"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Monday, May 23, 2011

Curiouser and Curiouser... Foggier and Foggier... and Then Illumination!

    Just when we were beginning to get a handle on all the action taking place all around us, the Sun moved into Gemini on the 21st and suddenly we seem to have more options than before for socializing and inquiry.  I was on a crowded, noisy boat headed home to give a workshop and a talk, which, as it turned out, was the least well-attended of any I've given in 8 years due to picking a day when people had too many options to choose from!  Then yesterday the Sun, newly arrived in Gemini, immediately squared Neptune and we soon realized that we're in foggy waters and aren't sure which way to plot our course! (Actually there was a three-masted schooner coming into the harbor which went aground in shallow water, due to the fog and I got to drive onto the beach with a friend yesterday to see it and snap a few photos.)

  The good news, now that the Sun is in adaptable Gemini, is that we have options and the trick with it starting off challenged by nebulous Neptune, is to decipher which path will lead us in the direction we want to move in. Don't despair, because the distractions may be plenty but the insight can be far more revealing if we allow ourselves the time to tune in. I hope you got some real "down time" yesterday to think your thoughts and feel your feelings. The mutable Air sign of Gemini is versatile, inquisitive, talkative and can also be restless, superficial and inconsistent. It IS the sign of duality and if you know a Gemini you know how they can be one... and then be the other... at the slightest shift of the wind! Admit it - it's what you like about them at the times when you want to influence them and dislike when you need them to be less skittish!

  Today we have receptive Venus (attraction) joining up with out-going Mars (desire) in earthy Taurus bringing the opportunity for strong love connections if you have a partner or are trying to stabilize a new relationship. If not, the focus is probably on getting those you share similar values with to help support your efforts at stabilizing your financial picture. How can you engage someone to join with you in a way that benefits all? This is one of those times when you truly can catch more flies with honey than vinegar!

  As the Sun, representing the will and vital life-force, moves through the zodiac sign of Gemini for this month ahead it will contact all the planets at different times and in different ways. Use this Gemini versatility to share your ideas with co-workers, neighbors, siblings or any other people you are in contact with through the written or spoken word. Writing projects and journaling can get a real boost now. It's also a good time to communicate what you may have held on to while the Sun traversed it's way through Taurus. Time to let go of anything you now know doesn't fit in with what you planted in your garden of personal needs last month.

  When the Gemini Sun is squared by the Pisces Moon tomorrow, May 24th, it signals the Last Quarter phase and the time in the lunar cycle when we can be illuminated with what this cycle has meant as it draws to a close and we prepare for the new phase at the next New Moon on June 1st. It can bring a crisis in consciousness if we realize we need to do something differently to complete this cycle and leave the past behind. It is best to wait until after the New Moon to begin any new job, project, etc. and just follow through and tie up loose ends for the week ahead.

  Early in the wee hours of the morning on the 25th, 2:48a.m./EST to be exact, we get an influx of inspiration and new ideas as the Sun in Gemini joins in a favorable aspect with Uranus in Aries, both in Air signs. Uranus represents the planetary energy of freedom from constraint and brings with it sudden changes that destroy the old to make way for the new. You're ready for a change and you know it!! Expect lots of inventive ideas and inspiration that may come like a bolt out of the blue to give you the answers you've been seeking for a way out of a restrictive situation, dead-end relationship or an agreement that has out-lived it's usefulness.

  There is another planetary aspect to take into account here and that's a tentative inconjunct from Mars in Taurus to Saturn in Libra - find a way to be considerate of others without compromising your own values in the process. You can deliver the news about your decision after you have tied up all the loose ends for yourself, but wait until sometime after the June 1st New Moon to instigate any new plans or agreements. Out with the old this week and in with the new next!

   Thursday is like a free-day to go with the flow and focus your attention inward, due to the Moon being void-of-course, waiting to leave Pisces and enter Aries at 8:36p.m. As long you don't expect certain results or set up new parameters for jobs, relationships or projects, you ought to be fine, but if you try to make things happen in a certain way, you could experience a great deal of frustration as your efforts fall to naught. Remain flexible and enjoy what the day may bring you!

  Aries Moon dominates Friday and Saturday making the last workday of the week a challenge if you push your own agenda too hard. Saturday brings no major planetary activity and is a great day to move about and get things done! Sunday may find you wanting coffee and the paper early as Jupiter is joined by the Sun to jump out of bed around 6:30, but then things slow down as dreamy Neptune gets in the picture shortly after the Sun enters Taurus at 9:02 a.m. Intense feelings may come to the forefront Sunday night as you deal with the end of one thing and anticipate the birth of something new. Many people will be enjoying a long holiday weekend, extending into Monday, which looks to bring pleasant weather, at least cosmically.


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