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Bewitch Yourself

by Alexa Dexa

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  • The Sacrosanct Oracle//Composition Deck is a collection of resource-based oracle messages that double as indeterminate graphic scores. Composed to uphold folx of marginalized gender identities, the cards offer space to assess, access, cultivate, claim, and share resources to dismantle the binary, gender-based cultural conditioning of patriarchal power structures as we forge our own paths forward.

    Created by toychestral electroacoustic composer-performer Alexa Dexa, Sacrosanct holds 50 hand-drawn and digitally colored oracle//composition cards measuring 3.5” x 5.75” and an altar card featuring a spell for synchronicity. An accompanying 108-page, hand-written and risograph-printed guidebook presents methods for resourcing yourself and musically reading the cards to invoke songspells (intentions that hold space for infinite possibility translated letter for letter into musical phrases that manifest transformation through the process of deep listening).

    Accessing music as transformative self-care through the Sacrosanct Oracle//Composition Deck requires only a mechanism for generating sound and connection to experimentation and play. Formal musical training is not necessary.

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    Sacrosanct is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York state legislature, and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.
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1.
calling in 03:34
I call us I call us into ourselves I call us into our own protective forces Into the energy we want to embody I call us in to unconditional and infinite potential I call in our abundance of accessible resources I call in our power to divine their usage I call in grounding energies Rooting us into safety I call in our vibrant dreams May we hold and embolden them always I call in the fluidity of our nature Shape-shifting, shape-makers I call in our sense of play I open our channels for exploration I welcome all forces in alignment with the motion we need With trust, we open ourselves to all the wisdom surrounding
2.
listening 09:53
Listening to yourself Hearing where you are and rooting solidly Into the stability of your surroundings Listening without judging A noncritical practice of influx and egress Expansion through sound awareness A portal to new expansions For holding your ground and letting it hold you For listening and trusting, without hesitation, your own truth And opening wider to hear what trickles in from without Nonlinear lifetimes echoing milestones as they’re found and re-found Feedback we carry and cycle through Listening, we share our worth and our value
3.
You are in a safe container Soft bounds Meet your edges Make contact Let your center of gravity Pull you back gradually Into your body Your full length and your breadth Your wholeness, wholeness Let your center of gravity Pull you back gradually Into your body Gently your sensory perception Connects you to yourself again You are in a safe container Soft bounds Meet your edges Make contact You are in a safe container Soft bounds Meet your edges Make contact Make contact Make contact Meet your edges Make contact You are in a safe container You are in a safe container
4.
Seeds are sown in me Growing quietly Even unrecognizably Ushering in growth With their being We are in a period of rest And recalibration Hold space to hold ourselves To welcome rejuvenation Let these energy emanations Cleanse the doldroms Open spectrums Of multiplying jubilations Welcome altered horizons Slipping between dimensionality Connection is so much more Than can be seen Fluid and far-reaching I am part of everything And everything is part of me Untense, let go Undo, release Shimmy out of Choose not to keep Pushing yourself Resource relief Reframe, rethink Remake, re-meet yourself With kindness Soft and complete Soft and complete Melting Waxy visions Melting me into new forms Taking shapes And honoring unreality and change Shifting effortlessly
5.
gratitude 03:31
With heartfelt gratitude I thank ourselves for showing up For holding and sharing space For learning together And opening to wisdom in its many shapes I thank our infinite potential and our abundant resources For making themselves known I thank our protective forces And offer commitment to ensuring we are collectively safe I thank all forces in alignment with the motion we choose I welcome our growth alongside the churning of the earth I release our dream visions into the world To expand and manifest through our actions and words I release all excess to pour into the ground To nourish our collective needs With trust, we honor our being With heartfelt gratitude

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Bewitch Yourself is a ritual for resourcing ourselves and sharing our resources. It is shaped by songspells, which Alexa Dexa defines as intentions holding space for dream possibilities that manifest transformation through the process of deep listening. A songspell is a seed of self-care. Its magic blooms from the truth that what we give our attention to grows.

Our ritual begins as we call ourselves in. We offer ourselves an energetic opening in supported surroundings. We listen. We practice being in our bodies. We hold space to hold ourselves. We seal our ritual as we extend gratitude. We welcome an energetic release to make way for transformation.

Each songspell for Bewitch Yourself was crafted with readings Alexa Dexa divined using their self-published Sacrosanct Oracle//Composition Deck. Their deck is a collection of resource-based oracle messages that double as indeterminate graphic scores. Its main theme reminds us we are sacrosanct just the way we are. Each songspell was cast by Alexa Dexa with voice, an ever-expanding collection of toy instruments to rival a playpen, and live electronic processing in MaxMSP.

As you listen, find yourself in full-body comfort as it appears for you in this moment or as you dream for it to find you. Consider the resources you’d like to call in to yourself. Join in the songspell casting, if you feel so called, with any mechanism for generating sound and a connection to experimentation and play.

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released December 12, 2021

Composed, Recorded, & Performed by Alexa Dexa
Mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx

To co-craft and cast your very own songspell with Alexa, visit alexadexa.square.site

Bewitch Yourself and the Sacrosanct Oracle//Composition Deck are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.

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Alexa Dexa New York, New York

Alexa Dexa is a XxgrandmacoreXx toychestral electroacoustic composer-performer operating in a do-it-yourself/do-it-together capacity to deconstruct the harms of patriarchy using music as a tool of transformative self-care. Their collection of toy instruments
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