Did you miss Part 1? Part 2? Or Part 3?
We're almost at the end of 2017 [holy shit] but only at the halfway point of Kwanzaa! Today's Principle is Ujamaa ['Cooperative Economics'], where we are asked "To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.” This particular Principle might be amongst the most important for us as members of the African Diaspora to consider- especially in today's sociopolitical climate.
But let's deal with the spread first!
Habari Gani everyone!
Did you miss Part 1? Or Part 2?
It's the 3rd Day of Kwanzaa, so our principle today is Ujima ['Collective Work and Responsibility']. Essentially we are asked “To build and maintain our community together, and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.”
I'm only able to offer you today's spread however. I had a long day where I went from work to rehearsal immediately afterward... and also had an week-long injury/muscle sprain flare up to the point where certain movements just suck. So I'm going to go to bed now and hopefully some rest and a heat pack will help!
The only thing I'll point out with this spread is that the point is to see how everything is connected- our trials, tribulations, achievements and victories. That philosophy is what Ujima is about. So while the obvious connections are there between cards 1-2 and 3-4, consider all 4 positions in the spread as just one facet of the same picture.
I'll see you all tomorrow~
[read pt 1 here!]
It's the second day of Kwanzaa, so our new word for today is Kujichagulia ['Self-Determination']. It encourages us to name and define ourselves, and to create and speak for ourselves. I feel like this particular principle is the easiest one for me to grasp, so I wasn't too surprised to see that coming up with the corresponding spread was relatively quick as well.
Happy Holidays everyone! I trust that you all had a wonderful time celebrating whatever holiday you hold dear with your loved ones.
Today is Boxing Day and thus, the first day of Kwanzaa! As part of my personal journey into exploring my own African heritage, I found it important over the last few years to start studying Kwanzaa for myself. created in 1966 by Dr Maulana Karenga, it's more of a cultural festival as opposed to a religious or spiritual one- so literally the only prerequisite to celebrating is having some of that sweet Melanin in your blood~ but everyone should learn about Kwanzaa anyway, so that's what these posts will be about!
The Mahou Shoujo Oracle Deck has been a project I've mulled around in my head for a very long time- and I'm SO glad that I finally got off my butt to start it!
Combining my studies in Tarot and the Divine Feminine alongside my profound appreciation for the Magical Girl anime that have shaped both my life and my practice, I debuted the first five illustrations for this deck last Saturday at The Summer Festival- a 1-day anime convention held at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus in British Columbia, Canada. I was even able to get some prototypes of the cards printed out as well to use in the pay-by-donation readings I offered at my booth, where they were received very well! If you're reading this and you were one of the many who stopped by for a reading- THANK YOU from all of my heart!
It was an excellent way to not only get the word out about the Mahou Shoujo deck, but to also gain invaluable practice with a deck that I designed and had yet to workshop with the public [so again, thank you to all my willing guinea pigs!].
The next step in this project- now that I have a workflow established- is to continue to add more Magical Girls to the roster. The important thing to me is to ensure that I explore all aspects of the Divine Feminine through this project- the Light and the Shadow, the standard and the subversive... all sides have something important to share in the archetypes they embody. That's why you'll find a quintessential Magical Girl character like Usagi from Sailor Moon, alongside the sex-obsessed angel Panty from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt- femininity is complex and I adore every aspect of it!
Along with Sailor Moon and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, I have Revolutionary Girl Utena, Cardcaptor Sakura and Puella Magi Madoka Magica represented in the mix, but I'm looking forward to rediscovering the Magical Girls of my youth, and even learning about those I never checked out before!
So if you have suggestions for any Magical Girl series you'd like to see represented in the Oracle deck, be sure to let me know in the comments who you'd like to see!
LINDSAY - Black Woman, Wife, Witch and Resident Blogger of DarkLake Tarot~
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