So, I have mere moments to get this done, but I wanted to try something out. Hanny showed me how to embed a video. I know, we did this with our own a few years back, but Dan typed and maneuvered it all, not me. This one is different because it’s an instructional/political statement. (And slightly dated, but certainly still valid.)
We were sitting in the kitchen the other day and I’d just brought the mail in. We get shit from banks all the time. Wanting us to sign up with them. I save the envelopes and shred/toss/recycle the contents. Well. Guess what? There’s a better method. Watch what this guys says.
Clever right? Can’t say I’ll go so far as to buy asphalt shingles or include perfectly good slabs of wood (those are damn useful!) but we did stuff all the ones we got this past week back into their paid-for mailers with a big ol’ NO THANKS printed in Sharpie marker across the tops. My favorite part of this? The post office reaps the rewards as much as we do. Thank you, Hanna, for the idea. And for helping me make it available to everyone in JulieLand.
It is a special day, so we’re using our Special Occasion deck to celebrate.
“Red Kangaroo ~ 28 ~ Responsibility
The Red Kangaroo is unique in its ability to maintain three young at once: one at foot, one in the pouch, while a third developes in the womb. As the one at foot is weaned, the one in the pouch exits, making way for the partly formed sibling, which instinctively climbs into the pouch directly after birth. With the womb now devoid of life, the female will mate immediately, thus replacing the foetus.
When environmental conditions are fertile and rain is abundant, the feed is lush and plentiful and the weather is benevolent, Red Kangaroos live a productive existence. If the conditions deteriorate however, bringing drought, fire, or flood, the female Red Kangaroo will relinquish the infant in her pouch and put the foetus in the womb into a state of suspended animation. The infant remains nourished and is continually fed by the mother, but it does not develop physically. She can sustain the foetus in this way for quite some time, waiting for the conditions of the land to improve so that the Joey can be born into a time of plenty. By surrendering the existence of the one Joey and by putting the other into a state of hold, she takes responsibility for her own survival and that of her family.
If Red Kangaroo has leapt into your cards today, you may be feeling as though you have sacrificed a large part of yourself for the benefit of your family. Maybe the time has come to reclaim these aspects instead of harbouring resentment and jealousy.
Are you living in a constant state of stress, for example, barely surviving from one day to the next? If so, do you see this as taking sound responsibility?
If you are a parent, remember that everything you do inherently instills itself in the consciousness of your children as acceptable behaviour. Ask yourself if you are taking responsibility as parent, partner, or principal person seriously.
Are you honouring the pledge of responsibility you made to your self growing up, or would you say you were in an emotional drought or dormancy at the moment? If this is the case, it may be time to reanimate some element of yourself, so that you can begin taking responsibility for your life and that of your children in a more productive, abundant manner.”
Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King
Our Daily Dog is actually three at once. I did it! (Although some parts are slightly blurry. Couldn’t be helped.)