The Sun slipped into Gemini this morning and immediately we move to a Full Moon conjunct Mars retrograde tonight.
(The Full Moon is exact tomorrow, May 21, at 3:14 p.m. CST at 1 degree
This is the first of two Full Moons in Sagittarius - one at 1 degree on May 21, one at 29 degrees on June 20 - that will illuminate the wisdom (or the folly) of
our actions, goals, and trajectories up to this point.
These book-end Sagittarius Full Moons ripen the faith, the understanding, and
the sage wisdom we've been gathering - sometimes via the School of Hard Knocks
- since Saturn first entered Sagittarius in December 2014. Under these Full Moons, we will have opportunities to apply what we now know, producing
preferred outcomes even as our emotional cups runneth over...
The Sun moved into the mutable sign of the twins just ahead of ruling planet
Mercury stationing direct at 14 degrees Taurus on May 22 (7:20 a.m.), as
This indicates some relieving "completion energy" for this Full
Moon weekend and that, as of the start of the upcoming week, the show is
officially on the road.
We've gained some new perspective and accomplished a whole lot under Grand Earth Trine aspects this spring
that involved stationing Jupiter in Virgo as well as the North Node in Virgo.
Let's just put it this way: with Jupiter stationing direct in Virgo May 9,
there was a lot (Jupiter) of work to do (Virgo). Add the personal planets
transiting work horse Taurus, and spring 2016 has been a bit of an endurance
test to complete all the things we had to complete.
For all intents and purposes, though, as the Sun moves into social butterfly
Gemini, as we experience the first of two Sagittarius Full Moons, and as communication planet Mercury goes direct, we've accomplished much of what we needed to accomplish - via
sustained effort, endurance, stubbornness, and maybe even a touch of brute
Now, as the Sun gets settled in Gemini (conjunct asteroid Vesta) and we experience the Mercury
direct station, the circulation, communication, and connection wheels are
being greased. Necessary information and perspective are rolling in. Mental tensions start to ease a little as we move through the last
stretch of May. The things that have been stuck, fixed, cemented onto our minds
during the Mercury retrograde through Taurus (April 28 - May 22) start to
shift, ease, dissipate, spread out a little. As Mercury picks up speed, these
seemingly fixed mental stresses start to resolve themselves, and we start to
reap the rewards of our long haul through the sign of the farmer.
At times this spring, we may not have felt we could do it on our own. But we
did. We persevered. And now we find ourselves on a new - or at least a more
secure - foundation.
The Sun's ingress of Gemini, followed almost immediately by the Full Moon in
Sagittarius, also throws us head-long into a highly mutable (changeable,
transitional, fluid) span of time.
The Gemini Sun leads the charge - with Venus and Mercury following - into
mutable Grand Cross formations that will be very active throughout the month of
These mutable Grand Cross formations will involve the Sun, Venus, and Mercury
in Gemini, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. The
bodies form four squares or two oppositions - a cross - in the mutable signs.
This combination of bodies and themes indicates that some divinely-inspired
change or transition is afoot. There is some fairly grand movement coming -
even in areas we had feared were lost causes.
We must stay flexible,
adaptable, and cheerful as we move through this busy and transitional month of
June. Like water rolling off a duck's back...
With Jupiter and the North Node transiting Virgo, we must continue with
clean-up duty. We must continue rolling up our sleeves and setting things
right. We must continue to create order and simplicity and health and function,
no matter how many monkey wrenches the universe throws our way, no matter how
many slack-asses we come across who choose, instead, to slough things off.
With Virgo, there is a right way to do things. There may be many
right ways to do a thing, this is true, but there are ways that are
right and proper, and there are ways that are...less than that. We aren't
looking for utter perfection. (Where does that truly exist on this wacky planet?) But
we are looking for correct, proper, simplified, streamlined, sensible. This is what keeps us grounded as we move through the "mutable madness."
Under these mutable Grand Cross formations, if we've worked diligently - and
continue to do so - we may very well see solid progress toward some of our most
precious hopes and dreams. With Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, work is
key, though. This doesn't just fall in our laps. Don't let up, don't slack off,
don't let things slide - no matter how hard the Pisces South Node conjunct
wounded healer Chiron is trying to pull you into the helpless chaos abyss.
Yes, there will be some siren songs, some illusions, some blind spots,
and some dead ends nipping at us, tempting us to go in the wrong
direction, tempting us to just give up.
With this much mutable energy in the astro atmosphere, there is a
possibility of chaos, confusion, ineffectiveness, and the dissipation of
physical and mental energy.
But we can outsmart it all.
We must tame these energies, riding the waves successfully as we continue to
move toward our cherished goals.
Keep rocking it, keep clearing it, keep streamlining and purifying it. Keep
working hard, and these aspects can carry us into some very interesting and
inspiring connections as we head into summer in the northern hemisphere.
The connections we make and the networking we do this Gemini season and throughout the month of
June will be "of the spirit" in many ways. Connections made,
conversations engaged in, and perspectives shared can
validate our faith, bringing us back to the inspiring and loving bigger picture
for our own lives and for the planet at large.
Phew. We needed that.
There is certainly some stress possible with all these mutable oppositions
and squares. There is some pressure here. There are some moments of being a little
flustered, a little overwhelmed, maybe with too many possibilities that we must
filter through and pare down.
Our faith and our spiritual perspectives may be tested here - perhaps on all
sides. We may have moments when our heart drops, when it seems silly to have
had faith in the good in people, in things, or in this planet at all.
These are temporary stresses, though, indicated by these transitory squares
and oppositions. Stay fluid and move through it. Don't get stuck seeing things
through the desolate, heart-hollowing lens of the now-dissolving astrological Piscean
No matter what the circumstances, there is inspiration to be had on the
path that is now laid before us.
Love, relationship, money, and aesthetics planet Venus enters Gemini on May
24 (3:44 a.m.) just as Jupiter in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius for the final time (exact
May 26 at 6:28 a.m.). We're officially on the move in one way or another - and
maybe in many ways all at the same time!
Both the Sun and Venus in Gemini will activate the mutable Grand Cross (with
Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune) from June 1 - 4 as we move to a New Moon at 14
degrees Gemini on June 4 (9:00 p.m.).
The Gemini New Moon is followed by the Sun-Venus exterior conjunction at 16
degrees Gemini on June 6 (3:49 p.m.).
This conjunction of the Sun and Venus picks up some beautiful threads that
began under the Venus Transits of June 2012 and June 2004. The historic Venus
Transits were an especially close alignment of the Sun, Venus, and Earth
whereby Venus could be seen transiting across the face of the Sun during the Sun-Venus
The Venus Transits of 2004 and 2012 occurred
in mid-Gemini, which is the same area of the zodiac where the Sun and Venus
will conjoin on June 6, 2016.
So again, beautiful threads are being picked up, fortuitous connections are
being made, and things are being drawn together in simply magical ways, often related
to the events and experiences of those Venus Transits.
To illustrate: it was under the Venus Transit of June 2004 that I first
became fully immersed in the study of astrology. That immersion has certainly not let
up much to this day, but I can say that I was first brought into the study and
practise of astrology in an epic way, body, mind, and spirit, at that time as
Venus in Gemini traversed the face of the Sun. I remember that day, and I even remember having the particular realization that a major change had just occurred for me regarding astrology under the influence of the Venus Transit. I was being communicated with by
the universe at that time, and I was also learning how to communicate via the language of
astrology. An entirely new intellectual framework opened to me under that Venus Transit. All Gemini themes.
During the Venus Transit of 2012, building on the themes and connecting the
threads that began in 2004, I was fortunate enough to visit California thanks
to a very generous offer by a fabulous lady (and reader of WWA) who lives there
by the sea. Other than short trips across the border to North Dakota, that was
my very first trip out of Canada. On that same trip, I met fellow astrologer
Matt Savinar in person and appeared on his radio show. The show was recorded for
YouTube, making it my first YouTube foray. Matt and I also organized a little get together with other local astrologers at a nearby restaurant. So that Venus Transit certainly
opened up some major avenues related to short trips, communication, media, and
networking (Gemini), building on the themes initiated during the 2004 Venus
Astrology Magazine (June 8), a magazine that has drawn a number of
astrological perspectives - and astrologers - together in new and potent ways.
like Hexagon are information-based, Gemini-related endeavours, and there is something
quite momentous-feeling about this third issue being released under the
Sun-Venus exterior conjunction in Gemini. Gemini is the third sign of the
zodiac and rules the third house (communication, interaction, networks, local
society). With the release of this third issue, Hexagon has officially
established a new astrological society along with a new network of
astrology-related connections and interactions. This is no small feat, as
astrology is often quite a solitary endeavour.
Hexagon has quite literally changed astrological discourse forever, bringing together astrological writing and astrological voices that are generally considered "niche" or outside the astrological establishment, giving them a broader platform and reach. Very influential.
The influence of Sun-Venus in
Gemini in mutable Grand Cross formation at the time of its release indicates
that this issue of Hexagon may very well be a conduit for the divinely-inspired
connections and networking I wrote about earlier. Your anarchist astro-reporter has two articles appearing in this issue of Hexagon, one on the astrology of the punk movement and one on iatrogenic (doctor-caused) illnesses, Big Pharma, and the development of the Plutonic Sociological Imagination (PSI).
Things don't always happen in such textbook ways, but check back to what was
going on in your life in June 2004 and June 2012 to get the flavour of the
current Sun-Venus conjunction in Gemini on June 6, 2016. As this conjunction takes place
within mutable Grand Cross formation, there is something fairly major being
activated. Threads are being drawn together, connections are being made, and ideas are being communicated that have quite a massive scope. This formation draws in our faith and our hopes and dreams, as well as the
sustained hard work we have put in thus far.
Winged messenger planet Mercury will enter its own sign of Gemini on June
12, activating the mutable Grand Cross yet again at solstice, from June 20 - 22. Saturn Rx in Sagittarius will also be square Neptune in Pisces at that time (exact June 17 at 12 degrees). This
Mercury activation occurs as the Moon grows full on the anaretic (29th) degree
of Sagittarius June 20, making for a very potent solstice time.
We can expect a very busy period of time June 20 - 22 when those lovely
Venusian threads are picked up and activated yet again by Mercury, providing
new context, new interactions, and perhaps new societies in which to
participate. Short trips and circulation within our local societies and neighbourhoods will be potent. Attending or throwing a solstice party/bonfire may prove fruitful on the networking front.
There is some very necessary cross-flow coming around solstice time as Mercury in
Gemini activates the mutable Grand Cross, a new co-mingling and interplay of
perspectives and information.
And all this requires a little adjustment on our parts - maybe a lot of
Again, some degree of mental stress is to be expected (though not
guaranteed). Too many options, too many choices, too many irons in the fire, perhaps.
Keep participating in the creation of order (Virgo North Node). Keep working
your way through it.
We find new personal context within our societies via this
Mercurial activation at solstice, learning new angles and picking up new perspective about
our places in the world so that we can define these places and live them