#MondayMusings: Remembering the soft animal of my body

For someone who has generally enjoyed good health, these last few years haven’t been kind. Ever since I developed a dust and pollen allergy, I’ve fallen sick with almost clockwork regularity.

Every winter, when the Delhi pollution hits new highs, I spend a few days at least battling my allergies. I’m convinced that this also weighs on my immunity, because I’ve been ill more often in the last few years than ever before.Continue reading

On my art table: Enter the mystery

I’ve been spending some time at the painty table almost every day since last month, when I started my 100 day project. This immersion in painting intuitively has been a learning experience in more ways than one.

One the art front, I’ve found new supplies that I enjoy using; experimented with different tools for mark making; embraced art as process rather than product; and understood how to combine a variety of mediums. I’ve surprised myself with the ways in which my paintings have evolved and with the themes that have appeared on the page. And each of the paintings has brought forth something from deep within my soul, each of them with lessons of their own – on life, on love, on being.Continue reading

May 2019: Tarot spread for the new moon in Taurus

The May 2019 new moon falls in the sign of Taurus. The Taurus archetype is grounded and steadfast, calm and composed, firm and also somewhat stubborn. This is a sign that is practical and earthy, and is associated with material pleasures and abundance, which makes this new moon an excellent time to create some practical rituals and routines that feel pleasurable. Yes, routines can be pleasurable, and that’s a shift in perspective you can work on during the May new moon!Continue reading

To Amazon or not to Amazon, that’s the question

Ever since Amazon became, well, Amazon, there have been furious calls asking buyers – especially book buyers – to boycott Amazon.

Some claim the online retail giant doesn’t pay taxes; there are in-depth stories and reports of worker exploitation, especially at Amazon’s fulfillment centers; and of course, there’s the high-profile bankruptcy of a number of large bookstore chains like Bookworld and Borders in the US. Closer home, there was a public outpouring of grief when the iconic Delhi-based independent bookstore Fact and Fiction shut shop a few years ago.Continue reading

April 2019: Tarot spread for the full moon in Libra

Full moon in Libra tarot spread and astro-tarot forecast

The April 2019 full moon rises in the sign of Libra, again! This is quite a rare occurrence, to have two back to back full moons in the same sign. Think back to what happened around the March full moon Libra. Whatever started then, will culminate now, for both of these full moons are connected.

The Libra archetype is associated with balance, fair dealings, and relationships. Spiritually, the Libra archetype can teach us about balance…the ability to remain centered  in our authentic self no matter what is going on around us.

While the last Libra full moon asked us to focus on our rituals and routines and to align them to bring some balance in our lives, the April full moon asks us to bring balance with our relationships. And the key to this is focusing on our own self-worth and examining our life from a more personal perspective – what can be called a journey of individuation. It’s an ever spiraling journey, as we define and refine our meaning and purpose and come into right relationship with who we are and how we choose to shine our unique light in our interactions with  others.Continue reading

April 2019: Tarot spread for the new moon in Aries

The April 2019 new moon falls in the sign of Aries and ushers in the astrological new year. The Aries archetype is fiery and action-oriented; on a quest to express its individuality and assert its willpower. I find shades of Fool energy in the Aries archetype – the innocence of taking a leap into the great unknown. 

Spiritually, the Aries archetype teaches us what it takes to act on our dreams and desires. After all, it is easier to talk about the things we desire than to go all out and work towards the attainment of that desire. The key to taking action is courage – and courage comes from having your head connected to your heart.Continue reading

Art journal flip through to spark your creativity

Art journal flip through

I have a confession to make: watching art journal flip throughs on YouTube is one of my favorite things, ever! I love seeing completed spreads from other art journalers; all the different styles and color combinations; the layout ideas; and a little bit of a talk on the page, when it was created, why…oh, it is so much fun!

So for this week’s art journal video, I decided to share a flip through of my moon journals from last year. I hope you enjoy!Continue reading

March 2019: Tarot spread for the full moon in Libra

March 2019 full moon in Libra astrology and tarot spread

The March 2019 full moon rises in the sign of Libra. The Libra archetype is associated with balance, fair dealings, and relationships. Spiritually, the Libra archetype can teach us about balance…the ability to remain centered  in our authentic self no matter what is going on around us.

The March 2019 full moon highlights our health and well-being, as well as our daily routines and responsibilities. This is the time to take a look at where we are directing our time and energy, and to ensure we are creating routines and practices that support us on our journey and take us closer to our goals. Continue reading

Kickstart your creativity with the 100-day project

Kick start your creativity with the 100 day project

What if you did something creative every day for 100 days? You could spend as little as 10-15 minutes each day on this creative project, or longer if or when you have the time. Ideally, you would finish this project in 100 days, but you can give yourself some grace. The point is to do said creative thing for 100 days – be they consecutive days or not, that is up to you.

That is the simple premise of the 100 day project.Continue reading

The joy of doing nothing

the joy of doing nothing

How do you answer the question: What did you do today? Or over the weekend?

Most people I meet respond with the tales of dinners they went to, parties they hosted, sales they shopped at, or kilometers they jogged. In response to these stories, that are often filled with drama and anecdotes and news of the latest fashion or lack of good style options, my answer to this question is often: nothing.Continue reading