Greetings <<First Name>>!
Welcome to the inaugural issue of All Things Alchemical
. I won’t bore you with how this newsletter came about. Let’s just suffice to say that the Universe was very clear and persistent in the idea, including the name.
Alchemy originated in the sixth century and was influenced by the Taoist and Pythagorean philosophies. The dictionary defines alchemy as:
a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discover of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
a power or process of transforming something common into something special
an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting
Alchemy has made many contributions to chemistry such as the development of pharmacology. It has also given us a mystical way of looking at the world.
I am fascinated by transformation and change, an alchemical process, from an ego-centered life to one of spiritual nature, driven by a Divine force. Just having the fascination isn’t enough for me though. I use a combination of tools to seek truth in all things; numerology, astrology, psychoanalysis (Jungian theory), intuition, and symbology are just a few.
Although there have been volumes written on alchemy, I am inspired to bring you, in All Things Alchemical
, modern day alchemists who are fully vested in the elixir of life, the philosophers’ stone, our soul’s journey. My hope is that you will find this newsletter a place to turn to for your own exploration of truth. We promise to publish content that will keep you informed, connected, and inspired. Consider All Things Alchemical
to be your personal spiritual coach!
A thread connects us, and if you look at my logo, you will see that I believe it is golden. This thread is woven through all experiences, through all thoughts, through all words, through all that is seen and unseen. I welcome you to discover your golden thread of transformation in this month’s issue of All Things Alchemical
. It is a powerful month of balancing the masculine and feminine energies. Please enjoy!
May the blessings be,
“alchemy.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2012. Web. 12 June 2012.
a Master Astrologer will join our team. Also, July is the month of Patriotism; so, we will delight in the archetype of the Patriot.
THE FATHER ARCHETYPE
Symbolic Living Through the Lens of an Archetype
If we are to breakdown the work of viewing your life from a symbolic state, there are a few things to consider. First, there is an energy body that surrounds you called chakras (for more definition in detail please visit http://www.kendragoheen.com/chakra.html
). This energy body contains all the data of your biology and your biography. If you step away and view the body in this way, you will see that this energy manifests in patterns of archetypes that affect your life.
Archetypes are patterns of intelligence – dynamic living forms of energy that are shared in many people’s thoughts and emotions across cultures and countries. These patterns, often ancient in origin, populate our minds and lives in ways that affect us deeply.
Each archetypal energy pattern is linked to a characteristic that shows up in crucial behaviors and relationships and often gives you clues to your life’s mission – a running theme, per se, in your life.
The study and teaching of these patterns have become a passion of mine, and I’ve realized that my Teacher archetype plays a significant role in bringing you one archetype a month to explore in your own lives. It is befitting that we begin this month with the Father archetype, the one that started it all!
(Patriarch, Progenitor, Parent)
This archetype combines a talent for creating or initiating with the ability to oversee others, whether a biological family or a group of creative people. Although the Father has taken on negative connotations associated historically with paternalism and male dominance, we shouldn’t lose sight of its primary characteristics of courage … and protectiveness. A true Father guides and shields those under his care, sacrificing his own desires when that’s appropriate. "The shadow Father emerges when that caring guidance and protection turns into dictatorial control or abuse of authority.” (Myss, 385).
Happy Father’s Day!
Myss, Caroline. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. Print.
“…A True Father Guides and Shields…”
IN MY EXPERIENCE
The Father Archetype in My Life .... by Kendra Goheen
I became very aware as a young girl of a Divine force that was guiding and protecting me. My earliest recollection of this Divine force was when I was sixteen. I would lie in bed and converse with who became known to me as my Father. I would have conversations with Him, as I would with any trusted friend.
My early years were not easy. Living from one crisis to another became my normal. The one quick and easy route to stop myself from spinning out of control with my thoughts was to pray. My Father became the one constant in my life when nothing else made sense. I cannot express the deep sense of security, peace, and love that I felt as a sixteen year old when the dialogue was occurring. So, I continued to practice this dialogue on a daily basis; today, it is my way to meditate and pray.
I clearly remember one special conversation with my Father. What I heard in this particular dialogue with my Father was that my experiences of chaos and dysfunction had a purpose.
They would shape who I am today. All I had to do was trust my Father to guide and protect me during the process. The pattern of the Father archetype presented itself early on for me. Thank God, literally.
As for my biological father, Dean, I am certain that he too, in my adolescent years, became quite friendly with the Divine Father! “A true Father guides and shields…”
(Myss, 385). It is hard to understand when you are young how someone is influencing your life. For me, as a parent of grown children now, I am very clear about how my dad influenced me and continues to do so in my life, as well as the lives of my children as their grandfather. My dad is a true father who guides and shields - the Father archetype. He always has been.
My dad’s dedication to support and provide for his family earned him respect, a successful career, and a devoted family. He was driven to succeed, and like me, my dad found at an early age that nothing of great significance comes easy. It is what it is.
Hard work, determination to see something come to fruition, being direct, perfectionism (although I have learned that perfectionism has holes!), organizational skills, family, and a tender and loving heart are just some of the “guiding” characteristics that I have so proudly inherited from my dad. I don’t have the Father archetype myself, but my DNA screams the inheritance.
Did I mention worrywart? Oh, we’ll divulge that archetype another month! The worrywart and the tender heart are the “shielding” aspects of the Father archetype. My dad may not have verbalized much of his worry when I was young, but I knew in my heart, even during the chaos, that he wished he could have eased my suffering numerous times. His blood pressure medication during that time was a dead give away! And I can laugh at this now, because I believe with absolute certainty the statement, “All things happen for a reason.”
Dad, without your inner drive to keep going and to “get to the bottom of things” (one of your favorite sayings when I was young), I would not be doing the work I was put here on Earth to do – to guide people to discover the sacredness in our life’s patterns, while joyfully accepting IT IS WHAT IT IS
. I love you Dad!
In gratitude for my Father above, for my dad, for my grandfather Pappy, who has instilled in me the importance of serving others, and for all those with characteristics steeped in Guiding and Shielding. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Myss, Caroline. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003, Print.
A FATHER ARCHETYPE TESTIMONIAL
by John McMahon
Choosing the Father
archetype was an act of love and a bold decision, which has left an indelible mark on my life. My earliest memories as a child are filled with the wonder of God the Father and the stark dichotomy of experience with my biological father. As a young child I protected my twin brother from physical and emotional harm on a regular basis. I would dim my own light so not to magnify my brother’s many struggles by being unfairly compared and criticized. Father
later appeared in my choice of education and years of work in child protection and family dysfunction.
In school, I felt a strong need to befriend the marginalized students, those who were social misfits and the “special needs” kids. I stuttered when I was younger and could relate to these kids who were ridiculed and rejected for not being “normal.” The Father
in me influenced me to include the special education students in our pick-up baseball games at recess, much to the dismay of my classmates.
A crazy, impulsive act my senior year in high school was to run for and get elected as class president. I recall wondering what inside me made my voice volunteer my name - what in the world was I doing? Only later did I learn that our soul acts out when it’s disempowered. Taking this path led me to many experiences of leading others: coaching a Little League baseball team, piloting new work initiatives, managing mergers, and leading a start-up company to protect the most vulnerable adults in our communities. I have become Father
to both the organization and symbolically to all the members we serve: poverty level, frail elderly and adults with physical or developmental disabilities.
Being a father has been the most joyful experience in my life. Sacrifice and service have been constant companions, a necessity to living. I have always felt strangely confident leading people, and I have courage to lead a cause that serves others.
As I have embraced my Father
I feel strength, courage, and strong purpose. It’s my connection to serving God the Father’s will, a privilege and an honor and the unique joy of my heart. I feel the Father
in all my being and doing. I am able to see the Father
in others and have come full circle to see my biological father in a new and positive light. Father
is the “I am that I am. Happy Father’s Day."
Homage to the Father
by Yolaine Dunne
Love your daughters well,
For they need to discover the meaning of Beauty
Within their hearts and souls
So they can stand tall
And one day call themselves “woman”.
Love your sons well,
So they discover the meaning of Courage
And delight in protecting what they love
And stand tall, like you
And one day call themselves “man”.
On behalf of all children,
Receive our gratitude
You who sacrifices your needs
For the sake of family
Kinship and peace.
On behalf of all women,
Receive the Medal of Honor
Upon your loving and generous heart
For keeping us safe
In heart, home and spirit.
On behalf of all men,
Receive our respect
For teaching us to live life with reverence
For the sake of all
That is good and true.
Your playful spirit heals us,
So don’t be too serious
Even when the weight of the world
Is too difficult to bear.
When you lose hope in your dreams,
We love you so.
Oh Sacred Father!
All children of the world
Are your own.
All mothers of the world
Are your partners.
Sweet protector of family,
May your heart decree
It will for ever stand fearlessly
To keep life safe and true.
A kind word from you
Brings many blessings,
And makes a plain rock
Turn into a precious jewel.
Shine your light so all can see
Your devotion to humanity.
You are like the sun
Bringing peace and wisdom to the land.
Father, we pay homage to you.
WISDOM FROM NUMEROLOGY
The Power of Numbers – June, 2012
by John Morris
June – what an appropriate month, from a numerologist’s point of view, for Father’s Day. The universal number for June is six, because it is the sixth month of the year. And six, in numerology, is the number of love, family, nurturing, and service. A good fit, right?
But before I delve deeper into the meaning of the number six, let me give you a quick idea of what numerology is and how it works.
Numerology is a mystical system for understanding the world through numbers, and it is based on the underlying truth that everything is energy. So in numerology, each number represents a different essential energy, with its own properties. Many of the ancient wisdom traditions used numbers in mystical ways to make meaning of life.
In the Western world, modern numerology is inspired by the work of Pythagoras, a philosopher and mathematician of ancient Greece. You may know him best for the Pythagorean Theorem, but he also founded an ancient mystery school to study truth, beauty, and other metaphysical ideas.
Numerology, as we know it today, reveals universal truths about the nature of your soul by studying the energy of the significant numbers present in your life – especially the numbers included in your date of birth, the letters of your name, and significant dates.
Which brings us to June and the number six!
Six indicates that the energy of family may play a prominent role for you in June. The obvious role would be in how you relate to any and all members of your family this month. A less obvious but equally important role may be how the energy of family, nurturing and love, plays out within you!
Regardless of whether you are male or female, you carry both masculine and feminine energy within you. We all do. The balance of masculine and feminine is different for each person, and one may be given emphasis over the other in different situations and in different phases of life.
If you are experiencing tension around family this month, you may benefit from first looking within and clarifying how you are handling your own six energy. Asking yourself a few simple questions may help.
Are you loving yourself, or are you in some way denying yourself the love available in your own soul? Are you taking responsibility for yourself, your own emotions and well-being, or are you consciously or unconsciously expecting someone else to take responsibility for you?
On the other hand, are you allowing others in your life the freedom to take responsibility for themselves, or are you taking on their burdens and issues in an attempt to take responsibility for their well-being, a sure pathway to burnout and resentment?
One principle of numerology, that I have found crucial in helping my clients clear blocks and create ease in their lives, teaches that the energy of any number can be worked within a positive or a negative way. Using the number six as an example, you may be working positively with that nurturing energy by maintaining clear boundaries and being of service to others in your family in a healthy way that involves both giving and receiving. It’s win-win; everyone is empowered.
If, however, you are working with that nurturing energy in a negative way, you may be taking on too much on behalf of others, trying to tough it out and, even worse, remaining silent about it! You end up drained, and others may actually end up dis-empowered.
Although focus this month is on the father, the number six is actually a feminine number. Just remember that even fathers have feminine energy, and fathers, like everyone else, are trying to find the right balance in this world. Whether you are a father, someone in a fathering role (as are some mothers or siblings) or you are close to someone in your life who lives the father role, take the opportunity this month to focus on right relationship and restoration of balance between the feminine and masculine energies.
What would that look like for you?
It might mean cutting yourself or someone else in your life some slack. It might mean pushing a little less to make things happen a certain way or make others be a certain way. It might mean providing a little extra nurturing for yourself or someone else. Or, you may need to dive deep within and question your or another’s motives for doing good.
Only you can know for sure.
Numerology is a creative and often uncanny way of looking at the dynamics in your life and finding ways to create balance. I hope this brief look at the number of love, family, and service provides you with an inspiring theme for inquiry throughout the month of June!
WISDOM FROM ANIMALS
Key Concepts When Eagle Is Present:
by Anne Barton
A lifelong quest to know ourselves more deeply and to connect with our purpose in this life can be greatly enhanced by finding a deeper connection to Mother Earth and all her creations. Humans have inhabited Earth a mere minute compared to the millions of years that many animals have been here - tortoise has graced our planet for 220 million years, spider for 400 million years. There is great wisdom to be gleaned from the study of animal medicine, which is a part of native and tribal cultures all over the world.
I have found that knowing just a few key words and concepts associated with a variety of animals can provide guidance on my day-to-day journey. When an actual animal crosses my path, I stop and take note, looking for the message that is being conveyed - an answer to a question in my mind or help with solving a problem. A picture or the mention of an animal can provide the same guidance. Messages and answers come to us in many ways …
I hope that the information provided here will remind you of the wisdom that is present all around us when we pay attention
SPIRIT • VISION • KARMA • RESPONSIBILITY
• Broaden your sense of self beyond what is visible
• Reconnect with the element of air - the mental plane and higher mind
• Remember the freedom of the skies and follow your heart's joy
• Soar above the mundane
Eagle medicine gives the ability to live in the realm of spirit and still remain connected and balanced within the realm of Earth. Within Native American tribes, a state of grace is achieved, with the help of Eagle, through hard work, understanding, and completing the tests of initiation that result in the claiming of one’s personal power. The right to use the essence of Eagle medicine must be earned, which only happens through experiencing the lows in life as well as the highs and through finding and trusting a connection to the Great Spirit.
Eagle, as a skilled hunter, can be ruthless when she strikes. However, she only kills out of necessity. There may be times, in business or in our personal lives, when we feel it's necessary to be ruthless in order to survive. What is the price of such action? Eagle's wisdom tells us to consider carefully the effects of our actions and whether they are truly justified. Using our power for malice or spite is not the way of the Eagle. Karma is always in effect; taking what another possesses to increase our own wealth can create waves of consequences for others as well as ourselves.
When Eagle is present, she gives the power of vision well beyond our mundane world. In fact, she is telling us to gather our courage for an opportunity to rise above the mundane levels of our lives. We can use this insight to delve into the mysteries of other worlds, broadening our Self beyond what is currently visible, attacking our fear of the unknown, and always bringing the wisdom gained back to this
world. This takes discipline. Use the power wisely, and we will benefit, as will the world, from deeper spirituality, creativity, and healing ability. Our karma and its outcome are in our hands. With Eagle's guidance, we can take this great responsibility to heart and soar.
Sams, Jamie, and David Carson. Medicine Cards New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988, 1999. Print.
Green, Susie. Animal Wisdom: Harness the Power of Animals to Liberate Your Spirit London: Cico Books Ltd., 2005. Print.
This month's recipe ...
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
from Alexandra Topp
1 rotisserie chicken
1 small can corn (drained)
1 small can diced green chiles
1 small can diced black olives (drained)
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
1 tbs pepper
1 tbs garlic salt
1 can red enchilada sauce
8 - 8 inch flour tortillas
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup lean sour cream
Shred rotisserie chicken and place in a large bowl.
Combine corn, chiles and black olives along with chicken, and mix well.
Take 1 cup of the shredded cheese and add this to chicken mixture.
Add pepper and garlic salt and mix well.
Add 1/4 of the enchilada sauce into the chicken mixture.
Take another 1/4 of the enchilada sauce and pour into the bottom of a 13x9 inch glass pan.
Place 1/3 cup of mixture into a tortilla and roll.
Place tortilla into glass pan.
Repeat with additional tortillas until the chicken mixture is gone.
Pour remaining enchilada sauce onto tortillas and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cheese is melted on top and golden brown.
Take out of oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and salsa. Indulge!
THIS MONTH'S PROMOTION
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is an Intuitive Guide, Spiritual Director and Certified Life Coach in the Twin Cities. To learn more visit http://kendragoheen.com
a resident of Wisconson,
is our Guest Contributor for the Archetype Testimonial feature.
, Award Winning Poet from Quebec, Canada can be reached at http://poetry.yolaunlimited.com
a Numerologist, Intuitive Mentor, and blogger about intuition, divides his time living in Maine and Shetland, UK. To find out more about John’s work, go to www.johnmorris.info
, a California native currently living outside of San Francisco, has dedicated more than 30 years to her journey of personal growth and spiritual development.
, a Registered Nurse who lives in the Twin Cities, has a special interest in nutrition and healthy eating.
WORDS OF WISDOM
One thing life has taught me: If you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else." - Eleanore Roosevelt
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