On Monday, Em surprised me with tickets to see Patti Smith.
One of my all-time music heroes, Smith is also a poet, author, artist, photographer, punk, parent, grandma and revolutionary. The gig – in which she and her band performed the whole of Horses – was incredible.
Patti Smith has such an incredible, inspiring, warm energy that you can’t help feeling lifted in her presence. You feel important, that you can make a difference, that the world needs you. She is self-possessed and unapologetic, and at the same time humble, with nothing to prove.
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I was poking around for a good song recording or video to share (woulda been Birdland or My Generation BTW) and came across this *brilliant* recent interview. Smith talks about the importance of doing your work, putting it out there, doing whatever it is that you need to do.
I really, really recommend you watch this:
This was also the week of the Blue Bell board games club (henceforth known as BBC), a sunset hot-tub in the Yorkshire hills which is a whole new kind of bliss (see below), finally-sunshine and biking around with Em looking for abandoned mills we could take over to create a queer family utopia for all of our friends.
What else what else what else?
Why We Are Witches – a roundtable with five queer women writers on how witchiness is part of their lives.
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Bim Adewunmi on the types of feminism we don’t need.
Herbalists and healers take note! Did you see that radical herbalist Alexis J Cunningfolk has started a guest series on Little Red Tarot? It’s all about using tarot and herbalism in unison and it’s already amazing.
One way tarot and herbalism are such useful complementary tools is that they are both addressing the underlying emotional story of our lived experiences. If tarot is a map of our internal landscape, herbs are the nourishment for our journey as well as keys to new lands, while our will and desire is the compass which guide us.
I enjoyed Barbara Moore’s post on Llewellyn on the tricky subject of reading tarot for yourself.
In Fool’s Journey, I rounded up some of my favourite queer tarot+ resources.
I’m totally hooked on Agents of the Realm, a superhero webcomic by Mildred Louis.
Chloe reviewed the circus-themed Tarot of the Zirkus Magi.
Also, don’t miss out on the chance to win a Tarot of the Silicon Dawn deck! Elisabeth shared a detailed review of this futuristic, genderqueer tarot here, and one lucky commenter will receive a copy!
Marianne tries out Sarah’s Reader Development tarot spread. (I love Marianne’s thoughtful posts…and I love Sarah’s spread!)
Over in the Alternative Tarot Network we’ve been talking about songs that go with tarot cards, meditation, local meet-ups, how cool the Dreaming Way Tarot is (as well as about five million other decks), Death vs The Tower and lawd knows what else. It’s all tarot all the time in there guys, and it’s awesome.
Also, here’s that hot-tub.
Have a great weekend people!
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.