Fate and Free Will


A friend recently asked my opinion regarding Uranus going into (transiting) the sign of Taurus from 2018 through early 2026.

She had read on the internet some rather dire predictions, related to Uranus, regarding the economy and earth changes.

Based on that conversation I would like to clarify a few points regarding astrological cycles.

  • No planetary cycle acts alone. It is easy to understand this if we think about the new and full moon cycle each month. There are three celestial bodies involved in that cycle, the location of the sun and moon relative to the earth.
  • Astrologers can predetermine astrological cycles. Astrological cycles correlate with minor and major external events in the world which we are ” fated” to deal with.
  • Once an astrologer predicts the flavor of what type of energy is being created, as well as suggestions on how to work with that type of energy the rest is up to the choices that an individual(s) make.
  • Based on our personal astrological blueprints we experience astrological cycles (transits) in a variety of ways. A cycle may create tension, flow or is more neutral.
  • We all handle energy in a different way. Tension producing cycles may collapse one person and motivate another. Flowing ones can produce amazing results or be so “easy” that we go with what we know.
  • The last, and what I consider a very important point, takes us to choice, free will and levels of development. Not everyone in the world is at the same point in their evolution. Meaning, there are people who have more/less insight, clarity and integration than we do.
  • Someone with different skills/talents and more integration can come up with ideas and solutions we may not have even considered. Let’s face it there are some brilliant minds amongst our fellow humans.

Back to transiting Uranus through Taurus. Uranus, astrologically speaking is symbolic of a “breakthrough, crack you open, think out of the box” type of energy.

Taurus is a highly creative energy which produces tangible results. At a more integrated, interconnected level of expression Taurus is the embodiment of nature.

Nature is creative! It is interconnected! It is abundant! It is inclusive – doesn’t matter what species you are, you benefit from the abundance of nature.

Do you think it is time to learn and mimic what this amazing planet has been teaching the human species since we first evolved?

If we combine man-made technological advances with the intelligence of nature what we can dream and create over the next decade(s) is unlimited.

Let’s make good personal and collective choices. Remember it is fate and free will not fate or free will

Enjoy your month! Catherine


Scroll down for articles on ” Cranialsacral and Stem Cells” featuring Gerri Aiudi.

Remember to go to the Northern Star College site to read articles by  Skye MacLachlan and Laurie Szott- Rogers as well as detailed course information.

For astrology buffs who like to keep track of the monthly new moon cycle scroll down to “As Above So Below”.

The calendar section has some new postings.

Need a little time out to relax and renew? Go to the “Listening Room“. There are a couple of guided meditations.

In honor of Earth Day – April 22nd, the Listening Room features a spoken word/ popular song combo titled “I Hear the Ocean Weep” and Anna Beaumont’s beautiful and haunting rendition of “We’ve Got the Whole World“.

Every couple of months I will change the content so keep checking back.

 Cranialsacral and Stem Cells       Gerri Aiudi

In our bodies, there is a reservoir of amazing cells called stem cells that can both create and sustain life. Adult stem cells can be found in the bone marrow of flat bones such as the sternum (breastbone) or ileum (hip bone). These bone marrow stem cells are undifferentiated and have the ability to give rise to a number of cell types. There is much excitement in the medical world around the possibilities of stem cell to treat diseases or injuries in the body.

In fact, stem cells can be found in virtually every tissue in your body. Just looking at your knee; there are stem cells in every type of tissue from the synovium, ligaments and cartilage to the fat pad. Their primary role is to maintain a healthy environment (TEDx Harry Adelson). They can sense when there is an injury or invading microbes and signal the body to start a healing process. They initiate a release of proteins that control inflammation, kill invading microbes and signal the body to repair damaged tissue (TEDx Daniel Kota). Pain occurs when these cells are depleted or unable to keep up with the demand in the area.

The question, then, is how do we recruit our own body to repair and heal?

Using mindful internal dialogue, you can develop a rapport with your own tissues. Like in a body scan, become attentive to your sensations. And then, with a creative curious mind, notice what is happening in your internal landscape.

When experiencing craniosacral therapy, it is often easier to drop into such a process: notice the tissue, stop to listen, feel, and be curious about what you are perceiving. Ask the injured site, what is needed to help it heal? You will need your imagination on board.

If stem cells are needed in the area, then place one hand on a flat bone and connect with the bone marrow in this area. Ask this area to send stem cells to the injury. Place the other hand on the injured site. You will need to connect with each area and imagine an energy path from one to the other (Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, 2018).

This process is the same in each of these meditations with your cells. It’s like an invite to a gathering where you are really getting to know and dialogue with your cells. It is part of a journey where you get to know your insides.

© 2016 Gerri Aiudi is a massage therapist who specializes in using CranioSacral Therapy to bring awareness and mindfulness. She has over 25 years experience and works with a wide variety of physical and emotional issues.  http://www.gerriaiudi.com/


As Above So Below

New Moon in Aries April 15, 2018

Living In Sync With The Monthly Solar/Lunar Cycles

Once a year the new moon (for the period of a month) will highlight a particular area of your life. When I refer to a month I’m referencing the lunar not calendar month.

Working consciously with the new moon helps you to be in harmony with nature and your own unique timing and flow.

DID YOU KNOW at the time of a new moon the sun and moon are conjunct meaning they are at the same degree in a particular sign. This is why new moon periods are considered ideal times for starting a project – imagine dynamic and magnetic energy fusing together.


The New Moon is on April 15, 2018, at 26°of Aries (7: 57 pm MDT) the Full Moon is on April 29, 2018, at 9° of Scorpio (6:58 pm MDT).


Scroll down to the end of this article for Sun Sign dates.

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  • The new moon is a good time to set intentions, look for resources and take actions that support growth in the area of your life the new moon falls in.
  • Continue to focus and build energy around your projects until the full moon after that re-evaluate and look at where you are with whatever you seeded at the new moon. You should have greater clarity at this point as to what is working or what isn’t. Look at what changes you need to make – after the full moon, the energy begins to wane becoming more reflective.

How to work with the cycles:

If you don’t know your ascendant read the description based on your Sun sign (month you were born) please see Sun Sign dates at end of the article.

If you know your ascendant/rising sign read the description for the house the new moon falls in according to your ascendant. (to determine ascendant you need to know the time of day you were born).

Please remember this is not a complete picture of all the cycles taking place in your life. Have Fun!!!!!   Interested in  studying astrology or booking an astrological or hypnotherapy session call or email Catherine at 780 447-3667  catherinepotter@shaw.ca

Following is a list of where the April new moon falls and a few ideas on how to work with it.

Aries Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for # 1

Taurus Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #12

Gemini Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #11     

Cancer Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #10

Leo Sun/ Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #9 

Virgo Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #8 

Libra Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #7 

Scorpio Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #6

Sagittarius Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for#5 

Capricorn Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #4

Aquarius Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #3  

Pisces Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #2     

Read the following list for some of the basic house associations (areas of life). Once a year the sun and moon come together and activate a particular area of your chart. When the new moon falls in one of these areas it is a natural time to focus your attention on and make minor, or if there are other cycles to support it, major changes.

#1 Keywords: outer mask, personality, disposition, appearance, physical body, health, beginnings.

Suggestions: During this month you will experience your birthday (sun sign’s) which is your natural new year. Happy Solar Return! Take time to question whether your appearance, physical health and the mask you wear in the world is congruent with how you internally see yourself. The new moon is a good time to start making changes that allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin.

#2 Keywords: values, self-value and worth, possessions, financial affairs, earning ability, debts, talents/gifts.

Suggestions: During the new moon cycle look at how you are managing your material resources. What changes can you make that will help you feel nourished and secure? What talent do you possess that if developed will bring you satisfaction and possible material gain? What do you consider valuable – what does this reflect back about self-worth and values?

#3 Keywords: all forms of communication (talking, listening, and writing) and communication tools, learning and taking in new ideas, perception, neighborhood, siblings, means of transportation, short trips.

Suggestions: Now is the time to look at bringing in resources that further develop communication and encourage growth in your perception of you and your perception of the world. Take the time to quickly write down (don’t edit and over analyze) how you see the world and you may find that earlier childhood perceptions color it. On a mundane level this is a good time to have fun and buzz around town, Take a look at what you are reading, watching, listening to and what type of conversations you participate in – how do these activities make you feel?

#4 Keywords: physical home, parents, ancestral lineage, psychological roots, private life, real estate and property.

Suggestions: There is a focus on the family which can be as simple as spending more time with them or on a deeper level exploring what qualities and beliefs you inherited from them. It is a good time to look at making changes in your home or making a move. Question, whether your home reflects who you are now. If you walked through and observed it through the eyes of a stranger what would it say about you?

#5 Keywords: creativity, romance, love, children, pregnancy, what you do for fun, hobbies, sports, speculation.

Suggestions: Look at what brings you joy and makes you feel open-hearted. Do you find time to play? What outlet do you have for creative expression? This is a good time to focus on children – spending time with them or depending on your age procreation. If you’ve been involved with activities that make you feel passionate, alive and overflowing with love, share it – if you haven’t, find some.

#6 Keywords: work, health, health-care routines, responsibility, service, pets, employees.

Suggestions: This is the time to look at how well you take care of yourself and what your energy level is like. Do you feel strong, radiant, and vibrant? If not consider making adjustments to self-care routines. Look at your attitude towards work and service. Do you love what you do and enjoy continuing to grow in either a job, volunteer position etc? When we feel competent in some area of our life we often end up sharing our gift with others which is entirely different than resentfully doing something for others.

#7 Keywords: partnerships both business and romantic, marriage, divorce, partnership agreements, what may be weak and undeveloped in ourselves that we explore through a partner (consciously or unconsciously), dealing with the public.

Suggestions: This is the time to start, renew, or leave a partnership. Whether in a relationship or not, for a deeper understanding of this area of your life consider the following. When you are in a relationship, what is your level of commitment? Do you tend to project on your partner undeveloped or disowned parts of yourself? Do you understand the difference between dependence, independence and interdependence?

#8 Keywords: regeneration, transformation, surgery/health, death, sex, and financial/ physical/psychological support you receive from others, insurances, inheritances, research, investigation.

Suggestions: When the new moon falls in this house you have an opportunity to look beneath the surface and explore the following – Your beliefs regarding, death or any type of transformation –such as the ending of a job, relationship or entrenched values/patterns.

Your beliefs regarding sex, intimacy, and the understanding of sexual energy as a life force. Your beliefs regarding how much support you have in the world.

#9 Keywords: travel, education, religion, philosophy, ethics, natural laws, laws, visions, higher mind, foreigners, foreign dealings.

Suggestions: Whether for fun or to shake up your routine and limited beliefs there is an opportunity to explore and potentially expand your view of the world and personal ethics/philosophy through study, travel or just taking the time to experience different cultures.

#10 Keywords: profession, destiny, reputation (how the world sees you), status, fame, employer, government/authority, business activities.

Suggestions: Look at what role you play in your community (it will change at different periods of your life) for example parent, business mogul, baker, volunteer, outcast, actor and question if it is a good fit. It can be easy to get locked into roles and positions that don’t fulfill who we are and our life purpose (yes we all have a purpose).

#11 Keywords: friends and our attitudes to them, clubs and social groups we align ourselves with, organizations, humanitarian interests, future directions and goals, circumstances beyond our control.

Suggestions: What goals and directions do you envision for your future? It is easier to accomplish goals when aligned with friends and/or groups that support and have similar dreams/visions for the future. That could be a recovery group, business organization, political party or a cooking club. If you have a goal, chances are, someone else has a similar or at least compatible one –seek them out.

#12 Keywords: transcendence, spiritual and psychic experiences, escapism, karma, liberation, confinement, hospitals, institutions, hidden strengths and weaknesses.

Suggestions: When the new moon falls in this area of one’s life it is time to retreat and let go of the world and our place in it. Now is the time to dream, meditate, create and/or be in nature. Withdraw but don’t escape in unhealthy ways.

SUN SIGN DATES: Aries: March 19/ 20 – April 19, Taurus: April 19 – May 20, Gemini: May 20 – June 20, Cancer: June 20- July 22, Leo: July 22 – August 22, Virgo: August 22 – September 22, Libra: September 22- October 22, Scorpio: October 22- November 21, Sagittarius: November 21- December 21, Capricorn: December 21 – January 20, Aquarius: January 20, – February 18/19 Pisces: February 18/ 19 – March 19/ 20.

Calendar 2018

Catherine’s  Courses

Summer Astrology Workshop 2018

Astrology and Practical Mysticism

Take your astrology knowledge to a whole new level with this holistic 5 – day astrology workshop. Participants need to have a knowledge of aspects and transits.

Facilitator Catherine Potter

Date July 12 – July 16, 2018, 9 am -5 pm

Cost $825 Enrol by May 15th $725     light vegetarian lunch provided

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September – November 2018


Practical Mysticism Part 2

Meditation, Mindfulness and Developing Intuition through Inner Imagery.


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Parts 1 and 2 can be taken separately without enrolment in the whole course.




Northern Star College Courses


Wise Woman Within Certificate program begins September 2018

Crystalline Gem Therapy Certificate certificate program starts October 2018.

Tarot Certificate program begins October 2018


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