Oh, but it has been fun exploring tarot blogs this week.
The Internet - you know, that great old thing that I’m pretty sure most of us are starting to take for granted - has been such a huge part of my life since I first opened up 'the Google' in 2007 and dived on in. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the strongest sisterhoods I have ever been privileged to be a part of are the ones I've found online. Fandom (oh that precious, awful, hilarious, beloved beast), which is where I have laid my hat for so many years, has introduced me to more like-minded female friends than anything else I have ever been involved in (it also introduced me to my husband!). Great women, flawed-but-honest women, strong women, oh-so-creative women: that has been fandom to me. Sadly, these days, while those long-lasting friendships continue, we've somewhat drifted away from our origins, and much of current fandom leaves me feeling more than a little lost: we’re getting old. And fandom, more importantly, is moving to a different place without many of us older girls: text-based communities don't sit quit as well in the image-heavy and, frankly (to me) more regurgitative nature of places like tumblr (where a handful of creations are 'tumblr'd' time and time again). I miss words. I miss creating with words, too, as I haven't really made the time for them since birthing T (true story: I could write up to 10k a day, even while working full-time but not, apparently, as a mama).
When it comes to my online communities, my online sisterhoods, I feel I’ve become adjacent, rather than participatory. I know what the big happenings are, but I don't tend to have strong feelings about them (apart from, often, shaking my head, haha), and I don't tend to create content around them. Again: I’ve gotten old. Apparently fancrone, instead of fangirl, starts in your thirties. ;)
That said, I miss the connection bitterly. I miss that strong sisterhood of creative woman; I miss that engaging, forgiving, exploring community space. I miss its liberalism, its oft-progressiveness, its oft-queerness.
It's true that I follow a lot of like-minded mamas on Instagram, but I struggle to feel a real part of a community there: maybe I'm not outspoken enough (Anxiety is such a bummer), or maybe it's that Instagram is a 'best of' newsreel. Journals and personal blogs, back in the day, were the ups and the downs and the goods and the awfuls: they were simpler and harsher and far more real. You could relate. And the dishes in the sink were allowed to be dirty. Maybe, too, it’s the same reason why I was never able to really connect (at a 'meaningful community' level) with the professional library community online, despite being a librarian. I’m not as interested in reading about what people 'are'. I want to know how they think, what they feel, how they dream. I am so much less who I am, as I am the thoughts swimming around in my head.
To get back on topic with my coursework (The Alternative Tarot Course), haha: some tarot blogs that I have particularly enjoyed so far... and of course this is a tiny list and is heavily influenced by Beth Maiden's suggestions because I'm just a newbie! :3
Little Red Tarot. Very smart, very informative, very clear and enjoyable to read. She's not scared of sexuality or politics, either, and has excellent guest posts.
New Age Hipster. Peppy. Oh my god so peppy, haha. But it's fun, and bright, and there's a lot more than 'just' tarot going on - heaps for me to read through and consider; I've definitely only scratched the surface.
The Woman Who Married A Bear. Milla's blog isn't specifically a tarot blog. It isn't specifically an anything blog really: she follows her inspiration as it takes her. However, she is very spiritual, she is involved with tarot, and she was highly influential in me leaping into the tarot universe.
Which leads us on to some other blogs that I like, which are not really tarot blogs, but which are witchy and spiritual and wonderful:
Aquarian Dawn. Herbalism, healing, motherhood.
The Great Kosmic Kitchen. Kitchen witchyness: herbalism, traditional foods, cooking.
Sarah Anne Lawless. Herbalism, healing.
common Magick. Astrology, rituals, healing.
Mystic Mamma. Guidance, astrology.
I've only been reading these a little while, but I really enjoy them. I'd love more suggestions for great spaces online for me to explore!