Ganesha Cards #43: Innocence

From Whispers of Lord Ganesha by Angela Hartfield

The simplest gestures of love and respect can prevail over even the toughest of hearts.

This card is asking us to be soft and still. It lets us know that the universe is giving us an opportunity to assist in the creation of our desires. Release cynicism. Reduce criticism. Most specifically of the Self.

Change and transformation is possible. This card tells us that we have an opportunity to approach a situation with “renewed peace”. Approach the changes that you’ve been manifesting in your life with a sense of exploration and curiosity. Let go of preconceived ideas and allow your heart to be centered.

This card should ring true for those of us who are looking for something new. For those of us who have been struggling with where we are at and what we are doing. We have an opportunity to examine the ways in which we have been moving through the world. I hope for a sustained curiosity. For a peace of mind towards the future, albeit a mighty obstacle.

Manic: Kanye West went South

I’d rather not write about it but then that tends to be the thing I tell myself and then I never write anything. I want to address Kanye West’s behavior at his so-called campaign rally.

I wouldn’t vote for that man if it was between him and the piece of paper. So I’m gonna take the dumb shit he said off of the table in regards to historically factual and sociologically relevant issues. What I do want to address are peoples reactions, some of which boasted fun at how emotionally volatile West appeared. It apparently became clear to others that he was having a manic episode associated with his bipolar diagnosis several years ago.

Being bipolar and experiencing bipolar symptoms is scary. Addressing any aspect of mental illness can be frightening because it’s not only you stepping into the unknown in terms of information but also in terms of experience. These experiences will not be controlled by you or the people around you. They will be reacted to and this is where privilege comes in. The context was Kanye West holding a rally for his presidential bid. Talk about late registration. Many people at this point would call into question any person attempting to begin a campaign in the middle of July months before voting.

Couple this with the things that he actually said during his speech and you understand that regardless of any mental illness, his comprehension and depth of knowledge does not go beyond being a person who is passionate about their opinions. Many of the things that he started to hold against his wife’s family are things that people had already said to him years ago. In articles, on Twitter, on Facebook, anywhere in the world that they could say it—even in a rap song they would mention Kanye is a genius juxtaposed against his need for power and proximity to whiteness and wealth.

Let’s be clear: KW was MAGA from jump, having meetings with Trump and these are reasons he was equated with the lead character from “Get Out”. His need to possess his wife who he was obsessed with prior to their marriage is another topic: turn a hoe into a housewife…but it seems they’re doing that for each other.

Sadly, after going on a Twitter rant about these same topics, he thanks Dave Chappelle for flying out to nowhere on his private jet to make sure he was okay. Okay? (DC was recently linked to rapper Azalea Banks, who has identified herself as BP1). He was fine when he decided to have a rally with no clear or actionable talking points. He was venting and he is able to do this because he has a platform. And money to erect the platform. Even if that platform is dust.

Celebrities and other people who identify as experiencing mental illness came to his defense. Much of the defense was in explaining that his behavior was a symptom of his bipolar disorder. So from this we’re supposed to be compassionate people. However, I do not believe KW or Trump or any man for that matter, needs explaining or defending when it comes to having the power to silence people and be put in a position to disenfranchise them. Over and over for generations we have discussed the health conditions under which a president and other politicians are placed. I mean you didn’t even want a woman to be in the White House because she might menstruate or have a hot flash. What a fucking ridiculous idea!

To Kanye’s point he was diagnosed late, and I understand the frustration with this experience. Yet there are so many young people who begin menstruating between the ages of eight and 15 and continue to do so for 30 to 40 more years…we think these people can’t “handle” challenges and therefore shouldn’t represent The People in politics. Such cognitive dissonance. Especially as we weaponize our health conditions against others. KW knows he has a serious condition and refuses medication. DT may or may not know he has a serious condition but its there regardless, and still we are supposed to call out ableist behavior and rhetoric as THE VERY SAME men use it against us. The crux of it is that BOTH are dangerous. Not just to themselves.

PTSD: Pandemic Teacher Shaming Discourse

Thread by @celebrantny: I will. Thanks for the advice. We have a title and no article so I do wonder what angle this person took. But all thechers comparing teachers to complaining brats is ridiculous. We are essential workers cause you’re mad at the pus…

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EXCERPT from thread. Click on the above link to see the entire Twitter thread as a blog post.

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Richard Marx: Right Here Cussing You Out

Album out February 2020

It was 1987. Two whole years before Taylor Swift was born. California was beginning it’s decades long affair with heat waves. Temperature dipped to a cool 88. Wealthy people had central air and no one knew how to operate it. Richard Marx song hits the radio “Hold on to the Night”.

This is definitely a Mom adjacent story. She listened to Hall and Oates and Peter Gabriel. Dad listened to Anita Baker, Marvin Gaye, and The Quiet Storm.

Just when I believed I couldn’t ever want for more
This ever changing world pushes me through another door
I saw you smile
And my mind could not erase the beauty of your face
Just for awhile
Won’t you let me shelter you?

Do you not know Richard Marx?! You can’t hear his smooth, slightly raspy voice guitarring you in a park. He spoke to the hopeless romantic in my child heart.

But then there was 1989 when he was “Right Here Waiting” for you.

Oceans apart day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn’t stop the pain

Kinda pandemic-ky.

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

Oh man! You’re going to be right there. Honestly. Truly. Strumming on that guitar. Flashing feathered 80s hair.

And then comes 2020.

He writes: Please read this and watch the video. This asshole threatened a man with a gun in a grocery store and when confronted by police resisted and fought with them. Oddly, the cops never punched him, put a knee to his neck, nor shot him. Hmmm. I wonder why.

And then he posted this image of a protest poster that reads: why should we go to school if you won’t listen to the educated.

And then Rep. John Lewis died and Marco Rubio posted a completely unnecessary and pandering photo of himself and another well known Black representative. That’s you and Elijah Cummings. Way to stay on brand, dipshit.

The tweet was unavailable by the time I discovered Richard Marx response to said dipshit. But that picture and screenshots of the tweet are captured for posterity. Everybody dared racist Republicans to say one word about John Lewis as if they’d never actively worked against him, and civil rights in general, and, well, a guy named Marco Rubio from Florida, was right there waiting his turn. 👋

As Scary Spice would say “it gave me a good belly laugh” and I certainly lmfao. I was stuck in the In-Between. The Doldrums. A dust storm. I didn’t have Richard Marx, in any capacity, on my 2020 Bingo Card. 😂

Ganesha Cards #22: Harmony

From Angela Hartfield’s Whispers of Lord Ganesha

You deserve to feel good about your existence.

The Sacral Chakra 🌼 is where “we store our feelings, emotions, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy and connection…”

The card is symbolic of your personal beliefs and what will bring you happiness in your life. 🧡 Take time to reflect on your personal values and attitudes. What do you believe will bring you the outcomes you are longing for in order to have a complete and happy life?

Do what is necessary to bring yourself in alignment with what you want from the relationships in your life. 🤝


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