CHANGING TIMES

 

 

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THOUGHTS WRITTEN ON OCTOBER 23:  SCORPIO and SAMHAIN

THE FINAL GASP OF FALL.

ENTERING THE SEASON OF SUSPENSE

A brisk breeze blows from the northwest, wafting the scent of burning leaves from a neighbor’s bonfire through my kitchen door screen.

Now the leaves have about finished falling and trees stand nearly naked with only a few scraggly dried plants and flowers hanging on in hopes of a few days’ more sun and warmth.

So, it seems we humans also hang on to the hope of a perpetual fall, straining against the need to prepare for winter’s blast which could come at any time.

Halloween is just a week away.  The veil between worlds is growing thinner, more permeable, more easily to see through and to visit the memories of times past, times shared with friends, family and lovers on the other side.

A subtle sadness pulls at the heart

A gentle whisper of longing tugs at the spirit

The mind reaches into forbidden places, longing for an impossible return to an imaginary ideal past

Finding only regrets over opportunities missed, promises broken, grand hopes for grand achievements never achieved

But this is not a time to mourn and regret lost chances

It is a time to celebrate the gifts of a life full of memories, good and not so good, for they nevertheless mark our journey thus far and those who have gone before can lead our steps in new future directions until our time comes to join them in that filmy vale.

The Wise Ones counsel that death is merely the doorway into the next life.

Have a Happy Halloween,

Remember to turn clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 6th!

The Times, they are indeed changing, let us pray for the best.

and Remember to Vote on November 8th!

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campaign 2016 headlines I would like to see

 

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HEADLINES I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AFTER WATCHING THE “SECOND DEBATE” 

ONE COURAGEOUS WOMAN STANDS ALONE BETWEEN US AND THE POTENTIAL NEXT HITLER

A MODERN DAY WARRIOR QUEEN:  HILLARY CLINTON STANDS SERENELY UNDER VICIOUS ATTACK.

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDANT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND SO MANY WOMEN DON’T CARE

THE GODDESS IS RISING IN AMERICA AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

A PIVOTAL FACTOR OF THE 2016 ELECTION HAS BECOME WOMEN’S SEXUAL RIGHTS

THE NATIONS HIDEOUS STAIN OF MISOGYNY IS LEAKING OUT ALONG WITH ITS RACISM

A LARGE PERCENT OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION STILL BACKS A POTENTIAL RAPIST FOR PRESIDENT!

GODDESS GIVE US STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO PREVAIL OVER THE DEMONS AMONG US

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FALL EQUINOX RANT

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SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS

Fall is a time of reflecting on what we have gathered, and then deciding what to keep and what to let go.   It is a time of hard decisions; of looking deep within and choosing which parts of ourselves and our lives to take along into the season of darkness.  For now, we enter again into the autumn months that gradually give way to deep winter.  We may need to leave behind some treasured hopes and ideas in order to sustain and help nurture some other more difficult and important responsibilities.

Personally, this year I need to forego some social entertainment, drop plans for home improvement, and delay pleasurable art and writing projects in order to concentrate on getting my finances in order.  I must focus paying off debts and creating enough savings to be able to retire from my job at Walmart in another year.   I will need to discipline my spending, keep a tight budget, juggle accounts, stretch a shrinking paycheck, and preserve a dwindling savings account.  This is not a pleasant idea for I have always been confident that I could afford what I wanted.  Now I worry if I can afford just what I basically need to get by.  Money is a subject I avoid thinking about.  I have always spurned the pinching of pennies that my frugal friends and relatives advise.  I need to heed them now.

On the bigger scale, for all of us in America this year, our challenge is to let go of old assumptions.  We must reexamine beliefs regarding the safety of our democratic nation; the basic fairness of our political system; the stability of our financial market; and of the very sanity of some of our leaders.   We need to face hard facts.  We need to let go old prejudices and foolish unchecked beliefs.  We need to face ugly facts of the consequences of our past non-actions and misdeeds.  We are faced with a choice in the presidential election between becoming a potential fascist dictatorship or sustaining and reenacting actual democratic reform.   I fear that too many of this nation’s people don’t pay attention and will make the wrong choice.  Younger voters are especially uninformed and easily misled.

I am afraid to say more of what I feel and think just now.   I shall leave that for a later rant.  My heart is too fearful of the evil in our world.

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FROM A LONG LAZY LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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READING DAZE

A heavy blanket of quiet lays over my home and surroundings

Silent rain dribbles down the window

Soft breeze stirs the trees

Foggy mist covers the landscape

Everything is hushed, muted, softened

Like the patient waiting of a meditating mystic

The haunting prayer of a mourning dove

It is a silence that is pregnant with waiting wisdom

New thoughts, new hopes, new ideas

Incubating in a womb of gentle calming peace

Nothing demands attention

Everything rests in simple Beingness

Abiding as Time stands still

It is a perfect day for curling up with a good book and letting all ‘do-lists’ and agendas drop away until the world wakes up once again.

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MIND RAMBLINGS:

What is it my cat sees

That I cannot

When, suddenly, he looks up,

Leaps and reaches high

It cannot be stars for we are inside

Perhaps an angel passed through the room

Or, are the fairies playing tricks?

I envy my cat for that

I would like to play, too,

With the angels and fairies.

~KW   8/26/2016

 

Minute by minute

Day by day

Year by year

Life goes by

And when I remember

Three significant moments

They are morphed together

As one big significant event

But did they really all happen then?

All at once?

In that sequence?

Within one year?

Perhaps they were years apart

Or in three different life times…

~KW 9/7/2016

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LESSONS OF VIRGO

 

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RAMBLING ALONE THROUGH VIRGO

WE entered the season of Virgo on August 23.   The traditional symbol for this astrology sign is a woman in a long dress holding a sheaf of wheat… sometimes she is depicted with wings, but she is not an angel, nor is she necessarily a “virgin” in our common sense of the word.  She represents self-sufficiency and refined self-discipline, not chastity.

In ancient times the word virgin simply meant a person (male or female) who was ‘whole in his or her self.’   This did not mean they had no committed relationship or were loners without friends or a social life.  They might or might not choose to live singly; get married; have sexual relationships; or bear children and raise a family.

They could do any and all of these things, yet without a yearning need to see their relationship as pivotal for achieving their dream; crucial for their self-esteem.  They may seek another for encouragement in accomplishing personal goals.  They may well share their troubles and successes with a loving partner and family.  But their core strength to persevere and succeed comes from within themselves, from their private spiritual place.

In other words, this is a person who was strong on their own, needing no other to make them “complete” … as in the modern romantic or religious notion that we need a marriage partner or some surrogate ‘other’ in order to be fulfilled in life.

This pervasive notion of Western culture has created a population of people who are forever searching for their perfect ‘soul mate’ or ‘true love’ or ‘life companion’.  We have become a population of malcontents, feeling cheated by life when such a magical idealized relationship fails to arrive and survive through life’s ups and downs.

The desire for love and the wish to bond with one special other are not wrong or bad notions in themselves.  Indeed, quite a few fortunate people do manage to find that other soul who complements their personal nature in such a way that fulfills each of them.  And this is wonderful.  They are blessed in love and all that it can bring of both joy and sorrow to their lives.

Yet a good many others never do discover such lasting love. These folks may feel ‘unfulfilled’ in life regardless of any number of other wonderful experiences and successes life brings them along the way.  They may forever feel ‘empty;’ ‘lost’; ‘lonely’; or even ‘a failure’.

Indeed, it is hard to avoid this merry-go-round of searching for the elusive Perfect One… we seek happiness, comfort, a safe haven…  we seek our cocoon… the womb into which we can crawl and hide from life’s more difficult choices and painful experiences… in the shelter of another person’s love.

In so doing we may fail to grow.  We can miss our maturity and escape our potential wisdom that facing and enduring those trials and tribulations on our own might have brought.  Inwardly we remain as ignorant and helpless as children even while we perform, outwardly, some role of power and dignity in the outer world.  Inside, we hide our true spirit and never break loose of the metaphysical umbilicus to fly on our own.

The season of Virgo reminds us that life is more than a romantic yearning for perfect happiness.  Virgo’s energy calls us to self-examination and re-organization of our affairs both inwardly and outwardly.  Ultimately Virgo is a season for cleansing and healing through service to the larger world community.  It is a time to put aside small personal desires and dedicate our efforts to serve the higher purposes of cleansing and healing our world and the earth on which we all live.

 

(NOTEJ  For a more detailed examination of the season of Virgo, check out “Mythic Moments” tab at the top of this page.)

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THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING

 

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LIVING IN INTERESTING TIMES

I fear to have it too easy, so I make things harder for myself than I need to by worrying about things I have no ability to control.  

But I believe that words have power in themselves. So, by writing my own thoughts, or ‘posting’ those of others with whom I agree on Facebook and my own blog, or in emails to friends, I hope to make a small ripple that will reach a few others and inspire them to notice, speak up and take actions on their own. 

Particularly I hope to cause a few to take notice who remain complacent in the face of the tremendous threats and changes moving throughout the world these days.  This is no “politics as usual” “ho-hum” election!  Neither is it a circus being performed for the amusement of public media’s bored audience. 

It is a major turning point in the future of our country and all nations of the world, as well as one which could determine the future survival of Earth and all her creatures.  Does this sound too dramatic?  So be it.  Great prophets in many traditions including the Christian bible have spoken of such times to come.  So does the ancient study of the stars and planets we call astrology. 

But this is not necessarily a ‘gloom and doom’ prophecy, but a challenge to human kind to transcend our petty disagreements and learn to live in peace together, sharing the bounties of our planet and world.  Yet, seeing how people are behaving during these “interesting times” is disheartening, discouraging, and disappointing. 

My journal for the past few weeks reflects my thoughts and fears and hopes.  Here are a few entries:

JULY 13:   Some word meanings:

Bigot:  hater, obstinate person, prejudiced person, dogmatist, intolerant, narrow-minded…  Bigotry:  strictness, fanaticism, dogmatism, obstinacy, hate.

Hypocrite:  imitator, phony, pietist…  Hypocrisy:  deceit, affectation, sanctimony, doubleness… Hypocritical:  canting, pretexted, assumed

Authoritarian:  imperious, strict, narrow-minded

Radical:  reformer, extremist, left, revolutionary

JULY 21:    A Fleeting Thought:   Obama and his family have returned respectability to the office of the Presidency but Republicans can’t see that.  All they see is a BLACK family occupying the WHITE House!   Racists.

JULY 31:   How is it that so few people (“friends”) on Facebook will risk supporting, commenting, sharing, or even “liking” posts that speak positively about Obama and/ or Hillary Clinton?  I realize that a majority of folks in the county where I live are Republicans, so I don’t expect them to read my posts.  Yet, I feel like I live in a virtual vacuum… a silent place where no one dares take a stand, or even cares about the future of our nation… where folks are either oblivious to the world at large or are totally blinded by their private selfish interests, or brain-washed by the hate media so they can only parrot what they hear on their tv and right-wing talk shows.  No one takes time to THINK for themselves… to examine the facts.

AUGUST 4:   At last I have found three or four women (note the gender) on my Facebook friends list who are speaking out in favor of Hillary Clinton.  I want to hug them!  I so appreciate knowing I am not alone out there.  I also enjoy our occasional shared comments and repost some of the things they are posting.  My email shows other folks are ‘sharing’ some of the things I have posted even though they may not make comments.

I also need to acknowledge my close personal friends who are totally sympathetic with the progressive movement.  We do have long and invigorating conversations whenever we get together and those visits and phone calls feel like the very “breath of life” to my suffocating, screaming, lonely, passionately progressive soul!

AUGUST 5:   It is all about Misogyny and Sexism. The haters will never be convinced by reasonable discourse.  They are locked into their hatred of Hillary and march in lock step with their “leaders” who do not merely Hate her, but FEAR her.  A strong woman who has stood up against their lies, defamation, insults, slanders, and bullying for nearly four decades and she just keeps on doing what she believes in, which is mainly helping women and children in a misogynistic sexist male-run world.  They are terrified of a strong woman in a position of power… (does she remind them of ‘mother’ ?  make them feel small and weak?)  or is it a sexist male-on-top thing?  Who knows.  (There are some very interesting theories being posted about this!)

(The psychology and personality analysis being posted of Donald Trump online is another fascinating study these days)

But mostly they fear Hillary, as ‘Madam President’, will quash their greedy plans to take over everything… she will demolish and expose their paper tiger.  They despise her strength, experience and wisdom.  And they are jealous of that!

AUGUST 6:  I am very excited to see her become our first woman president.  I believe it will bring more women into positions of power, and also empower us ordinary women to speak up and act in behalf of the interests of our families, our homes, our environment, our schools, our fellow humans and our animal kindred throughout the world.  There is a very strong Progressive, future-oriented and humane movement working its way under all the nasty hoopla of hate that is glorified by right-wing and popular media.  It is a quiet river that will soon begin to wash over the noise and drown out the hate-filled bigots and hypocrites.

AUGUST 8:  It is hard not to get defensive.  It annoys me that when I write or speak about politics I feel I must qualify everything I say because the listener/reader is so quick to jump in with argument, parroting some of the mainstream accusations against Hillary.   So I say things like:  “You demand perfection of her, but not of the male candidates on either side?  How do they get by with lies that they tell so blatantly?  Does a woman have to be flawless or divine in order for you to accept her leadership?” It is so annoying to always feel ‘on the defensive’ as I do lately… so guarded and careful whom I try to engage in serious meaningful conversation.

AUGUST 9:  I have been appalled to see some people I like at work suddenly posting in favor of Trump!!!  I cannot believe these otherwise seemingly sane and friendly folks (men and women) can be so ignorant!!!   It breaks my heart.   I am trying hard not to argue with them, but simply ignore those remarks.  My tongue is getting sore from biting it!

AUGUST 13:  The nay-sayers and perpetual discontents will never appreciate or acknowledge the good things that Hillary, Obama, or any other leader of the progressive/rational/reasoning political stance achieves.  The Malcontents grip their displeasure like a club with which to pummel all those with reasonable, intelligent, optimistic and confident views of the world’s potential future.  The Malcontents find superiority only among their numbers of whining colleagues on public media and TV, Facebook, Twitter and similar crying boards.  Meanwhile, the smart and competent will continue to quietly go about the business of making life better for all… even for the whining, mindless Malcontents.

Yet the mindless minions of evil-spewing rogues and robbers will  continue to lob their shit-bombs of Hate to fuel the fire, impede progress and feed the rage of gun-loving war-mongers and bigoted fascists with poisonous lies, hungrily gobbled up and spewed into public media.  Life is not going to be simple again for a long time!

AUGUST 13:  I am learning some hard truths:  Ignorant people are always ready to believe the worst about knowledgeable people.  They will not listen; they don’t know how.  They do not read; they are too lazy to think for themselves.  It is easier to believe and repeat what their ‘leaders’ tell them.   This is true even of some basically “nice” decent folks!  And this seems to have little to do with their social class… whether poor or well off.  It is a specific kind of mind-set I think.  I begin to wonder if there isn’t some kind of virulent brain infection going around! Women especially have learned to believe and parrot their husbands, fathers, brothers, boyfriends… they have bought into the woman-hating-fearing mantra of Western culture… it is not their fault.  It is the fault of our religions and our schools that teach these things from the start.

But our own complacency as a nation is at the root of our current troubles because this has been building up now for about thirty years or more and we have done very little to fight it.   Now we are at the crossroads.  We must choose our path carefully.

AUGUST 14:  Trump may be doing us a favor.  He is exposing us to the worst that lies within us… the ugliest underbelly of our culture… the hatred and fear of “the Other” … racism, bigotry, cheating, lying, sexism, misogyny and fascist authoritarian hypocrisy!   We could be on the brink of the total destruction of our democracy.  But the man himself is an insane, bonkers lunatic, and of much less concern than the people who have put him up there and those who have bought into his rage and hatred.  They will not go away just because he is defeated in the election.  We need to stay strong for the long haul and not let down our guard.  Get out and VOTE, goddammit!  And then support our First Woman President!

AUGUST 19:  I am having a hard time focusing on things in my own life and getting almost nothing accomplished on my ‘do lists’ these days.   There is so very much going on in the world and I am compelled to keep watching and reading on Facebook and online and email newsletters.  I finally decided to give myself permission to do just that… it seems like what is needed… what I am supposed to be doing at this very critical juncture of our nation’s and the world’s history.  I believe we need to Pay Attention.  To stay informed and knowledgeable, and take part as best we can in the dialogue.  I realize that by trying to focus only on my own stuff I was contributing to the complacency and therefore the potential dissolution of democracy.  Soon enough I will get back into my own routine daily life, but with a greater understanding of the larger picture.

This moment in history is a long-foretold time of major a cataclysmic Change in the world.  We must do whatever we can to direct that movement toward the Good and Best Ends… even if we ourselves don’t live to see it come to pass.

AUGUST 21: (Today) I have spent most of the day on and off either Facebook or email/internet.  The news cycle is so full of important events both local and world-wide, plus our political circus that just keeps getting crazier and crazier!  I find it is as interesting to me as a good book right now.

I am “sharing” so much stuff on my Facebook feed that my “friends” are going to be kept busy just flipping past all my posts!  Maybe some will actually stop and read the stuff!  I won’t hope for many comments though… I understand.  It can be overwhelming.  I’ve become a fanatic… only momentarily, I hope!

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Dear Hillary: How Very Dare You!

This is a wonderful retrospective review of Hillary Clinton. Thank you so much for posting it! I have shared it on Facebook and now Reblog, for I could never say it so concisely and convincingly. The true Hillary haters will not be convinced for they do not merely hate her, they Fear her and the potential positive changes she could bring to our nation’s leadership.

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HillaryLet me be as candid and transparent as possible: I was a very strong supporter of Bernie Sanders, and until the past four weeks, held out great hope that he would become our next President. Over the course of the past month, I have had to do a great deal of reflecting and ask myself where does this seemingly irrational antipathy for Hillary Clinton come from? Why have I participated in it? After doing some research and looking hard at systemic misogyny, I have had to confront myself with the truth that I bought into a narrative about Hillary Clinton that has been produced, packaged, and perpetuated by mostly the GOP with the help of many democrats and independents.

This narrative is a 30-year-old vilification of a woman who is bright, independent, wealthy, and powerful — a woman who asks for what she wants and needs. How very dare you…

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AUGUST 2: LAMMAS

 

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A TIME OF RENEWAL AMID CHANGE AND THE UNKNOWN

Lammas is the festival of late summer… we have gone over the top and are on the downward path of the year.  What lies behind is now memory, what is to come is unknowable. It bodes a re-entering to the Dark from the Light.  We feel the passage of time pushing us out of the leisured mood of high summer into the urgent hustle of fall.  Once again we stand on the brink of Change… whether reversal, renewal or reformation we do not yet know.  But this is the time to fortify defenses and aim our sights on favorable results.

There are many sides to every matter, every issue, every moment.

Learn to look beyond the obvious, see what lies behind

Dare to turn it over, upside down, inside out, backward and fast forward

Shake off the preconceived prejudices, the stale old biases, the rigid rules

Step beyond your safety zone, risk the unknown, dare to look directly

Confront the challenges, gamble the odds, take your chances

Consider the unimaginable, the unthinkable possibilities, the upheavals

Give way to the inevitable onrushing future

Welcome the insights, the revelations, the transformations

Walk open-eyed toward a renewed vision, a clearer destiny, a stronger self

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WHY SO MUCH HATE IN OUR GREAT FREE COUNTRY?

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TO REJOICE OR REBEL?

I meant to be writing a blog about the season of Leo… a time for enjoying the pleasant things in our lives… such as romance and play, creativity and beauty, love and joy.

It is a lovely sunny day and I have spent time enjoying the rustic beauty of my wildflower garden while reading posts on Facebook.  But my mood is melancholy.  I rather desperately search my mind for inspiring ideas and cheerful thoughts, but continually find myself ruminating over negative articles and hurtful spite-filled conversations in the media and online.

So many people seem angry, vengeful, scornful of good leadership in the nation… for eight years there has been nothing but a solid stream of hate and complete disregard for our first black president, Barack Obama.   It has been a burgeoning cloud of pure Racism, hatred of people of color, fear generated through media and the war-mongers in congress… fear of anyone who is ‘different’ from the Great White Male’s self-proclaimed stereotype of a “Proper Leader.”

Now that Obama has completed his term, (having largely succeeded in leading us through eight difficult years with great dignity and decency, despite all the barriers thrown against him,) the Haters are turning their vile spume toward Hillary Clinton, the woman who stands to become our first female president.

This is a truly Big Moment… one to be celebrated by all women and girls and their husbands and fathers.

But instead I hear so many of them spouting the nasty rumors and slanderous claims put forth by the filthy bigots who lead the “new right” republican party and its minions.   Men and women reviving the ages old taint of misogyny… Sexism… hatred of female power.  The nation turns from Racist to Sexist and the hate goes on, gathering momentum, crushing optimism in its path.

Self-righteous gripes and slander parade as Patriotism. Mothers teach their daughters to revile this strong woman, telling them (as one mother told me she does) that ‘this awful woman is an example of what a good woman would never be like.’   Yes? This about a brilliant woman who has lived and served to help others for over thirty years under a constant barrage of slander and negative rumors.  One has to wonder how those little girls will turn out… will they take their mother’s bitter advice to heart, or will they discover for themselves what a bigoted lie was told to them.

It simply makes me sick.  I do not want to be here.  Yet I feel compelled to stick my neck out and speak up because I do not hear very many others doing so within the tiny sphere of my personal world.  It is as if no one cares or even bothers to pay attention to these important things in this profound moment of history that we are living through.  They make small talk, and worse, they speak of Christian morals and pray for terrible things to happen.  It is so insane.

I deeply fear that we have at last come to the brink of collapse as a nation.  The unspeakably ignorant and malicious person that the republican extreme right has managed to manipulate into the top position could become our next president instead of a level-headed experienced woman!

This could easily spell The End for democracy.   We would have a dictator for president!  The unimaginable demagogue who essentially knows nothing about leadership and only ever works for His Own good with zero consideration for how his actions could hurt millions of people worldwide… this creature would have his finger on the ultimate weapon, would be in charge of the greatest nation on earth!  His billionaire ‘handlers’ are the source of true evil, of course, and have been working toward this very end for many decades.  Now they have finally succeeded in contaminating enough minds among public sheep who will follow them right to their own slaughter.

I am old enough that I may not live to see the end of this, but I fear for the children… The nay-sayers are self-assured that God will take care of them and that “it is all God’s will” …a bunch of Christian zealots eagerly awaiting Armageddon.

I want to puke.

It is so hard to live with this bitterness inside me.  I don’t know how those who are the targets of such venomous hate can bear it.   It takes a tough and determined and dedicated person to hold strong through the cacophony of such maligning, threatening, degrading spiteful voices.

I only need to get this off my mind.  This is not yet enough said… the whole prospect of the next three months is simply heart-wrenching…  We have no idea how this vicious campaign will run out… we could be in for some great good surprises, but I fear more hateful attacks and nasty bigoted slander to feed the ignorant people.   I aim to keep posting realistic views, accurate reports and a hopeful attitude in spite of the fact that so few bother to read, nor even care to think for themselves.

But, to return to my originally intended subject, here are the “Themes” for the astrological season of LEO:  Although I wrote this in 1990, I think we can find some relevance in them now, nearly twenty-five years later.

Note:  As I read through the two lists below, I am struck by the stark contrast between the ‘negative’ and the ‘positive’ sides of the prideful sign of Leo…  and how at this moment they mirror__ in somewhat simplistic, exaggerated sense__ the differences between the man who is current Republican presidential candidate… Donald Trump; and the woman who is our first woman candidate for President of the United States… Hillary Clinton.

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THE SEASON OF LEO IS A TIME FOR PLAYFUL CREATIVITY AND CELEBRATION.

The energy of the Lion’s season is imposing and hard to ignore.  The sun, in its glory, casts a golden mantle over the landscape, warming and cheering all who have hearts open to receive the blessing.  There is a regal splendor in this season which impresses us with the infinite grandeur of life and our home planet’s noble majesty.  Leo’s magnanimous force impels playful sharing and creative pleasure.  Yet Leo is a sign with great ego and a dramatic urge to take center stage, to seek applause and attention for ourselves, to make our mark and leave our imprint on the world.

THE NEGATIVE CHALLENGES OF LEO:   Arrogance.  Egoism.  Hubris.  Excessive pride.  Self-centeredness; Narcissism; Self-righteousness.  Over-zealousness.  Cruelty.  Impertinence.  Complacency.  Dilettantism.  Delusions of grandeur.  Hogging the spotlight.  Impulsive gambling.  Over-romanticizing.  Over-dramatizing.

THE POSITIVE OPPORTUNITIES OF LEO:   Creative inspiration.  Joy of living.  Enthusiasm.  Confidence.  Leadership.  Charisma.  Warmth.  Sunshine.  Vitality.  Courage.  Boldness.  Dramatic expression.  A sense of healthy pride.  Nobility and grace.  Self-mastery.  Style.  Openness of heart.  Love for self and others.  Generosity.

AN OPTIMISTIC BLESSING FOR LEO:   May the light in your heart shine brightly for the joy and pleasure of all life.  May your inner child come forth safely into your daily world to play and rejoice in the beauty of the world.  May you be able to encourage and praise yourself for the special person you are, and reward your talents with the applause of a happy heart.  May you find time in your life to be at leisure to pursue your personal bliss; to vitalize your special brand of sunshine; and to find moments of genuine happiness through the creative expression of your unique gifts of self to enrich the lives of others.

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TEMPERING MY WRETCHED ANGER WITH QUIETLY IMPASSIONED ACTION

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LIVING IN TROUBLED TIMES

The news cannot be ignored.  Our nation is in deep peril from within its own soul.  We seem to have become a dangerous, deranged, and damned citizenry.

Even within the simple activities of daily living…  people are full of fear and hatred of and for “The Other” … defensive, guarded, suspicious of each other, we harbor our impotent rage and withhold our thoughts… afraid to say what we want and feel… unable to enter into civilized discussion and honest communication without jumping to pre-conclusions and shutting our ears to anything that sounds opposed to our own perspectives and beliefs.  We just keep insisting our own self-righteous ‘rights’ to be of most importance, our personal ‘issues’ to hold precedence over those of others.

Even in some of our close friendships and within families we find a niggling doubt and uncertainty of where we agree or disagree.   I must own this for myself, of course… and I cannot speak for others, except from what I hear and read.  But it is clear that at the larger political and global level this is all true.

In the case of a broader political perspective the antagonistic bigotry is rampant.  Peaceful, basically sane, hard-working folks rabidly defend their right to own and carry guns while railing against all reasonable argument for restricting their use.  It is as if these people think we are still living in the wild west and must be prepared to have a shoot-out against our neighbors at any moment.   Especially if our neighbor happens to be a person of another color than ourselves.

The racism that we have harbored for decades in denial has again surfaced vehemently.  People are blind to the dangers they are promoting for the future of their children and for the entire world.  Misogyny and Sexism march alongside Racism in open demonstrations against Humanism.  It is pure insanity.

Others with more compassion for humanity and who see the reason behind laws and common-sense restrictions cannot comprehend where these seemingly nice “Christian” folks are coming from.  What disease of conscience have they contracted?  What can be eating at their minds and souls that causes them to become so utterly blind to reason?

Have demons been loosed among us?  Some malicious virus infiltrated the food chain?  Some virulent insect infested the water supply?   Poisonous particles in the air-waves?

No.  Unlikely any of these.  Would that it was something so far-fetched and mysterious rather than the simple ugly truth that the poison is in human nature itself.

Even a superficial skimming of history reveals the long struggle we human animals have had just to get to a modicum of civilized discourse and peaceful co-existence.   And it seems that fragile accord must undergo some periodically instigated breakdown from the pestilence of greed, hatred, jealousy and selfish indifference to others that simmers upon the fires in our hearts.   Fear drives it all… a deep rooted fear of our own vulnerability…our dread of a loveless, lonely mortality.

Yes, it is true that we are entering a New Age in the long history of the planet we live upon.  And we are being faced with the poisons and destructive patterns we ourselves have unleashed with our weapons and machines over the centuries.

Our petty jealousies and foolish pride have served to set us somehow above nature as if we were the Creators of our lives and of the world in which we live… as if we had the power and right to use it up for our own pleasure without consideration for any others… including the animals and plants and very soil upon which we walk.

We Humans Are God’s Big Mistake.  And we need to get busy correcting ourselves…  But this need not spell doom and gloom as long as we strive to cleanse our spirits and souls of hatred and denial and join each other in the urgent process of replenishing what we have spoiled.

And I believe this calls first for opening up our ears and minds.  For me it means to take the risk to speak up honestly, despite my fear of being rejected, derided or denounced by those I count as friends.

So I have begun in a ‘safe’ way to stick my neck out.  On Facebook and in emails I have begun posting articles and opinions about the political and social issues of urgent importance that we currently face as a nation.  I feel compelled to add my small voice to the discourse that must be started in order to bring sanity back into our lives.   I need to believe that I can help in some small way.

But even as I have been an advocate of various ‘dicey’ philosophies throughout my life… (astrology, mystical spirituality, and sexual liberation for example…)  I have never felt as vulnerable to attack and criticism as I do in simply stating my political and social views openly.  Yet as I do so I find a new sense of peace beginning to blossom within me, and that helps build up courage to listen to others’ reactions and continue the discourse.

I ask for and welcome your comments here as well.  Thank you for reading.

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