Today the Moon in Leo makes a sextile to Venus retrograde in Gemini. How might you show up within your relationships with more of your heart illuminated and exposed? How might we practice abiding, constant love, even when we may not feel certain or fully capable of being what we think of as our best selves? Then Mercury ingresses into Cancer. We can ask: how might we mobilize a critical analysis of care—caring for one another in ways that are thoughtful, intentional, and strategic? Mercury in Cancer asks us to attend to our emotional intelligence and seek the insight of experts who hold advanced understandings of care. In “Crip Emotional Intelligence,” Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha describes ways in which disabled folks “have cultures, skills, science, and technology,” knowing things that the abled do not. One insight she offers about crip emotional intelligence: “It’s not assuming. Anything. It’s always asking: if you can touch, what you call your body or your sick, what you need, if you even want suggestions for your issues or if you just want listening. It’s understanding that each disabled person is the expert on their own body/mind.” What if we could all learn how to offer care in these ways, benefitting from the expertise of disabled communities? Assuming nothing, trusting one another—disabled and abled in all kinds of ways—as experts of our own body/minds? How much more able might we be to both give and receive support?
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.