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. 

🌻🍯🐝 

Love Spell In A Tea Cup, Two Waters Tea

As I built my Two Waters love altar to Yemaya and Oshun, I was called to mix up a tea blend and meditate with it as I sat before the completed creation. Without a doubt, my favorite part of a long healing ritual is when the mix for tea settles into my spirit and I get to work the magic. Every time after it feels like the magic is giving me a tangible way to keep the energy with me and recreate it for whenever else I might need it, and maybe not have enough time or space to recreate the ritual.

Two Waters Tea Blend: Sunflower, Cinnamon, Rose, Jasmine, Mint, Fennel, and Clove are mixed to manifest a love spell of flower and seed magic to guide you to hold yourself as precious and treasured by ancestors and guides.

I share the magic with you freely and hope that it gives you more than a moment to intentionally nourish the love for self.

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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!

 

Altar Building Ritual for Celebrating Self-Love

I’ve been dancing in water these past few days.

Earlier this week, September 7th and 8th, along with tens of thousands around the world, I celebrated Yemaya and Oshun’s feast days. Deities of the Ifa tradition, Yemaya is the all-Mother and her sister Oshun shares the sweetness that makes life worth living.  The Two Waters, Yemaya (salt water) and Oshun (sweet water) teach their children lessons of self-love learned from their own often painful experience.

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Yemoja y Oshun by Miguel Ordoqui

Traditionally, members of our community gather in our elders’ home and bring in the feast days in much style, music, and pomp. We all dress in blues, whites, silvers, and golds and share laughter and food to honor the orishas. This was unavailable to me as I live alone in a city quite far from my elder’s home and far enough from most of my community that a commute is out of the question. It was true of my situation last year as well, the difference this year being that I’ve learned that abundance is available to me wherever I am.

As such, this year I joyfully chose to build an altar of celebration in my home, set it up in pride of place for just little old me to enjoy- and trusted that it would be worth the time and energy. As I dressed the altar I soon realized that the offering was not just for Yemaya and Oshun, it was also for me, my own full and at times pained heart and joy, honoring the love that I have carefully tended for myself.

Ritual and healing is always available to you.
Your magic is always available to you.

Watermelon, papaya, lemons, oranges, mint, honey, and a breathtaking bouquet of sunflowers. A trip to the thrift store will yield a vase tall and strong enough to hold your sunflowers and some gorgeous scarves in gold and blue to dress your Two Waters altar. Add candles and tarot and your favorite crystals and sweet herbs. Be sure to dance and sing and cry and smile and laugh and jump to joyful song as you create.

Celebrate Yemaya who invites us to the shores of her ocean and asks us to dive in. In her sacred waters she takes us on, all of our light and shadow, washes us and sanctifies us. Yemaya knows salt and she welcomes our tears knowing well the release that comes with them. At the bottom of the ocean we leave our trauma, pain, and old bones. Mother bears us back to shore.

Celebrate Oshun who meets us at the shore and offers to fill up the space left empty by our release. Instead of pain she offers laughter, a siren calling us up the river and inviting us to fall in. We drink thirstily of the sweet water and call in love, call in joy, call in pleasure, call in desire, call in abundance, call back our smiles to us. At the river’s edge we emerge, and she holds up her very own mirror so that we may see our own brilliance, dressed in gold of our own making. Oshun gifts us honey kisses dropped on our tongues so that we may always keep her sweetness with us.

Celebrate Yourself.

Your love is always available to you.

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As always, the ritual is for your own healing, so feel free to add, leave out, or substitute whatever you like, in exactly the way 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!

signal boost:Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Black Woman Magic

“When you love me, you love yourself… LOVE GOD HERSELF.”

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I’ve expressed my joy about Beyonce engaging Black femme magic before when all we had was Formation. I knew more was coming, and this article articulates a lot of what I’ve been too full to bursting to write about LEMONADE.

Oshun, conjure work, southern black witch magic, the breadth of black women’s power, capacity, and emotion, and all the more still. Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, brilliant black femme magic thinker that she is lays it all out beautifully.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is grown-ass black woman magic. And the lemons that Queen Bey is working with, powerful hoodoo ingredients for overpowering bad energy, are clearly the Louisiana kind. Lush, troubling visuals show that Beyoncé is the goddess, the goddess is furious, the goddess is victorious, and most important: The goddess is every black woman. Slay

Beyoncé’s expression of the goddess-like wrath of a black woman betrayed is not about her—Lemonade is art, not autobiography, and continues the protest tradition of women blues artists. In black women’s music, trifling men have long been metonyms for a patriarchy that never affords black women the love and life they deserve.

Read the whole article at TIME here.

AsaliTea: Yeye’s Song [available]

Yeye’s Song

A blend full of the sweet abundance She blesses us with. Created to move you to work sweetness into your day, in every smile, in every task.

Sweet, with a touch of cinnamon spice reflecting the ways in which Oshun’s sweetness radiates her warmth.

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