January is such a meh month, don’t you think? It’s just…there. February has Imbolc, Valemtime’s Day, and Mardi Gras to keep us partying as we March toward Spring; but in spite of one US holiday that everyone celebrates and one that no one pays attention to anymore, January is rather dull. In January, we are in LIMBO.
n. The state of being disregarded or forgotten
However, leading up to the Aquarian New Moon yesterday (Which had me pacing like a caged Panther – New Moons drive me little crazy.), there was a fair bit of excitement last week: Over 2,600 Narcissistic Sociopaths and assorted Daemons (Cue YGL Alum and WEF Board Member, Yo-Yo Ma) convened in Switzerland to participate in Davos 2023 which was hosted by the Schwab-led World Economic Forum (WEF). All the Usual Suspects were there: KMM (Khazarian-controlled mainstream media), Medical-Industrial complex, Pharma, big Tech, titans of banking and commerce, higher learning, and world governments (including the FBI), ad nauseam.
The US was HEAVILY represented and these raised my eyebrows: AARP, Estee Lauder, Instacart, Manpower, PG&E, and Habitat for Humanity. In a curiously-timed act, Amazon decided to phase-out its AmazonSmile charitable arm after ten years in operation. I’m sure it has NOTHING to do with the company’s unspoken pledge to divert $$ to their KM brethren instead.
I received the following email message on Jan 18, 2023:
In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. However, after almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.
We are writing to let you know that we plan to wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. We will continue to pursue and invest in other areas where we’ve seen we can make meaningful change—from building affordable housing to providing access to computer science education for students in underserved communities to using our logistics infrastructure and technology to assist broad communities impacted by natural disasters.
To help charities that have been a part of the AmazonSmile program with this transition, we will be providing them with a one-time donation equivalent to three months of what they earned in 2022 through the program [aka Payoff], and they will also be able to accrue additional donations until the program officially closes in February. Once AmazonSmile closes, charities will still be able to seek support from Amazon customers by creating their own wish lists.
As a company, we will continue supporting a wide range of other programs that help thousands of charities and communities across the U.S. For instance:
Housing Equity Fund: We’re investing $2 billion to build and preserve affordable housing in our hometown communities. In just two years, we’ve provided funding to create more than 14,000 affordable homes—and we expect to build at least 6,000 more in the coming months. These units will host more than 18,000 moderate- to low-income families, many of them with children. In one year alone, our investments have been able to increase the affordable housing stock in communities like Bellevue, Washington and Arlington, Virginia by at least 20%.
Amazon Future Engineer: We’ve funded computer science curriculum for more than 600,000 students across over 5,000 schools—all in underserved communities. We have plans to reach an additional 1 million students this year. We’ve also provided immediate assistance to 55,000 students in our hometown communities by giving them warm clothes for the winter, food, and school supplies.
Community Delivery Program: We’ve partnered with food banks in 35 U.S. cities to deliver more than 23 million meals, using our logistics infrastructure to help families in need access healthy food – and we plan to deliver 12 million more meals this year alone. In addition to our delivery services, we’ve also donated 30 million meals in communities across the country.
Amazon Disaster Relief: We’re using our logistics capabilities, inventory, and cloud technology to provide fast aid to communities affected by natural disasters. For example, we’ve created a Disaster Relief Hub in Atlanta with more than 1 million relief items ready for deployment, our Disaster Relief team has responded to more than 95 natural disasters, and we’ve donated more than 20 million relief products to nonprofits assisting communities on the ground.
Community Giving: We support hundreds of local nonprofits doing meaningful work in cities where our employees and their families live. For example, each year we donate hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working to build stronger communities, from youth sport leagues, to local community colleges, to shelters for families experiencing homelessness.
They closed this contemptible message with the typical bit of PR-driven drivel:
We’ll continue working to make a difference in many ways, and our long-term commitment to our communities remains the same—we’re determined to do every day better for our customers, our employees, and the world at large.
My AmazonSmile charity is a small rescue based in Southern California: Milo’s Sanctuary. Some of their residents have come to them as far away as Egypt and many are special needs cats. At Milo’s Sanctuary these felines are a part of their Lifetime Care Program: “Many of our long-term residents have ongoing physical or medical needs that prevent them from finding a forever home. When we rescue a cat, we promise them a lifetime of love and care.” Being a part of AmazonSmile these last ten years has allowed me to personally donate (literally) HUNDREDS of dollars to Milo’s Sanctuary.
This is no chump change for small charities.
I have pledged to donate each month to one favored charity.
Milo’s Sanctuary has been added to my list.
Philanthropy is the gateway to power.
– Mad Men (S2 E7 “The Gold Violin”)
All in all, a rather mundane month full of rather common instances of EVIL.
P.S. I think WordPress has been hacked in some way because there has been some crazy weird stuff going on around here…
RED is the color of PASSION.
RED is the color of DANGER.
RED is the color of MARS (My ruling planet).
RED is the color of the BLOODY MARY I am drinking.
RED is the color of STRAWBERRIES.
RED is the color of my RED PUMPS.
RED is the color of COURAGE.
RED is the color of ROSES – also hibiscus, geraniums, and poppies.
RED is the color of ANGER.
RED is the color of BLOOD.
is the color…
I’m sitting here drinking a glass of Witching Hour Red Blend from my “Vampire” wine glass and nibbling on a piece of homemade banana bread, listening to the rain on the roof. The rain will continue through the day with very mild temperatures. (I actually left my bedroom window open a tiny crack last night and didn’t freeze my ass off!) Mother Nature is readying the start of 2023 with a torrent of cleansing rain. I sense the purity of it. She is clearing away the bad juju.
Where was I? Oh, yes. As I sip my wine, I am reliving all the awesomeness experienced in 2022. With Tim having retired earlier this year we were finally able – after almost 20 years of night, day, and weekend shifts – to have some serious fun!
- Took two classes at Total Wine & More: “Wine and Chocolate – A Perfect Pair” and “Pop Open a Party” where we got to sample eight sparkling wines and enjoy some munchies. (The prosecco was my favorite and I found out why I enjoy it more than other sparkling wines: All prosecco is made from Glera grapes.)
- We and our friends drank and prowled both the Sunnyvale Art & Wine festival (June) and the one in Santa Clara later that summer.
- Took a day trip back to Boulder Creek to visit my favorite metaphysical shop and site-see. Discovered a wonderful little restaurant in nearby Felton, Cowboy Bar and Grill, that served the most delicious appetizer: Yam cakes. Came with ranch dressing and jalapeño glaze – which we bought a huge bottle of the on the way out! (Sweet AND hot; one of my favorite combos.) My mouth is salivating and ready to devour more yam cakes.
- After attending my first SJ Giants baseball game I couldn’t wait to go again. So we did. Two more times! Now I’m looking forward to April when the 2023 season begins…
- Our favorite little dive bar and music venue is about 15 minutes away (or if you prefer, 2.5 songs away): The Quarter Note. I finally got to see Lipshok. I had heard nothing but good things about the band and we weren’t disappointed. Killer! (and their singer is a Witch…) Although I didn’t snap pics the night that we caught-up with Death Valley Gypsies, we both were impressed by them – as well as Skeleton Cru who are fronted by Greg Hill (of Dammaj fame). Here are some photos of their Halloween show: Gallerie::Skeleton Cru
– and how ’bout this: Bass player from Mojo Missing playing the coolest bass I’ve ever seen. It lit up!
- Celebrated Ramses’ 3rd birthday. Speaking of The Prince, he proved to be one adept little hunter when it came to critters in the Concrete Jungle: My Little Predator
- SUNBATHING! Oh, how I missed the luxuriousness of the sun’s warmth on my skin while listening to the birds and the wind rustling the leaves in the trees. Sigh. I still have my tan lines, too. Warm weather is only a few months away…
- I began working with the energy of pyramid power this year after receiving my first Pyramid Resonator (More on this next year). I activated the pyramid in June which is the same time I started sunbathing. I’m not sure if it was my increased intake of Vitamin D OR the effects of the pyramid – or BOTH – but my psoriasis has become a non-issue. Even now, when we are well into Winter I am having no problems. I find this fascinating.
- While I’m on the subject of the metaphysical, January kicked off 2022 with the first of three consecutive BLACK MOONS. A very rare occurrence: Lune Noire
- Thanks to the tearing-down of the old fence and the construction of a new one, the Concrete Jungle got an overhaul and complete re-design: Concrete Jungle: New Fence & Display. August saw a warm Summer squall come through which made for one magickal evening for both Ramses and myself.
I cannot speak of “the Jungle” and all the wondrous life that visited us without giving a shout-out to Spike. What a tough little cookie he/she was.
2022 Renaissance Faire
Of course, I found the most exquisitely dressed couple of the day…
Tim HAD to share his
newmew tattoo with them:
- In November I participated in my first-ever Catmosphere Catwalk. Yep, I cat-biked to raise awareness of the plight of cheetahs in the wild: Catmosphere’s Catwalk 2022
- ‘Kayso, let me wrap-up 2022 by sharing with you, Dear Readers, how we celebrate Christmas here at Chez Rock Vixen.
Have a Blessed New Year!
January 1, 2023, just so happens to be National Bloody Mary Day. So guess what we’ll be drinking on Sunday?
But enough of that, today is all about clearing the old to welcome in the new. Dusting, vacuuming, doing the laundry…but I’m saving “sweeping” until tomorrow. Why? So glad you asked…
The act of “sweeping out the door” banishes all bad luck that may reside in the home. This should be done on New Year’s Eve.
I purchased a special broom this year to be used to clear negative energies and will employ it for the first time tomorrow night.
I will also do a cleansing purge tomorrow. Since I’m not overly fond of white sage (Smells like body odor to me.) I will burn copal.
Of particular note: Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – should be taken out of the home on January 1st! Nor should one do any type of cleaning. This is to ensure that the good luck that the New Year ushers in will not be flushed away.
This includes (but is not limited to): Cleaning cat boxes (Sorry, Ramses.), doing the laundry, washing/rinsing dishes/cutlery – if you have a dishwasher leave them soaking in the sink, taking out the trash. I don’t even use the garbage disposal!
Look at January 1st as a “day of rest”. Don’t do shite except hang-out. Be lazy. Drink Bloody Marys (see above) and watch the Rose Parade!
Other New Year’s Eve customs celebrated to bring good luck and fortune:
- Romanians tuck a few bills under an area rug.
- The Spanish eat 12 grapes – one for each stroke of midnight. This sounds yummy, especially when paired with some cheese and wine!
- In Italy, at the stroke of midnight, they throw something out the window. This not only symbolizes letting go of the past but makes room for good fortune to enter.
- At the stroke of midnight, the people of Argentinia take one step forward with their right foot.
- The making of noise at midnight on NYE dispels evil spirits. SO MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!
What to eat on January 1st: black-eyed peas (No, not the group.) and any ring-shaped foods such as bagels or donuts. (Did someone say Stan’s Donuts?)
And absolutely NO CRYING on the first day of the new year!!!! BUT petting a black cat is an exceptional sign of good luck for the coming year…