March is Magical Black Girl Month here at Black Girl Bliss! This month, I wanted to feature real magical black girls - wise, wild, witchy, and unapologetic about their melanated magic.
Each lady featured will answer seven questions that illustrate their personal journey to their spiritual paths and what it means to be a magical black girl!
This week's feature is Daizy, founder of The AfroMystic.
Daizy says: My name is Daizy aka The AfroMystic aka "Young Auntie" (lol). I am a healer, Astrologer/Tarot/Oracle reader, Reiki Master, and #BlackWitch (#Blitch) out of Los Angeles, CA. I work with Magical Black Women to help restrengthen our common bridge to the African ancestral pool of power that is our birthright.
I offer blogs, personalized rituals, readings, crystals, and other spiritual tools through my website TheAfroMystic.com. I also offer fun, one-on-one classes on a variety of helpful spiritual topics in the Sankofa Spirit School, created to help new Wadjets and witches learn the essentials of magick.
Feel free to connect with me Via Instagram (@ThatAfroMystic) or on Facebook!
What is your typical day-today practice. How do you begin each day? Do you do anything to connect with spirit throughout the day? How do you end your day?
My typical day usually begins mid-morning, because I ab-so-lute-ly love my sleep. I treat dream-time as a self-care investment, so I don't cut any corners when it comes to getting enough deep rest! Upon waking, I do my best to resist the millenial urge to immediately check the hundreds of notifications going off on my phone. It's a silly little struggle (how, sway?) but I usually forgo doing it and check my temperature instead....I'm practicing natural birth control methods, so I chart my temperature so that I can accurately track my ovulation. Still resisting the urge to check the phone, I have a refreshing glass of water to lubricate any night time dryness.
I don't make any major life decisions while dehydrated. I don't suggest it for anybody.
If remember any dreams, I'll write them in my dream journal or roll over and ask my partner for an interpretation (my dreams are extra extra sometimes). After that, I'll take a morning shower in preparation to greet my ancestors with libations at my altar. If I'm sleeping at someone else's and don't have access to my boveda (Ancestral altar), I will take a shower, salute my Ancestors and Deities in the shower, and ask them to cleanse and bless me. I use a minty, spiritual-protection body soap to reinvigorate my aura and scrub it clean.
The way my life is set up, l consult and communicate with my Ancestors/Higher Power multiple times throughout the rest of the day. I am an Intuitive Tarot/Oracle reader by trade, so before each divination session I verbally invoke Deity and my Ancestors to channel through and add their valuable insights. My job literally requires that from me each time I work. During the readings, I implore all my clients to also invite their spiritually cultivated ancestors to the session. Basically, the Ancestors are infused into my daily tasks, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
When readings are complete for the day, I will spend some time reading about astrology, ancient African divination systems, or enjoying an Octavia Butler book. I may work on a draft for my next blog post, plan some curriculum for a Sankofa Session, or study some Pan-African history with my aces until we pass out at 3 am with books in our hands and our minds blown. African history is legit.
Have you noticed that your commitment to your spiritual path has impacted other aspects of your life? (ex. health, mental state, sexuality, etc.)
My spiritual path has absolutely impacted the other areas of my life --impacted being an understatement. I spent a lot of my childhood quietly rejecting aspects of my christian upbringing, which in retrospect I'm grateful for. Because I emptied that baggage so early, when I started practicing ATRs (traditional african religion) I was required to now consider the truth about myself and the histories of non-African religions. I no longer needed to pretend that I perceived my birth, my cycle, and my sexual drive a result of an "original sin". Or, that the "creator" I was supposedly indebted to by birth, was a jealous and fickle (white) man in the sky. As expected, that brought an immediate mental health upgrade!
I began perceiving the aspects of my life, my people, and myself as sacred and worthy of uplifting in thought and action. Many of the teachings helped me understand how readily we're hypnotized as Black folks in "western society" into traumatizing ourselves with toxic relationships, environments, food, and music. Reversing and preventing those daily traumas takes a functional "toxicity radar", mean cord-cutting skills, and best believe, magic. But built into African spirituality are the teachings of keeping a cool head, energy cleansing, and recognizing the creator inside. So I had an arsenal of life-tools to help me know what is truly what.
If a younger person walked up to you asking for your advice on finding their spiritual path or connection, and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
My tip would be to start with what's practical and real for you. If you wanna get to a place where you can astral project and read auras and all that, cool. If you're dedicated to reading all there is about the Neteru, the Orisa, the Vodou, then Ase ooo fam! Still, do not rob yourself of the one-on-one experience of communing directly with nature. Nature is a real, expressive, palpable, graceful, and permissive force. You can see it. From our perspective it can also appear to be a cruel, withholding, and even dangerous force. We see that too. The Orisa are based off of our African Ancestors' real interaction with the divinity of nature! Your ability to commune with the Neteru will be limited if you don't practice observing nature's ways.
Practice silly "non-spiritual" things like speaking to trees and hearing messages in the wind. Observe the bees that hover over flowers. Feel what the sun feels like as it absorbs into the melanin in your skin, and try and drink the moonlight in at night. This helps fine-tune your awareness of Deity on an experiential (not conceptual) level. You don't have to "believe in" any deities that don't account for themselves in the natural world, and the ones that do don't require blind belief. They show themselves.
Top three spiritual tools you think every magical person should have and use on the regular basis.
Damn Anika, great question! (I try, I try, lol)
Tool One: Blessed Waters. Whether you bless your water before you drink it, use Florida Water to cleanse your sacred space, or collect rainwater for magickal purposes, you definitely want to keep high-vibrational waters on deck. They are super easy to make, and come in handy for lots of spiritual (and mundane) uses. You can bless and set intentions for the water you use to mop the floor, twist your hair, and bathe your body, whatever. For free!
Tool Two: Earth Vibes. Have something around to help reground your electrical neuronal system to the EM field of earth. Working with crystals is a brilliant and beautiful way to connect with raw Earth energy. Learn how to make magic with herbs, roots, and teas. Also, never underestimate the mood-lifting power of keeping living green plants around your space.
Tool Three: Candles and Incense. One of the most important tasks for magical folks, is creating magical spaces to do our magical things. Candles and Incenses help create that otherworldly time-in-between-time ambiance to do all types of ritual workings with. I'm in the process of upgrading to soy or beeswax candles to avoid the carcinogens in the mass-produced ones. I love burning frankincense on charcoal whenever I need something stronger than white sage.
How do you deal with people who may be close to you who think negatively or say negative things about your beliefs and practice?
See, my Venus is in Virgo, boo. I find that it's better for me to be around those who I'm in resonance with (and away from those I ain't). I'm reeeally good at that, and I set up my life that way as an act of self care. Luckily I don't have many looky-loos over my shoulder dropping their two cents in my cauldron all the damn time. And since I'm not here to justify my practices to those who haven't experienced what I have, I don't stress those who don't get it. Also, they're probably afraid to catch these "Juju hands", so I think they may just keep away. People mostly express positive interest in what I do, and I'm learning to be more comfortable with that.
What does it mean to be a magical black woman?
To be a Magical Black Woman, is to be a Black Woman. There is inherent magic woven into the nucleotides in our DNA, yo. We create energy ripples, say spells, and open portals without even thinking about it. My personal heroines are Black Women who have decided to wield that magic conscientiously and responsibly (because it is a serious dedication). To the fiery Women who are radically dedicated to healing themselves, their elders, their peers, and the next generation of children to be; thank you, I love you, and let's do this.