The Sun’s entrance into curious, affable Gemini, at 2:09 P.M. PST on May 20th, falls into the larger context of the third evolutionary Pluto Uranus square. While social Gemini’s spirit of inquiry and celebrated acumen will be in robust supply, mainly thanks to Mars, the 2013 cycle will come with a distinct undertow. That’s due to a series of upcoming water transits and trines involving Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Neptune in the immediate forecast, and Jupiter’s looming shift from chatty Gemini to sensitive Cancer in late June. Adding to the intuitive pull inward are the forming Grand Water Trine of July 17-19th and the Grand Sextile of July 29th. Even Gemini’s witty ruler Mercury is in on the liquid conspiracy; the trines and squares the trickster forms next foreshadow the larger tale about to be told by giant Jupiter over the coming year.
During the upcoming cycle we’ll be influenced by two strong motives, Gemini’s desire to explore and gather information about our world and Cancer’s need to establish emotional security and define our familial role within it. Rather than a cliche argument between logical Gemini and emotional Cancer; this is a cosmic invitation to identify and decipher the messages our Gem thoughts and Cancer feelings are sending us. If we are the nerve endings of a larger matrix connecting everything, then inventory and evolution should be our highest priorities.
Two of the planets in key points of the grid in the Sun cycle and year ahead are Mercury and Jupiter. Mental Mercury will be in receptive Cancer from May 31st to August 8th, and its retrograde will last from June 26th through July 20th. On June 10th, the winged one will cross 13 degrees of Cancer, the shadow point of the retrograde. As explained in the Gemini 2011 edition of the Oracle, Mercury is the planet that travels closest to the Sun and is therefore the one most closely aligned with our identity or ego. That is not a bad thing in and of itself. However, the relationship becomes problematic when we use the mind to mine our environment exclusively in search of the data that supports only our story. In his ground-breaking book “The Astrology of Awakening” author Eric Meyers keenly observes that we express the planets in their egoic and awakened states. About Mercury, he shares the following:
“It’s necessary for us to use the mind to achieve a sense of order, a prime concern of the ego. We have named and categorized everything according to our limited ideas and frameworks. The mind has projected itself on the world and we have all believed it to be true. But few stop to realize how relative this all is. When we quiet the mind’s chatter, we can receive from the matrix. … Thinking is secondary to being.”
Jupiter is completing its Gemini transit and preparing for a year-long stay in Cancer that begins on June 25th. Eric offers the following insights on Jupiter’s egoic and awakened styles of expression.
“Jupiter potentially bolsters our self-interests, but can fall prey to the notion that having more (money, popularity, status, adventure) is always preferable to having less. As a consequence, we might make unwise, possibly detrimental or immoral, decisions to see to this grandiose priority. … The more awakened response to Jupiter is to set a course that continues outward, away from self-preoccupation, towards the transpersonal.”
June 8, 2013
Jupiter conjuncts Mercury May 27th, Venus the 28th, the Moon June 9th and the Sun on the 19th before leaving Gemini on the 25th. Those of you who follow astrology closely will note that when Mercury and then Jupiter enter Cardinal Cancer, with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, Cardinal T-Crosses will be established. Like gateways, the squares and oppositions involving the Cardinal signs signal celestial occasions to move beyond thresholds and live in radically new ways. As the Gemini cycle dawns we find ourselves at an exact Pluto Uranus square, the third of the seven taking place between 2012 and 2015. Mercury is poised to wade into the water that Jupiter will occupy through July of 2014. And while the two form those provocative squares to rebellious Uranus and oppositions to destructive Pluto, the Cancer placement also puts them in positions that form agreeable water trines with Saturn and Neptune. This indicates a cycle that will mix inquiry with innovation.
Some key inquiry dates in the immediate forecast include June 3rd when Mercury trines Saturn and Neptune, June 7th when Venus trines Saturn and Neptune and June 11th when Saturn and Neptune trine. Cardinal pops, offering opportunities to try on new perspectives and try out new strategies, include June 7th and 8th when Mercury opposes Pluto and squares Uranus, June 11th and 12th when Venus opposes Pluto and squares Uranus, and June 20th when Mercury and Venus are conjunct and the Sun heads into Cancer. Into this lively setting, Gemini’s adaptable nature, and seasonal mandate for closure, will support our ability to release and change. Making the messages from the matrix crystal clear, aggressive Mars will transit the mutable air sign from May 31st to July 13th. From there, it and the Sun will form contentious squares to Neptune, giving further insight into what is no longer needed. Characteristically, in Gemini the planets are talking. The degree to which we are willing to listen and let go is the degree to which we will successfully navigate the tidal waves on the horizon. With water comprising 60% of our body weight and covering 71% of our planet, it’s time to dive in.
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