There are no facts, only interpretations.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:
May.28, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
May.28, 2014, 6:40 PM BST
May.29, 2014, 5:40 AM AEST
When you're at the jumping-off point, perception is everything!
There's nothing to spoil your day like taking a flying leap, only to discover half-way across that you misjudged the distance and you're about to go kersplat on the pavement.
Neptune can do that. It can distort how you see something, making a basket of snakes look like a simple tangle of rope (or vice versa). Or it's like the rear view mirror message: objects may be closer than they appear.
The Gemini New Moon is exactly square Neptune, so this mutation effect is something to watch out for. But although this can lead to an oops experience, it can also lead to an ah-ha experience.
So, which is it?
In order to understand what you perceive, you need perspective – a comparison between "here" and "there." Is it up or down, greater or less than, an innie or an outie?
In order to gain perspective, you need to get out there and gather different perceptions.
In order to gather perceptions, you need to engage your curiosity and enthusiasm. You need to tune in and notice little things happening around you, and then listen to your intuition.
Will your intuition help you understand what you perceive? Yes—well, maybe. Although intuition will give you valuable information, it can't always be taken at face value.
Whatever happens, you still need to use your brain to decide what's important, what can be taken literally and what is best taken as metaphor or as potential.
Choosing how to perceive something sounds simple enough, but there are implications that could become glaring issues, depending on what your priorities are.
The map is not the territory.
~ Alfred Korzybski
Take map making.
You have to figure out how to take a 3-dimensional surface and represent it on a 2-dimensional surface ...accurately. This is like translating apples into oranges – they might be similar but they're far from the same. And at some point, distortion will inevitably occur.
So: how do you draw a map?
Do you slice up the surface of a globe and spread it out on the table? The problem is it looks weird.
Do you draw the land masses proportionally in a rectangle? That can make small things look huge and large things look much smaller.
There's no one way to do this, and not even a best way to do it.
Wikipedia lists no less than 58 different map projection methods of depicting the earth's spherical surface on a 2-dimensional area!
Which one is correct? Well, none of them. And all of them.
They all show the outline of the land masses in some kind of logical way, but all of them also have some type of distortion. Which one is the best? Well, it all depends on what's important to you.
Do you want to focus on a particular continent? Do you want to show the land areas proportionately by size? Or maybe you want it to appear as if you were an alien life form looking at the planet from a distance?
The important thing to know is that none of them can be taken at face value. The Earth is not a 2-dimensional surface. And the only way to show all of a 3-dimensional surface is to create a globe or a holographic projection and add motion or animation.
There's no 100% accurate way to do this in a straightforward way.
You get to know who you really are in a crisis.
~ Oprah Winfrey
The New Moon in Gemini is a little like that. Being exactly square to Neptune, it's likely to feel a bit like you're trying to read a map that's not an exact replica of what it depicts, but it still contains valuable information if you know how to understand it.
Gemini's window of perception will show you something that may look good, bad, weird, normal, exciting, boring, full of potential or dead in the water. And none of it will be entirely what it seems. There will always be another way to look at it that gives you a whole different perspective.
Together, Neptune and Gemini open up an intuitive and creative flow in the mind, but they can bend the light of perception as if you were looking at something through a wineglass. It's quite beautiful and mesmerizing, and can even make sense as long as you know how to understand that bigger doesn't necessarily mean it's actually bigger, or that a rainbow shimmer is probably refracted light viewed from a specific angle, rather than a solid quality of whatever you're looking at.
Is it a wineglass bending the light and shape of what's behind it? Or is it a warp in the time-space continuum that threatens to gobble up you and the room around you? Your brain must try to make sense of this and decide which interpretation is the most likely.
And the answer your brain comes up with depends largely on the information and knowledge already in your mental database.
...which brings up another factor in this trip down the rabbit hole. If you're having trouble figuring something out, does that mean you're not putting the information together correctly, or does it mean your database information might be wrong or incomplete?
You can see how the distortion can easily make up look down, red look green, big look small, and make you feel like Alice who just stepped through the looking glass.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
However, all is not lost! There is a way out of this hall of mirrors, and that is through action. By doing something with it, you get to test out your theories of what's really going on. Take action—not necessarily as a final solution, but as a way of experimenting with the possibilities to see what it all means.
It's a bit like Indiana Jones in the movie, The Last Crusade, where he has to take a leap of faith to discover that there really is a ledge across the abyss. Once across to the other side, he throws sand on it to make it more visible. However, you might want to try a little less risky version of doing these things the other way around – first try throwing sand, then take the leap. ;-)
So, it is very important that your action be balanced and moderated by awareness. If you lunge at a quick answer, you could miss a valuable opportunity, or at worst, go sailing into the abyss. Act too impulsively and you could short-circuit the thinking process that is the whole point of the doing part.
This is not about finding the nearest exit to escape from Wonderland; it's about learning about how Wonderland works so you can navigate through it. For example, you might discover that taking a certain action makes you larger (which can come in handy when you need the benefit of size, confidence or embracing the Big Picture), while this action makes you smaller (which can be helpful when you need to squeeze in between the rock and the hard place).
Taking this experience one step at a time, while keeping your objective balance, could feel uncomfortable, frustrating or even a bit crazy-making. That's where the balanced part is especially helpful. The idea is not to let it knock you over, but to go with the flow and make gradual adjustments. If you get lost or overwhelmed, maintain your inner centre of gravity by realizing that you are more than whatever you're experiencing.
What not to do is to try to halt the confusion altogether; nor should you just give up and let yourself tumble backside over teakettle through the situation. Rather, the idea is to move with it while keeping your hand on a lifeline that keeps you connected to a greater perspective of what's happening to you.
For instance, you might turn to someone you trust to give you a reality check. Or you might assert yourself by standing your ground and watching to see how the person or situation changes – this could potentially confirm or disprove your intuition and give you more solid information to go on. Or you could take a wee leap of faith and see if where you land feels right.
A very simple example might be a friend who seems to be trying to pressure you into going to a movie you'd rather not see. Your intuitive bells are ringing because she's so insistent, but you don't know why. You might stand your ground and say no, you really don't want to go. At that point she might admit that she really wants you there because she's afraid she'll run into someone she doesn't want to see and she wants you there to support her. If you had just gone along with it, you might never know the truth, but the truth came out because you kept your balance by being honest about how you felt, while still staying open and receptive to her. That is, you didn't either cave in or cut her off – you stayed balanced in the middle.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
The feature in the New Moon chart that reflects this kind of dynamic is an aspect pattern that the Hubers call a Learning Triangle (learn more from their fantastic book, Aspect Pattern Astrology).
The current configuration includes Sun/Moon square Neptune, Neptune quincunx Mars and Mars trine Sun/Moon. The Learning Triangle is an asymmetrical figure that signifies a movement from the emergence of a problem or crisis, to seeking information, to trying out a solution. It can be a very creative energy! But to get the most of it, you must participate in and engage the process.
In this case, the Sun/Moon square Neptune takes you into Wonderland through confusion, disillusionment, distortion, enchantment, imagination or intuition. You might feel lost in depression or disappointment, or just lethargic and feeling there's no point in trying. Or you might be daunted by a sense of something just around the corner but can't put your finger on what it is and you're stuck, trying to figure out which way to go. Something doesn't seem quite right or doesn't make sense (Sun/Moon square Neptune), so you need information and greater awareness to understand what's happening and what it means.
An excellent way to do that is to take some kind of action (Neptune quincunx Mars) and see what happens, but this is best done through objectivity and balance that allows you to choose how to respond (Mars in Libra). Act too impulsively or reactively and you could miss the learning. Shut it down and give up by taking no action (or lapsing into depression or powerless resentment) and you short-circuit the process of discovering a potential solution.
If you follow through with the process, you are bound to discover a new idea to try out, which could re-establish the equilibrium (Mars trine Sun/Moon). Either this will do the trick or it won't, but even if it doesn't, you have now gathered information about what does or does not work well.
And that's what Gemini does best – gather information and file it away in its database for future reference.
Every time I think I’m getting smarter I realize that I’ve just done something stupid.
Dad says there are three kinds of people in the world:
those who don’t know, and don’t know they don’t know;
those who don’t know and do know they don’t know;
and those who know and know how much they still don’t know.
Heavy stuff, I know. I think I’ve finally graduated from
the don’t-knows that don’t know
to the don’t-knows that do.
~ Karen Marie Moning, Bloodfever
Mercury is currently very strong in Gemini, its own sign, and this gives mental support to the New Moon energy that seeks to make sense of what's going on. On the other hand, Mercury is at 29° – the final and most transformational degree of its sign.
This suggests Mercury's information storage is about to overflow! It has reached critical mass and needs to shift into a bigger or better way of working with the information. What is required is a cosmic leap into a new form. This is Mercury in motion! It is in transition from one state to another, from one perspective to another, from one focus to another.
This shows a possible reason behind the Learning Triangle dynamic. On a personal level, perhaps you've been approaching a situation in the same way with the same way of looking at it for a while, but you have outgrown your understanding of it. You may not be able to relate to it in the same way, but may need to take it to a new level and understand it from a new viewpoint or within a greater context. Since Mercury is moving from Airy Gemini into Watery Cancer, this could indicate a shift from objective logic into a more subjective feeling experience. In other words, it might be time to take what you think you know and see what it looks like from a personal or internal point of view.
In addition, Mercury is especially excited about looking at things from a different perspective because he's about to go Retrograde on June 7th. More about that below in the Low-Down, but suffice it to say there's no shortage of willingness in Mercury – your conscious mind, communications, thoughts and ideas – to turn itself inside out and upside down if its curiosity thinks it might be the slightest bit interesting! Mercury will station retrograde in Cancer and then zip back into Gemini for most of the retrograde period, so don't be surprised if your mental focus goes from cerebral and objective to intuitive and emotional, back to cerebral again, and then emotional again.
Mercury is exactly sextile to Venus in Aries. This combination is about the ability to capitalize on your desire for new information and the ability to do something with that. The sextile (60°) is a very creative aspect and this could stimulate a lot of mental playfulness and imaginative communication.
Venus is at 29° of Aries, implying that she too is on the verge of a shift into a different form. Moving from Fiery Aries to Earthy Taurus, she goes from being in the sign of her Detriment (Aries) into the sign of her Rulership (Taurus). Venus' receptivity, desires, creativity and urge for social connection is moving from being impulsive, spontaneous and playful to being sensual, deliberate and persistent. Her focus is shifting from quantity to quality, from immediate gratification to savouring the moment.
Having two planets exactly sextile, at 29° of their signs, and one of them being the ruler of the New Moon, brings a very special gift to the potential of the upcoming lunar cycle. This is about the creative spurt that can shift you from one state of being into another by  mentally focusing on what the problem is (why you need the change),  what the current situation is made of (what's holding you back or destabilizing you) and  what can be done about it (doing something new to see how it changes the situation).
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
That myth is more potent than history.
That dreams are more powerful than facts.
That hope always triumphs over experience.
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
There's more creative energy that you can draw on in the New Moon chart: the Grand Trine in Water signs with Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron in trine aspect (120°) to each other.
This aspect pattern will be with us until about mid-June, when Jupiter will move out of orb. This combination of planets and signs adds extra support for intuition, creativity and a feeling-based connection to the world around you.
These slow-moving planets provide a backdrop of potential opportunity, stability, realistic optimism and healing through allowing yourself to believe in the power of the good (while not dismissing or ignoring the bad).
Where the Grand Trine could fall short of its reputation for bringing goodies into your life is that you could take this energy for granted and not actually do anything with it actively. While there's nothing wrong with that, it would be a shame to let this energy pass you by without at least inviting it to sit down for a cup of tea.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou
The Cardinal Grand Cross is finally fading from its previously sharp focus, now that Mars is no longer in orb to square Jupiter. However, there are still two T-squares left that are providing ample agitation that keeps those harmonious Grand Trine waters from becoming too languid.
Mars, Uranus and Pluto are moving toward their final passes in June (well, with Mars anyway). Mars makes the final square to Pluto on June 14, and the final opposition to Uranus on June 25. So June could challenge you with events and decisions that put into action what you've learned, worked through, and battled with, throughout the Mars retrograde cycle (since it went into the shadow at the end of last December).
With all this creative energy around, you have access to valuable support, opportunities and empowerment that can help you find the courage to move ahead. This is the month to stretch yourself to see how much you've learned and what you're capable of. This is a time to decide what's important enough to you to change the status quo by shifting your centre of balance so you can move forward.
These planetary energies inside of you are now in final negotiation with the Universe to decide what can be done to resolve the issues you've been wrestling with. In particular, the challenge is how to take action that will bring together the transformation you've been preparing for these last several months.
Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto in the other T-square have been-there-done-that. Jupiter is separating from aspects to both these planets, and these three Big Boys are wrapping up their sumo wrestling match. By Jun.05, Jupiter bids adieu to Pluto, and by Jun.15 to Uranus.
This T-square has been with us for almost a year, since it moved into orb last July along with Mars when it conjoined Jupiter. So: how has your philosophy of life changed during that time? Have you changed your beliefs or how you understand the world? Have you changed your awareness or behaviour in the areas of anger, sexuality or physical energy? Have you gone through a "Dark Night of the Soul" in terms of your faith in life? And if so, what does that look like now, as the glow of dawn begins to bring new light to the starry skies encompassing your life?
Jupiter is involved in both this T-square and the Grand Trine right now, so this could help you let go of any stress, disappointment or heaviness you've felt during the past year. It may help to allow the Grand Trine energy to show you a fresh perspective that can help you come to final terms with (and move beyond) the difficulties and challenges of the past year.
Even if those struggles are still with you, it is your way of understanding them that can enable you to shift your feelings and experience of them so that they are no longer the central focus of your life or your sense of self. By mid-July Jupiter moves into Leo, bringing a greater sense of optimism, confidence and creative delight.
Whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires....courage.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your homework is to choose a map of where you are in your life and see how it can guide you into a new perspective that can provide solutions. That map might be getting an astrology reading, or keeping track of your dreams, or reading a book, or going to a movie that speaks to you, or going out into nature to listen to what Mother Earth has to say to you.
The possible solutions your map points to might not be big, flashy announcements – some of the best ideas start small and subtle. Listen to your intuition, but don't assume you can just take it on face value either. Intuition is notorious for being very porous and apt to absorb your hopes, wishes, fears and expectations, so that it can be hard to tell one from the other.
Be open to taking a leap of faith, but it might be best to try a small hop first. The potential for distortion is high right now, so be willing to question what you think something means – good or bad. And although this is a time to reach for new awareness and solutions, take some time to just be.
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where –" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Your ideals, hopes and wishful thinking may loom a little too large during this time, making you prone to disappointment and disillusionment. You might want a fantasy or dream to come true so much that you disconnect from the reality that seems to be in the way – only to find that the obstacle was serving a positive purpose after all. Your imagination may be very active now, but not easy to control or balance with reality. However, it can be a very creative time if you're able to harness that imagination for productive use. Unconscious urges and longings may be especially close to the surface, so you have an opportunity to learn more about the hidden forces that drive you (and perhaps distort your view of the world around you). Spiritually, you might discover that your yearning for enlightenment is not the straightforward path you had hoped for, but it can be just as valuable (although disappointing) to discover what is *not* your best path. Emotionally you may feel a bit overwhelmed, discouraged or confused. On the plus side, you have an opportunity to observe a deeper part of you, which is usually camouflaged against the distracting background of day-to-day life. There is tremendous creative, spiritual and healing potential to be found by listening to and working with the inner voices from those depths.
Venus rules the sign of Taurus, so she is very comfortable here! Your experiences of pleasure and sensuality are likely to be heightened...perhaps even a bit too much! You might be tempted to overindulge in sensory delights. On the other hand, you may feel the urge to be more grounded, practical and methodical in the way you handle relationships, money, possessions, material values, and attracting what you desire. It is also a time when your desires could manifest tangibly or at least become more apparent. It may be possible to see more clearly the ways that your self-worth is tied to material things, like income, savings, possessions and spending. Your finances and possessions could act like a "touch stone" to reassure you in times of stress. The trick is not to let this become a substitute for genuine self-respect. To make the most of this transit, take some time to relax and enjoy life! Take your time, smell the flowers, drink in the sunsets, listen to beautiful music, get an aromatherapy massage or explore new uses for chocolate. ;-)
Intuition, sensitive perception, and communication of feelings flow more easily during this transit. Your empathy may be deepened now, as you can be more able to imagine and pick up on what other people feel and need. Because of this, you may also find that it's easier to say difficult things in a sensitive, caring way. However, your open connection to others might also increase the risk of communicating in a hurtful or callous way, if you are not used to treading gently. Your creative imagination is also more accessible now. To take advantage of this, try doing some journal writing, expand your emotional awareness, have some creative fun, or think of ways to make your environment more homey and comfortable.
Your energy, purpose, vitality and health are likely to be strong and clear during this transit. Your sense of purpose is supported by your ability to assert yourself and take a stand for what you want and what you believe in. In general, this transit is a great time to take action, especially if you have prepared the way and have all your ducks in a row. If you've been waiting for a spurt of self-confidence or motivation, this transit could give you the push you need to move forward in your plans or goals. Strive to be spontaneous rather than impulsive, and confident rather than arrogant.
Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a façade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!
You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are more finely tuned during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual routine...so much so that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. Just have fun pushing the envelope! You may also find you want things to be spontaneous and new and out-of-the-ordinary so much that it's hard not to feel restless and dissatisfied with ordinary life right now. But remember that trying to plan spontaneity defeats the purpose of the exercise. And if you are hungering for something new but can't seem to find something satisfying, try digging a little deeper to see what is driving that hunger from inside you. You could find surprising answers.
Mercury now goes retrograde for the next 3+ weeks. For up to a week before and after today, Mercury is moving very slowly or stopped during the station. During this time, you may experience intensity, frustration, confusion, miscommunications, or feel like you're getting bogging down in your progress. Mercury retrograde is usually a time when it is best to rethink, rehash, reflect, and tie up old loose ends, rather than begin new ventures.
It is typical for new insights and information to emerge later in the retrograde cycle that you didn't anticipate, which can change the whole picture. Because of this, it is usually advised to avoid making final or permanent decisions (e.g., signing contracts or putting new projects into action), during the retrograde and even up to 2 weeks after Mercury goes direct. However, it is an excellent time to do fact-finding, research and investigation to prepare for major decisions, which are usually best put off until well after Mercury goes direct.
In the meantime, while Mercury is retrograde, expect the unexpected, and leave lots of extra time when planning your schedule (to minimize any disruptions from delays and complications). Stay flexible; for example, it's common to have to reschedule appointments. Do some things that use your intuitive, creative, non-rational mind for a while until Mercury goes direct again.
Mercury is retrograde in Cancer, so you could become unusually sensitive to your surroundings. You might also become more empathic toward others, able to pick up on their moods, needs and feelings. Emotional and intuitive awareness may be more pronounced, although at first it might just seem like you're a bit more moody. This can be a good time to get a closer look at the feelings that flow under the surface of your conscious awareness. Dreams, daydreams, fantasies and imaginings could provide valuable insight and clues into your emotional state of mind. Creative ideas could bubble up spontaneously or intermittently. You might change your mind about something you thought you'd already decided on – perhaps because you start to "feel" differently about the situation. This is a time when feelings and intuitive perceptions may emerge, which you would normally suppress, dismiss or lose in your usual mental chatter. Listening inside to your feelings can bring gifts of insight and intuitive awareness.
Mercury SQQ Saturn: When Mercury stations to go retrograde, it is in a tightly squeezed sesquiquadrate aspect (135°) to Saturn (a miniscule 6 minutes of orb from being exact). This aspect is exact on June 6 and 9/10, with the Mercury station in between on June 7th. In effect, they are locked in an arm wrestling match within a one-degree-orb for the first half of June (Jun.02-13). This could present itself in your life as a challenge to learn something new, develop a new skill or reorganize what you already know. You might discover that you need better skills at finding the right words or mode of expression in order to be clear about what you mean to say and to clearly say what you mean. As with all the stressful aspects, this awareness usually comes as a result of a problem that arises.
Mercury TRI North Node: Mercury also forms 3 trine aspects (120°) to the North Lunar Node: May 26, June 23, July 4. In my observation, the Node doesn't harbour energy like a planet does, but tends to act as a magnifying glass to zoom in on matters of the planet involved, especially when the North or South Nodes are conjunct the planet. In this case there is a harmonizing, soft trine, so chances are these dates (give or take a couple/few days) will bring an optimistic opportunity to envision the possibilities of where you could go with whatever Mercury has focused your awareness on. For example, if Mercury is learning new skills or clarifying skills and knowledge you already have (courtesy of Saturn's challenge), the trine to the Node may draw people or resources into your life that can help you fulfil your intentions. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled (as the saying goes) for possibilities, but try to avoid getting so distracted that you lose the opportunity.
Mercury and Venus: There is a cute little dance that happens between Mercury and Venus through this cycle and beyond. At the Gemini New Moon (May 28), Mercury and Venus are exactly sextile, poised at 29° of Gemini and Aries, respectively. After he turns retrograde, Mercury steadily closes the gap (Mercury moving backward and Venus forward). When he slows down to station direct on July 1, staggering around trying to get his bearings, Venus almost catches up to him. In fact, they remain within an 8° conjunction for almost 2 weeks: July 9-23. The closest Venus comes to catching him is on Jul.16, at a distance of just over 6°, when Mercury starts to pick up speed and outruns Venus.
Mercury and Venus won't perfect their conjunction until Mercury's next retrograde cycle in mid-October. This happens right smack in between the Lunar Eclipse in Aries (Oct.08) and the Solar Eclipse in Scorpio (Oct.23). At that time, they conjoin with the Sun in late Libra – in fact, the three will dance around the degree where Mars went retrograde back in March (27° Libra). Expect a colourful and lively eclipse season in October!
In the meantime, there is opportunity to make the most of combining Mercury's role as an information sponge with Venus' role as the savvy scout who knows how to chat up the most interesting people who can be persuaded to reveal that information.
Your self-confidence and patience may be a bit strained right now, stretched by the urge to break free of chronic constraints. Motivation and self-esteem may seem to sag and suffer from old problems that you thought were resolved. This is probably because you are seeing "the flaws in the system" that are preventing you from getting the results you want. It will help to take a fresh approach to your situation. You may need to let go of what you think the results "should be" or how they should come to you. Be open to getting what you want in a different form than you were expecting. You may have to work extra hard for results now, especially if it means having to find a different route to success. If it seems like a door of opportunity has closed, look for an unexpected advantage or hidden alternative. This could allow you to tap into other opportunities that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.
Close one-on-one connections with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) will tend to gravitate to a deeper, more intense level now. Instead of automatically doing the diplomatic, "nice" thing, you may find it is more fulfilling to share more of your authentic feelings. It may be possible now to connect with people on a deeper level, while still ensuring that your interests are equally balanced with theirs. The trick is to do this without trying to control or overpower the other person, and it may be easier to avoid those traps now. You could make some deeply intimate connections with people under this transit. Financial dealings with other people may also go smoothly, although it might be wise to get clear confirmation that you're both on the same page about the fine print.
For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a thick concentration of Neptune energy. This could include vivid dreams and imagination, foggy confusion or fluid intuition. You might experience unusual sensitivity to the people and situations around you. The station could create a turning point in situations that have unfolded over the last few months, especially those in which you need to surrender to something greater than yourself, whether that is the creative process, a stressful situation or the Universe in general. This can be a time when you come to an internal acceptance (or resignation) about what needs to be done in your life. As a result, you might feel a sense of longing, dissatisfaction, disappointment, sadness, depression, fatigue or low energy. Or, you might feel a sense of unburdening relief, inspiration, hopeful possibilities or deep beauty. The next 5-6 months will be a time to probe the spaces in between the facts and the uncertainties – to learn about that force greater than yourself, as well as the (unconscious) part of yourself that longs to merge with it.
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
We must be over the rainbow!
~ The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
Western North America:
Jun.12, 2014, 6:11 PM HAST,
8:11 PM AKT, 9:11 PM PDT,
10:11 PM MDT, 11:11 PM CDT
Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:
Jun.13, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT
Jun.13, 2014, 4:11 AM BST
Jun.13, 2014, h:mm _M AEST
Sagittarius has a blind spot. (Don't we all?)
Our cosmic archer is so enamoured with the distant horizon that it's easy for him to miss what's right in front of him.
She's so inspired by the grand splendour of the sunset that she may miss the sweet smell of the delicate flowers at her feet.
Sagittarius is great for encompassing the Big Picture through your mental wide-angle lens, but not so great for close-ups. The foreground can get lost against the grandeur of the background.
With the Full Moon in Sagittarius, this is a time when we're encouraged to revel in the majesty of the magnificent.
The only person who might know would be the great
and wonderful Wizard of Oz himself. ...[He's] very good, but very mysterious. He lives in the Emerald City
and that's a long journey from here.
Did you bring your broomstick with you?
~ The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
At this particular Full Moon, it is also a time to become aware of what you may be missing by following the usual Sagittarius mandate.
At one end of the broad spectrum, a dazzling distant vision might be distracting you from being able to appreciate something equally as inspiring nearby. For instance, you might be so focused on your job or pursuing your dream that your family becomes neglected. Those closest to you might feel a bit left out, or conversely they might feel dragged into it whether they want to participate or not.
At the other end of the spectrum, the small and the subtle might be distracting you from being able to truly enjoy the large and lavish. For example, unfulfilled dreams from the past might be haunting you, or you might feel concerned that you're encouraging greater opinion about yourself than you can actually live up to.
It's hard to focus on both. Our eyes can focus clearly on either the far-off field or the nearby specifics. You might be able to relax your vision and take in both the near and the far, but if you want to bring something into very clear focus, you usually have to choose one or the other.
In the same way, this Full Moon is likely to bring a conflict of interest that forces you either to divide your attention or to choose one and let go of the other.
If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard.
Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.
~ The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
The reason is about Jupiter and the Moon. First, they are in exact-to-the-degree quincunx aspect (150°), which means there's a paradox of some kind. "You can't get there from here" and yet somehow you have to find a way to do it anyway. The quincunx draws a connection between signs that have nothing on common – they have incompatible elements (Fire and Water, in this case), different polarities (Yang and Yin, or Masculine and Feminine) and different modalities (Mutable and Cardinal, in this case). Without a common ground to relate through, it's very tricky territory when travelling from one to the other.
It's likely to be impossible to find a conventional, simple or straightforward connection between the realms of these planets. The Moon is about hearth and home, caring and feelings, nurturing and being nurtured. It's personal, tender and vulnerable.
Jupiter is much more impersonal – it's about dreams, philosophy and abstract thinking. It's about belief in things that might not be obvious, and often require a leap of faith to even begin to truly understand them.
So right away there's a quirky, ambiguous path between them that's going to be difficult to navigate. Don't expect that any conventional map or set of instructions will lead you from one to the other. The quincunx aspect operates like there's something in your blind spot – it's difficult to see and acknowledge unless you do it indirectly, unconventionally or very creatively. That's why we have rear view mirrors on cars, and even then you have to know where to look to notice someone in your blind spot.
The key word is flexibility. If you're not willing to adapt and put up with some paradoxical annoyances, the quincunx can make you feel like you're going crazy. On the other hand, this aspect blesses us with the ability to perceive, appreciate and understand the value of subtlety and the fact that not everything in life fits conveniently into a nice tidy picture. Anyone with some quincunxes in their natal chart will tell you that there always seems to be a few puzzle pieces left over after you think you've got the whole picture.
In a way, the quincunx teaches us that nothing is ever truly finished. There's always more to do, more to see, more to understand, more to discover. Both Sagittarius and Jupiter "get" this and love the challenge of perpetual exploration. The Moon might not be as resilient, preferring a nice cozy nest in which to settle and feel safe. Leave the adventures to others for a while and enjoy some hot chocolate by the fireplace (or the air conditioner, depending on your local weather).
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! The Great Oz has spoken!
~ The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
The reason why this quincunx is so important is that the Moon and Jupiter are also in Mutual Reception. That means they're each in a sign that the other rules – the Moon is in Jupiter's sign of Sagittarius, and Jupiter is in the Moon's sign of Cancer. They're like mirror images of each other; variations on the same theme.
Through mutual reception, they'll either understand each other intuitively or they'll hiss and spit at each other since they could project their own imperfect qualities onto the other. In this case, they're probably more likely to eye each other quizzically or suspiciously – like seeing a UFO in the sky and wondering if it's actually an airplane or an invading space aliens or just glowing swamp gas.
Getting these two to talk to each other in a way they could possibly understand is going to take a bit of manoeuvring. The Moon's instinct for safety will need to expand its definition of "home" to include a much broader territory, as well as investing a bit of trust in some faith that things could turn out okay after all. The Moon may contribute the distraction influence that makes it difficult to appreciate the greater perspective, since the latter doesn't always feel like it leaves much room for safety, connection or other personal needs.
Jupiter is likely to be the grand distant vision that overwhelms or misses the simple here-and-now blessings. It wants to expand your understanding and mental peripheral vision to take in as much of the Big Picture as possible. It knows there's something splendid and exciting beyond the next horizon; it's just a question of following the Yellow Brick Road to get there.
It can be tempting to see Jupiter as the Wizard of Oz who can do all things for all people. The great guru or the inspiring dream weaver. However, when he's quincunx the Moon (which holds our most tender need for trust and security), the Jupiterian god can show himself to be very human and fallible after all. Again, there is the need for adaptability and flexibility in order to keep moving through uncertain waters.
Both of these planets must get at least some of what they need. Jupiter needs a getaway from the humdrum, mundane same-old-same-old, and the Moon needs a nice cozy nest to come home to again.
Mercury is also retrograde right now, amplifying the need to be accommodating with uncertainty. Also being in Cancer, your mind could become a bit anxious or prone to neurotic imaginings, especially if your lunar Inner Child feels disconnected, insecure or moody. However, this could also open up your creative juices and encourage you to explore new ways to put those anxieties to good use.
You, my friend, are a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate impression that just because you run away you have no courage; you're confusing courage with wisdom.
~ The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
There is a remarkable configuration happening at the Full Moon – an exact-to-the-minute Wedge aspect pattern. Venus opposite Saturn, with Chiron trine to Saturn and sextile to Venus. All of them are precisely 17:44 of Taurus, Scorpio and Pisces, respectively, and all of them reach the moment of perfection within a minuscule hour and a quarter of each other.
You couldn't time this closer if you'd planned it! The fact that this aspect pattern is so very tight suggests that it is a dominant influence that mixes with the Full Moon.
The Wedge seems to offer an Earth/Water emphasis that counterbalances the strong Fire/Water energy of the Moon-Jupiter mutual reception. Venus, strong in her own sign of Taurus, is prepared to take her time in getting whatever will fulfill her pleasure. Being opposite earthy Saturn emphasizes that practical, realistic, methodical priorities are important right now, but perhaps not very easy to put into practice. Venus in Taurus knows the value of patiently putting down roots to get what she wants, but Saturn's demand to dig deeper than seems necessary could feel overbearing and burdensome.
Chiron in Pisces comes to the rescue. Being in Jupiter's other sign (Jupiter rules Pisces by traditional rulerships, as well as Sagittarius), Chiron contributes a different side of Jupiter's energy. This is about having faith in a "power greater than yourself," as the saying goes. When you have a strong enough vision of what you're trying to manifest in your life, it doesn't seem (as much) like work but more like simply the thing to be done on your way to what you want.
You might focus on the end result of what you're doing. You may reach out to get a sense of spiritual connection. You could even let yourself be pushed forward by the unhappiness that you know will continue if you stay where you are. Whatever guides your motivation and actions needs to be a vision of something better. Then it's your job (with Venus' and Saturn's help) to find the pragmatic way to make that happen, what steps you need to take and what resources you need to keep you going.
There's no place like home; there's no place like home; there's no place like home...
~ The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
Put in this context of practical action, the Full Moon in Sagittarius becomes coloured with the need to be very clear about what you are envisioning. With the contradictory quincunx to Jupiter, that means you may have to keep looking back and forth between your long-term destination and your short-term blessings.
All of these perspectives need to be embraced – the far-seeing hopefulness of something better, the here-and-now gratitude for what you already have, and the down-to-earth planning and action that support and enable both of them. Bend your mind to juggle all of them at once or let them take turns. The important thing is to know that all of these qualities are pieces of the bigger puzzle.
So don't get discouraged if you find there's more in your blind spot than you realized. Treat it as a discovery! And then explore what it means. You will find meaning both in the here-and-now context and the Big Picture as well. Happy transits!
Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow,
Why oh why can't I...?
~ The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with – peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.
There are realities to face and deal with, probably related to the way you handle relationships and/or finances. This is a time when you start to see a return on your investments – literally or figuratively. This could be an investment of energy, cooperation and good faith in a close relationship, or it might be the long-term development of a goal requiring financing or resources. It can be a time when "the bill comes in" and you are required to "put your money where your mouth is" and make a deeper commitment to that investment. Or, you might have to admit that the results are not what you had hoped for and you must decide whether to continue or reinvest your energies elsewhere. In other words, this is a time when something might come to an end or your situation becomes more stressful because you have some hard choices to make. The key is to take a long hard look at the realities before you – is it worth it to continue in the direction you're going? What is required if you decide to take it to the next step? The situation may demand effort, but there's also a more solid footing waiting on the other side.
With all things Saturn, slow and steady wins the race. Therefore, healing and recovery efforts are likely to benefit from a stable, paced, structured approach. For example, if you have the flu you might find you get better faster if you take a day or so to rest and focus on getting your health back, rather than trying to push yourself back into action. If that's simply not an option, then do other health promoting things regularly and steadily (e.g. taking whatever remedies, vitamins, etc, work for you). In other words, a sporadic or half-hearted approach is likely to be a waste of energy, since they won't be enough to combat what you're fighting. This can be applied metaphorically as well: if you're feeling out of balance or "unhealthy" or conflicted in your psyche or your life circumstances, a regimen of actions designed to bring yourself back to your stable centre again will likely be your more effective approach.
By the same token, when you're feeling grounded and centred, you are more likely to view life through a healing and healthy perspective. It could be easier now to take responsibility for your own healing, rather than just seeing someone else as the cause of the problems in your life. This transit can also help fortify you when taking a serious look at your suffering and dis-ease, making it easier to face your woundedness (or that of others) in a realistic way, instead of hoping it will go away on its own if you ignore it.
Last Saturn-Chiron trine: 2012-2014. Next Saturn-Chiron trine: 2061-2063.
Dates for the current Saturn-Chiron cycle:
This can be a volatile combination of energies, which can generate enormous stress and conflict, but can also motivate you go beyond your perceived limitations. The biggest dangers with this transit include obsessive control, violence in response to frustration, and natural reactions of anger being blown out of proportion into rage. However, if you are able to harness this energy and put it to productive use, it can fuel your ambitions and drive you to push past the barriers that are in your way (including your own discouragement or lethargy). There can be a fine line, though, between empowering yourself with determination and courage versus forcing the issue in a way that creates more problems than it solves. And there is a difference between being obsessively attached to the outcome versus discovering that you have more courage, strength and tenacity than you thought you did, when your back is against the wall. Sexual tension can be strong under this transit, so it is wise to use some good judgment about whether or how to act on that. Power struggles with others can become very intense, so strive to be clear in yourself about what you really want and how you can assert your interests without inflicting the emotional equivalent of nuclear war.
Mercury is retrograde in Gemini, which is likely to give you lots of interesting or unusual ideas. You may find yourself looking at things from many different angles and collecting as much information as possible, so that you can pick up clues that help you figure out what's what. Your curiosity might lead you to some strange but enlightening perceptions, ideas and information. However, it is also possible to become mentally scattered, fragmented or ungrounded during this time. You could be easily distractible and leave off sentences half way through, as your mind chases off after a new thought. Write down your best ideas, observations, insights and even your dreams during this time, so that you can figure out later (after Mercury goes Direct) how they can be analyzed and used. This could also be an especially good time to do your research and gather information in preparation for decisions and projects down the road.
There is an abundance of creative inspiration, material enjoyment, feel-good pleasure in the air! Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. It may be relatively easy to attract the people, possessions and opportunities you want or need, but you'll still have to work to get them. On the other hand, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach (as mother would say) and you might be tempted to charm, flirt or bluff your way through a situation more than usual. There may also be a tendency to self-indulgence. These are not necessarily bad things, but it's probably wise to remember to use this energy to enhance your best judgement, not override it.
When the Sun conjoins Mercury Retrograde, there is a new beginning in the areas of awareness, communication, use of information and exchange of ideas. This may or may not be heralded by a recognisable event or experience, although for a day or two your consciousness may shift. Your awareness and mental concentration may take a dip into the unconscious, becoming unusually murky and muddy, or it may rise into ultra-consciousness and become suddenly clear and lucid (afterwards returning to the usual Mercury retrograde fog). A new awareness or perspective on what has unfolded during the retrograde cycle thus far may surface now, or an unworkable attitude or perception of these events may fall apart under the weight of new information. This shift of awareness may be obvious or subtle, sudden or gradual, but this transit marks a turning point in the Mercury retrograde cycle. It also marks a time when mental awareness often goes further underground, for the rest of the retrograde period, making it a little harder to operate objectively and rationally in the outside world. Spend some time in your right-brain, intuitive, non-rational mind, which can coax your mental creativity and inventiveness to the surface.
The retrograde station can be felt for up to a week before and after this date. Since Chiron is often about health, you may find health issues coming to the foreground now. General issues about wounding, healing and hurt—physically, psychologically and/or spiritually—may come to a turning point now, making it necessary to take some time for healing, reconstruction, and reconciliation of the energies that are out of balance in your life. The retrograde station (now) begins this process, which gradually unfolds over the next 5 months. Focus your energies on acknowledging the areas that need healing in your life—literally or figuratively. Don't forget that although there are areas that still need healing, you have made progress on much of this in the past. It's important to balance your acknowledgement of the work yet to be done with recognition of what you have already achieved in the past.
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Jun.21, 2014, 6:51 AM EDT
Jun.21, 2014, 10:51 AM BST
Jun.21, 2014, 9:51 PM AEST
Happy Solar Return to everyone born in the sign of Cancer! When the Sun enters Cancer, it also marks the Summer Solstice (in North America, the UK, Europe and other places in the northern hemisphere; or the Winter Solstice in Australia and other places in the southern hemisphere). This is the time when we all get to cultivate and nurture the Cancer side of our nature. This includes feelings, needs and nurturing instincts, as well as your connection to home and family, and your most primal sense of belonging. To explore this area of your life, think about your family – are you closely connected to your family-of-origin (the one you grew up with), or do you also have a "chosen family" in adulthood? Who is part of your support system (the people you know you can turn to when you need them)? What people, groups, places or experiences satisfy your need for belonging, which everyone has inside them? Cancer is about our distant past (childhood, ancestry, memories) that influences our current behaviour, motives and methods of getting our emotional needs met. Take this time to find new ways to nurture yourself, to share that nurturing with others, and to ensure that you don't give to others at the expense of not getting what you need.
Relationships, finances, resources and values take on an air of curiosity, communication and cleverness. It is a good time to discuss, think about and create strategies to improve these areas or make them more enjoyable. You may be especially curious, flirtatious or easy-going now – so much so that you might drift into superficiality (which might be a welcome rest from more intense or committed social activity). It can be a good time to exchange ideas and information with others, especially in a social context. Schmoozing and networking with others are prime examples of this. This can also be a good time to negotiate contracts and agreements with people, in this atmosphere of information exchange. Just remember that it's one thing to use charm and humor to influence the direction of the discussion, but it may not be wise to indulge in blatant manipulation of others.
Your energy is likely to be rather unpredictable, fluctuating or just plain "wonky" under this transit. Your moods could swing back and forth in reaction to outside circumstances that trigger your feelings buried under the surface. In particular, anger, confidence and impulsive desires could suddenly appear and disappear for no apparent reason. If you feel your freedom is being taken away or if you think your individuality is becoming lost in the Collective shuffle, you might feel the urge to abruptly push against whoever seems to be blocking you. This can come across as arbitrary rebellion, and it may not be easy for you or others to understand where this is coming from inside you.
It might be a good idea to take some time out to focus inward and find out what's really going on under the surface, especially if these reactions are starting to spiral out of control. On the other hand, this doesn't have to be a "negative" energy. You might also feel more spontaneous than usual and be willing to try new things more easily than you usually do. It can be a time to discover new courage to venture beyond your comfort zone of what's familiar. Flash arguments could clear the air, leaving the way clear to make a fresh start. Essentially, this transit tends to be a bit of a roller coaster ride, which can have you howling in protest or shrieking with excitement...or both!
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