Today Mars ingresses into Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation, joining Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. Mars describes our drive and pursuit of that which we desire, and Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign, focus on diligent work, focused effort, and long-term achievements. As Mars moves into Capricorn, we may experience an urgency to define and initiate that which we hope to accomplish in whatever area of our chart Capricorn occupies. The Moon in Sagittarius makes a trine to Venus in Aries, a fiery, adventurous aspect that could heat up the love in our lives and invite us to embody the liberation of our own desires. As Annie Sprinkle has written, “Let there be pleasure on earth and let it begin with me. Never forget that when you receive pleasure, you will be contributing to the pleasure in the world … The best way to learn about love and sex is not be reading about it but by practicing it, by trial and error. Be brave in love. Be brave in sex. Be brave in your ecstasy. Be brave in your orgasms. Be brave in being who you truly are.” What kinds of pleasures can you bring into the world today if you trusted yourself to explore and act on your most expansive desires? Mercury stations retrograde in Pisces, drawing us into a time of reflection and review for the next several weeks. Communication may become distorted or delayed, so this is an opportune time to practice patience with ourselves and others as we try to express the things we are feeling. Finally, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a square to Mercury as it is stationing retrograde. Misunderstandings between different experiences or points of view seem likely. Remember, no matter how expansive you feel your perspective might be, you cannot fully understand what it is like to see the world from another position, centered within different horizons. What if you approached others today with the humility to know that you do not know the world in the same ways they do?
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.