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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.

For more intuitive guidance, book an intuitive reading; image: Kris Lemsalu, doctored by your resident metaphysician.

Still They Fall

Tom and Suria, Irish twins

My whole life changed with 9/11. Partly because the worst elements of the US ran with it as carte-blanche for all kinds of evil. Partly because my beloved city was never the same. Partly because the sister of the man I loved had just started a job at WTC and her brutal death ended everything I thought I knew.

I still think about the last day I saw her. She had just turned 30 and found her first gray hair. With her usual wit she’d taped it on our bathroom mirror with a note penned in her gorgeous calligraphy: NOW I AM OLD.

The day I turned 50 I thought about that sign, about how she was so young when she died that she thought 30 was old, and I cried about her yet again. Because the world was better with her in it. She was optimistic and cocky and engaged and blisteringly sharp. The exact energy we lost as a city and a people when the towers fell.

I’m writing all this today because I can’t do social media on 9/11 itself. The grandstanding feels hypocritical and painful and deeply hollow. 9/11 was when America realized its soil wasn’t safe from the destruction it sowed around the world.* And no one likes to talk about that.
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*Some already knew through bitter experience.

Be Careful What You Wish For

In all my readings this week, I have been asked: How can I manifest positive change? It’s a beautifully September question, and it reminds me that sometimes the importance of shadow work is overlooked in manifestation practices.

To will something into being, we don’t have to tackle our shadows—our toxicity and trauma. Through affirmations, visualization, and white knuckles, we can summon nearly anything–marriages, money, even fame. But without self-reckoning, we project our shadows into whatever we manifest, ensuring we’ll encounter more problematic versions of them down the road.

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