Happy Tamil New Year

PUTHANDU VAZTHUKALor Happy Tamil New Year to all my Tamil followers.

Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, Sri Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka, and by Tamils in Malaysia, Singapore, and Mauritius.

May this Tamil New Year
Brings you lot of good things
in your life.
May the God blesses always
In your life for the entire year ahead.
“Eniya Puthandu Vazthukal”

Peacock themed Kolam

You will find most Tamil homes decorated outside with “Kolams” a beautiful handcrafted design made from coloured powder or rice made by the lady or ladies of the house. Preparations also involve cleaning the house, to welcome the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, making delicacies to enjoy and prayers. Although my family is not strictly of Tamil origin and nor are we Hindus. we celebrate everything in Malaysia and plus half of my relatives are Hindus so we joined in everything.

May Lakshmi visit your home today and bless you with health, wealth and happiness.

Some interesting facts from Wiki:

The Tamil New Year follows the vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year. 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and is a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year on 14 April. This is the month of Chitterai, the first month of the Tamil solar calendar. On the eve of Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango,banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning. In the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in theMeenakshi Temple. A huge exhibition is held, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi. In some parts of Southern Tamil Nadu, it is called Chittirai Vishu. The day is marked with a feast in Tamilhomes and entrances to the houses are decorated elaborately with kolams. In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. This day is celebrated by some communities with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity.

Unity in Diversity

The energy around us feels heavy and painful. Old issues cropping up right now and emotions stirred some good, some bad. But its all part of the process to build us up and make us stronger. Stand tall and stand proud of who you are and what you stand for. I had a few minutes to myself this evening so I sat in my power, to be still, to quieten my mind and to receive. My spirit family offered Yellow Bear who helps me  with my mediumship. I am always humbled and grateful when any of them come forward to help me develop. After a few messages, he made my right hand twitch and I felt myself reaching out for a pen. I saw my left wrist and there was a pattern emerging on there. Once I was out of deep meditation, I saw that I had drawn a symbol on my wrist. It looked like a tattoo.

Native American symbol channeled by Yellow Bear

Native American symbol channeled by Yellow Bear

The obvious interpretation of this is that to get a tattoo using the design but I am into tattoos at all and I am not about to get one now. I do admire beautiful tattoos and body art in general but I don’t think I want to go through the pain in the name of art. Anyway after some digging, I found a Native American symbol that looks similar. It means Unity in Diversity. There is another image I saw which has a similar meaning but of crocodiles from Africa but I felt drawn to the Native American one. Once I was aware of this, the message flowed. My guide wanted to me to channel a message about the challenging energy and current world events. The way forward for humanity is to embrace the diversity and unite to bring peace and love back to our world. Somehow the only way for peace and love to survive is to bring people from different races, religion, nationalities and culture together. Fractured we are weak, together we are powerful.

Do you remember the story about the old man and his sons? He used sticks as an analogy to remind them that unity is strength. Its a lovely story and hope you will share with your little ones – Bundle of Sticks 

Terrorists and Governments are using religion to divide and terrify us. Isn’t it typical that the less we know about something, the more we fear it? It is like walking down an alleyway and you see someone at the other end. Because all you can see is a shadow and a shape, you cannot help but feel scared. You will see the person for what they are when they step into the light.  The shadows cloud our judgement. It is easy to fear what we don’t know enough of. Increasing our understanding and information about different religions, means there will be less “us and “them”.

The way forward is to change our mindset, from the Media to the man on the street. The few that try to break us will break themselves as they will be powerless.

This is a message of patience for change, opportunity for change and to bring love , joy and acceptance into our world.

I am as always humbled by messages from my guides. Thank you for reading.

I’d love to hear from you if you have seen this symbol elsewhere and think you know what it means. Feel free to comment if you want to share any thoughts or have questions.