JUSTICE XI: DOMA repealed, yet my heart is heavy


Justice card by Rainbow of Crazy

I wrote about Justice in March when cases were being heard.

Here’s my response to the recent ruling –

DOMA has been repealed, but I am not jumping for joy. People have been blatantly left behind including voters of color, people who are targeted by police on a regular basis (young black and brown men, trans women of color, sex workers), and once again, the original people of Turtle Island (the Dusten Brown case set a dangerous precedent for the future of the Child Welfare Act and is working to rip a child from her family and roots).
I really hope that people who are celebrating DOMA being repealed and Prop 8 going down, are ready to use freed up resources to continue the fight for social justice for EVERYONE! I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s gay pride parade. I’m asking folks to stay fired up for the people who are still in very real danger.
Written by Luke Taylor:
We should be clear that SCOTUS did more to eviscerate civil rights this week than defend them. Here’s the score card for those keeping track:
VRA: gutted and already being used to disenfranchise voters of Color in Texas
Miranda rights: the court significantly curtailed your right to remain silent during QUESTIONING, even before an arrest, stating that remaining silent can, in fact, be used against you
Affirmative action: punt
Marriage equality: punt
Tribal sovereignty: grossly undermined and a terrible precedent set for future casesDOMA may be dead but the court should be seen as no one’s hero this week.

More on Justice XI

More on Justice XI Tarot card by Astral Tarot

A friend respectfully asked me if I could help them understand my thoughts on the SCOTUS Child Welfare Act case. Here are some points I made to them followed by some good articles:
***A note to Two Spirit/Native pals, please feel free to make any corrections or additions***

My understanding of things:
-The Cherokee Nation is a sovereign nation who had US citizenship forced on them

-Therefore, this isn’t just about trans-racial adoption, it is about trans-national adoption (think Madonna tries to adopt a baby from Malawi against the wishes of the people and government of Malawi)

-The adoption wasn’t complete

-Dusten Brown wants to raise his daughter – and thought he would be in his child’s life

-As soon as he found out his child was being put up for adoption, he made moves to gain custody

-The US has a terrible history of forcing Native children away from their homes, families, nations and into boarding schools “Indian Schools,” meant solely for assimilation into white American culture

Here are a couple of great articles that explain it much better than I can:

Here’s an article that came out during the trial in April: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/04/16/supreme-court-takes-indian-child-welfare-act-baby-veronica-case-148855

Here’s the latest article from Indian Country: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/26/supreme-court-reverses-remands-baby-veronica-case-back-south-carolina-150121


wands08Originally posted on 3/12/13

So many potential meanings to this card!  Some say “swift motion,” some say “Act now!” and some say “Look where it’s pointing!”  In a reading, it could be good to look at which card the EIGHT of WANDS  is pointing to, that might tell you where all of this swift energy is going to land.

My general interpretation of Eight of Wands is it indicates that intention has been set, energy has been raised, and action has been taken.  That thing the queerent has set out to accomplish is about to happen.  This card reminds me that in some ways, I need to let go of my attachment to how the outcome will look, and get clear about my vision of myself in the outcome.  It’s about to happen.  Am I ready to pounce on it once it does?



The Knight of Wands image says it all. This dude is FIXED! Depending on the circumstance, it could be beneficial or detrimental. This card indicates the queerent or someone in the queerent’s life who is strong willed, loyal, stable, conservative, grounded, stubborn, and methodical – all to an extreme.

If this card is drawn in a position of action, the queerant is being told to stand hir ground and be solid. In most other positions, the queerant is likely being pointed to someone who is holding this energy, or being asked to be aware of ways they might need to budge, even just a little, in their current situation.



This card could mean so many things… Everything you need emotionally is right in front of you, and hey! there’s another one! OR You are looking inward to understand what you really need despite outer distractions. This is a great time to ask “Am I wallowing in self pity?” “Am I perpetually dissatisfied?” “Am I genuinely dissatisfied and needing deeper fulfillment?” “Am I trying to avoid certain temptations?”

It’s hard to know sometimes which is which. Just be aware that the gifts or even temptations are there for the taking. Open your perception and see beyond the shoes you’re gazing down on. You might see that your heart’s desire is right in front of you, or you might decide you don’t want or need what’s there, but at least know what’s pulling your attention and ask yourself whether or not it will ultimately serve you.