BY JOANNA C. VALENTE
I don't know what to say other than that my heart was ripped out of my chest today, and in its place is a oozing black hole. That is literally how I feel. I wanted to scream as I watched Donald Trump, an alleged rapist, become president today. It is triggering. It is unacceptable that someone who doesn't have the people of U.S. at heart.
Because of that, I started thinking about all the ways we can promoting positive change - and actually do something to create change. There are many ways we can do this (like donating to Planned Parenthood, even if it's just $1), writing, publishing, making art, going to protests, organizing protests, listening, doing a kind act every day, etc. The ideas are endless, and not all of them are necessarily all directly related to Trump, but even making sure to do an act of kindness every day is important - even if it's something as simple as making sure your friend is OK. We need to create a culture of compassion and kindness, of wanting to create real change and work with each other, instead of tearing each other down.
In order to do this, I usually seek guidance from the universe. In this case, in the form of Tarot. Here are the cards I pulled (I did a simple three-card spread):
The Fool Reversed:
When reversed, the Fool symbolizes new beginnings, which is usually an indicator of positive change, as there is a certain purity involved in the change. However, the card calls for awareness, as there is a need for change, but being reversed indicates there is fear and hesitation for change. Not surprisingly, for many, there is resistance to this change (aka Trump), so this fresh start may not be the change you want.
This means you have to create the change that you want to see, and you have to work hard at it. I won't come easy, but this is also the time to do it. If you don't, you'll be in for some unhappy times.
Four of Wands:
The 4 of Wands often illustrates the arrival of a monumental event. Typically, this event is something you desire, but it also requires you to work hard for it. There's no relaxing with this card, as you need to figure out what you want so you can build up to a goal you've anxiously wanted. This card can also indicate that you will be moving, which can be physical or emotional/spiritual.
In this case, this card is a call to action. It's not impossible to achieve your goals (in this case political), but it's a time where you have to work to do, which is also a collective effort. Rarely do we ever work alone. Unity is everything.
Nine of Pentacles Reversed:
The 9 of Pentacles reversed is actually not a bad thing. However, it does indicate that you aren't paying close enough attention to the world around you, and you're suffering as a result. Things have to change and in order to change them, you need to be aware. This card indicates that you know what you want, which is essential to moving forward, but you aren't exactly sure how to get there, or what to do.
So, start doing something actively. This means talking to people, getting advice, getting of the internet and being an active part of your community. Listen. Just try something.
Overall, this reading is a lot more positive than I anticipated honestly, which gives me hope that it is possible to actually create positive change, and to find ways to cope and deal with the cards we've been dealt. We don't have to be complacent. However, the cards do indicate that we have A LOT of hard work to do, and we've been intellectually, politically, and spiritually lazy (is this a surprise). So, you know, let's do this.
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (2016, ELJ Publications) & Xenos (2016, Agape Editions). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms and Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in Prelude, BUST, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets.