sedona medicine wheel

Sedona Medicine Wheel Balance Explained

sedona medicine wheelShamanic healer and soul guide, Anahata Ananda, was recently invited to the New York Times bestselling author, Aubrey Marcus’s Onnit Podcast with Kyle Kingsbury to discuss the importance of balancing emotions and processing life changes on a continual basis. The principles of a traditional medicine wheel acts as a life-compass a person can use to enhance their awareness of where imbalances may exist. Anahata poses these questions from the principles of each of the four directions: “In the west- what do I need to let go of? In the north- what guidance or insight can I receive? In the east- what seeds am I planting? What are my intentions? And in the south- what am I grateful for?” She goes on to assure listeners “This is a tool for modern day balance… you can do it at night, you don’t need to be in a medicine wheel in Sedona…you can do it in your living room, you can do it anywhere.”

“The Medicine Wheel is a tool for balance,” she explains. The main stones are geographically lined up with the west, north, east and south. With each of the four directions representing separate areas of our lives to shine a spotlight on, Anahata emphasizes the importance of honoring each one fully. Through the Shamangelic Medicine Wheel ceremonies in Sedona, people can reflect on each of the symbolic meanings as they travel through the wheel.

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Anahata advises to start in the west, declaring it to be the direction for letting go, closing chapters and allowing any grief, anger, hurt or frustration to be brought to the surface to be felt and processed. She offers private Shamangelic Healing services to those looking for a deep release and clearing within a safe, supported space. She states the west is represented by the setting sun, (conscious closure), autumn and the water element, (releasing old emotions), as well as the snake, (shedding what is no longer needed).

Anahata tells Onnit listeners that the north is represented by the winter season. The shamanic healer explains, “This is the air element. So that’s breath… rest, hibernation, replenishment, and there’s a lot of social judgement about that.” She points out the importance of self-care and turning around the stigma of taking time for doing so. Anahata shares, “This is where inspiration comes, to be in spirit, to allow spirit in. Inspiration comes from this place in the north where we are humble enough to allow something else in, which means we’ve got to quiet the mind.” Anahata has created an online course teaching Meditation Tips for Relaxation and Connection to assist with accessing a place of calm clarity.

The Shamangelic healer leads Kingsbury to see, “With that replenishment and inspiration, then we go into rebirthing, and that’s the east,” She teaches it is represented by the rising sun, (new beginnings), spring time, (planting seeds of new ideas), the fire element, (taking action) and the butterfly, (blossoming into a new chapter of life). Clear, specific goals set into motion during this period is advised. To assist in discovering how to do this, the Shamangelic Healing Center offers a session on Manifesting your Dreams in to Reality, with Anahata.

Lastly, is the south area of the Medicine Wheel. The shamanic healer reminds podcast listeners that it’s the celebration area, the summertime and the earth element of abundance and prosperity. “The fabric of the community is strong when each of us is bringing our magic to the table,” says Anahata. She explains to Kingsbury the animals associated with this area are the coyote, (working together) and the hummingbird, (going after the joy in life).

Anahata Ananda has trained extensively with gifted shamans, energy healers and spiritual teachers from around the world to artfully integrate the fields of spirituality, energy healing, self-empowerment and shamanic teachings. Her client-base spans the globe with individuals from all walks of life who are seeking to heal and awaken to their fullest potential.

Kyle Kingsbury, is Onnit’s Director of Human Optimization and podcast host. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Onnit is an Inc. 500 company and industry leader with products optimizing millions of lives.

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Shamangelic Healing Explained on Home Energy Podcast

Shamanic healer and soul guide, Anahata Ananda, was recently interviewed by Amanda Gates, an Energy Design Expert, Award-Winning Interior Designer, and Host of the Popular Podcast, Home Energy Design. She explains the different styles of shaman’s in today’s modern world and what a Shamangelic Healing Journey can do for someone. To clarify the vast interpretations of a shaman, Anahata points out, “There may be the ceremonial shaman, the tribal shaman, who is the chief or leader, there may be the medicinal shaman who uses plants or different medicines or tinctures for healing, and then also there is the shamanic healer and they may be using different energy clearing techniques and so there are many different types of shamans.” In Sedona, Arizona, Anahata has blended teachings from a variety of traditions to create the Shamangelic Healing Center, which offers tailored healing sessions, land journeys and classes based on shamanic wisdom.

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In Anahata’s study of shamanism, she finds it can weave naturally into a person’s current spiritual belief system. Opening awareness to the patterns of the natural elements, behaviors of animals, electrical emissions of plants, and weather changes, is a technique she teaches to expand on the sensory information tools we have available to us. She affirms, “Shamanic Wisdom teachers and guides come in many forms. Animal Spirits move in and around us every day, often unnoticed. The hummingbird reminds us to go after the joy and nectar in life. Butterflies show us that liberation comes from transformation.” In a Shamangelic Animal Spirit Journey, Anahata teaches clients how to recognize the messages animals convey to each other and to us.

Reconnecting to the rhythm of the cycles of the world outside that of our cell phones, computers, and modern digital age is a key component to the healing practices the Shamangelic Healing Center offers. Anahata focuses on the importance of breath and presence. Slowing our breathing assists in meditative relaxation, a proven way to reduce stress and open awareness to the world around us. Alternatively, fast, rhythmic breathing patterns are also able to powerfully clear emotions from the past which may be contributing to present day ailments or unproductive habits. Breathwork is an easy to do, transformational technique everyone can learn quickly. Anahata teaches you how to incorporate breathing practices into your life. A Shamangelic Breathwork session provides this through guided meditation, adding vibrational sound, Shamanic tools, crystal therapy and energy expansion techniques.

During the half-hour podcast, Anahata and Amanda examine the expansive knowledge base gained from travels around the world to sacred sites and learning from ancient cultures. They explore how bringing your home, surroundings and personal self into balance with the natural world can create positive results in the areas of peacefulness, productivity and happiness in a person’s life. See the interview on Amanda Gates Energy Design Show on YouTube before the podcast comes out.

Anahata Ananda has trained extensively with gifted shamans, energy healers and spiritual teachers from around the world to artfully integrate the fields of spirituality, energy healing, self-empowerment and shamanic teachings. Her client-base spans the globe with individuals from all walks of life who are seeking to heal and awaken to their fullest potential.

Amanda Gates is a professionally trained Interior Designer, Feng Shui Practitioner, podcaster and award-winning blogger. She has seamlessly married interior design and Feng Shui for almost 20 years to help clients achieve spaces that feel as beautiful as they look.

Anahata offers a variety of Shamangelic Healing services year-round in Sedona, Arizona including private sessions, sacred land journeys and training courses that incorporate Shamanic teachings and other energy healing modalities. She also offers Tailored Retreats for individuals, couples and small groups that can include a combination of offerings based on various needs and areas of interest.

Shamangelic Healing is a premier center for Shamanic healing and spiritual awakening in Sedona. It is nestled beneath Thunder Mountain with breathtaking views and within walking distance to a medicine wheel and healing vortexes, making it the perfect setting for healing and expansion.

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The Tarot Companion Book Review

When I grab an introductory book, if not to get started in said subject, is to get a more organized idea of what I’m reading about, or to learn about the details I could be missing after some self-taught lessons. Liz Dean’s book The Tarot Companion: A Portable Guide to Reading the Cards for Yourself and Others helped me achieve both goals when I started reading.

After using Tarot cards for some years with family and friends, I thought it was time to read a serious book on the subject so I could give more shape to what I already was working with and using for my benefit and those around me. I’m happy I did it and did it with this book.

Ms. Dean’s writing style is simple, direct and easy to follow. The ideas and descriptions she has used in the book to illustrate the meaning of the cards was a complete approach to each of them, presenting them in an understandable way to newcomers and even giving me new perspectives and information about certain signs they could become depending on the case and diverse factors I had no idea about.

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I also loved how the layout was designed, with two pages for each card, one with the card’s image and key words of its meaning and the next one with a text that summarized its meaning on a more complete manner. There was more information on some cards, others were just too short, but they all gave a well-balanced description on the meaning and connections between certain cards.

However, it is worth mentioning that The Tarot Companion is book more based on providing a meaning card by card than teaching the reader how to actually use them. There are just a couple of pages with a general description on the subject, but when compared with the rest of the content it’s an abysmal difference the one we find, not to mention the fact that the procedures are not explained or offer a reason for why they should be done like that. It feel as if someone told me “it has been like this since I remember” when I asked why.

I would have liked to see some of the cards’ history, some correspondences, when to use them, when not, maybe some spells, anything else to give it a more interesting look to Liz Dean’s book than just leaving it like a general, compressed encyclopedia that looks pretty fin in design terms, but I guess it’s a good point for starters to get familiar with Tarot and how to interpret the cards.

There’s hardly anything else that could be said about The Tarot Companion, as it follows a safe-bet idea for its content, playing it fair for the readers, and despite I’m okay with it and understand why someone would do this, I still feel there could have been something else, anything, to make a more complete, interesting book. Maybe the market still needs updated introductions for some topics, who knows.

In spite all of this, Liz Dean gives a useful tool for starters on this book that will help them as they take their first steps on divination. Although I find it hard for experimented Tarot Readers to give it a chance, I would recommend doing it. You never know what else you may discover in a book, and I certainly learned that lesson with Ms. Dean.

The Tarot Companion: A Portable Guide to Reading the Cards for Yourself and Others.

Print Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Fair Winds Press (April 2, 2018)
Publication Date: April 2, 2018
ISBN-10: 1592338216
ISBN-13: 978-1592338214

About the author:

Liz Dean is a professional tarot reader and Angelic Reiki Healer at Psychic Sisters in Selfridges, London. She had studied divination for over 20 years and is the author of The Golden Tarot, The Ultimate Guide to Tarot, The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads, The Victorian Steampunk Tarot, Fairy Tale Fortune Cards, and 44 Ways to Talk to Your Angels. Liz is also one of the “Tarot Masters” included in Kim Arnold’s eponymous collection of 38 essays. She is also a former Co-Editor of the UK’s leading spiritual magazine, Kindred Spirit (2011-2013), and an award-winning poet.

About the reviewer:

Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.


Bereavement Support in New Books from Astral Traveller

Since she was a young child, Giulia Jeary Knap has had a rare and touching ability to use her thirst for exploration of spirituality to comfort those who have lost loved ones. In fact, it’s a skill that has seen her dedicate her life to the study of mediumship and the Afterlife.

In 2014, Knap published the first two volumes in her ‘Between Heaven and Earth’ book series, which challenge readers to confront and embrace the fact that nobody truly dies, every passed relative can still communicate, and everyone is far more in control of their destiny than they think.

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Three years later, with both volumes garnering critical acclaim, Knap has re-written and published the books to an English-language audience.


The Afterlife: Hereafter and Here at Hand (Between Heaven and Earth Book 1)’ – Is mediumship a rare talent? Or does each of us have the potential to stay in touch with loved ones who have crossed over? In this groundbreaking book, expert astral traveller Giulia Jeary Knap presents evidence that we are all connected – and that connection doesn’t end with physical death.

Drawing on more than 25 years of in-depth research into mediumistic accounts and near-death experiences – as well as her personal meetings with deceased family members and friends, through dreams, lucid dreams and astral travel – Giulia examines the themes of transition, death, and life after death, and shares simple techniques for contacting your own dear departed on the spiritual plane.

This book is intended to be a source of comfort, not only for those who have suffered a loss, but also for anyone who has questions or doubts about a subject many find difficult to talk about.

The techniques described in this book do not require any special training; they are within everyone’s grasp. As Giulia demonstrates, our dear departed are closer to us than ever – and only too willing to reassure us, watch over us and guide us.

Looking Beyond the Fishbowl: A New Comforting Perspective on Reincarnation (Between Heaven and Earth) (Volume 2)’ – Author, astral traveller and mediumship and Afterlife researcher Giulia Jeary Knap returns with this in-depth analysis of inspiring reports from near-death experiencers and mediumistic accounts, as well as her own out-of-body experiences, to reassure us that death does not exist. The notion of multiple lives, so often misunderstood, cannot separate us. We are not all robots placed unwillingly in an overpowering and overcomplex system of life, death and rebirth that is beyond our control.

We never really lose the people dear to us, not even in our darkest moments. The spirit world is in fact our world; and we all have a mission in life, one we choose beyond space and time, which guides us every day and always, even through the circumstances and with the people that seem to cross our paths by chance.

Within this material realm, we are all like goldfish swimming in a bowl – but when we learn to look beyond the fishbowl, we will see that the temporary and apparently restrictive experience of earthly life enables us to make a brave and selfless contribution to the great spiritual design of which we are all an integral part.

“My goal with these books was to expose people to a world they didn’t know existed, or at the very least, didn’t understand – and do it through original, first-hand evidence” explains the author. “Death isn’t binary or an absolute, and nobody is “gone” forever. I want this to be a commonly-accepted fact, rather than something only the fair few accept. To achieve this, I decided to write a book that would make everyone aware of their abilities to communicate with those they thought they’d never speak with again.”

Continuing, “Equally, I wanted to change the notion that reincarnation is a haphazard process that individuals don’t have control over. Many people are fearful of reincarnation, but this is an often-misunderstood notion, especially when it presents man’s multidimensionality in a linear-time fashion. My idea is that we all have a unique and eternal personal identity and that death is simply a reawakening from an illusion, and we can choose to reincarnate to any degree, or to not reincarnate at all; the latter being something I present evidence for in the book. Whatever your belief system, I am confident my two books will change your outlook forever.”

Reviews for both have been impressive. For example, in reference to ‘The Afterlife: Hereafter and Here at Hand’, one reader comments, “This is a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning to communicate with their deceased loved ones. Whether as a beginner or someone who has already started like me. There are lots of exercises in the book and they are very well explained. I feel like I can use the techniques here to build on what I’ve been doing.”

Marina Gallego was equally as impressed with ‘Looking Beyond the Fishbowl’, adding, “I started reading Giulia’s books following the death of a close family member. In this book, she presents a really interesting view on incarnation, adding numerous references and personal experiences, which really make the book interesting and easy to read. As with the first book, I found Giulia’s view of the afterlife uplifting. Her books really give me hope. I really recommend Giulia’s book to anyone who has lost a loved one or has any interest in the afterlife. Loved it!”

The Afterlife: Hereafter and Here at Hand (Between Heaven and Earth Book 1)

Looking Beyond the Fishbowl: A New Comforting Perspective on Reincarnation (Between Heaven and Earth) (Volume 2)

For more information and resources, visit the author’s official website:

About the Author:

Having earned a degree in Foreign Languages from the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Salerno University (Italy) in 1985, Giulia Jeary Knap worked for 13 years as an executive secretary for multinational companies. In 1999, in order to devote more time to her family, she became a freelance translator and interpreter. Thanks to her mixed heritage – Italian, British and Czech – she soon found out that one of her life passions was interpersonal communication. The emphasis of her work has always been on helping people understand one another.

As a child, she discovered she had an innate desire to research and experience the spiritual side of life and a keen interest in what happens after death. That is why she has spent the last 25 years actively researching the Afterlife and the circumstances that enable the physically living to contact discarnate spirits.

Since 1994, Giulia has had the opportunity of working as an interpreter at mediumship training events in the UK and in Italy, during which she attended hundreds of private sittings, as well as dozens of public demonstrations of mediumship and many lectures and workshops on the subject. She started reading anything she could lay her hands on, on the topic, and attended courses held by certified mediums to learn more about the mechanics and philosophy of mediumship. She also teamed up with other Afterlife researchers to experiment with after-death communication and how it works.

During these public events, Giulia met several hundred bereaved individuals and developed a specific interest in grief and bereavement support. She has since devoted a substantial part of her free time to comforting the bereaved, irrespective of their cultural or religious backgrounds.

Her work as an interpreter has played an important part in her interest in mediumship. Despite what she regards as her ‘many failures to communicate efficiently in everyday life’, she feels her key mission is to help people to communicate with each other, in this life and beyond.

In her free time, Giulia also enjoys painting as a means of expanding her awareness and linking with the spirit world.