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Newsletter #28                                            Jan 2014
In This Issue
My Services
- Emotional Release & Clearing
- Past Life & Between Life Journeys
- Somatic Healing
- Soul Retrievals
- Illuminations (Emotional Clearing)
- Energetic & Entity Extractions
- Death Rites
- Despacho & Fire Ceremony
- Aura & Chakra Repair
- Meridian Tapping
- Reiki, Training & Attunements
- Structure & Land Clearing & Blessing
- Naming & Rite of Passage Ceremonies
- Soul & Body Part Retrievals
- Past Life & Pre-life Selection Journeys
- Mojo & Medicine Bags
- Wands & Prayer Sticks
- Dressed Candles
- Prayer Ties
- Corn Husk Dolls
- Spirit Traps
- Sacred Herbs & Fire Throw
New Years Quotes
Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
-Hal Borland

When this new year in time shall end let it be said I've played the friend, have lived and loved and labored here, and made of it a happy year.
-Edgar Guest

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. -Henry MooreWe will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

And now let us welcome the new year full of things that have never been.
-Rainer Marie Rilke
Welcome 2014, The New Moon, and the Black Moon!
2014 is Here!

This New Year's Day is special as it is also a New Moon Day (the first new moon on New Year's Day in 19 years). The New Moon, also known as Dark Moon or Balsamic Moon, is a time for new beginnings and growth. This is the time to create a ritual for getting a new start in your life, renewal or recharging personal growth, and blessing new projects or ventures.

It's not uncommon for people to feel blue or out of sorts at the New Moon (and in the month of January). So use this New Moon as a time for cleansing, retreat, and meditation. Its the time for rejuvenation before you head into a growth spurt, busy manifesting the dreams for the rest of the year.
And this January is extra special as it has two New Moons, one on Jan 1 and one on Jan 30. The second New Moon in a month is called Black Moon. Two New Moons in January means that February has no New Moon but March will also have two New Moons.
And if that is not enough, on Jan 4th you may be able to float gravity free. Try it by jumping up in the air at exactly 9:47 am local time. For more information, read the article at
2014 (MMXIV) is the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) of the Gregorian calendar. It is the 14th year of the 3rd millennium, 14th year of the 21st century, and 5th year of the 2010s decade.
Its numerological number is 7 which represents: 
  • A mystical, sacred, and spiritual number that is illusive and introspective.
  • A time of silence and a place where spirit and matter meet.
  • Male-female energies are in a harmonious flow of intuitive receptivity and assertive action. 
  • The number of love and action that produces grace.
  • Intellect is at its best including the characteristics of analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, imagination, and search for truth.
  • It is the time to seek out and explore the spiritual energies in your life. Issues of trust may surface so be careful of where you put your faith.
2014 Gratitude Jar
Perhaps instead of creating resolutions that usually only last a couple weeks into the New Year, why not consider creating a Gratitude Jar? Here is how:
1. Buy or decorate a container (jar or box).
2. Whenever you have something to be grateful for or every time something good happens, write it on a slip of paper and pop it in the container. This might include gratitude for blessings still on their way, which is a great tool for manifesting your desires.
3. At any time throughout the year you might feel down, pull a paper out of your jar and re-experience the gratitude and joy you have.
4. On New Year’s Eve, perform a little ceremony of opening the jar and reading all of the wonderful things in your life that you are grateful for.
5. Repeat for the next New Year. If you have a family, everyone might wish to create their own container. Then the New Year’s Eve ceremony can involve each member reading their some or all of the content to each other. 
Here is a picture of my Gratitude Jar for 2014:
New Years
I was curious as to why we celebrate the New Year in the middle of winter seemingly based on nothing in particular. In my mind the logical time to celebrate the New Year is on the Winter Solstice, since that is the day we welcome the new light, that the days stop getting shorter and start getting longer. It’s a bit problematic that the Northern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice (Dec 21) is opposite of the Southern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice (Jun 21). But I will leave that thought there for now.

I did a little research to find out more about the New Year and was quite surprised at what I found. In order to understand why we are celebrating the New Year on Jan 1, it is necessary to know why we are celebrating Christmas on Dec 25 as they are related to each other in the Western Christian world.

There are different theories of why Christmas is on Dec 25 since the true birthday of Jesus is unknown. Christians didn’t celebrate Christmas on Dec 25 until the year 336 when Emperor Constantine ruled. The Church in Rome chose Dec 25 so that Christ’s birth would replace the birthday of the sun. It was also believed that Dec 25 was exactly 9 months after Mar 25, the day of the Annunciation, when Mary was told that she would have a very special baby. (Coincidentally, Mar 25 is right after March 21, the Spring Equinox, and the day many pagans believe the new sun rose.) Here is a list of pagan winter celebrations that existed before Christmas:

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Dec 25) - The Roman birth of the unconquered sun and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian Zoroastrian Sun of Righteousness.

Brumalia (Dec 25) – A Greek winter holiday associated with Dionysus and wine. Bruma is Latin for Winter Solstice.

Saturnalia (Dec 17 – 23) - A Roman holiday that lasted 3-7 days. Saturn (Cronus, Father Time, in Greek) was the original creator of man.

Winter Solstice (between Dec 20 – 23) - A celebration of the sun’s return.

This time of the year is also popular for other celebrations including:

Hanukkah (dates vary based on the Jewish lunar calendar) - The Jewish Festival of Lights.

Makar Sankranti (Jan 14) - The Hindu Solstice, marks the transition of the sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path.

Boar's Head Carol (Dec 26) - The Norse tradition of presenting a boar's head to royalty at Solstice.

St. Stephen’s Day or the Feast of St Stephen (Dec 26) – A Catholic celebration of the first Christian martyr. In the Eastern Church it is celebrated on Dec 27 (Julian) or Jan 9 (Gregorian).

Boxing Day (Dec 26) - A day on which the servants had a day off from their duties in England.

Kwanzaa (Dec 26) - A new week long celebration held in the US to honor universal African heritage and culture.

When Pope Gregory devised the new Gregorian calendar in the 1500’s, the Eastern Orthodox Church retained the Julian calendar, which meant they celebrate Christmas 13 days later. The Orthodox Christians celebrate Jan 6 as the date for Christ's birth and baptism. The Western Church celebrates Jan 6 as the Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi.

During Ancient and Middle Ages there were many different days that the New Year was celebrated on:

Roman Calendar – The New Year began on Mar 1. The ancient Roman calendar had only 10 months. Later January, February and Mercedonius were added to the end of the year. Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar with the New Year on Jan 1. Mar 1 was used in the Venice and Russia. Then Sep 1 was used in Russia from the 14th century until the adoption of the Julian calendar.

Annunciation Style – In many parts of Europe, the New Year began on Mar 25, which was the feast of the Annunciation.

Easter Style – In France, the New Year began on Easter Saturday or sometimes on Good Friday.

French Republican Calendar – The New Year began on the Autumn Equinox, Sep 21.

Christmas Style – In Germany, England, and Spain, the New Year began on Dec 25.

Eastern Orthodox (Old Calendarists) – The New Year began on Jan 14 on the Gregorian calendar (which is Jan 1 on the Julian calendar).

Circumcision Style - The New Year began on Jan 1, which is the feast of the circumcision that occurs on the 8th day after a male child’s birth (called “brit milah” in Judaism).

The Western Christian calendar is not the only calendar in existence. In fact, every major religious faith has a different calendar system. Some are based on the moon’s movement (lunar) and some are based on the sun’s movement (solar).

I began to wonder just how many New Year celebrations there are in a year. After all, the more there are, the more opportunities there are for re-affirming old resolutions or making new resolutions. Here is a list of 2014 New Year celebrations from various cultures:

Jan 1 Gregorian – Christian (Year 2014 AD or CE)

Jan 1 Japanese – Shinto Shogatsu / Gantan-sai

Jan 14 Julian – Eastern Orthodox New Year (aka The Old New Year)

Jan 16-19 Buddhist – Mahayana

Jan 31 Chinese – Lunar New Year (Year 4711, Wood Horse) / Confucian - Hsih Nien / Daoist - Suhl / Viet Namese - Têt Nguyen Dan / Tibetan - Losar

Mar 12 Aztec – Año Nuevo Mexicano / Año Nuevo Azteca / Yancuic Xīhuitl

Mar 14 Sikh – Nanakshahi Jantri (Year 546)

Mar 21 Persian - Zoroastrian Norouz / Baha'i - Naw Ruz/Nav Ruz “The New Day”

Mar 31 Hindu New Year (Year 2071)

Apr 14 Hindu – Oriya New Year / Solar New Year / Maha Vishuva Sankranti / Mesha Sankranti / Pana Sankranti

Apr 13-15 Thai - Songkran

Apr 19 Western Astrological New Year - Begins with Aries

May 15-18 Buddhist - Theravadin

Aug 1 Quechua - Andean New Year
Sep 24-26 Jewish - Rosh Hashanah “Head of the Year” (1st of Tishrey, 5775)

Oct 24-25 Islamic – Hijra (1st of Muharram, 1436 AH)

Oct 31 Pagan - Samhain

Dec 31 Scotland - Hogmanay

There certainly are plenty of opportunities to create New Year resolutions.

How to be Make a New Year’s Resolution

Popular New Year’s Resolutions
Or you may not want to create a resolution for the New Year. According to Tut (© Michael Dooley there is an alternative to wiping the slate clean each year and starting from scratch. He offers the following suggestion:
1. Give thanks that life is just as it is because you are ready.
2. Define what you want in terms of the end result, not worrying about the “hows”.
3. Know that what you want is already yours in spirit.
4. Let the Universe show you the way via your impulses and instincts that appears you you take inspired action.
1Q 2014 Schedule of Events
Reincarnation Journeys Workshop
Mon Feb 10 6:30 – 9 pm
Early Bird Special $25 Deadline Feb 3
$30 At the Door
Tapping Techniques for Health & Prosperity Workshop
Mon Feb 17 6:30 – 9 pm
Early Bird Special $20 Deadline Feb 10
$25 At the Door
Soul School: Your Wheel to Fortune Part 1
Mar 1, 2, 8, & 9 10 am – 5 pm
Early Bird Special $400 Deadline Feb 24
$500 At the Door
Dreaming the Energy Body Workshop
Sat Mar 29 10 am – 4 pm
Early Bird Special $45 Deadline Mar 25
 $50 At the Door
New YouTube Channel
I have created my own channel on You Tube and uploaded 7 new videos of me being interviewed about my work. Subjects include: My Personal Journey, Soul Sex, Soul School, Two Spirits, We Are All Connected, Shamanic Energy Medicine, and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy & Past Life Regressions.
Please click here to view my videos. I would love to hear feedback. 
Or if you prefer, you can view them on my website at:
The videos were created by Fire Circle Media. I cannot thank Jim and Carol enough for the amazing work they did. To create what they are producing takes much more than just the technical knowledge with the camera and editing. They have a vision and an understanding of what messages from their subject’s that need to get on camera. They draw out that message with their questions and then synthesize them in their editing. I had no agenda planned for the filming session but just trusted that Great Spirit would direct me. I definitely know that Great Spirit is working through Jim and Carol! You can contact them via their web at
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