Uranus in Taurus: 2018 - 2026

Uranus (aka the Sky God, Prometheus, the Great Awakener) will enter Taurus on May 15th. Because Uranus is a slow-moving outer planet, it takes him years to transit one sign. We have had Uranus in Aries continually for the past eight years or so. The changes that have transpired, so quickly, in such fiery ways, have been a big part of creating the new “normal” we find ourselves in now. With Uranus’ ingress into Taurus, we make a huge shift into the next phase of our awakening.

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - Photo by shiny things on flickr

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - Photo by shiny things on flickr

Prometheus gave humans the gift of fire. This gift can create warmth, cook food, and smelt tools for hunting more food, or destroy whole forests, burn down cities, and smelt weapons of war. Like all of the gifts of Uranus, Prometheus’ gift was revolutionary, but it was only a tool. No tool is inherently good or bad. It’s all in how we choose to use it.

Where Uranus makes an important transit in your chart, he awakens you. This does not usually feel like you’re getting a super awesome gift from the gods. A true awakening will feel like a breakdown. It will throw you into unpredictable circumstances and force you to adapt. I don’t believe that the volatile changes that Uranus transits coincide with are created with good or bad intentions. They just are, like a volcano, or a storm. This is what Uranus does. So some changes will lead you into a fantastic new world of freedom and some changes will suck. All I can say is that lightning will strike somewhere. It could split the tree in your front yard, or find the perfect conditions to turn sand into glass. The best way to handle this is to be agile. You’ve got to be out there with a kite like Ben Franklin, performing experiments with Uranus’ electricity.

Uranus in Aries: 2010 - 2019

Mars Rocket Pack by Standard Fireworks

Mars Rocket Pack by Standard Fireworks

Exact Dates

May 27 - August 13, 2010

March 11, 2011 - May 15, 2018

November 6, 2018 - March 6, 2019

Broadly, Uranus symbolizes innovation, genius, unpredictability, eccentricity, individuality, originality, change and the future. Aries symbolizes initiation, action, assertiveness, aggression and war, impatience, courage, independence, leadership, and pioneers. This particular transit of Uranus through Aries has been characterized by a challenging square to Pluto in Capricorn (most intense from 2012 - 2015), combined with an opposition to Jupiter in Libra in 2016. Saturn in Sagittarius also made a fiery trine to Uranus in 2017. Every planet’s transit through a sign is influenced by the rest of the sky. So this sky, with these aspects among others, coincided with fast, volatile developments in pioneering technology and entrepreneurship, as well as revolution, unrest, and warfare. This is just a brief overview of some events with a Uranus-in-Aries flavor:

During this Uranus transit, we’ve seen rapid changes in smartphones, social media, cloud computing, big data, and our relationships to these technologies. Smartphone ownership reached a tipping point in June 2011. Silicon Valley is now such a big part of our lives they made a show about it, and entrepreneurship hit a record high in 2013. Social media has played a key role in major events, including the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, the 2016 U.S. election, and subsequent protests. The technology of warfare and terrorism evolved too, from drone warfare to the semi-automatic guns used in the most memorable recent mass shootings, including Aurora,  Sandy Hook, and Parkland. Protests erupted in Ferguson after police shot and killed Michael Brown, and after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, three radical organizers started the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013. There were major terrorist attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the shooting at Charlie Hebdo, and we learned how ISIS uses social media to recruit individuals all over the world. NASA announced possible liquid water on Mars (Aries’ ruling planet) in August 2011, and entrepreneur/space technology pioneer Elon Musk received public attention for his plan to “make life multiplanetary” by putting humans on Mars via SpaceX. After an exhausting year of aggression and misogyny, 45 won in an election that most of the media didn’t predict, 2017 brought unrelenting instability...and here we are.

Vintage Uranus in Taurus: 1934 - 1942

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Exact Dates

June 6 - October 9, 1934

March 27, 1935 - August 7, 1941

October 4, 1941 - May 15, 1942

The last time Uranus was in Taurus was 1934 - 1942. Broadly, Taurus symbolizes stability, perseverance, obstinance, prosperity, possessions, physicality, and sensuality. Uranus and Taurus are almost exact opposites. The planet of change doesn’t operate as well in the sign that doesn’t want to change anything.

There were other things happening during Uranus’ last transit through Taurus. Uranus was trine Neptune in Virgo for much of this time. Saturn in Pisces, Neptune in Virgo, and Chiron in Gemini made a tense t-square from April 1935 - February 1937. Jupiter in Sagittarius opposed Chiron in 1936, making this already tense aspect more tense. Jupiter in Capricorn and Neptune made a grand earth trine with Uranus in late 1937. Jupiter squared Uranus from Aquarius in 1938. Pluto moved into Leo in June 1939, and was squared by Saturn in Taurus. Jupiter also entered Taurus in May 1940, making a conjunction with Saturn. Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus made a triple conjunction in Taurus in 1941, and Saturn remained with Uranus when Jupiter moved into Gemini. All of this to say that eight years is a long time. World War II did start while Uranus was in Taurus, but the rest of the sky provides additional context for that particular time period.

Fascism spread from 1934 until World War II began in September 1939. The promethean fire of Uranus during this period took the form of chemicals and nuclear fission, which we used in warfare to create increasingly deadly poison gases and the atomic bomb. There is no sugarcoating the fact that Uranus in Taurus was one factor in the astrology of this time, representing unpredictable dictators and radical organizing against change for a dark version of the future instead of a progressive one. This was a dark time, but before we go too wild with dystopian versions of the next Uranus-Taurus cycle, remember that the Nazis didn’t win. This is a new cycle, with different aspects. We can hope that we’ve learned enough from our history not to repeat it.

One accidental side effect of World War II was the unprecedented number of opportunities for American women to work jobs that were previously held exclusively by men, which changed gender roles in the labor force from then on. When Uranus makes positive innovations in Taurus, they are often real and lasting. Roosevelt implemented the second stage of the New Deal in 1935, and though other economic programs ended during World War II, social security remains effective. Napoleon Hill’s perennial self-help book Think and Grow Rich was first published in 1937, focusing on the Taurean theme of wealth, and based on a very Taurean two decades of research.

Uranus in Taurus Now: 2018 - 2026

Exact Dates

May 15 - November 6, 2018

March 6, 2019 - July 7, 2025

November 7, 2025 - April 25, 2026

It’s been 76 years since the last time Uranus was in Taurus. We’re leaving the era of a martial approach to innovation: disrupt, interrupt, hack, win (even failing is really winning), startup,  ramp up, bootstrap, self-fund, pioneer, be a rockstar. We’ve reinvented our identities, innovated beyond the false binary of masculine/feminine, and reached a tipping point where men are being held accountable for sexist and abusive behavior towards women. We’re ready for an era of radical growth, a sustainable future where we invent new concepts of wealth, prioritize pleasure, and add some venusian sensuality to our lives. Here are some of the themes I’m envisioning for this next cycle.

Rewilding

The rewilding movement is a thing already, and I think greater numbers of people are about to catch on. Putting aside philosophical debates about what “wildness” even is, we have been killing the plants and other animals around us at a rapid rate, and it’s essential for our own survival that we figure out a way to keep the earth alive. Uranus being the unpredictable genius of the zodiac, I am seeing more wilderness growing around us, even in urban areas, more awareness of how we’re connected to the earth. Uranus in Aries already had us developing ultra-efficient solar power and other green technologies. Books like The Hidden Life of Trees, The Biophilia Effect, and The Wild Places will continue to inspire people to see how we are a part of nature. Independent thinkers like environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva (Jupiter in Taurus opposite her sun in Scorpio) will lead us to develop sustainable change. People will continue to replace pharmaceutical regimes with plant medicines like cannabis, ayahuasca, and psilocybin mushrooms. As we rewild the world, we’ll rewild ourselves.

Virtual Cyborg or Back to the Lander?

You choose. Uranus in Taurus could be living in Virtual Realities and sequencing your DNA and eating a Jetson-style meal pill recommended by the chip in your arm that monitors your health 24-7, or going back to the land to farm, joining the slow movement, and making some weird music with your futuristic eco band. And/And any combination of the above. VR is about to tip into everyday technology just like your smartphone did in 2011. Taurus rules reality, but then again, the material world is made up of a bunch of moving molecules and everything is actually a vibration or waveform or something so what even is real? The alternate reality of post-2016 could get even more subjective with awakener Uranus in Taurus and Jupiter in questioning Scorpio - people living in the game. Stem cell technology and cloning, faster DNA sequencing, and the ethics of prenatal DNA sequencing will be at the forefront of debate. The internet of DNA has our bodies mapped to the screen. Eating and growing real food with sustainable farming practices (see: rewilding) will be an even more central political issue, as agricultural drones and plant gene editing technology could reach epic levels of innovation. Hipsters take foraging to new levels, forming small groups of hunter-gatherers. Rapid developments in biotechnology change everything in unforeseen ways. The old ways become the newest surprise.

Venus’ Turn: Women, Bodies, and Sex

We are finally listening to women speak about sexual harassment and abuse by men, and Chiron in Aries is going to help us heal the wound of toxic masculinity. After such a martial period, we now enter a Venusian era of relationship, love, real women’s bodies, sensuality, and female pleasure. Pro-woman everything. Pro-woman sex, feminist revolutions in the porn industry, sovereignty and pleasure in bodies of all sizes and races and orientations, self-love and self-care for those bodies, coming up with more eco-friendly, better ideas for menstrual cycles than tampons, innovations in birth control, respecting women’s reproductive choices. Also, people and bodies that don’t fit traditional ideas of gender, trans rights, LGBTQ rights, polyamorous relationships, gay sex, unlabeled sex, asexuals, sex toys, robot sex. Conservative backlash against change means that fascists want to control, abuse, and kill people in bodies that aren’t white/male/hetero, so Uranus must inspire us to choose freedom for humans in all bodies. The pleasure revolution begins.

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Taurus also rules money, so the first thing that comes to mind is closing the wage gap, and not just for white women. We need to do it especially for women of color, and also for men of color. Our whole relationship to money could change via Uranus in Taurus. Currency becomes digital, technology lets us pay for everything with our phones and our faces, cybersecurity is a real threat for everyone. Unions push for higher wages and better working conditions; maybe we even rethink capitalism together. Universal Basic Income could be the social security reform of our generation. Food, water, and shelter are treated as human rights, not as rewards for work. Everyone gets a decent home. We redefine our concept of wealth and what is valuable by calculating the costs of environmental destruction, and the unmined earth becomes more valuable than the metals underneath. We slow down at work, and consider the value of our time. Society becomes more humane when people are no longer treated like human capital. It could happen. It’s really up to us how we use the Promethean gifts.
 

A Short Guide to working with Uranus in Taurus

  • Prioritize pleasure. Especially if you are marginalized in any way, your pleasure matters. Take radical care of yourself and expect others to take care of you, in life and in bed.

  • Connect with the earth. You are a part of everything. Rewild.

  • Take care with the food you put in your body. Find unconventional ways in this hyperspeed society to slow down, cook, eat well, and enjoy.

  • Redefine wealth. Investigate your own money story for some lightning-bolt insights about your relationship to the material world.

Chiron in Aries: April 17, 2018 - April 14, 2027

On April 17th, 2018, the day that Chiron moved into Aries, I received an email from the library. An eBook hold request I had forgotten about was finally available for download. The book was Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. It was a clear download from Chiron in Aries, sending a simple message: lose the perfectionism, embrace self-compassion, and find the courage to be authentic, even when it hurts. Welcome to the next Chiron cycle.

The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota

The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota

What even is Chiron?

For those who are unfamiliar with Chiron, here’s the explanation I’ve used before:

Chiron the outer-space-thing is difficult to classify. Once thought to be an asteroid, it's now considered both a minor planet and a comet, and it hangs out with other such space rocks, called centaurs. It orbits between Saturn and Uranus. It might have rings. There's a lot we don't know. 

We do know that in Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur who stood out from the other centaurs for not being a sloppy, drunk, horndog frat boy centaur like the rest of them. Instead, Chiron was civilized and learned. He was skilled in medicine, music, archery, hunting, gymnastics and the art of prophecy. (How centaurs do gymnastics is a research project for a classics major somewhere.) He mentored most of the monster-slayers of Ancient Greece. He is called the Wounded Healer because Hercules once accidentally hit him with a poisoned arrow intended for the drunk gang of centaurs who were trying to steal their wine. Seems harsh, shooting them with poisoned arrows, but maybe it was incredible wine. Chiron couldn't die because he was immortal. Living forever with a poisoned wound inflicted by his clumsy student didn't sound awesome, so he traded his immortality for Prometheus's freedom (story for another time). The point is, Chiron was wounded, and even though he was a healer, he couldn't heal himself. But he could teach other people.

The pain you've experienced, the things you've had to overcome: these are the trials that give you compassion for other people. It can be much easier to see the same wound in someone else and help to heal it for them than it is to heal your own. You also don't have to heal all of your own wounds. That's the good news. This is why we have other people; we can help each other.

The Key

Chiron’s symbol is the key. It’s a loaded symbol. The key locks and unlocks doors, giving access to those who possess it and creating barriers for those who don’t. The key clarifies solutions to problems. It’s the stone that holds an archway together, the book that holds the answers, and the musical note around which a system of tones is founded.

When Chiron enters a new sign, or touches a sensitive degree of your natal chart, he unlocks the closet where you store your wounds. These could be wounds you didn’t even know you had. Chiron shows you fears that you’ve lived with so long you’ve forgotten there was another way. By the end of the transit, Chiron will also give you the key to healing those wounds. The only way out is through.

Chiron in Pisces: 2010 - 2018

Chiron has an erratic orbit, so he spends more time in some signs than others. He has been transiting Pisces for the past eight years. Both Chiron and Pisces are in many ways about suffering, compassion, woundedness, and healing. While Chiron has been in Pisces, the lesson has been about Suffering with a capital S: do you idealize it? Do you numb yourself to escape from it? Do you suffer for others as a martyr because you make it your mission to heal those who won’t heal themselves? These are all Pisces’ pitfalls, and potential wounds that may have been opened while Chiron was here. Pisces also represents the collective, the reality of our Oneness despite the illusion of separateness, and the divine. Suffering and martyrdom are certainly a part of most of the world’s major religions. Healing a relationship to spirituality, religion, and the divine may have been one of your Chiron in Pisces projects. Healing the illusion of separateness, and feeling our collective suffering has been a project too, as is compassion and healing for the wounds of others. Because Pisces is the twelfth and final sign of the zodiac, Chiron’s move out of Pisces is in many ways the end of a larger cycle.

Vintage Chiron in Aries: 1968 - 1977

Exact Dates

April 1, 1968 - October 18, 1968

January 30, 1969 - May 28, 1976

October 13, 1976 - March 28, 1977

Chiron was in Aries for the very end of the 60’s and most of the 70’s. The 60’s, with Chiron in Pisces for most of the decade, was about the ideal of world peace. In many ways, the 70’s was a continuation of the 60’s. The fight for equality continued. Anti-war protests continued. But there was also, predictably, a conservative backlash.

The 70’s was nicknamed “The Me Decade” by novelist Tom Wolfe, in his essay “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening,” published by New York Magazine in 1976. He wrote, “. . . The new alchemical dream is: changing one’s personality—remaking, remodeling, elevating, and polishing one’s very self . . . and observing, studying, and doting on it. (Me!) . . .”

The self of the 60’s was merged with the collective, eschewing consumerist markings of identity in favor of the true self or spirit that people believed would be revealed through transcendent experience (say, tripping on LSD). The self of the 70’s was something to be alchemized, made, and polished through a series of discerning purchases and experiences. Emphasis shifted from the inner self to the outer self-image. Sound familiar? It’s not over yet. This kind of focus on the outer self-image has only become more prevalent with the rise of social media.

Chiron’s transit was not the only one shaping this period. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Neptune are always somewhere too. From 1969 - 1975, on and off, Uranus in Libra opposed Chiron, emphasizing social upheavals including steps toward more equality for women and LGBTQ people, and fueling anti-war activism. The outer planets are in different places now, and the conditions will be different this time around. The cycles do not repeat exactly, but they do echo each other.

Chiron in Aries Now: 2018 - 2027

Exact Dates

April 17, 2018 - September 25, 2018

February 18, 2019 - June 19, 2026

September 17, 2026 - April 14, 2027

On a broad scale, we can expect some of the same themes to arise. The sign of Aries, as the first sign of the zodiac, does represent the self. Aries is ego: me, myself, and I. Aries understands the value of their unique, individual identity. Aries is brave, always trying new things, putting themselves out there, and diving in headfirst. Aries is masculine fire: motivation, assertiveness, and righteous anger. The lesson of Aries is to be yourself, love yourself for who you are, and do what you want to do. The pitfalls of Aries are egotism, selfishness, and aggression.

Healing the Wounds of Toxic Masculinity

One of our collective experiences as Chiron left Pisces and entered Aries has been the chorus of women’s voices as we tell stories of harassment and abuse at the hands of men. We finally reached a tipping point where our stories are being heard, and men have to listen. Bridging the shift from Pisces to Aries, Tracee Ellis Ross recently gave a short TED Talk titled “A woman’s fury holds lifetimes of wisdom,” a title that acknowledges generations of collective experience (Pisces) and the resulting fury of every individual woman (Aries).

Her advice to men is to “be accountable, self-reflective, compassionate, open; ask how you can support a woman and be of service to change, and get help if you need it.” This is Chiron in Aries territory: calling on each individual man to alchemize toxic masculinity into divine masculinity. Look inside yourself to reflect. Look outside yourself to see and understand another point of view.

Her advice for women: “Acknowledge your fury, give it language…your fury is not something to be afraid of. It holds lifetimes of wisdom.”

Healing the Wounds of Anger, War, and Destruction

It is hard for women to be angry, because we are not supposed to be. But we have to acknowledge and give voice to our fury. When we use it wisely, anger is not bad. It tells us (and others) where our boundaries are, and when they have been crossed. It is often the spark that fuels action, and subsequently change. It is cleansing, in the way that fire can be, burning through the old to make way for the new. It is clarifying and transformative.

War is another story. Centuries of empire, the industrial-military complex, and patriarchy have put us in a state of perpetual war. Chiron in Aries, the sign of the warrior, may spark another much-needed wave of anti-war activism. The wounds are global. I don’t need to spell that one out for you. On another level, blaming, shaming, and starting a two-sided war is not the answer to healing the wounds of toxic masculinity either. We are all in need of this healing: victim and victimizer, oppressor and oppressed. Accountability is necessary, but if anything is really going to change, we will need a collective solution. Similarly, healing environmental destruction has been and will continue to be a focus, especially with Uranus moving into Taurus next month. Think eco-feminism. It’s all connected.

Healing the Wounds of Self-abnegation

When Chiron transits here, we are called to heal the wounds caused by denying ourselves in favor of pleasing others. This is the more personal side of the transit, but I also think it's radical activism for women to practice putting themselves first.

Perfectionism, as defined by Brene Brown, is “the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and shame.” Healthy striving, she notes, “is self-focused--How can I improve? Perfectionism is other-focused--What will they think?

Chiron in Aries calls on you to be brave, making your decisions based not on what others think, but on what you actually want, who you really are, and what makes you happy. Easier said than done in our world. Good thing you have years to practice this. Practice compassion for yourself. Consider self-love a radical act, in a patriarchal and capitalist world that benefits when you live to serve others. Be brave enough to be vulnerable and authentic, regardless of what others think.

A Short Guide to working with Chiron in Aries

Here are some of the keys to this transit on a personal level:

  • Find a place in your life where you are hiding because you are afraid of what other people think. Are the risks of staying hidden greater than the risks of showing up? Can you find a safe place to show this part of yourself?

  • Acknowledge your darker aspects: your anger, your shame, your fears, your flaws.

  • Accept yourself for who you are, practice radical self-love, and extend the same compassion to yourself that you extend to others.

  • Be vulnerable to be brave: risk connecting with other people, making mistakes, and showing your imperfections.


P.S. Authenticity is my coaching specialty! I help womxn figure out what they want and bravely risk flying their “freak flags.”

I also offer a free discovery session to anyone who wants to try coaching with me. Let’s chat.

Jupiter in Scorpio and Women's Horror

The Girl in the Green Ribbon by Jennifer Brown, 2011,  MICA

The Girl in the Green Ribbon by Jennifer Brown, 2011, MICA

Jupiter is an interesting planet to watch. The transits aren't as slow as Pluto's, which can last over 12 years (16 in Capricorn). One lifetime isn't long enough to see Pluto transit through all of the signs. But Jupiter has one year transits, so every 12 years we have a chance to view each sign through a magnifying glass, albeit tempered by the rest of the space weather out there. Themes are played out in public. Problems are made visible, too big to ignore.

Jupiter in Libra, from September 9, 2016 - October 9, 2017, spent the year opposing Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn, at times creating a T-square that was like a taut bow, firing off flaming arrows. Libra, sign of harmony, beauty, justice, and loving relationships, is in many ways a sign of women. The newspapers and polls predicted we would have a woman president, women wore pantsuits to the polls in solidarity, and instead the US elected a man far, far less qualified. He's a sexual predator and white supremacist too, but then so was Jefferson. Jupiter in Libra reminded many of our nation's unjust history. It brought us the Women's March. It gave us a better understanding of just how disharmonious America is right now, and for many, a renewed commitment to social justice. And just before moving into Scorpio, at 28 Libra, separating from his last exact opposition to Uranus, Jupiter thrust Harvey Weinstein into the spotlight.

The story broke in the New York Times on October 5th. It caught fire. Women started sharing stories of men harassing and assaulting them with the hashtag MeToo. On October 10th, Jupiter moved into Scorpio. And what I see being magnified is women's horror. True horror isn't a fictional monster hiding in the woods. True horror is a real, flesh and blood monster who terrorizes you behind closed doors, but doesn't really have to hide it, because everybody knows about the terror, and you are told in so many ways that it doesn't matter. They know he is a monster; sometimes they even abet his crimes. And at the same time they don't believe you. They silence you and say you caused your own victimhood. They tell you in so many ways that the ugliness must be inside of you. True horror is living with the monster in your office, in your home, in your school, day after day.

What I mean by women's horror is what Mikaella Clements wrote of the insidious darkness hiding in Jane Austen's novels on October 13th. "There’s no need to step outside the gate," she writes. "The call is coming from inside the house." She points to the character of Mr. Woodhouse in Emma, the father who monitors Emma and her guests so closely that he won't even let them eat their fill. Emma will never leave her horribly needy, vampiric, surveillant father, so much so that at the end of the book Emma and Mr. Knightly continue living with him after their marriage. Emma has always lived with a monster in the house.

Authors today are still writing of the insidious horror of just being a woman on Earth. In The New Scream Queens, Nathan Scott McNamara reviews Argentinian Mariana Enriquez's 2017 collection Things We Lost in the Fire. The title story of that collection is based on the true story of Maira Maidana, whose boyfriend lit her on fire and then turned off the taps, following her around the house with a blanket and a bottle of alcohol while she tried first the shower, then both of the sinks. She survived, and feared him so much that at first she told people she lit herself on fire. Enriquez posits within the story that this might be the origin of the Burning Woman movement in Argentina, a society in which women help each other burn themselves. It’s sad that it’s not hard to believe. On October 17th, I learned about Nxivm, a cult where women are told they’re joining a kind of empowerment sorority, and end up branded with the cult leader’s initials.

In The Husband Stitch, published in Her Body and Other Parties this month, Carmen Maria Machado writes the macabre tale of the girl with the green ribbon as a feminist horror story. The woman’s husband wants to know about her ribbon, wants to touch it, but she won’t let him. He accuses her of keeping secrets. “It’s not a secret,” she tells him, “It’s just mine...am I not allowed this one thing?” He will not leave it alone. Throughout the story she offers her body up for his pleasure, receiving little, if any, pleasure from him in return. When she gives birth, she hears her husband joking with the doctor about “the extra stitch.” The husband stitch refers to a stitch given to a woman where childbirth has torn the skin between her anus and vagina, to make her vagina tight again.

In Jane Dykema’s article, “What I Don’t Tell My Students About the Husband Stitch,” published the day Jupiter moved into Scorpio, she writes that she could not find “reliable” information about the husband stitch, meaning information presented objectively, with authority. The words pop up over and over again on pregnancy message boards, women telling other women. Another kind of whisper network. Dykema writes of being a woman and not being believed, even sometimes by her husband, who was reluctant to call the gas company when she smelled gas because he didn’t smell it. There were in fact gas leaks. Women’s horror is a life where even your senses are suspect. Women’s horror is that we are not allowed to confirm our own reality. Reality, like everything else, is the domain of men.

I think stories that the patriarchy has silenced, and stories about being silenced by the patriarchy, will grow louder through the fall of 2018. What other Scorpionic themes do you see rising from the depths already with Jupiter in Scorpio? Feel free to share in the comments.