Thank you for your feedback and support down the years. The past week has peeled away many layers of deception around us and within us. Many discovered the true colours of those they were closest to or those they thought they knew. And as the trend continues, this week’s card takes it to the realm of our own Personal Truth.
Every single one of us has it. Our authentic being, which we believe in when no one is watching, when we are all by ourselves. It is the opinion we carry of our self when we look in the mirror, and the words we say to ourselves in our private moments. Do you know who you are, and are you being that person? Or are you giving your power away to others? Is your personal truth distorted? Are others controlling how you feel about yourself? In your meditative moments allow yourself to explore this.
One thing I have discovered over the years is that once you know who you really are deep within, then what others say or think doesn’t matter. Change your inner dialogue. If you keep saying “I’m not losing weight” chances are you never will. The person who says “My parents called me the problem child” will grow up believing that things are not going to be easy. The person with a strong sense and knowledge of their own personal truth will not be affected by the actions and judgements of others. They say No when they mean it instead of agreeing to something that goes against their grain.
While introspecting go inwards and find your own inner truth. It may take a few tries but when you reach that point, you’ll know it to be true by the way it feels.
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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.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Trust the process. Trust in your ability to get through this. You will overcome.
Wishing you a day full of learning, endurance and productivity.
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Happy Teacher’s Day:) Today is Teachers Day in India. A day when students bring presents and cards for their teachers and honour them with words of gratitude and appreciation. And the teachers take the day off to watch a movie with their colleagues or just go off to celebrate while the senior students become teacher substitutes, realising just how hard their job is. And with time these students grow up to understand that there can be so many kinds of teachers on our journey. And each one, be it a formal school teacher, or a tutor, or a parent, a child, a friend, an experience, enriches us our world and our awareness of it. Leaving us with a sense of gratitude.
Thank you all my teachers – I am grateful for all that you have taught me and hope, you continue to show me as I learn from Life.
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Today is the day to choose to detach from the drama and the chaos that surrounds you. Even if it’s for a short while, just say no and go inwards. It’s a need to unplug from the external world and and find the voice of stillness within. That’s where we find our deepest truths. And tap into our creativity. Bringing us back into balance, helping us realign with our true purpose.
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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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Energies come in waves. Sometimes it peaks and we get a lot of things happening at the same time, we feel energised and ready to go. And sometimes it ebbs, and we find ourselves struggling with old patterns of behaviour, old wounds or just waiting for things to happen and even feeling a little low. The key is truly to go with the flow, and embrace whatever comes our way as part of our individual or collective journeys.
The week ahead promises but in bits and pieces. Energies are being formed.There may be a lot of waiting, but also partial success, with more to be revealed later. Expect reconciliation, a reunion and even a surprising twist to the plot. At times you may feel like you’re between the frying pan and the fire, and work matters may require a lot of self control and grit as you grapple with delays and petty politics. A project may not bring in desired results, but unknown to you, other doors are opening. Trying to take on too many things may not be the best course of action, especially if you are spreading yourself too thin. The cards clearly tell us all. Bring in the Balance. Moderate. And the pressure will ease and good will prevail again. And I truly pray things get better for all of us.
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Taking accountability for our lives and our choices is something we all have to understand at some point of our lives. How much can we blame others for our situation? How much can we resist the changes around us when we ourselves continue to feel like the victim at someone else’s mercy or totally discount our existence and our current situation.
This week the cards remind you that you are being called upon to be accountable for your actions and the Universe shall judge you accordingly. If it’s time to make a tough decision, remember the responsibility lies solely on our own shoulders. If it’s time to bring back the balance, see the areas in your life that are out of whack and take necessary action. If it’s about a negotiation, or a deal, play fair as the cards speak of Karmic consequences – some of them instantaneous. Play fair, play honest, take control of our own situation. If we cannot be honest with ourselves how can we expect the world to treat us fair? We get what we give.
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