As the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, we may be challenged to confront the old harms and abuses that we’ve buried deep in our bodies. We cannot undo the harms that we carry, but we can step into new roles of care in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. Audre Lorde wrote, “We can learn to mother ourselves,” and Alexis Pauline Gumbs follows after her, writing, “What would it mean for us to take the word ‘mother’ less as a gendered identity and more as a possible action, a technology of transformation that those who do the most mothering labor are teaching us right now?” Perhaps it would mean what Mary Peña and Barbara Carey wrote about lesbian motherhood and raising children who know that, “They will not belong to the patriarchy. They will not belong to us either. They will belong only to themselves.” As the Moon opposes Pluto, what if we are being called to mother ourselves in such a way that we do not belong to patriarchy, in such a way that we do not belong to anyone but ourselves? The Moon in Cancer makes a trine to the life-giving Sun in Scorpio, and I am reminded of the words of June Jordan: “Love is a lifeforce.” As we encounter the nourishing light of the Sun, we are reminded: move toward that which gives Life. The Moon makes a waning square to Mars nearing the final degrees of Libra, a reminder to dismantle whatever stands in the way of solidarity in our movements. The Moon then ingresses into Leo and almost immediately into a square from Uranus in Taurus. Leo describes our burning desire to show up fully as ourselves, to be seen and celebrated for all that we are. The disruptive rays of Uranus may challenge us to ask: are you truly showing up as your full self? How would you show up differently if you could trust that you can be loved and appreciated for all that you are—no matter what?
[What I hope is clear in this post and always is that so much of how I understand astrology has been shaped by Black feminism, and I am immensely grateful.]
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.