There is no better season for us to be entering right now. Aquarians, ruled by Saturn (the planetary voice of critique, hard work and insurgency), are renowned for their spirit of rebellion. Aquarius is the famously open-minded and utilitarian position of the zodiac. Many of these natives work towards ends of social justice or moral transcendence.
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Though many of us (the vast majority of us, despite "alternative facts" you may hear) had hoped this would not come to pass, this is is the reality we currently face.
We can pray for impeachment and write scorching op-eds and march until our feet are sore and swollen, but what we cannot do is become complacent. We cannot allow the new White House staff to desensitize us. The president and his staff, just a couple days into a four-year term, are trafficking in falsehoods, misinformation, and dangerous rhetoric—and they do not care.
This is not normal. This is inexcusable. Regardless of your politics and beliefs, regardless of whether you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership or the Dakota Access Pipeline, you should not feel comfortable with your government openly lying to you. You should not feel good about your new administration steamrolling ethical standards. We haven't even begun to talk about the policies of Trump's cabinet appointees because their basic qualifications have to be questioned and scrutinized. This is not normal.
Yesterday, I was surrounded by tens of thousands of like-minded people who feel nervous and threatened by the years ahead. I heard Elizabeth Warren cry out to the crowd, "we can whimper. We can whine. Or we can fight back." I was packed like an anchovy into a stand-still crowd and I didn't feel anxious or threatened or uncomfortable; I chatted pleasantly with the family beside me, joked with a woman and her sassy four-year-old daughter, watched a massive group rally around an elderly man who needed medical attention, and felt hopeful for the first time in weeks about the future of our country. These were the best kinds of people—people who believe in fundamental rights and human decency. People who will fight back.
I often feel most encouraged and most inspired in the company of powerful, kind women; they did not let me down this weekend. The Women's March on Washington can boast many successes. It shattered the attendance of Trump's Inauguration Ceremony (a true fact, as long as you don't listen to the whining of a 70-year-old child) and became the single largest day for demonstration in the U.S. Admirable, nasty women ranging from Zendaya to Ariana Grande to America Ferrera to Rihanna (but not Taylor Swift...let's not talk about it) marched from Alaska to Alabama. It was staggering. It was incredible.
So let us bask in the glory of approximately four million people standing up for women's rights...for about five more seconds. And now let's get to work. Because demonstration means nothing without action.
Some of my favorite signs from the march evoked the image of Princess Leia, often referencing her place in the resistance. It made me teary-eyed and sentimental. And not just as a Star Wars fan or a Carrie Fisher fan, of which I am both, in a big way, but also as a girl who is becoming a real life woman—turning 21, graduating college, entering the job market, smashing the patriarchy, etc.—right as the world casts its eyes on my country and all its flaws.
I have always felt older than I am. But the more I mature and the more I learn, the more I realize I know absolutely nothing. (My darling friend Sophie recently compared this sensation to learning a language: you say, "yeah I know Spanish," until you actually go to Spain and then you're like, "shit. I literally don't know any Spanish").
This realization comes with a deep desire to feel like I actually do know something, which spurs me to learn, which forces injustice to be seen, which creates an itch in my hands and feet and throat to move and yell and inspire change.
If the Women's March indicates anything, it's that we are capable of so much. We are in the company of Princess Leia and Hermione Granger (without whom Harry would've been dead at age 11), Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Christina Yang, Mulan and Olivia Pope and Blair fucking Waldorf. Fearless women whose place is in the resistance, whether it's in a galaxy far, far away or the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Here are some very useful resources that can help you resist the Trump Administration right now (and for the next four years):