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Hypnotherapy from Maggie Pashley – the easy way to keep to your New Year’s goals or to make desired changes to your life in 2018
The turn of the year invites many people to choose something different, something healthier, wiser, more abundant, more ease-filled and yet by mid-January most ‘resolutions’ have already fallen by the wayside.
There can be different reasons for that. Maybe they weren’t really our goals in the first place – just what we thought we should be expected to want or to try and please somebody else.
Maybe we weren’t motivated enough to make the change and we fell back to the more familiar patterns of our life. Maybe we have a pattern of self-sabotage so that we can’t allow ourselves to succeed or go beyond what we have been or believe we can have and be. Or maybe we just ran out of steam because relying on will power alone is exhausting and hard.
The good news is that hypnotherapy can make making those desired changes easy or at least much easier.
As a hypnotherapist of many years I’ve helped people do lots of things more easily than they thought possible. I’ve helped people give up smoking, pass driving tests, pass driving instructor tests (yes they get to be on the other side too), have healthier eating habits, find exercise enjoyable, have better sex, win a boxing competition, take the stress out of IVF, give birth more easily, release phobias of flying, spiders, going out and more unusual fears, stop being haunted by trauma, learn better at school and a whole host of other things. A real mixed bag and I’ve met some delightful, courageous and willing clients who knew there should be more to life and were open enough to give hypnotherapy a go.
Hypnotherapy is effective as it harnesses the power of our own unconscious mind. Our unconscious is amazing. It runs all the different systems of our body, keeps us safe, helps us learn from life’s experiences, drive our car without thinking through every manoeuvre and on and on. All those things that we do habitually are guided by our unconscious, so it makes sense that when we want to change a habit then communicating with the unconscious is essential. And when we engage with our unconscious to make those changes, they seem natural, easy and even enjoyable.
My job as a hypnotherapist is to engage with my client’s unconscious mind, to use compelling, sensory language to create new desired experiences and to allow my client’s unconscious guide them there as elegantly as possible.
It is reminding my clients of all their resources, skills and natural abilities that they can bring to bear on the present problem. It is uncovering unconscious blocks – behaviours which may have a positive intent in some way but which actually limit choice and the ability to succeed.
It is dissolving old traumas so that the past doesn’t haunt and contaminate the present.
I love doing hypnotherapy as during a session I have to go into a mild trance state myself which is highly enjoyable. Most of my clients find their sessions surprisingly pleasurable. They go away with more confidence, insights and clarity, less pain, feeling more relaxed in their body and it is wonderful for me to see the change as they walk out my door, or we end the on-line session. And if you have ever wondered who is in charge in a session, it is YOU. You will only do what feels right for you and won’t do anything that goes against your values and what is important to you. At the same time your mind can become more open to recognising far more choices than it thought were available.
Here’s our Starwheel New Year’s Day Newsletter
Wishing you a Blessed 2017
Our very best wishes to you for your year ahead, 2017, from Michael Conneely and Maggie Pashley.
What would it take for this year to be the time when your special talent will really flower???
Here’s a sharing of our personal unfoldment journey in 2016, where we feel blessed to have listened to the call for change and taken decisive action and we hope this will inspire you to follow your dreams.
What started out feeling like a unexpected blow in May 2016, led to us quickly perceiving it as liberation and being set free to move and as it turned out to move to another country- Ireland.
Maggie and I now find ourselves amid the utter beauty and sacred sites of County Mayo in the far West of Ireland, and with a Healing Centre and our Airbnb. And once we had made that decision we were amazed at how quickly and smoothly (despite the odd touch of bureaucracy) it all played out.
So in sharing the wonders that we have found here we’d like to invite you to come and share in what we have found here, to have a holiday, to take a course, have a reading or healing session. You can personalise it for your own particular needs and interests. Or simply take it as inspiration that when you decide to step out of your comfort zone a whole new world can emerge – or of course all our work is also available worldwide online using the internet as well.
After a rollercoaster 2016 that turned out to be a total blessing, Maggie and I find ourselves amid the utter beauty and sacred sites of County Mayo in the far West of Ireland, and with a Healing Centre and our Airbnb.
This Blog Post tells you of the beauties of the area where we live, its music, art, dance and culture, its mountains beaches and history, and the Healings, Readings and Courses we offer here and also worldwide using the Internet.
Each of the vertical columns is for one month, so: Jan, Feb, March, etc. And remember, Uranus takes 84 yrs to orbit the Sun, so this can only happen next for us in 84 years time from now!
Here’s Michael’s Graphed Uranus Transits 2016 and then 2017:
Here’s Maggie’s Graphed Uranus transits 2016 and then 2017:
And so now we find ourselves in the most beautiful land a sacred deeply historical area of mountains and beaches and monuments, a special place beyond imagining running a Healing Centre and a B&B, and offering many worldwide online Healings, Readings and Courses, but also local healings and retreats in our Foxford centre too.
Maggie offers so many deeply intuitive healing modalities. See her website www.maggiepashley.com for Emotion Code, Body Code, Access consciousness, Hypnotherapy, healing massage, Emotional Freedom Work (EFT), Stop Smoking and metamorphic Technique.
I offer Astrology Readings and Astrology Courses, unusually offering both Western Astrology and also vedic Astrology, but I also offer my wide range of Astrology Mini Courses and Mini Readings. See my Astrology Readings website: www.starwheelastrology.com
Now, in addition,I am offering tours of the many Sacred Sites of the ancient Irish within an hour of here (see below) as well as offering, as I have done for years: online and face to face courses and events exploring and empowering ourselves through the beauty of the ancient Irish Druid Path: visionary contact with the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Irish, their festivals, their body energy work (The Three Cauldrons of Poesy, the four sacred weapons of the Tuath de Danaan, and for another example: the Duile, the nine Elements of Self of the ancient Irish Druids that link our bodies and minds and hearts to all of the Cosmos). See my Druid Forest School website: www.druidforestschool.com/courses
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But I would like to share what is special about the village where we have ended up living, and we were not looking to live here. We were looking for a place in Westport, but every time I searched on the internet Foxford came up instead! It would be difficult to pick out what is especially special, if you see what I mean, about the village of Foxford where we now live.
It could be the dozens of beautiful beaches within an hour of Foxford www.foxfordairbnb.com/beaches. It could be the homely traditional family atmosphere of Foxford the village, where so many families are dedicated to music, dance and creativity. See the eight music videos on www.foxfordairbnb.com/towns And then there’s the Foxford Brass and Reed Band as well founded at the end of the 19th Century, which is thriving from strength to strength.
And Foxford is so historical, and spiritually so. A Sister of Charity called Agnes Morrogh Bernard gave up her life with vows to serve the Poor, and came to Foxford in around 1890 when Famine had returned and the poverty was dire, and if any family showed signs of bettering themselves the Landlord just put up the rents. Although knowing nothing of woollen industry, she started up a Woollen Mill to bring wages into the hovels of the starving families who subsisted in what the landlords called ‘Cabins’ with the pig inside the cabin with the family as the pig was ‘the gintleman as pays the rent’! This nun believed in the Eye of Providence and I believe she brought a holy and blessed energy to this land here.
And, weirdly, Foxford also boasts the national hero of Argentina among its former inhabitants: Admiral William Brown, founder of the Argentine Navy and hero of Argentine’s struggle to throw off the colonial oppression of the Spanish Empire.
Aged nine, he set off from Foxford for the USA and a new life in 1786, with his grieving father after the deaths of the mother and all the children, but sadly his father fell ill in the coffin ship and died a few days after landing in Philadelphia, leaving William an orphan. But William was not daunted. He got a job as a Cabin Boy, and ten years later, by age 19, he was in command of his own ship. He later escaped from a Napoleonic prison and in 1814 led the Argentine navy in a desperate but victorious battle against the fleet of the Spanish Empire and in a moment of glory freed the Colony from the Spanish Imperialists.
But there’s another thing that’s special around here, I believe there are especially powerful healing energies in the rocks around this whole area. You can feel them if you go to the exalted special sacred places of the Palaeolithic Irish, the oldest farmers in Ireland, places they founded from around 3,700 BC, sacred places that the Irish Druids still worked with two thousand years ago, and less. There’s so many of these:
If I was forced to choose one sacred place, I would choose Ben Bulben Mountain. It is august and vast. The great poet W B Yeats spent his childhood at its foot, and he is buried there, and it was here that he saw the Hosting of the Sidhe, the great Goddesses and Gods of ancient Ireland, and here he awaited the time to be right for their return to human consciousness, and so from here, he started the Celtic Revival with Lady Gregory.
I should mention Carrowmore which nestles in the arms of a protective circle of mountains: the Sun of the Samhain or Halloween Sunrise streams down its central passage.
There’s high the exalted Carrowkeel tombs.
And there’s Lough Arrow near which the second Battle of Moytura was fought. The manuscript Cath Maighe Tuireadh tells how the godlike and skilled people of the Tuatha Dé Danann, having conquered Ireland, fell under the oppression of the cruel and unworthy Fomorians, who could not understand or appreciate their divine specialness, nor the Goddesses and Gods who incarnated dwelt among them, and so they did battle here to assert their divine qualities and to free themselves.
And what can you say about Rath Croghan? Yes, it’s home of Queen Maeve who lived two thousand years ago, and plunged all Ireland into war. But more than that it’s the inauguration site of the Kings of Connaught. The last King to be inaugurated there was just before Oliver Cromwell turned up. He so hated and despised the Irish for being Catholics that he herded them into the churches and set fire to the buildings with the families inside. He sold off tracts that weren’t his to his Lieutenants, just as so many English Kings had done with parts of Ireland from the late 12th Century onwards, especially Henry VIII. BUT Rath Croghan is also the home of the great Battle Goddess of the Ancient Irish: The Morrigan. Oweynagat, the cave where she dwells, is beneath the inauguration mound. She is the Ethical Defendress of Sovereignty. According to the legends, she mates with The Dagda, the Good God every Samhain, and according to the legends Her divine people the Tuatha de Danaan are waiting until their great consciousness and specialness can be appreciated again, so that they can return.
And I have to mention Croagh Patrick Mountain. I seem to have come across quite a few healing occasions recently. Maggie and I celebrated the Winter Solstice on December 21st, at Kildangan on Clew Bay, where there is a line of standing stones pointing to a cleft in the side of Croagh Patrick Mountain, through which the Sun shines at the moment of Winter Solstice, and sure enough it did. The sky was grey, and then at the exact moment, the Sun blazed into sight like a hydrogen bomb, and its rays shot down the line of standing stones. And the thing is, after I felt very healed and have felt unaccustomedly well since, and other people said they felt forgiveness to situations and healing. Maybe it is energies in the rocks of the place, and maybe it is to do with the exaltation of the sun, the birth of the new Sun and the combination of Sun energies and Land energies. Croagh Patrick area is one of the special healing places where great beings contact the earth, and inhabit those places to bring power, kingship, authority and healing. I seem to end up in these. I was quite struck to find out that the Yew grove where I ran my organisation Glastonbury Ritual Tours for five years was deemed by Catherine Maltwood to be the centre of the Glastonbury land Zodiac. And I am certain that Croagh Patrick Mountain is one of them.
Croagh Patrick is felt by many on the Sacred Earth energies path to be Dragon Energy, and indeed, it is the place where Saint Patrick fasted for forty days before he set out to convert Ireland to the Raman Church, and indeed, in the account of that vigil, Saint Patrick fought with Corra, the spirit of the place there. She engulfed him in her jaws at one point, which does sounds very dragon-like!
But Saint Patrick threw his bell of exorcism at her and he bested her, and he consigned her to Lough na Corra, to the lough beneath the mountain, for eternity – or so he thinks.
But there’s more about sacred energies in the rocks here: Just around the corner from there, is Rossroe on Killary Harbour, where my Irish mother took me once. this was where the great Oxford University philosopher, the German Jew, Ludwig Wittgenstein, went into retreat to write his greatest work: Philosophical Discourses, and I sense it may have been the energy in the rocks there that prompted his greatest philosophical expression. I studied his thought at Oxford in 1968.
But if that was not enough, just around the corner from Rossroe is Glassilaun Beach, nestled Aat the mouth of Killary Harbour below Mweelrea Mountain, where my mother told me that my Irish Grandparents first set up home, and – and this was so important and helpful for me:
The wonderful psychic and psychic surgeon Elizabeth Hendricks ‘saw’ that I should go in the September of 2015.
She said that she ‘saw’ I should go there because she saw that there was an energy in the rocks waiting to enter me to heal me.
And so, unexpectedly, Maggie and I went to Glassilaun, and I was a different person there from those energies, and within 11 months we had emigrated to Ireland. And I I do feel much more accepted for myself, here in Ireland, and so much better able to express myself. I feel there is a destiny running!
So, I hope you will, yourselves, grasp revolution when it calls to you.
I hope we can serve you with our worldwide healings, Readings and Courses.
And it would be great to see you at our Healing Centre and Airbnb, and take you on tours to the ancient sacred sites near here.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, whatever you are doing and however you are spending the time. And as the year draws to a close I’d like to thank you for your interest in my work over the last year, whether you have had a reading from me, enrolled on one of my courses or simply subscribed to my blog or newsletter. 2015 has been an eventful year for me, revisiting Ireland, writing my latest novel with all the research that has involved, delving ever deeper into astrological knowledge and then finding ways of distilling that down into clear, useful and often life-changing insights for clients and students. Lots of hard work including a steep learning curve of familiarising myself with video conferencing and the like but I feel very excited to have now developed a platform to dynamically interact with students in my new worldwide webinars. So if you have ever been curious about learning more about astrology, now is the perfect time.
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In the October edition there’s Michael Conneely on Amma the Hindu Hugging Saint and the Hindu doctrine of Bandhattva
In the September edition, Michael Conneely writes on Shiva
In the August Edition there’s Illona Metcalfe on Reflexology, Michael Conneely on Vishnu, and Maggie Pashley the One-Woman Healing Centre on Body Code, Emotion Code, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Hypnotherapy and Access Bars.
In the July Edition there’s Jan Sloane on My Experience of Romania and Michael Conneely on Kali.
In the June Edition, there’s Dean Charlton on ‘Being a Vegan’
And so much more in all the earlier Editions!
The impact of our visit to Ireland was so vast that the insights flooded me.
We arrived for the Full Moon Eclipse at the end of September which was on 29th September at 3 am where we were. And Mercury was retrograde. Interesting astrological influences under which to travel! But then it is energies such as these that produce breakthrough and revelation, earthquake and tsunami.
The Graveyard of my family
The change that hit me was not least because of family issues: being confronted with the graves of my grandparents and uncles, and even unexpectedly meeting the best friend of my sister, a woman who indeed had just recently met my mother – all these are my blood, my family: none of whom know I exist.
And indeed Maggie and I are now embarking on some Family Constellation Work and Inner Child Work. And this cross-relates to the shamanic technique of Soul Retrieval that I teach (see my website: www.shamanic-healer.net ).
We are using the ‘Inner Child Work Book’ by Cathryn Taylor. And there’s also: ‘Between the Lines – Healing the Individual and ancestral Soul with Family Constellation’ by Nikki Mackay. I have just read the bit in the book where a person sabotages themselves and makes themselves invisible out of guilt for ‘disappeared’ family members.
We revisited the cemetery where my family members lie buried. They don’t know I exist. The cemetery is an unimaginably beautiful and ancient burial place beside the ocean.
I was so struck to see that one of my uncles died – I believe tragically young, I believe about age 29 yrs – on a date just two days different from the date of my first Sade Sate. For those who don’t know Vedic astrology, ‘Sade Sate is the moment when Saturn transits across the Moon in your birth chart. It occurs only once every 29 yrs. It is a deeply fated moment (though the whole period lasts seven and a half years overall as Saturn goes through the sign before the birth Moon, the sign of the birth Moon and the sign after the birth Moon). But for him to die just 48 hrs off my exact experience of Sade Sate means there is a deeply fated sharing of fate and destiny between the two of us. I never met him of course. His death was just at the moment that I was going up to Oxford having won a scholarship as an undergraduate.
And the important thing I was named after him. This has big meaning. My mother named me after him. What was her reason? What fate did it set up? I understand that he was the youngest of the very large family, and as the next to youngest, my mother had quite a part in his care. I understand he was never very well. I don’t know his date of birth: only his date of death shown on the family tombstone, but using the death dates shown on the tombstone, I feel that study of the astrology between them and me would reveal so much of the fates governing my life, their lives too!
I could find out their dates of birth. Indeed, when we met the best friend of my sister, the woman mentioned above, a friend of hers was there, and he said that the Irish Ancestry centre in Dublin were incredibly helpful in tracing one’s ancestors details. Interestingly, oddly: he was reading exactly the same book as one of the books I was reading at the time: ‘The Origins of the Irish’ by J P Mallory.
And indeed, as predicted by Elizabeth Hendricks, the psychic healer in West USA without whose input we would not have made the journey, very weirdly, some energy did move into my body from the rocks of Glassilaun. Elizabeth Hendricks had told me that this healing and empowering energy was in the rocks in Glassilaun and it was waiting to move into my body. How weird this sounded. But it turned out to be true!
The rocks at Glassilaun
Glassilaun is an island-studded bay in remote Connemara in the far west of Ireland where my family lived until early 20th Century, and closely around it they mostly still live now. The people lived by fishing and farming, and indeed in the remote areas, we saw they still do. That could well have been my life had I not been put into one of the Convent Orphanages of the Bon Seccours nuns and then adopted in England. A terrible scandal has erupted in Ireland about the deaths of these orphans in Tuam nearby where my family lives. These deaths were both before, at the same time as and after I was in one of their orphanages: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/04/claim-of-800-childrens-bodies-buried-at-irish-home-for-unwed-mothers
But back to Glassilaun beach: The place has an utterly beautiful setting and energy such that I felt and acted as a very different person after the first visit there. I felt I related so much better and stronger to people. In Ireland, I felt more on the same wavelength for communication and management of boundaries in dealing with people.
Following the time I spent at Glassilaun, I feel I have been put in touch with my energy patterns and rhythms so that I can live my life and do my work more powerfully and happily.
And following being at Glassilaun, I was flooded with vast and powerful realisations such as the nature of the Druid path and its cross-correlation with Shamanism. I felt I came to clearer understanding of the public role of the Druids: their formal though exoteric work binding their societies together, like the Brahmin Vedic Priests (these two indo European spiritual paths have a common root). But I also came to understand deeper their interior work for the development and healing of each individual, including the use of Divination.
So I will be structuring these realisations into Irish-based Druid Path course modules over the coming six months for my Druid Forest School (see my website: www.druidforestschool.com).
A Cauldron for the Dagda
In particular, I developed rituals for contacting the four sacred weapons of the Tuatha de Danaan: The Sword of Light of Nuada, The Spear of Llugh, the Cauldron of The Dagda and the Stone of Fal.
These rituals in my case are very much vision-based and aimed to the personal healing and empowerment of the people who will do them.
I got so turned away from the Druid Path fairly recently because of the rote reading of scripted rituals and the meaningless hierarchicalism I got subjected to in a group that was part of OBOD (The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids).
Indeed, Maggie has just ordered me a vast sword for use in these planned rituals and teachings – a gift for my birthday that is coming up on October 18th!!!
And also I had huge opening for vision path ways of contacting the Gods and Goddesses of the Tuatha de Danaan:
These are especially The Morrigan and the Dagda for the novel I am now writing (which deals with the arrival of the Tuatha de Danaan in Ireland and the 1st Battle of Moytura).
But they are also especially to do with Llugh for the sequel of my current novel which will deal with the 2nd Battle of Moytura and the decision of the Tuatha to remove themselves from this world. I think they did this because they saw that the incoming Milesians (the ancestors of the Irish Celtic peoples) just could not appreciate their utter specialness. But they are waiting to return: waiting for the individuals who can understand how to open the door for them and receive their special gifts.
And the inspiration and structuring for my 6th novel that I am writing now: ‘The Morrigan and the Dagda’ has just all so strongly and clearly fallen into place, such that I will be allotting a big part of each week into finishing the writing of it now.
And I also saw so clearly the need for the peerless and powerful sure declaration of Vedic astrology to now take on board healing and empowerment work – and not be so locked in its ancient and traditional millennia-old ‘remedies’ and mantra to deal with the phenomena it so powerfully predicts will come our way at birth – and at predictable intervals in our life.
I plan to put out at least a webinar a week (that will be free to my course attenders) demonstrating the vastness and power of the countless techniques of Vedic Astrology – and of psychodynamic and evolutionary Western astrology as well, focusing on the charts of myself and the course attenders.
But I shall always link these presentations to openings for healing and empowerment where necessary, rather than rote recitation of rules, rote demonstration of the application of rules or even ranting legalism that much Vedic astrology has sadly got trapped into, rather than confining them to the mentalism that so confines so much psychodynamic astrology.
But it is the family issues that truly are the foundation of all this. In my case, there’s the issue of invisibility and not having been valued, of being made to fit in with adoptive sibling situations that stretch the imagination to say the least.
So this means that my courses in the Runes, the Ogham, The Druid Forest School and Shamanic Healer Course will all be rooted in powerfully authentic and healing vision work. I am so impressed at the way the attenders on these courses are so commendably proficient in for example the identification and use of their personal divine centre and the sureness of their ability to return to it. I am so impressed at the palpable realism of the vision work they embark on which is so very well developed. I am so impressed at the ways in which they envision their personal embodiment within the Otherworld landscapes: it become so fluent: what you are wearing, your sensations: what you feel and see.
Grace O’Malley’s Tomb on Clare Island
To return to our visit to Ireland. I truly believe it is the most beautiful place on earth. We visited Clare Island and saw the tomb of Grace O’Malley who died around 1604. She was the last Irish Queen. With her died Irish Law. It was replaced by the Roman Law used by the English. Under Irish Law land is owned by the clan. Under English law it is owned by the landlord. The English called her a Pirate Queen. History has it that she even gave birth to one of her children on one of her battle ships and she rebuked the captain when he asked her to show herself on the prow of her vessel as the men were growing faint-hearted in the fleet when it was fighting the English. At one point the Governor of Galway hung many of her men on either side of the road into the city. She even went to meet Queen Elizabeth I of England to plead her case – but the society she represented was doomed.
The Irish Famine
On Clare Island there were shocking testimonials to the brutality of the rule of the English Ascendancy Landlords over the Irish. There were pictures of Irish tenants unbelievably too weak and ill to move being evicted from their homes, of English soldiers evicting little girls from their hovels. The chief Landlord of the tenant on Clare Island was Lord Lucan a rich nobleman who lived in a mansion. On the shores of Killary Harbour where we stayed there are the ruins of two whole villages that were wiped out by the Irish Famine.
We visited Arigna, Ireland’s last coalmine where there is a wonderful Visitor Centre, and we also visited the west of Ireland’s iron mining in the unbelievably beautiful nearby Sliabh an Iarainn mountains, which some legends associate with the Tuatha de Danaan.
We stayed in the Connemara Hostel run by Sleep Zone. It’s an old manor house hostel in Killary Harbour near Leenaun. The hostel had a wonderful atmosphere led by Fergal and his band of willing helpers from Taiwan, France, Germany and you name it: some of the many students and young people making a living while contacting the beauties of Celtic Irish culture. Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only Fjord. You look out of your window over the fjord to see Mweelrea Mountain, the highest mountain in Connaught. Mweelrea Mountain is usually wreathed in mists because its cold land mass precipitates the moisture out of the air.
Maggie climbs Croagh Patrick Mountain
Mweelrea Mountain is higher even than near Croagh Patrick Mountain which was featured in my last novel: Druid, which features an attempt to overcome to restore Irish spirituality from the damage Saint Patrick did to the country. Saint Patrick is reputed to have spent forty days and nights on the top of Croagh Patrick before setting out to convert Ireland away from its heritage to the Church of Rome, the successor to the Empire of Rome which fell to the barbarians during his life time. Reputedly he fought the Goddess of the Land there: the Spirit of Place: Corra. At one point she engulfed him in her jaws, but he threw his holy bell at her and defeated her and confined her to the lough below the Mountain for eternity! See my Blog on the barefoot pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick and Reek Sunday, every last Sunday in July when the Catholic Church has supplanted the Druid Harvest Festival at the Mountain: //blog.starwheelastrology.com/2014/07/27/croagh-patrick-reek-sunday-july-27th-2014-irelands-holy-mountain-call-to-restore-goddess-and-god-to-irelands-holy-mountain/
We also visited the Bohea Stone. This is carved in the same spirals and ‘cup and ring’ carvings as new Grange. If you stand at it you see the towering pinnacle of Croagh Patrick. On two days a year: on around April 17th and on August 24th, to those standing at this monument of the Megalith People, the Sun appears to roll down the northern edge of Croagh Patrick rather than setting behind it. It rolls down the side of the mountain and sets in the cleft between Croagh Patrick and the mountain to its side: visible testament of the Sun as Lord of light descending into union with the Earth Goddess. The Megalithic People aligned their lives with this unforgettable spectacle: April 17th marking the start of the growing season and August 24th the start of the harvesting season. The sacred year is divided into three portions. When you are at the site, you can clearly see that the arrangement of the stones is like a (sacrificial) altar, with a huge flat stone surmounting the structure.
On the first day we attended wonderful Irish music at the Clifden Arts festival, and we also heard peerless Irish pipes music played in Westport: the uilleann pipes which are played with bellows under the elbow rather than being blown as in the Scottish bagpipes. It is the most utterly beautiful sound. Paddy Keenan truly played the music of the Celtic Otherworlds. Get his CD: The Long Grazing Acre.
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It’s many months since I wrote a Newsletter, and I feel so changed I feel like I’m a different person!
There’s been one change after another – and the end result so far, is that I am getting so much satisfaction out of starting my new novel a week ago (after many months of research). The first draft has just flowed: seven chapters in five mornings, as if channelled. The working title is ‘The Druid Forest School’ and the theme is authentic contact with the Gods and Goddesses of the Tuatha de Danaan. I am loving every minute of writing it and am feeling so well doing it.
The action all starts up in a new cave that has opened up in the west of Ireland due to winter-storms land subsidence, where the archaeology of the caves in Ireland reveals they were, for the ancient Irish, places of connection to ….
In terms of the predictive periods of Vedic Astrology, I am actually in a period ruled by my ‘soul indicator’, my Atmakaraka planet, which in my case is my Moon. The Atmakaraka period in my life at this time has been thus one of great separations from what must not be part of my spiritual path, and, as I believe, clear embracing of my essence. I feel I am so much more writing from my heart, and working from the heart. And I feel that I have greatly benefited from a wonderful new healing method by my partner Maggie called ‘Access Bars’ which helps remove old programing, empowers you to be yourself.
Astrology Readings: I am still continuing my worldwide astrology readings of course, and they represent an ever more powerful combination of western and Vedic astrology. They take at least two hours these days, and they encompass truly expert methods learned from my courses in astrological psychosynthesis in western astrology and three courses at advanced level in western astrology, as well as twenty years’ reading experience.
I always combine my astrology readings with Tarot, and my favourite packs at the moment where I find I can feel rightly confident in doing readings for people thousands of miles away are the Poppy Palin ‘Wild Spirit’ Tarot, which you can only get off EBay, but I knew was a ‘must’ when I saw some of the card images, and I do find the insight totally spot on. My other favourites continue to be ‘The Art Through the Eyes of the Soul Oracle’ by Cheryl Yambrach Rose, the ‘Tarot of the Sidhe’ by Emily Carding and ‘The Oracle of the Dragonfae’ by Lucy Cavendish.
Astrology Courses: I have done a lot of work filling out my astrology courses. The guiding theme is that like the Oxford Tutorial system which I myself benefited from as a young undergraduate in the 1960s, they encourage as much excellence as the student wishes to aim for, with vast personal attention by the tutor to the work sent in on each assignment. Gone are the irritating word limits that I found so unnecessarily irritating and confining when I was doing my astrology courses. Gone are the tutor ‘one-liner’ comments. Gone are the ranting to pre-recorded slides. My whole aim is to encourage the student to voice his or her authentic reaction to the astrology method, not just the importation of legalistically-defined rules. I am planning worldwide Webinar series on student-requested themes and I have been preparing masses of course documents for my Advanced Nakshatras Course
In my Advanced Vedic Astrology Course, I have been delighting in writing papers about the Rashi Tulya and Bhava Suchaka system which gives such wonderful guidance about the contribution your Soul makes to your incarnation this time, based on the Navamsha chart. And the whole thrust of all my courses are that they must spell out the positives, must spell out ways of transforming the karmically defined challenges and utilising the equally karmically-defined merits and positive essences. I have also loved writing a paper about how to utilise awareness of one’s Badhaka house planet (a weak link house/planet inherent in each of the Lagnas or ‘Ascendants) as well as the principle of Pushkara Planets (weak links that act to our great gain when we purify them), with my paper focusing on Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Govenator of California. There is the most astoundingly lively and creative face Book group utilised by some of the course members.
See my website: www.advancedvedicastrologycourse.com
My worldwide Ogham and Runes courses are going very well, and I have just started Face Book Groups for each, which I hope will promote vibrant lively shared learning and support.
See my websites: www.oghampathways.com and www.rune-path.com
Shamanic Healer Course: I am so honoured to read the standard of the work of the students in my worldwide Shamanic Healer Course. I myself am feeling rather sore at what I experienced as ego-filled teaching and power-stealing from many teaching in the shamanic area, so I do feel so glad to be offering a course which I sincerely believe promotes authenticity to the student’s vision, avoids repetitious form rather than essence, and most importantly offers a high level of awareness of ethical shamanic healer techniques.
See my websites: www.shamanic-healer.net and www.munaykiempowerment.com. I got an awful lot out of Munay Ki, and feel it is a gateway to the well-being and authenticity I now feel, but I would add that I feel the full flowering of its chakra energy raising took for me also going on to Dhyana or focus meditation, what can be called Kundalini meditation: focus on the third eye to raise kundalini and thus promote healing crises as the residues of negative past experiences are cleared as the kundalini rises up through them. However, an important finding I also came to was that I feel there is a need to avoid what I feel is the trap of some Eastern perspectives which negate the value of the phenomena of this world. The experience I have come to is that it is important to see that we are here this time to work with certain definable talents and work with certain negative scripts, and so this world has great value – if/when one brings more enlightened awareness to its phenomena.
Psychodynamic Western Astrology: Last but not least, I have loved teaching the western astrology course, where I have benefited so much from the deep and thoughtful sharing of Yvonne Lawton who is working her way through the psychodynamic interpretation of the astrology chart and posting for the benefit of astrology course members in the Face book group. This involves the psychodynamic study of hemispheres and quadrants of the birth chart, planets, signs and houses, astrological sub-personalities and psychosynthesis, the vastly important topic of ‘Nature versus Nurture’ (are you the product of your Nature or your nurture, and extrapolation from the birth chart of the Alice Bailey Rays each person particularly comes to work with this time. There are two very worthwhile predictive systems, one to do with the unfoldement of one’s individuation which his getting to identify, know, work with and transform all the parts of what might be called one’s ‘egoic psychology’. The other is based on the Nodes of the Moon and involves pointers to the ‘whispers of one’s soul to one from the astral’ at any point in one’s life, which oddly, so often says the same thing as some major part of one’s vedic predictive astrology, although the guidance being come to by a totally different method and route.
In addition to ‘Access Bars’ I mentioned above, my partner Maggie continues to do her many worldwide healings such as Body Code, Emotion Code and Heart Wall clearing as well as Munay Ki initiations, Hypnotherapy, EFT, Metamorphic Technique, healing massage and even more!