Summer is here! Gemini will be our star in June and we all need the Twins' sense of humor and sense of play to help us get through some of the heavier transits this month. Mars squares Venus around the 14th and directly squares on June 20-21 so everyone needs to look out for lover's quarrels on these days. Don't worry...we'll all make up by the end of the month with Venus in Leo. June typically means the start of vacations or downtime so I'm giving everyone some leisure ideas based on their sign!
May 21- June 20
“What goes up must come down."
This June will be a seesaw for Geminis with stops and starts, ups and downs, laughter and tears. Thank goodness this is how most Gemini's live anyway...in the world of duality. With Mars in Aquarius your energy and creative inspiration is flowing. You have the fortitude right now to keep trudging towards your goals. On June 6-7, watch what you say and how you say it. Are you really being truthful? Even to yourself? Stringent self awareness and disciplined authenticity is crucial for you his month. Dismount your high horse and get to work in your creative studio, wherever that space is to you. Best vacay: Theatre workshop.
"June typically means the start of vacations or downtime so I'm giving everyone some leisure ideas based on their sign!"
June 21- July 22
“Reap what you sow."
I am loving your ability to communicate this month, especially after June 12. Communication comes in all forms, including but not limited to speaking, writing, singing, photography and any other kind of art form. This is especially important to note on June 19-20 when your thoughts are like seeds being sown into a magically fertile ground. Don't waste this time. Revisit your list of goals or create a vision board. The intentions that you communicate to yourself or others are more powerful than ever. You have been batted about recently beyond your control. It's time to take back the wheel. Where do you want to go? Best vacay: anywhere near water with good food and family.
July 23- August 22
“The fishes and the loaves"
This has been a tough couple of months for you. The perpetual hill that you've been climbing seems to be getting steeper and steeper. I'm going to give you two pieces of advice to handle these challenges then I'm going to give you some good news. First, when it comes to where you are spending your energies-put others first. It's not about you right now. What do you have to give? Who needs it most? Selfishness will backfire this month. Also, many Leo's are having Dad issues right now ( Leo Meghan Markle anyone?). Other Leo's should take Meghan's lead...if you can't control it then don't engage, make a neutral statement and move on.
Here's the good news: your selflessness attracts love like bees to flowers this month, especially after June 14. Best vacay: Romantic and grand...go big and leave home.
August 23- September 22
“The birds and the bees"
You're still enjoying a power position but your energy is starting to feel very scattered. My advice...go online. Do the extra research, join an online community that shares your interests or goals or even play a video game. I'm serious. Cyberspace is where you will get traction and solace right now from the proverbial “salt mine" that you toil in everyday. The first half of the month has good love for you. In the second half you may find that you can't juggle all the bees that have flocked to your honey. Best vacay: Stay home and organize.
September 23- October 22
“Friends, Romans, countrymen..."
Make the speech, the pitch or publish your manifesto June 1-12. All Libras have a silver tongue but it is especially sparkly during the first half of the month. My favorite gift that the stars bring you this month is ENERGY. You will have mornings where you jump out of bed. You will not just feel inspired, you will take action to make things change. This is all good news because your workload is still a burden. It will be for awhile. That's ok. Have fun counting the bounty you will earn when this time of labor is over. Oh, and by the way, go easy on your dad. Best vacay: go visit a fashion week in a glamorous city.
October 23- November 21
“Talk to the hand"
This month your ideas and ways of doing things will be challenged. What is the normal Scorpio response to opposition? Crush the resistance. I am going to save you and the people that will challenge you some heartache. Please just listen to your naysayers. These ideas aren't a threat, they are glimpses of the future. You are being called to get out of your comfort zone. Respond to the nudge in a favorable way and magic can happen. Remember what it felt like to dream? It's not too late. Best vacay: scuba diving somewhere deep.
November 22- December 21
“Onward and upward"
This month is a party for the inventors. Sagittarius likes invention because it's about taking risks and disrupting old ways of doing things. Sagittarius also likes a good race or competition. There is a race this month but it's not against anyone, it is for the world. It's a call to run towards the cutting edge of where humanity is going. Have I lost most of you? I haven't lost Sagittarius...they love the big ideas. See you at the finish line with all the Aquarians! Best vacay: make a hike out of an historic march in a foreign land.
"It's not about you right now. What do you have to give? Who needs it most? Selfishness will backfire this month."
December 22- January 19
“Lead with the heart"
First I want to say it's ok to cry. Especially after June 13th. You aren't used to showing your feelings and being vulnerable. The second half of this month will coax these feelings out of you. It's a wonderful catharsis that you have needed after your work marathon over the last couple of months. With power and high position comes great responsibility. This month you have the secret sauce of successful leadership, strength with vulnerability. Housekeeping note: are you unloading some of your real estate holdings during this sellers market? It's a good idea. Best vacay: Capricorn's don't take vacay.
January 20- February 18
“And they're off!"
You are on the move and ready to take the steps to really get to where you want to be. It will not be easy and it will feel too slow for you but you will be moving in a forward direction. Reminder: you are an earthling and you have to understand earthly parameters of business and money matters. Your crazy dreams are what the world needs but you have to follow at least SOME of the rules to get what you want. Especially right now...the more you fight these truths the more you will be knocked down. Be humble and lean into this momentum. Best vacay: space simulation workshop.
February 19- March 20
“Rock a bye baby"
Have you ever sung a lullaby to a grown adult? This is kind of what you will be doing with some of your communication this month. You need to NURTURE others with your words. You can bring a calming effect to your relationships if you just set this intention. Embrace those that see you as a mother or parent figure, even if it's annoying. Remember that they are just responding to the energy that you are putting off however subconscious it is. Check your reality with others during this long Neptune transit. When people say you don't see something the right way listen to them. Best vacay: any music or theatre outdoors.
March 21- April 19
“Keeping The Home Fires Burning"
I'm excited about your love relationship after June 14. You may see a spark in the ashes that have been cold for a while. The second half of the month could also bring more money or creative ideas for business.
With Saturn still in Capricorn in retrograde it's a bad time to invest in Real Estate but a good time to renovate or invest wisely (not extravagantly) in property that you already own. When Mars goes retrograde in Aquarius on June 27th it's time to quit dreaming and get back to work. Best vacay: train for a competition and travel there to participate.
April 20- May 20
How do you self medicate? Too much work? Alcohol? Food? Sex? Sleep? Exercise? Many of our Taurus friends indulge in ALL OF THE ABOVE. They just go from one compulsion to the other. The scary part is that a Taurus can have the stamina to withstand an unhealthy loop for longer than others. This month presents a slippery slope for you that creates the perfect environment for addictive behaviors. You know what you indulge in. Self love is about moderation. Care for yourself this month with gentleness. Best vacay: head to the woods.
It's the question on everyone's tongues. It's what motivates every conversation about whether or not Liz Warren is "electable," every bit of hand-wringing that a woman just "can't win this year," and every joke about menstrual cycles and nuclear missiles. Is America ready for a woman president?
It's a question that would be laughable if it wasn't indicative of deeper problems and wielded like a weapon against our ambitions. Whether thinly-veiled misogyny or not (I'm not going to issue a blanket condemnation of everybody who's ever asked), it certainly has the same effect: to tell us "someday, but not yet." It's cold comfort when "someday" never seems to come.
What are the arguments? That a woman can't win? That the country would reject her authority? That the troops would refuse to take her orders? That congress would neuter the office? Just the other day, The New York Times ran yet another in a long series of op-eds from every major newspaper in America addressing this question. However, this one made a fascinating point, referencing yet another article on the topic in The Atlantic (examining the question during Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid), which cited a study by two Yale researchers who found that people were either the same or more likely to vote for a fictional male senator when told that he was ambitious; and yet, both men and women alike were less likely to vote for a woman when told that she was ambitious, even reacting with "feelings of moral outrage" including "contempt, anger, and disgust."
The question isn't whether a woman could be president, or whether a woman can be elected president – let's not forget that Hillary Clinton won three million more votes than the wildly unqualified man currently sitting in the oval office – it's whether or not it's appropriate for a woman to run for president, in a pre-conscious, visceral, gut-check way. In short, it's about misogyny. Not your neighbors' misogyny, that oft-cited imaginary scapegoat, but yours. Ours. Mine. The misogyny we've got embedded deeply in our brains from living in a society that doesn't value women, the overcoming of which is key for our own growth, well-being, and emotional health.
Why didn't we ever ask if America was ready for Trump?
That misogyny, too, is reinforced by every question asking people to validate a woman even seeking the position. Upfront, eo ipso, before considering anything of their merit or experience or thought, whether a woman should be president, that, if given the choice between a qualified woman and an unqualified man, the man wins (which, let's not forget, is what happened four years ago). To ask the question at all is to recognize the legitimacy of the difference in opinion, that this is a question about which reasonable people might disagree. In reality, it's a question that reason doesn't factor into at all. It's an emotional question provoking an emotional response: to whom belong the levers of power? It's also one we seem eager to dodge.
"Sure, I'd vote for a woman, but I don't think my neighbor would. I'd vote for a woman, but will South Carolina? Or Nebraska? Or the Dakotas?" At worst, it's a way to sort through the cognitive dissonance the question provokes in us – it's an obviously remarkable idea, seeing as we've never had a woman president – and at best, it's sincere surrender to our lesser angels, allowing misogyny to win by default. It starts with the assumption that a woman can't be president, and therefore we shouldn't nominate one, because she can't win. It's a utilitarian argument for excluding half of the country's population from eligibility for its highest office not even by virtue of some essential deficiency, but in submission to the will of a presumed minority of voters before a single vote has ever been cast. I don't know what else to call that but misogyny by other means.
We can, and must, do better than that. We can't call a woman's viability into question solely because she's a woman. To do so isn't to "think strategically," but to give ground before the race even starts. It's to hobble a candidate. It's to make sure voters see her, first and foremost, as a gendered object instead of a potential leader. I have immense respect for the refusal of women like Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and pioneers like Carol Mosley-Braun, going as far back as Victoria Woodhull, to accede to this narrative and stick to their arguments over the course of their respective campaigns, regardless of any policy differences with them. It's by women standing up and forcing the world to see us as people that we push through, not by letting them tell us where they think we belong.
One of the themes I come back to over and over again in my writing is women asserting independence from control and dignity in our lives. It's the dominant note in feminist writing going back decades, that plea for recognition not only of our political and civil rights, but our existence as moral agents as capable as any man in the same position, as deserving of respect, as deserving of being heard and taking our shot. What then do we make of the question "is America ready for a woman president?" Is America ready? Perhaps not. But perhaps "ready" isn't something that exists. Perhaps, in the truest fashion of human politics, it's impossible until it, suddenly, isn't, and thereafter seems inevitable.
I think, for example, of the powerful witness Barack Obama brought to the office of president, not simply by occupying it but by trying to be a voice speaking to America's cruel and racist history and its ongoing effects. By extension, then, I think there is very real, radical benefit to electing a chief executive who has herself been subject to patriarchal control in the way only women (and those who others identify as women) can experience.
I look at reproductive rights like abortion and birth control, and that is what I see: patriarchal control over bodies, something no single president has ever experienced. I think about wage equality; no US president has ever been penalized for their sex in their ability to provide for themselves and their families. I look at climate change, and I remember that wealth and power are inextricably bound to privilege, and that the rapacious hunger to extract value from the earth maps onto the exploitation women have been subject to for millennia.
That's the challenge of our day. We've watched, over the last decade, the radicalized right go from the fringes of ridicule to the halls of power. We've watched them spit at the truth and invent their own reality. All while some of our best leaders were told to wait their turn. Why, then, all this question of whether we're ready for something far simpler?
Why didn't we ever ask if America was ready for Trump?