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It's The Year Of The Empress - Here's What That Means For You

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In Numerology, 2019 is considered a universal 3 year, bringing the collective focus to creative expression, collaboration, and expansion. The joyful energy associated with the number 3 invites us to experience more pleasure in our career, relationships, and life as a whole.


As women, we can be apprehensive when it comes to embracing our passions, whether they be in the professional world, dating realm, or even in the bedroom. Over the past several centuries, male-dominated power structures have interwoven a distorted perception of pleasure within the collective consciousness, twisting the concepts of passion and desire into something that is often viewed as impure and even immoral within certain social settings.

As we know, words and language itself can be extremely nuanced—carrying the remnants of meanings that have been lost in translation over a period of time. The word "desire" has its origins in the Latin word "desiderare," meaning "to long for, wish for; to await what the stars will bring."

Unfortunately, this interpretation of the word has been manipulated into a concept describing an insatiable sexual appetite; and although sexuality and desire can go hand-in-hand, they aren't necessarily synonymous. With that being said, 2019 encourages us to understand how we've subconsciously blocked ourselves from experiencing more fulfillment in our lives.

Say Hello To The Empress

This is the year in which you can switch up the narrative you've been bound to—the one that says you'll never be in a loving relationship or successfully run your own business, or even meet that perfect level of work/life balance. In many ways, this pursuit of gratification is sensual in its own right, enticing you to completely surrender to the ecstasy of living a wish-fulfilled life that places you in the position of authority—not your concerned parents, know-it-all friends, or micromanaging ass boss.

This is where The Empress comes in. Consider her the H.B.I.C. of the Tarot.

She rules alongside her counterpart, The Emperor, over the various kingdoms of their empire. The number 3 graces this feminine powerhouse's Tarot card, emphasizing the brilliant, almost supernatural, creative abilities that she possesses. This number reminds us that we are a combination of our humanity and our spiritual self. The Empress is the epitome of the popular saying, "As above, so below." It is through her alignment with her soul's essence that she manifests some of her greatest works, whether that be a lucrative business, a beautiful masterpiece, or a growing family. In our modern times, she is seen as the Supermom who successfully navigates the professional world while still holding down her household.

In the well-known Rider-Waite Tarot deck, The Empress sits upon her luxe throne surrounded by a bountiful forest with a waterfall flowing in the background, both elements of nature representing fertility and abundance. I always refer to this Tarot card as the "sitting pretty" energy because The Empress has everything she wants and then some. Leaning against her throne rests a heart-shaped stone scribed with the symbol that represents Venus, the planet of love and money.

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Big Taurean Energy

One of the most important lessons that The Empress teaches us is the power of self-love and the role it plays in our relationship with abundance, sensuality, and creativity. This year, we are being initiated into the next level of this self-love journey that requires us to embrace our hidden gifts and talents that have lied dormant for far too long. Uranus, the planet of innovation, recently moved into Taurus (the zodiac sign associated with The Empress) where it will stay for the next seven years.

We are in the beginning stages of a radical transformation that will impact the way we create financial stability for ourselves.

The energy of Taurus always brings into question what we value, and over the next several years you may find yourself changing course, possibly multiple times, due to things falling out of alignment with what your heart really wants to experience. With that being said, don't be afraid to explore your options, especially if you've got big dreams of becoming a millionaire. It doesn't hurt to have a few different streams of income flowing your way and this Uranus in Taurus transit can definitely help you rake in some cash in new ways. The Saturn in Capricorn transit takes this objective a step further by challenging us to be diligent in the pursuit of our long-term goals. For many of us, the work that we're exploring now will play a significant role in our legacy years down the line.

If there's a hobby that you've been wanting to experiment with, this is the year to test the waters. Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces, drawing our focus back to the past, and not just to our old relationships, but to the the old passions we've let fall to the wayside in the midst of adulting. Although it's not advised to start new endeavors during the retrograde, this energy is perfect for rebranding your business, launching that new product you've had on the backburner, or dusting off your guitar that's been stowed away in storage. As annoying as Mercury Retrograde can be, there are some good things to take away from this time that's giving us the opportunity to recalibrate our mindset and strategy to move forward in the year ahead. Creativity remains at a high while the planet of communication continues backtracking through Pisces. Take advantage of this introspective phase to excavate the hidden gems within your inner world. Once Mercury is out of its post-shadow phase in April, you'll be ready to resurface to share your beautiful treasure with the world.

The Empress reminds us that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Until we recognize the magic that we carry within us, life will remain lackluster and full of regrets.

One of the many lessons that she teaches is to know our value; and like the ideal mother, The Empress affirms it within her children—especially women, who are often conditioned by society to be more submissive, ultimately leading her towards a more passive approach to life that hinders the fullest expression of her potential before it's even given life to breathe. Even though the Empress carries herself with dignity, this phenomenal woman is rebellious in her own way, defying the expectations imposed upon her choosing to nurture the deepest desires that rest within her heart until they're ready to be birthed through her womb—the portal of her creative power.

As we know, healing starts from within, so adding more citrus fruits, melons, and water to your diet is essential. If you're into aromatherapy, make your own massage oil with Sandalwood or Ylang-Ylang. Balancing the Sacral chakra may also require some deeper self-reflection, particularly related to issues of shame, guilt, sexual abuse, and codependency. Take a proactive approach in honoring your spiritual and emotional wellness. This is the foundational work that is necessary for making the most out of your creative, sensual energy, which will give you the ability to manifest abundance in all areas of your life.

The magic of the Empress lies within you, waiting to be acknowledged and nurtured so that you can carry forth your plans with flawless execution in the year ahead.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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