Mars Retrograde

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Mars: The Forgotten God

All too often we refer to our well-known Greek deities while forgetting about their Roman counterparts. Today, we will reflect back on our misunderstood God of War. Mars was the protector of Rome. He was a level-headed strategist who defended the city’s borders. Mars is also the father of Romulus and Remus who were the founders of Rome. It is said that Mars loved the sound of battle and the violence of war. However, he also protected cities from invading armies and helped soldiers fight against rebellion. So, what was the true face of Mars? Was he some ruthless, blood-thirsty barbarian? Or an intellectual strategist who defended the city he loved and believed in the rules of combat? I cannot say I know, but I believe he had a set of ethics he followed when it came to protecting the city he was passionate about.

Mars: The Home of Men

Our fiery planet, Mars, is often associated with war, anger, lust, and violence. However, we tend to forget or misinterpret the concepts of courage, strength, masculinity, ambition, and passion that are other defining attributes of the planet as well. Strength doesn’t have to be physically forceful just like how masculinity doesn’t have to be this tough macho man that is constantly depicted. Courage can be found within the smallest being and ambition can be gentle yet unwavering. When we rethink about these ideals and what is really being conveyed any gender and any creature can harness these energies in a soft and loving manner.

Mars: My Retrograde Interpretation

For this Mars retrograde I truly feel most are missing the mark. We have forgotten that passion is what fuels each of us to act. Right now our passions that have been ruminating in our subconscious are breaking through to the forefront of our minds and giving us the courage and ambition to act or maybe even go to war. We are at a point where we are willing to fight for what we believe in and stand for morally, ethically, and spiritually.

What we once feared to say or express we are now more than ever figuring out ways to fully embrace and let it be known. It is okay to be passionate about various pursuits in life whether it’s to become a leading tetherball player, stand up to the bully at school, tell our parents we want to play the piano instead of soccer, sing not caring who is listening, pursue the career we have always wanted, or even let our partner know we don’t love when they leave the lids off everything. No matter what it is, it is okay to be honest and forthcoming.

We have been working on ourselves for so long. These past couple of years have been helping us cut ties, heal, connect to our higher selves, see clearly, and love fully. Now we are being asked to put it all in motion and really harness the energies of Mars, muster up all of our courage and strength, and be prepared for the battle of our lives: to live with passion and purpose.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Full Cold Gemini Moon

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Wednesday, December 3, 2017 7:48 am

Cold Moon

The cold moon is quite literally named such due to the cold weather that has embarked upon us. However, despite the chilly climate, we are surrounded by many forms of warmth. During this time many are huddling around the fireplace, filling their glasses with wine or eggnog, and surrounding themselves with family and friends.

When there is a lack of light and warmth from our environment, we must draw from within. As we do so, it is important to restore ourselves by allowing time for relaxation. With the cold upon us as we transition to winter, we are able to appreciate everything life has to offer sustaining us through the season.

Gemini Full Moon

Communication is the theme for this full moon. Whether it is verbal, non-verbal or self-talk (aka thinking), all forms of communication are in need of cleansing. It is time to really reflect on the words we use, our tone of voice and our subtle body language cues when engaging with others.

What message are we trying to convey? How clear and concise must we be? How do we want the other party to feel about our interaction?

These are all pertinent questions whether in a formal or casual setting. Our words, tone and body language all tend to vary depending on who we are talking with and the topic of discussion. Being mindful of each aspect of communication allows for more effective interactions.

When interacting within our minds it is important to acknowledge what we say to ourselves about ourselves, others and the world. Every thought can affect the way we see and experience our lives and the world around us.

What are we feeding our brains? What kind of world are we creating? How are we impacting ourselves and our world based on our thoughts?

It is amazing how powerful our thoughts truly are. They affect our emotions which alter our actions and behaviors. There has also been research about how our thoughts affect our physical bodies. Take some time with yourself to evaluate the type of life you want to live and make your thoughts match the world you want to create around you.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury, Gemini’s ruling planet of communication, will be stationary retrograde during this full moon. This means that the planet appears to be revolving on its axis in the opposite direction. When this occurs we are able to tap into the divine feminine energies of the planet. The divine feminine includes our subconscious, softness, and divine timing.

While Mercury is in retrograde, we will be allowing our subconscious thoughts to seep into our conscious mind. This is extremely powerful because we are able to connect to our core beliefs and ideologies in a big way. These thoughts will be shared with us when necessary, so we must be patient for divine timing is at work.

As we relay these thoughts and communicate with others there will be a subtle, softness to our delivery. Remember to be aware of what we are trying to convey and how we want to conduct each interaction.

Planetary Aspects

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Neptune, the planet of compassion, spiritual enlightenment, and inspiration trines Jupiter our planet of luck, growth, and prosperity aiding us in our transition toward spiritual awareness and compassion for the collective. There is major spiritual growth occurring at this time. More people are empathizing with others bringing a sense of community as we share our prosperity.

Neptune squares the sun, our divine masculine, and moon, our divine feminine, creating some difficulty with balancing the two. We are struggling with our need to want to know every minute detail in our subconscious mind immediately, and our conscious scope of the bigger picture. There is an indecisive nature in how to follow our spiritual path, while a need to aim high toward fulfilling our purpose is trying to take charge. Sometimes we need to quiet the mind and find our center so we may follow our truth.

Uranus, the planet of progression, ingenuity, and intuition trines Mercury, the planet of communication and thought, and Saturn, the planet of limitations and boundaries. This dynamic is putting forth new, productive forms of communication and thought patterns. We are also able to create innovative personal boundaries giving way to a healthier, happier us. As we realize our limitations we have placed upon ourselves and others, we are finding prolific ways around them. This allows for new avenues of reaching our goals.

Ceremony Tools

I plan on utilizing blues and purples during my ceremony. Lavender essential oil can either be diffused or applied to the skin bringing a relaxing and clarifying energy.

Purple and blue candles will aid in the opening of our throat and third eye chakras allowing our thoughts and communication to be cleansed.

Benzoin and rainforest incense are excellent for refreshing and renewing our space. I always enjoy clearing my space with sage before lighting my candles and incense.

I will be surrounding myself with amethyst, apophyllite and clear quartz to bring me clarity and peace of mind. Blue lace agate, blue kyanite, and blue chalcedony will be present to amplify, soften and promote positive forms of communication.

During my release I will focus on all toxic ways of thinking and communicating that are causing blockages within myself. I will let them go and ask that my third eye and throat chakra be cleansed and void of all ineffective thoughts and words.

If you choose, you may make a list of qualities you no longer want and need to release. When you are done rip it up into tiny pieces and let the wind take it away (since Gemini is an air sign). I also ask my guides to aid me in this process.

Have a wonderful release Eternal Waking Beauties. I hope this article resonates with your effervescent, beautiful souls.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Frost Full Taurus Moon 2017

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Friday, November 3, 2017 10:23 PM PST

Frost Moon

The frost moon draws in crisp winds with a chilly atmosphere. Amidst the cold, we begin to recognize how much warmth is drawn from within. We are a divine source of energy and heat allowing survival through the coldest months to come. As we harness this power a wave of gratitude is washed over the world as we realize how powerful our bodies are. We are also drawing toward the end of the year filled with holidays where we show appreciation for others with love and joy.

We continue our release of this lunar cycle and this year in quiet contemplation. Reflecting on the wavering months, days, moments, we take a step back to perceive the bigger picture of every minute action. It is time to forgive and let go, while never forgetting so we may continue learn and grow.  Allow your inner light to guide you to a place of tranquil solitude as you give yourself respite from life to heal and recharge.

Full Moon in Taurus

Taurus is our fixed, earth sign ruled by Venus giving this sign a nurturing stability created from hard work and consistency. Full moons call upon release while bringing clarity and positive opportunity. This one in particular is asking us to let go of rigid ways and traditions that are not beneficial.

We are being challenged to change and transform while still upholding our core ethics to maintain steady footing. As we open ourselves to the new, different, and unknown we are able to take what is necessary in our growth from each while still practicing our values. Let us not dismiss the positive and negative qualities of the old and new, but instead reflect and understand the significance of each that helped us get where we are today.

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Planetary Aspects

The sun and Jupiter sit conjunct to one another in Scorpio as they trine Neptune in its ruling sign, Pisces and oppose the moon in Taurus. The sun represents the divine masculine of our conscious thought as Jupiter is our planet of fortune, prosperity and growth. The pair allow for favorable opportunities to grow and transform that we are able to realize on a conscious level.

This duo trines Neptune, our planet of inspiration, spiritual enlightenment and compassion creating expansion in these areas. There is a warm, loving nature as these areas of spiritual enhancement become apparent.

Our masculine pair oppose our divine feminine formed in the moon. The moon in Taurus strengthens our nurturing nature and loving ways of compassion and understanding. The sun and Jupiter create growth as they sit in Scorpio. Scorpio has three different levels. Depending on where we are in that maturation process individually, we will be affected differently.

This may be a time of more struggle for one who does not see the manipulation they use to get ahead materialistically or in their ways of love. Others will be able to find a harmony of peace and prosperity as they learn how to balance old ways with new ideas, beliefs and structures forming more effective behavior patterns. Either way, it is a learning, growing and healing process for us all as we reflect.

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Ceremony Tools

The frost full Taurus moon brings a time of reflection, release, positive progress and healing. The tools used for my ceremony will be based upon these factors. My incense of choice will be Amber and Sandalwood.

Amber is known as a powerful cleanser and healer. It works to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression, while also purging disease and restoring revitalizing tissues. Amber stimulates the metabolism, purifies the body, and promotes self healing.

Sandalwood brings relaxation and mental clarity, and serves as a memory booster, anti-viral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. There are many physical and psychological benefits to aid in our healing process.

The candles I plan to use for my ceremony will be rich and dark greens to reflect that of Archangel Raphael. He is our Archangel of healing and safe travels, who constantly promotes and aids in our well-being whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.

The stones I will utilize are Amber, Citrine, Green Aventurine and Malachite for this particular ceremony. Amber will be used for the same reasons listed above, Citrine to promote happiness, prosperity and health, Green Aventurine to amplify love, abundance and health, and Malachite as my main stone of choice.

Malachite is one of the stones that resonate with Archangel Raphael. It is the stone of transformation and emotional clarity cleansing the aura and enhancing intuition – perfect for this full moon! Malachite enhances our emotional stability while strengthening our entire body increasing our health.

May this article assist you on your journey as you tune into the moon this evening. Be well and be safe Eternal Waking Beauties! You deserve all of the best and all of the love life has to offer.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Libra New Moon 2017

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October 19, 2017 12:13pm PST

Balance. Life is a rhythm of harmony fluttering through the very essence of our being. Even the beauty of all that is life can find blockages altering the natural flow. Following the turbulence we come to a state of balance allowing for a new path to be created. We continue to ride the tempo of a new beat until another obstacle emerges.

The dust is beginning to settle from the year. All of the clutter and chaos simmers from everything we have accomplished. Libra is helping us regain our sense of balance projecting an inner and outer harmony. What have you discovered along your long and weary path? What blockages or obstacles have you overcome? What do you cherish the most out of every moment you’ve experienced?

Libra allows us to reflect on the wonderful ways we have shown our resiliency and experienced the joys in life.

Our splendid Libra is a cardinal, air sign ruled by Venus. Welcome the trailblazers, the innovators, the creators and inventors of modern day marvels. Your keen eye and pragmatic mindset are wrapped in empathy. We are all utilizing these characteristics in our own unique way for this new moon.

Numerology

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October = 10th month of the year.

19= 1+9= 10

2017= 2+0+1+7= 10

The new moon falls on 10/10/10 or 1/1/1 with an amplified vibration due to being paired with zeros. One represents independence, new beginnings, tenacity, creation, success and manifestation. The number one vibrates with the frequency of the sun. The sun is our masculine ally nourishing our souls with warmth. Beware of getting too hot and becoming conceited, intolerant and aggressive.

We have been on a path this year toward self sufficiency, inner growth, and soul searching for our true passion and purpose. There will be more clarity as we come to the realizations of our truths.

There are three 1’s creating an additional vibration of 3, which is ruled by Jupiter and the number of the Ascended Masters. Jupiter is our planet of luck and prosperity as we expand our circle of consciousness and compassion. The Ascended Masters are those who once lived on earth and ascended due to their level of spiritual awareness and practices. We are being asked to do the same by nourishing our own soul, and spreading that awareness to others even if displayed with a simple act of kindness.

Threes the number of sociability, kindness, positivity, communication, imagination, growth, passion, and manifestation. This is where we are being asked to discover how to become effectively interdependent. We are learning how to work alongside others to create and manifest what is collectively desired to benefit the whole of humanity and the world.

We must learn how to balance our introverted independent nature as we tend to self-care and love and our extroverted independent nature creating connections of kindness and compassion.

Ceremony Tools

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For this new moon ceremony, I plan on burning red rose and amber incense (3 of each) to bring love, light and happiness into my life. I have been working on finding contentment with my life and everything I have as a sincere form of gratitude.

With my incense, I will be burning pink and yellow candles (3 of each) to amplify these vibrations of joy and unconditional love. One will be for myself, one for others, and one for the world and universe.

My stones of choice are Rose Quartz for love and yellow calcite for a soothing warmth. My main stone for this particular ceremony is going to be fluorite. Fluorite is able to ground excess mental and emotional energies causing anxiety or nervousness. It also helps cleanse the aura of unwanted ties to others’ energies, and aids in balancing various chakras.

There are a number of colors that fluorite comes in and each correlate with the chakras and their metaphysical properties. Purple fluorite helps open our spiritual connection and enhances our abilities to communicate with various light bodies from the spiritual realm such as Archangels, Ascended Masters, and the Fae. Green aids in healing on all levels getting to the heart of the issue. Blue resonates with our throat, ears and nose which are governed by our throat chakra, which facilitates communication. Blue fluorite is able to soothe and reconcile any communication blockages or issues. Yellow promotes cooperation and group alignment fulfilling our natural need to be social, and beyond that creating positive connections with others.

Happy manifesting Eternal Waking Beauties! Take care of your lovely souls at this time.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Blood Full Aries Moon 2017

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 11:40 am PST

Blood Full Moon

The blood full moon occurs every year during the month of October. Some say the blood moon got its name due to the reddish hues of the moon. It is said to be a time of magic, wisdom, and connection. What comes to your mind when you think of blood? The eerie and ominous concept of death? The flow of oxygen coursing through your veins to give your body life?

Whether the end of life or the engine for life itself, blood can take the roll of both. The blood moon marks the sign of a season shift as we begin the end of the year when life around us appears to be “dying.” Life seems to flee from the cold months that are just around the corner. Heat is necessary to sustain life and continue blood flow throughout our bodies. The wondrous magic of life within and around us never ceases to amaze me.

Animals show the sage, inherent wisdom by harvesting from everything around them before hibernating, or migrating toward the equator for winter. How does their natural instinct just kick in? How does ours? It is beautiful to see the intelligence within all forms of life showing how we are truly are all connected from the elements, to the trees, to the birds and the bees. Our bodies are naturally engineered to help us survive.

Full Moon in Aries

Our fiery, trailblazing warriors of Aries are aiding us in our full moon release as we have fully immersed ourselves into fall. They keep us active with a burst of creative motivation as they set the tone for the entire season. There is a lot of masculine power and assertion as we take charge of the plans Libra made at the beginning of this lunar cycle.

We are shedding our selfish ways and looking to make bigger changes for everyone to be able to survive the cold, upcoming season.

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Planetary Aspects

Virgo and Mars meet up in the sultry sign of Scorpio creating a powerful shift in love. Romance is in the air filled with passion and sensuality. The couple trines Pluto creating a regeneration of love in our romantic partnerships.

The sun conjuncts Mercury, our beloved communicator as we are able to utilize warm, embracing speech in both our interpersonal and interpersonal conversations.

The moon squares Pluto and opposes both the sun and Mercury. This is creating a minor setback in our growth as we subconsciously hold onto some unnecessary ways of thinking, communicating, and developing.

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Ceremonial Tools

Because Aries is a fire sign I will be utilizing red, orange and yellow candles. I will pair them with sandalwood and rainforest incense to calm the intensity of our beloved, fire sign. It will cleanse the space and bring us down to earth.

My stones of choice will be dendritic agate, tree agate, and my main stone will be fire agate. Fire agate is said to be a flame captured within a stone. It is able to bring courage, protection and strength during these times of release and transformation.

I plan on focusing on letting go of any irrational aggressive tendencies by asking for conducive outlets for my excessive energy.

Enjoy your beautiful release Eternal Waking Beauties! May your fiery passions blaze a trail of light and love.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Virgo New Moon 2017

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:30 PM PST

Practical Change

Virgos are our earthy, mutable friends in the zodiac ruled by the planet, Mercury. The earth element contributes to Virgo’s hardworking, dedicated and nurturing nature. They embody our Mother Gaia giving others life from her bountiful abundance. Mutable signs help us shift from one season to the next. This particular transition is a time of extreme preparation for cold, winter months paired with a large collection or harvest of goods accumulated throughout the year. Virgos are excellent organizers, efficient, and resourceful. How do you plan on unwinding your year? What are you securing to ensure a successful winter?

We will be utilizing a vast array of communication styles and thought processes with Mercury as our ruling planet. Communication can be verbal or non-verbal including language, gestures, body postures, eye contact and more. There can also be internal or external forms of communication, where we are interacting with other life (or non-life) forms, or conversing within ourselves creating thoughts. Virgo has a very systematic and pragmatic way of thinking that is reflected in their communication style. Be prepared to take on some of these traits as we begin to logistically dissect the world around us.

 

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Planetary Aspects

There are five major celestial bodies residing with one another in the sign of Virgo. As with all new moons, the masculine sun lovingly embraces the feminine essence of the moon aligning our conscious mind with our subconscious mind. This allows us to clearly see our true desires creating a portal of opportunity as our masculine and feminine essences align within.

Mars enhances our innate sense for survival, and assertive instinct to ascertain what is necessary to live. This becomes a major focus as our reptilian brain hones in on the basics of existence. Because Mars rests in Virgo there will be a very “matter-of-fact” approach on how to achieve these next steps toward our goals.

Venus brings an abundance of love and wealth in its many forms. Love can be shown with a kind word, considerate act, or soft touch, while wealth can be accumulated in the forms of money, health, family and friends among other treasures. Due to Virgo’s nurturing tendencies, we will be asked to express our love to help tend to others utilizing our various constructs of wealth.

Finally, Mercury rests in Virgo as well enhancing our abilities to organize and execute our thoughts and actions with a tenacious fervor.

There are many harsh aspects in the sky causing slight discernment. The sun and moon square Saturn, our planet of boundaries and limitations. This is causing a number of obstacles and difficulties to rise to the surface. It is not that they are new, but we are finally able to analyze them in our conscious mind. Now that we are able to see them clear as day, what is our plan of action to get through the trials and tribulations planted around us? This is where the analytical processing of a Virgo’s mind will come in handy.

Mercury and Mars oppose Neptune, the planet of dreams, spiritual enlightenment, and compassion. This may create a harshness in our thoughts and actions. It is okay to be assertive without being aggressive. We do not want to fully detach our empathetic ways, nor from the innocent acceptance of others.

Luckily, Venus and Saturn trine Uranus, the planet of progression and ingenuity allowing for a surge of  new boundaries created to better facilitate love and values. Mercury and Mars trine Pluto, which was just reassigned the title of planet again! Pluto brings rebirth, renewal, and spiritual growth. These qualities are occurring in our inner and outer forms of communication and our chosen actions and behaviors. These positive aspects will balance out the hurdles we will face.

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What’s with the Moose?

I am not sure why the image of a moose came to my partner and then me before writing this article, but it did. When I looked up what the moose totem represented everything clicked into place. A moose is pretty much our Virgo of the animal kingdom. They are strong, independent creatures that are self-reliable and self-sustaining similar to our Virgos. Moose symbolize communication due to their mating calls, wisdom and abundance for their resourceful nature, and transformation with their innate knack at camouflage which is what this new moon is all about!

Moose bring the message of empowerment, integrity, and unseen abilities. They have a heightened sense of sound and smell, and come out of the womb seeing clearly. Moose encourage us to utilize our senses and trust our intuition. It is time to utilize the strength in our power with our given abilities just like our majestic moose.

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Ceremony Tools

Any and all cleansing, renewing, and grounding tools will be beneficial during this time. Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, and rain forest incense, resin, and oils will be excellent for the grounding and mental clarity process. White, green, and brown candles will enhance those energies in your sacred space.

It is time to sharpen or bring clarity to our third eye, and a soft, understanding to our throat chakra. Aphophyllite and Clear Quartz will be beneficial for the third eye to see the truth of the matter. Blue Lace Agate and Blue Kyanite will bring a gentle tenderness and precise format to our communication styles. Blue Chalcedony is going to be my main stone of choice as it brings a non-judgmental acceptance filled with positive beliefs and comforting energies.

Surround yourself in a pearly white light with a soothing, blue lining as you begin to manifest for this lunar cycle. As for assistance from all ethereal bodies from gods to angels to ascended masters to the fae in aiding you to achieve these goals. Take advantage of this time as we are allowed to make great strides at this phase of the moon.

Happy manifesting Eternal Waking Beauties. Stand up for yourself and all those around you as you exude care and compassion from your loving core.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Redefining Humanity

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Humanity is supposed to be what sets us apart from all other species. The ability to cognitively process the world and life around us. The capacity for compassion and empathy toward all other life. Yet, we see animals showing more humanity than humans, and inanimate objects processing more than a human mind could possibly fathom.

How have we come to this place? Why are the masses so desensitized? Since when is it cool to not care about life – our own and others? Why is death and the auspicious evils of society glorified?

Everyone wants to blame technology for distancing us from each other, but have we all forgotten the fact that we have the power of choice? We can choose to put the phones down. We can choose to meet face to face. We can choose to say, “Hi!” with a smile on our face to strangers. We can choose to accept others differences. We can choose to volunteer for a good cause. We can choose.

As Americans I feel we easily forget this privilege of choice. Granted not every American has choice since only 30% of the current workforce in the United States works full time. However, we still have a lot more freedoms than most people across the globe.

Today, I saw a line of cars sitting at a red light. The person in front of me, person behind me, and person next to me all rolled their windows up and scowled at the homeless woman and her dog.

When I was younger I used to be fearful of these people. I was terrified they wanted to harm me in one way or another. Now that I am older I realize that a series of misfortune has brought this individual to their lowly state.

No one chooses to be homeless. Some may choose to panhandle versus work a 9-5, but they are usually not homeless. No one wakes up and says, “Fuck this life! I’m just going to walk away from my life, and leave with nothing more than the clothes on my back and create a makeshift home on the side of the road.” If you know of someone who has, please give me their contact information because I would love to pick their brain.

As I looked at this woman, I unrolled my window and handed her an apple. She said, “God bless you” and I responded with “God bless you too” and gave her a genuine smile. I wanted to start a conversation and ask her if she knew there were options and resources out there to help her move out of poverty. However, I did not want to be rude or assert myself. The more I think about it though, the more I wish I had.

So many people out there do not realize how many wonderful programs and services are in place to really help people and make a difference in the world. It gives me hope for the healing of humanity happens one individual at a time. It is so beautiful and inspiring to see lives be truly touched.

For example, did you know that CalFresh or  “food stamps” as they used to be called actually subsidize commerce? This means that food stamps do NOT come out of taxpayer dollars. In fact, CalFresh, or food stamps actually enhance the local economy and keep farmers in business. So why not muster up the courage and let go of your ego for a moment to be proud of helping your economy, yourself, and your family (if you have one)?

There are so many times where we allow rumors and word of mouth to taint our minds with false information. If we just did our research, and lent out a helping hand when we have been able, we would be able to drastically alter our state of humanity.

Everyone deserves to have choice in a world where free will is given.

Everyone deserves love and compassion in all capacities.

Everyone deserves a helping hand and a listening ear, even if just for a moment.

Everyone deserves a chance at life.

Everyone deserves to be treated for what they are – a human being.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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You are NOT forgotten

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The whirlpools of chaos consume my mind.

How have I lost my footing?

The ground so solid beneath me

hollowed.

I have fallen.

Fallen into this abyss of insanity

that I dare not call home.

Where did this lackluster begin to weave the very fabric of my being?

I catch a reflection

perplexed by who stands before me.

This tattered soul. This vagrant form. This subspecies who no one dares call human.

And for what?

For asking to be used and abused time and time again?

For being force fed lies of disturbing proportions until it became an ingrained belief?

For my self destructive tendencies to only relinquish myself from the fear and the pain?

Or

For my open honesty?

For your feeling of uncomfort?

For rattling your perfect world of normalcy?

For tearing down what you know as reality?

Well this is reality for all too many and has become commonplace.

One out of every four women you know has been sexually assaulted at one point in their lives.

Do you have a mother?

A grandmother?

A wife?

A daughter?

A friend who recognizes her gender as female?

At least one of them has been groped without consent.

At least one has been objectified as they crawled out of their skin.

At least one has cried themselves to sleep with the disbelief of what occurred that evening.

At least one has felt hopeless and dead inside.

So please tell me why the uncomfort of my words weighs heavier than the uncomfort your love one had to live through?

No matter what you choose this truth exists and will continue to exist with our without your recognition.

So why not help?

Why not fight?

Why not take a stand?

This is not just a woman’s problem.

This happens to one out of seven boys as well.

They may not admit it.

But they still feel the heaviness of this unnecessary evil.

Allow these boys who are now men to have the right to feel.

Let them know there is strength in seeking help.

Let them know their dignity and masculinity will remain unscathed for being ready to heal.

These injustices are not okay now, nor will they ever be.

But the ways we choose to learn, heal, grow, and overcome are always right for us.

Be brave.

Take a stand for someone you love.

Especially if that someone you love is yourself.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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I am an advocate and survivor. If you ever need anyone to listen, I am here for you. Your voice and your life are precious. Remain empowered and safe Eternal Waking Beauties.