What's the collective energy right now? •• With the Nine of Wands Reversed, I feel we/some of us(hopefully more and more of us) are waking up to our defenses. •• When I think of the collective, I'm thinking about how we view race, class, gender, size, disability (amongst other things). When the Nine of Wands pops up, there's a state of defensiveness, resistance, and armor preventing us from connection. Resistance can work in the realm of resisting the things that bind us but resistance can also work in the realm of pushing away of important lessons and growth. •• Yesterday, I was reading The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke, a memoir of growing up black in the 80s/90s in a Sydney suburb (go read it!!). I was reading in public and someone said to me that they were also reading the book. The person said they had to put the book down because it was bringing up shame in them. Both this person and I are white; the racist experiences the author writes about are violent and disturbing, but also the "norm" in a white supremacist culture. When this person said it brought up shame, I said good, we need to sit there in our shame and uncomfortableness and release it - white guilt does nothing. Maxine Beneba Clarke writes about the pain of the bystander effect and I think that's where the Nine of Wands can come in: if we lay down our defenses -our shame, our guilt, and do away with it, fully get rid of it as it serves no purpose- we can start to engage in conversations and actions around race, around class, gender, disability without our projections of defense, without "it wasn't me, it was my ancestors", that's where we're going to be creating a new collective consciousness. •• What can you do right now to begin laying down your defenses on things that make you feel uncomfortable? Do you find yourself turning away when other people are oppressed? What ways do you keep your armor on so as not to engage with the traumas of the world? How can you be part of this change?
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