Hot Energy in February


Following are a few astrological tips for this month.

  • Between now and February 14th watch for a hot, impatient, impulsive energy that leads to either hasty actions or thoughtless, harmful words. If you are frustrated find a way to release some of the stress before having a conversation or taking an action.
  • Today is the new moon in Aquarius which also happens to be the Chinese new year. The new moon is a good time to plant seeds for a project you have in mind. Working consciously with the new moon gives us an opportunity to take the day to day actions that support a particular intention.

Scroll down to “As Above So Below” for more on the monthly new moon.

How are you doing with your happiness bowl?

Last month I wrote an article about using an anchor to help support a particular monthly intention. Scroll down to read January’s article.

Here are a couple of comments from people who decided to start a happiness bowl last month.

Using the bowl as an anchor worked well. It caught my attention on the days I didn’t put a marble in”. PC

“This week has been a hard one for me to focus in ….I still find myself doing acts of kindness but my thoughts are into story lately which is very distracting and has been making everything a struggle.

Today, I thought of my son and how much I loved him and how that love was unattached to any behaviour or actions and how it was so big and so much about all the thousands of little moments of holding hands, or hugging or talking or all these sweet moments over the years!

And then I thought “what would it be like to just pour all that love all over this moment and just love whatever was present without any attachment to changing things” … and that was wonderful … that was my act of kindness to myself today …as I struggle“. G.

Thanks to the people who shared their thoughts and experiences.


Enjoy your month! Catherine



The Happiness Bowl

We are coming up to the January new moon which also happens to be a solar eclipse. Although all eyes will be on the lunar eclipse later in the month the beginning of the cycle starts with the new moon.

The new moon is a good time to start a project and a solar eclipse amplifies the energy. For more information on new moons scroll down to As Above So Below.

Because it is both a new year and on January 5th a new moon I have a simple, fun, win/win project that I invite you to participate in. The start date for this project is January 5th or 6th or any new moon in the first few months of the upcoming year.

I wrote an article last month about imagining and connecting with the December 2019 future version of you that is healthier, happier and more fulfilled. If you missed it scroll down for December’s article.

In order to ensure that your healthiest, happiest, future version of self occurs let me share a simple, fun anchor that may help.

An anchor is a tool that reminds us to associate a desired state of mind with a related behavior/action. One of my favorite anchors is a happiness bowl.

For the purpose of this project, we are going to connect the happiness bowl anchor to a few positive statements and the power of three.

You will need a jar or bowl as well as some stones or marbles. I like marbles because for me they feel playful and are pretty. You can find marbles at Dollar stores, or places like Walmart.

Next, we are going to break the desired state of becoming healthier, happier and more fulfilled by the end of 2019 into weekly bite-size chews.

In other words, we are not waiting for something magical to happen to us a year down the road. We are proactively creating and experiencing the results of our intentions each week.

Following are three intentions/actions that you can use weekly.

“This week I will take three small or big actions that help me feel healthier and more vibrant”. (Make a list of activities that help you feel healthier.)

“This week I will take three small or big actions that help me feel happier and more lighthearted”. ( Make a list of activities or memories that help you feel lighthearted.)

“This week I will take three small or big actions that are kind”. ( Be spontaneous, kindness can be a sincere compliment or a small/big action.)

At the end of each day put a marble in your happiness bowl for each action you took that supported one or all of your three intentions.

Do a weekly check-in. At the end of each week, you should have nine (or more) marbles. If you don’t have at least nine, count how many you do have and recognize that even one marble is indicative of an intention supported by a related action.

Do you want to make this easier and more fun? Find three friends, family members, or coworkers to do this with. Send each other weekly emails giving feedback and encouragement. If you can’t find three even one is good.

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare! Not everything has to be big and dramatic. Over time consistent, small actions create solid, sustainable results.

Let me know how you are doing. Each month, for the next year, I will post your feedback regarding your personal or communal happiness bowl in my monthly newsletter.

When we feel healthy, happy and even in small ways think about kindness we become brighter. Together we can create a powerful, positive ripple effect.



New Moon in Aquarius February 4, 2019

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 February 4, 2019, at 15°of Aquarius (12:04 pm MST) the Full Moon is on February 19, 2019, at 0° of Virgo (6:54 am 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 4th 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 #11  

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 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.



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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.

If you like the idea of self-paced, in the comfort of your home distance learning, the Astrological Foundation Course is available.

New! For those of you who prefer a classroom experience, The Embodied Astrological program will begin in January 2020.

In the new format, the program will be broken down into 8-week segments. Depending on your interest you will be able to take a little bit of astrology or continue on with more advanced teachings.

New! Are you at an intermediate level of astrology and want to deepen and expand your understanding? Whole Health Astrology starts Fall 2019.

This course focuses on preventive health care and will work with the mental, emotional and physical challenges that arise with the various types of chart patterns.

Included in the course will be a) The study of the chakras and their relationship to astrology.  b) Astrology and Flower Essences.

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