The Moon is in Cancer all day and we might crave secure, familiar settings as the day moves forward. A feeling of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. Mars also semi-squares Jupiter which might seem like a bit of a contradiction as we might be feeling pulled to fight for our beliefs and convictions. The familiar is all-well and good it is comfortable. However, without a little of the unknown and some steps into the realm of what makes us afraid, how will we ever grow? Sometimes we are thrown off the cliff, or so it seems, into the unknown and we do not like it. In fact, we will often protest and fight for our beliefs and convictions that the familiar was perfectly acceptable. It may have been, but I would encourage you to use whatever life offers up to take steps forward to live the authentic life you have been called to live.
Oftentimes we become settled down in the familiar, we become oblivious to life and the people that cross our paths. We start to judge others and situations. The way out of this is the way through, which means settling down with what makes us uncomfortable. Today marks 3,725 days of walking this Earth as a widow. I was not comfortable having this designation thrust upon me on day 1 anymore than I am today. First of all it has so many connotations I cannot begin to describe them all for you here and now, but I will ask that you don’t pity me. I am a widow and it is this journey that has brought me more into my authentic self.
My authentic self has a voice, something I did not have much of 3,725 days ago or on any day prior to that fateful day. I was and still can be very much of a deer, quiet and soft-spoken. However, because I was pushed off the cliff I had to learn how to use my voice. My voice is powerful, not because I am loud or obtrusive as I am still deer like in my personality, but because I have an important message for the world. Your voice is powerful as well, and equally important as mine. We are all interconnected and have chosen to come to this planet together during these most auspicious times. What are you doing with your wonderful life? How are you using your voice?
I am working on a book to hopefully empower women, young and older alike, to never let go of their voice no matter what circumstances they find themselves in. What you matter thinks; it is of vital importance on this planet. One voice, yours can make all the difference. Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani teen that was shot in the head by the Taliban, is using her voice to call for peace and advocate for free education of children around the world. This is a girl we might never have heard of prior to her being shot in the head. Imagine that, she had to suffer great pain and stood in the direct line of death because she believed in her voice. I would encourage all of you who read this that if this brave young girl can hold onto her voice then so can you. We have to step out our familiar comfort zone in order to do this, and it need not be anything so drastic as being shot in the head, or becoming a widow, but we need to use our voice to let the world hear the messages our authentic self has come into the world to share.
I would like to thank Barbara today for encouraging and inspiring me to find my voice and write. I find a million and one excuses for not writing, and some have a lot to do with standing in judgment of self. This is a journey I am working on. We are all children of God and the universe and we are all love.
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. ~ Joseph Campbell