Around 1am eastern, the Moon ingresses into Aries where it will reach the peak of its lunation cycle tomorrow. The Moon in Aries can be fiery and impulsive, and we may feel the eruption of needing to take action. These qualities are further amplified as the Moon makes an opposition to its ruler, Mars in Libra. Mars in Libra is teaching us how to struggle together in solidarity. The Moon in Aries reminds us that in collectivity or even in our relationships, we must remain connected to our own drives and desires. Today we may feel the tension or need to balance our commitments to others and to ourselves. In the evening, Venus in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. Venus rules Taurus, the fixed earth sign where Uranus will continue to break up the ground for the next six years. Venus was conjunct Uranus on May 18, 2019, and this opposition is the climax of this cycle. Whatever quakes and tectonic shifts Uranus in Taurus is describing in our lives, today we may be confronted with what radical change might mean for our relationships, for how we practice love and justice, and for how reconcile with others. With Venus in Scorpio, don’t be surprised if these brings up intense emotional resistance as deeply held feelings about what it means to become in relation to others are shaken up. The old patterns may no longer be working, and new patterns of loving must become possible.
The Moon in Pisces receives a superior square from its ruler, Jupiter in Sagittarius. Both mutable signs—water and fire respectively—this is a push for change and adaptation. A larger, more expansive view of the world is possible, but it will require flexibility. Are you willing to grow beyond your own habits if you recognize that they are driven by scarcity? If you could believe that abundance was possible, what would you be doing differently? Shortly thereafter, the Moon makes a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. A new story about how power operates on and through us is starting to unfold. As Michel Foucault said of power: “We always have possibilities, there are always possibilities of changing the situation. We cannot jump outside the situation, and there is no point where you are free from all power relations. But you can always change it.” There is no outside to power; we are always within any number of power relations. So the question of this aspect and this cycle of the Moon in relation to Pluto must be: what can I do differently as a body to enact resistance, to recreate my embodied life in a subversive relationship to the systems of regulation and control that shape the very conditions of livability?
As the waxing Moon in Pisces makes a trine to Mercury in Scorpio, listen for the whispers and messages arising from the waters of your own emotional life. What if you gave voice to your own instinctual needs? What if doing so is not only part of your own process of healing, but part of doing the work of healing for the collective as well? The Moon then makes a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn, which is a good reminder to check in with our boundaries: listen for what your body is telling you is and is not okay. Honoring your boundaries and limitations is an act of love both for yourself and for those with whom you are in relation. A few hours later, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction to Neptune, and we may find ourselves set adrift in dream worlds and fantasies that can be our guides to our deepest longings. In these degrees between the sextile to Saturn and the conjunction to Neptune, there are lessons for how building stable, reliable structures can create the conditions that allow us to abandon control, surrender into ecstatic dissolution, and experience union beyond our limited views of ourselves.
The Moon ingresses into Pisces and directly into a superior trine from Venus in Scorpio. Whatever pressures, struggles, or vulnerabilities we are feeling in our relationships, this aspect reconnects us to the expansive healing waters of compassion and empathy. Remember, the feelings that are being drawn up from your depths did not begin in these relationships or situations. They are old patterns, long-hidden struggles, the parts of ourselves that we’ve withheld because we believed we had to in order to be loved. Today is a reminder to send love and care backwards to your younger self who hid because they didn’t know another way or who repressed what may have been too big or too painful to integrate. Send love and care backwards to your caretakers or parents who were doing the best they could with their own resources however limited, as they carried their own hidden wounds and traumas. And if it feels possible, send love and care backwards to those who hurt you, because as Mariame Kaba has said, referencing the work of Danielle Sered, “No one enters violence the first time by committing it.” As the Moon moves into a sextile to Uranus, we may feel ourselves in revolutionary terrain. Stay open to what revolutionary compassion might break open or break through for you.
Today the Moon in Aquarius makes a trine to the Sun in Libra, reminding us that vital resources for who we are and who we are becoming are found not only within but also in our connections to others. Who are the relationships in your life that you love and trust enough to see you in ways that teach you more about yourself than you can know on your own? Venus enters Scorpio, which is a sign of its detriment or exile, where it can face difficulties. Venus is the planet of love, relationships, beauty, and harmony, and Scorpio demands fervent attention to our dark interiors, the depths of our most challenging feelings. As Venus moves through Scorpio, we may feel that our loving relationships are being pulled into deeper intensity and pressure, as we face decisions regarding just how intimately we are willing to be known. While not precisely a condition of mutual reception—because they are in aversion to one another—Venus and Mars are exchanging signs, creating a sympathy toward supporting one another’s needs, which could mitigate both of their times in signs of exile. Together, Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Libra are teaching one another: we are in this together, and no matter how intense or even difficult things might get, our strength is in our willingness to invest deeply in our connection to one another. As the Moon in Aquarius makes a sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius, look out beyond the horizons of your immediate surroundings for abundant resources that are available to you if only you expand your view.
The day begins with Mercury in Scorpio opposing Uranus in Taurus. This opposition is the peak of a cycle that began when Mercury was conjunct Uranus back in early May 2019. This aspect may refer back to this time and what was beginning to rumble beneath the surface, the disruptions or sudden flashes of insight that came into your life that you perhaps did not yet understand. Those events may take on new relevance or now make sense in new ways as this opposition carries the story forward. It may also be that what happened back in May now demands a response.
The Moon begins its journey through Aquarius with a trine to Mars in Libra. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, lifting us up into an aerial view so that we can clarify our understanding of what can’t make sense when we’re caught up in the details. Aquarius shifts attention away from the individual in the here and now and toward what might be possible for the collective in futures we are just beginning to consider. Mars in Libra, the warrior compelled to work across coalition and solidarity, reminds us to work together across our differences. This aspect reminds me of Audre Lorde’s words: “We have chosen each other and the edge of each other’s battles … we seek beyond history for a new and more possible meeting.” How can we choose one another and reach into one another’s struggles in order to seek a new and more possible meeting beyond any of our histories?
The Moon moves directly from its trine to Mars into a T-square with Mercury and Uranus just separating from their opposition. Whatever the content of that confrontation, we may feel it reverberating in our bodies and emotions. If unexpected sensations are breaking through the regular rhythms of your day, pay attention. Receive these gifts as important guides for making sense of where you have been and where you are going.
Finally, the Sun in Libra squares Saturn in Capricorn, and we may encounter structures or boundaries that feel as if they limit our ability to shine brightly. It may feel like a challenge to our egos. We may encounter the fear of no longer knowing exactly who we are. These experiences of fear or limitation are also our teachers. What are you learning about who you want to be or where you thrive most?
As the Moon makes its conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn—which just stationed direct on Thursday after spending nearly six months retrograde—we may feel the intensity of what it would mean to truly transform the power structures in which we live. Transformation will require looking not only at how power operates throughout the world around us, but also how those same systems operate on and through ourselves. Let your body be your guide: feel toward the places that you might otherwise avoid. When you encounter the ways in which systems of oppression have wounded you or have offered you privilege that is bound to the suffering of others, do not look away. Stay with those feelings and recognize that these are the seeds and roots and stems of transformation and revolution, right here, in your body/self. In the evening, the Moon will receive a superior square from Venus in Libra, a reminder not only that we are loved, but that these processes of healing and transformation cannot be done in isolation. What are the relationships of care into which you might bring your healing so that you might heal together what you cannot heal on your own?
The Moon in Capricorn makes a trine to Uranus in Taurus before making a square to the Sun in Libra and entering its waxing quarter phase. Spontaneity and breaking with familiar plans and patterns could offer resources for moving through the weighty demands of the tasks that we have set for ourselves or that have been set for us. We may feel challenged or it may feel as if we have a lot to prove, especially as the Moon makes a conjunction to Saturn, its ruler. When facing the challenges that arise, what if we began in a different way? What if we began from the potentially radical and unfamiliar possibility that we have nothing to prove? We have only to show up more and more fully, receiving that which nourishes, and offering that which we have to offer as we pursue the work that brings our lives meaning. As the Moon makes a sextile to Neptune in Pisces this evening, allow yourself to drift a bit into what you dream could be possible and listen to what your fantasies might have to teach you.
Around midnight eastern, Mars ingresses into Libra. Libra is a sign of detriment or exile for Mars; there could be a strong sense of alienation and struggle, without access to resources Mars requires to bring about its significations—action, courage, severing and separating, charging ahead. Instead, Libra challenges Mars’ tendency toward individualism as the heroic warrior. Libra teaches Mars that there are some fights—even perhaps most fights—that have to be fought together, in solidarity with others. Then later in the pre-dawn hours, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a sextile to Venus in Libra. Ruled by Jupiter and sextile Venus, there is a lot of support for openness and for the emotional body to feel illuminated by the warm, beaming glow of connection. Feel deeply into these resources, because we will need them. By the early afternoon, the Moon will move into Capricorn, the sign of its detriment, and directly into a challenging square from Mars in Libra. The Moon rules the sign of Cancer, and in Capricorn—the opposite sign—it feels exiled from the nourishing waters of safety, sensitivity, and connection. In Capricorn, there’s work to do, plans to be executed, and the progress may feel slow. With reception from Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, navigating these challenging days will ask for all of our patience. Ground into whatever offers you the wisdom of how to endure. Sit with rocks and stones, feel deeply into your bones because those minerals know how to remain for millions of years. A few hours later, the Moon makes a sextile to Mercury in Scorpio, and we may feel the first waves coming up from the depths within, the felt sense that there are deep feelings that need now to be acknowledged and spoken.
Today Pluto in Capricorn stations direct after moving retrograde since April 2019. Alongside Saturn and the South Node, Pluto’s retrograde through Capricorn has signaled a massive review of how power operates on and through us, our systems, and our institutions. As Pluto moves direct, all this digging into the shadows may finally feel actionable as we begin to move towards new relationships to power, struggle, and change. The Moon in Sagittarius makes a sextile to the Sun in Libra, tapping into the source of vitality and illumination, and reminding us to connect to that which gives us life. Mercury ingresses into Scorpio where it will remain until December 9, an extended stay that includes a retrograde cycle. Mercury in Scorpio craves connection and communication but abhors superficiality. This is a time for speaking from our own depths and darkness, for sharing the stories that stir our deepest emotional patterns, and remaining receptive to the stories that others have to share—even the ones that are difficult to hear. As the Moon makes its monthly conjunction to Jupiter in Sagittarius, we are reminded to feel into the resources of abundance within and all around. As we begin to process and share from the shadowy waters of our interiors, Jupiter speaks directly to our bodies to say: you are enough. You are more than enough. Take time today to feel into the sensations of believing that you are already more than enough.
As the Moon moves into the final degrees of Scorpio and into its waxing crescent phase, it makes a sextile to its ruler, Mars in Virgo. As we process all that has been uncovered, stirred up, and revealed over the last two days, this sextile to Mars gives us the support to take decisive and courageous action. The waxing crescent phase of the Moon can be a time to focus our direction, as more becomes visible and we see more clearly where we are going. We cannot yet see all that will be revealed this lunation cycle, but with Mars’ support, we can begin to set plans into motion that activate what we’ve felt into during the Moon’s time in Scorpio. The Moon then ingresses into Sagittarius, co-present with Jupiter, its ruler. The journey through Scorpio may have brought us into our own depths—especially with Venus’ square to Pluto yesterday. The Moon’s entrance into Sagittarius lifts the mood, opens up our view to see not only where we might fit within the bigger picture, but also new possibilities and opportunities that we could not yet appreciate as we focused on the interior work that required our attention.
Around midnight (eastern), as we move from Monday into Tuesday, Venus in Libra perfects its superior square to Pluto in Capricorn. Venus has strength and dignity in Libra, which we will need as we move into this confrontation. Venus square Pluto asks us to confront our shame—particularly around our desires and pleasures, the dark and hidden places within our own sexualities—as well as the secrets we’ve been keeping in our relationships. The Queen of Love and Pleasure is locked in potential conflict with the Lord of the Underworld, and this is a power struggle that can make or break our most meaningful bonds. This aspect asks us to trust our partners and our loved ones with those parts of ourselves that we are convinced make us unlovable. As long as we withhold the places where we hide our shame, we undermine our access to worthiness, because we do not give others the opportunity to show us that our whole selves can be loved and accepted. As the Moon in Scorpio makes a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn, we can find safety and security in the boundaries and structures that we’ve put into place to support us. The Moon then makes a trine to Neptune and a sextile to Pluto, which can remind us that our fantasies are not only our guides toward the kinds of lives we want to be living: they can also lead us to the deep wounds that are most in need of healing.