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Folderols in hair Ritual May 2013 2374 subscribers Issue 98

Toes above and below the line

This article is aimed at existing foot reading students so apologies if you havent learned yet. Recently Ive had a few emails from students saying they are struggling to know how to place the line to determine whether a toe is above or below the line.

Inside this issue:

Cancer 3-5

Reflexology. 6 Reduce Stress 6 Foot Reading Problem with Plan B? 7 8

Im not surprised. Its not that easy! I thought I would write to explain more. Firstly, I usually use the 4th toe to determine where the line should be. This is be-

cause it is rare for the 4th toe to be over the line. (If the 4th toe is over the line, usually the 2nd toe is over the line as well, as per the photograph. Its quite a distinct pattern when 4th and 2nd are

over the line so once youve seen it, you usually recognise it. ) In this photo the big toe is also under the line but it doesnt have to be.
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Writers Block Astrology Diary dates

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World without Cancer

Hi Jane, my name is Mel. I attended one of your courses in Central London about 5 years ago now, I guess. My how time flies! I have just been reading your newsletter on my travels. Im currently in Australia and thought it important to share a website my mum found for using vitamin B17 to help fight cancer. I know its not an article but I think your newsletter would be a great place to share this information. I hope you agree. http:// Namaste Mel Jane says: Ive had a look at the website and it has some studies going back as far as 1950 so definitely worth a look. The information is admittedly controversial and hypothesizes that cancer stems from a nutritional deficiency. Check it out for yourself and thank you Mel for sharing it with us. I believe in self-help and sharing our knowledge with others.

So unless you have the same Mary Russell pattern shown here, you'll try to offers personalised nutritional draw the line from the 4th toe advice for health and sports as 4th toe is the most common performance toe to fit the line. How to work out the

line of the toes

From the 4th toe tip, you will expect to see a nice graduated even line showing neat steps up to the big toe. This rarely happens. So look at the step up from 4th toe to 3rd toe. Is it a

little step or a big step? If it is a big step then the 3rd toe is probably over the line. Similarly, is the step down from the 4th toe to the 5th toe a little step or a huge drop down? If it is a big drop then the 5th toe is below the line. Continue investigating the steps up from 4th toe to big toe. Each step should be assessed to see if it is over or under the line. Only use your general meanings for interpreting the

ones that dont fit the line and remember there are two exceptions2nd toe over means leadership qualities and little toe under means a great sense of fun.

Common patterns to look for:

Big toe below, 3rd toe over, little toe below (Fig 2b) Or 2nd and 3rd toe over (Figs 1 + 2a)

Fig 1

Difficulty reading?
Sometimes you will find it difficult to decide whether 2nd and 3rd are over the line, or
Fig 2a Fig 2b

whether big toe is below the line and 3rd toe is over. Consider these two photos of the same foot but with different lines drawn (Figs 2a and 2b). In order to decide which line you will read, you will have to make a judgement call. If you know 2nd toe over the line is natural leadership qualities and if not in a leadership role they will

become bossythen you make a judgement whether this person looks like they have such a quality. Looking at this foot, Id prefer to pick the line in the Fig 2b. That is because the impression these feet give me is not of someone who would have leadership qualities. Theres nothing dominant- looking about these feet. So

instead Id go for big toe below the line, 3rd toe over the line as in Fig2b. (Multi-tasker and lots of drive and determination that they can do twice as much as the next person given the same time and resources.) I hope this has assisted you in working out how to read the line. Jane

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Canceruseful resources
Disclaimer: This article was put together using information emailed to Jane and do not necessarily reflect her views. It is being shared for you to research further. You are urged to seek orthodox medical care and diagnosis and you are advised to tell your GP/ oncologist of any therapies, treatments or supplements you are receiving as an adjunct to your conventional care.

In my last newsletter I asked for articles on Cancer. Ive received information by email and have decided to include links to websites so that you can read the whole articles rather than just an abbreviated version here as we are unable to offer huge amounts of space and its such a huge topic. Remember to research carefully before following any treatment. I asked a former student of mine, Alli Dixon

( about what tips she would offer to anyone who wanted to follow the same route she did in using nutrition rather than chemo to fight cancer: Food-wise, eat NO meat, dairy or yeast. Not easy when you first start as you are at a loss with what to eat. Initially when I had been through the treatment which I stopped, I cut out anything with sucrose, glucose or fructose. This includes fruit

and root veg to begin with (not permanently but for detoxing and for cleansing your system it is important. Increase your intake of filtered water to 2.5 litres per day. If possible get organic veggies and fruit. I shop locally and get regular deliveries.

She also said Get a good juicer and start green juicing as much as possible. Juices and smoothies are great for alkalising which is what you need to do. Cancer can not survive in an alkaline body. There are lots of good books on juicing. Stick to the greens for now though.

Get some pH filter strips. You need to check your pH on a daily basis. It should be 7.2 or 7.3 thereabouts. When you get your bicarb and molasses (see next paragraph) you then build up your pH level until it reaches a much higher level like 8 or 9 and maintain for 4 days minimum. This can

cause headaches and dizziness but it is miles better than chemo for sure. Keep up the water intake. Here is a website explaining about the use of bicarbonate of soda and molasses to change the environment in the cell giving clear explanation of the sci-

ence, clear directions for usage etc http:// /content.asp?id=490 Order your Bicarbonate of soda from Amazon for aluminium free as majority shop bought stuff is not good. The

molasses is available Holland and Barret or any good health food store or again Amazon...again organic. You can eat from the Alkaline/Acid charts mainly veggies and salad, apples and pears occasionally, nuts seeds pulses and a little of grains. Avoid root veg and high fructose fruits, bread,

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and potatos as they alter the glucose in the digestive process. Vitamins are highly important to boosting your immune system. Start with a good quality Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 with K and also very important, Apricot Kernals which is B17 (see link on previous page). This is

all available from

At a networking event Catriona Armor LCPH, MARH, RHom of Vital Remedy There is also mind work that needs to be addressed for Can- ( sugcer and the paraliminal CDs are gested checking out a video good . Look up innertalk CDs called The Hidden Cures of Cancer on a website called redas they do the Cancer one for free and you just listen to it as you go to sleep, for 30 days. Recipes


At the same networking event a lady caring for someone with mouth cancer suggested Brendas easy-to-swallow Cookbook which has recipes that have high nutritional content in small portions that are easy to swallow.

Also, try this website and related cookbook http:// where a trained chef was inspired to write a cookbook for cancer patients using professional nutrition advice but to make wonderful meals and put the joy back into the food experience.

The importance of a good source of filtered water has been stressed earlier. Katherine Grimston can wax lyrical on the topic of water and is a distributor for Nikken products which includes a special filtered sports water bottle that you can carry

with you. Contact or ring 07770 804025.

Hair Loss
This next website is about a method of scalp cooling so that when youre having chemotherapy you can attempt to minimise hairloss. Cancerinformation/ Livingwithandaftercancer/ Symptomssideeffects/Hairloss/ Scalpcooling.aspx As this site is run by MacMillan there are lots of other resources on there that support cancer care. Be aware that whilst it helps some people, others dont get on with the scalp cooling.

One lady told me that she felt it was awful and worse than the chemo. In her experience she didnt lose her hair, it just thinned and then grew back. So it really is a matter of finding out what works and doesnt work for you.

Homeopathy Cancer tips

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This section is by Catriona Armor: Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed over 200 years ago, which can be used to support you alongside your allopathic cancer treatment or alongside should you choose to use alternative approaches. The homeopathic remedies are gentle non-invasive, safe and nonaddictive and do not interfere with other medical treatments. Often patients choose homeopathy alongside their treat-

ment plan to help with the ill effects from radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, to deal with pain relief or loss of appetite, as well as the emotional side such as depression, grief or anxiety. Homeopathic treatment is tailored to the individual patients needs; therefore it is always advisable to consult a qualified Homeopath for your treatment. Useful homeopathic remedies to consider prior to surgery in-

clude: Arnica useful for fear, shock, anxiousness, restlessness, supports the blood vessels, tissues and muscles to aid healing Calendula to assist with the healing of wounds and cuts, rapid healing of the skin Phosphorus if suffering from vomiting following an anaesthetic Nux Vomica nausea and symptoms better with vomiting

after an anaesthetic or treatment Useful Flower Essences:I always recommend the Bach flower essence Star of Bethlehem for anyone undergoing surgery, particularly women; it helps with the after affects of shock, bad news or disappointments both on an emotional cific groups of symptoms, both during treatment and as longterm maintenance. Calcarea Fluorica used in the maintenance of bone cancer Ferrum Phosphoricum used for cancer of the blood Kali Muriaticum for people who have breast lumps with no symptoms

level and a physical level. Star of Bethlehem can be found in the well know combination Bach Rescue Remedy, this can be used as a prophylactic before a stressful event, such as surgery or visiting the doctor, and also for family members supporting the cancer patients. Rescue Remedy will help to reduce fear Natrum Muriaticum used for cancer of the skin Natrum Phosphoricum used for bladder cancer Natrum Sulphuricum used in pancreatic cancer Silica used for cancer of the periosteum To learn more about this homeopathic information con-

and anxiety by calming the nervous system. A qualified Homeopath or Bach Flower Practitioner will be able to make up combination remedies specifically to your needs. Homeopathic Tissue salts are useful over a longer period of time, they have been found to be effective in the relief of spetact Catriona Armor LCPH MARH RHom Health Practitioner & Homeopath T: 07942 868118 W: http:// Facebook : vitalremedy

If you have any tips to add to these, I will be continuing this topic in the next issue of The Pampering Times so email them to

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Reflexology as helpful as painkillers

The PhD research of Dr Carol Samuel on the effect of reflexology on acute pain has received some interest in the newspapers last month. Both The Telegraph and The Independent reported it. Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, a survey suggests. Researchers at Portsmouth University found that people who were asked to submerge their hand in ice water felt about 40 per cent less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45 per cent longer, when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief. Dr Carol Samuel, a trained reflexologists, said the results suggested the therapy could complement drugs in the treatment of osteoarthritis and cancers. She said: It is likely that reflexology works in a similar manner to acupuncture by causing the brain to release chemicals that lessen pain signals. The study is published in The Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Heres the link to the Independent website for their article. You can see from the comments section that the trial only had 15 test subjects and the commenters suspect bias as the tests were performed by a reflexologists. If you are considering setting up a similar trial, consider addressing the issues raised by the detractors.

Do something interesting to reduce stress and replenish your resources by Helen Mackinlay
Copyright 2013 MacKinlay Minds. All Rights Reserved helen@mackinlayminds +44 (0)7801 430399
Often when we feel like we are tired or flagging we will do something pleasant to boost our attention and energy, when what you actually need to be doing is.... an interesting task. next. Keep these two very important points in mind:

It doesn't matter what it is, so long First, interesting is not the same as it interests you. thing as pleasant or relaxing Research shows that interest does- (though they are certainly not mutually exclusive.) n't just keep you going despite fatigue, it actually replenishes your energy. And then that replenished energy flows into whatever you do Second, interesting does not have to mean effortless. The same study found paradoxically, engaging an

interesting task replenished resources (vs. positive and neutral tasks) even though the interesting task was more complex and required more effort. So you actually don't have to "take it easy" to refill your tank, instead spend 10 minutes doing something you find interesting and feel revitalised. Can you solve these to get a word or phrase?

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For the answers see http:// blog/info/150/ do_something_interesting_to_r educe_stress_and_replenish_yo ur_resources.html? utm_source=Thinking+Space% 3ADo+something+interesting& utm_campaign=TT+interesting &utm_medium=email Experiment Here is an interesting task to get

you started - make a list of things that interest you. Spend at least 10 minutes every day this week doing an interesting task. Notice the difference in your attention, persistence and energy. Need to re-energise yourself at the start of a meeting or while working on a challenging task?

Do an interesting task and you can get others involved too.

Thanks to Helen MacKinlay of for this tip. 07801 430399

How can foot reading help your therapy business?

I recently had an email asking me how foot reading can help gain business for other therapies. Apart from the article I wrote recently about how a hypnotherapist is using it in her practice, I wasnt sure how to answer. So I asked my friend and former student Anne Scardarella what she would say. She kindly gave me permission to share her response with you. Jane Sheehan has passed me your query as she knows I do other therapies as well as Feet Reading. However, since taking Jane's course I have now tended to concentrate on feet therapies and, although I still have Indian Head Massage, facial and Reiki clients, the main bulk of my work is either reflexology (I work at a local podiatrist) or feet reading. This is probably because I have always loved, and been fascinated by, feet and how they are all so different. Completing Jane's course just pushed me a little further into that direction. To try and answer your question, I think anything that will give you a deeper insight into your clients is invaluable. Feet reading helps you

to identify the emotional cause behind the physical appearance - it helps to peel away the layers and get to the root cause - which sometimes we all deny. Apart from it's therapy uses, feet reading is also great fun! You can tout yourself around all the local pamper evenings - there will not be another feet reader! And it creates a talking point and interest to your existing and potential clients. You have to work at it though, as I

am sure you know, let everyone know that you are now feet reading and with summer (ha, ha!) coming up toes and flip flops give ample chance to practice when you are out and about. I've spent what would have been 'dead time' supermarket queueing quietly reading feet of fellow shoppers - great practice!! Hope that helps, any questions, please ask. Just as an afterthought, I did Jane's

online course and then completed the practical day when I felt ready. Can highly recommend the online as it's always there for reference whereas the two day course has lots to absorb in a short space of time. Jane is always very helpful and will happily answer email questions too. Best foot forward :)) Anne Scardarella Contact Anne via her website:
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Is there a problem with having a plan B? by Helen MacKinlay

Copyright 2012 MacKinlay Minds. All Rights Reserved helen@mackinlayminds +44 (0)7801 430399 that it depends where in the process you are in achieving the goal as to whether having alternatives motivates or demotivates. The results may not be what you'd expect! I know I like to have options and my brain tends to keep generating them. So research into the effects of options and alternatives on our motivation as we work towards achieving a goal, really caught my attention. It's findings may run counter to what we'd expect and it has useful principles for keeping us on target and motivated to achieving goals, whether for ourselves or with others. Huang, Szu-chi; Zhang, Ying (2013) published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found the same results over and over in different contexts about the effect of options

Is having a plan b and several alternatives to achieving our goal a good thing? Well, new research indicates

on motivation at differing stages of achieving a goal - from collecting loyalty stamps in coffee shops, to donating blood, to writing reviews for movies and more. Open to Possibilities What they found was, initially, when starting out on achieving

a goal, we are concerned with if the goal is attainable. If we have multiple options, rather than one single way, to achieve it, we see it has more attainable and this leads to greater motivation. Focused Finish However, once we have made significant progress towards our

goal and we can see that it is attainable and within our grasp, there is more focus on how to get to the end quickly and achieve the goal. At this point of the process, if we are given several alternatives to get to the goal, rather than helping by giving more options, it was actually found to do the opposite and

demotivated people to complete the task. The idea of more options and having a plan b backfires. So towards the end of pursuing a goal having one way provides a more straightforward plan and gives us greater motivation. So in a nutshell - Funnel Ef-

fect Give choices at the beginning of a project, task or goal to fire up interest and get people started. Then use a funnel effect, where the options reduce to prevent distraction and create a push for the finish. These findings adds an interest-

ing element to the research on choices and the dilemmas they can create. Experiment How do you usually approach achieving goals and how does it compare with these findings? Where do you want people to engage with you or your work?

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Tactics to overcome writers block by Kassia Gardner

- How can you use this to encourage them to get involved? - And then how can you keep them motivated in their actions? What goals and tasks do you (or others) have that you want to keep motivation going to completion? How can you apply this approach to that?
Kassia Gardner helps busy business owners how to build their email marketing lists and use them to generate leads, improve sales and create customer loyalty. The worst part of the writing process is the beginning. Youre sitting at your desk in the study, or at the kitchen table, with an empty computer screen in front of you that seems to be screaming, You have nothing to say, nothing is coming to mind! You have writers block. Now it might sound fearsome, but in reality its just a creative blockage. Youre stuck, but the good news is you can unstuck yourself. Obviously the first part is to come up with an idea of what to write and an editorial schedule. (I wrote about generating ideas in a previous blog. Email me for a copy).

So how do you get past your creative stoppage and on to the execution, i.e. the actual writing? Well, it depends. It depends on the reason for the creative blockage, so there will be no-one fix fits all. If fact theres probably as many ways to overcome writers block as there are causes. So here are five key tactics to help you overcome writers block. 1. Write an outline The point of an outline is to have a roadmap to follow. Start by

brainstorming the main key points you want to communication, will any of them make great sub-titles? Put yourself in your potential customers shoes. What is their life like now? How can you solve their problem? What will their life be like after they have bought your product and service? Go back to your the old primary school lessons where they taught you to plan your story with a beginning, middle and end. 2. Give yourself some time Use an alarm, put it on for an

hour and just write. Dont worry too much about what your writing, although keep in mind your ideal customer, because what you are trying to do here is get the creative juices following. You may decide that you dont like what youve written and bin it. But once youve started to write, the writing process becomes easier. 3. Consider your writing space Are you sitting comfortably? I hope so. What about your office, is it well lit? Its easier to write if youre writing in a space that you

enjoy being in. If youre someone like me who gets distracted then close the office door, put your phone on silent and close your email down for a while. Alternatively you might work better with some background noise; in which case would taking your laptop and working in a coffee shop work for you. So without procrastinating and putting off writing, think about how you can create a space that you enjoy being in. 4. Take a walk

Its well known that physical exercise is important for mental activities. I have some of my best ideas for opening paragraphs whilst Im out running. Of course, you dont need to run. Give yourself half an hour and take a break from the computer screen. Get outside and go for a walk. As you walk let your mind wander and you might just some up with that killer opening sentence. Just remember to take a notebook and pen with you so you dont forget them before you get back.

5. Dont be too hard on yourself Finally, dont be too hard on yourself while writing. Anna Quindlin once wrote, People have writers block not because they cant write, but because they despair of writing eloquently. So turn your critical brain off. You can improve the quality of your writing later by editing it. And if youre really, really stuck with writing that email, blog or anything else then my copywriting services can help you, give me a call on 07855 276855 or email

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Learn Foot Reading with Jane Sheehan

Learn foot reading with Jane Sheehan. You can sign up to one of Janes live workshops around the UK, or you can try the elearning seminar available from the website. Whats the difference? The content of the elearning seminar is the same as Day 1 of the live workshops. Youll learn all the theory you need to start foot reading. You can repeat the elearning as many times as you like within your years access. You can also find on the website all of Janes books and her new Portable Guide. Lets Read Our Feet tells you the theory you will need to start foot reading. The foot reading coach is for taking foot reading to the next step. Now you know how to read the feet, what else can you add to the reading? This will give you the coaching tips that Jane uses. Sole Trader: The Holistic Therapy Business Handbook is about how to start and run a holistic therapy business. Explore

Foot Reading Workshops in 2013

Janes workshop schedule for 2013 is now finalised. New additions are shown in blue: Plymouth 11/12 May London 2/3 Jun (Sun/Mon) Chippenham 8/9 June Halifax 15/16 June Newbridge 20/21 July Cavan 27/28 July Edinburgh 17/18 Aug Aberdeen 24/25 Aug Preston 31 Aug/1 Sept Gloucester 7/8 Sept Birmingham 12/13 Oct Hounslow 26/27 Oct Basildon 9/10 Nov Borehamwood 16/17 Nov Swansea 26/27 April 2014

Invitation to Holistic Health Show 19/20 May 2013

If you want an invitation to the Holistic Health Show, email with your postal address and Jane will forward an invitation card. All you have to do is complete the form and send it back to the organisers. Jane has only got 100 invitations and will be sending them out on a first come first served basis. Jane has been invited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists to give a talk on Sunday 19th May 2013 at the Holistic Health Show. As a result, Jane has decided to book stand V31 at the show offering foot readings, her books for sale and to promote her workshops. The exhibition organisers have invited her to perform in the Demo Area for half an hour on Monday 20th May. If you are attending this event and would like to pre-book a foot reading slot at stand V31 with Jane, contact 07739 802175 or email Hope to see you there.

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Mays Astrology with Steve Judd

Intelligent, contemporary, state-of-theart astrology for the discerning human being. To enquire about Steve drawing up a personal chart for you email

The first week of May sees jockeying for position, in two different ways. A conglomeration of planets in Taurus peaks on the 8th + 9th when the Sun, Moon, Mercury,

Venus and Mars are all in that sign. And during that time, both Mercury and Mars are rapidly teaming up in opposition to Saturn and trine Pluto, suggestive of incisive and direct communications regarding fiscal boundaries and global plans one or two people or countries may be sharply bought into line. By the new Moon on the 10th the stage is set, the coils tight ready for springing, everything is poised and we go into a null zone for a day or five, followed by an astrological big

bang on the 20th when Jupiter and Saturn are exactly three eighths of the sky apart, and Uranus is exactly square Pluto. If this doesnt rock foundations then nothing

will. Saturn is no help now, retrograding in the Scorpionic dark, getting his priorities right by chipping away at the old financial structures from behind the scenes but staying out of the fray, just acting as the brake. This month is real Uranus/Pluto stuff big time, fundamentals are changing and core foundations of the future are being negotiated, with no clear outcome as yet. And to complicate matters, the full Moon on the 25th is exactly square Neptune, whilst Jupiter continues to make

hay going over the top in mid/late Gemini, so things will be as clear as mud.

Within the last couple of months the rate of change has accelerated to a degree not experienced before, a rate outside of normal reference. This ratcheting up of anticipation and even trepidation brings with it a sense of urgency that cant be explained in terms of logic and rationality, or even in terms of emotion or feeling it can only be known through direct experi-

ence. Uranus is breaking new ground now, or at least for those of you under 84 years old, and is bringing with him a desire to break free from the mundane and the boring, to revolutionise ones lifestyle in a way that isnt so much disruptive or chaotic but hopefully instead stimulating and exciting. But the potential for just staying the same is falling through the floor, that way only leads to permanent ruts and premature aging... There is an almost compulsive need to do something any-

thing! that releases an element of pressure or steam, and this urge cannot be denied or ignored except at ones peril. But neither is it appropriate to just act impulsively or just for the hell of it. The ideal solution here is that you are finding unusual and novel solutions to old problems in a way that would not have been conceivable even one year ago. During May

the day by day urgency and immediacy of life will calm down in quite a notable way, taking you out of the limelight and letting you step back so that you can begin the process of assimilating and integrating the events and developments of recent times.

And you hit the ground running... The first half of May, with

a combination of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars in your sign should be one of the fastest times in recent memory, particularly just before the Taurus new Moon on the 10th when all five inner points will be with you. There is an abundance of energy around now and with it comes the potential for both development and fortune, so perhaps

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Astrology by Steve Judd (continued)

the first half of this month is a better time than normal for putting in that extra one or two percent. Mars is in your sign until the very end of May, bringing with it the physical energy needed to get things done, making this a very physical month. Mercury rushes through Taurus in the first two weeks of May, bringing with it a rapidity of both movement and information that can be at times a little too fast for comfort, and Venus is with you until the 9th, suggesting that the first week of May will be more easy going and less hectic than other times of the month. It is the time of the 8th to the 10th that is the most unpredictable, where either intransigence or action will win through, depending on individual circumstances. Rarely does this combination of concentrated day by day energy happen, so make the most of the first half of the month and then let yourself coast into steady neutral as May unfolds. Just dont do the normal Taurus trick of doing nothing because by doing so youll miss a number of potential opportunities.

May is going to be the most volatile of months during 2013, in that the swing from one end of the spectrum to the other could scarcely be more profound. The month starts so quietly, and you would be forgiven during the first ten days of May for wondering what the fuss is about. But as the middle ten days of the month start, there are subtle changes in the undercurrents, perhaps even a

degree of complacency kicking in, and then all of a sudden things are going to accelerate significantly. Venus moves into your sign on the 9th of May, followed by your chart ruler Mercury on the 15th, from when on the rate of movement, information, news and travel is going to take off. There are so many compressed experiences coming up over the second half of May and during June that it would be unwise to even think of long term plans or decisions at the moment, theres still a lot of water

to flow under the bridge. And of course, Jupiter is still picking up speed, during May bringing a much greater degree of volatility and freneticism as well as hopefully opportunity and humour into the lives of those born from the 8th to the 15th of June. And be aware that next month is going to get even faster before plateauing at the end of June from when you will be able to draw breath. Its a time to cram the experiences in, for taste and trial and experiment the analysing and long term decisions

can come later once youve got the actions underneath your belt.

So far this year there have been a number of different developments in your life that seem to have an underlying common theme that of shaking you loose from some of the more rigid foundations that have become solidified over recent years. What you will see looking back on this year is a gradual loosening of a number of ties. For some of you, this will be experienced as times of trauma or crisis,

accompanied by sudden and unpredictable change, whilst for others exactly the same energy will be seen as the closing of old doors and the emergence into something more liberating than ever before. And during May you are likely to become steadily more aware of a growing sense of anticipation and even excitement which although incomprehensible in

terms of explanation is nevertheless clearly evident in your nervous and emotional system, seemingly on orange alert but not in a negative way.... This is because the events of the first half of 2013 are metaphorically designed to get you more flexible and less rigid so that you can arrive at the end of June with a feeling of both strength and tolerance tinged with adaptabil-

ity. The second half of this year will be the fastest six months for twelve years in certain areas of your life, and its important that you arrive at the start of this period in good condition and raring to go so that the results can be optimum. May is the start of the final run-in, a month where everything is just going to get faster and faster.

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Youre on the receiving end of a number of different challenging circumstances this month, none of which are going to be long term or majorly problematical, but during May there are going to be one or two situations that cannot stay the same any longer. This could relate to your professional situation, in which you may find yourself having to make some hard choices about your personal boundaries and how far you are prepared to let them be pushed, or it could

relate to your localised family situation, where it may be that the demands of those close to you on your time and energy are beginning to become more than a hindrance. Either way, it seems that this month there are a number of circumstances outside of your control that are seemingly dictating situations in your life, and this can only be tolerated for so long. It is the first half of the month that is the most potentially verbally fraught, and if youre going to say something that you will later regret

then this is the time that you will do it. Some of you, especially those born at the start of August, are going to find this time one of stimulus and excitement, but the majority of Leos during May are going to be a little bit edgy, as though they are wearing a sandpaper coat, and needful of a quiet space where they can feel protected and nurtured against an increasingly hostile world. The hardest path to take at this time is the middle one, not denying yourself but neither treading on others toes.

It may be that in some areas of your life there is such an electrical energy that things are quite frenetic whilst at the same time in other areas, there are real opportunities. Certainly, if you find that your more primal or instinctive side is pulling you towards specific choices or actions in the first half of the month, do listen to it as opposed to the rational or logical

mind. Yet as the month evolves, so your capacity to overreach or overstretch yourself increases, so if you intend to do anything of significance during May, youre probably best off doing it in the first ten days of the month as opposed to later on. As the middle of the month approaches, there can be an aura of indecision developing and as a result one or two situations around you may become a

little cloudy or confused, and by the end of the month theres a notable shift around you, with the last week of May being potentially difficult if words and minor actions at that time are taken too personally. Youre beginning to look like a bit of a pin cushion for the coming short term, until the middle of July, and this is partly because others see you as safe and stable enough to unload on, so try

not to take things too personally. Within a couple of months the hardest times of the year will be behind you and youll have a clearer run in towards the oncoming future in a way that isnt available now. If you push too hard now youll only meet problems, so why not let things slowly and organically develop?

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A combination of Saturn over the last three years accompanied by the attentions of Uranus and Pluto have left many of you reeling until the start of this year, and developments and evolving situations of just the last two months have not helped much, bringing with them the immediacy and urgency of dealing with other people in ways that are al-

most distasteful, certainly difficult. And now, all of a sudden, it is as though there is a sudden cessation of attention, as though youve suddenly become invisible to a vast amount of the world. The attention of the world is now focussed elsewhere, and over this and next month youre in a position where you can rest up and recharge, safe in the knowl-

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edge that theres nothing new coming in your direction at least in the short term. It may be that come the start of July a number of different developments could start requiring a lot more of your time, energy and attention, but until that time youre relatively low and staying below the radar screen. The second half of May is more upbeat than the first, especially when it comes to being creative and/or travelling, and there are no new signs of any direct challenges or difficulties forming this month except perhaps at the day by day level the essence of May is that you can breathe deeply again, knowing that youve got two months to both recover and recharge. Time to take stock of this year so far and start taking more responsibility for your choices. quiet or stable. Increasingly, there are clear and distinctive lines and boundaries being drawn between what is yours singular and what is yours plural, whether the what in question are finances, possessions, resources or opinions. On the one hand, there will be increased calls for you to work with other or others, a choice that will at least in the short term hinder your personal self development to a minor degree. On the other hand, how can you help anyone else if youre not in good working order your-

With Saturn still retrograding through the early part of your sign and the reverberations from the recent Scorpio full Moon still echoing through your life, this month is not scheduled as being

self? Sometimes putting yourself first isnt selfishness, its self enlightened interest. What you should find is that people around you will become more specific in their demands/requests of you, and it will be easier for you to say yes or no, black or white in ways that wont leave room for discussion. It is primarily your interactions with other at the singular level that are most prone to difficulty in the short term, especially

during the first two weeks of May when there is a whole cluster of planets in your opposite sign. Perhaps the best option is stay relatively in the background whilst things work themselves out, any hasty large scale decisions now just wouldnt work out the way you hope. Bide your time and see which way the land lies by the second week of June.


Some of you are actually having a whale of a time at the moment, although lessons involving moderation and self discipline may also be being ignored. If youre born between the 8th and the 16th then this month is going to hold in it the potential for a lot of larger than life developments which if youre not careful can completely absorb you to the point of losing your objective focus on the world. Keep things in perspec-

tive. It may well be that all of you will see the pace of life, as represented by developments in the lives of individuals around you, becoming faster and faster to the point of being almost manic as the second half of May develops, and it is probably prudent not to make any type of major change of course or new long term decision based on recent and upcoming

information it is not going to be until the middle of July that you are going to be able to get perspective on this year so far with any degree of accuracy. And it is the annual Sagittarius full Moon on the 25th, in particularly challenging aspect to Neptune which only supports the idea that there is no safe form of clarity to be had at the current time. Far better to suck it

and see, and gauge your opinions more accurately come the middle of July. This month will become increasingly informative, but whilst the details will all be there, the big picture hasnt as yet fully formed.

Its a little foggy out there at the moment, and more you try and get focus or concentration on to any specific purpose or direction, the

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cloudier it gets. Yet this isnt necessarily a bad thing. The prime planetary influences around you at this time are those of Pluto, Neptune and Saturn none of whom are transparent about their workings. It is as though the unconscious and the subliminal, the subconscious and the transpersonal , the psychological and the neurotic are all working in ways that you can sense but not control or even influence. They know what they are doing, and they have your best interest at heart, being at least

partly generated by your own internal workings. Dont get in your own way. Heres a test as to your evolutionary success or failure over recent times: Consider your position in life now compared to four years ago, and ask yourself whether you would swap current status for what you had then. Although your current situation may not be as much to your liking as it could be, I suggest that the quality of experience in recent times has made you much sharper and effective as a human being than before,

and to step back now would lead into thick fog. The aspect forming now and for the coming few months between Saturn and Neptune suggests the opportunity to bring a quality of structure into the imagination, hopefully leading to a more formative manifestation in the outside world. Whatever you can dream you can do, begin it now.

At the day by day level, elements of this month are going to be harder than youve experienced so far this

year. Youre likely to find that your profile and public image in the outside world is coming under greater scrutiny than usual, and youll need to be on top of your game in order to avoid some of the potential pitfalls at the day by day level in your professional sphere. At the same time, it may be that your home and family situation is creating some type of friction, that inter relationships within the family may not be at

their most diplomatic and that you could easily find yourself becoming the one that both has to sort everything out and take the blame. If so, and just for the short term, shoulder this responsibility quietly and willingly on the grounds that the alternative is to make a fuss and really do you need the aggravation that will bring? Perhaps at least for the short term it is better to just deal with things whilst slowly but steadily firming up your

mind about imminent choices and actions bide your time, the most incisive period of this year is yet to occur. The first two weeks of May are the most verbally provocative, and this is when youll need to watch your responses, but all of the month is going to have an energy like an itch that you cant scratch. Better to just knuckle down and take things on the chin, although some of you, especially those born from the 6th to the

13th, should find things more opportunistic than most.

May starts off with quite a communicative energy about the place, and you should find that your ability to communicate with others by phone, email, travel or just speaking face to face is quite enhanced and as a result information will flow freely. But as the middle of the month develops, so things start

to get a little more complicated or sticky, and your ability to get clarity begins to diminish. It is definitely the first ten days of May that hold in them the best ability to get things done in an effective and efficient way, and what youll find is that this is when the most accurate of intuitions are available as well. This doesnt mean that the rest of the month is difficult, although certain areas such as your public persona or your family ar-

rangements can become mildly fractious towards the end of May. In the background and in the big picture there are no reasons for concern its just that at this time theres a kind of invisible chewing gum binding you down and preventing you from flying, and this isnt going to clear for a month or two yet. It is primarily the latter part of May and the first week or so of June that is giving you the most grief, and this will

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only be at the personal and the day by day level. Its likely that the coming few months will have a frenetic quality about them that will only dissipate come mid July, so till then keep your bullsxxt filters on standby and take ongoing developments with a pinch of salt. Only come July will clarity begin to ensue.

Diary dates are overleaf

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Diary Dates
11/12 MayFoot reading theory and practical workshop in Plymouth. Call Nicola Marshall 07533 189864 or email 14 Maytalk to Blackburn LSG. Email 18 Maymy birthday! 19 /20 MayJane at Holistic Health Birmingham NEC Stand V31 and talk at FHT Training Congress at NEC Birmingham. 1/2 JuneSUNDAY AND MON-

See website for full list of dates, or why not organise a workshop near you? DAY, Foot reading theory and practical workshop at Sydenham, London. Call Jane 07739 802175 or email Limited to 8 students only. 8/9 June 2013 Foot reading theory and practical workshop at Equilibrium Natural Health Centre, Pewsham, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Call Jane 07739 802175 or email 15/16 Jun 2013Foot reading theory and practical workshop at Halifax Premier Inn. 82 per day. Call Jane on 07739 802175 or

email 22 Juneprivate party 24 Juneprivate party 28 Jun 2013-Private workshop Oakland College 29 June 2013Pamper event for Willen Hospice charity 9 July7.30pm talk to therapy group Northampton. Contact or ring 07974 322804 20/21 July 2013 foot reading theory and practical workshops in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Call Sinead on 00353 45 438 090 23/25 Julyprivate parties

27/28 July 2013Foot reading theory and practical workshop in Cavan, Co Cavan. Call Finola on 00353 87 668 7906 29 JulyCreative Thinking workshop in Cavan, Call Finola on 00353 876687906. Numbers limited 17/18 Aug 2013-Foot reading theory and practical workshop in Edinburgh. 90 per day. Email 24/25 AugFoot reading theory and practical workshop in Aberdeen. 80 per day. Call Jane on 07739 802175 or email

31Sept/1OctFoot reading theory and practical workshop in Garstang. Call Jane 07739 802175 or email 7/8 SeptFoot reading theory and practical workshop Corse, Gloucester with West Country Natural Healing Fellowship 80 per day. Contact 07950 170988 or 12 Septtalk to CThA support group West Midlands. Contact Julie Ward via email 22 Septtalk at Ramsden Heath Village Hall, Essex 10am. Email

29 Septtalk to support group Wilmslow 2-4pm. Contact Paul MacGregor 07701 016291 or 12/13 Octfoot reading theory and practical workshop Birmingham NEC/Airport. 90 per day. Call Jane on 07739 802175 or email 26/27 OctFootreading theory and practical workshop London Heathrow. 87 per day. Call Jane 07739 802175 or email

Essex. 92 per day. Call Jane at 07739802175 or email 16/17 NovFoot reading theory and practical workshop in Borehamwood/Elstree, Herts. 87 per day. Call Jane on 07739 802175 or email 13 Feb 20147.30pm Talk to W.I. at Padbury Village Hall, Bucks. Contact Maggie Holloway 01280 823387 Cant see a seminar near you? Organise a group and invite Jane to come to you. More dates on

26/27 April 2014Foot reading theory and practical workshop in 9/10 NovFoot reading theory and Swansea. Call 01792 512294 or practical workshop in Basildon, email

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