I am weaving together my work around this upcoming Eclipse with the Black Lives Matter protests ongoing on in the United States. The lessons we need to take from the astrology not only apply to the unfolding of this historic moment, but also to our daily lives.
Whilst I am a woman of colour with experience of activism, community engagement and a doctorate in political science – I am not going to be centering my personal narrative with this as it is not my story. Nor do I aim to give you a structured means of engagement. Just some general principles that you can adapt to develop whatever mode of activism and engagement that resonates best for you.
This article and video is more discursive than usual, so prepare to reflect. Lots. It’s meant to make you feel and think and it will challenge some of you. Which is not a bad thing. The video for this article is at the end of the document.
Remember that social justice issues are not cut-and-paste. You have to understand the larger picture before the micro-context makes sense. And vice versa.
And remember that ego can easily blind you to the truth another person is saying simply because people don’t like being invalidated or de-centered. But if you’re talking about a social issue like race – and you’re a member of the racial group that benefits most from it – that’s exactly what needs to happen.
LUNAR ECLIPSE AT 15 SAGITTARIUS CONJUNCT GREAT ATTRACTOR
This Lunar Eclipse occurs on June 5th, 2020 at 15 Sagittarius. This is conjunct the Great Attractor, a massively polarizing point (currently at 14 Sagittarius) in astrology. As I explain in my video, whilst I absolutely understand the way these protests organically emerged following the death of George Floyd, the astrology points to need for caution and staying focused.
The Great Attractor’s role during this Lunar Eclipse forces people to choose sides in an exaggerated way: it entrenches the hardliners and it fragments allies by creating lines of division that could really be softer in the grand scheme of things. And it pushes and pulls people to different paths of truth.
Sometimes they’re comfortable lies dressed as truth and sometimes they’re painful, bitter pills. Sometimes you won’t know which you picked till later.
The Lunar Eclipse is also trined Thereus at 17 Leo. Thereus is of course the Hunter-Stalker who brings out deeply hidden fears and patterns of parasitism. It is no wonder that people have such a powerful and passionate response to the potential unearthing and healing of the poison that has harmed generations.
That being said, Thereus can easily hijack the liberatory potential of this moment and channel that passion into unbridled anger and fear on either side. Ultimately, that will help no one and only further the loss of energy into non-productive channels. We also see how the escalation of conflict can lead to the justification of greater policing and surveillance over parts of the population who feel unrepresented and are willing to speak up for it. \
With Thereus and the Great Attractor, it certainly seems that this Eclipse is egging on people towards unnecessary extremes. That applies at a political level, on matters to do with nationality and immigration and relationships with teachers.
We see a similar (and more explosive) New Moon in Leo conjunct Thereus on August 19th, 2020. Whatever themes are coming up now will only be blown up further at that time. And that is why a long-term strategy is needed. This is only going to keep coming up until a solution is found one way or another.
Because all this is just going to be repeated a few months down the line with even more intensity.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO?
Remember – I’m looking at the macro-context of astrology to help me look at a broader perspective of the Black Lives Matter movement & George Floyd Protests. And I’m drawing out those lessons in ways that apply at the micro, everyday level. So what I’m saying at one level translates into another in some way.
(Like I said, this is a more discursive piece)
Just for clarity:
I’m writing this as an ally using my space to raise awareness. I’m not going to position myself to tell leaders what they should be doing for their community or how because that’s just not my call or right.
Whatever I suggest to you here, I apply to myself just as well.
(1) If you are an ally, know your place: It isn’t at the center of the narrative.
Intellectual rhetoric to try and re-frame the conversation to something you care about is a slap in the face of the people who are agitating to be heard.
Listen. Listen to the voice of the oppressed and marginalized. And let them lead. Take their cue.
And please, for the love of humanity, you cannot find a ‘ we’ or sense of group identity by pretending that differences do not exist. That erasure inflicts an entirely different kind of pain.
Listen to the story of the marginalized. Do not seek to rewrite it for them. Do not try to compete for the title of ‘ the most oppressed’.
(2) If you have not lived the experience of a black person fearing for their life at the hands of police brutality, do not tell them what to do or feel.
The same goes for indigenous people, LGBTQ people – and those with intersecting, marginalized identities who have been subjected to such acts of violence by those who should be enforcing the law.
Do not privilege your perspective, no matter what you think you have learnt or experienced or read or meditated or cleared.
Do not try to equate your narrative of trauma with the weight of an intergenerational history of slavery that manifests in current-day institutional discrimination.
(And no, you do not get to talk policy change because you remembered being black in a previous life)
(3) Remember that this is not ‘ up for debate ‘ or a fad
Here’s the livestreamed link of Mr. Floyd’s memorial service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_OEvRQc-6Q&feature=emb_logo
And he’s just one of so so many people who have had to endure that brutality. This is something that affects real people, their families and their communities.
(4) Listen to activists, community leaders and people in the field who are making a difference. Performative wokeness will not help.
Follow the websites of the people doing the work and support them in the ways they need.
(5) Art, music, dance & drama heal. They draw out of the poison, transmute the pain – and refuse to hide the scars.
(6) Black Lives Matter has intersectional power. You do not betray other causes by supporting it.
Tony McDade, a transgender black man was shot and killed by Florida police two days after Mr. Floyd’s death. His death is just as important and I wanted to share that here.
Greater accountability in standards of policing is – at the end of the day – something that will benefit everyone. Be they black, white, Asian, gay, trans, lesbian, bi, rich, poor – whatever.
It’s even sparked protests around the world for similar questions surrounding questionable deaths in police custody and race relations in countries unable to have that conversation successfully thus far
(7) Use social media to inform, rather than distract. Do not make it an additional burden on a person of colour.
If you are a white person / Caucasian / whatever label you use – remember that people of colour are already overburdened with having to explain the basics of how racism works to you to begin with.
Use the resources you have online. Read. Don’t ask them to explain it all to you or expect them to perform emotional labour to help you through your discomfort or dissonance. And for the love of humanity, don’t project it back to them.
Generally speaking – Any individual’s debate and conversation on facebook or youtube is not going to change gun policy at an institutional level.
The hours you spend with some random right-winger slinging facts or insults at one another is not going to help those most in need.
Informing people who to write to and how has a better chance. So does identifying community leaders, artists and activists and following and supporting and sharing their work.
(8) Don’t be afraid to take a stand. Or take a knee.
Whilst people want to erase the potency of Black Lives Matter with the phrase ‘ All Lives Matter’ – it makes no sense to make the latter claim when the former is unrealized.
It’s like going into a doctor’s office and saying your gut hurts and you need help, only to be told that the entire body was important and so it wouldn’t get that specific attention. That response literally makes no sense when you come in with an urgent issue.
When you take a stand, you do not need to get belligerent or adversarial about it. Standing in solidarity with someone or protecting someone who is being targeted is an act of love. It’s not always about us vs. them, but rather – us-with-them.
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There is a lot more that can be said. And that needs to be accessed and researched.
This is barely the tip of the iceberg.
But this is how you start doing the work, no matter how political it is, from a Heart-centered perspective. And how to avoid that polarization, especially amongst allies.
I sincerely hope this helps.
As I said, I didn’t want to go about this from a perspective of privilege or authorial absolutism.
For those of you want the video – here it is –
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