What was the inspiration behind AfroMystic?
The inspiration behind The AfroMystic came from my decision to help black people, especially black women/femmes to have access information about our metaphysical lives, practices, and experiences from a very black, historically-informed, Pan-African perspective. So much of our herstory has been stolen from us, but for many of us, it has not been and can't be forgotten.
The AfroMystic is my contribution to this global collection of Black Witches deciding to put our spiritual healing first! As we decolonize from the magic-deadening trauma of colonialism, we wholly activate the Ancestral "lights" within us. When that happens, we heal the memories of our Ancestors and pour healing into the future generations. On the website, I try and write blogs and offer services that help bridge the gap between us and our African Ancestral magic in practical spiritual ways, whether you're initiated into a spiritual system or not.
One of the first things that caught my attention on your website, well, first of all, your site is BEAUTIFUL! Anyway, I love this passage on your site,
“MELANIN IS YOUR VEHICLE.
METAPHYSICS IS THE LAW.
MAGICK IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT!”
Can you break the meaning of that down for us? It’s deep, I know!
Awww, thank you boo! I do literally everything on my site on my own, so I appreciate the love -it means a LOT. That quote really just came to me one day as I was thinking about what an AfroMystic is:
Melanin is Your Vehicle...so AfroMystic, don't you let anyone tell you that you can't get where you need to go. According to our Ancestors, the pigment in your skin is more than for crayola play-play, honey. It's documented in the Medu Netr of Ancient Kemet and echoed in the works of Dr. Edward Bynum and our late Ancestor Frances Cress Welsing that the neuromelanin in your nervous system plays a key role in your ability to experience spiritual stimulus and extra-sensory perception. Lots of research has been done on the non-phenotypical purpose of melanin, and it's been discovered that melanated people have the ability to directly and potently experience a heightened communion with the non-physical (which is why our Ancestors were the originators of magic). You have the *vehicle* of melanin to use to assist you in your spiritual connection.
Metaphysics is the Law...for Witches and Metaphysicians, that one is kinda self-explanatory. There is nothing on the physical realm that does not have a metaphysical (or "beyond physical") cause -- it's the Principle of Correspondence! As above, so below. Many people are lead to Witches and Rootworkers to assist them in getting their lives in better order, and one of the reasons we can be such powerful healers is because we have a knowing of this principle beyond a shadow of a doubt, boo! Nothing is for naught, and much on this physical realm can be affected by working on the metaphysical realm (aka prayers, spells, rituals, libations, etc). Our Ancestors knew that.
Magick is your birthright...because if it weren't for the advent of patriarchy and the illusion of white supremacy, you would know exactly what your great great great great grandparents did to heal themselves when they were sick. To call rain or thunder down when it was needed. Or to ward of evil when it dared to greet them. The only reason you do not have direct information about the processes of magick, is because they were purposefully hidden from you -- which was a necessary action if we are to be colonized or enslaved. Any religion or institution blocking us from the birthright of recognizing our ashe (power) is an enemy, plain and simple. We must learn, wield, and also protect the powers that is our birthright.
What is magick?
To me, Magick is another word for Ashe, or the innate power that we have to make sh*t happen!
How has reclaiming or stepping into your magick affected your own life?
Stepping into my magick has popped the top off of my life, honestly. Deciding to honor my spiritual and psychic experiences and acknowledging them as real and important has opened doors for me that I never knew were there! Probably the most important thing reclaiming my magick has done for me, is make my intuition razor sharp. When something inside tells me to do or not to do something, it's difficult for me to ignore, thankfully. LOL!
What is the significance of spelling “magick” as opposed to the more common, or Western spelling “magic”?
When the Witches I know aren't using other indigenous words word for witchcraft/spiritual power, we use "magick" spelled with a "k" at the end. The k is added to signify that we aren't talking about rabbit-out-of-a-hat showman magic; we're talking about rootwork or ritual-work. Although the spelling is popularized, I'd love to research and use the words our Ancestors used to describe our work and use those moving forward.
What is a favorite ritual of yours?
I am in LOVE with ritual, so that's a really hard one. One thing I can say is that I love a good spiritual bath, though. If at any point in your life you're looking to rebirth and create a new you, goin' by water is one of the most effective ways to do it (*cues "wade in the water*). Most of my favorite rituals involve spending hours in the bathtub, filled with herbs, flowers, oils, candles, and blessed waters. One of my favorite ones lately is ritual I was inspired to create for a woman who requested it in my #BlackWitchBookClub. It's a ritual to help heal the grief of women who have lost children. I shared it on my site, and it can be found here.
Whats next for you?! What are you dreaming about and conjuring up?
I ask myself the same thing, every day, lol. Over the next year, I plan on doing a lot more teaching, and offering metaphysics-based classes both online and in person. I already offer one-on-one instruction in the Sankofa Spirit School, but look forward to making the Psychic Development, Astrology, Crystal healing, Tarot, #PumPumEgg (yoni egg) and Ritual Crafting classes available in a downloadable video-class format. I will also be releasing an e-book and doing some experimentation with audio recordings soon!
And who knows, maybe The AfroMystic and BFWB will complete that class we've been working on and offer our webinar soon ;), lol! Whatever I'm doing, my goal is to contribute wholesomely to the education and literature available out there for Black folks to get our spirits in order.
Who are some Black Femme Witches that inspire you?
So many Black Femme Witches are doing it for me these days. SO many. We're really move like a metaphysical militia! Some of the witches who have been my mentors and guides lately would have to be Lakesha-Parks Broom of Wild Women Do As They Please, the entire Big Liz Conjure family, Iyalosa Alakatunde of Got 2B Oshun, and the two sisters that run and organize The 9Minds Radio Show. I am so grateful to these women for their works, and they should already know that anything they need from me, just ask!
Daizy Latifah (The AfroMystic) is a Black Witch, metaphysician, tarot reader, astrologer, and pan-africanist from Los Angeles CA. As the creator and owner of TheAfroMystic.com, she hopes to spread a global awareness of the inherent magic and healing power within all peoples
of Afrian descent.
Using the intuitive power and divination tools left by her ancestors, she offers intuitive tarot readings, astrology readings, energy healings, and "sankofa spirit sessions" for people who are ready to deepen their spiritual and ancestral connection.