The last couple of months have been incredibly hectic, leaving me with virtually little or no time at all to focus on my pet project “Le Blog”.The details are an entire story onto themselves ( little mini potential blog posts in the making). And that’s something we will eventually get to. But the focus of today’s little post is on a new interest which has slowly put surely taken roots in my soul as a potential hobby – The Tarot. It’s strange how you attract certain things into your life when you least expect it. If you had asked me 10 years ago what I thought about doing tarot card readings, I would have fallen off my chair with laughter….and then continued laughing long after. But over a course of 2 months, I have developed a sort of feverish passion in learning and developing my skills in the Tarot. I think it’s a fine art indeed, an art with many interesting dimensions – knowledge, awareness, healing and manifestation amongst others. There is something in it for everyone.
To those in the know , The Tarot is a deck of cards with symbolic pictures, numerics and meanings, about the size of playing cards (78 in total in it’s modern avatar especially in the form of the more well known Ryder Waite version of the deck). The cards breathed into life in the mid 15th century in Europe originally as playing cards and then from the 18th century onwards gained increased significance as a divination tool. Every card in the deck has several different meanings depending on whether they “fall” upright in the reading or reversed. They can also have different meanings depending on the position of the card within the reading and the situational context of the reading, amongst others.
Some of my initial challenges in learning the cards included memorising the multiple combinations of meanings and the different types of spreads. But as with everything else in life ,and as I also say constantly in my posts, and perhaps it’s my own personal mantra – Persistance and hardwork is the key to success.
The truly great thing I’ve discovered about the Tarot is that it’s an incredible tool for exploration, knowledge and insight. It’s really about empowering the querant with choices and enobling them to make the key decisions in their life to live their best lives possible. And that ties in neatly with my big passions in life.
On this juncture and also coming into the new year very soon, I’d like to make a very special announcement. I am now officially offering Tarot card readings at some very special rates, especially for my WordPress “neighbours”. Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start working on creating your best life asap!
More from me, the Tarot and other things in future posts (hopefully..wink!) and blessings in the meantime!
Sometimes taking something old and current, and infusing creativity and freshness into it, is all it takes to make it exciting all over again. Relationships, work, travel, clothing…finding a new way to approach the same thing can make the world more exciting and inspire the playful child that is always there deep inside each and every one of us.
In today’s post we’re featuring the music of a band called Agam all the way from soulful India. Agam’s style is classified by the original and inspiring blend of Indian classical music and rock. In Malhar Jam , Agam breathes new life into an old Indian raga called Malhar which, according to the stories of the ancients , was so powerful as to bring down rains from the heavens when sung .This one together with my freshly brewed coffee made my day…..hope it makes yours too :-)…and yeah it did rain for a while for me..joyously and thunderously!
For a moment I thought I’d and gone to heaven….it felt like angels were in the room…..could this be what heaven sounds like?
Me thinks Cookie Monster has got it all figured out…what do you think?
Sadhguru J. Vasudev has been recently named as one of the 50 most influential people in India. He is a contemporary mystic equally at ease skydiving off of airplanes as he is addressing countless spiritual podiums. His approach is thoroughly refreshing, vastly entertaining, and most importantly profoundly moving. Let’s hear what Sadhguru has to say in this delightful discourse. In conversation with the motorcycle guru himself.
Is it just me, or does anyone else find this article from today’s India Today highly objectionable. On one hand the writer promotes getting rid of the” old” to make way for “the new” and on the other hand she actually appreciates the fact that “France, Italy, America and the world over” are hiring models as young as 15 or 16 and asks why India can’t. Exactly how long are you planning on staying “young” Ms Tanya Banon? Spread the word guys …we need more responsible journalism and reporting standards around the world, and better role models for young impressionable girls! I shudder to think that the India Today reportedly has a readership of 15 million and on it’s website claims to be “what Indian journalism is judged by, for integrity and ability to bring unbiased and incisive perspective to arguably the most dynamic, yet perplexing, region in the world.” DUH!!
Time to usher in the new talent, Tanya Banon, India Today, New Delhi, Aug 31st 2013.
Change comes with resistance. Be it switching your favourite brand of toothpaste, going from size 4 to 2 or even taking a different route to work, change means we have to move out of comfort zone, shake up routines and alter our life style. In short it makes one uncomfortable. I pen this piece after a lot of hesitation, but at least someone should. The world of fashion is a constant change of colours, fabrics, styles, trends and designs. It is creative and imaginative. That is what is so inspiring about it.However, even as we embrace new trends and styles, we find it hard to let go of the so called top five veteran models of the Indian runway. This despite the fact that these models have had their share of limelight in the top spot and a legion of fans that adore them including this writer.
We celebrate fashionistas like Sonam Kapoor, Kalyani Chawla, Kalki Koechlin and Pernia Qureshi for upgrading the style quotient of this country, but can’t just let go of the veteran models who have ruled the runway for decades. It is time we put to practice the basic principle of life ‘out with the old and in with the new.’ Even a great sportsman like Sachin Tendulkar or David Beckham know when to draw the line, but why can’t our veteran runway models take the hint? Standard industry practice requires the old order to retire so that the young can get a shot at the limelight.
Today, in the world of modelling, countless number of girls is struggling for a break, but very few get the chance. Ousting veteran models most of whom are in their mid and late thirties is a near impossible task for these fledglings. India’s top designers, event organisers, fashion week bigwigs, leading fashion journalists and industry experts, however refuse to retire “well-established” or “renowned models.” We have a blind allegiance, a great sense of loyalty and respect for these talented and gorgeous models so much so that we seem unable to live without them.
In France, America, Italy and world over models as young as 15 and 16 are hired to walk the runway. If supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, Brook Sheilds, and Claudia Schiffer can put their heels up to make way for younger names like Lara Stone, Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen, why can’t we? 10-year-old Thylane Blondeau was the chosen model for Vogue’s fashion feature. We may not agree with their pick, but the fact is, that’s how young young is getting.
Girls like Erika Packard, Surelee Joseph, Diva Dhawan, Arshia Ahuja and Tamara Moss are currently the younger faces on the runway that make an impact. Every season ushers in a new collection of ensembles and the first step for it to look youthful, contemporary and refreshing is to showcase it on a younger pool of models.