Culture 02 March 2018
To everything turn…turn…turn.
This month is all about contrast. There will be highs. There will be lows. It is a call to the spiritual practice of detaching from judgment. Most especially, the judgment of events as good or bad or right or wrong. There is a season for everything and a perfect timing that does not always make sense to our souls that have chosen to immerse ourselves in the human experience. There is no better sign than Pisces to usher in this energy lesson. With the sun and three planets in the fishy mutable 12th sign this month, emotions will be high and imagination will be abundant. March 23rd is the first day of a new Mercury in retrograde in the sign of Aries. All of the normal retrograde advice applies here, but add a lack of initiative and general tiredness to the equation. The gift in this Aries Mercury retrograde is a chance for cease fires, conflict resolution and the healing of old grudges. Peace on Earth, anyone? Yes, please.
(February 19- March 20)
“Rub a dub dub…”
Happy birthday, Pisces! This really is your month, except for a few speedbumps which I’ll get to in a second. March 1-6 especially shines for you. Communication, work, life routines and romance are all easy peasy. Jupiter is still in Scorpio so you are in a period of emotional and relational growth and expansion. You are floating in a sea of emotion- do like the men in the tub and take a bath…don’t freak out. This also can contribute to emotional overreaction and combined with a Mars in Sagittarius this month, I suggest you think about what you say before you say it. March 25-26: family time and your own personal Mother’s Day.
(March 21 -April 19)
“And they’re off!”
Because of a stellium in Pisces the first week of March, most of the Aries tribe (and fire signs in general) will be feeling like there is a raincloud over their parade at the first of the month. This shifts March 6th as Aries takes over Venus and Mercury. You know what that means…you can finally put the pedal to the metal and floor it! Relationships could get back their spark. You also may finally feel that you get to have the microphone and can speak your mind. Just watch what you say and be careful about starting new ventures compulsively on and after March 23rd when Mercury goes retrograde in your sign of Aries. Slow down. Take your time with contracts, big purchases and especially new businesses. March 27-28: love is in the air.
(April 20- May 20)
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
This is a good month for the bulls. The Piscean first week of March suits you just fine. Good love, good culture, and good conversation are always welcome for a Taurus. When Mars moves into Capricorn on March 18, your work life could get more focused and a promotion or accolade could finally materialize. Capricorn rewards those who have committed to a vision. Taurus is the poster child for consistency and commitment. You deserve it. March 6-7: watch the temper!
(May 21- June 20)
“Here comes the sun…”
It’s like a thick emotional and energetic fog settles in over your life March 1-6. Things just aren’t clear and it’s hard to make a decision or feel right about anything. Finally, the clouds part and some Aries sunshine comes out March 7th for the rest of the month. You can see! Clarity and vision are yours, especially regarding money, aesthetics, and love. You also can communicate more clearly. Just don’t speak unless spoken to when that Mercury retrograde happens at the end of the month. March 13-14: new adventure!
(June 21- July 22)
“A pinch of this and a pinch of that…”
Most astrologers would be doom and gloom about this month for you with all of the Aries and Capricorn planets squaring your sun this month. At times it could feel like you are running uphill and you can’t get a break from the everyday challenges that continually are being put in your path. I suggest you lean into the higher energy influences that are on your team right now. Jupiter and Neptune, the planets of expansion and divine inspiration, are both singing you a lullaby right now. Stay in your proverbial kitchen and keep “cooking.” Build things, make things, add creative spice to your life. This drudgery too shall pass. March 16-17: have a St. Patrick’s Day romance.
(July 23- August 22)
“Up came the sun and dried up all the rain”
Yep…you are the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in this scenario. You just feel washed out at the first of March. Keep trying, keep climbing. The sun is coming out for you by March 7th. By March 18th you are full speed ahead and ready for Spring. Change is all around you. Time for a makeover, new workout program, or a new haircut. Transform and take your place on the stage! You are playing a new character…embrace it. March 8-9: you’ll win the argument.
(August 23- September 22)
“Katie bar the door…”
This month comes in with a roar for you with the full moon in Virgo on the 1st. Straight up I’m not gonna lie….stay out of everyone’s way in March. Keep out of trouble and conflict. You’ve got heightened emotions and several people around you trying to stir your pot at every turn. Just avoid the craziness this month, keep your head down and stay focused. Your productivity and authority over your work and projects are the best thing that you have going for you right now. Swim in your own lane and avoid contact sports right now. Let the fire signs be on the field. March 20-21: Spring love.
(September 23- October 22)
“Hot house flower”
Libras are known for being a bit on the sensitive side. They can be picky, moody and let’s face it…dramatic and whiney. Those close to a Libra can get annoyed by this at times but they know that on the inside Libras are tough and steadfast. This month dear Libra friends you actually have a reason to complain. Watch out for colleagues or contacts being a little more aggressive. Also, your workload may seem to be larger than usual. You may feel tired and beaten down. Permission granted to employ one of your greatest talents; self-care. Get rest and pamper yourself. March 23-24: play hooky.
(October 23- November 21)
“Fire and Water”
There will be lots of work. And then there will be more work. You may admonish yourself for being so darn paranoid (typical Scorpio) that people are aiming for you. You’re not paranoid. You are right. Watch your back. The good news is that you have enormous energy and an ocean of water to douse any arson attempts. March 16-17: Make some art.
(November 22- December 21)
“Fire in your belly”
March starts out slow for you with the full moon in Virgo. You may lose something or someone somehow. This is all a part of a healing process. After March 7th it is full steam ahead. Your ambition, drive and competitive spirit are at full throttle. Don’t look back and keep running. You are my favorite to win. March 27-28: Get married in Vegas perhaps?!
(December 22- January 19)
“Call your Sherpa”
It’s a big release for you with the full moon on March 1st. You could start a new health regimen or finally get a proverbial cast off. It’s good that you are eliminating baggage because this month is for climbing. It’s lots of work to get to the top as all good Capricorns know. You will see others (fire signs) run ahead of you at times but remember your mantra: “slow and steady wins the race”. You are better than anyone else at keeping your head down and staying on task, so you’ve got this. March 1-2: You did it!
(January 20-February 18)
“Whistle while you work”
Like everyone else this month, you are feeling the heaviness of the workload brought about by all of these Capricorn transits. Luckily for you, you have a lot of gas in your engine and your wit is as sharp as ever. Humor is your best medicine this month. Don’t take things too seriously. Also, watch the temper. March 23-24: play a prank.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.