It’s that time of year!
You can already hear Santa’s sleighbells jingling, right? Or is that just an advert on TV? So festive!
Get ready to celebrate…
International BUY NOTHING DAY!
International: 29th November
US: 28th November (today!)
Buy nothing day is an international day of protest against consumerism.
It coincides with Black Friday – the day Christmas Shopping Hell™ begins in earnest, and raises awareness of the ridiculous amounts we all end up spending at Christmas to make ourselves and each other feel good and actually end up feeling broke and stressed and actually only the corporate fatcats feel good.
Ho ho ho.
This is not about being negative.
Okay, it is. By it’s very definition, Buy Nothing Day is negative. But in a really positive way!
Reject what Amazon and WalMart and John Lewis and super-hideous-nasty.com want you to do (make them lots of profit) and… buy nothing.
See also: Buy nothing Christmas
I’m not against gift-giving. I LOVE giving presents and yeah, I love getting them too. I like it that there’s a time of year when people give each other things… I just think it’s all gone a little too far.
Here are my favourite anti-capitalist tarot cards:
Four of Pentacles
Be all like this on buy nothing day 🙂
Six of Pentacles
Awareness of where your money goes and the fucked-up-ness of the global economy.
Seven of Cups
A warning about the burden of choice and how we are dazzled and beguiled by glossy advertising which tells us that buying products will solve our emotional problems.
Six of Cups
Practice simple acts of kindness instead!
Eight of Pentacles
DIY or die, folks!
Seven of Wands
Just damn the man!
So – are you gonna observe buy nothing day? And what are your favourite anti-capitalist tarot cards?
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.