Tips For The New Moon in Gemini

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London – May 22, 2020 (18:39 GMT+1)

New York – May 22, 2020 (13:39 GMT-4)

Sydney – May 23, 2020 (03:39 GMT+10)

The week ends with the New Moon in Gemini, the sign of duality. Gemini rules communications which means this could be a big weekend for talk, conversation and negotiations.

So, find yourself a friend (or an enemy), have those all important heart-to-hearts and use the dynamic New Moon energy to start the ball rolling, initiate a conversation and get things moving.

Here’s all you need to know about this month’s New Moon. Seven ways to make the most of this lively Gemini star sign energy.

1. Be still during the exact time of the New Moon. It’s ideal for meditation, active gratitude and thinking ahead.

2. Make a wish on the crescent moon. This will appear in the night sky a day or two after the New Moon date (see below). When you first catch sight of the new moon, set your intentions. Write them down, say them out loud. This is the time to use the pro-active energy of the New Moon.

3. Pick up the phone, send an email, fire off a text. This is an excellent opportunity to book an appointment, line up a meeting or interview or apply for a job or new role. Gemini’s nature is quick and lively. Use witty repartee to get yourself noticed.

4. Read a book, do puzzles, study something new, go back to school. Being curious is a key Gemini trait. Research proves that using your mind and brain power keeps you youthful and engaged in life. Master a language, hone your skills, keep learning.

5. Gemini’s ruling planet, Mercury, is also in Gemini during the New Moon & conjunct Venus, a symbol of social connections. However, it won’t be long before Mercury turns retrograde on June 18th and Mercury enters its shadow phase at the beginning of June. Another reason to be spontaneous and speedy. Ideally, make your key moves over the next fortnight.

6. Gemini rules siblings and neighbours, also your local community. Which people are foreground in your life and how can you use your connections to benefit one another? Who can you reach out to this weekend, who can you help?

7. Question everything. Gemini is one of the mutable star signs, changeable and restless. Most Geminis have a flip side to their nature and don’t always say what they mean. Doing nothing isn’t an option right now. Instead, be curious, question everything, don’t believe everything you hear. Gemini’s the trickster who keeps everyone on their toes and Neptune is prominent all month with its themes of fantasy & unreality. Don’t be fooled!

8. Where’s Saturn in your chart? Saturn in Aquarius makes a supportive trine aspect to the Gemini New Moon. And, Saturn is at 1 degree Aquarius, close to where the significant Jupiter-Saturn conjunction takes place later this year on December 21, 2020. Therefore, this is the time to lay the groundwork for what lies ahead. What you start right now can sow seeds that will flourish later in the year.

9. Look upwards. When you’re searching for the crescent Moon in the night sky this weekend, look for Venus & Mercury. Venus has been a bright star for some time but is dipping closer to the horizon as she prepares to head into the underworld and return as a morning star. If you look west just after sunset, you may be able to find Venus close to the crescent Moon and a fainter star, Mercury. They are all close together – May 24th is the best date for stargazing.

Here are the areas of your life to make a fresh start, communicate & explore new ideas:

  • Aries – local community, ideas, communications
  • Taurus – money & values
  • Gemini – personal goals, image & identity
  • Cancer – your inner world, retreat & self-care
  • Leo – friends, groups & wider society
  • Virgo – career & status
  • Libra – your place in the world, study & education
  • Scorpio – joint finances & sexuality
  • Sagittarius – love & relationships, contracts
  • Capricorn – job & health, service to others
  • Aquarius – birth i.e. kids, romance, creative projects
  • Pisces – home & family

Happy New Moon In Gemini – keep it real

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Sagittarius, Dating & Relationships : What You Need To Know

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If we’ve read enough sun sign columns, we’re familiar with both the constructive and the dysfunctional expressions of all 12 zodiac signs. We’re also well acquainted with each sign’s reputation when certain behavioral inclinations are concerned. The passionate intensity of Scorpio, the analytic precision of Virgo or the acute intuition of Cancer just to name a few.

So….. what about Sagittarius? You ask….

For whatever reasons, the Archer seems to have gained a reputation among the zodiac as the perpetual bachelor or bachelorette. The sign which prefers to stay free and unencumbered versus preferring a steady, long-term relationship or marriage.

I make the case, however, that there’s much more to this scenario than the ink written on the pages of these sun sign columns can tell us. We must adjust our thinking to a broader level to appreciate not a fragment of, but the entire Sagittarian archetype.

In much of the Astrological literature I come across, when Sagittarius is being analyzed, there seems to be a direct correlation made between the Centaur’s desire and need for freedom and the inability to commit to a long-term partnership.

If we examine Sagittarius on a deeper level, I think we’ll find that the lesser question is : “Why can’t Sagittarians commit?” and the greater question is: “What type of relationship encourages the Archer to explore long range possibilities?”

Most of us learned in “Research Methods 101” that the manner in which a question is asked predetermines the range of possible answers. If the question is: “Why can’t Sagittarians commit?” It automatically excludes the possibility of them being capable of committing to a partnership.

NOTE: This article is not only applicable to those with the Sun placed in Sagittarius, but also those with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus,Mars) in the sign as well as Sagittarius rising.

Much of what’s written could also apply to those whose chart suggests a strong Jupiterian influence such as Jupiter placed in Sagittarius, in the 1st house, in major aspect to any of the personal planets and the Ascendant.

The Sagittarius Archetype

When analyzing Sagittarius, we must first consider the symbolism. Half Woman/Man and half beast. A Centaur or an Archer pointing its arrow emphatically upward into the vastness of the universe.

This entire picture broadcasts both the need for the arrow of thoughts and ideas to fly free through the open cosmos and the body to remain comfortably rooted in its animal nature. Sagittarius isn’t as much seeking to transcend his or her physicality as they are intent on successfully integrating it into the totality of their being.

The 9th sign of the zodiac seeks to find a deeper meaning in BOTH functions as a vehicle for constructing a personal philosophy. Sagittarius wants to take heed to the words of Paulo Coelho and “learn to recognize omens and follow them.” The Archer possesses an insatiable thirst for life experience and an enthusiasm for following his or her personal legend.

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Relationships

For Sagittarius, where partnerships are concerned, it’s not so much a matter of whether or not they have the ability to commit, but rather WHAT they would potentially be committing TO.

When discussing Sags, Astrologer Steven Forrest once alluded to the concept of love being hard on the freedom that the archer so desperately needs- and it CAN be. However, it doesn’t HAVE to be soul draining.

One of the keys to relationship success for the Centaur is ruthless self-honesty regarding their own relationship needs. Especially when it comes to personal space.

Now, this “space” is not a free pass to go off half cocked and undermine the fundamental trust and integrity on which a solid, healthy relationship is based, but rather the freedom to think big thoughts; to dream about large scale ventures and contemplate life’s enormous questions. After all, this is the way of the Philosophical wiring which comes with the assembly of so many Sags.

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If Sag finds the type of partner that understands this system and recognizes the importance of his/her life journey, they’re MORE than willing to commit. You may even catch one of them with bells on!! Astrologer Jeffrey Wolf Green writes the following about Venus in Sagittarius, which could be applied to any personal placement:

” The Venus in Sagittarius person is fundamentally restless, and is committed to the value of personal freedom to pursue any experience they deem necessary in order to discover and actualize themselves. The need for freedom permeates these people , and they generally will not tolerate any condition or constraint that inhibits their independence or freedom.

When such conditions or constraints exist, the Venus in Sagittarius person will progressively feel an inner alienation from those conditions or constraints, and the psychology or alienation becomes a causal factor or determinant in separating, at least inwardly from those conditions or constraints.”

Furthermore:

” In their intimate relationships, the Venus in Sagittarius person is forever needing and trying to balance their need for independence within the context of their relationship. Because these people have an almost absolute need for perpetual growth within themselves, they need and desire an intimate other who is also committed to personal growth.

This will then allow for the dynamics within the relationship to be defined by a mutual commitment to growth. in effect, these individuals need to be in a relationship where there’s an ongoing sense of adventure.

The Venus in Sagittarius person will simply experience a deep alienation from their partner when the relationship has degenerated into a stale, static routine. They need a partner who can mirror and reflect their own reality of intellectual and philosophical pondering. A partner with whom they can interact in this way at an equal level.

The Venus in Sagittarius person needs this  kind of  intellectual or philosophical stimulation and to be periodically challenged by their partner through such types of discussions. When this occurs, they will have a tremendous amount of respect for their partner, and will sustain their enthusiasm  for the relationship. When this does not occur, then they lose respect for the partner and become progressively alienated.”

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A long time ago, I remember reading an Astrology book that said something to the effect of: ” to attract Sagittarius, you’ll need to act like you overdosed on positive affirmation tapes.” I had to laugh when I read that because it gives form to the potent thrust of Sagittarius’ buoyancy.

THIS is part of the package that Sagittarius is willing to commit to: life-affirming optimism, vitality;  a sense of the next physical or intellectual adventure just around the corner:

“By nature, the Venus in Sagittarius person needs levity, humor, lightness and optimism to pervade their intimate relationship. If their with a partner who is constantly too serious or withdrawn, this will also become a causal factor in creating a state of alienation and withdrawl  from such a partner.

They will naturally encourage the independent actualization and will develop a deepening respect for their partners who independently actualize their own life purposes. They will not respect a partner who just wants to hang on to them without developing their own identity or life purpose, or a partner who attempts to restrict their need for necessary freedom and independence.”

The Other Side of The Game

Since we’ve hopefully come to the conclusion that Sagittarius, like every other sign of the zodiac, is capable of fulfilling, long-term commitment, now it’s time to discuss what can potentially hold the Centaur back, where the Archer’s arrow misfires.

Polarized and Dogmatic Thinking

One of the dysfunctional expressions of Sagittarius energy is to listen and hear only through the filter of their own beliefs. When operating unproductively, there’s a tendency to to create a black and white scenario surrounding relationships. So, Sags feel like they’re either free as a bird floating in the crisp summer air or hopelessly bound to the ole ball and chain.

What the Archer needs to realize is that relationships require mutual sacrifice.

M-U-T-U-A-L sacrifice.

The Centaur can easily sabotage the ideal partnership he/she is seeking to create through a refusal to, as Paulo Coelho says: “to accept love as a stimulus.” The immature and underdeveloped Sagittarius sees love as a THREAT to his/her freedom; as something that’s going to deduct from them rather than add breadth and richness to their spectrum of life. Whereas the more mature version of the Archer, who has learned much from experience employs his/her openness as a means to grasp the supports that are being offered:

“If he has the courage to unearth his dreams, he then faces a second obstacle: love. He now knows what he desires to do, but he thinks he will harm those around him if he gives everything up to follow his dreams.

He does not understand that love is an additional impulse, not something which hinders one from going forward. he does not understand that those who truly wish him well are longing for his happiness and are ready to accompany him on his adventure.”

The Grass is Always Greener/Overly Futuristic Reverend “Do Good” Syndrome

“But….If I decide on THIS, what if something “better” comes along?”

I wouldn’t be surprised if this question hasn’t touched the brain waves of almost every Sagittarius infused individual. However, a potentially better question which garners consideration is:

“What are YOU doing in the HERE and NOW to make your CURRENT situation better?” It’s a classic Sagittarian pitfall to be so captivated by future possibilities that they’re tripping themselves up in the moment:

“Sagittarius is the sign most likely to be oblivious to the realities right in front of them that are obvious to everyone else because they are so focused on the distant goal. Since the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Sagittarius people need to be sure that their goals and ideals are grounded in what is truly possible.

They DO need a large guiding vision to motivate them in life, but they also need times of self-examination to assess whether they are themselves living up to their ideals. They like to preach to others (usually “helpfully” in their view), but if something doesn’t work out, well… that isn’t their problem. Sagittarius people rather dislike the heaviness of daily “reality” and personal or emotional problems.”

Sagittarius: here’s the bottom line. You’re natural, healthy idealism need not take a “hit” just because you’ve made the mature choice to temper it with a much needed dose of grounding and common sense. You must be painfully honest with yourself in regard to your vision for a partnership, as to not mislead others who may not want or need such and arrangement. What you choose to commit to is totally yours, but it’s important for you to know the “raw material” you’re working with in your psyche.

When it’s all said and done, it’s up to you to create a situation which honors your need(s) for independence, intellectual stimulation, levity and personal growth. While simultaneously accepting love as a stimulus and support. Recognizing a good thing when you see it and creating room for your partnership to play an integral role on your quest to follow your personal legend.

References: Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex & Compatibility by Stephen Arroyo, Pluto: Volume II : The Soul’s Evolution Through Relationships by Jeffrey Wolf Green, Paulo Coelho’s “Talks With My Master” (1982-1990).

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Venus Retrograde In Gemini: Make-believe

Venus, the planet ruling love & money, art & beauty turns retrograde today May 13, 2020. This means she will be moving in reverse, backwards through the zodiac until June 25, 2020.

So what does Venus retrograde mean for you, what do you need to avoid and how can you make the most of Venus’ change of direction?

Retrograde Venus

When a planet turns retrograde, its energy is said to be weakened. Venus, the planet, will disappear from the night sky and return as a morning star. She’ll be hidden from view for a short while during the next six weeks.

This gives you a clue as to the themes of Venus retrograde. What’s hidden from you or is changing direction? Traditionally, this is not the time to engage avidly with Venusian pursuits, i.e. don’t marry, have cosmetic surgery or make a major investment. This is because you may regret your decisions or choices once Venus is back up to speed.

When planets are retrograde, their attention and focus is turned inwards. You may be reflecting about love, what it means to you, whether you’re in the right relationship, what sort of relationship you want, etc.

Money too may fall under the cosmic microscope during this retrograde phase. A time when you need to let go of some of your long-held beliefs or ideas around money, when you need to explore new ways to make money. For now, favour contemplation and experimentation rather than out-and-out action.

Sometimes, a lover goes absent or quiet on you during Venus retrograde. Alternatively, you’re the one who needs to retreat.

As with all retrograde phases, Venus retrograde connects you to the past. You may hear from an ex or a childhood sweetheart. If you still have fond feelings for someone in your own past, this is a good time to get back in touch to explore those feelings once again.

Venus In Gemini

Venus is turning retrograde in Gemini, the sign of communication. Traditionally, Venus in Gemini moves with a light step and likes to keep the emotional realm moving and easy. This is not the time to make a commitment or torture yourself with a major decision.

As Gemini likes to communicate, you could find that romantic poetry pours out of you during this Venus retrograde phase. Or, a desire to write love letters or chat or gossip about love. You may be craving hugs too.

The last Venus retrograde phase took place in October/November 2018 when Venus dived deep into Scorpio. This was a passionate and intense retrograde phase, revealing the deep and dark places within.

Venus retrograde in Gemini has the potential to be more playful, more go-with-the flow. However, there is a sense of not knowing during this Venus retrograde and needing to being ok with that.

Gemini is the trickster, so be wary of promises made during this Venus retrograde phase. Words can have a double meaning and Venus retrograde in Gemini can make for a fickle or changeable love life.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear during the next six weeks. This applies to the news and the media as well as personal relationships.

At the very least, try not to make assumptions. Play with words, allow yourself to be in two minds about love and keep your options open until Venus turns direct. Know that other people may be doing the same.

Venus Square Neptune

As Venus turns retrograde today, she is square to Neptune, adding to the veil of fantasy & illusion, secrets & lies. Venus is in Neptune’s realm throughout May, conjuring up a time of make-believe.

This is ideal for channelling your imagination and dreams into art or creating beauty. Or, finding your form of escape from the world, e.g. music, poetry or film.

Use this time to reassess what you value in life, where your desires lie and to recognise who or what’s important to you. You’ll benefit from a slower pace, so allow life to unfold.

Use this retrograde period to alter your perspective, gain insight into your needs and learn more about what you truly love and desire.

Wait until late June before making up your mind about any Venus-related issue. Apply what you’ve learned during the retrograde phase once Venus emerges from her journey into the underworld.

Dates & Degrees

The most intense dates during this whole phase are the start and end of the retrograde period when Venus’ energy is most concentrated.

The key dates and degrees to note are May 13 – 22 Gemini (retrograde phase) and June 25 – 5 Gemini (direct phase). Notice what happens in your own life as Venus switches direction. What messages or synchronicities is she offering?

Venus retrograde can symbolise a change of heart. Yet, don’t rush or demand answers. Once Venus turns back to direct motion at the end of June, you may view your relationship or love from a fresh perspective.

We are moving into a six week period of experimentation, a time of unknowing when things may need to unravel and be talked about before they can be woven back together.

What It Means For You

Venus retrograde will fall in a particular sector of your horoscope. This is where you’re being asked to tread lightly. Read both your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign.

  • Gemini: Your personal relationship with love, your ability to love more than one person, your body, your image & appearance
  • Cancer: Unrequited feelings, love affairs, private yearnings, secrets, your inner journey & spiritual path, your creative source
  • Leo: Love & friendship, your love for a group of people, for society, for humanity
  • Virgo: Love & business, your status, your career & vocation, finding fame
  • Libra: Foreign connections & loving relationships, gaining knowledge & new experiences where you find meaning in life
  • Scorpio: Your sexuality & sex life, your joint finances, e.g. with institutions or exes.
  • Sagittarius: Your relationships, both personal & professional, your 1-to-1’s
  • Capricorn: Everyday love, how you serve other people, your work & lifestyle, your health & well-being
  • Aquarius: Romance & love affairs, your creativity, your children, what brings you pleasure
  • Pisces: Your family, love & past connections, your home & property
  • Aries: Flirtation, love letters, your local community, your siblings & neighbours
  • Taurus: What you value highly in life, your love of money & assets, your self-worth

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Relationship Astrology: Sun-Moon Contacts Between Partners

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In Synastry (the astrology of human relationships) Sun-Moon contacts are heralded as a textbook factor of compatibility. While one must explore the birth charts and life experiences of both people, it STILL goes deeper than that.

The Moon has no light of its own, it  uses the solar energy by reflecting it into the universe.

Is this a “good” thing? I don’t know. Is it “bad”? Again, same answer.

I’d say it just is, and whatever we choose to make of it is our decision.

When there’s Sun-Moon contact existent between two individuals, one may have indeed met their true reflection. The parts we love about ourselves and the one’s we may be attempting to escape are right there for us in plain view if we pay attention. Essentially, the identity and aspirations of one individual are connected to the other’s emotional fulfillment.

Who one is becoming may provide nourishment and sustenance to the other. In fact, both people work in this shared dynamic. There’s an atmosphere which brings light to emotions and subconscious material— you know….. the kind which we may be projecting on others, but that’s very much a part of our own psyche.

Sun-Moon contacts serve us as an archetypal meeting of the inner masculine and feminine, and this is NOT gender specific.

These designations are more based on symbolic archetypes and less on whether you’re a Woman or Man. Either way, there’s a fusion of the mover, shaker, and generator ; the part of us that’s active, becomes aroused and asserts, and the instinctive, receptive, yielding energy which speaks to accommodation and containment.

So much of Astrological compatibility depends on the state of consciousness that two people are operating from. If both people have made solid commitments to personal integration, these contacts can prove to be much more enjoyable and sustaining than if they haven’t.

Operating functionally, there’s a climate of mutual support, emotional security and the affirmation of the humanness of both partners. Each person has a clear, illuminated  vision for the relationship and more importantly, and objective view of the other.

In an alternative scenario, we’re staring at parts of ourselves that we may have suppressed because it’s not flattering to our egos. So, of course, it’s always the other person that has “issues”. If they would just “see the light”, everything would alright.

What this dynamic produces in both parties is distortion. Instead of a sunny day, it’s a cloudy one which diminishes the capacity to truly relate to each other. So, instead of human to human contact, one or both partners has been reduced to “hey YOU over there!”

It’s understood that another person can’t “make” us whole. However, working with these contacts in a relationship can certainly provide us with valuable material for understanding what it’s going to take to reach those heights on an individual level. The questions about this Synastry aspect center around whether we’re willing to take responsibility for the material that’s OURS and work with it developmentally rather than casting blame or shame on a person that we claim to love and respect.

We would like to believe that we’re great ALL of the time, at least that’s what the bathroom mirror says, right?

The news flash says: we’re not.

The outlook is dismal if we’re not willing to confront the root causes of WHY we are the way we are. But, if we can find it in ourselves to explore this labyrinth, with loving, nurturing support from our significant others, we can certainly bring our psyches into balance and find out more about what can make us whole.

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Jupiter Retrograde 2020 – Dates & Degrees

 

Jupiter Retrograde 

 

May 14 

 

27 Capricorn 14

 

7:31am PDT 

 

Feb 18:      Jupiter Shadow starts 

 

May 14:     Jupiter station retro 27 Cap 14 

 

Sept 12:    Jupiter station direct 17 Cap 24 

 

Dec 6:         Jupiter shadow ends 

 

Once a year Jupiter will retrograde for four months.   In some ways I think we should all be grateful that Jupiter stations retrograde every year because Jupiter is so full of confidence and exuberance that he really needs to calm down.  While we may enjoy the bold professor, the life of the party, the guy/gal with a plan and a megaphone – we benefit when big personalities get quiet, do their research and make sure their facts are right, their enthusiasm is justified and their actions are based on something sound.    This is the gift of Jupiter retrograde. 

 

Is there some lost knowledge Jupiter missed on the first trip?   Is there an issue that has not been addressed?  Is there something bigger going on that needs focus?   

 

There are two stories about Jupiter in 2020, one involves Pluto the other involves Saturn.  

 

In December Jupiter went into Capricorn and began its march to Pluto.   On April 4 Jupiter got on top of Pluto (conjunct).   Two weeks ago Pluto turned retrograde and now with Jupiter going backwards he’s heading for Pluto again. Jupiter will conjunct Pluto for the second time on June 30.   Jupiter the biggest know-it -all is pushing on Pluto the power monger.    Historian of astrology will tie Clovid-19 pandemic to Jupiter/Pluto along with Saturn/Pluto and the January eclipse.  There is an inseparable connection. 

 

We will see these two powerful planets play out in the news.   Capricorn rules business and systems, leaders and practices that are for public good.    Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 when the economy crashed, it will continue on its journey in Capricorn until 2024.    Every outer planet that aspects Pluto in these final four years will bring information to the world on what is working and what is not working.    Jupiter touching Pluto expands both the good news and the bad news of Capricorn.   Pluto rules death and rebirth.  Jupiter will want to rescue the world and Pluto will want to transform the world.   You can’t have birth without death.   It is arguable that we should prepare for big deaths in the news.  Perhaps volume due to Covid 19 and perhaps notable personalities.   There will be a lot of churning on our beliefs and opinions about the role of business and government.   On Sept 12 Jupiter stations direct and heads for its final conjunction with Pluto on November 12.   

 

The strum and drang of these two planets will be pronounced all year.  

 

Will there be big ideas?  Yes.  Will there be big scandals?  Sure.   But more to the point there will also be shimmers of optimism even in the biggest hell hole moment.   The challenge will be to find the light that makes sense in your world and transform through it and share your transformation with others.   Expect stories of people doing huge things out of a simple need.    Everybody has Capricorn in some area of their personal chart.  If you know your chart look to the house for more information.  If you do not know your chart consider what has been up your grill since January.  Expect more input this year.  I know it is tiring but remember all of us are experiencing this conjunction.  We’re all in it together.  

 

On Dec 18 Jupiter will leave Capricorn and enter Aquarius ushering in a new theme where we move out of business and government and more about society in general.  On Dec 21 Jupiter will conjunct Saturn in Aquarius activating a two hundred year cycle with an emphasis on humanity and innovation and its impact on how we function as a society.   

 

2020 is not a small year and Jupiter is THE player.   Look back to January through now to see how Jupiter played out in your life and plan to revisit some of those same themes again although with new wisdom.  Believe it or not, wisdom is a Jupiter word. 

 

Let’s go find our wise self.   And maybe our wiseass self. 

 

Venus Retrograde May 12

 

 

Venus Retrograde 

 

May 12 

 

21 Gemini 50

 

11:44pm PDT  

 

April 9 Venus shadow begins

 

May 12 Venus station retrograde 21 Gemini 50

 

June 24 Venus station direct 5 Gemini 20

 

July 28 Venus shadow ends

 

Venus retrogrades about once every eighteen months. This Venus retrograde is from May 12 until June 25 and will travel from 22 to 5 degrees of Gemini.    The shadow period began on April 9 and the shadow will end on July 28.   The retrograde is the six weeks in the middle of the shadow but issues or themes will be processed the whole period.   This is not to suggest it will be a slog fest the entire time but more that themes will be up for processing until June 28.   

 

Venus connects us to our values.   Money, love & beauty are associated with Venus because we value them.   Creativity, arts and receptivity are also associated with Venus along with the ability to attract.

 

Venus can be a little lazy because it draws things through its power to attract.  But when Venus is retrograde we have to work a bit more.  We have to take a moment and reconnect to our values and with Venus in Gemini we connect our heart to our brain.   In Gemini, Our thoughts about what we love and appreciate get a needed reboot.    

 

You want want to look back at previous Venus in Gemini retrograde cycles (It happens every eight years):

 

May 2012

 

May 2004

 

May 1996

 

May 1988 & May 1980 (starts in low degree cancer)  

 

The very last time Venus retrograde in Gemini was May 2012.   What were your values at that time?  What was front and center?  Who  or what got your attention?   How did it connect to love?  Was it love of a human or love of a project?  What was the theme at that time?  How did your mentality shift about what you valued?  What was your thinking and communication then?  How have you evolved out of those values and into something else?   Have you dropped something that maybe needs to be back in the fold?  Is there something neglected in your ability to love self or others that needs a new mental approach? 

 

Venus in Gemini retrograde will ask our thoughts and communication to consider love not just about your beloved but also love in general.  Gemini is a keen observer.   You may observe a moment, an act, a comment that is born out of love.   This moment could surprise you.  It may have been something you would have missed at other times in your life, but now with a retro Venus you have the ability to see it. While you might feel like a scientist noting the observation it can still connect to a space that is tender and gentle.  

 

Venus in Gemini can be very fickle.  Watch news stories that speak to changing loyalties and interests.  Venus is also in square with Neptune for most of the retrograde.   Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and although they both connect to love, they do it in different ways.  Venus love is personal, the love we have for a person or persons.   Neptune is the love we have for humanity.  Not the person but the human experience.   We should expect stories that activate our compassion to be in the news.   

 

Neptune does bring denial and difficult to achieve expectations.  Aspirations are good but try to get practical feedback from others along the way.   Watch the news around June 2, as there could be frustration when Mars forms a square with Venus.  Mars is rough and in Pisces he brings a bit of crazy. Stories about the arts and creativity and money may be the news.   It could be loss.  However, the good news is that Gemini is the most adaptable sign in the Zodiac.  If we value something we can find a clever solution for any issue.   We need to remember to breathe, Gemini is an air sign and sometimes we just need to put air in a situation. 

 

Scorpio Full Moon: Going In Deep

FULL MOON [17 Scorpio 20]

London – May 7 2020 (12:45 GMT+1))

New York – May 7 2020 (08:45 GMT-4)

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This week’s Full Moon falls in Scorpio. It’s the last of three Super Moons in a row, which means they’re closer to the earth than usual and more beautiful to behold. Do make sure you go out and gaze at its beauty in the night sky.

The Moon reaches its peak during the Full Moon phase. The deep & dark water sign, Scorpio, is linked to healing, regeneration & transformation.

Scorpio rules sex, money, death & rebirth and all things taboo. It’s about the psyche and what’s hidden. Scorpio’s keyword is power, whether you use it to good or bad effect. We’re hanging out in the underworld, the night world when we’re in Scorpio’s domain.

Full Moon Energy

Full Moons are a time when emotions are heightened and important matters can be brought to completion. Full Moons are linked to pregnancy and giving birth. The light of the Full Moon shines on all areas and this can be exposing, sometimes confrontational.

In Scorpio, you can enter into the dark, untouched places releasing emotions that have been hidden away or ignored. You encounter the shadow side of life. By digging deep, you find the part of yourself that’s fearless, authentic and real.

This is not always a comfortable place to be. If you are a Scorpio or have Scorpio planets in your chart, you might already understand that a journey through the underworld can unearth hidden riches.

When you explore and embrace all of life, the dark as well as the light, you tend to emerge wiser and stronger for the experience.

Cycle of Life & Death

The cycle of life and death is clearly shown through the opposite signs of Taurus and Scorpio. During this Full Moon, the Sun is in the earth sign Taurus linked to nature and growth and the Moon is in the water sign Scorpio linked to death, also rebirth. Regeneration, compost, the eternal cycle of life and death which is never-ending.

The Full Moon in Scorpio can highlight where you need to be healed and where best to channel your own healing abilities. You might uncover issues around power or where you feel powerless. You might discover where you’re in control and where you can tap into your own inner power to accomplish incredible feats.

This is the perfect opportunity to make an important decision in your own life and trust your intuition in doing so. At the Full Moon it’s about doing what “feels” right rather than what you think you should be doing. Be confident and stand strong in your power.

Moon Lore

The Moon has always been linked with women and in ancient times, Moon Goddesses ruled. Women were fertile, creators, the ones who gave birth to new life.

The Moon played an important part in agriculture and food, vital elements, and time was defined by the 13-month lunar calendar. Each month consists of approximately 28 days, one whole cycle of the Moon as it waxes and wanes from Full Moon to New Moon and back to Full Moon. A woman’s menstrual cycle synchronises with the Moon’s phases.

Mercury sextile Neptune

Also, during this Full Moon, there are two key planets pulled in to the magic. They are Mercury in Taurus, the planet of communication and Neptune in Pisces, the planet of dreams & the imagination, both at 20 degrees of their respective star signs.

This combination feels ideal for making a wish, it suggests vivid dreams, a time to listen closely to your subconscious, the night world. Find the earthy, wild place within yourself that knows how to conjure up new ideas, new longings, new passions. Dig deep to discover what’s being sourced within you.

This is a powerful Full Moon, one that’s perfect for ritual & honouring the instinctive, intuitive side of life. Switch off your mind, be in your body & feel your connection to the earth, to your people, the links that bind us all together.

The Moon in Scorpio is especially witchy and magical and taps into all things dark and hidden. It’s a Full Moon ripe with power and potential.

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