The Sun enters the first decan of Gemini late on May 20th. There is a rapid acceleration as we leave the slow, Saturnian end of Taurus, and set foot in the first face of Gemini, for here the Sun shifts its spotlight from the static weight of earth to the constant flux of air. The twins are inhale and exhale, and their aerial binary is embodied in every breath, every word spoken and heard.
There is an expansive, curious and exploratory quality to the first decan of Gemini, which the Sun will be in until May 31st. The dual formula of the twins divides all, and it is here, in the first decan that we witness the birth of analysis. The mind’s sharp knives break time into day and night, divide being into mind and body, cut hands into left and right. These primordial pairings quickly multiply, as two becomes four, and four becomes eight. In a blink we go from two to sixty-four, from there to countless categories. This is the blessing and curse of the binary virus, whose original vector was that of the forbidden apple picked long ago.
Yet these divisions, like mathematics itself, are not purely theoretical. From analysis is born technique, and from technique, skill. It is thus no surprise that the figures which appear in this decan are consummately skilled. Ibn Ezra describes a woman floating in the air, gifted in needlework. The Yavanajataka pictures a rainbow-garlanded warrior clutching shining arrows,
the tools of his craft arrayed before him. Meanwhile, Agrippa shows a man with a professor’s rod, knowledgeable in science and the art of numbers. This variety of figures thus shows that the emphasis is on skill, whether the art be peaceable, such as sewing; warlike, such as archery; or abstract, such as mathematics.
Yet the binary poison which makes all analysis, and thus skill, possible, is not without its dangers. The intellective virus spreads without concern, colonizing experience as it goes. Too much analysis yields too many options, the excess of which can generate paralysis and anxiety. We see this possibility in the bound figure of the RWS Tarot’s Eight of Swords. The power to circulate and explore is also the power to scatter and dissipate. Indeed, in the context of the first decan of Gemini, the Picatrix speaks of talismans “tailored to promote someone losing his mind and becoming deranged.”
Though the gusts of Gemini’s first decan have the potential to confuse, they can also lift us out of ruts and blow us toward new places and ideas. This curious breeze guides us down unexplored avenues of both travel and thought. It is the fresh air of curiosity. Our goal is thus to circulate, but not dissipate; to spread out, but not to scatter.
The events which take place during the Sun’s time in the first decan of Gemini are as varied as the crafts practiced by the figures mentioned above. The challenge is to retain center while whirling about, to explore and enjoy subplots without losing the thread of the primary arc.
The Sun Trine Mars
The Sun in Gemini perfects a trine with Mars in Aquarius on May 23rd. The solar and martial fires here both serve to heat the air, stimulating gusts of thought and movement. This trine also turns the Sun’s golden eye toward what, exactly, Mars is up to. As Mars has quite a bit planned for his 3rd quarter retrograde, a little foreshadowing is helpful indeed.
Jupiter Trine Neptune
Although it is only exact on the 24th, the trine between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces is active throughout the decan. Jupiter in Scorpio advocates emotional growth, particularly the transmutation of pain into wisdom, and Neptune places these processes in a larger, deeper, and gentler context. Their trine pours a soothing, healing bath in which to relax and reflect. This trine is the second in a series of three that began in December 2017 and whose third installment will arrive in August.
Venus Opposite Saturn
The first half of the decan is somewhat cramped by the opposition of Venus and Saturn, which perfects on May 25th. Serious, dutiful Saturn in Capricorn constricts fun and comfort-loving Venus in Cancer. This opposition highlights the friction between obligation and play. You may be able to reconcile the two, or you may need to temporarily prioritize one over the other.
The Full Moon in Sagittarius
The most important moment during this decan is, no doubt, the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 29th. As I wrote in my daily entry about this lunation:
While the Sun in Gemini I scatters its stimulating rays in all directions, the Full Moon in Sagittarius points to the need for coherent efforts and centered attention. Although it is possible to accomplish many things, and rapidly, a moment of focus is required for each. Consider the archer’s-eye viewpoint, and narrow your gaze to one target at a time.
Although this lunation is not configured strongly to much else on a planetary level, it lines up with two potent fixed stars. The Moon reaches maximum fullness while configured to the antagonistic Antares, the Scorpion’s Heart. Meanwhile, the Sun will be conjoined sturdy Aldebaran, the Bull’s Eye. While the planets trot, run, bump, and grind, the stars hold their position. The planets thus speak to the changeable, while the stars testify to what endures. Thus what occurs on this Full Moon may well have more permanent implications than it might seem Think well about what you do while beneath its light, for those actions are more likely to echo in time.
Mercury Enters Gemini
Mercury ingresses into Gemini on the 29th, shortly after the Full Moon. The messenger is at home in the dual-bodied sign, and thus favorable for works of transportation, cogitation and communication. Mercury’s entrance into the first decan of Gemini doubles down on the potential for both rapid circulation and frivolous dissipation. At this point, Mercury will be near top speed, and so will only be in Gemini until June 12th — less than two weeks.
The Sun in the first decan of Gemini points to the curiosities lurking just off the path you beat daily and weekly. Let its wind blow you to do a little exploration of the familiar but unknown, the restaurant you’ve driven by but never eaten at, the alternate route you’ve never taken, the gas station clerk you’ve never said “hi” to.
While the Sun shines on the small, the Full Moon’s rays fall on the large, asking you to remember the big picture, and your place within it. No matter how interesting or dramatic the scene, it is only the context of the entire story that it’s meaning can be wholly understood.
The Sun’s time in the first decan of Gemini shines on possessions and bank accounts. Let yourself get a little bit more curious about how money moves. Though the beast is itself elusive and Mercurial, it can be tracked, and caught, with the power of numbers.
The Full Moon in Sagittarius doubles down on matters of resource, asking your to expand the scope of your study to include not just the money, but also the time, attention and energy which people constantly exchange.
The Sun’s time in your sign shines a curious spotlight on none-other than yourself, for you are a riddle to be solved, a game to be played, and a skill to be practiced.
The Full Moon in Sagittarius, which arrives on the 29th, asks you to balance the focus on yourself by glancing over at the Other, whom the Moon is due to bathe in argent glow. Remember that they are not your missing Twin, but something more gloriously alien and unique.
The Sun stirs the winds which blow through the hidden tunnels of your psyche, whipping up curious thoughts and ideas. You may want to give that distant howling a voice. Engage in a séance with your own chatty shadow, and let your writing become fully automatic.
The Full Moon, which occurs on the 29th, spotlights considerably less ghostly matters. This lunation in Sagittarius outlines the status of your fiscal and physical health in silver. It is a good time to correct a bad habit, as well as to reinforce a good one.
The Sun’s time in the first decan of Gemini accelerates the action, as well as your interest, in the social. Meet a new person or people. Let yourself get curious about what everybody is up to.
Meanwhile, the light of the Full Moon falls down into your reservoir of creative power with which you shape and adorn your life. Take stock of the magic you’ve been fueling with it, as well as the status of your reserves.
The Sun in Gemini I shines on the status of your professional life, stirring up action and bringing clarity to situations. In those sunbeams sparkles a mote of curiosity, exploration and play which may have gotten buried under a pile of paper work or beneath the weight of obligation. Snatch it back.
The light of the 29th’s Full Moon in Sagittarius will fall, like a silver arrow, into the bedrock of your life. Fallen, it will glow bright, illuminating familial relationships, matters of residence and property, and the way that you tell your backstory. When the Moon rises, don’t look up — look down, to the soil beneath your feet, and to the place from which you hail.
During this decan’s span of days, the Sun is due to illuminate what is far — both distant places and long term goals. There are many options, many roads leading to many destinations. While the Sun spotlights this multiplicity, the Full Moon points to the power of a goal to sort through this potentially bewildering array of options. It is only a goal which can turn movement into progress.
In Gemini I, the light of the Sun falls upon the time, money and energy that you exchange with people. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself a little curious as to what you might make if you combined your chocolate with someone else’s peanut butter. On the 29th, the Full Moon in Sagittarius asks you to consider not only what others might bring to the table, but outlines what you have to give in stark silver.
Whilst within the confines of the first decan of Gemini, the Sun’s light shines upon those close to you, energizing relationships and spurring conversations. It is, however, not the Other but you which the silver beams of the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 29th spotlight. Make some time to check in with yourself during this Full Moon, as Luna’s tug pulls not only literal waters, but also those of the heart, to high tide.
The Sun’s time in the first face of Gemini may spur you to do an inspection of your fiscal and physical health. Get curious about the state of things — you may discover a hidden problem which, once discovered, is easily remedied. As Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
The Full Moon in Sagittarius, which takes place on the 29th, has its beams focused on more subtle matters. It’s silver light drifts into the depths of your psyche. You may see reflected in those subterranean waters hopes, fears, fantasies and memories. Spend a little time at the shore, that shifting line which divides the conscious and unconscious.
The Sun’s time in the first decan of Gemini stirs up your creative juice, catalyzing ideas for a variety of projects and experiments. Let the wind of curiosity blow your mind where ever it may, though be wary of overinvesting in what may be passing whimsy. The Full Moon in Sagittarius, which occurs on the 29th, shines upon the social web of relationships you are embedded in. It will turn your thoughts to friends and friendship, your public face, and the role you play in groups.
In the first decan of Gemini, the Sun’s light falls upon familial relationships and into your domicile, spotlighting the state of what is fundamental, and hopefully, supportive. The curious Sun in Gemini I stimulates communications with family members, and sparks new insights into their nature. While the Sun shines on your origins, the Full Moon illuminates your aspirations. That silver light targets and charges your professional life, making clear exactly where you are. However, it asks you to not just see where you are, but also to feel it, to spend a moment being emotionally present there.