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Leona Nichole

Ciara’s Freak Me: Dancing For the Culture

Ciara’s stunning new visual was an easy share for me and will undoubtedly go viral. But the song is a mismatch for the potential energy of her aesthetic and movement. That critique however isn’t intended to force her, myself, or others into an essentialist performance of African cultures or identities. To be Black in this contemporary moment is to relinquish all claims of authenticity, in favour of our unique vantage point of seeing, feeling and being through a lens of Blackness attached to us like an iris.   As someone who has had to re-construct my cultural and spiritual knowledge

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  • DECEMBER TAROTSCOPES | SUN, MOON OR RISING SIGNS
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Pisces, this month you’re overworked and undecided. I could feel your exhaustion beginning to build in November and it seems like you might have finally tapped out. You’re still there, still working, still showing up, but you’re going through the motions. You’re heart isn’t really in it. You’re conflicted about a lot, but the source of the problem is not remotely near the things you’ve been thinking about. You’ve been pondering your feelings but they’re just the waves, they’re not the pull of the tide itself.
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Issa from #InsecureHBO is a quintessential Pisces: forever wrapped up in fantasy, in love with love, and easily distracted. So let’s get to the root of things. Like Issa, you’re feeling stuck, mostly likely in your career but it could be other areas too. You’re building and putting in the effort, but you don’t know how to really take things to the next level and grow your output/influence/income. You’re definitely doing shxt, like Issa being the building manager and working for Lyft, but you’re energy is misdirected. Your heart isn’t in it because it’s elsewhere. You need to use this holiday period to locate it. Forget the outcome; how much you want to make, the lifestyle you want, the accolades you dream of. What do you really want that you’ve denied or given up on. The thing you think is impractical or hopeless. Does it hurt abit to think about it? Feel it. Start your life plan from there.
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Tag a Pisces who needs their monthly message. Want a 1:1 with me? Link in bio. 
If you enjoyed this reading you should consider joining me at The Connect, a weekly online hangout space for people wanting a relaxed approach to discussing spiritual growth, and an opportunity to connect with folk with a good vibe. See link in bio for more.

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#tarotlove 
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#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
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#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
  • DECEMBER TAROTSCOPES | SUN, MOON OR RISING SIGNS
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Aquarius the latter half of 2018 has been good for you but in the most understated ways. What you’ve gained is wisdom and maturity. The kind of things people don’t text you congratulations about! I do think you’ve seen some progress on the career front too. But for the most part, you’ve been understanding where you were fxcking up. All the times you’ve been in your own way. You’ve been quietly, steadily, self-correcting and its paying dividends. It’s a slow process but you’re getting free. You have big hopes and dreams and I see a lot of that becoming a reality for you. So see this time as a crucial preparation period. Everything you’re doing now is so that you’re ready when the call comes, for love, creativity and all the other good stuff.
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In 2019 you’ll find yourself unexpectedly promoted into all kinds of favourable situations, abit like Frieda from #InsecureHBO getting a promotion over Issa. #WhitePrivilege. Except, you’ll be more deserving. It will be a test of your character. The foundation you’re building now will determine everything. 
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Tag an Aquarius who needs their monthly message. Want a 1:1 with me? Link in bio.

If you enjoyed this reading you should consider joining me at The Connect, a weekly online hangout space for people wanting a relaxed approach to discussing spiritual growth, and an opportunity to connect with folk with a good vibe. See link in bio for more.

#morelife 
#tarotgram 
#tarotlove 
#tarotreadersofinstagram
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
#Scorpio♏ 
#Sagittarius♐ 
#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
  • DECEMBER TAROTSCOPES | SUN, MOON OR RISING SIGNS
// Capricorn this month you are full of creative ideas and ambitions, and these aren’t pipe dreams. You aren’t the kind of person to be all talk, or start things and abandon them half done. I see a lot commitment and strong intention coming from you. But there are few pieces of the puzzle missing. Some areas where you’re not quite sure how to make things happen. Your need to see the whole picture could be getting in the way right now as it’s an expression of control issues. Failure is not an option… Except it is. If you can accept that there may be benefits from the unexpected, and wisdom gained from detours, you’ll stop being hard on yourself for long enough to gain the insight and inspired solutions you’re seeking.
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Think of yourself as Molly from #InsecureHBO in a new law firm, ostracising colleagues and sacrificing burgeoning relationships because she’s fixated on getting ahead by any means necessary. You’re getting to the top. None of us doubt this. But a lot of the time the destination is not all-consuming with satisfaction in the ways we think it will be. So make sure your ultimate commitment is to yourself, and the journey.
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Tag a Capricorn who needs their monthly message. Want a 1:1 with me? Link in bio. 
If you enjoyed this reading you should consider joining me at The Connect, a weekly online hangout space for people wanting a relaxed approach to discussing spiritual growth, and an opportunity to connect with folk with a good vibe. See link in bio for more.

#morelife 
#tarotgram 
#tarotlove 
#tarotreadersofinstagram 
#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
#Scorpio♏ 
#Sagittarius♐ 
#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
  • DECEMBER TAROTSCOPES | SUN, MOON OR RISING SIGNS
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Sagittarius what’s this hankering for home? Whatever you’ve seen and experienced this year hasn’t been enough to fulfil you and your wanderlust seems to be waning. It won’t be permanent of course. But you’re feeling like the only sober person at a rave you’ve been to ten times before – this isn’t fun anymore. I see you wanting connection, family, love. I see you watching some great hope or dream start to fade away. It’s okay. Things are changing. A major life stage is over but it’s giving way to a new dimension of experience for you. It will be the expansion you didn’t know you needed, and this distance you’ll travel in mental and emotional growth will make the home-bound months feel worth it. 
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You’re Nathan from #InsecureHBO standing at the doorway after ghosting Issa. Admitting shortcomings, filling in gaps, asking for help. For the next few months you need to let people really see you, know you. This is a crucial stage because the relationships you solidify now will become the company that will go to the ends of the earth with you, and the love you can come home to. 
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Tag a sagittarius who needs their monthly message. Want a 1:1 with me? Link in bio.

If you enjoyed this reading you should consider joining me at The Connect, a weekly online hangout space for people wanting a relaxed approach to discussing spiritual growth, and an opportunity to connect with folk with a good vibe. See link in bio for more.

#morelife 
#tarotgram 
#tarotlove 
#tarotreadersofinstagram 
#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
#Scorpio♏ 
#Sagittarius♐ 
#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
  • [things I don't know how to say] + patience x compassion ÷ perspective.
  • My self talk had become dangerously self-critical. This week I re-calibrated. Feeling content, and even daring to be proud of myself for all that I've created.

#morelife 
#tarotgram 
#tarotlove 
#tarotreadersofinstagram
#healersofinstagram 
#sourceenergy 
#astrologer 
#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
#Scorpio♏ 
#Sagittarius♐ 
#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
  • Connect is back on tomorrow at 8pm. Amongst the games and discussion and tarot messages I'm going to be sharing some thoughts on manifestation vs activism. There are only two more connect hangout sessions for the rest of the year. I'd really love it if you joined me. You get alot for your £10 trust. See you Sunday? Link in bio.

#morelife 
#tarotgram 
#tarotlove 
#tarotreadersofinstagram
#healersofinstagram 
#sourceenergy 
#astrologer 
#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
#Scorpio♏ 
#Sagittarius♐ 
#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
  • I can't lie, this new moon energy feels absolutely beautiful and I'm not working tonight. I'm hanging with the beautiful @bint.shadia for the first time in ages, and it feels like a sign of many more blessings to come. More tarot tomorrow. Tonight is for love.

Photo credit: @indg0

#morelife 
#tarotgram 
#tarotlove 
#tarotreadersofinstagram
#healersofinstagram 
#sourceenergy 
#astrologer 
#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
#Scorpio♏ 
#Sagittarius♐ 
#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
  • DECEMBER TAROTSCOPES | SUN, MOON OR RISING SIGNS
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Scorpio, now that you’ve decided no one understands you, loves you right, sees your value, are you happy? You’re feeling very sorry for yourself this month. Venus retrograde was not easy for you, and I know you’re feeling like nothing goes deep enough right now. You’re tired of the trivial and the surface. You feel like the only one of your kind. And you’re over not having your soul touched. I know. I get it. But you’re not all water and emotion, you are also Mars ruled and this year you haven’t really created with passionate intention. You’ve coasted along with work and responsibilities. Some of you are pissed off and defensive after reading that. But how much of what’s in your life now is a result of a deliberate goal?  Life has been happening to you. Some of this funk you are feeling is just built up energy. You’re frustrated. And without an outlet it compresses into depression. 
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I want you to think of yourself as Dro from #InsecureHBO. You see that attitude he gave Molly at Tiffany’s baby shower, meanwhile he’s starting a family of his own with his whole wife. That’s you. The two things don’t connect. You want emotional, spiritual and sexual intimacy but you isolate yourself. You want to take your projects to the next stage but you keep your ideas a secret, so the right collaborators never know there’s an opportunity. Spirit is currently leaving you to your own devices. You really gotta get it together and put yourself out there fully. Decide what you want and go after that shxt. Don’t make other people an excuse for being unhappy.
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Tag a Scorpio who needs their monthly message. Want a 1:1 with me? Link in bio.

If you enjoyed this reading you should consider joining me at The Connect, a weekly online hangout space for people wanting a relaxed approach to discussing spiritual growth, and an opportunity to connect with folk with a good vibe. See link in bio for more.

#morelife 
#tarotgram 
#tarotlove 
#tarotreadersofinstagram 
#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove
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Leona Nichole

Ciara’s Freak Me: Dancing For the Culture

Ciara’s stunning new visual was an easy share for me and will undoubtedly go viral. But the song is a mismatch for the potential energy of her aesthetic and movement. That critique however isn’t intended to force her, myself, or others into an essentialist performance of African cultures or identities. To be Black in this contemporary moment is to relinquish all claims of authenticity, in favour of our unique vantage

Read More »
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