Birthday adventure: Little Venice and Kyoto Garden

Birthdays are such beautiful occasions in our lives, I must admit. Celebrating your existence on the day you appeared into this diverse and puzzling world ought not to be missed. I am not talking about organising big gatherings – not during the pandemic, at least! – just dedicate some time during the day to appreciate your achievements and make a wish or two for the following years.

Every year when the date of my birthday comes near, I like to travel somewhere new. I fill my lungs with the scent of joyous exploration of sceneries and sightseeings. I do that with my family – we get along pretty well. Unfortunately, now is not the time for long-distance travels, as hotel reservations and plane tickets can be volatile. This, however, makes us more creative and willing to explore our close surroundings, doesn’t it?

Last year, my family and I went to the Shard the night before my birthday for a glass of prosecco. The following day we had a boat trip to Little Venice. I fell in love with this place, and thus decided to go back there, one year later. This time, the route was different.

I saw tickets for a tour with a virtual guide to Little Venice on TripAdvisor, accompanied by a game called Questo. Through it, you solve riddles on your smartphone while getting to know the area physically. I decided this was the safest option for a real adventure – no other people, no hustle and bustle, just me, my phone, and whoever I choose to take with me. My mum became my partner in travelling crime (we did nothing against the law, but I wanted to sound pompous 😉 ).

Through this curious quest, we were able to look out for small peculiar details which make Little Venice enchanting. Apart from showing us the well-known charming canals, the app took us to precious bijou streets only a local will have knowledge of.

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Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~

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One of the tasks we had was to count the yellow doors! Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~

We also visited a plant nursery. This space was simply magical, with such peaceful atmosphere and amiable people working there. The arc at the entrance allured me to think I was already in paradise.

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Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~

The nursery offered plenty of trees, bushes and flowers to choose from. My mum especially appealed to this one with a spiral stem:

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Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~

 

The tour is not about staring at your phone at all. Rather, it is about using your phone as a means to get to a destination – not virtually, but with your feet. We have walked for eight and a half kilometers and it felt so refreshing.

 

 

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A sense of triumph. Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~

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My mum and I, and the Waterside Cafe behind us. Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~

 

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Enchanting canals and precious boats with pretty names and rich history. Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~  

 

 

After completing the last task, we paid a visit to Kyoto Garden.

 

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Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~  

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Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~  

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Hello, buddy! Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~  

You may wonder, ”But Christina, how did you make it from Italy to Japan in a single day without a plane?”

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Make a wish! Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~  

The truth is, all those culturally enriched places are in London. This is why I am in love with this city – you get to experience a bit of every country in a mile range. While drinking coffee and carrying a baguette, you can sail across the canals in Venice, or simply find solitude among the zen waterfall, surrounded by Japanese bird species. 

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A waterfall to wash all your worries. Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~  

 

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A resting peacock. Personal archive (2020). hellorainb0w!~  

Jupiter sextile Neptune – 27 July (+happy birthday to me)

Good morning, fabulous friends! ❤

As you have noticed, my inspirational flow has been rather infrequent these days. I apologise to you for that. But hellorainb0w!~ always comes back. It may be in a month, or a year, or two… You have seen my revival in June, and thus can trust me.

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Personal archive (2018). hellorainb0w~

Today I am celebrating my 21st birthday (these days I will share what I did on this special day with you in more details). It is as if the planets made me the perfect gift – the benefic Jupiter retrograde in steady Capricorn forms an exact trine to the glamorous Neptune retrograde in its domicile in Pisces at (roughly) 1:45pm BST.

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27/07/2020, 13:45. Source: Astro-Seek

For me this means one thing – more rainbows are to come on our own way. I even created a short poem in five seconds or so:

Yes, it will rain
Yes, we will fall
Yes, the sun will rise again
Yes, we’ve got nothing to lose at all

This beautiful sextile will give us lots of hopeful dreams for the future. We will start constructing plans to achieve our collective utopia (we actually have commenced, with political protests and dissatisfaction occurring around the world). Please never forget we are all in this together (spiritual guides, too). Gods with many different names, guardian angels, fairies, whatever power you believe in, it will support you unconditionally. I believe in everything that is good, and I believe in you and me.

In the dawn of the Age of Aquarius, we are becoming more and more spiritual, advanced and composed. This harmonious aspect will gently provoke us to create art, visions, new philosophies. It is not the time to think about the past. Ask questions for the upcoming days. Make predictions. Love more, hate less. Wish everyone the thing you wish for yourself. Our intuition and emotions vibrate at a higher frequency, and with such a possibility we can deploy the law of attraction productively.

And whenever we try to seek happiness and satisfaction, the Universe will remind us to go into a state of inner contemplation… as contentment is located at the core of our being.

I am finishing this post with a very cute song with astrological lyrics. It is by Ray Stevens and is called Oh, Leo Lady. I first heard this song at the 52nd Astrological Conference in June 2020 and I could not feel more grateful being a Leo. 

– Love, Tinna ❤

A perfect work environment

Hello guys! 🙂

I haven’t posted anything for more than a week, because I am busy writing my dissertation for the astrology course. I am literally draining every brain cell that I have to produce a masterpiece, and then fill it up with caffeine. Sweet, sweet life.

I am always in such a hurry. The more tasks I accomplish, the more fulfillment and joy I feel. I do have time until April 2021 to complete the course, but I am concerned that when I start my final year at university in September, I will be too exhausted. That is why I am spending my summer in a very productive way: attending astrological and journalistic webinars, meeting with my mentor, analysing charts and writing predictions, thinking about a suitable master’s degree, etc.

The biggest challenge ahead of me was to take a break when I feel burnt out. I simply could not give up in the middle of an assignment – I either had to finish it or should have never started it at the first place. When I started exploring my inner self with the help of astrology, I read an interpretation that I am my biggest enemy. I was taken aback by the righteousness of those words. And after almost 21 years, I managed to dedicate more time for spiritual practices, outings and relaxation. This resulted in higher productivity and self-reliance.

I will be turning back to my work. I hope you have a wonderful day and stay tuned for my pre-birthday posts!

– Love, Tinna ❤

 

Spread your wings and fly high

Good morning to another beautiful day, all! ❤

Have you ever thought what would you do, should you have more bravery?

Would you quit your current job, cease thinking negatively, end a toxic relationship, or move to another country? Or something simpler, like reducing your coffee consumption and going to bed earlier?

Everyday we make decisions and face the consequences. But how to make sure these are the right resolutions for us?

The answer is simple – use your gut feeling. The first solution that comes to mind is usually derived from our inner self whispering to us. Even if it seems unnatural, it is the correct approach to a situation in 99% of the time.

When you worry about whether something will (not) happen in the future, stop your speeding thoughts and think, ”Can I do something about it?”

If the answer is ”yes”, then do not worry. If the answer is ”no”, then do not worry. Spread your wings and fly high. Chase your dreams and never cry.

Weekly planetary transits – Mercury going stationary, square Mars

Hello, guys! 🙂

This week will not be as intense as the previous one. It is time for relaxation and transcending practices which will heal our emotional wounds.

Today we have Moon conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, which will further assist us letting go of our destructive emotions and behaviour. After all, this is the lunar eclipse’s quest for us.

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July 12, 00:00 UT. Source: Astro-Seek.com

On Tuesday, the Moon trines Venus and forms a quincunx with Mercury. Postpone discussing serious matters for another day and simply enjoy the small things in life –  a delicious meal with a friend or a movie night.

The Jupiter-Sun opposition and Jupiter-Pluto conjunction starts having stronger impact on the way we want things to happen. We may be impatient to travel and mingle without boundaries, whereas the government would try to stop the ever-increasing cases of Covid-19. The best way to avoid any confrontation is to guard ourselves with patience and understanding.

On July 9, the applying square between Mercury in Cancer and Mars in Aries is within 28 minutes, again getting a more influential presence. Astrologer Wade Caves made an awesome tweet yesterday with a reference to ”burning hands”.

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July 9, 00:00 UT. Source: Astro-Seek.com

Indeed, this period is full of inner motivation to achieve things quickly (Venus separating from a sextile with Mars), but there is a risk of getting burned-out. So, slow down and take it easy.

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Mars meme. Source: Mystical asf

Another discernible thing is the Chiron-Sun-Jupiter T-square, again reminding of the urgency to heal/distance from world issues.

On 10 July, Venus is making an exact sextile to Chiron. It is a perfect time to heal with love and affection towards others. The Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces, which will last for two days, will give us a greater sense of belonging to mother Earth and will boost our intuition. At the end of the week, Mercury goes stationary (12 July) and the exact Sun-Neptune trine will awaken our artistic talents, granting us a taster of the divine energy. ❤

– Love, Tinna ❤

 

 

 

 

Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn – 5 July

Hello, guys! 🙂

It feels as if it was yesterday when we worried about the Solar Eclipse in Cancer.

Now, new (old?) challenges emerge on the horizon, with a Lunar Eclipse in 13 degrees Capricorn, at 4:43am UT.

Instead of thinking about new beginnings and future projects, this time we have to reflect on our past and reconsider our approach towards life. This is due to the fact that the Moon is close to the Mean South Node at 28 degrees Sagittarius.

Before we continue, let’s see how lunar eclipses emerge.

 

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Source: TimeAndDate.com

Eclipses occur when the lunar nodes are near the luminaries by longitude. In other words, the Sun, Earth and the Moon fall into a straight line. During the lunar eclipse, the Earth occults the Full Moon partially (penumbral eclipse) or entirely (umbral eclipse).

This time, we are having a penumbral lunar eclipse, which is in a separating trine to Uranus and a separating square to Mars.

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Source: Astro-Seek.com

We will start to understand the emotional rebellion inside us, and we will be able to combine intuition and action, and thus shape our creative reality. It is high time we released all emotional blockages which have been stopping us from moving forward.

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Penumbral lunar eclipse (2018). DSC H300. Personal archive. hellorainb0w~

The lunar eclipse’s influence will continue for the next sixth months. Themes around self-care, career and our belonging to a social group will be present.

People with personal planets in Capricorn, especially those with Sun and Moon in conjunction with the eclipse, will experience this half-year period more intensively. Issues around family and partnerships are likely to emerge. What we want to manifest and what we actually need might be two opposite things. The solution hides in understanding our subconscious desires and finding a cosy place to relax from all negativity.

This day is good for exercising, walking, writing, doing various rituals to predict the future. Nevertheless, operations or procedures related to the skin, bones and hair should be avoided.

 

I hope my explanations were helpful. Come back on Monday, when I will inform you about the weekly planetary transits. ^_^

– Love, Tinna ❤

 

 

 

Is astrology a part of culture hegemony?

Hello, guys! Today I have something different for you – an article I wrote for Theories of Media and Communication module. The pictures are not mine. ^_^

 

‘Culture’ is an immense notion consisting of everything from literature, history, to what socks you wear on Tuesday. One simply cannot grasp the emergence of contemporary trends without linking them to customs established in the past. The ability to successfully apply the philosophy of praxis is what discerns a reasoning individual from those abiding by particular ideologies.

The magazine I have been working on is about astrology – a controversial subject, provoking appraisal and condemnation. Initially, I found this topic harmless to the public mindset, as it does not relate to politics or any other pressing studies. I was wrong – astrology’s representation in media does shape a widespread opinion among ordinary members of society, who have a vague knowledge about their Sun sign. For example, media promote the mainstream part of astrology by encoding superficial, comprehensible and entertaining information and decoding it in star-sign columns.

The challenge emanating in front of me as an editor and my team is how to make the information in our articles as similar to ‘denotation’, but also allowing the readers to sharpen their minds by creating ‘connotations’. Furthermore, in order to make the magazine accessible and trending, we all have to convey a logical and unsophisticated account of an elaborate matter, so that our collaboration can stand a chance in the mass market, both online and print.

To effectively eliminate the issue, I have to think not only about the way I encode the meaning of the words I use, but also the way I am going to transmit them into digestible pieces that can be pertinent to social practices and contributing to the ingenuity of mankind.

Hence, the producer is responsible for possible misunderstandings between him and the receiver. While I was trying to transfer my view that the magazine cover can be more intense, as astrology is indeed a marvellous subject, my group formed a connotation that I do not respect their view for a minimalistic layout. The lesson to be learned from the above is that the encoder (in this case I) has to make sure there is a symmetry in the communicative exchange between him and the decoder.

The message’s nature should also be taken into consideration. After all, its dissemination lays the foundations of a common culture, according to Raymond Williams. He defines three types of power: authoritarian, paternal and commercial. Since the magazine shapes its revenue on advertisements and gripping features, it will be vital to assess the means with which it will obtain public’s attention- whether they would be more dominating or allowing free interpretation. It is worth to think about Marx’s statement that a well-known statement has the same power as a material force.

If I were to create a real magazine based on this project one day, I have to generate correct assumptions about the target audience, which plays the role both of a source and a receiver, consider its cultural heritage and manage to construct a predictable for its expectations message. After all, people will not choose to buy Acrux magazine, if they do not comprehend its significance.