Sue got real cozy with her inner serpent (Sag New Moon Inspiration)

Sue got real cozy with her inner serpent by Kathy Crabbe Creative Soul Card of the day (for the New Moon in Sag) from my soon-to-be-published Creative Soul Deck. Channeled message of the day: “we are moving into the future at an alarming rate…ssssssssslow down to Snake Speed”.

Kathy Crabbe Creative Soul Guide in Temecula Wine Country, CaliforniaAbout Kathy

Kathy Crabbe inspires soul-seekers to discover their innate gifts and talents through intuitive, creative expression in safe, relaxed and playful environments. She has been an artist forever and a Creative Soul Guide since awakening her own intuitive gifts at age forty.

Kathy lives in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muses, Abby the shaggy black dog and Djinn Djinn, the small scruffy one in an adobe home they built themselves. Kathy is painting a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days and posting all works in-progress on Instagram at

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The Creative Soul Deck empowers the playful explorer who wants to enhance creativity and intuition by using both sides of the brain.

I refuse to take sides by Kathy Crabbe (Creative Soul Deck)

A 3 Question Soul Reading for Shirl

How a Creative Soul Reading Works:My preferred mode of reading someone's soul-energy is via distance - this allows me to focus on you, your spirit and your guides in a focused way clear of distractions. Each reading involves preparations such as meditation and yoga to help me focus. I will often pull healing stones and a card(s) from one of my four self-designed and painted Creative Soul Guide oracle card decks, but unlike a tarot reading I will not actually look at the card until after your reading is finished. The card imagery and description often serve to accentuate and emphasize certain points in your reading and along with the healing stones may also give you some more tools to work with on your own after the reading is over.

A 3 Question Soul Reading for Shirl

This reading is in response to your questions:


1. Will I find my soulmate in this life (whom I believe was the man in my dream with the cardinal from many years ago) or am I destined to be alone? 2. Am I meant to be a writer or artist or is there another path I'm meant to find/be on? 3. Conventional religion never felt "right", and I've tended to drift toward a more New Age philosophy; if I truly have a Spirit Guide, how can I better "tune in" to learn and find some peace in this life?


The very first image I receive for your reading is of a snake wending its way through life and encountering much bracken and wild terrain that has been difficult to get through at times.

- I am seeing numbers – as if there is some kind of count down and you’ve had to learn patience in the process.

- I also see the color orange in your aura – representing creativity.

- I am sensing that you are ready to unlock the door and let out your talents and gifts for all to see!

- You’re not only ready, but you are prepared too, and people trust you!


- There may still be some goop/gunk left over from childhood that is holding you back and could be cleared from your third chakra (represented by the color, yellow.)

- Your Spirit Totem appears and is a crow or raven. He reaches in to grab this gunk (which appears as a worm-like thing) from your solar plexus area (third chakra) and extracts it.


Crow is an omen of change. Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time. With Crow medicine, you speak in a powerful voice when addressing issues that for you seem out of harmony, out of balance, out of whack, or unjust.Be willing to walk your talk, speak your truth, know your life’s mission and balance past, present, and future in the now. Shapeshift that old reality and become your future self.



- Please try and envision the crow doing this (extracting the gunk) and also envision shining the color yellow onto this area – feel it flooding your naval/solar plexus area as you work on strengthening and empowering your core being along with your health.


The gemstone Yellow Citrine will also help with this. Citrine (yellow-gold) is reminding you to open yourself to guidance and to the Divine Will.Remember, you will manifest whatever it is that you hold foremost in your mind and energy.Are your words and actions consistent with what you want to create?


- Your crow buddy is now sitting on your shoulder – he wants to watch the proceedings!


Question 1


- Next, I pull a Goddess card in reference to your first question and the card is called “Aquarian Goddess”.

Aquarius teaches us about independence, detachment and individuality.


Aquarian Challenge: Your purpose is to see the patterns of ideas, networks and human relations.Your challenge is to know what you feel and to build intimacy and collectivity.Although you may need to learn tact, Aquarius offers you a natural political knack, a tribal consciousness and an abstract, iconoclastic soul.


- I am seeing two men: one has plain, brown hair and he is quite neutral looking over-all (Ken doll comes to mind!)

- The other man is more dashing with black hair, but I don’t see you choosing either, yet…


I pull another card to find out more and it is called “Leo Goddess”.

Leo Meditation: I am one with the radiant sun: my heart is open. I am generous and loving.


- You may be feeling very emotionally torn about the neutral-looking man and the other man is more of a bad-boy and so he is more attractive to you, but your core self is undecided.

- Is there a daughter (a little girl) involved? Or does that little girl in you still need appeasing? Longing for a vision?

To see things more clearly I’m going to add a twist to things by pulling a Lefty Oracle card for you and it is called “Jacko invites himself to all the best parties.”

- I see your father and he is saying, “Shirl, does he fix cars?” (I also catch a brief glimpse of “Mr Bean” from the British comedy series!)

- I am sensing that you would like a mixture between the dark, handsome and dangerous and the secure and stable.

- Your father is also saying, “He’s like me (but better” – said jokingly – “smarter!”)


- I am also sensing that he (this man) will find you – perhaps around Hallowe’en because I’m catching a glimpse of a Dracula mask!

- And he will know you’re perfect for him when he first sees you. He will find you just “the prettiest girl he’s ever seen” (these are his thoughts!)




- I also suggest working with Blue Kyanite and Obsidian (or envisioning these stones) in regards to this next part of your reading delving into question 2.


Blue Kyanite promotes telepathy and empathy with spirit guides, angels, pets, discarnate beings, extraterrestrials, and Light Be-ings.


Black Obsidian offers you the power of the receptive.Stand back and be receptive to what is happening around you.It will lead you to what is most necessary for you to learn, but not necessarily what is easiest or most pleasant.


- Yes, you could write books helping artists and other creative types. I see your books filled with practical tips and inspiration on how to live an artful life (a good site to check out is


I hear you asking, “Can I make a living at this?” so I pull a Lefty card and it is called “Ulrica could handle anything”.

- I also see you reaching out to others through the newspaper.

- And yes, you can combine this with your computer skills.

- I also see you working at an alternative school: teaching, guiding, mentoring, group work.

- Nothing can stop you – just confidence!

- So work with Citrine and the color yellow along with your third Chakra.




I am strong.

I can do anything.


I am blessed and full of joy.

A Spirit Guide Meditation for You in combination with Blue Kyanite


I trust in the River of Life.

I flow with it and accept Divine Guidance and Connections.

I open my eyes to the Beauty and Mystery of the unknown Guides that surround and protect me.


Question 3


- I also catch a glimpse of one of your spirit guides and he looks like an elf and his name is ‘hobo.’ He is surrounded by many little people.

- To connect with your guides and especially with ‘hobo’ just reach out your hand and let him guide you into his world. Keep your eyes closed and just be present in their world. Afterwards make sure and write down all you have experienced – it is sacred and it is yours.


I pull a card in regards to your third question and it is called “Elf”!


How To Find Peace

- Why, follow your bliss of course! It will feel natural and happy!

- You may be pioneering new territory, “to go where no one has gone before” – sung along to the Star Trek theme.

- I am also seeing so many flowers/fields around you and a small bridge amidst them. You cross over this bridge and enter into another world – a world of the imagination, and you dream everything and you know it will happen.


"When"? – starting today – you draw the line.


To Summarize:

- Yes, there is someone for you – dream them into being.

- Grow stronger and create your world – you have great practical talents to build up your world.

- Your spirit guides await – go play with them!


I’m ending your reading by sending you many sparkly blessings for growth and fulfillment.


Many Sparkly Blessings to you Shirl!

Shirl Comments on her Reading: "The first of a snake wending it's way through life and encountering much bracken and wild terrain that has been difficult to get through at times".

That's a pretty good metaphor for my life. Life for me has been about survival, not living.

"I am seeing numbers-as if there is some kind of count down and you've had to learn patience in the process."

That definitely resonates with me, in a big way, and in many aspects of my life. In terms of finding my Soulmate, this just about screams out at me! There's a phrase that just comes to me: "Anything worth having is worth waiting for". And when it comes to love, I don't want to settle just so that I can say I'm married. But I really hope that countdown is near the lift-off mark!

"Crow/raven as Spirit Totem, an omen of change"

When I came back to Paganism (after a mis-guided jaunt into Christianity and Catholicism), birds became highly symbolic to me. At first, I attributed it to the dream I'd had about my Soulmate, because that cardinal never left me. Plus, I was instantly drawn to Rhiannon, so I just figured it was her birds. I'm not very knowledgeable about Spirit Totems, but I plan on learning. I did try the visualization you suggested; I have a hard time shushing my mind when trying to meditate, and I didn't feel very much different, but later that day I painted two watercolors that were better than any I'd ever done. So, I have to wonder!

"The brown haired man"

As soon as I read that, the image of the man in my dream from ten years ago popped into my head. I don't currently know anyone that could be him (the man in my dream), and I'm fairly certain I haven't met my Soulmate yet (that it's not someone I've ever known). The thing is, I just don't know how to differentiate between a feeling/instinct that something is/could be so, and wishful thinking.

"Does he fix cars?"

Again, this popped out at me because for years I've had this strong feeling that my Soulmate was either a mechanic or an architect. I can't explain how or why, but it's always been there. The fact that you saw my Dad ask that sort of confirmed it. I also got the feeling that if it's the mechanic that my Dad approves of, then that's the one to go with. It felt like he was giving his blessing. This also sort of confirmed another dream I had this year about my Soulmate. My father was in this one, and it was as if he was watching over us as we emerged from the ocean in each others arms.

"I am also sensing that he will find you"

In my dream, my Soulmate said, "See? All you had to do was stand still and I would find you." In other words, quit searching every face in the crowd. Like with Kathryn and her ladybugs in the movie "Under The Tuscan Sun"; as soon as she stopped looking for them, she was positively covered with them. That movie really resonated with me this summer!

Question 2

"Yes, you could write books helping artistic and other creative types...."

That would certainly combine my two loves: art and writing. It's funny, because back in the 1990's, when I first discovered SARK, I used to think, wow, these are great books. I wish I could do something like this. But then all I'd be doing is copying SARK. Then I promptly forgot about it and went about not-writing the novels that swirled in my head. Maybe the idea's not so far-fetched after all!

The Lefty Card: "Ulrica Could Handle Anything"

I like that a lot! Right away, it reminded me of the old movie Fried Green Tomatoes...remember when Mary Stuart Masterson's character would shout, "Towanda!!!" when she got her Girl-Power on? Ulrica is a great reminder that I can find the strength to handle what comes my way.

"I also see you working at an alternative school..."

This is interesting, too. I've always wanted to go back to school; I had to drop out of art school in 1990 and have worked ever since. The money was never there to get a college degree. Maybe the Universe has a suprise in store for me with this one, especially since I've always thought myself too shy to be "on stage" as a teacher. It's an intriguing idea...

Question 3

I will definitely have to give the visualization suggestions a try, especially since I now have an image/idea of who my Spirit Guide is. This could be fun!

All in all, I have to say, you did a wonderful job, Kathy! You gave me a lot of food for thought, a glimpse at some possibilities. I'm sure, as I re-read both readings over time, other things will pop out at me or make more sense (I'm still curious as to where Mr. Bean fits in!) Without a doubt, if anything comes to pass with regard to the brown haired or black haired man and the artful career path, I will let you know! There has to be a reason why that dream has stayed with me - crystal clear - for ten years now. I've had other dreams in the past that eventually really happened (like dreaming of someone, complete with a first and last name, and then meeting that person about a year or so later). I think because this one means so much to me, I didn't want to believe in it completely in case it never came to pass. I didn't want to be disappointed.

Most of all, you gave me some unexpected comfort when my father came through to you. That itself is priceless. Although the Soulmate question was the one that was my biggest curiosity and meant the most to me, the greatest thing I took away from this experience was a closer feeling to my father. It's funny, because for years since he died, every now and again I'd either feel his presence or actually catch a whiff of him (he had a very particular smell, a mix of Old Spice and his own body scent) or he'd come to me in dreams, but I'd write it off as coincidence or my imagination. Now I truly believe he's watching over me, watching out for me. Thank you for that!

I have to say, that with all of the negativity swirling around me, your readings have been the only bright spot, the only glimmer of light that's kind of giving me the oomph to keep pushing through this gunk. That probably sounds melodramatic, but I just don't deal well with stress!

And I have to say...Wow. Wow! I've never had such a beautiful, insightful, and just plain interesting reading.

And thank you for being a little bit of a bright spot for me in what's turning out to be a really crummy week! Now, more than ever, I'm ready for it to finally be my season, my time to really live instead of just survive. You gave me a little hope. Thank you.

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How To Prevent Psychic Attacks

Many clients and friends have recently been asking me how best to protect themselves from negative people, places and things, because very often sensitive people will unintentionally absorb negative energy from others.

To begin, I suggest that you construct barriers around yourself, not real barriers but energetic barriers, by visualizing golden, white light, or an egg of protection, or by visualizing mirrors all around your body, deflecting negative energy back at the person who sent it (there are many ways!) You can also put up mental barriers in the form of phrases such as: "I do not accept this guilt, or this manipulation."

Sometimes negativity comes at you when you’re unprepared and it can feel as if you’ve been slammed against a wall! That's a solar plexus hit like the air has been knocked out of you, and it can come out of nowhere! After this kind of attack, it's just a matter of recovering.

But to simplify things, if you do sense negative vibes around yourself, then simply stay away from that person or group as best as you can. Sometimes there is a teaching involved in the whole experience, but that’s another story, for another article.

It’s also not really possible to walk around constantly trying to protect yourself, because this would take way too much energy and because you would be blocking out all kinds of good experiences too. Once you get the hang of how it feels to be strong and steady, to stand alone and on your own two feet, relying upon your own powers of intuition, awareness and discretion, you will be able to make your way through the world in a more empowered and positive way.

You can learn more about the chakra system, healing and energy work here.
I also offer healing message soul readings to help clients with psychic dis-empowerment issues and energy blockages.

Love is Pain - A Lodestone Healing

This Lodestone pendant was created by healing arts jeweler Verda Brown: As a healer, I believe some type of healing or blessing is imparted to the bearer along with a piece selected according to what attracted the person to begin with.

are naturally magnetic pieces of iron ore. Iron ore becomes magnetic due to lightning striking it over an extended period of time. This is more likely to happen in areas such as mountain tops, where large expanses of iron ore are exposed. Lodestones are considered to be very powerful and sacred by cultures that value blacksmithing and lightning deities.

Lodestone has quite the magical and healing history: it was originally used by sailors over two thousand years ago to create the first compasses, and it was also popular with prostitutes who used it to attract male customers to their bed.

Healers use Lodestone (often in pairs) to help break through energy blocks, repel negativity and help the physical body regain its balance and strength.

Feeding Lodestones: Many traditions consider the Lodestone to be a "living stone" and recommend feeding and watering it by sprinkling it with iron shavings or magnetized sand sprinkled.

Ann's Struggle with Psoriasis:
Today we will look at Ann and her lifelong struggle with psoriasis.

Ann's Story:
Love is pain
is psoriasis
is protection, like armour
against vulnerability
against love
against pain.

Ann's Dilemma:
What if there was no more pain...does this mean there is no more love either?
Drinking dulls the pain.
Making love is just sex and it means nothing.

A Crystal Healing Exercise for Psoriasis -
Healing the Mind/Body Split with Lodestone:

- I recommend adding these simple crystal healing exercises to your everyday routine.
- You can also work with Lodestone by holding it in your hand and brushing it just above the affected area.
- Make sure to cleanse your lodestone after every session; a simple sage smudge or your favorite cleansing ritual should be enough.
- Note: Magnetic jewelry should not be worn by pregnant women or by persons with pacemakers or defibrillators without first checking with your primary care provider.

Exercise 1 - A 3rd Eye Chakra Healing & Teaching:

Place lodestone on your 3rd eye (between your eyebrows)while lying down.

By giving with love I receive love.
Love begets Love.

Warning: this is a powerful stone and may cause old buried feelings to re-surface, along with pain and nausea if over-used.

Exercise 2 - A DreamWork Teaching:
Try sleeping with a piece of lodestone under your pillow.

Tell your story, blog it, tell us about your pain, your psoriasis - let it out, unfiltered, use a pseudonym if necessary.
Step 1. Release your story
Step 2. Tell a live person, face-to-face
Step 3. Keep tabs on why and when your psoriasis flares up - track your emotions
Step 4. Report back in 1 week with your progress!

Something To Ponder:
Imagine the healing that is taking place right now if we consciously focus on releasing our pain and healing through telling. The danger is that we become addicted to "spilling the beans." Are you a blabber or a secret-keeper?

In Summary:
- A lodestone can be worn, carried or slept with under your pillow.
- Ann's Story will be continued on the next New Moon so please check back for an update.
- Please do write in and share your own personal lodestone healing journey.
- My Blessings go out to all of you who are brave enough to heal yourself.

Most of my soul readings involve work with healing crystals. You can book a soul reading here.