Today the Moon makes a conjunction to Mars in Pisces. The Moon describes our instinctual needs for safety and security, for nurturing and caretaking and mothering—both self-care and care for others. Mars is the archetype of the warrior, willing and ready to pursue that which we desire and fight for what we believe in. Together, this can describe a fiercely protective approach to care, as well as bringing us back to wounds we carry from having not been defended or protected within our primary care relationships. Audre Lorde wrote in Essence Magazine in 1983, “We can learn to mother ourselves … Mothering. Claiming some power over who we choose to be—and knowing that such power is relative within the realities of our lives—yet knowing that only through the use of that power can we effectively change those realities. Mothering means the laying to rest of what is weak and timid and damaged, without despisal, the protection and support of what is useful for survival and change, and our joint explorations of the difference.” The Sun in Taurus makes a trine to Pluto moving retrograde through Capricorn, shining light into shadowy places, revealing the hidden sources of power that may have been repressed within existing social systems. Finally, the Moon makes a sextile to Uranus in Taurus and Mercury in Gemini—all at 7º. In order to practice revolutionary care, we may be challenged to think and speak in new ways, clearly communicating our intentions, and saying what needs to be said in order break old patterns of harm and break open new opportunities for repair. We may be challenged to make words like “mothering” and “care” take on new meanings as we do the radical work of care for one another and ourselves.