Co$mic Poetry: Black Woman Witch

Hey babes! I’m so excited to share the newest visual poem for “Black Woman Witch” I wrote this poem thinking about all of the different types of fuckery black women go through on the daily, but from the perspective of a victor rather than the victim.

The dark witch that pities those that harm her, and laughs the last laugh even while burning in the cruel world.   

In the same way that the earth will spare none of us that contribute to her destruction, those that disrespect black women will also destroy themselves in the process. 

~ Kenya Ku$h  

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 Photos: Kamasoul

Photos: Kamasoul

Black Woman Witch

Written / Directed/ Performed by:   Amanya Maloba

Filmed / Edited by: Kamasoul

Styled by: Janice Ibarra

 

 

Mystic Marijuana Flow: New Moon in Virgo Yoga Series

Our yoga sequence is formulated to honor and move with the New Moon’s energy in Virgo. When you reach Sun Salutation B, read what we have outlined for you to tweak your routine. Two options are listed to help you focus on what you have to give in your practice and keeping the wonder alive. New Moon in Virgo teaches us that we can accomplish more when we look into the details of our strength. Holding a pose for a really long time doesn’t indicate strength, more so its the unshakeable serenity while being committed to your goals. 

Mantra:

If I wish to expand, I must first contract

To be mentally flexible, I must be physically gentle 

 Photo by Adrian Estrada @hndicapshoota

Photo by Adrian Estrada @hndicapshoota

Integration:
Begin in a seated position or child’s pose. Close your eyes and allow yourself to settle into your body. Become aware of your breath. Begin to reset its rhythm by taking deep inhales to fill up, and deep exhales to let go of all the stale air in your body. Breathe into the sensations that arise and use your breath to break away tension in your body. Gradually engage your ujjayi breath to use throughout the flow—Deep breaths in through your nose and deep exhales out of your nose. Enjoy getting acquainted with your breath for several minutes. Blink your eyes open or keep them closed. Shift forward to table top position and flow through several rounds of cat/cow poses. 

SUN A (Flow)
-Downward Facing Dog: shift hips up and back, all fours are firmly planted.
-Forward Fold: gaze forward and walk your feet forward to meet your hands. Let your head & neck hang heavy and sway side to side. 
-Mountain Pose: slowly roll up to stand, lifting head last. Once balanced on feet with hips underneath shoulders, close eyes and bring hands to meet at heart center. Repeat Mantra here
-Forward Fold: melt chest over thighs, bring hands to earth. 
-Downward Facing Dog: plant hands on earth, and walk feet to back of mat.

 Pose: scorpion dog// Smoke+Stretch @nurturingrootsfarm Sept. 16

Pose: scorpion dog// Smoke+Stretch @nurturingrootsfarm Sept. 16

Sun B: 

-From downward dog INHALE right leg high, EXHALE scorpion dog
-INHALE right leg high (3 legged dog) EXHALE low lunge

Pick one, 

-INHALE warrior 1 : back heal 75 degrees, widen your stance side to side, biceps frame your ears
-or-
-INHALE crescent moon: back knee gently drops, chest pulls away from thighs, palms at your waist/push lightly off front knee/arms above head

linger in the pose you chosen and breath

Revisit your mantra, do what is necessary vs. what is redundant, practice restful alertness! 

Next
Pick one, 

-INHALE first, EXHALE humble warrior: clasp your fist behind your back, bow inside your front leg
-or-
-INHALE first, EXHALE airplane pose: launch off back leg, balance on standing foot, stretch your upper torso to the top edge of mat, activate back leg, arms can be by your waist or fingers laced palms squeezed behind your back 

Next 

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-INHALE warrior 2: heels in one line, arms to a T, gaze over your front middle finger

Pick one,
-EXHALE extended side angle with radiant arm version: front knee stacked over ankle, top arm sweeps overhead, bottom arm shoots forward, core is engaged 
-or-
-EXHALE skandasana (side lunge), squat towards front leg, other leg is long, flex toes towards face, hands at heart or one arm down in your inner thigh and one arm diagonally up 

Restart on an inhale, exhale low lunge, high plank, option for vinyasa chatarunga flow or back to downward down

 Photo by Adrian Estrada @hndicapshoota

Photo by Adrian Estrada @hndicapshoota

Remember before repeating the other side, commit to your mantra and exercise your intuition! Do what is necessary vs. what is redundant. 

After you have flowed on both sides drop back into childs pose

Pick one, 
-Hands together, bend elbows, thumbs at the tip of your neck
-or-
-Cusp your heals 

Intensify your breath, in harmony with the New Moon’s energy in Virgo. Weaken your ambitions, strengthen your essence. Filter your ego and rest easy in the wise choices you’ve made thus far in your practice to tweak your routine. Learning to be consistent with your schedule through unlimited ways of expression, instead of devoting to be firm, that your schedule has to look a certain way. Be flexible, the dance of the New Moon in Virgo will always curve to your needs. Focus on what you have to give!!

The melanin in me recognizes the melanin within you 

Namaste 

Kenya Ku$h and J-Na$ty

Women.Weed.WiFi
Mystic Marijuana: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo
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@ffilmskii

If you haven’t tasted a year’s worth of honey, a bottle of natural nectar collected from late winter-early spring is lighter in color and less complex in flavor, than a summer’s thick, sticky golden harvest. It’s easy for bees to stay active in hotter temperatures, therefore honey in the summer tends to be even more delicious, since they work twice as hard. Similar to how everyone else spends their length of solstice, theres an increase in movement and pleasure for all beings.

The sun is designed for our spiritual growth, and causes us to experience a great deal of expansiveness. Irritation from the bloody heat can distract us and the sun’s rays of light can pull us in so many places emotionally. We are so dictated by the sun, keeping us awake and losing sleep, causing us to feel deprived of moon substance. A major point that we shouldn’t miss is that life opens up during the summer, to offer new directions. We can become something bigger than our own individual life, because there’s  plenty to do/see/explore on brighter days!

When it’s cold we don’t feel as free, similar to bees who have to travel to get what they need. Bees huddle close together during hibernation, creating a nest full of vibration to keep wisdom warm. Our sun streamlines mass pollination for bees alongside exceeding interactions amongst be-ings, raising our bar of confidence to bring ourselves and our aspirations forward in the world. Real honey is like our pot of purpose, its going to be an extra climb to have it, but it’ll always be fortifying, a sweetness that truly never spoils! 

 @ffilmskii

@ffilmskii

Today’s new moon in Leo shares this notion that we can easily bruise from the sun as much as the sun fills us with joy. Meaning, everything negative and positive will continue to grow evenly. The sun cannot pick what to weed out. It is up to the protectors of the earth to decide what flourishes. Notice how bees manage, direct, and invest their energy to what matters most to them. Bees search for multiple flowers of knowledge to assist earth and earthly beings with seasonal lessons, one fragile bloom at a time. So we must follow that same buzz.  

What the bees, sun, and flowers all have in common is they all carry a high frequency. Higher frequencies are tools to our ascenscion. This solar eclipse, new moon in Leo is helping us move up. The sun’s DNA transmits high vibrational downloads for higher awakening; many of us could run into trauma and/or pain because receiving high frequency energies purges that which is of a lower frequency. Also, my own divine theory is that since western minds usually personify the sun as male, maybe bees are the sun’s female counterparts, responsible for earth’s exuberance, relying on its fragrance and spectrum of flowers. The aroma of flowers help bees pollinate, producing tons of food we eat that also have high frequency energies. It is no wonder bees are attracted to flowers of high frequency, because flowers soak up the vibration of the sun and are also stuck in earth absorbing its vibration too. Bees know exactly what they need to move forward, in terms of spiritual growth. 

 @ffilmskii

@ffilmskii

We can do the same action as bees, especially with the benefits of essential oils, inhaling the flower/plant’s high frequencies.

To enhance our successful journey the way sun amplifies our truth and opens doors, we teamed up with a local, WOC-owned company, Karmic Baths to blend an annointing oil, for you to acquire wealth and promote self-love. "The Gold Pathway," has frankincense, myrrh, palmarosa, sweet orange, calendula flowers in a sunflower oil base. You can rub it on your heart, the veiny areas of your wrist, or on your fingertips! This hemp-based CBD annointiment comes with a personalized spell for you to perform in order to unite with your intentional achievements. 

~ J-NASTY

Review: Chernobyl

 Strain Diary ~ Chernobyl

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Lately, I have been feeling very...strange. I don’t have the full language even now to describe the feeling, but I am aware of a transformation happening inside of me. Some things we can never verbalize because the message we’re receiving or process were undergoing is a spiritual one rather than a human one, and we can only verbalize in human languages.

An uncomfortable shift is underway in my physical body, my mental conditioning, and spiritual elevation. For me, it usually happens that I experience a total shift, affecting all the dimensions of my human experience, rather than one aspect at a time. While I trained for my first marathon a few years ago, I also wrote my first book, and felt a self-love so strong and exciting it was like I was in love (the addicting kind) with myself. My relationship with weed also transitioned from recreational to medicinal and spiritual during that summer. At present, I’m continuously swinging between the agony of change—the hips breaking to widen—and the joy of experiencing the new life passing through my own body and spirit, giving birth to a new version of myself...

...Today I woke up incredibly sore—my muscles were heavy everywhere from a grueling training schedule and my spirit was a little tired. My mind has been leading the way lately, keeping me up late and waking me up early, and in many ways threatening to undo the positive momentum I am cultivating for myself. I decided to take advantage of this morning’s sunshine by drenching myself in coconut oil and absorbing the sun’s energy while enjoying my morning blunt...

...I was so excited to discover this nug of Chernobyl from Ritual Cannabis that had somehow managed to escape my lighter! Usually when I find a nug from the past I save it for an absolute weed emergency or smoke it at night since the older the weed, the higher its CBN content—a compound which makes you sleepy/groggy.

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This sativa-hybrid nug, however, looked much the same as I remembered it from a few months ago—an inviting green with yellow highlights, covered in crystals, and proudly sporting its outdoor sugar leaves! The smell had also lost no pungency—it was a combination of sweet, sour, and perfumey notes, where you can tell it’s that forreal, forreal dank without even smoking. The nug was slightly sticky from all the trichomes, but I used a grinder to break it down before wrapping it in a Dutch.

The sun and weed worked in tandem, on my body first, and as a result also on my spirit. Almost immediately after I started feeling this high, I noticed my soreness dissipating without even a stretch. The sun warmed my exterior and the weed worked on my muscles through the interior. Tying my sun worship/melanin activation to my blunt ritual made the moment special spiritually as well—ancient messages settled into my skin as I released internal stress and doubts with my smoke, choosing instead in each moment faith and perseverance. Mentally, this strain fosters a calm, euphoric haze perfect for being gentle with reflections and allowing thoughts to pass without judgement, though I was definitely spacey in the grocery store after! Below are some affirmations & reminders to myself that came from this moment of active reflection.

Chernobyl Sun Meditations…

*Invest my time and energy wisely immediately, the decisions I make now will have lasting impact on mine and others’ futures.

*Be conscious in each moment of the choices I am making. What actions do I repeatedly choose and mistake as my nature or fate?

*I challenge myself to do one “annoying” thing that I always put off per day—sticking to my cleaning schedule, making a long overdue phone call, paying a bill, holding chair pose ( one of my least favorite) for the full breath cue etc.

*Breaking habits and creating new ones comes from the accumulation of individual acts, so every little thing IS important at this stage.

*Pay attention to my body’s hints and RESPECT THEM ALL.

I invite you to try on these themes for yourself in your own form of self-reflection, self-appreciation, and self-encouragement. If you’re also going through it, keep going bitch!

~ Kenya Ku$h ~