I wanted a little intuitive advice on Monday about how to help heal after the traumatic news from Orlando. I looked to my cards. I used the simplest of spreads because I wanted something simple and easy to understand so I chose a Mind, Body, Spirit spread and I used my Prisma Visions deck. What I got felt so right and so applicable that I knew I should share it in case it could help anyone else.
Emperor | Queen of Pentacles | Three of Swords
Mind: The Emperor
I’d been reading a lot of articles on Monday about the attack in Orlando and there was only so much information available, but that never stops the 24 hour news cycle machine from churning and re-churning information and speculating and just really over saturating us with coverage. The Emperor card told me that I needed to take back control for myself. In a situation where everything normal had suddenly been thrown into horrible chaos, this made perfect sense.
I’m taking a media break, only indulging in internet and media in places I know will be safe for me. For me, instagram is a comforting place and so I’ve been spending some time there. I’ve also been watching TV shows that are soothing and not upsetting (think cooking shows and How Things Work).
TLDR: control what you’re consuming, if the news coverage makes you too upset, it’s okay to disengage. You have to take care of yourself or else you can’t take care of anyone else.
Body: Queen of Pentacles
Nurture your physical self. Make sure you’re eating nutritious and comforting food. Get a healthy amount of sleep. If exercise is your thing head to the gym, get outside in the sunlight (where you’ve got it). Self Care. Self Care. Self Care. For me this looks like my Zumba class last night, knitting a rainbow shawlette, and an oreo milkshake.
It also meant a little witchy crafting in my house too. Little rituals and crafts help keep me centered and keep me from feeling completely useless when something terrible happens and I can’t be there to physically help.
Spirit: Three of Swords
Boy, this one looked appropriately dire. I think what the card is saying is that the hurt we’re all feeling is very real. People out there hate queer people enough that they want to kill us. It’s a frightening feeling. It definitely had me wondering if I should go to the Pride events coming up locally.
The message here in the three of swords is that we need to hold space for the feelings that we’re having. But the butterfly on the card reminds us not to let our sadness keep us from growing and recovering. Being queer is about building resilience and not letting hate tear us down. We must emerge stronger and more determined to live our truth and to keep supporting the most vulnerable parts of our community.
So choose what you take on right now, take care of yourselves, and give yourself time to grieve and then come back stronger.