week of May 29th – June 4th 2016
Gemini is ruled by winged Mercury, god of the crossroads. Being at a crossroads spells a difficult decision. The winged goddess of discord, Eris, lobs an apple into a divine party with the words “for the fairest among you” penned upon it. Someone must decide. The Judgment of Paris sees the poor boy choosing Aphrodite who promised him Helen for the honor. Helen is a quadruplet. She and brother Pollux hatched from an egg, and Clytemnestra and Castor from another, Zeus having taken swan form in the fathering. Castor and Pollux are the Gemini “twins”. Helen and Clytemnestra, then, too, no? Helen hooked up with Paris who was from the wrong side of the tracks. Fast forward to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet whose suitor, pre-Romeo, is likewise called Paris. The name Juliet translates to both “child of Jove”, a name for Jupiter, Greek: Zeus, and “downy”, another nod to birds. Star-crossed and prone to love at first sight with someone from the wrong side of the crossroads, Juliet is a prime literary archetype of the Gemini woman in keeping with the sign’s rule of the human age of 14-21, a time when one first bites into the apple of temptation. Helen and Paris; Romeo and Juliet are forbidden fruit. This matches the biblical view of the zodiac as well. The first fiery sign Aries is akin to big-bang creation; Taurus to the lush green Eden and temptation; and Gemini, the twins, the Fall, duality, is the consequence of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Helen and Juliet are echoes of the prurient Eve; as is Nabokov’s Lolita who tempts duality incarnate Humbert Humbert. And you thought it was just all an accident that Gemini women seem a ripe combination of guilelessness and game. This gamine of the Zodiac does tend to be gorgeous enough to launch a thousand cosmetic campaigns; and while there is always some personal-fall sprinkled into the mix and often linked to her falling rather suddenly in love, Gemini birds are simply set on a quicker speed. Innocent as a rose—mind the thorns: Kate Upton, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Schumer, Adriana Lima, Isabella Rossellini, Bar Refaeli, Heidi Klum, Elizabeth Hurley, Brooke Shields, Angelina Jolie, Laverne Cox, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Campbell, Anna Kournikova, Lana Del Rey, Michelle Phillips, Molly Sims, Julianna Marguilies, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Autumn and Willow Shields, and that two-faced swan herself, Natalie Portman,
You’ve a dark internal dialogue bubbling up and over. But, trust, it’s all for the purpose of elimination. Motor-mouth Mercury trining your introspective Pluto puts words to profound feelings. You see that any present unrest stems from past roads not taken. Again, trust: It’s not too late. You’re set to put a slew of fresh ventures in motion. You just have to be okay with not knowing in what order you’ll do so. For sure: art and commerce shall go hand-in-hand. Any failure to launch stems from not forgiving yourself for everything.
After a spate of solo endeavoring, you now partner on projects, which is the best recipe for success. The Sun and Venus opposed Saturn isolates clinging co-dependents, and inspires you to seek out a new tribe. You’re sowing radical oats, drawn to those who take stands and make demands. The milquetoast out there leave you cold. As do pretend lovers of poverty, tiny dog toters, and star schtupers. You’re ripping the social fabric a new one. Still, you find certain luxury to be underrated and you make necessary upgrades.
You personify forward momentum; yet it may be tricky to execute an agenda as Mercury trines Pluto. We advise cooling your jets, remaining smugly unruffled in the face of what are mainly, superficial setbacks. Don’t chase opportunities; meditate on magnetizing them to you—even play hard to get. Got deadlines? Try chanting: Push ’em back, push ’em back, way back, and bench self-styled players who drop the proverbial ball. Be a benign dictator who expects much from your people—but nothing you wouldn’t yourself give.
Group environments provide more freedom and facility than working alone in a vacuum. Communication smooths as Mercury trines Pluto, but beware overpromisers. Technical snafus also untangle as you get a handle on how real or metaphoric machinery ticks. You get the kinks out of your attitude, too, by accepting inalienable facts about yourself and revealing some secrets. With the end of Uranus squaring Pluto, you fly in the face of any stuffed shirts steeped in the status quo—so mote it be for a provocative progressive.
A Grand Cross of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune allows unpalatable past events to be fully processed. Emotional blocks give way to a flood of serenity leading to a spiritual reboot. Your private drama, baby, has universal resonance; and you benefit, perhaps even financially, from sharing the trials of your alternately sad and happy trails. You mend most readily via creative expression, especially finding humor in what was once horrific. You’re gaining solid perspective, empowered to sow seeds for a new vocational venture.
One of our resonant original quotes is “Diversity is the Mother of Compassion” (all rights reserved). It’s fitting as a Grand Cross of major planets propels you to explore exotic influences outside your comfort zone. Though you’ve mainly stuck to an intimate circle of devotees, you now branch out to champion those who offer little—on paper—in return. Where you once bowed to convention, you now eschew it for the sake of a burgeoning liberal ideology and others’ social emancipation. Grass-rootsiest plans are now best laid.
We don’t want your pity. Yes, it may come from a good (enough) place, but, as the Sun and Venus oppose Saturn, expressions that even slightly whiff of it seem condescending. So get fully behind moves loved ones make, don’t caution or curtail. And consider: your amped concern might be projected fear of your own failing. The more you encourage others to reach for brass rings, the more you do likewise. Mind the hypocrisy of labeling others dour when you’re giving RBF over any “raw deals” you’re being dealt.
Close relations pose a challenge but provide great opportunity for growth. As Uranus and Pluto end their square, you focus on cultivating lasting joy, forgoing instant gratification or fleeting pleasure. Imposing ground rules makes for happier blendships. You employ the word love more as a verb than a noun, adopting the role of caring, wonder-filled wise wo/man. Public image gets a boost as you put your most expert, in-charge self forward. If it feels awkward, fake it till you make it. Stick to decisions and whiffle-waffle no more.
Fortune is on an upswing, with a Grand Cross of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. This is your cue to bolster defenses and foster a savory calm to replace any sour grapes. Raise your psychic shield against dementors, and allow yourself be suffused with true glamour—a conscious power of attraction. Batten down domestic hatches so to cultivate creative efforts—waste no energy on petty minutiae. Once prized as a party mule, you’re now celebrated as a wallflower. You only peel yourself away for most important matters.
With Mercury trine Pluto, you’re prone to overthinking and self-consciousness. But, on the positive side, you gain subconscious protection and the ability to work through issues via dreams and quiet psychic breakthroughs, soothing nerves and neurons. You may run with a new pack that inspires growth and learning. Seeking company for a common purpose replaces aimless gatherings devoted to ritually killing brain cells. You’re more aligned with subtle, etheric energies, feeling yourself a source to be praised and prized.
This is a sort of make or break time. As Saturn continues to oppose the Sun and Venus you shake your fist to heaven with as-god-is-my-witness resolve; otherwise you pack up your toys and tureens and split dysfunctional scenes. Given you do the former, remember that money isn’t the root of all evil, it’s the love of it that is. Doing things solely for gold leaves you spiritually gutted. And there are always those who’ll offer a hand[out] but demand a handy in return. So, petition the sky for self-reliance; and fiercely incarnate it.
Gird yourself for a far-out, -flung week with a Grand Cross of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Adventure is in the air, whetting your whistle for travel and mind-blowing internal trips. You do set off on a vision quest of sorts, sparking creative initiatives for the coming year. Target what you most wish to endeavor; thus you feed a curiosity with roots in early childhood. There may be a mystical element to it. And to perform real magic without, you must journey within. Doing so powers your charms and spells enchantment.
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