Weekly Readings

Weekly Readings from Wooly Witchy

10 Disabled women who are making Political noise.

From Autostraddle: PHOTOESSAY: We F-cking Marched, Y’all.  And a whole bunch of IG snaps!

Some awesome required reading for white people who want to do better around intersectionality:  How to exist in an intersectional feminist space.  An excellent introduction to work around racism and other isms.  And there’s a sort of Part Two: So you think you know a thing.

We need to stand in solidarity with Sex Workers.

Why I March.

How to Grow a Tea Garden.

From Worts and Cunning: the New Moon Healers Project.  From the page:  “The New Moon Healers Project is my invitation to you to take time each month to cultivate your own healing. For when we heal ourselves we heal our community.”

 From Llewellyn: A Room of One’s Own: a midwinter room cleansing ritual, great for helping clear out those stagnant energies and maybe even help with the winter blues.

Some concerning information about Trump’s gag orders to the EPA and the National Park service.

Resist: 10 Actions in 100 Days:  “Thank you to the millions of people around the world who, on January 21, came together by the millions to raise our voices. But our march forward does not end here. Now is the time to get our friends, family and community together and MAKE HISTORY. Join us in launching a new campaign: 10 Actions for the first 100 Days.”

 10 Examples of Straight Privilege from Everyday Feminism.

From Little Red Tarot: Should I Stay or Should I Go – a decision making tarot spread.

What I’m reading: Gifted: lovely little things to knit and crochet.
What I’m knitting: Pegasus Parade Socks.
Where I’m going today: Exeter Fuzz Fest: a tiny local fiber festival

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Mind, Body, Spirit: a Healing Spread

I wanted a little intuitive advice on Monday about how to help heal after the traumatic news from Orlando.  I looked to my cards.  I used the simplest of spreads because I wanted something simple and easy to understand so I chose a Mind, Body, Spirit spread and I used my Prisma Visions deck.  What I got felt so right and so applicable that I knew I should share it in case it could help anyone else.

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  Emperor | Queen of Pentacles | Three of Swords

Mind: The Emperor

I’d been reading a lot of articles on Monday about the attack in Orlando and there was only so much information available, but that never stops the 24 hour news cycle machine from churning and re-churning information and speculating and just really over saturating us with coverage.  The Emperor card told me that I needed to take back control for myself.  In a situation where everything normal had suddenly been thrown into horrible chaos, this made perfect sense.

I’m taking a media break, only indulging in internet and media in places I know will be safe for me.  For me, instagram is a comforting place and so I’ve been spending some time there.  I’ve also been watching TV shows that are soothing and not upsetting (think cooking shows and How Things Work).

TLDR: control what you’re consuming, if the news coverage makes you too upset, it’s okay to disengage.  You have to take care of yourself or else you can’t take care of anyone else.

Body: Queen of Pentacles

Nurture your physical self.  Make sure you’re eating nutritious and comforting food.  Get a healthy amount of sleep.  If exercise is your thing head to the gym, get outside in the sunlight (where you’ve got it).  Self Care. Self Care. Self Care.  For me this looks like my Zumba class last night, knitting a rainbow shawlette, and an oreo milkshake.

It also meant a little witchy crafting in my house too.  Little rituals and crafts help keep me centered and keep me from feeling completely useless when something terrible happens and I can’t be there to physically help.

Spirit: Three of Swords

Boy, this one looked appropriately dire.  I think what the card is saying is that the hurt we’re all feeling is very real.   People out there hate queer people enough that they want to kill us.  It’s a frightening feeling.  It definitely had me wondering if I should go to the Pride events coming up locally.

The message here in the three of swords is that we need to hold space for the feelings that we’re having.  But the butterfly on the card reminds us not to let our sadness keep us from growing and recovering.  Being queer is about building resilience and not letting hate tear us down.  We must emerge stronger and more determined to live our truth and to keep supporting the most vulnerable parts of our community.

So choose what you take on right now, take care of yourselves,  and give yourself time to grieve and then come back stronger.