Crystal Monds of Osatyam
Sun: Taurus | Moon: Scorpio | Rising: Aries | Sidereal Aries
Pronouns: She / Her / They /Them
I’m a Southern-born BlaQueer artist-yogini-organizer from the country. I’ve been in Atlanta for most of my adult years, and this city has gifted me with the opportunities to connect with communities that feel good and some who have become chosen family. Here, I’ve experienced myself growing into more embodied and affirmed versions of who I am. I’m grateful for all the pieces and for how my healing practices have evolved and been received.
How can healing + wellness be decolonized?
Healing and wellness practices need to be centered. They need to be the base upon which we build any business, movement, relationship, etc. In that centering, Black people, specifically Black people that are widely marginalized (Trans, feminine, fat, queer, dark-skinned, disabled, financially-restricted folks) should be prioritized in order to genuinely decolonize healing/wellness and make them commonplace rights rather than luxury.
What's something you want to experience in all your intimate relationships?
I’d love to experience comfort, leisure, acceptance, growth, accountability, support, and genuine love in each one of my intimate relationships.
Most magical city or place you've ever visited.
The most magical place I’ve visited has to be the Gullah/Geechee lands in South Carolina. The air feels different there. I can feel the trees breathing, the earth feels nurturing and nurtured. Of all the beautiful places I’ve been, this one felt the most home, the most alive with ancestors, the most diverse in landscape and life. Full of magic.
Ask a question. We might just ask attending guests.
What part of home is the most sacred for you? Why?
What's a perfect day look like for you?
89 degrees F and breezy by a body of natural water with a fresh green coconut and some mangoes closeby on a leisure day where the day is long and the night comes slow. Some yoga, meditation, a massage, cuddles, and great food in their own natural timing.
What in your life are you most grateful for?
I’m most grateful for the times that my needs are met by community, the universe, or my creative ingenuity. Even in hard times, it takes little more than an ask for things to move as they should.
What was the last thing that made you overflow with joy?
I was recognized by Black queer folks in my city for being a noteworthy and effective healer deserving of recognition. I’ve been doing this work for so long and often forget to stop to take in the positive impacts. The day I got that notification made me stop and drop some tears of joy because my lifework was being seen and felt.
Most underappreciated or underestimated artist/creative in Atlanta?
Can I give 2? Definitely Aryee (@aryee.gem on IG), their vocal range and purity are astounding and they have the nerve to be an amazing dancer and new reiki practitioner too. Another for me in this moment is Often (@oftenoftenoftenoften on IG). Almost every song feels like a ritual that we needed.
Something that has taken you a long time to learn in your lifetime?
Sticking to my boundaries in love, with family, and in work have taken me the longest to learn. I’m still working on them, but have come a long way.
Sugar on grits or nah? Or do you outright reject grits, lol?!
Savory grits always. Sugar is slander.