This week the Full Moon tipped us from glorious to tooooo much everything all at once and we fell apart. How are you?
Call it Witch life, or just being alive, but sometimes our enormous love for a kid, for all kids, for all that beats with life, makes us so gaspingly, gut-wrenchingly aware of how small, inadequate, accident-prone we are, especially in the face of all that threatens. Sometimes we suddenly feel the truth of how alone and under-resourced we ALL are. Sometimes the straw that breaks us is a tiny, forgotten backpack.
This week Risa came to 'the circle we make between our ears' on the edge of tears, and Amy came with not 1 but 2 songs urging us to 'handle with care.' Here's to feeling held by synchronicity, at the very least.
In Handle Me With Care by The Now Time Delegation, neo-soul singer Lisa Kekaula yearns:
I've given you my life to share. Please handle it with care. I'm depending on you.
The song invites you to wrap your arms around a lover, child, pet, or yourself, and slow dance your way into handling this life, these relationships with care. We are depending on you.
Next, Handle With Care by The Travelling Wilburys reminds us that everyone is struggling in some way, even former Beatles. As you listen, remark that even the most "successful" and "together" people in this world are going through something. George Harrison sings:
Been stuck in airports, terrorized
Sent to meetings, hypnotized
Handle me with care.
Roy Orbison adds:
I'm so tired of being lonely
I still have some love to give
Won't you show me that you really care?
We ask, do you still have some love to give? Then give it! Show everyone you really care. Handle yourself with love and care. Handle the world with care.
When seeking out musical medicine this week, Risa listened for sounds that would calm a raw nervous system. And this week, that's Joy Oladokun.
Keeping the light on, light on, ain't easy
Keeping the fight on, so long, is hard to do
For all the times you feel the weight
There might just be a better way
Don't deny that it feels so hard
When the night gets so dark
Keep keeping the light on
Try to give a little, try to be a little
Try to see a light in the dark
Maybe — if we keep our tiny lights alive — we can be the light in the dark we need when we can't manage to see one. Remember what the dream said:
There are reasons we need you to dance under the full moon.
We are producing two virtual events coming up that we're particularly excited to invite you to:
Future Histories of Black Magic - Black Witch Council 2024
For the past few years Missing Witches has hosted a Zoom circle of brilliant and inspiring black witches for a "Future Histories of Black Magic" special to mark Black History Month. We believe that all of our guests are creating what will be the future of black history with their incredible work. The prompt for this year comes from a quote from Frederick Douglass — 'We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.' How do we/you make the past useful for the present and future?
This year's confirmed guests are: Maria Minnis (aka Feminnis), OlaOmi Amoloku (aka Got2BOshun), Nadra Nittle, Christena Cleveland, Marcelitte Failla, Zoe Flowers, Sherry Shone (aka That Hoodoo Lady) and Thea Anderson!!!
Monday, Jan 29 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM EST
Witch Hunt Virtual Premiere + Imbolc Ritual for Peace = This Event is a Spell
We invite you to join the Missing Witches coven for Imbolc. We take as our guide the story of Witch resistance during the first electoral campaign of convicted criminal Donald Trump, as told by award-winning filmmakers Melissa James and Sarah Sharkey Pearce in their short documentary “Witch Hunt”.
The screening of Witch Hunt will be followed by a conversation with the directors and powerful resistance-magic practitioners featured in the doc, including the creator of the internationally viral Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him, the largest magical working in history. We invite you to bring your tools of magic and craft and lend your energy to the spell of this moment. Let’s talk about resistance magic, and let’s practice calling forth a rising tide of care.
Mutual Aid / Collective Action Corner
Can you think of someone who might like.. all this? (She said, gesticulating wildly.) Forward them this email with all our love!
Blessed Fucking BE!
Risa + Amy