Testing Beauty Standards w Rell Rushin

Really enjoyed my conversation with Rell during this New moon in Taurus 🌙♉ on how prevailing beauty standards affect black women, brown women and diaspora in America.

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Uranus in Taurus: Stunned in Despair

Over the last few months, as much as I have tried to pull myself out of a bottomless pit of despair, hurt and woundedness, I regrettably have not been able to get out of it. My body has also suffered through one too many extra pastries, lack of exercise, the usual hormonal imbalances and an idly stagnant mental health scene. Until I reached out to my life mentor who as usual put me straight in her firm yet gentle and compassionate way (she is a GODDESS), I was not able to pull myself decently together and reevaluate what the heck I was doing (or not).

Of course you can always look to the intense transits in the sky and one’s evolutionary karma to understand why there is a ton of gunk sitting in front of you, there from whatever reason, through your fault or another’s. Because I am not yet an enlightened monk, I unfortunately cannot dissolve it with the laser focus of my inner light so I need the help of various methods to help me through and astrology is at the end of the day, a big one of those methods.

The pain I’ve been feeling has been so literal, so in the body. Uranus in Taurus has been one of the main culprits with it transiting my Moon sign, and Taurus, in addition to Aries, is the body. Taurus is the physical and emotional needs of a person from which it relates with itself and others and which contribute to survival. It teaches self-sufficiency, foundation-building and learns to draw boundaries. The evolutionary journey starts in Aries, when the Soul is propelled from the womb and experiences the initial spark of life and instinct but it then forms attachments with its surroundings through Taurus, coming to some understanding of what is a part of Its survival and values.

Uranus forces us to rebel and become our Authentic self. It electrifyingly initiates our spiritual liberation in unexpected ways, being that it is also the planet of trauma and shocks. Its continued transit through Taurus means we have been jumpstarted into a journey of digging deep and uncovering the truth of what we need to physically and emotionally survive and be our True Selves. And if we aren’t aware of what our needs are or even the concept of having needs, especially in relationships, then we are up for some surprises.

A divorce, betrayal, loss of income or injury are just a few of the many examples of situations that would force us into learning about why what was didn’t survive and what it is that we will need moving forward to build solid foundations that will last longer. The Taurus bull sure loves sweets so instead of reaching for that pastry, we can focus on what is internally missing in the first place even if it’s painful, go for a brisk walk and make a smoothie instead.

Simultaneously occurring Chiron in Aries makes the stress on the body more difficult, especially the head area, where stress headaches, migraines and general inflammation in the body can become worse. Chiron is a comet similar to Uranus in that it shows us the nature of our wounds. The theme of these wounds is ever present throughout our lives but Chiron is known as the ‘wounded healer,’ so it becomes a great healer after transforming from them.

Aries instinct is masculine in nature, but it exists in everybody regardless of sex or gender, and where we have not been able to exercise our primal self produces pain. Pluto, the planet of intense death and rebirth, has drudged up a lot around our world systems through its transit in Capricorn so intense rage is sure to come up especially given the historical existence of patriarchy over thousands of years with many human beings repressed in so many ways. The collective effects of Chiron in Aries are violence, impulsive behavior and tremendous fear. Repressed rage and anxiety results from separation anxiety (initially from the womb), being cutoff from the primal psyche and unactualized identity.

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And as we are uncovering ways in which our Taurean survival needs are traumatized, you can imagine the effect on the body and mental health. Are we not being forced into taking care of our physical vessels and reevaluating how we manifest our willpower? Do we still have a willpower? I myself have repeatedly imagined my natural brown-skinned self and how she would have felt surviving in nature, killing animals and collecting nuts for food, while adorning herself with natural paint colors taken from flowers, leaves, etc. Sure this imagery has a bunch of connotations but from my view, I get such a feeling of peace and sensual satisfaction from it. Alas, the only option I have is going into a pharmacy with rows of packaging and pick out a ‘beauty’ option to feel hopefully vibrant. I’d rather vomit.

In any case, the uncovering of our independence and earthly selves is paramount, especially if we are quite literally physically to survive and isn’t survival the primary concern in our world after all? These transits will continue for another five years. Instead of eternally saddened about the upsets currently in life or falling into despair, maybe I should realize that indeed there is a ‘basic’ part of my evolutionary journey missing and for much of humankind and it’s up to me to bring it into existence to fulfill the journey. There is no other choice.

Dancing towards Uranus: Lessons in Freedom and Harmony

A Uranus and Venus conjunction happens once almost every year. What a conjunction manifests depends on the nature of the sign the planets conjunct in, or the degree of the zodiac they both ‘collide’ at. On April 22, 2021, they both collided at 10° Taurus. Traditionally ruled by Venus, Taurus energy is determined, devoted and materially creative and resourceful, often the sign of fashion, design, gardening and singing given that it rules the throat chakra and neck. Its’ Venus rulership merges it with Libra territory, giving it artistic ability, such as in dance, and skill in creating harmony, as art is an expression of harmony, symmetry and agreement.

Uranus still has another five years to complete its transit through Taurus. Uranus is an outer planet that guides part of your spiritual journey in evolutionary journey. Its’ mandate is to liberate yourself from the existing structures in your life and to innovate with a spirit of rebellion as you find freedom and new ways of expression. But Uranus’ lightening, electric energy often fulfills its mandate erratically, forcing radical and instantaneous changes and tipping you off your balance and routine.

I felt this transit more intensely because my Moon is in Taurus, it was inconjunct my natal Venus and I have a bunch of planets in Libra. I felt lots of creativity wanting to express itself but was having trouble getting it to flow. It felt as if something new and exciting was coming but hadn’t come yet and the friction kept brewing underneath the surface.

Classical dance is my Libran expression, specifically Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, and now classical Flamenco. Libra is also cooperation and collaboration and there’s nothing more I love than collaborating with others, artists and non-artists, in creating new works and ideas. This is really my life’s breath, and recently I had a chance to get back to my classical Indian dance roots as a couple dance colleagues and I were commissioned to do a video performance for an upcoming virtual convention this summer.

At first my colleagues and I thought we had a couple months to work on our performance but a couple weeks before the Uranus-Venus conjunction, a very early deadline was unexpectedly thrust into our faces and we found ourselves working day and night planning, choreographing, rehearsing and editing video. Having to coordinate the video recording of our performance during a continuing pandemic while a couple of us were still waiting to get our second vaccination shots was an additional challenge. There was venting and complaining along the way while feeling shock as we needed to complete everything with electric speed. I realized that the sudden nature of this whole event was Uranus at play and its conjunction with Venus in Taurus played out in my artwork.

Interestingly, after joyously dancing for two whole days outside amidst alternating shades of light and dark in the sky turned out be an otherworldly experience and we found ourselves feeling light and beautifully fulfilled afterwards. Professional and amateur dancers got a chance to work their artistic muscles and create together after a long time. Longstanding ideas were being exercised and inventions for the future were stirring. Friendship felt stronger and initial planning around creating with different resources such as film and media was occurring. Most importantly, we felt free.

Such is the nature of Uranus – this awesome planet wants you to do something unique and stand out in your authenticity as you experience liberation. It forces you into new experiences, painful and joyous, to experience the different. I had never worked with a drone before and was as happy as a delighted little kid when holding dance poses for a flying, buzzing camera above my head even though I couldn’t feel my legs and arms afterwards! Amidst the craziness of these unforeseen circumstances, I was gleeful with a newfound self. The lesson of Uranus is to attain your freedom with some fun. And with like-minded people.

Instead of focusing on the stress of something unexpected, we can focus on how the experience might lead us to a newfound self. Can we use it to manifest a different part of our selves and even dissolve an outmoded way of functioning? Can we evolve spiritually from it and step into our authenticity? If you can, then you’ve fulfilled a spiritual teaching of Uranus and that’s an accomplishment worth (Taurus) creating for.

Happy Dancing!


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Astro changes for the US

Unfortunately to many astrologers, the current upheavals occurring in mainstream life are not surprising and have been predicted for some time. The Pluto Saturn conjunction in Capricorn in Jan 2020 along with the shift of Uranus solidly into Taurus this last year was portended to bring intense crises in order to facilitate the changes and evolution required by the larger forces of our Universe. Taurus rules resources, how we handle money, hard work, labor and literally the Earth while Uranus is the planet of trauma and shocks as well as rebellion and individuation from the status quo. Thus unexpected events and situations will occur in Taurus areas for the remaining six years of its transit in order for authenticity and revolution to be revealed. Uranus first entered Taurus in May 2018 for six months, retrograded back into Aries, then reentered Taurus in March of 2019. Taurus also rules the throat chakra including the neck, thyroid, vocal tract and even the ears so there could be issues in these areas if you are prone. You can wear green, particularly a green gemstone, or copper to stabilize and harmonize these areas.

Specifically for the US, the Uranus transit will affect the health sector and institutions that house people in isolation or silence such as prisons, hospitals, religious and spiritual centers, etc. We can see for instance, how there is a dire shortage of face masks for health care workers who need to protect themselves from covid-19 as well as ventilators for patients and other supplies needed, prompting needed invention and accelerated production by small and large companies around the US. There are also crazy instances of people hoarding supplies and taking advantage of the situation. Uranus is such an erratic, lightening energy and can manifest from the most positive to the negative. On the positive side, Uranus gets us deeply in touch with our intuition and brings ideas into how we can overcome challenges, specifically by exploring technology. The ultimate spiritual lesson of all this from an evolutionary astrology perspective is to shatter thought forms and delusions that no longer serve us, become detached and objective and create interdependently while respecting each other’s values, needs and talents.

The solar and lunar eclipses in 2019 hit the US planets in the 2nd house of survival, namely the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury Retrograde, portending rebirth but low well-being for some time. Saturn/south node conjunctions in 2019 in the 8th house of finance/debt/shared resources also emphasized strain in this area. The Pluto and Saturn conjunction in January 2020 was a climax point to the pressure building up over the last few years and will continue to unleash after effects into the next few years. Plutonian topics include those of atomic measure or lacking internal structure such as viruses, bacteria, transformational and metamorphic processes, power and powerlessness, and essentially creation and destruction. Saturn rules structure, that which is of time and space and the lens through which we understand and interact with our world. An incredibly intense death and rebirth energy colliding with solid, systemic structures in various aspects and levels of life can have a wide and unpredictable impact.

It’s interesting that the Full Moon that occurred on March 9, 2020 was just three degrees away from the US Neptune, highlighting the US Neptune/Mars square. Robert Gover, a renowned journalist and astrologer who researched the US economy over a few centuries, found that historically the triggering of this square aspect has been associated with stock market crashes or panics. Transiting Neptune has been closely approaching this square providing a subtle trigger and will remain in close aspect until February 2022. This full moon provided a momentary trigger and its possible that despite some improvements, there will still be some dips and falls along the way. Saturn will be moving into Aquarius, the sign most compatible with Uranus, for the next three years, and will provide more than ample opportunities to create new, innovative structures that also deal positively with finances and that lend themselves to humanitarianism in our world.

The best advice is to proactively make the required changes in your life with regards to your survival and health as your intuition tells you to do and as the opportunity presents itself. Don’t delay your inspiration to change or follow a new path and save some money if you can because you don’t want a crisis later on to force you to do so. The overall lesson is to learn to create and use resource and talent in innovative, sustainable ways and in balance. Modern technology and improvements particularly being developed by the younger generations will also be a saving grace and a guiding light in our world. Let’s follow their example. Peace.

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

One of my conference speakers @lisa.m.perez was asking about the impact of Mercury Retrograde this month (Nov 2019) and I have to say unlike maybe most people out there, this particular transit is giving me a sense of reprieve rather than fright and fear. It might be because I have Mercury retrograde natally in my chart and because I have a shit ton of planets in my 8th house, the house of Scorpio, so I’m used to the scary stuff and there’s not much that surprises me anymore. What I do feel the important element in this transit is that it will require us to above all else: get real and be honest. Maybe that will be the solution to dealing with the scary, intense energies some are feeling and to cutting through the bullshit we are pervaded with in our lives.

Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio, an outer spiritual planet whose energy is atomic and obsessive, and governs death and rebirth, metamorphosis, good v. evil, the dark side, destruction, violence and of the like. In evolutionary astrology, Pluto is also the Soul that houses our unconscious desires that want to manifest in this life, the path of evolution that we may not be always conscious of but which nevertheless dictates our choices and manifests through Mars, the ego-drive and conscious desires. As Mars transits the later degrees of Libra during the entire Mercury retrograde, we are essentially being directed to take an honest look at how we are or are not manifesting harmony and balance in our lives particularly in relationships and this may involve getting real about what our limits are or where we need to take more risks in life.

We have relationships with everything, from the people in our world to the paperwork sitting at our desk and our desks. Where are we not at peace? Where do we feel isolated, disconnected, suppressed or over-involved? Where are we tolerating too much bullshit and what have we been ignoring? Are we scared, even petrified, to change? And where are we disconnected from our intuition and truth? With Mercury’s higher octave Uranus transiting Taurus for the next six years, we need to take a hard look at our finances and the resources we use in our lives. Money, debt and shared resources in partnership is a Scorpio topic so maybe it’s time to take advantage of this transit and reevaluate how these are constructed in your life.

Begin to at least think about adjustments that may need to be made because it’s better to be proactive when the cosmic energies are supportive of such reevaluation and one’s intuition may be indicating so instead of being forced to do it later after a crisis occurs. Uranus is after all the planet of trauma and sudden surprises, the lightening bolt that shatters everything so that you become the real you, separate from the status quo. But its’ electric energy also provides those flashes of insight and genius that propel the necessary changes into action.

And if we aren’t getting what we truly need, even after we ask or strive for it, then it’s time to negotiate. Negotiate with others and with yourself. This is how you strike a balance and achieve momentary levels of harmony along the way as you continue the process. And always be clear about what your needs are. Not just the physical ones but the emotional and psychological ones too. Take time to understand what those are because clarity is priceless. We can’t be clear with others until we are clear with ourselves first, thus time spent achieving clarity is never time wasted. From a woman’s point of view, I can’t stress this enough.

Well it seems like I definitely got serious by the end of this post. I guess there is something definitely eerie to this retrograde. But it may be something eerily good if we are aware, probing, passionate and resilient, all Scorpio and Taurus qualities that can easily be harnessed at this time if we are focused and determined.

Love and Peace ~ Anjali