That one time I made bad tea.

I made bad tea the other day.

I mixed the sweetest of flowers on my herb shelf- rose, hibiscus, chamomile, jasmine, and lavender- as I’ve done many times before when looking to invoke sweet magic. I added honey for extra love and a dash of lemon.

The tea was awful.*

This should have been fundamentally impossible. There was nothing wrong with my ingredients or even the technical aspects of brewing the tea. I’d made the tea before, my standard floral tea recipe, to nothing but sweet results.

As a healer, I engage my senses to work energy often- I can feel the energy of a room on my skin, I see auras and visions, I hear messages, I can sometimes smell if a room is energetically unsafe. This was my first experience tasting energy.

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Magic of Herbs: Mamawort

Part of my self-assigned Lunar Apothecary homework is to write up go-to herbal profiles from my growing experience with my beloved herbs. The medicinal properties are always easy to gather up, but I needed to do better for the spiritual work I do with the herbs. So here goes with my Magic of Herbs series!

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Mamawort aka Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca)

A favorite of mine, the ever dear Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca), for a comfort that imbues you with the courageous and strengthened heart she is named Leonora for.

Mamawort, as I call her after being introduced to her by this name at The Sage Honey, offers us peace as we sit with heartache. Mamawort is a bitter shadow herb and she uses that insight to bring on light. She helps us release stagnant energy that weighs us down and keeps us from seeking light. She works with the realms beyond life as we see it keeping us connected but protected.

I associate her with the mothers in my tradition, particularly the Iyami and Yemaya, mothers who have known bitterness and are fiercely protective of those they protect as their children. For those who’ve had to mother ourselves, and for the mother spirits we found in queer and trans spaces, I cast Mamawort in my love spell for our grieving hearts.

Mamawort also works with folks who bleed with the moon, helping to regulate our cycles physically and spiritually. She can bring on blocked menses as well as alleviate pain during cramping. Beyond the physical, I’ve been thankful for Mamawort when on the bleeding stage of my cycle as I’m usually in a state of heightened stress and anxiety.

Mamawort is very bitter; I recommend tinctures or if used in tea, blended with supportive herbs and honey. Lots of honey!

A blend that I’ve especially enjoyed is a tea of Mamawort, Chamomile, and Lemon Balm + Honey for a soothing mix.

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In Suspense: The Hanged Man Spread

Continuing my study with The Hanged Man, I created a tarot spread inspired by the card’s many attributes discussed here.

This is a great spread to work with you when everything feels like a whirlwind, when you are gasping and grasping for a moment of peace- you can create that moment by taking time for yourself to work this spread. The Hanged Man Spread also works well whenever you need to examine your relationship to control, especially when it feels like you are being forced to pour the bulk of your energy to holding on to something or even someone. Continue reading

card study: The Hanged Man

I’m studying with tarot’s own yogi, The Hanged Man for the summer. Looking at the different ways artists have portrayed these stage in The Fool’s Journey. Key 12 has much to teach, if we ever find stillness long enough to know it.

I pulled The Hanged Man from my decks to observe and study with them. The differences and similarities were illuminating, opening up The Hanged Man to me in ways I’d not paid attention to before.

1. The Eye of the Storm

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signal boost: Cancer Tarotscopes Are Out!

Much like an astrological forecast in the form of a horoscope, tarotscopes use tarot in conjunction with astrology to give a monthly forecast. This one is special, written by twelve different contributors for maximum perspective.

The tarot forecasts are written by twelve different tarot readers for each sign, assuring a tailored, varied and intuitive voice for each sign’s tale.

The Crab’s season is rising with shift worthy of the Tower card and I could definitely feel that as I wrote the tarotscope for Libra again this month.

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Read for your sun, moon, and rising sign and get the full ‘scope here!

 


Hi, I’m Asali! I’m a Black queer femme earthworker passionate about tarot, tea, and healing work. Schedule a card reading with me for a deeply clarifying intuitive tarot session. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, drop me a line!

journey hopes and mercies

I used my Journeying Together spread to lay out possibilities for my trip. Instead of a tarot deck, I decided to go with an oracle, and one I have that’s been unfortunately underused. I love how The Earthbound Oracle offers up intuitively provocative messages with simple symbolism. I need to use this deck more often.

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cards from The Earthbound Oracle

With all the air and water showing up, I can tell that it’s going to be a trip about communicating deeply with each other. For me, this isn’t a particularly positive circumstance, no matter how necessary.

Meaningful communication with family for a lot of people, especially queer folks navigating trauma often feels like navigating a minefield blindfolded, triggers aplenty. I do hold on to the fact that nothing about the way this spread laid out promises disaster or negativity. In fact it implies a positive growth from our learning to hear each other.

Learning to give each other space to be truthful, going beyond tolerance and reaching for acceptance. I will hold on to hope and try to allow Yemaya to help us listen and love each other better.

Curious about the details of working the spread?
Check it out here, try it for yourself and let me know how it works for you.


Hi, I’m Asali! I’m a Black queer femme earthworker passionate about tarot, tea, and healing work. Schedule a card reading with me for a deeply clarifying intuitive tarot session. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, drop me a line!

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Tarot for Journeying Together

I’m going on a mini vacation, with family. That’s always a complicated mess of emotions ranging from how much I love and treasure the time with them to can we just be in separate corners now before I throw something. We’re off to the beach to spend some quality time doing absolutely nothing and so I won’t complain, much.

Still, this time with them always brings up complications of what family means, especially when they may not understand or accept all the parts of you. I think of my chosen family, queer and wild and holding each other so close right now, always, across space and time.

I will take much to Yemaya’s salt waters these coming days and I will be honored to have met the solstice with her. The challenge will be finding a space to do ritual, but in the past I’ve found that sacred space and resources are always available if I take the time to look.

A TAROT SPREAD FOR JOURNEYING TOGETHER

I created a tarot spread for this trip- a union of what might go in a travel spread and relationship spread. It’s not just for family. This works for any trip taken with a loved one- friend, family, or lover. Moreover, the trip doesn’t have to be a physical move from one place to another. Relationships are in and of themselves long journeys, and a check in is always worthwhile.

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