And I know for sure Im forgetting alot others. (If I didn’t tag/mention you please don’t take it personally, This was off the top of my head (and scrolling though notifications and likes) 😅) You can also go through the tags #pocwitch and #afrowitch to find plenty others!
“There were no religious images in the churches or synagogues of our childhood that celebrated the birthing powers of women. According to religion’s myths, the world was brought into being by a male God, and woman was created from man. This reversal of biological process went unchallenged. Most of us didn’t even notice the absence of the mother. Although we may not have been consciously aware of her absence in bible stories and sermons, her absence was absorbed into our being. And its painful influence was intensified as we observed the design of our parents’ relationship and the treatment of our mothers by our fathers and brothers. Our families mirrored the hierarchical reality of the heavens. In a society that worships a male God, the father’s life is more valuable than the mother’s. The activities of a man’s life are more vital and necessary than the mother’s intimate connections with the origins of life. The father is God.”
― Patricia Lynn Reilly
So I wanted to share my latest morning ritual because it has helped A LOT. I have very painful cycles where I cramp the ENTIRE cycle and my cycle lasts 7-8 days. Yup, 7-8. Anyways, my pain is so bad that I’ve gone to the hospital several times, and I would stay home from school (as a teen) or classes (in college) because I just couldn’t function. As an adult, it’s a little bit trickier to miss work, so I’ve been tinkering with remedies and of course, raspberry tea has saved my life in the pain department.
Anyways, I started back with drinking green smoothies for breakfast in place of having coffee and a breakfast sandwich, and I’ve really seen a difference. The biggest change for pain relief though, has come from me substituting brewed raspberry tea in place of my spring water when I make my smoothies. Raspberries and cherries really help alleviate cramps, at least mine, anyways, so I thought, why not combine my tea with my smoothie?
Here’s the recipe:
Add a handful of spinach + brewed, cooled raspberry tea.
I use the Alvita raspberry leaf tea brand. Their teas are all organic and taste good.
Blend that together first. Blending the greens first helps to make your green smoothies actually smooth so you’re not finding chunks of spinach or kale, etc. when you’re drinking.
Next, add any supplement–I switch between organic flax seed powder and organic hemp powder (hemp helps with your cycle too, btw). Sometimes I throw chia seeds in at the end. For this particular recipe, I used flax.
Then add your fruit and sweetener. I started using agave nectar this week and it tastes good. Not overpowering, but sweet. And it doesn’t give me that sugar high/crash like white sugar tends to do. I actually tried agave nectar before and thought it was disgusting so I think it’s the particular brand I’m using now that I like (Madhava organic light blue agave).
The fruit I used was all frozen: cherries, dark cherries, blueberries, and strawberries.
Note: the raspberry tea tends to make the mixture more of a “juice” consistency, so add ice if you want it to actually be a smoothie. I added like 5-6 ice cubes.
Trust me when I say this helps. My pain level has been between a 3-5 this week. Typically, I’m at an 8 or 9. And again, I typically feel that intense type of pain for the entire 7-8 days I have my cycle, so having any type of relief is so astonishingly awesome! The pain isn’t completely gone, but it’s significantly less and for that, I’m thankful.
I got my Dust II Onyx (DIIO) deck last week and
OH. MY. GOD. I’ve been waiting for a long time for a tarot deck to be “the right one,” and this has blown my mind and exceeded every expectation I had. The edges are gilded in gold! There’s spot gloss and texture to the cards, so they feel like the actual paintings are in your hands! The guidebook is actually hardback and all the pictures are full-color. The guidebook goes deeper than giving basic meanings. It tells a story, gives history, references famous black people, and incorporates both astrology and numerology into the meanings. And the symbolism of the cards is explained in full detail.
It’s SO beautiful and decadent and lush. And powerful!
When I first got the deck, I just sat with the cards for a hour and saw so many things in the imagery. I’m so excited to finally have a deck that resonates with me and motivates me to delve deeper.
To break the deck in, I did my first ever “New Year” / “Year Ahead” spread (the last picture is the spread layout) from @lakshmi_rose_ on instagram. I used this deck, the Native Spirit Oracle deck, and the Wisdom Keepers Oracle deck. It’s interesting because the majority of the cards I pulled from the DIIO deck were either majors or court cards and they were all spot on. Everything I pulled was either loving or a motivational kick-in-the-ass, and I’m excited about the upcoming year.
My theme card of the year is Mama Coin (Queen of Pentacles). For me, Mama Coin is about self-care, nourishment, healing, creativity,and making the space and time to center and tend to myself. When my cup is full, I can best help others without feeling resentment or depletion (especially in my career).
This deck feels sacred and healing, and I’m so glad to have one!
If you haven’t already gotten one of these decks, PLEASE do yourself a favor and pre-order the 2nd edition when it comes out. It is so worth it!
Ya’ll!! There’s a new deck in the works called Kaleidadope Tarot (by Krystal Banner) that just began its Kickstarter.
The images are dope, the creator is a black woman, and it’s super colorful and modern. It seems like it would be a great deck for beginners (myself included).
I like the fact that the major arcana cards are left nameless but you can still figure out what cards they are because of the evocative imagery, especially if you’re like me and don’t have the roman numerals memorized. The minor arcana cards have cute banners.
I especially like how clean and bold the art style is:
It looks like the deck is finished and the artist, is in the process of writing the guidebook now.
She goes through the process behind creating the cards and goes in depth with the meanings of some cards on her Instagram. Her writing style is funny and easy to understand.
So I just backed this dope black tarot deck on Kickstarter called The Afro Goddess Tarot Arcanas. The creator, Andrea Furtick, has a really cool style and the cards strike a really good balance between the traditional tarot imagery and something fresh, modern, and sooooo black!!!
I’m so excited because I remember even two years ago, I was interested in tarot but I couldn’t find a deck that I saw myself in. Dust II Onyx happened, which was fucking major, and now this deck is in the works, and it looks so good!
Andrea has finished the major arcana and the sword suit, and is currently working on the remainder of the deck. There will be an extra major arcana card she’s adding called The Supreme (!!!), and the deck is gonna be bigger than the traditional tarot card size (she calls it a jumbo deck), which I think will be cool for display and meditation.
Side Note: The pics I posted are of the giant paintings she did for the cards, so I don’t think that is the final format. Look at the first picture for an idea of how the cards will look. I also believe she said that the card edges will be rounded.
The Kickstarter closed this week, but she’s extending pre-orders on her website through Oct. 2nd if you want to be apart of getting the first edition.
Her Instagram (@art.goddess.drea) has all of the info and links, as well as closeups and videos of the cards, as well as breakdowns of the meanings.
So I downloaded WEBTOON the other day to read a story that kept advertising on my IG timeline (“Lore Olympus” / I gave in bc the art style is cool and I’m a sucker for mythology), and I discovered that the app is pretty dope. Fast-forward a few hours later, and I have a pretty good line-up of great art to look at/read.
Of course, I’d love to read a comic with a black woman as a main character, so if anyone has any suggestions for stories either posted on WEBTOON or another forum, feel free to lemme know.
In the meantime, here are some fun comics I found on WEBTOON:
-“My Dear Cold-Blooded King”
(A1 art and the plot and character-development is fantastic! There is also original music that goes with the chapters that makes it feel like you’re watching an anime.)
-“Adventures of God”
(irreverent, but hilarious)
(beautiful art style + Greek myths!)
(black woman main character/matrix-esque, alternate reality gaming story)
(black woman main character/ coming of age story with a twist)
(super cute + about food!)
-“A Good Day to be a Dog”
(the main character is awkward and cursed, so i was curious enough to read past chapter 1)