Illustrations: Dani Pendergast

The Digital Guillotine Is Coming. Where Do You Stand?

Astrology that centers women of color: June 15–June 21, 2020

As the week begins, we entertain the notions of war brewing under the surface. There is a challenge to evaluate our morality, review our beliefs, and examine the causes for which we are fighting. It is time for us to divest from delusions and be willing to (un)learn while we grow on these new battlefields.

As the moon enters Taurus on Tuesday, we could be feeling the weight of our needs and emotions. Taurus rules banks, currency, money, finance, and culture. We will be revisiting our conversations on the state of the economy and Covid-19-related deferments as they begin to lift soon. We are going to need revolutionary financial solutions in order to provide more money to those who need it. Mercury’s final aspect before it stations retrograde is with the Taurus moon. This connection asks us to reconsider what is valuable. If you are in any kind of sales or marketing, it’s important to rethink how you serve your audience.

In the wee hours between Wednesday and Thursday, Mercury stations retrograde. This calls for digging up complex emotions as we tap into our collective needs. This is a time for us to rethink our emotional as well as our thought processes. In the spirit of increasing empathy and understanding for others, there’s been a lot of conversation around what work can be done to support the marginalized moving forward. It’s important that we keep rising in compassion. We will sabotage ourselves if we don’t handle the physical and practical needs of the people. Mercury also rules commerce and with it being in Cancer, our emotions are involved along with how we spend it and how we perceive what we’re purchasing. Expect a lot of spending and returns on home-related items. We could also see news around how we are supporting mothers and anyone doing the work of nurturing children.

Later in the week, Mars collaborates with Pluto and Jupiter to begin a two-year cycle around how we can consistently act with compassion in the face of a New World. The steps we take to heal our society can help purge the sickness of exclusion. We no longer have to be delusional about the structures of the society we live in and its effect on everyone within it. Statements have been flying around from companies who are hoping to spare themselves the digital guillotine. It begs the question, what can corporations do to atone for their sins? As we sit on the edge of a business revolution, we find ourselves considering what ethical and profitable business could look like.

On Friday we celebrate Juneteenth, which is a celebration of the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the U.S. Despite the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued two years prior, Juneteenth marks the day that we were all free (for the most part). As we stand here watching the racial tides shift a bit 155 years later, we’re continuing the discussion of what freedom means and how it can evolve.

On Saturday at 4:44 p.m. CT, the sun enters Cancer, which marks the beginning of summer. This Cancer season represents the beginning of a new vision for our collective. Cancer rules the home, motherhood, domestic life, gardens, nourishment, food, water, and weather. Much of our media and messaging will be about protecting ourselves and taking care of one another. The needs of the many will be made known to the powerful few.

On Sunday at 1:41 a.m. CT, we have a new moon in Cancer, which is also a solar eclipse. Eclipses carry chaotic energy, known to signal grand shifts in power. Thus, they are not the best times to set solid intentions that you wish to see come to fruition the way you’d like. Eclipses can suddenly remove or insert things in your life at critical turning points, and the ripple effects can be subtle yet impactful.

This particular solar eclipse is one where we realize that something in the milk ain’t clean, and it’s time to strain it and name it. Consider this an emotional reset — an opportunity to no longer do what we’ve always done. In the push to create a better way, we are challenging our nostalgia for the delusion of normalcy. Now that we have been awakened to what’s really going on in our society (and our families), it is our responsibility to acknowledge what we’ve seen. It’s our duty to nurture the things, people, and movements we care about most. Under these skies, there will be awkward but necessary discussions about our ideals and if we’ve been too detached from seeing them tangibly fulfilled.

Moons of the week

Don’t forget to record how you feel as the moon changes signs. In a month or two, you will see a pattern. Take note!

Moon in Aries — Since June 13 at 4:03 p.m. CT

Moon enters Taurus — June 16 at 4:35 a.m. CT

Moon enters Gemini — June 18 at 4:00 p.m. CT

Moon enters Cancer — June 21 at 1:02 a.m. CT

June 21–July 22

Happy birthday season! With a potent solar eclipse to start things off and Mercury backstroking through your waters, this week feels like a baptism. The course has changed but now you’re seeing yourself in a new way. When you look out on the world, where do you see your place in it? How does the world now live in you?

July 23–August 22

This week you can be considering how fear of vulnerability has gotten in your way. Meditation can be helpful when deciphering the messages of your ever-changing emotions. These skies could prompt you confronting issues around food, poverty, and welfare and their impact on you or your environment.

August 23–September 22

The time has come for you to not only nurture your ambitions, but also immerse yourself in a safe and fulfilling community. You could be thinking about your desired legacy and running the numbers on whether your current career makes sense. Despite the chaos, it’s alright to prepare for your future.

September 23–October 22

The realization that you have reached an uncharted level of achievement hits you this week. As you consider your next move, you could be seeing your employers or authority figures in a new way. How is your career fulfilling you? Do you need it to? Are you known in the way you wish to be?

October 23–November 21

You may find yourself exploring your beliefs about motherhood, nurturing, and nourishment. You may be inspired to look at literature related to food and the feminine. What has your spiritual journey taught you about vulnerability? What are the things that get your protection and activate your devotion?

November 22–December 21

With the levels of loss surrounding you, it can feel like it’s too much to bear. It’s a difficult thing to navigate the emotions related to our mortality. As you grieve loved ones, old selves, and future visions, let yourself be human. Change (negative or positive) comes with conflicting emotions about what is ending.

December 22–January 19

Your Saturn sibling (Aquarius) often gets a reputation for being the most independent, but you don’t make it easy for people to help you either. Let’s say you did need someone’s help, what would you tell them? What do you need in a partner? What does partnership mean to you?

January 20–February 18

Much of your focus is on wellness in the way of your physical, professional, and creative health. You may find there are some deeper emotions that need to be explored more often. Work-wise, consider the causes you want to serve, whom you need on your team, and how you want your day to feel and flow.

February 19–March 20

The need for affection could be more heightened than ever. There’s a deep need for comfort and security. Taking a nice bath or digging into something romantic work wonders for your mood. Tap into that inner child and have a little fun. Move your emotions to where they need to be, gently of course.

March 21–April 19

Images of broken and boarded up buildings could be challenging your sense of security this week. What does home mean to you? What is your stance on humane living conditions? You could be inspired to look at what local government is doing to help and use your power to hold them accountable.

April 20–May 20

The need to make sure you have what you need at your fingertips increases this week. Start taking stock of what necessities are available to you locally. You may find yourself developing a deeper relationship with your mail carriers. If you’ve been thinking about taking a seminar or workshop, sign up.

May 21–June 20

Feeling like you don’t have any options is one of the worst feelings you could have, Gemini. This week, you’re beginning to think hard about how much you need to earn and what skills you possess to make yourself feel comfortable. Your ruler (Mercury) wants to show you the value of provoking emotion through expressed thought.

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