Today the Moon in Capricorn makes a sextile to Mercury moving retrograde in Pisces. The Moon is in its antithesis or detriment in Capricorn, and Mercury is not only retrograde but also in its detriment and fall in Pisces. Both of these bodies are displaced from contexts in which they have immediate access to that which they need in order to bring about that which they signify, but both have reception from their rulers, lending support to carry them through these difficulties. This aspect may describe finding ways to move forward through physical or emotional discomfort for which we struggle to find adequate language, but nevertheless find a way through. The Moon then makes a square to Venus in Aries—which is also in the sign of its antithesis or detriment. While both Venus and the Moon are in placements that may involve challenges, this square is a condition of bonification, Venus hurling its rays back to the Moon to offer support. The fiery independence and assertiveness of Venus in Aries sparks our ability to fight for what we believe and to pursue justice throughout the tasks of the day, even if doing so involves struggle. The Moon then enters its balsamic phase before making a sextile to Neptune in Pisces and a conjunction to Jupiter in Capricorn. The balsamic phase is a time of wilting and passing away, the endings that will nourish and fertilize that which begins at the New Moon this weekend. Neptune describes dissolution while Jupiter describes coherence. Today we may experience how allowing some things to come undone allows other possibilities to come together.
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.