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Friday, June 01, 2012
PLANET REPORT: June is a pivotal month that marks a significant
shift in global consciousness. We have had not only a solar eclipse in Gemini (in
May) that is now leading us to the lunar eclipse in Sagittarius on June 4th (11:13pm)
but Venus has also been travelling in retrograde motion through Gemini with a
much-anticipated and even rarer transit across the face of the Sun on June 6th.
This transit will be visible in New Zealand and Australia and begins at 10:15am
and lasts for six hours. Throw the Moon’s Nodes into this heady mix and we can
begin to understand why repetitive relationship issues have really brought old
karma home to roost. How we have dealt with this is entirely up to us but
certainly the opportunity to clear the past of its baggage and its residual effects
on our current lives has been presented to us. Obviously, people who have
planets that have copped this huge cosmic load will be feeling this the most.
the midst of this cosmic menu, another big shift occurs! Moving from
heavy-bodied, plodding, practical Taurus, the largest planet in our solar
system, philosophical, expansive Jupiter, shifts into mercurial Gemini on June
12th. Spending 12 months in each sign on its journey around the Sun, it will
remain here until June 26th 2013.
the flag that signals that the second half of 2012 will be much swifter and “intellectual”
than the first half, and people born under the signs – or containing planets in
- Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces will be the first to notice that
something different is occurring. Give or take a year or so, people who are also
aged around 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 and 84 will notice - at some point within
the next 12 months - that a new cycle or trend is emerging both within and
without themselves. While each 12-year cycle is different due to the varying
movements of the other planets, looking back at what happened at previous
Jupiter in Gemini cycles (by counting back in 12-year increments) clues can be
picked up as to what may emerge this time.
may seem that the chatty, breezy energy of Gemini suits the generous qualities
of Jupiter, we need to keep in mind that Jupiter is moving through its opposite
sign and is therefore considered by astrologers to be in its “detriment”.
Jupiter sees life from a lofty, very serious viewpoint and is therefore not
comfortable about being brought down to street level on issues that it would normally
ponder with a lot more time and thought. Hence, we may find that important
issues both in our lives and globally are not given the due respect they
deserve and that decisions are made with facts that have not been considered
properly. The duality of Gemini also means there may be much more hidden in the
shadows. Jupiter is the greater benefic concerned with weightier issues of
truth, justice and ethics while Gemini is the imparting of information on an
everyday level in a very quick, speedy way.
we have planets in Gemini, we tend to get a double-edged package of events,
situations, feelings and people entering our lives, and for Jupiter we may find
that intellectual energy is on the move in a lighter, brighter but much more seemingly
“superficial” way. There are fewer boundaries with Jupiter in fluid Gemini and
a greater ability to assimilate multiple viewpoints that, unless we are
careful, creates an overload of information that swamps our original focus. A
surge of ideas and idealistic thinking are great but can also overwhelm our
capacity to sort them into context. This makes it extremely difficult to act on
them and we may blow a lot of hot air and achieve little unless we are
ultra-disciplined and passionate about what want to accomplish. We may spend
too much time discussing concepts with little or no action so that, in the end,
concepts never leave the drawing board.
many sayings that can help to understand how this energy will manifest: ‘’put
your money where your mouth is”, “actions speak louder than words” or “all talk
and no action” are just a few to keep in mind over the coming months. We may
also seek variety in the coming months and find it difficult to focus on one or
two projects. This puts us in danger of having too many intellectual irons in
the fire. There is a classic warning that astrologers give about Mercurial
energy and that is “Jack or Jill of all trades and master of none.”
influences our larger worldviews and belief systems. It expands the mind in
religious and philosophical contexts, and also creates the desire to get out
into the world and experience different cultures first hand. When you place it
in every-day detail-oriented Gemini, it is a like trying to fit a major news
story into a tabloid-type newspaper. The News of the World comes to mind here! This
means that facts become condensed and repackaged in such a way that often the
full-story becomes obscured. Media hounds may exploit this to the max! Or, it
is like the Wikipedia version of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica - a lot of superficial
facts without the substance that is required to become fully and truly
knowledgeable. As a metaphor, it could be the person who appears cultured and
experienced but who has gleaned all their knowledge from other people or from
books and magazines. So, while we will be handed the gift of information, we
will need to be extra cautious to be neither long-winded nor trivial. It’s a
Jupiter immediately encounters its counterpart, Neptune, in a brief but major
square aspect. Neptune is travelling through Jupiter’s sign Pisces so there is
a greater connection than just the aspect. Because Neptune signifies dreams and
illusions, this immediately speaks of dispelling any ideas that have become
distorted and exaggerated. This self-honesty and clarification is good to have
at the beginning of this transit because it clears the way for accurate thought
and renews our faith in ideas that have withstood the test of time, research
and investment, or we can discard those that will take us off course. Aim high
on an intellectual level but only after all the groundwork has been put in.
This is a
great year to hone communication and writing skills and focus on improving gaps
in education, which may become more apparent if Jupiter is hitting upon planets
in our charts as it passes through (not everyone will experience Jupiter as
described.) Language is extremely important too – whether we learn to speak in
symbols or tongues – or simply become aware of how we come across.
We can be
both student and teacher as we fuse our basic learning with higher aspirations
and truths. We can build a bridge between our higher minds and what we take at
face value as we absorb information from school, society, TV or the internet.
We may become very aware of sloppy thinking and intellectual shortcuts, which
are not so serious when we use superficial communication mediums such as
Facebook and texting but can become bigger problems when people’s lives are at
stake. Having said that, we may need to be more cautious about what information
we post about ourselves as more and more stories emerge about how these mediums
can work against us. Facebook is actually a very good metaphor for Jupiter in Gemini
since we may not always realise how far-reaching small comments are or how
quickly the tide can turn leaving one feeling vulnerable. Communication is the
hallmark of Gemini, and Jupiter represents society at large; being in its
detriment, we could find that this means of interacting can work against us
while simultaneously stimulating awareness and discussion of bigger issues.
Either way, we should be aware of saturation, over-exposure and becoming
desensitised to issues and people through constant interaction.
to June, Venus is travelling in apparent backward motion through Gemini until
the 28th (NZT) so many of us will already be aware of some of the possibilities
and pitfalls mentioned above. Once it turns direct on the 28th – within two
days of Saturn also turning direct (25th) – and once we are through the obstacles,
delays and review phase that these two planets have brought to the table, we
can begin to enjoy the lighter approach. The karmic Moon’s Nodes are soon to
shift from the Gemini/Sagittarius axis but not until August, so while Jupiter
may have zipped into Gemini, repetitive situations continue to force us to
assimilate what other people mean to us and us to them. Bask in the Venusian
energy by meditating upon the best in ourselves and others because by August we
will be able to move ahead into a brave new world.
Kapiti News "Your Stars"
ARIES: Shortly after the solstice on the 21st, life reaches a
tipping point. Changes in the home pave the way for the big ideas that will
develop in the coming months.
TAURUS: By this time next week, your financial life and sense of
security will be on the move. Mark the 27th on your calendar as the day to look
toward the future.
GEMINI: If you are not yet feeling Jupiter’s current as it plugs
into Gemini, you are bound to after the 27th. You will lose that feeling of
wanting to stay put.
CANCER: The solstice on the 21st marks the beginning of your
birthday year and with a new moon so close to your sign, it’s time to make
personal plans that involve self-development.
LEO: From the 26th, you will be ready to discuss, arrange and think
confidently about plans and events surrounding one or two friends, a club, team
or group involvement.
VIRGO: In just over two weeks, life will be very different.
Professionally, opportunities and openings will present themselves. The trick
is to choose the most achievable goals and know your limits.
LIBRA: In just over two weeks, life will become increasingly busy.
Plans and ideas that involve travel, academia or the publishing world will gel
with where you find yourself in July.
SCORPIO: The coming months are a time for organising and thinking
about financial affairs that involve second or third parties. From taxes to
insurance to inheritances, can you afford to ignore the details?
SAGITTARIUS: You are realising the emotional stakes that are
involved with shared resources, assets, money and other commitments. From the
27th, discussion and dissection will become much easier with others.
CAPRICORN: Professionally, publicly or parentally, life will be on
the move by early July. It’s all about getting the right balance but hopefully
over the past six months you have achieved this.
AQUARIUS: Vive la revolution! Your radical ideas will surprise
those around you but your highly creative nature needs to call on hidden
resources. You will even shock yourself.
PISCES: All those domestic ideas that you have had on the back
burner will begin to surface so that by the end of June you will have a new
game-plan on the table.
May 30-Jun 5th
ARIES: The Full Moon of the 4th may bring disruptions to travel
that throw your daily routine off course. A letter, email or phone call brings
something to a conclusion.
TAURUS: Money and security are themes that will grow in importance
in the second half of 2012. This is a good time to take stock and make a plan.
GEMINI: Your mental energy is high so you may need to consciously
calm your mind. Too many distractions may mean that you miss signs and signals
that point to new roads.
CANCER: Think emotional issues through with logic. Mercury is now
in your sign and can help with complicated situations. Life is full of
obstacles that will pave the way forward.
LEO: The full moon of the 4th highlights all aspects of relating,
dating and mating. Everyone wins if you keep sight of the big picture with a
lover, child or team mate.
VIRGO: Review your life direction and professional goals. Others
may throw red herrings across your path so you need to think laterally and
double check all information. Honesty is the best policy.
LIBRA: The lunar eclipse at full moon on the 4th rocks the
relationship boat. This could be when the birds come home to roost. Honesty
rather than defensiveness will get issues resolved.
SCORPIO: Mixing business with pleasure could raise sticky issues
with friends or business partners. Avoid entering into agreements or relying on
promises that can come unstuck at the last moment.
SAGITTARIUS: Big problems with others can be solved with small
solutions. It’s all a matter of perspective, a dash of imagination and an eye
for the future. Avoid taking on unnecessary baggage.
CAPRICORN: Continue to revise health and work situations until
solutions become visible and the slate is cleaned. Life in this area changes
from the 12th so discard the unnecessary or unworkable.
AQUARIUS: The full moon of the 4th brings issues with romance or
children full circle. Life is moving so fluidly now that you have to be quick
to spot openings and opportunities.
PISCES: From the 12th, activity surrounding home and family will
speed up a notch or two. A new 12-year cycle kicks off then. Did you move,
renovate or enlarge the family circle in 2001?