Weekend reading + the wisdom of Patti Smith

On Monday, Em surprised me with tickets to see Patti Smith.

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.

Remember Trung Nguyen, who shared his wonderful intersectional tarot project a few months back? He’s only gathered all of the trump cards together on one page for your viewing pleasure!

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© Trung Nguyen, via trungles.com 

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!

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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.

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Have a great weekend people!

Beth xx


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  1. Elisabeth says:

    Wow, that’s so amazing you’re going to see/have seen (idk, I’m late, ok) Patti Smith! I liked what she had to say, but I think what a lot of people miss when they are interviewed later as wildly successful people is that you need other people–to help get you there–as mentors–to get your foot in the door–to get people to pay attention to your work, etc. Great round up as always!

    • Bobby says:

      Elisabeth, you got it… I have been reading a book about creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and he says that the there are three things needed for true creativity to happen:

      A field of practise, ie Art or Science etc.
      A person with a unique idea within that field
      A qualified person within that field to recognise this person and their idea.

      The latter is the BIG one!!

      This is why I love blogs like Little Red Tarot, we have such a huge opportunity with Web 2.0 to change the world and break down some of the meta-narratives of old. We can promote people we feel are awesome, people can get famous through Instagram, the people get more chance to speak from their lowly burrows!!!

  2. chloetarot says:

    Wow, that hot tub looks swell! And Patti Smith! What a week 🙂 Thanks for the link, too 😉

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