Do you know the moment you just started something new? The moment when you had the right idea, made the right choice, had a sparkling thought that you immediately put into action? That's our dear Ace of Wands!
Wands are all about action. But, although, some people like to only associate feelings and emotions only with the suit of Cups/Hearts, I don't agree. Wands are all about feelings too. Emotions, because without emotions there is no action, emotions are what drive us. The word emotion comes from the Latin emotionare which means to put in motion.
So when you get a Ace of Wands you can ask yourself questions like these:
- What am I starting?
- What opportunity is being offered to me? What opportunity can I create for myself?
- What gives me a thrill just to think about it?
- What makes me feel passionate?
- What small step can I take today in the direction of my dreams?
Stop the noise. For a second. For a second remember how wonderful is to hold a baby in your arms. The next second remember how great it tastes a homemade meal. Remember that along our lives we come across with strangers and that so many times strangers smile at each other never meeting again. Remember that you too, have been the stranger who smiled at someone. How wonderful life is. Remember that wherever you go, your heart is there with you.
Last year, I was in my bed crying. Crying because my sister was no longer with us. With me. There was nothing I wanted to do, just cry. I was crying and telling my boyfriend all the things that I missed, all stories of love and things we used to do and have done. He looked me in the eyes and said: "Don't you notice that even when you're crying when you talking about your sister and telling your stories, even crying you are smiling?".
It was true. I was crying and smiling at the same time.
I've discovered that life is not what we are doing, not what is happening, maybe not even what we are feeling. Life is what is under all the noise, under the thunder-storm. It's something we don't even have to care to take care of, is something we can't manipulate, it's a force that guides us while we are smiling and crying at the same time, or in better days when we are replying a message and checking the bank account and the meal on the stove. It's just something, so powerful that we don't have to do nothing. It's just always happening. Just live. Be present from time to time (I don't believe we can be present all the time, we are not perfect). And just notice that sometimes we are smiling when we are crying. And under all the noise, we are living a life full of surprises. And meaning.
Be open. Trust. Share. Accept. Stopping the noise, I've discovered is to just be.
My sister Joana had this wonderful sense of irony. Sometimes Most of the times we think of irony as something bad. But it can be a gift. There is so much irony in life, in how we always think things will be and how they turn out. So, for today, I'll stop and surrender.
“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Anne of Green Gables
Autumn has begun! It's an exciting time. In some cultures it was when a new year started, and although not all of us have Summer vacations followed by the return to school or work, the truth is we all can feel in the air the sense of new beginnings. The french call it "la rentrée". I love Autumn, and at least here, this year we are being blessed with wonderful Autumn weather.
I've made a little e-book called "TAROT FOR AUTUMN". It's a mini-guide for one card reading. You don't have to know anything about tarot to use it. You do need a deck. I'm sorry that those of you who live in the Southern Hemisphere may not find it very helpful. You can still use it and swap the word Autumn for Spring but there is an Autumn feeling in the mini-book.
I hope you enjoy it! To open/download it, just click on the image above. It is a pdf document. You can use/read it directly from your device or print it and write directly on it.
This is a very simple bag with zipper to store your jewelry or to carry in your bag, or anything you feel like, that you can make to start this Fall in a beautiful way. It is so simple that I don't have a tutorial, just a few lines :)
Take a piece of cotton or linen (it has to be a natural fabric because you are going to dye it naturally). In a pan put some water to boil. Roll up your piece of fabric and tie it with some string (anyway you want). Put some turmeric into the water and dive your fabric in there. Leave it there for some minutes. You can add some vinegar to the water too to prevent color fading. Take the fabric, put it under tap water and put it outside to dry.
Then, when it's dried just cut out two squares where the sides are the same length as the zipper you are using. Choose a zig zag stitch in your machine. And sew the zipper to fabric with the upper facing...upper :) The stitch will be visible from the outside but I think it gives it a natural very charming look. Is it rustic? Is it coastal? I don't know. It's just simple, lovely and perfect to store things in the fall!