The New Moon for February 23, 2020 shows a sharp dichotomy of energies. We cannot forget, at least for the next several months, the Capricorn presence. We are pressured to engage in our life with the care of a mastercraftsman. Issues of right and wrong are present in every moment. But, for the next 2 weeks in this New Moon, we sense a change is possible. The firm-edged and reality inspired march that has inspired our discipline and hard work is now lead by a flute instead of a drum. We feel a change like the smell of lilly in the cold air of winter. The promise of something new, a dream barely remembered that lingers after a deep sleep.
The values that have inspired our Capricornian discipline include a rich tradition of warriorship. We are carrying the flag of our ancestors who have lived to pass on the knowledge of right and wrong, of the path of success and have staked their lives upon this tradition. We understand because we have learned at the knee of grandparents that we will only live and we live only to carry this flag. Our ancestors learned from their parents about right and wrong, about the path of honor. We have faith that our teachings in this regard are accurate because they have worked, have made us and kept us strong.
But let us imagine a child in such as this. Imagine this child with vision and understanding. This gifted vantage can see what most cannot. When sitting at the knee of the teachers of the community, this child asked questions. She did not see things as they and could understand the limitations, the weakness of the traditions. She spoke to the elders and because they had solid belief in wisdom, regardless of who this came from, the elders listened to the child. The elders understood this child to be one born when the veil, the structures of earthly reality are more malleable and bring in with their birth a vision, the gift of understanding. Through this child there can be envisioned a new tradition, a new structure, a new warrior path that will allow a rebirth of the community, rebirth of the rules, the established truths. In this way, the future can remain solid and secure.
The chart of this New Moon shows a time such as this and could describe a person such as this child.
Each of us have traditions, boundaries, rules of right and wrong that have kept us safe. We may have learned from family, community or teacher. But, we are now at a crossroads. We see how it is easy to disregard the path. We see how the rules of conduct, of right and wrong, the path that has kept us safe has been turned to be used for the good of only a few, for the good of the ego, for the good of the pocketbook of the one instead for the good of the majority. We see now there must be new ideas, there must be an understanding that things must be let go in order to realize a future that can help all, not just the few. We must bring in ideals of the matriarchy. These ideals are cooperative, and as supportive of those in need as those in power. We must focus on community. We must love more, include more and become warriors of these values. In this way, with this spirit, we will be happier, live a life of growth in each moment rather than live fighting for self interest and money grubbing which will break the spirit and soul of all of us.
In this Full Moon we see the axis of creativity, love and light as the focal point of the energy. The question that is raised becomes an anthem for creative progress. The question, “who am I?” must be evaluated with honesty. Do I have creative control of my life or am I a slave to an enmeshed and crystalized pattern of behavior that is no longer who I am becoming.
A central configuration is the Yod with the Moon in Leo at the apex. Moon energy is how you make yourself comfortable. Can you remember a time in which you were out of your element and uncomfortable? The way you brought resolution to the discomfort is one description of your Moon. The Moon energy describes what you are fulfilled through, what your soul is hungry for and through “eating” (literally or figuratively) becomes you over your life. The Moon symbolism in a chart is pivotal because it describes what your soul needs for spiritual evolution.
In Evolutionary Astrology we know we are incarnated in a body in order to evolve the soul. The positions of the stars and planets at your birth give a symbolic view of your soul. It shows what you have learned and are here to give and what cup you must drink, what food, eat for soul nourishment.
If we look to this Moon in the chart of February 9, 2020, we see the Moon is in Leo and is the apex of a Yod. This is an emphasized placement because a Yod, sometimes called the “finger of God” configuration shows that the soul has an intention to work in a focused way on the planet at the apex. The two arms of the Yod are in 150 degree aspects, a quincunx. This aspect is one of tension. Classically the separating, waning, aspect shows the need to purify the energy of the separating planet. In this chart this planet (planets in this case) are Pluto and Jupiter and Saturn. These planets are all in Capricorn. There must be intense focus on and purification of the healthy use of authority, use of responsibility and discipline, working for the sake of the work itself rather than any rewards possible. This type of energy is healthy Capricorn. Each of the planets in Capricorn show another facet of this. Jupiter shows what gives us faith, what we believe in despite lack of facts on but only inspiration about and will be rewarded with optimism and spiritual understanding. Pluto is the promise of rebirth through facing shadows, facing the pain and pushing through to achieve deeply transformative healing. Saturn shows “True North” for the soul by house, sign along with the sign on the cusp of the 10th house and aspecting planets. Saturn shows an area of life that we have, in the process of lifetimes of living, accrued karmic debt. This can be positive in that it shows our mastery and our wisdom. It also, always, show an area that we have walked over an appropriate boundary and must learn about this issue on several levels. In this chart we see Saturn in Capricorn. We have been looking for or been a role model and have transgressed. Maybe we have been a role model but not been consistent in this. Maybe we have found a role model but we have not shown consistent effort on our path and have been hypocritical in some way. We may have sought wisdom but found the path too difficult and in our fatigue, quit and our soul remembers this. Many possible scenarios and all worthy of forgiveness. In this chart there will be achieved purification of intention, understanding of the value of work, shadow unmasking and consistent focus to achieve the goal of leadership. In this process we will develop a daily practice, dharma, that through daily expression will heal the karmic wounds of the father, wounds of inauthenticity and of hypocrisy. We can and will be the agents of transformation. This is the purification arm of the Yod. This will be used to open us to a new level of commitment to the truth of love. This love, at this level, is the love and commitment to every life on the planet and the perpetuation of those lives. It is about opening to being present in every moment of every day. Most of us feel tired and overwhelmed and go through the motions of life. This Moon is intolerant, dims and dies with this attitude. It is fed through feeling joy, seeing the spirit within in all of us and bowing to the light within as I do the light without. There is no room for pettiness, for dimming of the flame of hope.
The waxing quincunx aspect from the Moon is to Neptune in Pisces. The waxing aspect will be connected to the waning quincunx through a sextile. This lends the possibility of using this energy synergistically by understanding on a mental level the issues involved. Neptune allows us cracks in our daily life that may make us feel out of control but bring with this lack of control the voice of God. This voice forces us to look at things a new way, forces us to accept this issue. If we can accept and move gracefully through this then life will take us to a vista we didn’t know was there. This vista will afford a view of life that will bring a new level of spiritual understanding. If we cannot make space for the numinous then it will happen anyway but will leave you with nothing but the knowledge there is some force greater than you.
Saturn and Pluto and Jupiter sextile Neptune bring up memories of role models that disappear, leaving us alone and without guidance. It reminds us that no matter how hard we work, how disciplined we are, we will ultimately be gone like out great grandparents before us. It reminds us of the importance of humility, that we are only as great as what is left after we are no longer in form. But, back to the Capricorn, we cannot use this as an excuse to be lax. Discipline and right work is paramount because without effort nothing will be accomplished. And more than this, the important point is not the end result but is the process for this will effect the necessary purification.
Through this process we will become masters of emotion. We will realize and cherish life, we will treasure love, creativity and presence because we will understand how fragile is love, light and truth. We will be fed and will grow through this love.
The final piece of the puzzle in this configuration is the Sun opposing the Moon. This is called a boomerang configuration. This Sun shines light on the Moon but also contributes to the Capricorn sextile Neptune story. Sun is at the midpoint between the Capricorn planets and the Neptune. This brings our creativity to the fore. It will not be enough to feel the love to feel the light. We are required to work, to create, to make love embodied and permanent. We will be the agents of love to make love lasting. In this way we will honor the configuration.
There is something in this time of brilliance. A shining star, Sun, Moon and Mercury in Aquarius, bright and able to illuminate the darkness. The darkness speaks to us of fear. Fear that we may never be more than what we are now. Fear that we may never rise above our incapacities. Fear that we may never be more than our failures. Fear that we may never rise above our inadequacies, our insecurities. We can be more if we accept ourselves as we are for it is only in this, we can make lasting change.
Let’s deconstruct a bit this fear. We all experience going through the motions of our life without true engagement, no matter what you do or who you are this happens to a greater or lesser degree. If you have experienced a wake-up call in your life there may have already been a choice made to engage and live, truly live your life. You are lucky enough to have resurrected your Soul and live according to your TRUTH, to your LOVE for the calling of your SOUL.
The rest of us are now called to commit to a better future. We are alive, now, to question our excessively partisan stance or in another expression, our need to be seen as right but without an alignment with universal truth. We now can look back and see how we are out of alignment. And the view is liberating, let’s take advantage!
We can see the way fear of being found out, seen as insincere or inadequate or simply wrong has made us hide ourselves from our SOUL. The problem is we cannot run from ourselves.
This fear is not irrevocable. We can change. GO ahead, look into the eyes of the demons in your life. Is it your profession? Could your Soul be better served by a different line of work? Is it in your relationships? Could there be more sincerity? Could there be more truth? Could there be more participation?
What about your preconceptions regarding power? What does power mean to you? Is power about an intellectual idea that you take a sense of power from? Is it about who you are? Is it about how others see you? Are you in a position of power over others? If you know your own natal chart look to the transit of Pluto and Saturn. These Capricorn planets show, perhaps, where your SOUL is calling you to ask these questions. What must be faced without fear and evaluated with the white starlight of the Sun conjunct Moon in Aquarius- detached truth to clarify the situation.
At this moment, we may feel stuck in quicksand, sinking and unable to make forward movement. We may scream, we may rage and make accusations against others or ourselves that we have hopes and aspirations. Our intentions are pure but the flow of the current is against us and we stay still or, worse float backward against our intentions. I have heard that when in quicksand it is worse to fight and pull and strain. Let go, give in and see what happens. The helplessness in our life is for a reason. We are to learn about a possibility about which we have no concept. Your life has a greater plan and it is only through letting life take you that a greater possibility can be realized. Look to the transiting Mars, where is your chart is the sign of Sagittarius? If in the 4th house you will aspire for inner emotional security. You will be asked to be vulnerable to your TRUTH! There is no evading who you are at a fundamental level, what inspires you? Where do you place your faith? DO IT! Believe! But realize, as you place faith and point that archers bow in a direction you may suddenly realize you have no concept how to realize your dreams. No worries, the important point is to aim the bow and set the intention. Let life carry you and teach you about the possibilities.
The Full Moon is always a time of acting on a process that has been in gestation. We can see the seed, the intention of the Full Moon at the New Moon, which in this case, was a Solar Eclipse 12/26/2019, there was the imperative to review patterns of childhood conditioning. The patterns of concern are those that are not contributing to a future for each of us that is enriched with what our Souls are thirsting for. We all have some patterns that are crystalized and from which we act without thought-habitual patterns that we have, over our lifetime, built our life upon. But now we are mature and have outgrown these habits. They did give us security and provided us a persona which allowed internal consistency but now we are at a turning point. Will we grow into someone we would like? Will we be living a life based upon goals, morals and values we will approve in 10 years? Do we continue to support and act from the persona that is stable but limiting? If we choose the new path, the path that is breaking through the crystalized pattern, we will feel a bit lost, a bit unsure. It is similar to a newborn foal, walking on young, shaky legs. But if we do take this new path, we consistently and with patience with ourselves and our new process, establish our routines based upon where we want to go. With this, we will allow an important divergence from a dead end that will age our Soul prematurely and that will result in gaps between who we want to be and the persona we show to the world. These gaps create alienation of our persona from our Soul and potentially create a situation where we are living a life that is hollow, void of any real substance.
With this Full Moon chart, we are pressured to remember traditions from our family, culture, country or even entire globe that have proved to us of their reliability. By relying upon a past resonant with our evaluation of integrity that we know to be worthy, we will make better choices. There is a tendency with these configurations to have not only relied upon an outworn persona that is holding on to us, keeping us locked into a mask, but we have acted impulsively, recklessly to break free. We are now pressured to make choices about our future that integrate our past into a future that works for not only the present but where we want the future to take us.
The challenges that I see include:
Realizing that something you have built to make your life secure can now be limiting.
Deconstructing your childhood, your past, your traditions, your foundation in order to identify what is going to support your best future. This will force you to identify your best future and see what is contributing to this future in your present circumstances and what is detracting from this future.
There will be the necessity to engage the power of intelligence, will, discipline and hard work to change what needs to be changed and the need for intelligence, will, discipline and hard work to create a more aligned future.
The intense desire to opt out of the hard work through taking side paths that are alleviating the pressure but not truly in line with your determined future. Realize these are mirages and distractions on the path of future success.
For now, visualize a future that is coincident with your values at this moment. Ask yourself if your present path in life will lead to that future. If it will not then I would configure a trajectory, steps to take, practical applications for this moment that will bring about your identified values and a future more consistent with who you want to become.
Venus rules 2 archetypes: Libra and Taurus. To get an idea about the meanings of Venus let us explore these two signs.
Libra, on the surface, is about harmony and relationships. It can be about these things and the benefits we receive from equal exchange from another, learning through giving or taking and our own needs being met through this process. But it could also highlight the need for balance and therefore the reality of the signature could be just the opposite: imbalanced and partial, excessive and self-interested or too selfless in unhealthy ways. Especially when we introduce Scorpio with this Venus signature, it can show there is something to be improved on. Growth is required. Scorpio can show that there has been a limitation in the previous, past-life expression of the energy. It can indicate that we have not been all that Venus can be: fair, eager to listen and to be willing to not only take but also give or that we may have been more likely to give and our karma in this life is to learn to take; either could be the interpretation.
Taurus, on the surface, is about beauty, and harmony and our resources and our money. A deeper look reveals it to be about building something that is worthy and long-lived. We are pressured to build something that is perfect in such a way as to stand the test of incarnation. We must be able to verify this worth through what we see, feel, touch or taste. Incarnation is indeed a test because what we devise in our intellect may be quite successful however it is only when it is tested on the physical plane we really see whether the idea has value which is another terrific Taurus word. The Taurus archetype pressures us to explore a fundamental part of our humanity-the sensual life. We are here to enjoy the senses. This is an essential message and we are all educated in this through our Venus. Venus in Scorpio indicates a need to go deeply into this process. It indicates we must reconfigure what we build, what we value. We could have been, in past incarnations, overly invested in a value system that was not as deep, as fully expressive of who and what our SOUL thought us capable. It is to be exploded in the present incarnation.
Venus in Scorpio, in one symbol, expresses all of this.
Another important part of this energy is the joining of Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius because Venus will be squared by Mars from early September to the last of October. If Venus in Scorpio is about bringing a deeper, more balanced relationship with others in our environment and about a deeper relationship with ourselves, redefining our values and our productivity then when it squares Mars in Aquarius we are pressured indeed! Mars is the red button that amps up the energy of this process. If we feel limited and frustrated in our lack of balanced relationships and lack of a value system that truly reflects our SOUL then Mars makes us feel this lack even more intensely. We must defend our relationships and values to ourselves but if our SOUL has felt unhappy in these things then with Mars in Aquarius challenging us we will not be able to take it. Our fuse will be short, anger high. If we fail to change and grow to be more completely as our SOUL dictates we will miss the opportunity. We may rage, frustrated, grasping at superficial values and sensual experiences to fill the void.
To do well with this Venusian energy, relax into the intensity of the experience. Feel our way because with Scorpio we must first feel for if we go into the intellect we will split ourselves off from our emotional processing, from our emotional intelligence. Then, as we start from this place we may be able to not only feel but see with perfect vision the Mars in Aquarius vantage which allows clarity of emotional expression. We may be able to not react from our wounds but synthetically process our deep wounds with clarity at this time.
Venus will also retrograde come October 5, 2018 through November 15, 2018. This happens every 1.6 years so is not that common a planetary movement or archetypal energy.
Venus retrograde brings with it an ability to let go of unwanted emotional baggage. We are given the opportunity to step outside our usual habits in relationships and in our relationship to what we hold dear. We are thrown into a space of upheaval! We can see the retrograde is quite synergistic with the energetic intensity I have discussed. If we feel intensely frustrated with our values, productivity or ability to make manifest something truly beautiful in our life, whether in relationship dynamics or in physical form then this is the time to let go to make room for a new dynamic. We are gifted with this energetic flick of the wrist to get rid of what we no longer need, make room for values, relationships, creative manifestations that are more in line with our SOUL. Grab and hold on.
The archetype of the moon represents our evolving ego. The Moon by Sign and House describes our instinctive way of functioning. It shows what we see and what we are drawn to. This portrays what feeds us. This is very important because in the process of a life, of ingesting the archetype as portrayed through the House and Sign of the Moon, we are continually becoming something different than we started.
If we examine what this is saying, we can see that the Moon gives us a picture of where we start in this incarnation which is on a fundamental level, the mother. It also shows where we must go to further each of our emotional evolution.
If the Moon shows what we “see” in this life, with Moon in Aries, the soul starts from birth with a maternal relationship that could involve fighting with her or for her. It could represent an individual whose soul is fed when their mother is a fighter. To take this example further, through the course of a life they will “see” situations, events, through which they take action, fight for a cause, pioneer or take a stand. These Arian Moonchildren feel that they cannot allowing helplessness to be the mode of action. They become this fighter because it gives them sustenance not only on a physical level but on a spiritual level.
The Sun is the evolving Meaning of a life. It is the performance of a life. It is what is left when it is all over, it is the legacy.
If we combine the Sun archetype with the Moon we see the why and the who of a consciousness. In the above example, if the Moon is in Aries-the identification with the fight against helplessness is seen but if we connect the ego, the self-identity (Moon) with the purpose (Sun) for an incarnation we get another piece to elaborate the picture of a SOUL. If the Sun is in Pisces we connect these and find a personality that fights, becomes a fighter but for what purpose? The purpose with Sun in Pisces is to fight for the love of life as a concept. There is the need for the life to not be personal but to be for the collective.
The Soul in this incarnation can be quite nicely fleshed out with the understanding of the Sun and the Moon and how they work together.
If we look at the relationship between the two luminaries, Sun and Moon, we can see that the Moon, what is digested and what gets our attention then will direct the energy of the Sun in such a way as to mold the expression of the Sun. We become the Moon, it feeds us and this in turn will alter the purpose of this incarnation, the Sun.
One more layer to this is that the South Node of the Moon in the chart represents another type of Moon energy. This represents the ego, identity associations that we have brought in from previous incarnations. It gives yet another layer of evolution. If the Moon is our starting identity and evolving identity in this incarnation then we can see what identity we brought in with us from previous lifetimes with the archetype of the South Node of the Moon. I would even propose there is a sort of energetic transformation of the soul as seen in these symbols. From past incarnations we brought through an identity. That identity had good and bad characteristics as developed in a single or even many incarnations but is seen in a single symbol in the chart. The Moon is the new identity. This symbol represents the need for growth in this life. In these two symbols there is a past and a present and even a future because the Moon represents both the present and the future in this incarnation. We bring in a self-identity shown in the South Node, we will be made secure and comfortable and then through gradual processing, chewing on and eventual growth, evolve (Moon). This process then will also evolve our evolutionary purpose (Sun).
If there is a solid understanding of the South Node of the Moon, Moon and Sun in a Natal chart, the basis of the Soul; the past identity, present and evolving ego identification and the meaning of this life is thoroughly understood.
The Archetype of Cancer, Moon, 4th House and the separating square is cardinal and water. Water signs are about emotional process and integration. When this integration process is combined with cardinality, we are pressured to act, we cannot run from the realm of emotional integration. People with Cancer as the Sun, Moon, Mars or on the Ascendant to name a few possibilities, will react and process emotionally. To become an emotionally well-adjusted adult, we must be able to come to peace with our feeling-life putting it into some framework based upon previous experiences. For example, if you as an adult lose a parent, there would be a need to feel the experience, grief, etc. In this “feeling” (cancer) there is the ability to use previous, similar experiences that have been worked on. If the previous work has been productive and the process effective, there will be the ability to feel sad but to move through the experience so that there can be a quick return to functioning. If there has not been effective, and healthy integration, an individual will be confronted with this death and will be rocked to the core, unable to get back to happy, daily life. This lack of processing could have been in the present incarnation or a previous one. Cancer strongly seen in the Natal Chart can show an individual with an evolutionary need to engage in this emotional processing in this incarnation because this process has been derailed in previous incarnations. This kind of individual will be emotionally triggered in this life, will be raging or crying at the seemingly slightest detail. This type of response shows that emotional integration and abnormal processing is pulling the strings.
The symbol of Cancer is the crab. This is a water and land dweller. They must function in both environments. Whereas the Pisces fish only is adapted to the environment of water, the crab is more versatile. When well-adjusted and healthy, they live in both the emotional-water world, needing time alone but able to emerge effectively in the air-breathing domain. If these types become too consumed with the emotional processing, they are not able to effectively function in daily life and are not dealing well with this energy.
This archetype is quite nurturing. They can be very supportive and home life can be very important. This is because the processing necessary for healthy function requires an environment in which they can let down their guard. They will understand about vulnerability so will support those who need it. Many cancerians love children and will be tender caregivers because of this understanding of vulnerability. Another facet of this energy is the concept of loyalty. These types are fiercely loyal and protective. This is classically a loyalty to family however there are many cancer personalities that are loyal to a collective issue or to their motherland.
Keywords for Cancer include:
Family, mother or motherland
Gestation, time, birth
Emotions and the emotional body
The matriarchal lineage or the matriarchy or matriarch
In the body, the stomach, breasts, uterus, and the ovaries.
Natives of this archetype include John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth and was a U.S Senator. He had Sun, Mars and Pluto in Cancer. He was obviously quite loyal to the cause of the United States of America.
Anne Frank, the famous child who many have understood the horrors of WWII through was another with the Cancer archetype strongly figured. She had Moon conjunct Mars and Neptune and these were aspected by the North Node of the Moon and Jupiter through a separating square. Her journal described her emotional process of this terrible time in history.
Capricorn is a cardinal, earth sign. The cardinal signs speak of a new cycle. We act first and think second. Typically, when we do stop to think and the consequences of the leap are realized there is a moment of panic. The initial leap is important because we all must make changes from old, not working habits to new, but the adrenaline rush of the freeze then causes a step backward toward the old mode of being. This is the process of the Cardinal Archetypes; two steps forward and one step back. In the Earth Signs we need to see the results in form. We see what works and what doesn’t graphically in the tangibility that is the of the form of earth signs and this teaches us. In Capricorn life is our teacher and our job in this is to listen to our life. Why do we take a step forward at all? This process is anxiety provoking! Why not just stay in the comfort of our old habits? The answer to this is that Capricorn is very aware, at least archetypically, of morality, right conduct and climbing up the mountain to get to a better place. We make a change because something inside each of us wants our life to become more in-synch with each of our own idea of what is “right”. So, what if you act without morals, act for the outcome without considering the means that are used? This is also Capricorn.
Capricorn is the labor, the work we give to life to make it better.
Capricorn is the process of maturation, we grow up and leave the comfort of mother and in this we then can become a contributor to society, doing our share.
Capricorn is about timing, it is the celestial clock that indicates that we are ready.
Capricorn is the test of credibility, the elder and the crone.
Capricorn and Saturn show where we must grow up and work to gain credibility. It shows where we have digressed and where we must evaluate our own morality. In this placement we must ask questions and come to terms and in this way improve upon something that hasn’t been up to our own evaluation of ultimate “right” in this incarnation or another.
The Symbol of Capricorn is the Goat. The steady climb of the goat up the vertical face of the mountain. This is the path of Capricorn. Resilience and patience are gifts of these types. There is no easy ascent but there is also no greater gift then the self-respect earned through facing the challenge of the demon of morality vs immorality and we all have one.
Keywords for Capricorn include:
Authority, Parent, Elder, Ancestors
Alignment and Morality, Testing
Time, Coming of Age, Ready
In the Body the skeleton, bones, processes of crystallization
Representatives of this Archetype include Steven Hawking who is a theoretical physicist and mathematician who worked to understand the very structure of our reality. He also has lived with the debilitating disease, ALS, that completely destroyed the structural integrity of his body. He has his Sun and Mercury in Capricorn.
Both General George Patton and General Collin Powell have Moon in Capricorn and are examples of lifetimes committed to leadership.
Gemini is of the air element. There is an emphasis on ideas and the mind. The exchange with others is key and they are extremely sensitive and fight against partiality and prejudice. The modality of Gemini is mutable-there is a desire to spread these ideas. There is an ability to name phenomena, decode it, to understand it. Through understanding, we can tame and control life. We gather facts, data and in Gemini we see the thread of consistency and make sense of existence through this thread.
The symbol of Gemini is the twins. To understand this association, think of your siblings as another you, able to go out and see the world from a different perspective. Through synthesizing these different experiences, collecting bits of the truth, there can be realized a much more complete truth.
Writing, speaking and thinking are Gemini processes. These allow both the spread of ideas and the absorption of differing perspectives both important to this sign.
Different cultures are also an important aspect of this sign because they represent the diversity Gemini is about.
Gemini gathers, sees, and hears as many differing ideas as possible. It is as if they have a special organ, an antenna, that allows this listening, gathering and seeing of information. The purpose of this is to reach a closer approximation of the actual truth. There is an understanding in this sign that truth is relative and instinctively abhor partial truths. Gemini’s know that the world is a dangerous place and it is only through understanding what life truly is that successful choices can be made. What if we make a choice based upon a partial truth? This makes us vulnerable.
Keywords for Gemini include:
Mind, learning, early school years
Data gathering and seeing the thread of logic
Truth or questions about truth
The Brain, the hands and the extremities.
Iconic Gemini figures include Tina Fey. She is a comedienne who has been very successful with her speaking and writing talent. She has Mars conjunct Venus in Gemini and Mercury is conjunct the Midheaven.
Julian Assange is a controversial figure and whether we think he is completely truthful, he is about spread of information and transparency. The subject of truth and lies are a part of his legacy. He has Venus and Saturn in Gemini and North Node in the 3rd House.
The December Solstice is the exhale of one year and the inhale of the next. It is the coming of the Sun after the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. We all live from one inhale to the next, one dawn to the next with the possibility that it will not come but when it does we are afforded security (Moon) and we then can build a life that has meaning and significance for us (Sun). We are given the opportunity through a lifetime of inhalations, a lifetime of sunrises and moonrises to create a life that hopefully leads to a better future (Sun and North Node).
I would like to look at three very profound moments in time, the ingress of the Sun in Capricorn on the upcoming Solstice day and the Lunar and Solar Eclipses in early 2018, to look at the first months of the year through the lenses of this monumental energy.
The chart of the ingress of the Sun into Capricorn on the Solstice is remarkable for Saturn conjunct the Sun at 0 degrees Capricorn. Sun in Capricorn finds meaning in a path that truly works, gives us respectability and success. There is a call, it is NOW and pressures us to develop systems and structures in our life that will be reliable. It is the inner authority we must find to provide a structure for our life that will give us the leg up we need to make progress. This is not only a new phase conjunction but on a cardinal degree; a promise so new it will feel like a memory, a vision of what might be but with these images in the 12th House there is a sensitivity to this energy. There is the need to be realistic. We may have an image of what type of authority we should have or would want to be, but the question is what is possible. The naivety and dreamlike quality of these 12th House Capricorn planets must be recognized because in recognition there is power. With this placement we must let go of our shoulds, ideals and dreams, these will keep us frozen and like the 0 degree, caught in a suspended animation of potential. We want to be effective. We all feel the hunger for an authority that we can trust but it is not only outside ourselves, it is within. This 12th House expression takes maturity and a degree of spiritual alignment for the best possible expression, until this happens this Capricorn energy can be twisted. Capricorn can see the result as more important than the process and so may represent the desired end on the surface but not act consistent with respectable values. This hypocrisy is one facet we all must watch for within and without. Promises made but not kept are another facet of this that represents an authority that cannot be trusted. Pluto is out of aspect but found in Capricorn and in the 12th House. It gives further description regarding this Capricorn energy. This provides further evidence of a possible shadow-side to this issue. Venus in the 11th House conjuncting the Sun/Saturn pair shows that what we offer and what we are looking for in relationships is progress, not business as usual. We are looking for a visionary. We value this in ourselves as well. This is reinforced with the sign of Aquarius on the 2nd House cusp. We are looking for a revolution. This will be given impetus due to Jupiter in Scorpio (emphasized with the 15-degree placement) conjunct Mars and squaring the Nodal Axis.
Revolution is in the air. The South Node of the Moon is in Aquarius and is conjunct the Moon. At this Solstice we will be fed by this rebelliousness. The placement of the South Node of the Moon in the 1st House is monumental, we will rebel first and ask questions later. This is further emphasized with the Ruler of the South Node, Uranus in Aries. We are screaming for liberation. This Uranus is vocal! We have a screaming match between our patriarchal, not listening and entrenched authority and our new regime. With South Node conjunct the Moon, the new regime has to do with a voice that is more inclusive of the wisdom of community and more involved with a true give and take starting from values of mutual respect (conjunct Juno). This is a time to be vocal, express what we need from an authority in ourselves and from others. We have an opportunity to bring this energy to fruition. With the North Node in Leo and conjunct Ceres we have an opportunity of integration of this more inclusive energy and because the Ruler of the North Node is the Sun in Capricorn we have come full circle. We have a way through the impasse with the energy of the 7th House, learning to listen to the other, coming from a place of shared values of kindness and willingness to forgive injustice. We must speak with a clear voice to this entrenched patriarchy we have experienced, to birth a better future. This will be a war; to recover the blessing of a mature Sun in Capricorn in the 12th House, a type of responsible and respectful authority. We must wage this war. With the conjunction of Jupiter and mars in Scorpio, a combustible pair at best, we must resign ourselves to the process of emotional cleansing. There has been so much toxicity from our entrenched patriarchal beliefs and toxicity from and attachment to the angry feminine that we must see the value in forgiveness (Neptune in the 2nd House).
The next chart is that of the Lunar Eclipse on January 31, 2018. This is another keyhole of potential energy that we can harness for change. At the eclipse we have a fusion of the energy that gives us meaning and the energy that feeds us and gives us security thus, bringing a potential for breakthrough.
We can see a progression here. As compared to the Solstice Chart where we saw the Sun in the 12th House- that self-conscious, unsure authority that could go either way- we go back to the old patriarchal-dominated good old boys or the rebel; it has chosen a side. There is now all out rebellion! This Lunar Eclipse chart now shows Pluto-, the frustrated and impotent, raging patriarchal authority who is entrenched in perpetuating its own interests and who is invested in exclusivity and failing to listen-moving just past the Ascendant. We are now committed to changing this authority and can now be effective in our fight.
In this chart there is a massive coalition of planets in the 1st House. We have been given a mission! With Mercury widely conjunct Pluto in the 1st we now have a skillset that aids in our fight. We have the determination, the energy and an understanding of systems to be effective in our revolution for a New Order. There is an even greater emphasis on the effective integration of both the patriarchal and the matriarchal view. One portrayal of this duality is to bring out the best of the father principle, to upgrade and renovate, to reinvent so that we have less exclusivity and a more authentic challenge to transform what we have accepted as the status quo. We have effectively integrated our understanding of the need for a revolution in our relationships to becoming more involved with new solutions of equality. We see there have been previous iterations of this potential with the conjunctions on the South Node and on the North Node a time to re-evaluate this dynamic. And to truly be effective in integrating this change we must not be afraid of confrontation. The square to Jupiter in Scorpio has moved from the 9th House to the 10th House. From a sense of gridlock in previous judgmental ideologies to the ability to truly act in a manner that is constructive, finding positive solutions with integrity (10th House).
The final chart of this series is that of the Solar Eclipse on February 15, 2018. There is a completely different tone in this chart. On the cusp of the Ascendant we have Cancer instead of Capricorn. This emphasizes a transition from an external, outward and more patriarchal mentality to one of introspection. Instead of the warrior bent of the previous charts, here we are challenged to establish inner security. The ruler of this is the Moon in Aquarius conjunct the Sun in the 9th House which is also conjunct Venus in Pisces. In its best expression this represents a fusion of a higher-minded, more progressive thrust of both the masculine and the feminine archetypes toward Universality. There is indeed great potential here that seeks to integrate the highest in each of us in mind and in spirit. In the 9th House we are asked to develop our faith, and in this there is potential to go far. If approached in this inspiring manner we will be protected and can establish inner security. There is also the potential, however, based upon how we chose to express the energies in the previous charts, for a less exalted outcome. There could be lies and misinformation spread to keep the outward peace at the expense of the truth that we haven’t come any closer to integrating. We could be distanced and separated, floating in isolation within our relationships.
The South Node in the 8th House-brings again, a need for deep work, and this time it is emphasized by not just its placement in the 8th House but also by its square to Jupiter in Scorpio. There is a challenge and another chance to hold on to the process of emotional honesty and metamorphosis of our purpose (Jupiter in the 5th) and this process will be rewarded! We may be able to reach a balancing point or steady state of masculine and feminine (Sun conjunct the Moon). To me if successful, this will allow confrontation to be a means to push forward truth (Jupiter squaring the Nodal Axis and Mercury conjunct the South Node). This is a huge calling, and we will be challenged to achieve this with Pluto in the 7th House. Suffice it to say the frustrations and weaknesses within our relationships will certainly be felt. The intention at the root of this type of confrontation is to realize that when words are spoken they are heard as another possibility rather than a challenge or a reason to defend. Words should be heard coming from someone who is on your side rather than on an opposing side. In this way both sides are recognized as being on the same side just seen from a different angle and a disagreement is only another option rather than an affront or confrontation. This dialogue is needed to pull us out of our ideals or evasions and into the emotional truths that must be integrated.
The Solstice and Eclipse energies are pivotal and portentous. Are we to integrate, using emotional processing and pain, for revolution? We must open up to our own process of descent into painful emotional purging. Am I consistently ready to take the next step in my growth? Can I be more consistent? Am I strong enough to dive into my own emotional truths to become who I should be, thus leading to a revolution of emotional depth? This will be an intensely painful but equally rewarding process. If pursued with integrity, we will have the potential to rework and re-align our highest possible purpose and outward masculine principle, thereby enabling our goals to be met without subjugating others. What we need emotionally may become very clear to us, which will help us stop being driven by the lack of integrating our deep emotional wounds. This work will lead to the ability to understand how to fulfill our own needs by ourselves rather than projecting those unmet needs onto another who we may have been raging against due to those same needs not being met. This will allow a revolution to take place with consistent and balanced expression of masculine and feminine, thus healing the raging and subjugation and allowing emotional integration for consistent action and healthy emotional fulfillment