All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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APRIL 2016

All Things Alchemical is the monthly E-newsletter of personal transformation for those seeking grace and clarity. Enjoy discoveries centered on health, spirit, purpose, archetypes, symbology and artistic expression that will guide you dancing through life.

Note From Kendra


Dear Friends,

I am at the water’s edge, watching surfers bob up and down in the surf waiting patiently for the next set of waves they can catch during their morning session.  They come out, rain or shine, to engage in their love affair with the sea - the waves and the sea life - all of it.  Many surf before work or school and then come back to end their day the same way.
It doesn’t matter whether there are waves big enough to ride; they come because the sea provides for them more than just a great wave. There is a camaraderie among watermen. It’s like friends who gather at a coffee shop. They discuss the state of the sea and matters of life.
There is a longboard surf contest tomorrow, and I cannot help but feel the energy in the air - anticipation of the day that is to begin at 8 a.m. As I sit watching the members of this great tribe share something they love, I come to understand why these surfers go to great lengths to follow their drive to the water’s edge. It’s who they are. It’s a passion that cannot be denied, and so they honor it.
So I ask myself: Why is it that so many of us will let things slip away that we love so much?
To read my conclusion of the above quandary, be on the lookout for my next blog.

Peace and with love to you,


The Scribe
(Copyist, Secretary, Scribe Accountant)

The Scribe differs from Author or Artist in one significant way: scribes copy existing works rather than create new ones. The Hebrew scribes were originally secretaries who wrote down the preachings of the prophets, but evolved into a priestly class charged with writing and maintaining the laws and records, copying previous scrolls, and committing oral traditions to paper. Medieval Christian scribes copied manuscripts and helped preserve learning. In India, the sages who completed the Vedas are known as vyasa, a Sanskrit word that means “collector” but could be translated as “scribe.”  We can expand the definition to cover modern journalists, who also record the existing knowledge and information of their day and uncover secrets (investigative reporters). And we would also have to include that largely anonymous horde of copiers who are busy uploading everything imaginable onto the Internet in the hope of preserving it by distributing it to millions. What makes the Internet the modern equivalent of the medieval scriptorum is that so much information is transcribed onto it not for personal gain but for the sheer joy of preserving and sharing these artifacts with the rest of the world.
The shadow aspect of the Scribe can manifest in altering facts, plagiarizing, or selling information that belongs to others.
Films: Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in All the President’s Men; Sally Field in Absence of Malice (shadow); Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole (shadow); Nicole Kidman in To Die For (shadow); Holly Hunter in Broadcast News.
Fiction: “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville.
Religion/Myth: Ezra (Hebrew scribe and priest, best known for collecting and editing the books of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, in the fifth century B.C.); Imhotep (in Egyptian myth, an architect, physician, and scribe in the court of the pharaoh Zoser); Thoth (Egyptian god of wisdom, inventor of writing, and patron of scribes, often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis, holding a scribal tablet and reed pen). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 411-412. Print.


PARROT/Sunshine and Light, Color Therapy, Animal Language
Contributed by Anne Barton.

I was inspired to write about Parrot partly because I wanted to share this amazing picture! Take a look again, with this revelation:  This parrot is in fact a female model who posed for Johannes Stötter, a fine art body painter. Using breathable paint, he spent hours painstakingly turning this woman into the image of a parrot, brushstroke by brushstroke. The model's arm forms the parrot's head and beak, and her legs form the wing and tail feathers.
Like this piece of art, let Parrot inspire you to use color to lift your mood and light to energize your life.


KEYNOTE: Responsible Behavior and Communication
CYCLE OF POWER: Year-round

Key Concepts when Parrot is Present:

  • Let sunshine revitalize your soul and color transform your world.
  • Color therapy may help balance your life; yellow walls can lead to a more optimistic way of seeing life; blue has a calming effect.
  • If you are in a land where winter is long and days are short, visit lands of sunshine to stimulate energy and revitalize your soul.
  • If your heart has been telling you to move and your mind has been finding reasons not to, Parrot says to follow your intuition.
  • Listen to the language of bird music and song and remember that communicating with all beings, human and otherwise, is important.

I feel like the message of Parrot, while varied, is simple: we are beings of light and energy. Darkness may try to seep in, and it can overtake us sometimes. So we have to consciously practice revealing the light within. Parrot reminds us of some key tools for doing this.
If Parrot pays you a visit, consider using color to lift your mood or brighten up your environment – paint a wall, liven your outfit with a splash of color. And perhaps it would be helpful to study the meanings of colors to discover what will do the trick to change your mood – blues and greens are calming, orange energizes, yellow can encourage a more optimistic outlook.
It’s possible that Parrot’s message is to seek out sunshine, nature’s light therapy! This might mean a vacation to a sunny shore or something more permanent might be in order – like actually making a move if that’s where your intuition is leading you.
A parrot’s unique vocal structure allows him to speak our language, making him a bridge between human and animal communication. Oftentimes we need to be reminded that we are all connected, and expanding our listening to humans as well as other beings on earth ensures we receive the enlightenment we seek.

Works Cited & Resources
Green, Susie.  Animal Wisdom: Harness the Power of Animals to Liberate
      Your Spirit.  London: Cico Books Ltd., 2005.  Print.

To learn more about Animal Guide readings, as well as other readings I provide, visit


Cafe Gratitude's Turmeric Latte

One of my latest drink obsessions is a cream turmeric latte. Certain superfoods have reached ultra-trendy levels in the past few years, and turmeric is one of them. On one hand, it’s odd; we’re talking about a spice that’s been valued for thousands of years. Everyone can benefit from this trendy, red root.
Cafe Gratitude is a quintessential, 100% organic, plant-based restaurant in California that is willing to share its incredible recipe so that we can all make it at home. Here it is, packed with omega 3-rich hemp seeds, dates, immunity-boosting fresh turmeric juice, and whole vanilla bean.

14 oz water or coconut milk*
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
2 medjool dates
1 oz fresh turmeric juice*
small piece of vanilla bean- crushed
pinch of sea salt
Blend together all ingredients. Warm up and serve!
*I peel the root and then juice it. It keeps really well for 3 days in a glass jar.
*I use organic coconut milk in the can, it tends to make it rich and creamy.


Quotation from Rumi


My Favorites

A peek into a my favorite film, good read, and TV series. 

Good Film
When Frosty Hesson was pointed out to me a couple months ago when I was in Santa Cruz, I became curious about the famous movie depicting his life. It really is a great movie to watch. Here is a paragraph trailer:
“When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.” Click here to watch.

Quirky TV Series
I started watching this show and at first thought quirky was a great word to describe it but after watching a couple episodes I fell in love with it. It really is a fun one to watch and the surfing story is great. Here is a paragraph trailer about this one:
“From the creator of Deadwood comes this new "surf noir" drama about a dysfunctional Southern California family galvanized by the sudden arrival of two strangers: a man out for revenge and a boy looking for surfing lessons. In Imperial Beach, California, the dysfunctional Yost family intersects with two new arrivals to the community: a dim-but-wealthy surfing enthusiast and man spurned by the Yosts years ago.”
Click here for the series.

Good Read
This book caught my eye for two reasons, one – the author is a graduate from the college my youngest daughter attends, and two – it is a well written comedy. Comparing her writing to David Sedaris and Carl Hiaasen’s work. 
“A vibrant new voice ups the self-deprecating memoir ante with tragicomic tales of her dysfunctional life in swampland Florida and America’s Big Easy.”
Click here to read more.
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