After nearly three decades in communication and leadership work for public and private organizations, pursuing what has been called the ‘American Dream,’ I left for a sabbatical that became a transformation.
Over the course of the next seven years – one Saturn cycle – I went from corporate communicator succeeding in a man’s world on men’s terms, to mystic, astrologer and nature healer learning to balance the masculine and feminine, within and without.
The shift began in my body, first with catching up on the rest foregone during 50-plus hour weeks and the stressful conditions of 25 years of corporate work, then through the rigors of Ashtanga Yoga teacher training in Goa, India. An immediate return trip to India was part pilgrimage and part immersion in Ayurveda, the sister health science to yoga. This immersion included signing up for a month-long cleansing and healing treatment known as panchakarma. The process facilitated the release of lifetimes of mental and emotional toxins, furthered during the following month at the sacred Arunachala, mountain of fire, and the ashram of Ramana Maharshi.
The journey to replenishment began in the city, but blossomed in the mountains. I came back from India with a recommendation for a truly authentic and compassionate spiritual teacher. Then, a week at a SoulFire retreat initiated my relationship with my own inner wisdom. I heard a call as a Rainbow Warrior a week later – something I am still learning to understand.
Once I learned how to listen to my Soul’s voice, I knew it was time to go home to Montana, beginning with five months in the family cabin 15 miles and a world away from town. Trees, plants, bears, birds, lions, sky, sun, moon and planets became my companions, healers, and guides.
In a flash of insight, I signed up for a “Mentorship for Mystics” with astrologer Emily Trinkaus, and proceeded to have another potent dream, this time calling me to astrology. I have assisted Emily with her Lunar Creation Circle and other offerings since 2017. I also edit books for Aleksandar Imsiragic, astrologer, teacher, and director of the Kepler Institute in Belgrade.