Today the Moon in Leo makes a square to Uranus in Taurus. This aspect describes a challenge of revolutionary visibility, becoming more visible in ways that divest from systemic norms and create opportunities for liberation. But visibility—especially for marginalized communities, for people who are already visibly different—is never simply only liberatory. Juliana Huxtable offers, “I think there is an actual moment of dynamic and, in many ways, powerful visibility, and perhaps there are reasons why it’s happening that we can point to … I think that the policing and the violence against trans people have a direct relationship to that increase in visibility. The people who gain visibility—those whom the media deem to be relatively ‘passable’ in one sense or another—end up being used as examples to police trans people generally.” As trans folks—especially trans women of color—understand intimately, becoming more visible can be a powerful challenge to existing social norms that would deny the existence of trans people, but that same visibility can also make you a target for policing, harassment, and violence. Or, alternatively, if you are visible in ways that receives acceptance or social sanction, that visibility can then be used as a standard with which to police others. But Huxtable states, “it’s actually really radical to insist on an idea of beauty.” How might you show up in radical ways that insist on forms of beauty that disrupt policing and resist normalization, that generate more potential for freedom and livability? How can you provide spaces of appearance and acceptance for others whose lives insist on such radical possibilities for beauty and visibility?
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.