Getting Off the Crazy-making Train


It is important for us to keep up with local and world events. It can also be fun to hear about some of the more trivial bits of information.

But….. when we don’t take the time to occasionally shut off the flow of incoming information we start to go for a ride on the crazy-making train.

Once we are on that train we lose our ability to center our self as well as lack discernment regarding the quality of incoming information.

Some of the symptoms of overload include agitation, the inability to sleep, worry, which may eventually turn into chronic anxiety, as well as a run-down immune system.

We are all wired differently which means the amount of time we need away from phones, social media, and news reports will differ.

In an ideal situation, we would have a “quality” shut down period daily.

An information shut down period might include quality family time without any phones/computers/tv’s, engaging in any type of physical or mental activity that allows you to unwind, and/or calming, introspective time.

Pay attention to your need to stay “tuned in”. If the idea of “turning off” for an hour during your waking day seems drastic, consider that you might be taking the first step towards the crazy-making train.

Unwind and enjoy your month! Catherine


Scroll down for a new article ” Dem Bones” 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 or other astrology news, keep scrolling down to the astrology section

The calendar section has some new postings.

If you haven’t been to the “Listening Room” there are a couple of guided meditations as well as a new “spoken word combined with popular song” piece featuring myself and Anna Beaumont. Every couple of months I will change the content so keep checking back.



“Dem Bones”    Gerri Aiudi

Our bones are the one part of us that remain on this earth long after the rest of our bodies have decomposed. They have a more permanent footprint, and according to social anthropologists, are “richly filled with meaning” (Weingrod).

Some may think of our bones as an inert structure much like “dry dead sticks” forming a frame for our body (National Science Foundation, Ask a Biologist). In reality, our bones have a dynamic nature with constantly growing and reabsorbing cells. Your skeleton is basically a type of connective tissue that is made of compact and spongy sections. Spongy bone has open spaces much like your kitchen sponge! As connective tissue, bone is also intimately involved with other parts of your body… communicating, supporting, moving and storing. This living tissue has its own blood vessels, nerves, and a more flexible interior called the bone marrow. In the bone marrow, there are undifferentiated cells called stem cells that can form specialized tissue. The bone marrow is where red blood cells, platelets, and most white blood cells are produced. Thus, it is involved in immune functions and regulation.

Again, the best way to get a sense of this part of your body is to spend time in your mediation bringing awareness to your bones. When I spend time focusing on the living tissue of my bones, then I get a totally different awareness within myself. I notice my solidness and I feel more grounded, more centered and more in touch with my core. I can use this when going into situations that tend to unground me. In comparison, I can focus on my skin during meditation and get more of a sense of expansiveness with definition. In other words, a sense of myself in its wholeness with a boundary.

Bringing your attention to various structures in your body can provide you a whole new set of tools for dealing with situations energetically. Even focusing your attention on various aspects of your skeletal tissue can be interesting. For example, have you ever thought of being with the air spaces within your bones? What would that feel like? Or what would it be like to be with the fluids in your bones? This is a form of body scan meditation which can be both healing and useful in various situations.

© 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. See


 Move Towards What You Want   Catherine Potter

In my practice as an astrologer and hypnotherapist people talk to me about changes they want to make. Even though there has been a vast amount of information over the last decade about manifesting and creating your reality people still often focus on getting away from what they don’t want.

When we are distressed about a situation or a reoccurring theme in our life it makes sense that we want to get away from it. However, when we focus our attention on “getting away from something or someone” we inevitably meet the same situation in our future.

One of my favorite stories is about a person who asks a village wise person what they will encounter if they move to a new village.

The wise person asked what the person had been experiencing in their current location and was told that there was tension with neighbors and stress with their spouse.

So the wise person told them that in the new village they would encounter the same thing.

The point of the story is until we change something in ourselves we can change location and people but over time the same patterns show up.

It is great to have a fresh start such as a new job, home, or relationship. But it is only a fresh start when we truly feel we have finished a pattern or released old emotional congestion.

Once that happens we can then focus on what we want to “move towards” and create it in our future.

Pay attention to your language when you are thinking or speaking about what you want and see if your focus is more on what you don’t want. Examples such as, I don’t want to have bad relationships anymore, I don’t want to be unhealthy, I don’t want to be financially stressed, is a great step in recognizing that you desire change.

The next step is to move towards what you do want in a step by step manner.

Using the above example of “I don’t want to be unhealthy” reframed as “I want a strong, healthy body is moving towards something”. It is easier then to track whether your daily choices support your goal.







New Moon in Aquarius February 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 (Solar Eclipse) is on February 15, 2018, at 27°of Aquarius (2: 06 pm MST) the Full Moon is on March 1, 2018, at 11° of Virgo (5:51 pm MST).


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, neighbourhood, 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.

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Astrology and Practical Mysticism

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Practical Mysticism

Applied Metaphysics Part 1 with Catherine Potter
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