Are we setting ourselves up to be virtual people, to be the computers one day, only requiring quarterly service calls by the virtual computer guy. Even now my real compuguy can virtually service my computers no matter the real distance, with the password he set up for us. Will it be one big virtual reality show soon?

When do we turn our heads from being buried in all the screens?  There’s so much on the web; (yes, I know, even my blog), and the TV screen with all its media too, videos, games, also on phone screens. All the texts, email, reminders, photos, not to mention advertisements, and facetime; plus screens just made for reading books, etc. Businesses are called ‘down’ when the computer screens aren’t functioning. Should we be concerned? It’s all so virtual.

With a DVR we think we’re missing the commercials, but they register no matter what speed they go by on fast forward. I don’t mind missing out on those virtually ridiculous TV ads for the latest pharmaceutical drug, which spends most of its broadcast time cautioning us that it may cause a stroke, heart attack or death, but it can help snoring (or whatever lesser issue), so ask your doc for it. Are we so virtually overwhelmed with our heads buried, that we really don’t realize how crazy that is?

Obviously screens are taking over. We eat our meals and snack without paying attention, in front of our screens. When I trained with TV’s Neilsen rating service, we were told the Neilsen box’s screen could see and identify everyone watching the TV screen, which made me wonder/ponder.

Will a book still have to be distributed with paper pages first, to get on a screen in the future or will that be skipped? So far I’m still getting mine from the library, seeing real people there and turning real pages too. I like the feel of paper. And real touch; hugs and kisses. With skype and the I-phone facetime we can virtually see each other but is it real?

It’s real time and it’s really us, but I can’t cozy up and put my head on anyone’s shoulder, or feel the heat; body heat. Where is that leading us? To a cold, detached world? And too worn out from eye strain or out of breath because we never move our bodies to step away from the screen; thereby too depleted to make babies?

Wait. Maybe we can create them by inputting information about ourselves online, scan in our birth certificate and drivers’ license for proof that we exist, are old enough to have a baby, and then get an email reply, when to pick up our bundle of joy from the fetal print shop on the web. And hire a virtual nanny while we sit longer and closer to the screen, until we virtually merge with it.

Don’t get me wrong. I like all this stuff. It’s great to have so much available at the touch of a touchscreen. And I adore movies, whether on home or theatre screens, especially Sedona the Movie.  But I love really going to live classes, gatherings, concerts, musicals, plays, shows; I even perform in them, and I’ve attended many live TV shows. I really appreciated getting real letters in my real mailbox. I’m going to make real time and effort to balance a real in-person life as well as be buried in screens. Instead of exercising alone to a virtual DVD on a TV screen, I really did aerobics in real water with real people.

I actually like to send paper note cards that I’ve picked out in the real store, get real stamps from the real post office, put in a real envelope and real mail box so that those dear to me can have the delight of actually getting an old-fashioned feeling that they must really have great value to me, that I would make all of the physical effort with them in mind.

You can put it on your mantle shelf above the screen, like real (or virtual) flowers, and gaze at it from time to time, being reminded of your worth to real people. Sure e-cards are nice, and it’s the thought that counts, but I got both from a friend for my birthday, and the real paper birthday card in my mailbox brought with it a real feeling of being loved.

It is the twenty-first century, and I’m virtually jumping on the virtual wagon, so, yes, I admit, it means a lot to see a comment from you on my virtual blog, on the virtual web, on the virtual red rock news, or on my virtual facebook or twitter page, or even my virtual email box.

I’ve been asked to sit for a new video production about myself and my spiritual service, so this afternoon I will be in front of a green screen and it will eventually be shown on a metaphysical website as well as youtube. Screens do give us a farther and wider reach. Like anything, balance is healthy.  I’ve got to run in a minute and get ready for the video shoot…so much media, so little time. I hope all my i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed here. Oh, no worries, the virtual computer takes care of that. How nice.

I’m melting into the screen. Wait, I do feel the heat. Is it body heat? No, it’s my laptop and I don’t think (it’s) feeling love. That would be really scary. I need to turn (it) off and let (it) cool down. (It), too, has been virtually handling just about as much as (it) was built to handle in time.

It? Should I give ’it’ a name? That may virtually be where I really need to draw the line. I think we (we?) both need a break. Wait. They come delivered with names! Maybe Samsung does appreciate that I let it rest, clean it, give it check ups, and a good home. After all, everything is energy, from one source…Nice Sammy, everything’s great…just relax.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

 

Reach interfaith minister Rachel Star of Sedona at 928-282-3444, 850-566-6698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on facebook and twitter as Rachelspirit.  Her website is www.goddesstheway.com.  She is available for a positive, empowering Reading at either of her locations in Sedona, or by phone and skype.  Each consultation includes angelic channeling, tarot, cards of destiny, numerology, past life insight and astrology (with or without time and location of birth; horoscopes are available). Classes and individual or couples counseling is also available, as well as physical and emotional relief with Reiki or Young Living medicine-grade essential oils.

There are many New Years within each year. Some dates never change, like January 1, and others do. The Chinese New Year occurs whenever the New Moon in Aquarius appears every year, and the Jewish New Year is also astrologically situated, which explains why their New Year dates change every year.

The planets are always in motion and changing speeds, hence the New and Full Moon dates differ each year, as do the solstices, equinoxes, when the Sun goes into each sign, and more.  For instance, the day and moment of Spring’s arrival depends on exactly when the Sun goes into Aries, which fluctuates from year to year. Have you noticed that the dates can be different one year to the next? Have you wondered about it? Aries is about beginnings, rebirth, and is also the very first sign of the zodiac.

That moment of Spring is also the moment of the Astrological New Year.

It makes sense to me that the ‘real’ new year is at Spring. That’s when new buds are expected to appear in nature, and we feel more inclined to be outdoors more, fully living life under the sun, as it’s warmer. Does that sound like a good time for a New Year?

So HAPPY NEW YEAR, as of this past Monday night at 10:15 pm Pacific time. We have our New Moon in Aries tomorrow morning, Thursday, at 7:37 am Pacific time. Remember New Moons are like a new springtime each month, according to the Moon. It’s when the Sun and Moon are at the exact sign, degree and minute. With the Moon nearly out of our sight, and beginning to grow in light over the next two weeks until it reaches its fullness at the Full Moon, we are to plant new ‘seeds’ as in new thoughts, new words and new deeds, regarding the sign the Moon is in.

With the New Moon in the sign Aries, and Aries being the first sign of the zodiac, it’s about new beginnings, like being reborn, starting over, feeling brand new like a baby, having the energy, curiosity and unbridled courage of a baby who knows no limits, boundaries, prejudices, angers, guilts or burdens.

So we would fearlessly make those calls, say those words, send those resumes, make those appointments to bravely go after what you wish to have in your life; inspire and lead others by your fresh new outlook and perceptions that you welcome into your consciousness.

Aries is also about me, myself and I, as well as what do I look like and appear to seem like. Time for a hair cut, color, shave, new style of clothing? At the very least, focus on you.

We do have to consider that Mercury and Mars are both retrograde (seemingly going backward in space versus forward), so that it’s more about going within right now, to discern how you want to be new and what your priorities, passions and drives really are.

Mercury, ruling all communications and daily activities, will begin to move forward again early early Wednesday, April 4th, and Mars, ruling our passions and the energy driving us in forward motion, will be taking the baby steps to move forward again a couple of hours after dinner on Friday, the 13th of April. Then there’s a New Moon a few minutes into the morning of Saturday, the 21st, in Taurus. That will be the best time to start building what you have allowed to be revealed within yourself, that you really want.

So what’s new? How is the world treating you? Or should I say how is the world mirroring you?

Wishing you happy new year, new you, new beginnings.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

Reach interfaith minister Rachel Star of Sedona at 928-282-3444, 850-566-6698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on facebook and twitter as Rachelspirit.  Her website is www.goddesstheway.com.  She is available for a positive, empowering Reading at either of her locations in Sedona, or by phone and skype.  Each consultation includes angelic channeling, tarot, cards of destiny, numerology, past life insight and astrology (with or without time and location of birth; horoscopes are available). Classes and individual or couples counseling is also available, as well as physical and emotional relief with Reiki or Young Living medicine-grade essential oils.

I had always been the one who got the latest gadgets years after everyone else. It took me forever to get a VCR, cordless phone, CD player, laptop, then forever again to get a DVD player. Eventually I got a cell phone, but it wasn’t smart. That was fine with me.  I didn’t care.

But look at me now. I’ve been loving my DVR for some time, have the flat screen with HD, and know how to upload a video to youtube, privatize links, plus keep others’ videos from showing after my video plays. Took me a while but I joined the twitterati and though I thought I never would, placed my ‘face on book’; (cute play on words?) late last year.  I am now an I-Phone 4S lover and with my entry into the present future, I hardly recognize myself…but the photos and videos are so pixel-perfect!

I have been shot out of a cannon from prehistoric living into the cutting edge of techno wars. People want to know who has the best or latest phone or navigation system, bluetooth in the car, serious radio (spelling on purpose), etc.

Who would have thought I would be sitting on the shoulders of giants, held up as a techno star. Not only does my car navigate, phone and more, by the touch of a button or my voice command, but so does my new hand-held phone. I get satellite-fed radio shows in my car, laptop and phone. I’m hands-free on the car system, and tell my hand phone who to reach by text, email or to call, and what to say, saving myself mundane typing and time. I can also search the internet and check my email messages, from my hand (well, you know, not literally).

We can see each other on my skype (sedonarachel) and on my phone. That doesn’t mean I always want to be seen but I can communicate more personally in this virtual new world and you can see the nuances on my face, as I emote, rather than just read my words or hear them.

Why, I even email my clients a video of me after our spiritual Reading, gifting them some goodies. That allows us to be together again and remembering their positive and empowering, insightful consultation that we shared. Is a time coming for newspaper blogs to become a newspaper blog video? Should I prepare for that bigger world yet?

Currently I’m getting advice how to sync the music from my phone to my car, and investigating ways to record our Reading to email or copy it to a CD, for my clients to have immediately, versus only offering prehistoric cassette tapes, and without making a huge investment. I welcome your knowledge on that, and I know I haven’t even scratched the surface what else is available in the gadgetry that I already have ?!

It’s all such fun, and now I wonder…will I be out of date tomorrow?  What’s around the corner? Am I becoming techno-holic? Are there support group meetings for this yet? Hi, my name is…

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

 

Reach interfaith minister Rachel Star of Sedona at 928-282-3444, 850-566-6698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on facebook and twitter as Rachelspirit.  Her website is www.goddesstheway.com.  She is available for a positive, empowering Reading at either of her locations in Sedona, or by phone and skype.  Each consultation includes angelic channeling, tarot, cards of destiny, numerology, past life insight and astrology (with or without time and location of birth; horoscopes are available). Classes and individual or couples counseling is also available, as well as physical and emotional relief with Reiki or Young Living medicine-grade essential oils.

Every zodiac sign is in every person’s birth chart somewhere. It may not be your sun sign, but each sign is in all of us. You don’t have to know astrology to feel its effects, but more and more people see benefit in a heads up from the stars above.

Who hasn’t heard that full moons bring such full emotions that jails and mental wards become full. Would it make sense, then, that as we see the moon grow fuller, we keep a good grip on our feelings so as not to be out of (self) control.

We get at least one full moon each month. The next one coming is Thursday morning, March 8 at 2:38 a.m. Sedona (mountain) time. Full moons affect us for 2 full weeks as they dwindle in size to become a new moon. They bring things to a head, put full light on the subjects and characteristics of the zodiac sign that it is in, and they can be used to diminish and lessen those same traits that we wish to let go of.

This full moon is at 18 degrees of Virgo. Here are some traits of Virgo. Keep in mind not all traits show up in a person but these are its characteristics: work; serving others; being refined, appropriate, proper and polite; shy; gentlemanly or ladylike; organizing; editing; planning; making lists; being detail-oriented; analytical; logical; practical; clean; health concerned; diet and exercise conscious; our habits and routines; perfecting; and is earthy. There are two sides to the coin so on the other hand, it can be worrying; picky and criticizing; obsessing; or overly striving for perfection… things we may want to consciously decrease as the full moon reduces its size each night.

Mars has been in Virgo since early November 2011, getting us activated, motivated, passionate, turned on and revved up to go go go, about the above characteristics, but mid January 2012 he went retrograde (backwards) in Virgo, putting on the brakes, and urging us to go within to ponder and hang out with this type of deep dialogue internally, so that when he goes forward again mid April, Mars will again light the ignition and we’ll know exactly what to do, how to do it and JUST DO IT!

So does it sound to you like this full moon puts full light on the Virgo subjects, and come mid-April all will have been well thought out and we’ll be better for it? That’s how astrology is a guide to raise us up.

Since Mars rules intimacy and passion, our energy level and get-up-and-go go go, don’t be alarmed if your intimate relationships haven’t been growing so fast. If issues have been surfacing between you and your beloved, it’s so that they can be discussed and worked out. Some relationships seem to be at a stand-still or unraveling, but if they’re meant to last, they’ll get more pep in their step mid-April. Same with your energy level. Same with your job, your habits, your logical mind, etc.

Wouldn’t it stand to reason, then, not to make a big important movement to advance now? Since Mars isn’t pulling us forward , but lacking in energy to accelerate? If you’ve met someone very special and can wait till near the end of April to be more intimate, it could be in the best interests of that relationship if you want it to last for a long time. You may find old relationships surface. That doesn’t mean they are necessarily to go forward with, again. Wait and see. Mars also rules anger, and surgery, so wait on initiating a legal battle, and can you schedule that surgery after mid April, unless it’s a redo?

In any event, be patient, define what you really want passionately in your life, give the answers time to surface, look at issues that come up so they can be put to rest, and speaking of rest, lots of rest is a good thing these days. Who says that isn’t the perfect and logical thing to do these days, or a habit that could be right for now? There’s a time for everything under the sun, and when Mars, ruling our energy level, is retrograde/backwards, doesn’t it make sense that the opposite may be right and true right now? So, relax. Literally.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

 

Reach interfaith minister Rachel Star of Sedona at 928-282-3444, 850-566-6698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on facebook and twitter as Rachelspirit.  Her website is www.goddesstheway.com.  She is available for a positive, empowering Reading at either of her locations in Sedona, or by phone and skype.  Each consultation includes angelic channeling, tarot, cards of destiny, numerology, past life insight and astrology (with or without time and location of birth; horoscopes are available). Classes and individual or couples counseling is also available, as well as physical and emotional relief with Reiki or Young Living medicine-grade essential oils.

When home in Sedona I like to rise and shine any time after 8:30; my gift for having had to get up much earlier for so many years, to get ready to go and often travel an hour or more to be early or on time for 8 or 8:30.

I don’t have to hear an alarming sound from a clock anymore, just rise naturally, unless I have an appointment that I chose for earlier. So here, away from home I have been in a time zone two hours later, and to meet an 8:30 appointment, I must be showered and dressed to drive and arrive by what is really 6:30 am, my body time, so I have been getting up around 4:30 (Sedona time).

That doesn’t feel thoroughly alarming psychologically because the clock says 6:30 when I wake, not 4:30. On some other mornings here on the east coast, when I can rise early enough for the hotel’s complimentary breakfast, which ends at 9am (7am my inner time), I must still be presentable among the other guests by what to me is really 6:30 so that means starting much earlier too. In all the vast preparations for this trip, the thought of a two hour time difference didn’t seem like a big deal.

I’ve always wanted to be a natural early bird, but starting as a young adult, with years as a ‘singer with the band’ our shows ended late then we were wide awake, so my inner clock kept me a night owl. This past Saturday morning, on my trip, I was able to sleep in until 9:45, and felt mischievous looking at the clock, but it actually was only 7:45 Sedona time; still early for me!?!

My mind and body are truly being swirled like a vortex, and we’ll see if once home I begin to wake early naturally. That would be A-okay with me. Yesterday morning, Tuesday, without an early morning scheduled on my trip, I woke on my own at 7:30/5:30 and I’m no longer spending days yawning or feeling a lack of sleep.

If I could save time in a bottle, when I’m supposed to come home to Oz/Sedona, I’d click the heels on my ruby slippers, repeat ‘there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home,’ fly like a bird over the big beautiful rainbow I saw Monday, and be back in my comfy bed at home whenever I desire; able to fly back over the rainbow here to be with family and appear at the wiggle of a nose. Family, who, by the way, love just where they are in their own beautiful emerald city. I’m just wishing on a star.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

 

Reach interfaith minister Rachel Star of Sedona at 928-282-3444, 850-566-6698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on facebook and twitter as Rachelspirit.  Her website is www.goddesstheway.com.  She is available for a positive, empowering Reading at either of her locations in Sedona, or by phone and skype.  Each consultation includes angelic channeling, tarot, cards of destiny, numerology, past life insight and astrology (with or without time and location of birth; horoscopes are available). Classes and individual or couples counseling is also available, as well as physical and emotional relief with Reiki or Young Living medicine-grade essential oils.

I am flying right now –at this very moment – in space, from mountain to eastern time; writing on the fold-out tray not in the upright position. Before I describe my first big take-off in nearly 20 years, let’s start with the first story.

 

I had a shoulder bag, carry-on luggage plus two suitcases (for a lengthy trip).What I didn’t notice until I took them out of the car to wheel them to the parking garage elevator, to then wheel them to the bus shuttle location, was that my brand new Samsonite luggage set didn’t have straps to connect any of the 3 pieces for wheeling, as my previous luggage had had, and there’s me with only two arms. What? That’s like a hotel room without a dresser.

 

I just knew someone would park near me and help, and sure enough a minute later, a pilot parked nearby and offered assistance –all the way onto the shuttle bus where another pilot took over and wheeled one inside for me, and retrieved a luggage cart that someone had discarded nearby, which would normally cost $4. Got through the ticket counter and moved onward to the gate, but of course, not before the famous security check. I put on my sockettes cause my shoes had to go in a bin.

 

I wasn’t touched in private nor non-private places by a security employee, as I’d been told to expect, so onward, without having had an intimate encounter, I trolleyed to the gate. A couple of days earlier I’d decided to pay an extra $10 online, to board early, and was able to get an aisle seat forward of the wing as I desired.

 

Not nervous at all still, even calm once on the plane, I’m almost ready to take you to the take-off moment. I did get to a place during the flight where I didn’t want to write about it any longer while it was still in flight, so some of my story is written after the fact. The flying fear fog of the past years did lift pretty well in recent months, yet though I took Dramamine before boarding, I noticed my heart beating harder as we began to taxi toward take off position. I did a head-to-toe mental visualization relaxation and it got better pretty quickly.

 

Are you ready for take-off? Here we go! The roar of the engines begins. I had my ear planes (plugs) in, hugged a little pillow I brought, to my chest with my arms, put my hands over my ears and inwardly repeated: “93,000 safe flights every day”  until we were in the air about 5 minutes. When I heard the captain come on with a pleasant report, I was relieved. Nevertheless, throughout some of the flight I told myself, “safe and comfortable” over and over. The couple next to me were ministers  and fly all over the world bringing an inter-faith message to Spanish-speaking people. He was 72 and she had recently recovered beautifully from a stroke. It was pleasant and comforting chatting, putting my mind elsewhere. On the other side were two rows of cute guys, not too young and not too old for me. They all had their boy toys; no not females but technological devices that kept them busy. I need to get me one of those; no not the technology; a grown up boy.

 

It’s morning, two hours earlier than I’m used to, and I have an appointment, so I have to fly right now. No not literally.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

 

Reach interfaith minister Rachel Star of Sedona at 928-282-3444, 850-566-6698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on facebook and twitter as Rachelspirit.  Her website is www.goddesstheway.com.  She is available for a positive, empowering Reading at either of her locations in Sedona, or by phone and skype.  Each consultation includes angelic channeling, tarot, cards of destiny, numerology, past life insight and astrology (with or without time and location of birth; horoscopes are available). Classes and individual or couples counseling is also available, as well as physical and emotional relief with Reiki or Young Living medicine-grade essential oils.

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