More Than Meets The Eye


I like the phrase “more than meets the eye”. It implies that there is more to something or someone than there appears to be at first glance.

The phrase can apply to something positive or challenging and we tend to use it when we get an internal message that there is something going on beneath the surface of a person or situation that is not visible.

When we think of this phrase in a metaphysical way it takes us into the realm of questioning the nature of reality. Questions such as “are we more than just this personality and this lifetime”, arise.

Usually, if we ponder those types of questions long enough, without even realizing it, we may have stepped onto a path towards self-realization. Self-realization is the “fulfillment of one’s potential” and translates to a desire to know and manifest more of who we are.

Eventually, as we continue to expand in positive ways we experience something that esoteric teachings refer to as personality/soul fusion. Our essential nature (aka soul) and our personality fuse and act as one.

Like a cup, we fill up with our essential nature’s energy which allows for a more integrated, holistic, inclusive, creative, and purpose-filled life.

Historically, most of the examples of self-realized beings were religious figures such as prophets, monks, saints, etc. Yet not everyone who seeks self-realization is meant to walk a monastic or religious path.

As we reframe ancient, esoteric teachings making them relevant for current times we see that anyone who lives (not just talks about) a life that supports holistic principles* would be on the path towards self-realization.  This could be the parent, artist, world leader or baker who are “living teachers” of the above principles.

At no time in our past has there been so much information and resources that support an opportunity to experience more of our personal and collective potential and evolution. So, what might stop us from wholeheartedly reaching for this growth?

Fear of the unknown, the inability to imagine a different, better future and holding onto the old stories that define us and the successes and suffering associated with them.

Letting go of old stories doesn’t mean we have to change occupations, locations or relationships but it does mean we have to let our perception of ourselves and how we engage the world to grow.

It is scary to retire our stories so new ones can emerge. Our ego (sense of self) likes our stories, it is how we define who we are, make connections and get our needs met. However, when we let go we then have a rich, fertile, empty space for something new to grow in.

In that fertile, empty space, we integrate our previous experiences and with courage and imagination create new personal and collective archetypes that embody holistic principles.

Is it possible that you are getting an inner message that is reminding you to pay attention, that it is time to open to more of who you are?  Do you think you are more than meets the eye?

Enjoy your month! Catherine

*Principles that embrace justice and fairness for all; inclusivity, compassion and interconnection (the understanding that all life forms are connected and in relationship with each other and that to harm one harms all).





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New Moon in Taurus May 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 May 4, 2019, at 14°of Taurus (4:46 pm MDT) the Full Moon is on May 18, 2019, at 27° of Scorpio (3:11 pm MDT).


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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 (the 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 May 4th  new moon falls and a few ideas on how to work with it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2019

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Intuition, Mindfulness and Meditation  with Catherine Potter
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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 in 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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