An astrological glimpse into the planetary pictures created during the Sun’s journey through each of the 12 sun signs. Every solar cycle I explore the new and full moon with Moon Beams, the positive and the uplifting with Twinkles, the challenging and the stressful with Black Holes, and the complex and the transformative with Deep Space.
New Moon in Gemini (June 2/3)
Get ready for your brain to move into hyper-drive, trying to sort out how to make sense of all the mental restlessness combined with a plethora of foggy and sometimes surrealistic notions about where life is taking you. Leaving you wound up and exhausted as well as uncertain and off-balance. The New Moon is always the frequency of possibility and potential just waiting to coalesce into something tangible. However, it needs a clear pathway to follow. In this case, there doesn’t appear to be one, because this New Moon is disconnected from the rest of the astrological pantheon, other than Mercury. This could lead to impulsive decision-making, unrealistic plans, and/or a general feeling of disorientation. So, meditate, play in your head, and do the best you can to sift the wheat from the chaff. That way you’ll be ready for the Full Moon.
Full Moon in Sagittarius (June 17/18)
This is the part of the lunar cycle where the chickens come home to roost. Now this reflects not only the actions and choices of the last two weeks, but also a longer time frame if this Full Moon activates a particular aspect of your life that has been under pressure. The key here is to understand the basic precept of the Full Moon. To bring things into the light so they can be seen, understood and applied. With this Full Moon, the light is turned on matters of belief, faith, knowledge and, ultimately, wisdom. This requires openness and flexibility, willingness and the recognition that you don’t know everything. This is its gift. To take facts and information to a place of greater meaning, giving you the necessary inspiration to move forward with optimism, knowing you see with clarity the potential breadth of your life going forward whether you are dealing with short-term objectives or long-term goals.
You really don’t have to chase any rainbows this month. You just have to take time to appreciate what is right in front of you. This requires a combination of stillness – which is not the same as inactivity – and purposeful action. The stillness allows you to make the necessary adjustments to avoid complications, easing the pathway to accomplishing whatever you set your mind to. And, trust me, the list of things you want to do gets longer and longer, no doubt because your journey into stillness and appreciation leaves you feeling a joy and an anticipation about living life to the fullest. This is the perfect antidote to the ups and downs of the Gemini lunar cycle as well as the perfect strategy for making the best use of it, including applying all that mental activity in a way that entertains you and guides you. Instead of bamboozling you and disorienting you. All in all, fun is just around the corner, provided you don’t get lost in irritation and frustration.
There’s only big black hole staring you in the face and it’s a big one. Actually super-sized when you consider the planets involved in what feels like a no-holds battle of wills. On the one side is Mars and on the other is Saturn and Pluto. In regular speak, that’s the planet of war spitting (well, not literally) in the faces of the planet of control and the planet of transformation. Very intense and problematic. Expect a lot of push/pull energy symbolized by passive aggressive feelings, whininess, emotional distancing, hyper-sensitivity, powerlessness, and the need to be right in order to be heard or to take charge of your life. To name just a few of the potential reactions. And react you will. Because you are likely to feel you are constantly trying to get out from under long-held fears and patterns, so you can breathe freely and openly. However, this requires acknowledging what is lurking in your psyche rather than trying to run roughshod over yourself by ignoring them. Embrace what is surfacing. Accept there are no instant solutions. In fact, you don’t really have to do anything except release. No organizing, no planning, no running away, no pushing past. That way you will be fully present to experience the space, the peace that emerges.
From small acts of adjustment come deep change. That’s the theme for this Gemini cycle, a smorgasbord of paradoxical energies that offer an unusual opportunity to navigate your life with grace and adaptability, bringing a stillness that nurtures you going forward. But, first you need to accept the incongruities that seem to show up almost on a daily basis. One minute you feel light and airy, the next tired and overwhelmed. Which isn’t anything new, really. At least not in 2019 as Jupiter invites you to expand into new possibilities while Saturn and Pluto negotiate, at times unsuccessfully, how to transmute any stale and limiting energy without destroying the very real and productive aspects of your life. An almost-limitless subterranean pressure to wipe the slate clean and rise from the ashes bumping up against the fear of that very thing. And, all in combination with an unwavering optimism. Confusion much? Well, take heart. The Gemini cycle invites you to use curiosity, mental agility and humor to mitigate all the pressure by breaking things down into small pieces, finding the message or the laughter or both in what you observe, and shifting, releasing and cleaning out what is truly dead weight. This is a time when approaching things piecemeal gives you a better grip on where your life is going then trying to manage the big picture. A kind of spring cleaning for your heart, soul and body. One part of your consciousness at a time.
New Moon in Cancer (Total Solar Eclipse, July 2)
Talk about feeling you are fumbling around in the dark with little time or inclination to climb out of the emotional swamp you find yourself suddenly enveloped in. The purpose of the New Moon is always to push you to open yourself up to new possibilities by exploring life without a clear sense of direction, trusting that all will be revealed. That energy is amplified beyond measure when the New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse. And amplified yet again when it is in the sign of Cancer. Pay close attention to all that you are feeling and sensing. It sets the tone for some major growth over the next several months. A door way is opening to a stronger, deeper and clearer picture of who you are and how to use that knowledge to build an inner sense of power based on self-reliance.
Full Moon in Capricorn (Partial Lunar Eclipse, July 16)
Another eclipse to help you get your ducks in a row. Which is often the purpose of any Full Moon. Everything is out in the open, the shadows are gone and now you can take a look at what you are creating. But, in order to do that right now, this Full Moon lets you know you need to clear out any emotional detritus, fear or resistance to replacing any part of the old foundation of your life based on duty, obligation, and guilt. Quite the tall order. Just know you don’t have to do it all right now. This is just another step in the process that began in 2018 and will continue until June of 2020. One that invites you to find a way to integrate the need to build external stability with the need to live your life from your heart and your gut. To know that life happens from the inside out, and it’s time to take notice of and care of your inner self.
The key to finding the joy in life right now is playfulness, creativity and just plain having fun. It’s the necessary and available antidote to becoming too absorbed in trying to fix what you consider a whole host of problems you didn’t even know you had. Well, life has a way of revealing things to us at inconvenient times and in ways we find difficult. To ease the pressure of the challenge this signifies – not avoid it – reconnect to the child-like part of yourself and just let your hair down. Pamper yourself, play a sport, have a party, watch something that makes you laugh. In other words, do something that lightens your mood or inspires you or releases tension. Or all of the above. This makes it easier to use all the stuff you think is crowding out the sunlight to create a healthier you.
Prepare for a date with reality. A look at exactly what is standing in your way or keeping you stuck. This comes courtesy of the Solar and Lunar eclipses and Mercury Retrograde (begins July 7 and ends Aug 1). Not to stop you in your tracks but to ask you to be aware of the internal blockages that have the potential to keep you from reaching your goal – to trust yourself implicitly. Take a look at your path, your thoughts, your ideas, and your plans, and ask yourself one question. Do they reflect who I am at my core or do they mirror my willingness to stubbornly stick to what I know, what I am comfortable with, what I can depend on? Embrace the answer, no matter what it is. Just be careful not to project any of the frustration and confusion you feel on to any outside target whether it’s a person or a situation. This only complicates life as well as failing to release any judgement or stress you are experiencing. Release your fear that the sky is going to fall in. And trust that you can handle whatever comes your way.
Expect to confront a deep desire to push yourself beyond your emotional limits without first taking stock of where exactly it is you are heading. On all levels. Rather than reacting by trying to overthink what’s burbling up from within, pushing it back down or acting precipitately, breathe and stay present. Once you get past the first smidgen of discomfort and dismay, you are on the verge of a major awareness about the shift you need to make in your life so that you can integrate the potential for growth in your feeling world without sacrificing anything you hold dear in your physical world. Just know that while this process is ongoing, you are going to feel invisible and weightless at the same time you feel dense. True, it’s likely to be disconcerting. After all, this is a time when we all need to dance between opposites, paradoxes and conundrums. Quite the feat. One that is not impossible, provided you follow your heart and not your rational mind.