I’m working on a new series of Chiron astrology videos: who is Chiron, what does he symbolize in the natal chart, and how can we align with this powerful healing archetype?
Chiron is an archetype I was powerfully drawn to once I had mastered the basics of astrology. As I mention in the videos, I feel that Chiron is a powerful redeemer archetype. I have found the first-discovered Centaur to be tremendously helpful both in my astrology work with clients and in my personal journey with astrology and with the Inner Guide Meditation.
In these first two videos, I explore some of the keys to understanding Chiron as an archetype and look at what makes him such a unique “planet” in astrology. You can read more about what’s in each video here on my Substack archive. Or watch them on my YouTube channel below. (If you want me to make more of these free video astrology lessons, please like, comment and subscribe on my channel!)
We made a video for Aetheric Resonance, the first track on my new sound healing record Auric Fields.
I really love this video – big thanks to Phoenix at Cosmic Fire Records for her help and art direction! The nature imagery and colors speak to the intention behind this track and the healing potential of the solfeggio tones at least as eloquently as any description I can come up with using words. If you like it, please “smash that like button” and leave a comment on YouTube.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla
Sound healing uses energy, frequency and vibration to bring the body, mind and emotions back into a natural state of balance and harmony — the state where healing naturally occurs.
In The Magic of Tone and the Art of Music, Dane Rudhyar notes that in both the Bible and Hindu cosmology, the material world is created by sound. These scriptures tell us that God literally spoke the world into being. “Metaphysically, Sound refers to the release of a power that, as it were, precipitates the divine Idea into material, objective manifestation,” Rudhyar writes.
My new sound healing album, Auric Fields is now available on Bandcamp. In fact, there are two versions of the album, one with brainwave entrainment and one without.
Why two versions?
My intention with Auric Fields was to make a sound healing album that people would want to listen to repeatedly, a record that you can enjoy with good headphones or play through speakers as ambient background music. From the beginning I incorporated brainwave entrainment at the Schumann resonance. But at some point I realized the brainwave entrainment plus the solfeggio tones created such a heightened relaxation response that I couldn’t listen to it when I needed to stay alert. There’s more to that story which you can read here on my Substack.
The 528 Hz Solfeggio Frequency
The chimes and vocal tones on the record center on the ancient solfeggio tone of 528 Hz. Often called the “miracle frequency,” 528 Hz has been extensively studied by both scientists and mystics. Chlorophyll vibrates at this frequency, bees pollinating flowers buzz at or near this frequency, and it is the frequency of light and color at the center of the rainbow. Scientific studies have shown that this tone assists in – and perhaps directly facilitates – DNA healing and repair. It was famously used to purify water in the Gulf of Mexico by John and Nancy Hutchison in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
To be honest, I was skeptical about the solfeggio frequencies for a long time. But I started experimenting with them on myself several years ago and started to feel there was something going on there. The only problem, as with a lot of sound healing or meditation music, was finding music based on 528 Hz that I actually wanted to listen to.
So I set out on a (surprisingly long) journey to create that music. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Making Auric Fields
I recorded the vocal toning on the record in a meditative state while visualizing my desired outcomes for the listener, specifically that the healing frequencies in the music are helping you to repair any damage to your aura caused by EMFs, heavy metals, trauma, noise pollution, and environmental toxins. And helping you to strengthen your aura so that any negative frequencies or energies encountered in the future are reflected by your aura or transformed into neutral or positive energies. I believe these tracks can also be used to assist in the healing of many other physical and emotional symptoms of dis-ease, but I’m not a Rockefeller-certified “medical doctor” so I won’t actually say that out loud.
Almost all, if not all of the nature sounds on the record have a special resonance for me. I recorded the creek on Arcadian Rhythms at my friend Lisa’s house in Vermont. I recorded almost all of the bird calls on Tracks 1 & 3 either in my backyard or on my daily walks in various places in the Southeastern U.S. (The birds are my friends and I can vouch for the healing qualities of their singing!)
Phoenix and I recorded the frogs and crickets in North Carolina and Tennessee. The gong on Arcadian Rhythms is a Thermos gently struck with a mallet, pitch-shifted and time-stretched and run through a couple delays. The “night wind” sound on Arcadian Rhythms is our dog Kobi’s rhythmic breathing as he sleeps, run through a Frohmage filter and some other effects.
All that to say, I really wanted to make a record where I was in love with all of the sounds because I truly believe that real sound healing comes from a combination of frequency and intention.
Suggestions for Listening
As you’re listening, you might visualize your aura filled with the yellow-green light at the center of a rainbow, a soft field of light protected by a lattice of tiny, sparkling crystals that reflect back any unhealthy or unwanted energies.
The 528 Hz “DNA repair frequency” is rumored to be incredibly powerful for healing, so you might also listen with the intention of healing trauma, rejuvenating your mental, physical, and emotional bodies, and dissolving energetic blockages.
Your intention is more powerful than you might yet realize. I hope this music gives you hours of listening pleasure and helps you create a safe and vibrant inner space for deep healing, rejuvenation, and creative imagination.
“When the imagination and will power are in conflict, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.” – Emil Coué
Note: Registration for this workshop is closed. – DK 09-07-2022
Most of us were handed a pretty crappy set of expectations for the Hero’s Journey of our life. As the French psychologist Coué discovered, our destiny is largely constrained by the subconscious images that govern our sense of self and our beliefs about our potential, worthiness, and personal power.
Whether these inner images came from abusive or neglectful (or just unconscious) parents, burnt-out teachers, dogmatic religious figures or the media/entertainment industry, the beliefs enforced by them leave us with a very limited set of possibilities. Some of these beliefs are quasi-universal: the world is a dangerous place, there’s nothing I can do about it, be happy with what you have, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and so forth.
Some are more personal: you’re too sensitive, you’re just like your father, you’ll never make it as a ____, who could love you?
Your Birth Chart Is the Blueprint
The greatest thing about astrology, in my experience, is that the birth chart shows who we are and who we can become in this lifetime. It shows what we came to experience, it shows where we are naturally gifted – and it also shows where we are likely to struggle. The natal chart is a blueprint, a template that we can work within to build the life we desire.
Like the blueprint for a building, the natal chart constrains what we can do. While we can change the layout of the rooms or add a window on the north wall of the building, we can’t use the blueprint for a three-bedroom house to build the Notre Dame cathedral. This constraining function in astrology is actually very positive and productive, unlike the negative internal imagery Coué is talking about.
(Most people spend their lives trying to pretty up an old shed in their parents’ backyard, rather than building their dream house.)
Degree Symbols: A Useful Pool of Images
Astrology gives us a symbolic language for interpreting our life’s purpose and fulfilling our soul’s destiny. It empowers us to re-mythologize our life by telling a story about our life that is truer than the one handed down to us by family, society, and the media. But most people, even those with an enduring interest in astrology, lack the confidence to decode their own natal chart. Enter the degree symbols.
You’re probably at least passingly familiar with the Sabian symbols, a set of images for all 360 degrees of the zodiac channeled in 1925 by a psychic named Elsie Wheeler under the direction of astrology Marc Edmund Jones. While I do find some value in the Sabian symbols, I don’t find most of them very expansive or inspirational. Astrologers like Dane Rudhyar in An Astrological Mandala have worked hard to make the Sabian symbols more useful, but my gut feeling is that Wheeler and Jones were operating from a level of consciousness – at least on that day they channeled the symbols – that is somewhat lacking for the needs of those of us who are living through the current cycle of death and regeneration of the realm.
Fortunately, there are many other sets of degree symbols. As you probably know, I’m particularly fond of the Omega/Chandra symbols created by the Australian astrologer and poet John Sandbach.
Who Is the Author of Your Story?
When you get an astrology reading from someone, what’s happening? The astrologer is reading a story to you from the symbols written in your birth chart. Some readers are more skilled than others. Some readers have more integrity, and love, than others. But even the best reading is going to be colored by the reader’s knowledge and prejudices and limited by the reader’s imagination.
In this class, I’m going to guide you through the process of retelling your life story using the degree symbols for the planetary placements in your birth chart. I’ve chosen four sets of degree symbols (Sabian, Omega/Chandra, Sepharial and Charubel) that give us a lush pool of metaphors and images for every degree of the zodiac.
This is going to be a workshop-style class. I’m going to challenge you to actually do some writing in this class and we will even make time during the live classes for journaling and sketching out ideas. You don’t have to show your writing to anybody, but if you really see the value of the new story you’re writing for yourself, I’ll be available for private sessions to look at your work, offer suggestions, and help you refine the new and improved personal mythos you’re crafting.
You get to focus on what’s most important to you now. You can explore your soul’s purpose as shown by the Nodes and other factors in the chart. Or you could start by re-mythologizing an area of your life that has not, up until this point, delivered the kind of vibrant, enlivening experiences that you desire. Relationships maybe. Or health and physical vitality. More creativity and joy. More money and income.
Keeping It Real: The Saturn Principle
We’re going to be working with the Saturn principle in this class as a way of ensuring that we are operating within a realistic framework. I’ve picked the four degree systems we’re using in the class because their creators were highly respected astrologers with a body of work that has stood the test of time. This gives us plenty of images for each degree to compare, contrast and synthesize without being an overwhelming amount of information to process.
Trust me, as someone who has made a living as a writer, too much information + not enough focus is a recipe for paralysis!
Are You Ready?
This will be a six-week workshop, meeting on Wednesday evenings by Zoom. Classes are for 90 minutes. All the meetings will be recorded and available as video and audio replays.
Cost: The cost for the class is $300. I’ve included an option to split the tuition into two payments. You can add up to three private sessions for an additional $100/hour each. (I have a double major and graduate degree in language and literature and worked as a professional writer and copy editor in the corporate sector for many years. I’ll be glad to help you understand planetary placements, point out planets that can offer support to a challenging point in the chart, review your story and make suggestions about how you can expand or refine your writing.)
Class size is limited to 12 participants so everyone can have time to ask questions and get personal attention. ** Registration for this workshop is now closed. **
The world seems to be changing more and more rapidly. Uncertainty about the future is off the charts. We are being bombarded by ever-increasing amounts of information, and by increasing amounts of high-frequency radiation from mobile devices, smart meters, and cell towers. As the ‘Internet of Things’ becomes more ubiquitous, our bodies are also trying to adjust to new sources of radiation, including from household appliances, smart devices, and whatever the neighbors are running.
In addition to these new physical stressors, we are still trying to assimilate the enormous waves of primal fear triggered by the Covid-19 operation. We are social animals by nature and the non-stop media barrage of rampant contagion, raging illness, and imminent death resulting from casual contact with other people have seriously eroded people’s core sense of security.
Even those of us who trust our direction in life are being impacted by the emotional “off-gassing” of the people around us and in the collective consciousness.
Which brings us to the subject of sleep.
We all know that good, healthy sleep is important. Proper sleep allows the body to repair itself, balances our emotions, and keeps our immune system strong.
But those of us who are empaths or highly sensitive persons may find falling asleep or sleeping soundly for the right amount of time to be challenging, especially in times like these. If you’re one of those people, I made You Are A Really Good Sleeperfor you. (Listen to a sample) Continue reading →
After making huge changes in my personal life in 2019 and then having huge changes forced upon my professional and social life in 2020, I needed a fresh start with my writing. Substack feels like a place where I’m free to experiment, play, and explore what I’m passionate about.
Substack is an environment created for writers and people who enjoy reading good writing. It’s a refreshing parallel universe to the corporate shopping mall the worldwide web has devolved into over time. No ads. No corporate fact-checkers. No Facebook-style algorithms driving everything to the lowest common denominator.
Long form. Short bursts. Essays. Never having to wade through six paragraphs of SEO garble to get to the point. No hashtags.
There’s a cool social aspect to it. You can comment on posts and (at least with the writers I’ve followed thus far) people actually engage in civil discussion in the comment threads.*
You get an email whenever a writer you subscribe to posts something new. BUT, each writer has a post archive on their Substack web page. Which means I can read the latest Matt Taibbi post in my email client. But if I don’t have time or I’m not interested, I can delete the email and know the article will be waiting for me on Matt’s Substack page if I decide I want to read it. Guilt free email deletion – what a concept!
It’s a good way to discover and support independent journalists and people who write about what they love or what fascinates them because they’re so obsessed they can’t not write about it.
For writers, it’s a great way to publish a free newsletter with archived content.
It’s super easy to sign up for. Just type your email in the box and click the Subscribe button. It’s also super easy to unsubscribe.
This could be the greatest moment ever known in the annals of the realm. If you show up for it.
This could be the triumph of Beauty and Truth and Good over the armies of ignorance and fear and self-hatred. If you show up for it.
This could be the moment when you take back your inner authority and rediscover the spirit of adventure and wild imagination and fierce play that is the essence of who you really are. Continue reading →
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18
I have been looking forward to tonight’s total solar eclipse for quite a while now. Not because I’m an eclipse enthusiast, but because this eclipse has the power to light up the world in ways that might seem almost unimaginable from our current viewpoint.
As an empath, I’d just as soon sit out eclipse season. Eclipses function as portals or gates that allow a blast of cosmic information/energy to penetrate into the Earth realm. This higher vibrational energy seeks to transmute old, heavy emotions and psychological patterns, enabling us to realign with our soul’s purpose and move forward in more meaningful and fulfilling ways. (1)
To the extent we are unwilling to cooperate (or just clueless as to what is being asked of us) eclipses can provoke anxiety, fear, frustration, or despair. In a society that trains us to numb out, consume more, or work harder rather than honoring our difficult feelings or unexpected challenges as opportunities for soul growth, many people are even more disconnected from their bodies and emotions than usual during eclipse season.
The practical effect for empaths and highly sensitive persons is that we often feel pummeled by large amounts of stray emotional energy and random psychic vibes from the people around us during these periods. (This is why we always preach about the importance of remembering to ground and get back into your body during eclipse season.)
The Omega symbol for the degree of tonight’s eclipse (12 Sag 27′, 11:43 pm PST, Dec. 3, 2021) is “Sitting for her portrait, Mona Lisa feels as if millions of people are watching her.” John Sandbach writes: “This degree senses the numberless hidden connections between itself and the world around it, as well as the worlds of the past and future. All currents we carry are automatically sent out and received by a countless number of different consciousnesses.”
Comparing the Nov. 19, 2021 Taurus Lunar Eclipse with the Nov. 19, 2002 Taurus Lunar Eclipse
Today’s eclipse Sun and Moon (lunar eclipse at 27 Taurus 14’) made a nearly exact t-square aspect to the USA’s natal Moon. Eclipses are moments when large amounts of cosmic energy come into the Earth plane; t-square patterns operate like a prism or a funnel, channeling the energy of a planetary opposition — in this case the eclipse Sun and Moon at 27 Scorpio and 27 Taurus — into that planet.
Basically, this dynamic directs a blast of energy into the USA’s Moon. (The Moon symbolizes the people in a national chart, as well as what’s going on in the homeland.) It tells us that the status quo isn’t working, so here’s a cosmic wake-up call to jolt us and get us unstuck. With precise aspects like this one, experience tells us that the condition of the people or the homeland needs to, and is going to, undergo a significant shift.
Normally I would see this signature as problematic, especially given the deep shit we’re in as a society. But every time I’ve tuned into the eclipse, I’ve gotten the hit that things could be different this time.
Eclipses repeat at the same degree every 19 years, so I decided to compare this eclipse with the previous eclipse at 27 Taurus to see if anything jumped out at me.
Homeland Security, Weapons of Mass Destruction…and SARS
November 2002 was a pretty momentous month for the condition of the American people. A week after the Taurus lunar eclipse, on Nov. 25, 2002, George W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act into law. Following on the heels of the Patriot Act in October 2001, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) institutionalized the war on domestic terrorism. Continue reading →