Tea Time Reading

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. capturecapturesca

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.


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!