I Am Called Woman
I am called WOMAN
Not because I’m feminine but
For who I am, have been thru, and aspire to be
Not because I’ve failed or lost but
Because I’ve tried, persevered, endured
Kept trying, cried…
When the future seemed bare and fallow
The path under my feet
Rough, dry, empty, scorched
I dug deep, very deep… far deep
Where rabbits and moles live
Hide, play, escape
I have tasted the earth
Mud, sand, dryness, moisture
Manure, drought, death, haa-aah
I plunge downwards like a seabird
Grabbing what’s left of hope,
Gripping it tightly, remembering my bond
Then like an eagle I rise
Clutching the unreachable,
Beholding yesterday from my loft
Finally… battle won!
Now I own the dream, enjoy the grandeur
For this reason I proudly stand
And am called WOMAN!
— Copyright © 2010 Sophia Harvey-Manning
” It’s not until you lose everything that you can truly appreciate everything.”
Written in 2011 by Mal Neale
I am an active participant in my own good mental health.
Feng Shui Tip of the Day
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Having problems with a child or teenager? Check the center portion of the right side of your home for clutter or broken items.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
50: The Cauldron
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
General Meaning: The cooking pot symbolizes nourishment and rejuvenation. Sooner or later, good comes to those who do good; joy comes to those who bring humor to others; opportunity comes to those who persist in their dreaming. Rejuvenation is a returning to innate desires — and a re-charging of batteries through the fulfillment of these wishes. This reading suggests nourishment and transformation for people of goodwill. Great good fortune and success are indicated for nourishing relationships.
Healthy, regular sustenance is important, as symbolized by the cooking pot, which provides nourishment to all. When a cycle of humanity reaches its peak, each person’s sustenance comes in the form of his or her deepest needs and highest aspirations.
Rejuvenation means that men and women of talent and insight are being properly nourished and valued. When a society or group is functioning properly, these people are supported, and encouraged to contribute to their best abilities. A fresh approach to old habits is indicated in a period of rejuvenation. Look for ways of putting new life in old forms. Only when great vitality is present can breakthroughs be achieved.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
Wheel of Fortune
This Tarot Deck: Connolly
The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.
Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!
Our senses are on edge with anticipation as sweet Venus rushes into reckless Aries today, tempting us to take risks. We are enthusiastic with five planets in Aries, especially since Venus feeds our desire for something new and different as she moves to hook up with wild Uranus tomorrow. Additionally, the optimistic Sagittarius Moon lifts our spirits even higher. Still, a little self-restraint is necessary until Mercury turns direct on Saturday.
The good news is that Venus, the planet of love, is now visiting your signuntil May 15, improving your chances to receive more pleasure and wealth. However, you must be careful about overindulging or overspending when you seek sensual and material gratification. You still need to mitigate any tension that is created in the pursuit of your idyllic visions. Don’t be discouraged if it takes longer than you wish to reach your dreams.
You are moving into a phase when your fantasies can lead you down new avenues of exploration. Beautiful Venus is now in your 12th House of Imagination, activating dreams that can break you out of your old habitual desires. Remember, you don’t have to materialize every flight of fancy. Just acknowledge the opportunity to widen your horizons as you consider roads previously not taken.
Although you may still be working through a few self-imposed limitations, you’re on the verge of transforming how you relate to your friends. Your new way of interacting with others brings refreshing waves of change to your relationships and social life. However, everything you do has consequences, so keep in mind that your easygoing style may not be interpreted as all fun and games by someone else. Instead of assuming that everyone is on the same wavelength, take the time to check in with those close to you.
It’s wonderful if amicable Venus in your 10th House of Career makes your job more enjoyable over the next few weeks. But her public position in your chart can create anxiety as you are now pulled outside of your safety zone. Fortunately, moving beyond your comfortable limits should be less stressful than you expect; in fact, you could be rewarded for your courage if you are willing to take a chance.
Thankfully, the sky clears today, leaving you with an unobstructed view of what’s possible. Your imagination is vivid, allowing you to see your life the way you want it to be, rather than limiting your vision to the way things are now. This newfound perspective enables you to set lofty goals and, fortunately, with a lot of persistence and a little luck, your chances of reaching them are quite good.
You could be at an emotional tipping point now as you balance on the edge of a feeling that is both attractive and frightening. Although someone or something can awaken your interest, it may be too early to respond openly. Exercising caution is a good idea while Venus is in your 8th House of Intimacy, especially if your excitement causes you to lose objectivity. Move slowly before jumping in with both feet.
Your ruling planet Venus is in your 7th House of Others for the next few weeks and this should have a positive impact on your partnerships. A new situation seems to inspire your creativity and playfulness, which in turn makes you more attractive to others. Be willing to entertain business or personal relationship possibilities that you would normally pass by. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself now while you can.
Venus enters your 6th House of Work today, enticing you to get down to the nuts and bolts of what makes your life function most effectively. Practicing self-restraint often helps you avoid an awkward social situation, but now charming Venus in spontaneous Aries can push you to take action, instead. How you manage this impulsive energy over the next few weeks is up to you, but don’t forget that depth and intensity is required in any relationship or you’ll lose interest very quickly.
Your feelings about a special friend or lover are quite straightforward, but if you freely express your emotions it will definitely increase the complexity of the interpersonal dynamics. You might think you can just play it cool today, but the Moon in your sign makes it challenging to remain on the sidelines when your desires are stirred. Still, it’s a smart idea to consider the consequences of your actions before you make any moves.
You may believe that you’re running out of time today, but it’s smarter to wait until after Mercury turns direct this weekend before you do anything rash. Usually, you are able to be patient if you have a plan in place, but your feelings are strong enough now to tempt you to behave impulsively. Your greatest strength is your ability to calculate cause and effect. You’ll know when it’s time; until then, keep reminding yourself that you could lose a fantastic opportunity if you act too soon.
You may be ready to start your journey, however, you probably don’t have a clear idea of which direction to take today. You might have thought that you knew where you were going, but you aren’t so certain anymore. You would be wise to consider making a correction to your itinerary before it’s too late. Even if you’re drawn toward multiple destinations, choosing one path now will pay off faster than you realize.
You could become interested in new ways to make money as enriching Venus moves through your 2nd House of Income over the next few weeks. But it’s more important to reconsider any changes to your current course before putting them into action because they will likely sound better than they actually are in reality. Remember that you might want more than you need now, so it’s wise to scale back voluntarily before circumstances require you to abandon your unrealistic plans.