Venus Retrogrades & You


Hey Folks,

Come on out and see us!

We have an upcoming venus retrograde which is guaranteed to wreak alittle havoc in our lives, come on out and find out how to manage it and what opportunities will come with it ūüėÄ

Venus Retrogrades & You:

Time: Friday 23rd, 6pm-6:30pm

Location: Des Moines new age shop

Fee: $5 per person

This event, like all of the shop’s events , will be kid friendly, There will be a $5 admission fee, bring a notebook and pen and any question you would like to ask me
We will see you here!

For more info, give the shop a call at #515-276-7755, or visit our Facebook page:


Home Energy Cleansing


Hey Folks,

Come on out and see us!

I am getting a lot of questions about energetically cleansing a home, and so I felt it would be helpful to give a talk on the subject.

Energetically Cleanse your space:

Time: Friday 17th, 6pm-6:30pm

Location: Des Moines new age shop

Fee: $5 per person

Learn how to flush out unwanted energy, why you dont want it hanging around, and some of the things that happen if we dont clear that stuff out.
There will be a $5 admission fee, bring a notebook and pen and any question you would like to ask me

For more info, give the shop a call at #515-276-7755, or visit our Facebook page:

Solar Eclipses & You


Hey folks, still playing catch up from the team being sick, Thank you for your patience ūüėÄ


                                                       Solar eclipses & You

Solar and lunar eclipses always arrive in pairs, one for the new moon, and one for the full moon. Since we just had our penumbral lunar eclipse on February 11th, we have a following Solar Eclipse on the February 26th.

So, how does a solar eclipse affect you, exactly?
I mean, if you don’t look directly at it (blindness and burnt retinas, same as looking into a welding torch flame) lol.
>In truth, any eclipse is a major event in our skies, as they bring change and the unexpected in a very dramatic ways.
The Solar eclipse specialty is to bring up the upheavals, changes, and unexpected truths in a way that starts out small, but increases in importance over time.
Solar eclipses specialize in subtlety; they are the iron claw in the velvet glove.
It‚Äôs a great time to pull all of your crystals out and charge the heck out of them ūüėÄ

Scientifically, this is what happens:
A solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, there by cutting off the Sun’s light. The Moon is actually covering up the Sun, from our point of view.

Astrologically, this is what happens:
A solar eclipse means change Рunlike lunar eclipses, the changes are generally less apparent, and progress less quickly. Things unfold in a more subtle way. Also, keep in mind that the effects of a solar eclipse can be seen for up to one year after the event occurs (yikes!).
The subtleties of the initial manifestations of a solar eclipse are due to,
a solar eclipse being a New Moon times three!
Triple the power, triple the energy, and since New moons are times of releasing and new beginnings, triple the release and triple the new beginnings.
When a New Moon (beginning of the lunar cycle) appears, the Moon reflects no visible light from the sun, but with every night that goes by in the lunar cycle, the light that the Moon reflects gets stronger until it becomes a Full Moon (fun fact: a lunar eclipse would be a Full Moon x 3) which is the peak of the lunar cycle. Therefore, it follows, astrologically solar eclipses (New Moon times three) act in the same way, beginning with less obviousness and getting stronger in its effects as time passes.
This has been nicknamed the¬†‚Äúslow burn‚ÄĚ effect.

Fun fact:
The year that holds eclipses in your sun sign, your rising sign or your moon sign will be very vital to you. Solar eclipses denote change, so whatever it touches in a natal chart ‚Äď Be it a planet, a house, an angle, or some other point ‚Äď will experience that change. FYI, The¬†February 26th¬†solar eclipse will be in Pisces, and¬†August 21¬†Solar Eclipse will be in Leo this year.

Here are some ideas of what happens when a solar eclipse conjuncts your top three:
a growing awareness of your own individual personality and talents over the year, a new way of seeing yourself, new expectations for your life in general, or a new sense of self-esteem & life purpose.

*Rising sign,
a growing personal awareness over the course of the year, a new way of being “you” in the world, or a new phase of living your life.
* Moon,
a growing awareness of your  emotional needs over the year, a new way of making sure that your emotional needs are met, or it could manifest as a growing focus on matters regarding your mother or parenting in general.

How to utilize this opportunity?
Use the triple powered new moon energy to release anything that no longer serves you, or to bring alot of energy into anything that you are wanting to start.
So grab a piece of paper and a pen and write a few things from each column down (Release and start) and you can either meditate on them during the eclipse or you can burn the paper that the items are on releasing them to the universe for further action.


Solar eclipses for 2017:
February 26
August  21

****But don’t¬†just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****
              ~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
Works Cited
N.d. ICHIVE. Web. 24 Feb. 2017. <>. @millertimeuscg

Here is what I know: Energetic Links


Hey Folks,

My Apologies,

Everybody over here has been sick so…….. we are runnin a little behind.

                                                              Here is what I know:
                                                                 Energetic links

Energetic cords, links, or attachments have been talked about for some time at great length amongst Metaphysicians, Pagans, and New Agers. It has come to my attention that this subject is woefully under addressed in the metaphysical & new age communities today. (There will be a more in depth article drawn up by Reiki Master Amber Smith on this topic).

What are Energetic Cording, Energetic Linking, Energetic Attachment, & Soul cords?

We all have an energy current running through us. Some people call it a soul, a life spark, astral energy, etheric energy, or chi. Whichever – the name is unimportant,
it is the energy that keeps you vertical, ventilating and thinking. Anyone can tap into this for their own purposes if they are unprepared (or unprotected).
You can pass emotions, chi, energy, back and forth along these links, most varieties are formed for the purpose of a one-way energy transference, but some links can be two-way conduits.
Most people don’t even realize that they’re linking to someone else or that they‚Äôre being linked to by someone or something else. Almost no one figures out that they‚Äôre being energetically siphoned from.

How they come about?
Almost any links (cords, attachments) form due to an effort of will. It can be conscious or unconscious, but if you put your mind-will-desire to it (even subconsciously), you will have yourself an energetic link. Heck, some just form because the people are thinking about each other a lot.

Why are some links good and some links very bad for you?
It is completely dependent upon the motivations of the person or persons that are involved. If you have a negative purpose in mind, the link will act negatively. Conversely, if you have a positive purpose in mind, the link will be a positive one.

What are some examples of energetic cording?
Psychic vampirism Рif you have ever had an ex-lover that you just cannot seem to get past, you probably have an energetic link. When a parent contacts their child after something traumatic happens, they’ve felt their offspring’s heartache.
Distance healing in a Reiki session ‚Äď again, these things can develop with very little effort on either person‚Äôs part.
What can energetic linking do?
The MOST common types are to achieve energy transference.
However, a link can accomplish many things,
Emotional stabilizing,
Healing an illness,
Giving comfort (having a solid energetic presence besides your own),
It can also be used to gather information psychically,
Personality transference, motivational transference, distance healing.
What types of energetic cording are there?
Emotional, Energy, Psychic, Healing, But just energetic.
Now, there can also be psychic links between two people (topic for a different article).
Think of an energetic cord like an umbilical cord; now think of that cord being able to attach anywhere.
Any chakra, to your auric field, back of the neck, anywhere.
There are also negative entity attachments,
Now THAT is a whole nother article.

*Negative entity attachment:
I am doing an article on this by itself, as well as a class on how to deal with this situation (which is more common than you might think)
But In brief, a negative entity (Human at one time, never human, different dimension in origin, etc.).
Important points:
How strong the entity is?
How much will you have to use to get it gone?
If you will need help?
Negative entities are here (and they are all over the place looking for new hosts) for different purposes, but their primary motivation is to feed. They are hungry, and our energy is their food.
When these critters find a “flavor” that they like (sadness, grief, anger, jealousy, paranoia, etc…heck sometimes just having a lot of energy can look tasty), they stay with it and often times provoke the emotional or mental state needed to make the energy that they eat.
In addition, the misconception that if you are a good, positive person who is completely white light, you will never have to deal with this type of entity is ABSOLUTE HORSES**T!
You don’t have to be a bad person for bad stuff to happen to you!!!
And to be honest, it’s more like a mugging- sure there are steps that you can take to be safe, but it can happen at any time, anywhere, & to anyone.
Moving on.
How do I know if I have an energetic cord or link?
When you are feeling consistently tired for NO reason, you probably have a cord pulling energy from you. Look at yourself and innate traits, if these have gone off the mark then you know you are being influenced (ex: If all of a sudden you have a deep driving urge for coffee, but you have always hated coffee and are a tea drinker). Definitely investigate anything health, chakra, etc., aspects. If all investigation turns up no reason for the change, or if you notice multiple other inexplicable changes… you probably have a link and/or link energetic backwash.

How do I get rid of these cords or energetic link?
Energy follows thought, so any cord can be cut with an effort of will.
Some people use iron daggers, I personally recommend visualizing a large pair of scissors, a sharp knife of your choice or if you need a physical item then a sharp black obsidian blade. Then go over yourself with this implement, visualized or physical, and picture yourself cutting through cords along your body. You will come to a cord or two that are more difficult to “slice” through and these are particularly strong ones.
Remember, distance plays no part in removing links, as the cords can stretch however far they need to.
And something to keep in mind – know yourself and be yourself. It is a good block against cording, the absolute refusal to accept anything that does not serve you.
This will also help to reverse an unwanted cord, thereby causing energy to be expended on the other parties end to deflect what you are sending.
Refuse to accept the cord, the ideas, and the energy that is sent to you.
Example: If someone comes to you and says “blah blah blah, you are or you need to be this way‚ÄĚ, Say mentally or verbally “I refuse any verbal-psychic-energetic-emotional suggestion to be that way, I reject your suggestion entirely”
Then go home and slice those cords!

Crystals that help to deflect unwanted links:
-Black obsidian
-Black onyx
-Black agate

If I cut all the cords, will the ones that I want to have, go away too?
Absolutely not – your positive links are 100% safe from cord cutting.
If you want a link, you can try everything in the book and it won’t go away, because you are willing it to stay.
No matter how good or bad a link is for us, if we want it-for whatever the reason, then we won’t be able to get rid of it. It always comes down to will and intention.

How would you form a positive link?
First, all parties need to have a long and in depth discussion.
The link must be discussed and it must be agreed upon to be positive, so as acceptance of link comes with ease and is not fought, and as a safety measure to keep that link positive.
This is dealing with energy, which is completely non-corporeal, and again -energy follows THOUGHT- it only takes a thought to start turning a link negative.
I would have both parties sit down and review their link every week at first and then every couple of months.
Do not let the link go unattended!

I spoke with, long time Metaphysician Jeff Anspaugh to get a point of view with a great deal of field experience. Mr. Anspaugh has over 40 years of experience with Energetic & Psychic linking. It was at his suggestion that I included information on forming positive links.
Mr. Anspaugh emphasized the benefits of energetic and psychic linking. He’s had experiences with both positive and negative psychic and energetic links but he feels that there is so much potential for positivity and positive experiences through psychic and energetic linking. My experiences have been about 50-50 on the subject but Mr. Anspaugh has been doing this a great deal longer than I have and he has a world of respect for energetic Linking, with nothing but positive things to say about it. Mr. Anspaugh feels it is a wonderful way to distance heal it is a wonderful way to lend emotional support to someone who is struggling.
He feels that the positive benefits outweigh any potential risks.
Dang, this turned into a LONG article!
Oh well, lols!!!

****But don’t¬†just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Solar eclipses & You Talk



Hey Folks,

We have an upcoming solar eclipse on the 26th ūüėÄ

Solar eclipses & You

We have an upcoming solar eclipse on the 26th which is coinciding with the new moon.
So I thought it was a perfect time to talk a little bit about how solar eclipses affect us in our day-to-day lives.
There will be a $5 admission fee, bring a notebook and pen and any question you would like to ask me
We will see you here!

For more info give the shop a call or check ou our facebook event :

Retrogrades: Jupiter


                                             Retrogrades: Jupiter

Retrograde – the planetary forces are moving backward or are reversed, things tend to get a little backward and mucked up.
When the planet named for the ruler of the Roman gods is in retrograde, you know it’s time to slow down.

Jupiter Represents – Luck, expansion, opportunity, travel, and wisdom.
Ruler of the sign Sagittarius

Jupiter Retrograde:
Jupiter takes around twelve years to do a complete revolution around the sun and is in retrograde for around four months each year. When Jupiter goes retrograde, we should review our visions, ideals, and belief systems.

The planet of opportunity has just revisited the Heavens, and is retracing its steps, so it‚Äôs time to start checking back with opportunities that did not pan out initially ‚Äď review previous short and long-term goals, as well as past events of your life. Jupiter‚Äôs retrograde causes expansion and grown to stop abruptly in your life. External energies are sucked away; you need to look into your internal self for survival. Put in more energy and commitment than normally warranted for your projects.
Things that you have been clinging to will be removed and you will need to continue your journey without them. Ultimately, it is for your benefit.
*Now, everyone thinks of a Retrograde as only one phase, but there are actually three phases:

#1 First Shadow zone = the planet introduces itself by bringing up some issue or creating an event in life.
Jupiter first shadow zone ‚Äď 6 February 2017:
From now until when Jupiter stations retrograde is the first shadow period. During this phase, you will get an idea of personal growth and happiness issues that may be of concern during the retrograde phase
#2¬†Second Shadow zone or Retrograde=¬† the planet ‚Äúrevisits‚ÄĚ that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.
Jupiter second shadow zone/retrograde – 9 June 2017:
This second shadow period lasts until Jupiter leaves the retrograde zone on 9 September 2017. Areas of life that were a major focus during the Jupiter retrograde phase can now be worked on
#3 Retrograde finale= Having returned to direct motion, the planet advances again which causes the final resolution or fruition of what was brought up in phase one.
Jupiter retrograde finale ‚Äď 9 September 2017:
This completes the final phase of Jupiter retrograde 2017. The outlook is extremely positive after that questionable shadow direct phase.

These are things to expect:
-A stopping of all forward motion
-New business going at a sluggish pace
-Travel plans going awry
-Unexpected luck and twist of fortune for the better
-Hindrances in new business
-Forward motion

This is how you can use it your advantage:
Instead of the Jupiterian “Go, go, go”- try Slow, slow, slow.
Use this time to work on and finish old business left undone, clear up loose ends, check on opportunities/projects/friendships that did not bear any fruit. Examine your internal workings, belief systems, goals, and life track. Give your life a review and make sure that you are going in the correct direction.
Opportunities during this retrograde:
Figure out your next life step, figuring out just how resourceful you can be, figuring how patient and content you can be.

This is what you can learn from it:
-Lessons that Jupiter retrograde can teach us – slowing down isn’t stopping. There are many times when your inner guidance is a heck of a lot more valuable then luck.
-Effective & efficient time management (can’t do something new, finish up the old)

This is what it does to help us:
This retrograde teaches us the value of looking over our own inner landscape and finishing things that have been left undone. It teaches us to rely on our own innate wisdom, instead of just running ahead regardless of the consequences all the while relying on our luck to carry us through any trouble or bumps in the road.

These are things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and difficulties in the above-mentioned areas.

A list of helpful gemstones:

If you wish to use this time to your advantage:
Slow down, meditate, and use inward reflection.

A list of helpful gemstones:
Tiger Eye
Clear quartz
White Howlite

Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really can’t, so sit down and enjoy the ride!

****But don’t¬†just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS


Works Cited
Janneck, Franz Christoph. Jupiter and Juno. Unknown. Chro. Wikimedia Commons. Media Wiki, 24 May 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.  <>.

King, Bob. Digital image. Once Around the Sun With Jupiter. Universe Today, 11 July 2015. Web. 11 Feb. 2017. <>.

Comets, Influence and Myth


                                                   Comets, Influence and Myth

Comet 45P swung by us this past weekend, so it’s a great time to do a short article and answer a few questions on the subject.
Comets are generally not a very well touched on subject in Astrology; information is a little hard to come by.

In the old days (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and the Renaissance), comets presaged war, death, slaughter, the deaths of extremely important historical figures, hurricanes, tsunamis, and plagues.

Some examples:
A comet was going by when Julius Caesar was assassinated, and Halley’s Comet was flying our friendly skies when the Black Death hit.

In modern times, we have a bit more of an enlightened point of view on them.
Many astrologers feel that when a comet passes by, it is an indicator of the birth of someone of great importance ‚Äď for example, a comet went by when Theodore Roosevelt was born. The negative astrological viewpoint on comets was partially influenced by the issues of far-flung past record keeping and historical tracking-the record keeping back then SUCKED!

There are different schools of thought on the ways to interpret the astrological significance of different comets that visit our solar system.
Some astrologers feel that it’s important to know which astrological sign the comet is passing through, what planet it is conjunct with, or what color it is. It’s also important to know which direction the comet is pointed.
Comets are also heavily associated with sacrifice, especially for those who have a comet around the time of their birth.

Mythological fun fact:
It is from the Greek Myth of Menippe and Metioche, Daughters of Orion the Hunter, that the term meteorite originates.
These two girls were told by the oracle of Apollo in their lands time of great plague that they were to sacrifice themselves for the plagues to end.
Luckily, Hades and Persephone took great pity them and changed them into comets and meteorites.

Like Chiron, comets are from the distant boundary of our solar system.

It has been suggested that comets symbolize frozen issues:
Things that ignite and grab our attention,
Things that swim up from our unconscious mind, symbolizing the birth of new ideas and life.
Just as when the comet flies by our sun it releases gasses & dust as the sun heats it up and burns off its frozen core, so too does this represent ideas & emotions being heated up and released, thereby giving birth to all kinds of new and interesting conditions.
Historically comets have a huge role in catalyzing innovations; we saw their influence in some of Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison’s works.
Comets symbolize great change for our world, whether through innovation, wars, disease, societal mindset reset, plagues, or the fall of great leaders.
The Chinese call a comet the broom star.
They also generally associated comets with bad luck.
Nevertheless, keep in mind, a brooms purpose is to CLEAN. We use them for cleaning and sweeping away the old to bring in the new. The Chinese name for comets is Hui Xing, which directly translates into wisdom.
Not only do comets sweep away the old and bring in the new, cleaning up our lives in the process, they also bring wisdom. Now that you’ve heard all that back and forth on the astrologically significance of the comet, track the worlds events and decide for yourself. They imply great change, revolutionary change at times.

In addition, this year we’re going to have quite a few comets passing by us, I will be interested to see how 2017 progresses.

****But don’t¬†just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Works Cited
Rhemann, Gerald.¬†Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-PajduŇ°√°kov√°. 2017. Namibia, Africa. EarthSky. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. <>.


Lunar eclipses and You


 How can a Lunar Eclipse Affect You?

If the other celestial bodies have such an effect on our day-to-day lives,¬†one would think that our bright and beloved satellite’s influence would surpass them all.

Our lovely lady Moon has inspired songs, plays, poems, books, television, movies, and long before any of that, she made men stare up and wonder, spinning myths & fairy tales about her mysteriously silent beauty.
Lady moon has always¬†been known to have an effect on¬†earths tides, on a woman‚Äôs “Moon time”, and everybody knows it’s gonna be a crazy night if it‚Äôs a Full moon!

So what happens when she is Eclipsed?
Scientifically speaking, during a Lunar Eclipse the Earth is exactly between the sun and the moon (known as an opposition between the sun and the moon) and we can see earth’s shadow giving the moon a new coat of paint. Lady moon becomes robed in reds, browns, and deep grays.

What happens astrologically?
During a Lunar Eclipse, we become very well acquainted with our shadow selves. Anger, fear, jealousy, etc. – we all have them and they are part of what makes us who we are, but we get a very real look at ourselves during a Lunar Eclipse.
It is the perfect time to be honest with ourselves about our darker sides. After all, the only way to truly master one’s dark side is to integrate it.
Most days we ignore our shadow self, and if we ignore a part of ourselves too much (especially one so intense) it comes crashing down on us like a tidal wave. It is also a change to the natural cycle of the moon, usually it goes from New moon to Full moon with all of the stages in between, Lunar eclipses switch up that process. It allows us to make large spiritual and evolutionary jumps and get ahead of any process that we are in the middle of.

A Lunar Eclipse is the perfect time for self-analysis, self-acceptance, and self-embracing. Moreover, that is how our lovely lady moon affects you in all of the colors of her eclipse ūüėČ
Lunar Eclipses for 2017:
Penumbral-February 10-11
Partial-August 7
*¬†The¬†penumbra¬†(from the Latin paene “almost, nearly”) is the region in which only a portion of the light source is obscured by the occluding body.
We will not see a total Lunar eclipse until January 31st of 2018.

****But don’t¬†just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Works Cited

‘Snow Moon’ Eclipse & Green Comet a Double Treat for Skywatchers (Photos, Video)

True hearts fortune fair


Hey Folks,

We have a different line up this year, and we think you are gonna love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Below are the details:

TRUE HEARTS FORTUNE FAIR: Saturday, Feb 11th, 1:00pm- 7:00pm at Des Moines New Age Shop

Come and see what the future holds for you in this new year!!! Are you curious about goals, love, fate, money, destiny???? Des Moines New Age Shop’s Intuitives¬†that will be gathered at this event:

Amber Smith(Reiki master, Henna artist, yoga practitioner, Intuitive)1-7pm

Cassy Denhartog(Massage Therapist, Reflexology-Hands at the fair-, Essential oil consultation- she will have almost every essential oil out there with her)From 1-3pm

Nova Guth (Intuitive, Tarot reader, energy worker, Metaphysician) 2-7pm

Alicia Anspaugh(East-West Astrology consultant, pendulist, oraclist, Tarot reader, all around metaphysician)1-7pm

We will be gathered at the shop to read your fate for Valentines day ¬†ūüėÄ
***As to rates, we are doing a special for this event 1 question for $5!!!! Or $15 for 10 minutes.
However if you want a half hour reading, it will be $40 for 30 minutes********************

For More Info give the shop a Jingle at 515-276-7755 or check the shop’s Facebook page: