September: Love
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I've been thinking about what self-love means to me lately and what it can it look like in this hurt body, in this pained spirit, and tired mind.

I'm a Black queer mentally ill femme; self-love is a fraught ocean to navigate and half the time I feel like I'm drowning in my own trauma and doubt. With all of that, I still walk with privilege that so many others in my community don't get to have.

So what does it mean for us to actively take in love for ourselves in a world that has done everything it can to tell us we are undeserving of love? What does it mean to love yourself through trauma, dysphoria, heartbreak, right in the middle of falling apart for the third time today?
How can love meet where you are, right now?
We are beloved of the universe, but that doesn't mean it's going to make it easy on us. How are you loving yourself through Mercury Rx?

It can feel a lot harder to be mindful about not just self-love, but keep compassion for ourselves when we are caught in the whirlwind. To take the chaos and know that there is no shame in scavenging through it for scraps of clarity and nourishment. We know what it looks like to live on the scraps this world deigns to offer us, and time and time again we have shown that we can make a banquet of it.

We have made chosen family out of each other and made love to ourselves in abundance of our own making.


Use this spread to explore your heartspace and answer some of the questions raised at the beginning of this love note. I avoided questions for the positions instead giving you an overview of the intention behind each herb's position. I invite you either to leave the positions as is or craft your own question for your cards.
  1. Sunflower represents you at the moment of casting.
  2. Clove is often used for pain relief and in this position it holds space for your trauma.
  3. Fennel is a sacral and root space worker, as often seeds are, and gives you courage to work in your shadow.
  4. Mint comes after to cool the roiling tightness in your gut that often follows a deep facing of your shadow. It is a reminder to sit kindly with yourself after. Let it help the medicine go down.
  5. Jasmine works dream magic and reminds you to never forget the parts of you that hope.
  6. Cinnamon protects and heats up. It keeps your heart space safe enough for you to dream up what kind of love you want for yourself. Get excited.
  7. Rose seeks out the deep love and helps us keep our hearts open to ourselves. Don't take rose's energy lightly, though. It is potent thorn-magic as well and a reminder that an open heart doesn't have to be left vulnerable to attack.
This Two Waters Tea Spread was inspired by a gorgeous healing blend I was called to mix up this week after building an altar to love. More on the Two Waters Tea creation over here at the blog.


In Altar Building Ritual for Celebrating Self-Love I offer up a practice for building altars to our infinite heart spaces, inspired by the goddesses Yemaya and Oshun.

I'm getting serious about loving on myself better. At least once every week I'm taking time to give myself an after-work gift. My
Monday After-Work Promise is a healing  pledge to my body and spirit.
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Featured Creation from Asali Earthwork

The Sun, Meditative Tarot Tea
A tea blend handcrafted to celebrate the daily healing that is the sun’s promise to us. A bright and warm combination of nature's brightest herbs. Meditate on the renewal that every new sunrise brings. See truth clearly and with divine confidence.
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And if, by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

-Whitney Houston, Black femme magic ancestor
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