Power Spirit Totems Which Guide Us

Wild-BoarIf you have ever encountered a running deer while driving, you know what a rush of fear feels like. Now imagine a huge wild boar with tusks—an animal known to charge at vehicles. There’s no mistaking the inherent danger.

A few weeks ago, while visiting a friend’s home in Tuscany, Italy, I had such an encounter. It was late at night, we were driving up her long cypress tree-lined driveway, and a boar, as big as the width of our car, jumped out in front of us like a deer caught in the headlights. It blinked or maybe it winked. Either way, it missed us by inches before running off into the woods.

My friend, who was driving at the time, was quite excited. She had never encountered such a boar in the 40 years she had lived on the property. She explained that while one can sometimes hear boars snorting around in the bush searching out acacia roots, the big males are solitary and tend to keep well hidden. She thought the unusual experience might carry a potent message. “We must look up the symbology of the wild boar,” she insisted. “I’m sure it carries some significance for both of us.”

In Native American culture, it is believed that throughout a person’s life, nine different animals act as spirit guides; the guides accompany them at different stages, depending on what spiritual guidance they need at that time. The spiritual beliefs associated with having animal spirit guides is called “totemism.” Years ago a Cherokee medicine woman told me I carried the indian totem of the Double Eagle—the Wild Boar was never even mentioned. Naturally, I too was curious as to its meaning.

The symbology of the Wild Boar is that of truth, courage and confrontation. These creatures are powerful, vicious, fearless and hard to kill. They are the true warriors of the animal kingdom and are a worthy opponent, even in the presence of a tougher opponent. The Wild Boar is a message to be honest in all we do and bravely face the problems in life that seem dreadful or uncomfortable.

Not surprisingly, the symbology did fit with my life. The message was perfectly clear. For quite some time, I have been dealing with a rather onerous opponent. Someone who is both tenacious and Machiavellian. Idealwithdarkness have watched this person destroy other’s lives, until one day that vengeance was also turned on me. It became the penultimate battle of the Forces of Darkness trying to extinguish the work of the Light. We’ve all seen it happen.

My inner journey throughout the ordeal served to make me stronger while honoring my Truth. Despite the painful process, I always knew I was divinely protected.

To Native Americans, the Wild Boar signifies the power of protection throughout the battle, towards final resolution. This is why many indigenous cultures adopted the Wild Boar as a symbol of war, warriors and mighty courage. It meant defending one’s honor as well as defending what is right and just.

My battle with this particular Dark Force is close to resolution, but on a global scale we are all facing the same kind of spiritual battle. Never before have the forces of Light vs. Darkness, Good vs. Evil, Truth vs. Lies been more prevalent. We are being tested on the highest levels. So it is wise that we all adopt the Wild Boar as our warrior totem during these challenging times.

In Chinese astrology 2019 will be the next Year of the Wild Boar energy. The years leading up to a Boar year set the stage of obstacles to come that need to be faced with truth and integrity. It appears we have our work cut out for us.

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Dr. Kathy Forti is a clinical psychologist, inventor of the Trinfinity8 technology, and author of the book, Fractals of God: A Psychologist’s Near-Death Experience and Journeys Into the Mystical

Mozart Music Provides Big Benefits in Tuscan Vineyard

DSC04841This summer I spent two weeks under the Tuscan sun, pretending to be Dianne Lane, but without the broken down house. I stayed with friends at a beautiful villa in Pomaia, with olive orchards, wild boar (prosciutto), and enough cheese to clog arteries. But it was worth it. Italy is always a healing experience.

So when I heard about an organic vineyard whose grapes were sweeter, heartier, and more pest resistant from playing Mozart for them around-the-clock, every day, I just had to check it out.

Il Paradiso di Frassina vineyard, located in Montalcino, Italy near Sienna, is a family owned business run by DSC04832Giancarlo Cignozzi and his son, Ulisse. I got the inside scoop from Ulisse that in 1995 his father had a vision while partaking in a hallucinatory Ayahuasca ceremony in Brazil. He saw himself growing grapes to the sound of music. Both inspiration and a new vocation were born from that experience. Giancarlo ditched the corporate lawyer world of Milan and headed for Tuscany.

In 1999 he bought a Montalcino vineyard in disrepair and started experimenting with Sangiovese grapevines and music. While he admits also using composers Bach and Tchaikovsky, he found that the grapes really dug the piano and violin concertos of Mozart.

Today they call Giancarlo “the Wine Whisperer.” His serenaded grapes may be the happiest in all of Tuscany. The incredible taste of his high-priced Brunello Reserve Flauto Magico wine quickly gained recognition in some rather interesting places.

In 2005 the ortho floriculture departments at both the Universities of Florence and Pisa, proposed a collaborative research project on the effect of sound frequencies on plants of the vine. They were especially interested in how music might be a natural repellent to mold, bacteria, parasites, and grape predators. Their hunch proved correct. Certain music makes such destructive pesticides like Monsanto’s Ready Roundup totally unnecessary.

DSC04843As word spread, the Bose Corporation in the U.S. donated 100 of their best sound speakers to be placed on poles every 20 feet in the fields. Not only did the grapes grow towards the music, but the ones closest to the speakers grew bigger. Experiments revealed that plants thrive best with sound frequencies in the low 100 – 400 Hz range. To keep things scientific, they set up a control group field that didn’t get any music to see what would happen. As one might expect, those grapes were not nearly as happy or hearty.

Walking through the sunny vineyards, hearing the sound of Mozart, and inspecting the grapes is an incredible experience. You feel joyful. You want to dance under the Tuscan sun and celebrate life. I plucked lush grapes off the vine and they were sweeter than sweet. I couldn’t wait to test the vintage, which proved to be just as rewarding.

I asked Ulisse what it was like for the family and workers listening to Mozart all day long. I wondered if the “Mozart Effect” made them any happier or brighter, as some human studies have shown. Ulisse laughed and admitted that sometimes he would rather just listen to a little Jackson Browne. I guess it’s easier to make plants happier than humans.

CLICK HERE for Il Paradiso di Frassina’s website.

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Dr. Kathy Forti is a clinical psychologist, inventor of the Trinfinity8 technology, and author of the book, Fractals of God: A Psychologist’s Near-Death Experience and Journeys Into the Mystical


Discovery Channel report on Il Paradiso di Frassina (9 mins.)