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Oracle for the Revolution

Oracle for the Revolution: a Cartomancy Recipe

  • Ingredients:
    • standard deck of 52 playing cards (not plastic)
    • fine point permanent marker
    • sandpaper
  1. Research and gather quotes by 52 different Black activists, scholars, artists, writers, leaders that inspire, ignite, and impact you. Commit to learning something about each of these individuals as you gather the quotes. Read a full essay. Listen to a speech. Watch a documentary. If you are BIPOC, consider gathering quotes from family members and elders in your community you feel connected to. 
  2. Use the sandpaper to scuff the center area of each playing card and to remove or lessen the image so that you may write over it.
  3. Wipe the dust from the cards! Or your writing won’t stick very well. A very slightly damp cloth or paper towel works just fine.
  4. You can choose cards at random and begin writing the quotes or you can be structured in your approach and consciously match quotes to specific cards. (For my deck I am using these categories for the suits:
    • Hearts: community, relationships, emotions, Water
    • Diamonds: resources, health, Earth
    • Clubs: actions, passions, Fire
    • Spades: perspective, philosophy, ideas, Air
  5. Always attribute the quote to the individual who said/wrote it. As you finish writing their words on the card, thank them.
  6. Use your deck daily for inspiration, for learning, for reigniting alignment with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Resources to get you started: (These are just a few places to start for some inspiration. I also recommend looking up the mentors and idols of some of the more well-known Black voices in American history; the people who inspire you… well who inspired them? This will help you get a sense of their work in a larger context.) “a web-based reference center that is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.”

Khan Academy: “compilation of Khan Academy’s free learning resources about Black history, politics, and culture.”

The Undefeated 44: “List of 44 African Americans who shook up the world.”