"I suffered for probably three years ... Until one day someone said to me 'Why don't you just leave?' They weren't being kind, but it was the best thing anyone has ever said to me to this day."
These two difficult cards show us different faces of trauma, both personal, and collective.
The Two, Three, and Four of Swords make more sense if we read them as a group and see a narrative of decision-heartbreak-rest that so often plays out in LGBTQ+ lives.
Cassandra explores themes of LGBTQIA+ mental health, sobriety, sexual exploration and more in the Ace of Swords.
Cassandra explores the tirelessly kind side of this activist leader, and how he shows up for LGBTQ-identified folks.
Cassandra looks at some LGBTQ-specific interpretations of the Queen of Wands.
Cassandra explores the ways this passionate, fast-moving card might represent LGBTQ+ experiences.
Cassandra shares some LGBTQ-specific interpretations of the Page of Wands, a card of potential and personal growth.
The classic 'burnout' card brings compassionate messages of boundaries, rest and self-care to LGBTQ+ seekers.
"In case you need to hear it anyway: the fight for LGBTQ+ rights isn't over." This card reminds us of our struggle, and of our immense power.
Cassandra Snow explores some LGBTQ-specific interpretations of these two powerful, potent cards.
Conflict, competition, and conviction take center stage with these strife-filled Wands cards. Cassandra Snow explores some LGBTQ+ specific interpretations.
From communication to activism and expanding your relationship horizons, Cassandra Snow discusses some LGBTQ-specific interpretations of these three cards.
Cassandra shares some queer-specific interpretations of this card, and its themes of sex and gender, passion and fire.
"For a queer seeker, The World can show that your identity and sense of self are stronger than they've ever been, a triumph in and of itself for most of us."
"For many queer clients this card shows up as a promise. It comes and says 'You've been judged, you've been let down, and it's been hard, but your time is coming.'"
"Though the Sun is generally a happy card, it's much harder to zero in on positivity when you've spent much of your life fighting to be yourself." Cassandra Snow with some LBGTQ-friendly interpretations of this card.
"Regardless of one's gender or sexual identity, The Moon brings big things to the surface, things we often only let bubble up when we're alone."
We have an idea and a focus for our life now thanks to that illumination from The Star, and it is time to create the path we want out of it. Hold tight to your faith in yourself when this card shows up.
The Tower can indicate that you are meant to change this world for the better, building strong networks of support for those who need them, living authentically as a leader in their queer community, and creating change wherever they go.
Cassandra looks at some LGBTQ-specific interpretations of this much-maligned card, from trans/homophobia and hiding in the closet, to getting out there and embracing your queer desire.
Temperance is a beautiful, uplifting card of balance and harmony...but it is one of the trickier cards to read for someone else, because one person's balance is another's chaos.
In a queer person's life, there is constant change and 'death', starting with the coming out process. Here are some queer-specific thoughts on interpreting this card.
[Guest post] Being stuck, cornered, and having to make a scary sacrifice rarely feels good. The Hanged Man is a card that shows up to show you what your options are, and help you explore those in your reading.