Oh my word, it’s been a fun week.
I launched the Alternative Tarot Network eight days ago, and since then it’s just been this wonderful, wonderful stream of awesome tarot conversations tumbling over each other.
The reading chain (where someone asks a question, and the next person pulls a card for them, then asks a question, then the next person reads for them and then asks a question) is absolutely amazing.
I’ve loved hearing about the many, many different ways people do ‘daily cards’, those ‘super serious decks’ which are sometimes just *too much* to read with, meditating on cards to improve self-esteem, finding out what’s on everybody’s tarot deck wish-list, hearing about people’s go-to tarot decks and, gosh, loads and loads more.
Emily’s been loving it too…
The Alternative Tarot Network has forums for discussing individual cards, geeking out about decks, a reading exchange, a swap shop and loads more. The latest addition is a queer tarot forum for LGBTQ folks to talk about queering up their cards.
Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this initial launch!
Make sure you’re on my Bits & Bobs List! I’ll be re-opening the doors for a second time very soon and I’ll let everyone on the list know how and where to go to sign up.
Now I’m off to tiny campsite for a few days of campfires, wet grass and beans eaten straight from the billy-can in Eskdale, Cumbria (which basically looks like Winterfell in summer).
Here’s what’s been distracting me from my *higher purpose* this week:
Have you seen this video on the super-powers that arise from being a multipotentialite? (That’s a person who has many interests). It’s amazing! Everyone should watch it!
Theresa Reed on caring without carrying – a major issue for tarot readers.
I’m still not over Azerbaijan not winning at Eurovision. Have you seen this witchy, weird, lunatic-ballet performance, Hour of the Wolf? Seriously, that song is The Moon through and through.
Releasing my Fears. Mindy on how fear holds us back and how to move beyond those self-imposed boundaries.
Mecca Woods on why it’s important to go beyond your Sun Sign (that’s your star sign btw) if you’re at all interested in astrology.
At its core, astrology helps us to recognize the human being as a complete, multidimensional entity; to understand humanness in all of its complexity, contradiction, and beauty. When we allow room for complexity, we allow each other room to be who we are.
So, who are you?
And to help you with that, here’s the latest from Astro DIY: #10 Discovering your Rising Sign.
Related: Look what our amazing, wonderful in-house astrologer Tabby has been up to: Shift Hui 2015 is an annual gathering of young people of diverse genders and sexualities in Wellington, New Zealand, full of rad workshops and discussions. (So now you can see why Astro DIY was a little bit late!)
Need a reminder? Why is fat a feminist issue?
Trying is always worth it. Actually cried as I read this.
Current listening (as in right now):
Miyuki Baker’s queer Zine Philosophy column in Broken Pencil magazine is *brilliant*
Growing concern about a rise in LGBTQ young people’s homelessness following the Queen’s Speech. Proposed changes to the UK’s welfare benefits system put young people who can’t remain at home at risk:
Plans to ban 18 to 21 year-olds from claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Housing Benefit. JSA will be replaced with a Youth Allowance, time-limited to six months. Young adults will also no longer be automatically entitled to receive Housing Benefit, and will instead be expected to remain within the family home.
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.