Karma and a Discerning Mind


In the northern hemisphere, it is the time of the year when naturally our thoughts turn towards harvesting what has been sown. In other words, we look at the results of the choices we made otherwise know as “receiving/reaping” karma.

In the springtime or at any point in the year when we have a desire for something new, a person with a discerning mind looks at possibilities and tries to determine which choice(s) and related actions offer the best potential for a nourishing, happy, expansive life. This is the point when we purposely or unknowingly plant karmic seeds.

In order to mindfully harvest and discern the quality and results of what we have sown, we need to be discerning, understand digestion/assimilation, and create some quiet and empty space for the purpose of self-connection.

At the harvest stage of creation, a discerning mind begins to evaluate the internal and external repercussions of repeated thoughts, habits, actions and alliances. In other words, we question whether our thoughts and actions took us or are in the process of taking us to our intended goal.

In order to determine how a particular food, persons or experiences are impacting us we need to have some empty space, some quiet time to go inwards.

Once you give yourself the time to observe the results of actions taken, it automatically opens a connection between your thinker and feeler.

During that quiet period when our mind turns inward, we will notice how well we are digesting and assimilating our mental, emotional and physical experiences.

By taking a short period of time to go inwards and discern the” result of” as opposed to the” idea of ” a particular choice, we get connected to our digestive system. We then notice how a particular food, pace, person or experience impacts us.

Going inwards and checking on how well you are digesting will give you a chance to determine if something is nourishing.

Did whatever you ingest give you energy, did it give you heartburn, heartache or make you feel dull-witted and sluggish? Did it nourish and soothe or did it sedate?

If we have to override our body’s signals or emotionally sedate ourselves chances are our thoughts, actions and interactions with others are not nourishing. It is an indication to stop or adjust your approach.

Can you imagine the nourishment and happiness that would come from taking the time to go within in order to question the quality and impact of our thoughts and interactions with others?

Once going inward and observing is part of our regular self-care we only need a small, consistent amount of time.  A few crucial minutes when our breath, mind, feelings and body sync and connect.

It is then easier to decide whether we want to continue ingesting or make some adjustments to a particular experience whether it be repeated thoughts, actions or interactions with others.

During periods where we choose to take on a larger load, we need to increase that inner restful, quiet period. Those might be times where we are helping to support others or moving towards a significant long-term goal.

When we step away from a judgemental posture and add a dash of compassion it can be interesting and freeing to develop a keen, discerning mind as well as learn about the harvest, reaping part of karma.

Enjoy your month! Catherine

click read more for an article by Skye MacLachlan on Gemstones and Prosperity.

Gems to Attract Wealth and Prosperity     Skye MacLachlan

I love studying the ancient history of gemstones and it might come as no surprise that even our ancestors were interested in wealth attracting gems. Many of the gems listed here have been used for hundreds of years to attract money. Here are a few guidelines to pick a gemstone prosperity helper.

First of all, wealth gems work to raise your vibration to a level where you’re able to manifest your dreams. Some also open doors and attract helpers to you, helpers who know something about prosperity – something you need to know. They inspire you to take the right actions and have the right attitude to align with abundance.

Remember that your own intuition is your greatest guide when choosing a wealth attracting gem. Ask to be guided to your prosperity gem and then notice which gem you’re drawn to. It might be only one gem or it may be many.

Here are a few of the gems that have given the best wealth attracting results.

  • Citrine is universally honored for bringing prosperity. It’s a gem that looks like liquid sunshine and helps money to grow. It also unwinds and releases toxic beliefs that you might carry about money. Place a beautiful piece of citrine in your purse and ask it to help you attract prosperity.
  •  If you tend to worry about money, aventurine helps you look at your relationship with money as an adventure that’s always unfolding. Aventurine will bring fun and playfulness to your experience of attracting new wealth.
  • Pyrite was often mistaken for gold in ancient times and is considered a powerful gold attracting gem. It assists you to become grounded and follow through on those amazing wealth attracting ideas that you have. It also taps you on the shoulder and tells you to stop spending money that you don’t have. As a result, the dollars multiply in your wallet!
  •  Jade releases old fears that haunt you about money. This is a particularly helpful stone if you tend to have lower back pain, an indication that fear has built up in your body. Jade unwinds and negates these fears a step at a time. It may work more slowly than other wealth attracting gems but jade has strong, long lasting results.
  • Golden Topaz or Imperial Topaz is perfect if you’re starting a new business or your current business needs an extra boost of success. Place it in the southeast area of your business to work most effectively. Or, if you have a cash register, put it in with the money.
  •  Golden Rutilated Quartz gives you the optimism and energy to overcome all obstacles to attracting wealth. It will bring new awareness that can change your life and how you approach your relationship with prosperity.
  •  Eye Agate protects the wealth that you have. It helps to avoid robberies and shores up your money so it doesn’t flow away from you.
  •  Blue Kyanite helps you to meet the right people. Remember that who we know and who we spend time with has a huge impact on our wealth attracting energy. Blue Kyanite acts like a bridge to connect you with the auspicious people that you need to meet.

Whichever gemstone you choose to attract wealth, remember to cleanse it and charge it first. Then ask the gem to help you attract financial prosperity in a manner that’s for your highest good and that harms no one. Then enjoy the adventure of working with the beautiful gemstone kingdom to attract greater wealth into your life!


New Moon in Virgo September 9, 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 September 9, 2018, at 17°of  Virgo (12:01 pm MDT) the Full Moon is on September  24, 2018, at 2° of Aries (8:52 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 this 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 September new moon falls and a few ideas on how to work with it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 toward 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

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