From the desk of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration comes STONEWALL@NARA. @lgbtqarchives is a repository for documents reflecting the history of American LGBTQ+ people from 1778 to now. Some of it is inspiring, much of it is harrowing, all of it tells a story.
Illustrator Michele Rosenthal (@dialmformichele) is using her artistic talent to honor prominent figures in the LGBTQ+ community. That little circle above showcases the Mother of Blues, Ma Rainey. She recorded over 100 albums in a mere five years. In one song, Prove it On Me, she made it clear she wasn’t ashamed of who she was: “Went out last night with a crowd of my friends / They must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men.” Considering it was recorded in 1928, it was a particularly bold statement.
Staying informed in this political climate is becoming increasingly important. Let this Tumblr be a gentle guide through those rough waters. It’s a living compendium of U.S.-centric LGBTQ+ news, media, and culture. Keep yourself abreast of the latest news without ever leaving your dashboard.
This legacy project uses storytelling to signal boost the voices of a community that needs it: Latino and Afro-Latino gay, queer, and trans men. It sheds light on individuals whose sexuality and ethnicity often means they are facing a disproportionate amount of scrutiny. These stories are uplifting, they’re normalizing, and they’re so needed.
Come next Leap Year, they’ll have to temporarily change their name to 366 Days of Lesbians. For now, enjoy this wonderful blog that presents you with a photo and biographical write-up of one self-identifying lesbian (or activist group, as pictured above) every dang day of the year.
this is a dry container spell i made during this weekend’s full moon to help with my productivity. however, i wanted to create something that would be useful for someone like me that needs calm, balance and peace in order to be productive. i also want to be productive particularly when it pertains to academic things and my job which is also research/academic based. i’ve found that i need a direction before i start my work or i will be a nervous wreck. this spell focuses not only on motivation, but the wisdom to discern between what i am just able to do and what i actually should do.
(note: this spell has two parts and i used a lot of things i had around, feel free to shorten it and augment it for what you can do and what you need.)
part i: candle dressing
what i used:
paprika - strength
five spice (cinnamon - attraction and luck; cloves - luck and prosperity; fennel - peace and blessings; black pepper - banishing negative energy; onion powder - banishing bad habits)
full moon water - manifestation and release
combine the ingredients with a little bit of moon water to make a paste
carve words or sigils into candle for productvity (i use tea lights that i pushed out of their containers)
smear small amount of dressing onto candle and set it aside
part ii: container spell
what i used:
chamomile - balance and intuition
white tea - clarity and realization
elderflower - wisdom
mustard seed - faith, courage, endurance, and success
chicory - countering negativity, intuition, time management
using corresponding crystals (i used yellow calcite for intellect, sodalite for intuition and idealism, and lapus lazuli for intuition and intellect as well) i charged the container.
then i layered the herbs (in no particular order) until the container is almost full
before closing the container, i wrote a petition on a scrap of paper with symbols for productivity, peace and intuition then placed it on top of the herbs
i then closed the container and recited verses from saraswati’s part of the devi mahatmyam (bless the spell with whatever you’d like)
finally, i lit the blessed candle and placed it on top of the container to seal it. i also poured wax from a blue (focus, willpower) candle over the container, careful not to put out the tea light.
I placed the spell into a small blue bowl filled half way with full moon water. i’m not totally sure why, i just got the urge to do it and i try to follow those urges in my craft. after the candle went out and the container was properly sealed, i placed it on my desk. i already notice a little difference! grad school, here i come!
these past two weeks, i have gotten more into the habit of incorporating magic into my daily life. it’s been great! and i just wanted to throw out a few tips. i think i will update this over time.
use bay leaves for simple spells/wishes - write a name, intention, desire on the leaf and burn it. this spell is really easy to incorporate because it is endlessly customizable and results are p quick!
turning your broom bristles up! - this is generally said to bring good fortune, but i used it recently to avoid an impending bad fortune and it worked beautifully!
cleansing + cleaning - i try (try, being the operative word here) to clean my room once a week. turning this into a ritual has made it more fun and more personal! put salt in the corners of room before you sweep. create magical washes with rose, lavender, orange blossom, and/or Florida water (use these to dust too!). light incense in rooms as you go.
use floral waters in hair and on the face as glamours or spells - i’ve been spraying rose water in my hair as the L in my LOC method and using a rose water based toner on my face for protection from street harassers. i also use unisex cologne with intention as a glamour for neutral gender expression.