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I find a rock with sun on it
and a stream where the water runs gentle
and the trees which one by one give me company
so I must stay for a long time.
Until I have grown from the rock
and the stream is running through me
and I cannot tell myself from one tall tree…
–Nancy Wood, in Sisters of the Earth...
The Gemini Moon is here to ask us to find a way to meld wisdom and understanding. The Sun is in philosophical, wisdom seeking Sagittarius, while the Moon is in curious, communicative Gemini.
What wisdom are you seeking? What understanding do you need to gain from it? And how can you take this new wisdom and understanding out to the world? What are you being called to share?...
The water protectors at Standing Rock were desperate for firewood. So desperate, they were going to sell this exquisite ceremonial dress, held by Priestess Ava Park in the above photo, for $2500. The Goddess Temple of Orange County in Irvine, CA raised the money to secure the dress - only they're not keeping the dress. They'll be the trusted custodians of this sacred clothing until such time it is returned to the owner, Annie Sharpfish. Until then it will be respectfully displayed in solidarity with the Standing Rock and Native Tribes.
"We've just received the sacred white elk ceremonial dress from Jumping Buffalo in the Dakotas," says Priestess Ava Park of the Goddess Temple of Orange County, as she begins to open the Priority Mail package with a letter opener on Friday. "This was sent to us in exchange for $2,500 for firewood. We did send the money, we knew that [Jumping Buffalo] was as good as his word, and he was. We sent the money in advance of the dress ... and so we open it now."...
While writing up my notes on an "Ethical Leadership" presentation for our next weekend of Druid College, I've mused over issues regarding power and working with others. Unless you are a solitary hermit, you will have to work with others. There will be a barrage of egos, wounded or whole, with which to interact. Fragile or strong, dealing with other human beings is not necessarily the easiest of tasks. Even though we may speak the same language, we might not be able to communicate with them at all, whereas we may not speak "cat", but can understand what a cat is trying to tell us. When working with others, we have to let go of notions of "power over", as activist and author Starhawk has written about, and instead work on "power with". In her book, Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery, she distinguishes three types of power: “power-over,” referring to domination and control; “power-from-within,” meaning personal ability and spiritual integrity; and “power-with,” pertaining to social power or influence among equals.
Power-over is all about control. It is firmly rooted in a wounded ego, that seeks to dominate another in order to feel better. For whatever reason, and there are many, many reasons why people behave the way they do, this seems to be the standard view of power in the Western world. In our capitalist society, in our dog-eat-dog world, we seek power-over another in order to get our way. What we need to desperately do is extract ourselves from this way of thinking, and into a more holistic view where we are not only looking to benefit ourselves, but to benefit the whole, the entirety.