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Astro PSA: Full Moon in Pisces

Occurring exactly at 7:55pm EST, tonight’s full moon in compassionate Pisces dissolves our resistance to even the most dazzling, drastic change. All full moons are big releases, and while the sun is in caretaker Virgo, you count on an unusually soft landing as you let it go, let it go. 🎵

The key word is enchantment—ceremony in our collective psyche—so avoid mood-altering substances, as they’ll only block the bigger magic afoot. (There’s a reason “lunacy” derives from the Latin word for moon.) Instead, drink plenty of water, take a purifying salt bath or swim, and do some light stretches or dance to a favorite song, perhaps while dressed in something beautifully flowing. Caftans are ideal.

Because tonight closes a loop begun on March 13’s new moon in Pisces, take a moment to consider: What wishes planted then can now be harvested? What six-month cycle can draw to a close? Make sure to request guidance for any progress you can’t yet envision for yourself and, if you want, write all this on paper you subsequently burn as a symbolic act. Above all, consider what’s been too to scary to give up. Then give that exact thing to the moon herself. She’s always happy to help, especially if you agree to meet her halfway by writing down your dreams tomorrow.

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This Bittersweet New Light

I was just about to head upstairs to post about tonight’s new moon/year when I heard of Michael K. Williams’ death. Now I am writing this on my stoop–in the same neighborhood where he lived and died– with huge tears running down my face.

I saw the brilliant actor, activist, dancer, and choreographer around a lot–sometimes at film events, sometimes just drinking coffee in the park–and he was always unwaveringly gracious and kind. That such a radiant light only got 54 years is beyond painful. As Roy Wood Jr tweeted today: “All I want is for black entertainers to be able to grow old.”

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Just a Very Virgo Season Blurt

You know what’s not discussed enough? Women who don’t demand fair wages because they live off their partners or inherited wealth. It is a very problematic issue through a feminist lens, yet often not broached because there are so many taboos around talking about money and class, and because self-esteem is so tied to salary.

Women who work for less than they should set a precedent–perpetuate one, really–that makes it a lot harder for the rest of us who demand equal pay. They reinforce the assumption that women’s work need not be taken seriously. And they disrespect all the women who fought long and hard for the Equal Pay Act.

This is not just a political issue. I see this as a spiritual issue, because energy that is not adequately replenished disrupts the order of everything. Work must be honored–and in a capitalist society, adequate financial compensation is an essential expression of that honor.

It’s amazing this issue still surfaces so frequently. It is an example of something else that doesn’t get discussed enough: toxic femininity.*

*Dudes, I am no more interested in you taking up this phrase than I am accepting of how you misapply “Karen” as an all-purpose term to write off women. Redirect that impulse into developing your divine masculinity.

"All, everything I understand, I understand only because I love."
― Leo Tolstoy