"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

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Moon Solar Eclipse In Gemini

  Later this morning, the Sun enters the Mutable Air sign Gemini for a month, focusing on curiosity, messages, writing, language, agreements and sharing information. The adaptability of this sign is sometimes mistaken for an inability to focus on just one thing at a time - not true, a Gemini can have two simultaneous thoughts, keeping one in the forefront of their mind while the other is on the back burner. Don't be fooled into believing that a Gemini would ever forget what you said you'd do or what you were talking about, whether it was two weeks ago or two hours ago - they will remind you! With that in mind, filter your thoughts carefully before they become written or spoken words and if you are a writer, write!!

   The Sun's energy expressed through air is a great time for applying mental focus to planning, negotiating, writing and connecting with siblings, neighbors or co-workers. Yes, there may be reasons to reconsider this plan or that, while Venus is retrograde in Gemini's territory, but careful consideration will show you what is truly important. In the period before all is revealed, adopt an attitude of flexibility while you brainstorm your options.

   Today, Luna makes her last aspect in Taurus, a conjunction to Jupiter at 8:35 a.m.,  beginning a day-long void-of-course period before entering Gemini at 7:05 p.m., quickly catching up to the Sun, who only arrived there at 11:16 a.m. These two "lights" align for a New Moon at 1 degree of Gemini at 7:47 p.m. for an Annular Solar Eclipse, the first in this series, Solar Saros 128, since May 10, 1994. This eclipse will be visible from the western United States as it makes its' way across China, Taiwan and Japan. Those are the details of the more pertinent of tomorrow's astronomical events, now let's look at their astrological significance.

   The Sabian Symbol for 1 Gemini is "A Glass Boat Reveals Undersea Wonders" and the visual here implies a window on an otherwise unseen world. This could be your inner vision allowing you a glimpse  beneath the surface into the collective unconscious and the richly appointed spiritual world we're all connected to if we but take the time to concentrate on opening this window. What delightful wonders await you within?!

   The glass also symbolizes reflections, an apt metaphor for the solar/lunar relationship. The Moon has no light of it's own, it merely reflects the Sun's light in their monthly dance from New Moon to Full and all through its' eight lunar phases before returning in complete darkness to the next New Moon.  Think about that for a minute... complete darkness at a New Moon... now add in the solar eclipse and the Sun is blocked by the Moon from shining it's light on the Earth.

   The Moon symbolizes the inner, the subconscious - the feminine, and the Sun symbolizes the outer, the active principle - the masculine. Each person on Earth (matter) carries these energies of the relationship between spirit (Sun) and personality (Moon). How do these lights reflect on you, in you and from you? That is the question the Eclipse occurring in early Gemini is asking of you with its' focus on communication. Mercury is known as the Messenger of the Gods and this messenger has rulership over thoughts, so take some time to go within and catch a glimpse of what your personal message is from the divine. Remember, while you may be the observer, you are also the observed, so don't be too aloof from whatever reflection you catch in your inner mirror. Even Peter Pan had to connect to his shadow!

Enough... remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground... until next time.


Monday, May 14, 2012

First Mercury Retrograde, Then Venus In Gemini, Now Venus Retrograde... What's A Person To Do?!

So, Mercury, the "Messenger of the Gods", finally went direct in early April, then moved into fiery Aries the middle of the month and sprinted forward so fast it burned up the phone lines, made instant connections and promises it probably couldn't keep, started projects like an entrepreneur gone mad... and just came to a grinding halt as it entered earthy Taurus yesterday. After exerting all that energy to get things going, we now get to slow down and consider which projects are worthy of our time, commitment and resources. No more running here and there to find the right thing, it's already right in front of you, so get busy making it real. It's important now to take the time to fine-tune the next step as you put your plan to work. I really feel that with a focused concentration(Mercury in Taurus) on what you intend to achieve, combined with hard work and patience, you will see results sometime later this year. Now, on to Venus, goddess of beauty and lover of harmony. How have you been using your powers of gentle persuasion, attraction and socializing to get what you want? As Venus has been moving through the adaptable Air sign Gemini for a month now, a lot of attention has been drawn to our agreements, especially as they concern financial matters or matters of the heart and getting our needs met. It's possible that words may have been used in haste, or promises made in the last month that will soon need attention. With Venus slowing down to go retrograde tomorrow morning until June 28th and remaining in the dual Air sign of Gemini through the first week in August, it is important to remember two things. The first thing to remember is that plans can and will change and if you based yours on what someone said to you since early April, you may have to make adjustments. Or, if you based your budget on what you thought was going to happen in the financial world, you may be scrambling to re-figure things. It isn't that people intentionally misled each other by saying what they thought the other wanted to hear, it may have been from trying to please too many people... from just being nice. The second thing to remember is it is very important to pick and choose your words wisely. With the attracting power of Venus and the duality of Gemini, you may get more than you bargained for, or ambiguity could run rampant, or you find your resources being scattered to the four corners of the earth. Try not to commit to anything you haven't already done the research on and like during Mercury retrograde, if you have to buy a car, read the fine print! Most important, be mindful of your values and intentions aligning with what you are willing to spend your money on and with whom you chose to spend your time. Communication is a must in key relationships for the next month and a half. Avoid idle gossip, and as always, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sun In Taurus & The Scorpio "Super" Full Moon

   With the Sun currently in the zodiac sign of Taurus, ruled by the planet Venus, we have an emphasis on beauty,  the earth and nature. For natives of this sign that often translates to a very solid, practical and down-to-earth  demeanor, prizing loyalty, harmony and beauty around them. Creating and preserving a beautiful environment are positive attributes of this Earth sign. Less positive Taurean characteristics include a tendency to stinginess, stubbornness and a reluctance to change.

   Under Venus' influence, money concerns and matters of the heart come to the forefront. It's important now to take a close look at what we value and what we want to preserve. Of course, these issues involve others, especially those we are committed to through love or in financial bonds. Taurus is a Fixed Earth sign and the Sun here will oppose the Moon in the Fixed Water sign of Scorpio late tomorrow night completely bringing these issues into focus. Who do you love? Who are you indebted to? Is the exchange rate worth it to you? In other words, are you getting back something or getting your needs met, for all that you put out or do in this relationship/partnership?

    This Full Moon is also known as a "Super Moon", due to the fact that it is at its closest approach, (perigee) to the Earth in its monthly cycle. The average distance between the Moon and the Earth is 230,000 miles. At perigee this month, they will be within 221,802 miles of each other, making the Moon appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual!  Let's hope the rain and clouds clear away here in the Northeast so we get to see this spectacular sight. For all of you photographers out there, this presents an excellent opportunity to capture a beautiful geocosmic (earth/universe) event.

   So, what does this Full Moon translate to for us mere mortals? Well, given that we know we are halfway through the lunar cycle between New Moon in Taurus and Full Moon in Scorpio, I'd have to say that all of the issues I brought up above are what will be highlighted all around us this weekend, at home and in the news. A Scorpio Full Moon can also bring up secrets or issues of power and control, as well as helping us to put on our detective hats and find things we lost.

   Sometimes, what we we discover is that what we once thought was so important, no longer has meaning to us or has outlived it's usefulness and maybe it's time to let it go, whatever it is. If you uncover a crucial piece of information or realize a buried feeling, but are having trouble knowing what to do about it, you don't need to do anything today.  However, if you find the missing piece of the puzzle and are certain about your next move, take it before someone or something is taken out of your hands the beginning of June at the transit of Venus across the Sun. Venus will be going retrograde on May 15th until June 28th and we'll have 6 weeks to ponder and decide these important issues if they don't become clear in the next day or two - more on this later; I will post another Blog addressing this upcoming retrograde and the Venus transit of the Sun.

   Stay tuned, and in the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!