EGGSBOX LIVE

Eggs Box Live

May 22, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

At the Sanctuary of Joy we now have hens! In case you have not been following us before, we have recently moved to Italy, where we bought a piece of land with a small country house that needed a lot of restructuring [read more at www.sanctuaryofjoy.org/en/sanctuary-of-joy-new-home-in-italy/ ] and we are working hard to make the […]

May your day be sweet

May your day be sweet

May 17, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

Spring is in full swing, over here: the cherries in the photo are the few ones we picked yesterday evening for dessert, directly from the cherry tree in our yard. They taste delicious! We pray for your day to be sweet too. Wherever you are, whatever you do, take it easy and savor your day. […]

Oracle cards

Oracle card reading for weekend May 13th-14th 2017

May 14, 2017

Filed under: Oracle cards, Photo

We picked some cards for you! As usual, the interpretations you can read below are our own (not verbatim from the deck’s booklets). Note: The photo was shot in the middle of a bunch of weeds on our property. This month, grass is growing quite tall and all of the farms and houses in the […]

We welcome all Faiths

We welcome all Faiths

May 8, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

Under our house in Italy (in case you have just started following us, we are living in – and restructuring – an old farm house in Italy – read more on http://www.sanctuaryofjoy.org/en/sanctuary-of-joy-new-home-in-italy/ ) we have found a hidden treasure: initially labelled as ‘an old storage room of the old farmer’ by the real estate agent, […]

It's all here just a moment

It’s all here just a moment

May 5, 2017

Filed under: Art, Music, Photo, Quotes

Fortunes come and go; one lifetime is short and your dear ones grow up and age; today won’t come back if we don’t live it today. Then why so many people get distracted into ‘working’ and ‘producing’ so much, often for someone else? How much money do you really need to live a happy and […]

Monthly Tarot reading for May 2017

Tarot card reading for May 2017

May 2, 2017

Filed under: Monthly Reading, Photo, Tarot

At the beginning of every month we pull three Oracle cards or Tarot cards, for a generalized prediction of the month. We hope you enjoy them! Let us know if these readings resonate with you! This month’s photo shows the cards laid inside of Jyothi’s shaman drum. The Tarot deck we used in this setting […]

whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours

Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours

April 24, 2017

Filed under: Art, Quotes

Each new moon (like the upcoming one on April 26th 2017) is the beginning of a new lunar cycle and it’s always the perfect moment to set your intentions for this upcoming period. Isn’t a prayer also a ritual for setting your intentions? We think a prayer should not be a passive cry for help; […]

Open your heart

Open your heart

April 21, 2017

Filed under: Art

We all have divine qualities, power and light within ourselves. You can recognize it, cultivate it and let it grow; or you can deny it and contract, staying stuck in fear. It’s not external circumstances that directly rob you of your shine; it’s whether you allow the thoughts – that rise within your mind in […]

Today is a perfect day to relax

Today is a perfect day to relax

April 19, 2017

Filed under: Art

Despite all the apparent chaos and worries that take space in the media and news, don’t let other people’s insecurities and fears drag you down! Never stop believing in your dreams! You know that you need to be energetic and strong in order to hold the space for positive vibrations and to manifest what you […]

Oracle cards for Easter 2017

Oracle cards reading for Easter 2017

April 16, 2017

Filed under: Oracle cards

For Easter, we picked some cards for you! As usual, the interpretations you can read below are our own (not verbatim from the deck’s booklets). Note: We mentioned in a previous post that in this area of Italy there is a high concentration of old caves, tombs and pagan altars ranging from pre-history, thru the […]

Nature is nurturing

Nature is nurturing

April 13, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

Spring is a time of birth and rebirth, of Nature earth nurturing its creatures. In the old pagan traditions, Easter was a time of birth, too – it was the celebration of spring and of life renewing itself. It’s enough to go in Nature during this period to see and hear grass growing tall, trees […]

The planet is not in any kind of danger. It is only human life which is in danger.

The planet is not in any kind of danger. It is only human life which is in danger.

April 10, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo, Quotes

With a ten minutes drive from where we live, and some walking in the forest, you can reach the place where today’s photo was shot: in the middle of an ancient forest, ruins of houses, tombs and sacred places that have been used by various people in a window of time since pre-history (bronze age) […]

What would you do if you weren't afraid?

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

April 7, 2017

Filed under: Art, Music, Photo

What is holding you back from following your heart and soul’s desire? It can take a lifetime to master how to use your own inner strength and will-power in a skillful way: one that does not make you feel guilty for wanting to (rightfully) follow your life’s purpose and at the same time doesn’t hurt […]

Monthly Tarot reading for April 2017

Tarot card reading for April 2017

April 2, 2017

Filed under: Photo, Tarot

At the beginning of every month we pull three Oracle cards or Tarot cards, for a generalized prediction of the month. We hope you enjoy them! Let us know if these readings resonate with you! This month’s photo is shot inside of our greenhouse at the Sanctuary of Joy, where Jyothi​ and the kids have […]

Love dispels fear

Love dispels fear

March 24, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

When society tries its best to make you live in fear, it takes conscious effort to stay anchored in positivity and focus on the good. But it’s the only way we have and we come to this world to learn just that. Therefore, do not be afraid and keep being a beacon of Love and […]

Let it bee

Let it bee (aka: welcome wild bees!)

March 22, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

Bees and bumblebees are in danger a bit all over the world due to pesticides, pollution and lack of spaces where they can safely nest. With them, we are in danger too: without the bees working for us pollinating flowers, a lot of the plants that we rely on for our food supply would simply […]

Waiting for the sun - Spring equinox

Waiting for the sun – Spring equinox

March 19, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo, Quotes

Happy new (astrological) year! March 21st is the Spring Equinox: as you know, the Sun enters the sign of Aries and spring officially kicks off. In ancient times (in many cultures) this period was seen as the beginning of a new cycle, the beginning of a new year, the end of the cold winter period […]

Oracle cards

Oracle cards for the weekend March 18th-19th 2017

March 19, 2017

Filed under: Oracle cards, Photo

We picked some cards for you! As usual, the interpretations you can read below are our own (not verbatim from the deck’s booklets). Note: The photo was shot on our field, which in this period is full of wild flowers growing spontaneously. The orange flowers in the background are Calendula (Calendula Officinalis is its scientific […]

I am kind with myself

I am gentle with myself

March 11, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo

The full moon of tomorrow (March 12th 2017) is in Virgo, opposing the Sun in Pisces. This is a time where you might battle internally (and externally) in between opposites: logic versus emotions, head versus heart, facts and cold data versus what your intuition is telling you. These opposing forces can of course bring up […]

It takes two

It takes two

March 7, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo

You don’t need to be perfect; you just have to find a good match for you and keep giving it love. I didn’t write ‘the perfect match’ because maintaining a relationship is not about perfection – it’s messy and difficult work at times to keep things in place. Even the people you love the most […]

Monthly Tarot reading for March 2017

Tarot card reading for March 2017

March 2, 2017

Filed under: Monthly Reading, Tarot

At the beginning of every month we pull three Oracle cards or Tarot cards, for a generalized prediction of the month. We hope you enjoy them! Let us know if these readings resonate with you! We’d like to hear your stories! This month we used ‘The Herbal Tarot’ by Michael Tierra and Candis Cantin, which […]

UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nohing is going to get better. It's not.

UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nohing is going to get better. It’s not.

February 25, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo, Quotes

Make a wish on the upcoming Solar Eclipse (unfortunately only visible from parts of the southern hemisphere: South America and Africa) of Sunday 26th, 2017. This is also a powerful New Moon in the sign of Pisces. This is the energy of Pisces: visionary, caring, idealistic and loving. This is march’s energy, the one that […]

Oracle cards

Oracle cards for the weekend February 18th-19th 2017

February 19, 2017

Filed under: Oracle cards

We picked some cards for you! As usual, the interpretations you can read below are our own (not verbatim from the deck’s booklets). Note: The photo was shot on a laurel (laurus) bush that is on our property. This is the plant that, in Greek mythology, was sacred to Apollo because of Daphne, the Nimph […]

Make Love often

Make Love often

February 14, 2017

Filed under: Art

Why wait for Valentine’s day to celebrate love? Why does Love even need a special day? Life is love. We are alive because of that force. Love makes the world go round (we used this quote in a previous post). Let’s just love every day and we make every day special, not just the dates […]

Angels are near and protect my home

Angels are near and protect my home

February 13, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

At the Sanctuary of Joy we are pretty busy working on fixing up the old country house. We know there are angels around us as each new step unfolds before us in divine timing. Similarly, whatever it is that you are doing, if you have set something in motion – maybe with the past full […]

Some day you will be old enough to read fairy tales again

Some day you will be old enough to read fairy tales again

February 9, 2017

Filed under: Astrology, Photo, Quotes

Italy is not ranking very high when it comes to English language knowledge and understanding; I want to help improve this. Storytelling is what I do best. I have been reading books – in Italian, English and even Dutch – to all of my three kids almost every night since they were babies – this […]

Do you speak Woof?

Do you speak Woof?

February 7, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized

At the Sanctuary of Joy we love nature and we love animals and pets. We have three cats who moved around the globe with us three times (two are Italian, one is American) but up until now we were living in apartments or houses with a relatively small, fenced, yards. Our new place in Italy […]

For the gate is small and the way is narrow

For the gate is small and the way is narrow

February 3, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo, Quotes

February is going to be a month of walking our talk and making steady progress towards the beautiful new world that we have envisioned in the last period. We hope you set powerful intentions with the new moon of January 28th – did you read our post about it? January has been a month of […]

February 2017 Monthly Tarot reading

Tarot card reading for February 2017

February 1, 2017

Filed under: Monthly Reading, Tarot

At the beginning of every month we pull three Oracle cards or Tarot cards, for a generalized prediction of the month. We hope you enjoy them! Let us know if these readings resonate with you! We’d like to hear your stories! This month we used the ‘DruidCraft Tarot’, by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, beautifully illustrated […]

Dream of a new world under January 28th's New Moon

Dream of a New World (under January 28th’s New Moon)

January 26, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo

On January 28th (at 00:07 UTC – hence during the night starting on the 27th) we will have a New Moon, joining the Sun in the house of Aquarius. This year already started with the moon in the sign of Aquarius, and this will give the same energy that started this year another boost: it […]

Make your own adventure

Make your own adventure

January 23, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

We certainly post a lot of cards – Oracle cards and Tarot – at the Sanctuary of Joy. Anyhow, today we want to talk about a different type of cards: these are the ‘Propp cards’. They sometimes are also referred to as ‘story cards’ and are based on the work of Vladimir Propp. Who was […]

Oracle cards

Oracle cards for the weekend January 21st-22nd 2017

January 22, 2017

Filed under: Oracle cards, Photo

We picked some cards for you! As usual, the interpretations you can read below are our own (not verbatim from the deck’s booklets). Note: The photo was shot at the ‘terra terra’ market, which is held in a couple of different spots in Rome: it is an initiative where local farmers and artisans sell their […]

I find my light within

I find my light within

January 18, 2017

Filed under: Art, Fiction, Photo

On top of the town where we live (Soriano nel Cimino), right in the middle of the forest of Oak and Chestnut trees, along an old route that was used to transport goods on the back of donkeys, there are the ruins of an old church and convent of the order of Saint Augustine. This […]


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