Today is the first exact square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus, one of the biggest stories unfolding in the astrology of 2021. The Moon will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus as the square perfects, suggesting seismic collisions that reverberate throughout our embodied emotional lives. Remember that your body—this body that you are—holds the truth of your most authentic impulses and the keys to your own liberation. If you find yourself crashing into rigid narratives about the ways in which you are insufficient or not enough, your fears of your own body or your own pleasures, shame for what you are feeling or for what you want to feel, remember that the land of your body is sacred. Even if you feel that ground shifting beneath you, ride the currents that carry you toward yourself, your own desires and pleasures—even if that requires moving away from the external restrictions that you have internalized as identities. María Rodríguez writes in Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings: “Against the soul-numbing pressures of everyday life, we come back to our bodies again and again, and look for pleasure there—in dance, in sex, in touch, in the warm sweetness of a ripe fig against our lips. We reach for the touch of joy. And as it brushes past, we are reminded of the gap between our psychic lives as sexual subjects and our lived experience as desiring carnal bodies living in the belly of a hostile world. Because we fuck against the walls of violence, the memory and threat of other forms of touch must forever serve as the constitutive outside to our utopian desires. In a world where so many of us are defined as abject, perverse, old, colored, crippled, illegal, ugly, and outside love, embodied forms of social connection and carnal pleasure become sites of possibility where our survival becomes imaginable.” Come back to your body and look for pleasure there in the midst of whatever internal or external systems might refuse your survival.
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There is only one major aspect today: the Moon in Sagittarius perfects a square to Neptune retrograde in Pisces. Hard aspects to Neptune can create confusion, disorientation, the disruption of clear boundaries, and overwhelming sensitivity. With both planets ruled by Jupiter retrograde and fallen in Capricorn, we may find ourselves drifting into excessive indulgence that is no longer in our best interests. Sara Ahmed writes in Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, “If orientation is about making the strange familiar through the extension of bodies into space, then disorientation occurs when that extension fails. Or we could say that some spaces extend certain bodies and simply do not leave room for others. Now in living a queer life, the act of going home, or going back to the place I was brought up, has a certain disorienting effect … In such moments, when bodies do not extend into space, they might feel ‘out of place’ where they have been given ‘a place.’ Such feelings in turn point to other places, even ones that have yet to be inhabited.” If today you find yourself disoriented or overwhelmed by a feeling of displacement, while this may be challenging, it can also be generative. What other places are your turned toward when you find yourself out of place? If disorientation is a loss of the familiar, what new or strange possibilities now come within reach through this unfamiliar and uncertain orientation? How might you inhabit the world differently because you are no longer oriented to the world in the same way?
I'm so excited that the Astrology for 2020 Forecast episode that I recorded with Queer Skies—Daniel Bernal and Drew Levanti—is now live! We talk about Saturn & Jupiter’s meetings with Pluto and the ways power structures and cancel culture might change. We talk about Mercury’s carbonated retrogrades powered by Uranus. We talk about the Venus and Mars retrogrades this year, what lessons they bring for us in terms of survival and resistance, and we talk big picture about what Aquarius has in store for us as our attention shifts.
If you're looking for some queer thinking about the astrology of the year ahead, I hope you give yourself time to listen!
You can links to the two previous episodes I recorded with Queer Skies on my Resources page.
The latest episode of Queer Skies—a queer astrology podcast—is out! I join Daniel Bernal and Drew Levanti for a forecast of the November astrology. Recording these conversations that bridge astrology and queer lives has been a highlight of my autumn. Whether you're an astrology enthusiast or would just like to hear queer folks talking about the sky, I hope you give it a listen.
You can find the latest episode (and the previous episode where we dig into astrology, queer theory, feminist philosophy, and embodiment) on Apple & Google Podcasts and YouTube.
One of the greatest gifts of working with astrology is that it is a tradition that honors the innate complexity of ourselves and our lives. Contrary to the more popular fixations on “sun-sign astrology” that categorize all of us into one of twelve archetypes, the richness of the astrological tradition is that it provides us with a map for examining ourselves in relation to the whole sky—all twelve signs, all the planets, the luminaries, asteroids, and so on—and all of it matters. The particular composition of the sky at the moment of your birth is as unique as you are.
As a queer person, as a genderqueer person, this has opened up so many pathways for my own healing, for recognizing and appreciating all the ways in which I am not simply one of two possibilities (binary gender) or even one of twelve possible archetypes. Rather, studying my birth chart invites me again and again into my own complexity, my own processes of unfolding and becoming. It introduces me to perspectives of myself that I had not yet considered. In doing so, it brings me into relation and connection to more of myself and more possibilities for who I might be(come). And that is not only profoundly liberating, but also healing—to have more and more of myself recognized and affirmed in this ongoing relationship between myself, the Earth, and the sky.
This is why I believe astrology can be a practice of healing, a practice of bringing us into connection at a time when many of us feel deeply isolated, separated, and disconnected. The entire system is predicated on the realization that our lives have meaning in relation to the sky, in relation to the movements of the planets above. One of my favorite experiences in consultations with people is introducing them to the opportunity to know themselves in these expansive relationships—with the sky, with time, with this tradition and all those astrologers past and present from whom we receive this wisdom.
If you would like support in your own processes of healing or making meaning of your life, I am currently booking consultations for October, November, and December. You can contact me with inquiries or books a session here.