The woods we’re in right now are a particularly queer part of the woods, because it is a cruising place. One of my favourite things is to wander the woods during the late afternoon in summer, and just listening to the sounds of the forest, and seeing men moving through the woods, feeling my body, and other bodies and the warmth of the sun. This card for me is that it is grounded in curiosity, he’s not learning because he has to, he’s learning because he wants to.
I would tell my younger self to look out for queerness as a turning point, queer theory, queer people. After moving to Melbourne 6 years ago, I did not expect that queerness and intersectional feminism has been the missing link in my studies and training in mental health specifically. I would tell my younger self to just hang in there. You’re not going to find the missing piece from academic elders, you’re going to find it in the queer community for your own personal healing. To be able to work in a more rounded way, to be able to solve problems or help relationships – it’s gender roles that are hurting people. That was huge. That idea was absent from the first 10 years of trying to work on my trauma.
Queering the 2 of Pentacles: I’ve done lots of overtone singing with washing machines and fridges, buzzes and hums from the industrial environment I live in, and I particularly resonate with washing machines. Ive done some intense ritual work with a washing machine, I’ve a tattoo of a washing machine. I sometimes only half jokingly say that “washing machines are my spirit animal”. We are at “My beautiful Laundrette” in Melbourne, which is also a beautiful queer film from the 80’s set in England. It makes me really happy that this place exists.
6 of Pentacles the reminder that caring for others works best with self care. Shot at Cloud Catcher Witch camp. Thanks PippaQueer tarot is important because it gives people with a sense of weird something to connect to. Weird is wonderful, weird is free, and being unforgivingly the most authentic version of yourself you could possibly be. To find other weird community members is like your species of unicorn. I believe I fit in in the LGBTQIA-W – being W is for Witch or Weird. I feel so connected to finding the spectrum outside of the norm. There is something so empowering about that – outside of the norm there is still community and acceptance.