We are now in Gemini season, which has the potential for many opinions being thrown around and for our minds to be more active, not to mention our lives. Gemini energy can be likened to a butterfly flitting from flower to flower spreading ideas and information around like pollen , picked up from one place and then shared elsewhere. With Gemini we become very aware of how energy follows thought and how what we think can end up manifesting as reality. What the mind can conceive the body can achieve! This is a good time to be as aware as possible of what our minds are up to; watching the internal chatter and stories we tell ourselves, and also monitoring what comes out of our mouths. There is, of course, the potential for gossip when we have the Sun and Moon and Mercury in this sign that likes so much to spread information around. The truth can easily get distorted as the information travels down the line, much like Chinese Whispers.
Gemini is the sign of the twins, which could literally mean being in two minds or having two very strong sides offering their argument or opinions, and also brings the potential for duplicity or two-facedness. We may not know what to think or believe with so much indiscriminate information flying around. There is so much information at our finger tips nowadays, but it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Fake news is probably a Gemini invention! We live in an age whereby our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, and this could become all too apparent during this Moon as our minds flit from one topic to another and it is hard to concentrate. There is a light, youthful quality to Gemini and so Gemini season does have a fairly light-hearted, restless, busy feel to it. This is a very curious, flexible and adaptable sign that likes to have its fingers in many pies, so we might find that the pace is quickened during this Moon, with more communication and very active minds.
Jupiter and Neptune are a big part of this Moon, as they are forming the second of three challenging square aspects to one another, while also challenging the Sun and Moon. The first Jupiter Neptune square was exact on January 13, while this second one is currently building strength and will be exact on June 17. The third pass will occur on September 21. This combination could mean that we literally don’t know what to believe, as the “truth” could be shrouded by smoke screens and deceit. We may be more susceptible than usual to indoctrination, as people could be very convincing, overzealous and dogmatic in putting forward their beliefs and version of the truth. It is very important for us to use our powers of discernment and discrimination to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to any information we may receive during this time. People may try very hard to convert or convince us of something that is not true at all. We could easily be blinded or taken in by glamour, enchantment or propaganda, as the potential for deception is very strong.
This combo could cause us to put our faith in things that have no basis in reality and that lead us down the proverbial garden path. Jupiter and Neptune can bring beautiful visions, helping us to shoot for the stars and stretch beyond our own limitations, but it is important that we do so with our eyes wide open, as we could be more gullible and trusting than usual during this transit. It is so important to have faith and trust, but this combination could either cause us to trust indiscriminately and could equally bring experiences that burst the bubble, causing us to lose hope and to feel profoundly disillusioned. There is the potential for experiencing severe delusions, as our perception of reality is clouded. We could have the most amazingly spiritual visions, only to find out that they were in fact smoke screens. We could feel like we are in limbo land, not knowing how to move forward or what lies ahead. Our imaginations could run wild, which could be amazing but could equally take us in completely the wrong direction! It is important to take a step back before we assume anything or jump to conclusions without having all the facts. Anyone with personal planets between 17° and 23° of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will probably feel this energy most acutely.
The Nodes of the Moon are in the spotlight at the moment, with Saturn moving back towards the South Node and Mars moving towards the North Node. We are being made all too aware of what is broken in our society at the moment, and how the systems that govern us are so horrendously flawed and limited. With Saturn on the Capricorn South Node we are being shown things as they really are, and the picture isn’t exactly pretty. Combined with the Jupiter Neptune square this brings the potential for people to lose hope and experience feelings of futility. One of the big lessons of this Cancer/Capricorn Nodal axis, both personally and collectively, is to admit when we don’t have the answers. Showing a bit of vulnerability and letting go of the need to have everything under control allows for another way of doing things. There is no shame in asking for help. In fact, it takes a lot of strength and courage to let down the capable veneer and stoicism and open ourselves up to the help of others. However, when we do, it allows people to see beyond the protective walls we have erected and to help us to find new solutions that we might not have thought of on our own.
Mars is currently moving towards the Cancer North Node, helping us to find the courage to do just that; to show our more vulnerable side. Whenever a planet joins the North Node its energy is helping us to step towards the energy of the sign that the North Node is in. With Mars and the North Node joining forces in Cancer, we are being encourages to be brave enough to show our emotions and to fight for what we really believe in. Cancer represents the home, the family, our tribe and our ancestral roots. Cancer is the mother, the nurturer, and invites us to embrace some more inclusive, matriarchal ideals, stepping back from the rat race and the pressure to succeed and remembering what is more important. This society we are living in creates so much pressure to “get ahead” and make a success of ourselves, but at what cost?
Mars in Cancer motivates us to stand up for causes that we really believe in and to focus on our inner world instead of so much time and energy being spent on our outer life, such as career, status, reputation and getting ahead, all of which involve maintaining the veneer of control. What truly nourishes us and brings a sense of emotional security? Where in our lives are we pushing ourselves too hard? Where might we need to let go of control? How might we benefit from showing a bit of vulnerability and asking for help? What might things look like if we were to admit that we don’t have the answers? What is most important to us, when it comes down to it? What do our protective walls look like and why were they erected in the first place? How might we be able to soften them? How might we better communicate when we feel hurt rather than slipping into our conditioned behaviour and putting up walls? How might we change our life if we could? In what way are we our own worst judge and how have we experienced judgement from others? How does this fear of judgment impact our decisions and behaviour? What can we do to help future generations based on what we have learned?
The Sabian symbol for Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is interesting, at 28° Gemini: “Through bankruptcy, society gives to an overburdened individual the opportunity to begin again” which Dane Rudyar describes as “A release from unbearable pressures, freeing one for new tasks.” and “A society that enthrones the principle of ruthless competition must also develop mechanisms to exteriorise the principle of compassion”. Sometimes, when things hit rock bottom, the only way is up, although it might be hard to see a way out. However, this symbol does give a sense of hope and a chance for redemption. Not only that, but there is a sense of compassionate support from community. There is a feeling of starting fresh and wiping the slate clean, free of pressure, finding a new way of approaching our lives. This symbol is quite evocative, and seems to reinforce the story of the Cancer/Capricorn Nodes.
As ever, the New Moon represents a time when seeds are sown for the month ahead. Something is left behind in the dark of the Moon and we experience something new being born. In Gemini this may take the form of a new idea or concept that then moves on to blossom and grow over the course of the month ahead. What messages do we send ourselves regularly? How might we need to be more mindful of what we say to others? What messages are we receiving from the outside world at the moment and are they to be accepted or questioned? Indeed, what messages did we receive in childhood that we have internalised and still have an influence over our behaviour in the present day? How might our own minds be misleading us? Gemini is a very flexible, adaptable sign and so we can harness its power and open ourselves up to change. There is no sign that better understands the power of thought to influence our reality. During this Moon we are invited to really pay attention to our thoughts and the messages we receive from others.
“Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” Don Miguel Ruiz
Picture: Trying to Find the Right Words by Jack Zulli