Spacewalk 2002, Yinka Shonibare
What if we can think about Western colonization of the Americas as an apocalypse in the sense that it moved ancestral knowledge and earth based ways of living out of sight and underground, and is foundational to the strange techno-dystopia we live in today? How have we moved into science-fact as opposed to science-fiction? What does it mean for us to be essentially healing in the post-apocalypse?
As we shift our thinking in 2013 to reclaiming lost knowledge for collective and individual healing, it is timely to consider these kinds of questions. We find ourselves increasingly functioning in relation with our machines. We use them for all forms of life support.
Instead of reinforcing imaginaries of the “real” and the “natural” in considering my path as an herbalist, I want to consider Western herbalism as Medicine for Cyborgs. Contemporary western plant medicine is both human technology and celestial magic. It is a pastiche of Indigenous traditions, West African knowledges and sensibilities and Anglo-European paganism.
It is with this lens I start the interview project Medicine for Cyborgs. I intend to provide a space to bridge the inter-generational traumas and gaps between new QTPOC healers like myself, and QTPOC healers who have been healing for decades, and possible for centuries.
Look for weekly (ish) updates with interviews from folks throughout the Americas, throughout the Diaspora, from the future, and rooted in the past.
I offer tarot readings as a medium for accessible support and guidance through the wisdom of ancestor magic. I ground each reading asking my ancestors and yours to gently direct us toward the truth that you need right now, for healing, growth and your brightest and most radiant self.
As a person of the African diaspora descended from slaves, working with and greeting ancestors is central to my practice. By calling out to the ancestors for the gentle guidance, we are always, inextricably calling back to ourselves. To me, magic is a way to resist disenfranchisement and rupture from culture and history.
My work is firmly rooted. I root myself in their wisdom. I root my work in the belief that self-determination supports accountability. I seek to hold space for you to empower yourself, to see the places in your life that are invitations to invest yourself in the process of collective liberation. I approach the cards and each reading as an opportunity for truth-telling.
Tarot readings hold a space for you to access your own truth. As such, some times challenging questions arise and hard feelings can emerge. I am not here to fix or cure; I believe that it is my responsibility as a healer to say that my role is to hold space for your process. Tarot can provide a space for relief, release, insight, and the naming of things.