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Seed Funds: Radical Witchcraft Zine

$320 of $3,300 goal

Raised by 3 people in 1 month

We are living in dark times, but witches thrive in darkness. Witchcraft is the tool of the rebel, the outsider, the visionary.

 

There have been many publications out in the last several years that focus on the revolutionary power of witchcraft, even including a work from Llewellyn Publishing called “Magic for the Resistance.” One thing that I’ve noticed about almost all of these works is their focus on white witchcraft, or on Wicca. “Becoming Dangerous” is another volume out there, but rather than being a book of spells or of practical magical advice, it is personal essays and reflections on what it means to be a witch.


What I’m envisioning is a high-quality piece of work that will have spells, rituals, tarot spreads, herbal remedies, and other pieces of witchcraft and traditional knowledge and will assist radical leftists in resisting the current regime of authoritarianism and beyond. This is meant to be a grimoire filled with practical spiritual tools for the activist who is engaged in anti-oppressive work. It is also essential that this zine come from a multitude of perspectives, drawing on the knowledge of multiple cultural backgrounds. This is something that other anthologies are lacking in - a distinctly multicultural view on radical witchcraft.


I am also firmly dedicated to paying writers and artists for their time - and as such, before I approach the writers I want to work with, I want to have raised some preliminary money to be sure that I can pay people. There will be a kickstarter later, once I have my writers lined up, to pay for printing costs and to double payment of the writers, artists, and other contributors.

What I’m looking to you for is the initial funding. I’m looking to raise $3,300 for the project to pay writers, pay myself, and pay basic costs of the zine.


Here is how funding will be spent:

$50 - pay a creator

$100 - pay a creator AND pay me for my time

 

Not able to donate or want to help in another way? Please share this project far and wide! I hope to have raised these preliminary funds by November 30th, 2018.

 

For examples of my own work (and a sense of the kind of depth of writing and artistry I'm looking to bring together, check out the website of my business Northern Lights Witch , as well as the Heathen's Journey column at Little Red Tarot. These are just examples of MY work - I hope to bring together writers and artists of many different backgrounds! Since I haven't reached out to the creators yet, I can't link to their own writing. But suffice to say, it will feel both deep and practical.

 

Thank you SO much for your generosity! It means so much!

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Next writer interview: Asali of Asali Earthwork!

I first learned about Asali's work through the Little Red Tarot blog, and she is an absolute gem. From the activism she does in her own community, to her compilation/list of Tarot of the Queer, Trans, People of Color, to her practice of herbalism, Asali is spreading love, healing, and self care.

Read more about her in this micro-interview:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm a Black queer femme community healer and earthworker writing, practicing, and creating at Asali Earthwork. My work is rooted in using self-care as a means to disrupt systems of oppression and prioritize care for my community through deepening connection- of soul, love, understanding, and intuition.
How have you used your spirituality and witchcraft for social justice?

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. ” -Audre Lorde

As a Black queer femme, my existence is politicized whether I consent or not. My response is to hold tightly to my right to be loved, held, and cared for. I practice self-care as a political act. I practice community-care as a political act. Whether it's writing, herbalism, or card-slinging I prioritize connecting to and supporting those at the margins, in theory and practice. I also understand that the privilege I do hold is not canceled out by where I'm marginalized. I welcome correction, calling out and calling in, and seek to be a life-long learner in this practice.

What pieces of writing are you most proud of?
Black Women & Femmes Aren't Only Relevant When We're Angry
Ritual & Honey | A healer’s work in the riot
Ritual & Honey: Grief Journeys

What are you thinking of creating for the chapbook?

Something in the line of my ongoing Ritual & Honey series which has been a mish mash of social justice, tarot, conjuring, and reflection. Ultimately, I want to create something folks can connect to and find supportive to their journeys.
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Our first contributor: Cassandra Snow!

I am so happy to announce that with the funds raised so far, I have been able to confirm the first contributor to the zine!

Cassandra is a very dear friend of mine, and author of the upcoming "Queering the Tarot." You can pre-order the book on their website, www.cassandra-snow.com.

How have you used your spirituality and witchcraft for social justice?

That's a hard question to answer because the two are super connected for me. I got into witchcraft when I was really looking for alternative answers to Bible Belt Christianity because I was in the closet and going through/had recently gone through some major traumas. Everything was really smashed together for me and I was looking to untangle things and just feel better. It worked over time, so for me the tools of witchcraft ARE the tools for helping marginalized people and traumatized people through their pain so that they can move on to bigger and better things.

What pieces of writing are you most proud of?

My Queering the Tarot series with the book coming out is definitely my baby but I really love my Tarot 101 E-Zine too which covers super basic-y basics like "Can you buy your own deck?" but really delves into some framework and ideas for tarot that even seasoned readers have commented on and gotten a lot out of, particularly where the court cards are concerned.

What are you thinking of creating for the chapbook?

I have a few different things I'm deciding between. There are some tarot led spells I've done and performed that I think would be a great inclusion, and there are so many spreads that can help radicals in their tarot and activist work. I think I'm leaning towards something a little more informative about some of the tarot cards that are really bent towards social justice and then a shorter spread based on the ideas of those cards though.

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I'll have another author to announce later this week - and I'm so excited about it. With each donation that comes in, I'm able to confidently reach out to another writer or contributor. So your donations have a very tangible result, and I will announce more writers as the donations come in!

Love ya,
Abbie
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