………….We are approaching Summer Solstice and the second of three eclipses on the 21st of June. On this day the Sun enters the sign of Cancer, while the moons nodes have moved into Gemini-Sagittarius axis. Eclipse seasons are wild rides, not ideal for manifestation or intention work, despite it being a New moon, and require surrender to the gates that open before us. We are now being asked to be at the crossroads of massive societal healing. This work will require that we center ourselves in our own learning, growth and humility so we can come into right relationship with our own true heart’s calling. So much of this work is about deconditioning, personally and culturally. It is anti oppression work.
Like many of you, I’m learning even more about the forces of systemic racism and how they play out across our criminal justice system, healthcare, environmental justice… really all aspects of life in America. I care about not only the celestial influences that we are experiencing, and they alone are impressive, but how this moment in time (which is the essence of astrology) is illuminating connections between these issues. Integrating these many facets of how our systems are intertwined (Gemini) with an orientation towards Natural Law (Sagittarius) with vulnerability (Cancer) and deep care for each other is part of what we’re doing now. With Mercury stationing retrograde on June 18th, direct on July 12th, and out of the shadow period on July 27th, we have many weeks ahead to slow down our communications, rest, reflect, and recommit to how we want to show up at this critical time. It’s ok to recharge. This transformation is going to take time, and we need to pace ourselves.
While I personally am mostly off social media, I have been using those spaces to gather information and learn, filling in gaps in my understanding of important issues, and remembering issues I’m passionate about, like the totally un-sexy issue of chronic health problems in America, and how, like most other issues including the Coronavirus, disproportionately affect BIPOC. Here is a short list of health experts I’m learning from: Dr. Mark Hyman has a new book out discussing our broken food system and a podcast that addresses the intersectionality of economics and environment and health that I think is as relevant now as it ever was. Dr. Aviva Romm offers preventative guidance about Vitamin D, and Dr. Zach Bush has insights on virology from a holistic perspective that ties in the microbiome, farming, and an evolutionary perspective.
As a white, woman of privilege I am very much participating in the Movement for Black Lives and also taking instruction for action and education from 350PDX because on top of everything else, we still have a fucking climate crisis. So yeah, we have a lot to do, a lot to learn, and a lot to dismantle, and a lot to reimagine and recreate. I invite you to explore the links and resources I’m sharing here- I have found them incredibly valuable.
This year will continue to be very challenging astrologically, but we have the tools to navigate great change. Let’s go for progress not perfection. Let’s co-create a truly just and whole society, over time, that can support all of us.
Below I am sharing links to an IG post from Sonya Renee Taylor who discusses an important point about offering to pay for the emotional labor of Black people, a list of books on Anti-Racism put in a specific order, a blog post from Together Rising about incarceration rates in relation to bail (I had NO IDEA about this), a lecture on White Frigility (if you’re white you definitely have it- don’t be scared), and a critical look at police brutality with John Oliver. IMHO these are all critical to see and hear if you are a white person in America at this moment. I’m also including a breathing technique for calming the nervous system from my beloved teacher Pomegranate Doyle. Finally, I’m including a link for professional grade supplements at a 10% discount with Emerson Ecologics, where I buy my supplements, and a link to my astrological and tarot services.
At the crossroads,
University of Washington professor Dr. Robin DiAngelo reads from her book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” explains the phenomenon, and discusses how white people can develop their capacity to engage more constructively across race.
As nationwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are met with police brutality, John Oliver discusses how the histories of policing and white supremacy are intertwined, the roadblocks to fixing things, and some potential paths forward.
This is tutorial on learning to calm to the body, specifically calming the nerve that activates the Fight, Flight of Freeze response. That is the Sympathetic Vagus Nerve. Learning to tone, or release that nerve can help to calm your body back to a normal unactivated state. People have reported that is can relieve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder if practiced frequently for the first 8 weeks.