The Solstice Sun shines across far reaching concerns this week. On Tuesday, the Moon finds the Sun again in the last degrees of Gemini, the first New Moon in Gemini to go uneclipsed in years. Wednesday holds the Solstice itself, the Sun’s exit from the abode of the frenetic Twins and entry into the tidepools of the primordial Crab. Yet as pivotal as the renewal of the Lunar Cycle and the Sun’s entry into a new quarter may be, it is the weekend that holds the most eyebrow raising configurations. Come Sunday, Saturn stations direct, laying down the ground rules for the rest of the quarter while Uranus and Pluto make their first perfect square, a clash with ramifications we’ll spend the next several months working out.
All the while Mercury makes aspects to both Saturn and Mars, serving up a few extra headaches in the midst of important transitions.
New Moon in Gemini: Healthy Delivery
The Sun and Moon conjoin in the second to last degree of Gemini on Tuesday, the first New or Full Moon in Gemini in 2 years that will go uneclipsed. The Moon meets the Sun and the face of the Twins changes. This healthy, normal lunation in Gemini heralds and reinforces other changes in the sign of the Twins. Jupiter’s recent ingress will be pumping Gemini full of word-steroids for the next year, and Venus’ backward journey has laid a lasting emphasis on the doublemint Sign.
These positive changes in Gemini are not without meaning. Much of the next phase depends on our ability to become comfortable with duality. If we cannot find a peace with contending forces, how can we meet the challenges of an increasingly polarized world? The two hands share the same heart, even if one knows naught what the other does.
Solstice: Half Time
Once again the Sun stands still in the sky, stretching the day wide across the earth and threatening to disrupt the long standing truce between Light and Night. The forces of equilibrium will not stand such abuse, and so the seasons correct themselves. This Wednesday is the focal point of this pivotal moment, holding open the space between seasons. It is an ancient tradition here to get cross-eyed drunk, one orb forward, the other back.
The backward and inward looking eye is your own to direct, but the forward looking one should consider the quarterly synopsis I prepared for this Summer some time ago. You’ll find it in the seasonal section of my essay on 2012.
Saturn’s Direct in Libra: Signed And Sealed
Retrograde since February 7th, Saturn stations direct in Libra this Sunday, the 24th. The negotiations have dragged on interminably, but it’s once again time to sign a new contract with the old devil. There can be no hoped for manifestation, no enduring form, without binding energy to structure. This binding takes time, and proceeds only along those lines of personal discipline we have committed ourselves to. Saturn’s station asks us to consider what we want out of the coming quarter, and how much free energy we are willing to commit to that purpose. There are no Great Works without great discipline and no great discipline without oaths to ourselves and to others. The power of the contract confines you its structure, and if that structure is a valid representation of the principles you know to be true, your actions will not stray from them. Firm commitments and valid principles will be needed, as the first half of Summer will test the integrity of buildings, governments and life-structures alike.
Like first-round fighters testing one another, Uranus and Pluto have danced within striking distance since March of 2011. The conflicts they’ve sparked between angry people and scared regimes have been dramatic, but are by no means the end of the story. We leave the prologue behind on Sunday, when Uranus and Pluto make their first perfect square to one another. This aspect between the planets is only the first of many, as this bout is scheduled to run well into 2015.
Uranus and Pluto will spend the next quarter in a square, with other planets dropping in to complicate the volatile mix. Yet beneath the chaos is the power of the crow and the phoenix, the spirits of death and life. There are deaths to endure and rebirths to experience. These potent planets do not create an atmosphere conducive to maintenance. Change is in the air and beneath the ground. There are skins to shed, fires to be transformed by. The games are changing, the players being assigned different roles. The stories have unfamiliar parts with unpredictable endings.
Courage is required here, yet courage always wants a war. The seething dualities of old and young, left and right, male and female are all conscripting armies. As Saturn’s station the same day of this first clash suggests, we must straddle and equilibriate dualities to find our footing during this next step. We are being asked to struggle against the dual pull of yesterday’s polarities to forge lives that exist between such common categories. This formulae, the Golden Mean, the Middle Way, is old, but its relevance is once it again great. Yet a synthesis between dueling ideas does not take place by ignoring them. It comes about by willing to engage each side of an argument, speaking to opposing factions, listening to both Night and Light whisper their cyclic duet.
A second New Moon occurs on the 19th, the last day of the Sun’s time in Gemini. This New Moon asks you to pull the mass of thoughts and communications back in toward the center. Take a breath and reset your pace.
The Sun moves into Cancer the next day, the 20th, shifting the solar spotlight toward your living situation and family dynamics for the next month.
On Sunday, the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, spotlighting relationship dynamics. Commit yourself to observing the principles of right relationship revealed at this point. Uranus and Pluto square perfectly on the same day (24th), sparking friction between the need for the freedom to pursue personal empowerment and the evolutionary pressure your professional ambitions are exerting upon you.
The New Moon in Gemini occurs on Tuesday, the 19th, the last day of the Sun’s time in Gemini. This lunation re-centers you on how the changes have affected the resources you have to draw on, financial and otherwise.
On Wednesday, the Sun rolls into Cancer, marking the Solstice and shifting the solar spotlight toward peripheral tasks and short term goals for the next month.
Sunday holds a variety of powerful planetary action, as Saturn stations direct in Libra, concretizing the practical lessons about fiscal and physical health that have been doled out over the last several years. Write up a summer budget and commit to that work out regimen. Uranus and Pluto square perfectly on the same day (24th), aggravating some ongoing tensions, particularly those between your slowly evolving long term goals and new realizations about who you are and what you can do. The 24th is a full plate- don’t worry if you can’t finish it all in one sitting.
Tuesday, the 19th holds a rare a second New Moon in Gemini. This New Moon re-centers you after weeks of crazy changes and a year and a half of eclipses, grounding you into what you’re becoming as well as what you’re leaving behind.
The Sun moves into Cancer the next day, the 20th, shifting the solar spotlight toward the status of your available resources for the next month.
On Sunday, the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, emphasizing the importance of binding your creative energy to productive ends. Write up a contract with yourself to accomplish something big by October. Uranus and Pluto square perfectly on the same day (24th), intensifying ongoing tensions, particularly those involving your mutating social sphere and those relationships that hinge on the exchange of money and resources.
A second New Moon occurs in Gemini on Tuesday, the 19th, the last day of the Sun’s time in Gemini. This New Moon re-centers you on your changing relationship to your shadow.
On Wednesday, the Sun moves into Cancer, shifting the solar spotlight to you and what you hold dear for the next month.
Come Sunday, the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, emphasizing the importance of a solid living situation and firm emotional foundations. Uranus and Pluto square perfectly on the same day as Saturn stations direct. This configuration may intensify the friction between you mutating professional aspirations and the evolutionary pressure on your relationships. There’s a lot here, enough, in fact, to need most of the summer to work out.
The second New Moon occurs on the Tuesday the 19th. This New Moon re-centers your attention on consolidating recent shifts in your social position.
The Sun moves into Cancer the next day, shifting the spotlight to the darkened recesses of your subconscious for the next month. You may need to spend some extra time processing.
On Sunday, the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, emphasizing the importance of a regular schedule and a clearly defined set of short term goals. You’ve had plenty of lessons on this front, it’s now time to apply them. Uranus and Pluto make their first perfect square on the 24th, aggravating ongoing tensions, particularly those involving unstable long term goals and ongoing fiscal and physical transformations.
Tuesday the 19th brings the second New Moon in Gemini, providing some closure to the series of somewhat chaotic professional concerns that have characterized the last month.
The Sun moves into Cancer the next day, the 20th, repositioning the solar spotlight to shine on your webwork of friends, peers and contacts for the next month. There are some tensions to negotiate here.
On Sunday, the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, emphasizing the importance of allocating your resources with wisdom. You may need to rebalance your ratio of income and outflow.
Uranus and Pluto square also perfectly on Sunday, activating ongoing tensions. Look for friction between the way you’re allocating your creative energy and the obligations you have to others.
A second New Moon in Gemini occurs on June 19th, helping you to find some closure with the recent series of changes to your long term plans.
The Sun moves into Cancer the next day, Wednesday the 20th, shifting the solar spotlight toward your professional goals for the next month.
On the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, re-emphasizing the importance of maintaining discipline for the next several months. Show us what you’ve learned about grace and pressure. Uranus and Pluto square perfectly on Sunday, as well. This configuration highlights tension surrounding changing partnerships and living situation issues. Family stuff is likely to get dragged in if you don’t lock the door.
The New Moon in Gemini occurs on the 19th, the last day of the Sun’s time in Gemini. This New Moon helps you settle your opinions regarding the recent changes in the dynamics of exchange between yourself and other people. The Sun moves into Cancer the next day, the 20th, shifting the solar spotlight so as to shine on what you make of your progess through life at this point. There are both practical and philosophical reflections waiting to cohere over the next month.
On Sunday, the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, emphasizing the importance of maintaining psychological equilibrium despite the world’s unsteady backdrop. Uranus and Pluto square perfectly the same day, highlighting the need to make changes to your fiscal and physical wellbeing and as well as spotlighting the mounting pressure of the day-to-day. There is a transformation waiting to be made here as to the way you handle life’s small but constant tasks.
A second New Moon occurs on the 19th, the last day of the Sun’s time in Gemini. This New Moon re-centers your attention on your changing attitude toward partnerships of all sorts.
Wednesday sees the Sun move into Cancer, shifting the solar spotlight to focus on the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and other others.
Saturn stations direct in Libra on Sunday, the 24th, emphasizing the value of diplomacy and equipoise in your relations with friends, peers and contacts. Uranus and Pluto square perfectly the same day, activating ambient stresses surrounding involving erratic energy levels and financial pressures.
A New Moon in Gemini occurs on Tuesday, the 19th, the last day of the Sun’s time in the Twin’s sign. This New Moon highlights the problems you’ve solved so far this month as well as those that still need solutions.
The Sun moves into Cancer the next day, shifting the solar spotlight onto your significant relationships for the next month.
On Sunday, the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, signaling that it is time for your professional goals to begin moving forward again as well as emphasizing the importance of equilibrium and diplomacy in your pursuit of them. Uranus and Pluto also square perfectly on the same day, inflaming ambient irritations, especially in regard to your living situation and family members.
A second New Moon in Gemini occurs on Tuesday the 19th, the last day of the Sun’s time there. This New Moon re-centers you on the question of what you’re going to devote your creative energy, given all that’s occurred.
On Wednesday, the Sun moves into Cancer, shifting the solar spotlight back to the necessities of mundane existence for the next bit.
Come Sunday the 24th, Saturn stations direct in Libra, which asks you to get serious about stabilizing your long term goals. Uranus and Pluto also square perfectly the same day, with Uranus in Aries trying to destabilize your schedule and Pluto in Capricorn putting the evolutionary pressure on your psyche. It’s a pattern of peripheral stress you’ll be dealing with for a bit- the question is how to use that stress as a catalyst for personal transformation.
The New Moon in Gemini occurs on Tuesday the 19th. This New Moon re-emphasizes your familial relations and living situation, a small harvest of recent changes to your emotional foundation.
The Sun moves into Cancer on Wednesday, shifting the spotlight to what and who you’ll be investing your creative energy in for this next phase.
Sunday the 24th holds a pair of powerful configurations. Saturn finally stations direct in Libra, emphasizing the importance of solidifying the exchanges of time, money and energy with people in your life. Commitments must be either honored or discarded. Sunday also holds Uranus and Pluto’s first perfect square, which highlights the relationship between the fluctuating resources at your disposal and the slow transformation of your social sphere.