Full Moon Eclipse in Leo

Full Moon Eclipse in Leo

 

I don’t think it’s a mistake that a group of lions is called a pride. Leo’s are know for many things and pride is certainly one of them. When we ask what does a full moon eclipse in Leo mean for us we are asking what final lessons must we irrevocably release when considering our pride?

Pride is a gorgeous word. If you google it, the first thing you’ll see is a gay flag. Pride can represent confidence, self assurance against all odds, and a strong tool against shame and stigma. In ancient Norwegian it means to adorn or to grace and in Old Norse it means gallant or brave.  Pride can be both a sense of personal accomplishment and a sense of belonging.

Pride can also be dangerous. White supremacist patriarchy goes by the name proud boy. State and ethnic pride can be a nationalist genocidal extermination. Pride can be the lack of accountability of the unexamined life.

Pride that is contingent on the exclusion, subjugation or domination of others is bullshit. Pride that is founded on notions of purity, invulnerability, and shame is also bullshit.
AND we are not immune to it.

We cannot change things we refuse to see and sometimes we don’t see things until we are given little choice. So in many ways this proud Leo moon is working its magic and husking this superfluous pride to put us in touch with a confidence that is rooted in generosity, vulnerability, and the encouragement of others.

 

False pride has a way of making us cling to shaky ground. Sometimes we harbor harmful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors because it’s “the way we were raised”, “where I come from”, or “I’m just being realistic”. Sometimes it’s so imbedded in our culture that only deeply othered or marginalized people experience the harm.

This eclipse there is a huge opportunity for emotional breakthroughs if we step off that shaky ground, breathe through the discomfort of being unsure, stay vulnerable, and slow any impulsive feelings all the way down. Transformative events often have us constantly scanning for clarity, or at least a way out, but the only way to get the lesson of this eclipse and hasten change is to be still, reflect, and release.

This is not a good time to make big decisions, to start fights, or have an affair. This also isn’t a time to think, plan, manifest, or fight your way out. Passions are running high, and so are illusions, so please be patient with yourself and hear what these mirages are trying to say, stay rooted in ritual, let the meaning come through.

 

This eclipse offers an opportunity to connect with the source of our creative vision, the birthplace of Ws, and the bubbling well of willpower. This great potential requires great faith.

Where will we place our faith?

Will we choose the place it in fantasy?
Imagining a better world is vital in a time where resources seem scarce, time is swallowed by money, and suffering is so visible. Where is fantasy an vital part of our imagination that breaks binaries, colonial concepts, and colorist orthodox? When is fantasy an illusion, a dissociation, a way of pretending that we deserve or earned our privileges?

Will we choose to put our faith in our power?
Power comes from learning how to best serve those whose trust you’ve earned. Power comes from mercy, grace, impeccable judgement and humility. Power is service. Power is not control. Service is as essential to power as joy is to resilience, we’re going to need both. So how do we find joy in service? Where has the pursuit of power robbed you of the joy of service?

 

Will we choose to put our faith in our practice?
Anything we do routinely can be a practice. Literally anything. When we put faith in a practice it sometimes is called ritual. The only thing that separates a regular practice from a ritual is intention. The important part of a ritual is that it has meaning to you. What intentions are you setting? Who or what do they serve? How are you making meaning? What does your practice create? What needs to change?

Where is our faith most expansive? Where does our faith reach towards freedom? Towards accuracy?

Where is our faith wise?

 

There is great potential but with that comes great uncertainty which can produce great anxiety. Try your best to stay calm, avoid reacting, and remember that doing otherwise can create even more chaos and uncertainty. This is a clearing, I repeat, this. Is. a. Clearing. stay loose, stay hydrated, move your body the ways you like, and release release release.

 

As with any change, something needs to give way, be sloughed off, and make room for something else to emerge and it’s about as fun as it sounds. I know it’s hard. It’s so damn tough. It can feel insurmountable. But let me tell you, there are some massive transits delivering key information on how to use this exhausting but lasting lunar energy later on. And while you absolutely have a choice in whether or not to use this eclipse for your own growth, you can’t escape yourself. Feel through the feelings, think through the thoughts and hold in your heart the tremendous potential of the way we exercise power, pride, and creativity and how can directly transform our experience of harmony, grace, and peace; how practicing mercy and compassion can restore and right-size our natural power and expand our creativity and abundance. We are not a product of our circumstances. We can dream. We can change. We change. Have faith.

 

Release. Release. Release.

a model of the universe

i’ve been burning a red candle since the new moon in hopes of understanding love.

blooming on the heels of a dark winter, a new love changed my whole life, and boldly unfurled for a stranger that almost loved me back. this early love. this, too quick to be love, love. this, how could i possibly? this, massively foolish. this, put it all out on front street.

love. and it was love for a person, and the person is a stranger, and the stranger is getting stranger and farther away. and the love is no longer new but bigger and softer, and sad and mournful, and patient, and willful.

i started a new red candle last night, a seven day tall boy for myself. for the person. for whatever is supposed to come. i prayed. i folded laundry, i washed my floors, i checked my finances, i prayed. i read, i drank water, i drank liquor, i prayed. and then praying, deeply, with eyes open, with palms open, i talked to grandma and she put a hand on my knee and said beta, which means son. and i looked at her and i finally fell asleep so very early in the morning.

i had a dream where i was sitting on the floor of a very old temple that had been razed, only remnants of pillars and an old dusty floor remained and in every direction was dusty old desert and few live animals the color of sand. i asked the temple why was i given this certain and illogical heart, why do i carry so much dumb love and reckless tenderness in a world that hates or fears love? a world that uses love to manipulate, to feed their insecurities or to wield power over one another? why am i made the fool when i feel that love makes me wise?

it answered and told me to wake up.

“to love, be alone”

and i thought to myself,

i am such a dramatic hoe. why am i like this? i was surged with doubt and self punishment. i don’t even know what love is. this is so stupid. i’m just a careless love thot. i just need attention. i really just need to do yoga or some shit. get dicked down or something.  why don’t you go write it in your tumblr, sadboy.

and then i remembered my grandmother. and even if it was a figment of my imagination, i felt ashamed to speak callously about a gift dream she gave me. i humbled myself to the message. “to love, be alone”.

love isn’t loneliness, i know this for sure. when i think of what real love is supposed to look like, i see it existing in moments when we can escape our socialized notions of domination. i feel love when i feel worthy of affection or forgiveness or belonging regardless of what i was conditioned to think i need to do to earn love. if there is no one around you cannot depend on anyone to feel worthy. come to think of it, when you’re alone, there is no “worthy” either. being alone, i think – is being. and being in society is being, but maybe being in relation to power. and maybe power is a natural phenomenon, maybe our relation is power, and together we are power, but it’s important to acknowledge and to be aware of when we go from being humans to being social machines.

“to love, be alone.” what is love alone? i often attribute all these wondrous and brilliant feelings to the presence of another person. i experience love as a revaluation, look at this! i’ve forgotton that i’ve lost you and now you are home! thank god!

 

i seldom get the chance to marvel at them in my own heart, all sparkling and sweet, all mine.

in long stretches of solitude, in the woods of loneliness, after the fear and insecurity subside, i start to understand just how many whims and impulses and desires are informed by power. i can start to see how deeply i believe i can control anything at all, what systems reinforce this idea, and who taught me that in the first place. i see the soldier and the monk and the priest and all the systems of consolidated power. here perhaps ironically, alone, i can see how harmful individualism and statehood, and nationhood, and any idea static identity can be. ideas of worth and dignity are useless alone. there is only this deep humility and humor for my own human foolishness.

and maybe i understand now, the space of humility is the only place that my new stupid love can settle.

maybe it’s all a silly dream and i’ll look back on this and cringe but that’s the point of writing this at all. the future always knows better. by then i’ll know then what it is, but right now, it takes the form of a woman far away. it takes the form of my grandmother with her hand on my knee, it  it flickers and sparks and singes the lip of my candle when i am alone, praying at night.

live the questions

 

There are a lot of questions, very serious and important questions about sovereignty, agency, supremacy, and oppression that are seemingly becoming more and more important to answer in order to fight the unyielding death drive of our nation. There are a lot of questions people are afraid (or refuse) to ask because there may be no available answer. Or the answer is something that will require such a radical and arduous shift they fear they won’t survive it. OR there are so many damn answers and a single one can not answer to them all. I can’t even answer the question of how why there is no answer.

 

Some think of justice as a place of arrival. “A seat at the table”. But there have been people like us at the table for a long time and are still waiting to eat. What of the people who cooked for the people at the table, who washed their dishes, and take care of their children? There is no time, or energy, or desire to stand in line to sit and starve to death.

 

Some might say it’s only realistic. You’ve got to make a living. And make a living we should, but reality it sure aint. The idea of this table, this room, is a scene to make reality bearable. What reality is for most is exploitation at it’s core.

 

This is the indelible importance of art and artists. Artists are beholden to one rule, to tell the truth. Some might say people make art because they can’t deal with reality. And why should we? Why should we answer to questions or demands that are not relevant to what we truly believe in? Why enter a conversation that doesn’t talk on the level of a lived experience? Why should we have to disassociate from our lives? Art takes these questions and provokes another. It responds to a ‘reality’ by expressing a truth in a way, if done well, can only promise more truths. It can reframe our reality in ways that Fact cannot. And yeah, Fact is fundamental but truth is separate from Fact because fact can exist without humanity and truth cannot. That is important. We need humanity. We need to see it to believe it. We respond to art because art is someone’s truth. We have a response, and though it isn’t an answer, is an honest reply. It is a truthful dialectic. And that is the start of something real.

 

When the conversation is framed in a way that only leaves room for people “at the table”, fuck the table. Fuck the thin veil of sophistication that covers completely irrational and straight up fabricated ideas of “reality”. We live in political realities. Multitudes of them.

 

So I guess I just want to offer one thing. When you cannot answer “What can I do?” or “Where will I go?”, when you are speechless in horror or suffocation, the chaos of life is an incredible transformative energy. Let it ransom our memory of peace or equality where there was none. Let it disturb our aesthetics. Let it make us all criminals under unjust law. Let it rob us of answers. Let it reveal our truth. Let it make us artists.

no one writes about transsexual sex

 

we all deserve
soft open lips,
warm skin,
cool breath on the chest that
simmers
at the edges
like hot pie
baking under summer

piston hips,
punishing palms licking
sweetly
like stinging needles on
new records singing
vinyl nerves
straight,

grips of fat fleshy ass and
ocean back sides, and tongues
lapping fuck
water pooled in between hips and bellies like drunk
peaches, mouths
muscles groping with happy labor,

and eyes seeing
eyes
seeing these skins
smooth all rasping griefs
which wait like vultures
over death
on the other side of

nearly

arching

rain.

 

knowing

this is me in wet shoes climbing up silky rivers.

i am foolish, i am the fool. i stranded myself on a mountain top at the farthest edge of oakland. i read poems to a raven that was plucking the guts out of a mouse. so fucking dramatic. but, if i sang too loud, if i opened up my chest and beamed too bright it’s only because everyone already sees it anyway. it drew a hungry crowd and they say it’s brave, but really i am just unafraid of love.

but now i am moon beaming love hues in darker blues.

i am so stupid. and i am so glad to be so stupid. i know better, if only by experience, that this is the surest way to get hurt, to be used, exploited, and neglected. my best romance tells me that it’s real when someone asks you to sing louder. but that was once, and a long time ago. and i also know, if only by experience, that the very best things require patience, hunger, and come with time.

 

have you ever felt certain about something that is so impossible to be certain about? it teaches you temperance, and if you’re lucky, it teaches you faith.

 

 

sitting by docks in oakland on 4/20

The sun sets just behind San Francisco and the brown boys in the car next to me rattle their car with Miguel and e 40 and drake romantically while they hotbox with a thin joint. They have white boy laughs and old men’s lungs. There is a woman in an eddie bouer suv on the other side of me but I try not to look at her. She’s smoking a blunt alone, and unlike me and the other boys, she isn’t taking photos of the beautiful insta worthy vistas. She’s sitting, watching her blunt burn, and hearing the gently crashing waves. I play sade for her and she sways slowly, i move slower.

about three minutes from now she’ll get out of her car and walk towards me, knock on my window and offer me her blunt. i’ll say no thank you and compliment her nails which are gold and worn short. she’ll tell me i have pretty eyes and i’ll say i get them from my grandmother. and we find the end of our time together in a short pause looking into each others eyes. and we’ll say our goodbyes through a joke at the boys’ expense who are now outside of their car, shirtless, dancing.

In my room, early morning, I am dancing for him. Soft undulations, hips ridged, and I know all ready he’ll be a better dancer than me. I am trying to imagine his body, where the hand can grip and where the voice comes from. I see his chest, where he groans, I see his belly, where he breathes, I see his throat, where he shouts, and his mouth, where these sounds turn to words, that which i am grateful for, the work the mouth does to communicate to me what his heart wants. I imagine myself in a group of friends. At a party. In another city. And in the middle of a sentence I stop, his body is here. I know him. And I experience this feeling of meeting him for the first time, without him.