PC was the the little boy in preschool who was happiest when he was drawing and coloring. He drew mountains. He drew the sun. He drew fishes, and flowers and rivers and waterfalls. He dreamt of shiny stars and swirling leaves. His teachers loved him.
“Oh he’s such a sensitive child, the other day I had a bandage around my finger and he came up and kissed it and told me I’d be fine” said one teacher.
Another laughed and remarked “Cheerful little creature. Always ready to lend a helping hand”
“And there’s wisdom too. Almost as if he’s divine, the things he says….” the Principal leaned forward to listen about the Page of Cups”
“The other day I was teaching the class about washing hands. They were standing in a queue waiting for their turn on the taps. When his turn came he soaped his hands, shut the tap and turned to me and said. “I am saving water for my children”
As the panic spreads in irrational ways across the world, as newscasters scream out the headlines, as losses rise, it’s getting harder to stay unaffected
And when I turned to my deck this morning for further answers, the cards seemed to point at healing and renewal for everyone at every level.
At first glance the spread is pointing at Historical times. We are all living in a time where nothing’s been like this before and nothing will ever stay the same again. Megachanges – be it in the form of climate disruptions, destruction of forests, extinction of many species and losses economically over the past few years have been leading upto this. The Coronavirus of 2020 will go down in history as the turning point for the world at every level – mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually.
Situation – Intuition Reversed.
When we stop listening to our instincts and allow ourselves to get drowned in the multiple voices of fear and alarm, we go into a state of paranoia. Fences go higher. And fear based behaviour takes over. People go irrational as they start fist fighting for the last bag of toilet roll, or they make claims of curing coronavirus with body fluids or start using sanitary napkins as masks. More cases of Anxiety and Depression and the effects of prolonged isolation will affect interpersonal behaviour across the world. Yes, yes we know all this.
But how do we fight this?
From inside, and here’s what has helped me deal with the info overload and I hope it helps you.
Deep breathing relieves anxiety. Try inhaling slowly to a count of 6, holding your breath and exhaling to a count of 6. Do it as an SOS or during
Limit your time watching the news and reading the forwards on social media. If it’s affecting you detox for a few days.
Spend more time with Nature. Have your coffee in the park. Tend to your houseplants. Eat more fruits with vitamin C. Keep washing your hands
Do something for a cause you believe in. Feed a hungry soul. Go beyond yourself , feel compassion.
Challenges over the next 6 months (March -September 2020) – Material and Spiritual Prosperity and Spiritual Union Reversed
Such a powerful card in a position of challenge points towards greater economic losses for industries across borders. Spending and saving habits will change. Currency rates will drop. And divisions will increase in terms of travel restrictions, trade restrictions, racism and acts of violence as multiple groups try to claim their power or assert their rights. Fear will incite extreme behaviour in individuals and communities. Again the answer is inside all of us. Identify your triggers. Take a reality check of your finances, plan expenditure wisely, detox regularly from social media and toxic people and find your space of calm. Metta meditations are beautiful and effective and involve sitting in a meditative space saying
“I am healthy. I am safe. I am at peace” then thinking of someone or some people and saying “We are healthy. We are safe. We are at peace.” help induce states of positive calm within. And raise the planetary vibrations from a space of darkness to light.
Outcome after 6 months (September 2020-September 2021) – Firm Foundation, Recognition and Renewal
Energies will reconsolidate and recalibrate. The turning point begins slowly on a positive note. More cases of Healing, Recovery. Significant advances in Medical Discoveries. New alliances between nations. More sale of weapons. renewed demands on oil. New Trade laws. Travel routes open up. Shift in School and University timings and modes of teaching. More Plant Based Diets. Establishment of new organisations in the field of health, mental health. New sources of income. Younger and younger leaders getting elected.
(This reading was completed at 1.18pm 11 March 2020 and was based on whatever I read, saw and sensed during the time of writing. )
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The Tarot gives an indication of your life as it exists in the present moment and how it is most likely to evolve based on your present patterns of belief. The insights are based on whatever energies are around you right now and if these energies change, so might the outcome. At the end of it, we as human beings do control our destiny and are responsible for our decisions. We possess supreme free will. And we must never take the pronouncements to be carved in stone.
As anxiety levels rise in our lives so must our precautions. Whether it’s the News which affects us, or the uncertainty around, it is in the knowing that “this too shall pass” which will allow us to clear these times. Our bodies too have been naturally designed to help us release built up stress and fear in the simplest and most natural manner with our breaths.
When we are stressed or afraid, our breathing is rapid and shallow. Our bodies tense up and our blood pressure increases with lesser amounts of oxygen. Some of us feel nauseous or dizzy and unable to stay still.
Conscious breathwork, or calming breath techniques offer immediate relief. Be they in the form of Pranic Breathing, Chi Breath or just simple long deep breaths which help.
Here’s what has helped me and many other over the years when the anxiety levels begin to go up.
Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.
Make yourself comfortable.
Focus on your breath. (You will be distracted by thoughts, but keep returning to your breath)
Inhale deeply extending your stomach to a count of 6.
Pause for a count of 3.
Exhale slowly, retracting your stomach to a count of 6.
Within 90 seconds a palpable difference is felt. Blood pressure normalises and a space of inner calm can be felt as your thoughts go quiet and you focus only on your breath and slowly realise this too shall pass.
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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may be denying something that’s obvious to everyone else. Pay attention to your critics – something needs changing within you and it’s about time you paid attention to the signs and signals. Travel plans may get delayed but you are going for sure, just not now. A work opportunity may open your mind to a completely different way of doing things or a whole new philosophy. Even though you are a busy bee, don’t skip meals as there may be signs of exhaustion and stress that are building up.
Taurus (Apr 20- May 20)
You don’t believe in half way measures do you dear Taurean? If you’re working, you burn the midnight oil. And if you’re partying then it’s till the wee hours. The card of moderation reminds you to bring back the balance in your life especially in matters of work and leisure. Take time out to figure out what’s truly important in your life and quit doing so much for other people. Remember relationships are about give and take and not just give- give – give.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You’ve worked hard to get where you are. And very soon, you’re going to get the recognition for it. Prepare yourself for praise and accolades. And if you were planning to take a break, hold on a little. Push yourself a little more. Don’t settle for second best. The world is about to see the best of you. You may find yourself splurging a lot more than necessary on little luxuries for yourself. Go ahead, you deserve it. Just make sure your budgets don’t go haywire.!
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Keep saying you’re confused and you’ll stay in this state. Ask for clarity, focus on getting solutions and you will find things get easier. Take a reality check, figure out what really matters and concentrate on the essentials. You may have to choose between 2 equally enticing job opportunities or 2 wonderful suitors. Who will you pick, listen to your heart and decide soon. A nagging health matter may see you taking the alternative path to healing, and seeing results.
Leo (July 23- Aug 22)
Unexpected expenses may take you by surprise. And if you were planning to revamp the house or your wardrobe, you may overspend. Avoid lending or borrowing during this period and do make sure your paperwork is organized. A colleague may see you as a threat and act suspiciously. Avoid confrontations during this period. Focus on your work and make sure you meet your deadlines. You may have to travel at a short notice or move house soon, so prepare for the unexpected.
Virgo (Aug 23- Sept 22)
The worst is over and it’s now time to brace yourself for what lies ahead. A relationship may end or a source of income may dry up. You knew it was coming, just get your Plan B in order. Even at work you may feel like the thrill is gone. Don’t quit regardless of the temptation, hang in there and figure out your options before you submit your resignation papers. Change is in the air, and now’s not the time for impulsive actions. An old friend may offer you an interesting lead or advice.
Libra (Sept 23- Oct 22)
Office politics is at play again. Someone may treat you unfairly. Or you may discover a competitive side to a colleague which you never knew existed. Brace yourself for a phase of challenges, delays and unnecessary unpleasantness. If it gets to you, work it out at the gym. Or practice deep breathing. Even in relationships your better half may get under your skin with his or her nagging. Or you may feel like taking a break from everyone and everything. Hold on. This phase shall pass. Count to 10 and you’ll handle it.
Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov21)
There’s a side of you that’s exhausted and too tired to fight. And there may another side of you that’s given up on caring. Don’t let the passionate side of you die down. Take a break. Meet some old friends. Or do something you love doing just to bring the positive energy levels up again. You cant give up now. Allow yourself some time to wallow but get back to your old self again. There’s a world out there to conquer and only you know how to do it. A good month to get your finances and paperwork sorted, a pleasant surprise may await you.
Saggitarius (Nov 22- Dec 21)
Changes at work may leave you confused and powerless for a bit. Someone else takes the reins and behaves erratically. An old colleague or employer may call you back to work for them again. And if you were planning to move to another industry this is the time for taking risks. You may have blocked your inner voice, how about seeking stillness and asking yourself what’s the best way forward.
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan19)
Things run smoothly and it’s time to be a little more generous with your time and spirit. Acknowledge everyone and be grateful for their efforts. Do your bit for the underprivileged and realize at the end of the day all of us are interdependent and connected. If you’re rising up the ladder, pull up someone less fortunate than you. If you’re learning something new, share your knowledge. The card of giving reminds us just how important it is to share.
Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18)
There may be a lot to do but if you’re going to get overwhelmed how will you do it? Approach work in a step by step manner and remember, one day at a time. Family pressures may increase and you may feel like running away. Just slow down and calm yourself. Remember obstacles are placed in front of you to test your mettle, and you will pass with flying colours. Don’t listen to anyone who says you cant do it. Just believe in yourself and keep going forward.
Pisces (Feb 19- Mar20)
You may feel like you’re too different for the rest. Or you may feel a sense of vacancy at work or in your personal life. A part of you yearns to belong, and another side of you is happy being unique. This phase shall pass dear Piscean. How about channeling the energy into something creative? Children are a source of joy and spending time with your own kids or even the kids in the neighbourhood may rejuvenate and uplift you. And if you’re beginning to wonder if it’s all so depressing, it isn’t. There may be some money coming your way. And an invitation to a social event.
Our minds are like wild beasts. Left to roam unfettered they destroy our inner peace. They take us into zone of past failures and future doom all at once. If we allow them to.
Take for example, the following states of mind which may feel familiar to a lot of us. Sometimes we don’t even realise what we’re doing.
“Yesterday was horrible. My sales have dropped. There are too many competitors and I don’t know if my company will survive the current economy.”
“We just broke up last month because he says he’s not ready to marry me. Will he come back in my life and do this again?”
“All my diets have failed what if I do fall sick with obesity tomorrow?”
The most damaging thing we can do to ourselves and our work is to live in the past and the future simultaneously with a sense of fear.
Not only does it rob us off the present moment and the potential it has to change, it leaves us in a perpetual state of anxiety. Preventing us from thinking or doing anything to improve the current state be it in our professional or our personal lives.
And the moment we become mindful of our thought patterns we begin the training process. And the fastest, most effective way to begin is to start with our breath. Something the wise ones have been telling us for thousands of years, yet we still allow our dragon thoughts to dominate our minds.
By paying attention to our breathing we train our minds to return to the present moment, where all is safe and all is achievable. This is the place where we begin again. And it is in this moment where we conquer our inner dragons of anxiety, fear and hopelessness.
“The breath is the King of the Mind” BKS Iyengar
Daily mindfulness of our thoughts allows us to become aware of our thinking patterns and bring us back to what is most precious and pure in all of us, our breaths. Our breaths are the pathway to inner peace. Find time, make time to breathe yourself into the here and the now. Where everything can be viewed calmly and most importantly, with a sense of hope.
The cards seemed to nod and assured her he still loved her.
“When will he return?”
The card of Patience loomed large. It could take several weeks or months for him to realise just how much she meant to him. And he would need some time and space to actually understand his own heart. Let him be. Let him explore his own heart and soul and realise that you are the one.
“Whatttt???? Why can’t he hurry up?????”
The cards chose to be silent, and in the background crooned Phil Collins.
“You can’t hurry love No, you’ll just have to wait She said “love don’t come easy But it’s a game of give and take” You can’t hurry love, no you’ll just have to wait“
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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
It’s all about compromise this month- giving in is essential to any relationship, and though at times it may appear to be a difficult pill to swallow, it helps a relationship to grow. You may find that you need to open your mind to changes around you. Confront your own difficulties Steer clear of malicious gossip and power plays both at work and in your personal life. Watch your temper, before you attack others, consider the consequences of your actions. Someone may treat you unfairly but it would be pointless to speak up at this point. Lie low, listen to the others perspective and understand that this is only temporary.
Taurus(Apr 20- May 20)
Take a break the cards guide you. If you’ve been working too hard and have been neglecting your or your family’s needs, take a step back and take it easy for a short while. Worry is simply a waste of energy and it’s best to go with the flow and live in the present moment. Expect delays, procrastinations and non committal people in the work place. Put your daily concerns to one side and concentrate on calming your mind and restoring your energy levels. If you’re facing problems with a loved one, perhaps it would be wise to leave the subject of dispute for a while or take a break and focus on other things. Financially things get better (but only after you let go!)
Gemini(May 21 – June 20)
If Life has been chaotic of late, just remember the worst is over. Somewhere in the turbulence of the past few weeks, you’ve learnt to understand that nothing and no one can be taken for granted. Things gradually get better this month as you find your attitude changing towards people and circumstances that are truly beyond your control. Prepare yourself for minor upheavals in the work front but also be confident knowing that you can handle it. Financially a month of gains with the promise of more.
Cancer(June 21 – July 22)
Time to take stock. Pause and look back at your achievements and your goals. Re-evaluate your life and let go of relationships and situations that no longer help your growth. Rethink your plans and prioritise your life accordingly. A good time to ask yourself how much satisfaction are you getting out of your education, career and relationships and make the necessary changes required to improve things. Singles may find a friend disclosing feelings for you, and married couples may renew bonds of commitment and love. A time for positive, constructive change, realize that if you want happiness it may be time to modify and readapt, give up or walk away.
Leo(July 23- Aug 22)
A time of increased activity is in store for you this month, starting new projects, a new career, beginning new relationships. In your rush to do new things, don’t be hasty. Be sure to check things out carefully before proceeding, impulsiveness could cost you a lot more than you think. Travel is on the cards along with sudden plans, decisions and even sudden cancellations of plans. Expect the unexpected, expect speed and don’t forget to pause before you rush into things. Singles may discover a relationship suddenly taking a turn for the better or worse, and married couples may find a sudden disclosure changes the balance of things.
Virgo(Aug 23- Sept 22)
You may find that you’ve been doing too much for others, taking on more responsibilities than necessary and are simply wearing out. Set clear boundaries around yourself about what you can do and what you cannot do for loved ones and people at work. Are you giving more of yourself than is humanly possible? The cards guide you to take time out for yourself and set your priorities. Learn to say No to people who waste your time and energy and take out some quiet time for yourself. Single people may find themselves so bogged down at work that there’s no time for play. If married, you or your mate may be overworked and simply too tired. Relax, learn to meditate and remember it’s okay to say No.
Libra(Sept 23- Oct 22)
One moment you’re on top of the world in love with one and all, and in other moments you may wish to hide and not interact at all. Take a good hard look around you and do view things objectively. Not everything is as it seems, and before you rush off to plan or fantasize, assess your current options. Go beyond face value and promises and let actions speak for themselves. Don’t allow yourself to get lulled into a false sense of security. Expect results towards the end of February.
Scorpio(Oct 23- Nov21)
Nostalgia reigns supreme. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reminiscing about an old flame or suddenly bumping into a familiar face again. Workwise, an old colleague or an acquaintance may propose an enticing idea. Or you may get a call from your old office. And personally, expect either a family reunion or a letter or phone call from a family member you haven’t met in years. Single Scorpios may have a last fling with an exflame and those married may be wishing for their old single days again or missing an old love. Watch your tendency to go overboard with expenses.
Saggitarius(Nov 22- Dec 21)
Too much of a good thing is not a good thing ! The card of balance appears reminding you not to go overboard with excess – be it in terms of work, food, drink, anything. Establish boundaries with those who take you for granted, and decide for yourself just how much is worth giving and how much is worth keeping. Remember, balance is your key. A recurring health ailment may flare up again so watch your lifestyle. At the workplace you may find yourself swinging between days of little or no work and days when you’ll be putting in 18 hours non stop. Strive for balance this month before it takes its toll on you.
Capricon (Dec 22-Jan19)
Things are changing, just when you thought they wouldn’t. Now’s the time to put all your ideas into action, and do all the things you’d dreamed about. Action, energy, dynamism and verve are keywords for you this month. Don’t be surprised if you find your magnetic energy and intensity attracting a few admirers either. Who can resist someone who’s definitely on their way upward and onward? Expect to receive a lot of messages, be prepared to pack your bags in a moments notice and have your Plan B ready. A hectic, haywire, exciting month for singles who may suddenly find themselves admiring a number of people or being the object of affection of many. You are loved for being the special soul that you are:)
Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18)
Trust becomes the issue of the month for Aquarians. Be it trusting your gut, or learning to trust again in your relationships. With this card expect a number of incidents cropping up in your life based around the issue of trust. And remember while you’re trying to figure out who can you trust and how much, the Universe trusts that you will make the right choice and do the right thing. Believe in yourself, listen to your inner voice. If you feel someone doesn’t quite appear what they seem, or is promising a little too much, listen to your gut. Singles and couples may find differences of opinion with their loved ones getting too much to bear and the cards guide you to take a break and look at things objectively for a bit. Be careful in financial dealings, don’t let anyone sweet talk you with promises.
Pisces(Feb 19- Mar20)
The worst is over and things become a little better.. Hope and healing is in your hands. The more you cling to the negative memories, the more power you give them over you. Positive changes begin when you believe they will happen. A very productive month for start ups and students, your hard work will pay off in the long run. Burn off excess nervous energy with exercise. A love affair is about to begin if you allow it. It doesn’t guarantee forever but it may just be the adventure your soul needs.