When No-one Is Watching


For the past few years, the collective conversation has often focused on a lack of integrity and a lack of good leadership in politics, corporations, media, and a variety of organizations.

Jupiter, the planet that correlates to expansion, in December 2019 is transiting into Capricorn where it will stay for a year. Capricorn is an archetypal energy that in part relates to leadership.

Saturn has been transiting through Capricorn for the past two years. Saturn correlates to structures and boundaries that we put in place. These boundaries are either motivated by something real and tangible or by feelings of fear and lack

Slow moving Pluto, the planet connected to transformation, has also been transiting Capricorn since 2008.

With Jupiter coming to the party there is the potential for slow, positive, forward thinking growth. Why, do I use the word slow which isn’t one typically associated with Jupiter?

Because it takes time to change the foundations and structures of our society. Working with integrity and in an integrated way means we appreciate and learn from what was previously built while integrating new ideas and technologies. In other words, we don’t throw away we reuse, recycle and reimagine.

But what about you and me? How can we contribute and impact the world in positive ways by showing leadership?

Let me tell you about an interesting thing that happened

while I was picking up my granddaughter from school last week. I was standing alone, a few minutes before the end of the day bell rang. A young male student who looked to be anywhere from grade 6 – 8 came walking by.

I think he was also waiting for a younger student but what caught my attention was that while waiting he started to put some of the bits of garbage that had collected on the grass in the garbage container.

Other than me, there weren’t any adults around to see him quietly picking up the little bits of garbage that had been blown around by the wind.

At one point our eyes met and I just smiled and he smiled in return. But what I thought was ” look at you, a leader in the making”.

My granddaughter happens to go to one of the schools in the Edmonton public system that has “the Leader In Me “program . From kindergarten through grade twelve, the children are taught leadership and life skills that empower them and the world around them.

Maybe our conversation in 2020 needs to be about how you and I, in small and possibly big ways,  through our actions can practice healthy leadership. Even, and maybe especially when no-one is watching.

Enjoy your month! Catherine


New Moon in Sagittarius November 26, 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 November 26, 2019, at 4°of Sagittarius (8:06 am  MST). The Full Moon  is on December 11, 2019, at 19° of Gemini (10:12 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 (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!!!!! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 self-perception 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? Ponder whether the private, at home you, is comfortable being seen in the world.

#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 and other supportive cycles, 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, the role of parent, business mogul, baker, volunteer, outcast, actor. 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 2020




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NEW!  Embodied Astrology begins January 2020. Students will come to class once a week plus receive a workbook that will help them integrate the topics covered in class.

The classes will cover the language of astrology as well as have an experiential component. Suitable for beginners or those who want to review astrological foundations in a holistic, integrative manner.


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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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