by Starsky + Cox
week of May 17-23 2015
Gemini is the premier air sign, ruled by winged Mercury, the dualistic messenger god of the word (logos) and all forms of communication and gossip, girl. While the Twins guy is Peter Pan-complexed and a bit fly-by-night, Twins woman is the original Tinkerbelle: equal parts manipulative and loveable, disruptive and protective, running hot and cold. “I need you to love me”…. “Stand back, stand back.” Gemini women draw on the archetype of Eris, goddess of discord who, feeling snubbed for not being invited to a divine party of god/desses, caused a buzz by lobbing an apple into the mixer on which were written the words “for the fairest among you”—jump cut to the Judgment of Paris and all-out Trojan war. Enter another Gemini archetype, Helen of Troy, the true twin of Pollux—they hatched from one of two eggs their mother Leda laid (after she was laid by Zeus in the guise of a swan). From a second egg hatched the mortal twins Castor and Clytemnestra. Castor and Pollux are the twins of the Gemini constellation, while Helen and Clytemnestra express the Gemini woman duality: passive/provocative, naive/knowing, meek/magnificent, vulnerable/vainglorious, silly/sublime, delicate/divalike, if not tragic/transcendent. And it’s this mix that fascinates us. That and the fact that the Gemini lady can be pretty/cuckoo, or at least portray cray-cray scary/well: Stevie Nicks, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Kidman, Kathleen Turner, Angelina Jolie, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Heche, Heidi Klum, Liz Hurley, Brooke Shields, Lauryn Hill, Natalie Portman, Fairuza Balk, Juliette Lewis, Carey Mulligan, Jewel Kilcher, Ally Sheedy and the teensy/titan Olsen twins.
You embody higher purpose with the New Moon conjunct Mercury, Mars and the Sun. You have to laugh, if through tears, letting go of blocked emotion and outmoded bonds. You’re suffused with optimism, love and creativity. You needn’t lower expectations of others; rather hold out for those who’ll meet them. With Mercury retrograde, Monday, you make sweeping changes that take some off guard. Those who balk are stalled in their own progress. Those who applaud you comprise a newly improved inner social circle.
With the New Moon, and Mercury retrograde, cracks in your façade appear. But as a smoky Quebecois once said: that’s where the light gets in. Crumbling appearances urge you to search your soul for more destiny callings. Not that you get a full handle on them straight away; but you do cop a feel for that which may serve you at career or creative crossroads. As good as life looks on paper, it can feel more hollow than usual. And you, more vulnerable. This inspires attitude shifts that align your behaviors with truest beliefs.
Mercury retrograde is bent on teaching you something about abundance: Even if you’re made of money, you benefit from limiting consumerism. Now is about perceiving the innate bounty of nature and, yes, the universe. Despite peer pressure to splurge, or save financial face, it’s best to forgo unduly doling out dosh. For this, you’re rewarded with perks on which you cannot place a price tag. The New Moon empowers you to turn a casual pastime into a burning passion, increasingly illuminating an ultra creative path.
With the New Moon, you wax radical, realizing that, in regards to personal freedom, there’s no such thing as half measures. With Mercury retrograde, however, some may caution you against being too liberally minded—as if that’s possible. Censure should only inspire you to seek new company, vistas and virtual Valhallas to ascend to. You have big fish to fry and must perish all small thoughts. The hardest part about getting what you want is letting yourself have it. Don’t allow the caretaking of others to thwart the self sort.
Mercury retrograde, Mars and the Sun huddle up to the New Moon which inspires some energetic thinking. You don’t have to be the best whatever in the world—you need only aspire. Though you may’ve defined yourself by a certain label, others highly esteeming you as such, you are undergoing a transformation. So instead of looking for stroking for what you’ve already done, strike out in a new direction. If offered a lead or breakout role, don’t take it on pride alone. Accept it in a spirit of devotion to being an agent for good.
This week, with Mercury retrograde on the New Moon, you’re given a choice between endeavors that may or may not serve you. An opportunity with no immediate financial payoff could outweigh a lucrative one. Following your bliss can ultimately lead to a pot of coin. With Mercury square Neptune, you may want to refresh stale situations, but don’t beat a dead delusion. Avoid inventorying others’ deeds or citing them for dysfunction. This may be a projection of your own erratic behavior. You don’t wear false humility well.
You’re suffused with great expectations, by nature, but with Mercury retrograde and the New Moon, others disappoint more than usual. Adopting a me-first attitude clears a swath through competing obligations. You are no good to anyone unless your own needs are met first. Solo leaps of faith enjoy some major cosmic assists. Now is the time to throw caution to the wind and grab at all the shiny brass rings that catch your eye. A new romantic prospect may surface, which mightn’t be the best news for an existing admirer.
With the New Moon conjunct Mars and Mercury retrograde, you must soften stances to save yourself grief and to allow for some divine intervention. Being a nimble negotiator is a must to make deals or contracts work. Words and deeds can be misconstrued, now, so proofread memos for tone and don’t send mixed messages. Ride the social rollercoaster or get off it. Plans change with the wind. Embrace serendipity and clean slates to fill with fresh projects and people. Don’t tinker with existing bonds; embrace new untainted ones.
It’s time to tie bows on long-suffering labors of love. Mercury retrograde info-gathers for new interests with a nervous zeal; and being conjunct Mars and the New Moon, you may get the impression that anticipated windfalls are falling through. They’re not. Prosperity is multi-form. Resist urges to pester those who’ve pledged support. Worrying can make you seem mistrustful. Don’t play savior to others either—that’s just projection—focus on your own thrivation. Garner interest in your passion projects, grateful to be in planning stages.
Though you typically don’t sweat the small stuff, Mercury retrograde and the New Moon can find you micromanaging and becoming mired in minutiae. Resist. Perfectionism is a delay tactic, and over-attention to detail is worry trying to look busy. Realize that your so-called second-rate results are better than most’s firsts. Meet deadlines and tweak later. Save creative juices for projects that matter more personally than those stacking up now. In love, don’t pick at emotional sores. It might give the impression you’re seeking an out.
The New Moon and Mercury retrograde set the tone for a more magnanimous you. You can now perfect the fine art of delegating, providing increased purpose and votes of confidence to others. Fellow mover-shakers dig your cool remove in dealing with some pretty tough customers. In personal bonds, detaching with love is doing your bit in the war against codependence. You gain the necessary fortitude to see lofty aims through to fruition, adding speed to accuracy in growing success. Staying in motion beats the blues.
This is a spiritually energizing week. The New Moon conjunct Mars and retrograde Mercury put most plans on hold. Planet moves also relax self-imposed rules, allowing you to embody more ease and vitality. Ironically, in ditching your eternal to-do lists, you actually get more done. You are increasingly generous with yourself, too, as inhibitions loosen. Those who underestimated you find a ferocious competitor and an even fiercer friend. Let past melodramas become vaguely anecdotal. It’s time to create new material.
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