Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, June 4, 2012
Gemini, the sign of the Twins, exemplifies how the Mind perceives the world as a play of opposites: light and dark, man and woman, left and right, good and bad, spirit and matter, life and death, yin and yang. Tao says that these opposites contain a spark of each other. What appears to be separate is really related. The best way to understand an opposition is to see that each side complements and balances the other side to create a greater whole.
The full Moon is an opposition between the Sun and the Moon, a moment in their cosmic circle dance when they face each other fully. It’s interesting that we read the result of that dance on the face of the feminine Moon rather than the masculine Sun. The Moon records what the Sun’s been up to. The Moon releases what‘s unconscious in the psyche. The Moon draws our eyes and opens our imaginations to what could be. Thanks to the life-giving light of the Sun.
Astrological signs come in opposites too. The loner Aries is balanced by the partner Libra, sensual Taurus with passionate Scorpio, intellectual Gemini with wise Sagittarius. There are 12 signs and the 6 pairs of signs create a dynamic that keeps them on their toes.
Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
Monday’s Sagittarius full Moon is a partial lunar eclipse, with the Earth lining up between the Sun and the Moon so that the Earth block’s the Sun’s light from fully reaching the Moon. Since planets do have energetic connections, during a lunar eclipse the Earth cuts the energy between Sun and Moon, dissolving the energetic structures on Earth and within us. Lunar eclipses open a portal through which we can release old complexes, habits, ideas, beliefs and wounds that no longer serve our life. When the Earth moves out of orbit between them, new energetic lines snap into place. We can change what those connections are by how we change our own energies.
This is a great time to do ritual. Since for many of us the eclipse occurs during the early morning hours, you can do a ritual Sunday evening and create a psychic container to hold what needs releasing until the eclipse happens. If you ritualize this release, make sure you send what you’re releasing out to Pluto to regenerate, or down into the Earth to compost, or to the Sun to burn.
For this Gemini/Sagittarius full Moon eclipse, release old categories of perception, old prejudices and old dogmas. While the light of ego-consciousness is blocked during the eclipse, you might remember some beautiful dream or fantasy you loved as a kid, some belief in the grace and goodness of Spirit that you haven’t felt for a while. Why not take that image out of the closet and dust it off? Maybe it’s something you really wanted to believe in, but were told you couldn’t. Who says? Or perhaps you just lost faith. Why?
Who gets to say what’s real? Science is still debating that question so for now, open your mind and look at the unseen real aspects of life. Who says we’re not connected, or that we can’t do magic, or that we can’t trust Love? Who really believes that we are sinners if we don’t believe in the “correct” version of God? The Spirit of Life created us, so It probably wants us to find as many ways back to It as there are life-forms. The best way to worship Spirit is to live fully and creatively, kindly and compassionately, freely and openly.
The tension of opposites in Gemini/Sagittarius is one between reason and faith, intellect and intuition, the lower Mind and the Higher Mind. Gemini wants to articulate exactly what makes one thing different or similar to another. Gemini is the master communicator who can use language to open up people’s minds and hearts. Sagittarius is the ultimate believer, knowing right from wrong and piercing through to the truth of the matter, a trait which Gemini isn’t interested in. Gemini likes the play of the Mind while Sagittarius wants to focus the Mind on the goal.
This lunar eclipse offer us a great opportunity to see what strange and distorted beliefs we’ve ingested from patriarchy that are strangling our lives. Sagittarius is the container for our belief systems. Everybody has to believe something about life, religion or no religion. There are cosmic laws that give rise to life and that’s where our beliefs can take root and give us strength. Whether we see those laws operating as a Goddess or as a God, as mathematical laws or magical correspondences, we need to believe that we are part of the whole, that we hold meaning. Sagittarius anchors us to our beliefs so we don’t get lost in the inundation of information that Gemini can spew out. Sag points to information that is useful to us.
If we can unite the energies so they work together, we can engage in the deepest form of understanding and communication – articulating what is rather than what I think it is. Once we get rid of old ways of understanding our world, our categories, we can once again be open to the life around us in new and intriguing ways. We might listen to our intuition which tells us that perhaps we should tie our laces before walking downstairs in the dark – instead of disregarding it and taking a tumble. Or take the opportunity to speak with the stranger on the street rather than turn fearfully away.
Change your Beliefs and Open your Mind!
Sagittarius Full Moon
The full Moon occurs on Monday June 4th at 4:12am PDT/ 7:12am EDT/ 11:12am GMT. It comes a day and a half before Venus transits the Sun. So be prepared for powerful energies this week.
Venus is the star player in this week’s lunar eclipse. While the Sun is in Mercury-ruled Gemini and the Moon is in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, Venus bestows her favors on both sides of the celestial scale. Venus is conjunct both Mercury and the Gemini Sun, softening its harsh glare with her golden laughter and sensual arts. Jupiter, the ruler of the Sagittarius Moon, is finishing his stay in Venus-ruled Taurus, so he is beholding to her for her hospitality.
It seems to me that Venus is calling
the shots, which means keep your hearts open and follow Her lead. Venus might just say to Jupiter, “Before you leave my domain (on June 11), when
are you going to respect my wisdom and allow Me my proper power in life?” Venus
might say to the Sun, “Allow me the
respect to make my own decisions about my body and my life!”
Both Mercury and Venus trine Saturn in Libra, another Venus-ruled sign, opening up lines of communication about partnering and justice. With the eclipse occurring in a fire/air pairing, our Minds will be attuned to higher justice and truth. Venus can help you get across your ideas in a pleasing manner. Why start trouble when you can smooth things over with a collaborative approach?
Both this full Moon eclipse and Venus square Mars in Virgo and Chiron in Pisces, forming a mutable grand cross. It’s once again all about the Mind and how we use it. Mars in Virgo can come up with blueprints to heal the world’s suffering (Chiron in Pisces), if we open our minds and hearts to a loving standpoint. The truth is, we can fix our world’s problems if we let go of the old patriarchal paradigm (yeah! the first Pluto/Uranus square is on June 24th) and look at our problems through Venus’ lens of Love, Wisdom and Cooperation.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 15*Gemini is: Two Dutch children talking to each other, exchanging their knowledge. We need to be able to discuss our new-found perceptions and experiences with each other, in an open and child-like way. We can see our lives in a new way, understand life from different perspectives, and feel free to follow wherever our imaginations take us.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 15* Sagittarius is: The ground hog looking for its shadow on Ground Hog’s Day, February 2nd. February 2nd is one of the gateways of the Wheel of the Year, called Imbolc or Candlemas, when the ground hog or snake comes out of the ground to see if the Sun’s light is growing. It is a time to look to the future and anticipate future prospects. But as in the wonderful movie, Ground Hog’s Day, it will take a lot of work to release our old habits and ways of seeing the world and get on with the business of creating a good life. Coupled with the Sun’s symbol, this full Moon energizes new ways of knowing and perceiving.
The Sabian symbol for Venus at 17*Gemini is: The head of a robust youth changes to that of a mature thinker. This symbol speaks to the change in our mental attitude once we understand the heart’s messages and translate them into intelligent action.
When Venus and Mars square each other, the friction between love and desire brings about positive action if we stay awake and aware. The Sabian symbol for Mars at 17*Virgo is: A volcanic eruption! The image speaks for itself. All that repressed passion wants to manifest something new. Venus can help Mars use that explosive energy for life in constructive ways.
Up-coming Cosmic Events
June 4 - Neptune turns retrograde 10 hours after the eclipse, until November 10. Neptune dissolves barriers and attunes us to higher consciousness. Give yourself some meditation time today and see what Neptune has to say to you.
June 4 – Venus squares Mars. Feminine Spirit wants to partner up with her masculine consort.
June 5 – Venus transits the Sun. You can see Venus going across the face of the Sun. Make today a happy day. Hold a LOVE-IN.
June 5 – a Moon/Pluto conjunction very similar to the Venus/Sun transit – Pluto is helping us release old patriarchal emotional wounds.
June 7 – Mercury goes into Moon-ruled Cancer. See if you’re more attuned to your feelings.
June 7 – Sun squares Mars in Virgo. Watch out for that explosive energy today.
June 8 – Mercury trines Neptune in Pisces. Time to watch your dreams!
June 11 – Jupiter begins his one year visit to Gemini. Let the games begin!
June 11 – Mercury squares Uranus in Aries and opposes Pluto in Capricorn. We’re gearing up for the first of 7 squares between these two 60s planets. You might get a hit about what you’re here to do at this moment in history.
June 19 – there’s a second new Moon in Gemini this month, sort of like a blue moon but not. For the next year and a half, the full Moon will come before the new Moon in each sign.
After June 19th, the cosmic energies go into hyperdrive. Look for the second Gemini New Moon Cosmic Story to explain it all.
Open yourselves to the wonders of the Universe – find a place to watch as Venus kisses the Sun for all to see.
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