Book review: Chameleon by Zoe Kalo

book-review-Chameleon-zoe-kahloAn isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…

I love reading spooky, supernatural thrillers in the dead of winters, huddled up inside a blanket. And this novella by Zoe Kahlo sounded like it would be right up my alley.

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

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Creating a personal retreat: A field guide

When I drew the cards for the {self}love-o-scope, I was thrilled that we were starting the month off with a personal retreat. Not only is it one of the most radical acts of self-love, it is also a powerful and transformative process. And it’s been too long since I made some time to go on a retreat myself, so I am really looking forward to it.

So, without any further ado, let’s get this party started!

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Self-Love-o-Scope Oracle Reading for Self-Care February

Let’s kick the month off with a little self-love-o-scope Oracle reading. My intention with this reading was to offer you the self-care actions or tips you need the most at this time, and to see what energies would assist you in each of these areas.

I used a self care oracle card deck that I picked up years and years ago. I’ve lost the original box, so I can’t tell you who the creator of the deck is or even what it’s called! I’ve paired each of these cards with a Tarot card from Doreen Virtue’s Angel Tarot deck. I chose this deck for this reading because its messages are gentler {and sometimes slightly different from the Raider-Waite}, much like most of Doreen’s cards.

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Self-care February: Are you in?

February is the month of red – red roses, red balloons, red velvet cake, red hearts proclaiming undying love for one another.

It’s the month for candlelight dinners and the exchange of gifts, flowers, and cards.

It’s the month when sappy romantic songs come blaring across the airwaves, sugary sweet, treacle like, seducing us with their promise of love eternal.

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#KashmirDiaries: Pahalgam – Of fairy tale gardens and the majestic Lidder

Kashmir is reputed to be heart-stoppingly beautiful.
It’s called India’s Switzerland.
Ghalib famously said if there’s Paradise on earth, it’s Kashmir.

Honestly, after seeing Sringar, I was rather cross with all these descriptions.

Sure the Dal Lake is beautiful and the Mughal gardens are a piece of living history, but it’s a busy, bustling city like any other. Comparing this to Paradise, really?!
{Yes, I realize I equated the city of Srinagar with the whole state of Kashmir, but bear with me. I am only human, after all! I also blame some of the husband’s grumpiness rubbing off on me. Moving on!}

Then we went to Pahalgam. And what can I say? If there is Paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.

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#PocketFullOfArt: A daily art challenge with a twist

Challenges seem to have become a thing around here – after the Mindful Break and Kindle Thy Spark, this is my most ambitious yet – a daily art challenge! But first:

Why a daily art challenge?

Because my one small regret from last year is that I did not make enough time for art, especially in the second half of the year. Moving to a self-hosted blog and all the tiny little tweaks I had to make to it ate up a lot of my time and attention. Setting up an online Tarot reading business took up another chunk of energy. And then there was all the time I spent dreaming about blogging and fun new ideas – like the two Instagram challenges mentioned above. No wonder that my art table felt a bit neglected!  Continue reading

Getting to know The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit oracle cards

I’ve spent a couple of months working with the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit oracle cards, and I’m in love with them. These cards are mysterious, powerful, and pack an insightful punch.

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As I had mentioned in the unboxing post, they are the same size as regular Tarot cards. The black and white sketches with splashes of color lend them a sense of mystery and power, which I like.  Continue reading

The Word

Goodbye, Create. We’ve had a wonderful year together.

We created a soul practice – meditation, crystals, Tarot, Oracle cards, journaling breakthroughs, life recording

We created some lovely art – not as much as I had hoped to create, but I’m grateful for all the beautiful pieces of art that we did create

We created my why, my purpose, my vision

We created this beautiful new website and found a wonderful blogging community

Your blessings were many, your lessons bountiful, and for that I am truly grateful. As our journey together comes to an end, it is now time to….

To shine the light both inwards and outwards…to examine the broken places, the cracked surfaces, the lies I tell myself and the falsities I believe…to turn the light outwards, as I embrace my voice, sink more comfortably in my skin, stop hiding bits and pieces of myself, and speak truth to power. It’s exciting, and scary, which means that I am on the right path.

Onwards!

What’s your word? Tell me in the comments!

#UnWrapChristmas: Turning the spotlight on the spirit of the season

Festivities are in the air for Christmas is here! On the eve of Christmas, a bunch of merry bloggers have banded together to unwrap the spirit of the season. Join us as we spread some Christmas cheer in the blogosphere this year! A big thank you to Vijay Preetham Burton for passing the chain on to me.

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As I share what Christmas means to me through images and a few words, in the spirit of the season, I also have some surprises for you! Click on the images to unwrap your presents – little nuggets, some from deep within the archives, that I hope will help you bring these feelings into your life too!

Christmas is when I yearn to….

simplify

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