Weekend Reading is a monthly roundup of great articles from around the web, plus a personal life-update from me. If you’re just here for the links, scroll on down!
Emma and I have a sort-of joke that the 1st of April sounds an alarm for moving.
For years, it’s seemed that we have upped sticks and moved house or made some other significant change around this time, and this year is no different. After five lovely months playing house in a holiday cottage, Skye’s tourist season is now getting underway and it’s time for us to move on. (I have a lot of feeling about the lack of affordable housing and the overwhelming number of holiday cottages and second homes here… but hey, I’ll spare you the rant.)
In with the new! We’re excited – and seriously grateful – to be shacking up with some good friends, Kat and Andy, down the road. These guys know all the cool people and go to all the fun parties. I’m looking forward to a social summer. There’s also: a killer view, a bathtub in the garden (#lifegoals), a community veg patch created by a few neighbours, and a gorgeous dog named Runa. You’ll meet her soon!
April Fool’s Day is also Emma’s birthday. Because this woman is the biggest damn Aries you’ll ever meet.
Also! Last month, I talked *a lot* about my feelings for geese, because I was about to get a tattoo of two geese in flight. Well – I got it! Here it is! It’s exactly what I was imagining.
…And here’s the best of March’s internet.
Let’s begin with a song. Hit play! (If you’re reading this via email, click through to use the media player.)
This is Loamlands, the band of Kym Register, who hosted me in their wee caravan in Durham, North Carolina, two years ago. If you’re a fan of alt-country sounds, heartfelt singer-songwriters and stories of love, longing and messing up, check out their album, Sweet High Rise (it’s on repeat around here.)
Kristen hosted an oracle-making challenge throughout March, and it’s been so lovely watching its progress and folks share their creations. Take a look at the oracle cards these brilliant people have made!
Beyond Kings and Queens: What do you call your court cards? | A look at the different ways decks rename their court.
We have forgotten how to allow | Tarot cards for stillness and active passivity, from Sparrow Tarot.
Benebell Wen has an affordable online astrology course for beginners.
Queer Folklore: The Morrigan Is A Goddess for Protest | Hooyeah. I hope Siobhan’s queer folklore column continues.
The Morrigan has always seemed wildly queer to me. The sort of army boot-wearing femme-butch blend who uses the word “dyke” like a clenched fist aimed at the patriarchy.
Weeds + Witchcraft: Healing + Magickal Practices for Spring | Herbal wisdom and magick from Alexis J Cunningfolk.
Fleeting Beauties Of Spring | Cat Cabral shares some seasonal rituals for moving beyond old relationships.
Forgiveness as spring cleaning | My first reading with the Personal Space Tarot brought me the Five of Cups and a message of forgiveness.
Emilee Graverson on finding her own personal space within tarot | The creator of the Personal Space Tarot on how and why she made this beautiful deck..
What do tarot readers do all day? | “If it’s good enough for Jane Austen, it’s good enough for me.”
Like Mandy Steward, I love that this person created an art journal purely for actively reading The Night Circus.
Here’s a photo diary of Artist HannaTuulikki’s residency in Saari, Finland. Beautiful.
What I saw on screen resonated so deep with my own lived experience that watching Moonlight was like a dull, familiar ache that I could no longer ignore. I spent 90 minutes braced for the violence, the rejection, the death that I just knew was inevitable. And while the film certainly showed violence and rejection and social death, it also showed vulnerability, love, desire, and a whole lot of heart. I felt seen, reflected, and understood.
Immigration detention has no place in a happy, healthy society | This is a clear and helpful primer on UK immigration policy.
The woman photographed in a hijab on Westminster Bridge after Thursday’s attack describes the Islamophobia she has experienced since.
An open letter to allies who are afraid of ‘doing it wrong’ | Conversations about oppression seem to be getting louder – but so too do our fears about what it means to be an ‘ally’, and how to do it right. This post from Jeanna Kadlec is really helpful.
Allyship is an action, not an identity. Because it is an action, allyship is not a one time thing. Allyship is not marching once and checking a box “done.” Allyship is a perpetual action.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is 20! Once More, With Feeling: A Buffy Roundtable | Autostraddle writers on their Buffy feels. Buffering the Vampire Slayer | A podcast that talks you enthusiastically through each and every episode.
Know what even-more-awesome feminist institution is 20-ish? Bitch magazine! If there’s one address I actually remember to update each time I move, it’s my Bitch subscription. Here’s a brilliant article about Jane Eyre (one of my all-time favourite books) from the archives: It’s Jane’s house – we just live in it.
The F.U.C.K.I.T.T List | More brilliance from Bitch: Semantic feminist resistance in Trump times.
Photographer Myles Loftin’s ‘Hooded’ exhibition deconstructs the typical image of ‘a black man wearing a hoodie’.
A Cinderella story | Jane’s tear-jerking story of the everyday dreams once denied her.
As a girl, I always envied any friend who got chosen to be a flower girl, or even, a bridesmaid. A pretty dress and a supporting role in the proceedings, a posy of flowers and a photographic smile…was I just being shallow? If they mistakenly class you as a boy at birth, these things take on a different perspective. There will never be any of those, never, not in a million years, not in a million tears.
What Chimamanda Gets Wrong | Kimberly Foster chats to Jarune Uwujaren about trans experiences, in response to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s recent transphobic comments.
Deconstruct Your Idols | A handy printable from Rookie!
Maria Popova on Rebecca Solnit on silence and violence
Violence against women is often against our voices and our stories. It is a refusal of our voices, and of what a voice means: the right to self-determination, to participation, to consent or dissent, to live and participate, to interpret and narrate.
Things to do:
- Arcana is a tarot exhibition in London next weekend.
- Rain Crowe’s The Burning Times course examines witchcraft and resistance. There’s an online course, or you can take it in Portland OR in May.
- The UK Radical Herbalism Gathering takes place in Shrewsbury (my birthplace!) 9-11th June. Who’s coming? I am!
- …there’s also a community health gathering in Edinburgh in May.
- Em and I are heading down to the Mach Comedy Festival in lovely Machynlleth next month. Looks brilliant.
I just got this sumptuous cookery book and now I’m planning colourful Iranian feasts!
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That’s all for March, folks.
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