signal boost: The Legacy of Hoodoo Within the Black Church

Celebratory article on one of my favorite topics, Queer Southern Black Witch histories.

“The hoodoo religion involved spirit possession, sacred music, ancestor reverence, water immersion, herbal medicine, sacred music, circle dancing, and shaman priests who functioned in a variety of roles, including that of leader in religious activity such as role model in the sacred ritual of the Ring Shout, “ says writer Katrina Hazzard-Donald. “Because certain practices found in early Hoodoo successfully found their way into the African American church, post-emancipation Hoodoo tradition is not completely separate from Black Christian church tradition, but rather it is entwined with it, either as a complement or a challenge to church power. This is especially true for the Spiritutalist, Sanctified, and Baptist churches where old tradition black belt Hoodoo ritual is often a complement to sacred church activity.”
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Black queers in particular who are disenchanted with the colonial aspects of particular tenets of Christianity report to find healing and power in Hoodoo healing spaces.

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love is lifeforce. and breathe out.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is genius, in the spirit of her foremother June Jordan- but y’all already should have been knew that.

What We Believe:
Love Made Manifest

Distilled from June Jordan’s “The Creative Spirit and Children’s Literature”
Love is lifeforce.

Love is all that supports life.

We run on love.

The creative spirit of the universe exists in each of us and is infinitely greater than any one of us.

The creative spirit is as much as process depending on our receptivity as it is a process depending on our willful conjuring up.

Other lives look to us for usable clues to the positive excitement of just being alive.

Within us there is an orderliness, a perpetual inclination to grow, to become manifest from an invisible beginning.

We are about the task of survival for ourselves and for those who may carry what we offer to them into their own lives.

Love is a serious and tender concern to respect the nature and the spontaneous purpose of other things and people.

Love will manifest a peaceable order among us such that fear, conflict, competition, waste and environmental sacrifice will have no place.

We have to make love powerful.

Love is lifeforce.

We run on love.

signal boost: On Tarot Patrons by Jack of Wands Tarot

So we know about significator cards and birth cards.

How about this, what card represents you as a tarot reader?

A very cool question asked by Jack of Wands Tarot. I’m still thinking my answer over.

When I meet a fellow Tarot enthusiast, my first question to them is always “What card represents you as a reader?” And what I’m really digging for when I ask this question is the idea of the patron card. What I’m really asking is, “Under whose auspices do you read Tarot?”

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Meditative Tarot Tea: The Sun

🌞 The Sun 🌞

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All is made new in the light of the sun. This blend is handcrafted to guide you to celebrate the daily healing that is the sun’s promise to us. A bright, warm, combination of nature’s brightest herbs.

Meditate on renewal and the second chance that every new sunrise brings. See truth clearly and with divine confidence.

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Meditative Tarot Tea: Seeker of Cups

 🌸 SEEKER OF CUPS 🌸
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Page of Blooms (Cups) from The Wooden Tarot

A desire to feel deeper, trust oneself with more confidence.

The Seeker of Cups tea blend is full of fresh floral promise, guiding you to quiet excitement for your own journey as gentle as the first spring flowers blooming.

Created to celebrate Ostara and welcome the Spring!

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Seeker of Cups Meditative Tarot Tea

seeking the water, happy spring equinox!

I don’t know about you, but the energy of this year has been fierce and unrelenting. Every time I think I’m catching my breath, I’m already falling off the next cliff. Not that it’s been all bad, necessarily- a lot of what is whirling me around is opportunities for growth. I’m just working on accepting it for the blessings they are, and taking all of it in as affirmation.

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What I’m doing for the equinox, simple and practical:

1. Drinking tea! Of course. In fact, this tea blend will feature quite a bit in my equinox activities. Here’s a beautiful blend to welcome Spring, inspired by the Page of Cups:

Seeker of Cups Tea Blend
🌸 Heather
🌸 Jasmine
🌸 Chamomile
🌸 Lemon Balm
Add milk, if you like, a symbol of fertility- especially since I can safely assume you won’t be adding eggs!

2. Having a healing bath. I’ll be using the same herbs I made my Seeker of Cups tea with in my bath.

3. Bringing fresh flowers into my space.

4. Simmer pot! All the herbs in my tea with some lemon slices to add a kick of fresh.

5. Clearing my sacred spaces, tools, and altars.

6. Cleaning my space in general, a minor spring cleaning to let in the new and move the energy of the old out. A floor wash made of the tea assisting with the energy work.

 

What are you up to this week to celebrate Ostara/Equinox/Easter/Rebirth?

Marking the Page with Tarot

Moving energy, moving the plot of our lives, and taking back some control in whatever capacity we can.

Life as long-winding plot, and the cards as dog-eared pages, bookmarks, notes on the margins.

I love storytelling with tarot because it allows for some imagined distance- it becomes less about me and more about the characters while simultaneously requiring my personal and sometimes unconscious engagement.

After all, perhaps we are always The Fool- which is something to remember, even as The Emperor, King of Pentacles, or The World we are The Fool by a different name and costume.

How does remembering to be The Fool even in a card as dignified as the Queen of Cups or as tumultuous as Ten of Swords shift the energy? I find comfort in it. A while ago I asked The Fool to call forth elemental energies that I needed to work through via a free-writing session, no edits-no corrections.

Another self-meditation storytelling approach is to directly engage the card and its image, tell the story of the characters in the art as a way to access deeper messages and lessons. As is to be masterfully done by my sister femme healer D. F. Howard in her tarot stories:

“What it will involve is me taking a card that I pulled that week and writing a brief story around what is happening, breathing life back into the portraits we are given on the cards. These stories will be brief, containing enough information to allow the reader to gleam what I believe the card means. They are by no means everything you need to know about the cards. They are just a glimpse into them. The majority of these for now will be with the Fountain Tarot though they may change.”

The first post is up: Knight of Coins: The Steady Walker and it’s already helped shift some of how I approach the Knight of Coins’ offered wisdoms. Also the story is fun, which I sometimes forget tarot can be.

“A shadowed figure rests at the edge of the atrium, two heartbeats from entering the arena. He stands alone, green cloak still as death, staring at the object the King gave him twenty three days and four hours ago: one lone coin.

A challenge. That’s how he got here. The Kings decided to pit their apprentices against one another. “A challenge of the elements,” they said. “Time to find out whose best once and for all,” they joked. The Kings loved to play these “games,” as they called them, but the knights knew differently. They knew that if they lost they would pay, one way or the other. Friendly games do not exist in the Kingdom of the World.”

Check it out, it’s brilliant!

What are some of your favorite ways to tell stories in tarot?

Let’s keep talking about healing with tarot stories: