SIGNAL BOOST: Black Witch Chronicles: Safety, Power, and Survival in a War Zone

Spend the blue moon with the Black Witch Chronicles!

Tonight we will address our places of power, agency, and conscious evolution inside of our inherited cultural legacy of terror, trauma, rape, and abuse. #BreakingTheSilence #RapeCulture #BlackWomen #SelfCare

SIGNAL BOOST: Full Moon in Aquarius: A Vision of Love

drylake001Aquarius, The Water Bearer offers its libations to humanity as a source of healing, clearing and renewing. 

The full moon occurs on the same day that Venus, the planet that governs intimacy, connection, relationships, culture and creativity, moves back into Leo. Venus stationed retrograde in Virgo on July 25th, but will spend the remainder of her retrograde time in Leo…As #SayHerName becomes more widespread we see very obvious manifestations of a Venus retrograde, as Venus can rule femme/trans-feminine/female-identified folks. These losses are occurring at a critical moment and have helped to spark national debate, national rage and have furthered the powerful organizing of grass roots movements like Black Lives Matter, a movement founded by queer black women.Sandra Bland’s untimely death illustrates a long standing truth about how state-sanctioned violence also applies to women, specifically black women, transgender and trans feminine alike… Her story is intricately tied to this retrograde cycle. Hers is not an isolated loss, this year alone 11 trans women have been murdered. This is an astronomically high number. Last year 12 trans women were killed. It’s only July.

A full moon in Aquarius asks us what our vision is for humanity and how we will move forward as a group towards it… Venus retrograde asks us how and why we might be disconnected to another’s experience and how we can reconnect to our humanity through working on our ability to be in partnership with all life. A gaggle of planets (including Venus retrograde) in Leo asks us how we can use art and self-expression to resist, recover, heal and to refuse being silenced. It also reminds us that while perspective is grand, we must always remain true to our hearts and we have every right to be enraged about injustice. May this full moon in Aquarius inspire us all to think collectively and act from a place that is not afraid to demonstrate a fierce and courageous love.

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DECK INTERVIEW: Soaring with The Winged Enchantment Oracle

wpid-20150729_234641-1-1.jpg1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
27. PELICAN – First look at this card gives me ancient, reflective, vibes. Very heavy on the water element, but the bird (and its human avatar) is on the pebbled bank not in the water, instead looking into the water as a feather floats by. Above it, tree branches that look like a gnarled spider web sort of loom above. The lovely LWB matches this reflexivity going on here saying “I am Pelican, the bridge of the head and the heart. I am careful observation… Stay focused but do not lose sight of the bigger picture.” This indicates that this will be a good deck for when I need to widen my sightline, look deeper and see expand my vision. Which is particularly cool because all the coordinating crystals I laid out for this interview are all third eye and crown related – selenite, howlite, and moonstone.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
33. Starling – The image here is a mostly human partly bird mix, looks a bit young, not quite childlike but not adult either. They feel on the cusp of something, about to transform or transition. Arms open and the starlings seeming to come from their feathers. From the LWB, “I am your ability to bring others together in meaningful ways. It is time to express. It is time to blend yourself into the bigger picture. Being group minded doesn’t mean giving up personal power, but rather allowing that power to shine brighter.” Echoing its characteristics card, this deck will speak to me about about broadening visions, being open to all my resources, as well as looking to myself as a resource.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
39. WREN – There’s a lot happening in this image! It’s very earthy. Almost as if matters of tangibility or practicality are a hard thing to parse for this deck. Which, yeah sort of fits a bird oracle deck.

4. What are you here to teach me?
10. EAGLE – Okay, so on one hand, I’m side-eyeing the eagle being associated with an Indigenous person, and on one hand I’m just glad to see the deck include brown faces. Of which there are a few, a bit token, but better than nothing- which isn’t too great. I’ll explore that in the deck review later, I should focus on this card. Earth into air is present here. I see faces in the stone. So yes, a bit stereotypically, associations with ancestors: spirit, people, memory, knowledge. The LWB adds, “I am Eagle, the thread that binds you to spirit… I am your ascension made manifest… I am your signal to climb higher, push harder, and then let go.” The deck encourages connection with higher manifestations. It’s really going for this ephemeral, rise higher energy, I see.

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
36. TURKEY – The sacrifice bird. Oh boy. LWB says, “I am Turkey, the giveaway bird… I am the path of service and humility. I relinquish the ego.” Well, that couldn’t have been clearer!

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
4. CHICKADEE – Air element, all day so it’s likely a mental card. The face in the image is watchful, seeing from above all that is below. Omnipotent. LWB says, “I am… the discernment of right action. I am pure thought and fearless truth.” I’d sort this cad in the swords suit of the tarot, I think. Echoing back to the first two cards, broadness of vision, expanded perspectives are favorable outcomes as I work deeper with this deck.

I really like this deck so far. It’ll be a good one for when I need a shift to a broader perspective, a deeper understanding of things. It probably won’t be too great for a daily oracle. Something like The Earth Magic Oracle (which I had and sort of liked but I didn’t keep it) I’m still looking for one like that- an oracle deck I can pull from everyday.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Using the Cardinal Conditions Spread

I’m using this spread to explore the circumstances of my community healing work. I’m in a transitional space with it and I’m looking to push a bit harder. Felt called to look deeper into where I’m going, or rather where I might need to go.

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1. The Whole – Who are you in this situation?
THE HEALER – I used the Blank Angel oracle deck for this first position. When I say this deck is in tune, I absolutely mean it. With a full shuffle and cut, I still pulled The Healer for my card.

Looking at the overview of the cardinal points on this spread, I can already tell there’s something up. On one hand, it’s great to see all four suits of the tarot represented, on the other hand they are entirely in the opposite space from where they should be. For example, looking at the mental and material positions, I have bones (pentacles) and plumes (swords) respectively. In balance, that should be the other way around. Same thing for the spirit and emotional positions, where I got blooms (cups) and stones (wands) respectively.

2. The Mental – What are your mental conditions/concerns?
SIX OF BONES – I love this creepy ass deck. The hand has six fingers, and the extra index finger looks slightly bent out of shape. It could go two ways, it’s either there’s unnecessary excess of thoughts in my mental space or there’s something extra there to be found that may actually be of use. I need to figure out if those extra thoughts/ideas are depleting or enriching me. Bones is an earth suit, so perhaps I’m overthinking a material concern?

3. The Emotional – What are your emotional conditions/concerns?
ACE OF STONES – Excitement over a new idea or avenue for creativity? Actually what I’m getting from this is that I’ve not allowed myself to be excited enough. New can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Something to keep in mind.

4. The Material – What are your material/practical conditions/concerns?
THREE OF PLUMES – That heart is in trouble, beset on all sides. Plumes are this deck’s sword suit, so there’s a mental aspect to these issues. An inability to see a way out of material obstacles. I’m being asked to re-examine this, perhaps with a different perspective and a re-evaluation of my resources.

5. The Spirit – What are your spiritual conditions/concerns?
FIVE OF BLOOMS – 5 dead tree stumps. There’s nothing sweet left to be found in this blooms card. Tree stumps not only imply the death of a tree, but the loss of most of the tree as well. I need a reconnection between heart and spirit space, rather desperately it seems, in order to replenish myself.

Really cool spread result. I’m also really happy about how well The Wooden Tarot is reading for me now. Cracking through even the bones suit which I’ve always thought was underdeveloped. Suppose it was just forcing me to look closer, as is this deck’s personality.

5 Card Cardinal Conditions Spread

This is a great spread for exploring the conditions or concerns of a particular circumstance.

cardinalspreada1. The Whole – Who are you in this situation?

2. The Mental – What are your mental conditions/concerns?

3. The Emotional – What are your emotional conditions/concerns?

4. The Material – What are your material/practical conditions/concerns?

5. The Spirit – What are your spiritual conditions/concerns?

Deck Interview: Black Angel Cards

I’m over the moon for this beauty, I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and finally, I got a chance to snag her. I’ve got the Black Angel Cards with me, and here’s an interview with the deck.

wpid-20150726_012136-1.jpgI love this deck deeply already.

1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
THE MEDICINE WOMAN – She brings the medicine with her! Hot, steaming, and laced in every image and word. Wisdom comes forth from interacting with this deck, borne of nature and experience.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
THE READER – Taps into intuition from the jump. The best way to approach this deck will be to rely on my intuition, not necessarily everything I read in it the book it came with, though that won’t be lacking in wisdom.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
THE HEALER – Immediately what came to me was that I can’t keep coming to this deck for absolutely everything. It feels like a warning on over reliance. Ultimately, my healing is mine to control. It’s up to me to take the medicine and follow my intuition as necessary.

4. What are you here to teach me?
THE QUILT MAKER – This card is about connection, about weaving different skills in this case into a cohesive and distinct piece. It will push me to weave all my different modes of knowing and healing in order to move forward in fulfillment. I also think of quilts as gifts that are passed down, especially from grandparents, so there’s an element of ancestral knowledge here as well. Lovely 🙂

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
THE BRAIDER – Echoing the previous card. Tangibly using the connections forged to create. Braiding is also an incredibly intimate and at times lengthy experience. The internal work will be deep, connective, and continuous. Results will be beautiful though.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
THE SOJOURNER – Courage and confidence to speak my truth and healing. A connection of all sides of myself.

I love everything about this deck. It’s not one for every question, but it is one that will push me when I do inquire of it, but it is a message of ancestry and love. I adore it, I’m so excited to move forward with it!