GRAND FIRE TRINE:
Tomorrow, April 14, we’re moving into a stunning grand fire trine: the Sun in Aries, the Moon in Leo, and Jupiter in Sagittarius will all be at 24 degree, each 120 from one another, creating an equilateral triangle in the heavens. The trine is the most auspicious and supportive aspect in ancient astrology. Planets that are trine to one another share polarity—active or receptive—and triplicity or element, meaning that their qualities are deeply sympathetic to one another. The grand fire trine tomorrow will bring in a sweeping wave of activation, stoking our fires to generate movement and momentum. Fire signs drive us toward uninhibited freedom, blazing beyond restraints and pushing into new visibility and glory. Figuratively, what might you set on fire in order to burn down whatever is limiting you from moving forward or becoming your most authentic self?
The Sun is exalted in Aries, the sign associated with taking initiative and charging ahead. The Moon in Leo is moving into its gibbous phase, waxing toward full, and perfecting whatever it’s bringing into visibility. Leo is a sign associated with confidence and courage, standing out from the crowd, and being willing to shine in all your brilliance. Jupiter is dignified in Sagittarius, its domicile, where it feels at home and connected to its abundant resources. Although Jupiter just stationed retrograde, it is still inviting expansion and growth into the Sagittarius parts of our charts. Sagittarius is always moving beyond the horizons, expanding our experiences and understanding of the world, pushing us toward adventure and our willingness to take a leap of faith.
That being said, tomorrow will be a great time to:
-make progress on whatever projects you’re working on
-take some time for adventure, for branching out and doing something new and exciting
-let go of some of your inhibitions and allow yourself to be seen and celebrated for all the brilliance of who you really are
-take some risks that you really feel stirring inside you, allowing yourself to be vulnerable in the courage it takes to step into the unknown
Of course, we don’t move through this world alone. One of the deep lessons of astrology is that we are constituted in and through countless relations. So, as we feel the charge toward freedom in our own lives, we might remember what Angela Davis teaches us: freedom is a constant struggle. How might we channel this energy toward the struggle for justice? What are the actions we can take to not only pursue our own freedom but also to work toward collective liberation? It’s a powerful day for activism—whatever that looks like for you.
-Initiate challenging conversations.
-Speak out against systemic racism, misogyny, and the hatred of trans and queer folks.
-Donate to organizations fighting for social justice.
-Connect with groups who are already organizing for more livable futures.
-Create art that gives us ways of experiencing justice in a world to come.
If these kinds of insights feel useful or inspiring to you and you would like support in doing this kind of work with yourself, I have consultations available for both April and May. Please visit my Bookings page to schedule a session.
VENUS CONJUNCT NEPTUNE:
The planets are always in motion. As Chani Nicholas says, astrology never stops. The wisdom and insight of making meaning with the skies comes from the ways that all these overlapping and intersecting cycles move together in relation to one another—at different speeds and different scales.
There is always a lot happening in the sky, just like on earth. As above, so below.
The aspect—or relationship between planets—that is holding my attention this week is the conjunction between Venus and Neptune in Pisces, which will happen in the early hours of Wednesday, April 10—tonight, moving into tomorrow. Venus is the planet associated with love, beauty, union, desire, and pleasure. Venus brings together, the sweetness and gravity that attracts and gathers and merges. Venus is a benefic planet, affirming and connecting us to our full-bodied sense of YES. Venus is exalted in Pisces, a mutable water sign associated with empathy, compassion, depth of feeling, and adapting to shifting tides. Venus has power and recognition here, finding what flows together to nurture the greater good.
Neptune, an outer planet, is more mysterious. Neptune is associated with dissolution, the erosion of boundaries between self and other, the individual and the collective. Neptune is the planet of fantasy, imagination, illusion, spiritual ecstasy, and sometimes intoxication. With Neptune’s influence, it can be difficult to find clarity or precision, but easier to feel our way into other states of consciousness or expansive visions of reality.
This conjunction is ruled by Jupiter in Sagittarius. Jupiter is the planet of abundance, expansion, growth, and cohesion. Like Venus, Jupiter is also a benefic, and in Sagittarius, Jupiter is in its domicile, like being at home with access to all of its resources and capacities to affirm and say YES.
As we move through tonight and into tomorrow morning, this is an excellent time to connect to your own fantasies and desires, softening any rigid ideas about yourself or how the world must be, and allowing yourself to be carried on the waves of what might be possible if you were to dream into your own imagination and pleasure.
It could be a nice time for a candlelit bath or meditating with a soothing cup of tea.
It’s a perfect week to create some unstructured time in which to connect to your own sense of pleasure, to allow yourself to be with your own body and follow what feels good.
If you have any sort of creative practice, this is a lovely time to connect to things that inspire you, indulging in your own imagination of what your art could become.
If you have vivid dreams—and don’t be surprised if you do—this could be a good week to write them down and consider the deep wisdom of your unconscious self.
A simple ritual for this astrology would be to set aside time tonight or tomorrow, clear a space where you feel safe and comfortable, connect to whatever it is that reminds you that you are not separate or isolated—whether that includes ancestors, goddesses, deities, the land on which you live, the air that your breathe, etc.—and journal with these questions:
-What are the experiences that connect me with pleasure and joy, and how might I cultivate more space in my life to affirm those experiences?
-What is it I desire? When I drop into the rivers of my own longing, where are they leading me? What is at their source?
-How can I create more beauty in my life and the world around me? Who are the others with whom I might connect and collaborate to create this beauty?
Remember, Neptune isn’t primarily about the rational mind. Allow yourself to drift, free-associate, sink into mystery, or sail into perspectives that you mind not reach if you try to “think” your way there.
Sending you all the love and care as we swim through this beautiful conjunction.
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How do you commune with our queer ancestors?
"These dead are hungry. Fuck, dance, run, kiss, steal, eat decadently, sing, destroy, create. The energy of life, ecstatic life, draws them close, nourishes.
Let your kissing, dancing, fucking, creating, destroying move you into trance.
Give them space and adorn it lavishly. Speak to them there, where they are comfortable and at home.
The dead, and especially the queer dead, are unorganized, chaotic. Don't expect organization. Instead find nodes, affines, contact among them. They'll coordinate amongst themselves.
Learn their names, all their names, the secret ones too. All the better to call them by.
Research obsessively, research frantically, research ecstatically.
Study their codes, commit yourself to the argot, the signs, open yourself up to veiled messages.
Pay attention to subtle omens—on the radio, in thrift stores, bookstores, passing conversations—they work through synchronicity.
There is no such thing as a coincidence.
Pay especial attention to outcasts, ranters, mad-ones, drunks.
Experiment with divinatory modes: practice bibliomancy, pay attention to birds, scry in wine, quiet your mind.
Alter your state of consciousness with drugs, with fasting, with dance, with chant.
Hold vigils, visit memorials, pour libations, light candles..."
These are just some of the many suggestions and directions in First Protocols of Queer Goetia, a small zine I found at The Scarlet Sage in San Francisco. It has no attributed author; rather, it reads as if it has been authored by our honored queer dead. You can order your own copy of First Protocols of Queer Goetia from Contagion Press.
I hope today and every day you find ways to honor the ancestors who came before us, who lived in ways that made it possible for us to live our lives in freedom and struggle.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve had several students and friends ask me about my practices for cultivating well-being and healing.
One of my favorite rituals right now is making and drinking my morning coffee. As I make my pour-over, it’s like making a potion or casting a spell, bringing together water and earth, the heat of fire, and the rich aromas carried on the air. Lately I’ve been drinking Café du Monde coffee with chicory because it’s what my grandmother drank and it reminds me of my roots growing up in Louisiana. I’ve also been adding ground cardamom and ground cinnamon, which is more of a Middle Eastern and North African tradition, a region that gave birth to so much of the life and culture on our planet—including traditions like astrology that are integral to my worldview.
As I stir, I express gratitude for the people who do the work to bring water into my home, who farm and carry and roast and grind my coffee, for the artist who crafted my mug, and for my senses that give me access to this experience. My mug becomes a cauldron for the elements I hold as sacred, for memory, for gratitude and lineage.
When I take a sip, I experience it as a joyful reunion with my Self: the water of the coffee joining with the water of my body, the earth of the coffee and spices joining with the minerals of my body, the heat from the coffee joining with the keep generated by my own cells, and the aromas wafting off the surface of the coffee carried on my breath. It is a moment at the start of my day to recognize that I am not separate; I am not alone. I belong to a vast system of life in constant connection with itself, and those connections are sacred. Starting each day with gratitude, connection, and belonging—all with a cup of coffee—are such simple and important steps toward living into my own healing and well-being.
What are your practices for well-being and healing?
If you are looking for support in connecting to your own purpose, your own practice of healing, or making sense of your life and direction, I have consultations available on April 27 and May 25. You can visit my Bookings page to schedule a session.
I have been a witch almost as long as I’ve been a dancer. Art and magic, choreography and ritual, came into my life at the same time—the same years that I came to acknowledge and accept myself as a queer person.
As I have moved through and between these practices for nearly 20 years, I have come to recognize their deep inextricability in my life. Dion Fortune famously described magic as “the art of changing consciousness at will”—a definition popularized by Starhawk.
What we know as dancers—and yogis and body workers and healers, not to mention athletes, neurologists, biologists, philosophers, and so on—is that consciousness is embodied. To change consciousness at will is a physical practice; making magic is always doing so with and as a body, or as iele paloumpis teaches, witchcraft is a corporeal practice.
We also know that our bodies are part of—not separate from—the Earth. Every part of ourselves is constituted of this place, thus to recognize the Earth as sacred is also to recognize the body as sacred. Or, as Joy Harjo writes:
“Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.”
Over the last several years, I have been teaching classes and workshops on the ways in which we embody the elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. These are not symbols and they are not separate from us. These elements compose us, connect us to worlds within and beyond us. Doing this work in my dance practice has informed my magic-making and how I facilitate rituals. It has affected how I understand the elements in astrology and tarot. Invoking the elements, working with their energy and qualities, is to invoke and work with that which is inseparable from our humanity—yet remains irreducible to the human.
On March 1, I premiered a performance-ritual entitled “Elemental Rites at the End of the World” at the Wexner Center for the Arts. This piece is one way in which this body magic is fusing my art and my witchcraft. It is an effort to grapple with the sacred, with the more-than-human, in the context of devastating troubles. How do we call on the deep and abiding resources of our sacred connections to this planet while we as a species also hurdle ourselves through relentless violence and the threat of our own extinction?
You can view a video of this performance-ritual here: https://vimeo.com/325694048
Choreography, performance, and original text by Michael J. Morris
Videography by Abby Koskinas
Today is the Vernal Equinox, Ostara, the first day of spring. It is a time for celebrating new life, the crocuses sprouting up through the muddy earth of late winter, the return of birdsong, the buds of new leaves and flowers just beginning to sprout at the tips of branches. It is the midway point between the solstices, when the hours of daylight and nighttime are equal, the balanced place as we journey into longer days and the abundance of light. As the Sun moves into Aries—the sign of its exaltation—there’s a burst of energy, the spark of an ignition, the rush of sprinting into something new. Aries is a cardinal fire sign, and in many schemas, it is considered the first sign of the zodiac. It craves freedom and self-sufficiency, charging ahead into new situations and projects, blazing its own path, without necessarily concerning itself with the follow-through or outcome. With springtime beginning to blossom all around us, it certainly feels like the time for new beginnings, new experiences, new ventures, new loves, and new perspectives. But remember that Mercury is still retrograde until March 28, asking for patience, careful review, reflection, and in some cases delay. The equinox is a time of balance, and part of what we’re balancing right now is looking forward and looking back, processing what we’ve said and done as we dream that which is yet to come. With Mars—the ruler of Aries—in Taurus, our drive for erupting into the new may feel tempered by the grounding energy of slowing down, paying attention to body and earth, and finding our footing on solid ground.
Today is also the Full Moon in Libra, the sign of the scales, ruled by Venus. The Moon is gathering up the light of the Sun as it carries us into this new season, and sending it back to us in all its glory. The day and night might be equal, but the light will be constant. This lunar cycle is coming to its climax, reminding us that although some things are just beginning, other cycles are coming to their fullness or completion. We live within and between all of these processes, all of these cycles, and this full moon invites us to consider how we might use all this initiatory energy of the start of spring to also bring process that have already been unfolding into the light. Libra is a cardinal air sign that holds many perspectives and points of view in harmony. It is associated with beauty and grace and justice, and it understands that the more perspectives we can see and the more stories we can hear, the more beautiful our world might become. Justice will never emerge from a single point of view; the full flowering of justice requires us to reach out and listen to others who are not like us, and to find how multiple experiences and truths co-exist.
Blessings on this first day of spring and this full moon.
This is a big week in astrology:
On Tuesday, March 5, Mercury stations retrograde at the final degree of Pisces.
Then on Wednesday, March 6, Uranus ingresses into Taurus, where it will spend the next 7 years.
That same day, we have a new moon in Pisces in an almost perfect conjunction to Neptune in Pisces.
Mercury retrogrades happen multiple times a year. People talk about them a lot with anxiety or trepidation, or blame these periods for everything that’s going wrong. But Mercury moving retrograde is not a cause for panic; it’s a time for review, reflection, revisiting and revising the things we say, the messages we send, the stories we tell ourselves and one another. It’s a time for taking care, for remembering what Brené Brown has written: “Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.” This feels even more true and necessary as Mercury retraces its pathway through Pisces, the mutable water sign that turns us toward receptivity, empathy, and compassion. Pisces feels so deeply and is willing to allow what we feel to transform us, to set us in a new direction. With Neptune co-present with Mercury in Pisces, clarity might feel especially elusive, and boundaries may seem to dissolve when faced with the immensity of the world’s feelings or the process of reviewing our own narratives. Our task through this Mercury retrograde will be to remember—as Brené Brown has also written—“Compassionate people are boundaried people … If we’re going to practice acceptance and compassion, we need boundaries and accountability.” Mercury will station direct on March 28, so over the next few weeks, how can you take this opportunity to slow down, reflect on your own boundaries—what is and is not okay—and communicate those boundaries with clarity in order to practice deep, transformative compassion with those around you?
Uranus is the planet of disruption, upheaval, revolution, and radical invention. It spends 7-8 years in each sign of the zodiac. As it moves into Taurus on Wednesday—where it spent a few months in the middle of 2018, and where it will remain until 2026—seismic transformation will begin to rumble through whatever part of our charts Taurus occupies. Taurus is a fixed earth sign. It is steady and grounded, rooted in resources for sustainability and pleasure. Taurus knows that the sensuous awareness of body is one of our greatest teachers. It is reliable, sometimes even to the point of stubborn resistance to change. Uranus demands revolution. Some of our most steady and reliable support systems may be asked to change at both personal and collective scales. What would be a revolutionary approach to the wisdom of your own body? How might you invite disruption and invention into the ways that you resource your life and the lives around you? As Uranus moves through the Taurus part of your life, transformation will no longer feel optional. As we look around our world, it is obvious that revolutionary transformation is needed. How will you work with this need for change, rather than trying to resist or struggle against it?
All of this gets channeled into the start of this new lunar cycle, as the Moon and Sun meet up with Neptune in Pisces. The new moon of each lunar cycle is like the seed of the month ahead, a cycle that will climax and reach full visibility at the full moon. The full moon will be on Wednesday, March 20, with the Moon at the first degree of Libra and the Sun at the first degree of Aries—also known at the Vernal Equinox. This new moon in Pisces conjunct Neptune may feel nebulous, mysterious, and diffuse—especially with Mercury retrograde in the same sign. At this point in the cycle, it may not be clear where we are headed. This is a time for allowing yourself to drift in dream states, listen to the subtle vibrations of inspiration, the ebbs and flows that draw your attention in different directions. There is not a lot of focus at this new moon, but we know that this cycle is moving toward the balance of the equinox, the changing of the seasons at the Sun ingresses into the cardinal fire sign Aries and the Moon catches its light in cardinal air sign Libra. Alongside the much longer cycle of transformation initiated by Uranus in Taurus, over the next several weeks, we might be asked: what needs to change in order to move toward clarity and balance? What are we dreaming and imagining in watery Pisces this week that will launch us into a new season with the assertiveness of fire and air in the weeks ahead?
If you would like to talk through the astrology of your own chart and the wisdom the sky holds for you in the days ahead, I have consultations available in March, April, and May. Please visit the bookings page to schedule a consultation, and the offerings page to learn more about my approach.
There are several important things happening astrologically this week, but what I am reflecting on most happens Saturday, February 2, as Venus in Sagittarius perfects a trine to Uranus in Aries.
Venus is the planet of love, connection, union, beauty, aesthetic and social harmony, and the general significator for relationships. Uranus is the planet of disruption, upheaval, revolution, and sometimes sudden, life-altering change. A trine is a geometric relationship of 120 degrees between planets in signs of the same element and polarity. Both Venus and Uranus are in fire signs—Sagittarius and Aries respectively—which crave movement, action, and freedom. Venus is finishing up its time in Sagittarius, where it has been for most of January. On Sunday, February 3, Venus will move into Capricorn, and we will be asked to take responsibility for our relationships, mature in our approaches to love, and recognize the value of hard work and building connections that can last. But just before Venus arrives in Capricorn, Venus takes all the expansive, generous, adventurous fire of Sagittarius into a deeply supportive aspect with Uranus.
I see this aspect is a provocation toward revolutionary love.
We’re being invited to set fire to the limited and limiting ways in which we try to contain, restrict, or prohibit our experiences love—for ourselves and for others.
It’s a supportive push to challenge the habitual patterns or worn-out systems and norms that tell us how to love and create meaningful connections in our lives. It is a burst of creative innovation, for imagining and generating the loving relationships that we need, even if it means moving beyond our own comfort zones in order to do so.
What is the love that you need that feels beyond what you can imagine? What are the systems or structures that are limiting the love you can imagine or how you might act on it?
This could be an explosive moment, a combustion that sets you along a new path or that brings into sudden focus changes that began last March when Venus was conjunct Uranus in Aries. Maybe seeds of change were planted then that are only now bursting into full view.
Venus trine Uranus might also ask: how do you allow beauty to shake you, to change you, to transform you?
How might your relationship to aesthetic experiences—art, dance, music, poetry, ritual, the beauty of the more-than-human world—inspire new forms of social relations, where aesthetics become ethics?
How can you allow that which you value most to disrupt your personal—or the collective—status quo, in ways that might be disorienting but supports a greater good?
We’re also approaching the New Moon in Aquarius on February 4, coming to the end of a cycle and setting the stage for new beginnings.
As always, what these transits can mean will be different for each of us, depending on the particular placements of the planets at our moment of birth. But these are some general themes coming up this weekend. If you know which houses Taurus and Libra—the signs ruled by Venus—occupy in your natal chart, you may direct some of these questions toward those specific areas of life. You might also take a look at where Aries and Sagittarius are in your chart, and pay attention to what is happening in those areas of life.
Friday, December 21, is the Winter Solstice: the Sun enters Capricorn, marking the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere. Capricorn is steady, patient, devoted, and hard working. This is the energy it takes to carry us through the winter months to come.
The winter solstice is the longest night of the year, and it is also the start of days growing longer. So, while there are several cold, potentially challenging months ahead, at the solstice we also celebrate the darkness and also the return of light. This year, the solstice is the night before the Full Moon, so the skies will be giving us an abundance of light to see us through this longest night.
On the day of the solstice, Venus in Scorpio forms an exact trine to Neptune in Pisces. A trine is a relationship of 120 degrees, and forms between planets in signs that share the same element and polarity. It is the most supportive, auspicious aspect in astrology. Scorpio and Pisces are both water signs and their polarities are yin. In traditional astrology, the polarities were described as “feminine” or “masculine,” and coming from a queer perspective, I’m reluctant to impose a gender binary onto the signs of the zodiac. But as a feminist, I also want to celebrate the abundance of femme power in this Venus/Neptune trine. Venus in Scorpio can present a challenge: the planet of love and connection dives deep into the dark, hidden waters of Scorpio, demanding that we uncover and confront our shadows, our secrets, even our shame. Venus in Scorpio knows that we can only truly love and be loved when we risk exposure, step into the courage of vulnerability, and allow ourselves to be seen and known in all our hidden parts. Neptune in Pisces brings an ocean of compassion and empathy into these intense demands for uncovering. Neptune in Pisces reminds us that love is often a mystery, if for no other reason than we are each mysteries to ourselves and one another. We spend so much time living into fantasies and projections, gazing into the eyes of another as if they are a mirror for ourselves. Venus in Scorpio challenges us to check our projections and dive beneath surface illusions, even as Neptune in Pisces reminds us that there is no outside to our fantasies and there is no final resolution to mystery; rather, what can we learn as we get intimate with mystery and cultivate curiosity and compassion for our fantasies and projections?
Just a few minutes after Venus and Neptune form their trine, Mercury and Jupiter make an exact conjunction in Sagittarius. Conjunction means planets are at the same degree of the same sign. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, where it is said to be in its domicile. In its domicile, a planet is at home, in familiar territory, with easy access to all of its resources. Jupiter connects us to abundance, expansion, and growth, invites us to experience faith in something bigger than ourselves. In Sagittarius, we’re invited to expand our horizons, widen the frame, move beyond the known into the unexplored.
Mercury—the planet of communication, sharing ideas, and moving between the worlds—sometimes struggles in Sagittarius. In traditional astrology, it is said to be in its detriment here. The expansive big picture, big ideas, big, fiery feelings of Sagittarius can feel difficult to manage, challenging to communicate or put into words. But as Mercury applies this perfect conjunction to Jupiter, it gets immense support from the great benefic, the ruler of the sign. Perhaps we are experiencing so much more than we know how to express, but Jupiter’s presence here reminds me of something Maggie Nelson writes in The Argonauts: “I had spent a lifetime devoted to Wittgenstein’s idea that the inexpressible is contained—inexpressibly!—in the expressed … it doesn’t feed or exalt any angst one may feel about the incapacity to express, in words, that which eludes them. It doesn’t punish what can be said for what, by definition, it cannot be … Words are enough.” Jupiter conjunct Mercury in Sagittarius is a celebration of the vast abundance of meaning, the expansive sufficiency, of our seemingly finite communications.
The very next day, December 22, we have a beautiful Full Moon in Cancer. Cancer is the domicile of the Moon, its homeland, the primal waters of birth and beginnings. Following closely the Venus/Neptune trine the day before, the Moon shines full just as it moves into the third water sign. Cancer signifies our most basic, instinctual needs, our experiences of care and caretaking. Right here at the start of winter, this Full Moon reminds us to drop back into sensing and feeling, listening closely to what we need most while we also listen and respond to the needs of others. Cancer also speaks to our origins, where we come from, the body of the mother but also our tribes. As you listen more closely to what you need in the most basic, instinctual parts of yourself, you might also reflect on where is it that you experience belonging? Who is your tribe? Who are the people who are invested in caring for your needs just as much as you are invested in caring for theirs? Getting through the long winter requires gathering close to our support systems and developing deeply sensitive practices of mutual care. Over the course of the following day, the Moon will apply a trine to both Neptune and Venus, bringing our attention back to those themes of love, vulnerability, exposure, and mystery once again.
For the Solstice, I’ll be co-facilitating a ritual with the Temple of Ara. The ritual is hosted on Zoom, so people anywhere can participate. The ritual is Friday, December 21, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)—free and open to the public.
More info here:https://spellrebellwinter2018.eventbrite.com
Today is some big astrological magic:
Venus, which has been moving retrograde since October 5, will station direct at 25 degrees Libra. This is significant in several ways: first, after over a month of retracing its own path, Venus will finally begin its forward motion. This is an opportunity to begin to integrate and active the lessons we’ve been learning about love, relationships, connection, what we attract to ourselves, and how we serve the things and people we value most. Venus is also in its domicile in Libra, meaning that it is stationing direct in a sign that it rules. Venus is at home in Libra; in this sign, it has access to its resources and power. Libra is an air sign associated with harmony, cooperation, collaboration, and holding different perspectives and points of view in balance. Venus—the planet of love and relationships—thrives in Libra, asking us to begin to consider: what new perspectives have you encountered over the last seven weeks? How might you begin to reconcile points of view that seem to be divergent or even in contradiction to one another? How might your understanding of love or what it means to be in right-relationship with others be transforming as you’ve encountered hidden motivations or needs and desires that were not previously in view? These are questions we can ask on a personal and interpersonal scale, but we can also ask these questions in relation to our social relations and our connections to community. Whose voices and perspectives have not yet been included? How do we center love and care in our movements? These are questions that we can begin to ask, knowing that the process of integrating the learning from the retrograde will take time, especially as Venus again moves through the degrees of Libra then Scorpio that were covered during this period.
It’s also significant that Venus is stationing direct in its domicile on a Friday: in branches of traditional western astrology, Jyotish (Vedic) astrology, and ceremonial magic traditions, each day of the week is ruled by a different celestial body, and Friday is ruled by Venus. This could be a powerful time to do a ritual or magic around love, especially as the Moon is waxing. This could be as simple as setting aside time and space to sit with these kinds of questions about love, journaling through your own reflections and realizations. You might also consider how you might show extra care for the loved ones in your life as a ritual practice of devotion, finding ways to actively contribute to the wellbeing and flourishing of their lives. This could also be a good time to conjure more love in your life—and no, I don’t mean casting a spell to make someone love you. Rather, ask yourself: what does it feel like to be fully loved in stable, supportive connections, and then stay with that felt sensation within your body, recognizing that you already hold the capacity to experience the love that you need.
Tonight Mercury also stations retrograde in Sagittarius while square Neptune Rx in Pisces. Mercury will move from 13 degrees Sagittarius to 27 degrees Scorpio, and will station direct on December 6. Mercury is in its detriment in Sagittarius, meaning that it is not a sign in which Mercury feels at home. Mercury—the planet of communication, sharing ideas, sending and receiving messages, and travel—struggles in a sign that encourages big, expansive ideas, making details difficult to hold onto when Sagittarius is always pushing beyond the horizon. Square Neptune which is retrograde in Pisces, clarity and precision become even more diffuse, and the blurring of boundaries can make communication more challenging. Mercury retrograde invites a lot of reflection, review, and patience in how we communicate. It’s a time to think carefully before we speak, re-read the emails and text messages and manuscripts before we press send, and practice deep and open listening. This could be a period where we aren’t feeling heard, or perhaps we’re feeling misunderstood. Perhaps we’re struggling to communicate ideas that feel really important to us. As Mercury stations retrograde on the same day that Venus stations direct, the process of integrating Venus’ lessons around love and connection could involve careful and loving practices of listening. If you aren’t feeling heard, who might you not be hearing? If you’re feeling misunderstood, can you put patient energy into trying to understand others more? This retrograde only lasts for a few weeks, but it’s a time to examine our patterns of communication, to listen deeply to what other people are saying, and to tune in to our own needs around expression and being heard.
As always, how each of us experience or understand these planetary movements will vary according to the particular details of our own charts, but with the big shifts in how Venus and Mercury are moving, the next few weeks are putting a lot of emphasis on connection, communication, integration, and care.