Games and Thrones at the Connecticut Science Center

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On Friday, June 9th, the Connecticut Science Center is having a Liquid Lounge event in the evening. This is a 21+ event based in the age of knights, maidens and dragons- and the psychics of Foresight will be there, doing readings and selling Catherine’s books

Looks like a great party. Why not meet us there?

For more information about everything happening and how to get tickets, look here

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5/29/14

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For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “The Lands That Lie Between”, “Manifesting Something Better” and her new book “The Power of Your Psychic Dreams” , all from Foresight Publications, click here

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Spiritual Gardening

Gardening is an important aspect of my spiritual life and it’s a way for me to have a positive impact when it comes to caring for our planet.

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A few years ago, we had our property certified as an urban wildlife sanctuary through the Humane Society. Why?

Habitat loss is a major threat to our native birds. As a result, 50% of Connecticut’s native bird species are declining, and 17% are on the State’s Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern list. That is: 50 out of 290 regularly or annually occurring bird species in Connecticut are State-listed.

Bees, via pollination, are responsible for 15 to 30 percent of the food U.S. consumers eat. But in the last 50 years the domesticated honeybee population—which most farmers depend on for pollination—has declined by about 50 percent, scientists say. Unless actions are taken to slow the decline of domesticated honeybees and augment their populations with wild bees, many fruits and vegetables may disappear from the food supply.

What can you do? With a little effort, you can improve your property’s usefulness as a wildlife habitat, while at the same time preserving plants that are native to your state.

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I ALWAYS wanted a house on a corner lot because of the landscaping opportunity. It is like having two front yards. When I first looked at our property, I could “see” a circular path in the side yard with a huge center garden and flowers growing along the retaining wall and spilling over the sides. I could see it. I wanted it. And I did it. LOL

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We started with a small rock garden that featured indigenous wildflowers, a birdfeeder and a birdbath. We expanded each year, adding plants that support bees, hummingbirds, and small animals.

The Humane Society will send you a nifty sign for your wildlife garden and meeting their criteria isn’t difficult. Just visit this LINK, read the info and scroll down to where it says “Get your sign.”

I use a lot of herbs in my spiritual/healing work and also keep fresh flowers on my altars. It was inevitable that my herb garden and flower beds expanded every year. As my grandma was an avid gardener, I dedicated my first herb garden to her and my other ancestors and asked them to bless my garden.

My gardens incorporate many things. My property supports wildlife and indigenous plants, I honor my ancestors and other helping spirits with beautiful outdoor spaces and ask them to bless my garden and my work. When I use my herbs and flowers to make oils, waters and powders I know there’s a lot of love there and that growing my own ingredients provides an excellent foundation for my path.

I had a friend send me dirt and a few stones from Ireland, where my maternal ancestors are from. I incorporated this dirt into my herb garden, along with dirt from my grandma’s backyard and dirt from sacred places around the world.

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The garden is a wonderful place to pray, leave devotional offerings and perform healing ceremonies and prayer rituals. After a decade of pouring our love into this land, working with nature, remembering our sacred dead, offering our devotion to spirit…..well, this little patch of earth just sings with incredible energy. It’s such a pleasure to sit in the garden!

We also can our own veggies, jellies, pickles, sauces and soups with organic, heirloom ingredients.

Canning dill pickles from our garden harvest

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Thanks for visiting! Hope you’ll get some time outdoors today!

Blessings!

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Hoodoo Gone Wrong

Here’s a cautionary tale for those seeking teachers, especially over the internet.

A former housemate, whom I’ll call “Janet,” became very interested in hoodoo and southern conjure. She stumbled across a guy on You Tube who had a number of videos on this topic. He described himself as one of the few hoodoo teachers available today who is “authentic” and qualified to pass on knowledge. Indeed, in his videos, he did come off as knowledgeable, confident and eager to preserve spiritual and magical traditions that are unique to America. We’ll call him “Bubba.”

Bubba taught root work and southern conjure through private internet groups, chat rooms and private Facebook pages in addition to phone and email contact. His initial fee for new students seemed reasonable so Janet signed on. Things seemed copasetic, at least for a while.

Bubba had promised that he’d make private You Tube videos for his students that would demonstrate hoodoo altar work, mojo bags, jar spells and other work. During the several months that Janet remained involved, these never materialized. In the internet groups there were not many active students and those who were active posted mostly about Mexican Folk magic, Palo and Santeria—which have nothing to do with Hoodoo.

Bubba gave a book list and very basic instructions for hoodoo practices. Students were pretty much on their own and instructed to report the success or failure of their work back to Bubba. Since there was very little guidance or instruction from Bubba and not much interaction between the students it wasn’t long before Janet realized there was nothing for her to learn from Bubba that she could not have gleaned from her own research.

During her time as a student, she’d approached Bubba for divination and advice in private matters and at least in this regard he did seem to have some natural talent. However, trusting a relative stranger with personal information can be a mistake, as we shall see as the story moves on.

Janet decided to cut her losses and end her association with Bubba to find a more knowledgeable teacher. She is not one to hurt someone’s feelings if it can be avoided so she told Bubba that Hoodoo was not what she expected and she was moving on to explore other avenues. She didn’t insult him in any way and was polite and kind in how she handled it. Things seemed to go well, with both promising to remain in touch.

Janet had a full-time job in a retail setting and also sold spiritual crafts on eBay and Etsy in addition to taking college classes. She had also been a tarot reader for ten years and offered readings at local events. A few days after ending things with Bubba, she was called into the office at work. A customer supposedly called and complained that Janet had been rude to them. She was given a verbal warning to be polite with customers and to watch her language out on the floor. Janet hadn’t had any altercations with customers that she could recall and thought this was some sort of mistake.

The following week, she received negative feedback on both her Etsy and eBay accounts which ruined the perfect scores she had on those sites. Right after that, she was called into the office at work AGAIN over a customer complaint and this time she was given a written warning. The weeks went by with periodic complaints at work and negative feedback on her Etsy and eBay accounts until FINALLY the light came on and she realized that it might have something to do with Bubba – but by then it was too late.

When seeking divination and advice from Bubba, Janet had divulged health problems that her boyfriend had which affected his ability to function intimately. She also made the mistake of mentioning him by name and revealing all manner of personal info. Bubba, it seems, was still her friend on Facebook and it didn’t take him long to figure out which “friend” was her boyfriend.

Bubba sent her boyfriend private messages detailing everything he knew about the man’s personal issues and taunted and ridiculed him in the worst ways possible. Janet’s boyfriend felt so betrayed by her having shared his intimacy problems that he broke up with her.

Janet unfriended Bubba on all social media and attempted to sever all connections but the damage was done. Ebay shut down her seller’s account over negative feedback left by Bubba and his cronies and her boyfriend would not speak to her. She was fired from her job over repeated complaints and the icing on the cake was that Bubba and his friends filed false reports on her as a tarot reader on the Rip-off and fraud websites.

Janet had not been unkind to Bubba in any way, shape or form. There was no logical reason for him to perceive her as an enemy or to feel that revenge was warranted. Janet’s only “crimes” were failing to qualify a perspective teacher in advance and in divulging too much personal info to a stranger.

After the fact, we did some research on Bubba and found that his relationships with people and groups always become adversarial eventually—-usually sooner rather than later. He was banned from numerous chat rooms and online groups over his abusive behavior. Not one, but two of the top authors on the subject of Hoodoo have publicly outed him for plagiarizing their work. The list goes on and on.

Use caution in dealing with online readers and teachers! Bubba’s You Tube account has been closed and his blog and websites are gone. I heard he is operating under a new name now! Be careful, good people. Take your time and get to know whom you’re dealing with before any commitments are made.

Did I manifest triplets?

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Seriously, I often wonder about this!

When I was pregnant with my first child, for whatever reason, I became OBSESSED with the idea of having twins. Periodically throughout the day, I would rub my belly and pray for twins. I wanted this so much! I would often daydream about having twins, what I would name them, dressing them in cute clothes, etc. I probably devoted several hours a day to this fixation–praying, daydreaming, rubbing the belly and asking for twins day and night.

I was disappointed when ultrasounds showed only one baby! When my son was born, I quickly settled into motherhood and forgot all about my twin obsession. Two years later, I got pregnant again. I wondered why at 4 months along I looked ready to deliver! An ultrasound revealed that I was having TRIPLETS.

Now, I was only 20 years old at the time and about to go from one child to four, overnight. The doctors said it is statistically almost unheard of for someone so young to have triplets without the help of fertility drugs.

I was young, twins do not run in my family and the odds were very much against this happening. So, being a believer in prayer, I often wonder — did I manifest my triplets? Did I surrender myself so much to the asking that Spirit just had to deliver? (No pun intended.) Did I set this in motion? Had I not prayed fervently day and night for twins would I have had another single birth?

What is more, I didn’t just have twins but a third baby. Nothing like overkill!

Needless to say, when I step up to my altar or kneel in prayer, whether for myself or for someone else, I think about my triplets, and I frame my requests VERY CAREFULLY!

Blessings! And Happy Mother’s Day weekend everyone!

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Why spiritual advisors require a consultation

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A lot of people like to come to me for readings as, here in the northeast, you don’t see a lot of people using bone oracles. If all you’re interested in is a reading, you can just contact me to schedule one and there doesn’t need to be a lot of discussion about it.

But if you’re interested in any other sort of work be it healing/cleansing, altar work, ceremony, etc., then a CONSULTATION is a must and is simply a slightly more elaborate version of a reading.

There are a variety of reasons why a consultation is necessary and I will outline a few of those here:

Is your issue addressable with this work? We should not approach prayer or magic as if we are little children who should get everything we want because we’ve been good. What you want or the outcome that you are trying to achieve may not be in your best interest (in ways that you cannot see right now). Your goal may not be achievable or it may not be achievable through working with me— which brings me to the next point.

I may not be the right spirit worker for you! This is a heart-centered path that is dependent on faith and partnership. The strength of the spirit worker’s relationship with the Divine and with their saints and spirit guides will affect the outcome of your work with them, but so will your ability to petition your own ancestors and to try and work in partnership with all involved— whether living or in spirit.

You and the spirit worker and each of your ancestors and spirit helpers must all work in partnership with the Divine and with the powers of heaven and earth to support your path and accomplish your goals. That’s a lot of interconnecting pathways that can lead to actual miracles when things are right but be frustrating and disappointing if the rapport and the potential for trust are not there.

I’m not the grand poobah of spiritual work. I‘m not going to be right for everyone. Exploring the connections between us and the spirits we each work with is part of the consultation and is not a process that we can skip.

Humility and gratitude: I petition the spirits and humbly ask for their intercession, I do not make demands. This is a path of “empowerment” through reciprocal relationships and partnerships, not a contest of wills.

If you are awed and humbled each time spirit reaches out to you or grants you a blessing then we have a chance at being able to work together.

Areas of focus: My areas of focus are work for our ancestral dead and healing work for both the living and the dead; also prosperity work. I have successfully done altar work and petitions for other issues and will certainly do so again, but healing and support for the living and the dead is really where my heart is.

Relationship issues can frustrate people to the extreme and tempt them to put their ethics and common sense on the back burner. Please note that I usually will NOT take on a relationship issue as my first effort for a new client.

Ethical spiritual advisors won’t accept work without doing a consultation first to make sure that their spirits would be supportive of the work and to address the issues I’ve listed here. You can see why old school advisors won’t get involved with internet and phone work.

This pretty much sums up why a consultation is necessary for any service other than a reading. Thanks for reading this! Many blessings to you.

• How a good little Celtic Pagan girl got caught up in Hoodoo

I’ve been saying the same thing for years about my Irish Catholic ancestors and about American folk magic–it’s worth preserving!

Parting the Mists

I have a secret. I enjoy learning about Hoodoo.

Despite being what I consider a Celtic Eclectic Pagan, with a strong interest in the Avalonian path and in gleaning what I can about the ancient Celts, I’ve developed a fascination with American folk magic.

At first, I thought I should keep it to myself. Surely some of my peers would look askance as it didn’t seem to fit well with my primary path. After all, folk magic is often called low magic – and what did it have to do with connecting to my Celtic ancestry?

Well, I’ve realized it has a lot to do with it.

Horseshoe Horse shoes have been used for luck and protection for centuries.

Frankly, it was my Celtic path that brought me to American folk magic in its varied forms. One of the things my Hearth group does at Samhain is to ask the ancestors…

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