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Make a wish!!!

It wouldn’t harm anyone to believe that wishes may come true. Ya, I know everyone do believe that..
Wishes give hope to the heart, were we silently share to the skies..
Once you have set a sky lantern free to the sky. It gives hope.

flying lanternYup!!

I’m talking about flying lanterns.. How many of you have lighted a flying lantern and made a wish on it and let the lantern fly??
I have not.. But I really wish that I can do it soon..
Isnt it interesting, lighting a lantern n let it go to fly to make our wish come true..
Obviously it is. How crazy people are on such believes. I do believe in all such things even if its stupid or whatever. 

People have the heart to believe in wishes coming true through lighting up a lantern and letting it go to the sky. A hopeful release and a wondrous thing to look at in the sky as if they’re stars shining so brightly. The Sky Lanterns are known as Kongming Lantern in Chinese originated in a few Asian Cultures. These lanterns are airborne and made out of paper. Like hot air balloons, what makes them rise intro the air is the flame that you light before you let it go. As long as the flame is still there, the lantern soars as high and eventually lands back to the ground once its light is out.

It has been said that Sky Lanterns started a hundred years ago during the time when armies used them as signal devices and had been adopted by folks to use in conveying their wishes to the heavens.

In some Asian countries, there are Sky Lantern Festivals and it’s just quite obvious that it becomes crowded with people because of how awesome it may become! There could just be something to look forward to every single day when you have engaged yourself into wishing for something from the Sky Lantern. It’s cute though.

It fascinates the eyes once every single sky lantern takes flight and they make such a beautiful view in the skies with its identical lights scattered. And ya, those who love looking at stars at night are gonna love it..So will I do..
flying lanterns

As the lanterns race to the skies, indeed it touches the heart as they take wishes and thoughts with them.

Some say that flying lanterns are the first hot air balloon.. Maybe it will be, because both of it works the same,so it might be true..

The Origins of Sky Lanterns

Today, lantern festivals are part of many cultural ceremonies throughout Asia, ranging from China to Taiwan to Thailand. The dazzling tradition also has a long history in South America, particularly in Brazil and Mexico thanks to 16th century explorers from Portugal, who likely adopted the custom after traveling through China.

One source notes that sky lanterns first floated over China during New Year’s celebrations in the 3rd century B.C., but Chinese military hero Zhuge Liang is generally crediting with creating the flying lights. During the Three Kingdoms Era, sky lanterns were strategically used on the battlefield as an efficient means of communication.

After peace settled throughout the land, everyone from peasants to royalty began using the rice paper lanterns to thank the gods for their blessings, to cast away their fears and to declare their hopes for a prosperous future. Traditionally, sky lanterns are cast with written wishes attached, ranging from prayers for a good harvest to blessings for a happy marriage to requests for relief from life’s worries. In Thailand, green lanterns are lit for personal growth while purple lanterns carry dreams of opportunity to the heavens.

Flying lanterns

 It is believed that the longer and higher the lanterns float, the more likely the deities will receive your requests. The sky lantern ceremony has come to represent the releasing of one’s deepest fears and desires. It is a symbolic cleansing, a letting go of everything that troubles you. It also the beginning of a new, enlightened you, with the light illuminating the path of knowledge and righteousness.
Anyway friends, never miss a chance to light a flying lantern and make a wish..
We’ll see if it will come true or not..
🙂 🙂

 

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No more bad dreams..

Yawn!!
Time for a nap!!
Don’t worry..
Sweet Dreams lie ahead!!
That too if you have a Dream Catcher..
(Probably doesn’t make a lot of sense)
But ya..
Dream Catchers are absolutely fascinating and beautiful and charmed..

Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans.
The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The original dream catcher of Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people.
They were woven by grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the craddleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams.
The night air is filled with dreams.
Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers.
The slightest movement of feather indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream.
Bad dreams, however are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there till the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.
Native Americans and of course others, truly believe that dream catchers have the power to catch all of your dreams; trapping the bad ones in the web, and only letting the good dreams pass through the hole in the middle.

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Originally the Native American dream catcher was woven on twigs of the red willow using thread from the stalk of the stinging nettle. The red willow and twigs from other trees of the willow family, as well as red twig dogwood can be found in many parts of the United States. These twigs are gathered fresh and dried in a circle or pulled into a spiral shape depending upon their intended use. They used natural feathers and semi-precious gemstone, one gemstone to each web because there is only one creator in the web of life

Traditional dream catchers are made using a hoop of willow and decorating it with bits and pieces of everyday life (feathers, arrow heads, beads, shells etc..)
Of course, modern dream catchers are similar; however, they are also different..
They are more decorated and fancier looking.. (planning to make one for myself) 😉

 

Native American dream Catcher
Native American dream Catcher
Native American Dream Catcher
Native American Dream Catcher
Modern Dream Catcher
Modern Dream Catcher
Modern Dream Catcher
Modern Dream Catcher


When we compare traditional and modern dream catchers, the difference will be noticeable..
Native Americans were mostly concern with the meaning and spiritual belief of the dream catcher, and for modern dream catcher people are more concerned about the perfection, looks and decoration..
What do you think??
But, I love the Native American dream catchers with the willow hoops..

Some people think dream catchers are a lovely and decorative thing to have. Others see them as something that brings together many Native American cultures and the symbol of Native American unity.
There are others who think, dream catchers are simply tacky tourist souvenirs that are made in China and shipped to this country to be sold as authentic Native American crafts.

Dream catchers made by artists and craftspeople are beautiful to look at and calming and peaceful to watch, as the feathers move and sway in a breeze. These dream catchers are made with the same loving care as those made by Ojibwa people long ago..

Although there are many variations, a dream catcher is basically a small circle of wood that is tied with sinew or thread to resemble a web with a small hole in the middle. An interesting thing in that is the strings or sinews are tied at several points on the circle, with the number of points on the dream catcher having different meanings:

*  13 points – the 13 phases of the moon
*  8 points – the number of legs on the spider woman of the dream catcher legend
*  7 points – the seven prophecies of the grandfathers
*  6 points – an eagle or courage
*  5 points – the star

So..

What are you waiting for?? Ger a dream catcher for yourself (try to make one) and get rid of nightmares…
Have sweet dreams..
🙂 🙂

 

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Reborn From Ashes : Like A Phoenix

I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can
begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”
― Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters

PHOENIX, the imaginary bird which will reborn from its ashes..
Phoenix rising from the ashes.” This phrase have always inspired me.. Always.
As the story goes..
The phoenix never existed.
It was a large bird, much like an eagle, written in Greek mythology and based on ancient Egyptian legends.
Only one phoenix was said to have lived at a time. This gold and red bird, always a male, lived in Arabia.
Each phoenix lived for exactly 500 years, and when it was about to die, it gathered twigs and spices and built a nest.
Then the phoenix sat on the nest and waited patiently for a ray of sun to set the nest on fire.
The bird never tried to escape its fiery death, for from its ashes a worm would come crawling out.
This worm became a new, beautiful little phoenix, who immediately set to work gathering its father’s ashes into a ball of incense.

mythical beautifulphoenixThe phoenix then flew with these ashes to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, the City of the Sun, and buried the ashes in the temple of the sun god.the phoenix builds a nest and then by the sun and the friction of its own wings, is consumed by fire. It is inevitably reborn from the very ashes.
The phoenix is therefore symbolic of resurrection, immortality, and my personal favorite – triumph over adversity.
Then it flew back to Arabia to live for 500 years, when the cycle would be repeated.
Because of the phoenix’s rebirth from its own ashes, it became a symbol of immortality.
Even today, a person who makes a comeback after suffering a great defeat is called a “phoenix.”

OK.. I think its a lot about the mythical bird Phoenix.
The symbol of immortality..
(I think for a lot of people, now the symbol of immortality is ‘Vampire’)

The legend of the phoenix can actually be found in several belief systems.
The Phoenix

Its so easy to relate Phoenix to the human life.
Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person. That’s the influence of phoenix with the human life (even if we notice or not).
Coming down hard on yourself can even crush your spirit. Within your spirit lies your innermost dreams, desires, and your attitude toward life.
It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Some people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five”.
The phoenix is the symbol of the transformation of human consciousness and our creative spirit, that each of us must undergo from one degree to another to get what we desire. We cannot escape from that.

So we always have to arise more stronger..
Have to reborn from the ashes…
Never give up..

 

 

 

 

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The Timeless Beauty

“For she was a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time,
when she was in the prime of her youth, she was most striking;
she also possessed a most charming voice and a knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to every one.
Being brilliant to look upon and to listen to, with the power to subjugate every one, even a love-sated man already past his prime,
she thought that it would be in keeping with her rôle to meet Caesar, and she reposed in her beauty all her claims to the throne.
She asked therefore for admission to his presence, and on obtaining permission adorned and beautified herself so as to appear before him in the most majestic and at the same time pity-inspiring guise.
When she had perfected her schemes she entered the city (for she had been living outside of it), and by night without Ptolemy’s knowledge went into the palace.”

                                                                                                                                              Dio, Roman History (XLII.34.4-6)
cleopatra
I heard that name first when I was a kid..
My mom use to tell me the story about the beauty of legends..
The one with the popular bathe rituals..
The one who took bath with the salt from dead sea and the milk of a young donkey & honey..
The one who sleep with a golden mask on her face..
The one who made me to go crazy on ‘lapis lazuli’.
Yup..
I am talking about the Timeless Beauty..
Beauty of the Nile..

CLEOPATRA
The Queen Cleopatra
“This extraordinary woman with whom both Caesar and Marc Antony fell in love must have been both beautiful and mesmerizing.”

She was so charming that to this day, 2,050 years later, we still are interested in her beauty tips. Cleopatra was seductive and feminine on every level. She was a major icon of the time and practically had men wrapped around her finger.
Cleopatra was very exceptional woman and she loved herself, but she also knew how to use beauty secrets of her time.
She was well educated and could speak different languages and served as the dominant ruler in all three of her co- regencies.

Cleopatra was a writer; she wrote a medical treatise called, Cosmetics.

She ruled ancient Egypt as a co – regent (1st with her two younger brothers and then with her son) for almost 2 decades. She became last in the dynasty for Macedonian rulers founded by Ptolemy, who served as general under Alexander the great during his conquest of Egypt in 332 BC.
the famous milk bath

I don’t know from when I started admiring her..
Maybe from those days my mom use to tell me stories..
Story about the most beautiful woman on the earth..
The one who ground lapis lazuli into powder to create her famous dark blue eye shadow..
She was the woman of surpassing beauty and who was brilliant to look upon..

It is also important to keep in mind that ancient ideals of beauty were quite different to those of the modern Western world. For example, ancient Greek depictions of the beautiful love goddess Aphrodite invariably show a full-bodied woman with a prominent nose; a woman who modern society would probably advise to lose weight and get a nose job! Asking whether Cleopatra was beautiful is perhaps then a fruitless question, if beauty is truly in the eyes of the culture in which it is beheld.
It seems likely that Cleopatra’s physical appearance was not more or less attractive than the next woman, yet through her wit, charm and daring she captivated not only two of the most powerful men of the ancient world, but the collective imagination of the entire world for all centuries that followed.
Cleopatra and Caesar by Jean Leon Gerome

The death of Cleopatra is so mysterious. It is said that, after Mark Antony committed suicide, so did Cleopatra. The story is that she took an asp to her breast and let the poisonous snake bite her.

A lot more is there about her.. A lot more..
Cleopatra VII, The Last Pharaoh of Egypt.
You should try to read a book about her.. Actually there are a lot of them.. Grab any of them and try to read..
Even you will fall in love with her..

 

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Along With The Tingling of Wind Chimes’

Wind chimes..
Some may feel the sound is so annoying, while some other just love it..
For me, one of the many things I love to be aware of are the ‘tinkling of wind chimes’.

Metallic-windchimesThe tinkling coming from a tuned wind chime is unique, creating an aura of tranquility and serenity that will flow through any living space. These would be a nice change from the loud, chaotic noises we hear everyday.The tones and vibrations of wind chimes would help to calm your mind, soothe your nerves as well as discharge your entire stress that would have built up.
Wind chimes work when wind goes through them and knocks the chimes into an object in the middle, then generating the whimsical music we love to hear. The comforting sound made by the chimes might be just the thing your loved ones need to build a space where they can relax and unwind from the stresses of life.

wind_chime_lThe Origin of Wind Chime
Wind chimes have a long and varied history.  Their development spans cultures, continents and uses.  As one of the world’s first musical instruments, wind chimes have long been known for their soothing, meditative and sometimes earthly sounds.  As a result of their unique sound, wind chimes have served as a way of shaping the atmosphere of natural environments for millennia.
The wind chime can trace its lineage back almost 5000 years.  The first evidence of wind chimes, found at archeological sites in South East Asia, dates them to about 3000 B.C.  Primitive constructions of bone, wood or bamboo, stone or shells, the earliest wind chimes were thought to be used to ward off evil spirits.  However evidence exists that wind chimes had a more practical use as well; digs in Bali, Indonesia show that farmers used the sound wind chimes and wind clappers make to scare birds and other animals from their cultivated fields.  By 2000 B.C. the wind chime had been developed independently along the shores of the Mediterranean and was being cast in bronze by the ancient Egyptians
wooden DIY wind chimes

Metal wind chimes also became an important component of Chinese religious rituals when the culture became proficient at metal working. Around 1000 B.C. they learned how to forge iron and began creating ritual bells for use in religious ceremonies.It wasn’t until about 400 B.C. that wind chimes were also found in Japan. The Japanese also practiced a form of Feng Shui that was related to the Shinto religion. In this case the bells and wind chimes were used to summon nature spirits as well as disperse negative energy from a premises.
Bronze tintinnabulum, Roman, 1st century AD, British Museum.In the North, Northwest as well as West, metal wind chimes are a great choice while wooden wind chimes work properly in the South, Southeast and East. In line with Feng Shui, you will be able to select the quantity of rods in line with the type of treatment you desire. For instance, four, six, seven, eight or eighteen rods could likewise be used for good fortune.

Setting Up The Wind Chimes
Setting up wind chimes is sort of simple, regardless of the location you choose. 
Select a location that your chimes could have freedom of motion and never be hindered.Wind chimes are usually found on a veranda, but not often. They are at times made use of in order to accentuate a long window or included to deliver elegance to a kitchen space.Gardens will be yet another much-loved location to put them. Nowadays, wind chimes will not be only utilised for decoration or for fending off animals; they are also utilised as musical tools and are utilised by sailors to check the weather.

So, why you are waiting???
Get a wind chime (if you are trying, even you can make one)..
Enjoy the tinkling.. Listen your mind..

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Fashion For The Rainy Season

We all love rainy season, but not everyone like to get drenched. The real enjoyment of rainy season is to sit in your house having a cup of coffee while it rains outside, but personally i just like to cuddle. However it is not always possible.

The thing while going out in rain is that we have to take an extra care on what we wear as cloths get spoiled easily. Raincoats and umbrellas are saving the grace but the main idea is to look chic and fashionable for the season.

So here are some clothing tips that might be help of this season..

BRIGHT COLORS
bright colored raincoats
Dig into your wardrobe for bright colored clothes. It’s always good to wear bright clothes as they uplift your spirit. Dark clouds would make you feel low and gloomy, therefore do not allow this to dominate you. It is also advisable to wear cotton clothes as they are versatile and can easily adjust to changes in temperature.

SCARVES
scarves for rainAdd a scarf to your attire.. they’ll keep your warm and they will give you a sophisticated look. You can use a scarf to that casual outing and you can wear one to work.

UMBRELLAS
umbrellas
I know how most of us hate to carry umbrellas around. But you can get a cute lil umbrella to keep yourself and your hair from getting wet.. You never know when rain decides to fall.. If you are out and this happens, you do not need to worry, you just bring out your cute umbrella and shield yourself.

BOOTS
Rain boots
During the rainy season it is better to stay away from your stilettos or heels and prefer boots that can be knee high or shorter but must have the capacity to save you and your lower legs from getting spoiled and dirty, they’ll help to keep you warm too.

RUBBER SANDALS/SLIPPERS
sandals
Every lady should have at least one pair this season and fortunately, they’re everywhere, cute and comfortable too and many of them actually look like leather shoes. They make you look neat and you won’t have to bother about your shoes getting spoil.

So go on ladies….

Enjoy the rain…

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The girl who played with hair..

What if i say go crazy with your hair?

You’l just try to change the hair style.. Can you think about something beyond that?

Then here is this girl who have gone beyond that…

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Marisol Suarez enjoys making sculptures out of hair. It was after training at the Beaux Arts that she found this passion.

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Inspired by “Russian dolls”, Marisol created her first collection of “hair sculptures” which landed her with several artistic collaborations.

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A dry cut that respects rebellious locks, the natural attachment of hair and the opportunity of getting your hair-look sussed out like you do for yourself on a daily basis without the help of a hairdresser.

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And that’s what I was telling.

Marisol Suarez.. The girl who played with hair..