Tea Time Reading #3

How are you making time to come back to yourself?

It’s the little things, yes?

Here’s what I did today: made some hawthorn-hibiscus tea, received a beautiful tarot heartwise reading from a dear cronesoulfemme at Blacker Berry Tarot+Botanicals, cuddled with my cat, cooked a colorful but simple stew, listened to an herbalism podcast, read healing books, and cuddled with my cat some more.

I did what loved me back- a wonderful definition of self-care from Kyana Brindle who is included in this reading list.

I hope you find time for that space to do what loves you back.

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my black femme magical crazy, at Black Femme Witches Brew

I was honored to be asked to submit to Black Femme Witches Brew. My offering was going to be a ritual or a tea or something on those lengths and instead I broke my heart open (this is happening a lot more by the way) and shared my spirit in a way that surprised even me.

Here we are then, Black Femme Magical Crazy at Black Femme Witches Brew magazine, a prayer for my past self who is healing through experience and a gratitude blessing for all the femmes who have witnessed and participated in my expansion.

Please note the trigger warnings: includes discussion of trauma, abuse, mental illness, repeated use of the word ‘crazy’, and mentions of suicide and suicide ideation.

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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Tea Time Reading #1

I always forget to gather all the cool posts and articles that have caught my eye, not to mention share them with other folks who might enjoy them. Figured I’d start making a more definitive bookmark than endless tabs open in my browser.

So here’s what I’ve been reading with my tea:

The Evolution Of ‘An Almost Bruja’ by Yesika Salgado
“Life has taught me that women are the ones with the magic. The voice of God. The continuous thread. The voice calling me into myself. Las mujeres. Las brujas. I know them all. I belong to them.”

What can we learn from the fog? by hejyork at Unlocking Words
“Thank you fog, for teaching us to trust in our journey, to trust in all our senses to guide us. Thank you for slowing us down so we can see things differently. Thank you for teaching us that everything we need is still there even when we can’t see it.”

The Slow Holler Tarot, First Impressions and Favourite Cards, from Beth Maiden’s column at Autostraddle, and grateful for the lovely shoutout! She also raises an important question about the balance of economic sustainability and accessibility when it comes to indie deck prices.
“This is not a cheap deck by any means. At $46 is will be out of the reach of some of the folks who need it the most. This is a heavy and difficult topic for tarot deck creators who want to reach marginalised communities with their work, but also don’t want to compromise on ethics and quality, a conversation I’ve been having with E over recent months. Slow Holler has been printed locally in small quantities (cheaper tarot decks are usually mass-produced in China) and there have been many artists to compensate for their work; small batch projects like this one take a heck of a lot of resources to get off the ground, and the price has come out where it has.”

Life Path Challenge from Kristen at Over The Moon Oracle is a really lovely challenge with her even lovelier deck and it’s too damn bad I’m awful at following through with daily challenges because I love this one. I’ll definitely come back to it at intervals though!

Libra tarotscopes are out!

Libra ‘scopes are posted at Siobhan’s Mirror and I was over the moon to complete Libra’s return for our birthday.

You are (trans)formed at the union of your light and shadow; to get to know both well and to keep both clear is the key to finding the balance that will free you to revel in your promised expansion.

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Check out your sun, moon, and rising sign!

All the ‘scopes are worth a look. Get your astrological house in order!

 


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!

walking through fire, a gathering of survival strategies by community and allies

Here is a link round up of healers writing as community and allies visioning strategies for healing.

FROM BLACK & NON-BLACK POC HEALERS

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Where does a healer’s anger go? Beyond love and light. I wrote a piece for the Little Red Tarot on holding space for anger that bleeds through my identity as a black queer femme healer in the world we live in now.

My spiritual elders have always taught me that to be a master healer is to have the capacity for both the light and the shadow. A crone’s wisdom comes not from her living a life of ease and positivity, but the hard knowledge and intimate experience of the dark and the understanding of how to wield it. The smirk in the medicine woman’s smile is the knowledge that the division of medicine and poison is arbitrary and often entirely up to her. As a healer with marginalized identities I claim that I am due more than just sadness; I tire of it. I am due the full breadth of my anger and rage.

Read the whole piece at Little Red Tarot here!

Coming Back to Life: Healing Through Crisis with Ritual + Action at the Hoodwitch provides multiple great ideas for healing and working through grief.

The Zen Poet Thich Nhat Hanh asked “What do we need to do to save our world?” his questioners expected him to identify the best strategies to peruse in social and environmental action, but Thich Nhat Hanh’s answer was this: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sound of the Earth crying. “Healing starts within each and every one of us.”In despair work, we learn to uncover our pain for the world and we honor it.” Says Author’s Joanna Macy & Molly Young Of “Coming Back to life: practices to reconnect our lives, Our world” How can we do this?

– 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. I believe dreams and imagination are knowledge projects that require our interrogation to make sense of the world. Dreams enter our bodies and stir up the subject in spite of our age, ability, class position, nationality, sexual orientation or health status. 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.

7 Questions for Earnest Allies from Siobhan’s Mirror that we should all ask ourselves for all the spaces we hold privilege. I love that they can be used as a tarot spread because sometimes we don’t know where to begin and these questions are great sign posts for the journey.

Use the questions below to journal. Use them as a tarot spread. Use them as a conversation starter but make sure your conversation partner has the energy or interest in engaging these kinds of questions. Use these questions to know yourself better. Use them how you will. Or don’t and save them for later. Take a healing bath instead. May your inquiry be led by love. Even when it burns white hot and lives in you as anger. May your inquiry be a prayer for hope or a precursor for action. May your own truth lead you.

Our role as herbalists, healers, + magick-makers within #BlackLivesMatter at Worts + Cunning asks healers in solidarity to move beyond lip service where they can.

Here’s the deal. Love does not need to be sent somewhere right now. It needs to be embodied and lived. Imagine what you would do for any member of your family or your closest friends or your romantic partner that you deeply love if you knew that their life was at risk, in large part because of your disinterest and inaction. You would do more than “send love” via a comment on someone’s instagram feed. If you’re praying for peace, be that prayer embodied. Peace is not going to happen without justice. Justice is not going to happen if folks beyond the Black community don’t demand it relentlessly and tirelessly.

– Lettie at High Moon Femme Tarot is asking us to Support Black Femmes & Black Lives and is also participating in a knowledge and service share for Black Femmes and Black folx seeking healing.

I AM ASKING FOR $200 (so far) so I can send it to DEER BLACK FEMME FRIENDS who NEED SUPPORT today. You can send your part–$5, $10, $20, $60! Whatever you’ve got, we’ll take! Please communicate with me via private message to work out details etc. I’m gonna ask over & over because I want them to stay alive. I, too, am overwhelmed & heartbroken over the anti-Black state sanctioned violence, & this is something I want to do / believe we can do. I will be so happy to let you know when donations start coming in & I can start pushing them on through to these lovable simply because they exist Black femmes!

– Build your own Herbal Crisis/Trauma Kit with guidance from Berenice Dimas

Herbs and Resources to help support your body~mind~spirit as you participate in protest, marches, demonstrations, and actions.

Self Care For People of Color After Psychological Trauma by Just Jasmine.

When people of color are exposed to repetitive acts of racism (racism has been shown to be processed in our brains as trauma) a kind of post traumatic stress syndrome can develop.

How to Be a Black Empath in America by Deandra Fells

As empaths, we often feel selfish for not being there for others during times of need. We know that others who lack the emotional bandwidth during a time like this need us and we feel as though we have a duty to be there for them. Stop and think: how can you really do that if you know in your heart of hearts that you yourself are suffering from the same lack? It’s okay to not be capable at times. Put up your “Be back soon” sign.

Fiona Benjamin’s entire twitter feed these past few days has been lit up with truth and a call to action that goes beyond silence and quiet solidarity.

FROM HEALERS STRIVING FOR SOLIDARITY

– For white and other non-black allies who want to do better. Jeanna at Girlboss Woo wrote An Open Letter to My Fellow White Business Owners that has points applicable to more than the business realm.

Hundreds of black men and women – straight and LGBTQIA+ – have been murdered this year alone, the result of systemic racism and xenophobia that manifests in police brutality, in the ad-hoc life-and-death, jury and executioner position to which too many police officers appoint themselves. And to this, white business owners send out their newsletter, as scheduled, with no acknowledgement of the systemic trauma their POC readers, clients, and customers are going through. White business owners keep their social media automated and on schedule. White business owners promote their latest e-course or workshop. White business owners act like nothing has happened – leaving the tragic impression that perhaps, for them, nothing did. This is white supremacy in action, friends.

Converting Hidden Spiritual Racism into Sacred Activism: An Open Letter to Spiritual White Folks by Virginia Rosenberg

In times like these, our identity and our hearts need to be challenged and broken. Our foundations need to rumble and shake. For this is the path of breaking open. This is the way to true awakening. It is through direct, willing engagement that we heal into unity within ourselves and the world. Let us look to our shadow, our greatest teacher. Let us look to what underlies the formation of this nation. The United States of America was built upon slavery, and the structure of modern society still draws from those roots. Those roots have become parts of ourselves that subtly operate beneath the surface. Let us move through our darkness, feel it, and learn from it in order to emerge on the other side

I Stand With Black Lives Matter by Cassandra Snow provides a useful link roundup, particularly for non-black folks looking to be in solidarity including How to Process Your Emotions but Skip the White Tears.

As a white ally, the number one thing you can besides getting out and putting your body and yourself on the line is donating either supplies or money for bail and protest needs or to help victim’s families get or stay on their feet. To donate supplies, see where a protest is happening near you. Ask what they need. I know in the Twin Cities bug spray, blankets, and extension cords so the revolution can continue to be broadcast from someone other than mainstream media, so start there if you have no ideas. Otherwise, here are the funds for bail or victim’s families:

Black Lives Matter: A Spell for Visioning Justice by Northern Lights Witch created to “regenerate your inner strength, and define your vision of peace and justice”

I invite you to use this spell or ritual for your own community, for the injustices you seek to right. I hope this can bring you personal strength, and I hope you can bring light and strength to your communities.

– Story by Tarot performed and shared A Spell for Black Lives Matter. I invite non-black magic workers especially to participate in their own way. Let your magic stand with your values.

The High Priestess, lending her calm, spiritual peace. Allowing her to open the healing gate for this community that is hurting.  Strength, lending her greatest weapon: compassion. Allowing her to gently and firmly guide us to this community that is hurting.   Justice, lending her sword and scales. Allowing her to show that we must demand for Justice to happen.  Temperance, lending her acknowledgement and encouragement of our healing process at our own pace. Allowing her to see ourselves in this moment. Say their names.

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source: A Spell for Black Lives Matter from Story by Tarot

 


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!

finding pockets of air, spaces to breathe

Heart is still weighed down but here is some of what has been helping. I share it with you and hope you find some heart ease. Take care. Self-care is resistance.

– Alexis Pauline Gumbs, poethealer and spinner of love webs, offers up a poem for the family we never got to meet: ‘pulse’

but now i am pulse

and now you
are flame.

a love spell for our grieving queer hearts. A ritual whose energy I returned to by brewing the herbs I cast into a heart heal tea this morning.

I cast Lemon Balm for broken hearts,
I cast Motherwort to hold us,
I cast Sage for those risen to ancestor,
I cast Rosemary as we remember,
I cast Rose for love, always.

In praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club, and the ways we made it sacred ground (or an ode to that one time you and that hard femme shared lipstick and then shared lipstick and broke apart as Selena came on and you rushed the dancefloor)

Outside, tomorrow, hangovers, regrets, the grind. Outside, tomorrow, the struggle to effect change. But inside, tonight, none of that matters. Inside, tonight, the only imperative is to love.

– Alexis J. Cunningfolk has a few suggestions for more herbs that heal in times of tragedy

While the following is only a short list of suggestions, I am working on a much larger resource on herbs and trauma that I’ll be sharing freely with folks in the coming weeks. I’ll post about it on my blog and the various social media outlets where I can be found. 

– Chani offers her starlit insight to guide us through this week

Saturn square Neptune (especially in this highly mutable astrological moment) can lend to feelings of confusion, disassociation and disenfranchisement. This is the point in the cycle at which we can no longer deny what is falling down, what is failing completely and what needs to be dealt with and dissolved…When we honestly look at how the structures that we are up against (Saturn) clash with the dreams we have for our lives (Neptune), we stand at the cross section of what needs to be done and what could be created.

6 O’clock Blues, a song by Solange Knowles eased my heart and reminded me of the shelter we have been and will continue to be for each other. I dedicate this to my queer and trans family.

They can sell me a story
And tell me we’re in danger
But our love will never die..
Cause people don’t make the world go round like they used to
But I know if I got one thing
Baby I know got you
You keep me sheltered from the six o’clock blues
Yeah, you keep me sheltered
From the six o’clock blues
And if I know one thing is gonna be alright
Then I know that’s it’s me and you

love is shadowmagic and it reaches out to those we lost and loved so deeply even without knowing

No, it won’t fix everything, but love has often been the chosen tool/weapon/magic chosen by those of us who find ourselves at the bottom of the food chain because of its potential, for power, for release, for a freedom of our own making, for a possibility of loving ourselves so deeply that anything less is unacceptable.

Love is shadowmagic.

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love survives; Three of Swords from The Morgan-Greer Tarot

 


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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