Fly Free, T-Bird! We love you.

David and I just learned that our dear friend, Tim Martin, passed away yesterday. He was and is a beautiful soul and will be deeply missed. I mentioned him after the first of our moves to Kalamazoo: “Thanks again to our superhero friend Tim, aka T-Bird, for all the above and beyond help this weekend.” “Above and beyond” was right.

Tim was not afraid of Death. We spoke of it often, not in a morbid way, but in a natural cycles, Faery Realm, and depth psychology way. On Wednesday he texted me: “Interesting that my first memory is of my brother and I looking for snakes in a brush pile considering how my whole life can be seen as a chthonic journey; realized this this morning on the drive in”

I usually get a heads up when someone close to me is about to pass — sometimes months ahead of time with a 24- to 48-hour window of time when they’ll pass. I’ve had heads up about clients’ relatives I’ve never met, my grandparents’ deaths, my father’s death, death date of a friend’s husband and then sensed her own death. I don’t share this information, because you never truly know, and also I don’t want to give anyone any self-fulfilling prophecies.

But Tim’s passing came as a shock. As his best friends, we are deeply grieving the loss.

We knew he was going through a massive shift, and he sensed it would occur before Winter Solstice. Looking through texts and emails, there were many signs that his liberation might be a bit more dramatic than anyone, including Tim, anticipated.

Tim was a very, very good friend. A huge orb of love in an aching world. He wrote gorgeous poetry and was a voracious reader, always learning, always seeking truth. I used to call him Tim Bombadil after Tolkien’s character, Tom, my favorite from Lord of the Rings. He’s the only Cancer male I’ve ever managed to stay friends with, a 7/7 baby, magical to the core. He loved the Earth as his Mother, made beautiful altars and photographs, offered whiskey to faeries, and his daily communing with Nature surpassed most people’s once-in-a-lifetime peak mystical experience. We texted so often I needed to delete the text streams every six weeks to free up memory on my phone. Now I wish I’d kept them all.

His daughter Eimhear (“ever”) was the light of his life, and we send so much love to her and her family right now.

In a recent text, Tim told me he wanted to be reincarnated as a Nac Mac Feegle. He had nagged me into reading “The Wee Free Men” and then got me hooked on Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series. In gathering some poems and recent words for his ex-wife and daughter, I felt led to look up this quote about Granny Weatherwax, which, if you knew Tim as we do, you’d find so clearly applies to him, too, in his sacred grove.

And yes, Tim had a truly sacred grove, which we were blessed to enter with him on more than one occasion:

“Tiffany thought of the little spot in the woods where Granny Weatherwax lay. Remembered.

And knew that You had been right. Granny Weatherwax was indeed here. And there. She was, in fact, and always would be, everywhere.”
Terry Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown

As David said in a 3-way text stream with Tim on Friday, “Fly, T-Bird, fly!”

We love you, Tim. Nice to have such a brilliant ally on the Otherside, but we will miss your laugh, your constantly changing ideas, and your bear hugs. We’ll miss your great big heart that overworked itself all these years. Now you can love and be loved with no limitations.

Blessed Be, my friend. You were and are such a blessing in our lives.



Doe, A Deer, A Female Reindeer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

This is an excellent post on the relationship between shamanism, reindeer and modern day Christmas iconography. It includes many source materials, as well. I also suggest researching Elen of the Ways for additional information on the ancient stories and resurgence of the Reindeer Goddess. Many thanks for such a collection of images and source materials!


Oh wondrous headed doe… Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun…” Hungarian Christmas Folk Song

Long before Santa charioted his flying steeds across our mythical skies, it was the female reindeer who drew the sleigh of the sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.


Today it is her beloved image that adorns Christmas cards and Yule decorations – not Rudolph. Because unlike the male reindeer who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the larger and stronger doe, who retains her antlers. And it is she who leads the herds in winter.


So this season, when we gather by the fire to tell children bedtime stories of Santa and his flying reindeer – why not tell the story of the ancient Deer Mother of old? It was she…

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Ann Kreilkamp ~ “Saturn to enter Capricorn on December 19, 2017 — slow down! Serious business ahead!”

Huge thanks to fellow permaculture friend and blogger Ann Kreilkamp for this excellent write-up. I read energies and come to similar conclusions via different means, so it’s always helpful and confirming to see it all explained from an astrological angle. If you’ve been feeling or noticing an increased sense of immediate “karmic consequences” for yourself or others living out of alignment, or if you feel like life’s “putting the squeeze” on you (and/or the US and its sick underbelly), read on for context and strategies:

Saturn to enter Capricorn on December 19, 2017 — slow down! Serious business ahead!

By Ann Kreilkamp

Saturn moves through one sign in about two and a half years. This will be its first transit through Capricorn since 1988-1990. If you recall, those are the years that surrounded the fall of the Berlin wall, on November 9, 1989. One of the keywords for Saturn is “wall.” Plus, that wall was up for 30 years, one Saturn cycle!

Back then, not only Saturn, but electric Uranus and oceanic Neptune were also transiting through Capricorn, moving in and out of conjunction during part of that time, and not leaving until 1995.

The millennial generation, born during those years, is tasked, on an unconscious level, with dissolving (Neptune), breaking down (Uranus) and reconfiguring (Saturn) forms — of both our own bodies and the institutions of society. For Capricorn is a sign that rules form, structure, rules, roles, regulations. It sets the philosophies and ideologies of Sagittarius (where Saturn transits just prior to Capricorn) in place, gathering, holding, and stabilizing energetic flows through its forms and channels.

This time around, since early 2015 during which Saturn has been moving through Sagittarius, has triggered intense debate on what kinds of ideas and ideals we should use to reform or transform society. The debate has been heated (Sagittarius is a fiery, sometimes preachy sign) and often dogmatic (Sagittarius, when unevolved, resorts to dogma, the illusion of certainty).

Meanwhile, since early 2008, the year that the banksters almost crashed the capitalist economy, Pluto has been moving through Capricorn, where Saturn is headed now. From that year on, with (unpredictable) Uranus in Aries squaring (deep, primal, birth and death) Pluto, humanity has surrendered to an enormous array of discordant, disruptive, polarized energies, most of which can be classified as “individual vs. society,” or “freedom vs. enslavement,” or, simply, “me vs us.”

How DO we maintain our own individuality and autonomy while also connecting on a deep level with what is best for the whole? How do we appreciate both, simultaneously? The dynamic between them, with one ever seeking (and failing) to crush the other, is ongoing, and will ultimately erode whatever remains of current structures of civilization during the years when transit Pluto moves back and forth across natal Pluto in the U.S. chart. Natal U.S. Pluto sits at 26°33 Capricorn. Transit Pluto is now only eight degrees away, moving through at 18° Capricorn. Even now, transit Pluto begins to foreshadow the enormous transformational changes required when a planet makes its first return to its natal place since that entity’s birth.

For yes, this is the very first time in its short history that the U.S. will be fully absorbing the long-cycled observance of Pluto, the first time that this young, adolescent nation will have to begin to recognize the right use and misuse of power. Compared to other, older nations, the U.S. nation, with its imperious imperial reach, has been acting like a two-year-old, yelling “me me me!” over and over again, selfish, myopic, and driven by tantrums.

We can feel the changes. They are epic. Already no longer is the U.S. Empire getting its hegemonic way across the globe. And it hurts.

Meanwhile, here comes Saturn, about to enter that same sign of Capricorn, and in Saturn’s case, Capricorn is the sign it actually rules. In other words, the meaning of planet Saturn (teaching lessons from hard experience) and the meaning of the sign (rules, roles, regulations, form, structure) agree with each other. That makes this coming transit stronger than usual. We will be forced to pragmatically rebuild structures through hard lessons about what works and what does not. Not just our visions and ideals count. The breezy Sagittarian insistance on its beliefs as best gets grounded into material reality with Capricorn — or not!

Saturn itself, entering 0° Capricorn only two days before Winter Solstice 2017, when the Sun reaches 0° Capricorn, and joining the sun in being only three degrees from the 27° Galactic Center during this deep winter turning time, lends a definite Capricorn aura to this particular Winter Solstice. Serious business lies ahead folks, and we can’t escape it. We will be forced to slow down. To pay attention to practical matters. To focus and plan ahead while knowing that all plans are liable to crumble in the light of what’s coming next.

And it’s better to tune into the coming unpleasantness (for that IS how we think of actually working with the physical world rather than just thinking about it), rather than just trying to ignore it. In any case,  avoidance will be short-lived. We will be forced, slammed, into paying attention to actual material reality.

Transit Saturn will move through Capricorn starting December 19, 2017, and reach the natal U.S. Pluto during the years 2019-2020.

Transit Pluto will reach the natal U.S. Pluto from those same years throughout the first half of the 2020s, until 2025.

If we think we’ve seen big changes so far, think again. And get ready to surf massive material reconfigurations on Planet Earth.

And we haven’t even mentioned Uranus, due to leave fiery Aries for earthy Taurus in May 2018, where it will remain until the end of 2025.

Two earth signs, Capricorn and Taurus, are about to be occupied by two long-range outer planets, Pluto (now buttressed by Saturn) and Uranus, signalling a massive unconscious shift, not only in the cultural atmosphere but in our hearts and souls. We have been living in our minds, going faster and faster, obsessed with virtuality and triviality. In doing so, we have been either treating our living bodies, and our living mother earth as A.I. machines, or ignoring them outright — for far too long.

Thus this shift comes as a needed correction.

Plus, notice: natal U.S. Pluto at 27°33 Capricorn sits in a close opposition to natal U.S. Mercury at 24°12 Cancer. We are already feeling the effects of transit Pluto nearing this opposition, with the obliteration of mass mind control (Pluto) as promulgated by the MSM media (Mercury)


Moving Beyond Discouragement

I had an email catch up with a friend today, and we both thought parts of our exchange would help anyone else facing discouragement. I’ve corrected typos, added paragraphs for easier reading, and removed obviously identifying information like names, location and personal details. Otherwise, the question and my response appear intact below.

This week I’ve heard from enough clients, friends and relatives that I know more than just my friend are dancing a mazurka with discouragement. Whether your challenge stems from money, work, family, health, life path, and/or romance, please know, you’re not alone. You don’t need to know your entire trajectory right this moment. You just need to get unstuck by finding and taking the next step. And then the next one. As J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Little by little, one travels far.”

My friend:

… As an aside, do you ever get discouraged? The reason I ask is because you always seem so confident in your dealings and writings about Faeries, the world beyond the Veil, and all things spiritual/mystical, and that is a tremendous inspiration to me, but things lately with ___ and me just seem to be taking some intense and disheartening turns. It all centers around money. It’s a major issue for both of us, and it is in the forefront just now. SO much just seems to be collapsing in that area.

I really feel like I am doing all the right things, but yesterday was awful, and I totally lost my temper with my Guides and everyone Over There, which is so unlike me. I’m sure the influence of Scorpio is part of it, but honestly, I am so, so discouraged and upset about everything. I feel like I don’t even know my own self anymore. Damn, that does sound like Scorpio (and the House) stirring up subconscious garbage. Does this part end at some point? Wednesday evening was wonderful, with deep insights, heart-opening conversation, and I went to bed feeling so good. But then, wham!

There’s been a lot of that lately. I just wondered if this is me being weird and untrusting, or if this is normal and healthy. I can’t even tell anymore. I feel like packing up my crystals and feathers and candles and books. But I don’t know what I would do without them.


Hehe, you sent that at 11:11. 🙂

Do I ever get discouraged? Not now, but I was no stranger to discouragement earlier on my path. I’ve also been known to throw the occasional “Enough is Enough” “Faery Hissy Fit,” which always precedes a major shift. It’s like my own energy has had enough of a situation, and one way or another, I refuse to tolerate those circumstances any longer. I might get annoyed with circumstances or a little like “I don’t know HOW I’m gonna find my way out of this one — but I know I will, because I always do.”

I don’t get discouraged, per se, because I know that I can shift things whenever I’ve really had enough of a situation. It might take thinking outside the box and especially being willing to look at those Shadow areas and the “of course it couldn’t be that” things … but I know no one is ever truly stuck if they’re willing to explore ALL their options. Also, I’ve had enough ebbs and flows of life to know that when the tide seems so far out that it will never come back in, it surely will. If it hasn’t yet, then I ask what I need to learn, acquire, set up, or pay attention to now because I’d be too busy to do so once the tide rushes in.

Saturn goes into Capricorn on December 19th [2017]. That is huge, since Saturn (taskmaster of the zodiac) has a slow cycle. We’re also in Mercury Retrograde, so really, I wouldn’t count on having any major answers, clarity or decisions before year end. It’s just not likely, so go with the little steps, the present moment, and all the re’s … re-evaluate, review, revamp, re, re, re … which the energy does support. Have you and ___ explored ALL your $$ options, or only the ones that seem like “should’s”?

Most spiritually conscious people I know right now are overextended in terms of faith at the moment, but it’s the energy of “We’ve come this far; now would be a stupid time to stop or to start doubting our progress. We are WAY past the point of no return, so just finish the job.” You can’t turn back, but even if you could, it would be lot longer journey than staying the course.

I keep getting that you two are not exploring all of your options. There are LOTS of … options for all sorts of things. When you ask for the options, also ask for the eyes to recognize them and the courage to take the next step. And realize it might initially be several seemingly unrelated options you need to explore, which then becomes the next step.

Hey, can I post this exchange on my blog but without your identifying details? It took awhile to answer, and I suspect a lot of people could benefit from being flies on the wall to this one. This issue is up for many people right now.

xoxoxo, love, and magic,

My friend:

OF COURSE it was 11:11! lol

Now that you have said all that, I can also recognize the same pattern repeating. That was also part of my anger last night — that “here we go again” feeling. I know it will be OK in my head, and all this is part of the process, and I believe myself absolutely incapable of giving up my connection to the other side, but dammit, I get so tired. It’s also been a hard week in other ways, so there’s that.

I will take your advice and ask for eyes to see what we might be missing in terms of income. …

I have to go to a meeting right now, but I have “heard ” you. And i love you dearly for allowing me to vent a little.

And yes, please do use this on your blog. I really took it to heart when I heard in church as a child that we should lead by example, and that’s what I try to do.

Thanks so much!

Me (to blog readers):

You’re here to heal and be healed. If you feel pressed for time, then close your eyes and “take a breath of God.” All your power in all time radiates from the present moment.

“Magic is believing in yourself; if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ~Johann Wolfgang van Goethe



Gift Certificates and December 2017 Special

Just a heads up that I will have VERY limited availability from December 20th until January 3rd. If you think you might want a session before the New Year, you would be wise to get on the calendar before all the slots fill up!

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December brings the return of Gift Certificates, as well as a new “Holiday Empath and Meaning Session,” which seems much needed right now. Details below.


Gift Certificates:

Each year, people ask if they can gift a session to a loved one. I like to offer a discount to honor the love and care behind this gift. Certificates purchased in 2017 will remain valid through December 31, 2018. Since people always ask me this: no, you may not purchase a gift certificate for yourself. You can, however, request someone else get you a gift certificate. 😉 When you contact me to order a gift certificate, please let me now the name of the person you’re gifting, as well as any details you’d like me to include on the certificate. I’ll create and email you a personalized PDF, which you can email or print out for…

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Forest Bathing, Indoor Garden and Writing Updates

Several people have inquired how my November writing month went, as well as how we’re enjoying David being in Kalamazoo full-time now. I thought I’d give some quick updates. We still love it here! Every week we find new local hiking spots of such beauty, and we haven’t even begun to explore the various forests one to three hours from here. So far, we just feel delighted to drive three to fifteen minutes to scenes like these:





We love having David up here full time! We continue to settle in here, with David’s office now built and just waiting for unpacking. We put up the Christmas/Solstice decorations, put the yard to bed for Winter, planted the remainder of 200+ daffodils and alliums for Spring color, suddenly found all manner of long held clothing, shoe and kitchen desires manifest at unbelievable discounts, and we’ve attended some great lectures and local concerts. Next on the project agenda: the basement.

I’m glad I did not officially join NaNoWriMo this year, as I wanted to tap into the creative energy of so many people focused on writing, without forcing myself to write words just for the sake of word count. I feel good about the fiction writing I did this month, much more sure of my themes, location and some of the characters. I soon realized which directions would not carry a full novel, but I enjoyed finding unexpected subplots and new directions for the main story.

I continue the delve into characters, themes, location and inherent conflicts, curious how it will all come together, but I’m glad I relaxed the daily word count goals once David got up here full time. We’re still technically newlyweds, and we’ll never have this first time freshness in this house again. We love the adventure of finding just the right use and decorative expression for each nook and cranny of our home, and we’ve so relished our little road trips to Ann Arbor and Holland. I wanted to begin my next novel, and I have. I also unexpectedly got some new ideas for the nonfiction Lyme book I had set aside.

I continue to offer sessions throughout all of this, and the indoor garden seems as happy about all the progress as we are:


Wishing you and yours some marvelous days … whether you’re approaching Winter Solstice or Midsummer.


Reverence for the Void

I’m reposting these wise words and beautiful video shared by Faery sis Tania, as it goes along with my dream yesterday, as well as offering encouragement for so many I know who are grappling with deep healing and choice points. Be gentle with yourself, and know that you are in a sacred time and space.

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england stone circle Photo I took at Avebury stone circle in England

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” ~C. JoyBell C.

Like many of you (I sense), I have been experiencing the beautiful, mysterious, powerful, transmutational void – again. And yet, while it is all of these things and more, it can to many be unnerving, confusing, challenging, debilitating, disillusioning, disappointing, and even…

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The Octopus’s Garden and Shadow Work

So many people –friends, clients, the collective, and myself included — continue to feel buried trauma, memories and emotions bursting from deep waters of the subconscious. Intense stuff, launching from ocean floor to the surface! Despite the Shadow nature of this gunk, I keep sensing waves of healing and liberation.

Last night, David and I were digging around for clarity about certain relationships, and I went to sleep asking for some kind of dream commentary. I awoke after about five hours of sleep with a joyful song and visual still playing. With a revised version of “Octopus’s Garden” as soundtrack, I saw tentacles of the octopus releasing all the old Shadows, which starting singing and frolicking to the surface with these revised lyrics:

“We used to be

Under the sea,

In an octopus’s garden

In the shade.”

The Shadows expressed glee at their liberation from tentacles long strangling them and holding them under the sea. As they broke free, they bubbled to the surface, laughing, giggling and dancing — so happy for their release.

If you feel oppressed or even tormented by a recent onslaught of old memories, regrets and pain, please know there’s a benevolent side to all of this. Searching for the right video, I came upon this one of a baby elephant dancing in the ocean. His joy and motions mimic almost perfectly the way the Shadows danced once they hit the waves. “We used to be … under the sea …”

As Kahlil Gibran so wisely said:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

May it be so, and so it is.

Deep blessings and love … Laura


Gift Certificates and December 2017 Special

You’ve still got today and tomorrow for November Specials, which you can find by clicking here.

December brings the return of Gift Certificates, as well as a new “Holiday Empath and Meaning Session,” which seems much needed right now. Details below.



Gift Certificates:

Each year, people ask if they can gift a session to a loved one. I like to offer a discount to honor the love and care behind this gift. Certificates purchased in 2017 will remain valid through December 31, 2018. Since people always ask me this: no, you may not purchase a gift certificate for yourself. You can, however, request someone else get you a gift certificate. 😉 When you contact me to order a gift certificate, please let me now the name of the person you’re gifting, as well as any details you’d like me to include on the certificate. I’ll create and email you a personalized PDF, which you can email or print out for your loved one.

2017 gift certificates cover any of my services at $99/half hour instead of the usual rate of $133/half hour. 

(If you’d like to offer your loved one a Tarot reading, I can also turn the $44 November Tarot Special into a gift certificate, as long as you purchase that one by November 30th.)

Please contact me by December 31, 2017 to create your half-hour session, custom created gift certificate(s). If you’d like your certificate ready by a particular date, please allow at least a 48-hour turnaround.


Holiday Empath and Meaning Session

This is a new offering, specially designed for sensitive souls who find the frenzied holiday season overwhelming or uncomfortably devoid of meaning. I will tailor this session to your needs. We can cover:

  • Energy protection strategies to help you stay balanced and serene
  • Soul connections or past life bleedthrough influencing family dynamics
  • How to create your own deeply meaningful celebrations
  • Finding your Soul’s “Reason for the Season”
  • Strategies for travel, work parties, house guests and/or animal care
  • Whatever other holiday related concerns you have

The Holiday Empath and Meaning Session covers 40 minutes for $133. Offer valid through December 31, 2017. Please contact me to sign up.