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Protesting and Riots Across the United States
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 2:27 pm
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What is happening is simply terrible…such an open and old wound that festers and festers…it’s always been there. The consequences we are seeing now are the result of slavery, lynching, segregation, discrimination, inequality, hatred, oppression, violence against others…and yes, the first 7 years of life are the most impressionable years when the brain is wiring itself and racism and any prejudices (from the media, family, authorities, the collective) are imprinted.

Seeing things from Europe and being of a mixed heritage my piece of mind is this: a great number of people in the world are afraid of their darkness and of darkness in general and hence they are afraid of people with dark skin. This has been going on for centuries and in some parts of the world colonialism even resulted in colourism in countries where citizens are already dark/black/brown.

The psychological defense mechanism of splitting that is behind highly divisive/split patterns of thinking regarding ‘us’ versus ‘them’ themes is the same one behind projecting one’s darkness or a community/society’s darkness or the human race’s darkness (or dark side) onto those with dark or black skin.

Humans have a tendency to psychologically split that is dominant in infancy, babyhood, toddlerhood and early childhood (where black and white thinking is centre piece) and then with a bit of luck the family and environment help the child see and appreciate all the ‘greys’ and diversity around them.

Under stress the risk of psychologically splitting becomes bigger (even in the more well-adjusted of humans) and the pandemic (and its related financial crises/loss of jobs/recession) is an added stress…

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist who talked thoroughly about how Western literature and media portrayed for centuries black and dark-skinned people as inferior, savages, less intelligent, hyper sexual, unreliable…Basically I think it’s the ‘let’s project Pluto and all psychic garbage onto black/dark skin.’ Alibhai-Brown’s book ‘Mixed Feelings’ (about mixed race or heritage Britons) is well researched and beaufifully and bravely written and it might be an easier read for those living in the US who would like a removed view on racial issues and prejudice (as a British take can add psychological distance from the US experience of events.)

In general it seems like the human race takes turns to scapegoat a group (or community or identity group) who is the recipient of ‘darkness’ and the receptacle of fears and anxieties: blacks, gays and lesbians, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, etc.

Black people tend to always get the first place in that ‘lovely’ role.

I really recommend the movie ‘American Son’ with Kerry Washington. It’s based on a play (that she performed in too) and it’s quite a treat (though hard to watch at times) about identity, communication, love, systemic racism, violence, unconscious biases and perspectives from different angles/community voices.

Protesting is a right. Rioting and looting are crimes.

Hope everybody here at ElsaElsa who lives in the US is safe these days.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 10:56 pm
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Thank you for this well written post.

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US natal chart, with today’s transits. Also, including a brief guide to mundane astrology, as there are a few differences from natal astrology. 

http://astrology-world.com/hou…..astrology/

Thank you, everybody above, for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

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Amidst the other astrology…

I guess this is what a Pluto Return looks like…(?)

I feel another level of sad about everything going on, so thinking about the astrology, among other things, is helping me process it all.  

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This is what I know about Pluto. Pluto annihilates everything outdated, unneeded, rotten. In Capricorn that refers to outdated, unneeded and rotten structures and systems. Pluto is raw and ugly unfortunately, but is always evolutionary. I think Jupiter would like to claim that theme, buts it only provides a goal. Pluto is the one that gets down and dirty and actually gets us where we need to go. If everyone can just hold tight for a bit, I know that there is something better on the other side. It’s corny but after the storm is a rainbow. 

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I know what you mean about Pluto, LN, as well as nature (the rainbow after the storm)–I ,also, look to patterns in nature to provide a trustworthy pathway to truth. And, of course, inside.  

I’m not exactly uncomfortable with how I feel right now. It is another level of sad, but it’s not despair, though I know others do feel that. I’m fortunate that silver lining is available to me, more often than not. This sadness isn’t just mine, and it’s not the only thing I feel. I’m not sunk, or anything. Just feel that this is the type of feeling that deserves to be honored; just want to let it be with me, and me with it. There’s good reason to be sad, sometimes. 

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Ive cried about this a few times. Grief is a sacred initiation that weve lost and are reclaiming, albeit very clumsily. 

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It’s a Pluto Return with a side of fries…..

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 7:13 pm
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And a milkshake!

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Yep, as someone who just went through a line of tough Pluto transits, I smell Pluto at work here. 

ALL of America’s shit is being bare. Her dark side is coming to light now. It’s revolting and sad. Power struggles galore. It’s going to get nasty.

 

America–EVOLVE OR DIE!!! 

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I must confess that I haven’t moved on from the shooting in the church in Charleston. I’m stuck there. All horrible things that have happened since and I haven’t moved on to cry or be mad for them yet. I can’t keep up.  

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My dear EE friends. PLEASE PRAY FOR US   (St. Louis) 

 

4 St. Louis police officers shot during riots & taken to hospital; Officers still coming under fire. Repost from @breaking911

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I am so sorry soup. Praying for you all:((

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This is a genuine question…I hope no one takes it the wrong way. I’ve just been searching for other potential solutions.

Was/Is there a way for this (systemic racism and abuses of power) to get better, without these recent events or something similar?

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Probably not. Its like you are dammed if they use a peaceful demonstration  Taking a Knee. Or a Violent One. Usually the one that screams the loudest is the one heard. Some people will never hear the message. No matter what tactic is taken.

It needs to start at home and if not there ,at school. We are still a segregated society.As long as that continues I dont see things changing much. 

Now come the year around 2050 our society is supposed to become a majority of people of color. Maybe white folks will see things differently by then. I just hope my children and grandchildren dont have to face the same thing that people of color have had to deal with.

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