Meeting the Solstice with Four of Swords Restwork

I’m finally about to have a few days of rest coming my way- and as the winter solstice meets us, it would be a shame to waste the chance to take this moment and tune in.

I’ve been hitting a block with my shadow work and too long after I just now realize that the blockage begins in my dreamspace, where the work is supposed to start. How can I actualize in the physical realm, if my spirit cannot access the knowledge in the first place?!

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The Four of Swords is probably one of the most well-received cards in the Swords’ suit. While all the other cards seem to be cutting at some internal battle raging inside you, this card is unique in that it asks you to step back from the battle, take shelter and recover. In the past, this card and I have always had a positive relationship. After intense periods of personal growth and overcoming, seeing this card always felt like a reward. A sigh of relief and an allowance of guilt-free rest. I was always happy to take the time to soften the edges that had grown sharp and reflect on work well done without worrying just then about the next steps that needed to be taken.

However, there’s a reason that this card belongs in the Swords suit. Continue reading

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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Using the Cardinal Conditions Spread

I’m using this spread to explore the circumstances of my community healing work. I’m in a transitional space with it and I’m looking to push a bit harder. Felt called to look deeper into where I’m going, or rather where I might need to go.

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1. The Whole – Who are you in this situation?
THE HEALER – I used the Blank Angel oracle deck for this first position. When I say this deck is in tune, I absolutely mean it. With a full shuffle and cut, I still pulled The Healer for my card.

Looking at the overview of the cardinal points on this spread, I can already tell there’s something up. On one hand, it’s great to see all four suits of the tarot represented, on the other hand they are entirely in the opposite space from where they should be. For example, looking at the mental and material positions, I have bones (pentacles) and plumes (swords) respectively. In balance, that should be the other way around. Same thing for the spirit and emotional positions, where I got blooms (cups) and stones (wands) respectively.

2. The Mental – What are your mental conditions/concerns?
SIX OF BONES – I love this creepy ass deck. The hand has six fingers, and the extra index finger looks slightly bent out of shape. It could go two ways, it’s either there’s unnecessary excess of thoughts in my mental space or there’s something extra there to be found that may actually be of use. I need to figure out if those extra thoughts/ideas are depleting or enriching me. Bones is an earth suit, so perhaps I’m overthinking a material concern?

3. The Emotional – What are your emotional conditions/concerns?
ACE OF STONES – Excitement over a new idea or avenue for creativity? Actually what I’m getting from this is that I’ve not allowed myself to be excited enough. New can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Something to keep in mind.

4. The Material – What are your material/practical conditions/concerns?
THREE OF PLUMES – That heart is in trouble, beset on all sides. Plumes are this deck’s sword suit, so there’s a mental aspect to these issues. An inability to see a way out of material obstacles. I’m being asked to re-examine this, perhaps with a different perspective and a re-evaluation of my resources.

5. The Spirit – What are your spiritual conditions/concerns?
FIVE OF BLOOMS – 5 dead tree stumps. There’s nothing sweet left to be found in this blooms card. Tree stumps not only imply the death of a tree, but the loss of most of the tree as well. I need a reconnection between heart and spirit space, rather desperately it seems, in order to replenish myself.

Really cool spread result. I’m also really happy about how well The Wooden Tarot is reading for me now. Cracking through even the bones suit which I’ve always thought was underdeveloped. Suppose it was just forcing me to look closer, as is this deck’s personality.

Deck Interview: In Love with the Mythical Goddess Tarot

The Mythical Goddess Tarot is my very first deck. I was immediately drawn to its emphasis on engaging the divine feminine as well as the beautiful art that I could see myself in. It’s a beautiful deck, I’m happy to be in conversation with it.

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1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
ACE OF SEAS (ECSTA-SEA) – concurrent with what I’ve felt from this deck and is why I always store this deck with rose quartz. She brings love, asks me to remember to move in love’s energy as I work with her. A reminder to maintain the work in my heart space that ensures I remain open and clear and full of light.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
THE FOOL (UZUME) – her non-comformity and free flowing feminine spirit are her main attractions and strengths. She reminds me to approach my journey with her as an energetic dance of light and joy in order to encourage love in all aspects of my being.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
THREE OF FIRE (DELIGHT) – but the delight that comes from release of all the things I carry is a work I must do for myself. She can only give direction, I must walk the path to this freedom on my own.

4. What are you here to teach me?
FIVE OF WIND (FEAR) – the little white book says, “Name your fears and meet them…”. Love is strangled by fear; my challenge is release.

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
CHARIOT (ATHENA) – to achieve the mastery evoked by Athena, a goddess of war and of wisdom, I must work in balance.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
FOUR OF FIRE (COMPLETION) – a promise that this work will allow the release of negativity, release of what no longer serves me in order to move into the next space of my journey.

I love this deck so much!