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Jolinda “Josi” Case is a Spiritual Counselor who uses Tarot and Astrology (among other tools) as forms of divination. She is an avid and vigorous student of the esoteric. Josi has a great deal of experience in assisting people through major life changes such as death/dying/grief through counseling.

Josi’s main motivation is to empower others by assisting them to connect with and express their most true and authentic self. She also strives to give people the authority to feel comfortable in the pursuit of their personal Spirituality.

Josi’s formal education includes collegiate level degrees in Communications, Business and Psychology. She is also an ordained minister. In her free time (HA!), she writes a weekly column for her local paper (The Greenup Beacon), blogs on her site Shock Therapy and relaxes with her husband (“Ox”), three grown boys, two grandsons and pets (Prince, Mercury and Perseus).
Most recently, Josi has bonded forces with Dixie Vogel of A Fool's Journey to produce a monthly show they call Woo Woo Wonderful. The purpose of the live broadcast is to empower others with knowledge of Spirit and Mysticism.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

These Dreams

My dreams have been very vivid the last two days. As a matter of fact, I'm on vacation right now but I got up at 5AM to get some rest. My mind seems to be just too busy while asleep.

After looking at what is going on in the sky, my extracurricular dream life makes sense. The moon, once it hit Aquarius, was travelling through my 12th house. Now, it is in Pisces, the Lord of Dreams.
Having vivid and detailed dreams is not something new to me. I do have a Pisces moon natally. But, these are so chocked full of imagery and action that they have been quite exhausting.

The first night, a man who looked a lot like Don Cheadle, led me through Hell. Hell was a building with many floors. But, instead of walking in on the main floor and going up, the stories kept tunneling further and further underground. There was a group of people there. I didn't recognize any of them. Mainly what I remember is the expressiveness on the face of the Don Cheadle doppelganger. I don't remember "hearing" him say much. But, everything he needed to say could be read on his face. He was speaking through expression. Not with words.

Last night was a long drawn out scene with my father and stepmother. He had bought a house that needed renovations. During the time I was helping them, my stepmother informed me that my stepbrother had to have a "Medically necessary" sex change. In the dream, he was in the hospital while we were speaking.

I, of course, asked her, "Why aren't you there with him?" She looked at me a bit confused and asked, "Is that something he would need me for?" Well...yes! I'd imagine that an early 20 year old man having a sex change would benefit from the support of his mother, right?

Later in the dream, I'm driving my father to the Dollar Store. When we leave, I notice that someone has shot my front driver's side tire with a cross bow. Apparently, I'm the only one in the group that thinks this a problem. So, much of the next part of the dream entailed me trying to convince them that we couldn't go anywhere until the tire was fixed.

Then, I'm cleaning the kitchen table in my grandparent's house and broke out in song. I sing pretty well in my dreams. In real life, not so much. But, I woke up saying, "I don't want easy; I want crazy." Which is a song by Hunter Hayes.

Regardless of where the moon is, I suspect this dream activity to remain steady as Neptune, which is Rx at Pisces 5' 16", moves to meet up for a second time with my Moon at Pisces 5' 08".
"Fairyland" By Josephine Wall
With this transit, my waking life is very similar to walking around in a dream to begin with. Things are fuzzy. Surreal. Definitely watery. And, it feels a bit like I have stepped behind the curtain into a world that is normally hidden.
Anything is possible in this place. And, I cannot say that I mind that.
This "feeling" and my recount of my own dream activity may be something you might want to bear in mind as we float through today's Pisces Moon. It will enter into the Grand Water Trine with Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and Sun all in orb. Float. Imagine. Dream. Love. Anything is possible.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Waking up with Jupiter in Cancer

Technically, we aren't there yet. Jupiter will enter Cancer any moment now. But, when I actually woke up today, it wasn't there yet.
Jupiter transits, to be frank, make me nervous. I have Jupiter in Capricorn in the 11th. If you go with traditional rulerships, then that's a double whammy of Saturn on my "good luck." (Traditionally, Saturn rules Aquarius, instead of Uranus, and the 11th house)
I've learned the hardway that Jupiter transits are not all rainbows and unicorns. They don't always mean you are winning the lottery. Sometimes, as a matter of fact, Jupiter can be a real smart ass.
Gemini is known for being the trickster. However, Saggittarius (ruled by Jupiter) also enjoys a good prank and when Sag pulls one's big. HUGE! It is not often cruel though. Or at least not intended to be. All in good fun.
Jupiter does rule teachers. And you can find his smart assery in some of the roles of "teacher" that we've seen played on the big screen. There is, Mr. Miagi, from the Karate Kid. He was definitely a teacher but he did put a twist or a punch line at the end of his lessons. What about Yoda? Though I'm sure if Yoda were real and had a birthchart, he would have a heavy influence of Uranus, but his approach was very Jupiterian. An expanded view, and often more than enough sarcasm even if it was in a subtle way that you had pay attention in order to understand.

This transit of Jupiter into Cancer has me feeling both relieved and a bit anxious. Cancer rules my 6th house. This transit will bring a Grand Trine in Water to everyone that includes Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio. For me, it will also pull my Pisces Moon into that trine along with my progressed Scorpio Venus and Mars. Yay! That's all good stuff! Right?
Sure it is. Until you consider that it will also oppose my natal Jupiter in Capricorn and square every cardinal placement I have...Libra Sun, Ceres, Uranus, Mars, Pallas, Pluto and Aries Chiron. That doesn't sound like much fun to me. Plus, Jupiter will light up the Uranus/Pluto square. But, I've survived the transit (Jupiter through Cancer) more than guess I can do it again.
I keep trying to remember those previous Jupiter in Cancer transits. But, unfortunately, my memory of the last transit (2001) is overshadowed by the memory of 9/11. That entire day and several of the days following encompasses a large part of my memory from that time. I'm sure others feel the same way. It's hard for me to remember anything else from that year, really.
Another interesting thing to note, I think, that also makes the transit unique for me is the mutual reception between Jupiter and my Moon. Again, this is using traditional rulers. My Moon is in Pisces traditionally ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is in Cancer, a sign ruled by the moon. Natally my Moon sextiles my Jupiter. So, there is a bit of familiarity in all this.
Even though my memory of the last Jupiter transit is largely overshadowed, I have been able to correlate some similar themes from now and then. Then, I made a craft room. I'm presuming this was probably started with Jupiter last in Gemini because I was working with SO many mediums at the time. Glass, paint, fabric, wood, beads...the room was full and cluttered. But, it was my space. I could walk in to create something and literally anything was possible. Makes sense that this would have started with Jupiter in Gemini since Jupiter would have passed through my4th (home--we also built an addition on our house prior to the craft room..thus giving me room for it) 5th (creativity) before entering the 6th at the end of Cancer.
Now, I have a similar room. It's less cluttered. It has more purposes than just crafts and art. I also use it as a dressing room and it's where I keep my altars and tarot cards. It is still very much a creative escape. It is MY space in a home I share with 3 other people.
Also, which I found interesting to note, during Jupiter in Cancer last time I planted 24 Rose of Sharon bushes on the property I had then. I was married to a different guy than I'm married to now. We owned 2.5 acres of land and I planted the trees all around the perimeter of the property. I put metal tomato cages over them so they would be easy to see when my then husband was mowing the grass. He mowed over them anyway. I've not really figured out what the purpose of that was. But, I'm fairly sure you cannot run over 24 tomato cages and not notice.
This go around with Jupiter moving through my 4th to 5th, I planted 8 Rose of Sharon bushes in my new yard. It's much smaller, a little less than a half an acre. But, this time, the plants were actually a gift from my current husband. He brought them home to me and helped me plant them. He didn't mow over them but instead helps me keep them watered and frets that they need support as they grow--a tomato cage, perhaps?

It's the same but different. Same plant. Different husband. Different circumstances.
Same type of room. Different house. Broader purpose.
It's a sense of maturity in a way. A checkpoint to see how my life has evolved in the last 12 years.
I'm not complaining.
The "checkpoint" I ran into this morning was found when I got up to start the morning coffee. I look into my living room and my adult son is asleep on his old bed (from the room that is now MY space) with his son. There they were, all snuggled up together in his old bed. And, that simple sight made my heart so full that I thought it would explode.
This was the first time that my son has stayed at my house since he moved out when he was 17. That was 4 years ago. Jupiter was in Aquarius transitting my 12th house. And, it was transitting my son's 4th to 5th house cusp and his Saturn. The situation at the time was me putting pressure on him to be responsible. And, he was rebelling against it. Instead of playing by the rules that I had set in front of him, he left. Admittedly, I had laid down some hard lines and was also very sure that I was in the right...Jupiter was also trining my Sun.
When he left, I knew it was a crisis point where he would eventually be responsible for whatever decisions he made. THAT was the good news. The bad part of it was that I wasn't sure if I'd completely sacrificed my relationship with him in an effort to get him to that point.
With him sleeping in my house last night and being here when I first woke up, I guess I can put those fears to rest.
Plus, he tells me last night, "I'd like to go back to the 90's" I say, "What? No. Lets stay right where we are." He says, "But, I miss those days." I say, "You were a little guy back then. I was busy bossing you around. You miss me bossing you around and being told what to do?" He says, "No, I miss the feeling of being home with everyone. You told me what to do but it was in a safe way. I always felt safe. I miss all of us having dinner together. I miss aggrevating my brother when he was trying to go to bed. I miss being a kid and not having to worry about paying bills, or making food and I miss you."
Right there.
Is Jupiter in Cancer.
Being a mother is not the easiest thing in the world. But, the rewards of this job are unmatched and that is what Jupiter in Cancer is. The rewards of care. The point where your heart has sacrificed and bled and you've tried to do the "right" thing and then something happens and makes it all worth it. Like your 21 year old child in an out of the way kind of way telling you, "Thanks for my childhood, Mom."

Monday, June 24, 2013

Devouring your ego in an effort to serve

My solar return for 2012 had my Sun and Saturn locked in my 12th house. What I've learned is a deep empathy for people who have 12th house placements or anything in contact with Neptune.
My moon is in Pisces (though in Sag for this solar return) and it squares my Neptune in Sag. So, while I'm familiar with sacrificing what I feel in an effort to feel what others feel..and subsequently try to help them..I've never had to do that with any other part of myself. Especially not my ego. Not my Sun and certainly not the "structure" of lessons that my life has given me thus far.
But, this year, I've had to learn to do that.

My natal Sun is in the 8th house. It actually sits right on the cusp from 8 to 9 giving it both a Jupiter and Pluto feel. Intensely strong ego--which isn't that common a problem for a Libra to have. We are known for reflecting others or giving forth a masked image that we believe will give others pleasure. But, with my ego on that cusp AND conjunct Uranus with Aqua rising, what you get is all the unusual parts of ME in a very overwhelming sense.
This 12th house solar return has taught me a lot. Namely, how to put my own experience and judgements on the back burner because they don't always apply. I get my own lessons. And, I've internalized them. But, what I've learned in the past has had little to do with what I've had to deal with this year especially in regard to any type of service I'm doing for someone else.
It's all new territory to me. I've had to learn to trust a higher source for answers and not draw from what I know through experience. I've had to let my ego dissapate and realize--"Hey, it's not you that has the answers. There is a higher source that knows better."
That was a whack to the ego and part of my own shadow that I've had to face. But, still, it's a bit comforting to know that I don't have to have all the answers.
For example, a girl came to me for a reading recently. I know her life situation. And, before she even began to explain her problem to me, I knew exactly what I wanted to tell her. She is a married woman having an affair with a married man.
This is a topic I'm way too prejudiced against. And, there are details of what is happening in her life---many things that relate to self-perpetuated drama---which set off triggers for me.
This girl wanted to know how she could help her lover. He is apparently struggling with..something. That she didn't give me the details of. But, she was concerned enough to come to me about it. My advice to her would have been, "Straighten out the mess in your life. Start there. That is the biggest help you can give anyone. Break it off with him. Focus on either getting a divorce or fixing your marriage and leave this alone." But. That didn't jive with the answers I was getting from her reading.
I had to resolve within myself that maybe there were things I just didn't know and/or understand and maybe there was a higher purpose to this relationship---after all, isn't there always---that I wasn't being given the priviledge of seeing.
It took me two weeks to actually give her the results of the reading. During which time, I questioned myself, stared into my shadow, argued with Spirit, and tried to understand. At the end of it, was the obvious.
The truth I receive from readings is not internally generated. Because, if it were, I would be telling her "this." I had to let myself go before I could follow what Spirit was trying to tell me. Set my ego out of the equation and accept that I do not personally have all the answers.
And, this has been the overall lesson of my Sun in the 12th during this solar return. Over. And. Over. Again.
In 2013, I'm sure I'll have some adjustments to make because my Sun pops out of that 12th house and lands directly conjunct solar return MC and Mercury in the 10th. Gone..but now you see me AGAIN!
The lady was grateful for her reading. And, she has given me permission to share it so that I can illustrate how different my message was from the one that Spirit had.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Quiet Revolution

I live in a sleepy and quiet little town. The streets are lined with sidewalks and lamps. People still go for walks at night in the summer.

Once in awhile, you get the occasional uproar. Like when there was a vote on whether our county should have alcohol sales. The town became polarized for a time. The “no” voters were protesting on the platform that it would bring evil to our community and increase the incidents of drunk driving accidents. The “yes” voters were protesting on the platform that it would save our economy and keep people from driving to another county and contributing money to a different community..which is only a few miles the way.

Neither argument was completely valid. I checked the statistics. Our “dry county” rate of drunk driving arrests and accidents are actually higher than those in surrounding counties who sell alcohol. Bringing the sales to the county wouldn't increase the number of drinkers. It's only a 10 minute drive to the next county to buy alcohol for pete's sake. Yet, bringing the sale to our county isn't going to save anything. What will save us is a willingness to put money directly into our community. We also drive out of county to shop for clothes and furniture and cars..and basically anything except groceries. Grocery stores and antique shops are all we have here. And banks. We keep our money here but we do not spend it here.

Anyway, that's my point. This debate crested after the election was held. Alcohol sales were not voted in. Nothing has changed. I don't think much would have changed if the vote had gone differently.

In this sheltered back-drop, it takes news a while to travel here. People are using the internet more. It's more accepted. But, we are out of the big debates for the most part. And, many people still just watch the 6 o'clock news, shake their head about that small window to the world chaos they have seen, and go about their business.

We don't yell and scream and carry signs. There have been a few that have stood on the street corners thumping bibles and waving poster board signs. But, that method is simply overlooked by most people. It's not taken seriously.

Most people don't know about Monsanto, what's in our food, why we should be angry or what our role is in the information gathering scandals.

It's as if the world is screaming for a revolution and this area is surrounded by a sound proof bubble.

And, I'm not complaining. To participate in the world today is to subject yourself to information over-load. You are hit with a barrage of opinions and a mixture of the truth, fiction and extreme views on any topic imaginable.

People are burning things in the streets. Emotions are high. And, everyone has an opinion.

But here, it's more of a quiet revolution. And, I'd not noticed it really until I had tired of the unending streams of information coming in about how horrible our world is.

What I've noticed is back yard gardens. People riding bicycles. More people walking in the evenings. More farmer's markets. More people quietly accepting that others are different. We all cannot be Baptists.

It's a quiet revolution that surprisingly reflects what people are screaming about. What I'm finding is that even without the ear to the ground for the latest events, people are feeling what needs to happen without having to be told. That's pretty refreshing. And, it's a nice cue to take. Instead of worrying what is happening out there and screaming and pacing about it, this little place is just feeling it and changing and adapting as appropriate..for the most part.

We've had a very high rate of drug busts lately. And the root cause for this is something that has a deeply buried core. While the awareness of it sometimes is shocking..I had no idea my neighbor was making's drawing attention to a larger need and people are responding in various ways. Still yet, it's not because we see it played out on a larger volatile world stage. It's because it happened right next door. And, it both scares people and hurts them. So, they change. And, they pray a lot. It's not frowned upon to pray here yet.

It makes me wonder..why can't we just hush for a minute and listen to what is being said to us without words. Why can't we just have a quiet revolution where you just feel what is wrong and decide to do something different. I guess since it is a “world” thing and in such a vast number of people you will find different motivators for each of them. Some people need to see and participate in protests? Feel like they are being heard? I guess.