I continue to believe we are capable of remarkable growth, healing and, yes, positive change. When we’re traumatized by the past or overwhelmed by our circumstances, our self is often the all we can hope to transform. This hope can be enough to pull us through.
I think when change means loosening the locks on our internal cages, it feels like freedom and relief. Any homo who’s come out to themselves or trans person who finally got hormones knows what that’s like.
As the Little Red Tarot blog winds down, I invited our fabulous writers to re-introduce themselves and their columns and let you know where you can continue to find and support their work after LRT ends.
This time, we’re getting to know Luke Dani Blue!
Author of the ridiculously brilliant Star-Crossed series, Luke queers up astrology with a focus on who we are in our relationships. With characteristic wit and intelligence, Luke’s posts guide us into some of the lesser-known areas of our birth charts, helping us to become more self-aware, and thus better lovers and friends.
Hey Luke! What’s the one thing you want the Little Red Tarot community to know about you?
My dog is the cutest.
Tell us about your column – what were your aims when you started it, what have you learned through writing it?
“Star-Crossed” is about the astrology of relationships. All relationships—between boss and employee, best friends, classmates, girlfriend and her six-going-on-seven poly lovers, gay spouses, etc.
Connections between people really interest me. Starting out, I just wanted to look at these connections in a queerer, more gender-flexible way. I also wanted to introduce astro-hobbyists to lesser-known love planets and transits. For example, The North Node is an arrow that points to your heart, looked at a super-powerful point in the chart that says everything about how our relationships actually make us feel.
As the series went on, I became fascinated by how the psychology concept of projection (seeing the people in your life as your responsible for your baggage) shows up in a natal chart and ends up predicting a lot about the besties and partners we choose. I explored why break-ups and beginning cluster around age 27 and 54 (and 81) and did drag with Venus and Mars.
My feelings about astrology have really shifted since I started writing this column. I’ve been studying astrology for my entire adult life and reading charts professionally for around six years, but this was my first time spelling out my interpretations in writing. In the process, I found there were things I didn’t like about how I was practicing.
By writing, I saw how certain of my approaches seemed to tell people they should act or be different. This revealed my own biases about mental health and well-being. In a sense, I was communicating that people should strive to be ‘better’ than who they were naturally—i.e. I was saying they were bad or wrong or broken. (As Pema Chodron writes in The Wisdom of No Escape, “The problem is that the desire to change is fundamentally a form of aggression toward yourself.”)
At the same time, I continue to believe we are capable of remarkable growth, healing and, yes, positive change. When we’re traumatized by the past or overwhelmed by our circumstances, our self is often the all we can hope to transform. This hope can be enough to pull us through.
I think when change means loosening the locks on our internal cages, it feels like freedom and relief. Any homo who’s come out to themselves or trans person who finally got hormones knows what that’s like. (I suspect most of us also know that neither of those freedoms did away with our tendency to ghost on people, say, or our seeming inability to pay our bills on time.)
So what’s the queered version of Chodron’s admonishment? I don’t know, but I’ve been playing it out in ‘Star-Crossed.’ The post I’m most proud of is Love the drama, ditch the FOMO, which gets to the heart of this idea: maybe change means letting yourself be who you are.
What’s the best way for our community show you love and support right now?
The most direct way to support my astro-blogging is to buy a reading with me! I love my one-on-one work with clients. It’s where I feel most connected to astrology’s power for healing (and for, like, finding a job). It also happens to pay my bills and make the writing possible. My mini-reading prices start at $30 USD and I offer special low-income full-length sessions. A free and zero-commitment way to keep the writing coming is to like my Facebook page, join my mailing list, or share my work with your friends.
Can you name three values that guide your work?
- First, do no harm. Second, have fun.
- The stories we accept and the stories we tell powerfully shape our experience. Altering our self-narration (i.e. how we frame our experiences), to, for instance, recognize personal agency, choice and desire, we feel stronger, healthier and more powerful.
- Intimacy is the human experience. Love and respect for others depends on love and respect for self, and vice versa.
Where can we find you beyond Little Red Tarot, Luke?
I also write literary fiction. It is dark and weird and a lot about sex and human fallibility. If this is your thing, you can read some of it here. That side of my personality also makes jokes on Twitter @LukeDaniBlue.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.