"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

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Moon In Gemini - Again; Summer Solstice And The First Uranus Pluto Sqaure

  Today's New Moon in Gemini is the second time we get to plant the seeds for a month-long lunar cycle focused on sharing ideas, communication and writing projects. Last months' Solar Eclipse New Moon took place at the first degree of Gemini, so you may want to re-read Sunday, May 20th's Blog for a reminder of the Gemini influence, along with today's Blog.

   It's an interesting thing, this New Moon at 29 degrees of mutable, airy Gemini influencing the month ahead, because it immediately becomes void-of-course for two and a half hours before Luna enters  the cardinal water sign Cancer. What are the unspoken things you need, or want, to say or do that seek completion at the threshold of a fresh start? Is there anything that needs to be clarified from a month ago, or let go of, in order to step through a new doorway? State your intentions with a clear voice so there are no more misunderstandings. Allow your ideas to be spoken aloud so that others may give you much needed feedback or support.

   On Wednesday, June 20th, about a day and a half after the Sun and Moon come together, we see the Sun entering Cancer for the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere. In the north we celebrate the longest day of the year and rejoice at the return of warmer weather, cookouts and visits to the beach. With the vital energy of the Sun in watery Cancer, the Moon's territory, we find emotions run high and family concerns, home and security interests are at the top of the agenda. Nurturance on all levels of mind, body and spirit need to be addressed while the Sun is in Cancer for the next month.

   Epitomized by the ebb and flow of tides as well as the emotions, Cancer, thanks to its natural ruler, the Moon, is symbolized by the Crab, and its evasive side-stepping. Cancer natives can be very sympathetic, caring and supportive, but will display their outer shell with a show of protectiveness if they feel the need. Their secretive and cautious natures can make it hard to warm up to them right away - be patient and notice which way the tide is flowing to know what their mood will be!

   The much anticipated Uranus/Pluto square, a 90 degree aspect which will be exact on the 24th, is already being felt strongly. These two outer planets of revolution and innovation (Uranus) and decay and destruction (Pluto) will square off with each other for a total of seven times between now and 2015! The first square ignites the 8th degree and 23 minutes of Aries (Uranus is there) and Capricorn (where Pluto presently resides) and will cause reverberations in all the Cardinal signs, including Libra and Cancer, at those degrees. If you have personal planets or personal points in your natal chart, at or near these sign degrees, you can expect to experience CHANGES in those areas of your life where those signs hold sway.

   Outwardly, the effects of these two planetary energies can cause sudden breakdowns in government and power structures, as well as infrastructures, like bridges, buildings and highway systems. Remember that Uranus in Aries is like a lightning bolt striking a tree and setting it on fire and Pluto in Capricorn is like a giant bulldozer completely changing the landscape we once knew. Having to navigate this new territory, literally and figuratively, is the challenge we face as individuals. How well we react to the changes around us and within us depends on the choices we make to stay awake and aware and claim our power for ourselves, or not.

   Do I believe the impending changes can have positive as well as negative impacts - you bet I do and I'm counting on it! Because, you see, we are merely continuing the cycle Uranus and Pluto started at their conjunction back in the early Sixties when progressive ideas and uncertainty were birthed. I was a scared little college freshman marching on campus to protest the Vietnam War and hoping I wouldn't be shot by the National Guardsmen called in to protect the University's property against us radical thinkers.

   Well, it's come back around a quarter-turn to this square and our beliefs are being put to the test, about who has power over whom, and what did we learn about fighting wars for profit. I may be forty years older but I am stronger in my belief that war is NOT the answer to anything, anywhere, anytime. I'd also like to think I'm a bit wiser too and I've learned that if you want to see change you have to implement it for yourself and there are ways to do that, sometimes with quiet fortitude and self-assurance. Uranus and Pluto are offering us the opportunities we need to create a new world that includes peace and prosperity for everyone. Embrace the change you want to see as the Light illuminates the cracks and you step in to claim your birth right as a sentient being on the third rock from the Sun.

   And while you're taking that all in... remember to stay in the moment, stay in your heart, and keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.


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