After several days of busy skies, today the only major aspect is a square between the Moon in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. This square challenges us to approach the world around us—the world that goes beyond our own borders and horizons—in ways that are actually in alignment the worlds we can imagine, the worlds of which we dream when we are saturated with empathy and compassion. With both planets in mutable signs, living into such worlds will require adaptation and responsiveness. In her brilliant analysis of critical pedagogies in the context of emerging geopolitical constellations of power, the assertion of a “new world order,” and the linking of the academy with the economy, M. Jacqui Alexander writes, “We are all inhabitants of this world. The question we must pose is how do we inhabit this new world order? … And yet we confront a major difficulty in reconciling desire with practice, of teaching a vision we have not yet fully lived, of moving inside and across the outlines of a map, with no guarantees … Thinking justice, teaching for justice, and living justice means that we continually challenge each other to enunciate our vision of justice. Unlike the new world order with elite ownership for members only, we all have ownership in this new vision; no single one of us stands in a proprietary relationship to it, for it is to be collectively imagined, collectively guarded, collectively worked out.” Today we might ask ourselves and one another: how do we live into worlds for which we do not yet have maps? How do we live and teach visions of justice we have not yet fully lived? How do we imagine and guard and work out collectively new visions for worlds to come? As we find ourselves living through worlds we perhaps never imagined, how do we live even more insistently into our collective dreams and visions of justice?
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.