Was there a definitive moment in the relationship of Shiva and Parvati? Was there a doubt that could challenge the bond that they had for one another? Listen to this very touching narration of what holds a relationship together.
“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” Plato
Hello beautiful loves and welcome to this month’s inspiration page on the tantric couple relationship. A relationship for those who aspire towards happiness, spiritual transformation and long-lasting fulfilment.
The key to all of this, is love. Love is often the key to everything in life, the reason we do things, due to this state of magic that awakens within us. “Miracles always occur where there is love. This is possible because, above all, God is love” – Grieg. Have you ever woken up or just felt this state of pure happiness? Where the happiness and joy of your lover is more important than your own and you feel that you place them before yourself? This is because through love, your own ego is removed from the equation, and therefore you are a channel of love for your lover, and all those that interact with you. This therefore leads to one’s own happiness, where you are no longer living in the past or the future and just acting with love in every moment of your day.
Whether you are conscious of it or not, because love is the energy that is there in all our actions, we are in communion with the divine. From cooking a romantic meal for your lover, to buying flowers, to a gentle caress of the hand on one’s cheek, to a passionate kiss that feels it lasts beyond time and sends quivers to the top of your head, to the most intense, deep, pleasurable, ecstatic, profound moment of love making where you are there in union with your lover, transcending to the divine as one.
“When two people of the opposite sex love and transfigure each other, and are animated by such strong spiritual ideals, they help each other and adore each other, sacrifice themselves for each other and become simultaneously the catalyst, the guardian, and the protector of the other one’s spiritual transformation” – Grieg. Through this channelling of such love to the other, we continue to flood our being with beneficial virtues. These virtues continue to restructure our being and awaken qualities that reflect the divine through us; sometimes realising we had this new state of courage, or the words of a poet within us. With these, we are always transforming in life and, therefore, if both members of this tantric couple relationship continue to aspire towards the divine, every moment will be new, every action of love will be deeper, every gaze into each other’s eyes will be more electric, every touch will be more sensual, and every moment of passionate love making with sexual continence will be forever more orgasmic, leading up directly as a stairway to heaven. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too” – Paolo Coelho.
This therefore leads naturally to long-lasting fulfilment. Love, full of transfiguration and sexual continence, will nourish your soul as you are living your life’s main purpose that is to love.
“Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet. Through Love all that is copper will be gold. Through Love all dregs will turn to purest wine. Through Love all pain will turn to medicine. Through Love the dead will all become alive. Through Love the king will turn into a slave.” – Rumi
Love will transform all your experiences to moments in communion with the divine and with your lover, where you feel that your lover is one with you in all your actions; merged. Where you close your eyes and you see your lover, there in front of you. Where your individual gifts complement each other, challenge each other, guide each other, building a ladder to the most high with continuous transformation and love. Where every breath you take has meaning, where every challenge that comes across is embraced with joy, and how all roads magically open in front of you. It truly feels like a mystery, a gift, a grace. “And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God” – Les Miserables.
With that being the purpose – to be in communion with God – the tantric couple relationship is the fastest tool. To love, together with transfiguration and sexual continence, can lead towards happiness, spiritual transformation and long-lasting fulfilment, becoming one with the divine in every moment.
“The greatest happiness of the man is to feel deeply and fully the happiness that he awakens in his lover. The greatest happiness of the woman is to feel fully and deeply the happiness that she awakens in her lover” – Grieg
Sun in Sagittarius
The Sun entered into Sagittarius on 22nd November 2017 and remains in the sign until the 21st December 2017. Let’s take a look at what lies ahead for us in this coming month.
With the Sun entering Sagittarius it assists in the awakening of spiritual discernment through a rapport with an authentic spiritual role model or guide. It will also awaken self-confidence and the ability to help and inspire others on the spiritual path by sharing our experiences in life.
As the Sun passes through Sagittarius it will shine the light of consciousness on the house where your natal Sagittarius is found, and also any planets found under the sign of Sagittarius will be lit up by the subtle energies of the sphere of the Sun.
What do we know about Sagittarius? What will the Sun in Sagittarius bring into our lives in this period and indeed, what subtle energies will it manifest upon other planets we find under the sign of Sagittarius?
Sagittarius is the sign that can covered by the phrase “I See”. This in particular refers to the innate capacity of Sagittarius to see beyond appearances and gives them the qualities of intuition, wisdom, and superior knowledge.
Sagittarius is governed by Jupiter and is thus a sign associated with expansion in all senses of the word: travel abroad, colonies, foreign countries, commerce, great discoveries, scientific knowledge, churches and law, philosophy, religions, sport, dance and adventure. It is an extroverted and masculine (yang, emissive) sign and represents the element of fire in its mobile, balanced and neutral aspect. This gives them an enthusiastic, optimistic, adventurous, daring and detached approach to life and often leads to characters who are “larger than life”, who always have a story to share about their adventures.
If Sagittarius is attracted towards excess or displays of disharmony we will also encounter tendencies towards restlessness, dispersion, rebellious tendencies, imprudence and wanderlust. To avoid such things, it is important for them to develop self-discipline and perseverance and to avoid the tendency of “my way of the highway”!
The lesson in love that Sagittarius teaches us is that “love is sincerity”, and the lesson they need to learn from others is that “love is fidelity shown by consistency”.
So, that’s a little window into the Sagittarius soul and if you have other planets in Sagittarius then this is also a clear indication of what each planet needs to learn and develop; whether it be in love (Venus), action (Mars), communication (Mercury), and so on.
Venus enters Sagittarius
Venus will move into Sagittarius on 1st December 2017 and will awaken the capacity to spontaneously expand in the affective area of life, overcoming any prejudices, inhibitions or timidity. It offers us the possibility to experience some amazing (visionary) insights into any emotional problems that are bothering us, it will amplify our sincerity in love and the capacity to spontaneously and authentically express our feelings. It can also help the appearance of a certain nobleness of the soul and affectionate communion with authentic spiritual beings.
Mars enters Scorpio
Mars will move into Scorpio on 6th December 2017 and awaken a superior responsibility towards ourselves and amplify initiative for taking care of individual actions. It will awaken an inner effervescence and dynamism and the courage to overcome our own limitations, indecisiveness, and procrastination. It awakens integrity and control over the sexual, creative energies and leads to harmonious and responsible social integration.
Fun loving, independent and exciting, Sagittarians are in some ways the wild child of the zodiac. Adventurous, sociable and friendly, they are typically determined to live life to the fullest
This is an honest man, a straight shooter who speaks his mind. Inspiring and spontaneous
He values independence and freedom, manifested both in a liberal open-mindedness and a dislike of feeling trapped or obligated. He often does better with a strong-willed and independent partner, rather than one who is too needy or possessive.
Imaginative and intuitive, he may often be seen as lucky, and may even have a fondness for gambling due to this. One of the most ‘unusual’ traits of Sagittarians for many partners is their ability to get through life so ‘effortlessly’, often relying on luck rather than planning to see them through.
If you lined up 12 people at the top of a cliff, one of each sun sign, the Sagittarian would probably be the first one to jump, content that something, somehow would prevent them from going splat at the bottom. And something, somehow probably would.
The Sagittarian is typically a natural scholar, and loves both to learn and to teach, making conversations highly stimulating.
Typically, he will be well educated, or is planning to be, and is likely to prefer to focus on and master one subject, rather than dabbling in lots of different ones.
Ambitious, optimistic and enthusiastic, he sets himself lofty goals in life, though sometimes struggles to attain them, especially when unforeseen or overly boring details bury him.
On the negative side, he can be seen as lazy and undisciplined. Lacking a deep understanding of emotions, he can also be seen as too blunt or shallow.
1) Does this sound like you? Would you say you are a typical Sagittarius?
I would say I am 50% of a typical Sagittarius. I appreciate my independence, love doing new exciting things in life, am constantly learning and quite often I may be a little bit too honest with other people 😉
2) What’s the wildest and most fun thing you’ve ever done?
Backpacking through South-East Asia when I was a student. Due to the shortage of funds me and my friends were always using the cheapest option for transportation, food and accommodation which was done by very few tourists. It was an amazing experience despite ending up in a dodgy situations or places from time to time 🙂
3) Being from Poland, which is a Catholic country, how did this influence your faith in God? And did you or do you believe in astrology?
A strong indoctrination into the Catholic faith from a very young age made me rebel against the religion and God at first. Everything changed when I learned about Tantra and spirituality. In the past I thought that horoscopes were just stories for superstitious people. However, I had my first reading done recently, and my way of thinking about horoscopes has started to evolve;)
4) Are you in a relationship? Do you appreciate your freedom in life and relationships?
I’m not in a relationship at the moment. Definitely one of the reasons for that is my appreciation of freedom and independence in every area of life.
5) Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time? In terms of job, career, spiritual evolution, or anything you want to achieve?
Probably on a tropical island, experiencing my life to the fullest, teaching Tantra and helping other people find the way to happiness and inner peace 🙂
6) How long have you been practicing yoga, and have you noticed the effects of yoga in your life?
I’ve been practicing yoga and meditation for a year now. Apart from the most obvious benefit, which is increased flexibility and improved posture, I feel more grounded, calm and aware.
7) How did you find Tara Yoga Centre?
It was really random. I was on a bus to London and started chatting to a woman who turned out to be one of Tara’s students.
8) How has the experience (people, centre and teachings) of coming to the courses here at Tara been for you?
The atmosphere in the school is very friendly and safe which makes it quite a unique place in London. After a year of my spiritual development, I can actually feel the energy of the place. The teachings so far have been very interesting and have helped me to understand the chakras system and the importance of sexual continence.
9) What has been the highlight of this year for you?
Definitely the Tantra Festival in London. I volunteered at the event but also took part in a few of the workshops. It was an amazing event and I am looking forward to the next year’s festival.
10) If you could change somebody’s life with one piece of advice what would it be?
Stop for a moment and think about why are you doing what you are doing in your life and what you truly want from life. Is the stuff you do really what you want, or is it just an effect of the social programming you’ve received in your childhood and adolescence?
Thank you Marcin
Welcome to the student of the month and thank you for taking your time to do this article that hopefully can inspire fellow students to understand the characteristic traits of Scorpio.
Here are a few….
Focused, Brave, Balanced, Faithful, Ambitious, Intuitive, Mysterious, Charming, Passionate, Emotional, Intelligent, Wise, Mature, Powerful
Manipulative, Resentful, Secretive, Jealous, Vindictive
How does that sound? Would you say that some of the above mentioned traits are correct in explaining the Scorpio’s way of being?
Starting with the positive traits, everyone has them to a certain extent but those with a Scorpio sign who have stepped onto an authentic spiritual path will continue to amplify them as much as possible despite all the apparent barriers. Twenty-four years ago I was not aware that these positive traits might help one to transform oneself as a human being. They were useful to climb on the social hierarchy…
Once I started to attend yoga courses these star sign qualities began to get more refined ‘guiding’ me to deepen my understanding of life’s meaning.
Would you say that you are a typical Scorpio? If so, can you please tell us what a typical Scorpio is like from your point of view, according to your sign. Can you give us some examples from your own experience with the qualities mentioned above?
Life for a Scorpio is like a battlefield: always ready to ‘fight’ for his aims (material or spiritual). He doesn’t give up once he has chosen to reach a certain target. It doesn’t matter how long he waits to get what he wants, he is persistent in obtaining what he already set his mind/heart on.
Before starting to practice yoga I was very jealous. I gave my girlfriend almost no opportunities to get in touch with other people (especially men). I was even jealous with my best friend if he was just chatting or touching my girlfriend in an affectionate way when we were at a party.
Starting yoga years ago helped me to switch off from being manipulative, jealous and resentful. I started to develop a better understanding of everyone’s feelings, desires, needs etc.
How did you start your spiritual journey? Were you always drawn to the mysterious aspects of life?
I grew up beside a church; as a child I always played in the churchyard. I witnessed funerals, baptisms, and weddings. Once I started to wonder to myself, “Why do people die? Why are babies born?” I was maybe seven or eight years old. All these questions triggered the desire to find out what happens to us after we pass away. I even wondered why am I this individual, and why do I not feel what others feel? Why am I separate from others? At that age I couldn’t find an answer.
Later on, I discovered yoga practice through my best friend who had already been practicing yoga for two years. We were involved in different sports; he was practicing martial arts and I was playing football at a professional club. I was 21 years old when he gave me a book about yoga and told me very seriously to read it. I was so impressed by what was written in that yoga book.
Soon I started to attend yoga classes regularly. The yoga techniques really improved my sense of well-being.
I began to obtain answers to the many questions of my youth through real life experiences.
How old were you when you started being interested in sexuality? Can you share with us some of your experiences as a young Scorpio?
As a teenager I was attracted to beautiful women. I adored them, wondering how these women could be so beautiful, so sensitive, so intense in the way they lived their lives…
This state of admiration transformed in time to a desire to express my love for them. This desire took the form of making love physically, thus becoming one and the same person.
I started to make love from the age of nineteen. I was deeply interested in feeling how the woman was experiencing this unique moment of becoming ONE. I can say that from an early stage of my sexual life I was practising sexual continence. I was fulfilled by seeing the woman happy through making love. I discovered that a woman can have a huge sexual potential that can lead to four or five hours of making love continuously. I discovered that the woman’s body is so complex in love-making compared with the male’s body -that through making love her being starts to radiate mystical energy. Through making love I discovered that a woman can help the man to get closer to the divine.
What Sign would be the ideal lover for a Scorpio?
For me the ideal lover is a Woman who can feel the Divine Presence in a Man…
What is the best thing and the worst thing about being a Scorpio?
The best thing is that once you become friends/lovers with me it is for life. I can sacrifice my life to the person who requires me to help her/him …
The worst thing is that I cannot easily forget when somebody has made me suffer…
You have been on the yoga course for quite some time…how long have you been practicing?
From the age of twenty-one I have practised yoga regularly. I was living in an ashram for five years where every day I practised two or three hours of yoga plus meditations. Now I am forty-eight.
How has the yoga practice helped you to change your life for the better?
Yoga practice helped me to better engage in social life, to boost my immune system, to amplify my latent qualities, to improve my mental power, to gain self-confidence and self-esteem, to discover that I am a divine spark…
What is the most transforming event, meditation, tapas or spiritual practice you have done since you have been in this school?
The most transforming event occurred due to a twenty-four hour practice of praying to God…
Tell us a few words about Tara Yoga Centre and a few words of wisdom to the readers of this article.
I came to England exactly ten years ago. I discovered Tara Yoga Centre in London. I was coming from Wales almost every week to attend two or three hours of yoga under the guidance of Tara Yoga Centre teachers. I never thought that the distance was an obstacle. Now I am coming every Sunday from Bristol to attend yoga courses.
Tara Yoga Centre is an amazing place filled with special people, from the students to the teachers.
This summer I felt inspired to support Tara Yoga Centre in the renovations to expand the centre. For one month almost from morning till night I helped with all the small things I could do. I am not a professional handy man, nor do I have skills in plumbing etc., but I helped there and I felt AMAZING.
Some words of wisdom for the readers: NEVER give up once you have started to practice yoga.
19th year of the Yoga Course
Tara Yoga Centre
Hello Beautiful Loves, and welcome to this month’s inspiration page on the theme of beauty. Beauty is all around us. The radiant sunrise (when it is a cloudless day in London) that shines upon us, or even the cloud itself that acts like a blanket upon us that tucks us in as cold sweeps in.
To the sound of birds that sing to our hearts as we wake up, the beautiful colours of autumn as we start to approach winter, the magnificent faces of each and every one of us when we grace each other as we walk upon the streets, and interact with life itself. All of these can be said to be beautiful, but how is it that a star, a sound, a season, colours, a person can all be described as beautiful? It is because they are a reflection of something much greater. They are a reflection of the divine.
And this is it; beauty has such a depth, even in the word itself as it can be used to describe so many expressions of beauty, and that the deeper and deeper we contemplate beauty, we eventually reach the divine, the face of the divine here on earth. First from what we see, to what we feel, to what we are.
We see the face of the divine radiating upon us. It will take us in awe, it will take us in wonder, directly to a state of genuine happiness, to a state of bliss, awakening a resonance with our soul, speaking a language that only our soul can truly understand.
When we see something beautiful we often say “it takes my breath away”. It is true, because once merged in it we are beyond the point of living, but being one with that, that is connected to ourself. And so contemplating beauty, it is a natural path taking us straight back to the supreme. As the deeper we contemplate that which is beautiful, we naturally return to the source, and we see the divinity upon us. For we are divine.
“In everything, everywhere, in all relations truth must be brought out in its all-embracing rhythm and every movement of life should be an expression of beauty and harmony. Skill is not art, talent is not art. Art is a living harmony and beauty that must be expressed in all the movements of existence. This manifestation of beauty and harmony is part of the Divine realisation upon earth, perhaps even its greatest part.”
We see such beauty, none more so than in Shakti – a beautiful woman, a Goddess, Shakti. They are the face of God smiling upon us. And their expression; the way they dance, the way they move, the way they smile – from twirling under the stars, to walking gracefully along the sandy shores, to the beaming light from the eyes of our love. They allow their energy to flow and their heart to shine There is nothing more beautiful than that of the feminine, of the harmonious energy of Shakti. Therefore, adoring all that is around us, that is Shakti, we enter into communion with a state of bliss and heaven on earth – when the two worlds unite.
So aim to discover beauty in everything, and to remember: we are a reflection of divinity here on earth; we are all truly beautiful from within. Therefore we should shine this beauty in all our actions and discover and realise it in all that we do.
“Beauty is Ananda (Bliss) taking form – but the form need not be a physical shape. One speaks of a beautiful thought, a beautiful act, a beautiful soul. What we speak of as beauty is Ananda in manifestation; beyond manifestation beauty loses itself in Ananda or, you may say beauty and Ananda become indistinguishably as one.”
“Let yourself be constantly embraced and surrounded by beauty and do not forget that it reflects the soul in the same way that our soul is the reflection of the eternal beauty of God the Father.”
As you can see, Beauty is mysterious and continues to play in our lives, and to explain it in words is far more challenging as it is essentially beyond words – a feeling, a state, a being. Yet some have come close, none more so than through the words of Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet. I hope you enjoy these words and may they enchant your heart, so that from now on all moments in your life are flowing with beauty.
On Beauty ~Kahlil Gibran
Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech? The aggrieved and the injured say, “Beauty is kind and gentle. Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us.” And the passionate say, “Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread. Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.” The tired and the weary say, “Beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit. Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow.” But the restless say, “We have heard her shouting among the mountains, and with her cries came the sound of hooves, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions.” At night the watchmen of the city say, “Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east.” And at noontide the toilers and the wayfarers say, “We have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset.” In winter say the snow-bound, “She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills.” And in the summer heat the reapers say, “We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.” All these things have you said of beauty, yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied, And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted. It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear, but rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears. It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw, but rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight. People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.
Jupiter continues its transit through the zodiac signs and entered into Scorpio on October 10th 2017, where it will remain until November 8th 2018.
What will Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio mean for us…?
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and is associated with growth, expansion, knowledge and understanding. It is also the planet associated with morals, ethics, truth and principles, Divine Laws and the bestowing of Divine Grace.
The deeply secretive, intense and sensual waters of Scorpio are associated with sexuality, death and rebirth, a process of transformation of all that needs to “die” in order for something new and improved to be “reborn”. Scorpio is governed jointly by Mars, its traditional ruler – the God of War, and Pluto, its modern ruler – the God of the Underworld. The intensity and passion of the Mars aspect, coupled with the desire to penetrate to the root of all things and transform coming from Pluto, makes this sign a powerful and mysterious combination. When combined also with the intuitive and empathetic nature of water, it makes Scorpio an irresistible power for transformation.
So, what can we expect over the next 13 months as Jupiter passes through Scorpio?
In the superior manifestations of both Jupiter and Scorpio their energies combine to bring about radical transformations in the areas of sexuality, power and finance.
As we may already know from our studies of Tantra, the expansion or amplification of energies in a specific area cause an amplification of the pure and impure aspects in that area. In the case of Jupiter transiting Scorpio, the expansive qualities of Jupiter are going to be focused into the domain of Scorpio, sexuality, power and finance. This will be particularly reflected by the Jupiter qualities of morals, ethics, principles and adherence to Divine Laws.
Considering all of this it may come as no great surprise that the sexual scandal with Harvey Weinstein broke as Jupiter started its exit from Libra into Scorpio and that exactly on the 10th October, as Jupiter entered Scorpio, the allegations came very powerfully to the surface.
The expansion of Jupiter can also lead to excess or over-indulgence, this can also be accompanied by a lack of morals, ethics and principles and we can see very clearly that this is what is being brought to the surface by the intense emotions of Scorpio, demonstrated in this case by control, manipulation and over-indulgence related to sexuality, power and finance.
What are we to understand from this from a spiritual perspective?
The combination of the expansive energies of Jupiter that brings these inferior tendencies to the surface and the intense, combative energies of Scorpio forces these feelings and emotions to come to light in order for “death” to appear and for a radical transformation to appear in our attitudes towards sexuality, power and finance.
From this perspective Jupiter is giving a “chance” right now for changes to deep-rooted attitudes to take place in these areas and, in essence, for us to embrace the authentic approach and understanding of our sexual energies that is based upon the transforming power of Sacred Eros and accompanied by mutual love, transfiguration and sexual continence.
So, don’t be surprised to see more “sex scandals” appear in the coming 13 months, specifically associated with powerful and influential figures in financially powerful sectors of society. Scorpio energies will take this period to penetrate to the root of all that is impure and bring it to the surface with a lot of power and emotion in order for it to be transformed into a new paradigm of a more conscious, ethical and divinely integrated approach to these areas of life.
This applies to society as a whole and to ourselves as individuals and we could say that starting right now we have an incredibly opportunity for deepening our understanding and approach to Tantra and Sacred Eros… So, if you are not already signed up to the Tantra course, now is truly an auspicious moment to take the plunge!
How did the beggar’s daughter become a Queen? After becoming a Queen why was she so sad and miserable? Can we find similarities in our own lives? Is there a cryptic message revealed that can transform our sadness into bliss? Come let’s listen to this wonderful story…
Do you believe in angels? Lorna Byrne definitely does. She has every reason to believe in them because she’s been seeing angels since she was a baby. Lorna is a modern day Irish mystic. As a young child, she assumed everyone could see the angels who always accompanied her, but adults thought she suffered from a mental disability because she did not seem to be focusing on the world around her. Today, sick and troubled people from all around the world are drawn to her for comfort and healing, and theologians of different faiths seek her guidance.
In her book ‘Angels in my Hair’ she describes her remarkable life story, and also includes a chapter on how to connect to your angel. You can find out more about Lorna, her abilities and how it can help you to heal your life and connect you with the deceased in this inspirational interview: The Lady who sees Angels. Just follow the link below.
Why was the King Janaka so troubled by his dream? What was the answer that finally revealed the truth behind his dream? How did the Sage Ashtavakra leave a lasting impression on the King? Let’s find out…