December got off to a wonderful start with the Great Conjunction Holiday Gifts and Treasures psychic fair in Fairlawn, OH.  We had a wonderful group of readers and vendors share their gifts and products. We also had some big winners with our 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Our final event of 2018 was a Vigil of Hope and Prosperity, an evening of guided meditation, positive energy, Reiki and healing prayer, Tuesday, December 11th

As always, the last Friday of the month we shared Reiki and guided meditation with the residents of Community Commons Retirement Community.

Great Conjunction will be taking two months off from our regular events but we will return with a full scheduled in March. See you then!

November turned out to be a month of finding connection and releasing the blocks in our lives.

JoeKathyJohnKathy Evans Palmisano lead us in an amazing Burning Bowl ceremony and invited us to set our intensions for the coming year and what we are ready to release, write them down and share. We then burned what we had written and released it to the Universe. It was amazing to hear people share their fears and hopes and then see the look on their faces as what they had written burned to ashes and light. Kathy will be continuing her ritual work with Great conjunction in 2019.

SaraRedRoomSara Sachs shared messages and gallery readings in a Flower Séance in the Red Room. Sara is always fantastic and she did not disappoint! Laugher and tears filled the room as people received flowers and messages from loved ones who have passed. Anyone who did not receive a spirit message was given a short card reading at the end. Sara will be with us again next year!

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We had a wonderful group for October’s Psychic Development Circle! We explored psychometry and learned how to intuitively connect using personal objects. We also explored how psychometry can be used to delve into an objects past.

Due to the amazing success of the Sacred Feminine Circle, Mary Jane Brigger will be returning to Great Conjunction in 2019 with a new quarterly workshop celebrating feminine empowerment. Date to be announced soon.  From Mary Jane Brigger:

"Thank you to Great Conjunction Spiritual Center for hosting Sacred Empowerment Circle for Women  on Thursday, October 25th. We gathered together  in Circle as women have done for thousands of years to share our wisdom in supporting and empowering our sisters on the awakening of our Sacred Feminine Energy. Within this Sacred Circle, we meditated to meet our Authentic Self, learned to recognize the feminine power of our Intuition while also listening, comforting and guiding each other on our sacred paths. We are grateful to all the women who turned out for this sacred empowerment event and we look forward to returning in the Spring of 2019."

The lecture “Boost Your Immune System, For The Health of It!” with Jessica Sowers was not only educational but fun. Among the many topics discussed were the ways nutrition and good, healthy food can help prevent disease and inflammation. It was an easy discussions with a lot of laughs from a great presenter!

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We hosted some amazing programs in September, if you weren’t able to attend, here is some of what you missed:

This was our third Death and Cake and it really seems to be hitting it's stride with far raging conversations including By Nathaniel C. Sheetz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=644626
· Burial Practices around the World
· Advanced Directives
· Home Funerals
· Hospice and Palliative Care
· US medicine and end – of – life care
· Social media and what happens to it when we die
· Green Burials
· The Funeral Industry

These aren’t morbid or scary events, but a place to clear misconceptions, get better information about end of life, and share experiences. Plus, we laugh a lot, not morbid or gallows humor – just the joy of release and discovery.

 

John Thornton shared his experiences at Regina Rivers’ program – “Come Fly With Me: Traversing the Three Non-Ordinary Worlds” on his website, here is a highlight:

I listened to the sound of Regina’s steady drumbeat and the quiet chanting in the background, I had a strange moment of uncertainty, “When did the chanting start?” I couldn’t quite make out the words, but it was multiple voices chanting in a language I couldn’t understand, but was so clear enough that I was almost sure it was a recording Regina had started after the Journey had begun. It wasn’t. As the drumming ceased the chants faded away.

I was a little shy asking about the chanting during our discussion afterward, but I wasn’t the only one who heard it. “Sometimes the drum sings,” Regina replied.

JoeThorntonHappy September, my friends! Are you ready for change?

We are experiencing enormous changes that will impact every aspect of our lives. Obviously, we’re soon to be headed from summer into fall. That seasonal change is just around the corner. But we’ll get to that in a moment.

There are some other changes we’re going through as well. We have recently lost a cultural icon, Miss Aretha Franklin.

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin was, for most of us, a major part of the soundtrack of our lives. She made us dance and sing from the sixties all the way till this decade. She has sung at the inaugurations of Presidents, she has entertained royalty and she has always stood for women, people of color and for everyone with a strong, pure and loving heart.

Aretha taught us to RESPECT ourselves, to stand tall and to have the strength to put our arms around each other. She taught us to sing from our souls and to live with courage. She was always ahead of her time.

Aretha.jpgAretha came up in a time when blacks, and especially black women, were considered nothing. But she had conviction and courage and lived her life the way she wanted to live it, on her own terms. And by seeing how she treated others, how she insisted upon being treated herself, she showed us all that we can do and we can be anything.

With the passing of the Queen of Soul, we are charged with moving from having and relying upon such powerful people and role models to becoming role modes ourselves. Now, more than ever, we need to stand tall. Stand for what is right. Stand with an open heart and a loud voice. We must now carry the legacy of RESPECT and live it.

autumn leavesI think it’s fitting that we make that transition when our world is about to make a transition of its own. The days will become cooler and the nights crisper. The leaves will begin to change color and blaze in the trees before decorating our paths. Earthy colors will take over our landscape just as the smell of spices will engulf us and whet our appetites.

The flowers and plantings of summer are soon to die back; the grass and trees will go dormant as we transition into the glories of fall. We’re entering a time when the world rests and prepares itself again for a new season of growth.

To many we’re coming up on the season of Pumpkin Spice flavored everything. But to me, we’re coming up to a time of beauty, sweetness and heart. I love the cooler temperatures. I love to snuggle under a handmade afghan and drink hot cocoa or apple cider. All the bounties of harvest, both physical and spiritual will be all around us.autumn pathway

Before fall actually arrives, let’s all take a good look around at the wonders and colors of summer. Let’s go for one last swim or barbecue outside. Let’s make the most of the seemingly carefree summer. And lets prepare to take that step into a transitioning world full of joy and beauty and change.

{tweetme}And let’s take that step into a new season with pride and dignity. Let’s take that step with love for our fellow man. Let’s live with RESPECT.{/tweetme}

Joe Thornton, Great Conjunction Co-Founder

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