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The Month Ahead

As the Sun moves into Sagittarius Tuesday it squares Mars in Virgo and is inconjunct retrograde Jupiter in Taurus. Our optimistic and expansive personal energy, will and vitality will need to be tempered by taking action in realistic, practical and down-to-earth ways.

The Sun in Sagittarius disposits to Jupiter in Taurus, which forms a Grand Earth Trine with Mars in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. We can benefit by directing our visionary enthusiasm and wisdom to rebuilding political and monetary structures that are of service and provide wealth and security for all.


It is fitting that we celebrate Thanksgiving when the Sun is in Sagittarius. This is a time to be generous with others, and to express gratitude for all our good fortune and blessings. Jovial Sagittarius loves getting together with friends and family to enjoy good food and drink.

While Sagittarius lends its fiery warmth, good cheer and love of fun to our winter holiday celebrations, it sometimes believes there can never be too much of a good thing! It can become over-indulgent and extravagant. Rein in excessive and irresponsible attitudes and behaviors during the holidays. Give thanks for all you have and are able to share with others. Stay connected to your deeper truths and what is genuinely meaningful in your life.


The evening before Thanksgiving the planet Mercury will station retrograde at 20 degrees Sagittarius, broadly conjunct Venus and the transiting North Node. It will continue its retrograde motion until December 13th when it stations direct at 4 degrees Sagittarius.

This retrograde period will be a good time to go within and examine attitudes and beliefs that color your perception of life. How optimistic are you? Do you trust in grace and believe in serendipity? Review how you share your truths and vision of life with others. Check tendencies to be overly expansive, preachy, or attached to being “right” before you expound on your philosophy.

We will be wiser and better prepared to move back into the world when Mercury stations direct on December 13th if we have taken the time to review, reflect, and resolve any problems in these areas. Then we can move forward into the new year sharing our ideas, knowledge and philosophy from a higher vantage point. As Mercury crosses over the transiting North Node once again later in December we will be blessed with a truer vision of life that is more deeply connected to spirit.


A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.

The next New Moon will occur on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 24th at 10:10 p.m. (PST). This New Moon will be at 2 degrees Sagittarius, trining Uranus in Aries, squaring Mars in Virgo, and semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn. This is an opportunity for us to create a new expansive vision for ourselves that is connected to grace and benevolence and frees us to be our individuated selves. We will be challenged to act in practical ways that serve others as well as ourselves, while continuing to see old structures that seemingly provided stability and security erode away.

The area of your astrological chart where 2 degrees Sagittarius falls represents the area of your life where you can consciously create new beginnings to explore truth and gain a higher perspective of life. Set aside time to reflect on how you can create new beginnings in the areas of higher education, travel, religion, and philosophy. How can you expand your vision of life and learn how to believe? How can you best connect to your inner truth? Where can you experience grace and serendipity in your life?

You may wish to set some new goals or create some Sagittarius affirmations on this Thanksgiving New Moon. Examples are: “I use my enthusiasm and love of learning to expand my understanding and wisdom.” “I connect with my spiritual truth, have faith in Grace, and trust in serendipity.” “I respect the spiritual path and Truth of others as I travel my own path.” “I expand and broaden my vision of the world as I journey through life.”

You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Gemini on December 10th. This Full Moon will reward you with new ways you can communicate your inner Truth and share your philosophy to uplift others.

“Truth is not defined by political power, nor by religious conviction . . . Truth is not determined by human desire, nor by human decree. Truth is the harmonization of the human mind and heart with what is.”

– Rev. Terrance A. Sweeney, Ph.D.



“When we know and are aware of the planetary movements and conditions, and integrate them into our lifestyles, we can then be in alignment with the energies that they bring to support us.”

– Karen Bishop in

Staying in Alignment


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Mary Jo Wevers, PhD, is a member in good standing with ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION. Mary Jo’s practice centers around Soul•Personality Integration & Healing. She is a Jungian Karmic Astrologer, Accredited JourneyTM Practitioner, Licensed Spiritual Health Coach. Mary Jo gives permission to OWA to blog this part of her NEWSLETTER. You can read more at: phone (541) 740-8081. This is PART 1/2:



“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

– Carl Jung

Tuesday the Sun will leave the dark, watery and mysterious sign of Scorpio and enter the optimistic, expansive fire sign of Sagittarius. The positive polarity of Sagittarius gives it an outwardly directed enthusiasm for exploring the world and acquiring new experiences. An idealistic philosopher, Sagittarius searches far and wide for knowledge, wisdom and a higher perspective in life. Goal directed and far seeing, Sagittarius is the archer, setting his aim for the stars.

Through Sagittarius the intellect is illuminated by the light of spirit. Sagittarius asks us to expand our view, seek higher learning, and find a broader perspective on life. The key phrase for Sagittarius is “I Understand.” Sagittarius knows a problem cannot be solved on the level it was created. It needs to be approached from a higher level, where we have a larger and more complete point of view. When we see the bigger picture we can find answers and possible solutions.

A seeker of truth, Sagittarius rules religions, institutions of higher learning, philosophy, ethics and the law. It rules foreign countries and languages, and traveling long distances to experience other cultures. Through these avenues Sagittarius expands its understanding of the world and uplifts its personal beliefs and philosophy of life.

Sagittarius loves adventure, physicality, freedom, wide open spaces, and the outdoors. The natural world and animals, especially horses and deer, are symbols of Sagittarius. It rules outdoor pursuits such as hunting, natural history and the science of ecology.

Sagittarius loves wide open spaces and can become claustrophobic and commitment phobic if it senses it is losing the mental, emotional and physical freedom it craves. Always on the move looking for the next new adventure beyond the horizon, Sagittarius easily becomes bored and restless. Lacking patience and focus, it misses details and lacks the staying power to see a project through to completion. It prefers to see the forest, and not the trees.

Sagittarius is friendly, direct, and values honesty. It is generous and willing to share. Fun-loving Sagittarius has a sense of humor. It inspires others to lighten up and be optimistic.

The Sagittarius love of expounding on its philosophy can lead to preaching, close-mindedness and fundamentalism if unchecked. Problematic Sagittarius can become attached to being “right”, to being an expert, or a wise person or authority. In this way Sagittarius can cut itself off from exploring other points of view, beliefs or philosophies that might expand its own world view and spiritual vision of life.

Areas of life ruled by Sagittarius include our personal beliefs and philosophy, our vision of life. The higher mind and the ways we gain wisdom, such as formal education, religion, and long distance travel are in the domain of Sagittarius. Moral and ethical standards, the law, legal affairs, and publishing are Sagittarian.

Archetypes for Sagittarius include philosophers, college professors and teachers, clergy, spiritual leaders, visionaries and shamans. Travelers and wanderers such as the cowboy riding off into the sunset are Sagittarius archetypes. Parts of the body ruled by Sagittarius include the hips, upper legs and thighs, the pancreas and fatty tissues. The gem for Sagittarius is turquoise. Its metal is tin. Sagittarius plants are birch trees and dandelion flowers. The color for Sagittarius is royal purple.

“To tell the truth is revolutionary.”

– Antonio Gramsci


The planetary ruler of Sagittarius is Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. In astrology Jupiter symbolizes expansion, enthusiasm, and opportunity. In the astrological chart it represents good fortune, prosperity and blessings. It shows us how we can build trust and faith in ourselves, and how we can develop inner strength and confidence.

Jupiter and Sagittarius rule serendipity, an unexpected outcome that results from taking action. When we take a leap of faith, and let go of our expectations for a specific result, Jupiter is free to grace us with more luck and benevolence than we might have expected! When you develop a vision and set goals, stay open and receptive to other possibilities and outcomes. Trust that far-seeing Jupiter can see something better for you down the road.

Jupiter began its exceptionally long transit through the sign of Taurus in early June of this year. It stationed retrograde at the end of August at 10 degrees, and continues to move retrograde. On Christmas day it will station direct at 0 degrees and begin moving forward through the sign of Taurus once again. It will reach 10 degrees for a second time in mid-March 2012.

A retrograde period is time for review, reflection, reconsidering and revamping. It is a time to be more internal, rather than manifesting outwardly in the world. Jupiter retrograde in the sign of Taurus is a time to reflect on our personal philosophy and beliefs about the physical world, money, and material resources. What level of personal security do you need to maintain a higher vision of life and stay spiritually connected? Can you stabilize excessive needs? How can you make wiser, more efficient use of the resources you have? How can you effectively create feelings of serenity and security, of self-worth and value?

If we wisely do our work during this retrograde period, we will be in a better position to move forward this coming spring and create real security that aligns our material with our spiritual values. We will have a higher vision of life that is more stable and practical, that is spiritually connected to the earth and the resources she provides.



My aromatherapy synergy for this month is Sagittarius – An uplifting blend for expanding your vision and moving toward the future with optimism. Top notes of Juniper Berry, Bay and Pink Grapefruit purify and lighten your spirit. Spicy, rich and warming middle notes of Sweet Basil and Clove Bud improve mental focus. Frankincense bass note enhances spiritual growth.

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Ask Pamela

My communication issue is talking with other practitioners. It seems like we are trying to compete with each other rather than compliment each other. How can I honor what they are doing while seeking validation for what I am doing?

From “trying to cooperate”

I love your question!

Something I learned about you right away is that cooperation or collaboration is a high value for you. In your point of view similar practitioners should have a similar approach to business; after all, it is fair and just – right? Unfortunately, only half of the world sees it your way and to make things worse, in America, we reward competition and winning, not effort, not best intentions and not cooperation (unless it causes you to win).

In working with behavioral styles, this value is split right down the middle with collaboration being important for people who are warmer, more accepting, people focused personalities. The more logical, skeptical, task driven people have a less collaborative approach and naturally for them may see your complimentary business as competition.

I suggest you approach those practitioners from their perspective instead of your own. If you are both therapists with a similar clientele, what is it that you each offer that is uniquely different than the other and would naturally advance your clients into the other? You will have to do the research (because you want the cooperation) to determine how your businesses can compliment one another. Then build an approach they cannot refuse.

Contact the other practitioners (one by one) and give them your affiliative business plan. Before you do, get help from a more task driven colleague to learn exactly what will work for those practitioners. I promise you that if your plan makes sense, and it shows the $ profit for both of you, those competitive practitioners will give you a second look. In fact, they just might validate you through promoting you to their clients – when they see you as a stepping-stone instead of a threat.

May you always communicate with class!

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Beating the Winter Dehydration Blues

Even as a nutritional therapist, I find it takes extra effort to stay hydrated in the winter months. Hydration is important all year round, however, in the absence of the hot sun many of us forget to drink water and other fluids. Hydration may not make newspaper headlines, but did you know that water is the body’s most important nutrient? Were you aware that water is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American Population? Ninety-two percent of the water that we need for daily bodily functions must be ingested, it can not be stored in the body, and we can only live a few days without water. Do I have your attention now?

Water is so abundant, especially in rainy Oregon, that many of us take it for granted. At the beginning of any client appointment, I offer a nice big glass of water as many people are dehydrated as they walk into my office. I like to then educate clients about water’s numerous roles in the body including removing wastes, flushing toxins, transporting nutrients, lubricating joints, cushioning bones, and regulating body temperature. According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, MD, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, early signs of dehydration, just a 2% drop in the body’s water content, can cause fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, irritability and depression. Isn’t it wonderful that simply drinking enough of the right fluids can improve your mood? More mature signs of dehydration include migraines, fibromyalgia, constipation, joint and back pain. Yes, for some individuals, back pain can be diminished or relieved just by achieving adequate hydration!

So how do you know how much water to drink? The “hydration formula” is your body weight divided by two equals the number of ounces of water you should drink in one day. So, for a person that is 160 pounds, they should drink 80 ounces of water per day. The catch is that you have to add an additional 1.5 ounces of water for every ounce of caffeine, sugar, or alcoholic containing beverage that you drink. Unfortunately, these diuretic beverages are dehydrating and cancel out the hydration that water provides. The truth is when you keep this in mind, most Americans end up dry according to Steve Meyerowitz, author of Water the Ultimate Cure.

Do other liquids count as water? I still remember clearly that my grandparents would never drink water. They would drink black tea, soda, and an afternoon cocktail. I can’t help wonder now if my Grandmother’s osteoporosis and my Grandfather’s digestive issues could have been prevented by adequate hydration. If I knew what I know now, I would have told them that they could also consume soup broths, vegetable juices, milk or a milk alternative, and herbal teas. I do like to caution people about fruit juices as most are too high in sugar to count, unless they are fresh squeezed or diluted. Another wonderful beverage is coconut water as it is naturally sweet and a natural electrolyte, electrolytes being minerals that help with the absorption of water in the body.

What other therapeutic benefits does water have? Dehydration renders the immune system less effective and responsive, and that is why adequate hydration is especially important during cold and flu season. For those who suffer from asthma and allergies, it is helpful to know that water is a natural anti-histamine, and that for an acute attack a few glasses of water can diminish symptoms. Adequate hydration has also been shown to prevent the formation of kidney stones, keep our skin supple and help our bones from becoming brittle. To sum it all up, Dr. Batmanghelidj states, “Chronic cellular dehydration of the body is the primary etiology of painful, degenerative diseases.”

A few key tips for water consumption:

• Start your day with ½ to 1 quart of water to flush your digestive tract and rehydrate your system from the overnight fast.

• Sipping water throughout the day will help prevent too many visits to the bathroom and will help you reap more of the benefits of adequate hydration. If you follow this advice and still have frequent urination, adding ¼ tsp. of good quality sea salt to every quart of water can provide the electrolytes to help you retain the fluids that you drink.

• In addition to the “hydration formula” listed above, note that your urine should be a neutral color and smell. Dark urine can mean that you are not drinking enough water.

• Increase water intake with increased stress and exercise.

• Illness robs your body of water as can prescription medications. Drink more when you are ill or when taking numerous medications.

• Do not wait until you are thirsty or have dry mouth to drink. These are indicators that you are already dehydrated.

• Too much water during a meal can dilute digestive enzymes. Also avoid icy cold water as it shocks the stomach making it difficult to secret enzymes.

• If you are trying to loose weight, water is a wonderful appetite suppressant.

Is water the fountain of youth? Maybe and maybe not, however, the therapeutic benefits of adequate hydration are well documented. A drink of water to your health! Cheers!

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