Archive for March 8, 2012


KONY 2012

I just finished watching this video about 20 minutes ago and wow… I knew this was going on in Africa – the abduction of young boys to fill armies, but to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what the real deal was.  This video does a marvelous job describing  and bringing awareness to the situation in Uganda, but leaves out a key factor as to what started this war.  It leaves out the fact that Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is committing these evil acts because he believes “God” (the Christian one) spoke to him and told him to create a theocratic government in Uganda. Thousands of years ago, when “God” speaks and commands that a city of people be obliterated, including women and children, its a loving bible story. (Ezekiel 9:5-7, Exodus 12: 29-30, 1 Samuel 15: 2-3).  The same thing happens today.  We finally acknowledge it as an act of terrorism, hatred and violence.

Nonetheless, PLEASE take 30 minutes from your time and watch this video and share it!  KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

 

 

Now, I’ve read some criticism about the Invisible Children on Facebook, stating that “The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ‘misleading,’ ‘naive,’ and ‘dangerous’ by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of ‘manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.’ They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.”  Click here to visit PoliticalTruths.info’s article, “Daily Kos: Do NOT Donate to “Kony 2012”.  You will be able to view their expenditure report in that entry. Click here to read the Invisible Children’s organization response to criticism.  The important thing here is to DO THE RESEARCH!  Educate yourself before making any rash or hasty decisions and getting swept up in the viral craze.

Donate, don’t donate…it’s your decision; but PLEASE become aware!  Kony is responsible for the enslavement of 30,000 children. Over a period of nearly 30 years, Kony has forced boys to kill their parents and turned girls into sex slaves because “God” told him to.  Something is very very wrong with this…

This is what I have always believed, right down to the very core of my soul and being.

I was told a long time ago by an awesome US Army Reserve Chaplain I worked for that there were 5 steps or stages people go through before becoming “enlightened”.  I wish to the gods that I could remember word for word what he had said, but I remember him saying that the steps included being told what was “right” and “wrong” by our parents; spiritual guidance from the church or religious institution; pondering the guidance and internalizing it; experience and gaining knowledge – living your life; purging the beliefs that you were taught that no longer suit or benefit you; then coming to an understanding and no longer needing to be told what to do – you have your own internal moral compass to guide you and tell you what’s “right” and “wrong”.  Sometimes he said, people need to take a step or two back at different points in their lives.  This would be I would think if the Universe throws you a curve ball or a Karmic bitch slap if you keep missing the point of  a lesson that is being taught to you.

“Don’t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. 
Don’t tell me how much you love your god; show me in how much you love all his children. 
Don’t preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. 
In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give…” ~ Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

 

"Earth Princess" by angelitonegro

“Hu Tu’s themes are Earth, nature, ecology and fertility.  Her symbols are the globe, soil, all natural items and marble.  Literally means ‘Empress Earth’, in Chinese mythology, this Goddess embodies and personifies the earth in spring and its fertility. Through Her we can learn how to live abundantly, while maintaining a reciprocity with nature. Hu Tu also teaches us how to see and integrate nature’s lessons.

According to tradition, this is the birthday of Hu Tu, in the form of Mother Earth. Celebrate it as you might any birthday, with a little twist. Make a fertilizer cake for the earth and light a candle on it. Blow out the candle, making a wish to Hu Tu for earth’s revitalization. Then, give the fertilizer to the soil to start the process!

This celebration bears may similarities to Earth Day in the West, so organize litter patrols, educate yourself on recycling techniques, take a long walk to truly enjoy Hu Tu’s beauty. As you walk, feel the sacredness of the ground beneath your feet and say a silent prayer of thankfulness to Hu Tu for Her care and providence.

Finally, make yourself a Hu Tu charm that stimulates grounding and draws figurative or literal fertility to you. Find any marble (blue is best) to represent Hu Tu. Cleanse and energize this today by putting it in rich soil to connect it to Hu Tu’s foundational energy. Carry the charm whenever you feel flighty or need to be more productive.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

“While Hou Tu lay upon the Great Ocean She meditated upon the forms and powers within Herself and bore a great number of children, often without the aid of a consort. So rich was the Empress that life teems within and upon Her.” [1]

Hou T’u, or She, ‘princess of the earth’, was a Chinese fertility Goddess and patroness of earth’s abundance; thereby claiming the earth as Her symbolic element. Every village possessed a shrine, usually a mound of earth symbolizing the fertility of the soil, and in important towns there were larger mounds for the public celebrations. In the Forbidden City, Peking, near the Yung Ting Men or South Gate, stands the Altar of Agriculture, on whose terraces the emperor used to conduct the sacrifices to Her a on square marble altar at each summer solstice to invoke Her blessings and grace for a plentiful harvest and bring balance to the earth.  Hou T’u’s domain is all earth magic, and the ceremonies and rituals performed in Her honor were believed to bring the people into resonance with their Divine Mother.  Without this, the world would become cold and barren.  So, here’s something to contemplate today; “How can I express my appreciation for all the gifts the earth provides?” [1][2]

For a wonderful meditation and Earth healing ritual to Hu Tu, please visit Sisters in Celebration by clicking here.

Sources:

Answers.com, “Hou T’u

Loar, Julie. Goddesses for Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom and Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World at p. 151.

Sisters In Celebration, “Earth Healing Ritual to Hu Tu – Chinese Goddess of the Earth“.

Suggested Links:

Gaia Is Calling, “Goddess Gaia“.

Her Cyclopedia: “The Goddess Hou-T’u

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