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Asheville, NC, 28806
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Ra Ma Kaur is a teacher in Asheville NC who awakens, activates and alchemizes with the modalities of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Gong Resound Healing, Visionary Art, Plant and Stone Medicine.

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Ra Ma Kaur is a highly observant soul-soother, change-maker and alchemist who loves working with women. Ra Ma calls on her study of Kundalini Yoga, Daoist Stone Medicine and Astrological Divination to inform her community offerings:  weekly classes, workshops, private mentorship, women’s lunar gatherings, ceremonies and international retreats. In Ra Ma’s apothecary, you’ll find handcrafted stone and plant medicines infused with mantra and meditation. Ra Ma completed her 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Certification at Kripalu in 2006, a 60 Hour Prenatal Kundalini Teacher Training in 2008, and earned her 220 Hour Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Certification in 2015.  She has completed 2 of the 5 modules necessary for Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Certification.  She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and daughter and serves as the President of the Board of the French Broad Food Coop.

How to Live in the World Today

Ra Ma

Happy day of the Goddess!  Each Friday is the day of Venus, the day of the Divine Feminine.  And on the 13th this power is amplified as 13 is a sacred number to the Great Mother.  This year has been a year to remind our psyches that She is We and that there is plenty for all at the table of the Goddess.  Last Friday the 13th was in April and I wrote about how this day was hijacked many moons ago.

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This week's edition will be dedicated to what is alive for me, as I am currently Loveland, Colorado mentoring with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  It is a high honor to sit at the feet of a woman who has been a guiding light in my life since my late teens, when Women Who Run With the Wolves appeared on our bookshelf at home.  To meet Dr. Estes is to meet an incredible medicine woman who embodies graceful queendom and humble sovereignty.  Her presence offers a multitude of blessings, and I look forward to sharing this medicine with you.

Yesterday the Eclipse Portal revealed its magic with the Cancer New Moon and a powerful opposition to Pluto, Lord of the Underworld.  As I have stated this is a powerful summer to dive into the shadow and to honor what needs to be revealed.  You may still access 👑 Your Guide to Thrive 👑.  And, in the meantime, I offer the gift of Dr. Estes's wise words on how to live in the world today, words which were shared in our session this morning.  They are not a direct quote, as I used them as a springboard by adding a few additional words here and there.  However, if you do share, please give her work credit.

How to Live in the World Today

  • Pick three things in your inner life and three things in your outer life and give your days to those.  See them through to completion.
  • Stay informed of current events (if your heart and psyche can hold the reality) so that you know who and where to send your prayers.
  • Vote for the most winnable candidates in any election that best fit your values.  Historically fascism has risen due to third party candidates.
  • Participate in politics at the local level, know your city council representatives.  Write letters in concise one paragraph formats to your senators, representatives, governors, etc.  
  • Participate in the world around you as this balances out the feeling of being helpless versus wishing to stick your head in the sand.  
  • Reassure your vulnerable friends whether they are people of color, single parents, trans, gay, etc. . . .reassure them that you have their back.  And mean it.
  • We must go into action.  We stand for the purity of Self and the decency of others.  A nightmare is a nightmare because there is no ending.  You must help to create a new one.  

We are the medicine,
Ra Ma

Your Guide to Thrive

Ra Ma

As I shared in last week’s edition of Venusian Love Notes, this summer is a major time of karmic clearing.  It is very important to honor the season of retrogrades as we are doing the great work of shedding and sealing.  This is not an ideal time to begin new ventures, relationships or make important purchases as at one point in the summer all planets will be retrograde except for Venus.

This is also a powerful time of endings.  Many relationships are finding their completion and many transitions are occurring.  From here on out the speed and intensity will quicken and deepen as the Eclipse Season is now underway.  Eclipses magnify the energies of the retrogrades. Lunar Eclipses tend to bring endings, and are more emotional while Solar Eclipses tend to welcome major new beginnings, like weddings and important births.  This Summer’s Eclipses will offer a combination, however we must remember we are in the midst of great closure. The Lunar Eclipse at the end of the month will be of epic proportions and this is a great day to be in nature and ceremony!

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Planets in retrograde urge us to redoing and revising the activities of the houses that these planets rule.  If you know your chart, it is very insightful to take a look at where you are editing and shedding. For example, I am a Libra rising so the houses that are under review for me this summer are the second (ruled by Mars and Pluto as it is Scorpio), third (ruled by Jupiter at it is Sagittarius), fourth (ruled by Saturn as it is Capricorn), fifth (ruled by Saturn and Uranus as it is Aquarius), sixth (ruled by Jupiter and Neptune as it is Pisces), seventh (ruled by Mars as it is Aries), ninth (ruled by Mercury as it is Gemini), and twelfth (ruled by Mercury as it is Virgo). 

One thing to look forward to for next week is that Jupiter stations direct on Tuesday, July 10th!  Just a couple of days before the New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer. Since Jupiter’s retrograde in Scorpio collectively we have seen quite a bit revealed from the Underworld, including the #metoo outpourings.  Although we have only scratched the surface in the revelations of the patriarchal abuses, this direct motion of the planet of wisdom and prosperity will feel expansive. To get the full line up of retrograde dates and how you may best apply these upgrades you may click the image below to download 👑 Your Guide to Thrive 👑.  It's my gift to you!  

the empress of your domain

Ra Ma

With yesterday’s Capricorn Full Moon activation and the numerous planets in retrograde, it feels as if we are fully activated for the Eclipse portal.  As the Sun is in the season of Cancer this is the time to reflect upon what is home. Cancer is the Great Mother engulfing mother symbolized by two breasts.  Now is an excellent time to take stock of where you are the nurturer and where you need more nurturing.  In these times, we always start from the place of Self, as we cannot give from an empty cup. One of the less known archetypes of Cancer is the Empress, who I liken to the polarity of the High Priestess a less known archetype of Capricorn.  Where are you the Empress of your domain? And where may you set more distinguished boundaries?

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We are in an intuitive time, which means that boundaries may be more porous.  With the pressure of many planets in retrograde, we must discern in every step to be aware of choosing any path from a place of fear.  The collective consciousness is feeling a pressure of the potential loss of security, and it is our civic duty to discern what is ours and what is not.

On Tuesday Mars went retrograde and it is very important to honor this time.  There is a triple activation of karma during this retrograde season. Mars retrograde is already a karmic alignment.  This Mars retrograde makes three tight conjunctions with the karmic South Node. And this Mars retrograde takes places in Capricorn and Aquarius, two zodiacal signs ruled by Saturn, the archetype of Lord of Karma.  

Essentially anything we set into motion during this Mars retrograde could have a heavy curriculum attached. Although our will may wish to plow forward, this is instead a time to meditate and reflect on our actions, our ways of being in the world and to learn how we may wish to shift our behavior.  This is also a powerful time of endings, of sealing up portals and tying up loose ends in our lives. Many relationships are finding their completion and many transitions are occurring.


Here is the full lowdown on Mars retrograde dates:

Shadow period begins:  May 12th at 28°37’ Capricorn

Retrograde:  June 26th at 9°13’ Aquarius

Direct:  August 27th at 28°37’ Capricorn

Shadow period ends:  October 8th at 9°13’ Aquarius

Stay tuned for next week's Venusian Love Notes which will include a full guide on how to thrive in the Summer of 2018 with this retrograde season and eclipse portal.  If you are itching for some advice you may read my suggestions from last year.  And as always breathe and ground.  Go outside barefoot at least once a day.  Consciously connect with your breath as your place your bare feet on the Earth.  Allow more time to get places, give your calendar more space. Say NO.  As you say no to more events, comings and goings you are saying Y E S to reflecting, reviewing and revitalizing.  Finally, turn to the plant kingdom for their ever abundant support. Adaptogenic herbs are an amazing ally and I love the formulas Aviva Romm (one of my herbal mentors) has just released.  

keep your joy

Ra Ma

Summer is officially here.  As a continuation of radical self care, may each one of us step into living with radical joy!  May we be bright and fierce like the Sun!  Even in the face of adversity we must find a way to tap into our authentic joy.

"Renew your energy at Summer Solstice,
Increase vitality to experience virtues,
Chant with the angels, high in the sky.
Stars shine at night,
Water crystal pure,
Air clean and bright.
Power of prayer, to heal and be healed.
Let us share these precious days.
Let us honor highest consciousness in every way."

-Yogi Bhajan

The cosmic weather is looking intense for this summer.  For at least part of the summer every single planet except the Sun, Moon and Venus will be retrograde.  Be prepared for emotions to be intense, as there won't be much air to invoke the mental realms.  And the intensity will increase when the Eclipse portal will open up with the Cancer New Moon on July 12th.  Please note, this summer is not the best time to start anew. 

This summer is an opportunity to rehash, to redo, to rejuvenate, to revitalize and to revisit anything that is incomplete.  Use the Fall Equinox to open up the gates.  In November the Nodes of Fate will move from the Leo/Aquarius axis to the Cancer/Capricorn axis and our collective focus will shift to nurturing, family security, safety and the concept of home.

Knowledge is power.  Use this wisdom and apply the solutions you are called to in your life.  If you feel you are needing extra support this summer, I have a few openings available for private mentorship from now until mid July.  

We are the artists and the creators!  We are the ones carrying the seeds of the genius solutions so ready to take sprout.  Be you in your solar magnificence.  With your radiance, help someone in need.  Stay informed.  And stay forever joyful, for what else is there to do with this one sacred life?

midsummer radiance

Ra Ma

The Gemini New Moon has solidified our ability to honor the duality within, to anchor unity consciousness and channel butterfly medicine into all aspects of our lives.  Next week we welcome the zenith of the Sun as Midsummer aligns on Thursday, June 21 at 6:07 am.  

One of the things I find bittersweet about Summer Solstice is that as we honor the peak of the Sun, we also honor the Return of the Dark.  As this particular Midsummer is on the heels of such a deep Gemini New Moon, it seems to be asking each one of us to continue to honor the dark and the light within, to commit to soul growth work.  With Eclipse season about to unveil, our commitment to this work is essential.

The fertility of the Land is ripe.  The greens are abundant, the herbs and flowers plentiful and baby animals are growing.  This is the Festival of Attainment and celebrates the fulfillment of an individual. It is a time to enjoy and celebrate.  Use this day of Midsummer to focus and charge with healing and positive intent all you wish to be. Call upon the strength of the Sun to shine bright and inspire you!

You may also call upon the mineral allies for support.  I love citrine and sunstone for this time of year.  Citrine is a quartz stone of abundance and joy, carrying the Earth element. This stone helps one define and maintain healthy boundaries.  It is strengthening and tonifying.  Sunstone builds faith, trust and all energies of the Sun.  Dissolve all of your doubts- and know you are worthy and you deserve love!  Sunstone increases metabolism, vitality in body, and draws adrenal energy up into the higher glands.

May you live with fierce authentic courage, shining with the zenith of the Sun!

The Duality Within

Ra Ma

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Are you needing some cosmic insight on this Gemini New Moon?  Listen in here for inspiration on how to best use this Gemini New Moon and then stay along for journey of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Healing in honor of the Duality Within, clearing the lungs and invoking deep tantric healing.  All levels and abilities welcome!  Sat Nam.

the duality of Self

Ra Ma

We have a fiery weekend ahead where we welcome this Aries Moon as a time to shine as the zenith of the Sun approaches.  The world needs our courage more than ever.  I am in the midst of packing for our Flowering with Fertility weekend.  The preparations to come together in sisterhood are sweet, and are their own sort of ritual.  I love working with herbs and stones as I prepare magical brews that take us on a journey as we consciously merge with the Otherworld. 

Right around the bend is the Gemini New Moon on June 13th at 3:43 pm EST.  The airy New Moon allows you to intentionally plant a seed for change, and used wisely will assist you to fully know the power of your thoughts and words.  The New Moon is all about emotional intelligence, where we may be guided by our intuition and sensitivity.  I am offering the Gemini Women's Wisdom Circle 6/12 Tuesday night from 5:30-8:30 pm.  This will be the last women's wisdom circle until September as I'll be traveling in July and August.  With my own Solar Return right around the corner, I am looking forward to the rebirth and renewal this season offers.

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Merging Past, Present & Future through the Duality of Self

We are gearing up for powerful energy this Summer with Mars retrograde on June 26 and eclipse season on its heels.  The Cancer New Moon will open the gate with a Solar Eclipse July 12.  On July 27 we will have a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, and on August 11 we welcome a Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse.

One more space remains for our Falling in Love with Gaia summer pilgrimage in Southern France, 2-15 August.  If you are feeling the Call, now is the time to step across the threshold!  I am here to support you in this, so please do reach out if you have any questions. 

May you honor each moment, finding ways to connect to your inner courage.  When inspiration is needed, gaze at the blossoms around you, notice the birdsong, the bugs that nourish the soil and the sun that shines each and every day.  Nature is here to support this cosmic evolution.

June Abundance

Ra Ma

Welcome June!  I adore this time of year as we are approaching the zenith of the Sun.  For those of us who reside in the Northern Hemisphere this is truly a time of fertility, where the growth and transformation we have undergone radiates visible new life.  I love the birdsong, the scent on the winds, the sun and even the rain.

Here in Appalachia we have received our fair share of rain.  Many have been awakened by the torrential rains, just as many have been awakened by Pele's fire.  Our Earth is beackoning us to live for the sacred.  We are witnessing Uranus in Taurus in action, demanding us to be in loving stewardship with Earth.

As we welcome June we are blessed with some sweet astrology this weekend, including a grand water trine which opens up the gates for deep psychic work.  With Jupiter in Scorpio, Venus in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces we will be feeling all the feels, connected through compassion, ripe with fertility, tapped into the unconscious, and swimming in the sea of the soul.  This is an excellent weekend for any kind of divination, prayer, ritual, meditation or council that you feel called to participate in.  

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I have abolished duality from myself.
I have seen the two worlds as One!
One I seek, One I know,
One I see, and One I call.
— --RUMI

I felt called to pull a card for this weekend and ONE arrived.  This is the force of molten gold, poured from the furnace of divine love.  This card reminds each one that you are both the lover and the beloved.  There is NO aspect of you life separate from your spiritual journey, and there is NO part of you that is not of divine origin.

Wow.  Isn't that liberating?  Each one of us is a living heart, the dweller at the centre between heaven and earth, star and soil, light and dark.  Where can you soften the friction in your life?  Where may the struggle be put to rest?  Where may the surrender take place?  The time for union within is now.  There is a resolution and a perfect coming together of the elements in your life, essentially an integration is on the horizon.  

If you are seeking support on the conscious, cosmic evolution I invite you to join the Falling in Love with Gaia tribe on retreat next weekend.  The gates will close for the Flowering with Fertility retreat Tuesday June 5th at 11:55 pm.  We are coming together enjoy the beauty of the Land and the beauty of one another. We will have plenty of time to just be, stargaze, to sit with plants and stir the ancestral fire.  

It is so important to gather in these ways. When we come together our nervous systems relax. We learn from one another. And together, we shift and we heal. When we return to our daily lives we return with inspiration and rejuvenation.

There are two spaces left for our powerful and potent pilgrimage to Southern France.  And if you are called for private mentorship I have just a few more openings for the summer.  I will be traveling for most of July and all of August, so please do book now!

May you walk the beauty way.  May you connect to the heart within that is that heart of the ONE.  May you flower with fertility as we welcome the abundance of June.  And in this abundance may you shower Spirit with great gratitude.  Place your ear to Earth and whisper your prayers for our children's children, for we are our ancestors wildest dreams.

The Radical Earth Revolution is Here

Ra Ma

The Radical Earth Revolution is Here
She is We.  She stands for all aspects of life, death and transformation.  She honors all races, genders, creeds, religions, beliefs and possibilities.  There is more than enough for each of us to sit together with tenderness and grace at the table of plenty.  May we find more ways to practice deep listening, to link arms, and to honor each other’s hearts.

Uranus in Taurus is anchoring a new generation of Earth Stewards
Uranus is a higher octave of Mercury, the way we communicate and travel.  The Uranian trickster being is all about change, freedom, rebellion and revolution.  It is the eccentric, the non traditional and the avant-garde. Uranus is the key to our illumination of our super intuitive and genius potential.

With Uranus in Taurus we are moving from yang fire to yin earth, from cardinal energy to fixed energy.  When the outer planets shift into new signs we welcome a new generational thread of light and consciousness.  Uranus brings the sudden and unexpected.  Radical change will emerge over the next 7 years. 

We must remember that Taurus governs finances, abundance, material security, physical safety, the environment, Mother Earth and all of her natural and precious resources.  Earth changes are likely to continue.  Uranus will be shaking the collective awake to shift our values.  Uranus will ask us:

What do we truly value as a culture?  
How may we be better Earth Stewards?  
How do we honor our Earth as the sacred space She is?  
How do we elevate our handling of waste? 
How do we honor the Elemental forces--our relationship with water, air, earth, fire, ether?  

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“. . .the highest nature of a woman is expressed through her power, her beauty, her grace, and her capacity to shape and transform humanity.”  ~ Yogi Bhajan 

Taurus ruled by Venus wishes for us to embody beauty.  Venus teaches that human liberty depends upon an intimate relationship to the natural world.  These energetics ask that we begin to master the Art of Living.  Elegance.  Venus teaches that beauty is fierce, invokes sovereignty, freedom, and an urge that we humans cooperate with the land.

Venus in Taurus inspires us to cultivate a practice.  This could include gardening, forest bathing, putting your bare feet in the Earth, giving offerings to Spirit, thanking your ancestors, practicing meditation, drinking lots of water, eating wild green foods, enjoying long walks, a gratitude journal.

Each offering I weave is a prayer to assist you in this journey.  There are only two weeks left to secure your space for Flowering with Fertility retreat at the Wheel of Bliss.  This is going to be a sweet, nurturing and soulful weekend in Hot Springs for us to come together in community.  The truth is we need each other more than ever.  When crafting these weekends, I carefully consider the balance of coming together as a group and having solo integration time, so that you may leave renewed and more inspired about life.  

Spaces are filling up for The Grail and the Goddess pilgrimage.  I continue to receive potent visions about how this pilgrimage will truly be a rebirth, a renewal for each woman. Each day will be an opportunity to honor Water—as within, so without.  True, deep healing is available for each one of us.  As we heal, our lineages heal.  As we heal, our Earth heals.  You may dive into the itinerary here.  

As this new generation is seeded with Uranian new beginnings, may humanity create radical self care as a foundation for the radical Earth Revolution that is growing roots.  May we rise up as passionate, prosperous Earth Stewards in reciprocal generosity to all that is.

Love your Mother

Ra Ma

This weekend the energy is supercharged as we experience the final degree of edgy Uranus in feisty Aries.  Pele’s manifestation on the Big Island has been a demonstration of what this looks like (please offer prayers and donate where you are able). Think back to Fukushima.  This horrific disaster happened when Uranus was in the last two days of watery Pisces before he moved to fiery Aries.  As the ruler of disruption and unorthodoxy, Uranus is here to flip things upside down and offer surprise.  And this surprise can sting when we are not in right stewardship with our Earth. 

Uranus rules us all things electric, so please take good care around any electricity over the next week.  At his final degree of Aries, Uranus is broadcasting the karmic completion of this 7 year cycle. We implemented the digital revolution and now it is time to get down and dirty.  Literally. Uranus in Taurus wishes to make our connection to the Earth honest and authentic. This Sunday Mercury the great communicator is conjunct the trickster Uranus offering a mic drop to seal this cycle.  Sunday is the day to celebrate your mother.  Please be especially kind in speech as it is a sensitive day for everyone. 

This Sunday I’m offering a special class, The Primal Power:  Honoring all life givers. Please join us at West Asheville Yoga for a Women’s (all who identify as woman are always welcome) Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound healing session 4-5:30 pm.  To get the full transmission on the Taurus New Moon I invite you to gather with us for the Taurus New Moon Women’s Wisdom Circle (sign up here as there are only a couple of more spaces available).  Each month I curate this space in my temple living room for women to come together to honor what has come before, to reflect, to digest, to shed and to prepare for the next cycle. This New Moon is going to be impactful and profound, awakening us on many levels.  

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What Taurus ultimately teaches us is the I HAVE presence.  What we have is more than our possessions. We each have our own unique talents and gifts that exceed beyond the material realm.  Taurus Season wishes for us to acknowledge these and to hone in on our self love practices. Uranus ingressing into Taurus is asking us to put down our phones for a minute or two, or three, or more and to connect in with Earth.  Taurus wants us to be here now, to enjoy and embody the riches and the prosperity of living on planet Earth. So much beauty and bounty is already available right now in our lives! 

When we hone in on what we have, that which is working, where the juicy passion is present, where the love exists, we create more of that which we seek.  In many ways, Uranus in Taurus is going to shake up our connection and relationship to the Earth to wake humanity up to be here NOW. Love yourself. Love your mother.  Love the Earth. Fuck, love ALL the women in your life. How revolutionary would that be? 

In honor of all of the creatrixes out there, I am offering two specials this weekend.  Use code LOVEYOURMOTHER to receive 20% off any apothecaryitem from now through Sunday night at 11:59 pm EST.  If you live in the WNC area and wish to pick up directly you may use code LOCAL to avoid all shipping costs. 

From now through Monday morning at 11:11 am I am offering a flash sale for my Flowering with Fertility retreat at the Wheel of Bliss.  Bring your mother, your friend, your daughter, your neighbor. For every two women that come together you each receive 15% off your investment for the weekend.  If you have already reserved your space, I will honor this retroactively if you find a woman to join you during this window of time.

As Uranus in Taurus is shaping our connection to the Earth to be most honest and more authentic may we rise together in sovereign solidarity of stewardship for the good of all.  Daily self love practices begin with putting your bare feet in the Earth, giving offerings to Spirit, thanking your ancestors, practicing meditation, drinking lots of water, eating wild green foods, enjoying walks in Nature and naming three things you are grateful for each day.

Solar Beltane

Ra Ma

Today we welcome another Venus day and tomorrow is Solar Beltane.  We are fully in the portal of the union of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine.  This union is ultimately about self love.  As we fully love our divine selves, we bridge the feminine and the masculine within.  And we create a true ripple effect on planet Earth.

Beltane is known as ‘bright fire’.  When the land is blossoming, the promise of harvest is in the air as fertility and growth is abundant.  This is a time of creativity, sacred union and potential. To celebrate Beltane you may do a flower ritual, stay out all night, watch the sunrise and wash your face with the morning dew.  You may make love in wild places and spaces. Beltane is the time to conceive a new idea and birth it into being.  

The beauty of the Taurus Sun is calling us out of doors to frolic in the Earth, dig our toes and fingers in the dirt, observe the winged ones and feel the breeze on our skin.  After my morning sadhana, breakfast and time with family, I've begun a new ritual of gardening and this feels deeply soul nourishing.

I have a couple of special offerings coming up that I wish to extend an invitation for you to join, as I believe each of these offers a unique experience that will feed your soul.  

Friday June 8th is the opening circle of Flowering with Fertility, a weekend retreat where we will commune with the elements, rewild our astrological senses, deepen the bonds of sisterhood with sacred drama, craft ceremony and practice Kundalini yoga and meditation.  This weekend retreat will be restorative and enlivening!  All who identify as woman are welcome.  Please scroll down to learn more.  

There are about 5 spaces available on the Grail and the Goddess pilgrimage.  A whole new dimension opened up for me in regards to this journey this week.  What some do not realize is that to say yes to a pilgrimage like this means breaking through major subconscious blocks.  And I too go through this process.  I had a major breakthrough and it was so powerful to witness my process as a reflection of the process we will journey together.  True and lasting healing is available to each one of us on the pilgrimage--self healing, lineage healing and Earth healing.  Join us.  

Before you know it, we will welcome the Taurus New Moon.  There is much shaking and awakening that is coming.  Now is the time to ground and anchor to our Earth.  We are the Medicine.