daily card(s): the four of hearts and the nine of hearts

Today is my last day of work here in London. I will have completed my first internship…which has been a huge learning experience in more ways than I could have imagined. Next I will return back to school and I am so excited.

After today I have about three days left in London. Not really sure what I will do on my last few days, but I hope they are enjoyable. I really need some rest and relaxation…so my plans will have to be easy going.

I drew the 4 of hearts (cup) and the nine of hearts this morning. I like that the cups have been appearing lately. I guess it’s a reflection of my emotional state lately. I’ve been very aware of my emotions and I’ve been sorting through feelings…learning to let go and forgive.

The 4 of hearts tells us to look at our lives, the things which take our focus, look at what you are dedicating yourself to. Sometimes we get distracted by something that really isn’t worth our time…and once we’ve grown tired of it we still fight the change for fear of what it may bring.

The 9 of cups is my wish card. But here I think it reminds us that our focus, whatever we are channeling our energies into dictates the outcome of our goals and dreams. You cannot bring love into your life if you tell yourself every moment that you are alone and no one wants you. Or you cannot attract prosperity if you tell yourself you don’t have enough. These two cards ask you, “what are you manifesting with your present mindset and how does that match your desires?”

It’s hard to do. I know I struggle with it. Sometimes you really do feel lonely or like you’ll never have enough. Sometimes you want to sit in a corner, cry your eyes out, feeling totally alone in the world. How do you find away out of that darkness? I don’t know if there really is an answer.

I do believe the secret lives in us…the key to it all is that we are powerful and full of grace. No one can tell you what to do, unless you believe them. So don’t be caught in the lie of someone else’s dreaming. Be with your emotions…acknowledge them, be with them and let them go.

I am learning to let go everyday. And learning to forgive. It’s hard work. Sometimes it’s draining, but the more you do the stronger you become. Stand up for yourself at least once in the next week and see how empowered you feel…a massive shift in energy will take place.

Keep on dreaming… With love
Shaheen xx

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/28/2011

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daily card(s): the ace of pentacles and the prince/knight of swords

I smiled when I saw these two cards, the ace of pentacles and the knight of swords. I see their combination as ideas leading to success. It’s a time to reap the reward of all the hard work and effort made.

I’ve had this talk a lot lately about doing what I love…what we love. Not just enduring life to make ends meet, but loving every moment of it and having all the riches imaginable…riches being more than money. Some people think it’s impossible, that you have to basically kill yourself to make ends meet… But I don’t believe a word of it.

I had a conversation recently about working over time and how it’s more realistic to work more than 8 hours a day 5 days week…and that my habit of going home after 8 hours probably isn’t realistic. But I thought to myself, “if I’m truly passionate about something then that’s fine…but not at my own expense.” I think that you have to love what you are doing to truly work hard at it but you also have to take care of yourself. I believe when you approach life with open arms there is a multitude of possibilities and treasures to be had.

So many people think that they have to be competitive and sneaky to make it. That they have to work long hours and get little sleep for success. it’s all an illusion. There is enough out there for everyone. The knight and the ace here remind us that our ideas and talents are brilliant and when put into action they will lead to success and money even.

When you look at the successful people they always have a special aura around them. They are unshakable. Most of them will tell you that they never saw any other option other than success…you have to accept your right in the universe and go with it. And let me say again success isn’t just how much money you have.

Now that I’ve rambled…know that I’m wishing you well!

Always…
Shaheen xx

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/27/2011

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daily card: queen of wands

I can feel myself growing and changing. Some how I feel more mature and stable. I guess I needed this time to learn something about independence and responsibility. I’ve realizes that my choices are mine alone and I can’t ask anyone to make them for me and there’s no one to blame when they don’t work out.

This morning I drew the queen of wands and I feel that her presence is very fitting. She symbolizes confidence combined with inspiration. Being here I’ve grown more confident in my abilities and I’ve learned what I don’t want to do…the queen is telling me to trust that.

I think her presence is powerful for all of us and if you are reading this she is speaking directly to you. She asks you to be confident and reminds you that inspiration is divine. It’s rooted in spirit and intuition and regardless of how outlandish it may seem…if you trust it there will be pure magic!

I have grown bolder and more set in my ways and I have realized that trying to fit me into a box is no easy task. I’ve never done anything easily just because someone “said so” or because it’s “just common practice” or “it’s what’s expected”. I need a reason and that reason has to sit well with my own beliefs. The queen of wands asks us to be bold and self aware…after all we are royalty.

If you are feeling walked all over then stand up and say something. Don’t be afraid to step out of the norm or to be seen as eccentric or inappropriate…its your life and you only live once. My mom always told me to stand my ground and that’s exactly what I get from this queen.

Being an artist and a gypsy is about being liberated in thought and action. When you are unafraid to do or say what you think is right, you become more capable of following your intuition and your inspiration. You become at home in in your glory.

I hope you are well and feeling inspired

Always…
Shaheen

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/26/2011

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daily card(s): the ten of cups and the prince/knight of cups

It seems that the cups are really speaking to me, which makes sense because of the emotional and spiritual alchemy I feel I am in the process of. I have been working hard to invite positive energy into my daily life and I’ve been honoring my feelings. I pulled the ten of cups and the knight of cups.

The ten of cups has always been a beautiful card to me because it has a sense of comfort and security attached to it. To me it represents family and support and all of the love and “riches” that one has attained. When I see this card I know I have what I need to reset easy and pursue my dreams.

I think this card also represents home. I have been gone for two and a half months and it has been magical and challenging. This is the first time I’ve ever been so far from home alone. It really tested me. I feel I passed the challenge and now I can share the treasures i’ve found with my loved ones.

The knight of cups reminds us of how beautiful and talented we are. He shows us that we can have anything we desire by tapping into our creative potential. We were given our talents and interest for a reason and if you ever want to have more than you do now…you have to honor your them!

I think I came here to honor my talent and to find what’s true for me. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of. Ask yourself how you can use your gifts everyday. I think it benefits us to do something everyday in honor of our abilities and our dreams…no matter how small it may be.

I have become very aware of my dreams here in London, you may say I’ve even gained a few new ones. It’s amazing to have something to dedicate yourself to. I have no clue where I will end up on this path, but I do know I am not letting myself forget my dreams…that’s the message of the knight of cups. When I return home I know I am going to approach life differently and here it has already begun.

I am sending love to all of you…
Always…
Shaheen

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/25/2011

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daily card(s): the three of pentacles and the chariot

I think there must be something happening in the universe because everyone is under a lot of strain right now. I have known that feeling of being overwhelmed with life too many times to count. Sometimes you just wish you could turn around and walk the other way… you dont want to deal with any of it anymore, but you can’t stop living. The one thing I remind myself is that there is always a miracle in the works. Uncomfortable situations serve a purpose and if they’ve gone on way too long ask yourself, what in that situation have you not taken to heart.

Lately I have been bursting with my own personal energy. I want to dedicate myself to my dreams… I feel that way constantly though, but I feel strong enough now. I want to sing and write and I want to give my art to the world. I am tired of dedicating myself to the half hearted dreams of others. I didn’t come here to do the dirty work for someone… and so I won’t! It may take time, but that is my mindset.

When I return home I am putting the work into doing what I love. I will be working a few projects simultaneously, but it will be worth it. I believe the secret to success is never believing that there is any other option. You don’t have to be a certain age, or in a certain place, or have a certain amount of money to follow your dreams… it may help… but its not required.

I pulled two cards this morning. The first being the three of pentacles and the second is the chariot. Both cards are fabulous and I think they are relevant to everything I have been feeling… and the things I have read and heard from others.

The three of pentacles, ironically enough, fell out this morning when I was pulling a card from my blogger friend Magic Mentha. This card is about sharing the work load. I think this card is reminding us that we have many blessings and one of those blessings is friendship… and the ability to ask for help. If you aren’t needing help with your “work”, then maybe someone around you could use an extra hand. It’s time to share with other people and help each other cultivate our dreams.

The second card the chariot speaks of action taking place. I always say that we must stay in motion, continue to dance with the universe… whether it be dirty dancing, the limbo or the funky chicken… just keep moving. This card is telling us that if we keep moving, if we keep the rhythm, we will see that the next place is closer to where we want to be. Things are starting to progress and the growing pains of it all can be difficult, but its well worth it.

I am excited to see the chariot in this reading. I feel like it symbolizes having as sense of control over the things in our lives… may even be a reminder that no matter how out of control you feel, you still have at least one hand on the reins. Sometimes its difficult to know where you are going or what you are doing… sometimes you just feel as if you are spiraling out of control… but the chariot reminds us that there is a direction to it all, even in the madness.

I leave you with the idea that you can have it all… you can do it all… just keep strong. You may need to have a good cry. You may feel defeated for an evening. But you can make it through. Ask for help and it will be there, in some form or another. I think the easiest way to deal with life sometimes is to just leap into it. When you stop for a second to be “cautious” you lose your confidence.

To the gypsies… with love

Shaheen

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/23/2011

daily card: the hermit, the knight of wands and the temperance

The air is cool this morning and it wraps around me, almost refreshing…bringing me back to my senses. I spent a few extra minutes in silence this morning, feeling it essential to my daily routine. I felt like I needed to be grounded in the moment and I silently ask spirit to fill me with light and carry me through the day.

I spent most of my night writing. I felt emotional about so many things, issues old and new. It was startling to see how much of a hold some things have on me. Issues I thought I’d worked trough and feelings I thought I had dissolved. I’m so much more aware at night. Something about the darkness and the sort of hush that falls over us. Things look different at night, one thing becomes another and that’s when the ghost begin to roam.

After having a night of release, giving baggage to the dark, I sit here this morning feeling lighter. I feel like I am taking steps and though I still feel tired… I know changes are taking place and they will lead me to where I need to be.

I pulled a card this morning and two other ones decided to jump out as well. So I was given: the Hermit, the knight of wands, and the temperance. The temperance I actually pulled and the other two jumped out. I feel that these three cards are very relevant right now.

The hermit is one of my favorite cards. He asks me to go within and see my wisdom. It’s interesting because the hermit ask you to be alone or reminds you that you are alone for a reason. Greta Garbo once said, “I want to be alone. I just want to be alone.” I was inspired by that line for a project I did and yesterday I was interviews about it. Coincidence? Never. I have to embrace my time away and I have to embrace the life ahead, and stay centered.

The knight of wands speaks to me about My ideas. I feel like he wants me to take action and to set into motion my ideas and dreams. I’m not sure yet what that could be. I have so many ideas. Maybe that’s why the hermit urges me to meditate and be still. I feel the knight is a leader as well, he blazes trails. The knight of wands goes out and makes his path, he doesn’t hold back and he can be a little impatient at times.

The temperance is a gentle card. She speaks of patience. I need to be patient in all that I’m doing. What a conflicting message, the knight of wands is telling me to take action…but I think the Temperance is reminding me to stay centered and to allow things to gently unfold. I must stay in motion, even if it’s slow motion. The temperance ask us to find balance as well, which is something I am seeking everyday. Being on a trip like this causes you to be thrown out of balance on a lot levels, so you have to be very aware of yourself.

I feel better after seeing these cards. They are a reflection of my recent actions and I at least know I’m on the right path.

The next few weeks will be interesting. I cant decide where I want to be. London or home. There are things here that I feel I haven’t experienced yet and there are things at home that I had hoped would be healed and over by my return and I fear they aren’t. I am ready for so much to be laid to rest but I guess it happens in it’s own time.

“The morning star is burning brightly. She brings on the day time. I reach to touch her, gently quivering from the strain. She say, ‘you’ll only do this one more time… with your bright eyes’. I began to confuse growth with pain. I confessed to her my fears and she said nothing. She is still waiting for me to find the answer. So here’s to searching, in the stillness of the dance.” 

I hope everyone has an amazing day.

Much love,
Shaheen

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/17/2011

daily card: the page/princess of swords

The air this morning is tinged with a bit of strain. I feel tired and a little apathetic about the uninspiring things I have to get finished. I would love to sit in a peaceful cafe drinking Earl Gray tea and writing. I silently said my prayers and asked the universe to help me be grounded in this moment.

I probably stayed up way too late which never helps, but I am such a nightbird. I feel so much more inspired in the dark. I spent most of my night finishing a set of mala beads I’ve been making for my best friend. Mala’s are Buddhist prayer beads, similar to a rosary. I have strung every rosewood bead trying to tie in a prayer of good energy. It was nice to work on something for someone else. I only work on it when I feel I can because it’s important for me to make it while I’m in a positive frame of mind. The act of making it actually helped to stabilize my mood. It was meditative in itself.

I keep wondering why the energy around me seems off. My friend shared a quote the over day that basically said, see see the world as we are. I thought that was insightful…. So maybe I need to evaluate myself a little closer. Not sure I can handle that kind of introspection right now.

I pulled the princess/page of pentacles today. I was shocked because I’ve pulled her many times in the past few weeks. Well I wasn’t really shocked, but it made me realize her message is bigger than the daily. I asked myself when I saw her, what she could mean? She must have something to do with ideas and keeping grounded in my ventures. I feel see is telling me to be practical and to keep it simple. In this simple way of seeing things new ideas will emerge…business plans maybe.

I keep thinking of all my responsibilities whenever I see these pentacles. I wonder what I will do when I get home. Money and work seem to be up in the air. Readings have been suspended because of being here in London. And I have bills waiting for me first thing when I arrive. Then there is school and rent, oh and I have to find another internship for the winter… Preferably a paid one.

Now that I’ve written all that doom and gloom about all my responsibilities, I remind myself of the magic that is around me. Somehow it always works… A little positive thinking goes a long way. I think the princess of pentacles is asking me to strip away the distractions and get to the barebones… To the heart of what’s important. What am I really responsible for? What can I really control?

I think I’ll burn a candle inviting the light back and give to the flame my frustration and worries and all my fears. I’m going to meet the day with an open spirit, a determined spirit…a wild spirit.

I hope you are well and I hope things aren’t weighing too heavy on you. Take a moment to center and be still. Even if it’s while you take a few sips of coffee or while you wash and dry your hands. Find the sacred in the mundane parts of your day.

With love,
Shaheen

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/16/2011

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daily card: the ten of hearts

Someone once told me I live in a fantasy world and that I needed to get back to reality and I instantly thought, “oh yeah because you’re having a blast out there!” I think we all need to walk the line between fantasy and reality…our imagination and fantasies are the way we communicate with the universe. I doubt that most successful people detest dreaming.

I once watched an interview of Lady Gaga in which they asked her how it felt to be so famous and she basically responded, “oh I was famous before anyone knew me!” you have to live life like it’s the reality you want. Don’t worry about what people think! Affirm to yourself, “I am fearlessly being me!” and then do the damn thing…but be gentle.

I try to look at the world with child like eyes, seeing the wonders in even the simplest things. You don’t tell children not to be fantastical or imaginative and if you did they would ignore you. But somewhere along the way we get it stuck in our heads that we need “to grow up”! Rigid thoughts and feelings about life and it’s possibilities will only bring you unhappiness and a lack of resources. Imagination is the fertilizer of the seeds of our dreams and goals.

I plan to go out with a bang. I’m taking in life like a child in a candy store. Have a healthy view of things, don’t put too much pressure on your self when manifesting. For example it may be difficult to believe you can manifest a million dollars, though you could, why not start with something smaller. The more you manifest the more confident you become. And it keeps happening more and more with ease.

To my friend who told me I live in a fantasyland, I have to agree. I wouldn’t change it for anything. He isn’t very happy either…bless his soul. My wild ideas have taken me to some amazing places and I am thankful for that.

The card I pulled today is the ten of hearts/cups. This card is a card that represents success and appreciating the work you’ve put in. I also see this card as connecting with family and loved ones. I think we all need a support group who can build you up and inspire you.

I pulled this card this morning missing my mom. I felt like for me it was saying she is proud of me following my dreams. She has been very inspiring and supportive and I believe that she has given me the gift of dreaming. Maybe you are feeling like you need a new circle of friends. Or you might feel like you are distant from someone you love and it’s taking it’s tole on you. Reconnect with them if you can.

This card is telling you that the success you are reaching for is here it’s everywhere…just reach up and grab it. Don’t make it work and don’t beat yourself up over “failures”. This card is also reminding you that there is power in numbers so connect with a group.. The collective energy gives you more drive to manifest your desires.

I try to look at life like an epic adventure..nothings to lofty of a goal in my opinion… Then again I could be a silly dreamer.

Do it gypsies… rock and roll and never take second best!

Much love
Shaheen

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/2/2011

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daily card: the nine of hearts

Yesterday was one of those days that once you make it to the end you just want to fall over with exhaustion. Work can be so taxing on your body, mind and spirit. Sometimes I feel like I can’t look at the same pattern again…but it’s worth seeing a garment emerge from all the chaos.

I Worked a few hours later to finish up, so I stopped to get something to eat before getting on the bus. There was a young man working who I stayed and chatted with for a bit. He was interested to know if I was a student and I explained to him that I am interning here in London. His eyes were lit with a strange excitement. For a moment I felt him vicariously experiencing my trip. He said to me, “you’re very lucky, you know that. Enjoy it”

I walked away thinking about his words. It was kind of him to chat with me and to remind me how important all of this is. I am lucky and I appreciate every moment that I have and I cherish the memories that I am able to make here. But it doesn’t come without hard work.

Once I finally made it home I wanted to go to bed. But I fought the urge to sleep for a bit. I chatted with friends online and the I had the urge to write. I’ve needed to sort through my emotions. When so many things change In such a short span of time it’s liberating and terrifying all at once. I wrote about what’s happened the past few years and I read through old poems and journal entries.

Two years ago I set out on another journey. I moved from home to go to school. I found my own apartment and pulled together all the resources I could. Some people in my life were pessimistic about the whole thing…insisting that I would never be able to afford it. But I did and I never let it bring me down. That’s how I got here to London. I took a dream and I asked the dream to unfold with me.

I remember siting in my new studio alone writing about life and change and contemplating all of my transformations…the same as now. The magic of life is that it’s a changeless change. We take steps to become who we’ve always been in someways. You have to be grounded in who you are right now and where you’re going.

I was afraid then. I was young and it was all new and I had no clue what to expect, but I packed my dreams and all my special things and I went for it and I love where I am now. Being here in London is another facet of that transformation.

Before I went to bed…well before sleep took me over, I wrote about where I am now. There were words in my heart that I was compelled to spill out. In words you can get it all out and really heal your soul.

I finally gave in to sleep and as I drifted off I thought about all the beautiful adventures I’ve been on. Looking back at them all I see how they blessed me, no matter how dark they felt at the time. I fell asleep knowing that I am where I’m meant to be.

This morning I pulled the nine of cups. I call this the wish card. It always symbolizes to me that what you’ve been pulling to you is coming to be. This card is about honoring emotions and feelings. No matter how you feel you must listen to it…ask the feeling where it comes from and how it serves you.

If you listen to your feelings and find their gift you will learn to navigate through every bend in the road. Our emotions are Indicators of where we are at this moment. What are you resisting and/or embracing?

I am sitting here now trying to stay grounded. I’m taking in my feelings about this trip and letting it all inspire me…I’m settled knowing that my efforts are paying off. I’m still young and wide eyed and still going with the wind. It’s important to me to dedicate myself to something uplifting and inspiring. I’m reminded by this card that my wishes are being fulfilled in more ways than I know…as long as I keep going forward.

Enjoy the day and expect a gift soon. Even if it’s a moments reprieve from the stress you are under. Contemplate your feelings…what is their source?

Much love,
Shaheen

(c) Shaheen Miro 8/1/2011

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daily card: the three of wands

Today is such a beautiful day. I woke up this morning feeling really great. Something about the day feels grounded and at ease. I hope to keep that feeling with me.

Two of my friends are staying with me for a few days and I am so excited to see them. It’s great to have familiar faces around. I really missed both of them and we always have a blast together. People tend to be so much more adventurous together.

Last night we decided to go out. We visited a little pub close to my flat, which we’ve been to before. It’s the best little place… filled with tons of people, everyone dancing and best of all theres karaoke. You know that this little gypsy loves to sing.

So we dance and had a few drinks. Took in the crowed and really pulled in the lively spirit. Watching karaoke is always this mixture between humor and awe. Everyone there really put there heart into it.

So when it was my turn to sing I took to the stage and naturally rocked out. I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a bit of a rock and roll..gypsy! The crowed was moving. I was singing, channeling a little Janis and really just have fun. I think it’s in moments like those that you let down your guard and just take in life. It was a blast!

On the ride home my friends and I rode in the back of the crowded double-decker bus. We sat there facing eachother, each of us tired eyed, yet some how life and dreams came up. We carried on together about how we are ready to love and take take our dreams and run with them.

Its surreal for three friends from Ohio to be here in this big city of London for no other reason than we wanted to be. It made me realize how fearless we are sometimes. I think it’s in those moments of uncertainty the most magic happens. You have to live life knowing that each thing you do is another story, another facet and another part of you.

My best friend and I have this conversation all the time. Sometimes it feels like university is holding us back. We are young, beautiful and ready to live our dreams. We are ready to make love and art. But it’s all in good time.

This morning I pulled the three of wands and I instantly saw the three of us taking chances and going after opportunities. There is something freeing about looking at your life and feeling like you are giving yourself to something you love, it’s not always possible as a career, but even in your free time (make it if need be) you should find something that you are passionate about.

All of us are on an epic adventure, whether you know it or not. Some of us will quietly sit on the train and watch life pass by only seeing the magnificent things through a window and others will take the time to stop and really be active on the journey… I want to be one of those people.

The three of wands reminds you to live life, not endure it and in the unfolding of it all you must find something to enjoy. Never look back and wish you would have…look back and remember that you did!

Life starts by dreaming because it’s in dreaming that we tell the universe what we want and need. Wands ask us to communicate and the the three of wands reminds you that there is more to life than what you see. Take advantage of every opportunity.

“she stepped out on the stage filled with fear and wonder. The crowed roared and the lights flashed. As she stepped to the microphone, looking out at the sea of people she thought, ‘i’m living my dream!’ and together they made love and art… They shared it all.”

Never stop… With love

Shaheen

(C) Shaheen Miro 7/30/2011

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