Tea Time Reading #10

I've been sick all week, which gave me a chance to catch up on my reading.

I take my silver linings where I can get them.

I'm finally feeling better and I wanted to share what caught my attention as I healed up. You know the drill, grab some tea, get comfortable, and dive into some beautiful writing.

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Take Care Herbals offers a necessary reflection on expanding herbalism's accessibility beyond the cure or the fix with 'Hungry with Leaf Scars: A Radical Community Herbalist’s Musings on Chronic Pain'.

"People who live with pain are hungry. We are searching. We are invisible survivors. We are starkly seen. We are resilient. We are ghosts of our former selves. Our hearts ache to know relief. We are owl screeches at midnight. The plants in your garden know. They bend towards our bedroom windows. It is our job as herbalists to direct the call."

Alexis of Worts & Cunning has a truly exquisite column on Little Red Tarot called Tarot as a Path of Healing.

I recommend every single piece written. It's both reflective and practical, inspiring you to meet the Tarot with depth and vulnerability as well as providing suggestions for practice you can integrate immediately.

"We can take the cards which represent difficult times in our lives, that are deeply felt in our bodies, and use their beautiful visual language as a balm to the tender hurt we carry within us."

 Hidden Waters Tarot; image by Jack of Wands

Hidden Waters Tarot; image by Jack of Wands

Jack of Wands has an excellent review of the Hidden Waters tarot that caused me to rethink my attitude towards the deck.

"At bottom, the thing I love about this deck is that it is unique and insightful. It approaches Tarot in a way I have literally never seen, and that’s uncommon. But beyond that, it capitalizes on that approach and provides new insights and perspectives on the meaning of the cards. "

La Mystica Tarot has a beautiful post on holding beauty and shame in a complex time.

"Meeting our feelings of shame with honesty, curiosity, and compassion creates the space and strength necessary to dismantle our personal contribution to the mess we are in."

The Herbal Academy has some suggestions for plants NOT to wildcraft this season.

"As herbalists, our work revolves around plants, so it makes sense that we would want to use plants in a wise manner — protecting and preserving them with their long-term viability in mind, not just for our sakes, but for the sake of the plant itself and the ecosystem which it inhabits. In order to do that, we must ask ourselves if we truly need the plant we’re considering using."

Abbie made a sacred offering of rage, fury, and ferocity in response to the violence perpetrated by the state. It's a beautiful spell with runes as the sacred vessel. I'm grateful for it.

"I call thee, Kenaz – the mystery of regeneration
Truth in death, gain in sacrifice
Cauterize our wounds, burn away the poison
Show us the truth to be born from ashes"

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I get excited when folks are talking boundary work and that remained true in One Willow Apothecaries' piece on setting boundaries from a place of affirmation and power.

"Early summer is the time of the year when boundaries seem the hardest to hold—but the most needed. When the living world comes into its fullness the options for what we could be doing, who we could be seeing, how we could spend our time, seem endless."

Danielle from Tarot Views' Little Red Tarot is a refreshing breath of fresh air. Her latest piece, Spinning the Wheel of Fortune in Oaxaca, Mexico is awesome.

"That’s because what the Wheel of Fortune promises is that nothing is promised and despite our best laid plans, fate always holds the option of throwing us a curveball. It asks that we pay close attention to those moments of disruption and attempt to move through them with grace. It reminds us of how little is truly in our control and encourages us to work in synchronicity with other elements rather than forcing our way. "