Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to end it than on a personal note.

Several weeks ago I saw a PBS ad for a special on Harriet Tubman which triggered a childhoold memory of a book I was given by my godfather. I want to say his name was Fred. He was a lawyer, I think, and he and his wife went to our church. That’s how we all met and how they became my godparents when I was baptized – at the not-so-tender age of 10 (give or take).

I overheard Fred telling my folks his wife had just gotten a “topless bathing suit.” I thought my godparents were SOOO cool.

Anyway, Fred and Barbara gave me a book. A rite of passage, if you will, now that I had been admitted into the Episcopalian Church.

baptize
v. admit (someone) into a specified Church by baptism

The book contained stories about famous women of the U.S.A. – beautifully illustrated. I wish I could remember the title but I DO remember some of the ladies:  Harriet Tubman, Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, and Dorothea Dix. Their lives were inspiring and was another example of how, early on, men like my Dad and my Godfather helped shape me into becoming an independent woman. An early “women’s libber”.

Two of the women in the book especially made an impression on me…

Jane Addams

A young Jane Addams

In 1889, Jane Addams set-up a grand house right in the middle of tenements in Chicago. Hull House, as it came to be known, was open to the poor (and mainly immigrant) in the neighborhood with the objective being to help alleviate the poverty of her low-income neighbors. She provided services such as daycare, education, and healthcare. While her life focused on the development of individuals, Jane’s ideas continue to influence social, political and economic reform in the United States, as well as internationally. Hull House remained in operation until January 19, 2012.

(I remember well the intro paragraph where Ms. Addams spied a woman outside the house trying to keep a bag of flour dry while navigating the street during a heavy downpour. Needless to say, the bag got wet, spilling its contents all over the street. Seeing how devastated the woman was Jane ushered her inside, serving her tea and lending a sympathetic ear. Before the woman left, I think I remember Jane giving her some money. I thought she was so compassionate and kind.)

Dorothea Dix

Born April 4, 1802, Dorothea Dix advocated on behalf of the mentally ill (most of whom were indigent and being treated inhumanely and regularly abused) creating the first generation of American mental asylums. Ms. Dix was instrumental in the founding or expansion of over 30 hospitals for the treatment of the mentally ill. She also believed the women should be educated to the same level as men.

Named after her, the Dorothea Dix Hospital was founded in Raleigh, NC in 1856 and closed in 2012. (The same year Hull House was closed…)

(Another very kind and compassionate individual who made a lasting impact on the lives of those who struggle with mental illness.)

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9 of Swords, 8 of Wands, 2 of Swords

A situation or issue may arise which will cause some anxiousness.
Stop over-analyzing! Make a decision and move forward.

9 of Knives (Swords):  A card usually linked to anxiety and fear, but fear is an illusion created in the mind and the mind can be our worst enemy, making things seem worse than they actually are. Mars in Gemini may indicate nervous mental energy. Try taking the edge off with some physical activity.

8 of Scepters (Wands):  Swiftness. Sudden and direct action. Movement. Progress. Momentum. Mercury in Sagittarius may point to an intense outpouring of thoughts, ideas, inspiration, and creativity. The Vampyre here is wielding his scepter like a weapon, focused on his target. Strike while the iron is hot! Take immediate action.

2 of Knives (Swords):  At a crossroad. Choices. Making a decision. This Vampyress has been deprived of sight, and judging by the blood flowing from beneath the blindfold and on the tips of the knives she may have taken her own eyes out. Our eyes can trick us; deceive us until we can no longer tell the difference between truth and untruth. She now relies on her intuition alone to weigh her options before finding the perfect solution to whatever issue or problem is at hand. There is a balancing act here between two opposing forces or energies. Sometimes the only way to regain one’s equillibrium is by taking two seemingly incompatible choices and uniting them in order to bring about a harmonious compromise. More often than not, truth resides in that gray area between two extremes.

Nothing but the truth can hold the truth.
– Michael Meade

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Mystic Cross ~ is it or isn’t it?

I clearly remember noticing this on my right palm when I was very young. At the time I thought it was cool and felt sure it meant something. But I never gave it much thought until recently when I was researching one topic and stumbled upon the Mystic Cross which sounded just like the “star” on my hand!

To be fair, there are two somewhat opposing views as to what constitutes a Mystic Cross and what does not. One side maintains it must reside between the heart and head lines but not touch either, while the other side contends it must exist somewhere between the two – touching or not. Since I’ve always felt the star on my hand was special in some way, I’m going with the latter. (Natch.)

In general, having the Mystic Cross on either hand symbolizes deep intuition; having a “sixth sense” or psychic ability. It’s also supposed to indicate a natural inclination toward occult, esoteric, and arcane subjects – subjects for which I’ve ALWAYS had a predilection. (Even at an early age, my instincts were spot on. I knew this mark meant something…)

Having a Mystic Cross sit beneath your middle finger supposedly indicates a life-change around your 40’s that may have something to do with your not using the gifts you were born with. Well, I may have missed that mark because I have only recently come full circle embracing those “gifts” I knew I had as a child but forgot once I became an adult.

One site maintained that it “indicates that spirituality, witch’s intuition, and acknowledgement of power or ability were understood at a very young age”. Another article remarked that “Gift markings come with a penalty for disuse. You have to use the gift or otherwise you end up in the penalty box.” (Ooops. Well, better late than never!)

Do YOU have a Mystic Cross? If so, tells us your story.

References:
5 Palm Signs when you’re born a Witch
Enchanted Living: Witch HandsMagick Justice: A Witch’s Palm
Old Town Crier: What’s a Mystic Cross?
Your Chinese Astrology

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Mad as a March Hare

A March Hare Full Moon, that is. Today is also Palm Sunday which is the Sunday before Easter. As a kid, I remember receiving a little cross made from palm leaves during church service.

Today’s Full Moon arrives at 8° Libra and is 2021’s first Supermoon – so named because the moon appears a little brighter and closer to the Earth than normal. We’re also celebrating Spring’s arrival which signals renewal, rebirth, and abundance. Gaia has awakened from her Winter slumber!

Sabian symbol for 8° Libra.

A BLAZING FIREPLACE IN A DESERTED HOME

Why does a fire blaze when there is no one at home? For the same reason we leave lights on when we leave the house – it’s a sign of “Welcome” upon returning home; providing comfort and reassurance in times of loneliness, isolation, or separation.

The fire you seek burns brightly within yourself.

With Libra, today’s Full Moon revolves around relationships/partnerships, compromise, justice, and achieving a delicate balance between opposing energies – appropriate given that it opposes the Sun which is in Aries. This combination of Mars (Aries) and Venus (Libra) can make for a harmonious conjoining provided the right balance is achieved between the two. Think yin/yang or masculine/feminine.

Aries is also in Chiron, the Wounded Healer, making this an excellent time to acknowledge and heal any emotional wounds that are preventing you from moving forward. Mars’ warrior spirit will give you the courage to face these obstacles head-on, with Libra reminding you to be kind to yourself. Maintain a sense of balance, harmony, and don’t forget to practice self-care.

According to Dark Star Astrology, this Full Moon’s Tarot card is the 2 of Swords – Lord of the Peace Restored – symbolizing stalemate or impasse, compromise, at a crossroad, weighing options. The 2 of Swords also relates to balance and partnerships.


To be as “mad as a March hare” is an English idiomatic phrase derived from the observed antics, said to occur only in the March breeding season of the European hare, Lepus europaeus. [source]

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Spring Cleaning

I realized after I took these that I should have snapped some “before” shots. Oh well. Went on a tear this morning and dumped all expired food, wiped-down shelves, and re-organized contents of several cabinets in the kitchen.

Then when I sat down to write this Post I discovered that WordPress had done away with their classic editor! I code by hand (html, css) and it’s taken me 6 years to get everything the way I want it. I was FURIOUS. Tried contacting them and received no response, of course. Fortunately, I opened their stupid interface and finally figured out to get to where I can WRITE CODE. They sure hid it away, though. Thank God(dess) I’m a “curious clicker”. As much as I don’t want to start from scratch elsewhere, I may have to begin looking for another home for this site…

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