Grace and Endurance

In this energy reading, Hummingbird flys in to bring messages of being aware of her boundaries, having appreciation and that this is a time for endurance.

I’ve been using Sarah Seidelmann ‘Big Book of Beasties’ to help refine traditional animal totem interpretations. It’s been helping me a great deal in these readings and I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in working with spirit animal medicine.

In Sarah’s book she writes that the hummingbird will return again and again to a flower for its nectar, and so to should we come back to what works for us again and again. Sometimes we just gotta do, you know? Routines may not be sexy but they are effective.

I asked my Spirit helpers what this woman did well and they replied, “She recognized her strengths and owned them. Believing in herself and her talents might be new for her, so showing herself compassion and kindness is the biggest triumph of all. Its the only thing in life where its effects can truly last a lifetime.”

There is no sign of a higher cosmology but that doesn’t mean she lacks a belief in a dynamic and intelligent universe. I associate no gold or silver in the crown to mean that the person doesn’t necessarily associate an entity or religion as a source of divine power. Originally I had painted a little fish in the 3rd eye but this was later covered over, indicative of someone who has disassociated themselves from Christ-based teachings.

The left shoulder tells me her career is really shifting. Regardless of all the pressure she feels, there is tremendous healing happening here from heeding her heart’s desire. She’s putting her needs first and what a marvelous act of kindness that is.

The neck vertebrae and spine showed up very strongly. Sometimes when the cervical spine appears it can indicate a general uncertainty about what’s happening and how we feel. She’s figuratively putting her neck on the line, and that can be terrifying. Gerbera Daisy appears though as a symbol of joy and cheerfulness. It’s especially helpful to see or receive daisies when we begin new adventures. It’s a sweet nod that everything’s going to be okay, to keep our chins up, hearts open, and eyes aware.

Happy V-Day, babes.

Working Towards Peace

I love to see happy yellow bellies. They tell me that a person is feeling more confident, more themselves, more in their POWER than ever before.

What does it mean to be in our personal power? We are of integrity. We put our energy into the things that matter to us. We implement strong, effective boundaries not just with others but with ourselves too. Being in our power doesn’t mean we have to be bitchy or nasty though. Some people swing too far on that pendulum. I can’t tell you how many times my greatest power was shown in my ability to soften.

Her entire headspace says that communication is very important to her. Holding in her words can literally be toxic to her body and mind. The feeling of not being heard might also be particularly painful and hard to forgive.

Her left leg (in pink) was really interesting. This traditionally is the space I read family history and childhood, but in her reading I felt like it was a mash up. Any white on the chart shows what needs cleansing, so I could surmise there was an issue in her early twenties (the circle) that caused a lot of family pain (the tendrils) which she’s working on in present time to heal. The gold and silver stripes across her heart affirmed this information by saying she’s healing her heart chakra on soul-level. These two pieces of information work in tandem with one another. A Chakragraph is just a giant puzzle. Each piece of information stands on its own but once you put it all together, it creates a cohesive story about the life of the person you’re reading..

Her medicine wheel:

  • East / Thought. Wild Dog Rose = Trust, Innocence, Faith
  • South / Actions: Dove = Peace, Healing, Adaptability (“Peace” is her chosen word for 2019)
  • West / Emotions: Oceanside = Calm and Expansive; Setting or Rising sun? I let her decide.
  • North / Physical World: Lapis Lazuli = Trust, Faith, And seeking the magic and wisdom of life.

Lots of good stuff here. Big changes all around but if anyone can handle it, it’s her.



This is a mixed-media art piece known as a Chakragraph, created by artist Jamie Homeister delivering an accurate and in-depth intuitive reading that focuses on all areas within the client’s subtle body system; mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. For more information, please visit


Refining and Defining Independence

This energy reading was really interesting because it kept leading me back to his relationships. I felt his 2018 was all about relationships— refining and labeling, letting go and welcoming in with everyone and everything in his life. Yet when I got into his chart there was still evidence of this same type of work upcoming, such as things still needing to be learned, realized, and released. It’s unusual for me to see a soul lesson bleed over into a second year, but I was reminded today that if we spend most of our life being one thing, it will take more than a single year to unwind the effect of its story.

He is a gentle giant. Purposeful, calm, considerate; soft yet dynamic. His ego and soul are working in tandem to define his independence. He’s on a quest to find the truth in and of himself and of the world around him. This is serious truth though for a serious seeker. Not half-way truth, not bullshit truth. #honestyordiekindaguy

As soon as I opened sacred space, a large Golden Eagle flew in to greet me. Although Eagle wasn’t his messenger for the year, he does appear in his chest. Can you spot him? He’s quite beautiful. Eagle tells me the heart chakra is undergoing a huge change in personal power, creativity, and action. Major life themes show up as challenges in the heart that revolve around loyalty, feeling stuck, staying organized, and learning compassion. What I can summarize from that is all of these things are points of pride.

He’s a thinker without a doubt, so it’s easy for him to get stuck in his head. This year will challenge him with constant change and distraction. He can do very well but it will require equal amounts of focus, perspective, and surrender. I’m not worried though, and neither is he. He’s doing a great job and will no doubt succeed here too.

The Energetic Weight of Decisions

This entire Chakragraph shows the energetic weight of decisions, both present and upcoming. At her heart rests a golden starburst. Its message: any movement forward requires patience, planning, and action.

Her chart shows a strong tendency to over-analyze, which may be why Decisions are the focus of 2019’s energetic lesson. How we make decisions matter; in love or in fear? Both will yield results.

The impact of ‘overthink’ adds unnecessary stress to our body. Our body produces extra cortisol as defense mechanism against the effects of stress. If we don’t learn to properly manage our stress or stay stressed for too long, we can end up doing some serious damage to system. It’s akin to continually running a computer program at its max capacity, or our phones without closing apps or powering down. Our bodies can freeze too. They can stop working. When things get overworked they get confused. The results, autoimmune issues. Adrenal fatigue. Chronic illness and dis-ease. Last year, I learned what happens when we habitually ignore the call for the intervention of rest and self-care. It’s not pretty, nor is it worth it.

Lavender appears in the East of her medicine wheel reinforcing this message of rest and relaxation. It’s a strong indicator that healing will come when she learns to manage her anxiety. Tapping/EFT, cognitive behavioral therapy, art, and meditation were all suggestions that came to mind. Our challenge is to stop engaging in coping mechanisms that distract us, and instead invest in a skillset we can use to grow from.

Grasshopper jumps in the South to say be brave enough to take the leap when it comes, but manage your anxiety by securing now anything that’s less than stable. Do the work. Save the money. Check the forms. Dot the i‘s.

A wishing well in the West reminds her to be aware of what she’s actually investing in. The West is the direction that holds the gifts of wisdom, maturity, and our emotions.

Finally, Red Jasper appears in the North, a place of Earth, death and rebirth. Purposefully carrying Red Jasper will help fortify the feeling of stability and rooting in our lives.

How Loss and Trauma Can Affect the Energetic Body

Ruled by Moon, this sweet woman’s sensitivity runs through her blood. Her heart is open, warm, and full with acts of service; empathic through and through.

Three scars adorn her chest symbolizing a wounding from last year she hasn’t healed from. She confided that she was suffering still from over three very tragic losses in 2018. The gift of time will help to ease the pain of these wounds, but the experience has made a lasting impression on her.

White in a chart highlights areas of the energy body that need cleansing. Because the scars were painted in white, it tells me that an energetic cleansing would be beneficial to really begin this healing process.

Energetic wounds are no different than physical ones. Each bleed, hurt, weep, and bruise through their healing process. However, both your energetic body and physical one are extremely intelligent. They are programmed to know how to repair themselves. Outside factors will impede the healing process, such as:

• not taking care of the physical body

• masking the emotional pain with substances or behaviors

• losing faith in our own personal power

• being constantly reminded of the originating wound through our environment

• not having the outside support of community or loved ones

Spirit suggested that creating a routine for movement would be extremely helpful to her. Beyond recreating a space for sacred self care, movement will help her shift her energy, perhaps beginning with all the fire in her right leg. There was a physical synchronicity here because this leg and hip is suffering from a lot of nerve and muscle pain. Her physical pain mirrors the artwork and stops at the calf where it congeals in the ankle. Movement will help shift this stagnant energy out and help her reestablish a natural energy flow by getting the healthy energy to the site of the wounds.


A word about Trauma:

Trauma is multifaceted and needs to be attended to in layers. The soul does not experience trauma solely set by the parameters of what society conditions us to believe. Yes, trauma is rape. Trauma is abuse. War. Trauma is also loss. It’s fear. Rejection. Isolation. The soul does not attribute any sort of human hierarchy on what constitutes a traumatic experience from what doesn’t. Please don’t try to force your pain in a box. Anybody can have a similar experience but your pain is unique to you. It’s yours and it’s depths will never be fully understood by another.

Lastly, be mindful of how the layers of your pain begin to unravel when you start to work through your experiences. Quite often we receive thoughts, memories and internal promptings to attend to things that may not seem relevant or follow a linear timeline. It’s  not uncommon for our recent story to begin in youth where familiar pain is still throned in our hall of memories. There are no rules to healing, only that YOU are in charge of when it begins.