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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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  • Mood! #Cancer♋ 📷: @larazankoul
  • This really made me laugh. I don't like the mercury RX frenzy and I don't think retrogrades are something to fear. But let me be honest with you: I'M FRUSTRATED AF. None of my shxt is working properly. It's so annoying! There, I said it. 😂 I needed to get that off my chest.

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  • Another Connect Session online tonight at 8pm! My sermon is on purpose, I've got a cool ice breaker game for us, a little manifestation planner, and as always group and individual tarot messages. That's a whole lot for less than the cost of a takeaway! We're pretty much at capacity tonight, but given the subject matter I can squeeze one or two more ppl in. Link in bio for booking/details.

#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'm so loving my own company right now. I can't wait to get back home and play my computer game 😂. You ain't seeing me for the rest of this month unless it's mad love AND its in South. All these retrogrades got me on boss level hermit.
  • The family I chose. Your heart is so pure sometimes you can't see it. But I always have, always will. Love you now and in every other lifetime King. I know you don't like a fuss at this time, but you deserve it. @armah83
  • I am unfolding in beautiful ways. I can see my growth and the distance I've travelled in a matter of weeks. But I am also seeing all the ways my heart is closed, defensive, and hypervigilent about pain, judgement and abandonment. Especially in the context of my friendships. The astro energy has been intense. It has pulled back the covers and revealed the soft belly of my insecurity and tendency to compare myself to others. I was genuinely surprised and alarmed at this. I think this is in part why I've needed quiet time away. The instagram feed was pulling me out of my peace so much that I saged my phone yesterday 😂. I've been experiencing a lot of self-doubt and criticism about the areas of my work where I'm expanding. I show up anyway. But it's my inner compulsion to want to have things figured out before I share with you. But that's just not the way things work. Some people are here to have the energy of a therapist. To keep their lives concealed and offer you only hope, compassion and wisdom. That's important. Others though, like me, are here to give you intimacy and love that nurtures and soothes. To be relatable (with healthy boundaries). So I have to keep reminding myself to let it be messy and imperfect, all this is fertiliser for your soil. And all I've ever wanted was to see my ppl blossom, to grow.

#morelife 
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#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 slid in the DMs for this friendship 😂. Can you imagine she obliged. I could just feel the good vibes the moment I started following you and I knew I wanted you in my life. Its nearly a year of friendship but it feels so much longer to me because the bond is real. I genuinely love you Queen. I'm inspired by you, and you have taught me how to RECEIVE love. You remind me to be open, to ask for help. And with you it's always safe to, because you are willing. Thank you for all the rescue missions you've run when I've been depressed, for lending me money when entrepreneur life gets tight, for demanding that I celebrate myself, and for saying yes to my last minute invites to shxt. I've seen you glow up in a major way this year, and you deserve all the shine. All the success, all the sex. 😂😂, and all the plants. Love you babe. I'm ready to celebrate you @zaynadaze
  • S W I P E  L E F T
The Connect is back this Sunday at 8pm GMT (online). My 15min sermon this week is on "Purpose & Identity". I think so many of us begin our spiritual curiosity with the question "who am I?" As always there will be ice-breaker convos & games where we can all see and hear each other, plus group and individual tarot messages. (link in bio to attend)
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This is about establishing connection & cultivating friendships, so anyone who attends the connect also gets access to our #plugged members only hangout space. I have big plans for this community!
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I'd really love to see you, tag a friend if you think they'd be up for it. *Remember the season pass makes it super affordable for you to come regularly*. 4 sessions for about the price of dominos pizza! 
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#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 don't subscribe to the "grind grind grind, no sleep" philosophy. But I realised this year that just because it doesn't come from a place of fear, but from passion and enjoyment, my being constantly busy with work isn't any less of a problem. This is even more of a message for me now that I'm running The Connect, which feels like a huge responsibility in addition to everything else. I'm making time for folks, showing up to your events. Yea, I still loathe emails, and can take a minute to reply on WhatsApp. But the goal for me isn't constant availability. But to create space for real intimacy and connection with others. So at 31, that looks a little different than it did in my early 20s. But when the love is real, in any decade, I'll make time for it.

#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♓
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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

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Leona Nichole

Tarot For The Mother Tongue I’ll Never Know

I felt the call to practice tarot about two years ago. It wasn’t a dramatic spiritual experience with uncanny signs and confirmation from mystics. It was as mundane as love. I simply found, watching others, that I loved it. That love grew and took up so much room in my heart that I gifted myself my first set of cards for my 29th birthday. I’ll impose some magic on the

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Leona Nichole

Nights Like Love Jones, Mornings Alone

Last night @vulnerablepodcast hosted a beautiful dinner party, and guided a group of us – single, married & dating, through a series of questions about love and healthy partnerships. The evening was themed “A Seat at The Table: #RelationshipGoals”. It was clear that this was a labour of love for the podcast creators Sade and Rochelle, and their experience in enabling vulnerable conversations showed. All the staples of a good

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Leona Nichole

Black Consciousness is Not a Legitimate Way Out of Politics

The logic that you shouldn’t participate in UK politics because of white supremacy & political corruption, and that the solution is to build “back home”, doesn’t make sense.  White supremacy doesn’t have a cut-off point at Gatwick Airport, and #Blacklivesmatter in the UK, as they do back home. The irony is that it is white supremacy that gave us this geographical racial hierarchy – measured by proximity to whiteness, that is.

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Leona Nichole

Coming to Terms: The Use of Gender in Spiritual & Esoteric Communities

When we say male/female or man/woman there are ideas and behaviours that we associate with those words, and those ideas don’t disappear in spiritual, religious or esoteric communities. The framework of woman-man is meaningful in our culture and I make no pretence about doing away with those concepts; but rather I seek to deepen our understanding of how we shape our lives by making some important contrasts: most pertinent to

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Leona Nichole

“Light Skin Guys Be Like” – On the Boundaries of Blackness (A Response)

The Big Bad Black Community I loved the Lion King metaphor in Bilal’s blog post “Light Skin Guys Be Like”. So I thought I’d start with a Simba reference of my own in the form of a meme, (which I found online, don’t start with me). Bilal asks questions about what it means to be a mixed race or light skinned man relating with Black communities. Particularly experiences of rejection,

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Leona Nichole

Black History and the Conservative Roots of Race

October marks Black History month in Britain and manifests in our key institutions (schools, libraries, museums) as thirty-one days of PR for British colonialism and The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Twenty-four years since its beginnings in Britain we resurrect the annual debate over whether we still need it, but counter narratives – of which BHM is one – are an integral part of our anti-racism resistances. Our post-racial proclamations that argue

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Leona Nichole

Why Make A Caricature of What Are Complex Feelings for Black Women?

A video has been circulating my Facebook news feed this week. It stages a scene in which a Black man brings his white girlfriend into a barber shop. A hairdresser who is a hired actress says a number of inappropriate things about the couple and the presence of this woman. The camera crew eventually interrupt the scene to question members of the public on their intervention, or lack thereof, in this

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Leona Nichole

Disrespectability, Black Feminism, and a Race to the Bottom  

I do not endorse respectability politics in so far as it is an ineffectual strategy for countering white supremacy, or any other structural subordination (say rape culture), through sheer will and demonstration of moral uprightness, in accordance with the values of a dominant group in society. It does not work. I do however understand its roots in ‘progressive-era activism’. Evelyn Higgingbotham has written at length on the promotion of temperance,

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