Cosmic Retrograde Challenge ~ Sugilite Shakedown Street


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…

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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.

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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 

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Cosmic Retrograde Challenge

With Mercury going retrograde next Monday on October 21, 2013 and a new series of eclipses starting this Friday October 18, 2013 in Aries, and then on Sunday November 3, 2013 in Scorpio ( woohoo!  practically on my birthday, which is  the day when we have an exact Saturn Sun conjunction – good times !), I have become inspired to initiate a fun and powerful challenge. In the process of purging and letting go, I have spent much more time going through my closets and drawers ( literally and spiritually). I have discovered so many items that I long forgot that I had. I rediscovered this amazing Sugilite necklace I purchased at least 15 years ago. I really cannot recall how long it has been, but I remember the wonderful salesperson who introduced me to this rare and beautiful gemstone/crystal. I started wearing it again to relieve headaches and other physical ailments about a month ago ( around September 15th). My psychic abilities have been off the charts and I feel more ” like me” when I wear it. It dawned on me that there must be a subtle but viable rhythm to this event.

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This experience has gotten me thinking more and more about alchemy, parallel realities and all things quantum.  Two bloggers in particular : Shree and Barbara, have gotten me ruminating more on the power of alchemy. Shree takes Alchemy classes and Barbara just blogged about Alchemy in her most recent ( and might I add, brilliant!) post.  I also recently finished  reading The Alchemist, yearning to wrap my brain and soul around this mysterious process. I have been wondering how my 2013 self is reconnecting with this “old” Sugilite ? I have also been playing around with probabilities and possibilities by making a decision and then doing the opposite to see what happens. This reminds me of what happens in the dream world where you set a direction and almost immediately, people and places and outcomes morph.

Here’s the challenge:

1- Find an item you never use or never wear but you feel very drawn to. It could be an article of clothing like a hat or jeans, or a CD that you haven’t played in years. Hang up a poster or picture that is hiding in a closet. Prepare a few meals from an old favorite cookbook that’s been neglected. Reread an old novel. Wear that old hat. Play that album. Wear an old scent that you are fond of. Watch several episodes of an old television series. Find something old that still resonates for you NOW.

2- Wear the item or use the object or perform the activity repeatedly for  a minimum of one week ; three weeks would be ideal.

3- Observe your thoughts and feelings to assess any significant changes.

4-Then journal or meditate on your experiences to gain more clarity.

5- Finally, blog about what you have discovered. free domain

This exercise is perfect for both the pending mercury retrograde in Scorpio and the Aries/ Scorpio eclipses.  Aries , the dominant cleansing fire energy and Scorpio , transformation through excavation and regeneration, are so strongly in play for the next month or more. Blending old and new during this very powerful time can be exhilarating and quite healing! Throw logic out the door and come play with me. I hoping to get at least 6 people to sign up to this challenge, but would be thrilled to get 60 or more!

Sign up in the comments section below and let me know when you are going to post, starting with Tuesday October 22, 2013.

 Any date through the end of November is fine!

To learn more about Sugilite, view this informative wordpress post :

Alchemy :

Barbara’s latest post

 article on alchemy –

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Let’s build some mysteries together and work some alchemical magic.

Take the challenge and play cosmic dress up with me!