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"Lara is a fantastic listener and thinker, someone I definitely turn to for her insight, empathy and compassion. I am humbled and proud to have her in my corner as a colleague and friend." ~Elyse

"You have no idea how grateful I am for your guidance and the fact that I feel such a strong trust in you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!" ~Dineen

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About Lara

So, who am I... and how can that help you? 

The short answer is, I’m a woman who’s learned a whole ton about how to navigate through the chaos that is being human, and I’d love to help you do the same.  After years of trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me, I cried tears of sweet relief, when I finally realized that my soul had been trying to get my attention for decades, and to my detriment, I'd been ignoring it.  

Never. Again.

Now, my soul and I are besties.  Because I KNOW it will never steer me wrong.  Now, every single day I practice courage, while simultaneously being terrified, because my soul is a brave one, and so is yours.  I know you're capable of re-connecting with your soul, healing your heart, and being who you really are, too.  I also know, without a doubt, that we’re all in this together, even if it doesn't always seem that way.  To feel free to be who we truly are, to feel empowered, and connected to our tribe, isn't that what we all really want, if we're being honest with ourselves?  

Soul Liberation!

The longer answer is…

Well, that’s a loaded question!  Really, who can define themselves in just a few sentences, or even a couple of paragraphs?  This whole being human thing is super complicated, and ever evolving.  But, because I like you, and because I hope that hearing a little bit more about my story will encourage you, and make you feel less alone, I’ll give it a try…

I’m a lot of the same things many people are – wife, mom, sister, daughter.  Even those things aren’t always as simple as they sound though, right?  I've got a ton of childhood/past life/present life baggage (like many of you), that I've worked my butt off to move through.  Sometimes, it still trips me up, because I'm human.  

I’m a certified teacher, who taught elementary school for about 10 years, an astrologer, a writer, and a certified life coach.  I also write a blog, when I'm inspired to, because writing is super cheap therapy.  Sometimes, I create and teach workshops and classes online or in person, and I have a YouTube Channel.

I went to school for a crazy long time, and have never really stopped.  I have a voracious appetite for learning.  My middle name is, Curious.  Okay, it’s Lynne, but that makes me sound like a country singer, and really, I’m a little more rock and roll.  Anyhow, I managed to earn a few degrees – the one I like to tell people about is my B.A. in Anthropology, it was hands down my favourite, and resonated most deeply.  I also have degrees in Political Science and Education, and most of an M.A. in Human Development (That's a long story - but mostly it involves me realizing that I was totally completely miserable, and my computer crashing resulting in the loss of my thesis... coincidence?  I think not).

I kind of consider all of that stuff, plus the fact that I’ve had too many jobs to count, the more practical side of who I am.

Here’s where things get more interesting...

I’m intuitive and an empath, someone who feels ALL the feels – (my own, yours, and everyone else’s).  If I'm being honest, I sometimes feel weird about calling myself an empath or intuitive because it seems to be a term that is waaay over-used these days.  But, the truth is the truth.  I was born this way.  Which has been both a blessing and a curse.

This whole being an energy/feeling sponge thing, caused me a lot of grief, anxiety, and several mystery/chronic illnesses in my childhood, right up until my 30s, when I went through a very dark night of the soul.  That experience prompted me to really start learning more about energy, alternative healing, and the occult (which just means, hidden knowledge).  I finally started acknowledging, that the ‘mystical’ stuff I had experienced, and been fascinated with (but kept mostly quiet about) since I was a kid, wasn’t just fluff, coincidence, or party tricks, but is as real and valid (maybe even more so) as the stuff they teach in school.  Incidentally, I'm o.k. if you call me a Witch too.  I'll totally own that label

Over the last couple of decades or so, through immersing myself in a ton of teachings, trainings, and practices (including mindfulness meditation, medical intuition, reiki, homeopathy, yoga, tarot, magic, psychotherapy, and astrology), and going through some really difficult personal situations, I’ve learned to let go of a whole lot of baggage, and to embrace, and hone my gift of feeling all the feels.  I now consider it a kind of superpower, that I prefer to use for good. 

Truthfully, being a super-feeler can get downright exhausting, even overwhelming.  As a result, self-care has become something I’ve had to cultivate for my own sanity, and self-preservation, and because my family likes me a lot more when I’m not a tired, moody, raving lunatic. Also, if you're going to offer yourself up to people in the way I do, you can't truly be of service, unless you're willing to do the work on yourself, and keep yourself in an optimal state of wellness. After decades on this spiritual path, I continue to do the work on myself, because if we're being honest, there is always work to do! 1353 web.Chair handonchin

I'm a practitioner of Evolutionary & Transformational Astrology.  I've had an affinity for astrology since I was a kid, but began more in depth study later in life.  I began studying on my own, then took classes locally.  I've also completed courses through the School of Witchery, and studied under the brilliant astrologer, psychotherapist, and author, Mark Jones.  I've earned a certificate of completion, for the Transformational Astrology Foundations Course, through his Pluto School Tuition Program, and Astrology University. I began using this profound form of practical magic in my work with clients, because of the healing impact it’s had on my own life. 

I also use tarot, and have studied informally on my own, and formally through the School of Witchery.  Tarot is an old and most powerful means of tapping into higher wisdom, and has been another validating and healing tool in my own life. 

I'm a Pisces Sun and Virgo Rising.  I've always been a feet firmly planted on the ground, head in the clouds kind of girl.  Half submersed in earthly, practical reality, and half floating in the mystical realms.  I'm a realist, who believes wholeheartedly in magic.  This is how I approach the work I do with people.  

I guess the last thing I think you should know about me is that I have an intense relationship with truth, as both a seeker, and a teller. I have a finely tuned bullshit detector. It’s authenticity or bust for this girl! This in part, is a function of my Moon in Scorpio. 

If it’s not true or authentic, I know it, and I get physically uncomfortable, which makes it really hard to be around certain people, and situations.  I sometimes feel like that kid in the story, The Emperor’s New Clothes.  You know the one where the guy is naked, and everyone is afraid to say anything, but the kid is like, ‘Um…Seriously?  Are we all gonna just stand here and pretend this isn’t happening?’  Yeah, that’s me.

Which is partly why I had chronic stomach issues, and some other kooky stuff growing up.  I spent a lot of energy trying to ignore, or numb out, my intuition.  The mind/body/soul connection is a powerful thing!  I was around people and situations that weren't always, shall we say, aligned with the truth. Now as an adult, when people are evading the truth in their actions or words (even if they don’t mean to, or aren't conscious of it themselves), my Spidey senses start firing like a boss.  Sometimes, I have to bite my tongue hard, and take lots of deep breaths to prevent myself from calling bullshit, when it’s just not appropriate or worth it.  Other times, I have to walk away for the higher good.  Setting boundaries like a ninja, allows me to keep my heart open.  Sounds like a contradiction, but really, it's just one more form of practical magic.

There's a bunch more stuff I could tell you.  Life's complicated right?  It's never a straight line.  If you're really curious, you'll find out more on my blog. This post is a good place to start, and will give you a pretty clear picture of the lowest low I bounced back from.  This one will tell you more than you ever wanted to know. 

Thanks for taking the time to read all this!  I'd love to help you with whatever you're going through. I know from experience that sometimes we all need a little help!  If that sounds like something you're interested in, check out my Offerings  

Shine On Brave Soul!

xo Lara

This Week's Witchy Wednesday!

Witchy Wednesday - Astrology for Nov 27-Dec 3, 2019

Neptune Direct, Jupiter into Capricorn - Clarity, Truth and Mastering Joy

We are still in the thick of Sagittarius Season, but there is big Capricorn energy heading our way.  Jupiter will be exiting its home sign of Sagittarius on Dec 2nd and entering the mature, responsible, determined, authoritative and masterful energy of Capricorn.  At its best, this is an opportunity to take the wisdom and truth we've gained through Jupiter in Sagittarius, and apply it to our reality (Jupiter in Capricorn).  We are being given the chance to grow something beautiful with deep, strong roots and hardy, fruitful branches over this next year.  With everything, the results depend on how we choose to exercise our free will. 

In other big news, Neptune stationed direct today allowing us to gain more clarity, to see the outward manifestation of whatever has been brewing internally for us over the retrograde in regards to Neptunian themes - spirituality, inspiration, humanitarian causes, compassion, empathy, intuition, boundaries, illusions, creativity, dreams.