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The Old Story

By Brandon Alter:

I found myself saying "the patriarchy" and "white supremacy" and "western culture" so much that I felt like they were bad spells I was casting. So now I just say "the old story." And the old story was exactly that: a prescribed version of reality and how we were supposed to receive it and behave within it. And now we are, as the brilliant Charles Eisenstein says, in "the space between stories." And it seems like the people who were trying to give voice to the new story, the story that we are beginning to shape around us, were buried by the old story.

I am speaking up about this because I am starting to discover poets and artists and priestesses of bygone decades whose work seem as searing and relevant as ever—and I didn’t know about them! And I’m furious that I didn’t have a chance to commune with them when I was younger and in such need.

It’s so easy to think of this new world as sparkling and awful and wholly fresh, but it has been here for a long time; and it chose certain prophets to bring it into being.

I find it helpful to think of things in this way because it means I don’t have to call forth a vision from scratch. I can drink from the well of these prescient masters and follow in their flow.


BRANDON ALTER is a spiritual healer, Tarot reader, teacher, mystic and writer living in Los Angeles. He is passionate about sharing spiritual tools that have helped him reconnect to the wisdom of his heart. Brandon is a thoroughly trained healer, astrologer and yoga teacher who co-hosts The Spiritual Gayz with his husband, a twice-monthly podcast dedicated to exploring the wide reaches of spirituality, without pretending that it all makes sense. Brandon’s mom took him to his very first psychic when he was seven and gave him his first Tarot deck when he was eleven. Since then he has devoted himself to the study of Tarot, Yoga, Pilates, Reiki, Astrology and the myriad ways one can work and heal with the help of the spirits.

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