The Tarot teaches in stories.

When we know what came before, we can access the tools and teachings from the past.

When we know what is coming, we can deepen our preparations.

But we have to be where we are.

2021 is the year of the Hierophant.

2+0+2+1=5, and the Hierophant is card 5 in the Major Arcana. Last year was the year of the Emperor. Next year will be the year of the Lovers.

Last year, the year of the Emperor, was a year of learning about power — what it is, and what it isn’t. The systems of the white supremacist state will have us believing power is about control and domination — that it is a commodity that must be amassed and hoarded, and then used violently against others to achieve the goal of amassing more and…


The Tarot speaks in stories. These stories can tell us about our future, and can point out lessons from the past. And most importantly, the Tarot can root us into the present — where we are, how we are, and who we are.

In the Tarot, there is the Major and the Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana is made of 4 suits, moving from ace to King of each suit, with each card representing a specific archetype as well as a specific part of the story of the suit itself. …


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The arrival of Covid-19 has fundamentally shifted our relationships.

Along with the loneliness and fear induced by both the virus and the political response to the pandemic, for those deemed non-essential workers, we’re on Zoom more than ever.

We’re using the Zoom video conferencing service for work, and we’re also on there for everything from yoga classes to happy hour to birthday parties.

Of course, there are other video conferencing services. …


patterns of extractive capitalism in our personal relationships, and what skin and mitochondria can teach us about interdependence and liberation

Mitochondria. image source: wir0man

If we are hoping to create systemic change, we must also create change at the individual level. All of us create culture: culture is alive, and we breathe new life into it every day with the cumulative force of our seemingly insignificant actions. Social change is cultural change. Cultural change is created in large organized movements, yes. Cultural change is also created in the many ways we tend and relate with one another every day.

How we tend to our relationships, whether intimate or professional, casual or committed, will have an effect on the system as a whole. Change is…


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According to social media and especially Instagram, getting embodied is the secret to living well, living longer, and having everything one could wish for, including better sex and more orgasms.

“Being embodied” is what everyone who has a better life than you has figured out, and, as with most trends, it heavily features and centers people who are thin, beautiful, and white. It has become a way to market programs and products, a buzzword used to promise the sort of consumer bliss that was previously (and continues to be) promised by words like wellness and health, and the yoga industry…


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Being embodied is more than just noticing how good a body can feel.

It is a way of being in active, reciprocal relationship. Reciprocal relationship with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us. A reciprocal relationship is one of mutual support and mutual change. We support and are supported. We change and are changed.

This means as we shift the way we are in the body and the way we move in our bodies, we are also responsible for shifting the ways we move in the world. …


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If love is a verb, and so is control, and so is coerce, and pressure, and so is guilt, and neglect, and deny is also a verb, and so is ignore, and manipulate, as well as threaten, and love has been taught to us as a verb often including all these other verbs, then what does it mean to love as a practice, to live with love as a central tenet of our way of being in the world?

The culture of white supremacy is a culture of domination and control, a culture of competition and coercion. The culture of…

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The body has the answers your mind is searching for. The Tarot is a tool to find them. Learn how: www.abigailroseclarke.com/luminous

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