Personal Updates and a Word About the Neptune/Pluto Sextile

I haven't had much time to keep up with my lunation postings. I've been busy working as Co-Director of No Exceptions Prison Collective. Here are some of the things I've been doing:

Metro Human Relations Commission presentation on abolition:

25 for Life Campaign

Nashville Community Crisis Response:

“We want to train people in the community to be able to recognize and handle mental health crises in their families, with their neighbors,” says Theeda Murphy, a member of Nashville Community Crisis Response who has experience working in mobile crisis counseling outside of Davidson County. “And then we also want them to have a place to go where they can ask for help and do what mobile crisis is supposed to do, which is to provide the clinician who comes on site and does the intervention without police involvement, unless the clinician decides after they have assessed the situation that the police need to be involved."

Police Co-Response Program Eyes Expansion — but Is It Too Little Too Late? | City Limits |

Deep Dish Interview

And the thing which y'all will see me doing all summer. Yes on 3!:

“We rejected slavery in 1865. Why are we still holding onto the vestiges of a time whose values we no longer hold?” said Theeda Murphy, a chief organizer of the Yes on 3 campaign. “Words matter.”

Tennessee voters get chance to -- yes -- ban slavery – Tennessee Lookout

If you live in TN, look for me to be somewhere near you this summer. And vote YES on 3 in November!!!


And finally, I couldn't close without sharing some of what I've been thinking about the current astrological weather. Let's talk about abortion rights for a second.

I've been considering the impact of the Neptune/Pluto sextile since the draft was leaked. Since then, I've learned a few things about it. They've been together since the late 40s when Neptune was in Libra and Pluto was in Leo. That's right. Only people in their late 70s and above don't have this aspect in their chart somewhere. It's a multi-generational aspect. They have changed signs together six times. And they're getting ready to change signs in tandem for a seventh time. 

Neptune, as the ruler of Pisces, has been in its home sign since 2011. Neptune represents the deep unconscious, the Collective Unconscious. It represents our deepest connections to each other, the ones that exist unknown to us, outside of our physical ability to connect and outside of our rational, conscious awareness. It represents our basic connection to Spirit, the foundation of any religious expression. 

Pluto (the ruler of Scorpio) also represents an aspect of the unconscious. It carries our collective will to survive. Our ability as a species to stay alive and thrive in the face of constant change and challenge. Our ability to develop collective resources and maintain control over them. Our ability to see beyond surface appearances and understand the deeper causes and analyze their affects. Our ability to master and control our environment.

When planets are in aspect to each other, they are in relationship. A sextile is an easy aspect. Neptune and Pluto have had a supportive and mutually beneficial relationship with each other for the past three-quarters of a century. As they have changed signs, different aspects of their personalities have been highlighted and they have continued to be there for each other. What does this long friendship mean for us?

I feel those energies have shaped some of the basic themes we see playing out in our society now. It's not surprising to me that since Neptune has been in Pisces, our conversations about gender have been taking a turn. We've been talking about gender since the 50s but lately, the conversation has been a whole lot about what it feels like to be gendered in a body. If you are cis, then you feel like your spirit and your body align. If you aren't cis, then you feel like your spirit and your body don't quite align. That feels like an inherently Neptune in Pisces realization and conversation.

And there are other considerations about bodily autonomy which have come up. Yes, abortion is the most visible one right now. But it brings up all kinds of other conversations about sexual consent, the rights of people whose bodies and minds work differently than others, policing and slavery. What is it like to exist in a body that isn't considered "the norm"?

Which brings us to the Pluto part. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008. Fucking. Shit. Up. Pluto has been in Capricorn stress testing all of our social structures and revealing all of the weaknesses. Pluto's job is to get below the surface and if it isn't working, toss it. And while that seems disruptive in the short term, it ensures our long-term survival. Pluto has revealed to us that our modern post-War societal structures are not sustainable in the long run. We cannot hoard basic resources and sell them for profit. We cannot exert control over the bodies of people we deem lesser and exploit their existence for the gain of a few. These are not sustainable systems. If we are to survive as a species, they have to go.

These two friends have a message for us if we are willing to listen. As they get ready to change signs together one last time, we would do well to learn from them and work with them.


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