Women of the world declare that women’s rights are human rights, and we connect to all other progressive movements—for racial equality, for protection of the natural environment, for gay rights, immigration reform, for healthcare reform, to dismantle the war machine, and for multiple other progressive causes. As women we bind the movements into one resilient strand. As women, we understand that focusing on a single identity can be a path to prejudice. We grow beyond identity politics, to become kindred spirits on parallel pathways- creating a world that works for everybody.
In whatever local or global avenue our heart guides us to contribute our personal effort, we are part of this broad movement toward a sustainable planet. As women and men who share a vision of healing for our Mother Earth and all earthlings, we are an international alliance of peacemakers.
In the year of #MeToo and Time’s Up, we need to keep calling for change. This International Women’s Day, in all the mothers and all the daughters of the world, may hope for peace and equality spring afresh.
Ixchel at the edge of the world sees from her vantage point that the new age is upon us, gender equality and female leadership in every sphere guiding us to create the new earth. I see Ixchel as a symbol and glyph showing us how to embrace our multidimensional natures and be immovable in the roaring winds of the dying patriarchy. And how to perceive, at a new level of consciousness, that women’s equality and women’s spirituality are one and the same. Hear Ixchel sing into the wind: Now is the time to change your life and change the world, to understand that they, also, are one and the same thing!
Here is Ixchel as represented on Isla Mujeres (“Island of Women”), an island located eight miles off of the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun Mexico. The beginning of a poem by Annelinde Metzner in Goddess Pages tells us who she is:
Goddess of the Moon! Ix Chel,
translucent and ever-changing weaver woman,
creator, destroyer, healer,
sleek jaguar of stealth and grace,
how you awaken me each morning…
Women once came by boat from far and wide to honor her and their women selves with ceremony. The tip of land where she stands juts into the sea and receives not only the first light, the sun rising there before any other place in the country, but also ferocious winds! Is Ixchel lonely in her solitary stance there in the winds at the easternmost part of Mexico?I view the serpent coiled on her crown as kundalini risen all the way from the base of her spine. She is alone, yes but not lonely, because the female energy has ascended to consciousness and has awakened all her powers. If we have not yet opened our spiritual senses as wide as our physical ones, all-one can look like alone. But Ixchel as the awakened one is united with her Source and, as part of Gaia, she has brought all of us along!
We are the women we have been waiting for. At this crowning era of our planet, female energy rises and coils. May Ixchel remind us all to honor our amazing female selves.