Today the Moon in Cancer moves through oppositions to Saturn, Pluto, and Venus in Capricorn. The Moon in Cancer connects us to that which nurtures and protects us. Here we may find that such care stands in tension or even conflict with established systems of authority. Especially if the world is hostile to us, especially for those of us who are marginalized due to gender, sexuality, race, ability, nationality, or class, caring for ourselves—as Audre Lorde taught us—is “an act of political warfare.” Lorde also wrote: “We can learn to mother ourselves … as I learn my own worth and genuine possibility, I refuse to settle for anything less than a rigorous pursuit of what is possible in myself … We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created … Eventually, if we speak the truth to each other, it will become unavoidable to ourselves.” What would it mean to mother ourselves in the face on a hostile world, in spite of systems, structures, and operations of power that would deny our worth and possibility, that would refuse our creative parts and our truths? Learning to mother ourselves may challenge our existing understandings and practices of love, but how much more capable of loving might we be if we began to offer ourselves the care and support that the world around us—perhaps including our parents—has not been able to provide? Then the Moon ingresses into Leo, and we are called into the courage required to show up as our full, brilliant selves. This lunation cycle has been teaching us new ways of thinking, making new connections that expand our view of the world. As the Moon moves into Leo, we may find that the integration of these perspectives changes how we see ourselves and how we are willing to be seen by others.
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.