We are standing in a time of change. In the Tarot such moments are often represented with the Death card, for they are the ending of a way life, the ending of way of being. Such times change us as people, stirring our emotions and values into sludge. Like the Tasmanian Devil, from the Bugs Bunny cartoons, this change leaves chaos in its wake.
Approaching the inauguration of the new President, we all wonder how are world will change. Some of us believe it will improve, many of us believe there will be suffering of one kind or another. The media pokes at us, like animals in a cage, prodding us on to more and more anger. We are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t.
As a person who spends a great deal of time looking into the future, and talking to those whose lives have passed, I believe the only thing we can do in such times is stand strong as a community. When we are fearful, lost and confused, we must rely on the power and support of the tribe. We need one another. We need our family, and neighbors, and friends. We need to remember that we are not all weak at the same time, that when some of us are at our weakest, others step into their strength.
I believe in equality! I believe we all have a right to love, safety, and justice.
When facing fear, we have a choice on how we will do so. We can hide, and cower, waiting for it all to go away. We can fight, and bicker, creating discontent for ourselves and those around us. Or, we can stand in peace, coming together to support our selves and others.
Standing in peace, does not mean we turn a blind eye. Nor does it mean we stick our finger in the eye of anyone who has a different view then us. It means we unite with our community, and together we maintain an upright position, one supported by the feet of many.
I do not stand because I am a woman, or because I have a different faith then the masses, or because someone I love is homosexual, or because I am friends with people of color. I stand because of all of these things. I stand because I believe in LOVE. Not love that is limited by relationship, not sensual love, platonic love, love of country, or love of world. But LOVE that is all of these things at once, love that is the essence of being.
After all what are we here for? We are here to experience love. Love of our families, friends, neighbors, work, art, hobbies, places, the list goes on. We are all searching for LOVE!
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