All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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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,

During this time of incredible grief and uncertainty in our world with the tragedy in Paris, we perhaps have feelings of helplessness and being out of control, instability and fear.
We all as human beings make choices from one of two places: love or fear. What I am encouraging all of us to do, especially right now, is to become sensitive to how we move through our day. Make a conscious choice to come from a place of love.
Give pause during the day to say a prayer for those who are hurting and grieving from trauma and loss.
Smile at a stranger.
Give a hug to someone who needs it or to someone who doesn’t – touch is essential to our existence.
Extend compassion.
Say “hello” to a stranger.
Give gratitude for the life you have been given.  Let go of your regrets. 
Forgive the unforgiveable.
Open your heart and understand that WE ARE ONE. And by making choices that come from love, we will raise the frequency of this planet, resulting in a more peaceful, loving existence. Our part in serving the whole matters.
May you and yours, near and far, be blessed and feel love this season and always.

Peace and with love to you,

This holiday season consider giving the gift of wholeness and health to someone you care about. Gift certificates are available for Reiki, Spiritual Guidance Life CoachingIntuitive Readings, and my latest offering of “A Day With Your Destiny” – an entire day devoted to discovering your Sacred Contract. Please contact Kendra if you are interested or have any questions.


Child: Puer/Puella Eternis 
(Eternal Boy/Girl)

Positive aspects of the archetype manifest as a determination to remain eternally young in body, mind, and spirit. People who maintain that age will never stop them from enjoying life are relying on the positive energy of this archetype to supply that healthy attitude. The shadow Eternal Child often manifests in an inability to grow up and embrace the responsible life of an adult. Like Peter Pan, he resists ending a cycle of life in which he is free to live outside the boundaries of conventional adulthood. The shadow Puella Eternis can manifest in women as extreme dependency on those who take charge of their physical security. A consistent inability to be relied on and the inability to accept the aging process are also markers of this archetype. Although few people delight in the ending of their youth, the Eternal Child is sometimes left floundering and ungrounded between the stages of life, because he has not laid a foundation for a functioning adulthood.
Films:  Tom Hanks in Big; Pee Wee Herman in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure; Carroll Baker in Baby Doll; Thomas Hulce in Dominic and Eugene, and as Mozart in Amadeus.
Fairy Tale:  Peter Pan
Religion/Myth:  Cupid (boy-god of Roman myth said to have been born from a silver egg); Harpa-Khruti (Horus the child); Harpocrates (Greek deity of silence and secrecy, represented as a naked boy sucking his finger). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 376-377. Print.


Spider/Weaving, Travel, Creativity
Contributed by Anne Barton.

So I was looking at pictures of spiders, trying to pick one that isn’t too ’spidery’ to go with this article because I don’t want to creep anyone out. And I admit, I was not really enjoying looking at all of those pictures. I chose the web image because it’s beautiful, but it felt a little bit like a cop-out. So I’ve included an actual spider too, and here’s why: While not always being a fan of spiders, I have come to respect what they represent. I used to get bitten often, in my own home while I was sleeping, which I don’t even like to think about. But I can’t remember the last time I woke up with a spider bite since I’ve come to respect and value the message these tiny beings hold. So it was important for me to get over my aversion, and that’s what I want to promote by sharing the message of Spider.
Now, when a spider comes into my world I say, ‘Hi, thank you for visiting.’ I think about the message she has for me; then I carefully move her outside. 

Key Concepts when Spider is Present:

  • Create!! Look for new alternatives to an impasse.
  • Use a journal to review your progress so you don’t forget how you are creating.
  • If you get too involved in weaving your life, you may miss opportunities.
  • See the edges! Don't fail to see the expansiveness of the eternal plan.
  • Look beyond physical illusion to other dimensions.
  • Create new alternatives.

“Deer asked Spider what she was weaving and why all the lines looked like symbols. Spider replied, ‘Why Deer, it is time for Earth’s children to learn to make records of their progress in their Earth Walk. Earth’s children are growing more complex, and their future generations will need to know more.’ So it was that Spider wove the first primordial alphabet” (Sams and Carson 209). One of Spider’s messages may be that just as the written word transformed humankind, so might it be a vehicle for you to spread enlightened change in the world.
The silken thread that Spider uses to weave her web comes from deep within her body: liquid transformed into a strong-as-steel elastic that allows her to literally fly, sometimes thousands of feet in the air. Spider’s travels have led her to every environment of the earth except a remote Antarctic cap. Her message to us can be to expand our horizons – by actually moving or traveling to a new place or by trying something new – living a new way or seeing through new eyes. Nothing is impossible. We have all that we need within to make any dream a reality.
Spider’s body is made like the number eight, consisting of two lobe-like parts connected at the waist with eight legs. This is also the symbol for infinity – representing the infinite possibilities of creation. Just as Spider weaves the webs of fate for those who get caught in her web and become her dinner, she can be a caution for humans who get caught in the web of illusion in the physical world and never see beyond the horizon into the other dimensions.
Like the Black Widow spider that eats her mate, negative spider energy is present when we forget the value of having partners at our side. Whether it is a mate, family member, or friend, we are caught in the web of illusion when we attack others. This is only a reflection of something we dislike or fear within ourselves. Choose to create something new. Use your talents to get the web spinning in a positive direction. If we are not decisive enough about changing our lots in life, we may end up being consumed by our fears and limitations.

Works Cited & Resources
Green, Susie.  Animal Wisdom: Harness the Power of Animals to Liberate
     Your Spirit.  London: Cico Books Ltd., 2005.  Print.
Sams, Jamie, and David Carson. Medicine Cards. New York: St. Martin’s
     Press, 1988, 1999.  Print.   

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My 3 Day Cleanse: TMI?
Part 1

I just finished a 3-day cleanse. I am almost embarrassed to admit that because it sounds so trendy. What I wanted to find out were two things: what is the big deal about a cleanse and can I do it?  Can I really go three days with no solid food?
I will process my experience for a while because I found it interesting how much I associate and organize my life around food. Mind you, I did not do the research about what to expect or why a cleanse is good.  I just went off hearsay and then stumbled across a fantastic resource, Pressed Juicery (, that I felt comfortable investing in to help me with this gargantuan event. On a more serious note, I was starting to feel heavy in my body, not from weight but a heavy feeling – not vibrant and fully alive. For the past year I allowed myself the liberty to stray from mindful eating and was ready to get back on track. My body was telling me to.
Let me preface with the fact that I do eat fairly clean to begin with, but I have an addiction to sugar and caffeine in the form of coffee. I could bore you to tears with a lengthy piece of writing describing in detail my 3-day cleanse. (I will, in subsequent writings, talk more about my experience.) For now, however, I’ve written a brief overview of my experience. It is written with humor, which I totally lost during the fast, because now that the experience is over, I can see the value in laughing at things that can have you feeling so uncomfortable at times.
Day 1:  
I am stocked and loaded with 24 bottles of fresh pressed juice, and away I go. There’s not a thing in the house to eat except these 24 gems of gleaming green and 1 tan (the delectable ending to each day – a coconut almond delightful juice) bottles. I end the day with a raging headache that started midday.  I am barely able to make sense of my thoughts and much less able to communicate them. I feel completely lethargic and want to be alone and slip into the fire I have burning.
Day 2: There is no way in hell I am going to finish this cleanse. Now my head is not only feeling like it is being pressed in a vise, but also I am having a vile reaction – just angry and resentful at the juice bottles and what little they give me to curb the lingering hunger. I cannot remember my name, and I am arguing constantly with myself about why I “must” do this. I consider the fetal position.
Day 3: The headache subsides a bit. With the limited clear thoughts I can muster, I scream, “Alleluia! I am so finished with this!” And I am now trying to coax my partner in crime, who willingly decided to do this with me, to bite the apple. “If you throw in the towel, by the sheer factor of peer pressure, I too will take one for the team,” is what I am saying. I am obsessing about food, some of which I would never put into my mouth.  Even the tasty dog food, covered in bone broth, looks appealing. Keep busy, keep busy, keep busy! My cohort is not caving, and the competitive side in me is not going to let him succeed alone. Finally, I slip into bed feeling, at last, peaceful and good about the experiment. Into slumber I fall, with visions of sugarplums, dancing in my head. Tomorrow is a new day.
The next day: Feeling clearer in the brain? Lighter and rested internally? Yes to both.
On a scale of 1-10, how difficult was it? Nine plus!
What was the hardest part? The psychological part, by far, and becoming aware of my association with food.
My experience has brought up a lot of interesting stuff for me to explore. Also, I have not been attracted to coffee or even sugary items since my cleanse. So for now, I am glad, and I see myself going through this torture once a season. Crazy I know, but of course for me it’s far more than the trend. The psychological aspect, what came up for me, and how it connects me to the whole is what I find so interesting.  It was never just about the cleanse. 


Quote from John Lennon 

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