If you were beginning to feel bored and stagnant, the week ahead promises a few hasty energy shifts until the 27th of September when Mercury goes retrograde (more on than later) Expect increased activity, starting new projects and even new relationships. One tip, do check out things before proceeding hastily. One reckless mistake and it could block your future happiness. You may start shedding a lot of baggage as well from the past, literally as in decluttering your possessions or emotionally as you release a painful memory from your past once and for all and heave a sigh of relief. Old suppressed emotions may reveal themselves as bouts of irritation or even an explosion so do be mindful about lashing out at someone who had nothing to do with the matter. Keywords for the week ahead are assertive action, pausing before you lash out, overcoming obstacles with one swift action.
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Feeling spacy? Can’t stop thinking about someone or something? Drained by a toxic environment? Lost in social media? Feeling disconnected from loved ones? Or just feeling lethargic by this whole pandemic?
One simple and effective way to cope is with Grounding. And its name suggests it’s got to do with coming back to the ground.
An age old set of techniques trusted by therapists and healers for centuries, grounding allows you to reconnect with yourself, release stress and most importantly, allow Mother Nature to heal you. For best results, grounding needs to be practiced at least a few times a week for 20-30 minutes.
Here are a 3 of my favourite techniques that offer relief:
Walking Barefoot on Earth releases free radicals and stress from the body into the Earth and at a physical level lessens muscle tension and stress. Reflexology, Yoga and Naturopathy have stressed the multiple benefits of walking barefoot on grass for a few minutes daily stating that not only does it help relieve stress, it promotes better sleep, reduces inflammation, regulates the functioning of the body organs and leaves you feeling so good to be outdoors walking under the sky and the sunshine. And if you can’t find time to go outdoors, even working with earth doing activities like gardening and pottery help regain a sense of perspective and inner knowing.
Meditate with Healing Crystals like Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Banded Agate and Pyrite. These stones not only reduce confusion and lessen the negativity, they also help balance our moods and bring us back to a practical, sense of reality. Do remember to cleanse and energize your crystals before use and cleanse them after.
Breathe & Stretch remain my favourite ways to ground. There are many techniques for deep breathing, and personally I have found the 636 (breathe in to 6, hold for 3, exhale for 6)and the Box (inhale to a count of 4, hold for 4, exhale for a count of 4)method of breathwork have helped bring calm within seconds. Stretching and accupressure releases pent up tension and helps better sleep.
From improving blood circulation, easing pains and restoring a sense of clarity and connectedness, grounding is one healing technique with zero side effects, best done regularly.
Tarot in India has come a long long way since my newbie days of 2003 when it was considered to be a fad – Western substitute to Vedic Astrology. Today it is widely accepted as not just an alternative tool of divination but one of self discovery, self empowerment and guidance.
While cleaning up my files in my laptop I came across this memory from January 2004. I had been invited to give a talk on “Tarot FAQs” at a bookshop in Gurgaon. Just completed 5 years of studying Tarot and had recently gone professional in August 2003. Back then, awareness was scant, and the audience was curious, engaging and eager to learn.
Till 2002-3, people had been mainly exposed to traditional forms Vedic Astrology or Numerology and exposure was limited to television. The Tarot was a new and Western concept to people used to planetary movement and Lal Kitab remedies. It spoke of self empowerment, self love and being the master of our destiny, rather than blaming our misery entirely on fate, karma or the stars Tarot began with taking responsibility for our own lives and our choices and free will.
This deck of European cards was based not on the skies and the stars but the present moment. “What do you need to understand right now?” kind of question that would empower the querent with information.
These 78 cards lay between the querent and the reader. The Tarot was not passive, it was interactive. It depended on questions, answers, discussions and dialogue between the humans. The Tarot Reader was only an interpretor of symbols, images and messages that lie embedded in the cards and the querent sought answers through dialogue. Nothing sombre nothing grim. Never was and never will be.
From the 14th century to beyond. Today as I look back nearly 2 decades I see how truly adaptive and contemporary the Tarot is. And why it’s been such a source of intrigue and fascination since the medieval times. Many of the questions asked remain timeless – questions about love, loss, karma, money but the context has changed as we humans have evolved. And the philosophy of taking responsibility of our own lives, being in the present moment and shaping the future we want, remains eternal and intrinsic to the Tarot. I’m grateful for all that I’ve learnt from the decks and all the seekers who have come for sessions down the 18 years, simply a dot in time for this 800 year old timeless tool of discovery. May the Tarot continue to empower and inspire for centuries to come.
Have you heard the old adage “There is no I in Team” and “Two Heads are better than one” that stress on the importance of stepping out of ourselves as individual entities and focusing on our part in the whole unit. A critical part of growth on our journeys is collaboration and cooperation. Be it in the family, in our neighbourhood, in our offices. Together we can, and we should. And that’s when wonderful things begin to happen.
The week ahead highlights that some things cannot be done alone. We will need to rely on the capable shoulders of another – be it professionally or personally. Instead of asking for help, help another, brainstorm and pool together to create something better.
Alliances, mergers, teamwork and coalitions may be planned, initiated or launched – a trend that will continue way until 2024. Even on the global arena, announcements will be made to collaborate across borders, new alliances may be formed politically, economically or strategically to tackle the threat of international terrorism and climate change, speak out for human rights and the rights of marginalised communities. Pooling talent and ideas creatively for the greater good across borders by way of film, music and art. The Pandemic has made us realise we’re all in this together and by working together, we can create a better future for our children. And though our generation may only witness the wee beginnings of positive change, the cards foretell eventual peace for the next Age/Cycle.
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Despite the stresses and strains, family problems and work problems, the cards remind you that you will find the courage to carry on. When you recognise there is a reason behind all of this, you learn to overcome adversity with wisdom and patience. Look the areas of your life where you find your true strength. You do have the drive and energy to overcome current obstacles. And if you’re tired of doing it alone, ask others to help.
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If the thought of waking up for work makes your head all cloudy, your soul may be telling you something. If you’ve been feeling like it’s time you did something totally different, the Tarot nudges you to not take your thoughts lightly. Pay attention the signals your soul’s been giving you. A change in career? A long study leave? Launching your own start up? Everything is a possibility until you decide, and take the requisite action. What stops you?
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A time to pause and think about all the sacrifices of our earlier generations who fought for our generation and the future. If it wasn’t for them would we be here, connecting like this?
Freedom is a right but denied to many. May we never take it for granted, or abuse it.
The week ahead promises a different kind of growth for all of us. The growth that comes from helping yourself with one hand and using the other hand to lift someone else up. The cards remind us that it isn’t all about me first, it’s me as well. The boss cannot grow if he gets threatened by his team and stunts their growth? The entrepreneur cannot expand if he does not give back his profits keeping the larger interest in mind. The more you give of yourself, your energy, your time the more you receive. As the wise ones have taught us, no man is an island, and the happiness we get from giving others is irreplaceable. I’m sure our forefathers who fought for our Independence will agree.
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Does your eye always go to the purple outfits in your wardrobe? Or do you find yourself reaching out for Amethyst, Purple Agate or Violet Kunzite? Are the accents in your room in Purple? Or you find yourself buying violets or purple flowers? According the the science of Colour Healing, Psychological studies and even Metaphysics, the colour you are most drawn to reflects much more than aesthetic. Your choice of colour can reflect your state of mind, your subconscious affinity, your spirituality and even an area which may need healing.
Colour affects us all the time in some way or other; from the colours we dress to enhance our image, in the way we decorate our homes and offices and can make us feel better, happy, or have a depressing affect on us. Purple as a colour is truly the colour of higher consciousness and tranquility. If you find yourself getting drawn to all shades of purple know that you’re calling is higher.
Of late, one of the recurring themes in most of my sessions has been the disappointment people feel when they discover the true faces of their so called friends and families. People who they thought they could trust, turning their backs on them or revealing their truest intentions.
“I realised she only contacted me when she wanted a favor for herself or her family. Never a hello, how are you. Always can you do this for me? Always”
“She was cheating on me during the lockdown and when I caught her, she said I deserved it”
“I thought he loved me but after he started complaining with his family about the insufficient gifts he received during the marriage, I realised just who he was”
“I called him to tell him about my family getting Covid. He never called me after that. I thought he cared”
“Even when my Boss said no, I pushed to hire that guy in my team. Little did I know he’d play dirty on me and leave me jobless”
The sense of betrayal and hurt they face is palpable and their statements ring true for all of us, as at some point we’ve all seen the glimpse of people’s true faces. But then what?
Don’t think it’s your imagination. If a person reveals just how manipulative they are, that’s who they are. Believe what they show you.
Don’t give excuses. Yes they are going through a hard time, but then so are you. Lying to you, hurting you behind your back or simply taking from you is something they will do even in easier times. That’s just they way they are.
Don’t dwell in the anger, heal it. A natural byproduct of discovering the truth is the anger we feel. Holding on to it or repressing it can make the wound as torturous as the pain itself. At some point, we all need to process the emotions until we find a space of calm within. And if you continue to struggle, seek professional therapy to guide you through the process.
Let go again and again and again. Sadly, letting go is not a once and for all moment in cases of deep hurt and disappointment, it requires multiple tries and multiple efforts until one day it ceases to hurt so badly. Again, if it’s too difficult to do it alone, take the help of therapy.
Be thankful. Sounds funny but at a spiritual level it makes sense. Be glad that you got to see their true faces eventually. Perhaps there was a karmic lesson to be learnt. Perhaps the realisation opened new doorways of awareness. Whatever it was, you learnt and you grew wiser and stronger.
Choose to be free from bitterness. Remember who you are. Reconnect with your inner self, the part of you that still finds the beauty in this world, the part of you that sees your own worth regardless of how you have been treated and how they made you feel. Detach from the person. Forgive them and forgive yourself for the times you may have inadvertently hurt another. Focus on the other healthy relationships in your life. The process may not be easy, but the peace you feel is worth it.
Have you started noticing the subtle changes in your relationships? Or a new look in your eyes when you see the mirror? Energies have begun shifting rapidly within and around us, and while some of us may be grieving and processing the past, some may have already adapted to the current shift. And it doesn’t look like there’s much choice is there? Changes are rapid and irreversible. And the truths keep popping out. True faces. True intentions. True Stories. True Potential. True Paths.
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