I start to get pretty excited when March rolls around because it means winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner. In the Pacific Northwest, our winters are mild, but it's often gray and rainy, and I'm ready for the renewal that begins in spring.

Winter was particularly tough for me this year. My father died a few weeks ago on February 1, and most of my month has been spent contemplating life and loss. He was a wonderful father, husband, and human being, and I miss him greatly. 

I have been focused on family, and I haven't spent as much time communicating with my readers as I normally do. I did teach a Crystals in Everyday Life class just this past weekend in Portland, and it was nice to get back to a piece of normal life. Thank you to all who attended. You were a lovely group, and I truly enjoyed sharing my passion for crystals with all of you.

I've also been writing when I have had time. I'm working on two books (with two different publishers) right now: a Reiki book and a new crystals book. I'm excited to share information about these two topics, which mean so much to me. I'll keep you posted as we get closer to publication.

And so, I move onward into spring. This month, I'll be teaching two classes (Dream Interpretation and Crystals for Healing) at the Oregon Ghost Conference in Seaside, OR. If you come to the conference, which is March 23-25, please stop by my table and say hi. I'll be sharing a table, as I always do, with my good friend author Nicole Strickland, who writes wonderful books about the haunted RMS Queen Mary.

Finally, I can't move from February to March without mentioning one of my favorite places in the world, Wellington, Washington. It was the subject of my very first book, Avalanche of Spirits, and the site of a devastating avalanche that killed about 100 people in 1910. Today (March 1) marks the 108-year anniversary of that tragedy, and as always I wish to remember those who lost their lives​ as well as those who worked tirelessly to save them. They remain always in my heart.


Crystal Focus: Aquamarine

It's difficult for me to call out my favorite crystal, and I'm aware I say most of them are "one of my favorites," but is true of aquamarine, the March birthstone. It's one of my favorites.

  • Aquamarine is a form of beryl, and it is related to emerald​, phenacite, and morganite. 
  • It's a great stone for creating and sustaining calming energy, so if you're stressed out, it's a good choice. 
  • Wear an aquamarine necklace if you wish to speak and communicate with love. It's blue-green color helps move energy from the heart to the throat chakra to facilitate compassionate, loving communication.

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Dream Symbol: Wren

Just the other night, I had a dream where a wren stood out and the word wren kept popping up throughout. When a symbol is persistent like this, I believe our subconscious is trying to communicate a powerful message. 

Wrens symbolize good luck. I'll take it!

Visitation Dreams

If you've ever had a super vivid dream of someone who has died, so vivid it's almost hyper-real, there's a good chance the dream is that person visiting you in your sleep. When my dad died, I suggested to him that he visit my mom in her dreams, because that is often the easiest way for someone who has passed to communicate with loved ones across the veil.

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