ANOTHER POLICE KILLING
I woke up this morning feeling off centered and thinking about the man who was choked to death by the police last week. Why do they keep killing our people? I asked my guardian angels. The answer came zooming back to me..."because they can". There are no consequences for a cop who kills a Black man.
He even benefits with a two week vacation (called desk duty) and receives accolades from his peers. He knows that his union and superiors will speak for him "he was just doing his job", and he will benefit from a biased media that will back him up by making the victim appear to be guilty. He knows that if there's a cry for justice coming from the community, that it will all go away and he can go back to work and forget about it.
DON'T CRY...DO SOMETHING
Then I remembered the dream I had of Michael Stewart who was also killed by police. In the dream I was crying profusely and Michael popped in. He looked at me and asked "why are you crying?" I gave him a long answer about the many people who've been lynched in our history and some of the more recent murders, like Eleanor Bumpers, Edmond Perry, etc. etc. He smiled at me and said "Don't cry...do something!". I used my creative energy and wrote a song for Michael, and then one about police brutality. Then I joined the pitiful demonstration at city hall, hugged his friends and loved ones then went back to my busy schedule...till the next one, and then the next one and then the next one. I wondered if all of these killings had desensitized me from the brutal facts. The bottom line for me is that these police killings and lack of justice, coverups, and lies, press conferences by police brass "we were just doing our job", will go on forever until we learn to love more. We need to feel the connection between us and the victims and take each killing personally...like they were our relatives. Where is the love and compassion for innocent people who die at the hands of the police? It will keep happening because they know they can get away with it, and because collectively we don't love enough.
CHANGE YOUR FATE, RECALIBRATE
Rev. Beckwith's theme for this month was "Change Your Fate: Recalibrate". The New Moon in Leo is a perfect time to reset our intentions and to love ourselves, and others unconditionally. The idea that there's a separation between me and you is an illusion, the Hindu's call it "Maya". Love is not an intellectual energy, it's a feeling energy. We can talk about and write about the horrors of police killings but until we start to feel it deep down inside, we're just wasting our time. We're all so busy these days, trying to deal with our basic needs, but I'd guess that there isn't anyone who hasn't seen the most recent police murder. Thanks to a young man who took out his cell phone and videotaped it, the images are all over the television and internet.
We heard the audio and the dying man repeatedly saying "I Can't Breathe!" We were all impacted by this dreadful scene, whether we know it or not. When will we get angry enough to collectively stop these murders? We don't need a leader to plead with us to come out and say "stop these murders now". When we collectively grow to the level outrage for the killers and unconditional love for the victim, then we will just automatically get involved. We will focus on solutions that will benefit everyone. We will go to that meeting, join that group and unify with everyone who wants these murders to stop. Leo the Lion says "stand up, strong and tall .you're the greatest of them all, if on courage you must call, then keep on trying and trying and trying. You're a Lion, in your own way you're a Lion" (from the Wiz).
LEO SAYS: "WILL" OR "I WON'T"
New Moon in Leo might find you stubbornly holding on to your ideas of how things should be, or fiercely defending your point of view. Fixed signs like Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius are slow to open up to new challenges. Quite frequently they are stuck in the past while refusing to open up to new ideas. Sometimes they have to hit the wall, numerous times before they change directions. The good thing about Leo people is their ability to love, their love of drama and the arts their courage to stand for truth in the face of adversity. On Saturday decide to love yourself and/or others unconditionally. Use your creative imagination and visualize yourself as being royalty, a Queen or a King. Treat yourself, and/or others with the respect that you know you deserve.
This is my personal New Moon, so I'll be focused on finding solutions, rather then obsessing over the problems. I'll also be praying that everyone who reads this be blessed, guided and protected by the Angels of Light & Love. One Love, Ayesha