World events, abroad and at home, have taken a frightening turn, this summer particularly. I've wanted to both reject the pain outside my immediate home, and have wanted to advocate for change or show my support for others.
What's out there is always close to home
It is disingenuous to claim that the pain of shootings, police brutality, classism, and racism do not penetrate my home. Even if I didn't care about intersectional feminism, I would still have the right to feel sensitive and concerned for our fellow humans.
The reverb is real within my private sphere. Friends, fellow psychic professionals, my husband's academic mentors, cohort, and friends, family members, my coworkers, and clients all experience this pain, too. Far more directly than I could imagine.
They are members of the LGBTQIA community or people of color or they work in law enforcement or come from Turkey or they are immigrants or their parents are.
Since June, there have been the Pulse shooting, the failure of immigration reform in my country, the airport bombing in Turkey, historically grave attacks on Baghdad, police brutality caught on tape in the U.S. -- resulting in the death of two black men and brain damage of a white teenager, and the sniper shootings of Dallas cops.
What can we do?
Let's be more vocal. Let's become more active.
According to Girlboss Woo, in "An Open Letter to White Business Owners," our engagement with Black Lives Matter disappears after the first 48 hours.
Here is how she suggests we not drop out of the conversation:
As white people, we need to educate ourselves on the issues facing people of color. We can join staywoke.org. Here, too, are "10 Things you can do to Help Black Lives Matter End Police Violence" which includes helping good cops speak out.
We need to call out racism. Everyday feminism is a helpful resource that has curated multiple brief articles to address these issues from various angles. Here is "How to Tell Someone They Said Something Racist" -- key point, friends: make your argument around what was said or done, not who someone is.
Call out those in power. Demand they acknowledge injustice and ask them to take action. Raise awareness and donate to Campaign Zero, which aims to pressure elected officials to enact legislation to reduce police violence.
Passion for love
Your calling may be to examine and address other issues. This is understandable.
Take a cue from Carmelo Anthony and do not be afraid of falling out of favor for being political:
And please dedicate time to inform yourself of Black Lives Matter on a consistent basis. Most of all, use your vote.
Resources for taking action on issues mentioned earlier include:
Protego -- a Harry Potter Alliance campaign to help make the world safer for Trans People. Here is what they have to say about when "shield spells fail", using Orlando as an example.
Consider and implement some of the suggestions in:
"5 things your congregation can do to support immigrant justice"
"How to help Iraq's orphans"
"How to help victims of the Istanbul Terrorist Attack"
The Vera Institute of Justice helps connect police with communities of color
It is important to take care of yourself. How can you be useful to anyone else if you aren't healthy?
If you aren't sure what self-care means to you, try out this quiz -- What's Your Self-Compassion Style?
I will be sharing a new tarot spread intended to provide a Psychic Shield and ideas on how to carry on in these raw times via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram on July 30.
Myself and co-facilitator Steve Seinberg of Arrow in Flight Metaphysics share tarot spreads the last Saturday of the month, part of #NewSpreadSaturday. Please join in with your own spreads!
What other organizations are worth noting? What other ways can we help this hurting world?
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Tabitha Dial is a tarot, tea leaf reader, and creative mentor in Lexington, Kentucky. Like Luna and Hagrid, she has a fondness for magickal creatures, like the dragons and winged beasts she often finds in tea leaf readings (as well as video game characters, like Mario). Her poetry has appeared in articles on SpiralNature.com, in the award-winning "Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology", and among other academic essays in "Tarot in Culture" Volume Two.