What would you like to be free of? Old patterns, old ways of thinking, people, places, or things, as they say in 12-step recovery? This month marks the return of that enormously powerful Cardinal Grand Cross, astrologically. A Grand Cross is 4 Planets in a Square aspect to each other, a very dynamic aspect. Some astrologers see a square aspect ( 90 degrees apart ) as a negative thing. I don’t. It can be frictional, certainly. But sometimes a little nudge is what it takes to get things moving. Well, this is that nudge. On steroids. We have Uranus, the Great Awakener, or Great Liberator, in Aries, once again going head to head with Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is the Planet of death and rebirth, transmutation and alchemy. This month, in a week or so, Mars enters into the mix, as it enters Libra. So the Cosmic fireball that is Mars adds its intensity to the other two. So we add passionate intensity to the desire to be free, and to let go, no matter what. Now we add in Jupiter in Cancer. Jupiter is the Planet of optimism, faith, and hope. Justice. Sacred Law. Wow. What a Planetary formula for change. The belief that we can do it is there. ( Jupiter). The desire to do it is there.( Mars.) The power to initiate change is there. ( Uranus.) And, finally, the radical commitment to see it through to the end, no matter what is there. ( Pluto.)

Whatever needs to be healed or changed, we can ride this aspect, not like a Horse, but more like a fire-breathing Dragon, across the scope of our consciousness. It is transformative. Liberating. Exhilarating, if we can trust our own capacity to fly. This is the aspect of the Dragon, in my opinion. Dragons are considered to be very Yang in nature in Taoist belief. Yang energy is action, while Yin energy is rest. Make the most of this aspect, and ride the Dragon into a new day, a new beginning, a new way of being, into a life of freedom and joy. Blessings, Judith Star-Medicine

A Magical Day

It’s been snowing on and off all day up here in the mountains. It’s 4 PM, and the sky looks like the inside of a pearl. The trees are covered in glistening snow. Everything is white. It feels like an enchanted fairyland. The house is warm and cozy, I have the day off. It’s the kind of day that fills me with peace and gratitude. One of my cats, Miss Cleo, is sleeping at my feet, gently snoring. Something about an animal snoring is soothing to me. But then, I’m a little strange. I hope everyone is tucked in, safe and sound, with beings they love, both 4 legged and 2 legged. And I hope there are snacks. And good books. I send you all the peace and serenity, laughter and love, a day like this is filled with. Blessings, Judith

New arrivals

With only two weeks to go until Christmas, I’ve been listing new Stones as they arrive. Yesterday I received two shipments, and spent the day in my office unpacking, pricing, and getting them listed on my website. Well, some of them, anyway. We got some spectacular Amethyst and Smokey Quartz pieces from Madagascar. I just love those. There’s something about that combination of colors, violet and chocolate, that flips my switch. Some are polished Elestials, some are polished Points. By law, all Stones in Madagascar are polished. I think it is to protect their economy, so other countries can’t come in, grab the raw materials, and export it to their facilities for their workers to cut and polish. So, I am really excited by what just walked through the door. Something for everyone’s budget. I also got a shipment of Jaspers, both Picture Jasper and Scenic Jasper. Palm sized stones and Spheres. Those are not up yet. Some Snowflake Obsidian Spheres and Eggs. Pretty. Remember, Crystals make great gifts, because they are living things, and are Master Healers and Teachers. They are the gift that just keeps on giving.