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

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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

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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 […]

Nothing is better than agriculture

Nothing is better than agriculture

January 16, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo, Quotes

How beautiful Nature is! Its beauty and sounds can energize you, relieve from stress, ground you, make you feel good and feel connected to all of creation and to the divine! Consider planting a vegetable garden (even a small one), where you can be sure the plants you cultivate are really organic and biologically grown […]

What's the fuss about 13 anyway?

What’s the fuss about 13 anyway?

January 13, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo

Yes, it’s Friday 13th. So what? At the Sanctuary of Joy we do like the number 13. You know we post a lot of information about the moon phases, and 13 is the number of moon cycles in a year. In the ancient times, those ‘moons’ were used to track time, and in Latin the […]

Cave canem

January 12th 2017 Full Moon: think twice before barking

January 11, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo

The full moon in January, the first one of the year, is a potent one. Even more so this year, given everything else that is going on in the Astro at the same time. For starter, a full moon is an opposition of the Moon and the Sun, hence opposition of feminine and masculine energies. […]

Angel's blessing

Angel’s blessing

January 9, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo

Today we want to thank you for all your support and trust: it has been almost a year since we registered the sanctuaryofjoy.org domain, and just less than ten months since we started consistently posting on this blog and on our Facebook page: the response has been amazing (as I am writing this, the Facebook […]

Oracle Cards

Oracle cards form the weekend January 7th-8th 2017

January 8, 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: If you have been following us, you might know we have recently bought a country home in Italy [if not, read more on http://www.sanctuaryofjoy.org/en/sanctuary-of-joy-new-home-in-italy/ ]. Among Olives and various fruit trees, […]

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it

January 6, 2017

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Quotes

The more you continue on your path of awakening and evolving beyond the ‘standard’ societal norms and illusion, the more you tend to notice – and, unfortunately – to be disturbed by those other people who are still clinging to old paradigms of material comfort and shallow needs, as if their lives really depended on […]

Light my fire

Light my fire

January 3, 2017

Filed under: Art, Photo, Quotes

Do we want a better world? Then we must understand that we make our own reality and that change begins with each on of us. The situation the world is is is the result of our collective choices, thoughts and actions and we need to understand it is not going to be fixed just by […]

Monthly Tarot reading and Astrological tips for January 2017

Monthly Tarot reading and Astrological tips for January 2017

January 1, 2017

Filed under: Astrology, 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! Come tell us those on our Facebook page, commenting on this Blog, via the […]

Darkness and light always go together

Darkness and light always go together (last new moon of 2016)

December 27, 2016

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo, Quotes

On December 29th (at 6:53 UTC) we will have the last new moon of this year 2016. This has been, for many, a difficult year; a year of closures and of ending chapters. As the quote of today points out, darkness and light always go together: it is often from our most difficult periods and […]

Reiki Healing Christmas gift

Reiki Healing Christmas gift

December 25, 2016

Filed under: Art, Photo

Jyothi will be sending out REIKI energy distance healing on December 26th as a Christmas present for you. Join this Facebook event to be included https://www.facebook.com/events/395070967506310/ Feel free to share the love to reach others who need this. PS – The photo of this fresco representing Archangel Michael was shot in the church that we […]

Bring forth the light every day

Bring forth the light

December 23, 2016

Filed under: Art, Photo

Winter has arrived, Christmas is approaching and, at the Sanctuary of Joy, we are busy both making the new place our own as well as exploring and discovering (or in some cases re-discovering) the surroundings. Legend says that the ancient town of Sutri (just a few miles away from where we live) was founded by […]

Nature is my temple

Nature is my temple

December 19, 2016

Filed under: Art, Photo

If you have been following us, you might know we have recently bought a country home in Italy, where we are now living. This is situated in a town/village called ‘Soriano nel Cimino’, which takes its name from Mount Cimino and it is located half-way to the mountain top. On the top of the mountain […]

Oracle Cards

Oracle cards for the weekend December 17th-18th, 2016

December 18, 2016

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: If you have been following us, you might know we have recently bought a country home in Italy [if not, read more on http://www.sanctuaryofjoy.org/en/sanctuary-of-joy-new-home-in-italy/ ]. Today’s Oracle cards have been pulled […]

December 14th's Full Moon: an invite to walk on the unbeated path

December 14th’s Full Moon: an invite to walk on the unbeated path

December 13, 2016

Filed under: Art, Astrology, Photo

The upcoming Full Moon of December 14th, the last full moon of this complex year (2016) is a moon of culmination, of getting out of a difficult period, of looking for new horizons and reaching out for a new beginning. 2016 was a ‘9’ year, numerologically representing the end of a cycle, whereas the upcoming […]


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