Today the Moon in Pisces makes a sextile to Jupiter retrograde in Capricorn, a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, and a sextile with Pluto retrograde in Capricorn. This feels like a day for seeking support that comes from the beliefs that sustain us, the faith and hope that give us reasons for continuing in the midst of difficulty or struggle. Whether or not you practice any particular religious or spiritual tradition, what are the beliefs that connect you to something bigger than our immediate circumstances? Octavia Butler writes in Parable of the Sower, “Belief initiates and guides action—Or it does nothing.” And adrienne maree brown asks in Emergent Strategy, “What are the practices you need to line your life up with your values and beliefs?” Begin to articulate what you believe and the kinds of actions such beliefs initiate and guide, then ask yourself what practices you need to develop in order to move in alignment with those beliefs. Feeling into experiences of faith and hope may require us to shift out of ordinary reality, to drop into ways of sensing and perceiving the world that move with intuition and inspiration rather than what we are given as concrete reality. As we do so, we may find that we have access to the power to create meaningful change in ways that are unavailable to us when we rely only on our rational or reasonable faculties. What if we could not only imagine but sense and feel our ways into other possible worlds—and what if we could do so together?
Today the Moon in Pisces makes a sextile to Uranus in Taurus. Pisces often describes an immense capacity for feeling, for empathy and compassion, and the Moon can describe our instinctual needs for care and caretaking. Sextile Uranus, we may be given unanticipated opportunities to exercise compassion or we may find ourselves unexpectedly being held in loving acceptance. Pema Chödrön writes, “To relate with others compassionately is a challenge. Really communicating to the heart and being there for someone else—our child, spouse, parent, client, patient, or the homeless woman on the street—means not shutting down on that person, which means, first of all, not shutting down on ourselves. This means allowing ourselves to feel what we feel and not pushing it away. It means accepting every aspect of ourselves, even the parts we don’t like.” She also writes, “How are we ever going to change anything? How is there going to be less aggression in the universe rather than more? … Well, it starts with being willing to feel what we are going through. It starts with being willing to have a compassionate relationship with the parts of ourselves that we feel are not worthy of existing on the planet.” Uranus often brings the unexpected, and Uranus is also in a long transit, generating gradual but radical change in the area of our charts occupied by Taurus. Today we may be given the opportunity to not only cultivate compassion for ourselves as we move through this larger cycle of change, but also to practice compassion for others that is rooted in the radical self-acceptance we are practicing with ourselves.
Today the Moon in Aquarius makes a sextile to Mars in Aries, offering a boost of initiative and assertiveness to whatever you are working to accomplish today. Then Mars perfects a square with Jupiter retrograde in Capricorn. The square can be a hard aspect; in Hellenistic astrology, it is a condition of both bonification and maltreatment. Jupiter is offering its limited resources for support to Mars, whereas Mars—strong and dignified in its domicile—is hurling rays back to Jupiter, potentially instigating conflict or trouble. Depending on our particular charts, the places ruled by Mars may experience affirmation and modest expansion, and the places ruled by Jupiter—possibly already experiencing scarcity or some form of exclusion—may experience further impediments in the areas for which it is responsible. Then the Moon in Aquarius makes a trine to Venus in Gemini, a lovely aspect for building meaningful connections through conversation, dialogue, and sharing the ideas that matter most. Mercury ingresses into Leo, leaving Cancer where it has been since the end of May. Whereas Mercury in Cancer has been teaching us about emotional intelligence and communicating with care, in Leo, the emphasis turns to self-expression, committing to unwavering authenticity in how we put our ideas out into the world and persisting in our own authority regarding what we know and how we understand. Finally, the Moon ingresses into Pisces, reminding us that our own uniqueness need not separate us from others but actually has the capacity to bring us into deeper resonance.
Today is the Full Moon in Aquarius, with both the Moon and Sun in a T-square with Uranus in Taurus. The Full Moon is the climax of the lunation cycle, when the luminaries face one another in their full light, and the square with Uranus suggests that whatever we are now witnessing or revealing has the capacity to shake us, to radically reorient how we embody what we understand, the break open any pretense or façade that conceals the reality of who we are. With the Sun in Leo, this could be a call to wholehearted courage, which may require breaking down deeply entrenched patterns that resist change. Brené Brown writes in Daring Greatly, “Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” Imagine the revolution if we were each living from such wholehearted conviction. Later in the day, Mercury in Cancer makes an opposition to Saturn retrograde in Capricorn. Wholehearted living does not mean we are without fear; it means we are capable of confronting and naming our fear, without allowing fear to shape who we are, what we say, and how we show up in the world. If you encounter fear today, acknowledge it, allow yourself to feel it, name it, then decide how you want to respond to the situation if fear is not given authority.
Today the Sun in Leo perfects a square with Uranus in Taurus. The Sun in Leo calls for us to shine more fully in our own authentic brilliance, and Uranus demands refusal of established orders that limit freedom. What would it feel like if you had nothing to hide? What kind of revolution would be possible if we each committed to more fully embodying the gifts and purposes that are particular to each of us rather than attempting to persist through conformity or sameness. As adrienne maree brown writes in Emergent Strategy, “Together we must move like waves. Have you observed the ocean? The waves are not the same over and over—each one is unique and responsive. The goal is not to repeat each other’s motion, but to respond in whatever way feels right in your body. The waves we create are both continuous and a one-time occurrence.” When you listen to what feels right in your body, how are you inspired to show up? Also today, the Moon makes a conjunction to Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, opposes Mercury in Cancer, makes a conjunction to Saturn retrograde in Capricorn, then ingresses into Aquarius. We are feeling our ways through our own complicity with systems of harm and control, the demands for our silent compliance, and accepting responsibility for the ways we have acquiesced to accepting so little of ourselves and one another. But we are also feeling our ways into the realms of new possibility, the promise that other worlds are possible and new ways of thinking are emerging. If we are moving toward a new era, what do you want it to be and who will you be in this forthcoming world?
Today the Moon in Capricorn makes a trine to Uranus in Taurus, a square to Mars in Aries, a conjunction to Jupiter retrograde in Capricorn, and a sextile to Neptune retrograde in Pisces. Uranus’ transit through Taurus describes an eight-year process of breaking up the ground in whatever part of our chart is occupied by Taurus, overturning what had been stable and reliable in order to make room for more authentic growth. The trine with the Moon today may offer a sense of how this larger cycle of change impacts our daily lives. But change often comes with conflict, and we may find ourselves at cross purposes with others who have insistent ideas about what we should be doing. If you encounter resistance or even adversaries on the outside, ground deeply into the affirmation of your own growth that comes from within. Reconnect to the dreams and visions of what you believe to be possible even if you are being told such futures are not possible. Also today, Mercury in Cancer opposes Pluto retrograde in Capricorn. This is a confrontational aspect which may demand that we name misuses and abuses of authority that have gone unacknowledged and unnamed in order to move toward healing. But what form must that acknowledgement and naming take? As Tarana Burke has said in relation to survivors of sexual harassment and assault, “We are in a time where the more you share about yourself, the more people like you; the more likes you get, the more attention you get on social media. So things are framed so that they have to be public and they have to be popular in order to be valid. What we’re trying to do is counter that narrative and say, ‘You don’t have to tell your story publicly. You don’t have to tell anybody what happened to you.’ You have to get it out—but it doesn’t have to be at a poetry reading. It doesn’t have to be on social media at all. It could be a trusted friend. It could be your journal.” What is the form of getting the truth out that moves toward healing?