31 May 2011

Taking Flight - New Moon in Gemini

"The pain pushes you until your vision pulls you." - Rev. Michael Beckwith

Welcome to eclipse season! And it looks to be a doozy. The June 1 partial solar eclipse in jumpy Gemini gets things going, followed by a total lunar eclipse in Sagittarius on June 15 and another partial solar eclipse in Cancer on July 1. Eclipses are known for bringing abrupt change, especially when they hit sensitive points in your chart.  Adding to its catalytic potential, this eclipse series occurs during the final, Universal Underworld of the Mayan Calendar. During this Ninth Wave (9 March to 28 October), according to Carl Calleman, time is accelerated 20-fold; we will experience the same amount of change as occurred from 1999 until a few months ago. Consciousness is rapidly evolving as dimensions merge and a new world is born. It's our choice: adapt and flourish or resist and suffer.

Does something in your life need dramatic improvement? Since eclipses break through stagnant patterns, now's the time to align with the incoming energies and make a change. Gemini promotes rapid-fire learning. Though this mental air sign tends to be all over the place, a stabilizing trine from Saturn in Libra to the June 1 New Moon eclipse helps to ground our visions so they can take flight.

If we stay focused, we can ride these energies like a hawk navigating strong winds. However, because the Sun (masculine impulse) is eclipsed by the Moon (feminine intuition) at the1  June New Moon, we may feel as if we're flying blind. This sensation is intensified by Neptune (dreaminess) turning retrograde in square to Mercury (the mind) on 2 June. We may doubt our direction or second-guess ourselves. Yet Saturn's trine to the Sun and Moon says: Trust your intuition, take action and things will work out--even if unpredictably.

On 4 June, giant Jupiter enters practical, earthy Taurus. It's time to get real about our finances and figure out how to live sustainably on the Earth. Bringing special blessings to those with prominent Taurus placements, this one-year cycle is good for investing in land and developing realistic and artistic ventures. Also, no-nonsense Saturn turns forward 12 June in Libra (good news for those with strong Libra or Capricorn!), helping business affairs get going again. Add to that a powerhouse lunar eclipse at the Galactic Center on 15 June that will bring vital news and shifting points of view. And, the seasons change on 21 June as the Sun slides into sensitive Cancer at the Summer Solstice. It should be quite a month.

Rapid-fire change can evoke the best or the worst in us. Even if we do not know what to do next or feel antsy and on edge, inquisitive Gemini reminds us that there is something to learn from pain as well as joy. Hold fast to whatever grounds you, from yoga practice to yard work. In these extraordinary times, we're called to rise up into our highest selves, spread our wings and find the courage to fly!

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