January 19, 2011

No Longer A Mystery

So, I finally managed to send out the giveaway package to Anshita and she got it yesterday. For those of you who were curious about the contents of the giveaway, check out Anshita's post here.

January 15, 2011

I'm a Saggitarius Now?

I've been hearing a lot about this Zodiac change business lately. Half of the facebook statuses I read are about their new zodiac signs. I'm not a believer in zodiac signs. I believe that the positions of stars and planets do affect us, but I don't think they can decide what's going to happen in my life. I'm a capricorn cusp, but I don't really care about that. My horoscope for the day is not something that I turn to first thing when I pick up the newspaper. There are people who believe in astrology. I just don't happen to be one of them. But the whole buzz about this zodiac change got me curious. So, I did a little bit of googling. 

Astronomer Parke Kunkle claims that the position of the Earth with respect to the Sun has changed in the last 3000 years since the zodiac signs were first decided by Babylonian astronomers. This has resulted in the introduction of a new sign called Ophiuchus (which, by they way, I can't even pronounce). 

Not many believe in this change though. But it's also true in a sense if you see the difference between Sidereal Astrology and Tropical Astrology. 
According to wiki, "Sidereal astrology is the system of astrology used by some Western and all Jyotish astrologers who base their interpretation around the use of the sidereal zodiac. Its primary feature is that the signs of the sidereal zodiac approximately align to the sky constellations of the same name."
"Tropical astrology is based on the idea that early astrologers (mid-to-late first millennium BCE) defined the star signs according to the seasons in which the sun rose in them. For tropical astrologers therefore it is irrelevant that the solsticial points (tropics) have drifted from one constellation to another over the millennia, due to the precession of the equinoxes. The underlying philosophy remains unchanged in spite of precession, because it is based on the Earth's (and therefore our) relationship to the sun, not to the stars."

This article from cnn explains it: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/13/no-your-zodiac-sign-hasnt-changed/

So, if you're Indian, this has most likely effected you. But if you follow the more common Tropical astrology used by westerners, then you have nothing to worry about. 

A little bit of info on the new sign: Ophiuchus is derived from the Greek word for 'serpent-bearer' The sign is portrayed by a man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens. Ophiuchus was one of the 48 constellations proposed by Ptolemy in the second century. It was earlier known as Serpentarius, a Latin word for serpent-bearer.

The symbol for Ophiuchus
The personality traits of those born in the sign of Ophiuchus are said to be honest, intellectual, sexually magnetic, prone to change and of course, jealous. This covers those born between Nov. 29 and Dec 17. 

The rest of the zodiacs have shifted as follows: 

Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20

I'm now a sagittarius apparently. What's YOUR new sign?

P.S. If you're wondering why I spent the last hour writing a post on a topic that I don't believe in, then the answer lies in the word boredom. Unfortunately, even though its a weekend, I have no plans because I'm lazy and had no inclination to step out of the house. 

January 13, 2011

Mini Giveaway Winner!!!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway. And my apologies to my international readers for limiting this one to India.

So, without further ado, I'm going to just announce the winner of this lovely pendant.

And the winner is Poohkie

Congratulations Poohkie. I'll be emailing you shortly. Send me your address and I'll send it out this weekend. If you don't get my mail, just email me at ladylavendersays@gmail.com.

January 11, 2011

January 4, 2011

Mini Giveaway

I hope all of you had a great New Years!!! Mine was pretty good. I start work really soon. So, I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. And I have a million things to do, which is kind of driving me crazy.

Anyways, the other day, I ended up at Accessorize and spent a ridiculous amount of money on jewelery (My mom doesn't know about this yet). This happens to me all the time. I absolutely adore Accessorize and love their collection of earrings and necklaces. I saw this and couldn't resist picking up an extra piece for a giveaway. So, here are the pics

There are only two rules for this giveaway:
1. You MUST be a follower.
2. Leave a comment saying 'enter me' with your email address.

Since, I'm literally bordering on broke, this giveaway is only for my INDIAN readers. A huge apology to my international readers.

Giveaway ends next Wednesday, i.e., 12th January 2011, 12.00 AM IST. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. I'll try to announce the winner by the weekend, but I can't promise anything.

Have a great day everyone.

January 3, 2011

Giveaway Winner!!!

First of all, I’m really sorry for announcing the winner late. I had a lot of things going on and didn’t really have the time to prepare the excel sheet which, by the way, is very time consuming.

I want to thank each and every one of my readers, old and new, who participated in my giveaway, and also posted about it. My fellow bloggers have said some lovely things about me. And I cannot thank everyone enough for spreading the word. I can’t believe I actually crossed 100 followers. It’s overwhelming.

So, a total of 81 people participated and there were 193 entries, and it was tiring to get the excel sheet done.

But I was really happy to see who the winner was.

These were the entries:

The lucky number was:

And the lucky winner is….

ANSHITA OF PAGES FROM MY DIARY..  Also, she's the latest addition to the world of beauty blogging. So don't forget to show your support. Follow her here

Congratulations ANSHITA!!!!!

I’ll be emailing you soon. Please reply with your postal address and I’ll send out your gift as soon as possible.