Thank you, Peter Stockinger of Stars and Stones, for this award! I have admired Peter’s work and his excellent blog posts for awhile now, and particularly love his posts on upcoming Solar and Lunar Eclipses, since he takes a more traditional or classical approach. So really, I am honored to receive this from him!
In reviewing his list, I happen to notice that I would have also awarded these excellent astrology bloggers, including ElsaElsa and DarkStar Astrology! It is my hope that I will spotlight other bloggers who are also worthy and deserving.
But before we go further, here are the terms if the nominated bloggers wish to participate (and no, I will not expect participation; this is totally voluntary):
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated you.
- State 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and link to them.
- Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the awards requirements.
So – why don’t I begin with seven things about me!
- After living far from my birthplace for most of my life (much of this in California), for the last nine years I have lived less than 2 miles from my remote Western Montana birthplace (which isn’t even a hospital anymore).
- Favorite cuisines are (not surprisingly) Mexican and Italian, especially in an “al fresco” way – favorite meal is breakfast. I am not that crazy about fish, and do not care for coconut, candy peppermint, or super hot/spicy foods (and have skin reactions with peanuts – so Thai food is out, since it combines many of these).
- I taught myself crochet when I was 12, and this talent served me when transitioning from a decade of being a legal secretary toward my eventual profession as an astrologer, author and herbalist. How? I made hats with hemp and other yarns for the alternative-lifestyle crowd (and sometimes I still do as the “Crochet Goddess” hehe!) I started this when I lived in the Raleigh, NC area in the late 1990′s quite by accident: I had won tickets to Lollapalooza and needed good sandals to attend the concert when I ended up in a hippie store. I was wearing a halter top and necklace I crocheted (that had a vial in it where I kept my aromatherapy blend) and the owner asked me on-the-spot if I could make tams that had hemp yarn since he couldn’t keep them in the store. That grew to more stores, festivals and eventually the internet by 2000.
- My deep spiritual awakening happened on the exact date of my first 1993 Saturn Return before I even knew what that was. It happened through crystals and gemstones, which days later led to astrology deeper than sun signs (and as a Capricorn, I find that amusing). Regardless of sleepless nights studying as a full-time working single mother with little support, I was hooked and never thought it would become my career by 2000! For this I am very grateful.
- In 2005, when visiting San Diego, I took a break from the Comic-Con and decided to visit a belly-dancing event that was next door to a body-mind-spirit event (virtually two-for-one). I wanted to attend a palm reading class, but read the program wrong – and ended up in a room where the lecturer was showing people how to meet their spirit guides. After going through the exercise (which turned out for me quite different than her narration of a visual journey), and after becoming a professional astrologer, tarot reader and dowser, I was told to “go back to my roots” where I then had a strong sensation I was underground. Contemplation told me I needed to learn herbalism as my clients would need this type of healing as well as astrology. In 2006, spirit allowed me to manifest about $5,000 worth of training for about $1,800 in out-of-pocket costs if I completed the 3-year curriculum in 1 year – and I did! I got 93% when I tested for my MH (Master Herbalist Diploma) in 2007. I had to get my head out of the sky and look at the earth to see very similar relationships: Planets, Plants; As above, so below!
- I am currently enrolled in vigorous 4-year training as a Student Homeopath through David Little’s highly-esteemed and well-reputed online school, and just like astrology (and just like herbalism), it is changing me on deep levels to where I will not be able to view things the same way ever again. My enthusiasm after six months of contemplation and research, including a collection of links for resources, allowed me to win 2nd place in a contest for creating (and I quote), “the most useful group for homeopathy students on the internet” through Dr. Manish Bhatia’s awesome homeopathy portal, Hpathy.com! My prize was several homeopathy books in hard-copy I needed for my studies and I am ever so thankful for this! He even added our group to his drop-down menu so students could quickly navigate his site and find the group!
- If you can’t tell, I love learning – and usually end up making whatever I learn part my profession! I have visited more than 2/3 of the states all over the mainland of the USA and one day hope to visit many countries in Europe, Australia and New Zealand – and maybe even Egypt, India and portions of South America!
And NOW?? The Nominees, in no particular order (Drumroll…..):
The last but not least (though off-topic compared to my other awards):
PLEASE see the right-hand column (my “blogroll”) for MANY other excellent blogger choices in a variety of subjects!
Thank you for stopping by today – hoping to provide some inspiration for you!