Saturday is No Spend Day–and a time to reevaluate relationships

Two things are supposed to happen this Saturday.  The first is No Spend Day(Via 18 million voices) This is supposed to be a day of no spending and no commercial media in support of women’s issues.

On Saturday August 16th, 2008, observe a day of NO SPENDING to evidence that we are serious in our demand of fair practices for women.

Don’t spend a DIME for 24 hours. NO SPENDING (cash or credit) on: internet purchases, gas for the car, cups of coffee, TV shopping, movies, dining, grocery or clothes.
NO SPENDING ON ANYTHING.

Instead, plan a day of R&R, read a book or clean your closet BUT hold onto your money AND turn off all commercial TV and Radio in response to all forms of bais against women in the media.

A day of no spending will demonstrate that women, and those who support women’s issues, can impact the economy as well as the election.

I think it’s a good idea.   It doesn’t seem to have been very widely publicized, but never mind.  Just as fasting during Ramadan makes you more aware of what you eat, smoke, and drink, planning ahead for how not to shop or use commercial media on a particular day is a good exercise in becoming more aware of how we use our money and time.  For starters I will probably listen to public radio, go for a long walk, and if I do a blog post, I will either write it ahead of time or date it ahead so as to not have it appear on Saturday. (Although WordPress blogs are free, they do sometimes put ads on our blogs to generate income.) I’m still thinking about this one, since the blog serves my purposes as well.

The other thing that’s supposed to happen on Saturday is an eclipse of the moon.  Astrologers will tell you a lunar eclipse during a full moon, as this one is, is particularly significant and the effects can last as long as six months.

The “crisis” that these eclipses tend to elicit is a crisis of lack–a time when we suddenly realize a great need or want. The impact of the crisis can act to sever a relationship–it’s possible. But it can also bring two people together with a sudden awareness of a great need for each other. Although Lunar eclipses are more relationship-oriented than Solar eclipses, they are not always about relationships between two people. They can trigger awareness of need in other areas of our lives, such as our relationship to work, to our health and bodies, and so forth. This is a time when matters come to light–things that have been brewing under the surface…

Lunar Eclipses are about relationships and polarities. With the Leo-Aquarius axis involved, this Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives. The Leo-Aquarius polarity deals with the balance between all that is personal (Leo) and all that is impersonal (Aquarius). The energy of Leo is creative self-expression and the boost to the individual ego that we receive through pleasure and romance, while Aquarius rules the group, more impersonal friendships, and objectivity. This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between romance and friendship, and between expressing ourselves in personal and impersonal ways. The Leo Sun is proud and intensely individual—not content with simply being just one of the team. The Aquarius Moon, while individualistic as well, values independence and the “team”. The Full Moon illuminates this conflict. Some sort of crisis (which can be a crisis of consciousness) or sudden awareness of a lack in our lives provides us with a golden opportunity to explore our emotional needs within the context of the house polarity where the eclipse occurs in our natal charts. Relationships may be challenged, broken, or strengthened dramatically at this time. Our discovery is emotionally charged and dramatic. Epiphanies are likely at this time as we become acutely aware of our lack. This understanding can propel us into positive action.

I like horoscopes, not because I’m convinced that they are true  (or untrue) or even that they convey unique information about one person at one moment in time, but because they provide an interesting framework for organizing the way we do long term planning and analysis of our personal lives.

Maybe Saturday is also a good day to contemplate our relationships with money, media, and politics, and to take whatever revelations and outpourings the full moon inspires and start turning them into rational processes.

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2 Responses to “Saturday is No Spend Day–and a time to reevaluate relationships”

  1. Lynn Says:

    Considering that this weekend is a “tax deferred” period for MA, I doubt that your proposal will have any effect. Great ideas though . . . only thing that seems to work is to hit them in the wallet.

  2. Nijma Says:

    Sunday is also part of the weekend, isn’t it? Why can’t people shop on Sunday instead of Saturday? And stuff like gas doesn’t count towards the tax free weekend anyway, right? And there are 49 other states in the union besides Massachusetts.

    But maybe women would prefer to shop than to try to impact the economy or make any meaningful statement about women’s issues.

    Maybe 18 Million Voices should change their statement to read “…to evidence that we are serious in our demand of fair practices for women–unless it interferes with our shopping”.


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