To feel feelings deeply is a form of expertise: hard won, gained over time through practice and intention. This card has big emotions, thick like the ocean. And it has just as many gifts for us, just as much solace, just as much beauty.
Sometimes there’s an explanation to it and sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes death is just death. How do we incorporate these very visceral, physical, and deeply material experiences of literal death into the Death card when its presence greets us in a reading?
"I am scared of interpreting the cards in a way that supports only what I want to hear." Sabrina explores some alternatives to self-reading.
To cut off abusers is to be the Queen of Swords. To take care of ourselves by cutting off communication, and not necessarily dramatically. Sometimes there is nothing more to be said, and the most powerful statement is said with silence.
Each small ritual is part of a bigger picture, a cumulative relationship with ourselves and with our spirit and our environment.
For today’s new moon we revisit mourning: with some thought, poem, and ritual.
People retreat to ‘get away from it all’ and I think it is worth magnifying this ‘it’ – what exactly is being escaped?
Are you romanticizing the not-home? What stops you from retreating at-home, or at least in your city or neighbourhood? What might it mean to retreat in daily life?
Death shows us what happens when you come out the other side – pain, hope, transformation.
Sometimes what we need to mourn – really truly – is not an ancestor who is deceased, not a fleshy body made bone, but a version or vision of ourselves, a fantasy we held about ourselves or our future.
Have you made an altar to honour your brilliance and your love for yourself? If not, why?
Get to know artist, illustrator and witch Sabrina Scott and their new column, which looks at radical magic and healing with ritual.
I fear that I would be physically unsafe were I to press charges. So what do I do? Where do I turn? Witchcraft.