New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer :: Establishing a Container of Safety while Opening up to Truth, Loss, Healing & Growth

Solar Eclipse blessings to you. May the Earth lovingly catch your tears❤

If you have spent most of the week crying (or extremely fatigued), you are definitely not alone. Thank goodness for astrology, my astro-nerdy friends, the online astro community, and all the non-astro believers who share their personal ups and downs while I quietly nod my head with understanding. Astrology reminds me that although everyone will experience a transit differently, we all walk beneath the same skies. We are not alone in our experiences.

This post will be focused on the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer late on THURSDAY (ADT), but still, its rumbles are fresh. The waves keep rolling, overlapping, building in strength, denying compartmentalization. Did you read my Eclipse Season Schedule of Events (July 10th – August 16th)? If not, you can read it here. It will give you a thorough overview.

A Brief Summary:

This eclipse in emotional Cancer opposes Pluto, the weeee little planet of destruction, power, the unconscious, volatile secrets, early wounding, the shadow material we hide from, difficult truths, death, rebirth, and transformation.

Our sense of belonging, safety, family, origins, and home, may experience a shake-up as we are confronted with something that must be addressed in order to truly feel authentically secure in our roots, with our emotional connectivity, and in our environments. Cancer craves emotional and relational safety and security, and will do everything it can to protect it, even if it means retreating and hiding (or being passive aggressive). But perhaps by prioritizing the safety of maintaining status quo, we may be settling for less – less vibrancy, less aliveness, less deep fulfilling emotional nourishment.

Especially with Jupiter recently stationing direct in Scorpio, that which has been long ignored, denied, and repressed, now looms large in our consciousness. It’s an opportunity to put an end to the contamination and decay we may be simmering in, and acknowledge that the expiry date on something, has passed. Power struggles, the experience of loss, and unspoken, testy, relational dynamics beneath the surface,  as well as deep emotions and reactions, are prominent with Pluto aspects. Fear, grief and anger, in particular, can feel intensely powerful as we encounter perceived threats to our safety and security – both those that are externally sourced, as well as our own internal barometer indicating it is time to let something go in order to reduce the pressure within our psyches.

The North Node nearby, beckons us toward new life, but to enter the promised land, we may need to leave a part of our old lives at the door.

In this post I’m pulling together a number of different concepts and models, and trying to integrate them in a meaningful way. Hopefully it is cohesive enough to be useful for you ❤


Cancer & the Container:

In recent years, within the field of psychology, the language of creating a ‘container‘ has become ubiquitous – to the extent that it is gradually leaking into mainstream conversation and has begun to show up in astro writing, often when discussing the Cancer-Capricorn axis.

I’m immersed in psychology language, so sometimes I get overly accustomed to the terminology and then I’m like, but wait… what does this really mean? I wanted to unpack the concept of ‘a container’, in light of this powerful Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn.

What do you picture when you hear the word container, or ‘to contain’ (or ‘to hold’)? Symbolic images of containers associated with the Cancer-Capricorn axis that come to mind for me, include spaces with firm walls and foundations, the belly or womb space, an egg, a seed, a clay vessel, and any animal with a protective covering that allows it to hide within. (for some lovely descriptions of some very Cancerian spiritual symbols of birth and renewal, check out Valerie Harms’ blog post)

Perhaps the most appropriate type of crab to represent Cancer, would be the hermit crab, which can retreat completely into its shell (the internet tells me that hermit crabs are not true crabs, but whatever). I also think of turtles with their shell homes, as being very Cancerian.

We need safe containers, safe womb spaces, safe homes, and strong roots, so that we can safely grow – so that all our new creations, tender in their vulnerability, may have time to incubate and grow stronger before being exposed to the unpredictable rough terrain of the world.

Cancer without Capricorn is an intricate root system that never produces fruit above ground. But Capricorn without Cancer, is a plant that grows aggressively and wilts before its time because it lacks the secure roots to sustain it. And yet perhaps if we begin by planting our creations indoors, in containers, they will develop both the root systems and the courage to reach for the sun when they are transplanted into the garden, once the risk of frost is past.

To create a supportive emotional container, is to construct an cognitively understood and emotionally felt space, that is delineated by a trusted sense of secure edges and boundaries that can withstand disruptions without collapsing.

So often, many of us feel like our emotions, our memories, our life experiences, are so intense and overwhelming that if we allowed ourselves to be completely present with them, they would obliterate us (and others) – that they would begin unraveling and not stop until our sense of self had also unraveled, imploded or exploded.

A Cancerian container supports you in feeling safe and secure so that you can allow yourself to relax into your authentic self, to let down your defenses, to drop into your emotions and felt sense, and to begin to expand and grow toward your potential – without feeling at risk of fragmentation, blurred boundaries, indiscriminately unloading emotions onto others, or being driven to constantly guard against danger from outside threats.

Through using mindfulness practices, increasing awareness and tolerance of the embodied felt sense, and through applying self-regulation tools, our bodies can become therapeutic containers. When we feel grounded, rooted, and centered in our bodies, our bodies can be secure containers that support our sense of self,  permit us to safely open up to our deep emotions and a broad range of sensory input, and effectively move energy through us.

However, oftentimes our bodies feel out of control as we experience intense internal sensations and physical responses to our emotions and environments. Sometimes we need bigger containers to hold that safe space for us.

This bigger container could be a relationship (with a friend, a therapist, an animal or deity), a series of rituals that anchor us in space and time, a physical location, or a spiritual practice that provides a deep sense of  interconnectedness within defined spaces.

Establishing a sense of inner safety and security through a supportive and nourishing container, is very Cancerian stuff (+ with the assistance of Capricorn’s building skills). During this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer, it is worth reflecting on our experiences of healthy containment and the vessels of safety we have access to.


The 3 Phases of Trauma Recovery & the 3 Water Signs:

It is so important to understand the 12 zodiac signs through the symbolic relationship they have to one another. The zodiac wheel is magically organized according to zodiacal order, element, and quality. This organization itself holds deep symbolic meaning that should not be overlooked.

The three water signs, for example, begin with Cancer, then there is Scorpio in the middle, and finally Pisces completes the grand water trine as the last sign of the zodiac.

Lately I’ve been reflecting on how the three water signs (most associated with emotions, internal states, early imprinting and inherited energy), reflect Judith Herman’s frequently cited, three phases of trauma recovery.

I  believe that  many people carry the imprints of some form of traumatic stress experienced in their lifetime, but regardless, I think this 3-phase model can be applicable to all types of emotional healing.

The three phases of recovery, correlate with the three water signs as follows:

 

With this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer opposing Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio (and with Jupiter stationing direct in Scorpio this past week), we may be met with the need for some phase 2 type processing. Pluto and Scorpio are more than capable of bringing up some deep shit.

But do we feel safe? Are we stable enough in our life context to open up to that deeper processing? How are our Cancerian containers? Are they sturdy and secure enough to meet Capricorn’s high standards? Do they need any repairs or adjustments?

Safety and Stabilization is such an essential first step. In our birth charts, this is symbolized by Cancer, and also by the 4th house and your Moon placement on an individual level.

And yet this Cancer eclipse opposite Pluto also reminds us that we can become overly focused on phase 1, without cultivating the types of containers that allow us to stretch beyond the vessel.

Here’s what it may look like when we focus on one phase of healing, or the archetype of one water sign, to the exclusion of the others…

Right now, we are focused on the relationship between the Cancer-Scorpio phases with this current Solar Eclipse (although the loose trine to Neptune, brings in some Pisces-ness).


Cancer, Relational Containers & Attachment Theory:

Cancer seeks emotional attachments. From day one, humans are wired to connect and attach to others. In fact, there is a well established psychological model – attachment theory which has sprung from this foundational understanding. It is part of our basic survival programming to seek attachments to others in order to feel safe.

The Cancerian relationship between the infant and the parents is one of the first attachment bonds we experienced. If this bond was insecure or destabilized in some way, when we enter adulthood, we may find it more difficult to cultivate safe and secure relationships with others.

Relational containers are one of the most important kinds of containers, and we often will make many sacrifices to protect our most treasured attachments to ensure our emotional (and often physical) safety and survival.

And yet Scorpio and Pluto ask for authenticity and truth. In order to bring healing to areas of wounding, we often first need to bring something into the light of consciousness and accept its reality. But will this authenticity threaten Cancer’s relational container and attachments of safety?

When these Cancerian attachment bonds are threatened, we often do whatever it takes to protect our attachments even if it means compromising who we are and our potential future – when authenticity threatens attachment, attachment trumps authenticity.

This is what this Plutonian Solar Eclipse may feel like. A threat to attachment bonds, a threat to relational containers and the safe, familiar spaces we may have cultivated… via the demand for a deeper truth and authenticity.

Pluto and Scorpio’s territory of truth, deep acceptance, processing and transformative change, can be terrifying, quite frankly, when our Cancerian containers and sense of safety and security feel threatened.

That’s why it is super important to find ways to cultivate and nourish flexible containers and helpful tools that can adapt to our current contexts and grow with us – on a daily, or even moment-to-moment basis.

Can we establish a sense of safety and stabilization, even amidst the major change and upheaval of eclipses, as we work on our ‘growing edge’? What does that even look like? More importantly, what does that feel like?

Eclipse Season can bring change and disruption, but like hermit crabs, perhaps we can learn to bring containers of safety with us – in a way that still allows us easy movement and freedom as we respond to what is emerging.

Even as our environments may be changing, how can we create containers of safety within our physical spaces? It could be some deep breaths in the washroom at work, sitting in stillness in front of a candle before heading off to bed, or escaping to that park for a few moments of peaceful sanctuary each day.

To feel safe in our bodies and with ourselves, we can find ways to calm and regulate our nervous system (e.g. check out IG’s #regulate4resilience suggestions) and take care of our needs so we can feel more comfortable and secure within our own skin. Or we can create a sense of a safe container through creating art; with the four edges of the canvas where we transmute emotions into paint colors. Or within the container of the pages we journal in.

If this Eclipse Season provokes some deep triggers, feeling safe within our bodies and with the physical sensations of emotions (or working with someone who can help us with this) is important if we want to turn towards these triggers to process the content that may surface.

Finally, what about that relational container and those attachment bonds? Feeling truly, deeply safe to be our authentic selves with other people is so healing and nourishing, but admittedly this can be challenging.

At times in my life when I have been really vulnerable, I had what I called a ‘safe people list’. It was a very short list, and it kept getting shorter, oftentimes through no one’s fault but my own increasing vulnerability.

It included those whom I knew I could trust and would be there consistently and yet respect boundaries; those who I knew would accept and love me without a hint of judgement; those who could empathize and have some appreciation for what I was going through; and those with whom I knew the relationship was solid enough that it could mend and recover from moments of conflict or disappointment.

Finding and keeping ‘safe people’ in our life is not something that happens overnight – and it can scary to allow ourselves to trust others that much. Sometimes animals can be good replacements and can tide us over : ) Like where would so many of us be without our dogs and cats??!!

So back to the three phases of recovery and healing, what happens when the symbolism of all three of the water signs are enacted and integrated in a balanced way?

  1. We feel safe, nourished, and stable enough internally, to take grounded action both internally and externally (Cancer).
  2. We have the resources and the courageous capacity to face our fears, wounding and pain without getting overwhelmed by them. We can then metabolize this life content, thus freeing up the life force energy that has been tangled up in our hurts (Scorpio).
  3. We are able to perceive and appreciate the interconnectedness of life and create meaning out of our experiences, as contextualized by a broader framework. We can access hope and establish deep connection with others in the midst of difficulty. As we grow from our experiences, we are able to bring compassionate support to others in similar situations (Pisces).

We live in a world that always seems to be communicating that it is unsafe to live here.

‘Safety’ is also not distributed equally, just like privilege is not.

As the solar eclipse in Cancer faces off with Pluto, we may be reminded of this.

Establishing a felt sense of safety within ourselves (on a moment-to-moment basis if need be) and doing our own inner healing work, isn’t just for ourselves. When we are feeling safe and secure, we are then better able to reach out and support others from a more grounded place that is less obscured by our own fears and hurts. How can we be ‘safe people’ for those who are feeling particularly vulnerable and unsafe right now?

Making the whole world a safer place to live is a big (yet worthy) endeavor, but progress often occurs through a series of many small steps forward.

May eclipse season provide us all with safe shelters, in the midst of its storm.❤


 

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Backpedaling beneath an Ominous Sky & A High Stakes Game Show :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 25 – July 1

Today (MONDAY) Venus in Leo squared Jupiter in Scorpio. Relational extroversion and bravado, pleasure-seeking and splurging was propelled by an expansive hunger today, an appetite bubbling up from Scorpio’s dark stew – did you encounter it?

I just got back from a walk in the rain and the wind; so desperate for chocolate that I willingly braved the absurdly cold and dismal weather today. On route home, I unexpected ran into a neighbor I hadn’t seen in about a year. In roughly 20 minutes we raced through topics that touched on death, illness, depression, suicide, and spirituality.

Whew. I was wondering how that Venus-Jupiter was going to show up – in my 12th and 3rd house respectively. Continue reading “Backpedaling beneath an Ominous Sky & A High Stakes Game Show :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 25 – July 1”

Mercury opposite Saturn :: “This is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.”

This popped up on my Instagram feed this morning.

It was a reminder I needed today.

Friday’s Mercury opposite Saturn transit is kinda… not so fun. Our thoughts, our communications, our details, and our paperwork are being confronted with the planet of rules, limits, deadlines, and harsh reality checks today. And it hurts.

Saturn can correlate with times of feeling hemmed in by barriers and set-backs. It can be easy to loose perspective during tough Saturn transits, which narrow our vision.

Here’s the lovely caption for this image, by S. C. Lourie:

 

Times will change. Even when they feel like they never will. Any moment, no matter how difficult, will never last forever.

The Earth keeps spinning on its axis and we will continue to midwife new life chapters into form.

There are two main things that contribute to shitty depressive times of life:

1) First, there’s pain and suffering. Of which there are many varieties, and for most of us humans, it is a unique concoction of many different types. There’s physical pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain, socially-triggered pain, rejection pain, historical pain, existential pain, cognitive-thought pain, and the collective pain of the entire world bearing down on us individually.

There’s grief; guilt; shame; loneliness; soul-sickness; fear of the future; the suffering of fearing suffering; feelings of never being good enough; feelings of failing; feelings of being the ‘only one’ who feels some way or has a certain experience; the pain of being prevented from expressing your true nature and living a purposeful life in alignment with your authentic Self; the pain of bearing a burden you do not feel you can share; histories of trauma that keep the body and psyche stuck in the past; the fear and stress of not being able to meet your survival needs…

Being human is a tough gig.

2) In addition to the pain, what can really bring us to our knees however, is a loss of hope – a feeling that things are never going to change, that they are never going to get better. A feeling that our pain and suffering will never be alleviated or resolved in a sustained way.

You can have pain and suffering to varying degrees… but still have hope. Arguably we all have some form of pain and suffering with us at most times.

But it is the loss of hope that our situation will change for the better, that can send us toward the deepest darkness, despair, depression and desperation. When our vision becomes narrow, when we begin to lose a broader perspective, we may begin to lose hope.

Therefore, to address depressive, discouraged, shitty times of life, we can:

a) alleviate the pain and suffering, b) increase our capacity to tolerate pain and suffering without getting overwhelmed by it (i.e. increase our resilience), and c) restore and maintain our hope.

As for Solution A, I am really excited about the developments in many different fields that are addressing the various types of pain I mentioned. I think we are developing resources and gaining knowledge that can be quite effective in alleviating pain and suffering.

However, getting the right resource to the right person at the right time, remains an ongoing issue. Furthermore, many types of pain ask for a long-term process of healing, integrating and rebuilding (as well as massive systemic change), which can be frustrating and discouraging.

This is where Solution B comes in really handy. For some, increasing the capacity to tolerate pain and distress involves learning ways to regulate their nervous system and increase their ‘window of tolerance’. For others, it means learning strategies to prevent empathetic overload, or it means building communities of peer support.

There are many ways we can build resilience and increase our tolerance for living with types of distress – which often simultaneously increases our capacity to welcome in life’s joy and pleasure.

And yet this too, can take some time.

What about Solution C – restoring and maintaining our hope?

When I was at my lowest, when my limbs were heavy as lead with the crushing weight of shame and despair, I would force myself to get out each clear night to see the moon.

The Moon was my greatest medicine. It kept me going. It helped me stay patient. Most importantly, it reminded me of the Earth’s reassuring, rhythmic constancy, as well as its impulse toward change, growth and evolution. I clung to the Moon and the hope it offered me.

Throughout the course of just 29 days the Moon changes its shape every night – from a tiny sliver, to half a pizza, to a full-blown orb hanging from the sky… all the way back to a tiny sliver… and then it is swallowed by the darkness only to begin the cycle again.

Look for the finger-nail clipping of a crescent Moon over the next few nights. The Moon is beginning to emerge from the darkness and grow again. Take hope that just as the Moon can grow and change and birth itself over and over again, so too, can you.

Of course the possibility of ‘change‘ can also be scary for humans since it involves walking with uncertainty, but hope is predicated on the existence of change.

Change holds the positive potentials of the future.

Remind yourself that whatever you are experiencing right now “is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” (S.C. Lourie)

Astrology and astronomy are magical gifts that can walk us through the darkest of nights.

Look for the Moon. She’s coming back for us.

10 Reasons Why Gemini Types are Awesome

The edges of the New Moon in Gemini (on Wednesday) feel awfully tender.

Rulership is so important when putting together the puzzle pieces of astrology. With this New Moon ruled by Mercury in Cancer (the sign of the Moon), squaring Chiron and moving into an opposition with Saturn, our brains may have been (and continue to be ) directed toward some emotional and uncomfortable content.

We tend to think about New Moons as this grand intention-setting moment, like when the runners catalyze into action at the sound of the starting pistol. A BIG NEW BEGINNING.

And yet, at a New Moon the Moon is still buried in darkness, as it was during the days before while in its Balsamic phase. These New Moon times always feel liminal to me – standing at the intersection between the death of one lunation cycle, and the beginning of the next. It isn’t until the Moon re-appears in her crescent phase that I feel we’ve begun to grow another lunar cycle together.

As we hover around this moment of transition, I thought I would share all the fabulous, wonderful things about Gemini so that we might build some intentions around expressing the best traits of the zodiac’s twin sign throughout this lunation cycle.

Gemini’s reputation has not been great in recent days, but it certainly has nose-dived since Trump stumbled into the White House with a Gemini Sun. All signs have their stereotypes and there’s a few that get particularly maligned, but arguably none as bad as Gemini does.

Honestly I think Scorpio types kind of enjoy their bitchy/mean/intense reputation. I mean, even if it’s negative, it gets some elevation from being intimidating. Virgos and Caps may be sometimes pigeonholed as boring, fussy, and materialistic, but in our capitalistic world, which idolizes productivity, even amidst stereotypes Virgo and Cap types gain begrudging admiration for their busyness and determined work ethic. Leo at its worst is seen as self-absorbed and an intolerable attention-seeker, and yet its exuberant creativity and life-giving ‘fun’ status, seems to partially rescue it from full-on stereotyped slander.

Gemini’s stereotypes and ‘shadow traits’ are already well known and I’ve addressed them before – a vulnerability to gossiping, talking constantly, being ‘two-faced’, compulsive lying and deception, manipulative, flexible ethics, fickle, shallow and noncommittal, indiscriminate with their incessant collection of information, scattered, distracted, and unorganized, not known for their follow-through and ability to complete something, being an unreliable and insincere romantic partner, etc.

But in this post I’m focusing on the best of Gemini-types.

I refer to ‘Gemini-types‘ in this post because someone who expresses Gemini traits can have a variety of different configurations in their birth charts that may or may not include their Sun in Gemini. Of course, not everyone with strong Gemini in their charts will demonstrate the positive traits I describe below, but arguably they have a built-in potential to do so.

And of course, we contain the entire zodiac within us and thus we are all full of inner tensions and contradictions – it is impossible for a single person to express the undiluted essence of a sign at all times.

Full disclosure: I have the Moon in Gemini in my birth chart and thus I’m very familiar with this archetype within myself, and I also connect really well with other Gemini-types. I write these points with these folks in mind.

Here are 10 Reasons Why Gemini-Types are Awesome:

1) Gemini-types are amazing conversationalists and they make for awesome coffee dates. They can hold a one-to-one meet-up with ease; word-weaving comfortable containers for relational interactions to gracefully unfold with a cadence and wit that is simultaneously relaxed and engaging. They make it easy for you to find your way into the interpersonal exchange as they share from their vast collection of interesting stories and demonstrate a sincere interest in hearing what life narratives have brought you to this very moment.

2) Gemini-types find delight with connecting people to helpful resources and information. Similar to Libra-types, they are a connector and a bridge-builder, but with perhaps a wider scope. You’ll often hear questions like “Did you know…? Have you tried….? There’s this great thing… have you heard of it? …You should check out this podcast! …Let me just email you this info while I think of it… You know who you should meet? You’ll love them. I’ll connect the two of you right now… Hey! I just got an idea of something that could help!”

3) Gemini-types, at their best, do this in such open, genuine way that it doesn’t come across pushy or obnoxious at all. Their identities are not invested in being ‘right’ all the time. They share, learn and connect, without a grand agenda, and without an attachment to their knowledge. Their suggestion doesn’t work for you? No big deal. They get that everyone’s different; that a solution for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for someone else. They also have the capacity to change their own mind on an issue at lightening speed if another approach demonstrates its worth. This type of cognitive flexibility often seems rare in the current era, which is so thick with dogmatic beliefs and fundamentalism.

4) I would argue that Gemini is the MOST open-minded sign. Aquarius is open-minded within a certain range – as long as it is something that is perceived as contributing to its goals for society – and Pisces has the potential to bring a non-judgmental emotional presence and acceptance to any situation. However Gemini-types can literally consider the merits, pros and cons regarding just about anything at a cognitive level. This enables them to connect and relate to a very wide range of people. Even if they don’t agree, they will genuinely want to get inside your head to understand why you think and believe what you do – more to satisfy their curiosity than to necessarily conquer an argument.

While some would argue that Gemini’s capacity for open-minded consideration goes too far, if we are collectively going to move forward into the future with the majority of the world having vastly different beliefs when compared to any one of us, then I think this flexible open-minded stance is extremely valuable when balanced with other attributes.

Gemini-types tend to be comfortable with both relativism and agnosticism. They are open, curious, and respectful of other ways of thinking and knowing, and yet they always leave room for reasonable skepticism and doubt. Although Gemini-types love figuring stuff out, ambiguity and uncertainty are not threats to them since they thrive on questions themselves, rather than answers.

If you want a great example of this, I recommend an episode from The Astrology Podcast titled ‘The Importance of Astronomy for Astrology’, which features Chris Brennan interviewing an astrologer who goes by the name Gemini Brett (clearly, a Gemini-type). Not only will you hear him talking passionately about the connections between astronomy and astrology (p.s. have you ever thought about how when you are watching a beautiful sunset you are looking right at the 7th house??) – but you’ll also hear a great demonstration of a Gemini-type applying their open-minded flexibility and humbleness toward those who believe in the “flat-earth conspiracy theory”. Chris (understandably) has less tolerance and patience for people who believe the earth is flat, and so some of the mild tension or debate in their conversation really highlights the nature of a Gemini-type. I admit it has been a while since I listened to it, but I’m trusting my memory that it is a great example of this Gemini trait.

5) They can work through disagreements in a rational, logical way – willing to be proven wrong, and willing to see the situation from someone else’s point of view. I used to joke with a Gemini-Moon friend that we should video-tape our arguments as an example of two Gemini-types reasonably working out their differences. Even if emotions were heightened at the outset, there was a willingness and even a determination to rationally come to an agreement of sorts. Gemini-types are also really good at clearly outlining why they are upset via writing (which can bypass some of the immediate in-person emotional reactions). In Gemini-arguments I hear a lot of: “Hmm… okay, good point. I can see how that would be upsetting. I’m sorry…. and when this happened I felt this way, probably because of a, b, and c…. and we can avoid this by doing the d, e, and f plan.”

6) Gemini-types are comfortable with paradox i.e. “a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics” (p.s. check out this awesome list of life paradoxes).

For example, one of my favourite quotes is “Change is the only constant” (Heraclitus) – a perfect Gemini paradox if there ever was one! Gemini is visually presented as a dualistic sign (i.e. as the two twins), but the magic of Gemini is the transactional transformative exchange that occurs within and between their dualistic presentation – imagine two twins continuously exploring the world while sharing and exchanging their findings with each other, and learning and changing from the interaction.

Just like we are always learning more about how intertwined the seeming dualism of the mind and body are, so too, does the Gemini-type easily see beyond the dualistic binary on all topics, while others get stuck on what may appear as paradoxes. THIS, is a very, very valuable conceptual capacity in this world that is both incredibly diverse, but also quite divisive and controlling through the use of prescriptive definitions, rules and red-tape. While others may stumble over questions such as… “How can you be both a practicing Christian and a witch?” or “How can you be bisexual when you’ve always been in a long-term monogamous hetero relationship?” …Gemini-types don’t miss a beat. They only pause because their open-minded curiosity wants to invite you to share more.

7) Gemini-types understand that people MULTI-FACETED and they CHANGE. All the time. Constantly. In a technology-driven era where people’s 10-year old twitter feeds can be dredged up and shoved in their face publicly, Gemini-types do not hold people imprisoned in definitive boxes. I’m all for accountability when harm has been done to others, but at the same time I recognize that I am a completely different person than I was 10 years ago – even 5 years ago, and I’m sure this is the same for most other people. There are things that I thought, said, wrote, and did that I would cringe at now. I would not want to be eternally defined by some expired version of my past self, and thus I try to offer the same spaciousness to others. I appreciate the capacity of a Gemini-type to eagerly welcome whatever new version of a person’s self has arrived at the present moment.

Not only are we constantly in a state of change, but as our natal charts demonstrate, we all have multiple facets to our personalities and interests at any given time. For example, I can be a super sensitive and shy Pisces, but with strong Aries, Leo and Sagittarius in my chart, I can also be a fiery and passionate public speaker. Gemini-types may demonstrate this multi-faceted element of human nature more vividly, but they also recognize and accept that all people have many different sides to them. They are typically delighted at the opportunity to witness another part of a person’s personality coming to life in their presence.

8) While the love and need for variety and change is what contributes to Gemini’s stereotyped reputation as being scattered and noncommittal with a trail of many unfinished projects behind them, it’s these key traits which also makes a Gemini-type multi-skilled, interesting, versatile, adaptable and resourceful.

For example, I know someone with the Sun and Mercury in Gemini. He plays like, 6+ instruments and the number always seems to be increasing. His Sun and Mercury are in the 11th house of groups and collaborations (with his Moon in Aquarius), and so of course his life’s work revolves around contributing his skills as a musician to various group collaborations. And the groups he is involved in, honestly could not possibly be more different from one another. He completely evades being boxed into a certain ‘type’ by seemingly trying out every single genre of music creation he can – through group collaborations which change and evolve constantly.

The randomness and wide-ranging scope of their interests may leave some shaking their heads, but it will likely be a Gemini-type who will come up with a strange piece of information, a surprising new idea, a different perspective or an unexpected skill that could rescue you from that tight spot ‘between a rock and a hard place‘, and bring about a much needed solution.

9) Gemini-types maintain and feed the curiosity of their inner 5-year-old. They can get so excited about any new experience or learning opportunity – both the big stuff and the small varying details of everyday life. It’s really freaking adorable. One Gemini-type I know compared himself to having an attention span of a bird, always being like: “Ohhhh! Shiny!” and then nose-diving toward the next interesting ‘shiny’ thing. While there may have been a hint of self-criticism when he said this, the visual of a little kid excitedly pointing at something with an outburst they cannot contain – “Ohhhh! Look!” – is one that makes me smile every time I recognize it in a Gemini-type person. It is so beautiful to have the world continually come alive and renew itself in this way!

For example, a Gemini-type will sit down to eat pizza and with great interest, analyze the combination of toppings. Then they’ll notice the unusual drinking glass placed before them and start twirling it in their hand mentioning what it reminds them of before Googling the brand of the glass to find out more information. Meanwhile they are people-watching/listening to those around them with deep fascination. Of course, all the while engaging you in a charming effervescent conversation that gleefully leaps from topic to topic and results in both of you gaining new knowledge (and entertainment).

10) Gemini-types are generally quick-thinking and smart – in a variety of ways. Smarts come in many forms. With their insatiable curiosity and genuine love of acquiring new knowledge, Gemini-types are continually drawn toward different types of (wide-ranging) learning opportunities. As fast-learners, they rapidly amass a large storehouse of knowledge. Their perceptive brains are wired to make quick connections, which enables them to integrate information like a puzzle and reach beyond toward the next step. Typically a natural with language, words, and other modes of expressing themselves and communicating, Gemini-types often excel in fields that allow them to apply their word-weaving magic and harness their capacity to connect with a reader, a client, or an audience. Whether a distinguished intellectual in academia, or a skilled spoken word poet or musician on the street, Gemini-types demonstrate the continual evolution of our prefrontal cortex.


So there it is! My list of 10 Reasons Why Gemini Types are Awesome. Like all signs, Gemini has a shadow side, but like all signs, it also has an array of positive attributes.

As I mentioned, we all have the entire zodiac within us, or expressed through us. We all have Gemini in our Cosmic DNA. As this Gemini New Moon grows into its crescent form, how can you consciously develop or embody some of Gemini’s best traits throughout this lunation cycle?

I also want to make a strong recommendation for any Gemini-types reading this – change and variety are near as essential as oxygen is for you.

Your life force needs the new and the different on a regular basis! When I hear of Gemini-types expressing a lot of dissatisfaction, discouragement or self-criticism it is often because they are stuck in sameness. Some people can handle sameness quite well (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with consistency), but a lack of variety and change and new learning opportunities is like a death knell for the Gemini-type in particular. Boredom is a cruel fate.

You can stay with the same partner, you can stay with the same job, you can stay in the same place – but you must have the element of variety and change within these contexts. Maybe you and your partner do exciting new things together all the time. Maybe you redecorate your place regularly. Maybe you have a job that is always giving you diverse tasks to work on, as well as many professional development learning opportunities – or perhaps you work in a field where you meet new and interesting people everyday.

There are many ways to ensure variety and change. If your chart is full of prominent Gemini placements, please don’t force yourself to do the same thing over and over again if it is crushing your soul! Embrace your need for change and variety.

It isn’t a weakness. It is what gives you life.


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Dancing lightly with Questions & Answers :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 28th – June 3rd

Yesterday (MONDAY) I woke up still thinking and stewing about a podcast episode I had listened to the night before, which I had strongly disagreed with. At my earliest opportunity I cornered someone (in the kitchen making breakfast where they had no escape) and pronounced my first words of the day: “I want to share something that I’d be curious to get your opinion on…” and then proceeded to go on a passionate, animated rant that really had no space for another opinion.

Happy Saggy Full Moon! A time when strong opinions fly fast and furious! The Full Moon peaked at 8 degrees Sagittarius TUESDAY morning (ADT).

FYI, I did recognize the one-sided preachy rant and intentionally made space for other people’s input, after breakfast 🙂 Continue reading “Dancing lightly with Questions & Answers :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 28th – June 3rd”

Just let me put on my Magical Gemini Shoes and… Review of Cosmic Weather May 21st – 27th

I was talking with my brother this week and as I made another unexpected jump to a different topic, he paused with his eyes closed: “Wait, let me put on my Gemini shoes… okay, continue.”

I have a Gemini Moon (square Jupiter + a Mercury-Uranus square) in my birth chart, and when I am wired with an overload of information, I am careening wildly and excitedly from tangent to tangent. My brother (who has begrudgingly been indoctrinated into using an astrological schema, while still maintaining firm cynicism) has lots of Gemini friends and is used to this quick moving conversation that feels like you are jumping from rock to rock across a pond, in a pattern that nowhere near resembles a straight line. Continue reading “Just let me put on my Magical Gemini Shoes and… Review of Cosmic Weather May 21st – 27th”

A Review of Venus in Aries: Avant-Garde Art

This post is a compilation of a number of things I wanted to share earlier. It’s mostly about Venus in Aries. And yes, Venus is now in Taurus. I had meant to post this earlier while Venus was actually in Aries, but I didn’t get it finished in time. I could have kept it in the drafts till next year… but hey, it’s Mercury Retrograde and it seems fitting to post out of alignment with the sky’s current transits.

In addition to being associated with romantic love, pleasure, money, self-worth and one’s values, Venus is also the planet of aesthetics, beauty and art. Continue reading “A Review of Venus in Aries: Avant-Garde Art”

The Piscean-Neptunian Signatures of the 2018 Academy Award Nominees

So… I totally procrastinated today and avoided what I was supposed to be working on by researching the astrology of the 10 Academy Award nominees for best actor/actress in a leading role… which is determined tonight in Los Angeles, California.

One of the Piscean associations that is rarely mentioned, is the sign’s symbolic resonance with the film industry. Pisces is the sign of illusion and fantasy so this is clearly a natural fit, right?

For example, movies spin magnificent, immersive stories that allow us to “escape” our everyday lives and be transported to another place, another time – as Pisces so loves to do. Movies also activate our brain’s mirror neurons by compelling us to deeply empathize and connect with the characters – a very Piscean quality. When the film’s characters laugh, we laugh. When they cry, we cry…

If the acting is skillful, that is.

Earlier today I was thinking about the Academy Awards happening tonight, and it occurred to me that actors would likely benefit from having some strong Pisces or Neptunian aspects in their birth charts. Continue reading “The Piscean-Neptunian Signatures of the 2018 Academy Award Nominees”

Hi! This is Me.

Astrologers are often quite wary of sharing their birth charts. Understandably so, since they are aware of the huge amount of personal information a chart can reveal.

However, I’ve basically shared all my key placements in my writing anyway… plus Mercury is currently transiting my natal Uranus and Mars, while the Mars-Jupiter conjunction is occurring RIGHT on my IC so… meh, why not! A measure of vulnerable exposure seems well aligned… although this post may not stay up forever!

Hi! This is me.

I use the tropical zodiac and a quadrant house system (Koch, generally), but I definitely give extra weight and consideration to the signs that rule the house cusps, regardless of where planet placements fall.

I am a Piscean mystic with a dark 8th House edge who thinks about death and the meaning of human existence probably more than is healthy 🙂

With my North Node in Taurus in the 9th House, getting out of my head and into my body, grounding myself through my senses in the present moment, establishing material and financial security, growing in confidence, and learning to trust my intuition and take leaps of faith, is my growing edge. Continue reading “Hi! This is Me.”

Mars in Scorpio & the Instinctual Self

I love to read as much as I love to write, and I’m constantly collecting new information… in a very gemini-esque fashion. Meaning, when I’m at my computer I have 20+ browser tabs open with various articles – none of which I can read beginning to end without switching to several more articles while reading. I sometimes do it without noticing. I read a paragraph of one article, switch to the next, and do the same, and then again… finally circling back to the article at which I started reading.

Similarly, I have numerous books on the go at once in multiple forms – hard-copy books, Kindle books, library books, and audio books.

But to be perfectly honest, especially now that I am no longer in University, I rarely actually finish any of them. I read a chapter there, another chapter somewhere else… I spend my life hauling library books back and forth and maxing out on the number of books I’m allowed, and paying fines… and yet I’m lucky if I make a dent in the stack. Continue reading “Mars in Scorpio & the Instinctual Self”