Today is the Full Moon in Taurus, but before the Moon reaches is climax, it makes a trine to Saturn in Capricorn and opposes Mercury in Scorpio. How might we develop disciplines for supporting ourselves in feeling good, for cultivating more sustainable pleasure in the present and in the long-term? Whatever this Mercury retrograde has been reviewing or uncovering, today we might experience a moment of confrontation, coming to face what needs to be said, and perhaps drawing deep on our courage to ask for the things that we want and need.
The Moon then reaches its climax opposite the Sun in Scorpio. This full moon feels luxurious and abundant. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, and with Venus—the ruler of Taurus—in Sagittarius co-present with Jupiter, we are being told in multiple ways: there is more than enough. As I said on the November forecast episode of Queer Skies, this Full Moon is a time for excellent, nourishing food, getting in touch with sensuous pleasures, having sex with yourself or other people, having orgasms or luxuriating in states of arousal, and maybe also trying something new—finding new pleasures. Maybe indulge in paying for some new feminist or queer porn from ethical sites like PinkLabel.tv (because ethical porn starts when we pay people for their embodied sexual labor).
This lunation also makes me think of what adrienne maree brown writes in Pleasure Activism, that “pleasure is a measure of freedom.” Access to pleasure is disproportionately distributed to different folks because of systems of oppression, ancestral trauma, and the traumas of living in an imperialist, colonialist, white supremacist, capitalist, hetero-patriarchy that is built on us believing that we are not enough, that we don’t have enough. So, this Full Moon is a good reminder to center pleasure in our own lives, because doing so is an act of resistance, a way of claiming our freedom. It’s also a reminder to center the pleasure of those who are most marginalized: in all this abundance, how can you make pleasure and feeling good more available to folks who live at the intersection of multiple systemic oppressions? What can you do to make space or be in service to the pleasure of others?
The Moon then makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn, reminding us that pleasure and feeling good are necessary for personal and political transformation. Feeling good must be part of any revolution to create a world in which all of us have access to feeling good. Your pleasure and making pleasure available to those who are most marginalized are revolutionary acts. Finally, Mars in Libra makes a sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius. This is the final aspect in this Mars/Jupiter cycle that began almost two years ago—January 6, 2018—and one of the last aspects to Jupiter during its time in Sagittarius. If you’ve spent the last year dreaming big, this aspect gives us the push to act. As adrienne maree brown said this weekend at the ASA Conference, “The future is always being practiced now.” What is the world in which you want to live, and how to you put it into practice today?