The New Moon in Gemini, June 19, 2012 – Open Your Mind!

Viewing the Moon’s phases in our night sky is such a beautiful reminder that life runs in cycles – and that we benefit if we pay attention to those cycles.

 

I love New Moons!

And today is one in Gemini. (11:02 am Eastern Time)

They’re fresh and regenerative… offering us a time every month to begin anew… to have another chance at starting something.

The general purpose of any New Moon is to create a new beginning, just as the Moon begins a brand new cycle from her dark or invisible phase, waxing to a tiny crescent and then on to bold brightness at the Full Moon, and then gradually waning again to a tiny sliver – back to the dark. Viewing the Moon’s phases in our night sky is such a beautiful reminder that life runs in cycles – and that we benefit if we pay attention to those cycles. Moon watching is both a connection to all humanity through the ages and an incredible way to gain insight into life from all the symbolic meanings that follow her constant but fluctuating passage. Whenever you have the chance, go outside and really look deeply at the Moon. Ponder how her reflected light and the phase that she presents affects you. Somehow this practice brings us back to center and offers an inner contentment. At least that is my experience.

This particular New Moon in Gemini, the second New Moon in Gemini in a month (which is unusual, and the previous one was on May 20 and coincided with the Solar Eclipse) brings yet more emphasis on the workings of our minds, how we analyze new information, and how we communicate what we come up with. There has been an incredible amount of celestial focus on Gemini of late: The Solar Eclipse, the Transit of Venus, Venus Retrograde in Gemini, the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius which is the opposite sign to Gemini (therefore part of the same axis) and the 2 New Moons. Wow.

So here’s my suggestion on what to bring in or start anew at this New Moon (and it’s sort of all tied in to Venus, because of the recent Transit of Venus and that she is still Retrograde in Gemini.)

OPEN YOUR MIND… STRETCH IT WIDE. (Please really think about what this can mean to you. Really THINK about what is new that your eyes can see.)

EXTEND YOUR THOUGHTS INTO THE REALM OF YOUR VALUES.

NOURISH YOUR IDEAS WITH WISDOM.

COMMUNICATE all of these new thoughts, more loving values, and freshly wizened ideals FROM THE HEART.

And because Mars is in very much in the mix today via a square to the Sun and Moon, allow yourself to be motivated!! Don’t block the wellspring of energy that is edging you toward something perhaps a little scary and outside your comfort zone.

ACT with MOTIVATED INTELLIGENCE.

All of this Gemini-ness and Venus-ness is a reminder that you are what you think you are – therefore think that you are LOVE. And with the influence of both Venus and Mars, desire and create from the heart.

That is all. But that is a lot!

P.S. Remember that tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, brought to us by the Sun moving into Cancer. Celebrate!

Happy Friday the 13th! A little Love and Romance on an Inauspicious Day…

Not the stuff of superstition...

I have a bit of hard time understanding the superstitious fears around Friday the 13th… and this year we’ve got 3 of ’em! So sorry to be the bearer of that inauspicious news to those of you who don’t relish this infrequent date. (After this year there won’t be another Friday the 13th until 2026 according to Charles Walford, columnist for Mail Online in the UK in this very eye opening article.)

Here are a couple of bits of Friday the 13th lore: Friday is considered unlucky in the Christian tradition because it is the day of Christ’s crucifixion. 13 is considered unlucky because Judas, the last and 13th to show up for the Last Supper, was the same disciple who betrayed Christ resulting in his crucifixion. And 13 is the number of turns of the rope that tie the hangman’s noose.

In just doing a little reading I’ve discovered that auto accidents really do go up A LOT on any given Friday the 13th (maybe due to anxiety?) and the real estate business slows down to a trickle… people just don’t want to buy on this inauspicious date and many won’t even think about buying a residence that has the number 13 attached to it. Who knew?

Well this particular Friday the 13th doesn’t have any black magic attached to it that I can see. So take a deep breath and let your fears subside. 

This day looks to be largely about relationships according to the astrology at hand. Venus and Neptune are conjoined lending the possibility of  gentle romance, idealism, yearning for the Other (with the alternate possibility being deception or dissolution in relationships – so there is that to watch out for). Chiron, the Wounded Healer is involved with that combination as is the Moon – there is the potential for healing past transgressions now – particularly with family members and lost loves. And Saturn lends support to our relationships today, helping us to understand and define them and possibly helping to create stability. Mars strokes the Sun lending desire, strength of will and a bit of earthy assertion to the package while the Moon kisses Pluto and Mercury perhaps compelling some of us to want to dig deeply and emotionally for the truth in our relationships and, of course since it is Mercury, to talk about it.

If you are opting out of life today – staying home and out of trouble – watch romantic films, read  poetry, dive into art, or curl up with a good psychology book. Probably a great day to chat with friends, get the scoop on the stars (movie stars that is), and to re-connect. Have a glass or two of wine…

So, happy Friday the 13th! And have fun relating… family, friends, lovers – let them all know how you feel!