Sunday, 27 November 2016

New Podcast and Weekly Tarotscope

I thought I would try something new this week - a podcast! I thought rather than doing the weekly astrology weather as a blog, I would make a Sound Cloud file. It`s not your usual astrology weather for the week either. This is astrology focused on the feminine planets and asteroids. I talk about the two traditional feminine planets, the moon and Venus, but also the four major asteroids Ceres, Juno, Pallas and Vesta, the dwarf planet Eris and the minor asteroids Sappho,Lilith. Persephone. Psyche, Iris, Hekate and Fortuna. Take a listen and see what you think.

 Goddess Astrology Report Nov. 28 - Dec.04

Below is the usual tarot horoscope for the week. This week I`m working with the Guardian Angel Oracle by Doreen Virtue.


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Episode 6 - Canada's Worst Driver 12 - Lou's Take

Yesterday episode 6 of Canada's Worst Driver aired. I have to say I'm super proud of Mike for graduating! He definitely deserved it after all the hard work he did. Coming back from a brain injury cannot be easy. Having to re-learn everything, including driving must be very challenging. He made amazing progress throughout the process at the re-hab centre and definitely deserved graduating. Of course that leaves four of us - including "Yours Truly", Daniella, Krystal and Tyler. Will I graduate or be in the bottom three? Am I Canada's Worst Driver? There's only two more episodes until someone is named "the worst".

Below are some photos from behind the scenes and a video with my take on the episode. Let me know what you think.

Congrats Mike on graduating!


The beautiful Welland Canal behind our hotel
Getting ready for another day of filming
Hanging out with these lovely peeps and having lunch
Let me know what you thought of Episode 6.

Weekly Update - Top 10 books and New Hair

This past week I decided to change my hair back to blonde and red. I enjoyed having the rainbow hair, but felt it was time for a change and wanted to go back to the red as I was feeling like it was more "me" right now. It's more of a dark cherry/burgundy colour as I'm not big on tomato reds. Covering the warmer colours of the rainbow with red was easy, but blue and green posed a challenge being cooler colours. Especially green, as red and green are opposite colours and would turn out muddy. My stylist and I decided it would be best to cover those ones in black. I really love the effect, and am glad I went for it.

This week was a busy one, so I just uploaded a couple of videos. I am a little bit behind on the Youtube pagan challenge, and rather than catch up, and make one super long video, I thought I would focus on last week's question - top ten pagan books. Watch below, and let me know what you think of my picks.


I also was very happy to receive the new Kyle Gray  deck - Keepers of the Light on Thursday. I pre-ordered this back in March and was told it had a September release date. However in September, I did not receive the deck. I saw others were getting it, and had to make a concerted effort to not watch unboxing videos and to try to avoid it on Instagram. Finally this week after over two months of waiting I received the deck, and I have to say it was worth the wait. This deck is a nice mix of angels, ascended masters and dieties. It's very colourful and reminds me of icons with the straight on face and long noses, but in a more modern and softer style. The deck is like a warm hug, as it is very positive and sacred. Below is my unboxing video.


Let me know if you have this deck, or what your thoughts are on any of the books I mention above. And for my US friends, I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving long weekend.


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Canada's Worst Driver Episodes 4 and 5

I missed posting last week, so will post today photos from both episodes 4 and 5 behind the scenes.

Episode 4

Andrew and i at the Trough Course
Going to the Rehab Centre
Daniella collects more car parts
My  Episode 4 Review

Episode 5, we did the Longest Reverse in the World Challenge, the Speed Demonstration, and the J Turn. I have to say doing the J Turn was a lot of fun, and introduced me to the idea that driving could be, well... fun.

Derek and Daniella check out the planes at the nearby Dunville Museum

Me at the classic car show at the museum

Jana prepares for her lesson with Phillipe
Below is my review of episode 5.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Angelic Advice - Be a Candle in Dark Times

This week so many of us are still dealing with the shocking news of Trump's victory in the US. This has not been a usual election race for the US, with Republican, vs Democrat. Instead this year there was a candidate that embodied some of the worst in humanity - racism, sexism, xenophobia, islamaphobia, homophobia and openly bragged about sexually assaulting women. Despite all this people still voted for him, and not just a minority, nearly half of those that voted!

Some people said that they didn't vote for him because of this, but because they were angry at the system. If wanting to give the middle finger to the system is more important to you than the safety and dignity of your fellow human beings, then you need to seriously reexamine your moral compass. In the few short days since the election, there have been numerous reports of racist vandalism, attacks on Muslim women and non white people. Women have been subject to threats and sexual assaults from men who say that if the president can grab women inappropriately, then so can they.

This goes to show that the words those in power speak are not just rhetoric. They have very real effects on people and their lives. The words we all speak have power and can be used to lift others up, or bring fear and pain to others. Some listen to those in power who deal in the currency of fear and division and go beyond words even to physically attack and terrorize others.

It is easy during this time to despair. I certainly felt despair and powerlessness after the first couple of days. I don't live in the US, so have no say in the process politically. Yet none of us can escape the effects of this event, as we are all tied together in this world. If I could cut the border off to the south and float away I certainly would. But even if we were able to do this, it will not change the reality of those who are being impacted by this event. I would still worry that these white supremacist attitudes will spread here as well.

So I asked myself what can I do? I was looking for a little angelic guidance, so I pulled a card from the Karma Angels deck and got Masahiah. Masasiah is the angel of harmony and happiness. He/she encourages us to look to the things that bring us joy and that spread harmony in the world. Here is a list of a few things I thought of that I can do.

  
1. Focus on the positive. This does not mean putting our head in the sand. What it does mean is that we look for the goodness in the world and amplify that. Let's start by remembering that the popular vote did not go to Trump. Most people in the US are as shocked and saddened as those of us in the rest of the world. Take comfort that we are not alone. Lets pray and send loving energy and thoughts to each other. Let us use positive words, be kind and encourage each other during this time. Even a small acts of kindness go a long way to making the world a better place.

2. Stay United. Remember that you are not alone. Connect with like-minded people. Surround yourself with those who are positive and kind, and who have the same values. Retreating into isolation out of despair will only serve to embolden those who pander in fear. Remember there is power in numbers.

3. Stand up. There is an excellent campaign started in Britain after the Brexit vote, as there was an increase in hate crimes. Its the simple act of wearing a safety pin. Wearing it means you are saying "you are safe with me" and that you will stand up of you see harassment occurring. If you see someone harassing someone else, say something, even if it means just talking to the victim so that the attacker loses power. Videotape or record the event when you can and report it to authorities. Stay with the victim until they can get somewhere safe.

4. Get involved. Volunteer for a cause you care about, and/or donate money towards it. There are many great organizations like the ACLU (in the US), local food banks, shelters, and environmental groups. Show up at protests, and call and email your representatives. The least you can do is vote for a candidate that represents your values. If you don't get out and vote, someone you don't like could easily get into power.

5. Make Art. Art is healing, not just for the maker, but also for the viewers as well. So make art, write, make music, dance etc. It doesn't have to be fancy high art either. In New York a man set up a table with sticky notes and pens and people wrote messages of love and support, and posted them on the subway wall for others to see. Art is a great way to come together, and to express how we feel and let each other know we are not alone. It can motivate and empower. Don't underestimate it.

Are there any other things you can think of that we can spread love and light into the world.





Canada's Worst Driver Episode 3 - Behind the Scenes

This week episode three aired featuring the Arches challenge, the Figure 8 Reversing Challenge and the dreaded Water Tank challenge. They also showed the Name the Road Signs test. 

The Arches Challenge I went into expecting not to get, as the arches are so narrow there are cut outs for the mirrors. I was still proud of myself for getting at least two out of the five and for not panicking even when I got it wrong, I just kept going. Before the challenge we each had a lesson with Phillipe about looking where you want to go. He taught me to look at the open space instead of the barriers. He's a really good teacher and helps to bring out confidence in you. 

After they showed the Figure 8 reversing challenge where we all piled into a van and reversed on a figure 8 course, of tire rims. I was a little miffed that they just showed the first part where I was timid and hit several things, but as i got on, I went faster and hit a lot less. They also didn't show that during the Sign test, I got 7 out of 10 right, the most of anyone. 

The water tank challenge was definetly the least dignified of all the challenges. I really enjoyed watching Daniella - she was very smart leaning forward so the water didn't get in her face. I got drenched right away and the water was so cold I started to hyperventalate. Then the water got in my eyes and dried out my contacts which made it hard to see - not a good combo. I felt so bad for my partner Derek. Hew is so lovely and patient! I was trying so heard not to drench him, but it still happened. The car to be fair is quite lurchy. 

Below are some photos and a video of my take on the episode. Let me know what you think.

Steven, Akash and me


Getting ready for the Figure 8 Reversing Challenge
Chantal
 
Daniella shows off her latest part of the Mustang


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Weekly Astrology Forecast Nov.06 - 13 Intensity Gives Way to Optimism

This week we have a quarter moon on Monday Nov.06. Quarter moons are a time of inner conflict and motivation. The intentions we set at the new moon are being tested, to see if we will follow through and take actions on our goals.

Sun in Scorpio - The Magician, from the Symbolon

Monday Nov.07 2016 - Quarter Moon in Aquarius 
Quarter moons occur when the Moon is squared to the Sun. The Sun is in Scorpio, a sign of emotional intensity, and has many focused on power and/or spiritual growth. Some will focus on the positive while others will be focused on personal gain and advancement. Issues of karma, and subconscious fears may come to our conscious awareness at this time. We will be challenged on an internal level to examine how our desire for spiritual growth can help others and be beneficial to the world and humanity at large. If we are in a position of power how will we use this for the greater good, or will we be self serving? These issues come to a head today, not surprisingly the day before the US election. How those in power will affect the masses, is very much the question for those voting on Tuesday.

Monday Nov.07, 2106 - Sun in Scorpio Sextile Pluto in Capricorn
This aspect makes those in power more attractive, and intensifies the opportunity to change the structure of governments and how things are organized. This could make for an intense day in the US, the last day of the election campaign. On a personal level, if you want to revamp your daily routine or impress your boss, this is a good day to do it.

Wednesday Nov.09, 2016 - Mars moves into Aquarius
 Mars moves into altruistic and imaginative Aquarius today. We are driven to do things differently, to try new and unusual things. We are motivated to express our uniqueness, to be inventive, and approach problems in a different way then before. this is a good time for those interested in the sciences and technology to work on long term projects. If you are thinking of getting a new computer, or other technological items, now is the time to do it. People will also be more motivated to do things that benefit humanity as a whole, and community activism will be quite strong at this time.

Friday Nov.11, 2016 - Venus moves into Capricorn
Venus moves into hard working Capricorn on Friday. This is a time to get serious about our finances and business. If you have a creative and artistic idea, it's time to bring it into form, as this is a hard working sign. We will want to work now and play later. So use this energy over the next month to get some art or writing, etc done! In romance people will use their heads to make decisions, rather than their hearts.

Saturday Nov.12, 2016 - Mercury moves into Sagittarius
Mercury changes signs on Saturday, to go into fun loving Sagittarius. We will be interested in learning a wide variety of subjects, but lack precision and focus. We will also be more optimistic in our communications, and share more laughter and fun. Our faith in humanity and the goodness of the world increases and we are better able to persuade others. Its a good time to plan and adventure or travel abroad.

Below is my weekly video with a reading for each sign for the week. This month I'm using the Byzantine Tarot by John Matthews for my readings.


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Weekly Update and Second Episode of Canada's Worst Driver

My Halloween was pretty quiet this year. I didn't put up a tone of decorations this year, or even dress up. I feel like in some ways it sneaked up on me a bit. With my sister in law's sudden passing this month. Halloween understandably took a backseat . I still wanted to honour the holiday though. I handed out candy and did a little ritual to mark the day, but other than that, didn't do much.
I'm determined though to enjoy the upcoming yuletide season. Christmas time is my favourite time of year. i love the lights, food, decorations, gifts, carols etc. Bring it on! I already started my shopping this week, and am aiming to be done for the first week of December.

This week I made a couple of videos. The first is a video is of my October favourites - decks, books and crystals. And the second video is a haul from Good Goth.com which is at least somewhat Halloweeny.




I also made a video about my experiences on Canada's Worst Driver episode 2. Below are some photos from the filming of the second episode. Let me know if you have any questions.



  
Sara and me hanging out backstage


Playing badminton to pass the time
Daniella with the mustang's bumper
Congrats on graduating Cody!