Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Gemini New Moon 2018

Gemini New Moon 2018

Do You Believe in Magic?

Behold there is magic all around us.
Behold there is magic all around us.
Behold there is magic all around us.
Awaken. Rejoice and Sing.

Abby Spinner McBride “Behold” Fire of Creation

This Gemini New Moon plants the seeds generated by the Sagittarius/Gemini Full Moon, which hopefully helped us release those old beliefs that keep us from truly living our new story. What old beliefs were shed? What heart truth did you need to incorporate? It’s time to plant that seed.

What did you learn about yourself? Accepting who you are leads to knowing what your real purpose is.

I realized that I have to accept ME as I am – one characteristic being that I’m not as organized as I think I should be (should being the clue that it’s a societal expectation).   I am so right-brained! And while I have a strong left-brain, it doesn’t take the lead. Nor should it for me. So what if I don’t understand computer-eeze.

What happens when you just accept who and what you are? I’m not talking about sexual orientation, but accepting how you navigate the world. How your mind works and how you see and understand your place in the web of life.

My Gemini Mercury swims in the 12th house, and is quite happy playing with dreams, symbolic language, myths, stories and intuitions and feelings. Yet I keep ragging on myself when I can’t follow a schedule because each day is new and fresh. My Mind has a hard time getting down to business in a patriarchal manner. I do things my own way, even when I nag at myself! Perhaps our Mother, the World Soul, has a use for me just as I am.

And if so, She has a use for you. She called forth a soul – the real you – for a specific purpose. It doesn’t have to be big or make you famous. It just has to be you vibrating your essence out into the world. Check out what sign and house your Mercury/Mind occupies. It will help you to accept yourself and your innate talents.

So, are you ready to believe in magic? The magic all around us.

We are living in evolutionary times. Jean Houston says this might be the first time that humans are being called upon to collectively evolve to a higher state of consciousness. That would be a unified world consciousness, acknowledging that we’re all in this chaos together. Not the New World Order of our corporate/political overlords, but a new unified Mind that will be ready to meet the challenge of healing the Earth of our reckless degradation of our home planet. We have to clean up the mess we’ve created by our allegiance to uncontrolled consumerism if we want our children to survive on this beautiful planet.

There is a wonderful story about a world in crisis that has to unite if they are to survive. It’s Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonridersof Pern series. I first read them in the 70s, but have just re-read the first few and they seem more pertinent now than ever. Good stories feed the soul. These absolutely do!


Pern is a planet in the midst of change. When it was first settled, the people were unaware of a rogue planet with an erratic orbit which periodically swung by Pern and released deadly thread, which could consume all growing life. Through the centuries, they bred dragons who impressed with their riders to destroy the thread, as well as other safeguards. But those other safeguards have been lost to time.

The first story begins with the fact that 500 years have passed without a close pass of the Red Star which heralds the beginning of these thread incursions. People no longer believe there’s any threat. But thread comes and except for the dragonriders, they’re not prepared. Only one weyr remains of the original six, so the dragonriders gather the rulers and craftspeople of Pern to find solutions to dealing with the deadly spores. As time goes on, they have to contend with ‘old-timers’ vs. ‘new-timers’. I’m happy to report that the new vision wins out.

The dragons of Pern act very much like an aware and awake unconscious. Bonding with their riders, they are a perfect combination of unconscious wisdom and rational thinking. They know the need to protect life. When the people later re-discover and impress fire-lizards, we see another example of the unconscious – the collective unconscious. For these new fire-lizards remember both the Red Planet and the original settlers. With many people able to impress fire-lizards, the whole planet becomes more aware and awake.

It’s the ability to communicate – between dragon and rider, person and fire-lizard, weyr, craftshall and hold – that changes things and ultimately saves Pern.

This communication skill is Gemini’s gift to us. It’s not only about the power of our minds and our thoughts, but about how we communicate those ideas and feelings that matter.

We too can connect to an inner dragon when we turn our attention to our soul, which can be symbolized by a sleeping dragon guarding our treasures. We have the ability to become conscious of how our unconscious is communicating with us. And we also have the ability to dive into the collective unconscious to access old memories and abilities via the akashic records.

Gemini is concerned with how the Mind perceives things. We have been caught up in a powerful complex that rejects the unconscious’ knowing and only validates the rational mind and its vision of how the world works. But that very mindset is killing us. It is so out of balance.

We need to let that old perspective die and open up to new ways of understanding and imagining ourselves and the world. Because the old world order will keep us hidebound and stuck. It is fighting back at our new vision, fighting to retain its power over us. The only way to find our freedom from its delusions is to step out of that story. Each and every one of us. Like stepping out of the Matrix. It’s time to go into the forest of the heart and open to the magic of life and death and rebirth.

Evolution happens!

So, do you believe in Magic? For magic is part of our new story. It’s about communicating with all of life – to learn how you fit into the web of life energies. Behold there is Magic all around us!

Are you willing to listen to the voice of your unconscious, the voice of Mother Nature, the voices of those people, animals and plants which are calling to us for help? Can you step into the world of magical thinking without losing your way? Can you see both the magic and the practical reality?

Gemini New Moon 2018

This New Moon in Gemini gives us that opportunity. We associate the Tarot card The Lovers with the sign of Gemini, for lovers unite themselves to one purpose, one heart – or at least that’s the goal! The same goes for something we love that we want to create. We unite our head and our heart, our feminine being with our masculine doing to unite all sides of ourselves to create.

And if Gemini is symbolized by The Lovers, a united Mind, then Mercury, the ruler of Gemini and the Mind, is symbolized by The Magician. If we know how to focus our intention (left-brain), we can create what we imagine (right-brain). And we use our reptilian brain to give us the life energy we need to accomplish our goals as well as our mystical brain to connect us to the collective unconscious. We operate out of the whole brain.

This Gemini New Moon occurs on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 12:43pm PDT/ 3:43pm EDT/ 7:43pm GMT.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 23* Gemini is: Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree. With 3 as the number of process and birds symbolizing the higher mind and its messages, we get to be inspired, original, inventive and imaginative in our responses to life. These fledglings are young and so need time to develop. Don’t rush things – there are many retrograde planets around now. It’s all about seeing through magical eyes now. The tree of life will protect these visions until they’re ready to fly. Plant those magical seeds and see what develops!

This New Moon squares Neptune in Pisces, which itself is trine Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio. These two spiritual energies combine to strengthen our inner connection to our soul. We are challenged to be inspired and inventive, using our creative imagination in ways that open new avenues of experience, which Gemini craves. Magic qualifies as new avenues of experience.

The New Moon also inconjuncts Pluto in Capricorn, which is setting the stage for our cultural transformation. So how do we integrate this need for a new cultural story with our Gemini Mind? Gemini makes no judgements. Inconjuncts call for minor adjustments. We usually first ask the magic for our own benefit by setting that intention that begins with I have, I am.

But this new story is really about all of us together, so it’s about how we each sit at the Round Table and work together. This is the time to ask the magic for help with our society, with our communities and with our families and tribes. It’s not just about me but about us.

That in itself is a new story, isn’t it? For too long our patriarchal society has been all about the ‘rugged individual’ who doesn’t need help, who can pull himself up by the bootstraps and make a fortune. The new story is that we’re all in this together, so we help each other. And that means, our individual purpose will be supportive of that.

You don’t have to see the whole picture or know the whole story yet. Just step onto the road and see where it takes you. And open your vision to see things in a new light.

Mercury, the ruling planet of Gemini, just moved into the sign of Cancer the day before this New Moon. And it is a powerful Mercury, ready to think outside the box. This Cancer Mind is geared toward the emotional body and its messages and needs. It is creative and nurturing. It is opposed by Saturn retrograde in Capricorn. While these two planets together usually indicate a serious mindset, it feels more true to see that Saturn picks up on his responsibility to make sure that Cancer’s needs are met. Saturn in Capricorn helps us release old karma and get on with building our new world. Take the time to listen to what your emotional body needs.

The square from Chiron in Aries to both Mercury and Saturn challenge us to change our perception of ourselves – to heal the I am in which we see ourselves as initiators and leaders.

Uranus in Taurus supports this New Mind and awakens our StoryMind and brings new landscapes into view. While we are all in this together, a lot depends on each of us. We are the ones who have to meet the new realities and make the changes. Our first clues come from our emotional bodies. If we can’t figure out what we need, how can we figure out what others’ need? Our Mind is especially open to new realities now. So don’t be afraid to talk to yourself and everyone around you.

The other big energy at play during this New Moon is a tense aspect between Venus in Cancer opposite Mars in Aquarius with both challenged by Uranus in Taurus. The Chinese fortune cookie version is Wake up and smell the roses!

Mars is about to enter its retrograde on June 26th so he is extra potent. If you go outside at sundown, you will see him rising in the East, very bright now. Mars in Aquarius is energizing our ideals about the Masculine. Mars is conjunct the South Node. Will we learn from our past mistakes? Will men learn they are not the bosses of the world?

It is time and past time for this old masculine attitude of disdain and domination of the feminine to be left behind. We want and need the New Masculine energy to emerge. What this New Masculine energy will be like is still a mystery, but it will support and balance the New Feminine energy emerging in our world. For we need them to be equal in all ways – both literally as well as psychologically and spiritually. Both ways of seeing and understanding the world are necessary.

So ask yourself these questions. What makes a Man? What is masculine energy? How can we renew it, especially now that our society is acknowledging how abusive men have been to women and the Earth. And how we’ve rejected our feminine right brain wisdom. What makes a Man?

Venus is also at her brightest in the western sky at sundown. She is at the last degree of Cancer, moving into Leo a few hours after this New Moon. Opposites not only attract, they compliment each other. Venus offers Mars a chance to understand (Aquarius is smart!) what our heart needs are. If he’s willing to understand our feminine need to support and nurture each other, when these two planets finally oppose each other on June 21st, they will have a chance to really rock together. Uranus just adds the spice!

If the New Queen (Venus in Leo) is supported by the New Masculine (Mars in Aquarius), we’ll have a real chance of attaining not only gender equality, but the balanced and proper use of our awareness. And from there we will recreate the world!

Neptune goes retrograde on June 18th.
The Sun goes into Cancer on the Summer Solstice on June 21st.
Mars goes retrograde in Aquarius on June 26th.

May you walk in the Light!

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haiku -- Masahide
barn's burnt down;
now I can see
the moon
Since Gemini loves Twins!

Morning Poem

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(Dream Work)
Copyright 2018 Cathy Pagano

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Sagittarius Full Moon 2018

The Cosmic Story: Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon 2018

The Moon likes secrets,”Meran said. “And secret things. She lets mysteries bleed into her shadows and leaves us to ask whether they originated from otherworlds, or from our own imaginations.” The Stone Drum, Charles de Lint.1

This month’s Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon is a storyteller Moon. It calls us to take a look at how our Mind works. How the words and images we live with every day shape our perceptions of the world. 
The Sagittarius Full Moon asks us to go on the quest for the secrets of our deepest truths, often hidden behind our words. So be prepared to have an adventure. The Gemini Sun scouts out the many possibilities and opportunities that are available to us, and our Sagittarius Moon bleeds her shadows on our lives and the world. The opportunity offered is to clear up and let go of old misguided beliefs. Beliefs that no longer serve our new needs. Beliefs that are bleeding us dry of our vitality, hope and vision.

Some perspectives arise out of a mixture of our fears and hopes. Some are rooted in our deepest heart truths. Use the sword of clear Mind to make your choices. It is the voice of our free will. We get to choose. Where do your values lie? What perspective rings the truth of your heart? Follow the pull of your heart to the mystery awaiting you. 
The magic of this Full Moon is that we get to explore the inner mysteries of our mind to find the next steps of our new story. As Bilbo Baggins sang,

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”

We’re in it now. That mysterious new story. And because it’s a new story, we need to let go of the small story our society fed us and look to those bigger stories – the archetypal stories – to guide us on our way. (I’m going to begin a series of videos telling archetypal stories. You’ll find them on my blog, The Bard’s Grove, beginning next week.)

It’s time to live with and in magic – the real magic of Mother Earth. When we do, the first thing we encounter on our road into the future is the mysterious forest. All the best fairy tales have them! The place of trials and secret wisdom. A place where our mind needs to support our heart’s instincts.
The forest primeval. Remembered through the collective memory of every tree in the same way that people remembered myth – through the collective unconscious that Jung mapped, the shared mythic resonance that lay buried in every human mind. Legend and myth, all tangled in an alphabet of trees, remembered, not always with understanding, but with wonder. With awe.
Which was why the druidsOgham was also a calendar of trees. Why Merlin was often considered to be a druid. Why Robin (Hood) was the name taken by the leaders of witch covens. Why the Green Man had antlers – because a stag’s tines are like the branches of a tree. Why so many of the early avatars were hung from a tree. Osiris. Balder. Dionysus. Christ.
Charles deLint~ Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood1
To create your new story, enter the forest of initiation and discover the mysteries hidden there. Each Tree embodies an individual’s soul life. Forests are ancient collectives of soul lives. They make up the alphabet of life. This next part of your story will take you into the trees. Find a forest and go explore! Listen to what the trees know about life. Ask for their wisdom.

Gemini and Sagittarius: Jupiter and Mercury

This Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon involves using our Mind in different ways. Using both sides of the brain, paying attention to instincts and feelings, rational thought and intuitive knowing. It’s an opportunity for deep awareness, aided by the Full Moon occurring on two of our sky’s brightest stars: Aldebaran behind the Sun and Antares behind the Moon.
So let’s look at the many influences that shape this Full Moon: both the signs involved and their ruling planets, and at the fixed stars illuminating it.

Gemini takes the form that Taurus has shaped with Aries’ fire and tries to categorize it. What is it? Who is it? What can this form do? What does this shape suggest? How is the world changed by this new form? 
With Uranus in Taurus now, it’s time to shake things up and create new earth to live in and grow in. This Full Moon’s preceding New Moon was in Taurus and was shocked by Uranus’ entry into Taurus a few hours later. (Our inner lava flow?) What new land is appearing on your horizon? How will you steward it? 

The Gemini Twins are sometimes brothers and sometimes lovers. So the two are connected. This mutable sign has come to represent the ability to communicate, to listen and speak to others. To perceive others and the world and try to categorize what information is coming through. Gemini loves information – the Internet is Gemini’s brainchild, a movable library. 
Gemini is all about seeing and collecting experiences and information, and then disseminating what they’ve learned so everyone else can see it. Steven Forrest3 says that Gemini must give the universe permission not to make any sense. (Perhaps that’s where our Gemini president gets it from!). Gemini is most comfortable maintaining a wide-open, receptive state of consciousness. And then Gemini quickly makes connections. Everything is open for discussion, and Gemini gets to do what they do best: communicate. 
The ruling planet of Gemini is Mercury, the archetype of the Mind – usually understood as the left brain rational mind. Mercury is the planet of communication, business, messages, eloquence, boundaries and travelers. Mercury is known as the trickster. A fitting planet to symbolize the Mind. 

But his most important role is as the psychopomp, the guide of souls who traverses many dimensions. Which seems to indicate that the ancients saw the whole Mind – both right and left brains – as belonging to Mercury. Isn’t that what Mercury’s caduceus symbolizes – the duel energies of life which are needed for the Mind to take wing. When the Mind is not caught in up trivial pursuits, it is a wondrous gift. It becomes a tool of the creative imagination. 
Mercury takes on many roles in Gemini: communicator, newsperson, traveler, salesperson. But with Sagittarius opening the gates of higher consciousness, Mercury can also take on the role of psychopomp for us this Full Moon, leading us out of our 3D reality into greater realities. 
Mercury is in the last degree of Taurus at the Full Moon, grounding our thinking in sensual reality, while incorporating the new revelations it is receiving as Uranus energizes the whole Taurus field. It’s also conjunct the Gemini Sun, repeating the theme of the importance of the right use of the Mind. 
The Sabian symbol for Mercury at 30* Taurus is: A Peacock parading on the terrace of an old castle. The symbol indicates that it’s time to display our inherited gifts – inherited from our DNA ancestors as well as our past life ancestors. So think of your gifts and talents during your Full Moon meditation. Then give them to the Moon and see what you discover.

Our task is to travel through this forest-like landscape, and see it as a place of initiation. Your Mercury is standing by to guide you.
Sagittarius is the opposite of Gemini – opposite but complementary. Whereas Gemini is open to everything, giving it all equal value – it’s information about life – Sagittarius takes a wider view of things and out of that greater perspective, gleans the Truth. Or at least his truth. Sagittarius looks and asks the big questions. Why am I here? Who made me? What does it all mean? What is my purpose? Sagittarius is the sign of the Quest – the Quest for Truth, for Love, for Wisdom, for Meaning
The Truth–Seeker and Truth–Speaker, Sagittarius takes aim and sights in on his goal. We have stepped into the realm of archetypal truths, the cosmic laws of life. The deeper patterns of life that run through our lives. We get to ask at this Full Moon, What patterns are still at play in our psyches that no longer serve a new and deeper Truth?
Sagittarius is what happens when we go through our Scorpionic death and rebirth into a higher state of consciousness. The Phoenix arises within the fires of Sagittarius. 

Jupiter, the Lord of the Heavens, rules Sagittarius and is now traveling backward through Scorpio. Jupiter is an energy of expansion, hope, acceleration, luck, curiosity, and law. Most of all, Jupiter is the energy of faith, faith in ourselves and in a higher power. So the question is: what have we poured our faith into? And is it well-placed or misplaced there now?

This Sagittarius Full Moon is open to diving deeply into the subconscious to confront the Shadows that still remain. Jupiter is accelerating the release of old emotional traumas that have stopped us from stepping into our role as a change agents. Perhaps in the past you have paid dearly for being a change-maker. Perhaps being one brought on your death. Or perhaps you failed to bring about the change and despaired. All these patterns are locked away in our DNA. We’ve been working on releasing them. Jupiter is on the power gate of Scorpio, its nexus of power. See if there’s still a complex buried deep down that’s eluded you so far.

In ancient myth, Mercury was the messenger of Jupiter. So ground in the message by taking time to walk in Nature, meditate (in Nature), dance, sing, draw, journey. 
The Sabian symbol for Jupiter at 16* Scorpio is: A girl’s face breaking into a smile. That smile is one of a heart-felt delight at a subtle recognition of kinship, a sensual attraction or an imaginative leap. It might be that smile that discovers the mystery you’re searching for. A sense of wholeness and home.

The Full Moon falls on two fixed stars – two of the four ancient royal stars of Persia. The Sagittarius Moon joins Antares, the red heart of the Scorpion. The Gemini Sun joins another royal star, Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull. The heart of the Scorpion is a warrior. The eye of the Bull is the 3rd Eye of the Incarnate Spirit. These stars illuminate this Full Moon. Use their energies well. 
This is a great Full Moon to tell stories, to yourself or others. Communicate with beauty, joy and imagination!

The Sagittarius Full Moon

The Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon occurs on May 29, 2018 at 7:19am PDT/ 10:19am EDT/ 2:19pm GMT.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 9* Gemini is: A quiver filled with arrows. What a great image for this Full Moon. Sagittarius arrows, Sagittarius goals. Aim for what you desire most.

The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 9* Sagittarius is: A mother leads her small child step by step up a steep stairway. This is a sign that our Great Mother is there to lead us in this journey to higher consciousness and evolutionary change. There is guidance if we just look for it. 
The Gemini Sun trines Mars and the South Node in Aquarius while the Sagittarius Moon sextiles them. These aspects can help us release old desires from the past. A new story needs new desires to drive it. With Mars in the shadow of his upcoming retrograde (June 26 – August 27) let’s get rid of old politically correct ideas of how to talk about our collective life and look at the truth of the situation.

The Sagittarius Moon forms part of a fire grand trine with the North Node in Leo and Chiron in Aries. There’s a lot of creativity available to forge a new identity based on our truth. Isn’t that what we’ve all been working toward?

There’s also a grand water trine activated at this Full Moon between Jupiter in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces and Venus in Cancer. What a loving energy to heal our wounds! 
Both grand trines form a 6-pointed star, a Solomon’s Seal of fire and water. The union of the emotional and spiritual bodies is a symbol of the heart chakra.  As Rumi says, Love is the Water of Life.  And a Lover is a soul of Fire.  The Universe turns differently when Fire Loves Water.  

 So even though this is a very mental Full Moon, we have to start with the Heart and then use the Mind to discover what blockages we have to following the Heart. This will be our journey in the forest of initiation.

Saturn and Vesta retrograde in Capricorn oppose Venus and Pallas in Cancer and they both square Juno in Aries. Our sacred contract is to rebirth our culture through a loving, nourishing strategy that springs from new concepts of relationship. 
So this Full Moon, listen within to the Voice of Spirit. Don’t let the small, rational mind get in your way. The higher Mind is the vehicle for Spirit’s messages.

Walk in the forest of delight,

1. The Very Best of Charles De Lint. (2010: Tachyon Publications, San Francisco)
2. R.J.J. Tolkien, The Hobbit.
3. Steven Forrest, The Inner Sky. (1989: ACS Publications, Inc.)
4. Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala.

Copyright 2018 Cathy Pagano

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The Journey -- Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(Dream Work)