All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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AUGUST 2017
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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,

As I was showing pictures of Ireland to my son and daughter-in-law the other morning, I came to the conclusion that I want to share more of my reflections from that trip with you – mainly because I seek the symbology of every experience I have in my life. Really though, how do we get drawn to a place where we have never been, making it a bucket list item before it became a trend to travel there? I don't ask questions about these types of longings, but I do get curious.
 
So what was it about Ireland; what did I conclude? One of the answers has become clear since returning because there have been quite a few discussions with clients as well as family members around what it means to live a consciously responsible life. In short, how can we live life authentically? Courageously showing up in our lives is the first step. It’s pretty obvious, as we observe the world around us, that most everything surrounding us is supporting the opposite. We are a culture that has become very accepting of inauthenticity. So even when we realize that we are uncomfortable with not expressing ourselves openly and honestly and authentically, we are more apt to accept our own discomfort to make someone else feel comfortable.    
 
One of the magical things about Ireland that I embraced fully is the people. They truly do not give a hoot what you may think of them and their beliefs, rituals, and how they show up. This authenticity is also reflected in how untouched the countryside is and the respect that is given to tradition and preservation. I felt a transparency in this country that I have never felt before. It was a breath of fresh air - this feeling in Ireland of openness and welcome - a safe space to be seen and also to witness.
 
I have felt people’s fear in many places that I have traveled. It’s a fear that stems from being repressed - creating confusion around how to “come out” and live truthfully - how to live authentically and aligned with one’s true essence. No matter where in the world we go, it's the same; we all have the same worries and desires to some extent. Yes, this could be a very argumentative statement. But in my listening intuitively to people, what I hear simply is that we are spiritual beings seeking to have authentic, fulfilling experiences where we can be seen, heard, and acknowledged.
 
In Ireland it was more common than not to strike up a conversation about Druids; or what the ribbons and offerings are that are draped on the majestic willows around the Hill of Tara; or what fire ceremonies were taking place on the solstice; or the fairy forts in northern Ireland; or the stone circles that dot the north, south, east and west representing life, community, spiritual adoration, and even death.
 
It was hypnotic at times really - the emerald country and the people - as I felt the connection they have with their past and their honoring, with abandon, their Celtic traditions. It captured my senses. It was enlightening to speak of mysticism without the need to measure words or hold back. I was free to be authentic in conversations with just about everyone I met there without feeling, whatsoever, the odd man out. It was truly unimaginable for me. I was completely sold and captivated by this country and finally satisfied a personal longing with this experience.
 
If what you are seeking is authenticity in your life and from your self and you’re having a hard time finding the strength to live in this manner, I highly recommend making a pilgrimage to Ireland. You will come back impacted in a way that will be a catalyst to create a shift in your life – a life of living authentically. 
 

Grá solas agus beannachtaí leat!

Archetype

Judge
(
Critic, Examiner, Mediator, Arbitrator) 

The template for the Judge archetype in Jewish-Christian culture largely derives from King Solomon, who was notable for balancing justice and compassion.  So thoroughly do we maintain this ancient template that Solomon’s characteristic balancing is now the standard by which we measure all judges. Those who manipulate or disgrace justice or violate this creed are held to be social and moral criminals, having damaged the honor of the courtroom and the nation, and the archetype itself. For that reason, this archetype should be understood as one that has the vision to manage the fair distribution of power in whatever form it takes, from violating military codes to breaking marriage vows.
 
One need not be an attorney, judge, or critic by profession to identify with this archetype. If you are a natural mediator or involved in interventions between people, you may carry this archetype in your psyche. Personal qualities that inspire in you a commitment to lead a life with high standards related to justice and wisdom as well as the manner in which you interact with other people reflect a strong connection to this archetype. Prolonged suffering from having been misjudged-an experience that walks hand-in-hand with learning forgiveness-should also be considered an expression of this archetype in your life. But as with all other archetypal evaluations, you are not looking for one experience of having been misjudged or misjudging another, but rather a lifelong learning process that is centered around the learning of justice and compassion.
 
The shadow Judge manifests as consistently destructive criticism, judging without compassion or with a hidden agenda. Legal manipulation, misuse of legal authority, and threatening others through an association with the law are other expressions of the shadow. Such manipulation includes the misuse of business authority as well as conventional legal and criminal authority.
 
Films: Spencer Tracy in Judgment at Nuremberg; Louis Calhern as Oliver Wendell Holmes in The Magnificent Yankee; John Forsythe in And Justice for All (shadow); Dominic Guard in The Go-Between.
 
Fiction: Billy Budd, Foretopman (Capt. Starry Vere) by Herman Melville; The Ambassadors by Henry James.
 
Religion/Myth: Skan (creator god of the Dakota Sioux who judges both gods and the souls of humans); Yama (Hindu and Buddhist god of death, judge of the dead, and ruler of death’s kingdom or the Hell realms); Pluto/Hades (Roman/Greek god of the underworld and judge of the dead); Thoth (primarily the Egyptian patron deity of scribes, also known as a mediator among the gods); San-guan (“Three Rulers,” collective name for three Taoist deities who keep a register of the good and evil deeds of people). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 393. Print.

Symbology

Deer | Gentleness
Contributed by Anne Barton

Over the past three or four years of contributing animal wisdom to Kendra’s newsletter, I’ve shared information about a lot of animals. It’s been a few years since I wrote about Deer, and I had an encounter recently that I wanted to share here and decided it was worth repeating some of the key points about Deer wisdom again. If you are reading this right now, then Deer very likely has a message for you!
-Anne

 
Key Concepts when Deer is present:
•  Love others as they are
•  Become warm & caring to solve present dilemma & Great Spirit will guide you
•  Apply unconditional love and find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds
•  Both light and dark may be loved
 
So here’s my story…
 
A few weeks ago, I was sitting on the couch in my living room early in the morning working on my laptop. It was very quiet – no one else in my house was awake, and it was too early for the typical garbage truck or gardeners to be making their rounds yet. I became aware of a squeaking sound outside the front door. I kept listening - not sure if it was a bird or an animal. It continued a few more times, and my thought was 'fawn.' So I went to the door to take a peek. I tried very hard to open the door without making a sound, but I couldn’t avoid a quiet click, and when the door opened, it startled a tiny fawn right there on the driveway. He took off, still squeaking, and went behind a building, out of sight. In my head I was thinking, “Oh no, don’t go too far, where’s your mother?!”
 
Pretty quickly, the mother came strolling down the driveway, making her noise calling for the baby (it sounded like a moan). After she was part way down the driveway – about ten feet from me watching her quietly from the doorway - she stopped and looked around. There were no fawn squeaks to be heard now, and she didn’t seem to have any idea where her baby was. I must have moved slightly because she suddenly startled and started to bolt in the complete opposite direction of her baby.
 
Now I was concerned and said, “No, no, no,” quietly to myself, and she stopped in her tracks and turned her head, facing in the right direction. I said, “Yes, go that way,” and she walked up the hill a bit and then turned again in the wrong direction.  I said, “No, no, the other way.” She stopped again and turned her head in the right direction, and then there was the baby, running from behind the building towards her. They nonchalantly reunited and calmly walked up the hill together.
 
This all happened within a couple of minutes and was such a fun encounter. I took an animal communication class last summer, and all of us were hoping for this type of experience. We felt we needed proof that we were actually communicating with the animals in our lives. What I realized in this encounter is that my focus and communication came from a pure place of concern for the mother and fawn getting separated. I reacted, and she ‘heard’ me. And this experience has given me confidence in my ability to tap into that wider web of connection that we all have access to when we open ourselves. 

To learn more about Animal Guide readings, as well as other readings I provide, visit
http://tiny.cc/AnneBartonReadings.     
 

Works Cited & Resources
Sams, Jamie, and David Carson.  Medicine Cards.  New York: St. Martin’s
     Press, 1988, 1999.  Print.

Health

Hello is anyone there?

Fort Worth, Texas, Wilmington, North Carolina, Flint, Michigan, Ranger, Texas, Marion County, Indiana, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin sadly the list goes on and on for contaminated public water systems. Numerous states have been found to have issues with their water that went unreported to the public for years and even in some cases for decades.
 
This is a crisis you cannot ignore any longer or think it's not impacting you or someone you care about. If we don't start becoming actively involved in health prevention and speak out about the disgrace in covering these things up, we have no one else to blame for increased childhood illnesses, the rapid increase of cancer and autoimmune disease, and infertility, than ourselves. With access to information that is made available to us at our fingertips we need to accept responsibility of our health and the health of our children.

This is an excerpt taken from an article that was published earlier this year. To
read the full article click here

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 2.5 percent of children in the United States have elevated levels of lead in their blood, a direct result of drinking contaminated water.

The World Health Organization, as reported by the Huffington Post, says that infants and small children may exhibit no signs of lead poisoning in their early years, but that the effects of lead on brain development become evident in adolescence.”


To find out how your state is doing, the EWG has created a Tap Water Database,
click here to enter your zip code.

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Siri how do you…
I am always looking for ways to help me stay organized and efficient and so when someone told me you could ask Siri to help with tasks I was all over it. Click here to see a list of things you can ask her help with.
 

Fish People
Patagonia has always been a favorite of mine to frequent and for more reasons than just great outdoor clothing. They are an incredible company that walks their talk. From beautifully written books, creating incredible cinema that brings global awareness to human-interest stories or environmental issues, Yvon Chouinard has created a business that focus’ on environmentalism that nails it. Click here to read a lovely piece on Fish People.
 

Films
After spending two weeks with my sweet grandson Coen, I notice that I am humming random tunes frequently and I laugh out loud because they are from the Disney movie Moana, which we watched nearly every day he was here. If you need a film to watch that will lift your spirit whether young or old – it's a must see watch. Disney once again gives beautiful meaning to finding your own identity. Right in line with my intro this month! Click the video above to watch the trailer.
 
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