Today's meditation: Fitting songs to areas of your chart

This morning I played James Taylor’s “Something in the Way She Moves” and imagined which part of my chart “she” might be.

She has the power to go where no one else can find me
Yes, and to silently remind me
Of the happiness and good times that I know

For me, my Jupiter in Taurus came to mind: The part of my chart that helps me be present and still.

Is there a part of your chart that strikes you as comforting? If you don’t know your chart, is there a quality you have that fills you with a sense of peace?

If this song doesn’t speak to you right now, is there another song that can remind you of a beautiful piece of you?

The Queen and Me -- RIP Aretha

Oh, Aretha. Her songs bringing me back to the scene of my budding confidence, the beginning sense of my own, adult femaleness: Power and pleading, freedom and vulnerability. I remember dancing to Respect in college dorm rooms with my friends before we headed to bars or clubs. Something about that ritual or Aretha’s lesson helped us stay safer out there, wordlessly closing our circle against creeps when our guts or intuition told us to. She helped cement that time and our friendship as fun, full, and sacred. We didn’t have much money, I could never seem to find a boyfriend, but in our circle we had and we were enough.

In grad school I remember making a mix tape with Natural Woman for the wrong guy. And I remember reclaiming that song for myself before I met the right one.

My brother Ted noted yesterday that most celebrations in America include Aretha’s music on the playlist.

Aretha was a queen, a coach, a diva, a preacher, a flame and a balm. Under today’s Scorpio moon, spend some time with her music or the memories of your own life unfolding, in awkward, hard, beautiful, holy, and just-right ways.