I lost the 10 of wands card out of one of my favorite tarot decks. Ten of wands is about carrying a heavy spiritual burden, not just for yourself but for your descendants and your ancestors. In other words, if you are strong enough to carry that burden, errybody gets blessed, backwards and forwards through time, even unto the 7th generation. But like I said, I lost the card. My understanding of the point of my struggle was missing. As a result I was out here acting for me and mine, but not us and ours. My ancestors weren't feeling that shit AT ALL.
So you know how they say you have to be the change you want to see in the world..? And remember how I said I was looking for a black owned printing company to manufacture the Melanated Classic Tarot…? Well I did my homework and it turns out that we can buy our own printer and print our own cards for around the same price it would cost to pay someone else to do it. I didn't expect to go into publishing but I ain't surprised. I choose to answer this call the same way I have embraced the rest of my journey- fully, at all costs, with everything I have.
One of the things I have in abundance are clarity charms, aka Litties for short. They are wonderful metaphysical tools for clarifying your readings. You pour them in your hands, shake them up, and pick one or more at random to get more understanding about your inquiry. For instance, a clock with gears to clarify the Ace of Pentacles means there's an opportunity coming, but you have to move toward it. A feather engraved with a rose to clarify the two of cups means the connection is sweet but some serious logistical conversations need to be had for real growth. You get the gist, yeah? And you don't have to use them with tarot cards either, because litties are...well, lit.
I'm gifting the charms to raise funds for printing equipment, in order to produce decks of the highest standard. If you desire to build this legacy with us (from the feet up!), send $7 for shipping + your donation (no amount is too small- all seeds grow ❤) to cash app $Oubria or PayPal (email@example.com). Leave your shipping address in the notes and your 11 Litties + answer key are on the way.
I appreciate your donation, and declare that everything you give us will be given to you, "A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Amen.
We are the change we've been waiting for. ❤
Melanated Classic Tarot (on hiatus)
Greetings! The Melanated Classic Tarot Deck is currently on-hiatus. Thank you so much for your patience. We are confident the deck will be back and better than over.
Good things take time.
The Rider Waite Smithtarot deck, originally published in 1910, was illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith. Although she is quoted as saying the project was "a very big job for very little cash," in the hundred-plus years since the deck was published, it has become the gold standard for tarot readers all over the world. It is by far the most popular tarot deck ever created, and is considered the most basic and important unit of tarot reading to build upon.
Although the deck was meant to showcase universal archetypes to spark the subconscious mind of every man and woman regardless of race -- and although Colman-Smith was a bi-racial woman of color who spent her early life living in Jamaica, she was paid to draw scenes depicting only whites...
This month is gonna start off feeling kind of fucked up, ain't no way to sugar coat that, it just is what it is. For better or worse, we've asserted our own authority in our lives but unlike Queen B and the rest of Destiny's children, our independence doesn't come with a chorus of diamond rings.
A good friend told me freedom ain't free. This month we've got to pay the cost to be the boss...but even though the price is high, having a pocket full of freedom is 9 out of 10 times better than a wallet stuffed from a most successful sale of our soul, no? Though we plod ever onward, head bowed with struggle, we will be pleasantly surprised to end up exactly where we wanted to be. Pleasantly surprised is actually an understatement...we shall be overjoyed! Amazed! Relieved! Blissed! Ecstatic!
Well that sentence took a dramatic turn, which is exactly how we might describe this month. This will be the month where everything changes, and a switcheroo of this caliber will definitely herald (drum roll please) DRAMA. The good kind, though. The kind that brings happy tears and becomes our favorite story to tell.
And now we have to talk about the other side of the coin. Remember when I said our hardship would be a result of asserting our own authority…? Remember when I said we had to pay the cost to be the boss…? Well the subtext of that text is that our actions have dethroned someone who perhaps felt the cost to remain the boss was too damn high. Bottom line, the crown we place upon our head, we took from another. The question becomes, did we steal the crown...or did we steal it BACK? Because royalty is always royalty whether they live in the castle or not.
Plus we couldn't have paid to sit in the driver's seat if the bus wasn't for sale. The title is now rightfully ours. We earned it. We deserve it. Going forward, the only thing we won't be able to buy is confidence, because it will cost us everything to realize how priceless we truly are. But no matter how many people tell us we belong on the throne, the seat won't feel right until are self-assured of our own power.
This month, regardless of how worthless we used to feel, we better own that shit.
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It's easy to use tarot cards to make one person wrong and another person right, but "easy" doesn't inspire growth through uncomfortable relationship challenges. People's Court Tarot is a spiritual space to air your actual grievances, but only with the understanding that there are TWO sides to every story. Come join me as I pull tarot cards to intuit the case you have against someone, their defense, and the case they might also have against you. After you listen to both sides, stick around for a fair verdict that provides clarity and resolution for everyone involved.