This is Issue 65.3 of Digestable, your thrice-weekly mouthful of things happening in the world.
Today’s news, fermented:
I’m late, because of all these good long reads! And honestly, I’m more late because I can’t get over the Greenpeace sting operation that caught Exxon execs on camera admitting to buying off US Senators to prevent meaningful movement on climate policy.
First, the long reads:
To Shed a Cage, a story about how friendship was a lifeline during and after 40 years in and out of prison
They Lost Everything in the Pandemic. Now They’re Taking on an Oil Giant, and Winning, a shattering account of an encampment Brazilians set up on Petrobras’s land out of necessity.
In a divided country, communal living redefines togetherness, about a group outpost of folks seeking refuge from unlivable rents and loneliness in LA
And now for the juiciest fossil fuel goss around:
Inside Exxon’s playbook: How the oil giant works through front groups to head-off regulations on toxic chemicals and plastics is the banger we all (at least I) have been waiting for. Pair it with this article about Joe Manchin’s profits from coal sales, and you’ve got a vivid picture of just how a good job the oil and gas industry has done at purchasing American democracy.
Here’s a funny fern that knows how to delegate.
Good morning and happy Friday!
I come to you this morning with a few small reflections before we fully dive into our tarot card reading for the weekend/week ahead…
I have read the tarot cards of a few loved ones recently and I have really come to appreciate the reciprocal energy exchange that occurs during a tarot reading. Tarot readings are special because both parties have to be bought in, they both have to believe the tarot will reflect back the subconscious truth, and bring out thoughts and reflections that are important in that moment. Tarot does not tell the future, but it sure as hell accurately reflects your current energetic state. This makes tarot such a powerful tool for introspection and self reflection, (it also makes tarot kind of intimidating, which I totally understand). This is also why I tell folks to never go into a tarot reading in a bad mental state, because that is exactly what the cards are going to reflect.
Let’s dive into our long distance energetic exchange readers...we are asking the tarot what we should be aware of in the weekend ahead, what is calling our attention, what is needing our care and reflections…
...Ace of Pentacles! The Ace of Pentacles tells us:
“The world around you is full of possibilities and promise right now. Engage with it, on a bike ride, take a bath, make some tea, plant some flowers and enthral your sense. You are in this world, on this planet, so live your life and let the good things come to you.”
What a wonderful card to get ahead of the weekend, a reminder that we are breathing, we are alive, and sometimes, life is just for straight up living. How are you going to celebrate yourself and your life this weekend? How are you going to engage your senses? A reminder that not every action has to have a purpose, make yourself that fancy matcha latte you bought all the ingredients for just for the hell of it. Pick a fun and maybe hard recipe to fully dive into this weekend. The world is our oyster!
Till next week!