A Whole Lotta Shaking Going ON


From an astrological perspective, there is quite a bit of shifting taking place in the month of November.  The nodes are changing signs, Jupiter just moved into the sign of Sagittarius where it will spend a year, Venus is going direct on November 16th and Mercury on the same day is going retrograde.

What does this all mean? Astrology is a good tool for naming and clarifying what cycles are occurring and their impact on sentient life. Even though we don’t always see it astrological cycles remind us the world is in constant change.

The most important job we humans have as part of an evolving, growing world is to the best of our ability, mindfully create each day.

Seems simplistic doesn’t it? However, three hundred and sixty-five days of mindfully creating makes for a year filled with stable, satisfying growth.

How do we do this? In whatever way works for you take a few moments each morning to center yourself, bringing your mind and body to the same place. At the end of the day take a few minutes to breathe, reflect, and let go of the day.

Again it seems too simple, doesn’t it? But imagine a busy world filled with people who start the day centering themselves which over time equates to being less reactive and more responsive. Then imagine a world filled with people who at the end of the day let go, no matter if the day held glory or grudges.

An idea to ponder and play with, you and me, one day at a time being our most mindful, creative selves. What a ripple we could create!

Enjoy your month! Catherine

Here are the dates for the upcoming Mercury retrograde: November 16th to December 6th, going from 13° Sagittarius back to 27° Scorpio.

How do we mindfully work with it? Notice the quality of your incoming and outgoing thoughts and conversations.

If you are unsure about a decision, purchase or course of action pause ( take a breath or better still take ten breaths), rethink and reinvestigate.

If you have been dealing with worry, anxiety, shallow breathing, sleeplessness or fatigue your nervous system is stressed. Make a commitment to find a way to strengthen, replenish and renew.

Following are two articles one I recently published in the latest edition of Mosaic Magazine called “Ambassadors For Hope”  and the other by Gerri Aiudi called “Craniasacral Therapy and the Avenue of Expression”.


Ambassadors of Hope        Catherine Potter

Each year we are impacted by several astrological cycles which means, we always have a mixed bag of energy that we are working with.

In astrology, the planets represent a particular type of energy/principle/natural law that we find in nature. Any energy found in nature is of course also found here on Earth. As above, so below.

Astrological cycles indicate where (what astrological sign) a particular planet is and what relationship it is forming with other planets as they journey through each one of the signs.

When I give an astrological overview for an upcoming year I like to talk about the energy that Jupiter brings to the celestial smorgasbord.

Jupiter represents the principle of expansion and abundance. Abundance is relative to a person’s perception. However, in the case of Jupiter, abundance relates to how light-filled, perceptive, inclusive and happy we are. When we feel light-filled we automatically spread it around. The same is true when we feel a lack of light which puts us into a scarcity-based, survival mentality.

I will come back to Jupiter in a moment because I want to pull out from the cosmic soup Pluto’s lengthy transit through the sign of Capricorn. Pluto personally and globally shows us what needs to disassemble/die in order for us to find a deeper truth. Capricorn relates in part to leadership.

People often take on leadership roles before they are developed enough to handle them in a responsible, mindful, discerning manner. When a person has taken on a leadership role prematurely (not necessarily an age-related issue) their desire for leadership and the power that comes with it often becomes a messy ego driven ride.

We have been witnessing the falling apart, and although we can’t always see it, the rebirthing of all types of leadership and related structures.

Globally we have seen leaders who mirror our darkest, instinctive desires and fears as well as those who mirror our more noble desires such as the desire for equality, fairness, unity, tolerance and a win/win perspective.

Back to Jupiter. In December 2019 through December 2020, Jupiter will join Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. There is the potential for the birth of a higher standard for leadership that will evolve over a period of several decades.

We will continue to focus on personal and global themes relating to boundaries, businesses, man-made laws and who has or doesn’t have the ability to step into leadership roles with integrity, honor and a more inclusive, win/win perspective.

The future is not written in stone. Collectively you and I decide in a conscious or unconscious way how we want our future to unfold. We decide by voting or hiring people to run our corporations and countries. We can create a future filled with fear and scarcity or we can create a future with unlimited possibility that comes from an interconnected global perspective and a win/win attitude.

Before Jupiter aligns with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn it will spend a year (November 2018 through November 2019) in Sagittarius.

What that means is we have a year to grow and fill ourselves with a lighter, broader, more abundant point of view.  And then spread the word through related actions.

Our message can be that there is a better way than your way or my way. There is a third way where we can all gain.

There is also a better way to lead. Let’s spend a year searching, learning and looking for ways that create win/win scenarios. If we personally spend a year learning, sharing and talking about expanded, creative visions and ideas we will then know what qualities to look for in our leaders of industry, government, religion, media, education, etc.

This year when you find yourself in a rigid, restrictive mindset, ask yourself “how can I approach this differently? What can help open my thinking/perspective”?

If you are in a head to head, blocked situation with someone, ask for their help so that you can meet halfway and find a solution that leaves everyone heard and happier. If need be, find an unbiased mediator.

Find groups to join that support diversity, abundance for all and integrity in leadership.

Let’s work together and be ambassadors of hope supporting a vision for a healthier, happier, abundant world.

Following is a list of reading materials and resources to get you growing:

  • Non-Violent Communication (PuddleDancer Press, 2015) by Marshal Rosenberg. I think this should be a textbook for people in any type of leadership role. Parents, you are also leaders; read this book!
  • Seven Habits for Healthy Kids (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008) by Sean Covey supports the development of future leaders. It can also be a Coles version of the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Simon & Schuster, 1989) by Stephen Covey. You will start out thinking you are reading a children’s book and then realize that the book has some good strategies for adults.
  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader; Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow (Thomas Nelson, 1999) by John C Maxwell is another great book.
  • The Leader’s Way (Broadway Books, 2009) by the Dalai Lama. We can learn so much from this person who embodies integrity and grace in leadership.
  • TED Talks (which are free) have a plethora of speakers. Look for ones that light you up and promote feelings of hope and well-being.


CranioSacral Therapy and the “Avenue of Expression”    Gerri Aiudi

The effect of assessing and naming an emotion, which is referred to as labeling in mindfulness practice, allows us to separate from the raw intensity of an experience and drop into a place of emotional clarity (Tom Valeo). The sharing and voicing of these emotions allow for a witnessing which brings further understanding to the situation. In the same way, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) can open you up to a world of expression in your face and voice that is both powerful and transformational. It can allow you to discharge pent-up words and emotions when choosing to speak more mindfully. CST can undress you from years of filtering and masking your voice to bring you to the place that is essential you without judgements or reactions.


CranioSacral Therapy refers to the area of your body associated with your voice as the “Avenue of Expression”. This includes the bones, tissues and fluids associated with the face, the upper and lower jaws, and the throat, chest and diaphragm. This work encompasses the energy centers of the third eye, throat, heart and solar plexus. The throat center is primarily associated with communication, but the respiratory diaphragm enables us to breath freely and opens up the chest and heart to communicating from a place of compassion.


Using the power of sound to reclaiming your voice can be as simple as starting with an exercise of closing your eyes and mouth, and humming in a low pitch. Notice how the sound vibrates through various areas of your body. Continue this for 3 to 5 minutes. Notice where your awareness and where the vibrations take you …to your belly, your chest, your throat, your jaw, your head?  Feel your body in the silence that follows. “Sometimes the most important thresholds of mystery are places of silence” (John O’Donnohue).


Likewise, using CST, you can release structures of the face, throat, and chest in order to express your words, sounds and emotions in a more authentic way. “You represent an unknown world that begs you to bring it to voice” (John O’Donnohue).

For more information about Gerri go to www.gerriaiudi.com

New Moon in Scorpio November 7, 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 November 7, 2018, at 15°of Scorpio (9:02 am MST) the Full Moon is on November 22, 2018, at 0° of Gemini (10:39 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  catherinepotter@shaw.ca

Following is a list of where the November 7th new moon falls and a few ideas on how to work with it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 this part of your life 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, healthcare 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 2018/2019

Catherine’s Classes

November 27th at 6:00 pm Information Evening with Catherine Potter.

Would you like to learn more about upcoming astrology classes?

What about the Practical Mysticism series starting with Applied Metaphysics in February 2019.

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February 2019

Applied Metaphysics  with Catherine Potter
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to test, experience, apply and integrate metaphysics into your life.

In this four-month course, we will explore the nature of reality, natural laws, journey through the chakras and more………

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Are you curious about astrology? Do you want a tiny tidbit of information or immerse yourself in an in-depth program?

At Northern Star College we have something for everyone. Catherine Potter offers the following courses.

If you like the idea of self-paced, in the comfort of your home distance learning, the Astrological Foundation Course, will be available September 21, 2018.

For those of you who prefer a classroom experience The Embodied Astrological Certification program will begin September 2019. We will accept applications in February 2019.

Are you at an intermediate level of astrology and want to deepen and expand your understanding? Astrology and Practical Mysticism which starts with an in-class weekend may be just what you’re are looking for. After the in-class weekend, you will receive 16 email lessons which take you on a journey to discover the interconnection of the cosmos, the manifest and unmanifest realms and the chakras. Start date February 2019.

For those of you who want to dip your toe in celestial waters but not jump in Ali-sun Morgon has a 4-week Introduction to the Signs beginning January 2019.

For more information regarding the astrology courses contact Catherine or Northern Star College 

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Northern Star College Courses



Follow this link Crystalline Gem Therapy certificate program starts October 2018.

Follow this link Tarot Certificate program begins October 2018

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