The ancient texts of Ayurveda have highlighted the innumerable benefits of Guggal as both oral medicine in its powdered form or as a therapeutic aid in the form of incense sticks and cones made from its resin. Derived from the sansksrit word “guggulu” meaning protection from diseases, it is considered an allrounder as it balances all the doshas at a mind, body soul level gently and effectively.
As a fragrance, Guggal is believed to work at many levels in your living and work space:
Reduces anxiety and angst. The heady notes of Guggal work to bring in a sense of soothing calm in environments where there may have been tension, grief, worry or loss.
Aids sleep and works as a gentle relaxant by gently easing out fatigue caused by overthinking.
Used extensively in prayers and rituals, Guggal is believed to drive negativity away with its sweet scent and usher in divine grace and good luck.
Works as an insect repellant especially in the rainy months.
Promotes concentration and focus on study.
One tip, too much of a good thing is never too good. I’ve discovered one small cone of Guggal is enough to bring about a burst of positivity, when burnt for hours, it can make the environment dense and cloying.
A comprehensive look at Guggal’s therapeutic properties when taken in a medicinal form.
Today is the day when you try a little harder. When you get up and give a little more of yourself. When you hang on to your dreams for just a little longer.
Quitting is not an option. Persist through the delays and the disappointments, the fog and the obstacles. One step at a time. One day at a time.
The dedication and the perserverance of 8 of Pentacles reminded me of my grandfather’s words. Active at work till nearly the age of 90, he witnessed 2 World Wars, the Partition, epidemics like Small Pox and Polio. And managed to raised his 8 children as a single Dad. His answer to any difficulty was to “just keep going” without defeat without complaint.
*Patient and productive
*Ignoring the voice that says “quit”
*Paying attention to detail
*Unlearning the past. Learning new skills.
For insights into the week ahead, do see the weekly tarot forecast.
Letting go is one of the hardest practices we will encounter, but once we do it, we wonder why we did’nt do it sooner. Many a times we find ourselves stuck about someone or something and people tell us to “let go”.
Here’s a few tried techniques that may work for you if you are struggling with something. Remember very very few of us have the ability to let go in a second. For the majority of us the process takes many tries. and time. Be patient, be persistent.
Write it down and burn it.
Struggling with a relationship that’s over. Disturbed by someone’s insensitive behaviour which you find difficult to forgive? Psychologists and Healers recommend writing a long letter to them, pouring out your feelings and allowing the process to be cathartic. Get in touch with your feelings, remember what happened and write out your soul. When you’re done, just burn the letter. Chances are you may feel lighter and purged of your pain.
2. Connect with the Inner You
Meditate and focus on your breathing. Start paying attention to your mind and your body. Start getting aligned with you, your space, your feelings and thoughts. Too many times when we find ourselves too attached to others the pain comes as a reminder to detach and focus entirely on your seperateness from them. Get in touch with YOU. Appreciate and accept your who you are. Understand you cannot change anyone but yourself. Allow any feelings to arise and be kind with yourself.
3. Look for Closure
Most relationships break up without closure. People disappear without giving answers. And those who are left holding on wait for a final goodbye or some sort of sign from them to close the chapter. When it doesn’t happen, we have no choice but to find closure within ourselves. Say “My relationship with X is over” out loud during meditation, write it out, or talk to a trusted soul. Acknowledge and accept that it’s over. When you reach a space that someone or something was not meant to be in your life for a reason (which you may or may never know) you allow yourself to disconnect and restart.
4. Forgive Yourself. Forgive Them
The process of forgiveness can take a long time and comes with its share of reliving the pain. The pain is but a passing energy, let it flow out, once and for all. Contemplate on all the mistakes you made, realise your humanness. Contemplate on their mistakes, realise their humanness. Consciously work at forgiving and allow the peace to come in.
5. Distract Yourself
I find this technique works the fastest and at a practical level, it’s do-able. The key is to be mindful. Whenever you find overthinking about someone or something, do an activity that breaks the pattern. Clean your drawer. Delete the Junk mail. Go outdoors. Use your hands. It works in seconds as an important part of the process of letting go.
Letting go takes time and when it doesn’t happen naturally, we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones to speed up the process. Not easy but necessary for our own growth. We allow ourselves a second chance and as the wise ones have always told us “when one door closes, another opens.”
If you’re still finding it difficult to let go, reach out for a guided healing meditation on Letting Go to get you started on your process of restarting and reshaping your life. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
So much to do so little time. This month sees you busier than usual completing old tasks and handling new responsibilities. Something may feel like drudgery and you may find it hard to say no to the evergrowing pile of chores and tasks on your desk. Try delegating if it get’s too much. Learn to say no to those who keep taking from you without giving back. Maintaining relationships may feel tedious at times, and duties may tire you. An old friend may reach out which should give you some relief. Financially a good month for receiving old dues. Just watch your health, in all this doing make sure you do something for you.
Taurus (Apr 20- May 20)
March brings opportunities to learn something new. It could be a skill, an atitude or a life lesson. Whatever it may be, the cards urge you to keep an open mind and retain your sense of curiosity. Who knows the doors that could open for you could bring few unexpected and pleasant surprise. Job seekers can expect some positive developments in the weeks ahead and students may find a renewed sense of focus. If single and looking, be wary of those who seem too good to be true. Financially you are entering a period of slow, incremental gains and the plans you put in place last year slowly start to bear fruit. Not a good time to quit the cards say, keep going.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Control your impulse to lash out at someone or something. A part of of you may be itching to give someone a taste of their own medicine but it would be wise to release the resentment elsewhere and non violently. A busy month for communications, you may find yourself writing or speaking out more. In your rush to say it all, pause to listen to others. And do be open to opposing views. A wonderful month for decluttering and starting anew, the cards hint at a makeover for yourself or your home. An intelligent and impatient soul may pull your heartstrings and if married, don’t let the discussion turn into a shouting match. Detox frequently and make sure you meditate.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
A new source of income, a new job opportunity opens up or a passion turns into a business idea. The more open minded you are the brigher the future looks. A good month to organise and sort out your paperwork, a pending bank or insurance matter may need your immediate attention. Double check all contracts before you sign, a mistake spotted now could save a lot of time later. Family brings joy but also a different share of demands and you may find yourself counselling a troubled heart. The key to harmony is a sense of adaptability and adjustments especially when it comes to a special someone. Your heart is in the right place dear Cancerian, the more love you give the more you will receive.
Leo (July 23- Aug 22)
Feeling stuck at a dead end job. Bored of your routine. Unsure about whether to take the big leap into entrepreneurship. Nothing changes unless you do. Time to be brave dear Leo, and challenge the situation. A wise old advisor or mentor may be just what you need to get out of the funk. And if it gets too much to handle, the cards suggest a tiny weekend break or getaway. A nagging ailment may require attention and promises to heal with timely treatment. Finances look good as the cards promise a gradual increase of income over the following months. The more you give, the more you get.
Virgo (Aug 23- Sept 22)
If you’re feeling tested, hold on a little. If things don’t go your way ask yourself what are you trying to control? Submit to the system or the higher authorities. It doesn’t mean they are right, it just means for now you have to do what is expected of you. At workplace a little supervision and mindfulness will help make things smooth again. Petty differences can be resolved with honest communication. Friends and family reach out to you, but why are you pushing them away? A new friendship could begin soon that could change your perspective of Life entirely. But first you need to let down your guard a little. Opening your mind opens up the possibilities for progress and happiness.
Libra (Sept 23- Oct 22)
You may choose to take things a little slow this month. A part of you just wants to retreat and recharge your batteries. A much needed break, or even simply withdrawing a little from the chaos around you will do your good. Spending time apart from your loved one will give you time to breathe again, especially if they are a little too possessive at times. A wonderful phase for inner clarity begins when you discover the beauty of meditation. The future you looks amazing, but first you need to go inwards. Job seekers may choose to change industries or even consider self employment, the cards urge you to follow your gut, but not rush it.
Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov21)
No more waiting for reverts and responses. Take a little more control. Quit relying on those who’ve let you down everytime. Somethings just have to be done alone. Your past efforts bring praise and recognition. While you rise up the corporate ladder don’t forget to thank those who’ve supported you down the years. An old flame pops in for a quick hello and goodbye and you may think twice about responding to their overtures. Financially a good time to consolidate and plan, your mind is sharp and you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and do the needful.
Saggitarius (Nov 22- Dec 21)
Repressing old feelings helps no one. A nagging worry needs to be released either by way of a good long chat with a trusted soul, or with the help of a healer. Give up a bad habit for good and your bod will thank you for it. So much so that you will begin to feel a positive difference within a month. Time to reward those who have been loyal to you all this while. God has been kind and it’s time to give back and share. A young soul could do with some of your generosity or you may take time out to volunteer for a cause you believe in. Good things begin when we begin to do good for others.
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan19)
It’s all about multi tasking this month. Managing job and home or even managing 2 jobs could be highlighted in the weeks ahead. Don’t worry with your excellent time management skills you will be able to handle it with grace and competence. A good month for students and those in the field of training, teaching or education, the cards promise good results based on your efforts. Steer clear of controversy and gossip, stay neutral and the storm shall pass. A cantankerous soul may provoke you into a fight and your best advice would be to not engage. Health matters progress smoothly and if you’ve been dieting or working out, results should come as a pleasant surprise.
Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18)
A new chapter begins in your life and the more you let go, the more you open yourself to some wonderful possibilities in the horizon. A casual friendship can suddenly turn serious. Plans for marriages and travel are finalised and you may find yourself a little more energetic and a little more cheerful than before. Good news by way of a pregnancy or a present reminds you of the multiple blessings in your life. Even on the professional front the emphasis is on opportunities to be seen, heard, welcomed and recognised. Not a month to shy away dear Aquarian. Time to show the world just how special you are.
Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)
Emotions may cloud your judgement. Try and stay objective and don’t get too lost in the feeling. Sleep patterns may get affected as you adapt to a new routine or encounter sudden stress at the work place. Even in your relationships, avoid jumping to conclusions about someone. You never know what they’re going through until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Clarify doubts and ask twice to prevent misunderstandings. A good month for creative self expression the cards urge you to paint, sing, dance or cook to find your mystical space of peace. If planning to commit, the cards urge you to wait a little before things get clearer.
The act of decluttering our possessions is one of the most positive things you can do for you and your home. By letting go of the broken, the worn out, ill fitting or just boring we lighten our baggage indoors significantly. Don’t you feel good when you drop the cartons off at your local charity? Or discover the joy of recycling?
I used to declutter twice a year during the change of seasons and wardrobes but discovered it was still feeling stuffy at home and have now begun decluttering just one drawer, shelf, desk every few days. Less time consuming less overwhelming and a little bit of feel good afterwards.
Good Energy one carton at a time.
Decluttering is no longer limited to Spring, anytime of the year is a good time. What I love about it is that it teaches us to focus on what is essential and what truly matters. And after a good session of letting go, I like to burn essential oils for purification and positive energy.
How often do you declutter and how do you feel about it?
A sense of unease and uncertainty may cloud your thoughts today. You may feel restless or irritable, Something may feel blurry or not right inside and no amount of self analysis will get you the peace you seek. Old conversations may play in your head on a loop. Someone’s silence may be frustrating. The Pandemic begins to get to you. On days like this, turn to Nature for help and healing. Connect with the greenery outside, or even a potted plant in your home and allow the Empress Gaia to do her magic. Do nothing, just contemplate her beauty in silence and discover a deep reservoir of inner strength. Experience for yourself the power of the Empress of Nature. To soothe, strengthen, calm and heal our souls.
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