Today the Moon in Aries makes a sextile to Venus retrograde in Gemini. Aries pushes us to start something fresh and new, while Venus is guiding us through a deep study of our practices of love and connection. adrienne maree brown writes in Pleasure Activism, “We don’t learn to love in a linear path, from self to family to friends to spouse, as we might have been taught. We learn to love by loving. We practice with each other, on ourselves, in all kinds of relationships. And right now we need to be in rigorous practice, because we can no longer afford to love people the way we’ve been loving them.” What if most of what we believe to be true of love are myths that we have learned from a colonialist, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist, hetero-patriarchy? What will it take for you to do the work of this critical unlearning in order to generate new practices of love? The Moon in Aries makes a sextile to Mercury in Cancer, sparking the need for honest emotional communication and connection. brown also writes, “We begin learning to lie in intimate relationships at a very early age … We have to engage in an intentional practice of honesty to counter this socialization. We need radical honesty—leaning to speak from our root systems about how we feel and what we want. Speak our needs and listen to others’ needs.” In our journeys toward more liberated and liberatory practices of love, perhaps today we can begin by exercising this honesty: what am I actually feeling, and how do I communicate those feelings with care for myself and others?
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.