In my March newsletter, I spoke about Saturn in Aquarius & the importance of strengthening our social networks – to that end, today I’d like to take some time to introduce you to a dear friend of mine: Deana Paqua of Embody the Sacred. Deana has long been listed among my friends & allies; both on a professional and, blessedly, a personal level as well. As an astrologer I feel it’s important to understand where my expertise both begins and ends, which is why I believe so strongly in having a good, solid network of holistic wellness professionals around me to refer clients to if/when their chart indicates a need and they are open to it. Astrologers are not healers; we can identify a need and make recommendation accordingly, but we are not doctors, nutritionists, herbalists, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc.
A contemporary shamanic practitioner and expert on a wide array of cross-cultural healing techniques, Deana is someone to whom I have myself turned for healing. The insight I’ve gained from working with – and quite honestly, just by being around – her has been tremendous and I have a vast amount of respect for her point of view. Her knowledge is authentic and has often been hard-won, and I revere the fact that she took no shortcuts on her Path. These days – especially with Chiron now in Aries – it seems like people are all too quick to wear that self-appointed badge of “Healer” without putting in the necessary time and work to earn this honor the legitimate way; which is something that can only be appointed by the community and takes many years of humble service to acquire. Deana has been doing this work for a long time; she can cite her teachers, has permission from the indigenous elders she’s studied under to share what they have taught her, and – as you will hear below – on a very human level she has direct firsthand experience gleaned from her own healing Journey. Without further ado…. ❤