DIOSA 001: Francine Thirteen
By happen chance...
I stumbled across Francine Thirteen while searching for some new tunes on NPR. After listening to Shifter, I thought, "Okay okay... I'm feeling this", then made my way over to Dear Adam, then 13 statements and was sold. Her symbolic visuals and performance ritual are a refreshing break from the constant recycled pop that clogs the music industry.
Get comfy, grab a cup of tea and join us in our first DIOSA Q&A with Francine Thirteen; where were discuss her music, favorite crystals and more!
BM: BESIDES YOUR SELF-COINED RITUAL POP GENRE, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC TO SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE?
FT: I would describe it as wild restoration & beats that growl. It sounds like the magic of sacred virgins & holy whores. It is the sound of a Rose when she grows. It is the rhythm of heroes being born.
BM: WHEN DID YOU FULLY EMBRACE YOUR INNER GODDESS, AND BECOME SO UNAPOLOGETIC IN THE WAY YOU LIVE AND CREATE ART?
FT: I’m still blooming, but I had a major breakthrough in 2014 just after my maternal Grandmother passed. I feel her energy often pushing me to live out loud.
BM: DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A WITCH? WHAT DOES THAT WORD MEAN TO YOU?
FT: A Witch to me is a Wise Woman, A Healer, and a Mistress of Energy. Yes I do consider myself one and it is a path I revere and take very seriously. I am still learning and always will be.
BM: DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO WALK IN YOUR OWN SPIRITUAL PATH WHEN YOU COME FROM A SOUTHERN BAPTIST UPBRINGING? IS YOUR FAMILY RECEPTIVE TO YOUR BELIEFS? HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO YOU THAT THEY UNDERSTAND YOU?
FT: Whew! These are great questions and some that many of my cohort grapple with. Mine is a triumphant path, regardless of its challenges. My ForeMothers were midwives. The gifts of healing and intuition are quite strong in my family, but we are a complicated bunch. I don’t care whether they understand me or not, because they know me on a cellular level. It’s a bond that can’t be broken.
BM: DO YOU USE CRYSTALS IN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE? IF YOU DO, HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE THEM? WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
FT: I do. I use selenite and quartz often, but obsidian is one of my BEST friends. I keep one in my purse most of the time and I sleep with one under my pillow when anxious. It helps me to remove fear, anxiety, tension, etc.
BM: IN YOUR NEW RECORD 'LUST HEALS, GIVE ME MY SIN AGAIN', YOU SING ABOUT LILITH AND THE NECESSARY BALANCE SHE BRINGS TO THE DIVINE FEMININE. WHAT OTHER FEMALE ARCHETYPES AND GODDESSES DO YOU FEEL MOST CONNECTED TO?
FT: I love Asherah, Mother of The Tree of Life and Mother of The Sacred Pole.