I’ve never really been one for politics. I guess that’s the privilege of growing up white middle class in the 80’s. Whatever they did in Washington, we just managed. We had what we needed and moved on with life.
However the political climate has changed and those things we took for granted in the 80’s and 90’s and the things we have worked for and improved on the following years are now being threatened.
So, I guess I’m getting a little political in my old age.
But I’m not here really to talk about politics, I’m really just pointing out some synchronicity in my life.
This month, I’m working with the Goddess Aradia, Queen of Witches. She’s not an ancient Goddess, She’s actually relatively new, first appearing on the scene in the 14th century Italy.
The lore claims that she was born on August 13, 1313, the daughter of Diana the Moon Goddess and her brother/consort/boy-toy Lucifer, God of the Sun.
(yeah, that’s kind of creepy but the Gods do it all the time – no DNA – no problems)
Diana sent her to earth to teach the poor and underprivileged to rally against their oppressors, take back their power and overcome their human plight of slavery and servitude.
How divine that she should show up in my life now, when I’m feeling the weight of our collective political decisions. (check out her Spirit Doll here)
This election season has impressed a few things on me. It has opened my eyes to what is really important to me and ways that I can work toward the greater good.
Aradia has given me back my power.
The first thing I noticed Is that there are a whole lot more angry, fearful people in the world than I ever realized. People I love are falling into the them-against-us trap that government loves to distract us with. People that I respect, that I know to be good-hearted are spewing hatred and divisiveness. I didn't see it coming.
My bad. I like my rose-colored glasses (John Lennon style of course). I dropped my habit of being consciously loving. It was a habit I picked up when Bush and Cheney were in office and the news was full of fear-mongering. Looking at the climate now, I’m starting to think maybe my little voice made a difference.
The second is that Women’s issues are really important to me. They always have been but I guess I’ve gotten complacent in the last few years. Witches and Feminism go hand in hand. They always have. Practicing the craft brings power to a person in a way that the collective oppressive “Man” will never understand –and that scared the crap out of them.
*I just want to point out that “The Man” I speak of is not only male. It’s the establishment of people that believe women shouldn’t be powerful, heard, respected….etc. It’s full of men and women, churches and government offices. It’s an idea that’s pervasive throughout all our lands and all our people; It’s the voice that claims the rape victim instigated her assault, or a mother should be home with her children, or a woman has no business being in business. I myself have been guilty of perpetuating certain lies….We all must be mindful of our thoughts!
The third is that our Earth needs us and We need our Earth. The time of exploiting our Mother has got to come to an end. It seems so overwhelming when everywhere we turn we see big business destroying her to pilfer her resources. It’s frustrating when government won’t step up to fix what they allowed to happen. Or to even step in to help the people that are suffering in the aftermath. We can help; We can do little things that will make a big impact.
There’s a fine balance between making positive changes and getting swept away with the doomsayers. We can make a difference without all the dire warnings that bring down the energy. That’s where I struggle and probably why I’ve avoided politics. It’s so hard to stay positive and feel powerful enough to help when so many of our problems are overwhelming.
“I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.” ~Mother Teresa
This is my goal and my mantra. This is the guidepost to my actions.
I’m not going to be anti- anything. I’m choosing to go high…to be pro.
As in I’m pro-love. I will return to preaching my positive, inclusive, higher vision for what we could be as a human society on earth. I will share the meme's and articles that support and encourage and empower! I will verify and fact-check before I share any news.
I’m pro Women – all women, all over the world. I will help in whatever way I can. I've already started. I joined in the Pussyhat Project and made 7 of these pussyhats for the Women’s March on Washington. I will support Planned Parenthood and women creators. (working on something specific - stay tuned) I will encourage and empower girls to follow their ambitions. I've always done that, anyway.
And I’m pro-earth. I will add to my gardens this year, I will buy local and organic produce, I will support Standing Rock, Flint, Michigan and East Chicago, Indiana (which is seriously just a mile from me).
I will continue to recycle, re-use and compost. I will also educate myself and learn more about the threats to the earth and what I can do about it, such as calling my Representatives in Congress. *Note to self: suck it up, sistah - learn to love making phone calls*
And I will support and praise and share the good news of the people who do the work to support the cause. Even if that makes me not so popular among my struggling friends.
I will not fight because fighting is divisive. I will not bash, I will not draw attention to the things I don’t like. I will not bully the people I don't agree with. I will not spread hate or fear.
I encourage you to do the same, choose the cause you love and lovingly spread the light, support the work and share the message.
It’s Aradia’s message to us, THIS is how we empower ourselves because we ARE powerful, we can improve our lives and the lives of all.