Habari gani everyone?
Did you miss Part 1? Part 2? Part Three? Part Four?
Yes I know this entry was late, but honestly when I sat down to write this last night my eyes felt like they were seconds away from exploding out of my skull. So this is a belated Day 5 of Kwanzaa post [and you'll be the getting the last two on time to compensate!]
So, yesterday's Principle was Nia ['Purpose'], where we are asked “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”
As I mentioned before, keeping in mind that Kwanzaa is a hella-Black festival, the emphasis in the last part of that phrase is critical. 'Restore OUR people to their traditional greatness.' No doubt it's pointing to the times before our ancestors were treated as chattel and goods. Before the centuries of colonialism, slavery, apartheid, etc. stripped us of everything that made us great as a people.
However I think that that is a struggle that is hard to articulate in a tarot spread- at least, not here. For Kwanzaa is about pushing forward and making the future better for those yet to come. And thus, that's the direction I went with the spread for Nia.
You'll see that time time around I went for something a bit simpler for the number of cards, but I wanted to concentrate on an aspect of Nia more- which is to bring good into the world. I think it's a great, universal goal that you can take with you, Kwanzaa or no Kwanzaa. This spread is also ripe to be played around with- to add more cards to see how you extrapolate the result from Position 1- after all the way you bring good into the world might have to be tailored and nuanced for different situations. Sometimes you can act with Gentleness, and other times you need to add Fury. But so long as it's always done out of Love, you're doing it right~
LINDSAY - Black Woman, Wife, Witch and Resident Blogger of DarkLake Tarot~
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