Archives for June 2004

New Moon Gemini, Thursday, June 17, 2004 1:27 PM

“Hermes is the god of the unexpected, of luck, of coincidence, of ‘synchronicity.’ The ancient Greeks would say: ‘Hermes has entered our midst,’ whenever a sudden silence had entered the room, descended on conversation and introduced into the meeting another dimension. Whenever things seem fixed, rigid, ‘stuck,’ Hermes introduces fluidity, motion, new beginnings – as well as the confusion which inevitably precedes new beginnings.” Arianna Stassinopoulos – “The Gods of Greece”

New Moon Gemini, Thursday, June 17, 2004 1:27 PM

We’re most familiar with sun sign Gemini as the symbol of the twins. Astrologically, we know we’re encountering two halves of a whole– duality. Throughout history, twins are associated with light and the dark, the good and the evil, saint and sinner. Gemini Sun knows the contradiction of light and shadow quite intimately; a formulaic approach toward life never works for cutting off the opposite is a certain form of death. To be creatively whole and rich, Gemini’s key resource is the ability to switch up. When speaking of Gemini it behooves us to remain flexible, to not do so actually creates a chasm in which we find our innate creative freedom denied, opportunities missed and resources wasted.

Mercury, also known as Hermes, is the planetary ruler of Gemini. Hermes has many different traditional associations that speak to his/her creativity and diversity of role and form. Hermes is an androgynous figure, most often portrayed as male in literature and art, with a reputation for being able to wear the disguise of anyone– male, female, human, creature, both visible and invisible. As the natural element of mercury is ‘quicksilver’, mercury is changeable in form agilely shifting and adapting to the environment. The Olympian Gods gave Mercury the dubious task of delivering messages to/from the underworld. They obviously held Mercury’s gift of swift and sure movement in the highest confidence. Mercury was bestowed with ability to move back and forth between not only physical locations but also spaces of consciousness. This function of Mercury as messenger is absolutely essential to movement into new realms.

As Mercury traveled between realms, he had the skill to ‘language in’ new elements–providing a synthesis between gathered bits of information (indeed Mercury influenced people often excel at foreign language). As patron saint of the crossroads, many early European trade routes were known for their ‘mercurial’ figures: guides, visionaries, tradesmen, hustlers, thieves and bandits. Inhabiting the boundary between the known and the unknown, mercurial types were repositories of information: from conditions of mountain passes to where to find supplies, to who was trading what and where the next big thing was sought. At this crossroads, information is king; so unschooled travelers were vulnerable to schemes and cons of all sorts. Mercury is street smart and cunningly knows how to work this innate talent to his advantage. He uses his skill to advantage, not only transforming information into marketable, durable goods but in his magical function uses this same creativity as a bridge between worlds of the known and unknown. In this form, Hermes is the healer; objectively bring new information from the subconscious to the conscious, reconciling opposites as true act of healing.

This new moon shows a crossroads, where a new level of adaptability is necessary. We are able to receive information on new levels, and some of this information has to do with our alter ego or shadow self. As New Moon and Mercury opposes Pluto, the Daemon, Doppelganger, the Devil on your shoulder—all of these characters speak to our dual nature. Coinciding with the necessity of receiving new information we seem to be having mercurial experiences of receiving new bits of information beyond our 3-dimensional reality, beyond the reality-self interface. Many of us are noticing an enhanced ability to respond to signs and signals from beyond our everyday left-brain mode. Thoughts are becoming reality rather quickly and synchronicities more apparent. According to Carl Jung, Hermes inhabits the liminal dimension of space, or the space between. This 4th dimension is the realm where information, people, events, dreams, connections, directions just ‘drop in’ through no conscious ego effort. In this realm we are not involving the all-powerful Self, which often distorts and uses messages to the end of ego. Without the ego’s meddling, these bits of information are all the more precious. The term ‘hermetic seal’ means ‘air-tight’ and was associated with Thoth, the Egyptian god of alchemy and mystical secrets. Thoth, with Hermes’ assistance, sealed sacred spaces of information. Mercury invites us to revere these sacred pieces of information, to hold them as communion with unseen forces of truth.

Mercury symbolizes mind, as this is the physical and creative vessel in which we receive and translate information. Around this new moon we may find our minds restless and unstable, flip-flopping from one idea to another like fish flopping in a bucket. This may be a result of choices we are facing, of which the multiplicity and diversity of outcomes astound. You may embody a Mercury character in your life right now, or someone may have appeared on the scene creating ambiguity or multiplicity of choice. Mercury as the trickster has an amazing dexterity to talk us into or out of anything. Here we may use Mercury’s street talk for good or evil, to trick ourselves, or others. Mercury as a friend and fellow traveler may be friend turned into foe. Friends who become ‘shady characters’ are usually old issues that need address for resolution. Whatever form he/she takes, with Venus retrograde we see shadow in our relationships easily now and that shadow is pointing the finger back into our own heart. The trickster element wants us to acknowledge that these people around us are giving us a map or trade route to the jewel inside.

This New Moon brings new abundance of information and mental activity and associated with Pluto, a particular harshness. A semisextile to Mars & Jupiter indicates right use of power is possible, but with a quincunx to retrograde Chiron, circumventing old wounds is critical. The risk is: the head may try and leap ahead of the heart. Gemini is the mental element of air and used in excess without grounding in heart wisdom you may find yourself pulling the 9 of swords. In tarot, the 9 of swords card is a heart pierced by thoughtless thinking, the intellect without practicality or heart wisdom. Whether it’s one of negative self-talk or harsh words, the bleeding heart is a particularly painful image. Aleister Crowley names this card ‘Cruelty’ aptly describing the harsh mental critic as the heart cries out for reprieve. If you are struggling with the right words & thoughts, remedy yourself with some Venus light therapy. Before you speak, visualize yourself in a soft green blanket of light to soften your mind with heart energy. If you speak from your heart you are honoring both yourself and the other. It’s a win-win.

Retrograde Venus squares Jupiter Saturday, 6/19. Having just passed a pretty tight relationship to the Uranus and Jupiter opposition, someone or something valuable may’ve dropped onto your radar screen or fallen off. This certain something has held your self- worth in a precarious position. The tension created is a certain excitability lending itself to an attraction/repulsion sensation. The risk is overvaluation or overspending, so beware of this tendency. How to move forward confidently when there’s an argument between values and expansion into the future? Communication probably holds the wisdom key here when Mercury moves into the sign of Cancer, the sensitive crab. This is a reminder that communications over the next month should draw on the feeling nature and principles of the heart. Tune into intuition and find the answer.

6/20 Sun moves into Cancer and issues of emotional security will surface. The U.S. is a Cancer Sun ruled nation and with Saturn soon to touch on this, look to heightened domestic issues of security, tightening of economy. Emotionally too, the bare essentials are highlighted. We’re still in Venus retrograde so the personal value of safety is relevant. When do we feel safe? It’s an important question for this Sun in Cancer time and in true mercurial form you may find the answer in it’s opposite. Despite BushCo’s assertions, safety is not about issuing defense, weapons and safeguards against the forces of ‘out there’. Connectedness to others allows us freedom to express our self. This engenders a feeling of safety. When we feel safe, we let our full being shine, and if our self-expression is successful, we receive love, honor and esteem– Venus’ favorites.

6/22 Mercury trines Uranus retrograde putting a little schwizzle in your mizzle (translation: some spunk in your missive). Take Snoop Dog’s cue. As a modern day rapster/trickster Snoop Dizzle spins a rhyme and busts out a new vocabulary. Today a new connection or important meeting electrifies your consciousness. Suddenly your mind is in a whole new place. This is a good thing as both planets are bent on opening you up to radically inventive insight.

6/23 Mars enters Leo where haberdashery and bravado seem to get you everywhere. Leading into the first quarter with a swish of the lion’s tale, your best investment is about what you hold inviolable. Don’t lose your footing on 6/24 when Saturn quincunxes Neptune. The planet of form meets the planet of dreams and dissolution. It may take a little re-working to project confidence when your best foot forward feels connected to sea legs. Dreams can meet reality with some fancy footwork & creative negotiation. New solutions arise when you open up to alternative ways of working within the apparent limitation. The first quarter moon in Libra on 6/25 tells you to lay tracks down only if your heart deems it worthy. Information surrounding your adventure abounds on this day when Jupiter sextiles Mercury, opening doorways previously shut. Just like Fed-Ex, (surely an invention of Mercury) the parcel is delivered right on time.

Discern the message as the urge to commit on 6/26 appears when Saturn conjunct Mercury. Discernment. This may be a particularly mentally demanding day. Be sure you know you’re in the green before signing your name on the dotted line. This aspect emphasizes the importance of words, contracts and all forms of communications. Any commitment you make on this day will have lasting effects for better or worse. Watch what you say and think, paying particularly close attention for any negativity creeping in. It may or may not be justified; use your inner critic wisely. Try to see if this day reflects some of the issues you were sorting at the new moon. You may field more clarity around these, and find yourself able to communicate with precision.

If thoughts turned fearful yesterday, today 6/27 the order of today is lightening your load. Like 6/22, this is another day of impulse toward originality and invention. Today’s a great day to step out of the box and try something new. You are excited and optimistic, as the future seems to face forward again. Break ground today for some communication breakthroughs tomorrow.

6/28 Mercury quincunxes Pluto as communication seems to get sucked into a vortex. Keep the new insights from yesterday going as again, originality and flexibility is required to dodge the popcorn being thrown from the peanut gallery. Some of it is just junk being thrown at the super sensitive ears of Mercury in Cancer; today we may run up against the idiom ‘don’t kill the messenger’. Imagine yourself as Hermes with an ability to travel the space between. Separate old habitual patterns of thinking as you navigate new paths. Often neurotransmitters create nerve paths out of old habits no longer useful; this day we can realize an old way of functioning no longer works.

Today, 6/29, remember that the work of life is love. Venus goes direct and she’s given you the past month and a half to re-assess what makes you happy in relationship to yourself and others. With the help of Pluto you’ve gained a new level of understanding about those places you absolutely must be honored–your bottom line. As you’re challenged to bring this new awareness lovingly into your life, revel in Gemini’s gift of curiosity. Curiosity lightens the load. Be playful and curious as you receive messages from curious channels. Mercury says: take heed of messages in all forms. Messages in bottles, symbols, or shadow aspects of our self may be marked ‘handle with care’ for good reason. You’re building bridges between the old and new model of love. Proceed with Care!

Full Moon Sagittarius, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 9:20 PM

Full Moon Sagittarius, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 9:20 PM

Full Moon points bring realization and illumination. As you climb your mountain, picture a ledge where you have the opportunity to view what lays behind and before you, in panoramic glory. What has transpired, and importantly, if you stay on this road, what is to come? Nothing changes by doing things the same as you’ve always done. Full Moon in Sagittarius is the visionary who has the perceptual filter of experience of Sun in Gemini as guide. Everything you have been prior to this moment has created the exact experience of your unique life experience in this moment. Everything you have created is apparent. Now.

What do we do when we see things we don’t like? Pluto is once again opposite Venus, exactly influencing this time period. The information we receive right now has huge potential to transform our beliefs about love, power and the shadow. Sagittarius has a key for us to use. Sagittarius is the sign of the believer, and most Sagittarians will tell you that as you believe, so it will be. Beliefs are the invisible frameworks that create worlds within this one world. Your personal world and my personal world are so vastly different, even though we are a part of this same world. If you don’t think beliefs are powerful, understand that history has us fighting wars over differences in beliefs. Human interpretations about religious doctrines are just thoughts about thoughts.

In your personal life you may be dealing with the shadow of love, symbolized by the Pluto Venus opposition. You are being challenged to hold a loving view of some element of darkness, which has been rising to the surface. It has been there all along, this part of yourself that you’ve projected onto someone or something else; that now you give your power away to, to what you label circumstance, restriction, karma, fate. It has been necessary for that person or thing to hold this restriction, this thing which you do not want because at one point in time it was necessary to create this particular circumstance. And the result of that choice, so necessary for survival, was this thing that you now behold. This thing now holds you back. Whether this is a job, a relationship, a family situation, an identity, a pattern of behavior, these are all just players in your great dream. We are all unpacking something right now; a heavy bag carried around too long full of outdated survival strategies like overdue library books. Someone or something in our life is paying the fine…if we’re not individually paying for it, guaranteed, someone else is. In actuality even if you think you’re the only one paying the price, you are not. Many people are feeling the pain of your particular restriction. Lovingly, delicately, gently take back the book. You’ve had it for too long, it’s old and outdated. This survival manual is no longer needed for your purposes. In fact, it’s now become a liability and is exacting a fine every day. Right now you are being granted the vision, grace, strength and beauty to find that book buried underneath the bed because the universe has trusted that you’ll know exactly what you need to do with it.

Understand the effect of not taking back your book. Always, but perhaps in unseen ways, the sword turns outward. We all eventually feel the result of one another’s pain. No matter how hard you try, you cannot keep the self separate from others, even if the book is about a shameful ugly monster. The universe simply won’t allow it.

Optimism and facing forward is a keynote of this Full Moon. Forming a t-square to Uranus and Jupiter we are catapulted into a broader view. Sagittarius will tell us that our personal world is a single mirror on the disco ball of life, a many-mirrored globe. All we have to do is change our vantage point. Here’s something about vision in times of darkness. We’re all being pushed and stretched, with the resiliency of rubber bands we stretch and release. World events so loudly demanding, unrelenting talk about monetary restriction, violence, fear all around us and yet…these times can push us into places we never before imagined possible. An idea appears. An idea so fresh and full of heart we begin to envision possibility again. Out of discordance and darkness rises new possibility. It’s almost as though the world needs to get dark enough to prepare for a new level of light, a brightness and saturation not before seen. Think of the many things we’ve gained as a society from times of darkness. The Great Depression yielded jobs for artists. Who would’ve thought? I take weekend hikes in one of the most wonderfully designed regional parks, artfully and beautifully built during the New Deal.

Take heart: Even well laid plans can go awry. The message of the archer is encouraging, aim higher, envision bigger, and expand your mind so that continents are mere stepping-stones for the distance you can cover. The sign of the eternal optimist, the archer keeps us in good stead during times of darkness with an ability to pull rabbits out of hats.

On 6/4 & 6/5, plan on letting inspiration in as the Neptune trines the Sun. This is the open doorway to the universal ethers, when activities become mysteriously vitalized with richness and meaning. This can be a release valve to recent pressures or a chance to see into the magical. Seek inspiration and plan down time on Saturday, a good day for just soaking it all in.

The Last Quarter moon in Pisces 6/9 is the day after the Sun/Venus conjunction (see below, Venus Ascends). Attention shifts and we prepare to willingly lose the attitudes and things no longer working for us. Mars quincunx Pluto allows us to view the discrepancy between action and motivation. The quickest way to your goal is certainly the most direct route. Why take detours? Slip into new behavior as easily as a lizard slips between the crevices of ancient rocks.

Thursday, 6/10 Jupiter squares Mercury and Uranus goes retrograde. Communication snafus, too much information, change of plans and direction. Little and big mind have an argument and no one wins because the order of the day is change. For the next 5 months you’ve signed up for a class in the ancient art of sign reading. Put your stethoscope to the ground and listen for the rumble of horse’s hooves. That there’s the sound of somethin’ big comin’. These are the gathered gleanings for those major pieces of your plan, those requiring nothing less than total overhaul. Change is internal until one day, it appears as though it were always so. Mid-November reveals the ground covered.

Friday, June 11. Whoever said June was a lily-white maiden? Snow white bites into the apple, tasting the sweet juice of poison. You are not so naïve, easily seeing that by scratching beneath the surface of things something else is revealed completely. It might not be pretty, but at least it’s honest.

The very next day, Venus trines Neptune coming to our rescue with the vapors. This is another wonderful Saturday for taking it easy, letting the world fall away into activities that just make us happy and inspired. Relationships, art, movies, music, poetry all have the potential to inspire and uplift. Forgive and forget, a great day for letting go. Yesterday? I don’t remember what was bothering me… Distinctions are blurry, and that’s just perfect.

June 13-16 has only minor planetary action. Don’t start anything new, but chances are you won’t be. You are content to sit by the sea, watching this wave roll out. You gather what you’ve learned around you and release the inessentials. Take it easy, recover your energy and let go. Do so and you will surely be prepared to catch the next wave of the new lunar cycle.

Venus Ascends
Venus rises with the Sun on the early morning (1:42 AM) of 6/8. She rises from the underworld to start anew, to begin a new 584-day cycle. This rise she eclipses the Sun, a rare occurrence happening only once every 120 years. If you’ve been following these newsletters you’ll know that Venus will continue to be retrograde until June 30. During this particular retrograde cycle we’ve been assessing our relationship values and integrity, our particular preferences, ideals involving relationship. Venus retrograde is subtle & internal, changing the way we dress, our tastes or the company that we keep as a reflection of the deep alliance between our senses and the world. We rely on our senses & pleasures to support our basic self. How are we feeling about ourselves? The pleasure seeking self that has tastes, ideals, preferences will tell us much about the condition of our self esteem. Are things working here? Venus retrograde attempts to answer, she hopes you’ve been working with her.

This alliance between Venus and the Self (Sun) is fluid, changing as we change, and so we move through Venus’ cycle. Each cycle of 584 days touches a celestial point in the zodiac, and a cycle of 5 seems to be her magic number (equaling 8 human years). Her orbit is simply elegant: 5 of these repeated cycles paint a celestial mandala in the heavens, an exact pentagram. The pentagram has been portrayed in daVinci’s circle with the man in center; the measure of each section of the pentagram is the unit of space defined as the golden mean. The golden mean is a measurement of space said to possess aesthetic and harmonic proportion. Her retrogrades can often be linked to events at the previous retrograde of Venus 8 exact years ago. Think back to May/June 1997. Venus is covering the same part of your birth chart now.

How significant is her rise with the Sun? Is once every 120 years significant? This looks like a solar eclipse except instead of the moon between the sun and the earth; Venus now blocks the Sun’s rays. The Sun’s rays, energy must pass first through Venus to reach us here on earth. No human on this planet has seen this before, last occurring in 1882.

On such a universal timeline, 120 years, most astrologers link this event with collective occurrences. Unless Venus is a prominent focal point in your birth chart, this may play out most prominently for you on the global stage. And you may be surprised to know that this Venus is not about sweetness and light, manners and social propriety. No siree. This Venus is about balancing the scales. Justice.

The Aztecs and Mayans knew this ‘Morningstar’ Venus best. Astrologer Erin Sullivan says ‘They set armies marching in synchrony with her rise from underworld, transformed from woman to man to woman again, still redolent with the atmosphere of the dead’. In a famous Mesoamerican artwork, the panels at El Tejan, here is the lustful & androgynous Venus. She/he takes masculine form, mates with the Goddess, gives birth to a ‘sky monster’ (jealousy) and is sacrificed at the Morning Star (the Venus/Sun meeting) then reborn as the feminine again. This is a war goddess, a goddess who descends to the depths to reclaim what must be brought into light. The masculine/feminine polarity demands wholeness, and this re-balancing contains violence only proportionate to what one has denied and kept hidden. Seven or eight days after Sun and Venus rises (6/15), Venus is first seen separate from the Sun. This is often a time when world leaders are called to answer to questions of integrity; leadership may be thrown into crisis.

How is this relevant to you personally? Viewed from lighter perspective of Venus, duality over separation is appropriate here. As discussed in Pluto v. Venus we don’t hold want to hold back the darkness but let it rise and lovingly hold it for what it is. This Venus-Pluto opposition (occurring 3 times total: 5/4, 6/2 and again on 7/25) has much to contribute to the new cycle of Venus. Understand that you have come up against some structure of loveless ness that has outworn its worth. It is bigger than you and in service of the timelessness you are apart of, not apart from. Meet that form with truth and beauty. Disarm the monster, let her be reborn as the Goddess she is.