October Issue of Soul Path Magazine: Saraswati | Words

Check out the new issue of Soul Path Magazine for October.

This month is about Words and the goddess Saraswati. Lots of wonderful and insightful information in this issue (as always).

This issue I wrote about the Spider, who is the patroness of writers, and creatives! Such a beautiful energy to tap into.

Check out all the awesome information, including my article “The Gypsies Insights: The Spider’s Medicine.

Soul Path Magazine is part of the Soul Path Tribe. It is, “Pagan-friendly community & monthly goal-making kits for women who want life with more magic and less mundania” -Soul Path Tribe

Filled with wonderful resources for building up your spirit and helping you attain a happy, and spiritually fulfilling life! There is really something here for everyone… pagan or not… woman or not!

Buy the October issue, HERE, for only $5.00!

or join the Soul Path Tribe at http://soulpathtribe.com/

 

Dream Gypsy Boy… Dream

Photo on 2012-03-29 at 21.31 #4There is magic in trying, but not knowing. Sometimes you have to close your eyes and go along for the ride. I have danced in the dark many times… and some how I have always came out unscathed. My scars are badges that mark the successes of my journey. You may not see the strength in your beauty as you go through life… because it’s not always easy to see the road you’ve traveled unless you learn to fly overhead.

It’s not worth trying to rationalize the dreams we have. I’m finished with reason and sensibility… it’s not what seems logical, it’s what feels wonderful. I am living my life for me, for all the things I love, for what makes me vital. If it feeds my spirit then it’s right. Regardless of how insane that may seem.

There should be no regret in heeding the call. It may be misunderstood, but then again that is in the eyes of onlookers… and you should never do it for them anyway. I’ve traveled the edge of dreamland and stood astounded by the glory and mystery. Those moments live in my heart, delicious seeds germinating in silence. The dream hasn’t ended because the dream has just begun.

Here I stand in the threshold of what was, what is, what will be… what has always been, and yet hasn’t had a chance to begin. And here I will jump of the ledge and the embrace of angel wings will lift me up beyond the pain. I will soar, you can soar, there is room enough for us all to fill the skies… there can never be too many stars shinning in the night.

Reach out your hand, close your eyes, and dive. Don’t play the game, just jump in and dance. You can’t change their actions, or reactions, you can only grind to your own rhythm. And remember… if you do it in love, if you do it in trust, if you do it because it feels right to your heart… then it will touch everyone around you in a positive way, either now or someday, and magic will bloom until it fills the room, the eyes and the spirits of everyone.

He said… dream gypsy boy… dream

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 2013

Nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

What a sweet little treat to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. I feel so blessed to know that people resonate with my writing and are willing to join my gypsy journey. Thank you for the nomination Summer Goddess, I appreciate your support and enthusiasm.

Here are the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

 

Thank you again, Summer Goddess!

Here are my 15 blogs that I recommend and nominate:

Saturness

JohnCoyote

Sparrow Tarot

Twelve of Hearts 

The Go Between

Prince Le Normand

Magic Mentha

Under the Cowrie Moon

Photon Stimulus 

The Four Queens

Bohemian Valhalla 

I’m Burning With Love 

Quirkeries

Tarot In a Teacup

Tarotize

Here are 7 things about me:

1. I only wear boots. I wear them all Summer long (if I don’t have boots on it’s a special occasion).

2. I write songs and play the piano with my rudimentary skills, but it’s my little treat to myself!

3. I am in LOVE with Stevie Nicks. I think she is the greatest writer of all times.

4. I am a Fashion Design student.

5. I’ve been reading Tarot since I was about 6 years old.

6. I have a black cat named Ali, and a black cat spirit guide named Spooky.

7. I put a scarf on anything I can…. It adds a touch of color and gypsy to any room ;-)

I hope you enjoy this! And congratulations :-)

Re: Tarot Foundations: Furthering Our Knowledge

The idea is simple. Over the next 31 days, you will learn the basics of how to read the Tarot cards. By the end of this program, you’ll not only have knowledge of how the Tarot cards work, but you’ll also have the tools and techniques that will help you to put that knowledge into practice.

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont

(This is a repost from last week. I want to make sure I haven’t missed anyone, I don’t want anyone left hanging in the back of the class with their hand up… or worse left in the back too afraid to raise their hand! Speak up, start talking, let’s gather here and learn about Tarot! So if you have anything you want to talk about, leave a comment. Next week 2/18 I will post Part 4 of the Tarot Foundations segment.) 

Recently we’ve explored Tarot through the book, Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with ConfidenceI’ve had the exciting experience of reading this wonderful collection of information, adding my own musings, thoughts and experiences to the mix. This has been a wonderful way to connect with everyone, offering insights and experiences to further our knowledge. If you are just now tuning in, you can read the other post here: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

And don’t be shy… participate to help us all learn, and to be entered to win a FREE copy of Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence

So before we go any further with our learning adventure, let’s talk about a few things!! I want to get a feel for where you are with your reading practice, what you are loving and what you are hating, what you want to work on and what you would like to throw out the window.

“What about Tarot is eluding you?”

“Are there any area’s in your learning experience you just can’t seem to get past?”

“What practice just isn’t working, despite how hard you try or how much you work at it?”

“Is there anything you’ve tried or that you feel you need to learn/do with Tarot that you just don’t want to?”

“What burning question do you have about learning Tarot that you cant seem to find the answer for?”

“What has been working for you with learning Tarot?” “What’s your favorite Tarot exercise?”

“What’s you favorite Tarot book?”

“How has  your Tarot practice changed since you’ve began reading the Tarot Foundations segment?”

“What are your Tarot learning goals?”

“What would you like to see more of with the Tarot Foundations segment?”

“How do you see yourself growing with Tarot?”

“What is one thing you’ve wanted to explore with Tarot, but have been afraid to or intimidated to?”

Let’s hear from you! I wan’t to know what you’re thinking, feeling, wanting and doing. This is your classroom. Let’s learn together, grow together and experience together. I want to give you more of what you want and need. Don’t be afraid to reach out and connect… this is a community, a tribe! 

I’m excited to give you Part 4 of the Tarot Foundations series based on Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence… but I want to make sure your questions are being answered before we go on.

And remember… you can win a FREE copy of Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence!

Just join us in the comments

Much love, gypsies!

Shaheen

Winner of the Better Gnomes and Cauldrons Contest

Shaheen'sTatteredNomadOracleCoverpaperThank you everyone who participated in the contest for a deck of Shaheen’s Tattered Nomad Oracle! It was wonderful connecting with so many people, hearing your stories and sharing this special piece of art. I hope everyone enjoys learning about Lenormand, and the deck… and I hope you are able to get your very own deck!

The winner of the contest is Chase Miller! I hope he enjoys his deck :-)

If you are interested in purchasing a deck you can email me at shaheen @ shaheenmiroinsights.com

Many blessings,

Shaheen

Tarot Foundations: Furthering Our Knowledge

The idea is simple. Over the next 31 days, you will learn the basics of how to read the Tarot cards. By the end of this program, you’ll not only have knowledge of how the Tarot cards work, but you’ll also have the tools and techniques that will help you to put that knowledge into practice.

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont

Recently we’ve explored Tarot through the book, Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with ConfidenceI’ve had the exciting experience of reading this wonderful collection of information, adding my own musings, thoughts and experiences to the mix. This has been a wonderful way to connect with everyone, offering insights and experiences to further our knowledge. If you are just now tuning in, you can read the other post here: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

And don’t be shy… participate to help us all learn, and to be entered to win a FREE copy of Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence

So before we go any further with our learning adventure, let’s talk about a few things!! I want to get a feel for where you are with your reading practice, what you are loving and what you are hating, what you want to work on and what you would like to throw out the window.

“What about Tarot is eluding you?”

“Are there any area’s in your learning experience you just can’t seem to get past?”

“What practice just isn’t working, despite how hard you try or how much you work at it?”

“Is there anything you’ve tried or that you feel you need to learn/do with Tarot that you just don’t want to?”

“What burning question do you have about learning Tarot that you cant seem to find the answer for?”

“What has been working for you with learning Tarot?” “What’s your favorite Tarot exercise?”

“What’s you favorite Tarot book?”

“How has  your Tarot practice changed since you’ve began reading the Tarot Foundations segment?”

“What are your Tarot learning goals?”

“What would you like to see more of with the Tarot Foundations segment?”

“How do you see yourself growing with Tarot?”

“What is one thing you’ve wanted to explore with Tarot, but have been afraid to or intimidated to?”

Let’s hear from you! I wan’t to know what you’re thinking, feeling, wanting and doing. This is your classroom. Let’s learn together, grow together and experience together. I want to give you more of what you want and need. Don’t be afraid to reach out and connect… this is a community, a tribe! 

I’m excited to give you Part 4 of the Tarot Foundations series based on Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence… but I want to make sure your questions are being answered before we go on.

And remember… you can win a FREE copy of Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence!

Just join us in the comments

Much love, gypsies!

Shaheen

Tarot Foundations: Part 3-Deeping Your Tarot Knowledge

Screen shot 2013-01-04 at 12.39.46 PMI’m so excited to gather with you again and talk about Tarot! Hopefully you’ve been able to follow along with this amazing journey through, Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence. You can start from the beginning to get caught up. Here are the pervious posts: Introduction, Part-1, and Part-2.

This is part-3 Deepening Your Tarot Knowledge. So many wonderful and juicy things have been presented in this chapter. You will find yourself going back again and again to participate in the excellent activities that Brigit has created for you. Tarot is about continuously learning, no matter how long you’ve worked with Tarot these different activities will be valuable opportunities for staying in tip-top Tarot shape!

I want to begin by sharing some daily learning activities that I have found beneficial. These can be done one at a time, or in combination. You are able to tailor your Tarot learning to your own interest, needs and schedules. Remember… practice, practice! Tarot should eventually become second nature!

Daily Draws

Rather than relying only on theory, you now have the opportunity to call upon your personal experiences and intuition to deepen your understanding of the Tarot cards…. The Card a Day exercise is one of my personal favourites and, I believe, was most helpful in bringing the cards to life in my own Tarot studies.

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont

Almost every Tarot learning book will tell you to do a daily draw. It’s a wonderful and practical way of learning to read the cards because it allows you to see the cards, think about them, become familiar with the keywords and reflect on it through the day! I encourage you to follow this process, and Tarot Foundations will offer many opportunities for you to put this into practice!

Some people become a little discouraged with this process. They find it monotonous. They see it as Tarot in a vacuum. But in order to gain the full benefit of pulling a daily Tarot card you must reflect on it! This is about pulling each card into the real word and saying, “Show me what you got!”

Begin by making a daily ritual of pulling a card. Do this in the morning when you have your coffee. Sit at the table, sipping on your pungent morning potion and think about the day ahead of you. Ask the card, “What insight can you offer for the day?” or “What do I need to know about today?” or something similar.

Pull one card. Lay it in front of you. Look at the picture. Take in the colors. The characters. See what story is being told. What stands out to you instantly? What does this card feel like to you? Do you have any sensations as you look at this card? If this card could talk, what would it say?

Now look through some of your Tarot books. Find the keywords that go along with this card. Do any of the keywords jump out at you? Write down everything. You can do this quickly on a piece of paper, or collect all your information in your trusted Tarot journal!

Now go on and enjoy the day. Remember to be mindful of the card you’ve pulled. The reading doesn’t end at the table. When you return home in the evening make note of your experience. Did the cards insight clearly come to pass? If you’re not sure, still write down all the things that happened during the day. You can go back and re-read your week in Tarot and make more notes.

Week Tarot Card 

Here is another exciting exercise routine for learning Tarot! Many students have said that doing daily draws can sometimes stifle their Tarot learning because they pull the same cards over and over. This is common because you really need to absorb the meaning of that particular card. If something is chronic in your life, then you are missing part of the lesson! But let’s take another learning approach… pull a card for the week!

You can pick the card yourself; you don’t need to let this be a random pick. Go through the deck and ask yourself which cards you need to get to know. What cards really speak to you, or maybe there are some you feel ambivalent about. Explore those cards!

Once you’ve selected your card for the week you can begin. Make a task for each day.

Day one: look at the card from every angle. Make note of the colors, numbers, characters, symbols, and settings. Take in all the details. Write them down. Let them settle for a bit!

Day Two: Write about the card. What story does it tell? Pull all your observations together into a clear story. It can be a few sentences or paragraphs. It can be fiction or nonfiction. Be creative. Let the cards speak. Do whatever feels right to you!

Day Three: Look up keywords for the card. Write down any information that you find valuable about this card. Look at a few different sources.

Day Four: Pull quotes that you feel embody the card. It can be quotes, song lyrics, bits of a poem or even a paragraph from a favorite book! The quote should sum up the card or show it in action.

Day Five: Find a real life example of this card. Look for it in a magazine or news paper article. Sometimes it will find you.

Day Six: Look for a picture or pictures that embody the card (See the next exercise for more explanation).

Day Seven: Reflect on everything you’ve learned about the card over the week. Did your perspective change as the days progressed? Did you make any new discoveries?

Regardless of the timeframe you choose to do this, the process will be powerful and informative. You will find your ideas of the Tarot growing, changing and fluxuating. This is meant to mesh your personal Tarot soul with the many ideas that already exist about the cards. It’s a journey of exploring and reflecting.

Meditation offers a way to go even deeper into the meaning and symbolism of each Tarot card as it allows us to bypass the conscious mind and dive into the subconscious mind and connect with the higher self. By relaxing our mind and letting go of our constant thought processes, we open up the pathway to our subconscious mind and begin to tap into a higher level of knowledge and insight. We allow our intuition to guide us and in doing so, we build a much deeper understanding of the meaning of the Tarot cards.

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont 

Tarot Poster 

Creating a Tarot poster is wonderfully fun. It allows you to see the cards from different angles. I suggest that you pick a card or if you like, pick a suit and explore it through images. You can collect magazine clippings, old book illustrations, and photographs…whatever works for you!

Create a collage by pasting the images and pictures to a poster board. This will allow you to see the cards in a new light. Think of this process as exploring beyond the boarders of the cards… you are looking deeper into the realm, seeing the card through many different filters. You can even add words to the poster!

You will notice that this is part of the Weekly Tarot Process, but as a practice on it’s own you begin to really touch the heart of the card. You can even create a poster or page in a journal for each card… adding images periodically. This can be an ongoing process!

Writing Tarot 

I believe writing is innately powerful. Not everyone likes the process of writing about the cards. But if you naturally write, journal or tell stories, this will be a great tool for you. You can do this in your Tarot journal so that you can continue collecting from different angels.

Pick a card, any card. And then write a story about it. I have mentioned this many times. Look at the card from every angel. And then write a story about it. This can be a long or short story. It can encompass many layers of the card. Write about the card from different points of view… what if it’s a story about love, or loss, or money, or travel. See it through that card!

You can even write a story about the whole suit. I suggest doing this anyway because it allows you to understand the progression from the ace to the king in each suit. Imagine the suit as a family or a circle of people who are all interconnected. Tell their stories. How does each suites story differ?

Seeing Tarot Everywhere

Go about your day as you usually would, and as you do, be very conscious of certain situations, events or people that may have something to teach you about your selected Tarot card.

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont

 As you continue learning Tarot you will see the cards come to life, manifesting as real life scenarios. Sometimes it will be in seeing events come to pass after performing a reading. But other times you will observe something and think, “That was very much a 3 of cups moment!”

Make note of these real life Tarot experiences. Seek them out! These are incredible opportunities for you to add to your tool kit. It will give you a chance to see real life events in the cardboard pictures before you.

If you want to take this a step further check out a book called, Back In Time Tarot!

I hope this presentation of exercises excites and motivates youTarot Foundations, is filled with a multitude of amazing exercises that takes you deeper and deeper into the world of Tarot! Brigit gives you plenty of growing room and offers different approaches to suit your learning needs!

I want you to try this for me: Instead of “learning” Tarot… shift your mindset to “living” Tarot! That’s a powerful affirmation. Good luck

I challenge you to try one of these exercises! Share your experience here. And please share your questions, tips and suggestions so that you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE copy of Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence!

 

© Shaheen Miro 2013

new york dreaming

It’s a dream. That’s what this is here, New York City. I dreamt it long before, sometime toward the end of high school, I found myself wondering the streets of this concrete jungle thinking, “This is home!” I never thought I would be back here so fast… Living, breathing, and creating.

There is a hum that lives in everything here, the walls, and the streets… the people. The hum of a warm engine, a ticking time bomb, or a soft, baby kitten. Some people are cold and harsh and others are bright and open… regardless they all move fast. The thing I love about this city is that in the fast pace of it all, an in-between place exists where anything can happen… that’s where I dream.

There are things that can be a little unfavorable, such as a stampede of people at lunchtime, practically running you over, or wondering upon a puff of toxic, stench during your evening stroll for dinner… but with the good comes the sour. It’s like that in all cities. Some say you can’t see the stars, but I see them in millions of passing faces. Some say there is never peace, but I find it in the lively conversations of elderly couples on the streets. There is magic here.

I love my job. I enjoy the people I work with and the environment. Everyone is funny and positive. There is a general sense of wellbeing there. Good natured and positive intentions. I feel relaxed at work… a contrast from my previous internship. There is less creativity involved… but you know I bring a little color wherever I go.

New York city is teaching me that there is an opportunity wherever you look. Opportunities come to those who seek them out. It’s not necessarily where you are, but what you are putting out there… here there are so many wavelengths to ride on. There is something for everyone. I will keep that with me. That knowing.

My third day here, I met Patti Smith. She is a rock legend, a poet and a powerhouse of moody and evocative feelings. I felt like another muse had come down to whisper in my ear. There is something mystical about meeting the faeries of the rock and roll other world… Stevie Nicks in London, Patti Smith in New York City.  To say the lease… I was moved!

My spirit has been calling out to touch and taste something exotic. I want to consume books, images, people… I want to take in all the sights, etching them into my psyche. I see faces in the streets and I want to tell their stories. I want to tell my story. Here is the start of an amazing journey. I continue to transform… I am in a constant state of Alchemy (we all are).

New York City is a huge light, a candle burning, attracting spirits in pursuit of dreams. Sometimes it is intimidating, you feel like you are drowning in a sea of a million other lights… they shine, they beg to be seen and they disappear into the pool of nothing, everything, anything. You have to be like water here… and just go with the flow. There is no room for rigidity or fear… those are the things that break you. Those are the things that snuff your light all together. I say this as I stand at the threshold. I pray for the strength to hold tight… to continue to shine.

To the Gypsies… with love always

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 1/11/2012

tea leaf reading

Hello Everyone,

I’ve wanted to do a video for awhile now and I have really had the urge to share a little bit about tea leaf reading. I know I did a video similar to this already, but I thought I would make another one to share a brief bit about tea leaf reading and to show the process and what you can expect.

So here I am doing a mini reading on myself… an actually session would be much more in-depth and detailed. If you have questions or comments about tea leaf reading or divination in general please post below… or if you would like a session please contact me.

Always,
Shaheen

 

A Night In the City…

So many exciting things have happened in the past few days, it’s been almost surreal. You know I constantly remind myself that life is this mad and fantastic dance that we are all apart of you and you can either get out there and move to the beat, fumble over everyone else’s steps or stand on the side and watch… and for me its been about closing my eyes and doing a slow grind with uncertainty.

In the past few weeks I have come to appreciate the feeling of spontaneity and Tuesday night was one of those nights. A new friend invited me out to a concert at the Barbican Centre, which is in the heart of London. The concert was titled Singing the Truth, a concert to honor the women who changed the music of the 20th Century.

The concert was put on by three amazing women; all of whom were talented and distinguished in their own right. Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright. Each woman had their own distinct style, sass and most importantly voice… and let me tell you they knew how to use it! They brought down the house with songs from Miriam Makeba to my personal favorite Billie Holiday.

Being at that concert in retrospect was more uplifting and spiritually moving than it seemed when I was sitting there. They were forces… wild and untamed and their voices had the intensity and power of thousand winds. I was certainly moved and more than once I had to put my soul hand up to catch the spirit of what was being given to us.

I left there with the unshakable sense of limitless power. The enlightened feeling that anything I want can be mine. They said it themselves, that you just have to dream, but among all else you must love! And love was the theme of the night, as I was in Love with their performance and the energy that they generated in that pristine concert hall. I thought as I walked away about the enchanting quality of singing… how you essentially cast your soul out to a crowed and lull them into a trance reciting to them your story along the way. Something about that excites me… the power of story-telling… the charm of the spoken word.

I want to sing now. I want to give my words to the world and allow people to feel it deep in their souls. To move and to feel is to dance and to dance is to live… live the dream that we are all so eager to dream. Our voice is unique to each of us and that to trust in that voice is to truly rock out in life!

The remainder of the night was equally moving because I got to walk in the city and see nothing but the glow of lights from the inside. Night life is always different than what you see in the day and I realized that there is a much more calming and subtle energy that pulses through London at night… its not the jarring energy that you find in other cities like New York. It’s Just something peaceful.

We made our way through the rambling mass of streets and all the sensational buildings; everything ancient, worn and regal. To me the buildings exude a warm beauty that is found in very few places in the States.  My friend thought it was funny that I was so inspired by the buildings… he said that it isn’t as pretty as America. But I had to disagree.

We ended our night at a little Pub. Which was everything that I imagined a London pub to be. It was all brass and wood and just down right gorgeous again. So we sat and had a drink and we talked about life, design and literature. And my friend quoted to me lines from Virginia Woolf.

We had an intriguing conversation about her works and we talked about taking a Mrs. Dalloway’s walk around London… which is a book by VW about a day in London. He also retold an amazing scene from the movie The Hours about VW’s life and so when I returned home I watched the scene on YouTube and I was totally moved. Here it is for you to see….

I just want to say that VW was an extremely talented woman and before my lovely night with my friend I knew very little about her. She lived at a time where her mental state became her curse and she literally became a prisoner in her own life because the people around her had their ideas of what was best for her. She just wanted to live her life in the chaos of London, regardless of how others thought that affected her fragile state of mind. And eventually she took her life because it was too hard for her to bear… though it was late in her years.

I can relate to Virginia because I think that it’s a common feeling to feel trapped in your circumstance. And so you find you way out whether it is writing or strolling the city. What I took from her is that you must be relentless in your pursuit to be who you are, to have your own life and your own mind. You must have a strong sense of conviction to what is important to you.

“And that was what she often felt the need of-to think; well, not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself. When life sank down for a moment, the range of experience seemed limitless.”

-Virginia Woolf

© Shaheen Miro 7/7/2011