Astro PSA: Full Moon in Aquarius

If you’re feeling wild-eyed today, it may not just be the news. There’s also a full moon taking place in innovative Aquarius. Also known as the sturgeon moon, this lunar aspect is most concerned with the human condition–but transpersonally. Expect significant tweaks to social, professional, and civic networks rather than your most intimate relationships. That said, because we’re in dramatic Leo season and this full moon is squaring shit-stirring Uranus, these, ahem, “tweaks” may arrive at a super-high voltage.

My suggestion? Get ahead of these upsets by asking yourself: “How am I not myself in larger groups? How do my issues impair others’ comfort and expression? What overall patterns impair rather than boost useful group dynamics?” Better yet: go outside and ask the moon herself. She’ll answer in your dreams.

The Water Bearer prizes freedom and Leo prizes authenticity, so chances are good this week will disrupt toxic hierarchies of all shapes and sizes. So your big-girl pants (everyone!), because we’re in for breakthroughs, not just breakdowns.

To harness this full moon magic for yourself or a loved one, book a reading or a ritual.

I Wish You Enough

Something occurred to me today as I strode home from the greenmarket with my produce and a bunch of glorious sunflowers that the vendor had slipped into my bag as a surprise.

“This might be enough.”

To be sure, “enough” is a relative term. As I write this, I still don’t have enough in my accounts to cover my expenses a few months out nor do I have a steady income flow. In this way, I am in step with many many Americans, as well as people across the world.

My therapist says that I have a tendency to focus on the bright side of matters in a way that borders on dissociative, a fact that may surprise those who read my last post.

Trust me when I say it takes a lot for me to acknowledge when things aren’t working well. In fact, it’s a muscle I’m developing in real time. I used to fear disappearing into the abyss if I recognized its existence. But I’ve come to accept we can only solve a problem when we can acknowledge it.

That said, having transcended so many hard times in my life has granted me an insouciance I never experienced as a younger woman. Yes, I am still broke as I write this, but over the last few days so many have shared sweet solidarity and unexpected donations that, for this week at least, I have fresh, healthy food to eat and, for this month at least, Grace and I have a place to live in a city I love. Continue Reading →

Love Is a Growing Up

All hail James Baldwin, who would have been 96 today and is living proof that a Leo continues to shine long after his tenure on Earth. With his twin values of love and truth, the words of this essayist, playwright, and novelist continue to travel through time to hold America’s broken heart in 2020.

Open any page of any of his books and he’ll be sure to find you where healing is most required. Start here: “Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”

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