Astrology June 11-20 (♊️III): The Way Divides

Astrology June 11-20 (♊️III): The Way Divides

The Sun enters the third decan of Gemini on June 10th, and will be there until the solstice on the 21st. This face of Gemini is the last of the season, and like all quarter-ending decans, has a separating and sacrificial quality. In the first decan of Gemini, we saw the binary formula of the Twins facilitate permutative mental explosions as one became two, and two gave rise to 10,001. The second decan attempted to stabilize this process via the power of the hermaphrodite, holding the space between one and two, the singular and the dual. In the third and face of Gemini, we find the inevitable fate of the dual — to return to singularity.

There are always more possibilities than actualities, as the actual is a subset of the possible. It is glorious and curious to gaze upon the many ways which one might be, the many masks which we might wear. But insofar as we are located in one time and one space, the number we can fully manifest is limited. Over an infinite timeline, we might walk in all bodies, yet we do so one at a time. Human reproduction sees millions of sperm released, each a potentiality, each a different life. Yet only one sperm will unite with the egg, only one of those millions of lives will be lived.

For the possible to become actual, one twin must die. In Greek myth, Castor was slain while Pollux remained in the daylight world. Yet the two decided to split the realms between them, each trading off between the land of the dead and the territory of the living. Many things can be made real, many possibilities can manifest, but not all at once.

So the executioner’s blade falls, separating life and death, sorting possibilities into now and later, manifest and latent. Being the last decan of the season, we inevitably look forward to the next. Of the many seeds strewn about the second quarter of the year, which will you plant and nurture? For this matter of incubation and feeding is the work of the Sun in Cancer, the time for which is barely more than a week away. Yet before we plant, we must decide, for our lives are not infinitely fecund, and our capacity to bring things into being is limited by time, energy, skill and space.

It is the New Moon in Gemini, which takes place on June 13th, which puts the executioner’s sword in our hand. During the dark nights of the Moon which surround this lunation, hold the blade in your hand and think over all that you could, and all that you should. The way you begin the next season will say much about what will come to pass. You will need to consign some possibilities to the underworld for others to thrive. For you are the author of your life, and will inevitably find yourself in that place all writers come to, that charnel house where we decide which darlings to kill.

You needn’t rush the choice, but nor should you neglect it, as one seed properly nurtured will yield more fruit than a hundred scattered thoughtlessly and unattended.

The New Moon in Gemini places the blade in hand and Mercury, who enters Cancer on the 12th, attests to the necessity of judgement. In the first decan of Cancer for most of the Sun’s time in Gemini III, Mercury has raced ahead of the Sun, and is already concerned with nurturing the chosen reality. Furthermore, Mercury will spend this time in opposition with Saturn in Capricorn, in whose cold gaze the consequences of different choices are made clear. Saturn also speaks to the importance of considering not just our desires, but our obligations. What needs to get done, and how will you ensure that it comes to pass? Additionally, Saturn points toward the importance of commitment, and power of an oath to bind, to constrain actions to a single causal line.

Neptune is virtually motionless during this time, as it has slowed for its retrograde station on the 18th, which begins its annual season of retreat. Here the mighty waters pull back from the shore of the imagination, revealing how things have been changed by immersion within the waves. It is the beginning of a phase of separation and discretion, and in accord with the work of the third face of Gemini.

While Mercury and Saturn reinforce the Sun in Gemini III’s priorities, Venus and Mars have other things to discuss. Venus enters Leo shortly after the New Moon on the 13th. Venus immediately makes an emotionally disruptive but potentially revelatory square with Uranus in Taurus, and then proceeds toward a conjunction with the Dragon’s Head (19th) and opposition with almost-retrograde Mars (21st). While Venus rides the Head of the Dragon, Mars sits upon its Tail. Opposed and on the eclipse axis, Mars and Venus together churn the passions, swirling strife and harmony into a volatile yet erotic mixture. Relationships will feel the ongoing push-pull of this dynamic throughout the decan. Ego issues will arise, and the desire to be seen, as well as the fear thereof, make take center stage. Unlike the culling and planting of certain possibilities spoken of by the third face of Gemini, these martial and Venusian matters do not cry out to be decided right now. It will take Mars’ and then Venus’ coming retrogrades to fully understand and sort them.

Mars will retrograde over 2018’s next season, and Venus during the fourth and final quarter of 2018. The year has many surprises left in store, and so now, as we approach the half way point, it is time gain our equilibrium and to think both forward and backward, to split our faces like Janus and reflect on what has already occurred, and about how we will meet what is about to.

HOROSCOPES

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.
Aries: The Ram

This decan’s configurations, particularly the New Moon in Gemini, ask you to consider the many ways you might spend your time over the season-to-come. Nail what you want to your calendar, as that which is only loosely pinned may well be shaken off. Meanwhile, it is worth noting that your trusty guide, Mars, is leading you into some rather complicated terrain. Though the red planet isn’t retrograde yet, it is deep into the territory you’ll make several surveys of. Keep an eye on your temper, and watch your understanding of personal power begin to change.

Taurus: The Bull

The New Moon in Gemini asks you to sit with your financial situation, and likely to make some judgment calls as to how to proceed for the next season. Err on the side of caution, as Mars’ upcoming retrograde through Aquarius may tax your resources. Meanwhile, Venus’ entry into Leo, square with Uranus and subsequent opposition to Mars, puts your ruling planet through a bit of drama. You find your desires grow stronger while opposition to them grows at an equal rate. If you find yourself in a “I want it but they won’t let me” frame of mind, back up and breath for a bit.

Gemini: The Twins

The New Moon in your sign suggests you call all of your many selves in for a board meeting to decide which of you is going to steer the ship during the coming quarter. Which parts and priorities will lead, and which will follow?

Cancer: The Crab

The New Moon in Gemini asks you to take stock of the myriad thoughts and fantasies which populate your imagination, and to sort the realistic from those best consigned to dream-land. Meanwhile, you may find that the opposition of Mercury and Saturn strongly suggest you clarify boundaries, agreements and expectations with those you’re close to.

Leo: The Lion

The New Moon in Gemini asks that you have a look at the people who populate the social layer of your life. Though it’s not that you need to end any friendships, the configurations suggests that some time spent evaluating how much time and energy you spend and with whom would be to your benefit. While the Sun and Moon query your associates, Mars and Venus point toward the dynamics of more intimate relationships. The potential for drama is high around their opposition, as there are a number of changes to your relational dynamic on the way. This is their introduction, though, not their resolution, so don’t feel like you need to have a solve for every issue that arises.

Virgo: The Virgin

The New Moon in Gemini suggests you look to your professional life. Take a Moon-less night to sit with all of the possibilities, all the ideas, and then another to cut them down to a size which will fit in the upcoming season. Mercury and Saturn suggest that you may want to be conservative about the demands you place on your energy. Building a little slack into your schedule would not be unwise, as Mars’ upcoming retrograde is likely to drop some surprise to-do lists on you, and may also require you spend more time putting out fires than you’d like.

Libra: The Scales

The New Moon in Gemini asks you to consider the various paths you’re currently heading down. Some will take you in directions which exclude others, necessitating that you pick and choose. Though the signature Libran move is to balance polarities, some situations call for judgment rather than adjustment. You may need to back off of both/and and spend a little bit more time with either/or.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Sun and Moon meet in the third decan of Gemini to help you sort through the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and others. These small debts of attention, emotion and cash get complicated easily, and so take the opportunity to untangle those which have gotten a bit knotty. You may find that in some cases it is best to bring the balance to zero and withdraw. Others, however, may only involve a little sorting.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The New Moon in Gemini points you at those you’re closest to, and sit for a bit with the dynamics there. Consider whether those relationships are stretching you a bit thin, either because you’re over-prioritizing others, you attention is split between too many people, or relationships have become unhelpfully complicated. You may need to reel back some of the energy you’re expending in order to simplify things.

Capricorn: The Goat

The New Moon in the third face of Gemini asks you to glance down at your to-do list and do a little work prioritizing it. There are an endless number of things it would be nice to get done, but remember that some things are vastly more important than others. In addition to cutting down your to-do list, the planet’s configurations also ask that you make an effort to clarify your boundaries and communications with those close to you.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The New Moon in Gemini points toward your hobbies and ideas for various projects. Of the inspirations you’ve had over the last few weeks, which do you have enough time and energy to bring to fruition? Without intentionally choosing what to focus on and what to set aside, you’ll start everything and finish nothing, so take some to consider what you’re going to invest in over the coming quarter. While you’re doing so, keep an eye on partnerships, as Venus and Mars both speak to some potentially dramatic moments between yourself and significant others. Deep breathes, cool heads.

Pisces: The Fish

This New Moon asks that you take some time to consider your living situation, and ask yourself whether it has gotten overcomplicated. It might be the relationships with those you live with, a multitude of home improvement projects, a stack of bills, or whatever. Regardless of whether its physical, emotional, or mental clutter, it’d do you well to simplify the space that supports and contains you.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

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