Today is the second conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn—both currently moving retrograde. The first conjunction was April 5, and the final conjunction will be November 12. We’re midway through this story, and it is a story that asks us what forms of power we are willing to affirm. Audre Lorde writes in “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” “For once we begin to feel deeply all the aspects of our lives, we begin to demand from ourselves and from our life-pursuits that they feel in accordance with that joy which we know ourselves to be capable of. Our erotic knowledge empowers us, becomes a lens through which we scrutinize all aspects of our existence, forcing us to evaluate those aspects honestly in terms of their relative meaning within our lives. And this is a grave responsibility, projected from within each of us, not to settle for the convenient, the shoddy, the conventionally expected, nor the merely safe.” At this time during which there are so many powerful institutions and systems to oppose and dismantle—those established convenient conventions that promise safety they cannot deliver—may we also connect to the depths of feeling within ourselves in order to know the forms of power to which we say YES. As the Moon in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus, something deep within may be disrupted or unsettled. Mercury retrograde in Cancer makes a sextile to Uranus in Taurus, and we may find words bubbling up from our inner depths to describe the processes that are unfolding within. Finally, Mercury makes a conjunction with the Sun in Cancer, a condition called cazimi, in which we may encounter the bright light of clarity blazing through the eddies of feelings that we do not yet know how to name.
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.