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  • Weekly Astrological Forecast for July 15 through July 21, 2024

    July 15 through July 21, 2024

    A Capricorn full Moon is in the cards this Sunday, but we’ll start feeling the effects of it all week long, as issues of security and financial balances come to the surface. A Scorpio Moon will hang overhead on Monday and Tuesday, encouraging us to share our wisdom and ideas with others, while calling for extra patience as unexpected blocks pop up at every turn. Trusting the plan of the Universe will work in our favor, so don’t get excited or frustrated when plans change at a moment’s notice. Things return to better balance under Wednesday and Thursday’s Sagittarius Moon, where things tend to roll off our backs with ease and we start to see some tangible progress. The Capricorn Moon adds a productive note to our movements on Friday and Saturday. Mars will move into the versatile sign of Gemini on Saturday for a two-month visit, inspiring us to take action on our dreams and to expand our methods of communication (time to upgrade computers and smartphones?) Sunday’s Capricorn full Moon heralds a two-week period of release, asking you to release anything that makes us feel insecure or out of balance with our physical world.

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  • Just What Is Energy Medicine and What Can It Do For Me?

    Just What Is Energy Medicine and What Can It Do For Me? by Linnie Thomas

    (Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

    When you took general science classes in school, your teachers told you that when electricity goes through a wire, a field forms around that wire. Something similar happens in and around your body. You have electrical, magnetic, and life force energy flowing through your body. Of course, the body is much more complicated than a wire. It has legs and arms and all sorts of things including a head, so the field has many forms.

    Your energy field begins in the center of your body and radiates outward several feet from your physical body. Some people call it an aura, though it can be easier to simply refer to it as the energy field (people may be more comfortable with that). Within the energy field, there are seven major energy centers, often called chakras, that look like little tornadoes and are found at the top of the head, along the spine, and at the bottom of the spine. Each bone joint has its own minor energy center.

    Pathways of energy called meridians flow within your body (with today's technology, scientists now have ways of following those meridians). The last major part of your energy system is called the "hara column," and it goes from above your head, down through the middle of your body, and continues on into the ground.

    When you suffer from an injury, surgery, illness, trauma, or an emotional upset, energy can become congested and its natural flow through your body and field blocked. That's where an energy medicine practitioner comes in to help you heal; they remove the congestion and restore the energy system back to its healthy, balanced state.

    It is important to note that energy medicine is not a replacement for traditional Western medical practices. It is complementary to it, another tool in the toolbox to help people get well. By balancing the energy field, the body does not have to do it itself. In some cases, the body doesn't get around to bringing the energy system back into balance. Congested energy can stay in place for years.

    As one example, a man came into a clinic with an extremely bad headache. He was sent to the hospital for tests, at where the personnel there could find nothing wrong with him. A nurse who had recently taken an energy medicine course asked the man if she could try energy medicine to help with the pain. He was so desperate that he gave permission.

    The nurse checked over the field. While doing this, she noticed a lot of heavy congestion around his big toe. "What happened to your toe?" she asked.

    "I broke it and it had to be operated on to reconstruct the bone," he said.

    "When did this happen?"

    "About five years ago."

    "And when did the headaches start?"

    "About the same time."

    The nurse cleared the congestion around his toe and the headache disappeared. No one had cleared the congestion from both the trauma of breaking the toe and the ensuing surgery. For some reason, the congestion was such that the body didn't clear it on its own.

    Congested energy can show up anywhere in the body, even though physical symptoms may be found in another part of the body. It's all connected. While the above example is a little on the unusual side, it does show how energy medicine can be helpful.

    Most practitioners specialize in one or more of the energy systems. Some practitioners work with the energy field and the energy centers. Others like removing blockages and clearing the meridian system (acupuncture is one such modality that specializes in meridian work). It depends upon which form or forms appeals to the practitioner as well as their comfort in using each.

    An energy healing treatment begins when the client requests an appointment. When the client arrives, the practitioner works to make the person comfortable. An explanation of what is about to happen might be needed. The client may be asked to sign an informed consent form that states the client understands the type of treatment being offered.

    An intake follows the initial introductions to a session. The practitioner listens to the client's issues and requests for services, and together they set goals for the session. Once that is done, the practitioner performs an assessment.

    The practitioner runs their hands over the energy field and notes differences and similarities. Sometimes a practitioner will use a pendulum to assess what is happening in the energy centers. When open, an energy center spins clockwise. When it is blocked, it may stop spinning; swing perpendicularly, diagonally, or horizontally to the body; make an elliptical pattern, or even spin counterclockwise. Hand scans of the energy field tell the practitioner about differences and similarities in the field. Blockages in the form of congested energy may be found anywhere on and around the body. Removing these pockets of congested energy help to bring the field back into balance.

    After the assessment is completed, the practitioner then performs techniques to clear and balance the energy system. A reassessment is done to see if the client needs more work. The end of the session comes in the form of grounding the client.

    Stress is a big issue in our culture, and energy medicine is definitely good for relieving any emotional stress. Rare is the person who is not feeling stress when they come for treatment! A stressed person has a highly agitated energy field. Many forms of techniques can remove congestion and balance the field to relieve some of the stress.

    Pain is another reason for seeing an energy medicine practitioner. It shows up during an assessment in a number of ways. Through practice, each practitioner learns how to recognize pain in the energy field. Most forms of energy medicine have techniques to help relieve pain.

    Animals are interesting to treat. When an animal is in pain, it often turns the injured part of the body toward the practitioner. Once the animal feels better, it lets the practitioner know by simply walking away or maybe yawning. I have a dog who sometimes visits other dogs for a play time; they can run for hours. But, the next day I'll know when my dog has sore muscles. He'll jump in my lap and put his front paws on my shoulders assuming a pose we have worked out together. I do a pain removal technique and then run my hands over his field, while sending soothing energy into his muscles. He tells me when it's done by getting down off my lap and taking a nap. Animals don't sit around wondering if this type of treatment is going to help them; rather, they accept it without question. You don't have to believe in energy medicine for it to work. All it takes is a willingness to receive it.

    Traditional western medicine and energy medicine work well together. As another example: a construction worker falls from a ladder, lands in the mud, and breaks his leg. It's a nasty compound fracture and a piece of the bone pierces the skin. Someone sends for an ambulance and he is taken to the hospital, where several forms of treatment occur. In the emergency room, the break in the skin is cleaned and sterilized. The emergency room doctor sends him out for x-rays. A surgeon resets the bone. Pins may be used to hold the bone in place while it is healing. Then the surgeon sews the incision together. A cast covers the leg. To prevent infection, a doctor prescribes antibiotics. In addition, when an energy medicine practitioner balances the disturbed energy field, they help the patient heal faster with fewer complications, lower pain levels, and ease some of the stress from the event.

    Each of these treatments has a part in the healing process. They all work together to help the patient walk again and go back to work. Not one of them can stand alone to complete the healing process. Each one is a unique tool to help the person get well.

    Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2023. All rights reserved.

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  • Double Vision: Can We Help Someone Who Seems Cursed?

    I have a question that pertains to someone other than myself. Is it possible for an entire family to be cursed? In the two years I have known my boyfriend, I have witnessed such horrible tragedies. His father died of cancer a year before I met him, two of his siblings have been in and out of mental institutions for bipolar disorder and severe depression. As soon as things pick up, something horrible happens. I am sensitive to intense energies and always feel something powerful when I go to their house. Do you have any suggestions for what I might do to help them? I would prefer not to tell them, as the mother is very religious and would object to any remedies or suggestions since she believes non-Catholic practices are evil. (I would have to do it behind her back). I really want to help. They are all very nice, good-natured people, and I hate to stand by and watch them suffer so needlessly. Any advice would be much appreciated, even links to sites or book recommendations. I know you are busy - thank you so much for your time!

    Peace, love and empathy!
    Liz

    Dreamchaser:

    Liz, you are SUCH a wonderful friend. It is so very thoughtful of you to want to do something to help. This family is blessed to have you in their lives.

    Despite all of that, in a nutshell, the answer is no: there is nothing you can do to help these people. Bad things happen to good people all the time. It is easy to say, "Well he/she deserved it" if something bad happens to someone we consider to be "bad," but when those same things happen to "good" people, we question why.

    Life is not a reward challenge. We are not given experiences based on our souls and intentions. If that were the case, Jesus Christ would have died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 170. For better and worse, everyone is experiencing this thing called life. We make it through tough situations with our faith intact, and we live to fight another day. You fight through your life as well.

    Where does God promise us trouble-free lives? Why do we think that we have to change every negative circumstance around us? When something is happening, whether positive or negative, we need to FULLY live inside of that experience, eek every ounce of learning out of it, and then move past it.

    Please remember that we are also dealing with Karma here, Liz. Everyone has his or her own Karma. When someone dies or when someone is sick, we can rest assured that it is happening just as it is supposed to happen. I DO understand your wish to help, but I think it's best not to second-guess God in other people's situations.

    You did not say whether the "powerful source of energy" you felt in their house was something that feels positive or negative to you. I am sure there is MUCH energy swirling through their house. The mother alone brings in MANY powerful spirits with her prayers. The father is there in spirit form, watching over everyone. There are also spirits from the building and from the land itself, which is the case in most dwellings.

    I think it is ALWAYS a bad idea to try to do some type of spell or ritual on/ for someone else without their knowledge or consent. I think that crosses the line of Free Will, and that means your Free Will will get crossed by someone else as a result. You CAN pray for them. That is the most powerful tool we have anyway, and one that you can ALWAYS use. Pray for them to have strength and balance while living their tumultuous lives. That is the biggest help you can give them!

    I wish you the ability to be peacefully powerless.

    *****

    Astrea:

    Reincarnation gives us the opportunity to correct some of the things we let slide in other lifetimes. We are supposed to LEARN from our mistakes, even those from other Incarnations. Without delving into the entire family's Karma, it's impossible to know how much they brought with them this time, and how much they've created during THIS Incarnation.

    I believe that people have choices and that they experience the consequences of those choices. To suffer with something that is controllable with medicine is a choice. Believe it or not, some people CHOOSE suffering over happiness, and it sounds to me like the family's mother has fallen into a Catholic Mother/Martyr pattern that was common when I was growing up. Under her influence, the whole family has fallen into choosing SUFFERING over JOY. That is a difficult mindset to change, because people get STUCK there.

    What you feel in that house is all the NEGATIVE FEAR ENERGY that comes through the old Dogma of the Catholic Church. At her age, she would be a prime target for that. Instead of absorbing all the LOVE from Christian Energy, she's chosen to drag around the guilt and fear that was so often preached to my generation in most Christian Churches. Certainly this Fear Energy spills over to other members of the family and the vibration of the house where they live. The rest of them CHOOSE to be victimized by it. If they're not AWARE of it, that's a choice too.

    Since he's a Scorpio, your boyfriend is more sensitive to negative vibrations than others in the family. Keep him away from their influence as much as possible. Scorpios are challenged ENOUGH without having negativity and guilt shoved down their throats. These people are afraid to CHANGE and seek happiness, so it's best if he is somewhere where people are living in LOVE and JOY.

    Doing something behind their backs is NOT wise. Giving them POSITIVE SOLUTIONS to problems such as prayer, meditation and LOVE will help this family the most. For any kind of "magic" to work, people have to be willing to PARTICIPATE in that magical healing process. Doing something without someone's PERMISSION often makes things MUCH WORSE.

    I encourage you to attend that Catholic Church with the Mother, and point out to her at every opportunity that Christ LOVES HER and wants her happiness, not her misery. PARTICIPATE in the LOVE that the Christian religion can offer to that family, and the Love will begin to flow and heal them. If you work within their belief system, it will work like magic! 🙂

    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.

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