Even More Interesting Times Blogging


As a Witch, the line in the Charge of the Goddess that says that “All acts of love and pleasure are rituals of the Goddess” has always settled for me the question of whether or not same-sex relationships are blessed. Of course they are. And, besides, how could the loving relationships of my friends NOT be blessed? I live every day within, to borrow a term from the Supreme Court, the penumbra of their blessings.

As a lawyer, I’ve followed with interest the Supreme Court’s progression from Lawrence v. Texas (rules against sodomy), to U.S. v. Windsor (DOMA), to, finally, Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage). As an American, I’m glad to see this bending of the arc of the moral universe.

I asked Diotima what astrology has had to say about this event.

As far as the openness of society to different forms of love and sexuality, again, we can see the influence of the Uranus-Pluto square breaking down cultural norms, particularly sexual ones (Pluto, along with Mars and Venus, rules sexuality) and Neptune in Pisces reminding us that we are all inextricably entwined with each other and with our world. As Saturn moves through Sagittarius over the next 2 years or so, we’ll see a tremendous amount of conflict over religion and law, particularly when Saturn squares Neptune, an aspect which will become exact next year. Since the primary objections to non-traditional love and sexuality come from the religious right, I would say that there is a good possibility their objections will be argued into the ground and finally become a non-issue over the span of the next year or two. I also suspect that Jupiter in the relationship sign of Libra moving into an opposition with Uranus in 2017, along with Saturn in a beneficial aspect to these two planets will also bring us to new understandings of relationship. I probably don’t even need to say that some will be brought to those understandings kicking and screaming.

While I don’t doubt that there will be those brought kicking and screaming into a new understanding of love, I do hope that Diotima is right. Maybe the next few years can see this issue become a non-issue.

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One response to “Even More Interesting Times Blogging

  1. I am old enough to remember when Brown v. Board of Education came down. The opposition and resistance to that decision were just as vehement back then as the resistance to Obergefell is now, with much the same sort of rhetoric being employed by much the same sort of people. Sixty years later, school integration is a non-issue for anyone in their right mind, and students of American history look back at 1954 and wonder what all the fuss was about.

    So what changed in the interval? To put it bluntly, the old bigots died off, and a new generation arose that had little interest in perpetuating the racial hatred that informed the opposition to Brown. And so it will be, I predict, with Obergefell. Poll after poll has shown that the overwhelming majority of people aged 30 and under (including Catholics, I should note) have absolutely no problem with marriage equality. The notion that the religious right will be able to recruit them to carry on their insane jihad against it is ludicrous on its face. A new generation will arise that sees a marriage between two men or two women as nothing out of the ordinary. They will see thousands upon thousands of unisex couples in permanent, stable, faithful, happy, marital relationships. They will look around and see that precisely none of the end-of-the-world, sky-is-falling predictions of the naysayers has come to pass. And they will look back at 2015, shake their heads, and wonder what all of the fuss was about.

    Current polling suggests that support in the U.S. for marriage equality stands at 60 percent, more or less. It will only grow with time. Three weeks from now, the only people even discussing the issue will be religious conservatives and the right-wing politicians who count on their votes (and who regard them as useful idiots).

    I do not expect the folks on the religious right to accept this, much less to accept it gracefully, but the fact remains that they are on the wrong side of history. The long arc of history is bending towards justice, and they will be left behind.


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