Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Cosmic Story: Gemini's Mission & the Great American Eclipse

The Cosmic Story: Gemini’s Mission & the Great American Eclipse

The Sun blew into Gemini on May 20th, dancing with the waning Moon in Pisces. Gemini’s mission statement is all about dancing with life, going with the flow, peering under every stone that catches your fancy. Gemini loves to talk, to learn, to express its’ ideas and to sample whatever experiences come its way. The Gemini twins are also into mobility – they like to travel, so make sure you know how to maneuver through tight spots and dangerous places.

Gemini’s ruling planet is Mercury, the guide of souls, the con man and thief, the messenger of the gods. Mercury is the planet of the mind: how we use our brains, both our right-brain imagination and left-brain rationality. (The sign and element of your natal Mercury tells you a lot about how you interpret the world.) Like the sign of the mortal and immortal Gemini Twins, Mercury likes to travel back and forth between different states of awareness—the big immortal spiritual understanding of life and the more limited, focused, rational view of life. Don’t keep Mercury stuck in one realm—he’ll turn into the con artist on you. Stay flexible in your thinking and keep learning.
Mercury was retrograde from April 10-May 3 in Taurus and Aries. A few days before Mercury turned direct, it aligned with Uranus, the planet of awakening, freedom and originality. Once Mercury turned direct, he again caught up with Uranus at the Scorpio Full Moon, making sure he got the message. Awakened Mind! Both planets were in Aries, the sign of the Original Mind. Hopefully, your mind broke out of its old boxes; to think ‘outside-the-box’ and open up to new ideas, perspectives and insights. If you want a fresh start, go out before dawn and look to the East. Mercury, now a Morning Star, will rise very close to the horizon, just before the Sun, aiding us to open our minds to envision the big Aries dreams that will create our new story.
Mercury is now back in Taurus, grounding in the values of his new insights, distinguishing between what is true and what is irrelevant, planning on what he wants to build. He’s finally moved past the degree where he stopped to backtrack, so perhaps you’ve noticed that suddenly the pace of life has quickened. You’ll find that your projects will move ahead now. Even though Mercury in Taurus is practical and grounded, he is light on his feet (Taurus has rhythm and knows how to dance). Find your rhythm and go with it.
Mercury will enter Gemini on June 6th, zipping through his own sign in 2 weeks, bringing a new lightness to your thoughts and energy – anything is possible. And keeping in line with his speedy pace, Mercury enters Cancer just after the Sun on Summer Solstice. Take a breath, you’ll need it! He’s traveling through Earth, Air and Water – all in one month. Mercury is taking up his role as psychopomp, the Guide of Souls, this June. What do your body/Earth, mind/Air and feelings/Water want? Let Mercury guide you to your soul’s desire. Write that new story.

Venus is also a Morning Star (look higher in the sky at dawn) and is approaching her maximum elevation in the morning sky, and in early June will begin her 5 ½ month journey to meet up with Sun in mid-November. Venus is also finally past the point of her retrograde station on March 4th at 14* Aries. She met up with the Sun to begin a new Venus cycle on March 25th at 5* Aries (especially important for anyone with planets at 5* of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn).
Venus is now a Morning Star, her Aries fire making her feisty yet compassionate, remembering what she learned as she retrograded back into Pisces. This Venus cycle asks us to be brave and stand up for those spiritual values that shape the best of our humanity. Venus enters her own sign of Taurus on June 6, giving her fire shape, materializing her vision. Use your senses this month and find your beauty.


Both Jupiter and Neptune change directions this month. Jupiter, the ruler of the Sagittarius Full Moon, is a channel for curiosity, spiritual law, expansion and luck, and turns direct at 13*13’ Libra, shortly after the Sagittarius/Gemini Full Moon on June 9th. This strong Jupiter in the sign of partnership, justice and aesthetics will help us shed old limiting beliefs. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, imagination, delusions and glamour, turns retrograde on June 16th at 14*16’ Pisces. (If you have planets at these signs or in the other cardinal (Jupiter) and mutable (Neptune) signs at these degrees, watch your dreams around these dates—they can tell you what you need to see about how these energies are affecting you.) Go in and refine your vision!
Very much like both Gemini and Mercury, the energies this month are shifting and changing rapidly. So stay open to your inner life as you play in the outer world and you’ll do fine. Remember to play with the spiritual imagination (Pisces) to communicate (Gemini) your values, needs and concerns (Mercury in Taurus). And expect something new to show up in your life this month, something or someone who can help you on your way.

Gemini New Moon/ Sagittarius Full Moon: Telling Your Story to Change Your Life

Scheherazade and the Sultan

Stories are the way we communicate with ourselves and with others. They teach us about life and guide us to new perspectives. My favorite childhood heroine is Scheherazade, the crafty, beautiful and brave woman who saved her country and her tormentor by telling stories. Caroline Casey calls her a ‘trickster-redeemer’; I call her a Bard, a Wisdom Keeper. You can find her story in the book, 1001 Arabian Nights.
Scheherazade changes her world through her stories, and like her, we can change our lives when we really look at the stories we tell ourselves. Are these stories helpful? Do they still ring true or do we just get lulled into listening to them because of habit? If we’re really ready for a new story about our purpose here on Mother Earth, than we have to look at the old stories that have shaped us, take their wisdom to heart, and leave them behind so we can co-create a new life for ourselves and for our world. Your inner Scheherazade is already telling you stories through your dreams – are any of you listening? If so, you will learn and change.

The Gemini New Moon occurs on May 25, 2017 at 12:44pm PDT/ 3:44pm EDT/ 7:44pm GMT. The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 04*46’ Gemini is: A revolutionary magazine asking for action. This is a revolution of the collective mind – shared ideas that want to take action. We share an emotional connection to each other and the world, and that connection (knowing we’re all in this together) will sustain us as we contribute our talents and our energy to this Revolution.
This New Moon acts alone – no other planets make aspects to it, so basically we can do anything we choose with it, as long as it aligns with our Truth. Mars, the action planet is also in Gemini opposite Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius – we can either feel stuck or let our Truth guide our actions. Saturn isn’t such a rigid taskmaster lately because of his easy connection with Uranus, so become a disciplined wildperson and get your new act together! Also in the background is a spiritual sword we must retrieve to cut away deception and illusion to see the truth of our souls, as well as the ever continuing T-Square that is rocking our world between Uranus in Aries opposite Jupiter in Libra, both squaring Pluto in Capricorn. To misquote Sting, ‘when the world is spinning down, we’d best let our soul be unbound’.

The Sagittarius/Gemini Full Moon occurs on June 9th at 6:10am PDT/ 9:10am EDT/ 1:10pm GMT. The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 18*53’ Sagittarius is: Pelicans menaced by the behavior and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their young. All birds symbolize spiritual messenger's, and the pelican is the archetypal Mother, who will pierce her breast to feed her young with her own blood if necessary. She symbolizes survival and sacrifice. What do we need to sacrifice to survive the menace of our patriarchal society of destruction in the name of consumerism and greed?
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 18*53’ Gemini is: A large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom. This is the Book of Life, the important knowledge we need to survive. It’s time to stop spending our minds on trivial information as we skim the Internet (the Internet and Twitter are definitely Gemini tools – look at how our Gemini president uses the quick and surfacey technology). This Full Moon is about Wisdom, not information.
Sagittarius wants us to face the truth about ourselves and the world. Aligned with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, this Full Moon can force us in face those truths and wake up to our responsibility and destiny. So once again, keep releasing the old stories of victimization, self-doubt and stuckness. We’re all coming unstuck! Where do you want to go? With Jupiter turning direct an hour after the Full Moon, just tune in to what your inner guidence is telling you.

August 21st: The Great American Eclipses

Did you know that America is hosting a total Solar Eclipse, country-wide, on August 21st, 2017? The eclipse crosses the Continental US on a diagonal from the Oregon in the Northwest to South Carolina in the Southeast. (See Map below.) Because it crosses the country, millions people will experience full totality and the rest of the country will experience it as a partial eclipse. 

The 70 mile corridor of totally will offer up a spectacular show – the day will turn to night, and the stars and planets will shine out for about 2 ½ minutes. Check out the map below and if you live within driving distance of totality, I suggest you go and experience the mystery and magic of a day turning into night.
The whole Earth gets quiet.

This Solar Eclipse occurs at 28*53’ Leo and it conjunctions the Royal Star Regulus, the Heart of the Lion. So the first thing we know is that we have to be ‘lion-hearted’. 

Constellation of Leo
Regulus 'Heart of the Lion'

Then the Sabian symbol for this 29th degree of Leo is: A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form. While mermaids have a vast mythology, their psychological meaning is a ‘personification of a stage of awareness still partially enveloped by the ever-moving and ever-elusive ocean of the collective Unconscious.’ (Dane Rudhyar: Astrological Mandala) Mermaids sing a siren song – they beckon us on with an intuition of something spectacular, that’s just beyond our reach. Will the intuition be reabsorbed back into the unconscious or will it emerge into a concrete form? This symbol expresses our deepest desire to live spiritually, consciously and creatively. Can we grow legs?
What an invitation to awaken to our creative essence! What a gift from the cosmos at this most chaotic time.
If you have any planets at 26*-30* of Leo and Aquarius as well as Taurus and Scorpio, this eclipse is calling to you.
Eclipses occur in series that last over 1300 years and that repeat every 18+ years, so we can study some of the results throughout history. Each eclipse has a meaning we glean from the first eclipse in the series. The first eclipse occurred on January 4, 1639 with the Sun and Moon at 13*49’ Capricorn. The Sabian symbol for 14* Capricorn is: An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture. It is an eclipse series that demands that we remember what values are important and let go of the inconsequential things. At this moment in history, we have to let go of our consumerism and neglect of our Mother Earth. We have to rise up to defend life!
This powerful eclipse can bring us a new reality based on the spiritual laws of life. Bernadette Brady rocks the astrological eclipse world and she says this is the meaning of the August 21st total solar eclipse: the unexpected fortunate turn of events. Expectations that are unrealistic but success comes through an older person or those where you least expect it.
I’ll have more on this eclipse in my next newsletter. Just so you know, it is impacting Donald Trump’s chart in a big way. And it probably is related to what happened with him on May 15 – around the time he fired Comey and talked with the Russians. We’ll wait and see.

Walk in beauty,

Not dawdling -- James Broughton

Not dawdling
not doubting
intrepid all the way
walk toward clarity
with sharp eye
With sharpened sword
clearcut the path
to the lucent surprise
of enlightenment
At every crossroad
be prepared to bump into wonder

~ James Broughton ~

(Little Sermons of the Big Joy)