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I Am Strength

I just took this quiz I found on Celluloide Blonde.

What Tarot Card Are You?

Here is my result:

Strength by Ciro Marchetti

You are Strength
Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.

This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion’s hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden’s steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion’s mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength. That forces can be controlled and used to score a victory is very close to the message of the Chariot, which might be why, in some decks, it is Justice that is card 8 instead of Strength. With strength you can control not only the situation, but yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one’s personal honor. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.

I love tarot cards. The symbols are ancient and truthful. I have several packs of cards at home.

I also enjoy getting my tarot readings from Mystic Games. I usually do “Today and Task” and use the Tarot of Dreams deck by artist Ciro Marchetti. His artwork is stunningly beautiful.

Take the quiz and tell Grace Magazine what card you are.

Stress Release: Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzle

Concentrating on crossword puzzles can help clear your mind of stress.

By focusing on the word puzzles, you exercise your brain, increase your vocabulary and allow your mind to rest from everyday stresses at the same time.

You can find many free puzzles on the Internet. Try OnlineCrosswords.net. You can play online or try the printable version.

Music for the Full Moon

Sarah Brightman singing La Luna

Stress Release – Listening to Morricone

I’ve been listening to a CD called Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone. It’s so soothing and beautiful.

Here is video of Morricone conducting Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission film score.

It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever.

Enjoy.

Thought for the Day – Change

Mars Fingerprint

All that you touch
You change.

All that you change
Changes you.

–Octavia Butler

Stress Release: Daydreaming

Daydreaming

What do you dream about while you are awake?

Daydreams can help you in many ways.

Fantasizing about future plans can help you figure out what you really want and set specific goals.

Reminiscing about the past can help you let go of excess baggage or fondly remember someone you miss dearly.

Sometimes our minds just need to take a breather. If you are overloaded at work, you can take a few minutes to relax, breathe and dream. Create a safe place for yourself in your dream world. When you feel stressed, daydream yourself to your safe place.

Or sometimes we just need to ease the boredom of the day. Dream about things you wouldn’t dare do or say.

Daydreaming can help you find creative freedom. You never know what ideas will pop into your head. Images for a piece of art work you could create. Scenes for a novel you may want to write. Feed your fantasies.

Give your mind a break.

Dream a little.

Thought For the Day – Go Wild

Oscar Wilde, that is.

Apples, Forbidden Fruit

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

Thought for the Day

Mario Andretti Lotus

“If everything is under control, you are going too slow.”
– Mario Andretti

How To: Rest Without Sleep

Meditate

Have you ever tried meditation? Don’t be put off by the new age, yoga guru reputation of the word “meditate.” It’s actually very easy and enjoyable.

Try it. It only takes 20 minutes. You’ll feel refreshed and mentally alert.

It’s all about relaxation and clearing your mind.

I prefer to meditate lying down, not sitting up. I’m more comfortable that way.

If you like, put on some peaceful, calming music. I have a CD of classical harp music with ocean waves in the background. It’s soothing and doesn’t interfere with my thoughts.

Breathing is key. Start by counting as your breathe. Inhale to a count of four, let your breath hang for a moment, and then exhale to a count of four. Do this several times, and then increase the count to 6, then 8.

Think about relaxing your body one part at a time. Start with your toes, then your feet, your ankles, calves, thighs, keep moving upward until you reach the very top of your head.

When you are fully relaxed, your mind will open. Let your mind think any thoughts it wants.

If you need some ideas to get you started, think of colors. Start with yellow, let it turn into green, then blue, then purple, then red, then orange. Let your mind take it from there. It will guide you.

You will be surprised at the amazing thoughts you will have.

Set up a special place that is all yours. It could be your bedroom, or a corner nook in your house, or in your back yard, wherever you are comfortable and can be alone and uninterrupted.

Meditation is the path to self-discovery.

Tea Time – April 2007

Jasmine

When you need a little quiet time, try some Green Tea with Jasmine.

Trader Joe’s sells a lovely jasmine-scented green tea. It has a calming scent that is as fragrant as it is tasty.

Aromatherapy and antioxidants in one cup.

Trader Joe’s Green Tea With Jasmine