Spring Equinox Tarot – Regeneration

 

cherry blossomsSpring is on the horizons. Many of us have been asking, why is it taking so long for winter to make its way out!? Climate change is definitely happening, there is no doubt about that. Yet, if we are to accept that we are interwoven with the Earth, then we too are very much aligned to her cycles. Raising our consciousness to her rhythms will allow us to configure our spiritual and physical lives to her transformations.

Winter is a time where we descend into the darkness. We are required to take rest, reflection and look at the darker aspects of ourselves. We have spent time in recognizing what it is that we needed to let go, to feel more lighter, more aligned, more free. For some of us, it has been relationships, work environments as well as thought and emotional patterns.

Winter is still around, and its mid-March. What is still left to be given permission to dissipate, transmute and regenerate when Spring arrives?

A couple of weeks ago, I offered a reading to a long-time friend. We shared what exciting shifts were happening in our lives; moving on projects and connecting with people who align with our paths and purpose. However, we also shared our difficulties in accepting joy into our lives and trusting that we can take a chill pill on life, and have things organically unfold.

I realized intuitively both during and after the reading that the cards pulled were themes that need to be tended to for the Spring.

Spring is the epitome of rebirth.  The trees that shed their leaves and held vibrational information are now gearing up for budding new potential. Every living being is currently in the process of regeneration, and we as a species are too.

For a lot of us who understand that we are intimately connected to the Earth and the Cosmos; probably more so than we can even begin to imagine, we too are feeling the need to finally let go of the old self that we have been in the process of shedding for quite some time. There are so many zodiacal, cosmic events that are occurring in various cultural stories of our Cosmic existence. For example, the Chinese Zodiac states that we are in the year of the Red Rooster. Like our ancestors and for still others living in rural spaces, the Rooster wakes people from their slumber.With the recent election of Trump, people across North America as well as Europe are definitely awakening not only in awareness but also to action. Projects seem more urgent , connections towards love more necessary, and a deep need to spread love, light and understanding.

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The Present Situation in Which We Find Ourselves

IMG_5834Card 1 – Mother – Fire- Regeneration

There is a Fire burning in our bellies and in our hearts. We are getting so many prompts and signals on what we are supposed to be doing with our precious time. We are being called to ask ourselves, without the fear of what others will think or say about us, what is it that we truly desire? What environment, what actions, what thoughts and emotions will lead us into experiencing more authentic relationships and connection in our lives? When we regenerate, we cannot leave any aspect of ourselves behind! Take some time to think on the main areas of your life: spirituality, career/finances, relationships, mental and physical health.

With asking ourselves these basic, yet critical questions, we will be forced to put in some work! But work does not need to feel like a chore. In fact, it is a radical act to reconceptualize our relationship with work, and define our work as life purpose. We may realize how far off we are from living our ideal lives, but the last thing to do is feel defeated. Allow those negative emotions to be the impetus for guiding you towards what will cultivate your capacity to feel better! Know that your personal regeneration is intimately tied to the environments and people that surround you. When you allow yourself to blossom, you too give the permission for others to do so too.

Emotions Guide our Change

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Card 2 – Ace – Ecsta-Sea

This card is all about letting your emotional world guide you! With the birthing of new life, comes a basket of excitement, joy and celebration. The seas, the waters are connected to our emotional lives. In asking ourselves the question of what we need to feel regenerated and fully able to meet the world with both strength, security and openness, we discover how to expand our feelings of positivity. To be more direct, we focus more on our faith than on our fears. Focusing on faith that we are constantly, every day, in every moment, taking a step towards living the lives with deep meaning. Trusting with faith, that we are going to attract the relationships, the finances, and the experiences that will align to our natural Being.

With all that is happening in the world, it can feel like we are submerged under a deep ocean of constant suffering. As long as humans see themselves as separate from each other, compare our experiences and force notions of superiority/inferiority, suffering will always exist. However, there will always be others who will cultivate expanded compassion, awareness, and joy so that we can live more fully. We need more of this! We need more individuals choosing to live life joyously, for joy and passion is what opens the pathways to envisioning and implementing projects, environments and social interactions that can reverse stigma, bigotry and down right hate.

This card, is a nudge from the Earth that it is a revolutionary act to choose and select emotions that will make us feel more whole, more loved and more connected. For when we nourish love, wholeness and connection for ourselves, a ripple effect occurs where others have the chance to feel their way out of suffering, pain and disconnection.

Re-opening our Hearts, Letting go of the Walls

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Card 3 – Fire – 6 – Forgiveness

Oh how our hearts can be so easily hurt and close shut from allowing change and love to enter. These past few years have been tough for some of us. We have either directly or indirectly experienced loved ones being incarcerated, deported, hospitalized and coming into direct conflict with oppressive systems and institutions that have encouraged further isolation. For some of us, we have come to see how we have hurt people in our lives, how we may have taken them for granted, or didn’t show the amount of appreciation we had for them. For some of us, we felt like a loved one didn’t honour our presence in their lives. Perhaps we realized how far we stepped away from our own needs, our own desires, and our own dreams after supporting others in aligning to their paths. All of the build up that has traced over our arteries has become suffocating. The tools we used to protect ourselves from harm are no longer needed. In fact, it is through keeping our hearts soft that we can allow for the tough periods in our lives to roll through and take the time to get the lessons.

The more that we focus on the reasons that we can experience more joy, no matter our circumstances, the more that we come to realize that at the end of the day, we are all trying our best, even when our best was really fucking shitty. When we give ourselves the space to forgive our own trespasses, without the need of a god or someone else to grant us forgiveness, we free and soften our hearts. When we forgive others for their wrong doing against us, we free and soften our hearts.

What do you need to forgive yourself for, and finally let go? Who do you need to forgive in order to soften your heart?

Spring is calling us to let go of the load that we have been dragging, to allow us to feel lighter. Feel the freshness of Spring breeze into your life. Allow it to softly answer your questions and give you the strength and courage to release and regenerate into the you are Becoming.

Love and Light,
Sharrae

Interested in receiving a personal reading for the Spring? Fly me an email at sharraelyon@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Black History to Black Futurism: Trajecting our Liberation

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Originally Published on ForHarriet which can be viewed here:

Black History Month has become a month that is used to share history and knowledge of past leaders, intellectuals, artists and shapers of black life in the Diaspora and the continent. It is a year where we, as a diverse people, collectively celebrate the advancements we have made and track the key moments that have led us to where we are in the present times.

This month is vital to the our continual collective memory, which contributes to never forgetting the brutality and horrors we faced in various locations across the world and how we defiantly and creatively resist the powers who try to succumb us to the belief that there are no possibilities of freedom and liberation. Of course, it is important that we do not fall into essentialized definitions of “black” and “African.” For the purposes of this article, I am speaking of people of Afro-descent living in North America (particularly Canadian), as our condition, which is also complicated and complex, is also very much different of Afro/Black experiences in other regions of the world.

Recently, I attended the opening ceremony of Black History Month in Montreal, where awards were presented to Black Montrealers who have done much service to the Black Montreal Community. The laureates are brilliant individuals who are by far contributors to current alleviations of black struggle. However, the ceremony opened with three white politicians, namely Mayor Denis Codere who is known for his implicit role in the overthrow of democratically elected Haitian-president Jean-Bertrand Aristride in 2004.

White supremacy has infiltrated our own celebrations and commemorations of our peoples. Programming for Black History Month across Canada are being funded and sponsored by organizations and governments who are engaging in development or political ventures that are complicit in the continual suppression not only of our people in other countries, but are creating policy that is patronizing our youth and streamlining them into prison systems. Furthermore, theirmoney also distorts the control we have to truly shape our collective and individual narratives. For example, why is it that Afro-Canadian history largely untold? Authors such as David Austin and his book “Fear of a Black Nation” illustrates that Montreal had become a hub for black radical thinking and organizing during the 60s and 70s. AfricVille , and other communities such as Amber Valley in Alberta, are topics that are unknown by white, people of colour and black communities. The misdirection of focusing on African-American experience appears not to be a happenstance, but quite strategically shaped to influence our ideas on the need for continual resistance. Black leaders have been frozen in the glass case called “history” and their significance to our current conditions are forgotten.

A question arises, how much control do we have of BHM? The answer may frighteningly also lead us to posing the question – How much control do we then have over our future?

AfroFuturism and Black Sci-Fi, I believe, is the future of our self-actualization. In actuality, it always has. Every black visionary in all aspects of culture, politics and lifestyle were afro-futurists, science fiction visionaries who had the capacity to understand the current condition of black peoples, but were also able to see alternative possibilities.

Recently, there has been much debate on how the film industry depicts black people through one-dimensional slave narratives, that are doused in extreme violence and trauma. Black people cannot just be people. We have to be welfare queens, suffer extreme amounts of abuse, are enslaved, and/or depicted as criminals. Unlike our white counterparts, we aren’t able to just be, to enjoy portrayals of depth and complexity, with the capacity to experience various emotions and experiences. Our stories are flat and are often usedto ease the guilt of a white history and of white society for their inhuman and barbaric treatment of our peoples.

I believe that committing ourselves to sci-fi and futurism can allow us to break out of the narratives and conditions of living that have been constructed for us. We as black peoples, did not construct the ghettos, we did not construct the prisons, we did not create guns and drugs, we do not dictate the ignoring of those murdered for their genders and sexuality , we do not create the gate keepers of industry and professions. Instead we were placed in the midst of these creations. With this realization we can then conceive that we can change our circumstance. In fact, all the civil rights leaders, artists/musicians, politicians, and other visionaries, were able to envision new and alternative futures. They understood that it did not make sense for them tocontinue living a story that they were not the writers, but simply the subjects. They were able to recognize the components that made the current situation unbearable and then were able to envision new possibilities, that during their time, was inconceivable, impossible. But they committed themselves to their vision and believed with unwavering hope that they were be right.

The power of visualization. It is a tool that many spiritual and now self-help literature discusses in terms of being able to achieve a specific goal. With visualization, you are pushing your imagination into a future, and ultimately shifting your mental paradigm and thus impacting your actions towards filling that goal. That is science fiction. Black people, science fiction/future provides an answer. The people who took steps before us opened corridors that will allow us tocontinue to move forward into an afro-future of greatness, and limitless possibilities. They mobilized themselves by the hundreds of millions making it virtually impossible for countries tocontinue the methods of torture in an international stage. They were us, and we are them. We are the future, right here, right now.

For me, science fiction/futurism is synonymous with envisioning possibility. In the work that I do, I commit myself to doing work that imagines newness, and in effect changes my mind into action towards making these thoughts a reality.

This is essentially the goal of Afrofuturists. We pull from our past, of ancient Golden Ages and catapult ourselves into the future. We have always been a part of pushing the frontiers of technology, science and cultural advancements.

In Ytasha  L. Womack’s book “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture,” an extensive look at how Afrofuturist thought has changed and continues to metamorph through processes of transition and transformation. Providing a thorough introduction to Afrofuturist thought, Womack touches on the ideas around art, science and technology that Afrofuturists (self-identified and not) have brought forth, each committing themselves to African peoples and unifying and finding alternatives to achieve peace and harmony.

Afrofuturism allows those of us from African descent and of the Diaspora to truly break away from the mental shackles of our existence and what we see as possible for

ourselves. If we are able to tap in that energy source, and that dark matter in which all things stem, there is no stopping us from landing on whatever planetary plain or astral projections we imagine in our minds.

For many of us, our imagination is all that we have. Afrofuturism provides a context where we as peoples of African descent and our children can visualize our future selves, and work towards taking those steps of actualizing ourselves into the earthbound reality.

POETRY: Duality as Trinity

Duality.

Balance.

What if I could tell you, you could be everywhere but no where, all at the same time.

What if I told you, you are made of 2 and that equals 3.

You are the moon and the sun.

Energy.

Synergy.

What would you do, if I told you–

You are 2 and that equals 3.

Would you believe me…

Would you believe me…

Would you believe me…

 

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POETRY: A Time Traveller’s Prayer

You have travelled to many dimensions.

To the lower worlds and the higher worlds, you went drifting.

You did not know how to float up and select.

I pray you find your way,

To choose the higher worlds of love and compassion,

Of belief in self and belief in others.

Feel the freshness of your Highest Self.

Use all that you have learned/will learn and experience into your creativity.

May your creativity guide others and may it grow.

May you find your way, to your loving greatness.

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POETRY: Touch My Soul Brother

My body was made so that I could touch you,

Feel you.

But my soul wants to get to know you.

My body surges with electricity,

Your light, yet firm grasps shock me,

From spine to groin.

Yet still, my soul would rather get to know you.

Your sex envelops me,

Sends and snaps my soul to body,

Gratefully trapped in its cage of flesh.

Yet, still my soul would rather get to know you.

Your scent consumes me,

Your eyes pierce through me,

Yes, now your soul is speaking to me.

We are not just flesh and bones,

We are spirits who lived multiple lives,

And here, right now the Universe has brought us together.

Breathe,

Heat.

We are in heat,

Birthed through sensual friction,

We are here together anew.

Our bodies were chosen for this.

But our souls have a much greater purpose.

Touch my soul brother,

Tongue licks clit

Touch my soul brother,

Clit throbs

Touch my soul brother

Wetness drips

Touch my soul brother,

Deep moans

Touch my soul brother

Clit swells

Touch my soul brother

Oh. My soul wants to get to know you.

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POETRY: Love Me, Earth Me

Kiss me as the sun kiss my skin.

Love me like the ocean that warmly takes me in.

Your eyers, green-brown balls of earth soil.

Together the Moon and the Sun created your glow.

Drum beats control the rhythm of your heart.

Your breath on my neck,

Tickles like a cool breeze on a humid day.

Like evening moon glow.

POETRY: Soul/Body Reconnection

Masks off.

Tired of the iron-casted mould that pinches my skin, my soul.

Aren’t you tired of hiding?

Hiding behind the masks of fake smiles, fake laughter?

High pitch squeals of falsified contentment?

Who truly cares for the wellness of your heart?

You don’t know,

Because you’re unable to tell, because you are playing the game of falsified kindness and alluding vulnerability.

I know you’re tired.

I know you just want to be you.

But perhaps you are scared. It’s been awhile since you could look at yourself in the mirror and recognize your soul.

You forgot what her voice sounds like.

You forgot the way she walks,

You forgot the way she truly laughed, a full-light cackle.

You forgot the fullness of her capacity to love.

You thought she was lost, so you stopped looking for her.

But in truth, she never left you.

Yes, indeed she flew away,

She was beginning to feel too much of the burden of being singed by sick flesh.

Wounded by lovers who didn’t know how to love.

Wounded by words that spoke ill to her core.

So she decided to fly, go on a journey to somewhere far from here, because your flesh ruled stronger than her heart.

She needed a break form you,

So she left you in your shell.

You were then shell deep,

Deeply shelled.

Walking and talking through mindless motion.

She was just waiting for you to tire down.

To give up your reign.

And when you were dropped flat, shattered, and broken to shards- eyes, lips, torso, limbs,

Detached, no longer working together.

She returned and picked up the pieces and mended your broken bones. Renewed.

She re0entered the house of your mortal body

And she began to sing God’s breath back into the crevices of your home.

She held you without judgements, and took your apologies for running her out.

“My dear friend. My trip, I took for the both of us. I’m sorry I made you feel abandoned. I needed to bring with me the pure light of God, of life, of love, to recharge for the both of us.

And so they hugged each other,

And the heart and flesh removed the many masks of isolation,

As they shined radiantly through,

Sharing power and holding each other in strength.

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POETRY: Revolting Against Spiritual Genocide

We are living through a spiritual genocide.

We are at war with ourselves.

At war with each other.

To fight to remain mindful and present, is perverted.

We have been stripped from our birth right.

The human leaders have diverted our attentions to the debasement of our women and our children, our men, our fluid and time-bending selves.

We have been stripped from the capacity to self-define.

To trust our own voice.

To trust that in our alignment,

We will move towards our purpose.

To do despite all of this, that is revolution.

 

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