Today the Moon in Virgo makes a trine to Uranus in Taurus and a sextile to Mercury in Cancer. Both are helpful, supportive aspects offering resources for motivating necessary change and clearly articulating the steps we are taking from a place of emotional intelligence. Virgo is the mutable earth sign, oriented toward optimizing material processes in order to make them more efficient and effective. The trine with Uranus suggests that what might be most effective today could require approaching the tasks ahead of us in innovative ways, while the sextile with Mercury inspires critical thinking that comes from the heart. bell hooks writes in Teaching Critical Thinking, “… it is practical wisdom that leads us to recognize the vital roles played by intuition and other forms of emotional intelligence in creating a fertile context for the ongoing pursuit of knowledge. Uniting knowledge gleaned from facts and hard data with social skills is a pragmatic approach to learning. Effectively using knowledge in and outside the classroom we develop an organic relationship to critical thinking and use the resources it brings in every sphere of our lives.” When approaching the work laid out before you, listen for the ways that your emotional currents guide and direct you. Bringing those resources to your critical thinking may require deviating from other people’s expectations, but doing so will also allow you to operate from more of your own wholeness.