Monday, December 31, 2012

So excited for a new year! Love the change of energy.  Find out more about me at 

Consider this as a personal invitation to join me on a marvelous and magical mystical tour of Egypt from September 27th through October 11th, 2013. It is going to be amazing. We will have alone time for spiritual meditation and ceremony at the sites.  Give yourself this gift this year!

Also check out my January and February offerings on my website. I can work on skype or phone if you can't make a class or session in person. I send love and light to each person who takes the time to visit this blog. I am very grateful for your support and interest.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sharlyn's Newsletter # 9

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Sharlyn Hidalgo’s Newsletter # 9, December, 2012

Announcing my next trip to Egypt:
September 27th – October 11th, 2013. I am so excited to be able to offer this trip again. We will have private time at the Sphinx, the Temple of Isis at Philae Island, the Temple of Edfu, and a final private culminating ceremony within the Great Pyramid.  We will travel down the Nile on a luxurious boat made especially for spiritual journeys that has room for 16. This is really a trip of a life time. Email me at or go to my website at for more information.

Tree Readings by skype or phone or in person:
I will check in with the trees and share a message for you.  Do you have a pertinent question or concern? $25.00

Give a holiday gift of a Tarot Reading or Astrology Update:
Tarot: $55 special (usually $80), Astrology$75 special (usually $100) These can be done in person, by phone, or via skype.

New classes are to be announced in January
The Luis Rowan Month:
I am experiencing life these days as a free fall. I find little footing for grounding. It is almost as if I am forced to practice hovering, and moving through things via flying versus being planted upon the earth as I am used to. There is so much change and so much information, the best I can do is to know that it is not a time that I can land. Hovering is a skill that feels difficult until you’ve had quite a bit of practice.
The featured tree is the Luis (loo-ish or l’weesh) Rowan. The Rowan is a great tree for astral travel and setting some time aside for ecstasy.  It’s time to read or write poetry, paint a picture, listen to music, sing, or gather together in ritual. Light a candle and take time to be in the silence.  It is also the time to seek counsel or guidance and use your divination tools.
This tree can grow on the sides of mountains and can sprout in crevices and other unlikely places. Her teaching by example is to not give up when obstacles block our growth; she says keep going and don’t give up.  She represents our indomitable life force.  Interacting with the healing energies of this tree strengthens our positive life energies and encourages our desire to use our personal power for creating good things in the world. She encourages enthusiasm and the creative pursuit of our goals.
Her totems are the horse and the centaur Chiron, the wounded healer.  Ask Chiron to help you understand your body symptoms. They may actually be a message.
Rowan rules over the portal of December and the astrological sign of Sagittarius which is ruled by the lucky and enthusiastic planet Jupiter. Rowan also offers a strong protective energy.  Give the Rowan a blast of your gratitude. I love this beautiful little tree and I hope that you will go out and make friends with her.
Here is a story I wrote about the Rowan that is in my new book: Ceremonies and Stories to Accompany the Healing Power of Trees. I will be self-publishing this book.
When I began my tree studies, I would seek out each tree in the Celtic Tree Calendar and sit with it, draw it, gather its leaves and branches, and intuit its teachings.  But when it came to Rowan, I didn't know what one looked like.  I looked the tree up in the library and in my encyclopedia (before the days of the internet), so I had a general idea of what I was looking for.  I looked as I walked, and as I drove, but I just couldn't seem to find one.  I had a clear picture of the distinct leaf pattern, and the little red or orange berries with the pentacle at the puckered end.  I was on the hunt, but I was frustrated.  I looked and looked without success.
One day I was in the backyard wondering where I was going to find a Rowan tree.  I then noticed a tree that had leaves and berries just like Rowan.  Then it hit me!  Here was a Rowan, right in my own backyard.  Here was such a lesson.  One can look far and wide, but what one seeks, can only be found close to home, i.e. in myself! 
The little tree in my yard shared much with me.  I have had lots of talks with my Rowan.  But usually she reminds me that the answers are within myself.  The magic of finding her in my yard was so delightful and so unexpected.  She has indeed charmed me, and encouraged me to believe in miracles and to include the mystery and magical in everything I do.  She reminds me that astral travel is possible not only in my dreams, but when I take the time to meditate or go within. 
There are many dimensions, and guides and helpers.  In meditation I picture my Rowan tree and I always hail the horse of my astral travels, and the centaur Chiron.  Chiron reminds me that my body is holy. He is forever providing me wisdom through my body if I will just listen.  The berries of the Rowan with their little pentacles of protection remind me that it is a blessing to be in a body upon this planet at this time.  I give great thanks for winter, the wisdom of my body, for the wisdom of the ancients, and for the teachings of Gaia and her trees. I am ever grateful to the little Rowan tree that was right in my own backyard.
I send holiday greetings to each and every one of you and am so grateful for your interest and support. Best, Sharlyn

Monday, July 9, 2012

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My Newsletter # 8: June 2012
So glad to meet with you again and catch up. I got home at the end of May from leading my first tour to Egypt exploring the mysteries of ancient Egypt. I traveled with 13 others and we had a most glorious time. There is no place like it for stepping into mystical experiences that open the heart and offer rebirth, renewal, and a grand change in perspective. We had a chance to do ceremony and meditation in many of the temples privately while we traveled on a most luxurious dahabeya (sailing ship) called the Afandina. Sailing the Nile and attending to your own inner journey while visiting the ancient sites of Egypt is indeed a trip of a life time. I will be traveling again in the fall of 2013 so let me know if you are interested.

I find the Egyptian Mystery School to be similar to the Celtic Mystery School in that unity or oneness is broken down in to separate principles. In Egypt the deities represent these principles, and in the Celtic, the tree dyads represent them. But what is true is that the teachings, nature, humans, and the divine are meant to work together and to create love, peace, forgiveness, and to participate in potentiality and possibility.

Coll Hazel: The portal period of this summer month is ruled by the Hazel tree which shares this portal with the Quert Apple tree. This period runs from June 13th to July 10th.  Heather and the Mistletoe also participate in this period as plants that represents the summer solstice on June 20th.

The main message for Hazel is inspired wisdom of the heart. Hazel offers truth and higher perspective and guidance. This is a time to demonstrate our gratitude for the abundance of Mother Earth as we see the growth in all that has been planted. The sun is at its zentith and the days of sunlight are the longest. It is the time to claim and pat ourselves on the back for our own growth.  It is also a time to be creative: write in your journal, write poetry, sing, dance, create art, or paricipate in a craft or something in which you can express your creativity. Get out in nature and allow her power to support you and heal you. Spend some time out at night under the light of the moon. Under the sign of Cancer the family is emphasized as is showing reverence and respect for your own intuiion. Seek the council of Merlin or Thoth in your own meditation.

The apple tree symbolizes fruitfullness and fulfillment. Again we are asked to give gratitude for the bounty that Gaia shares with us. She is all about the fairies, magic, and the Isle of Avalon that so honored the Goddess who represents unconditional love and acceptance and understanding. Sit under an apple tree, close your eyes and simply breathe deeply and notice what you notice. This is done with grace and ease, no pushing for something to happen. Often we are led into a trance state where the fairies, or the Goddess spend time with us and offer us their perspective, their joy, and their wisdom.

Muin Vine: Vine rules from July 11th to August 7th. We have August 1, or Llamas to celebrate during this period which is the celebration of the beginning of the harvest and is known as the Day of the First Bread.  This portal is all about the celebration of the fulfillment of summer and the sun. It is a time of social expansion, coming together to celebrate and share food and drink. The mother aspect of the Goddess is forefront. This is a time of theatre, storytelling, dramatics, and performance. Take time to think about what you have brought to fullness and what you are grateful for in your life.

Gort Ivy: Ivy rules from August 8th to September 4th. This portal represents our ability to keep reaching for the light, and the fact that we are constantly moving in a spiral direction upward in consciousness; that this is our nature, as it is the nature of ivy. When we find ourselves in a difficult situation, we are reminded that is but another round of growth and that it is our nature to keep growing.  We are also encouraged to take the journey into the labyrinth of our own souls, our inner life, and our own mystery. Take some time for inner reflection. Spend some time in silence.

If you are interested is a tree session please email me at and give me your skype number.

You can read more about this on my website at  My classes will begin again in the fall so let me know what you are interested in. Lots of love and light to each of you and thank you for your interest and support! And happy summer! Sharlyn

Monday, February 20, 2012

Newsletter #7 from Alchemical Healing Arts & Sharlyn Hidalgo February 2012

I know it isn’t spring yet but I sure am looking forward to it. The sky is cloudy today and the rain falls in a soft drizzle. I am looking forward to seeing the sun again! Right now we are under the influence of the Nuin Ash Tree. Its portal falls from February 21st until March 20th. We are also under the influence of Pisces. There are many planets and asteroids that fall in the sign of Pisces at this time this year: Neptune, the moon, the sun, Pallas Athena (the daughter archetype, wisdom) , Chiron (the wounded healer) , Mercury, and Vesta (the sister archetype, service). Neptune has just entered her home sign, and she will be in Pisces until 2025. So that in itself is a double measure of Pisces. You could say that it is raining Pisces! Pisces is a water sign after all. Pisces is all about spirit, community, forgiveness, oneness, love, and compassion. Its darker side speaks to fears, escapism, and addiction processes.

Pisces is certainly emphasized for all of us right now. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your head is in the clouds and it is hard to stay focused on tasks or details. We are clearly being influenced by Piscean energy, and it is easier to communicate with the subtle realms. Many of us feel more psychic and impressionable, and many are receiving cosmic downloads of all kinds. Try to make some time for a relaxing bath, or a good read, or a gentle walk in nature. It is a good time to listen to music and to create something. Rest and quite time is a good remedy for that feeling of being too sensitive and perhaps overwhelmed by the energies of others. Pay attention to your dreams and write them down if you can. We can all feel that we are changing and that we are becoming more united, more global, and more cosmic. Unity consciousness is bringing more of us together who desire peace and are willing to work on ourselves, rather than blame or hate others. And yet we are still willing to hold those who choose to defraud or harm the public good accountable. We are uniting together for the good of all.

The message of the Ash tree is similar to the message of Pisces. It was the 3 Meliae, the nymphs of creative feminine wisdom, who gave Odin the Norse god the gift of the runes after he hung from the world tree for 9 days; this was his dark night of the soul. Their message being all dark nights of the soul eventually end, and great gifts are promised if we can "just hang in there" (please excuse the pun.) We will gain a more soulful connection to life that. We gain more compassion, understanding, and often are given the gift of healing.

If we all can sit under the metaphoric world tree, we can connect to every single being on the planet and every single living plant and animal. We can feel the unity of life under this tree that loves and supports us. We are enlivened by the subtle life force energy. We are imbued with the wisdom of nature, and awed by the incalculable complexity and beauty of all existence on our planet. We can’t help but feel gratitude for this gift, and for its amazing diversity. Just thinking that every snow flake is made of a different intricate and delicate design is enough to blow your mind, but then think of the whole web of existence. Take a moment to sit under your own sacred tree at the center of your heart. Take a moment to meditate on the holly ground within yourself. Allow the balm of your own central tree of love, compassion, and understanding to infuse you; allow her to listen to you and to answer you.

This seems an appropriate place to share a thought from my book The Healing Power of Trees. "Never think you are one tiny, inconsequential speck of life without power and purpose. When you turn away from lies and hurtful, self-hating programming ad begin to live from your inner fire and inspiration, you affect everything in this world including other people. Ash offers you a guide for how to accomplish this." (80) For those of you who have my book, it is a great time to reread the Ash chapter. The guidance that she offers, simply put, is that if we but can accept the difficulties and problems in our lives as teachers, we stop resisting their lessons. It is often the challenges that we are faced with that force us to look more deeply inside, and to make a deeper connection with spirit. This is just the way we are, and this is just the way life in this dimension seems to be. When things go wrong, we are encouraged to ask for help, and we just may listen to that small wise voice within, which is our true guide. We all have one for sure.

"When you feel alone, isolated, or overwhelmed, call forth Ash’s energy. Imagine yourself sitting under her tall umbrella of branches and leaves, with your back leaning against her firm trunk. Feel her strong roots connecting you to the earth, feel the trunk supporting your body and feel her branches and leaves stretching up to sky and the cosmos. You were made this way too, and this tree will connect you to a body sense of knowing that you are part of the whole and that you are never alone.

When you feel fate is going in the wrong direction, travel to your central tree and invite the three fates to sit in counsel with you. Tell them your concerns and negotiate strategies for new outcomes. Be open to their counsel as they are the representatives of your own wisdom, intuition, and knowing." (86, 87) Blesses be to the power and teaching of the Ash and her portal.

As for myself right now, I am working on the final edits of my new book entitled Mohamed Nazmy: Love is my Religion, The Mysteries of Egypt, Spiritual Travel, and a Vision for Peace. I hope to have it competed in March. As many of you know, I have been working on this for over a year and a half and I will be so excited to share it with you when it is complete. Mohamed owns Quest Travel in Egypt and he runs the spiritual tours for many famous new thought teachers and authors. He has become such a powerful catalyst and mentor in my life and I credit this to his open hearted love, his humor and laughter, and his joy of sharing Egypt. And then at the end of April I will travel to Egypt and lead my first tour there. So I am very excited and enthralled with these two big projects. Even so, at my heart I am a Celtic girl, and nature, the British Isles, and the trees are my loves.

When I return at the end of May I am thinking of offering an individualized apprenticeship program so that I can act as a mentor for a few people who want to study the Celtic mysteries in depth and take on the practice. I would also help you apply these teachings to your daily life, your challenges, and your aspirations. I will include information about the Wheel of the Year, teach you the ceremonies and rituals associated with the holidays, and share the tree teachings so that you too can teach others about this rich heritage. So if you are interested in an apprenticeship, let me know. I believe we would need to work once a month for an hour or so, with homework in between, for a year, with a final ceremony at the end. I am thinking of working via skype which makes it very easy for you if you do not live in the area.

I will be doing a talk on the spring trees on May 30th, Wednesday, at 7 pm at the East/West Bookshop in Seattle. I will just be home from Egypt, and will share a bit about the trip as well. So if you live in the area I would love to have you come.

So I send you blessing for the end of winter, and the beginning of spring on the 21st of March when we begin the teachings of the Hawthorn Tree. It isn’t that far away. The crocuses and the daffodils are shooting up out of the ground already. May the muses bring you light and laughter and encourage you to play. Make music, draw pictures, build fairy houses, have some light hearted fun…. Keep your heart as light as a feather and don’t believe the thoughts that take you places you don’t want to go.

I have enjoyed sitting under the cosmic tree with you where there is so much love, acceptance, and spaciousness; there’s room for us all and for all the fauna and flora too! Nature is alive and my, what a world of wonder we have been gifted. Keep the magic alive no matter what!
Blessings, Sharlyn Louise