I am a musician, an award-winning composer, and a practitioner and teacher of cross-cultural music, sound and healing. I have the privilege and honor to teach a full semester upper division course in ‘Sound and Healing’ at Metropolitan State College of Denver. I love exploring harmonics in my work with music, sound and healing as well as how they manifest musically, vocally, astrologically, and in sacred geometry, as the principles carry throughout. I’ve been totally captivated ever since learning that the planets are spaced out from the Sun in the same proportion as the harmonic overtone series…
A special area of exploration is the use of imagery in sound and music. Imagery isn’t merely thoughts of pictures or even expression of feeling, but when really done effectively contains psychic energy, or ‘juice’ that has a certain viscosity to it that can move matter… I explore working with imagery thru voice in singing, chanting and toning, and with the instruments I play, which include piano, didgeridoo, tabla drums and other percussion, Native American flute, Tibetan singing bowls and other ceremonial instruments, and Maori koaua iwi toroa ~ a very special Maori albatross bone side-blown flute, made for me and hand-delivered to me by Rangi Kipa, master Maori artist and carver.
Also in my work with imagery, I composed music which is essentially soundtracks for three bas relief art exhibits for the blind of retellings of fairytales ~ The Raven, Giriccocola, and The Golden Goose, as designed and created by master tactile artist, Ann Cunningham. For these exhibits, the music was arranged, performed and recorded in collaboration with Ty Burhoe (see Offerings). I have also written the story and music for a children’s fairytale operetta, Tear of the Dragon, which has not yet been recorded or performed, but hopefully will be.
As a teacher, spiritual counselor and astrologer for several decades, my traditional astrological background includes dial and asteroid study with Martha Lang-Wescott, and beginning tutoring in Uranian astrology with Ruth Brummund. I have given presentations on the planetary archetypes and music at Don Campbell's Mystery School as part of his teaching staff, and also to ROMA (Rocky Mountain Astrologers), the Colorado Federation of Astrologers, and the Colorado Jung Society.
My non-traditional astrological explorations include studying Tibetan astrology at the Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology (Men-Tsee-Khan) in Dharamsala, India, and receiving initiation and studying its astrologically related and derived Kalachakra Tantra. As part of my interest in experiential and manifested astrological applications, I have also learned to do the Sufi dervish spins and walks of the planets from Sufi teachers Wali Ali and Pir Shabda Kahn.
I have many years study and experiential work in Native American, Tibetan Buddhist, and Jungian studies and dream work, including many years study with several shamans from different traditional backgrounds and lineages. There I have studied healing, oracle, energy studies, psychic imagery, Peruvian toning, universal laws and principles, and more. Using a meditation technique I call "direct inquiry" I have engaged with archetypal energies of the elements, planets, stars, and even a black hole. They are not accustomed to being “invited to tea” and are most intriguing and gracious guests!
In addition to my love of "dancing with the archetypes" of the planetary beings, I take a practical mystic and compassionate intuitive approach to my astrology readings as a means of spiritual counseling. I see a chart as "the blueprint to the soul's growth", and humorously, as "the contract in your lifetime orientation packet", providing keys of understanding in how to integrate and balance Essence, ego and mind in one's life and path. I have done astrological readings for people on every continent except Africa ~ yes, even Antarctica… . I also teach astrology classes in asteroids, the uranian transneptunians, and the 90 degree dial.
I love to travel, and have taken spiritual journeys to India, Peru, Australia, Japan, Venezuela, and Greece. My travels support my Essence recall, as I take a multicultural as well as multi- and interdimensional approach to my life and work.
I have a BS in Psychology and an MA in Counseling, and am a certified cross-cultural music healing practitioner (CCMHP) under the auspices of Pat Moffitt Cook and the Open Ear Center in Bainbridge, Washington. I have completed the base level Vox Mundi "Yoga of the Voice™" with Silvia Nakkach (2008). You can contact me at email@example.com. Thank you!