Category: Advice Columns

Double Vision: Psychically Determining Where to Move

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Last year I moved back home after living in a city that was not a good place for me to be. I'm back in my hometown, but it doesn't feel like where I am supposed to be living either. It's like I can sense that there is a place that would feel like a good fit to me, a place that would feel comfortable and like home. I'm planning on moving again this year, but I don't know where I want to go. Is there some way I can tune in and figure this out? Are there signs I should be watching for that can lead me to the right place? Thanks a bunch!

- D.

Dreamchaser:

I can easily relate to your situation, as I have moved around quite a bit myself. Sometimes a place felt good and sometimes it was horrible. I also lived in a city that sucked my soul dry. Fortunately, I have returned to the Deep South where I belong!

Your hometown is a good pit stop for you. You can rest there. You know your needs will be met and you know you have people around you who support you. That is exactly what you and your soul need right now.

I suggest that you start to make a list (on paper) of what you would really like to have in a new place to live. List everything you want, no matter how small it may seem. Keep adding to the list every time you think of something new. Also, every time you add something else to your list, read through the list in its entirety.

By doing this, you will start to create it. You also need to ask the Universe/ God/ whatever-name-you-prefer for what you want. Speak your wishes out loud. Ask for clear-cut signs. Continue to do all of these things on a daily basis. It could take a while if your perfect place is not available yet or if you need more "down time" before you move on for some reason.

I created where I live now, and it's is the perfect place for me. When I was miserable in the city, I would ask for things like a big backyard full of birds singing all day long, and I sure do have that! I have all kinds of wonderful species of birds in my big back yard. They sit in the trees and sing all day.

That may seem like a miniscule detail when you are making a list in order to create a whole new world. However, it is a wonderful blessing now that it has come to fruition. So be sure to ask for everything you want, no matter how small it may seem.

When you ask for signs, you will get them in so many different forms. There is no one in particular I can tell you to look for. You will hear things in songs, in passing conversations, on television, in books, and pretty much everywhere. You will start to hear or read the same thing over and over again. You will start to notice "coincidences" and synchronicities.

Once you begin to notice those, then you can move on to the next step of how to make it happen. Again, if you ask for help from the Universe, things will start to fall into place. When we are in the flow, everything just flows.

If you speak your wishes out loud, write them on paper, and reread the entire list when you add something new, you will witness the incredible creative power of words in your own life.

I wish you the ability to create the home you desire.

*****

Astrea:

Given the high price of gasoline right now, going on a "road trip" to explore the right location for you is probably out of the question, though that would be a great adventure and a really fun way to determine where you want to live.

There are so many spiritual ways you could approach this decision. One of the easiest ways is to consult your astrology chart.

There are cities and towns that are especially beneficial for specific signs. For instance, New York City is a good place for Fire Signs to find love, while Pisces women would be better off in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or Paris, France!

If you ask a good astrologer, he or she will be able to tell you what cities and towns would best suit you based on your birth chart. Remember to always supply the time and place of your birth, for the time of day you were born is the MOST important element for determining the right location for you.

You could also try using a pendulum. Tie a key to a pencil and hold the pencil flat on your palm, palm to the ceiling, with the weight hanging between your middle and ring finger. (Any key will work, but a house key would be ideal.) Hold the pencil above a map of the area of the world you think you'd like to live in.

Allow the pendulum to swing back and forth over the map. Close your eyes (your hand will move automatically, don't fight it), and when the pendulum stops, open your eyes and you'll see one of the places that may work best for you.

Some tarot readers can find places for people. Sometimes I even get the names of streets in a certain city from my cards. I believe that Nancy Garen's "Tarot Made Easy" includes locations in the cards' meanings. If you're interested in learning tarot, that's a good book to own anyway.

A numerologist can also suggest the best locations for you by taking your name value and adding it to the value of different places until you find a spot that "adds up" for you. You can even choose the numbers on the street you wish to live on if you want to really personalize your choice.

If it's an apartment, you may be able to choose which number, and in some cities, you can even request a specific telephone number. It would amaze you how often the numbers people request are available! Numbers offer their own kind of protection, and should be chosen carefully before you go to the trouble of moving again.

I'm sorry that moving home didn't work out for you. I feel that your Guides and Angels got you there when you needed to be there, however, and now they'll help you move on to a wonderful new adventure!

Astrea:

Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.

Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!

While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!

I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!

As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.

I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.

You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!

Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.

A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.

You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.

Double Vision: Should Faltering Medium Give up?

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I am a professional medium and belong to a development circle. I don't feel very good about my work lately. I find myself asking my clients a lot of questions, which I know is a sign of a lazy medium. The other night I asked Spirit if I should give all of this up and do something else. I asked for a sign, but I've not yet received anything. Do you think I should give it all up? I'm a Gemini born 6/17/59. - Suzanne

Dreamchaser:

Life is not a straight, level ride; it's full of hills and valleys, highs and lows, twists and turns, and it's the same way with our spiritual gifts and abilities.

There are times when our psychic senses are very strong, times when they are peaking at amazing levels, and times when we do not feel so open and connected. We have to accept that this is going to happen.

I often liken "down periods" to the way bears hibernate in the winter: sometimes my gifts go into hibernation or go on break for a little while. They always come back, however, as will yours.

I have to disagree with you on one thing you wrote: I do not believe that asking questions is a sign of a lazy medium (or psychic, reader, counselor, etc.) In some readings I do not ask questions, and in some readings I do. It all depends on the energy of the individual I am reading for and the nature of the reading itself.

For example, I was channeling a client's husband who died very unexpectedly in his 30s, and I would always see a patch of red and black-checked flannel when I was reading for her. Finally one day I asked her what it meant to her, and she said that she buried his favorite shirt with him, which was (of course) red and black-checked flannel. Over the course of their marriage, she would put it in the rag bin, and then he would pull it out.

I also often saw a golf ball around him, and when I asked her about this, she told me she also buried him with his hole-in-one ball. So as you can see, those two questions proved quite important to her. It is not wrong OR lazy to ask questions, to a point. We are not expected to know all. If clients have a problem with that, then they are the ones who are wrong in their expectations.

When you ask Spirit for a sign, sometimes it takes more than a couple of days for you to get your answer. In fact, sometimes it takes quite a while. Sometimes the answer is different than we expect or anticipate, so we don't even recognize it when it comes. I think you should just sit back, relax, and wait for a sign, and keep your heart and mind open to all the possibilities.

I also don't think you should make any rash decisions while you are in a "down" period. You should wait until you feel like you're back on track again, then ask yourself if you still want to quit.

If you have lost satisfaction in the job itself, if you feel you are not making a difference anymore, or if you feel you are being led to do something else, then you should consider quitting. If you feel you have "lost your power," however, then you should wait for it to come back so you can use it to make a wise decision on this matter.

I wish you clear awareness of your next step forward.

*****

Astrea:

You're just in transition in terms of the way you approach your psychic work. This sort of change can be quite disconcerting for a medium! Unfortunately, there isn't any way to speed things up; we must trust spiritual processes to unfold in their own perfect time and way.

It's awful to feel unsure of ourselves, but everyone who does readings of any kind goes through these transitions. You have probably been through half a dozen since you started, but because you've gained so much mastery, you now notice little nuances in your abilities more than you did in the past.

Being a medium isn't something you can just "give up" or turn off and on like a faucet! If you are a medium, you're one for life. If you want to take a break from doing it professionally, that might be a good idea for now. I know that when I feel I'm not doing my best for my clients, I have to STOP. Usually it's just for a few hours or a few days while I rejuvenate myself.

I seriously doubt that you are being lazy in your work! Asking lots of questions just means you're trying to get all the issues straight before you start. I don't think that's lazy - it just feels THOROUGH to me.

I'm sure as long as you get results, your clients don't mind the questions. Sometimes it helps mine to talk about things before we go to work. I'm sure you know very well that sometimes people come to us when they just need to talk.

Your uneasiness may also stem from the energy of the LIVING people for whom you're reading. Are you getting a group of particularly lonely clients at the moment, or do you have one problem client who makes you feel TIRED the second he or she walks through the door? Sometimes the people we see are very draining because they are in great need.

If you can channel the Departed, you can't help but feel the vibrations of living people too. If you feel fatigued by certain clients, try to suggest they find help elsewhere, then pass them along.

Here are two personal issues I have with being a medium. If I have a client who is really greedy about some money or material possession that they want a loved one in Spirit to help them secure, it wipes me out to speak to them.

Also, I find people who cheat on their spouses very hard to read for. Selfish questions don't lure the Departed away from their Heavenly Pursuits to help us. It would help all of us readers if clients were better educated about what we can and cannot do.

Most of the time when we get burned out like you are, it's just temporary. Try taking a break for a week or two, and then see if you miss your spiritual work. If you do, go right back! If you don't, THEN you can start looking for a sign about what you should do next.

Astrea:

Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.

Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!

While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!

I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!

As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.

I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.

You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!

Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.

A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.

You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.

Double Vision: For Cat Lovers Everywhere

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Even though I love nature and all animals, I've always had a very special sense of connection to cats. When I see one, I just have to stop and pet it. If I meow to it, it usually meows back to me, and sometimes follows me, purring and wanting to be petted. When I can, I will usually pick it up and hold it for a while. If a friend insults cats, I come to their defense as if they were my best friends, and I can't help but feel angry if they are misjudged. If I see a hurt or abandoned stray, my heartstrings tug at me, and if there's no way for me to help, I will say a prayer and ask the Universe to guide the cat. Even though I don't have a cat at home now because none of my other family members want one in the house, I know in the future I must have three or four cats to keep me company. I'm not sure why I have such an affinity to cats, and I'm curious to know the underlying reasons. Could this be related to a past life, to my spirituality, or to a life lesson I need to learn? I hope I don't sound too crazy! I was born on October 4, 1982, at 7:53 p.m. in New York City. Thank you so much for your time!

- Ana

Dreamchaser:

You don't sound the least bit crazy to me, but then, I am the "animal woman" who talks to every living creature that crosses my path, so maybe we both seem crazy to the outside world.

You have a number of things going on here. The first is that you have had cats as helpers in many other lives prior to this one. You were what some may call a "witch" in one life, and you had quite a few cats with you then.

I'm sure you're familiar with the idea that cats are spirits or "familiars" that accompany witches. Some even believe that witches can assume the form of cats.

In reality, cats have always been attracted to people with special "gifts." Cats soak up the negative energy around those people then go off somewhere and sleep off that energy. They are psychic protectors.

The second thing is that you had at least one life in ancient Egypt, when cats were considered very important "God-like" creatures. The law protected cats at this time, and anyone who harmed or killed a cat faced dire consequences.

Diodorus Siculus said, "Whoever kills a cat in Egypt is condemned to death, whether he committed this crime deliberately or not." When someone broke this law, the people would gather around him and kill him. The goddess Bast was often depicted as a cat, or sometimes she would just have a cat's head.

In this life, the Cat is your main animal spirit guide. You do not have to have an actual living cat around you to be able to pick up on this special energy. I think that is why you are compelled to defend cats so staunchly when someone is insulting them.

The cat is here to teach you things like love, independence, how to see the unseen, and how to fight when cornered. The cat will help you with meditation as well, so if you want to start, now would be a good time.

She will also come into your dreams and assist you there. I am quite sure that you have a lot of dreams that somehow involve cats.

I think it would be great for you to find a way to spend more time around cats. If the people you live with don't want one, then you could always volunteer at your local humane society, or find some other way to spend a lot of time with living cats.

Then study their movements and listen to them "speak" to each other, for this will really help you learn the spiritual lessons that cats have to teach you. We can learn from animals so easily, for their traits are simple and obvious, and easy for us to adopt ourselves.

That is one reason why humans and animals co-exist here. In this lifetime, a lot of animals (not just cats) will be wonderful teachers for you.

I wish you wonderful cat encounters, both in this world and beyond.

*****

Astrea:

I know that you adore ALL animals, for you Libras are well known for the love, compassion, and strong connection you have with other species. Many veterinarians are Libras - in fact, about a third of all the vets in the United States were born under that sign. That is one reason you are such an animal lover.

You very cleverly included your exact birth date with your question, and I found your chart FASCINATING! At first I didn't understand your cat connection because of the lack of balance in where your planets fall in your chart, but after studying the graph, or the "Sky Map" of your birth date, time and place, it was revealed to me why you have this uncanny connection.

Numerous aspects in your astrology chart point to communication with the animal kingdom. Part of this is due to the disappointments you have endured from other PEOPLE, but most of it arises from the nature of your own inner spirit.

You can FEEL what those little "furry snakes" feel in your own Heart. (Thatís what the Egyptians called cats because of how they weave in and out of our feet.) While most people communicate with kitties from the outside in, you connect with them from the inside out.

To discover your bliss, you really should consider working as an animal communicator with an emphasis on felines. I think if you did that, you would find that there is no cat too big or too small to speak directly to your spirit.

Lions and tigers and kittens (oh my!) could benefit from the work you would be able to do in terms of bringing them closer to their human "mothers" and "fathers." Now that the world is more accepting of the notion of animal communication, you could actually develop a well-paying career in this field.

You say that you know you'll have three or four cats later on in your life. Believe me, there will be a LOT more than three or four! I see you operating your very own "no kill" shelter, and placing over a thousand cats in terrific homes over the course of your lifetime.

The first step in this journey is for you to go back to school (sorry, Libra, it's your karma) to be come a Veterinary Technician. (Don't worry, that doesn't mean that you'll have to put anyone to sleep!)

When you're done with that, the perfect vet will come into your life, and you'll be off on an exciting and rewarding new career. Money to get that going will just fall into your lap, because your Guides and Angels (one is a Tiger, have you seen him?) will help you find it.

Your career will benefit two-legged and four-legged critters alike. Start researching this idea TODAY, and get started on your Life Path, for you'll enjoy many rewards by answering your calling.

Astrea:

Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.

Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!

While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!

I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!

As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.

I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.

You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!

Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.

A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.

You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.