You’re halfway there, dear Gemini–to what doesn’t really matter, your perception that you can’t quite take action yet as there’s more to do, fix, be, see, or learn permeates everything–and not moving forward when you’ve got so much juice built up is beginning to have a deleterious effect on you. If you don’t find a direction and go with it, in any number of areas, you may find yourself later in the Solar year, the one that runs between now and your next birthday, dealing with heaps of criticism, and you could succumb to nit-picky thinking and the need to deal with a thousand things up to now avoided or denied. That doesn’t sound like fun, does it? The remedy may be found in being willing to decisively edit and prune the ambitions and desires–got to let go of some options at some point–and then use instinct to inform choices, even as you work hard to discover your own ‘blind spot’ material and deal with it once and for all. It sounds daunting, I know, but Gemini, you are in an excellent position to put things not just right, but into spectacular fashion–and the payoff will be Love, Money, or both. Happy Birthday and good luck!
You’ve got a tough road ahead of you, dear Gemini, in the area of Money, in Love, or in both. There, we’ve gotten the worst part over–and it’s really not that bad. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, will involve some long-delayed sorting-out in areas you’ve too long neglected. They’re not what you think they are, they need refurbishment–and that’s where all the good stuff comes in. New, revised assessments will tell you who really cares, and in what ways (and especially why) your unconscious mind has been leading you in directions that aren’t productive anymore. Those are some effective housecleaning energies for the psyche, and the result will be some crazy good creative impulses that you should definitely take action on. The truly imaginative will thrive in your life once those pesky relationship and/ or financial matters have been solved–it’s that simple. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!
Hello Gemini! Do you feel brand new, like a chick just hatched out of the egg? If you don’t, it may be because your reality picture for the past year has been, well, let’s call it stringent. You’re moving beyond that, now, and it may also feel like the ambition picture is so last year–and both are correct, though not exactly in the way you may think. Concerning the reality picture and the sense of oppression and limitation it may have conveyed, you need to focus more on what’s been built, what’s been accomplished–and trash the idea that these are burdens you’re carrying rather than goals that have been met, freeing you to create new ones; concerning the ambitions and desires, you may feel that there’s no way you can get the cooperation you need, or the aesthetic support you desire, to fulfill aims–but that may only be because you’ve failed to take into account that relationships are the backbone to cooperation–and you may have considered only your own wants, along the way. Resolve to be less aggressive, less defensive, and yet more supportive of your own need to shine and to be respected, and you just might reap the Love and/ or Money that is scheduled to arrive this Solar year, at some point before your next birthday. Happy Day, Gemmy, and good luck!
Here’s a reprint on buying during Merc retro.
Recently I received a couple of questions about what to do and not do during Mercury retrograde; concerns seem to center on buying big-ticket, Mercury ruled items, and on what effect shopping in the middle of the process would have on the outcome. Questions here are tailored to the issues presented in the questions I received. This is from ECLIPSE (no longer open for new sign-ups).
Is it okay to make a major purchase during Merc retro?
The traditional wisdom says ‘No’, that we’re just buying trouble, and to a certain extent that is absolutely true. We need to understand, though, exactly why purchasing during Merc retro is considered bad. Thought processes are not operating under their usual parameters; it’s as if at crucial times our synapses are suffering too wide a gap to transmit signals—at least, that’s true psychically speaking. We don’t compile and comprehend information in quite the same way as we usually do, with thoughts fritzing out in mid-realization and concentration interfered with by a kind of mental static. This is why I always recommend ‘switching’ to a Venusian, feeling-centered state during the Merc retro period, when dealing with what would otherwise be handled mentally. Utilizing both Venus’ sensitivity, especially in relationship, and the Moon’s intuitive abilities, we can feel the unspoken, the undercurrents and attitudes, the potential ‘hidden’ factors behind any interaction—and this may, in many instances, be as effective or even more effective than using the mental faculties as we usually would. However, it doesn’t address perceptual matters involving procedure, details, written material, and conditions, as well as our ability to accurately observe, and something like a purchase involves knowing what’s happening completely enough that one will have no surprises after the fact. This is the concept behind not making agreements, signing contracts, making deals, or agreeing to anything that will obligate us in the future, during Merc retro—there will inevitably be something we’ve missed, something we don’t yet know, but will find out later.
Are there any times when it is okay to buy during the retro?
Yes! When you have literally done all the research, vetting, investigating, comparison shopping, looked over the specs, and have established everything in writing (if it involves a contract or written agreement) before the start of the retro period—then if you need to delay for some reason (because of payment issues or a sale, for instance, or finalizing something big like the sale of a house as you wait through the escrow period), you safely can—just don’t change anything after the retro begins—and I can safely say, you will probably be tempted to, as Merc retro plays tricks on the mind that can make you think your reasoning is much better at that point, rather than the opposite. All conditions must be decided upon before the retro begins, and no changes made, for this to work out satisfactorily.
The Shadow period: Does it Matter?
IMO no. Some people make a big deal out of shadow periods, and it’s true that we may see ripples of a coming or past retrograde before the stone is thrown into the Cosmic waters, but once I saw a timeline of a full year that shaded shadow periods surrounding Merc retro plus the retro period itself, and it was clear that to behave as if Merc is somehow ‘not itself’ for that much time didn’t make much sense. Maybe looking for explanations for every quirk and anomaly comes from a too-strong belief that our minds are operating in near-objective mode as the norm; that, of course, is purely ridiculous, with moments of true lucidity and objective perception the exception rather than the rule. If we understand that there are countless influences on the mentality at any one time, both internal and external, we get a broader, more accurate concept of the fluidity of the mental perceptions, and have less need to corral patterns of thought and processing into neat compartments for which we must find astrological exceptions for every variation. Shadow periods can be considered when analyzing timing, but the actual conditions must be determined by examining the aspects in play, especially those that involve bodies that naturally carry meaning within the issue; for instance, Uranus for electronics, Mercury for things that use electricity or that are for communication, Mars for something metal and/ or mechanical—and there are lots of crossover meanings when looking at the energies, so keep an open mind. Buying something for its beauty (Venus), if purchased during Merc retro, may not communicate that at all; others could look and see a purchase meant to show off resources or intimidate others, and once the retro ends, we could feel that the ‘message’ of that beauty is entirely different than the one we interpreted during Merc’s backward motion.
Does the element in which Merc is retrograding affect matters?
Yes, it can. The element in which the retro occurs signifies what, in a broad sense, we are re-considering about our lives during the turnaround period. In Air we are examining our own viewpoints, thinking, ways of gathering and processing information—and this may lead us into some convoluted reasoning if we are also trying to make buying decisions; we need the entire retro period during which to consider things, and it’s almost required that we don’t come to any conclusions about our own mental capacity or methods before Merc goes direct. During a Fire retro we examine our action nature, with the obvious down side being a propensity to rashness, impulsive purchases, and maybe ones based purely on passion, which might be very good, except that we would probably also neglect to examine the real-world practicality of our choices (with typical Merc retro trickster-ism, we might think we had it covered!) With a Water retrograde we are looking at how we feel about our lives, so that decisions might be emotional, with all the ups, downs, and potential regrets (or trying to make up for past regrets) that might imply, and with Mercury’s retrograde in Earth we look at our material circumstances, and so could be too plodding in our reasoning out of a desire for safety or profit (aside from the usual retro hiccups) and so choose something entirely too plain, dull, or bland for our usual tastes—and of course, each retro period carries the potential for hidden material to emerge later, significantly changing the landscape that was present when we made our decision. Just remember that the element in which Merc is retro points us to what part of our nature is under examination, even if that exam is happening in the unconscious—and that means that part of the psyche, along with the reasoning and other mental faculties, is in the midst of reassessment, and so in flux and unstable because of this.
Update: the current retro is entirely in Gemini, making the review period a time to ask ourselves, ‘What do I think?’ A question we could apply to anything–and this is the right time to do it.
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Dear Gemini, why are you struggling with your own ambitious nature, with your own desires, that really couldn’t be more appropriate as expressions of who you are? Are you afraid your partner or significant other won’t approve? Have you been told what you want is greedy, impolite, undiplomatic, will cause envy, and so bring trouble? Well don’t be sad–‘they’ don’t know what they’re talking about! You should not only spend this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, pursuing your wants–you will find Love and or Money along the way. I know! Sounds great! But as always, there are a few caveats you should take heed of: power and personal empowerment will come out in the big wide world, but it doesn’t come without a price–be very sure about what you’re willing to give up to get it, and acting on your imagination is good, but acting on your fantasies is not. You’ve got a mandate from the Universe to bring the essence of who you are into real-world forms and material expressions–at first it may feel like restrictions and burdens–but as soon as you begin working hard to get past those, the load will lighten and you’ll start to connect with your own creative power, probably in a whole new way. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!
You are ready and eager to meet reality head-on this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, aren’t you, dear Gemini? Just be careful that you are actually dealing with ‘What Is’, rather than running full steam into a brick wall; your enthusiasm is matched only by an attitude that almost frantically wants to insure real-world progress–but that may not slow down enough to successfully get ‘There’ from ‘Here’. Too, you’ll have a secondary engine pushing you to pour all your emotions into Love or Money, or to pour all your Money or Love into what your emotion tells you to, and together these impulses can make for some chaotic times. Hints for survival: don’t put what you desire ahead of mastering the mechanism or role that will take you there; be willing to divest yourself of anything that isn’t needed or of use anymore–unfortunately, this year that will include relationships; and you can make magic happen if you can find a way to serve others through the public role/ career in a form that is original to you. So that’s not hard, right? Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!
If you are a Taurus born today, please read yesterday’s ‘Born Today’
In some aspects of thought and mental processing (especially in the way you think about emotions) this past year has been new territory, dear Taurus. That’s been a good development, as you’ll be better set to handle some tough but necessary future tensions around either relationships or finances, and that at core the responses you have will affect your identity–and once completely ‘handled’ will open up the flow of Love or Money–and that quite naturally will affect where, how, and possibly with whom you live. A new profession might even be on the horizon, but this is only possible if you currently feel an enormous amount of confidence, energy, and optimism surrounding your own talents–and only if you are up to making best use of certain ‘points of Fate’ that will present themselves this year, through to your next birthday. It may be a big year, but it will definitely be an interesting one that you’ll get a lot out of. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!
You may be figuratively stuck the entire Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, on communicating and hammering out agreements within relationships and over money, resources, and values. But, this isn’t a bad thing; your heart is in it, and making sure everyone knows what you think, and you know what everyone thinks, will have enormous benefits you really can’t anticipate. Does that mean your year is static? Not at all–besides the opportunities and sense of empowerment you’ll gain from smoothing out communications, you’ll act on what you learn, and the results will both lend an aura of authority to what you do and lay the groundwork for expression of the highest form your creativity can take–and that creative output, plus the actions you take and choices you make, will impact the life direction–so it’s in many ways a year of change that feels more like creating order and getting your sh*t together–and rest assured, you’ve also got wisdom, good counsel, and practicality on your side. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!
You may spend a lot of time this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, trying to figure out what’s wise, what’s the smart move or choice, and how being practical can also serve Self-expression–there seems to be a lot of conflict within you, as to how to proceed. At this point, you’re the thinking man or woman’s bull: thoughtful, looking for the spiritual and emotional underpinnings to everyday life, considering your next play carefully–and that could put you at a distinct disadvantage, making you a target of sorts for more aggressive, jealousy, or less resourceful individuals. There is a way to beat this, and that’s to be willing to form a clear idea of what you want, and then to go after it, with no apologies to others, no hanging back for permission or the sake of politeness, and no fears of being called a bull in a china shop–which is the way some have tamped down your assertive energies, and so kept you much too far from achieving your dreams. No more–this year, Taurus, it all changes. Happy Birthday, and good luck!
The New Moon occurs at 9:12 PM PDT of the 17th at 26 Taurus 55. The Taurus New Moon is conjunct Sedna, quincunx Pallas, and in wide sesquiquadrate to the North Node. Involvement of the Nodal point tells us that what is born here significantly shapes our future; the conjunction to Sedna implies what is awakened may be knowledge held deep within and related to instinct, something we aren’t entirely conscious of. Falling in Taurus, this promises either a material ‘new beginning’ or a new era in our sense of security and comfort, and this may be a loss or gain—we can’t tell ahead of time. We sense the ‘rightness’ of this next step (in a Karmic sense, if you will) both in its very occurrence, and in the way it contributes to shaping our Path. Contact to Pallas says if we’re smart and practical, we adjust—a failure to accept this new thing, this next step that originates in our internal depths is unwise, with the most likely sign of this an attempt to keep or return matters to their pre-New Moon state that is doomed to failure.
The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Old Indian Woman Selling The Artifacts Of Her Tribe To Passersby’. Here we have someone who stands for the original inhabitants of a place, those who are as close to being a part of the land itself as possible, selling to Others a part of the ancestral inheritance. It’s one thing when a group creates products similar to the traditional items of their culture meant for sale to outsiders; it’s quite another when members of that same group sell the actual cultural items themselves, in effect trading their culture for sustenance or as a step along the Path, in preparation for change, even death (and we assume this as there’s little other reason that an individual parts with the underpinnings and artifacts of their way of life). The symbol suggests that the NM brings us to a point of desperation: we may feel there is nothing to be done to preserve ourselves except to dismantle our lives and sell off the parts! This is a bad thing, if we act with the idea that we have no choice, and no alternatives—but this can be a good thing, if we, as the figurative old woman of the symbol, are choosing to divest ourselves of things we no longer need, things we have ‘aged past’, or can hold in memory, so no longer need to hold them in our hands. It’s clear this NM brings a new beginning, one many may not immediately embrace, preferring what was to what’s coming; the symbol merely serves to show us there are multiple ways to approach change, and our choice about how to see it will shape the entire experience, just as the experience shapes us.
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