Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MERCURY RETROGRADE MADNESS, PART 2

Wow.  Even I didn't expect it to be this crazy.

If you haven't already read this post about Mercury Retrograde, please do.

(Cut and paste if you don't want to click on the link:
http://laladyrae.blogspot.com/2013/02/full-moon-and-mercury-retrograde.html)

Let's review some basics really quick:
(If you already know all this astrology and were just looking for a Merc retro "charm" scroll down to the bottom for the recipe/spell.)

There are 12 Houses, also called "signs", of the Zodiac.  These are like business, run by their Planetary Rulers.

The Rulers, i.e., the Planets, do not stay at their own businesses.  It's like a Co-op or Collective.  Everyone moves around and works out of all the Houses.  Some planets, like Mercury, rule two Houses.  Mercury's are Gemini and Virgo.

Some of the planets take a long time to make the full rotation of 12.  Others, like Mercury, move pretty quickly.  This has to do with how close the planet is to the sun.

All planets, not just Mercury, go retrograde.  "Retrograde" is truly an earthbound description.  What this really means is that our planet's rotation passes the "retrograde" planet, making the other planet appear to go backwards.

The moon is not a planet, and does not go retrorade.  (She does go "void of course" but that is a whole other topic of discussion for another time.  In each House, each planet does different "work" in combination with the other planets and where they are located and how they are relating to each other.  These are called "aspects" and a bit much to get into here.)

Some of us are trying to get another term used for "retrograde" which is "inter-solar".  It was coined by the great (living) astrologer Richard Nolle, of Astropro.

So, we have those planets and the sun and moon, "working" in each of the Houses, or Zodiac Signs.  The moon stays in the House, or Signs, for a few days, and makes the whole round every 28 days.  The Sun takes about 30 days in each sign and about a year to complete the rotation.

(Saturn takes 29 years.  And his return to the place of a person's natal, or birth chart, is called a "Saturn Return" which is usually accompanied by catastrophe and great changes. But thankfully only about 2 or 3 times in the average mortal lifetime)

Mercury, being closest to the sun, goes "retrograde" or "intersolar" about three times a year, for about three weeks each time.  Further, there is a period on either side of Mercury inter-solar, where he is "stationing" that is, appears to be not moving from our earthbound perspective.

These times are generally not good for things that Mercury rules: travel, communications, and also thieves.  Generally, signing contracts and beginning new endeavours is not considered beneficial during these times, unless something in your personal natal chart deflects or alters this.

Mercury retrogrades are associated with travel mishaps and accidents, miscommunications, and agreements that don't work out well. 

However, it is a great time to reconnect with people and things from your past, and to revise, rewrite and edit.  It is also a great time to introduce yourself to the other messenger god/dess: Iris of the Rainbow.

The planets are named for gods and titans of Greek mythology.  A quote I am famous for is "All religions are languages to The Divine."  This is true of astrological systems, also. Whether you use Western or Chinese or Vedic doesn't matter.

All mythologies will lead you closer to the Divine. All mythologies will explain your place in the movement of the cosmos, and the "map" of your life and karma from past lives.

(Even really limited, rigid ones like the Judeao-Christian-Islamic monotheistic mythos. Although certainly they are not as flexible.)  Different astrological and mythologies are like the difference between using metric measurements or the kind we use here in the U.S. -- with feet and inches and such.  All that matters is that you remain consistent and don't mix them up. 

So, when understanding Western astrology, it helps to understand the Greek myths and their relationships to each other.

Mercury/Hermes was the messenger of the God/desses of Mount Olympus.  When he is "retrograde" he has gone back to Olympus to report on the comings and goings of mortals.

MERCURY RETROGADE RITUALS 

These are the times of "karmic adjustment" and Divine guidance.  That is one reason I usually try to give Mercury a send-off ritual where I make offerings and burn incence and candles both to convey my wishes that he himself has a safe journey, and also that he might report on me favourably.

For this I use 8 yellow candles and lavender incence.  I walk through the house with the burning lavender and chant "fire flood earthquakes thieves, we will have none of these."  (This is a good banishing during a dark moon too, spritzing moon-blessed water, sea salt and rose oil or rosewater in all the corners of the house.  Clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, of course.)

Charms for the car, computer and luggage, with lavender and other herbs (check out Scott Cunningham's books to mix your own, just lavender works well though).  You can also annoint your temples everyday with lavender oil, or mark your doors with lavender oil in the sign of a pentagram or Mercury's sign.

For Iris I burn a rainbow candle, a glass velo or novena, from a candle store or botanica.  I actually gave her Virgo (with Demeter) and burn a brown daily candle for her when I can find them. I burn candles to planetary rulers every day of the year. **

But during Mercury intersolar, I burn the rainbow candle on Wednesdays for the duration, and offer her thanks and libations. (She likes beer and grain for Virgo, and an offering of water for her "rain" pitcher, and colours for the rainbow, and coloured wind socks and flags for the speed of the winds, with which she travels.)

I hope this helps.  Blessings!

** See this post from my old blog regarding daily candle offerings and Iris http://conjurings.blogspot.com/2007/02/iris-other-messenger-god.html

Saturday, February 23, 2013

FULL MOON AND MERCURY RETROGRADE FEBRUARY 2013

EDIT 24 Feb 2013: Haha, see that list of things over there, my self-proclaimed titles-- witch, mystic, blah blah blah? Uh, there is a reason "astrologer" is not listed.  In a perfect Mercury retro mishap, I wrote down the same date for Merc retro and full moon.  Yes, that's right, it went retro last night, the 23rd.  Still did my ritual tonight, in fact, sitting here waiting for the last of the 8 yellow candles to burn out, but had quite a Homer Simpson "DOI" moment earlier.  Ah, well, Still lots of good stuff in this post! Happy Full Moon, peeps!  xoxo

Just took the advice I been giving everyone else and went to www.astro.com to check out my natal versus the planetary line up. NO WONDER things are all crazy. 

Mars, Mercury, Sun, and Neptune are all in Pisces, the sacri-FISH-all martyr on the cross.  That's not a coincidence, that's a war crimes tribunal. And the moon is about to be full in Pisces' opposite, that Fertile Holy Virgin, Virgo. (This is the mating of the Cold Fish and the Prude.) 


This full moon is a reminder that a lot of times, the moon is a double agent/spy for the sun.  Full moons are sun-moon oppositions.  While opposing  signs are not always the best romantic matches, they do complement each other perfectly.  

And yes, that was complement, not compliment. The next few days are all about complements.  And most especially about weaknesses.  You studied the blueprints right? You memorised the locations of the lifeboats? Good. The ship has already hit the iceberg and is sinking fast, the next question for magickal peeps is, did you pack your own personal flotation device?  Because that way you can avoid all of the pushing and shoving.

The Cold Fish Martyr's crucifying, sacrificing All Powerful Father, Saturn, is digging up all the dirt in secretive Scorpio.  If you are hiding something, forget it. The more you hide it the more it is about to come to light. Try getting on your knees right now and asking for mercy.  It might help, it might not. 

Captives and abductees, slaves, and "little people" are all about to see the light of day. Hackers and wikileaks, people promoting transparency of all kinds, this could be a blessing for you, if you aren't up to something malicious yourselves.

"There is water/ at the bottom of the ocean..." sang a wise man once upon a time

Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, is in Capricorn, Saturn's kingdom. Can you say "hell on earth"?  Or, at least, the underworld rising up.  There are so many revolutions fomenting right now it is hard to keep track of all of them, even with a Third Eye in the back of my head.   

This Mercury intersolar (it doesn't actually go "retrograde", the earth passes it up every year about three times, for about three weeks each time) is just the pre-game show for the total collapse of whatever infrastructures are not serving the New Age.  This list includes the Catholic Church, all forms of extremism, and all forms of capitalism and feudalism.  

The patriarchy isn't going to crumble this time, we probably have another 6 years or so, until Saturn makes it to Aquarius.  But it is going to become visibly lame.

The magnificent solar flares going on right now are just a little extra, methinks.  The Universe weighing in on the need for the humans of this planet to readjust.  How about a better distribution of wealth? Everyone works, but only ten hours a week.  And let's make sure no one goes hungry, or without proper shelter or care.

We have more than enough for everyone.  There is no shortage of anything but intelligence and discernment, and even those are really just being hoarded out of fear.

This full moon will land on the 100th anniversary of my grandmother's birth.  When people nay-say my belief in the coming Macro future- a utopia best described in the fiction book 2150 A.D.- I simply ask them to ponder the world in the last 100 years.

My grandmother was born to a world without radio, much less computers.  Airplanes were barely up in the air, and few people had cars or telephones.  Everyone had a few chickens and vegetable garden.  

Granted, there are still many parts of the world that remain unchanged from two or three hundred years ago.   But we "developed" nations are dragging the rest of the globe into the New Age of Electronic Fire, whether they want to follow us into this intermediary phase of obesity and over-consumption and blatant disregard for the environment.  

We need to slow down a little bit, and let everyone else catch up.  I have a feeling this Mercury intersolar is going to assist with that.  Remember to fortify your house with a good spell ("Fire flood earthquake thieves/ we will have none of these" is mine. Use some lavender for your computer and car charms, and lavender oil for your Merc retro potions.  Or check out http://www.ravensflight.net/servlet/StoreFront)  

Also, get out a rainbow candle and court the other Messenger god/dess Iris to assist you while Mercury is away.  

(Not a bad idea to give Mercury/Hermes a nice send off, too, with your full moon celebration.  The planets' story can be told best through Greek mythology: when Mercury is retro he is back on Mount Olympus, reporting on the deeds of mortals.  It's not a bad idea to court him and make a good impression as he goes on his own journey.)

The usual Mercury intersolar pre-cautions apply: double check all the details, try not to sign any contracts, and if you are travelling expect a few delays and pack some undies in your carry-on.  Mercury retrogrades are famous in real estate and escrow, where paperwork and deadlines rule the sale.  Even stone cold atheists in these fields keep an eye on Mercury's movements.
 

Oh, and if you want to gloat a little while your enemies get a little comeuppance go ahead. But just try to remember, your true soulmate isn't the person that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, it is the person that frustrates you the most, and shows you where you need to change. Satan's job, originally, was to offer temptation as to strengthen the righteous mans' resolve. Like he tempted Jesus in the desert, and on the cross. You are being shown your own weaknesses so that you can repair them. 

Go slow, go over things. Revise and rewrite, reconnect. 

Be thankful for what you have.

EDIT: Was musing during last night's ritual that Neptune is in Pisces, and that is what is really giving us the Sacrificial fishiness.  Pisces is the only water sign that doesn't have an exoskeleton and that actually lives in the water all the time.  The fishes also have no defense, no Scorpion stinger, no Crab claws.  We are pretty much looking at the end of the Catholic Church, and probably all organized religions, although this is just the beginning of it.  The tower hasn't started to collapse yet.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

ASKING FOR IT

I am writing this as part of the One Billion Rising event that is happening today, Valentine's Day, 2013, around the world.

This is my story of being raped by two men, in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The events of that day 32 years ago has shaped my life in deep and profound ways.  Out of the many scary things that have happened to me, this event was one of the scariest.

Not a day has gone by that I do not think about it, and even now, after all I have done to overcome it, it still has the power to overwhelm me.  Although, thankfully, less and less with each passing year.

This was probably the summer of 1980. I have some problems remembering when some things happened.  There is no one left in my life to help me "fact check" and having lost all of my journals and diaries, writings, etc, dates have become even more problematic.

I had runaway to California in summer of 1979 and come back to Saint Louis in Spring of 1980.  I was graduated from 8th grade for being such a troublemaker that the principal informed me there was no way they were going to fail me, even though I had attended only 6 weeks of school that year.

(And I use the term "attended" loosely.  I mostly showed up to see my friends and score drugs or hang out because I had nothing else to do.  I did pretty much the same thing during my first year of 9th grade.  The high school flunked me.)

So in either in 1980 or 1981 I moved in with a girl that was a waitress at a Steak n Shake on Manchester in Brentwood.  We lived in a coldwater flat that was $40 a month over by what is now the Grove.  At the time it was very poor and mostly African- American neighbourhood.

My roommate had been raped by her father since childhood.  We didn't really talk about it, but she was always a basket case after any family get together.  And I will never forget the way she begged and pleaded and cried when her parents came and tracked her down and made her move away to another city with them. (I think there might have been some sort of petition for emancipated minor and she was denied. I have no idea what became of her.)

She liked me there because I was so tough and street smart (compared to other white, teenage suburban girls), and because men were always following me, including a lot of Maplewood and city cops, which both of us felt kept us safe from other, more dangerous men.  (They weren't safer, but we believed that then. My experiences with the police at this age are another story entirely. And for the record, they all knew how old I was and where my grandmother and mother lived.)

I can't remember this girl's name, so I am going to call her Terri, which is what I think her name was.  She was 16 and she had a car.  She took as many shifts as she could and I often hung out in there waiting for her.

The manager of the Steak n Shake did not like me hanging out in there all day, for obvious reasons, but also, at the time, I had a pet rat or mouse.  I used to carry it around with me on the back of my neck. (Yes, it pissed on my neck a lot.  What a disgusting pet, but again, another long story on why I thought it was cool.)

On this Saturday afternoon, I think in June, I had ridden into work with her.  Someone had given me some new clothes.  A silky white blouse, very sophisticated for a junior high girl, and also some white pants, also silky.  Terri had done my hair and make-up.  I looked great, even to myself.

You see, back then, I really thought I was ugly.  Fat and ugly.  I had gotten boobs and my period over the summer of 5th and 6th grade. When I say boobs, I mean C-cups.  This was pre-implant days and my boobs were bigger than many grown womens'.

The same summer-- between 5th and 6th grade- my mother and sister and I had moved from my grandmother's nice neighbourhood in  Webster to HUD housing in low-rent, redneck, Affton.

I had actually preferred Affton.  For one thing, all of the boys paid attention to me.  And a lot of the men, too.  Even though my grandmother and mother and even my little sister warned me about my reputation and letting boys talk to me and try to kiss me, I loved it.  All I wanted was male attention.

My father had abandoned us when I was three.  He never wrote, never called, never paid child support.  My mother was severely mentally ill during my childhood.  Also, my grandmother and all of her children were in constant battles and arguments with each other.  It was exhausting.  I spent most of my childhood fantasizing about my father or some other man "rescuing me".  And I was inappropriately precocious.

In my grandmother's nice neighborhood our family really stood out. Even before the boobs and the boys, we were well known and heavily stigmatized. Combine the constant arguing and the unbelievably painful sense of paternal abandonment that I suffered almost every day of my childhood and you had a girl that thought she was completely unlovable and ugly.

In the new neighborhood there were Pentecostals that fell down in the yard in broad daylight, speaking in tongues. Not so different from my mother.  And there were drunks that stayed in bed all day sleeping, much like my mother when she was in the "depressed" phase of the manic-depressive cycle.

Also, plenty of "Jerry Springer" fighting and antics in the families. There were a lot of single mothers and grandmothers raising children.  Enough people on welfare that it wasn't a complete embarrassment.

At one point my grandmother finally determined that she needed to have a "serious" talk with me about my behavior with boys and men.  Her words were something like "you will get a bad reputation if boys know they can come to you for what they want."  What do they want?  Sex.  That was all I heard.  How to get boys to pay attention to me.

Sex terrified me only because of pregnancy and that I'd heard it was painful. My first time is actually a whole other story, and another very painful one. I was very publicly and painfully dumped by him, a 16 year old boy with troubles of his own, but I didn't know that then.  It just confirmed what I already knew about myself: that I was completely unlovable to any man, and lucky that this "sex" thing was so popular.

From the time I was 12 (my first boyfriend had waited til I was 12 to have sex with me) until summer I was 15, I slept with hundreds of men.  Hundreds and hundreds.  All of them white.  Ranging in age from about 15  to 45, and some that were older.  I preferred men close my age, because I was really looking for love.  But I chose from what I was offered.

By the time I turned 13 I was an expert at blow jobs.  Not once in that entire time did I have an orgasm.  Nor did any of my lovers ever ask me if I'd had one when we had sex. (First orgasm, by myself, from reading Cosmopolitan magazine, again, whole other story.)

I just wanted to be near men.  To be touched by a man, and held by him.  All the other stuff was just for them, so that they would keep looking at me with those awed expressions men get when they have a hard-on.

You see, I thought that look was love.  And when they left me or never called me again or pretended they didn't know me when their girlfriends and wives were around, I thought I had done something wrong.  Or that they had realized just how worthless I was, like my father must have realized when he left us.

So, let us return now to that summer day, I in my white outfit and fancy blue eyeshadow and lipstick.  I hitchhiked everywhere. If I was looking for a ride to a place I would take any person that stopped, male or female.  But often I was just looking for men.

On that day I needed a ride.  I was going to see these two brothers (Rick and Ralph?).  They were small time dope and speed dealers, and they were in the middle of some sort of gang war.  (I feel compelled to add again that these were all white guys.  And this was the Hill or maybe the suburbs. I can't remember now, although I would recognize the house.  You don't forget a place where guns greeted you if you forgot to knock.)

So I went out on Manchester and stuck my thumb out and almost right away an old-time pick up, completely covered in primer, pulled over.  It was two men.  Both were wearing some kind of overalls. They both had pot bellies and wore glasses.

I was supposed to wear glasses and was very near sighted.  But men didn't like glasses and my lifestyle made it difficult for me to hold onto things.  So I never wore them

With two ugly men, my near-sightedness made it easier for me.  An ugly man you don't look at too closely was better than no man at all.  The driver lived in St. Louis and knew roughly where I was headed.  They drove me there, but their was no one home at the two brother's house.

I didn't really like these two guys.  Not just that they were ugly.  They were unemployed, so they didn't have any money.  They didn't really flirt or talk to me, just stared at me and asked or answered questions.  I think the passenger was from out of town, but somewhere within a few hours driving.  He was visiting for the weekend.

They were both 25-30, which was also a bit too old for my preference.  They had not offered to buy me food or cigarettes and they had no drugs.  So, I told them to just leave me there, I would wait on the porch until someone came home.

They questioned me a bit, I thought to see if there were somewhere else they could take me, but now I realize they were fishing for information.  I had no brothers, uncles, and no father.  I lied about almost everything.  No one ever believed the truth anyhow, and I was so good at making up stories and names for myself.  But my stories were usually modeled on some truth.  I know now that I was too revealing of my vulnerabilities.

(There are many studies on why people like me are so revealing and open, often because the mentally ill or addicted parent has so exposed the child, and because the state has documented and monitored the family.  Back in these days, a social worker came to the house every week to make sure my mother was buying milk with her food stamps and so forth.  But this openness is also a hallmark of abused women.  The vulnerability becomes the shield, the defense.)

In those days, I usually tried to say that I was at least 17, possibly 19, and probably some people did believe it at first.  I was very developed and sexually mature for my age.  I honestly can't recall what stories I had told them, but I doubt they believed anything I said.

They offered to take me to a bar nearby, a place where they knew the owner and that they could get me a drink.  It would look like a coca-cola, but secretly have alcohol in it.  Then they would bring me back over here to see if anyone was home.

I coveted the mask of adulthood.  Just the thought of being able to go to a bar and drink with adult men.  And the chance that other men would talk to me, and I could find some better companions. I pushed aside my dislike and got back in the truck.

The bar was on Manchester, near Hampton.  There were two in close proximity, and either one or both are gone now.  At the time I think it was painted grey.  The door faced east.  It was a big open space with a lot of tables.

It was packed on a Saturday afternoon.  Crowds of people, men and women. I knew almost right away that there were no other options open to me.  It was the kind of bar where everyone knew each other.  And most of the men were like the two I was with.  Older, not attractive, and not a lot of money.

I don't know that I even finished one drink.  I think there was some aggressive action on the part of a few women there, to get me out of there.  Shaming and threatening and questioning.  Sometimes my smile and charm could win women over to me, or at least neutralize the hostility, but not in that crowd.

I don't recall if I tried to bring my pet rat in or not. It seems like I did, actually. So that may have played a part. But I could be wrong.

Even with just one drink, I was tipsy. I was so skinny and underfed. It's funny, to remember that I thought I was fat then, because my stomach wasn't perfectly flat, and I had a thumbs width of cellulite across the tops of my thighs, at my ass. I was also terribly embarrassed about my big hips and ass.

The type of men I was dealing with never complimented me.  Or if they did I had to dig for it.  "What do you like about me?" I would always ask a guy I liked, hoping for some verbal affection.  The answers were always along the lines of "you got a nice ass and tits and I like your smile it makes me think of head."  Or one guy would say "well your ass is okay but your stomach is too fat."

Which is funny because when I look at pictures now I see that I was skinny, with ribs showing.  I just have a big hourglass figure. And I know they all loved it, but these were hideous, awful men and boys.  The kind of evil assholes that never give a kind gesture to anyone, especially not a some stupid slut they'd just fucked.  (None of them ever passed up the opportunity to comment on what a slut I was, either.)

But anyhow, I couldn't handle liquor well. Other drugs, yes, but not alcohol. It was the hardest to obtain of the big three: tobacco (I smoked about a pack a day), street drugs (never had a problem finding weed, speed, or LSD) and alcohol.  Also, alcohol was the most difficult to consume and hide the effects of.

We left the bar, and everything was kind of spinning.  I wanted to go back to the Steak n Shake, but somehow they convinced me to go the driver's house.  I could use the bathroom there.

Again, things are hazy, but at some point I found myself recounting the last time I was raped.  I thought these guys were nice, listening to all my problems. I had a lot of problems with abusive men. To get rid of them I would get men that were more abusive.

It took me a long time to learn that predators like these were attracted to my tales because I was an easy mark. I was hitchhiking, anonymous, a liar, obviously low self-esteem, involved with men that anyone that knew them knew were total assholes.

I will remember that kitchen and bathroom and bedroom for the rest of my life.  Going in thinking how everything had turned out okay, that these guys were actually nice.  Then going to the bathroom and coming back to the table to sit down.

And suddenly, I was grabbed by the wrists by both men.  They'd obviously been planning it.  They dragged me to the bedroom.

I was screaming and crying and pleading.  I was repeatedly told to shut up and hit a few times for effect.

What was terrifying me was not the brutality.  Many men were cruel to me.  But these guys had not offered me any money, or done anything at all for me, other than the ride and drink.  And not knowing what was going happen.  I'd been raped in California and it had been a similar situation.  I recognized the nightmare this time, right away.

And also, because I knew they enjoyed hurting me.  Some men don't care why you squeal, they only care that they are making you squeal and scream.  Or perhaps, worse, that they only like it when you are crying and afraid.  Even before it was announced to me, I knew that they wanted to kill me.

The passenger side guy got my mouth. To open it and keep my from biting he would squeeze my throat and also shut off the air to my nose. He growled the whole time about how we would kill me if I bit him, and exactly how he would kill me.

I think that excited him more than his cock being in my mouth.

The one down between my legs I hate the most though, the driver. I'd never been raped or abused by a man that ate my pussy. In fact very few men had ever wanted to.  One of the brothers, Rick, liked to 69, but he wasn't very good at it, and also it meant that I had to suck on his cock all the time, and I didn't really enjoy sex then.  I just did it to make men happy.

However, later in life I would encounter real men.  Men that wanted to share pleasure.  Men that were true lovers. That asshole driver almost ruined oral sex for me. I still have a hard time accepting it, sometimes, because this event will randomly assert itself in my memory.  Anal sex, too.  I have to be very relaxed and very trusting of my partner.  

While the passenger choked me and suffocated me and threatened me, the driver licked me and kept talking about how I was wet and how I was just loving everything they did. The guilt and fear from that lived with me for a long time.  I believed that blue balls were a real disease that I was responsible for.  I was stupid. I thought that my own body had betrayed me.  I thought I was some sort of stupid slut that was horny and didn't know it, and "asking for it".

And again, sometimes still, when a lover, a true lover, says with lust that I am so wet and loving it, I have to push the memory of this rapist and his comments out of my head.

I was actually wet from discharge from trichmoniasis and probably other diseases. No man ever used a condom. I would have severe Pelvic Inflammatory disease within a year, in fact I would pass out while walking down the street, and end up in the Emergency room, hallucinating with a fever.

I hope both those rapists got as many diseases as possible from me.

After the oral sex was over,  they took turns in my pussy and even tried fucking me at the same time, one in my ass and one in my pussy.

When they were done with me they were furious and angry that I never “quit crying” and enjoyed myself. I mean FURIOUS. And how I was asking for it, and what they fuck did I think I was going to for a ride to their house and bought me the drinks and listened to me talk, etc?

Afterwards they disappeared and I had to sit for what was a lifetime or more in that room by myself and I could hear them talking. I knew that they were probably going to kill me. When the passenger came back in I begged and pleaded for him to please let me go.  On my knees.

I don't actually recall if had a gun with him or just threatened me with it. I could feel how much this guy wanted to strangle me to death. How much he got off on having me beg for my life.

He told me how lucky I was. The driver wanted to kill me, because I had behaved so badly. But they were gonna let me live. Maybe.

I could see in his mind that he was still thinking about killing me. I was so careful. Trying to be nice. Apologizing for behaving so badly. Promising to forget it and never remember them.

The passenger took me back to the truck and we drove around a long time, with the threats continuing.  My pet mouse was dead.  I said I didn't care. It was okay.  Eventually I was able to smile and put on calm face.

This guy stopped at a Ho Jo's I think on Hampton. He talked to a guy that came over to the truck and introduced me to his friend in the parking lot, and after his friend left he told me again how he would find me and kill me, and how his friend who was a cop or something had seen me with him, so no one would believe me.

He finally dropped me off back at the Steak n Shake where my friend worked on Manchester. The off duty cop that was a security guard talked me out of reporting it. Obviously I had asked for it, based on the way I was dressed. (Later on that very same night, he got me out in his car and wanted a blow job. I think he actually knew who those men were.)

There was a ring of blue bruises around my neck, and my body had plenty more. I was bleeding from the anus and I hurt so much. My throat inside was bruised too and my voice would go out before the night was over.

Finally my roommate got off work and she took me home.

I wish I could say my life got better after that. In fact, in some ways it got worse.  To get away from the violent angry men I would have to find men that were more violent and angry.  Many of my experiences were technically rape, and many were abusive.

However, many of these other encounters have faded from memory.  But this one, I probably think about it every day, especially now here, back in Saint Louis.  Every time I go past that Steak n Shake, whenever I am  over in the Hill, whenever I see a girl hitchhiking or drive past the location of that bar.

Whenever I watch a movie or read a book where someone has to plead for their life.  Whenever I see a white man with bad skin and gut and hunched over, and glasses.  Whenever I see an old time truck.

Whenever a lover wants to eat my pussy or have anal sex.  Or a male lover wants to have a threesome with another man, or asks me if I have ever experienced that.

And for some reason, I am always telling this story, especially to men.  I don't know if it is because I want them to know that they can't hurt me-- that their species has already hurt me. Or perhaps to show them that I am tougher than they are-- and the truth is I think all women are tougher than men, and that few men could survive their own gender.

Or perhaps it is how I test what sort of man they are.  (Does he want too many details? Is he getting off on it?  That took a long time to really learn.)

I was asking for it?  Okay then.  Now I  know what a pig you are.

Now I know that you are the type of man that will never be able to live in a society of sexually sophisticated and powerful women.  You need your women weak and inexperienced so that you can tell yourself what a great lover you are.  You need your women to be either Mother Madonna, a virgin even when she gave birth to you, or a whore.  (That Mary Magdalene was a whore is entirely a fiction of the Catholic Church.)

You are not the kind of man that should be allowed to breed or have daughters.  And if you can't handle the demands of your dick without pushing them off on someone else, then you also shouldn't be allowed any power or weapons.  You should be barred from politics and legal work altogether.

Because you are the kind of man that cannot relate to 51% of the population as anything more than orifices' for your penis. (Or a womb for "your" offspring.)

And women that would say I was asking for it?  Ditto what I said about the men.  Remember, ladies, these were your brothers, fathers, husbands, boyfriends and sons.  If you think I was asking for it than you are raising the next generation of rapists.  And rape victims.

And when a women says to me "Oh my --lover, brother, father, etc-- could NEVER do that!"  I think, well how stupid are you?  Because someone's son, lover, brother, father DID do that.

It doesn't impress me when people say "I love my children".  Of course you love your children, they look just like you.  What would be great is if people loved all children.  Where were all the "nice" men of my grandmother's neighbourhood (the ones that weren't fucking me)?

Where were the men that would spend time with me and help me without expecting sex?

There were a few.  Mostly bikers.  Parents of my girlfriends.  Men that had grown up around, and sometimes even married, girls like me.  But they were not protection for me.  Often not even protection from their own sons.

In the last three years I have found myself telling this story --and others- to almost every man in my life here. I think the problem is that the men of Saint Louis have never listened to me.  And nothing was ever done to protect me or girls like me.

And worst, a lot times I am "shushed" because my rape is not polite conversation.  "Nice" people don't want to hear about it.

I was having lunch two years ago at the Indian Buffet up at Delmar and 1-70 with a friend from my U City punk rock Loop days.

(There is a line of demarcation in Fall of 1981. I'd had my first orgasm, by myself, a few months earlier, I met a boy who was a communist and I cut off my hair and became a punk rock communist and began hanging out in the Loop.  This is when my real life began.  This is how I got away from this lifestyle of men and fucking.  The Loop had black people and queers and punkers.  These macho assholes would not follow me there. So when I say "friend from years back" I mean 1981-85, when I moved to Los Angeles for good.)

I was ranting to my friend about how some of these respectable men and cops that were fucking me when I was 13 and 14 were still around and "respectable" men of St. Louis.  Somehow or the other the owner of the restaurant overheard.  He told my friend to never bring me back because I talked about such "terrible things."

(And why was he hovering and eavesdropping?  There were a lot people in their having noisy loud conversations.  The men on either side of us were discussing their legal and business crap.)

My friend did not tell me this. One night, I was at a Noir literary event, where writers were reading stories that were actually less noir than this portion of my life, and this Indian guy was there. I didn't know who he was, but he remembered me.

He told me to never come into his restaurant because I said such terrible things.  It was kind of shocking and embarrassing, out of the blue like that.  It wasn't until I asked my friend that he explained what had happened.

This is my feeling about most of the men in Saint Louis-- although this man is an immigrant: it is okay for a 14 year old girl to be raped, especially when she is "asking for it", but it is NOT okay for her talk about it in public.

And I think maybe that is why I talk about it so much.  Maybe all these "nice" people can only be "nice" when their dirty little secrets aren't aired out in public.

Like back when it was okay be openly racist, and make black people use different bathrooms and schools, but not okay to say "damn" or "hell" in public.

Maybe they know that no matter how tough they are, or successful, no matter how much money they  have or guns they buy, they could never live through what one, lone woman has gone through with their gender.

I am going to post this now, unedited, because I wanted to have it up for One Billion Rising event.  But I will be adding some photographs of the type of truck, the location of the bar, and maybe a picture of me at that age.

If you live in Saint Louis and you recognize any of the things in this post, please send me an email (laladyrae@gmailcom) or comment below.

If you want to tell me I was asking for it, go ahead.  As I said, that tells me who YOU are.

No women is asking for it, EVER, under any circumstances!


EDIT: I pulled this out of the body of the text. 

An interesting aspect to this particular event is that I believe I may have come across one of these men recently.  In fact, I think we have been in the same room and perhaps even spoken, and I think he knows who I am.  All of this I am thinking through my psychic senses, and that can be tricky, especially with this level of history and emotion.  I will be covering this aspect in another, later post.


This whole city is a like a haunted house. Not only the ghosts of memory, but sometimes I will find myself in the company of someone that I knew during this time in my life.

And to leave for 25 years and return, and find so many people in the same neighbourhoods (indeed, same houses!), hanging out with the same people and going to the same stores and such, it has occurred to me that I could find at least one of these men.

I would like to find them.  Just to see them.  Whether they are heads of state or homeless speed addicts, or-- my fondest dream-- fathers of daughters that they love so much they cannot bear the thought of anyone hurting their girls as they hurt me.

I would like to see them and confront them and give them the opportunity for redemption.  (Money is my favourite fantasy, but I would also be willing to put on my Dominatrix uniform and get someone to hold them down while I fucked them both up the ass til they pleaded for mercy.)


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ONE BILLION RISING: VALENTINE'S DAY 2013

WOMAN! I AM CALLING TO YOU! AWAKEN TO YOUR POWER!

Thank you, Eve Ensler, for the Vagina Monologues and now One Billion Rising.

If you are in Saint Louis there is a flashmob to RISE UP and DANCE in solidarity with the one out of every three women in the world that have been raped and/or assaulted by men.

This is the best gift you can give ANY woman on Valentine's Day.  We are 51% of the world's population.  We deserve a safer, better world.

The flashmob is at the Missouri History Museum, and the dance begins at 4:30 PM.

Everyone that can participate in this should.

As part of One Billion Rising, I will be sharing my story.  I hope to have it published here by tomorrow.

If you are a rape or abuse survivor, I encourage you to tell your story. The time for women to be ashamed about what men have done to us is over.

It is time to speak our truth.

It is time to RISE UP!

http://onebillionrising.org/

Learn the dance from Debbie Allen: http://onebillionrising.org/blog/entry/let-debbie-allen-teach-you-the-steps-to-the-break-the-chain-choreography

(With one in three women the victim of violence and/or rape, it actually comes to about 1.16 Billion, if you take 7 billion world population, 50% female, etc.)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

IMBOLC: THE HEARTH FIRE

Imbolc is about the inner light.  Gathered together around the hearth, perhaps sharing the ewes milk with the winter lambs, and telling stories and remembering loved ones during the dark cold night.

Yesterday I went to see one of the best musicals of my life: Priscilla.  What fabulousness!  It is a good thing that ghosts don't need tickets because the spirit of every gay man I've known was with me!  I can't wait to go see it again.

When the snow legions showed up late last night and conquered the outer world with their white ice wetness, I was not as sad and disappointed as I normally would have been, I had the rainbow inside of me still from Priscilla!

How we need stories and songs to carry us through life, from one moment to the next.

And reflecting on Priscilla this morning, surrounded by the spirits here for an Imbolc visit, I was reminded that life really is about moments.  One after the other, to be savoured each for its own-- whether sweet or sour, or salty, savoury, bitter.

Whatever the moment brings, live it fully.

But some moments are better than others, as was the Priscilla show for me.

Tonight is a good night to light a candle and have some supper with the loved ones, living and dead.  Stoke the home fires, and feed the inner light.

Praises, Thanks, and Blessings!!!
Lady Rae

This is also a good time to begin the Ritual of First Thought.

(Imbolc is the same, although lesser, dimensional doorway-- something to do with the Pleaedes, but best calculated by the sun at 15% Aquarius-- as Samhain.)