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You tell me this town ain’t got no heart. well, well, well, you can never tell.
The sunny side of the street is dark. well, well, well, you can never tell.
Maybe that’s cause its midnight, in the dark of the moon besides.

Maybe the dark is from your eyes, maybe the dark is from your eyes,
Maybe the dark is from your eyes, maybe the dark is from your eyes,
Maybe the dark is from your eyes, maybe the dark is from your eyes,
You know you got such dark eyes!

Nothin shakin on shakedown street. used to be the heart of town.
Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart. you just gotta poke around.

Shakedown Street by The Grateful Dead


HAPPY SCORPIO/TAURUS FULL MOON! Welcome to the story that inspired this challenge. Before we head into the back story, ( isn’t there always a great back story attached to most tales?) I invite you to click on the link below and listen to the video while reading. This post will work better with a soundtrack…

please play now!

BACK STORY ~  A few years ago I was driving to work. It was around the Christmas holiday season. The roads were slick with ice. I swerved downhill and lost control of my vehicle. I resigned myself to certain death. The car stopped moving on its own accord ( as an Accord is known to do) and there was no tangible damage. I was very lucky! While still in shock, I tiptoed over the ice to the nearest house. I was too shaken to attempt to drive up the hill. A compassionate and friendly couple let me stay with them all morning until the ice melted and I could drive home. We drank tea and talked. I was grateful to have survived. They were neighbors that instantly transformed into friends.  From time to time I would see  ” Jane” take her children up the hill in their strollers. On one occasion I first saw them at the mall and then at my favorite sushi restaurant. I consider these sightings fortuitous because this family reminds me of ” the kindness of strangers.” This translates to the truth that there are no strangers, just people we have yet to meet. Fast forward to this summer: I run into  ” Jane” with her daughters. She is wearing a gorgeous purple pendant. We talk about where she found it and the different healing properties of crystals. I tell her about my Sugilite and that perhaps I should wear it again. Weeks go by and I take a look at the stone. I see ” Jane” again and we have a wonderful chat. I remember the Sugilite. This time I decide to take it out of the jewelry box and give it a whirl.

New Hope, Pennsylvania

New Hope ~ I have been visiting New Hope for the greater part of my life. Friends, family, lovers, acquaintances, you name it , we have all been there together.  A first date, the transition from the 1980s to 1990, book browsing, psychic fairs,  and everything in-between!

This beautifully quaint village on the Delaware River is very special to me. It holds promise.  Many years ago I walked into a metaphysical store that sold crystals. I engaged in a conversation with a young , knowledgeable  store clerk about the various stones in the display case. He suggested I look into Sugilite. I had not heard of it before.  He told me that it helps with psychic abilities and is very powerful. I was quite intrigued and was taken with its intense purple hue. The generous young man agreed to throw in the chain for free.  I said ” I’ll take it!”

What is Sugilite?

 ” Sugilite is known as one of the love stones of the earth. A natural facilitator of physical and emotional healing it also dispels negativity and anger, creating harmony and opening one to spiritual energy and growth.  Sugilite can help you answer the great questions such as “Why am I here?“, ”Who am I?”, “Where did I come from?”, and “What do I need to understand to evolve my soul?” It is a very spiritual stone that will help keep the soul safe from  shocks, disappointment and trauma.

Sugilite is a major spiritual stone, promoting individual as well as universal love. Sugilite is said to help with understanding the “big questions” in life. Especially helpful for those who feel alienated and alone, Sugilite helps the user to understand the purpose for their existence.  Known as “The Healer’s Stone”, Sugilite is said to enhance one’s healing and psychic abilities.

Sugilite balances and heals all the chakras and the bodily areas associated with them, which in turn, allows for the free movement of kundalini energy please use with caution.This crystal will open the third eye chakra, crown chakra, soul star chakra… then right up to and including the fourteenth etheric chakra.  As you become more spiritually advanced, the growth of psychic powers and especially channeling abilities are aided by Sugilite stones. “

reference ~


How did I use it?  When I first took it home back in the 1990s, I kept it under my pillow at night. The man from the metaphysical store suggested it would create vivid dreams. I recall that it was too much for me. I did not feel comfortable and was a bit afraid of the energy. I wore it a few times around my neck and then it went into a jewelry box. I do not think I was ready or perhaps I misinterpreted the effect it had on my consciousness. I also have difficulty wearing anything around my neck for too long so I could only wear a necklace sporadically.

What happened this time? I could not find the original chain so I used an old chain adorned with tiny lavender beads. Shortly thereafter the clasp broke. Eventually I found a cord that contained a dream-catcher (who knows how long  this was collecting dust) and substituted the dream-catcher with the Sugilite. While the cord is not delicate and pretty, it easily accommodated coming off and on my neck and under my pillow every day since September 15th until now. I adjusted the length so that it was slightly above my heart. I read somewhere not to have it directly on your heart. I was relieved to discover I could tolerate anything that tight around my neck!

Many astrological events have been in play during this time period. We had 2 eclipses, Mercury Retrograde and Saturn in Scorpio. Saturn is now conjunct my Sun. All the Scorpio activity – Mercury, the November 3rd eclipse, and the Sun/Saturn cycle, all take place in my 9th house. Among other things, this is the house where belief dwells. 

 For more on Saturn in Scorpio ( scroll to midpage) The information on this page is truly prescient!

Major developments

Astrology Class ~ I taught my first Astrology class in October. I have a fear of public speaking and I did not know anyone in the audience. Yet I knew that this role is part of my destiny. The talk went well and I was given 5 star ratings on-line. A few people asked to have me return and speak again. No one knew that this was my first talk! I have begun to conquer this life – long fear of public speaking. My beliefs are starting to transform..

Intuitive readings ~ I gave away some intuitive readings as a way of paying it forward.  This post has the details :  What no one knew was that I have never done this before without ” props” ( such as cards).  I just closed my eyes and entered the stillness. I was beyond amazed that I was able to ” see” and ” hear” so much detail about the querents’ lives. I was truly astonished. I took this activity on with nothing but faith and a knowing that I was to explore another way to serve others. More of my beliefs were in the process of changing..

Past life regressions ~ I participated in 2 group past-life regressions. They took place over the course of several weeks. While my process was not what I would call dramatic, I noticed that I have an ability to ” see” people and places and scenes with my inner eye. I later connected these visions with my psychic/intuitive abilities. The gift to me from the regressions was not past life recall. The gift is the insight that I can forge a path while visiting the inner world. I am now owning that my experiences have practical applications for my evolution as both an individual and as a healer. New beliefs are being shaped and born into being…

Alchemy ~ The most subtle but amazing result of combining the old stone with the current me is that I can now wear something around my neck for 2  months. I hated anything around my neck! I will attribute some of this transformation to my dear friend Heidi. She did some clearing of my throat chakra and I do feel lighter around my neck. Thank you Heidi!

I also realized that I am now ” ready” for this energy. Perhaps I had been ready for some time, but  seeing ” Jane” wearing her crystal was the catalyst that set this in motion. While I did not experience a marked difference in dream content, I did not have my original reaction with the stone under my pillow. I have grown to a point where I am able to make use of its unique healing qualities. I am still not certain about how Kundalini operates, but am aware that more of my chakras are being utilized differently.

CONCLUSION: So what did I glean from playing cosmic dress up? I discovered that my psychic abilities have been working tirelessly throughout my lifetime, varying in intensity depending on my energy level and state of awareness. I was not seeing the forest for the trees. I have recently pondered if I could use my intuition to serve others as a therapist, astrologer, friend, rather than to gently guide my own journey. I had been worried that I have waited too long to pursue this life path.  What wearing the Sugilite amplified is my awareness of my abilities in action. I think my awareness increased because I was wearing the Sugilite and living with an open mind and heart.   I just needed more confidence in my abilities. Recently more people have been asking me how the astrological material manifests. They were asking not about data interpretation per se , but my inner process. In all my years of practice, I  have rarely had this question posed this way.  During these past 2 months I have been repetitively asked how do I read people? Is it psychic or intuitive? Is the knowledge channeled? A pattern had developed here and it caught my attention. I do not know for sure if the Sugilite increased my capacity for healing or simply illuminated what had been hazy. I plan to continue wearing it and see what develops. What I have come to realize at a much deeper level is that my gifts have always been serving others. Which hat I wear does not really matter, but my attitude does. This all is tied together with the nature of my beliefs. Taking on this challenge allowed my limited beliefs to be altered so that I was free to see my healing abilities with more clarity. I plan to experiment more with mixing up the old with the new. I see the value in using adventure and play to create some magic. There is always more to uncover. You just have to poke around!

Nothin shakin on shakedown street. used to be the heart of town.
Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart. you just gotta poke around.

You think you’ve seen this town clear through.
Well, well, well, you can never tell.
Nothing here that could interest you. well, well, well, you can never tell.
Its not because you missed out on the thing that we had to start.

Maybe you had too much too fast. maybe you had too much too fast.
Maybe you had too much too fast. maybe you had too much too fast.
Maybe you had too much too fast. maybe you had too much too fast.
Or just over played your part.

Nothin shakin on shakedown street. used to be the heart of town.
Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart. you just gotta poke around.

Shakedown Street 

Sugilite header and background image by

New Hope photo by

Original post on Sugilite and Cosmic Retrograde Challenge:

 November 18th challenge post : Shelley  

41 comments on “Cosmic Retrograde Challenge ~ Sugilite Shakedown Street

  1. Dewin Nefol says:

    Hey Linda,

    Reading slowly forwards through your past archive is a fascinating, illuminating and rewarding experience Linda: a journey that I’m sure you fully participate in from time to time yourself, and one that undoubtedly leaves you well placed to consider further your future goals and professional aspirations as well as your personal intentions and interests.

    With regards to your latest post…The Butterfly Effect FYI…I wonder how you view the influence of any small changes that you have made in the past 12 months in regards to where you find yourself now?


    DN – 21/10/2014


    1. litebeing says:

      Hey Dewin,
      That is such a good question. I will have to think about it. I hope people do the challenge. I am considering making a contribution if time permits.

      I am really happy you are taking time to explore the blog and learn more about my journey. As I told Sindy, I wish you would write more. There are not many entries on your blog. Be that as it may, your commentary and encouragement to me and so many of my friends is so generous and kind.



      1. Dewin Nefol says:

        Hey Linda,

        Thank you for replying with such kind words. It think WP in general, and more specifically the community that we share provides a wonderful network of support, advice and consideration across many varied and wonderful fields of interest. There are some great minds out there writing some great material, which both inspires and impresses and leaves its message to linger within us. Your blog is no exception to that, and reading through your entries is sometimes as much about considering one’s own perspective on fascinating topics as it is about interest, curiosity, understanding and acknowledgement of the author’s words and images. I imagine that in some way, shape or form, a reader brings their own ‘baggage’ to the WP forum in a similar fashion as we might when watching a good film…it is the act of observing and placing ourselves within the words and images of the Blog (or film, or music track) where our subjective self becomes more intensely known to us…one reason perhaps why we laugh and cry when engaged with specific films or books, or find a deep sense of empathy or understanding for certain writers.

        Perhaps as Venus enters the current cosmic stage you’ll find all the answers that you need to the question I posed? I hope so Linda. In fact, I hope that we all find exactly what we have been looking for (unless we know already but are keeping secrets from ourselves) and commit to those emerging truths with integrity, honesty and trust so that we might make the right decisions, for the right reasons and in the process expand emotionally, psychologically and spiritually and grow to fill the empty spaces around us. Perhaps the key activities or concerns for us all this month might be courage, belief, and faith, and also finding the motivation to achieve all three. Certainly I’d like to hope that the reward for any compromises, sacrifices, and clearing-out initiatives that are made will be long-lasting, deeply satisfying, and enrich our lives with happiness and love. I don’t want to look back at this cosmic moment in another 19 years time and have any regrets that I made wrong choices that were ill-fitting or clouded by poor judgement and fear.

        And lastly, yes, maybe you are right, I should motivate myself more and attend to my blog. I am a total slack-ass sometimes 🙂

        Good luck with the 23/10/2014 eclipse!


        DN – 23/10/2014


      2. litebeing says:

        Hey Dewin,
        I wish the same for you as we continue to discard what we no longer need and integrate the new wave of energies and the e-motions and e-vents that we create in their wake. I agree that any medium we inhabit is more about our projections that the actual medium. In fact I used to say that life is a projection technique,lol!

        Now about our community, how fortunate are we?? This group of artists, writers, thinkers, healers, soulful souls is ever expanding and getting stronger and more connected all the time. Words are inadequate to convey how important they are to me.

        At least you admit you are slacking with your blog, but hey you are an important part of our circle regardless. 😉

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  2. hilal achmar says:

    Dear Ms Linda.
    I do not think, this is a long post about Sugilite. You understand the truth about Sugilite. 🙂 As I promise not to focus on the view, I have made a simple post, as I’m sure you can easily understand, that, intuition tells us something, if we make ourselves are in two different dimensions of the universe. I am very glad you think with ‘heart’ to reach the truth, or information about anything, and a ‘brain’, just to help states logical or illogical. 🙂 I conclude that, the highest actualization, can only be achieved, by human beings who are often in a two-dimensional universe in the same time!. This is the link:
    Thank you. Hilal Achmar


    1. thank you Hilal for taking the time to read my post and synthesize its meaning for you here. I agree with your theory and often I find myself straddling two worlds, but alas, in very small increments.



  3. alohaleya says:

    i love this post linda, thank you for sharing your experiences during this cosmic storm! i am very inspired to develop my own psychic and intuitive abilities and your post is a reminder to just trust the pace they’re growing at, while doing what we can to facilitate the process. i am going to my favourite metaphysical store in the next week and will certainly be checking out that sugilite ;). xo aleya


    1. Thank you Aleya for taking the time to read this long post and sharing your comments. I have recently read different theories about the emergence and pace of these abilities and I really think it is different for everyone. For many of us, however, there comes a time when they can be undermined or shut down. Let me know how your crystal shopping turns out!

      xx Linda


  4. shreejacob says:

    Awesome post!! And all I can say is “Wow!” …your experiences were just…well…”Wow!” hehehe.
    Thank you for putting up the facets of sugilite too. It sounds so interesting and I’m so curious as to know if I could even experience just a quarter of what you did!
    It’s amazing that you can enter into stillness and allow the information to flow through you too. I think in one of your posts (after this one) where you say that your intuitiveness comes when it wants too? I don’t know Linda, if anything this experience with the sugilite has probably shown you that within you, you hold the controls for it because though she helped you connect the power comes from within you. Like you said, she just cleared the way…sort of 🙂


    1. Thank you for carefully reading and making these connections. You are correct that I have more ability ( control is too strong a word) to tap into the collective stream than I had known ( or acknowledged) Let me know if you try the Sugilite. Did not know it had a gender hehe 🙂

      xx litebeingLinda


  5. reikiheidi says:

    Excellent post Linda – and love the background sound track 😉
    A lot has been happening for you, & I am pleased to have been of some help during this process. I hope all the Higher Energies continue to open for you and you learning and development move forward & up 🙂
    Blessings x


    1. Thank you Heidi,
      Glad you ” got” the soundtrack! There was a time I had too much too fast and my abilities were shelved and blocked, until they weren’t! This song really seemed right to illustrate that whatever or whoever may seem dark and empty is actually very much alive. A lot has been happening and I need to slow down a bit and take it all in.
      I am grateful for your friendship and blessings 🙂

      xx Linda


      1. reikiheidi says:

        🙂 xx
        I have found it goes in waves: a big jump, a boost of learning/development/abilities, then slow to absorb, understand, take in… then another wave up…
        That has been my recent experience. We must give ourselves the option & time of stepping back and contemplating what is/has been happening, so we can move forward with surety & confidence.
        Many Blessings x


  6. Good morning Linda, Wow, what a wonderful challenge and experience you have had… I have learnt quite a few things about you within this post, I didnt know you taught an astrology class, no wonder your depth of knowledge on the subject is so great.
    Sometimes you know Life makes me smile, as we are gently steered along a path we never ever thought to walk… And like your intuitive readings without cards, you are using your senses as I do.. Its the same as we just allow ourselves to tune in to the energies and speak that which we are given or see in our minds eye as we ‘Feel’ the truth of the words flow out ..
    We all have that ability to channel and connect via the webs of thought that dance within the ether..
    We are always given a little at a time, as we are nurtured along our Spiritual Pathway…
    Yes Linda, I believe you are ready, and We heal ourselves as we heal others..
    Here is to the rest of our Journey, May we be sisters of Light as we help illuminate the world with our experiences…
    Wonderful posting and Yes to did the story justice very much so…. 🙂
    Blessings Sue xoxox


    1. We all have that ability to channel and connect via the webs of thought that dance within the ether..
      We are always given a little at a time, as we are nurtured along our Spiritual Pathway…

      I really like the way you worded these phrases Sue. I can almost see the dancing thoughts!
      I really enjoyed wearing the Sugilite and seeing ” Jane” seemed to set this all in motion, or so it seems?



  7. A great story Linda, told in a great way. We have so much in common but I suppose that is likely we would. I am looking to hear more about you teaching Astrology classes.~~
    ✿ღ✿ღ.¸¸ღ♫*¨`*•..¸ƸӜƷ ✿ღ ✫❀ •❤٠·˙✿


    1. thanks Sindy!
      tell me more about what we have in common in this context, i am very curious!

      I hope to do more teaching very soon 🙂



  8. It is never too late to find your path – I hope, also for my sake. That purple colour seems very precious and beautiful. I have found I am mostly attracted to jadeite (not sure about the spelling) and moonstone.


    1. Because many of us are living longer , there is more time to explore. Do you mean jade? I have a lovely jade necklace that was a gift. Moonstone I think would suit you.

      Thank you for your comment. I always welcome your presence here Monika. Hope you have enjoyed reading the other challenge posts as well!


      1. Yes, jade or jadeite, I just checked – they seem to be the same: I’ve read all the posts and enjoyed them.


      2. I can email you a picture of mine to see what it looks like. It is a shame I never wear it 🙂


  9. A lovely post Linda… you had a lot of fun too with your challenge… isn’t it wonderful to get out there and speak even when the knees are knocking… and this is just the start… there is no stopping you and the rest of us now… we are here!!! Thanks again Linda… and until the next time… Barbara (just arrived in Florida… tired, so going to shut my eyes…)


    1. We are here and you are here! ( in my country and your former one?) I would not say it was wonderful to be terrified but it was being alive and vulnerable. Thank you for your encouragement and enjoy your visit.


      1. IAM indeed enjoying my visit in your country… somehow I thought you lived in switzerland… and my home country is england… take care Barbara x


      2. So you were born in England and moved to Spain,
        You seem American somehow, oh well!
        I wish I was in Switzerland, only briefly visited once. perhaps you were morphing me with Monika which I consider a compliment 🙂

        Anyway I have family in Florida and have spent many vacations there, ENJOY!


      3. Left England at the age of 18 to travel Europe… ended up in Holland where I blossomed… spending more than 25 wonderful years there… (marrying 2 dutch men and bringing up my 2 international step children) I feel more dutch than english, although I prefer to speak english… I’ve only been in Spain for 8 glorious sunny years…
        Yes must of got you confused… funny isn’t it that I thought you were european… Barbara


      4. What a wonderful journey you have had!
        I take it as a compliment that you thought I am European. My ancestors are so its in my genetic code lol

        peace, Linda


  10. Bravo for the astrology class!! xox


  11. Very nice! And congrats on the Astrology class!


    1. thank you Julianne! Facing one’s fears is not fun, but is part of the journey.



  12. ptero9 says:

    Very cool Linda! I am so happy that you are able to teach astrology (or anything that you love), and be comfortable with that! I have that fear too, but have ventured out a little to do the things I love, mostly through playing music.
    Also, I have an interest in Kundalini because I had an experience years ago that was very healing and involved feeling an electrical surge zooming up my spinal cord during a dream/sleep state.
    There’s so much in life that I can’t always understand, like psychic abilities, but having experienced them, can’t deny that they exist.


    1. Hi Debra,
      Thank you for your acknowledgement here. I am going through a period where I realize how little I really comprehend at a deep level. Being gifted with a quick mind can sometimes interfere with a deep appreciation and understanding. When it comes to Kundalini, I still cannot discern between physical ailments and symptoms with Kundalini activation at work. Sometimes I prefer my state of confusion because it is safer. I would enjoy hearing more about your experience of this phenomenon.


      1. ptero9 says:

        I don’t know too much moer about it. When you research it on the net, it seems you get either pathologized nerve symptoms or information on Chakras, both of which are helpful, but I was left with the sense that I don’t know what to make of it, so let the mystery stand I say 🙂


  13. I am vewing this via my mobile device so I will be back tomorrow Linda when I am able to comment in more detail. X0x Sue X 🙂


    1. thanks Sue! I just published this and am hoping I did the story justice 😉


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