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Achieve Your Wildest Dreams With This New Moon Ritual Bath

The New Moon in Aries taking place on April 11 marks a rare opportunity to trailblaze an exciting new path for your life.

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The New Moon in Aries taking place on April 11 marks a rare opportunity to trailblaze an exciting new path for your life. In Astrology, the New Moon is an excellent period for intention-setting and new beginnings. You are being called to release what's no longer serving you so that you can move on to better and greener pastures.

Since the beginning of time, many have used New Moon phases to set goals and to release what's no longer serving them so that they can move closer to their life's true purpose.

This month's New Moon takes place in Aries. Aries, the take-charge initiator of the zodiac, is amplifying the potent energy of this New Moon. Aries rules action, impulse, initiation, new beginnings, new goals, and adventure. What new adventures are you embarking on at this stage of your life?

Now more than ever is the time to set a clear path and goals for yourself. This will be the strongest opportunity that you have all year to achieve your goals - whether they are financial, romantic or otherwise. Issues that have been stewing beneath the surface may dramatically and impulsively come to a head now in order to be addressed. You may find that relationship, work or lifestyle issues become unbearable. Tune in to what your gut is telling you at this time, regarding certain dynamics in your life that you can no longer tolerate.

In the period surrounding this New Moon, you may find certain aspects of your life fading away with little effort on your part. Relationships may come to an end. You may move on from your job - voluntarily or involuntarily. You may decide and take actionable steps toward relocating to another city. You may initiate a new fitness regimen, make a new friend, or start a new freelance project. These are all occurrences that are very much in line with the energy this New Moon in Aries is bringing into our lives. Whatever passes from your life at this time no longer serves a valuable purpose for you or your future. Let them go and prepare yourself for a better and brighter new beginning.

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Because this New Moon takes place in adventurous and fun-loving Aries, your ability to release negativity, achieve your dreams and to attract good fortune and positive experiences will be at its peak. Take advantage of this powerful energy with a spiritual Moon Bath.

According to ZennBoxx.com, ritual Moon Bathing is rooted in ancient Ayurvedic practice and involves tapping into the powerful energy of the moon to promote optimal physical and emotional health. Gaia.com explains, "Ritual bathing cleanses you from physical grime and negative spiritual grime, thus purifying both your body and your aura."

Taking a ritual bath during a New Moon phase is a powerful way to honor yourself, to get back in touch with your spirit, to set new goals and intentions, and to let go of what's no longer serving your higher purpose. The key to a successful moon ritual bath is through the proper use of healing crystals, herb botanicals, essential oils and salts that reflect the current themes of the moon.

With April 11's New Moon taking place in Aries, you will want to be intentional about releasing negative energy, cutting off dead relationships and embarking on a fresh, positive beginning. Including bath ingredients that carry these themes is critical in effectively tapping into the powerful energy of this month's Full Moon.

Here is a step-by-step guide for how to prepare a ritual bath that honors this month's New Moon in Aries.

Step 1: Select Appropriate Crystals

Bathe with crystals that boost positive energy and encourage initiative. Golden-hued solar-plexus crystals like citrine, tiger eye and carnelian are excellent fits here as are crystals that are highly protective and block negative energy like Black Tourmaline or Obsidian.

Step 2: Use A Variety Of Salts

Use a minimum of two salts - a blend of three sea salts is ideal. You can select from Himalayan Pink Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, or something more intensely detoxifying and exotic like Black Hawaiian Lava Salt.

Step 3: Use Essential Oils With Energy-Boosting Properties

Take a bath with citrus-y, mood-boosting essential oils like sweet orange, lemon or grapefruit.

Step 4: Add A Dash Of Herb Botanicals

Bathe with your choice of herb botanicals, like dried lemon or orange peels, invigorating peppermint or chamomile to induce feelings of peace and harmony. One cup should suffice!

Step 5: Set The Mood

  1. Make things steamy. Run the water as hot as you can take it. The heat from the water will activate the healing properties of your essential oils, salts and herb botanicals.
  2. Use natural light only. Light candles. Let the light and energy of the moon illuminate your spirit, unimpeded by fluorescent light bulbs.
  3. Stay hydrated. This bath is powerfully healing and will move a lot of energy in your body. Make sure you drink water or tea.
  4. Achieve peace of mind. Do not use your cell phone. Meditate during this time, read a spiritual book, or journal.
  5. Play soft, reflective music.

Step 6: Manifest

The final and perhaps most important step to your ritual bath is in setting an intention for the weeks to come. There are a number of ways that you can do this:

  • For courage: After everything you've been through, you're still here. Write a list of everything you have been able to accomplish and all of the challenges you've survived throughout your life.
  • For positive experiences: Write a list of new things you would like to experience in the weeks and months to come. Be as detailed as possible.
  • For setting boundaries: Write a list of deal-breakers you will no longer tolerate in relationships.
  • For happiness: Write a list of things you are grateful for today, no matter how small.
  • For motivation: Write a list of goals you would like to achieve before next April.

April 11's New Moon in Aries offers the best opportunity this year to embark on a brand new, positive beginning. Use the powerful energy of this moon phase to work toward achieving your wildest dreams.

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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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