intending space

I swept and mopped my floors, did a load of laundry, and then I spent time with my Oshun space for a good part of tonight. I didn’t realize what a gift it was to myself until hours later and I was smiling idly to myself, on a Monday after work!

It may seem like a small thing, to reserve a space in your home for an altar- whether to bring in energy, manifest a dream, or commune with the divine- but I’ve found that it quickly shows up with consequence and magic. Especially when you remember to make it an active and not just a passive space.

Take time with your sacred spaces this week. If you don’t have one already, I invite you to take a moment to create one for yourself- perhaps one for the new moon, or an altar to manifest a goal, maybe you’d like to explore a deeper ancestral connection? Whatever reason you may have, however large or small, go for it and always with set intention.

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on valentine’s day we wear yellow

Today was not a perfect day, but it was one that showed me what it was to hold love unshakeable within such that nothing could move it.

I woke up to a stunning daybreak, gold shining through the windows. The day quickly turned grey and dark and a thunderstorm complete with a tornado warning followed. Much like the weather, the people I interacted with felt like a whirwind of chaos, pain, and disorder. The promise of my time beyond the workday kept me going- that and holy basil and ginger black tea.

As soon as I got home I made sure to set the tone for the rest of the day, beginning with Oshun’s space. Valentine’s Day is a commercial creation, yes- but I believe in collective power. Beyond all the consumerism, all around us thoughts are turning to love. It’s complicated, of course. Along with that is trauma and pain but love magic still rules the day, and it is for us to turn and work towards ourselves, our communities, and our healing. I hope you got a chance to let today be a space to set intentions for healing around love (particularly self-love), such that can be sustained for the rest of the year.

In that spirit, I was overjoyed to receive the news that andi grace’s collective effort, we believe you: femmes surviving toxic masculinity would be available for the community today. It fills my heart to have been part of this brewed spell of femme heart healing. The e-zine is available with a donation at your discretion and financial access. In addition a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.

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this 107 page e-zine is a multi media compilation of femme genius. the contributors come from a wide range of life experiences. it features affirming and magical advice and stories to help women and femmes not only survive, but thrive while living with the impacts of the patriarchy.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and with dear love to you!

We are divine.

And tonight I am thankful for Oshun come through Beyonce who reminded us of the divinity of Black women and femme mothering- of our children, our communities, our work, our healing, and most of all ourselves. 

We drink our own sweet cool water and we sing ashe. 

🌻🍯🐝 

Tea Time Reading #2

This lovely aesthetics tag featuring Black Witches from sun child/bathtime witches brew that includes soul food when picturing kitchen witches and a magical take on afrofuturism that brings out the galaxies in Black skin.

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The very necessary Rest for Resistance, a QTPoC mental health resource “strives to uplift marginalized communities, those who rarely get access to adequate health care or social support…[they] also seek to create healing space for LGBTQIA+ individuals, namely trans & queer people of color, as well as other stigmatized groups such as sex workers, immigrants, persons with physical and/or mental disabilities, and those living at the intersections of all of the above.”

King of Swords: Your truth is not for others to tell from Beth at Little Red Tarot
“The King of Swords’ black-and-white approach is the tool of the oppressor, but of course it can also be the tool of the activist. It represents a level of confidence in your own findings. The willingness to speak up, speak out, to make a damned decision, because you’ve done your research, you’ve heard the evidence, you’ve gone on a journey, found something out for yourself. Or because it was your own experience in the first place. Your experience. Your truth.

Dana from Druid Garden (creator of Tarot of Trees) offers up her lovely observations of trees’ natural cycles in Druid Tree Workings: A Seasonal Approach and the Breath of the Earth. I particularly enjoyed the reading more on trees collective inhale and exhale at particular times in the wheel of the year. It moved me to remember that I’d also begun a series on winter seasonal magic with plants that I need to go back to.

Tarot for the Resistance: What is my place in the movement? by Northern Lights Witch offers up a tarot spread for resistance, right on time for our current reality. “Healing work, tarot, and art are all very important things to bring to the movement…We know more than we think we do, and we need all the inspiration possible to make this world a better place. Art is important. Expressing our identities is important. May we continue to fight in beauty.

Are you exhausted, grieving, and traumatized by the world devolving right now? I feel you. A wonderful resource for recovering and healing back your spirit is By Way of Sorrow : Healing Magick for Times of Grieving gathered together from healers by Alexis at Worts+Cunning, a free resource created for our community. “There are tarot stories and plant stories and a tarot spread for finding power in your grief. There are poems, affirmations, and a simple one-page critical care guide for yourself and those you love. All of these resources are situated within the context that we are a grieving people and that our grief is necessary and needed.

Queering the Tarot: Nine of Wands by Cassandra Snow gives much needed reflection and guidance post-election-inauguration-debacle. As an additional gift, she not only works through the Nine of Wands but also offers up a Nine of Wands reflective spread.

Reamplifying this post, particularly in the recent uptick in active-activism. We Need You To Show Up To The Riot Well Rested, a love reminder to activists on the front lines. “Dreams are the work we do to build resistance and the dreamer is society, the collective people galvanized to take part in changing their condition… Dreams enter our bodies and stir up the subject …they perform their duties in delivering us information regardless of our opinions of them. Dreams do not ask for their power; they simply are powerful. We cannot forget in social justice work to be dream–like.

Beyonce continues to give us her best Black water witch in her maternity shoot that’s all Oshun and The Empress and all us Black women & femmes everywhere LIVE while a bunch of folks are somewhere on the internet being angry and racist (I’m not linking to these posts) but here’s a nice clap back against them.

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