Don't Second Guess Yourself

Kathy Crabbe, Kathy says..., 2013, ink on paper, 5 x 7”.Kathy Crabbe, Kathy says..., 2013, ink on paper, 5 x 7”.

I attribute my recent work, in part, to the awesome art materials I picked up in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles at Kinokuniya Bookstore. I'm using a Boku-Undo Co. 11mm fountain pen and Kuretake (Bimoji) brush pens in sizes 0.5-1.5mm and 0.3-1.0mm in a 5x7 inch New Soho series sketchpad (for watercolour). Pens are like clothes for me and new pens make me feel extra creative.

I was also inspired by the work of cartoonist, Vanessa Davis and especially liked this comment from her mom as told in an interview with Vanessa: "Don’t second guess yourself. Leave that to everyone else."

Oh ya, the other really interesting thing is that the first drawing I did in my new sketchbook (while in Little Tokyo) was a woman's face that looked remarkably like Vanessa Davis, third eye and all! I may post it later after I connect with Vanessa and see what she thinks.

Kathy Crabbe, Spartacus, 2013, ink on paper, 5 x 7”.Kathy Crabbe, Spartacus, 2013, ink on paper, 5 x 7”.

Magic Powers: Computer genius Flies-by-night Musician

Today is the New Moon (in 21 degrees Capricorn) so if you're an astrology buff you might want to check to see where that lands in your natal birth chart and if you don't have a chart I offer several Astrology Reports here on my site. For an interesting and informative astro-read I recommend the blog of Emily Trinkaus, a Portland area astrologer who I've had the pleasure of meeting and hearing speak.

I created a deck of oracle cards called the Creative Soul Cards (aka 'lefties') and if you want to 'pull one' for the New Moon please be my guest! I pulled the one below which relates to the recent transits I've been undergoing: Uranus Opposition and Uranus conjunct my Ascendant. Uranus relates to Kundalini energy which relates to the snake.

Kathy Crabbe, Sue got real cozy with her inner serpent, 2012, mixed media on paper, 8.5 x 11”.Kathy Crabbe, Sue got real cozy with her inner serpent, 2000, mixed media on paper, 8.5 x 11”.

**To purchase the drawings above as originals or prints please check out my Etsy Store or email me.

Trusting Your Body's Wisdom - New Moon in Taurus

Emily Trinkaus is currently my special guest speaker in the Creative Soul Circle. She will be participating in our Q & A Group so if you want to talk with her personally please sign up below. General membership to the Circle is free, but access to the private Q&A Group is $19 a month or $144 annually, which includes my Q&A Group, a Moon Musing Group and the Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass plus TONS of other goodies! Join the Creative Soul Circle.

*Every month in our Circle I will be featuring a new guest; in June I’ll be featuring Susan Rodio, Mystical Artist. You can view the entire year's line up of special guests here.

Trusting Your Body's Wisdom - New Moon in Taurus by Guest Astrologer, Emily Trinkaus May 2, 2011 11:51 pdt

"Suppose... the body is a God in its own right, a teacher, a mentor, a certified guide? Then what? .... Are we strong enough to refute the party line and listen deep, listen true to the body as a powerful and holy being?" - Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves

On April 20th, the Sun moved into earthy Taurus, initiating the season of the Bull -- a time to slow down, appreciate simple pleasures, and nurture your body and the planet. The Taurus Sun energizes sensory awareness, reconnecting you with your body's wisdom and guidance, with the beauty and magic of the natural world, with the miracle of life on Earth in every moment.

Taurus is the sign of stewardship, cultivation and building, and tonight's New Moon (11:51 PDT) asks you to prioritize and get practical. How you can best support the new growth that sprouted during the Aries season? What's worth sustaining, and what's in your way? What really matters?

While Mercury was Retrograde (March 30-April 23), the desires, ideas and intentions that got stirred up at the Spring Equinox weren't quite ready to come into form. This felt like a particularly obvious Retrograde -- not surprising since Mercury was in Aries (a sign not known for its subtlety). The purpose of this Mercury Retro was to realign with your passions, restore your vitality, and re-inspire you to create what you really want.

Now that Mercury is moving forward again and getting back up to speed, and especially after the New Moon, it'll be easier to bring your plans into reality. The Taurus New Moon has a lot of traction, and carries a kind of "be careful what you wish for" energy. While the Sun and Moon unite in Taurus, five planets -- including Venus, Taurus's ruler -- are still in fiery, passionate, risk-taking Aries. As astro-blogger Elsa P writes, "this is just not the kind of fire you want to play with" (New Moon in Taurus).

The line-up of Aries planets inspires honesty and authenticity and can help cut through an over-attachment to security -- Taurus's shadow. Are you going after what you really want, trusting your body's wisdom and guidance, or are you playing it safe and following your fears?

In the context of escalating global crises (see Earth Day), you might as well go for it. And between now and June 4th -- while Jupiter is still in Aries (see Jupiter Enters Aries) -- you have an ideal window for taking the initiative and acting on your passions.

On a practical, astro-technical note, if you want to set New Moon intentions, it's best to wait until after 10:09 am PDT on Wednesday. The Moon will turn "void-of-course" just after the New Moon and all day Tuesday, which, according to Jan Spiller (author of New Moon Astrology) is an inauspicious time to make wishes.

Patience, patience. Taurus is all about slowing down enough to be able to tune into the intelligence of your body and of the Earth. Today and tomorrow are perfect for spending time in nature, cultivating your garden, sending gratitude to the planet, and indulging your need for pleasure, affection and beauty.

emily trinkaus, astrologerMore About Emily Trinkaus

I fell in love with astrology when I was 13 and read Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. Suddenly the world made sense! I’ve been a passionate student of the cosmic science ever since. The more I learn, the more I’m humbled by its elegance, power and profound mystery. I started giving readings professionally in 1999.

I also have a background in creative arts – writing, painting and movement – and founded Portland Women Writers. I love working with other artists and writers to offer support for breaking through blocks and increasing access to the creative flow.

http://virgomagic.com http://virgomagic.wordpress.com/

Earth Day, the Nuclear Reality and Multidimensional Consciousness by Guest Astrologer, Emily Trinkaus

Next month (May, 2011) in the Creative Soul Circle I have Astrologer, Emily Trinkaus as my special guest. She will be participating in our Q & A Group so if you want to talk with her personally please sign up below. Sign up is free for the Circle, but access to the private Q&A Group is $19 a month or $144 annually, which includes my Q&A Group, a Moon Musing Group and the Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass plus lots of other goodies! Join the Creative Soul Circle.

*Every month in our Circle I will be featuring a new guest; in June I’ll be featuring Susan Rodio, Mystical Artist. You can view the entire year’s line up of special guests here. Earth Day, the Nuclear Reality and Multidimensional Consciousness by Emily Trinkaus, Astrologer

"Our suggestion is to not be frightened by these changes that are upon you, but recognize them as breaks in the walls of a prison that have been erected around you. Step through the cracks into your freedom. You are creator gods and goddesses." - Tom Kenyon/the Hathors, Increasing Intensity of the Chaotic Node

Just over a year ago, the BP oil catastrophe and subsequent dumping of toxic "dispersants" in the Gulf of Mexico was named the worst eco-disaster of our lifetimes. Now, as we celebrate another Earth Day, and are still just beginning to understand the effects of oil and Corexit in the Gulf and beyond (See Dahr Jamail's BP Anniversary), we're faced with an escalating nuclear crisis, birthed in Japan but quickly becoming a global issue.

Radiation is flooding into the atmosphere, into the ocean, into our bodies -- invisible, uncontainable and deadly. Long-time anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott, in a recent press conference on Fukishima, basically says that the plutonium being released is enough to poison the entire planet (thank you, Robert Phoenix, for this link).

Echoing the US government's cover-up of the environmental impact in the Gulf, the Japanese government has ordered their media not to report the reality of radiation dangers in order to "avoid panic." The EU and US have responded by upping the "safe" radiation levels permitted in food and water (see Radiation Spreads Worldwide).

Denial, although a popular choice among world "leaders," is probably not the most productive response. Radiation is the new reality on planet Earth, and we are going to have to adapt and learn how to respond to it very quickly. The nuclear war we grew up fearing (we who grew up in the 80s, that is) is happening, we're in it, and while the Japanese are on the front lines (again), no one is immune.

Uranus in Aries (as of March 11th) signifies rapidly changing and chaotic times in which we have to activate our Warrior natures in order to survive, and to be effective agents of transformation.

I'm just now really starting to get what Barbara Hand Clow means when she says, "Our ability to access multidimensional consciousness will be a basic survival skill as we approach the mysterious end-date of the Mayan calendar" (Alchemy of Nine Dimensions).

As long as we respond to the nuclear crisis solely from a third-dimensional perspective -- that of material reality, linear space and time -- the situation is hopeless. In this mindset, it's easy to fall into unconsciousness, escapism, depression, self-pity, addiction and denial -- the shadow expression of Neptune in Pisces.

But the higher potential of Neptune in Pisces is increased access to the invisible realm of spirits and ancestors, the dreamtime, multidimensional consciousness. From this expanded awareness, new possibilities open up, new approaches to seemingly impossible situations.

The Hathors (via Tom Kenyon) say: "However bleak a situation may appear to you, we wish to convey clearly this message: you are the co-creator of your reality. Move upward in consciousness, even if those around you move downward.... [Y]ou will have to find the center path, the narrow passage that leads upward." (Increasing Intensity)

In their latest message, Medicines of Light, they address the radiation crisis, and give directions for making your own "medicines of light," stressing that this is something that anybody can do -- no special powers needed. They say, "Even if you are left with nothing but the tools of your own consciousness, you can protect and heal yourself."

Some of the people I consider authentic and useful leaders in this time have helped me understand what multidimensional consciousness is, and how to move into this new reality. Many can be found on the amazing Conscious Media Network: Eric Pearl on the Reconnection, Barbara Marciniak on the Pleiadians, Bruce Lipton on Spontaneous Evolution, David Icke on the Moon Matrix, and Christine Page on 2012 and the Galactic Center. (CMN has a free 3-day trial subscription, FYI).

Accessing higher dimensions is not about floating up out of our bodies and off the planet. The higher dimensions can only be effectively navigated if we are grounded in our bodies and rooted to the Earth.

We just entered the Taurus season on April 20th -- in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the lushness of spring, Mother Earth in her full flowering of fertility, sensuality and abundance. This is a time for renewing our love, appreciation and gratitude for the planet and for our own bodies.

Also on April 20th, Venus -- Taurus's ruler and therefore this season's presiding deity -- moved into Aries the Warrior. The entry point to embodiment and Earth connection is the heart. Venus in Aries is the warrior of the heart, courageously opening to the world with vulnerability, authenticity and compassion.

As Sacred Activist Andrew Harvey writes in Heart Yoga: "Only intense and deep mystical love, strength, and passion, combined with a commitment to sustained transformative action, can now preserve the planet. This fusion of body and soul enables people to find the luminous energy, calm, and power that they will need in order to become Sacred Activists and give birth to a new world."

emily trinkaus, astrologerMore About Emily

http://virgomagic.com http://virgomagic.wordpress.com/

I fell in love with astrology when I was 13 and read Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. Suddenly the world made sense! I’ve been a passionate student of the cosmic science ever since. The more I learn, the more I’m humbled by its elegance, power and profound mystery. I started giving readings professionally in 1999.

I also have a background in creative arts – writing, painting and movement – and founded Portland Women Writers. I love working with other artists and writers to offer support for breaking through blocks and increasing access to the creative flow.

Balance, Essence and Kinship – Full Moon in Libra

Next month (May, 2011) in the Creative Soul Circle I have Astrologer, Emily Trinkaus as my special guest. She will be participating in our Q & A Group so if you want to talk with her personally please sign up below. Sign up is free for the Circle, but access to the private Q&A Group is $19 a month or $144 annually, which includes my Q&A Group, a Moon Musing Group and the Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass plus lots of other goodies! Join the Creative Soul Circle.

*Every month in our Circle I will be featuring a new guest; in June I’ll be featuring Susan Rodio, Mystical Artist. You can view the entire year's line up of special guests here. Full Moon in Libra by Emily Trinkaus

Essence is what is left after all defenses are stripped away; it is who we are when we are undefended. This unshakable center of being — a place where we feel loved, loving, whole, connected, and joyful — is the end to all experiences of emotional homelessness. – Jett Psaris & Marlena S. Lyons, Undefended Love

Sunday’s Full Moon (7:44pm PDT) animates the Aries-Libra polarity, highlighting the balance between self and other, independence and connection, assertion and receptivity, passion and objectivity. The Libra Full Moon asks: What is being reflected back to you by the significant others in your life? Where do you need to restore balance? Are you giving more than you’re receiving (or vice versa)? Are you pushing too hard to get what you want, or afraid to take the risk of acting on your desires? How can you cultivate inner peace in a chaotic world?

This lunation offers a great opportunity for working through projections by taking responsibility for what you see “out there.” As the saying goes, If you spot it, you got it. (Byron Katie’s Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet is helpful.) Working through projections breaks down the ego, helping to reconnect with your true, infinite, source self and to see the god/goddess in yourself and everyone around you.

Venus, ruler of Libra, is now in Pisces, flavoring this Full Moon with extra dreaminess, sensitivity, imagination, romance, and the potential for escapism and delusion. Venus in Pisces dissolves boundaries between self and other, merging the separate self into the ocean of consciousness. Venus in Pisces is the Divine Feminine, the Ocean Goddess, the nurturing source reality from which we all emerged and to which we all return. “God dwells within me, as me.”

Alongside the dreaminess, some frustration is possible. Action planet Mars, ruler of Aries — is moving into an opposition with Saturn — restriction and responsibility. Described as “driving with the brakes on,” Mars-Saturn slows down the action, to ensure that passions and urges are aligned with long-term goals.

Your commitment to your desires is being tested. Obstacles signal that you’re either on the wrong track, or need to reconsider your strategy about how to move forward. Patience, persistence and negotiation may be required.

Adding to the slow-down are three planets now traveling Retrograde, all in Cardinal signs — Mercury in Aries, Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. Commenting on the “Cardinal Retrograde,” Robert Phoenix writes:

“We are asked on a symbolic level to really explore how we’re spending our energies and life force…. Pulling back or even out of certain activities, especially, if they have become routinely habitual is favored now. Unplugging creates space for new and different thoughts.” (… The Cardinal Retrograde)

The days following the Full Moon are typically best for releasing from your life whatever is no longer working for you — in this case, whatever keeps you out of balance, and disconnected from the truth of your divine self.

emily trinkaus, astrologerMore About Emily

http://virgomagic.com http://virgomagic.wordpress.com/

I fell in love with astrology when I was 13 and read Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. Suddenly the world made sense! I’ve been a passionate student of the cosmic science ever since. The more I learn, the more I’m humbled by its elegance, power and profound mystery. I started giving readings professionally in 1999.

I also have a background in creative arts – writing, painting and movement – and founded Portland Women Writers. I love working with other artists and writers to offer support for breaking through blocks and increasing access to the creative flow.

Interview with Astrologer, Emily Trinkaus

Next month (May, 2011) in the Creative Soul Circle I have Astrologer, Emily Trinkaus as my special guest. She will be participating in our Q & A Group so if you want to talk with her personally please sign up below. Sign up is free for the Circle, but access to the private Q&A Group is $19 a month or $144 annually, which includes my Q&A Group, a Moon Musing Group and the Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass plus lots of other goodies! Join the Creative Soul Circle.

*Every month in our Circle I will be featuring a new guest; in June I’ll be featuring Susan Rodio, Mystical Artist. You can view the entire year's line up of special guests here.

emily trinkaus, astrologer

An Interview with Emily Trinkaus, Astrologer

How did you originally become interested in astrology?

When I was 13, a friend gave me a copy of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs and I was hooked! It just immediately made sense to me, and gave me a helpful perspective on myself and the people in my life, some order to the chaos. I come from an entirely non-woo-woo background, and didn't really get the spiritual dimensions of astrology until much later, but it just seemed very practical, which appealed to my Virgoness.

How can astrology help people?

Astrology can help people by revealing a higher, cosmic perspective to what's happening in their lives. Astrology can also help people by validating what they already know, but may be afraid to trust - that is, the most common response to an astrology reading is relief. It's not emily trinkaus, astrologer & yoga grouplike I'm telling the client something they don't already know, but more like I'm giving them permission to be who they are and to trust their intuition in going after what they want.

I also think astrology helps people by connecting them with something bigger, with the mysterious Multiverse. When a complete stranger looks at a page with a bunch of symbols and then gives you an accurate, detailed description of what you're experiencing internally, you know that there's more to this world than what you experience with your five senses.

What is the best way to begin the study of astrology?

The best way to start is to get an astrology reading with a professional astrologer, because then you can get a real sense of what's possible with astrology and how mind-blowing it is. You can study your own chart for years and continue to get new insights and understandings. Study charts of friends and family - you can learn the most through observation, and asking questions. There are many entries into astrology, and it's a very astrologer, emily trinkausindividual journey. Follow what excites you.

Are there any downsides to astrology?

Astrology is a tool, and, like any tool, whether it is good or bad depends on how it's used. When astrology is used for predictive "fortune telling" or to give a static description of "who you are," it's disempowering and not useful. This is the mainstream understanding of astrology - Sun Signs and horoscopes - which is an outrageous reduction and misrepresentation of a very complex art and science. When people say they "don't believe in astrology," I say, "I don't believe in the same astrology that you don't believe in."

Can one make a good living as a full time astrologer in today's world?

I believe you can make a living doing whatever you want. And I think it's a great time to be an astrologer - more and more people are ready for this perspective, and are looking for answers to the big questions in life.

What astrological gem of wisdom do you feel is most essential for us to know about right now?

There's so much happening right now - read my blog!

emily trinkaus, guest astrologer for kathycrabbe.comMore About Emily

http://virgomagic.com

http://virgomagic.wordpress.com/

I fell in love with astrology when I was 13 and read Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. Suddenly the world made sense! I’ve been a passionate student of the cosmic science ever since. The more I learn, the more I’m humbled by its elegance, power and profound mystery. I started giving readings professionally in 1999.

I also have a background in creative arts – writing, painting and movement – and founded Portland Women Writers. I love working with other artists and writers to offer support for breaking through blocks and increasing access to the creative flow.