Thank you, Louise-in-btween, for nominating me for a Liebster (small blogger) Award. Louise and I once worked in the same building and saw each other all the time. Years have passed since then, but I’ve gotten to know so much more about her through her blog. If you’re into hiking, cycling, and poetic introspection, I highly recommend Louise-in-btween.
The Liebster Award is given by a blogger to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, with an aim to help others discover and spot new, amazing bloggers.
Louise asked me several questions as part of this nomination. Here’s our Q&A:
Louise-in-btween: If you could be any animal, what would you choose?
Yetta Snow: I am a horseshoe crab. It’s already decided. When I was growing up on the Eastern Seaboard, we called them “dinosaur crabs.” I once had a marvelous dream of talking to one through a dixie-cup walkie-talkie, and I’ve been enamored ever since. Horseshoe crabs would make good tarot readers. They have thousands of eyes that become wildly powerful during a full moon. (This pic is a tarot card I made to represent my archetypal inner crab).
LIB: How did you choose the name of your blog?
YS: It’s the same as the name of my Business, Present Day Tarot. It says upfront that I am not a fortune teller. The best way to discover your future is to truly understand your present. And as it turns out, tarot is a wonderful and magical tool to help you do that. (This pic is the Queen of Cups from the Golden Tarot by Kat Black)
LIB: Tell me about an experience or person who shaped your life for the better.
YS: I saw a Reiki healer about 20 years ago named Marie Manuchehri. She’s a well-known public figure and energy healer nowadays, though at the time she was simply a young entrepreneur working hard to manage a busy life. She’s outrageously multi-sensory. She told me my doctor’s secrets, spoke to my cervix, communed with my mother’s soul, and flipped my whole concept of the world upside down. I have followed her and studied with her since then, and credit her influence in many of the bolder decisions I’ve made in my adult life.
LIB: What is your favorite blog post that you have written (link to it please)?
YS: I am fond of a post called Lies, which was inspired by the airport protests of the first Travel Ban in 2017. I also really like some of the political predictions I was ballsy enough to publish early on, but you’ll have to dig for those. (This pic is from Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel).
LIB: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
YS: I am currently part of a collective superpower known as the Resist Movement. But I also know that when I work really hard to resist something, I run the risk of attracting it to me and, consequently, giving it life. So I’ve begun to favor the term Counteract. I would like this to be a new superpower in our collective consciousness. To Counteract is to speak up, organize, and energize in accordance with what is true and good. (This pic is from a series I made for my Txrot Womxn’s March 2017).
LIB: Name one thing that you want to do or accomplish in 2018.
YS: I understand I get to nominate someone for a Liebster Award! I nominate DoulaJane as a new blog to watch.
I’ve bent the rules of the game a bit in this post, but for the record, this is what is asked of Leibster Award nominees:
- Acknowledges the blog that nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers.
- Ask them 11 questions.
- Let them know you have nominated them.
My questions for Doula Jane are:
- What do you love?
- How does your blog reflect that?
- How do your life and work intersect?
- What do you enjoy doing that is unrelated to your work?
- What is your primary element (earth, water, air or fire)?
- What other 6 questions would you like to be asked?
Many thanks again to Louise-in-Btween for bringing me into this game, and to the initiator of the Liebster Awards, wherever you may be in the world.