Under the Pressure You Learn to Have a Life

Aries Full Moon Playlist

See my post on the Aries Full Moon and what’s going down in the world.

Heading for the Top Now (Mashup)

We should be heading for the top now
We’ve had a hundred thousand years
Under the pressure is where we are
Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
I hope you get everything you need
Working for the clampdown
In the land of the brave and the home of the free
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Aries Full Moon: The Clampdown

What Are We Gonna Do Now?

The collective grief and angst have felt crushing. Las Vegas. Puerto Rico. Venezuela. Plus all the ongoing crap. We empaths have been feeling it, big-time. (Get inspired with my Aries Full Moon playlist and mashup poem.)

Life feels really dangerous these days. So many people are walking around in a zombie trance, ready to lash out at the slightest provocation. They’re so cut off from their feelings, they can’t (won’t) allow themselves to stop and feel what’s happening inside. The only way they know how to deal is by hurting someone, anyone, to make themselves feel a little less pain.

So what are we gonna do now? Well, we have to feel the grief. That’s the only way to allow grief to move out of the body. You’ve got to stop and feel it. That sucks. No fun. But necessary.

But there’s feeling the grief. And then there’s allowing the Parasites to use the collective grief to control you, to keep you small and weak and manageable. And that’s exactly the favored strategy of these non-human entities that are orchestrating the pathetic string of tragedies crowding the world stage.

This is the time, people. The world is cracking open. We knew this was going to happen. In fact, this moment is the reason we chose to incarnate again. This is the time we’ve been waiting for our whole lives.

So, please. Feel what you need to feel. But realize that – unless you personally know someone who was killed or injured in Las Vegas, in the Caribbean, in Houston, in Venezuela – you are only responsible for feeling your own grief.

Know that you are not grieving on behalf of the victims of whichever tragic event you’ve been tuned in to. You don’t know those people.

You are grieving for yourself. And that is a very good, and long overdue, thing to do.

What Grief Is Good For

In her enlightening book The Language of Emotions, Karla McLaren writes:

Grief will come forward in response to death, the end of a love relationship, the irretrievable loss of your health or well-being….Grief will also arise in response to never having had something we’re all supposed to take for granted, such as health, strength, security, or a happy childhood. Grief enables you to survive losses by immersing you in the deep river that flows underneath all life.

So please. Be aware that what you are mourning is your own suffering, all of the needless pain and abuse and struggle and self-harm and betrayal and broken promises you’ve had to endure to show up for this moment. Until we grieve those losses, we can never be fully empowered.

We tend to find it very difficult to allow ourselves to be immersed by grief in McLaren’s “river of the soul.” Paradoxically, once we’re there it can be a strangely comforting and comfortable place to be. When we’re grief-stricken, nothing is expected of us. We don’t have to pick ourselves up off the deck and find the courage to fight for a better world.

This is where the Parasitic entities are applying much of their strength at the moment. They want to seduce us into over-identification with ‘victims’ we’ve never met until we ourselves become the victims. Inert passengers on the river of grief, we “stare straight into nothing and we call it all the same.”


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How To Change the World = You Be You

As today’s Aries Full Moon energizes Pluto in Capricorn (the death and rebirth of global society), it also asks us to notice what we are passionate about. As opposed to what we think we should do in order to keep things nice and in balance (mental sign Libra, where the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter are currently in transit).

Aries Full Moon October 5 2017

Aries is the sign in search of an authentic identity – which can only be found by trial and error. Aries says, “I may not be right, but this is what I have to do.”  In taking risks and following its own personal inspiration, Aries eventually learns the truth of the old cliche that “it’s about the journey, not the destination.”

It’s perfectly OK to fail, as long as you’re failing authentically. And if you keep on being you and acting on those soul impulses that make you the unique, once-in-lifetime expression of the Life Force that you are, you’ll eventually find that you’ve succeeded. The Full Moon is also energizing last week’s Jupiter-Uranus opposition in Libra-Aries, a powerful aspect that has been trying to liberate us since last December.

Perhaps more importantly, in light of what’s happening in the world right now, you’ll be a vital part of the solution. Because the old power and control systems depend completely on you not waking up and realizing that the world wants nothing more than for you to be you. And for me to be me.

The illusion of the old world is cracking and peeling away before our very eyes. Now is the time to gather our forces, unite in our common cause, and create the world we want to live in.

And just to be super-clear: We don’t change the world by engaging in battle with the oppressors and their minions.

We change the world by reclaiming our own power and agency and stepping into more of what fuels – and shares – our joy.

P.S. I’m not saying we should ignore people who need our help. What I am saying is that energetically-drained martyrs are extremely limited in the amount of good they can offer.

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The Time Is Right for Insight

Astrologer DK Brainard - Navigating by the stars since 2004.

Navigating by the stars since 2004.

If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you know I’m really tuned in to how the world is evolving since the Leo total solar eclipse in August.

Beneath the collective angst, fear and rage on the planet, a powerful current of evolution is surging – making it more important than ever for those of us on the evolutionary leading edge to reclaim our authority and activate the life we’ve always known we were meant to live.

Especially with Jupiter now in Scorpio for the coming 13 months, this is a time when life-changing insights are available. And a time when what the world needs most is for you to act on those insights and live as your authentic self.

One of my gifts is seeing all of who you are and unlocking the permission you need in order to live your life in the most joyful, authentic way possible.

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Explorer: Dreams Do Come True

What I Was Dreaming, Up on the Top Bunk

I remember coming home from kindergarten or first grade when we lived in the trailer park in Lowell, Indiana. I’d climb the ladder to the top bunk in the room I shared with my little brother, flop down on my stomach and open up one of my books on the “Great Explorers.”

I’m sure I’d cringe if I read those books now – they were probably written from a perspective of white privilege, glorifying the notion of Manifest Destiny and the white man’s bravery in wresting the land from the grip of the ‘savages’ who were here before him. “Those were different times,” to quote fellow Pisces Lou Reed.

But I was five or six years old and when I opened those books all of the fear and uncertainty in my life disappeared. I flew on the wings of imagination into a world where there were no roads or cars or flat Midwestern grids of cornfields and stinky pig farms. Nature ruled the continent. My heroes were the explorers like Francis Marion and Kit Carson. Men who ventured alone into the heart of Nature, driven by a passion to discover what lay beyond the borders of the map. Risking life and limb to go where none of their kind had gone before.

I knew then what I wanted to be when I grew up – an explorer! I still remember the sickening shock I felt in the pit of my stomach when I was informed blithely that there weren’t really any jobs left for explorers. All the wildernesses had been mapped, they said. But I was a stubborn kid; I hid my dream inside my heart, hoping against hope that one day I’d be able to prove them wrong.

A couple years later, I read Huckleberry Finn and my dream took on a new shape. If I couldn’t cross unexplored continents, I could at least build a raft and float down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans!

I got to have some amazing Nature experiences as a young man, camping and canoeing in Northern Michigan and tramping through the bush and up and down the mountains in Fiordland National Park in New Zealand. I learned to sail and spent hours alone on the water in various places.

Once I reached adulthood, though, that youthful sense of possibility began to fade. I found other dreams. I lived out my family heritage of addiction. I got sober. I became a father.

But I didn’t completely forget. And there’s something about islands that has always tickled my fancy. In fact, I think I’ve felt a little jolt of longing every time I crossed a bridge and saw an uninhabited island off in the distance, no matter how small or scrubby-looking it was. We lived in Waterford, Michigan – surrounded by lakes, some of which contained small islands – for a couple of years. I felt certain when we moved there that I would soon own a kayak and go exploring.

But my second child was born a month after we moved in. Money was always tight; energy was usually scarce. A couple of years passed and we moved away from the water.

This morning, one of my adventure dreams came true. I took my first kayak trip and paddled out to an uninhabited island in (almost) the middle of nowhere. Just me and the water and the wind and the birds.

As my dad likes to say, “You’re never too old to have a happy childhood.”

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Solar Flares: Clearing Old Grief?

Strange Symptoms

Fallen leaf. Photo by DK Brainard

Fallen leaf. Photo by DK.

My wife had the jimmy-leg, the night I got my second post-eclipse wake-up call from Spirit.

She had kicked me awake twice between 11 pm and midnight; both times I was able to fall back asleep easily. At 2 a.m. I woke up because I was having a hard time breathing. Wide awake now, I stumbled out of the bedroom and walked down the hall to the dark living room, where I sat on the couch musing about grief.

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The Relationship Between Money and Energy

What I Did With the Total Solar Eclipse, Part 2

Read Part 1 here

Cactus flowering in a ditch.

Cactus flowering in a ditch. Photo by DK.

You might have guessed that She isn’t my wife. But She isn’t really my mom, either. Although both of them have played that role for me, She is really a phantasm.

Dictionary definitions of phantasm include:

  • a creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy;
  • a mental image or representation of a real object;
  • an illusory likeness of something. (Dictionary.com)

She is a an illusory likeness, a mental image created – by my inner child, one could say  – of the wound in my soul that compels me to treat others’ emotions and needs as primary, and my own as secondary.

Now, it appears to be true that I learned this behavior from my mother first in this lifetime. But I know that my mom and I have a soul contract about abandonment and self-abandonment dating back at least several hundred years to a lifetime in Tibet. Continue reading

Energize Your Intentions With These Brainwave & Hypnosis MP3s

New Moon, New Energy

You’ve probably read a million astrology forecasts stating that “the New Moon is the perfect time to set your intentions for what you want to attract into your life.” I used to believe that, too. But as I’ve become more tuned in to the rhythms of the lunar cycle, I’ve found it’s not usually true for me.

Now I try to use the low energy days leading up to the exact moment of the New Moon to go within and discover which patterns or people or activities have run their course: What do I want or need to let go from my life?

I’ve found that the week directly after the New Moon is actually more propitious for intention-setting and visualization of what I want to create or attract into my life.

I spent so many years with headphones on, either listening to or creating hypnosis and brainwave entrainment MP3s, I think I needed to take a break! But people have been asking me to make these available again. So I’ve added two more brainwave entrainment MP3s and a dual-hypnosis MP3 to my audio meditation store page.

Manifesting & Intention-Setting Audio Downloads

I’ve continued to listen to Dolphins of Sirius B down through the years. The music and sounds for this track were given to me by my Star Tribe; I can still remember the feeling of sitting in front of the keyboard and trying to recreate the sounds I was hearing. And it seems especially appropriate to re-release now, in light of my recent Venus experience.

But I hadn’t listened to Theta Fishing Trip. I kept thinking I should do, because so many people told me it was their favorite track out of all the brainwave entrainment audios I created. But you know how it is listening to your own voice.

Well, last week I  went back and listened to it. And it kind of blew me away. I forgot that I had learned how to hypnotize people into feeling that relaxed.

If you don’t already own these and you’re ready to feel amazingly relaxed while programming your subconscious to bring you more of the life you want, check ’em out.

 

Message from the Muse

What I Did On My Total Solar Eclipse

‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that. Because what the
world needs is people who have come alive.’ 
—Harold Whitman

Wake-Up Call from Venus

Thursday morning, 9/13

Mandala, from a magnolia leaf I found on the lawn.

I woke up uncommonly early last Thursday. With the happy thought in my mind: “I’m rich!”

Just to be clear: This has not been my usual first thought upon waking. And, the thought came with a bonus mantra:

I’m rich!
I’m rich!
I just came into a large sum of money

I’m rich!
I’m rich!
I just came into a large sum of money

I had been reading in The Oracle Report and elsewhere that we should be receiving messages on Tuesday or Wednesday that would bring clarity to what we’d been experiencing in the aftermath of the August 21 total solar eclipse.

I was eager to get this message. Because for all of the promise of the Leo eclipse, the next three weeks felt more like a protracted ending than a new beginning. Continue reading

Grounding and Centering MP3s – Eclipse Season

Stopping to smell the flowers. Photo by DK.

Stopping to smell the flowers. Photo by DK.

Pay What You Want: Three Guided Grounding & Centering Meditations

It’s eclipse season and the August 21 solar eclipse in Leo is the first total solar eclipse to be visible across the entire USA in 99 years. That’s exciting – but eclipse season tends to be a problematic time of year for those of us who are empaths, sensitives and energy feelers.

Eclipses bring massive amounts of cosmic energy into the Earth’s sphere – with the specific intent of kickstarting necessary changes and transforming stuck situations and patterns. Most people don’t know why they’re feeling suddenly (Fill In The Blank: crazy, suicidal, enraged, despairing, depressed, vengeful, pathetic, etc.).

They’re like the person at the swinging party who didn’t know the brownies were made with marijuana. All of a sudden they’re feeling unhinged and like they might just have a breakdown! Many of these people will spew their internal psychic turmoil into shared psychic space in an effort to make themselves feel better. Continue reading