Tarotscopes: April 2015

Tarotscopes: April 2015 with the Karma Tarot

Monthly Theme

5 of Wands

Stop for a moment and contemplate the current state of your life. Where are you bleeding away your energy? What is eating away at your heart? What is stealing your light? Stand strong, and gather your emotions. This is a time of self-empowerment, and composure. Don’t be afraid to standout. Wave your banner high. Communicate what you are thinking, feeling, desiring. What questions do you have for the Universe? For the people around you? Don’t make assumptions. Ask questions. Challenge the picture before you.

Aries March 21-April 19

Lilith (The Empress)

Aries, look at where you’ve been. Look at what you’ve learned, experienced, and had the opportunity to explore. You are worldly, even when you don’t feel so. You have seen heartache, and love. You have seen the dark and the light. Hold tight to your power, and radiate it out into the world. You don’t have to take action, to be in motion. Let your power, your ideas, and your dreams, germinate. Be subtle, go inward, and let the force inside of you propel its way outward in its perfect time!

Taurus April 20-May 20

7 of Coins

You are in a very receptive place, Taurus. Taking in, and taking on the things bubbling and crackling around you. Be gentle with yourself, as you are feeling overwhelmed by the flood of emotions and information. This is a very psychic time for you, drifting in the lofty world of the between places. As an earth sign, this tends to be a little unnerving for you. Feel your feet beneath you. Say hello to the unknown. Most of all… wait, and listen.

Gemini May 21-June 21

4 of Wands

This is a time of orchestrating, and calculating plans, moves and next steps. You can take a single atom, and build a universe. You have the power within you to make all things a reality. You may not feel this capable right now, but know that you are laying down the foundation, planting the seeds for something much bigger than even you can imagine. Stay strong, stay steady, and be comforted in the knowledge that even subtle gestures can make waves.

Cancer June 21-July 22


Cancer, you are grappling with emotions, and have a tendency toward retreat. You find yourself wilting under the pressure of daily demands. You are thinking too much to move rhythmically with the beat of the Universe right now. Stop forcing, stop fearing… and just start flowing. You cannot subdue the beasts of the unknown by fighting against it. The real secret is to touch it gently, intently… and let your heartbeat link into the heartbeat of that which you fear the most.

Leo July 23-August 22

Knight of Coins

Your present state of mind has been on where you are at, where you are going, and will you have the resources to fund your next path. Leo, you are a creature of fire, of life and movement. You blaze in an aura of intensity. To touch the earth too closely can make you feel heavy… it bleeds away your vitality. Do not get stuck in the cycle of worry, meditate more on how you will express yourself, rather than how you will sustain yourself. All the possibilities you’ve been juggling will gently unfold without any need for force.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Knight of Cups

April is an invitation for you to explore your inner world, your softer side. Say hello to your emotions for a change. Don’t hide from them, don’t solider on, trying to man handle your feelings. You have nothing to prove right now. Be sad, be happy, be outrageous. Let your words, and feelings flow from you. Just like the planet earth, you have a deep well of beautiful water flowing under the surface… what is this lifeblood swirling inside of you? Have you taken the time to say hello? Let your affirmation moving forward be, “Thank you.”

Libra September 23-October 22

2 of Cups

There is a strange, and unsettling energy in the air. Something is calling you to look closer at the things you are binding yourself to. This can be love, work, addiction, and relationships. This isn’t to say any of these things are innately bad, but it begs you to answer the question… are you feeding your spirit? New energy is cycling in, and with it comes a new reality. Be brave enough to let go of the worn-out, you have no need to solve the riddles of the past, and accept the new!

Scorpio October 23-November 21

6 of Cups

You have hinged your next steps on the patterns of past failures. Learn from your history, but do not be bound to it. Be fluid. Be open. Be receptive. Only when you tap into your heart center, and let yourself pour out into the world will you find the things you seek. The answers truly lie before you in the unknown, not in uncovering retraced footsteps of dusty maps. Push yourself a little more, Scorpio… you will be better of for it.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

8 of Wands

Sagittarius, you are being methodical, calculating plans, and steps forward. Remember that the path ahead isn’t a straight and narrow one. It can wind, bend, turn, and even fall off all together. Look for alternate routes… tunnel vision will be the bane of you. There is wisdom in looking for the footsteps of those before you. Maybe not to follow them, but to avoid them.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

4 of Swords

You are stuck in cage of mental blocks. Sometimes we bonder one thought too long for answers, never realizing that the apposing thought is actually the key to the question. Do not give in to anguish, and mental fatigue. This is a self-imposed reality. You can cut away the grime, and the baggage. Take a time out. Don’t make excuses just start making plans. Everything else can wait as you regain your sanity.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Justice (A repeat from last month!)

Where is your composure? Do you need to be composed at all? These are questions to ask yourself. Cling not to the answer, instead ruminate on the question. There is so much power, and wisdom in contemplating the unknown, and breathing in possibility. Your inner world is seeking expression in the outer world. The more you deny your spirit, the more distorted your reality becomes. Speak out. Say what you need to say. Push forward. Ask questions. Probe and prompt the darkness. You’ll find in the falling from grace, you will gain wings!

Pisces February 19-March 20


You are dancing in the integration of duality. Dark and light. Good and bad. Male and female. You’ll find a better vantage point when you turn yourself upside down, and sideways. The end of one thing heralds the beginning of another. Pisces let your emotions fertilize the bones of the past, of loss, and goodbyes… so that seeds can germinate and take root. New things are blooming, even in the wake of your self-described wasteland.

© Shaheen Miro 2015

Weekly Reading with the Tattered Nomad Oracle March 16, 2015

Here are the cards for this week! There is a unique message in there for all of us. Explore!!

What message do you see in the cards?

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Tarotscopes: March 2015

Tarotscopes: March 2015 with the Haindl Tarot

Monthly Theme

Aeon (Judgment)

This is a powerful time of change and transformation. As the spring begins to bloom into life, things begin to shift. The old is melting away, the tears, the pain, and the stagnation. The light is coming back, and the sun begins to shine. You will find yourself in a fluid, fertile, and empowered state. Gather yourself, and move forward. Root yourself in something new… a dream, a goal, a change, an idea. Don’t be fearful… dance in the alchemical fires of rebirth.

Aries March 21-April 19

8 of Swords

You are feeling the strain… the pangs of pain, and interference. Wipe away your tears, and lift your head. This is a time of moving forward. Don’t be afraid of the dark, the unknown. Don’t resist this time to look at your face, worn with time, and experience. There is still light cascading through the shadows. On a fresh sheet of paper write out all the things that bring you sorrow. Write them in red, cross them out with black; burn them in the flames of a fresh candle. Affirm that you are gathering strength from instability.

Taurus April 20-May 20

6 of Stones

Have you felt like your efforts have shown no results? Open your arms wide, and let the golden light shower you with success, with desires manifested! You are reaping the benefits of hard work. This is a time of results. Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t settle for anything less than your goals. As the spring begins to bloom, so too does the seeds that you’ve sewn. Stand still for just a moment, take a deep breath, feel your rhythm… your personal rhythm. Stomp your feet on the ground, jump up and down and feel the solidity of the earth beneath you. You are here, now!

Gemini May 21-June 21

Five of Stones

Be brave, and savor the uncertainty of winter… it is passing. Though the spring is here, you may feel a lag in your personal energy, and your goals as you project forward. There is a feeling of standing still, you may be dancing on stagnant waters, but there is still life dormant beneath you. Reach for it, pull it from deep within, and breathe life into it. Don’t let yourself become idle… life may seem like it is sleeping, but you are restless. Channel that energy into something. Before you realize it, you will find a gentle wind of change healing all wounds, and fog that has filled your heart and mind.

Cancer June 21-July 22

Ace of Wands

You can relax now as all closed doors are opening. Pull in the unfettered energy of optimism and change. Life is beginning, you are beginning again. New projects will be presented to you. An abundance of ideas will flood your consciousness. Keep a notebook near at all times. Write, and sketch out all things that are being gifted to you. The muses are speaking…will you listen? Stand tall, look in the mirror and meditate on your beauty. There is nothing to fear… you are filled with grace now.

Leo July 23-August 22

The Hierophant

In all your sparkling energy you can forget to look at your roots, the road you’ve traveled and the people and places that have touched you. Reach deeply into your memories, look back on the things that have shaped you…don’t see things in black and white… there are only experiences, nothing good, and nothing bad. What has made you beautiful? What has made you bold? Touch your face, study your hands, and peer into your eyes. Do you see your mother, your father, and your ancestors? This meditation will unfold layers of understanding and give you a point of power as you traverse possibilities of the future.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Ace of Cups

You are happening upon a time of great love, and great opportunity in your life. Feed the fragile spark that lives inside you, until it blazes into a dancing fire. Stand with arms outreached, open and ready for the Universe to bestow upon you all the wonders that you’ve so patiently waited for. Spontaneity is your new mantra. Be wild, be free. New love, new opportunity, and new passion follow closely behind as you propel forward into the arms of spring.

Libra September 23-October 22

10 of Cups

Libra, take a moment to remove your shoes, remove all your layers, close your eyes, and begin to wiggle your toes, and fingers. Do you feel that spark of life? There is rich, fertile soil all around you to plant your seeds of desires, and your goals. Tap into this potential. Relish in the abundance of resources at your fingertips. This may not seem apparent at the moment, but as the month progresses you will see little sprouts of life pushing up all around you. Your only task is to say hello!

Scorpio October 23-November 21

The Lovers

It is time to grow, and expand. Feel your humanness. Come up against your edge. Push further, push forward, push yourself gently, but firmly. You are made of light, and shadow. You are of the earth, and the stars. Don’t get lost in the ephemeral world of love, and emotions…let them prompt, and guide you…rather than overwhelm you. There is a great gift waiting to reveal itself. It could come in the form of a person, an opportunity, or a talisman of luck and power. It will reveal itself when you begin to see your other side.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Son of Stones

There is great responsibility in your hands. You are shaping, forming, and firing the clay of creation into something that spreads far beyond your own reality. You are paving the way for those around you, and those that come after you. Move forward with a mindfulness of all people… sense the invisible thread that connects all beings together. Sagittarius, you may not see your place in the world as one of influence, though it isn’t apparent, it is very real. Speak with truth, and honesty. You will be recognized, remembered by your actions and words.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Five of Swords

You are feeling a web of strain, and confusion… this may be confused as defeat. But hold tight to this feeling, as it will be your guide through times of change. Jump, dance, bend with the turbulence…. Let this rumble of energy be the backbone of your beat, shaking your core and freeing the stagnation. Soon you will see the writing on the wall. The crystal visions will form, and things will become clear. The Universe may be moving, but you always have your core. The call of change will lure you when you are ready. Trust this Capricorn, just trust!

Aquarius January 20-February 18


Be gentle with yourself… you are a creature of breath and emotion. The wind will rise up around you; it will engulf you, lull you, and hold you. This strain of emotion can overwhelm your senses, and throw the heart into desperation. Know that this time is filled with powerful healing, pushing, pulling, and undulating. As one tower falls, another will rise. Hold up the mirror of self-reflection, and self-love. See the powerful being you are. Find balance in the chaos. All things float in equilibrium unbeknownst to you.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Son of Wands

Pisces step into your own as the dancer of creation and destruction. Remember you are a divine being, see through the eyes of the Universe. See the golden lining that binds things together. Layers are being shed, tapestries are being woven. Feel your body, hear your voice… take your power. If you are daring enough to go down the road less traveled… you will be fed, and sustained!

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© Shaheen Miro 2015

Tarotscopes: January 2015

Tarotscopes: January 2015 with the Motherpeace Round Tarot

The start of the New Year brings with it new projects and adventures. Many things have been brewing in my world, and I am so excited to share these things with you as 2015 unfolds. My New Years gift to you is a monthly Tarotscope!

The Monthly Tarotscope will bring you an insightful message based on your zodiac sign, and a card that I pull for each sign specifically. Much like a traditional horoscope, your Tarotscope will give you guidance, and direction for the month ahead, and offer you some intuitive prompting as you set your intentions for the month.

To add another level of insight to your Monthly Tarotscope read your Sun sign, Moon sign, and your Rising sign. This will give you more information, and further flesh out your reading.

With your Tarotscope you may find added information such as crystals to use, ceremonies to perform, prompts to use, and affirmations.

I hope you enjoy!

Aries March 21-April 19

3 of Discs

Settle into the New Year with focus and intention. This is a powerful time of manifestation, and your energy is called to more industrious efforts. Focus on self-propelled ideas such as creative projects, or business. Especially if you’ve had an idea on your mind throughout the past few months, or even the last year… now is the time to give that idea life! Do not stop creating the things you want, be tenacious, set goals and work toward them. Tap into your resources, especially friends, and specialized groups.


Taurus April 20-May 20

8 of Discs

Now is the time to hone your abilities, and skills. What has caught your interest? What are you craving to learn? Begin there. Buy yourself a book. Take a class. Meet with an expert. This is the perfect time to move to the next level with your interest. You have the opportunity to take this to the next level; it no longer has to be a hobby. It all begins with you, and your willingness to believe in yourself.


Gemini May 21-June 21


Gemini, this is a very powerful time for you! Be prepared for this period of metamorphosis. You are shedding layers, releasing and purging the old. Allow yourself to let go of the worn-out ideas, and faces of yourself. A new you is beginning to emerge. Stand strong, as change brings about chaos. Things may feel in flux for some time, but know this is a true blessing that brings you closer to what feeds your spirit. Things will settle as we move into February.


Cancer June 21-July 22

Son of Swords

As January settles in you will find yourself over thinking your next steps. This can be a difficult place for you, as your emotions tend to get very involved in your thoughts. Remain objective with yourself, as this will lessen the feelings of anxiety. Feel secure in your ability to make major decisions, but do not rush yourself into anything. There is no need to feel time urgency. Big decisions can wait, and if opportunities “pass you up”, then they were not meant to be!


Leo July 23-August 22

Ace of Swords

Gather your energy, and strength, and forge ahead. The sharp, and focused energy of the Swords is at your disposal. Tap into inner fire and channel that into something special. As this time doors will open. Unexpected opportunities will be presented to you. The right people will wander into your path. Your task is to pay attention, and use this potential for your highest good!


Virgo August 23-September 22

5 of Discs

Virgo take pleasure in the simple things. Now is the time to enjoy the small, mundane tasks. As you go through your daily routine, washing your face, making your cup of coffee, and doing your dishes… look at it from a different perspective. These aren’t idle moments; these are special glimpses into your inner world. Let them become meditations allowing you to access the wisdom that lives inside of you. This simplicity will keep your grounded and centered for the coming months.


Libra September 23-October 22

Ace of Wands

You are blooming, unfolding, cracking open into life! January brings with it a new outlook and perspective. You have felt disinterested the last half of the year, but with 2015 comes a fire that novitiates you to wrap up loose ends, and move into new arenas. Especially trust in your ideas right now, and share them with others. You will be recognized for your growing magnetism.


Scorpio October 23-November 21

5 of Cups

We seldom see the softer side of Scorpio, but here it is. Your emotions are clinging toward the past, and you find yourself very nostalgic, and unable to let something go. Be with this feeling until it begins to subside. Don’t dwell, but befriend. When something weighs heavy on our hearts and minds it is meant to teach us something. Ask this feeling… what wisdom do you have for me? And listen. You actually have to listen now!


Sagittarius November 22-December 21

9 of Cups

Congratulations my friend… this is the wishes come true card. You have basically won the lottery. You are pulling into your life all the things you wish and desire. The secret is to put your thoughts and desires into things that make you happy. Remember your thoughts dictate your circumstance. Treat yourself, give yourself a spa day, relax and unwind. The more fluid you are, the easier blessings can flow into your life!


Capricorn December 22-January 19

6 of Swords

Your vision and perspective are becoming clear. Keep yourself in a space of openness, acceptance and gratitude. Your worries and concerns will begin to dissipate, and with this shift brings a keen sense of focus. Find what speaks to you, and link yourself into it. This is the perfect time to reach out to a group, or organization that supports your interest.


Aquarius January 20-February 18

Priestess of Wands

Aquarius, you are always beautiful and mysterious. Embrace your mystical energy, and use it to your benefit. You may find yourself feeling a bit shadowy, and confused, but let me assure you that the answers you seek are right in front of you. You have the power to make things happen. Set your mind to it, speak it into life, and let it be so. And don’t be afraid to treat your self!


Pisces February 19-March 20

The Temperance

Embrace yourself in your present state because you are finding equilibrium. Movement will bring you balance. Be open to your intuition, and listen as it gently guides you. Dance, and yoga are two wonderful ways for you stay grounded and centered. Make time for movement, and before you begin your practice set an intention and ask for clarity. Your ability to be flexible hints at your openness to life.

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© Shaheen Miro 2015

What Are Spirit Guides?

Everyone has a collective of celestial helpers waiting to by their side. These are your spirit guides, and they are waiting patiently to help you. Sadly, some people never learn to consciously connect with their guides, but here is some information to introduce you to who they are and what they do!

What are Spirit Guides?

  • A spirit guides is a discarnate entity that’s sole purpose is to aide you on your life path.  You and your guide made a soul level contract before incarnation that they would watch over, guide and protect you, as well as disperse spiritual insights and synchronicities into your life.
  • Your spirit guide has a unique understanding of you and the path that you have laid out for yourself. Often they work with you when you create your spiritual map. They have a vantage point from which they guide you because they are able to see your map clearly and they can view the “bigger” picture of our journey.
  • Your spirit guide is your souls assistant working behind the scenes. Whether you are aware of them, they constantly watch over, protect and guide you.

Does everyone have a spirit guide?

  • Absolutely everyone has a spirit guide. Some may argue that there are people who do not have guides, but as far as I have seen we all do. No matter what your religious background or beliefs are, even if you do not believe in God, you still have a guide.
  • We have a primary guide, who has incarnated at least once. The reason being is so that they have empathy about our journey here on earth. Now if you do not believe in incarnation or that whole philosophy it doesn’t negate the idea of a spirit guide. We also have a secondary guide or guides that can walk into your lives at key points bringing us more specialized guidance. For example: If you are beginning to explore a new career path and you are very passionate about it, but not very confidant you may have a secondary guide who steps in and helps you in this area. They are specialty guides.

How can I recognize the presence of my spirit guide?

  • Any time you are stressed or undergoing extreme changes in your life a spirit guide will be more dominant in your life. Their purpose is to help you with the difficult areas of your journey, so when times are tough remember that they are there.
  • It is common for people to hear their name being called, when no one is around. Usually your guides are trying to get your attention.
  • You may see flashing lights, often blue or white. Maybe even shadows or silhouettes out of the corner of your eye.
  • Reoccurring dreams, especially of a stranger whom you feel comfortable with.
  • A unique fascination with a name or geographical place, which is often connected to the name or ethnicity of your guide.
  • Some sort of reoccurring symbol. Such as numbers, letters, motifs, etc.
  • Physical sensations. Often the feeling of being touched on a shoulder or hand or someone standing near you to one side or the other.

How can I know my guides name and what they look like?

  • Most people like to know the name of their guide first. There are many ways to get the name of your guide. Basically you can ask, “What is your name?” and then wait to see which name pops into your head first, or which names stands out to you (the next person you meet, a billboard, song on the radio or it may be written on a piece of paper). You can also use a baby name book and open a page at random and select a name by pointing with your eyes closed. Or the other way is to use a name that you feel drawn to.
  • People often want to know how their guides look or what their sex is before they connect with them. My answer to this is 1) they may appear in whatever form they wish. As an animal, ball of light or a physical person. Your primary guide will typically take the form of a human. Meditation is key in finding out what they look like or you may have a dream or vision or you could ask a reader. 2) You can ask them to appear in a certain form because your guide will do whatever it takes to work with you in your comfort zone.

How can I easily speak to my guide?

  • The simplest way to speak with your guide is by talking out loud to them. Your guide will find some way to communicate back with you. This could be through symbols, visions, dreams, songs, verbal communication, feelings, television programs or other people. They will find the best way to communicate with you if you just trust.
  • Using an oracle deck is an easy and powerful way to communicate with them.
  • Write letters to them or leave little messages posted around your home or office.
  • Mediate. You can do this through a guided meditation or by simply being still for a few minutes a day.
  • Creativity and art. They are drawn to creativity and they love to inspire us. Inspiration comes from the word spirit!

A few more things

  • Angels and spirit guides are not the same. Typically your spirit guide is not a loved one who passed. These are three different types of entities.
  • Your guides have far more ability to help you when you ASK for them to help!
  • Spirit guides do not control any aspect of your life; they only offer you help and guidance. You have free will at all times. You may even ask for certain aspects of your life to be inaccessible to your guides if you like.
  • They are not all knowing. They have more insight into our life because they are watching outside of it and they can connect with our subconscious mind which is far wiser and our map.
  • Guides are never negative, harmful, pushy, controlling or frightening.
  • They know when to turn their heads if you know what I mean, but they are never truly absent.
  • They truly are your bestfriends. When you begin to connect with them, it should be more like a reunion, rather than a first encounter.

This information is only a small portion of what can be written about the subject. I’ve only pulled out the basics to get you started so that you can begin working with and calling on your guides.  Once you’ve read this you can begin enriching your life by consciously connecting with them.

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have about this subject. If there is anything that I can elaborate on or any confusion I may clear up, I would be more than happy to.  And I would love to hear any stories you may have about working with your guides. What was your first encounter like? Do you remember the first time you consciously worked with your guide?

If you have questions, comments or stories, please comment below, or tweet @ShaheenMiro #TheGypsyTalks

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© Shaheen Miro 3/22/2011

Talking With the Tattered Nomad Oracle

Do you have a burning question that is on your heart and mind? Maybe there is something specific you are wanting answers for. Lets tap into the wisdom of the Universe, and have a conversation with the Tattered Nomad Oracle!

One question mini-readings via email area available using the TNO.

Formulate a very specific question and we will do a 3 card spread. You will receive and answer, and a photograph of your layout.

Explore with Shaheen’s Tattered Nomad Oracle!

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Tea Leaf Reading

Tea leaf reading is an ancient and magical art that taps into the deep, rich world of the psyche giving insight, guidance and creative prompts. Tea leaf reading has its roots in Asia and the Middle East and has been practiced by everyone from Royalty to housewives, and was considered a pass-time by the victorian ladies at high noon tea. Not only is it a rewarding and extremely insightful process, it’s beautiful and entertaining.

Anyone who’s enjoyed a nice cup of tea can attest to how relaxing and peaceful it is. Imagine taking that process to another level. As you enjoy your cup of loose leaf tea, you infuse it with your essence, creating a catalyst that allows the tea to “paint” pictures and images in the bottom of your cup. From there I will string together symbols to give you insight into key points in your life (past, present, future).

Tea leaf reading is one of my favorite forms of divination because of the ambience and atmosphere it creates. All readings  come from the same intuitive place, so a tea leaf reading and a Tarot reading will yield similar results, but tea leaf readings tend to captivate people because it is a very creative, lyrical and moving experience. If you’ve never had the opportunity to have a tea leaf reading you should treat yourself to the experience!

Personal tea leaf reading sessions are available (same as other consultations), as well as tea leaf reading parties. Tea leaf reading parties are extremely fun and interesting and adds another layer to any afternoon brunch! If you are interested you can even host a class I like to call The Gypsy Tea Party… where I come and teach everyone the basics of tea leaf reading!

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Fall Into the Dark

There is something calming about falling into the night, just letting go and allowing the hushed and gentle spirit of the Moon to speak to you. I find myself coming alive in the dark. I lay down to go to bed after a long, hard day and something in me is awakened by the subtle calm that permeates the air. I want to write, I want to sing, I want to tell my secrets to the angels.

I feel that I’ve crossed over into another world as the night comes on. Everything looks different, one thing transforms into another. We all become shape shifters in the dark. We unwind and let go; we shed the layers of the day. Like a weight has been lifted and we become light again. Its at night, in the dark that we can become the darkness unafraid.

There is nothing to fear in the dark because if you close your eyes everything becomes nothing and nothing is all the same. Its a powerful form of alchemy where you can experience what is unable to be seen in the light of day. Its not that everything in the night is taboo in the day, its just easier at night because there are no expectations. You have no guilt when you are falling into the darkness because thats whats expected; whether you are sleeping, dreaming or going wild.

I ask you to find what sets you free. In the still of the night find something that inspires you. My muse comes alive in the night. She takes my hand and ask me to dance with her. Thats when I write my deepest poems and draw out my most intimate dreams. The night time is powerful because its very intimate. The night time is like a silk velvet robe of the darkest ebony, slipping around your body gently touching you, keeping you safe. So let yourself unwind and just fall into it all, you become the darkness and let the darkness become you. Thats when I know you should whisper to your angels.

Be creative, be alive and most of all be free…

I love your gypsy souls….


© Shaheen Miro 5/19/2011

Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture

I find this collection to be brilliant. All the beautiful elements that were brought together here are just inspiring; the colors, the shapes and the fabrics. These dresses are part luxury, part myth and part space adventure into the future. They are masterfully executed and cohesive.

Chief Designer Riccardo Tisci is known for his intensity, drawing inspiration from things such as the Gothic and Space-age minimalism. His interest in Japanese robots and the passing of the Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno, were the inspiration for this collection. With special attention on things such as appliqué and creating a sense of three-dimensionality.

To me the most intriguing part about this collection is the sense of spiritual mystery that is wrapped up in this ultra-modern/space age look. It is slightly scifi, but with more sophistication. I instantly think of the word “Avatar” when I see these dresses…. and I don’t mean tall, blue, alien like avatars. I am speaking of the Hindu term for enlightened beings.

Something about this speaks to me. I especially like the images that he chose for the garments. And the use of color is very intuitive. Dusty, muted tones, accented with a pop of color strategically placed. Not to mention the bizarre and evocative hats my Philip Treacy. This is just good stuff to me…

For more photos and information: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/S2011CTR-GIVENCHY

© Shaheen Miro 5/13/2011