My sexual accessibility has never been up to me, and this was a crucial and painful epiphany to have. Content Warning: this essay mentions depression and instances of sexual coercion. It’s not that I haven’t been celibate before. As someone who lives in the gray area of the asexual and aromantic spectrums, I’ve gone long […]
Astrology for Feminists, Election 2016: The Astrological Shift
by The Mystical Sister
Pluto in Capricorn had a big hand to play, astrologically speaking, in the election results that shook our hectic nation last night. A lot of astrologers, including myself, interpret Pluto in Capricorn as a bearer of radical change and deep, profound and challenging lessons in and around government, policy, finances, global and national economics and political foundations.
Pluto and Uranus are the two planets that often times have a “radical” effect on us, changing history in the signs and houses they touch. Uranus is a powerhouse of rebellion and individualism, while Pluto leads us to plummet to the deepest depths of the collective and individual consciousness to bring long-suppressed emotions and ideas to the surface.
Both are planets of radical change and rarely interact with each other. When they do, it is typically a very strongly felt influence here on planet Earth. For example, the last time these two planets of change and radicalism united was the kick-off energy of the 1960s, an energy that surged and peaked in 1965 and 1966 but had reverberations from 1959 through the early 1970s, when Uranus was conjunct Pluto. (Note: Conjunct means the energies of two planets are united.)
During that time, we saw the biggest spike in interest and movement towards activism, self-perception and tearing down and rebuilding self-identity. For the first time, there was an awakening of consciousness around not only the inner self, but the collectivity, the community at large. We witnessed the pinnacle of the Civil Rights Movement, Human Rights Movement, Women’s Rights Movement and the beginning of the American LGBT movement in America. The 1960s, and the explosive astrological action that partnered with it, was the definitive catalyst for a generation of Americans to begin to build a boundary against a repressed and hateful consciousness — to say no, to stand, to have a voice.
These explosive energies are echoed today as we again enter a period of radical change and awakening. Pluto and Uranus again re-united in our generation in 2014 — really, the vibe began in 2012, when Uranus squared Pluto (squaring is an aspect that creates tension) and caused personal turmoil and radical change to many people’s personal lives. Think back to 2012 to 2014 and what changed radically for you during that period? What or who did let go of? What did you grow into? These radical personal shifts were the rumblings of change that we are now experiencing collectively. We can possibly think of the past 2 to 4 years as the initiation, the time to master the self before we are called to extend ourselves out into the world. One could interpret it metaphysically, as if we were being primed to heal ourselves and pave a strong foundation for ourselves so that we could stay strong enough to stand tall against — and to have influence over — the masses, who have not yet looked inside and come to terms with their shadow selves.
Pluto stays in Capricorn until 2023, and I believe we will be dealing with these themes through then. When working with Pluto, I often advise becoming “OK” with the ideas and themes around acceptance. Things aren’t going back to “normal.” There’s going to be a new normal now, and each person has the chance to contribute.
On a smaller scale level, and in the immediate future — this week and beyond — with Chiron, Neptune and the Moon all in Pisces now, we will feel like we’re caught in some surreal, inescapable nightmare. The big temptation with these planets being in Pisces would be to reach out for substances, mainly alcohol, to self-soothe or self-medicate. Take a moment to consider the repercussions of such an action for well-being. What does reaching for the bottle say to your inner child? Does that glass of liquor really ease the problem, or will you just feel worse for wear after you imbibe? We have a long road to collectively face. As women, as LGBT community members, as people of color, as people who are disabled and suffering from trauma, as sexual assault and abuse survivors, we may want to reconsider how we self-medicate so that we can create a strong foundation for ourselves and others in our community.
Our inner child is right at the forefront of the traumatic split and shift that occurred late last night. For those of us who have experienced abuse or trauma as children, last night’s event was extremely triggering, and we should be aware of what this new reality is doing to our own psyches. Our collective unconscious is staring into the face of the ultimate toxic and abusive parent, a parent who is spewing toxic rhetoric, ignorance, hate and a dangerous doctrine on us, making his children — America — feel trapped.
In relational psychotherapy, when these feelings and situations occur with a birth or adopted parent, we are encouraged to separate as much as possible, to put up boundaries and to show up for ourselves in the face of the abusive caretaker. We must feed ourselves with what we are often denied. Often times, this means re-parenting ourselves on a daily basis and staying vigilant about our self-care practices. We have the unique opportunity to heal our inner children and our wounded and shattered psyches through various self-nurturing routines, positive affirmations, guilt-free nourishment and self-love.
As someone who suffers from PTSD, I liken this moment in our country’s history to the trauma point. That is, it is a moment whose negative long-term effects we can soften if we choose now to cocoon ourselves in proactive self-care and self-nurturing routines. Such practices as journaling, reaching out to loved ones, reaching out to community and relying on trusted allies can make all the difference. You don’t have to be a community leader to host something that helps others and yourself. Hosting a grief session, a meetup, an anger circle, an earth or moon ritual are all something that we can make happen for ourselves and people in our lives. Taking time out to re-ground, re-center and eat nourishing food guilt-free are also important right now.
Eric Francis, an amazing and progressive astrologer from New York who I’ve worked with and long admired said it best recently in his Planet Waves emails: “If you’re still suffering from the abuse inflicted on you as a child, it’s nearly impossible to rise above that self-image and psychic state and challenge the political system. If your parents still run your life, as internal archetypes or as actual overlords, you’re not situated to challenge authority in any other form. If you don’t get along with your partners, you’re not in a position to be advancing the cause of world peace and probably will not even care.”
We will need all of our strength, all of our wits and physicality to make it through the next four years. The road ahead offers a unique opportunity to challenge long-standing beliefs around what America is, and who America is made of. We have the chance to touch lives, to heal lives, to offer solutions and to be heard. We may be a country divided, but we have strength, intelligence and fluidity in our numbers. We carry the future in ourselves, in our communities, in our homes and our families.