esoteric meaning of her sign—its call for union with the Divine. But she also acknowledges that the yearning can be painful, as it breaks us apart to birth us anew.

There is a great deal of Gemini energy afoot right now. Giant Jupiter has recently entered the dualistic sign of the Twins for a year, where it urges us to integrate our opposites. And, we’re about to experience a second New Moon in Gemini. The May 20 solar eclipse was at the very beginning of the sign, while the upcoming New Moon activates the final degrees.

The June 19 Gemini New Moon (8:02 a.m. PDT) sparks a breakthrough. As the “last gasp” of the sign, it reiterates the eclipse’s message about making a crucial choice. With Mercury (the Gemini ruler) square Saturn, one door is shutting so another, more productive one, can open. This applies to relationships, but also to how we treat ourselves. Adding extra potency, theNew Moon falls just prior to the Solstice, as the Sun enters nurturing Cancer on the 20th and a new season begins. And, with Saturn turning forward on June 25 and Venus doing the same on June 27, there is no going backward. It’s onward and upward to greater fulfillment!

Though she was not referring to the current astrological cycle, Mama Gena nailed its deeper meaning. “Our desires,” she said, “are divine and precious, not only to us, but to the earth herself. We are the bearers, the carriers, the holders of the longing that has the potential to transform the world. If we can hold the thought that our little human body, the address of our eternal soul, is the keeper of the delicate flame of desire, then we can relax and fall back into the storyline of our lives, knowing that our yearning will carry us safely, and sweetly, in perfect time, to fulfillment of the desire in some more wonderful way that we could have ever dreamed.”

To help you embrace your truth, here’s a New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. And, contact me (use the Contact button) for a “Snapshot Reading” sent via email regarding what’s going on RIGHT NOW in your life – only $35!

© 2012 Simone Butler 
All rights reserved

And here’s part of an article by Dana Gerhardt….

“There is something to explore, right here, right now,” urged our Zen teacher. “Nowhere to go,” she said, “you’re already here.” And to each physical sensation or emotional wounding that came up, she would offer a Gemini message: “Get curious. Be with it. Observe it, without trying to manipulate it into anything else.” We all learned plenty that night.

As we head into the next few turbulent weeks of eclipses, silence may be the smartest way to get Gemini on our side. Not a dull silence, but an expectant one, fueled by fresh curiosity. Sit quietly with whatever is true right now. Whether you’re happy, sad, harried, wounded, or somewhere in between, before you ride on the wings of Mercury toward something new, and you will, because that’s what we do in Gemini’s cycle, sanctify your experience of this New Moon with some quiet curiosity.

(The full article is at

And an in-depth look at the new moon, Uranus/Pluto cosmic dance, and other happenings from

The New Moon that comes along on Tuesday, June 19th, is an interesting one, being the second New Moon in the curious and thoughtful sign ofGemini, the Air sign most closely connected with intellection and communication. This introduces a long series of New Moons that take place near the end rather than the beginning of their respective signs, producing a more muted and also a more spiritual feel for the particular sign involved. This placement in late Gemini, called the Aquarius decanate (the last third of the sign) is really very different than the early degrees, being concerned with the ultimate result of thought process in terms of philosophical groundbreaking and social benefit, and indicating that it is now high time to put our actual money and our concerted actions wherever our deepest thought process might take us. This New Moonhappens just one day before the June 20th Summer Solstice, when the Cardinal sign of Cancer –oppositional to Pluto’s Capricorn placement – comes into its own.

Of course the big news this lunation is the UranusPluto square which is now extremely close, and fully triggered by this New Moon cycle. The First Quarter Moon a week further on, taking place on the 26th, makes a T-square with Pluto, and hence also with Uranus in Aries, so that this latter configuration represents one peak this year of the energy for Uranus– Pluto and the total revolution that their powerful square brings to the table. In this New Moon configuration there is thus the incipient T-square of Sun/Moon on the edge of Cancer with Pluto and Uranus. Meanwhile, Venus, retrograde and stationing in Gemini, also closely aspects the dynamic duo of these outer planets. Mercury participates, now in Cancer and widely opposed to Pluto. The Sun/Mercury midpoint at the time of the New Moon is closely opposed to Pluto and square with Uranus, being a mere 1 1/2 degrees away from exact, and is also exactly trine Chiron in Pisces. The Chironfactor is important, bringing as it does an increased awareness of the painful places inside ourselves; our pain in the face of difficult transformation and loss. In the end it allows us to dwell more deeply on the metamorphosis that is underway, regarding both its individual and its collective aspects, and that is still accelerating. We recognize that we lose something of ourselves in the process, which is bound to be scary. This however does not mean that we lose our spiritual grounding; this is the great comfort symbolized by the prominence as well in the current skies of Jupiter and Neptune.

As this New Moon cycle launches us further into the maelstrom, with the first exact hit of UranusPluto rapidly approaching, we do well to reflect on where we are in our lives and where ultimately headed. There is an important part of ourselves that is in the midst of radical change, and that as a result is likely to become forever lost to us, at least in its present condition. This is the action of Pluto, to make way for the new phase, our next stage as inspired by Uranus. It helps to reflect on where Capricorn and Aries fall in your individual chart, or indeed in your Solar Chart, where for Sagittarius, for example, Pluto lands in your second house of resources, with revelatory Uranus in your sector of creative self-expression. In the larger picture of the collective, the transformation that we might expect will be with government, power and control issues there, as well with re-constellating our very identity as a culture, as in the rebellion on various levels symbolized on our own national scene by the Occupy movement. Then there is the consciousness and human potential movement, reflected in the slogan that has lately become popular of “Occupy your Heart.” How we align with these various currents within our society will be one telling factor over the coming months and years, as we more fully explore the truth of what it means in this century to be human, and what it truly means to be nothing but ourselves.

# 4 – Who says popcorn can’t make the evolutionary process easier, especially if you have fun eating it?!

As a lover of popcorn, I was glad to find out it has these benefits I wasn’t aware of:

# 5 – Short and to the point from Abraham…

“Your work is to go forth into this physical environment looking for things that are a vibrational match to joy, connecting to Source Energy, and then following with the inspired action.”— Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page for more tips, picks and free stuff!

Astrological update, radiation in tuna, free QiGong healing, wealth creation, and more


Healing With the Masters is offering a second free replay period of some of their most popular and life-changing presentations, plus some extra added Q & A sessions. Even if you are able to only catch a few of the interviews being brought back, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND (get the point?!) that you take advantage of this opportunity (actually I recommend that you buy the whole series, but hey). The guest speakers I’ve caught have been amazing.


# 1 – QiGong Master and distance healer Michael Mohoric is offering another free distance session…

This no cost distant energy healing is for everyone who wants to join and all their friends, families and anyone else who reads this. The main healing session is on SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2012 from 6-7pm Pacific Daylight Time or same as Los Angeles, (7-8pm MDT), (8-9 CDT), (9-10pm EDT-same as New York).

You can join this session by using your intention to be included. If you wish to join, just close your eyes for a minute when you read this and mentally say that you intend to join the session and want to be included. That is all you have to do to connect with the energy; energy can begin to flow to you once you do this. There will be unscheduled daily energy adjustments leading up to the main session. You can receive a lot of healing energy before the main session on JUNE 16.
This is not a telephone or Internet session.  To receive the energy you just sit or lie down and relax on SATURDAY JUNE 16 during the time period for your area and receive the energy. Even if you have to be active during the session you can still receive results.
# 2 – An update on the presence of larger amounts of radiation in the food chain…
FYI, there are a number of products that help protect the body naturally from radiation and other non-beneficial energies. Emerald Essentials has a supplement called Emerald Sea that I recommend and use myself, not just for “protection,” but because of the many health benefits it offers. And Vibes Up, which I mentioned in my 3/17/12 post, carries lots of ingenious products that help off-set EMFs and radiation, while also bringing in Earth energy and other beneficial frequencies ffor balancing and enlivening your body, food, water and environment.

# 3 – A quick astrological update from Chris Flisher…

Week of June 11th

The chatter will increase in volume and the action may literally be taken to the streets as major foundational and once-secure institutions become frail under the enormous pressure to change and adapt. The high yellow Sun will be in a tight angle to Mars, the fiery planet of aggression. The winds of change blow mighty across this time as the populous begins to flex and demand. The roof is leaking and must be repaired so expect to see and hear a lot of strong talk about social change and equality. The conversations may escalate into what may be some of the most dramatic exchanges in the recent history of the world. Nothing worth having comes too easily.

And a longer update from…

The Last Quarter Moon that comes along early on Monday, June 11th, is a potent one, and brings several strands of meaning together as we contemplate our current state of personal evolution. Any Quarter Moon is characterized by an increase in tension, and now it is the tension implicit in sudden new realizations. Traditionally this phase is a time of reevaluation as we look back over the preceding three weeks of the cycle. We are a bit older and a bit wiser, and we might begin to see things differently, having gone through the challenges and changes of this lunation cycle, that featured Pluto as a strong component of the original end-of-May New Moon eclipse configuration. This tendency to look back in the light of recent understanding is heightened in this instance by the retrograde of Venus during this same period, planet of values and art as well as of relationship, all up for reassessment. This has indeed been a time when we both value our interpersonal connections more highly and also take a good long look under the covers of all our motivations, including the way that we conduct ourselves in relationships.

Venus is at an interesting point now in her cycle with the Sun, about to make her Helical Rise. On Tuesday, June 12th, she re-appears as the Morning Star after spending ten to twelve days “in the underworld” between visible earthly assignments. This moment begins a new 584-day Synodic Cycle with the Sun, which culminates a little over a year and a half from now, in a different sign. Venus is coming off of a Scorpio phase and entering into aGemini phase, the sign of her first rise ahead of the Sun on Tuesday. A few days later she can be seen before sunrise accompanied by the waning crescent Moon, which the Mayans felt was her vehicle. In Gemini she brings consciousness, curiosity and intellection to our ongoing study of ourselves as relating souls. The poet William Blake remarked on how fundamental was the act of connection between humans when he stated: “The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”

Since Venus is also inconjunct Pluto as she begins her new cycle, we have a touch of the Scorpio period still remaining and with it a touch of the power complex emerging or perhaps the issue of sexuality raising its head. And this potential for difficult realizations is another theme that finds it way into the mix of energies surrounding us now, as we enter the final stages of this first exact hit of the UranusPluto square that may be considered the hallmark of our troubled decade. There will be a total of seven more hits still to come, over the next several years, with an aftermath that will last into 2020, but in many ways this first cut is the deepest. After this year we might almost get used to the idea of radical transformation as a fundamental part of our lives. And during this fragile and powerful time of dark beauty we win when we reconnect with ourselves at deep levels and give our little selves the benefit of the doubt. Self-acceptance goes a long way toward compassion for friends and partners, which in turn goes a huge distance toward the ultimate healing that we collectively seek.

# 4 – Don’t forget to check out the I AM groups New Awakenings free series, with presenters such as Guy Finley, Rikka Zimmerman, Dr. Brad Nelson, and many more; and Margaret Lynch of 7 Levels of Wealth just released another video in her free mini-training series.

# 5- And some Abraham for stimulation and inspiration…

“A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability—if you try even a little bit—to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction. The Law of Attraction is responding to your vibration, and you can easily change your vibrational point of attraction by visualizing the lifestyle you desire and holding your attention upon those images until you begin to feel relief, which will indicate that a true vibrational shift has occurred.”— Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page for more tips, picks and free stuff!

True self-liberation, Oracle Wisdom, the money situation made simple, acrylamide, Abraham and more!


# 1 – This was forwarded to me by a friend. Boy, leave it to a 12-year-old. As they say, “out of the mouth of babes.”

Monetary reform–the contention that governments, not banks, should create and lend a nation’s money–has rarely even made the news, so this is a first. Either the times they are a’changin,’ or Victoria Grant managed to frame the
message in a way that was so simple and clear that even a child could understand it…

# 2 – An inisghtful post by Paul Dalton at Life Happens about inspiration and resistence…
# 3 – Looking for support and stimulation along your evolutionary journey? Here’s a new blog I came across you should check out…
# 4 – A heart-warmer for all you animal lovers out there…
# 5 – I had heard about acrylamide before, but mainly in connection with when you toast breads, pizza crusts, etc. or fry things that form a crispy crust…
This article really expanded my understanding of the phenomenon. FYI, it doesn’t mention it, but I’ve read eating some kind of green superfood, such as chlorella, at the same time you’re eating some acrylamide containing food helps off-set any ill effects. :-)

# 6 – Guy Finley on the source of true self-liberation…

Key Lesson: Disagree with the opinion of what others would have you believe is true, and they will secretly resent you; but quietly refuse to argue about anythingwith these same people, and they will openly cry out that you have abandoned them.


We have a definite conditioned dependency to think of things as worthwhile only if someone else recognizes their value. This painful kind of thinking not only leaves us trying to please others, but it also discourages us from embarking upon the exciting journey of self-investigation.

In our appearance-oriented thinking, we wrongly believe that unless someone else can see our inner efforts or in some way approve our self-discoveries, our work has been in vain. Nothing could be further from the truth. Inner work rewards the inner you, your True Self. Ever-present but as yet unrealized, your True Self is pleasing to itself and so needs nothing outside of its own elevated state in order to feel successful. This exalted inner condition, which is the source of true self-liberation, already lives within you. It is not something that you need to add to yourself, since it has always belonged to you. This special knowledge teaches us that this greatest of all prizes is a realization and not an acquisition.

“So if you can’t give yourself this inner victory, how do you win?”

“You must learn to stop thinking in terms of beginnings and endings, successes and failures, and begin to treat everything in your life as a learning experience instead of a proving one.”

“How will this help me to realize my truly successful self?”

“When approaching life in this new way, you will no longer waste your precious energies endlessly battling to prove yourself to yourself and others. Now your energies can be put to much higher use, which will initially enable you to clearly see how you have been stubbornly clinging to self-defeating ideas and beliefs.”

“That doesn’t sound like something I’m going to be interested in seeing!”

“The highest peaks of great mountains almost always have banks of dark clouds resting just beneath them. You must climb through these clouds in order to conquer the heights. Then the higher view belongs to you.”

“I’m afraid I won’t be strong enough.”

“You don’t need to be strong, only willing to see. If you will do your part, which is to reveal you to yourself, your higher nature will provide you with all the strength you need. It is this new strength that allows you to let go of the self-limiting and fear-producing thoughts and feelings which have been darkening your life and holding you down. Having dropped the unnatural heaviness from your spirit, you now naturally begin to rise. The higher you go, the easier flows your new life. Now the only direction you want to go in life is up!”

(This article is excerpted from The Secret of Letting Go. For a free Welcome Kit from Guy Finley’s Life of Learning Foundation, go here.)

# 7 – And something short and sweet from Abraham…

“If man understood that “what I create has nothing to do with what anybody else is creating” then he wouldn’t be so afraid of what others are doing.”— Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

p.s. Sorry that some of  the items in the tips list  are bunched together. Sometimes that happens and no amount of reformatting seems to help.  

Self Love Solution, full moon & Venus transit, hemp oil, plus a little Abraham on the side :-)


# 1 – An invitation to the Self Love Solution….

The Shift Network founder, Stephen Dinan, says: “… one of the brightest lights and most awakened beings I’ve met. You’ll be well served to pay attention to this luminous woman as she calls you home to your divine Self.” Rev. Michael Beckwith affirms: “(she) reveals great wisdom.” Who are they describing?   None other than Dr. Sue Morter, internationally recognized authority on bridging Science, Spirit and Human Possibility.

On Thursday, June 7th at 1:00pm Pacific, The Shift Network will host Dr. Morter for a free teleseminar:  The Self-Love Solution: How to replenish your life force while transforming out world.   

We all know that self-love is the basis for empowered service to others, but it can be extremely challenging in the busy-ness of our lives.  Dr. Sue will show us how to find our way back home to our own hearts, embrace self-care as a spiritual practice and return to a state of “over-flow” from which we can lovingly serve others.

# 2 – An astrology update from shamanic astrologer Tami Brunk at…

Within a 48 hour window, we will experience the partial Lunar Eclipse (tomorrow morning early!) and last-of-a-lifetime Venus Transit to the Sun (Tuesday evening. The ceremonial window to engage with these powerful events opened this morning (Sunday), and continues through the week.

The lunar eclipse can be viewed in western North America /Canada, Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand. See where and when here.  

Find out if you can view the Venus Transit with this map, and identify the exact times here.  In any case, treat this like an eclipse–wear your eclipse glasses or view the transit and take photos! Through a # 14 welders glass.

Deeper Significance of Eclipse and Transit

A lunar eclipse represents the acceleration of time, as the Moon passes through all the phases it normally goes through in a month, within minutes or hours. It has to do with the surfacing of our shadow material, to be healed and integrated.

In this case it also has to do with the magnetic effect of the intergalactic Mother, represented by the Great Attractor. What is it you wish to magnetize into your life? This is a powerful time for manifestation.

The Venus Transit marks the completion of an 8 year cycle that launches us fully into the next revolution of communication and interconnectedness, beyond what we can possibly imagine but emerging from our present “information age.”

It can also be energized by us as a moment where Life Source (Sun) energizes the feminine principle, assisting us in aligning human culture with Earth systems, and helping us to strengthen intimacy and nurture within our social connections and institutions.

Prayers for our Waters and Gaiai

June 5 is World Environment Day, and a group of Wisdom Keepers from across the globe are lighting fires and praying for the healing of waters and the Earth drawing on the sacred power inherent within the Venus Transit to amplify the effect of our focused attention on the healing of Gaia.

It feels important to mention that any ceremony or meditation we do is elevated by the use of humor and playfulness, which does not diminish the power of our intent, but rather helps to cleanse and purify our hearts and actions of a too-heavy agenda, or fixed idea of what is right.

The Occupy movement embodies that playful spirit, as did60,000 people who gathered in Mexico City last week to protect the Wirikuta Mountains, a sacred site of the Huicholes.

Super Full Moon/Partial Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius at the Great Attractor

This eclipse occurs with the Moon exactly conjunct the Great Attractor, an area of space beyond the Centaur Constellation, with tremendous mass that is pulling the Milky Way Galaxy and many others toward it at about 1 million miles per hour. This point in space deviates from the norm of our Universe’s tendency to expand.

I have been feeling the Great Attractor as representing a kind of intergalactic Great Mother, which embodies substantial matter, and gravitational pull. I see this as the in-breath of our Universe, as opposed to the out-breath that our modern, masculine, scientific mind has been so focused on-the expansive, evolutionary acceleration of our Universe.

Venus Transit in Gemini

The visible Venus Transit occurs twice, within an 8 year window about every century. The last one was in 2004, and the next will occur well beyond our lifetimes-105 years from now in 2117. Venus transits of the last 1000 years have occurred on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis, which suggests that it has to do with our spiritual evolution/involution, our cosmology, and understanding of Universal truths.

Here are some of the big events occurring within the 8 year window of previous Venus Transits:


1518-1526: Magellan circumnavigated the globe and proved that the world was round

1631-1639: Galileo insists the Sun is the center of the Universe. Descartes’ ideas taking root. Authority of the Catholic Church challenged.

1761-1769: Dynamics leading up to American Revolution, French Revolution, beginning of industrial revolution in Great Britain. Captain Cook mission to Tahiti for scientific knowledge.

1874-1882: Suffragette Movement emerged as a force, leaps in technology, telephone, light bulb, and recording equipment all invented. Theosophical Society and Christian Science movements founded.

 Venus as an Earth Planet

One way that astrologers and astronomers have seen Venus is as a mirror to the Earth, she is sometimes called an “Earth Planet.” This has to do with her similarity to an early Earth, and the fact that she has an atmosphere.

So we can see that her cycles and transits impact us in a very real, material way (Venus has been connected to wealth, abundance, and sensuality for a reason!)

When Venus and the Sun come together in this visible way in the signs of Sagittarius and Gemini, our knowledge, wisdom, and concept of truth enlarges (Sagittarius), even as technologies (Gemini) emerge from this wisdom and knowledge. The changes we experience are very tangible and real.

So it is that again, as with the Great Attractor, we have a magnetic, material dimension that causes our visions and meditations to be empowered very strongly at this time.

There is so much we do not know at this time, with Gemini being a very free, unpredictable, and wild sign-amplified with Venus in a Retrograde cycle, and Neptune’s influence’s very strongly felt with it stationing retrograde tomorrow (Monday).

So if we hit blocks in getting very specific in what we want for ourselves personally or for our planet, this is not a bad thing, it reflects the reality that a lot is up in the air, and we do well to release attachment to specific outcomes–because sometimes Spirit has something even bigger and better in mind for us–and it may come in strange packages!

The true magic now is in getting still enough to tune in, and listen to our own inner song, as a reflection of the broader harmony of Spirit, and then to energize the most essential feeling or energy of that song.

Fundamentally, this Venus Transit is about the marriage of Love (Venus) and Light (Sun). When we get still, it will be of great benefit for us to listen for, then focus our attention on, recent moments in our lives, as well as events in the outer world that feel most attractive to us.

Do they energize us, make us feel more alive, intimately connected, and in love with our lives and the planet? This may even be a feeling of intense, releasing emotion, like grief, or sorrow, that connects us more deeply to our human hearts.

Focus on the feeling, not the details, and know that as we focus our attention on these things, they gain greater momentum in our outer and inner worlds. This is not about perfection, it is simply about being willing to show up as ourselves, with presence and heart, and hopefully humor!

# 3 – And from…

Sagittarius Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse: Lunar Eclipses, Earthly Instincts by April Elliott Kent

Here is what happens during a lunar eclipse: the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon, blocking it from reflecting the Sun’s light. How do you like that? Here’s the little Moon, furiously trying to find some light to bounce around, only to find there’s a big old ball of dirt in her way.

Similarly, at a lunar eclipse our ability to transmit and receive light – to channel and midwife divine inspiration – is trumped by the impulses of pure worldliness. Sometimes, it’s the worldliness of physical disease or limitation that casts a long shadow; other times, the pain of Earthly need and loss.

Usually, it’s a pain you recognize. Eclipses have 18 year cycles, so an eclipse falls in the same sign and the same part of your chart every 18 years, and in the opposite spot every nine years. What happens on the outside, in your outer life, is a little different each time – but the thing that’s touched inside of you is exactly the same. At the lunar eclipse, an antidote to these earthly difficulties seems to lie in the celebration of Earth’s healing, stabilizing powers.

Years ago, after my mother died, I was desperate to reclaim a sense of rootedness and security. So three days after a lunar eclipse fell in my fourth house, my husband and I closed escrow on the first house we’d owned together. Lord knows I had no solar light of inspiration to send out into the world, and not much light was able to each my barren, lunar surface; I was emotionally fragile and scarred. All I could reach out for and rely upon was the real, the tangible… the worldly. My own little ball of dirt; a stake in the planet. Nine years later, it’s career success that represents this security for me. I’m working harder than ever to carve out a place in the world outside my little fourth-house environment – but for exactly the same reason that motivated me to buy a house: security.

At the solar eclipse, later this month, it’s the Sun, the splendid, extravagant ego, that will be obscured by the wild, intuitive energy of the Moon, creating a funhouse mirror effect of exaggerated images and freakish sensations. But at this lunar eclipse, your vision is clear – or at least, you are guided by keen instinct; not the wild, emotional intuition of the Moon, but rather the quiet instincts of the Earth. They are the same instincts that guide the hand of the craftsman as it chooses just the right piece of wood for his project; as it hovers for a moment over one chisel, before selecting another that’s just right for the task.

At this lunar eclipse, there is something in you that longs to connect more deeply with the Earth, to drink from her cool waters and lay your head upon her sweet grass. Some long-ago pain has reared up and sent you packing, returning home to mother Earth for solace. As you gaze up at the half-bitten Moon, know that the Earth is offering you something, some smooth block of marble, a piece of wood, a section of clay. Open your instinctive mind, and ask yourself: What is it that wants to be brought into being? And what is the right tool with which to carve it out?

© April Elliott Kent

# 4 – An interesting article about the many benefits of hemp seed oil…

# 5 – And a little Abraham for good measure…

“Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy — you’re right on the path of that which you intended when you came forth into this physical body.”— Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page for more tips, picks and free stuff!