I do a Daily Tarot Draw on my phone as I wake up and prepare for my day.
I don't always have the time to devote to the usual process of grounding and centering myself like I do out of habit when I use my physical deck [especially when my mornings consist of shoveling food in my face and trying to dash out of the house without tripping over my cat!], so I utilize a little bit of urban witchcraft and two nifty apps: The Galaxy Tarot app and the Golden Thread Tarot app.
[If you don't have them already on your phone, go and download them- they're both free!]
Anyway, the results of these two apps' Daily Draws I use as my little message for the day. Sometimes it works as a forecast of events- for example, both times that I have gotten amazing, positive news, I've drawn the Page or King of Cups! Sometimes it's just a 'heads up about managing my expectations or tempers. Little things like that. These musings and lessons learned I've now been posting on my Instagram [@darklaketarot of course!]
Sometimes, and very rarely, I get a repeating card- and for a piece of technology it's easy to dismiss something like that as a glitch- but I record it just the same.
But today, I've received the same card not only as a repeat of yesterday's draw on the Galaxy App, but also on the Golden Thread app. Too odd to not pay even closer attention to than normal.
So let's talk about that!
So about 2 weeks ago the internet was all beside themselves in a tizzy because YET AGAIN another 'you've been reading the wrong Zodiac sign this whoole time!' article popped up- this time carrying the clout that this *new* revelation came straight from NASA themselves.
Well shit, if NASA said it then it must be true, right??
...well, yea, sure- if their business was actually dealing with ASTROLOGY. But no, that's not their wheelhouse, and they have flat-out said as such. So why did this particular iteration of the 'new Zodiac sign' have such teeth to it? Simply put, it's an understandable conflation of astrology and astronomy, utter carelessness on behalf of Cosmopolitan Magazine [big shock] and humanity's collectively short memory span- mixed with the occasional 'intelligent' person looking over their nose at those of choosing who choose to study astrology.
So let's break this down, shall we?
Every time a New Moon approaches I treat it as a mini-New Year. A new Lunar Month presents a new cycle of manifestation and release, a new chance to make changes in our own paths. This is also where I tend to utilize Tarot and Astrology the most in my daily life, especially if I'm running low on energies and can't do anything more ornate.
Every night before the New Moon, after reading other bloggers' takes on the astrological energies infused in the cosmic occasion, I lay out my cleansed tarot deck, and deal out my cards to match the spread I use. Those cards stay unflipped overnight, and then I turn them over the following morning to take notes. I leave those cards exposed until the Full Moon night, so it's like a little daily reminder of the lessons I have to learn.
Rinse-repeat for the Full Moon, until the next New Moon night. You get the gist *wink*.
Consider this the longer version of my 'About' page lol.
But really, I should've seen my witchiness coming.
When the yearly Scholastic Books order forms were passed out in my elementary school, the first book I bought with my own money was this beginner's guide to understanding horoscpoes. I carried that book EVERYWHERE to the point that the cover practically disintergrated, and used it to give readings to my classmates about whether or not their crushes would be favoured by the stars.
During my high-school years, I had bought a book that illustrated the pros and cons of the major world religions, worldviews, cults, etc. While it was definitely developed with a 'this is why Christianity is good!' slant [something that i'm surprised i didn't pick up until a few months ago] and definitely had its share of misinformation, all it did do was point out the obvious truth- I was many things, but Christian wasn't one of them!
Nonetheless, I maintained the charade for as long as I could stand it, out of respect for my family. I remain grateful that at the very least I was raised in a household that actively encouraged my thirst for knowledge- to be inquisitive and comfortable in questioning everything in front of me, and to stick to my convictions.
When I moved to Canada, my interests in tarot grew around the same time as my general interests in magic resurfaced- and since I was living in my own apartment and thus living my own life, I was free to dive into my interests without the creeping Shame and Fear I would've been dealing with while still living at home. My friends didn't mind my exploration or my bringing it up in conversations and delighted in dipping their own toes and getting readings, exploring their natal charts... it was blissful.
So clearly, this 'self-revelation' was less of a 'OMG!', more of a 'well what took you so long?'.
So now that I find myself back in familial circumstances, I'm growing more and more confident in admitting to my woo-like tendencies whenever prompted- I still do it within reason, as I am still balancing my beliefs with those of others around me- but yea. I'm letting my woo out. I wear my moon pendant that I've glamoured daily, I read my daily cards on my phone. I whisper wishes to the moon whenever I see Her. I know now, finally, who I am- and more importantly, who I am capable of being.
The whispers and assumptions of those who don't know me, or don't care to know me anymore... just do not matter.
I'm finally living that life that those self-help articles always talk about- living your True Life, without reservations. It's just as applicable for those whose cultural society forces to hide their woo, as it is for those who feel stuck in a dead-end job because society demands your misery, or hiding your true expression of your sexuality or gender because the world mandates that you fit in the roles they deem suitable for you.
Well, fuck that noise. I am a Woman, Wife and Witch.
Come at me, bro.
And if you have ever been like me- if you read your horoscopes daily, or note with appreciation a person wearing a crystal for more than just aesthetic, or holding to a generational superstition just like it's Gospel, or if you are just so tired of pretending to be 'normal' when every cell in your body is crying out to be different, spectacular and really, truly magical?
Then I invite you to let your woo out too.
It doesn't even have to be with you shouting it from the rooftops. It can be as simple as a journal, or an app on your phone. Wearing colors and scents that you feel bring you power and strength. Whatever brings out that truly powerful side of you. Gain your knowledge and your insight from whatever you are drawn to. Cultivate that thirst for knowledge and discernment. Don't be afraid of uncovering your own witchy side- you may find like, me, she's been waiting for you to come around!
However you do it, let it be done unabashedly. With full love and appreciation. Because there's no other way to live a truly magical life.
LINDSAY - Black Woman, Wife, Witch and Resident Blogger of DarkLake Tarot~
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