Today is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
Hebrew date is 10 Shevat 5778
Islamic date is 9 Jumada-I 1439
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 7 Ik’
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.2
Julian Day is 2458145
Today’s Birthdays: Wilder Penfield (1891-1976), Bessie Coleman (1892-1926), Ancel Keys (1904-2004), Maria Von Trapp (1905-1987), Polykarp Kusch (1911-1993), Cora Baird (1912-1968), Philip José Farmer (1918-2009), Paul Newman (1925-2008), Roger Vadim (1928-2000), Henry Jaglom (1938), Angela Davis (1944), Barbara Kruger (1945), David Strathairn (1949), Lucinda Williams (1953), Eddie Van Halen (1955), Anita Baker (1958), Ellen DeGeneres (1958), Kirk Franklin (1970).
“Radical simply means ‘grasping things at the root’.”
— Angela Davis
Dear Friend and Reader:
It’s taken me a while to figure out what’s really going on with the #MeToo movement, at least so far as I can tell. I don’t accept as valid what I don’t understand, or what I see serious problems with. I might, when I gain an understanding, and see past the problems.
The #MeToo movement has been chaotic, and there are some issues, which I’ll get into in a moment. Finally, about five drafts into this article and after consulting many women in my life, I spoke with an old friend named Megan O’Connor, who was well on her way to being a midwife when I knew her as a journalism colleague 20 years ago.
Sometimes I need things put into language a kid can understand. She heard my frustration sorting out the issues, and said in her calm and nonjudgmental style: Think of it this way. The #MeToo movement has one purpose: to reveal the extent of sexual harassment in the workplace. If I didn’t expect much more than that, I would have it in context. That was all I needed to hear.
Workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault are real problems — so real that we’re discovering they’re apparently the norm.
#MeToo is intended as a pushback against that, calling attention to the issue and demanding change. As Ruth Bader Ginsberg said, it’s about time.
Yet this is no guarantee of solving the problem. But it may be a start. Real activism is always messy. And sometimes it’s necessary to break some rules and smash things to get the attention of people in power.
Let’s see how events proceed from here — for example, if we can do anything about an admitted sexual abuser that a majority of white women helped elect president. We might be witnessing a correction, not just of abusive conduct, but also to complicity with that conduct.
There’s been one other important effect, which is a realtime experiment with what happens when society bursts into a discussion about shadow sexual issues. We can study ourselves, our friends, the public and the press for information.
Moon Phase: Moon is in First Quarter phase and enters Waxing Gibbous phase on Jan. 28 at 12:12 am PST / 3:12 am EST (08:12:14 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Leo on Jan. 31 at 5:27 am PST / 8:27 am EST (13:26:39 UTC).
Corresponding New Moon is in Aquarius on Feb. 15 at 1:05 pm PST / 4:05 pm EST (21:05:07 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Taurus and enters Gemini on Jan. 26 at 9:40 am PST / 12:40 pm EST (17:39:30 UTC).
Sun Degree: 7-8 Aquarius.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Mars enters Sagittarius at 4:56 am PST / 7:56 am EST (12:56:09 UTC).
Moon enters Gemini at 9:40 am PST / 12:40 pm EST (17:39:30 UTC).
Bienor stations direct at 4:20 pm PST / 7:20 pm EST (00:20:25 Jan. 27 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Venus square Echeclus at 6:33 am PST / 9:33 am EST (14:32:39 UTC).
— Mercury square Eris at 3:04 pm PST / 6:04 pm EST (23:04:02 UTC).
— Sun square Lempo at 8:58 pm PST / 11:58 pm EST (04:58:21 Jan.27 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Jan. 26
(The Day of Striking Deeds) | Aquarius Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You must find your own direction, guided by one thing only: what you want. Write down all your excuses for not aspiring to your true desires, then burn it. Decide what is right for you, then set about doing it. While you’re at it, launch a public relations campaign to inform the world of this fact, and be sure to check your voicemail.
|Current Aquarius Weekly Horoscope
The Sun and Venus are in your sign, and you’re probably feeling a lot better than you have in weeks or even months. You know that positive changes are on the horizon; there’s excitement in the air.
|Current Aquarius Monthly Horoscope
The concept of an inner life is elusive to most people. By inner life, I mean the world that you contain, your conscious growth process, and your relationship to your past.
Written in the Planets
It’s possible you may be feeling on edge more than a little as Mars changes sign today. Remember that you are not compelled to obey any impulse, however strong. You have the power to slow things down and wait for more information. Err on the side of caution where you can, and be open to the wisdom of those around you. With Mercury making some challenging aspects in addition, it may help to keep in mind that what is sent or published cannot be taken back.