Today the Moon in Libra makes a trine to Mercury in Aquarius and a square to Saturn in Capricorn before ingressing into Scorpio. With Mercury now moving direct in Aquarius, this trine to the Moon in Libra may encourage and animate social connections that integrate the lessons of the last several weeks of Mercury retrograde. At a time when so much emphasis is on social distancing, this trine asks us to find meaningful ways of sharing and relating. The square from Saturn in Capricorn describes firm, unavoidable limits as well as the fears that diminish or foreclose our capacities for connection. As the Moon ingresses into Scorpio—the sign of its fall or depression, but with reception from exalted Mars in Capricorn—we may feel plunged into the deep end of our inner emotional worlds, but trust that you have the resources needed to bravely face whatever is hidden beneath your own surfaces. The Moon’s passage through Scorpio can describe heavy days, where the weight of our own emotional lives and the acute awareness of our own vulnerabilities can make trust and connection difficult to maintain. The Moon opposes Uranus in Taurus, which could feel like a blast that shakes our most guarded places. It may be that even beneath the armor of your most well-defended parts, sudden and unexpected shifts are happening, no matter how you try to contain or conceal them. The Moon then makes an opposition to Venus in Taurus, marking a tension or need for balance between our sustainable practices of pleasure and doing the uncomfortable or even challenging work of attending to the difficult feelings that may compromise our experiences of pleasure and well-being.
Today the Sun in Pisces makes a sextile to its ruler Jupiter in Capricorn. This is an encouraging, affirming aspect that could signal growth or expansion in how we perceive and understand our life’s purpose or direction. We make catch waves of inspiration that reassure us that in fact it is possible to live into the life toward which you are moving. The Moon in Libra then moves through squares to Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto in Capricorn. Whereas Libra draw us toward connection and cooperation, Mars in Capricorn can describe competition and the drive to differentiate and distinguish ourselves. Notice where you feel the impulse to compete or to establish the significance of your work in ways that potentially undermine or disrupt the relationships and collaborations you are fostering. As Jupiter hurls its rays back to the Moon, this is a condition of bonification, but may still require adjustment or redirection in order to experience the growth that is possible. Some of the challenges you encounter today may actually provide you the occasion with which to evolve in ways you would not have previously considered or predicted. Finally, the square from Pluto may describe confrontation or conflict with authorities or power struggles. If you find yourself struggling with or against power, remember that you are not in this struggle alone. Allow this Libra Moon to remind you of your allies, comrades, and accomplices, your friends and lovers and kin who are committed to this cause. Reach out and ask for the support that you need in order to sustain the resistance.
Today the Moon in Virgo makes a trine to Saturn in Capricorn. The Moon in Virgo draws our attention to the details of practical matters, the habits and processes we want to put into place to support us in our well-being. Saturn in Capricorn reminds us that there are some achievements and goals that only become possible through sustained discipline, through committing to the ongoing reiteration of practices that build the bodies and worlds that we need. adrienne maree brown teaches us that, “We become what we practice,” and, “How we are at the small scale is how we are at the large scale.” What are the small scale daily practices to which you might commit in order to shape change in ways that scale up across the long-term? The Moon then ingresses into Libra. In Libra, the Moon is ruled by well-resourced Venus in Taurus; however, in Taurus, Venus is in aversion to the Moon in Libra, unable to witness or offer reception. The Libra Moon excites our interests in others, in making meaningful and harmonious connections, and collaborating on shared visions that bring many perspectives together. With the ruler of Libra in aversion to the Moon, it may feel as if we know there are abundant resources available, but we aren’t clear on how to access them. Trust the body. Trust your felt sense of intuition in dialogue with the material world. Pay attention to the feeling of the changing seasons in and around your body, and listen to what these changes are teaching you. The world around us can teach us how to be well with one another if we are listening with all of our senses, as a living body in living relations with countless others.
Today the Moon in Virgo makes a trine to Mars in Capricorn and opposes Neptune in Pisces before coming into opposition to the Sun for the Full Moon. This trine to Mars offers energy and perseverance to the efficient execution of the tasks of the day, and the opposition to Neptune describes the process of dreaming big but also taking small, practical steps to give big dreams tangible form. The Full Moon—ruled by Mercury in Aquarius just hours from stationing direct—marks the culmination or peak of the processes of healing that were initiated at the New Moon in Pisces. As the Moon comes into its full visibility in Virgo, the time has come to implement and change our material practices to support ourselves and one another in living well. This lunation reminds us that healing is not a singular event but a cycle of practice. Anna Halprin writes, “A cure is an event, neither predictable nor always available. The process of healing interests me more, because healing is available to all of us, all the time … I believe healing also involves our attitudes toward our bodies and our illnesses, our willingness to challenge our values and lifestyles and points of view … When we approach healing as an ongoing dialogue with our body and our mortality, surrender to what is beyond our control, and grasp an understanding of the power we have in our own living and dying, I believe our relationship to healing, and death, will change.” What would it mean for you to put healing into practice today? How might you challenge values or lifestyles that limit the ongoing dialogue with your body and ultimately mortality? The Moon then makes a trine to Jupiter in Capricorn, receiving blessings of abundance and reminding us that so much of what we need is actually already available to us. As Mercury stations direct after several weeks retrograde, we begin the process of integrating the lessons and insights received from this period of reflection and review. Finally, the Moon makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn, connecting us to sources of power that may have been buried or repressed but which nevertheless have the capacity to invigorate the ways we are shaping change.
Today the Moon in Leo opposes Mercury in Aquarius before ingressing into Virgo. Mercury is still retrograde until tomorrow, so this opposition may signal a need to reflect on the role you are playing within a larger system, a role that you may not yet fully understand but nevertheless is part of your effect in the world. As the Moon enters Virgo, it is ruled by Mercury; we may be tasked with managing and synthesizing details and practical processes today, but it may also be that we don’t yet have the resources available to move through this to-do list. Patience. The Sun in Pisces makes its annual conjunction to Neptune, initiating a new cycle of dreaming and visioning, the dissolution of the ego and the introduction of modes of perception that challenge our reason and rationale. The Moon in Virgo makes trines to Venus and Uranus in Taurus just before Venus conjoins Uranus, offering inspiration for assessing and implementing radical and revolutionary pleasure in our lives. adrienne maree brown writes in Pleasure Activism, “… pleasure is a measure of freedom … What would happen if we aligned with a pleasure politic, especially as people who are surviving long-term oppressive conditions? …Pleasure activism asserts that we all need and deserve pleasure, and that our social structures must reflect this. In this moment, we must prioritize the pleasure of those most impacted by oppression.” If we take seriously that pleasure is a measure of freedom and prioritize the pleasure of those most impacted by oppression, how must we challenge, disrupt, and reorganize our personal, social, and political lives? Do you believe that you need and deserve pleasure? Do you believe that those who are most marginalized in our culture need and deserve pleasure as well? What would have to change if you truly committed to these beliefs?
After several days of busy skies, today there are no major aspects. The Moon continues to move through Leo, calling us into courage and authenticity, which over means sustaining the steady burn of vulnerability. The Moon looks to the Sun in Pisces as its ruler, but the Sun is currently in aversion to Leo, unable to witness or affirm the Moon from this place. What does it feel like to stand bravely in your own brilliant authenticity and belonging when it may also feel as if you are not seen, supported, or affirmed? Brené Brown writes in Braving the Wilderness, “Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness—an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.” As the Moon moves through Leo without reception from the Sun, notice where you feel the call, the pull, the urge to step out into your own wilderness, where to show up as your full self might mean showing up alone or even venturing beyond the sanction of others. As the Moon increases in its light, how can you show up more fully for yourself, knowing that doing so is not only the mark of true belonging, but also offers light to those you may not even know need to see it?
Today the Moon in Cancer opposes Saturn in Capricorn before ingressing into Leo. This opposition challenges us to consider the ways in which our lives are structured around care as well as the ways in which the structures that organize our lives and livability limit or prohibit experiences of care. What does it mean to care for ourselves and one another—where “one another” specifically centers those who are most marginalized: Black and Brown folks, Indigenous folks, women and femmes, trans and nonbinary, disabled, poor, and aging folks, as well as the more-than-human world on which we rely and to which we belong? What would it look like to structure our individual and collective lives—recognizing that any seemingly individual life is always already a life that is made possible and sustained by a collective—around care? As the Moon moves into Leo, ruled by the Sun in Pisces, we may feel the flames of our own courage and tenacity stoked by experiences of empathy and compassion. If you allow yourself to feel with another or others, what do you feel emboldened to accomplish? The Moon then makes a square to Venus and Uranus in Taurus. Venus is powerful in its domicile of Taurus, and this superior square is a condition of bonification in Hellenistic astrology. Venus in Taurus lavishes us with grounded sensuality and sustained pleasure to nourish the ways we are showing up in the world. Uranus may push us toward rebellious or revolutionary action. Together, I am reminded of Toni Cade Bambara’s insistence, “As a culture worker who belongs to an oppressed people my job is to make revolution irresistible.” Whether you belong to an oppressed or marginalized community or whether you recognize the generalized oppressions that structure our world, how might you show up today and always in ways that make revolution irresistible?
Today the Moon in Cancer makes trines to the Sun and Neptune in Pisces, then opposes Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. The Sun calls us toward our purpose, the places in life where we can shine most brightly, and Neptune invites us to dream, to vision, to connect with fantasy as our teacher. As the nurturing Moon in Cancer moves through these trines, you may reflect on how you might cultivate conditions that support you in connecting to your own purpose as well as dreaming into what expansive forms your purpose might take. Are there forms of care that you can offer yourself or ask for from others that would allow you to show up more fully and shine more brightly, that would allow you to feel deeply into fantasy as your guide? As the Moon opposes Jupiter, we may be challenged with feelings of scarcity, limitation, or the experience of “not enough.” Remember, Jupiter teaches abundance even when resources are limited, pushing us to make the most of that which is available rather than giving our attention and energy to experiences of lack. Finally, the opposition to Pluto may bring confrontation with authority and abuses of power—within our social context, but also within ourselves and our own histories. As Mariame Kaba shared on How to Survive the End of the World, “The real truth of the matter is that when you think about #metoo and you think about sexual violence, these things don’t live outside of us. They really don’t. They are systems that live within us, that manifest outside of us, and if we don’t really take that seriously, I don’t think we’re going to make a dent in this problem, this issue. The fact that sexual violence is so incredibly pervasive should tell us that it’s not a story of individual monsters. And so we gotta think about this in a more complex way if we’re really going to uproot forms of sexual violence.” Whether confronting sexual abuse or other experiences of harm, we must recognize and take seriously that these systems of harm are never only outside of ourselves; they are within us as well.
Today the Moon in Cancer makes a sextile to Uranus in Taurus just as Mercury ingresses back into Aquarius. Uranus may uncover or dislodge feelings that have been held deep in the body, and although Mercury is still retrograde, as it leaves Pisces, our thinking or communication may feel less burdened with the weight of our personal or collective emotional experiences. Mercury then makes a sextile to Venus in the final degrees of Aries, emboldening us to say what needs to be said in our relationships. How can you speak up for your own needs and desires while also reflecting on the big picture of what you have built together? Venus then ingresses into its domicile of Taurus. Venus in Taurus grounds us in experiences of shared pleasure, luxuriating in our sensual experiences of ourselves and those we love. Finally, the Moon in Cancer opposes Mars in Capricorn. Both are in places of dignity—the Moon in its domicile and Mars in the sign of its exaltation. Mars in Capricorn describes the drive to accomplish and succeed, the ambition and the discipline to do the work that’s necessary to achieve what we set out to do. The Moon in Cancer describes our capacities to nurture and be nurtured, to protect and to be protected. In this opposition, we may be challenged to find the dynamic balance between different priorities—the work we want to accomplish in the world and our basic needs for mutual care.
Today the Moon in Gemini makes a square to Neptune in Pisces. With the Moon already ruled by Mercury retrograde in Pisces, this square only furthers the potential for confusion, miscommunication, and misunderstanding, especially the kinds that come from failing to recognize and acknowledge our own projections. How might things go differently if you chose to move with more patience and to interact with these experiences as opportunities to learn more about your own projections than trying to fully understand or to be understood? Venus in Aries receives a square from Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn is in its domicile and in the superior position, and Venus is in its antithesis or detriment in Aries. Today our desires and longings for pleasure and connection may feel burdened or prohibited by responsibilities—those we have accepted as well as those that are being put on us whether we like it or not. The Moon in Gemini makes a sextile to Venus in Aries before ingressing into Cancer. While the sextile may be a helpful aspect, neither Venus nor the Moon have much to offer here. Perhaps the Moon in Gemini can provide some helpful analysis to comprehend the ways in which we are feeling restricted or inhibited. When the Moon finally moves into its domicile of Cancer, there is relief and release to wade back into the soothing waters of that which nourishes. After the challenging aspects of the day, how can you reconnect to the sensitivity needed to feel what you are feeling more fully as well as to offer presence and support to what others are feeling as well?
The skies are relatively quiet today. The Moon in Gemini makes a square to the Sun in Pisces, entering the waxing quarter phase. This can be a critical turning point in the lunation cycle at which we begin to act on what was planted at the New Moon in Pisces on February 23—which likely initiated a process of healing that retains the trace of the harm we have experiences and reveals how such harms have shaped our lives. As we enter the waxing quarter phase, we may be faced with a choice: do you actually want to heal? Are you ready to address the ways that harm has shaped you? With Mercury—the ruler of the Moon in Gemini—still retrograde in Pisces, the sign of its detriment and fall, we may not yet be capable of putting words to our experiences. It may be that this turning point is actually turning back into memory, doing the vital work of remembering and recovering experiences that have either been forgotten or repressed. When Mercury stations direct on March 9—the same day as the Full Moon in Virgo, Mercury’s second domicile—we may be able to express what we need in order to move toward healing.
Today the Moon in Taurus makes trines to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn before ingressing into Gemini. The trine to Pluto affirms the intrinsic power and potential for transformation that are part of what it means to be a body, and Saturn reminds us that accessing our available power can be a matter of discipline and practice. Alkistis Dimech writes, “The body is the abiding, animate ground of our existence, our capacity to become and to transform. It is our oldest magical tool. Therefore, the phenomenology of transformation must be related to a replicable physical process, embodied techniques that harness our sensory and kinetic potential to become other.” If we take seriously that the body itself is the ground for our capacity to transform, our oldest magical tool, to what practices and disciplines are you devoting yourself in order to harness this power? Whether dance or ritual or somatic technologies, martial or erotic arts, how are you committing to connecting to your own embodied sovereignty? As the Moon ingresses into Gemini, our curiosities awaken. We may feel motivated toward learning and sharing ideas, making connections with others that allow new ideas to form. The Moon then makes a square to Mercury moving retrograde in Pisces. Mercury rules the Moon and offers reception, but does so from not only retrograde motion, but also the sign of its detriment and fall. In other words, the square from Mercury is more likely to awaken our questions and misunderstandings, bring attention to our confusion or the limits of what has been revealed. It may be that the ineffability of feelings are more available than the clear articulation of thought this evening.
Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.