I was leaving the South to fling myself into the unknown. I was taking a part of the South to transplant in alien soil, to see if it could grow differently, if it could drink of new and cool rains, bend in strange winds, respond to the warmth of other suns and, perhaps, to bloom. ― Richard Wright
We come from different places. Some have traveled by water. Some by air. Some by land. All of us have crossed borders. Some of us have migrated for generations. Many of us are immigrants. At some point in our lives, and the lives of our ancestors, home has come into question. Where is it? Who is it? How to reconcile the lost of it?
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:18 CST a New Moon in Sagittarius entered the scene. Sagittarius, the archer-centaur, mutable fire sign proficient in the art of resourcefulness and independence, expresses the kind of energy that is necessary to journey into the unknown. Sagittarius is an adventurous sign, one that encourages us to show up as whole beings: animal and human, spirit and body, male and female. Audre Lorde told us: When we dare to be powerful, in the service of our vision, it becomes less and less important whether we are afraid. What emerges from within when we honor our deepest values, is the blooming of life. The botanical Echinacea is an herbal ally closely associated with the sign of Sagittarius. This flowers center cone spirals like a mandala with mesmerizing beauty. Echinacea is a beloved plant, first used for immune support by Indigenous communities of the Plains in North America. Offering protection from external influences, Echinacea calls on our inner strength to act as a guard against oppressive circumstances.
The symbolic tool associated with Sagittarius is the bow and arrow, a sort-of single spear that enables our focus to be clear, and our direction purposeful. Interestingly, the position of this New Moon squares Neptune, a planet that embodies our inspiration and psychic receptivity, as well as our illusion and confusion. While Sagittarius yields a single bow and arrow, Neptune’s trident represents a trinity. This three-pronged spear, iconic in various mythologies, is both a symbol and tool of water. In Chinese medicine, the water element is the most Yin of all the elements—omnipresent, it takes the form of the container in which it resides. Water is the soft, nourishing substance from which life is stored. Water is also a powerful force with a will to move. Water reminds us that our home is right here, on this blue-green planet—where our past, present, and future endures.Earth is one thing that connects all of us. As humans, we have the responsibility to defend, and protect this plant. On November 25th, the Obama Administration issued an eviction notice to the Oceti Sakowin encampments at Standing Rock. A coalition of organizations including Camp of the Sacred Stones, International Indigenous Youth Council, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Honor the Earth shared this statement:
The eviction notice came in a letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, informing the tribe that on Dec. 5th, it will “close” all lands north of the Cannonball River, where the Oceti Sakowin encampment is located. It is no coincidence that the Army Corps of Engineers has chosen Dec 5th, General George Armstrong Custer’s birthday, as the date it plans to evict people from the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Custer broke the treaty to dig for gold, the Army Corps is breaking the treaty over oil.
Today is the first day of December, and the last month of 2016. In a few weeks, the Full Cold Moon will prepare us for the Winter Solstice on December 21st. As we burrow inward, reflecting on all that has unfolded this year, let us remember the journey that got us here. May we honor the will of our ancestors, and allies. May we hold home in our hearts, and root where we are. May we pray and give thanks to the waters that sustains us. May we individually rise to our potential. May our stored potential transform into a collective vision of justice, and hope.
In New Moon Solidarity,
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