Next week is the launch of my new book Dirty and Divine. This is a book that took my real life and scoured it. I started writing it from a stance that I am a fairly stable person, that I am sane, that I am emotionally sound, and that I therefore was in the perfect position for outward growth. I created the journey within the book, not because I wanted to examine myself, but because I wanted to blossom.
What I didn't count on was that blossoming, in part, takes a lot of dirt, a great deal of compost and some much needed darker times. That is what the journey gifted me. Instead of flinging angels and miracles my way. I got a whole spectrum of life dolloped on and around me. Not so much magic, but rather the enlightenment of seeing my life for what it is. The tarot called me out. They took my 'sanity' and they said, "nah, you don't just get manifestation, you work for it baby." And before I could manifest a damn jot, they had me work. They had me work through pain, suffering, sickness and they made me open my eyes to one almighty situation I had been glossing over repeatedly.
The tarot took my sanity, my stability and threw it. They may as well have said, "nope, you don't need these. What you need is to get a little unhinged, a little emotional, a little dark. Then you damn well clamber out lady and find the light." Honestly, the journey of Dirty and Divine had me question everything from my ability to cope, to my faith in a spiritual existence. It was all laid bare for me. And I laid it bare upon the pages of the book, so that you may use my example as a climbing frame to the life you desire.
Now this all sounds a little dark. But it was a darkness I needed. After several years, praising my own ability to cope, my ability to love, my ability to be calm, my ability to evolve, those things needed putting to the test. I found, that those things, are not a given. They are a choice. They are a difficult choice.
Sometimes it is easier to slip into a comatose 'can't be bothered' or to cloy for an escape from it all, be that distraction, divorce or devolvement into something lesser. Dirty and Divine, made me examine my life in ways I hadn't wanted to. But... that I needed to for the next step to be enabled. It was therapy, it was intense and in the end, when all of this was examined and my sanity somewhat restored, it was liberating.
So here I am, still reeling and benefiting from the journey. And it is your turn next. What comes of your Dirty and Divine journey is something I am fascinated to hear about. For I know in my soul, that will be so different for every person who undertakes her ride...
Dirty and Divine is now available for preorder. All preorder customers receive a big discount on one of my readings, an invite to a very special online party and a free PDF guide to tarot. Only one day left to preorder, so please buy your signed copy today here...
Dirty & Divine is now available for presale and is sold alongside some excellent free goodies until 23rd Feb! When you order early you receive a free Tarot PDF written by me that acts as a basic fun guide to reading for yourself, and includes some reading templates to get you started. You will also receive an invite to an exclusive online book launch party!
Follow the link below to receive your free sample and to preorder and grab your goodies before the offer runs out!
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The leader of the free world just signed an order stopping funding to global reproductive health services. The world quickly, in the strike of a pen, is a lot less free.
Given the marches at the weekend this feels like revenge and a cold show of power... Which coming from the leader of the 'free' world, is terrifying. I mean, just look at all those smug white dudes (see link below). I believe this is about control and returning to the 'great' aspects of the world pre-feminism. As in dudes ruled the world and Women stayed the fuck out, busy with the kids they had to have because they didn't have access to education about options.
This is The Emperor (my least favourite tarot card) gone mad. Based on fear, but fuelled by mania, lust for power and a mythological preference for a previous time / gender. Because of this millions of Women, globally, internationally, everywhere, will have less access to family planning options. This isn't politics, this is man against woman. This is a big heavy boot striking with force. This cannot stand.
Read this... http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ann-furedi/global-gag-donald-trump-abortion_b_14354162.html?utm_hp_ref=uk
Dirty & Divine, a transformational journey through tarot is on resale this week! Preorder to receive a free gift and a personal invite to an online party!
These Women's Marches have had me thinking. I am in great awe at the power represented by the unity of Women, and men, against what they perceive as an infringement of their beings...
We have a legacy to create and a world to fix. It's not so simple as a 'decent' life. Many of us in the western world have a decent life. It's more. It's bringing back the intuition, the magic, the innate power of empathy and love and nurture. These things are not just Womens. They are all of ours. And the lack of them leads to this... A place where poverty, violence, addiction and fear thrive, even in the successful. A poverty of spirit. A fear laden understanding of every goddamned day. A violent reproach to those who seem different or lack the fundamentals of what we see as 'us'. And religion won't fix it for that is often too strictly plumbed into the agenda. Politics feeds it for votes.
What will help then? Spirit. Unity. Individuals Seeing each other and accepting. Trusting our own spirit as opposed to a holy one. Becoming fraught with our frustrations and acting on them. Seeking peace yet speaking loudly. Trusting a pattern. In our lives. In a bigger picture. In the signs. In connection. Looking beyond the prison of our bodies as society captures them and seeking something 'more' that echoes through synchronicity and luminous gut feeling. Because anyone can ignore you. But you mustn't ignore yourself.
Herein lays the answer. And all that anyone can do. Hear your heart. Act on it. Call your goddess home. Love. Trust. Surrender. Be.
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Dirty & Divine, A Transformational Journey Through Tarot is released in March!
Dirty & Divine, my new book, is a journey. You work your way through a tarot card a day and the result is, well, for me it was explosive, transformational, beautiful, chaotic, difficult and at the same time, much needed. Dirty & Divine is an inclusive and intuitive approach to tarot. Not one based on fortune telling, but on change rendered up by self reflection and the story the cards allow you to live. It makes you see yourself. In ways all new. It is powerful. My example is documented throughout alongside a powerful introductory section that brings you the cards in a new light.
I didn't want to write a tarot book. I resisted it for years. But I am so glad that I did write it. Those 78 slivers of card have taken me on the most tremendous trip.
The things that nearly stopped me from writing Dirty & Divine, is the perception of tarot. I don't want to be seen as a fortune teller. It isn't my thing, it is not how I read the cards. The cards for me are a tool towards a spiritual self. They help you connect with your inner world, your spiritual world. They highlight your life in radical ways. They show you who you are, without telling you what to do. That is how I read and approach them.
Tarot are my objective best friend. I hope that by the time you have read the book and / or attended the workshop, you will be as adoring of them as I am! There is power in the cards, or rather, in you, and the cards help raise it up. Come to my workshops to find out more...
And next it is your turn...
Dirty & Divine Workshops now taking bookings, click for more details...
11th March Southwood Stores near Milton Keynes - easy access from London by train and motorway.
18th March Buddhist House, Narborough, Leicestershire. Train, car and bus accessible.
To celebrate the March launch of Dirty & Divine I am currently planning two book launch workshops! Meet with me, learn about tarot, open to your intuition and eat chocolate! Attendees at each event will receive a signed copy of Dirty & Divine!
Southwood Stores Milton Keynes 11th March 10am - 12.30 - A particularly intimate and small group event is planned at this special venue. Meditation, tarot exercises and guidance for undertaking your Dirty & Divine journey will all form part of the session. Of course you also receive a signed copy of the book and there will be chocolate! Any level of tarot understanding is welcome! Click here for more information and to book.
Leicestershire Workshop Event - Being planned. Check back soon for details and booking.
Today let's start with The Death Card. Cue dark and forboding music playing in your head...
The reason I choose Death to start with is because it is the card that frightens most people off from ever getting involved in the tarot.
So I will start by saying this. Tarot reflect life. They do not cause it. You cause it. You make choices. You have free will. You and all of us have little deaths happening every day. From the last time you had a full on hair cut, to the time your beloved Grandma died. It is all a spectrum of death that is real, that happens each moment, and that can be powerful when we align with it.
I've been reading cards for 28 years. Never once has the Death card predicted an actual death. I am aware of one instance where it is claimed that a woman pulled the death card, and then, a whole year later, she died. This came to me through third party hearsay. And I call a little bit of bullshit on it. Not because it isn't true. Like I said, the cards reflect life, and death is a part of life. But it is bullshit because it is scaremongering. It doesn't show the truth and it doesn't give hope. And Tarot, in my world, always give hope.
Let me say it again. The cards do not make events happen. No slip of paper, no piece of card, no divine ass playing card pack ever made a person die. However. People do die. Get your head around that. It's something we don't often let ourselves think on. So when Death peeks out in a tarot reading we get all angsty and freak. But that's because we are thinking the worst... When in fact, Death, in all it's kaleidescopic meaning, can be a rather wonderful thing.
The Death card, is shot through with amazing and positive vibes. Should we choose to engage with them.
On a very simple level. Death is an ending. It is the rotten parts of life dropping away. It is leaving shitty situations. It is jacking in that job you hate. It is closing the door upon one verison of you and opening to a better, happier version of you.
Death is, nothing to be scared of. Honest it's not.
Here are some more reasons why.
Death is a gift. Check the card out properly. It's not just a skeleton dude wielding a scythe. There is so much more. There is light and dark. There are jewels and blessings and gifts.
Now think on your last big death. Your last big ending. What did it bring? When that job / relationship / friendship ended. Yes it may have been hellish. But what beauty and understanding did it bring to your door? If it hadn't ended, where would you be now? Rotting and groaning under the weight of something that needed to pass you by I imagine!
Death will bring you to your knees. But it has its purpose, its victories. It is a metaphor for every ending you have ever experienced. and yes, occassionally it means that an actual death has occurred. And that too, is a gift. Because within the death of those we know and love, we might find wisdom, truth and become closer to our humanity. The cards didn't cause it, life in its effervescent perverseness did.
Here is one of the biggest lessons of the tarot. We are mortal. We are divinity sitting within human flesh. We can end, much like the mini events of our lives. But with Tarot in our hand we sit closer to spirit. When we convene with the divine, then we know that perhaps death, actual physical death, is just another transition, like all the others.
So that is why I am warm to the death card. Not because it predicts finality and the END. But because it proposes a life beyond each and every death. Be that a life beyond your current circumstance or a life beyond your current skin. When you open to a Dirty & Divine understanding of life, of spirit, of tarot, the death card becomes a beautiful promise rather than a threat...
Dirty & Divine is the new book by Alice B Grist and is published in March 2017 by Womancraft Publishing.
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You may be wondering what on earth this 'Dirty & Divine' is that I continually mention and load up with hashtags. Well for those who are uncertain, here it is broken down.
Firstly it is the title of my next book. Which is an empowering journey using tarot cards as a modern day vision quest. It is startling in it's power, and it shook my life right up. I am offering you the chance to follow my lead and get to know your life from an intimate 'Dirty & Divine' perspective.
But what does that mean? The dirty is your humanity, your muck, your everyday existence. Because once you get a spiritual inkling, the rest of life continues anyway. So you live with a soulful heart, but often induldging very human actions, behavoirs and thoughts. Maybe you beat yourself up about this. Perhaps you wish you could be 'better', or 'more spiritual'. The fact is, your dirty, is perfect. It is exactly the point of your life. Without it there would be very little left to learn, very little left to strive for. It is painful, yet so, very, pertinent.
Your Divine... Well that is a whole other show. It is what underpins you. Irrespective of how spiritual you may feel, or how dirty you become in life. You are always spirit. That is a fact of a spiritual life. Your spirit doesn't leave you, it doesn't become sullied. It just is. Situated fat within your heart, ushering up as intuitions, and quietly hoping that you listen to her whispers.
So there you are; a great big mess of contradiction. A spiritual person with fire in her belly and a catalogue full of mistakes and errors in her past. And it is all perfect.
Dirty & Divine is a spiritual practice. The book leads you through a new way to experience the tarot. It isn't about predictions or fortune telling. Rather is is about taking a pack of pretty pictures and putting them to work on your behalf. Together we use them as a diving board into whatever needs to come up in your life. be that dirty, be that divine, probably it is both.
My trip down the Dirty & Divine lane, changed everything. I hoped for magic, and I got it, coated in dirt. I wanted change, and it came in unexpected ways. It transformed my life, and the fallout from that continues to this day. Dirty & Divine is beautiful in its power. It is not fo the faint hearted. Whilst the idea may be fun, the actioning of it is awesome, is chaotic and renders up the perfect storm.
And your life will change; for the better. But the rip tide that pulls your through each tarot card is a true education. Sky and earth become confused and your Dirty & Divine marry up in ways unexpected. It is a sacred trip to your soul and then out again to the perimters of your grubby flesh.
If you are planning on getting Dirty & Divine with me when the book releases in March, then you can start to prepare now.
1) Buy a tarot pack and/or dig out your old pack. Start to play with them. Get friendly, because for the 78 day mission of Dirty & Divine they are going to be your best friends.
2) Head over to facebook and request to join the private Dirty & Divine group. This is a place whereby you can connect with me and others undertaking the journey, to get feedback and discuss your experiences.
3) Tell your friends and see if any of them fancy hand holding you through it. Perhaps form a Dirty & Divine book club, where you can get together with likeminded souls and journey the cards as a group. Using each other as support and feedback!
4) Preorder the book to get involved in a very private online workshop with me where I will help prepare you for your journey. Preorder available very soon!
I am so looking forward to getting Dirty & Divine with you! love, Alice
Dirty & Divine Group
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Have you recovered yet?
Not from the New Year and Christmas splurging, but from 2016! What a year that was. It goes down in my 38 year history as direly memorable, and for so many of the wrong reasons. There was chaos at home, and abroad. And when I say at home, I mean, in my literal home. Not to mention all the death and war and disagreement and destruction. Yuck.
Horrible years, good decades make. Every so often a horrid year, month, day, moment comes around. And it can make you and mould you. Or, if you are disinclined to it, it will bury you. Chaos brings the scum of life to the surface where it must be dealt with, leaving us, eventually, with clean and clear waters, until such time as the dirt rises again...
I spent part of the year 2016 buried. Lost in turmoil as my relationship became far more dirty than divine. The lessons of 2016 took me away from my spiritual comfort zone and bang into the grime of sickness, wellbeing, mental health, addiction, arguments, recovery and more, literal sickness. I saw out the year, catching kids vomit in my pyjamas. It was a metaphor that wasn't lost on me. Having spent a whole year, partly in a state of maternity, partly working from home. All under one roof, without much communication with a bizarrely angry outside world. It was a weird old year.
Indeed... it was beautiful too. For there is never just awful. There were my children. My little baby becoming a toddler. My toddler becoming a child. The little adventures. The moments of clarity. The writing of a book. A few lovely breaks away. And in the background, burbling away there was recovery, and improvement, and a slow burn towards something a little like contentment.
I guess I am being evasive on the details, because, in part, they are not my details to share. Though for the super curious, my book Dirty and Divine, out in two months (March 2017) will fill you in. Dirty and Divine is the journey I took through the Tarot Cards - one card a day. It was a journey that kickstarted so much incredible in my life. But for the good to rise, we (and it was my journey, but it became about 'us')
first had to shift the bad. And that takes some doing. Nearly a year later, the dirt is well on its way to being shifted, and 2017 is looking and feeling a whole heap of something better. But that Dirty & Divine journey. It is not for the fainthearted...
When I set out on my Dirty and Divine trip through the tarot, I had no idea. I was holding out for angels and miracles. I got so much more. I got pain, strife, excitement, inspiration and all the other perfect ingredients for a storm that was set to bring me to a better place. And a good storm it was. One I highly recommend as a modern day vision quest. Something to test your bones and bring the smile back. If you feel that it's a journey you need to take, then preorders will be available very soon. In the meantime, I suggest you crack open a pack of Tarot cards and start getting to know them. When you combine them with Dirty & Divine you will have a personal revolution on your hands, now is the time to get friendly.
Also, come and join up to the Dirty & Divine Facebook page, which will be a haven of spiritual support for those who undertake the journey...
Wild Woman Retreat
You may know I am so excited to be involved in a new project the Wild Woman Retreat. This is a weekend healing and teaching retreat event that I am hosting with Louisa Darling (Barefoot Festival) in May in the Midlands. Check it out here... and the Facebook page here... I hope you will be able to come! We have teachers booking in already, including the incredible Lisa Lister, myself and of course Louisa too. It will be fully catered and kids are welcome, and will have their own space.
Dirty & Divine Workshops
There are plans afoot for several Dirty & Divine workshops around the time of the book's launch. More details coming soon. I am hoping that everyone who preorders a copy will be invited to a private online tarot workshop too, which will help kickstart your Dirty & Divine journey.
Tarot / Spiritual Coaching
I am currently not undertaking any of my usual tarot readings. I love them, but found the format and creation of them a little limiting. However I am working on a very intimate level with clients, with sessions encompassing full on spiritual guidance, meditation, readings and practice. As such I am no longer undertaking generic 'readings'. If you would like to work closely with me by phone, Skype, or in person, then please do get in touch directly.
So you want to lose some weight, and fast...
That band around your middle and the thunder in your thighs is keeping you small right?
And of course, you will be happier when you are so many ounces, such a dress size, ever so slinky and small...
How about this instead? Maybe the desire to be 'less' is a state of delirium imposed on you by a society that wishes to sell you anxiety. When you buy into that anxiety you become a pawn. One who lives out his or her life beholden to your own bodily parts. So you don't move forward, you may not find true love, you never quite commit to that career move, you choose badly based around self perception, you say no more than yes, you lose perspective to the feelings of self loathing.
Yes, the desire to lose weight, to be less, is precisely that. A recipe for a life of less. And I speak from experience. I remember when my days were practiced around the possibility of attending the gym and the requirement to eat appropriately. It was an obsession. It defined me. I didn't get much done in those days... My mind and heart danced around my perimeters, but no further. Then I opened to another aspect of myself. A part that transcends bones, skin and fat. My spirit. It weighs nothing, and it changes everything.
Here is a four step spiritual 'cleanse' that may just change your everything, and help you to lose the turbulent gravity of weight, that sits heavy in your heart...
1) Open to the idea that you an an everlasting spiritual spark of amazing. You read this far and therefore, you are open to there being, 'something more'. Now what if that something more, is you? What if you go on beyond this life. What if you incarnated here with a purpose, one that is so much more than checking in on the bathroom scales. Consider that you are infinite and that the source of all love and power resides right inside of you. Yeah it's big. And yeah you are, in spirit and soulful stature. And that is where big counts.
2) You can't reach your big, fat, bountiful spirit if you are consumed by and consuming an appetite for less, for being less, for becoming less, for losing weight, and in that same breath losing sanity, losing soul and losing self. There is so much literal junk standing between you, and the idea of your forever self. Here are a few examples of decluttering and allowing your spirited self to step forward. Stop buying magazines that inflict heartache on you due to the unrealisitic images. Stop perusing facebook in a comparative exercise, counting flaws and comparing waists. Don't buy things you don't need to adorn yourself. Just be for a little while. Free from images and comparison.
3) Feed your soul instead. Look to what makes you happy on a truly base level. What did you love as a child? Revisit it. Do what you used to do, and do it lots. Think hard on what you love. Find expression for any self loathing you have and transmute it into your creations and your art, your work and your journal. Let it bleed from you until you are left with something that feels a little more like self love.
4) Meditate, masturbate, read, pray, take long baths, be in nature, put your phone down and find some silence (frequently), be only with inspirational people and talk only about wonderful things, write down your night dreams and decipher their code, write down your day dreams and step towards them, refuse your minds need to return you to fear; dance, sing, draw, colour, garden, cook, eat, learn. Forgive yourself for something. forgive someone else. Move on. Expand in a hundred ways. Get bigger. Take up more space in the world.
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