International Women’s Day
It is wonderful that today March 8, International Women’s Day falls on a full moon this year.
What is International Women’s Day?
Since 1975, women’s right and women’s awareness has been celebrated on this day. It has more emphasis in other countries and less in the US.
It is so un-widely known in the US, (commercialism has not taken over this holiday) that I never knew about it until I happened to be in Australia on March 8, several years ago. I felt daft as everyone there knew about it. However, I forgot about it again, until a few years later, a client who was born in Eastern Europe gave me chocolates on March 8th, in celebration.
Now I want to spread the word! (Read a thorough history of International Women’s Day.) We need to spread the word so that we can create a new world. It is the condor people, the feminine energy that is going to lead us out of the mess we’ve made of this world. Read the Prophecy of the Eagle and Condor: Balancing the Feminine and Masculine Energy.
I cannot begin to describe how women have been treated in this world since dualistic thinking has taken over in the first centuries BCE. But we have all read the history books. We have read the recent news, where women are still being kidnapped, murdered, sold into sexual slavery, and beheaded. You’d think we are more civilized than to still be burning women at the stake. But we as a global culture have not stepped too far away from this. Dualistic thinking is a Western way of viewing the world. It is “us/them” thinking, competitive and only one side could win. Gender was divided into men and women, men won, women, lost; and centuries of patriarchy resulted in eons of cruelty and inequality.
You better get wild right now, young lady!
Today we celebrate women and their journey through this, the many accomplishments in achieving equality. But recognize that we have a ways to go still. We are coming to a time, where women are angry and fed up with being treated so poorly. We are looking to the men in our lives to make it right for us, acknowledge what we have been through. The men are confused because we have always been so nurturing and generous.
This is a transitional time as we are all seeking balance and attempting to adjust to a world were there is true equality. Sometimes the scale teeter tauters to extremes as it is trying to adjust to a new weight. We have to be patient and kind to each other through this, because it effects our most precious relationships. We have to keep seeing and honoring the goodness in each other, instead of pointing out the bad and holding each other accountable.
I have been on my own journey to recapture the feminine inside of me, and to search for the feminine divine in the world. I been reading about it, dressing more feminine, lying on the ground to connect with Mother Earth, and working on forgiveness and unconditional love to everyone, even those who are mean to me. Holding people accountable, is like trying to get power over them, just as they had of you. It perpetuates the cycle. For us to get out of this gender discourse, we have to allow each other to find the divine and balance of feminine and masculine traits inside of each of us. And then we need to recognize and love each other for that.
For us women, we have to decide a way we want to be, without the container of those who try to control us. And just be that way, without excuses, without blaming others or ourselves, and without fear. Even if we have to speak with our voices shaking, we need to speak!
I wrote the following verse in my journal a year ago.
I will no longer hide my passion, my limitless energy under a bushel.
No matter what, I will allow my light to shine without abandon.
I will not let patriarchal expectations and gas-lighting make me feel bad about this enthusiasm.
I will refuse to calm down or chill out when I am told, refuse to support this oppression in all of its forms.
When necessary, I will always stand up for myself, my daughter, and all feminine energy.
I will release my inner spaz to her calling, embrace her, infuse her with LOVE so that she may assist her beloveds.
Guided by the wisdom of the Goddess Justicia, I am positioned in my most feminine power, to save, to change, to heal, to nurture all sentient beings. Having only compassion for those that criticize.
Demanding balance in the form of a dance, I live, I love. I get wild.
Ladies, Get wild under the full moon!
Remember when your parents told you to “calm down” young lady, because ladies were seen and not heard. I no longer want to calm down. I want to be heard and hear you, too. Women, if you are holding back your most beautiful, divine self–feeling you are not allowed or that you don’t deserve it, I hope you join me today in writing a statement of change – a new mission for yourself to become more yourself without limitations of gender discourse. Dance, live, love, get wild. The moon is full and you have my permission.
Happy International Women’s Day! Buy yourselves some chocolates.