Archive for December, 2016

Astrological Predictions for 2017 for Each Zodiac Sign

December 25, 2016
Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

These astrological predictions for each zodiac sign for 2017 were written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California. As you can see from her article, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.

Click here for Laurie’s comprehensive astrological forecast for 2017.

You, too, can benefit from Laurie’s wisdom. She writes a free astrological newsletter about how planetary alignments affect our lives on earth. Click here to e-mail Laurie to subscribe at no cost, or visit Laurie’s website and click on “Free Email Newsletter.”

Laurie is a former newspaper and news magazine reporter who is profiled in the books Psychic New York and The 100 Top Psychics in America. She is the author of five books:

A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your Name

Everything You Need to Know About Your Astrology Sign

Whispers from the Cosmos

Sacred Mysteries of Egypt

Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium

Laurie also offers counseling appointments by phone. She will answer your questions about major life decisions and talk with you about the reasons you have incarnated, the lessons you are here to learn, where you are on the wheel of karma, and the psychological developmental cycles you have been through and are going through. She will look at current influences on your health, finances, relationships, career, and any relocation plans that may be necessary. She also will look ahead with you at the next seven years of your life. A reading with Laurie can help you take the next step in your life. Sessions, which are available via landline phone or Skype (audio or video), are digitally recorded.

To make an appointment with Laurie, click here to e-mail Laurie or call her at (760) 753-7676. Click here to visit Laurie’s website for more information.


Illustrations by Kagaya, a Japanese digital fine artist.
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ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
You are about to have more contact with the public. Uranus, planet of innovative change, makes a powerful angle to the Sun on January 10, 2017. This will open the way for you to re-direct your energies into the public arena. Potent Mars, your planetary ruler, then moves into Aries on January 27/28, 2017. This will further energize your interactions with the public. You will have the opportunity to re-sculpt your outer image and the way you interact with the world. Take a thorough inventory of your life to see where you can make positive changes to enhance your reputation. Change for the sake of change will not get you where you are trying to go. But well-thought-out, strategic moves will land in the fortunate circumstances. A solar eclipse on February 26, 2017, will further catapult you toward the finish line. Lucky Jupiter in Libra opposes fiery Uranus in Aries on March 3, 2017 and September 28, 2017. These celestial alignments will bring rapid change that is fortunate for you. You will be especially lucky when you connect with people who think strategically. Venus, planet of love, turns retrograde in Aries from March 4 to April 15, 2017. This interlude will give you an opportunity to (more…)

Laurie Baum’s Astrological Forecast for 2017

December 25, 2016
Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

This comprehensive astrological forecast for 2017 was written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California. As you can see from her article below, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.

Click here to read Laurie’s 2017 predictions for each individual zodiac sign.

Personally, I never had much of an appreciation for astrology and just didn’t care enough about the subject to investigate it further. Then two things happened.

First, I happened to read a chapter in a life-changing book that burned off the fog of ignorance and answered every question I had about astrology. It was written with clarity, precision, wit and wisdom, and I felt the subject come brilliantly alive for me as I read it. Click here to read that excerpt on astrology.

Second, I had an hour-long astrological reading with Laurie Baum. We discussed (more…)

Rumi is There, Ever at Your Side

December 18, 2016



How can a 13th-century Sufi mystic help you navigate your spiritual path?

The answer is both simple and profound. The mystical poetry of Rumi, who was born Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī in present-day Afghanistan, has an incredible capacity to ignite the fire of divine love in our hearts and illuminate the way of passion for spiritual seekers.

I wrote this post for The Shift Network blog. I hope you enjoy the beauty of Rumi’s poetry!

Wherever you are in your spiritual search, Rumi is there, comforting, encouraging and inspiring you to leap with joyous abandon into the loving arms of the Divine.

If your first exposure to unfamiliar spiritual teachings uproots your belief system and leaves you reeling from information overload, Rumi is there, welcoming you into a new and beautiful world of understanding and assuring you that all is well.

Looking up gives light,
though at first it makes you dizzy.

If your search for wisdom is exclusively directed outwards, Rumi is there, admonishing you to look within.

There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, and
yet you go door to door asking for crusts.
Knock on your inner door. No other.

If you tell yourself that you are unworthy of (more…)

Soaring Beyond the Heavens

December 3, 2016

I love this soul-stirring quote by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi.

Reading it not only calms me, it sets my spirit soaring! Yogananda was a master at painting beautiful word pictures that were also imbued with spiritual inspiration and joy, joy, joy!

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda

In the airplane of your visualization, glide over the (more…)

Full Circle: Bob Poznanovich

December 2, 2016

I interviewed Bob Poznanovich, Executive Director of Business Development at Hazelden, for a Minnesota business magazine article titled “Full Circle.” Bob’s story is a perfect illustration of the adage, “What goes around comes around.” In other words . . . a full circle.


Androcles, the Roman slave who removed a thorn from a lion’s paw, was later spared from death when the lion recognized him in front of a bloodthirsty crowd in the Coliseum. If Androcles had been a Twin Cities business leader, a seemingly isolated incident early in his career would undoubtedly have led to his company capturing the lion’s share of the market years later.

These three stories from Twin Cities businesspeople illustrate the inscrutable relationship between connection and coincidence. Call it karma, reaping what you sow or what goes around comes around; inexorably, like a circle completing itself, scales are balanced and debts repaid.


Bob Poznanovich

Bob Poznanovich

I was the first kid from my family to go to college. I had grown up in a ghetto-like neighborhood in Chicago without a father in the house or any good male role models. I literally didn’t know how to behave in college. Hanging out with decent, successful people as opposed to hanging out with neighborhood guys on street corners was all new to me.

Jerry was a member of the fraternity I joined. He was two years older than me and was well known, well liked and well connected. He was a member of the student senate, active in other university organizations and very much a leader on campus.

For whatever reason, Jerry saw potential in me and became a mentor and friend. He helped me fit in by showing me how to get involved in the student senate and other campus events and activities. With his help, I started to develop on a personal level and discover my own leadership capabilities. The year I graduated, the faculty and staff selected me as Greek Man of the Year within the fraternity community. As a result of Jerry’s efforts, I (more…)