LEO - THE LION

(July 23rd - August 22nd )

My dear Leo, Loyalty has to be your driving force for you are devoted to yourself. Your kingdom whether big or small, a career, a lover, your home or a creative project, whatever it is you are unquestionably the ruler of this kingdom. Self assurance is attached to Leo people like a moth to a flame. You love to bathe in the limelight with everything you do having a flair for the dramatic. When you enter into a room you secretly hope everyone rises up and sings an angelic choir for your presence and whatever the occasion it doesn’t take long for you to take control of the event. You are a natural entertainer who can lend your vitality to any environment. Humorous, talkative and lively people tend to gravitate towards you. Your sun sign is theatrical , flamboyant , expansive with an instinct for getting attention. You try to create excitement and do things in a big way when life does not supply these things to you. Those whofind themselves in your household will be entertained like royalty for you are a splendid host.

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  • Duality: Masculine

  • Element: Fire

  • Quality: Fixed

  • Ruling Planet: The Sun

  • Lucky Day : Sunday

  • Lucky Numbers: 8 & 9

  • Ruling Body Parts: The back, spine and heart

  • Opposite sign: Aquarius

  • Color: Gold and orange

  • Birthstone: Ruby

  • Key Phrase: I WILL

  • Most likable trait: Exuberance

With your sun sign in Leo, you love luxurious things and feel like you need it just as much as breathing and also often bring sunshine into the lives of others. You enjoy the good life no matter how much it costs,nothing is too good for you and your public image is of great importance to you. Leo’s are the most lavish spenders of the zodiac with Libra’s coming second. Generous, kind and open hearted, you often find it difficult to think ill of others. You strike back quickly when offended but also forgive easily and tend not to hold a grudge. In many ways you are like the sun itself beaming energy, life enhancing, magnetic and burning steadily. Astrologers refer to Leo’s as the eternal children for they take pleasure from the moment and are unreserved in giving affection. You are a wonderful friend and will almost do anything especially when approached the right way ( flattery is the right way) and always expect praise, appreciation and admiration in return. You Pride is definitely one of your weaknesses for you do not want respect but adoration, not compliments but flattery, and when others praise you do not stop to consider if it’s sincere. You are too proud to ask for these things and when not received you suffer silently from a wounded ego. What is hidden to the world is that you feel you need to be needed.

In all endeavours you are the one in command because you assume you were born to naturally be in a high position. One of your greatest assets in career is your ability to get along with others and encourage them with their helping hand on your pursuits. You like giving orders rather than taking them, but because you are so joyful and enthusiastic others don’t mind taking orders from you. Hardworking, unwavering from confrontations and willing to take upon challenges that scare you, you are ambitious but not ruthless all you long for is to be the centre of attention. Like your symbol the Lion,you can be slothful ( yes that’s a word) and quite lazy. But your great warmth and sunny side is irresistible. Your unhappiness and boredom of day to day routines doesn't last long as you won’t put up with it and you have an immovable belief about your luck. Be wary of the fact that you can be overly controlling and overbearing sometimes as you love to give advice and tell other people how to run their lives.

Famous Sun in Leo: Ben Affleck, Neil Armstrong, Sandra Bullock, Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Jeff Gordan,Alfred Hitchcock, Whitney Houstan, MickJagger, Magic Johnson, Carl Jung, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Barack Obama, J.K. Rowling, Yves Saint Laurent, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martha Stewart, Halle Berry and Andy Warhol.

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20 MOTIVATIONAL QOUTES THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO KEEP GOING!

We all hit stages in our lives where we feel unmotivated, uninspired and pretty much unwilling to move forward. Whether it’s to do with our job, relationships, finances or health. There is an adbundance of wisdom in qoutes which can help us to develop a positive and new perspective towards our circumstances. Of course not all qoutes are empowering, but the right qoute at the right time can transform your mind hence tranforming your life.

Here are 20 qoutes by some of the most intelligent, inspiring and wisest men and women that I put together in hopes of uplifing, and helping you along your journey. Thank you for joing me, you are loved and appreciated.

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1. “Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else takes its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.”- Eric Thomas

2. “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” - Tony Robbins

3. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw

4. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

5. “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” - Edwin Louis Cole

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6. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” - Winston Churchil

7. “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” - Lao Tzu

8. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design fo the present.” - Jim Rohn

9. “Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.” - Charles R. Swindoll

10. “I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.” - Morgan Freeman

11. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” - Arthur Ashe

12. “Always believe in yourself and keep going. You don't have to have the most talent in the world. You don't have to be the smartest person in the world. If you persist and you persist and you persist, you will be successful.” - Dean Cain

13. “God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggles and a reward for your faithfulness. Don’t give up.” - Eric Thomas

14. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - Martin Luther King Jr

15. “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein

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16. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” - Mary Engelbreit

17. “Every setback is a set up for a comeback.” - Joel Osteen

18. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
- George Bernard Shaw

19. “If you stop, you’ll lose everything. You’ve got to keep going.” - Greyson Chance

20. “What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.” - Roy T. Bennett

CANCER - THE CRAB!

( June 21st - July 22nd )

Cancer signs are more than any other , the sign of contradiction. You may appear to be considerate, kind,sympathetic, understanding and a patient listener. Then someone asks for your advice and you become irritated, bad-tempered and unconcerned about anyone else’s problems aside from yours.  You value security above all else, yet love new adventures. You are the embodiment of caution but at the same time, a brave initiator who does whatever is needed to overcome obstacles with your personality. Cancer’s strength and superpower is that they are ruled by the moon and has water as it’s element. Similar to the tides of the ocean, they are the sign of powerful forces moving under the surface. Just like the surface which is difficult to penetrate, so are the emotions and sensitivity of Cancerians, because they often build up a range of defences to hide them.

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  • Duality: Feminine

  • Element: Water

  • Quality: Cardinal

  • Ruling Planet: Moon

  • Lucky Day : Monday

  • Lucky Numbers: 3 & 7

  • Ruling Body Parts: The breasts and stomach

  • Opposite sign: Capricorn

  • Color: Sea green and silver

  • Birthstone: Pearl

  • Key Phrase: I FEEL

  • Most likeable trait: Loyalty

A typical Cancer needs constant encouragement, reassurance and support. They so very much want to be loved and approved of, but at the same time resent needing approval so badly. Vulnerable,delicate,unpredictable, temperamental, Cancer signs need to be aware of the anger they hold within them and to not let it affect the relationships they have with the ones that give them the emotional support they seek. On the other hand when you are blessed with all you need, you provide the best of all you have in return. There is an unbreakable loyalty within that you bestow upon those who make you feel secure and once you really care for someone, there is nothing that could be said about that person to change your heart and mind.  You tend to not be aware or see the failings of those you love. 

Staying enclosed in your shell physically and emotionally keeps you fearful and what you need to do is break open that crab shell and venture out into the world.  In order to let go of your fears you have to become more trusting as you tend to not trust others, yourself or the Universe for that matter. It is difficult to see and allow the abundance to flow in or become aware of the generosity of strangers and unexpected events of luck if you always hold a belief that it’s a dog eat dog world. Yet your character is all so contradictory for you have a strong sense of loyalty with the tendency to nurture and provide for others unselfishly. You have a great impact in human relationships and have a knack for making others feel loved and taken care of.  Whilst people may pour their hearts out to you, they are unlikely to receive it back as you are cautious and do not let others know too much about yourself , guarding your secrets well. You do not retaliate back quickly when offended, instead sulk and brood quietly. Although like a crab you have a hard outer exterior,inside within is a soft interior layer , a sentimental softie who will do anything for those he/she cares for. 

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If someone asks you for a favour your initial reaction would be no, yet the final answer is a yes. For you should not be judged for what you say but what you do. You are possessive and if anyone becomes part of your life, they will never be entirely free.  Cancers try to stay in touch with ex’s, friends, business partners, people they knew as children etc. If they let anyone out of their lives it is unwillingly and not completely. You are a sign that tends to be involved in the past and there is a strong aura of nostalgia that you hold within and carry on in life. The events and people that have gone by grows dearer as time goes on and you are devoted to family , home and have an old fashioned view that marriage lasts forever, even if your own life contradicts it. You are difficult to deceive as your psychic, intuitive nature enables you to pick up on people’s true inner motives. Just like the way a crab moves awkwardly sideways, stopping here and there or sometimes going all around,  you also never take the direct approach when striving for your goals, yet you always get there.


Once you have mastered your turbulent emotions, shyness and moodiness, your sensitivity can be a source of strength with your intellect and imagination bringing forth success in whatever you set your mind to. Careful and conservative in your approach you are quick to pick up on trends and have an uncanny ability to spot opportunities for financial gains. Cancer is called the “money sign” because of their tendency to attract wealth. They tend to hold onto money because to them that is security, yet no matter how much they make it will never be secure enough for them. The same can be said for their emotional security for they can never get enough love and approval; they always need more. As a Cancer sign you come across strong and calm but underneath you feel insecure and inadequate with the mindset that others know what they are doing whilst you are just winging it. You are someone that is very emotional, whether it is a song on the radio, an old picture or a particular scent, your memory and feelings can be brought up and others may perceive you as moody because of your tendency to switch from one emotion to the other. You are very in touch with other people’s feelings and feel that you must help those you are close to.

Famous Sun in Cancer:  Diana Princess of Wales ,Tom Hanks ,Selina Gomez ,Vin Diesel ,Toby Maguire , Will Ferrell,Vera Wang,Ariana Grande,Missy Elliot ,Lana Del Rey ,Pamela Anderson , Robin Williams, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Cheryl Cole,Michelle Rodriguez,Lionel Messi, Post Malone, Jaden Smith. 


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GEMINI THE TWINS!

Some people may say you think too much, but what they don’t know is…

JIM ROHN'S 6 HABITS TO BUILD A BETTER YOU!

Jim Rohn was an American businessman, a self-made millionaire before he turned 31, author, motivational speaker and mentor. The author of dozens of books, Rohn was also a big believer in the power of self-discipline and personal development to achieve one's ambitions at home and in business. I was introduced to Jim Rohn at an odd period in my life, where on the outside I had it all but when you looked past the facade I had lost so much with no sense of direction. No idea who I was, where I was going and no control or responsibility for my life. Listening to Jim brought a whole new perspective to life, it was inspiring but at the same time practical and steps that I could use to actually solve my problems. For the first time in a long while,I had a strong feeling that things could improve, that I could climb my way past this hurdle and come out of the other side much wiser with a strong sense of direction and purpose.  Today I would like to share with you some of Jim’s habits that I have used to enhance the quality of my life. Thank you for being here, you are loved and appreciated!                                   

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“LIFE IS WORTHWHILE IF YOU CARE”. 


“It’s worthwhile if you learn, it’s worthwhile if you try, it’s worthwhile if you stay and it’s worthwhile if you care. If you care at all you’ll get some results, If you care enough you can get incredible results”. In order to create a fulfilling present and positive future, you have to care enough to make a difference, care enough to change your life around and the lives of other people around you, care enough to win. For a change in your financial circumstances, your relationships, well being and all key areas of your life, you have to care.  


“BE FASCINATED AND CURIOUS WITH LIFE”.


“Fascinated people ask and ponder about how things work, children have these unique abilities to learn several languages in a span of 6/7 year period. The reason for this, is because they are so fascinated and interested. They are very curious and want to know, and that’s how the drama of their learning takes on such speed in such a fairly short period of time”. Ask questions, don’t immediately agree to concepts and answers. Expand your mind, your awareness and broaden the horizon to what the world may be presenting to you. Be fascinated instead of frustrated. The next time you are tempted to be frustrated to see if you can turn it into fascination. Instead of a frown, it puts a smile on your face. It also helps you solve and let go of whatever may be frustrating you. Just try it!

“BE SENSITIVE TOWARDS OTHERS”.

Develop sensitivity towards people’s dramas, troubles, difficulties and their life. As you contemplate your own, now you can be sensitive to others. There is no better way to be helpful than doing your best to understand. Learn to walk in someone’s shoes for a while, try to understand where they are, how did they get there, can you be of benefit to them?” Who knows what might have occurred in their life. Give people room, by trying to understand be a peacemaker rather than starting or contributing to conflicts. Whether they are being difficult, lashing out, an obstacle or a positive aspect to your own life. Be sensitive for there is a reason why people act, think, respond and live the way they do.

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“IT’S NOT WHAT YOU SAY, BUT HOW YOU SAY IT”.

“Sometimes it’s the manner that wins the day not just the matter. The manner in which things are delivered, the way, the spirit, the sincerity, all of that human characteristics that we possess, if that is present in the delivery, now it becomes palatable. Now it becomes reasonable in presentation”.  It’s hard to resist sincerity, honesty, and heartfelt personal appeals but someone who comes to us with harsh words that’s easy to dismiss.  This takes practice, but the results can create phenomenal changes in your life and in your relationships. 


“TAKE ACTION ON YOUR DISCIPLINES”.


“Get going and take action by doing what you can! Become disciplined even about the little things because all disciplines affect each other. Discipline your finances, relationships, career, health and spirituality. Take care of your disciplines when the amounts are small and you can end up having anything you want”. Discipline enables you to get focused, to have a strong sense of direction, you become more self reliant, establish inner strength and character, overcome major roadblocks, you develop better relationships and it enables you to reach your goals faster than if you weren't disciplined about the things in your life. Discipline will result in success, if not today, at a later date. 


“REFLECT.”


“Develop the ability to reflect. Go back over the end of your day, the end of the week and figure out how to make that week more valuable. Go back over the month,over conversations, events and routines. Learn by reflecting”. This way you can improve yourself, you can improve your life and you can improve whatever is needed in order for you to grow. Reflecting allows you to become aware so that you do not repeat the same patterns and mistakes over again. It enables you to move forward and progress from what may be hindering you from success. If we never reflect and change, it can lead to a life of regret. 

GEMINI - THE TWINS!

( May 21st - June 20th )

Well, well, well…. Being born under this sign, I can say that I do know what it is like to be what they call, The Twins. Gemini’s are many sided, filled with eternal youth, quick in thought and action, clever with words, skilful at handling others and bountiful with new ideas.  Astrologers interpret this third sign of the zodiac as the archetypal human sign, because it seems to outline the distinguishable characteristics of the human race - Intelligence. Gemini is an air sign (adaptable), Gemini is a mutable sign (communicative) and Gemini is ruled by Mercury.  As a Gemini you are endlessly curious and may find yourself as part of the scene, wanting to play all the parts from the lead, to the director down to the producer and scriptwriter! Gemini is the merging of the masculine and feminine energy, they are knowledge seekers, natural teachers and their most well known trait is duality as they tend to want more than one thing whether it be jobs, hobbies, careers or lovers. 

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  • Duality: Masculine

  • Element: Air

  • Quality: Mutable

  • Ruling Planet: Mercury

  • Lucky Day : Wednesday

  • Lucky Numbers: 5 & 9

  • Ruling Body Parts: Hands, arms, shoulders, and lungs

  • Opposite sign: Sagittarius

  • Color: Yellow

  • Birthstone: Agate

  • Key Phrase: I THINK

  • Most likeable trait: Responsiveness

You have a restless nature, always on an adventure for new ideas and experiences. Similar to an Aries you find yourself easily bored if there isn’t constant change and this can lead  to a series of unfinished tasks as you find it difficult to concentrate your cleverness long enough on one task and see it through. You love communicating and have an urge to express yourself via all sorts of mediums whether it be writing, singing, emailing, social media, texting, blogging, journalism, acting etc. If you need someone to talk to who will liven up the atmosphere with their open mindedness, quick wit and light heartedness, a Gemini would certainly be the one to play that role. 

Your astrological symbol should really be a question mark because you are an eternal student who is always asking questions and is sometimes difficult for people to understand, especially because of your dual nature. You thoroughly enjoy communicating with people and this is the secret of your charm, others find themselves opening up to you freely like a flower. From this you can arouse enthusiasm and loyalty because of your marvellous people management skills. Blessed  with the gift of persuasion , you could sell sand in the Sahara desert and your quick mindedness can defend, justify or explain any cause and action. Your ability to pick up information with ease enables you to be an ideal conversationalist for you know a lot about everything but some say really not a lot about anything.  

You tend to have a firm opinion of everything although it can change at a moments notice and you value intellectual independence the most. Unlike a Taurus or Scorpio, what you lack in the most is perseverance. Whoever came up with the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” most certainly had a Gemini in mind.  Another downfall of a Gemini is that they can be superficial because they pick up ideas and situations quickly, they tend to just look over the surface without going deeper.  Your gifts of writing, speaking and self expression makes you a success when dealing with the public and you are endowed with a quicksilver personality that can adapt to any type of person. This can be seen through public figures such as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. 

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Gemini’s are usually surrounded with friends and admirers because of their playful, cheerful and high spirited nature. Yes they can be impatient towards people who are not as quick as they are, they do not go deep into emotional depths and do not like being involved in other people’s problems which may get in the way of their freedom.  Yet they have a broad variation of contacts and benefits from the guidance and advice of influential people. They attract financial luck but just like their quick changing nature, it is gone just as soon as it arrives. Routine and methodical ways of living is something that a Gemini runs away from, what they really care about is freedom. There is no point in trying to pin them down and for them the fun is in travelling rather than arriving at the destination. 

As a Gemini Sun, although you try not to let anything lower your cheerful nature, you do have a brooding side to your twin like personality but rarely express it. Instead portraying your happy side and eager to make a great impression.  You tend to have a nervous and anxious disposition because you are so keenly attuned to your environment and react instantly to new situations. Though you give off sparks of energy, excitement, and charm, inside you feel like a wound-up spring.A drawback of yours is that rather than really looking at people’s deeper qualities, you tend to make quick judgements about their reaction to you. In your relationships, you’re very giving, but you also need time for yourself. You love to explore new territory and see the way people live on the other side of the world. Inquisitive and imaginative, you are open to a different way of looking at things. You truly are the eternal teenager of the zodiac family.  

Famous Sun in Gemini born: Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Paul McCartney,Angelina Jolie, Kanye West, Johnny Depp,Tupac Amaru Shakur, Nicole Kidman, Lauryn Hill, Donald Trump, Lucy Hale, George. H. W. Bush, Anne Frank, Paul McCartney, Morgan Freeman, Zoe Saldana, Kendrick Lamar, Prince, Natalie Portman and Clint Eastwood. 


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TAURUS THE BULL!

Some people may say you are stubborn and materialistic, but what they don’t know is…

THE POWER OF FAITH!

“Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible.” – Sir William Osler

What is faith?

Faith is confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept that is not seen, heard or experienced with our five senses.  We usually draw upon it when we have nothing left to hold onto, when we’ve reached our final straw and when all possibilities seem impossible. Yet interestingly we use faith daily in small doses without realising it. Faith is embedded in our DNA, it is part of our natural instinctive nature, but we are mostly never aware of it. When we go to sleep we have faith that tomorrow will be a pleasant day. When we find ourselves in unfamiliar settings we use faith to help us on our way. Whether it’s travelling, meeting friends, starting a new job or ending a relationship etc.. there is a part of us that instinctively has faith in the unknown. In the idea that all will turn out well.   

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)


Faith in the Bible

I am not a Christian but I know that Jesus and the bible continually refers to faith and how the power of faith can not only transform lives but nations.  One of the most notable stories is about a shepherd boy who faced and conquered his challenge through the use of faith. Goliath, a 9ft tall giant had been taunting the armies of Israel for 40 days. No one in all of Israel had the will to face him until David, a little shepherd boy made his appearance into the story.  After hearing about the boast of Goliath, David was enraged and decided to volunteer for duty. He had so much faith that even when he was directed to put on a suit of armour, he refused. 

 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”. (Matthew 17:20)

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He told King Saul that, as a shepherd, God had given him victory over lions and bears and that God would now deliver this giant into his hands! Saul was moved by the young boy’s faith and sent him out to face the Philistine. Upon seeing David, Goliath mocked him. But David replied: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” David ran towards the giant with his sling and let a single rock fly! The rest, as they say, is history. David’s faith  was unbreakable and the size of his obstacle did not matter. 

Let's be honest if we take a dive into the bible and into the life of Jesus, he was running through all obstacles within his path through faith. Whether it was performing miracles, dealing with trials or even his relationship with the Creator. He was using the unseen forces of faith to do what no man dared to. The basis of religion itself is faith. Time and time again the religionists have told struggling humanity to have faith in this and faith in that. It is a powerful tool that once cultivated can create ripples of changes all over the world. 

Mahatma Gandhi and faith

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”. - Mahatma Gandhi.

Now let us consider how the power of faith was demonstrated by a man well known to civilisation, Mahatma Gandhi. In this man's actions the world has an astonishing example of the possibilities of faith. Gandhi holds more potential power than any other man and all this without the orthodox tools of  battleships, soldiers, materials of warfare and money. He owned very little but what he had was indestructible faith in the attainment of India’s independence and this was achieved through stirring speeches and non-violent protest. He had power, and how did he come by that power?

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He created it out of his understanding of the principle of faith, and through his ability to transfer that faith into the minds of two hundred million people. Gandhi has accomplished through the use of faith, what brute force and military power could not and probably will not with military equipment.  He has achieved the incredible feat of influencing two hundred million minds to coalesce and move in unison, as a single mind. The closest anyone has come to this, was in the case of Moses who lead the Israelite’s to and through the borders of Egypt. Yet even then there was violence and bloodshed compared to Gandhi’s non violent  and peaceful approach.

Gandhi proved that with the power of faith, one man has the power to take on an empire, using both ethics and intelligence. Other peaceful Leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Dalai Lama have used his methods in the years since, shaking up the dynamic of world politics in the process. These are great examples of how using faith to tackle life’s battles whether big or small, can lead to results that would not even be fathomable with the logical mind. You do not have to be religious and it doesn’t matter your age, background or life’s experiences. Faith can be used as a tool to get you through life’s challenges with the knowing and belief, that in the end all will turn out well.

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Examples of Faith in real life


“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”. - Mother Teresa

If you breathe, eat, walk around and are experiencing life through your five senses in some shape or form, then you are using blind faith. No one knows what’s going to happen a year from now, a month, a week or even tomorrow. Yet it is clear that we all rely on something unseen to get us through our day. Some people do it more consciously than others, yet the fact remains that we all do it and will probably continue to do so until humanity ceases to exist.  Every single day you have blind faith that:

  • The car you are driving at 80kmh doesn't fall apart and explode or another driver doesn't just lose control and smash you into oncoming traffic.

  •  You have blind faith when venturing onto an aircraft and flying , with hopes that you make the journey safely.

  • You have blind faith that your children will grow up healthy & happy.

  • You have blind faith that the police officer approaching your way is the “good guy”.

  • You have blind faith that things will get better.

  • You have blind faith that you will wake up tomorrow & that the sun will rise up again.

  • You have blind faith that politicians & religious leaders are looking out for your best interest. 

  • You have blind faith that your donations went to where you think!

  • You have faith that you will get through that mental or physical illness, and that your life will not turn out as bad as you think. 

There are countless occasions within our daily lives where we use blind faith to get us through our day. If you consider yourself to be political or religious without actually researching about the information that is being provided to you, then you are running on blind faith!  Regardless of whether you are using the power of faith consciously or subconsciously, remember that it is always important to have faith in yourself!  In my next content I will be sharing with you simple and practical ways in which you can use faith to overcome your daily life challenges.  Thank you for being here with me, you are loved & appreciated!


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TAURUS - THE BULL!

As a Taurus born you are the one others depend on when the going gets tough , the one who perseveres when others can no longer endure. Because perseverance is the quality most needed for success, you tend to be successful in your pursuits.  Being born under the second sign of the zodiac, moving out first and claiming new territory is not your way of doing things. Instead you have a stubborn nature and will plant, cultivate, build and work until you reap the rewards for your labour.  Your strongest attribute streams from your persistent, steady and relentless drive. You move with a purpose and endless patience to see things through until you succeed. You are the original immovable object and irresistible force. A tragic example of this can be seen through the actions of German leader Adolf Hitler, whiles at it’s best it is portrayed through the inspiring and uplifting works of William Shakespeare. 

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( April 20th - May 20th )

  • Duality: Feminine

  • Element: Earth

  • Quality: Fixed

  • Ruling Planet: Venus

  • Lucky Day : Friday

  • Lucky Numbers: 6 & 4

  • Ruling Body Parts: Neck & Throat

  • Opposite sign: Scorpio

  • Color: Pale blue & Mauve

  • Birthstone: Emerald

  • Key Phrase: I HAVE

  • Most likeable trait: Dependability

Taurus borns are not fond of change due to their sign being fixed, and a different approach may cause uneasiness and anxiety within. “Why try something new, if everything is already working fine?” would be your attitude. Yes as the bull you do have a temper but it is hardly ever shown and it takes a great deal to relay your anger. Challenging others is not a  pursuit of yours, however it would be a fatality for those that do challenge you. You are kind hearted, affectionate, devoted and have a keen fondness for all things beautiful. Being ruled by the planet Venus, the Goddess of love and beauty, you are gifted with the light of creativity, moved by art and music, color, design and have a taste for the elegant because Taurus represent material possessions.  People are usually fascinated by your unique blend of down to earth , romantic and poetic character. The stableness of your Earth sign combined with the aesthetic influence of Venus creates a responsible and dependable personality with a deep appreciation for the finer things in life. Over and Over it will become clear to you that the distinctive pairing of your artistic vision and sheer determination to reach a goal is one of the greatest secrets to your success. 

Your search for security within all aspects of your life whether it be love, finances, career etc is also what drives you.  Although you tend to follow your heart, it isn’t necessarily easy for you to display your affection openly. Your personality is private and self contained and living with you can be a challenge as you can be opinionated, rigid, suspicious,secretive, stingy and your quietness may hide feelings of envy or rivalry. It can take a lot of effort to get you moving as you can be over indulgent, pleasure seeking and even lazy.  However you have a ton of energy stored away that you rely upon when you want to, not when others require it of you. You love to entertain those that you are fond of and although you may not indulge as freely in frivolous pleasure like a Leo or Libra, you do believe in treating yourself to the best that life can offer. Those born on this sign are a charming combination of dependable and sensible, the sensitive and emotional with unmatched stamina.

Famous Sun in Taurus born: Queen Elizabeth II ,  Audrey Hepburn, Chris Brown, Adele, Megan Fox, Dwayne Johnson, Kehlani, Channing Tatum, Jessica Alba, David Beckham, George Clooney, Robert Pattinson, Malcolm X, Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Cher and Mark Zuckerberg.


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LOOSE YOUR MIND & COME TO YOUR SENSES!

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION TOOLS FOR PEACE & INNER STRENGTH.

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After going through long periods of unpleasant and pretty much excruciating mental activity. I have delved into various forms of self help tools such as yoga, affirmations, exercising, practising gratitude, reprogramming my sub - conscious mind and a whole bunch of other instruments. Yet over the years my experiences and my soul has always drawn me back to the practice of meditation, mindfulness meditation to be exact.  Mindfulness has had a tremendously wonderful effects on all areas of my life, some areas more than others. These benefits could be seen in full effect especially when I was meditating consistently for long periods of time, e.g.1-3 hours a day every single day of the week. It became something that I very much enjoyed and still do, because of the healing, rejuvenating, uplifting and increase of vibrations my mind, body and soul became exposed to.  Practising mindfulness gradually helped me to stay calm ( especially in intense situations) , energised, overthink less, detached from my experiences / thoughts / emotions / material objects /expectations and also aided me in becoming and staying more present. 

At a certain point I was not reacting to external events but rather maintaining a neutral viewpoint to all that occurred around and inside me. There were times where I had no thoughts but felt immensely aware of myself and my surroundings. My senses had become heightened and I felt more connected to everything around me. There was a vast awareness that all was one and that life was just one continues musical composition of sound & vibration that was never ending. Where I began and where I ended became an illusion for I felt myself as everything and everyone, not just as an individual called Marcia. There was a certain period of time where I was meditating religiously ( 2 - 3 hrs a day ) and this really helped me a lot to stop put meaning or labels on things, events and people. Once this started to occur, I realised that this was one of the habits that was causing me mental suffering. 

Yes on this Earthly realm we live in, labelling is needed in order to have systems in place, to have a sense of structure, organisation and to understand things better. However we have been programmed to label, judge and put things in categorise/boxes for so long that it becomes damaging after a while. It becomes limiting and we start to create illusions in our minds that most of the time is just not true.  The moment we automatically feed into that behaviour, we stop being aware of our power. We stop being aware that we have control over our minds and how we choose to use it. It’s important to not overdo it because balance is key. It’s important to pause before we label, judge and categorise things because the outcome is, that it causes so much pain not only to others but to ourselves. Most importantly mindfulness helped me realise that nothing was good or bad, but the way my mind categorised, labelled, judged and perceived it would put in a box called “GOOD” or “BAD”. Whichever box my experiences ended up in would pretty much determine my emotions.  I was basically causing my own suffering & joy without realising it and blaming it on external events. 

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The funny thing is that we all do this and there is nothing wrong with it. In fact I believe that it is a survival instinct of ours that was very much needed in the beginning of our existence on Earth. However if we are to become the masters of our reality, we have to become more aware of when we are overdoing it, in order to live a more balanced and rewarding life.  After a certain period of practising mindfulness I actually started to become detached from my thoughts and my emotions. I was not putting all my energy into overthinking about things or running off deep into my emotions and letting that affect me anymore. But rather I was using that energy to simply observe what was occurring without analysing and holding onto my feelings about it, whether they were “good” or “bad”. I remember my closest friend at the time picked up on the change of my energy. When I met up with him, he said I so calm and even appeared a little cold/distant to the world because I wasn’t reacting emotionally to things happening around us like he was.  It became easier for me to let things go and just know that all was well. 

The positive side of how I was meditating, was that it just made me so much happier, calm, clear in thought, blissed out, euphoric, connected to the all, less anxious & worried. My stress levels had reduced so much, an increase in creativity had occurred and my senses had become more heightened.  Eating,listening to music and something as simple as watching the sun glisten through leaves became something of a magical event. I was living more in the present rather than constantly worrying about my future and pondering about my past. It felt like bliss when I was in a place of no thought, no distractions, no obligations, no responsibilities or outside influences. Just pure consciousness. It wasn’t until I started using the art of mindfulness meditation in my life constructively, that things started to evolve even better than it already was. And that’s the key with this and any type of self help tool, you have to actually implement them practically and productively within your everyday life. Just doing it for the sake of doing it will not benefit you to the fullest. Or just knowing about it but not having experienced it will leave you unsatisfied, just another common denominator. Once you live, breath, embody and implement meditation, that’s when you really reap the rewards from it. I am so very grateful to have come across it back in 2013, for it changed my life and saved my mind on so many occasions and I strongly believe that it can do wonders for you. Try it for 30 days and let me know what you think, for this is not something you can master in a day or a lifetime. But trust me when I say this, you will never regret taking that first step towards inner peace. Below are various techniques that you can use whilst meditating, feel free to try them in order to see which one(s) helps you to clear your mind the most. Thank you for being here with me, may you be blessed. Much love!

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Techniques: 

  • Breath is God hiding in plain sight, as you meditate focus on nothing but the rhythm of your breath. The moment you become aware of your breath, you become aware of the present moment. It literally brings you back to yourself. Try a  breathing technique called the 444 rule. This is where you breath in for 4 seconds, then hold for 4 second and then breath out for 4 seconds and repeat. This is the technique that has benefited me the most. It instantly stops all my mind chatter, raises my awareness and grounds my energy.

  • Listening to meditation music is another way to enter deep states of meditation. As your mind wanders from thought to thought, bring the mind back to the sound of the music and concentrate on the vibrations of the musical composition. It not only helps to calm your nerves but takes attention away from the noisy brain, balances emotions, improves concentration, helps you sleep better and puts you in a deeper state state of meditation. Some sounds that I like to listen to are ambient noises like the sounds of nature, ambient music (these are entirely instrumental), Binaural beats, Indian flute music and classical piano compositions.  Remember you don’t only have to listen to this type of music whilst meditating, I recommend it for studying, plane rides or even soothing babies/young children!

  • Loose your mind and come to your senses, how? By focusing on one sense at a time e.g. sound, taste, smell, touch. So for example sound, if you are meditating and there are birds chirping, listen and concentrate solely on the sound of the birds chirping. If it’s raining focus on the sound of the rain. You could even light a candle and just focus on watching the flame burn out. Put all your energy and focus on what you see and nothing else. Mindfulness can be practised at anytime of the day, so if you are eating don’t be on your phone at the same time. Instead pay attention to the way your food tastes, how it feels in your mouth as it touches your tongue and makes contact with your taste buds. Of course you are going to keep wandering off with thoughts and distractions, but the main thing is to bring your focus and awareness back to your senses. 

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  • A personal one of mine, is visualising my aura expanding and contracting as I breath. What you want to do is lay / sit down with your eyes closed and in a comfortable position. Once relaxed imagine a golden aura or force field around your body, now it can be any colour you wish to have. I like to pick a colour matching each of the chakra points, so If I’m working on my throat chakra it will be blue and if it’s my heart chakra then I will envision a green aura around me.  As you breath in, imagine your aura contracting in and absorbing into your body and as you breath out imagine your aura expanding out of your body. It’s also good to imagine your aura becoming stronger and bigger as you breath in and out. This technique always makes me feel so energised and awake after meditation, It’s almost as if my chi / life force strengthens. I love how my concentration is solely focused on one thing which makes it easier for me to fall into deep states of meditation.  

  • Burning essential oils is a great technique to help whilst meditating because the oils have different properties that will benefit your overall wellness. Oils such as lavender & Chamomile can improve sleep. Eucalyptus, Lemon and Pine can aid in increasing your energy, whilst peppermint can soothe migraines / nausea and headache pains. So whether you are burning oils or rubbing them onto your skin, they will help centre, ground, focus the mind and clear your energy. 

  • Another technique is to use a regular dust mask and put a couple drops of essential oil inside the mask. Put the mask on and breath in the essential oils. It will cause you to breathe very deeply. The core fragrances that I like to use are peppermint and Eucalyptus. An average two drops of peppermint and two drops of Eucalyptus does wonders. Try not to put in so many drops or it will become overpowering and a little bit too strong for you to breath in. 

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ARIES - THE RAM!

As an Aries you are the first born of the zodiac and your sign symbolises new beginnings. Your life is filled with sudden changes , always arriving at one destination then being turned towards another direction. Restlessness is a strong behaviour of yours and a Sun in Aries portrays an activist and a doer. An example of this is American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees for her work. 

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( March 21 – April 19 )

  • Duality: Masculine

  • Element: Fire

  • Quality: Cardinal

  • Ruling Planet: Mars

  • Lucky Day : Tuesday

  • Lucky Numbers: 1 & 9

  • Ruling Body Parts: The Head

  • Opposite sign: Libra

  • Color: Red

  • Birthstone: Diamonds

  • Key Phrase: I AM

  • Most likeable trait: Courage

You like to do things quickly and NOW! Impatient and can't wait to delve into whatever has aroused your interest. At first glance you are energetic, exciting , dynamic and talkative when others encounter your light. You do not fall shy of letting people know your opinions and often find yourself as the centre of attention. You are bold and intent on getting your own way with the characteristics of a natural leader who exudes self confidence. You may treat oppositions as an annoyance to be rushed out of the way, due to your nature. Which is  to express power. Yet readily, you are also generous about helping others in crisis situations. A firefighter is the first thing that comes to mind when I envision an Aries. You are an open hearted friend who shares ideas, advice and has a quality of greatness. Small and petty is not of interest to you, “Go for the best” is your motto. 

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Independence is what you embody and you become sulky or brood when having to take orders.  Should you be in the same room with a superior force, you will bend but never break. A downfall of Aries is that they tend to be self centred, and if not aware of other people’s emotions they can easily become a spoiled brat. They are straightforward for people to read due to their lack of tact and diplomacy. They often speak without thinking things through, and usually regret their impulsiveness later on. Although Aries is lucky with money they have difficulty holding onto it. Spending lavishly and racking up bills is a habit of theirs, however they generally find a way to pay back what they owe. They have too much pride to remain in  anyone’s dept. In friendships they give generously if someone is in need and like being recognised for their good deeds. They are creative, openhearted, high-spirited, pioneering, also vain, feisty, impatient and easily bored. If you find yourself in a relationship with an Aries the question that will always be on your mind is : “How am I going to keep up with them? “

Famous Sun in Aries born: Vincent van Gogh, Eddie Murphy, Hugh Hefner,Robert John Downey Jr, Maya Angelou, Lady Gaga, Big Sean, Reese Witherspoon, Mariah carey, Emma Watson,James Franco, Celine Dion,Pharrell Williams, Jackie Chan, Kristen Stewart, Elton & Akon.

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LOSE YOUR MIND & COME TO YOUR SENSES!

Mindfulness meditation tools for peace and inner strength…