Lucretia was raped by the son of the etruscan king. consequently she committed suicide by stabbing herself through the heart. this act is memorialized because it is credited with catalyzing that overthrew the etruscan monarchy and established the roman republic. prominent roman families dissatisfied with the regime coalesced over her death and successfully prevented etruscan and latin intervention with the revolution.
“To take aim at the institutions and systems of thought that oppress us is by definition self-destructive, because these systems have so completely subsumed our identities and relationships as to render us inseparable.”
Notes from the Editor What Better Time Than Now: notes on consciousness and unity in US cities and prisons (via ninjabikeslut)
dismantling yourself to dismantle the state the litany of queer negativity
someone get this dita an e-book deal. I don’t know anyone who knows how to describe ordinary-extraordinary life like this dear friend.
"a spirited conversation about the topics of studying abroad in Spain, the city of Montreal, and rolling on ecstasy. I haven´t experienced any of those things, but they conversation was very well constructed and respectful and nobody minded that I had nothing to contribute."
”Instead, I watched Eat Pray Love and Gravity. I hope my time in Chile is not like either of those movies, in that I ride a better quality bike, do not fall in love with anyone who has children, and have enough leg strength to crawl out of beautiful lakes with sandy plant-dotted shores.”
“A thin pale pear juice in a pitcher that at least one person mistakes for water in the desperation of a hangover. All of a sudden, our coordinator is here, sniffing the air and making comments about how she can smell alcohol through her allergies.”
Leo: This week, as you gaze up at the stars, as you breathe into the cool dark night, think about how much you’ve grown, think about all of the ways you’ve become strong, think of the ways you haven’t let yourself be wrecked by loneliness, by sorrow, by the whole harsh world. This week, honor the ways you’ve learned to get through, the ways you’ve learned to build magic inside your own heart. Hold on to these hot glowing powers, and keep going, and be kind. Pet a dog. Cook someone dinner
Leo: "If I was a love poet," writes Rudy Francisco, addressing a lover, "I’d write about how you have the audacity to be beautiful even on days when everything around you is ugly." I suspect you have that kind of audacity right now, Leo. In fact, I bet the ugliness you encounter will actually incite you to amplify the gorgeous charisma you’re radiating. The sheer volume of lyrical soulfulness that pours out of you will have so much healing power that you may even make the ugly stuff less ugly. I’m betting that you will lift up everything you touch, nudging it in the direction of grace and elegance and charm.
Leo & Leo Rising: We are really only here to be a part of our life. We aren’t the whole thing-as long as our egos don’t take over entirely. Sitting with the anxiety that this lack of control can cause is formidable at times and unmistakable once we get keen to spying it. Our anxiety make us do a myriad of things; beg for others acceptance, manipulate, care take when we don’t want to or demand that others listen to our lengthy stories and explanations. When you really start to witness all the things that you are asking for from others it’s kind of astounding. What if no one ever had to make you feel ok again? What if that was entirely your job? Many of us are addicted to the sensation of a person. We do not take into account their actual personality or soul. We easily get addicted to the rush we feel when we are in their presence. The question (for those of us with relationship issues) is do we actually like them as a person? Venus, one of the planets responsible for bringing things together through feelings of connectedness and love, moves into your Seventh House of All I Can See Is Your Clothes on My Floor Right Now. Those of you with major crushes will have a great opportunity to check their foundations. Seeing who we are attracted to and why is a fascinating study of our psychological make-up. Knowing what we are asking of others is a priceless discovery. The emerging new moon will spend from Tuesday-Thursday in your Tenth House of Career so use the energy to move something forward in this domain of your life, especially now that the planet that is ruling that house, Venus strikes again, is out of its latest retrograde shadow. Weekly Mantra: As I clean up my expectations of others I am better able to focus my energy on my work in the world. I am awake to the powerful, erotic energy that is present when I am with certain someones. I enjoy it as well as take care of myself by not letting it run my life into the ground.