Birthday: May 16, 1992
Species: Psychic Medium
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Geology, Doctorate in Chemistry
Home: Stargazer Island
Employment: County Crime Lab
Relationship: Engaged to Rowan Ellis
Autumn is totally my favorite season and it’s finally here! Pumpkin spice everything, brilliant colors everywhere you look, cozy sweaters, and gray sweatpants 😉. The best part of autumn is the fun accessories. Boots are back! Suede or leather, anklets, knee high, or thigh high. Thick heel or thin. So many options to choose from! And then there’s the silk or cashmere scarves in fun prints. Oversized cardigans, stylish jackets. Fedoras, beanies, cabbies, hollow outs, and my personal favorites – berets. Then there’s the jewelry. Don’t get me started on that lol. I don’t think when we first got together that Rowan realized just how much I own! Hmm… It might be just about time for a day of shopping, don’t you agree?
Hey Bestie! Have a happy birthday!! Can’t wait to get together for our girls’ lunch this afternoon. Sage and I have something special planned! 😉
A stone representing the earth element, sardonyx is a variety of onyx denoted by its reddish color. It's formed by bands of chalcedony that run parallel to each other, and has a Mohs hardness of around 7.
Metaphysically, sardonyx can aid in healing injury or illness caused by dark magic. But it also has a unique ability to retain the memories of its wearer.
Emerald is a variety of beryl containing trace amounts of chromium or vanadium which give the stone it's rich green color. It's a 7.5-8 on the Mohs hardness scale, which makes it ideal for use in jewelry.
Metaphysically, emerald is a stone of vision and intuition. It opens the heart chakra and provides soothing and healing. It also provides mental clarity and is considered a stone of wisdom.
Also, emerald is traditionally a stone of love. More specifically, friendship, loyalty, and domestic bliss. Also provides protection from spells and evil, and is a stone that promotes compassion and the search for justice.
Sometimes referred to as "golden beryl," heliodor is actually beryl with a greenish-yellow color, whereas true golden beryl is bright yellow. As with all varieties of beryl, it has a Mohs hardness of 7.5-8.
Often, heliodor is called a leader's stone. It is a stone of true nobility and leadership, aiding in wisdom and higher thought. It also helps relieve heavy burdens, coaxes truth, and provides balance. This is a great stone for providing positive energy, exuberance, and buoyant happiness.
Alexandrite is a type of Chrysoberyl. As such, it’s among the third hardest gemstones on earth, with a Mohs scale hardness of 8.5. But unlike other forms of chrysoberyl, Alexandrite has a special, color changing property. There’s a saying from the earliest days of this stone’s discovery in the Ural Mountains of Russia. “Emerald by day, Ruby by night.” This is because the way our eyes perceive light waves means the stone looks quite green in daylight. But under incandescent light (used at night), it looks a reddish/purple color.
Some stones labelled as Alexandrite have been created in laboratories as well. There are several different methods of creating these “synthetic” stones, some of which mimic the stones found in nature while others have much different coloring/color changes, making it easier to tell it was lab-produced. Alexandrite works on your crown chakra, opening you up to balance, healing, and creativity. It also helps with energy changes in your body.
September’s traditional birthstone is sapphire, a gorgeous blue stone second only to diamond in hardness with a 9 on the Mohs scale. It is and always has been considered sacred to civilizations across the world and throughout history. It’s considered a stone of wisdom, meant to aid in learning, psychic ability, and seeking truth. Sapphire is corundum (aluminum oxide that forms in prismatic crystals) and can appear in multiple colors (except red, which is a ruby). The different colors are due to the addition of different minerals to the aluminum oxide. Various colors have different metaphysical strengths and focuses. Sapphires can also sometimes reveal an asterism if the corundum is formed with inclusions of rutile and the stone is cut as a cabochon. These Star Sapphires are especially valued, as the star represents divine knowledge; the three lines intersecting represent faith, hope, and destiny. In any form or color, it’s a gorgeous stone, full of energy, light, and mystery.
Arguably the most mystical and mysterious of stones, possibly one of the most beautiful, opals have been prized for centuries. Myth and folklore abound about this precious gemstone, and it is the birthstone for October.
Scientifically, opal is an amorphous form of silica – hydrated – with a water content usually between 6-10% but can range up to 21%. It’s got a Mohs hardness of 5.5-6.5 and can be in a myriad of colors. The color play so distinctive in opals derives from the way the internal structure of the stone diffracts light. The way it forms determines whether an opal is transparent, translucent, or opaque.
But physical beauty aside, opals hold a lot of power within its depths. Inspiring hope, love, purity, and happiness, and brings the full light spectrum to the aura. In so doing, it soothes and clears our emotional being and restores us. It also brings our deepest traits to the surface, which can be uncomfortable, but when used to gain a better understanding of ourselves, is highly beneficial.
Birthday: May 7, 1991
Species: Romani Seer
Education: Bachelor's Degree Criminology
Home: Stargazer Island
Employment: Stargazer PD
Relationship: Engaged to Celia Lawrence
Wishing you all the Romani luck in the world on your birthday, ‘Nia. Have a brilliantly wonderful day (I think CC’s rubbing off on me lol). I’ll make sure I stop in on my rounds to wish you a happy birthday in person a bit later. And don’t worry, I’ll also make sure no one drops by your place unexpectedly this evening. I know Liam’s a bit of a shy boy lol.
Ever have a dream about flying on a plane?
Dreams of transportation, such as planes and trains, usually have something to do with motivation and aspirations. They represent the heights we want to achieve and changes, usually for the better, we hope to make. When we want to let go of the negative, often we dream of planes.
Likewise, dreaming of a plane crash can symbolize our fears of failing in our attempts to change or succeed.
Dreams involving the moon are always interesting.
The moon is often associated with either illusions or the unseen. So when trying to interpret your dream, look for other aspects that might reveal something about yourself you never realized before. Hidden yearnings, or perhaps an underlying reality that the veneer or mask you wear for the outside world hides. Something deep within you may want to see the light of day.
Also, moon dreams can represent emotional pulls, especially when you feel that your emotions are out of your control. After all, the moon controls the tides.
So take some time for a little introspection. Look closely to see what hidden aspects or underlying currents might be trying to rise to the surface.
Have you ever dreamt of birds? It might mean that you’re awaiting news or wanting to hear from someone. Throughout history, birds have been used as messengers. Both figuratively (a dove symbolizing religious messages or peace) and literally (carrier pigeons). Birds in myth and legend have often been utilized by storytellers as news gatherers, informers, and spies.
Granted, birds can also symbolize something more internal. Your own personal hopes, ambitions, or aspirations. Liberation. A bird soaring free does have obvious symbolism to achieving our own lofty goals, after all.
So, if you do find yourself dreaming of birds, take a close look at your own internal workings. Is there something or someone you’re waiting for? Or are you eager to take that next step to send you soaring to success?
In the same way that dreams can have underlying meaning, so can nightmares. We all hate suffering through these, whether they are recurring or a one-time only thing, they can leave a lasting – often haunting – effect on us throughout our waking lives as well. Often, nightmares are manifestations of emotions or trauma that our conscious mind has repressed. They are instead released from our unconscious while we are asleep. If ever there was an argument in favor of getting therapy to help talk out our issues, I’d say this is it. I’ll talk about some of the specific symbolic meanings of different types of nightmares in later posts. But beyond our subconscious working through our problems while we sleep, there are other reason for people to suffer nightmares. Especially if one suffers from them often. And all these reasons should have the sufferer speaking to their physician.1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 2. The stress or anxiety that accompanies life-changes. 3. Fever.4. Medication side effects.5. Alcohol/drug withdrawal.Sleep disorders.
Ever dream about animals? Many animal sightings in our dreams have varied meanings depending on culture and beliefs. Take cats, for example. In Arabic and Islamic culture, a cat symbolizes thieving. Killing one in your dream is you avoiding being cheated. Western cultures see cats a bit differently. The dream cat symbolizes independence and feminine sexuality and power. If one bites you in a dream, it’s symbolic of being devoured or overtaken by a female (think femme fatale or some other predatory woman. Yes, I’m aware of how misogynistic this sounds, but I’m only providing you with the traditional interpretations. Don’t shoot the messenger). Being scratched means you feel threatened. Dream cats have also been interpreted throughout history as being omens of bad luck. But honestly, I think this has more to do with whether the person interpreting the dream is a cat person or not. And really, given the number of viral cat videos we see nearly every day, it’s only natural that some of these adorable felines creep into our subconscious. So, this might be a case of a cat just being a cat. Leave it alone and just enjoy whatever else your subconscious decides to cook up.
Have you ever dreamed of the planets? I’m not talking about dreaming of becoming an astronaut or “boldly going where no man has gone before.” But legit, REM dreams about the planets. In general, planetary dreams are signs that your mind is opening, yearning for greater wisdom and understanding. We’re talking themes of seeing the big picture, searching for our origins, exploration, and importance. Themes that often are too ephemeral and overwhelming when we try to grasp them without some sort of symbolic representation we can understand. Since today is “Pluto Demoted Day,” let’s take a look at that specific planet’s meaning in dreams.
Pluto was named for the Roman god of Death. As such, one would make the obvious interpretation, which gives our dreams of the planet certain ominous undertones. But there is more to this much-loved celestial body. In the world of magic, Pluto might be small, but it packs a wallop. Pluto is the planet of power, massive change, and both creation and destruction. In this way, the “death” we’re speaking of isn’t necessarily the portent of doom we here on Earth like to imagine, but the end of one thing as it transitions into another. This “end” might be making us feel powerless. We might be looking for the strength to cope or overcome whatever looms ahead. And that, my friends, is where Pluto comes in.
Take your cue from Pluto, because even though a council of astronomers labeled this small world dead in the water when it came to being a planet, Pluto continues to live and thrive in the hearts and minds of millions as our Solar System’s ninth planet. It spins out there in its cold, lonely orbit, still wearing its heart for all to see. And as Pluto survives, so will we.
It’s spooky season again! Time for all the ghosts and goblins to come out of the woodwork and haunt our world for a few days. With all the scares happening this month, it’s fairly common to dream of Halloween. But do you also dream of Halloween outside September, October, or November? Your dreams might just have a deeper meaning than sugar overload.
Take the classic Halloween Party, for example. If you dream of being at a costume party, pay attention to your costumes and those of the people around you. Those will tell you a lot about what your subconscious mind is thinking. You might be trying to hide your real self, or adopt a persona you feel more comfortable in. Costumes on other, familiar, people, are often a reflection of how you see them or their actions – both good and bad.
Also, how you’re feeling at these parties is a reflection of your needs in your waking life. If you feel relaxed and happy, you might need to loosen up a bit more when you’re awake. Feeling anxious or frightened in your dream party might be a reflection of chaos in your real life. Though do be aware, it could also be a sign of something bad about to happen. A warning from the unknown.
Of course, if your dream does fall around Halloween, either leading up to it or afterward, it’s most likely just a sign that you’ve eaten too much candy corn and should stop binge watching scary movies. Happy Halloween all!
For most of us who live on Stargazer, staring up at the night sky is a natural pastime. Ever wonder if someone on some distant planet is doing the same? What if that someone gets marooned here on Earth?
I think this was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. ET was my first introduction to the concept of aliens. So of course, when Silver Screen Bistro showed it this week, I was not going to miss it. Barb, Sally, awesome movie choice. And adding Reese's Pieces to the dessert choices was inspired.
This upcoming week, the Silver Screen Bistro is showing the Cary Grant classic, Arsenic and Old Lace. Have you seen it? Or maybe a stage production? It’s a great story, truly. The very best of dark humor. A newly married man, driven to the brink of insanity by his relatives, two sweet little old ladies with an interesting way of helping lonely old men, and a couple criminals (one of whom seems to have something to prove) looking for a place to lay low. It’s a fun old movie from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and perfect to kick off the Halloween season. Make your reservations at the Bistro today. You won’t want to miss this one! Don’t worry, this is one movie where the menu doesn’t reflect the movie. The elderberry wine is safe.
Have you stopped by the Silver Screen Bistro lately? This would be a great week to do that. They’re showing the 1985 movie “Clue”. I don’t know about you, but the board game was one of my favorites growing up, so when I heard a movie had been made based on the game, I had to hunt it down. It was brilliant! Honestly, to my mind, comedic gold. With Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Leslie Ann Warren, and more, how could it not be? The one-liners are snappy, the characters absurd enough to be hilarious without descending into stupidity, and the storyline, while predictable for anyone who has played the game, is entertaining. Set in the 1950’s, the entirety of the movie (aside from a couple scenes at the very beginning) is shot inside a creepy old mansion. A dinner party goes awry when the guests learn why they were invited, and their host ends up dead. Everything after that is a mad scramble from room to room trying to find out if there’s some unknown killer in the house or if one of the guests is the murderer. When it was originally released, different theaters got one of three different endings. Today when it airs, we’re lucky enough to get all three. While the movie originally didn’t do all that well in the box office, it really has stood the test of time and developed a large cult following. I certainly never miss a chance to watch it!
In honor of National Absurdity Day (which really should be a government acknowledged official holiday), I’m here to talk about one of my favorite absurd movies of all time. “Airplane!” Seriously, does cinema get any wackier than Leslie Nielson’s “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”? Or Lloyd Bridges “picking a bad week to stop…” you can fill in the rest. And don’t get me started on Stephen Stucker, the mischievous “Johnny” who just added to the mayhem. Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty were brilliantly absurd, both in flashbacks and in the movie’s situation. The one-liners and sight gags never stopped. It was over the top, juvenile, and off the wall. But it worked. If you want a movie that you can’t take seriously – a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously – check out Airplane!. I think there’s even going to be a showing at the Silver Screen Bistro soon. In fact, I’m petitioning for Barb, Sally, and their daughter Bella to dress up as flight attendants for the event.