Newsletters to Brighten Your Day. I can absolutely confirm that the Tarot Bits and Bobs one is great! I look forward to getting it in my inbox.
Back from an unexpected hiatus. Some life stress caused me to retreat from most of the internet, but I’m feeling better again and ready to chatter about Tarot again!
A nice little piece on Offbeat Home talking about Forgiveness and why you don’t necessarily have to forgive.
Then there is a point where our anger no longer serves us
And that point usually comes after we are no longer actively being harmed. And that harm has been acknowledged and validated by our community (best case) or, at minimum, by ourselves.
It is at that point that we can accept the things we cannot change and have the courage to change the things we can. And it is here, right here, that I think “forgiveness” was substituted for “acceptance” by our culture.
I’m totally not getting a kickback from this company, but we bought our kitties a Cat-It treat ball and them seem to get a great kick out of it. Plus it’s supposed to be engaging for their little brains, so sounds good to me 🙂
I’ve been listening a ton to podcasts lately and I want to share a few of my favorites:
Nancy from WNYC Studios – BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay…
Radiolab – not a new one, but DANG is it good stuff. – Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.
From The Tarot Lady – Tarot Certification: Do you need it?
Beth from Little Red Tarot talks about the Impostor Complex. And I sigh with relief and say, “Oh good, it’s not just me!”
From the Tarot Lady: some timely advice that I really needed to hear: You can Always Help. I’ve quoted her below because it was such an important message. Please go take a look yourself too.
The last few weeks have been filled with terrible news: the senseless murder in Charlottesville, devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, floods in Bangladesh, and so on and so on.
Some days, it seems like there is no good news to be found. It’s enough to make you want to bury your head in the sand or lose yourself in countless reruns of the Game of Thrones finale (my favorite method of escapism).
Believe me, I have those days more often than I’d like to admit. There are times when I feel downright helpless to fix the state of the world. But rather than turn away, I try my best to look for ways that I can help.
I can donate my time or money. Or I can spread awareness by sharing information as it comes. When I’m feeling especially powerless, I can light candles, meditate, and pray.
Every single effort counts.
Also her Hit List posting are always FULL of fantastic articles to check out, so go have a read.
If you struggle with reading Court Cards this post has some great insight – Renaming the court cards.
How to make art when you’re “not an artist”. Loved this.
On Beauty: or why Zadie Smith’s comments aren’t about you – Makeup isn’t bad, being made to feel like you are required to wear make up (or look a certain way in order to be beautiful) is.
Beth from Little Red Tarot shared a great post on activism and how to help with all the shit going on right now: No One Way Works.
Found this courtesy of Asali: 8 Witches and Healer POC to follow online. I’m always glad to find more diverse voices to read. The more we know!
Also from the lovely Asali – some more #Tarot of the QTPOC to look out for, that Fairytale one took my breath away, it’s so lovely! It’s going on my wishlist!
Fantastic review of Kitchen Table Tarot that I found on Little Red Tarot. I’m reading my way through that book right now. Just very slowly!
Converting Hidden Spiritual Racism Into Sacred Activism: An Open Letter To Spiritual White Folks – a good read with some practical steps you can take to help.
Beth from Little Red Tarot shares Simple Tips for Not So Simple Lives and the Ring of Fire tarot spread.
Northern Lights Witch shares A Tarot Spread for Values-Based Resistance.
Lavender Cream Scones, I desperately want to make some of these. Maybe with lemon in the icing.
Releasing into Norse practice: The beginning of a heathen’s journey. This is the first in what’s going to be a series on Little Red Tarot. It’s a fascinating invitation to join Abbie Plouff, in her own words, on her journey and her “personal relationship to Norse practice, as well as what this means for my identity and my search for purpose.”
Liz Worth shares the decks that she works with. I always love hearing what decks other readers are using and why they love them. It’s such an enriching experience and gives me great perspective on why I love the decks that I do.
Oh MAN, I REALLY want to see the Wrinkle in Time movie!!! It features a brown girl as the protagonist in a sci fi movie, YES PLEASE. A second article: The Reason Publishers Rejected A Wrinkle in Time Is the Same Reason That Ava DuVernay Is Making the Movie.
Ivan Ambrose shared a post about Racism in Tarot, and I agree with Beth from LRT who said that everyone should read it. Also a note: if your reaction is something along the lines of “I can’t believe that happens, that’s awful.” I encourage you to follow that thought up with “What can I do to help stop it from continuing?” Racism in our communities isn’t a problem for people of color to deal with, we’re all responsible to take steps to support the marginalized folks in our communities. ❤
Useful organization for your life: How to Make and Use Packing Cubes
I’ve been doing pretty much nothing but sewing on my English paper pieced quilt lately. I learned how last week and when I get into something like that I tend to go a little bit gang busters on it for a while. It’s SO FUN!
A little help reading the Knight cards: Helpful or Hurting.
Liz Worth shared a great post: The Questions You Ask in a Tarot Reading Matter: Here’s Why.
Beth from LRT shares a post on reading the Emperor card