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.

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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!

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signal boost: Reflections on a Week of Grief

From Chani Nicholas, a reflection on grief, our imperfect queer family, and the limits of love:

We are family…

Not gay as in happy, but queer as in fuck you…

We are a deeply imperfect family.

One that needs to do better. One that needs to hold each other closer. One that needs to fight harder for one another. One that needs to remember that none of us are free until all of us are. And you can’t get married if you are getting deported, incarcerated or murdered for being transgender, for being anything but white or for being born outside of these false borders. We are a family that needs to fight like hell to make sure that our differences are held with equal rights, equal respect and equal humanity…

We are a family that has survived. And we will keep surviving.

Please read the entire piece at their website here!

Queer for Mercury in Retrograde

Ding dong, it’s back!

Though it’s not as terrifying as it’s made out to be. So yes, sometimes things go out of wack, your keys gets lost, structured communication is a thing of the past- and you feel like investing in a radio, some food and water rations, and camping out in the wild is the best call… but what MercRx here is trying to say is simply that it’s really not that deep!

Plans, rules, routines, habits, structures, norms, institutions, bah! Mercury in Retrograde is the universe’s way of reminding us that all that rigidity requires a shaking up every now and then (if not at all times).

It’s the queerest event in the stars-

isn’t that queer politic at its core… looking normativity in the eye and saying “fuck that” while doing whatever the hell you feel, and i mean feel…

-and you’ve got front row seats!

Try and enjoy the show.

 

signal boost: The Unapologetic Queerness of Haitian Vodou

 

I’m having a tiring week so I’m losing myself in other folks posts instead of writing mine, as a self-care strategy. Ran into this beautiful post by the Thug Scholar on the sacred queerness and transness of Vodou.

A preview:

On Haitian Independence Day, we continue to resist to over two hundred years of Black resistance against France and the United States who repeatedly try to impede on the country’s political and economic future. We cannot champion Haiti’s existence as a Black republic without also affirming the beauty of Vodou, and the outlet it continues to provide for queer Haitians to express the deepest part of themselves as people of African heritage.

I was not born of Haitian descent: as a young Black queer woman in the United States who felt alienated from local churches that didn’t yet affirm her sexual and gender identity, the discovery of sacred queerness in Vodou powerfully resonates, continuing to affirm that Blackness and LGBTQ identities can co-exist beautifully in the spiritual and material realm. I bear witness to Ezulie Freda when femmes sissy walk and death drop to the floor. Dantor has me feeling myself when I rock a backwards fitted and strut the pavement in my worn Timberlands. It’s the Ghedes who speak to me when Black Queens perform Beyoncé without the slightest faux pas. While I was busy trying to restructure the conservative Christian rhetoric of my upbringing that had me aching for acceptance, with Vodou, it was there waiting for me to find it. One doesn’t have to queer Haitian Vodou—by Divine Principle, it queers you

That last line has to be my favorite.

Go read the whole thing for yourself!

signal boost: The new Stonewall movie is #NotMyStonewall

commongayboy:

While a big budget Hollywood flick is white washing, erasing and minimizing the trans woc who were the riot leaders of Stonewall there is an independent movie right now in post-production titled “Happy Birthday, Marsha!” which centres on Marsha P. Johnson in the lead-up to the riots which features Sylvia Rivera, Andorra Marks, Bambi L’Amour, Junior. Sad thing is it won’t have the same marketing push as a film from the guy who brought you Independence Day or the recent Godzilla.

Official statement from the movie’s website: “We truly believe how we tell the stories of our heroes matters, so we are drawing upon our community to make this film because we have an opportunity to make a movie written, directed and produced by people living Sylvia & Marsha’s legacy through our own work. It’s been 45 years since the Stonewall rebellion yet the leading role that street queens, trans women of color and gender non-conforming people had during the riots hasn’t received the recognition it deserves. By making Happy Birthday, Marsha!,we are seeking to change that.”

If you’d like to donate and support this independent film here is a link to donate: http://www.happybirthdaymarsha.com/donate/

Tarot of the QTPOC

I’m always on the hunt for decks that include people like me, that is queer and people of color (perhaps, *gasp!* even queer people of color).

I once went into a metaphysical store and one of the women who worked there inserted herself into a conversation I was having with a friend. I was discussing a list I was looking to make of tarot decks that had queer and people of color, and she, completely uninvited, remarked that most pagan practitioners are straight and white.

Ha!

Somehow I managed to contain both my laughter and anger and walked away with nothing more than an irritated hum despite my burning desire to tell her about the many ways she was WRONG. Needless to say I purchased nothing in that awful store (trust and believe they didn’t stop with the micro-aggressions there) and I don’t plan on ever returning.

Anyway, I’m going to start posting decks that are inclusive as a record for myself and to positively highlight them in my Tarot of the QTPOC series. I always take recommendations!