StarGarden MoonWatch for the New Moon, May 26th, 2006
I’m Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you’re listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the new moon of May 26, 2006.
We begin a new lunar cycle at the end of May in the sign of Gemini, the twins. Most of us tend to assume that a starting point is singular by its very nature. But when we begin with Gemini energy the starting point is always at least two fold. So at this new moon we can expect to be conscious of a variety of directions we could move in, and also a variety of feelings informed by the pull of these various directions.
Gemini’s multiplicity also extends to our consciousness of ourselves. The independent film about the meeting place of physics and metaphysics What the Bleep Do We Know opens with a tantalizing pair of Gemini questions: “Have you ever seen yourself through the eyes of someone you have become, and looked at yourself through the eyes of the ultimate observer?” This new moon may be a time we observe who we’ve been, while also becoming aware of who we are now, and where the totality of that takes us in our thought processes, our conversations, and the stories we tell both about ourselves and the world around us.
Several years ago Joan Didion began her celebrated book “The White Album” with this provocative opening sentence: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In true Gemini fashion, by the second paragraph she has flipped the coin and also admits that “. . .or at least we do for a while. I am talking here about a time I began to doubt the premises of all the stories I had ever told myself, a common condition, but one I found troubling.” Aspects to this new moon may promote a similar feeling, especially if we have relied too heavily on only one aspect of ourselves. Yet this may also be a time when friends or groups hear what we have to say about the issues or feelings we may have skirted around until now.
Gemini is the first air sign, and, like the breeze that ruffles up our hair or kicks up the dust in the street or field, we may feel its restless call to get moving or to have our thoughts or plans move effortlessly into actions or words. Gemini is the messenger, traditionally a somewhat perilous role, since we all know how easy it is to want to blame the messenger rather than accept the reality of the message. Gemini asks us to pay attention to the message, wherever and however it delivers itself to us in the moment.
An aspect between Mercury, also in Gemini, and Neptune in Aquarius makes this an ideal time for revealing conversations, or for publicizing the activities of grass roots groups, freinds, or scientific findings. The subject matter might include ongoing struggles to achieve a vision or objective that continues to elude, yet a spirit of acceptance and compassion also runs high at this time. The new moon’s aspect to Saturn in Leo provides us with the creative authority and responsibility to integrate the variety before us into a single connected experience, or a structure that embodies the whole. Denise Levertov’s poem “living” represents a simple yet elegant example of the comprehensive grounded beauty in experiencing this sense of immediate wholeness:
The fire in leaf and grass
so green it seems
each summer the last summer.
The wind blowing, the leaves
shivering in the sun,
each day the last day.
A red salamander
so cold and so
easy to catch, dreamily
moves his delicate feet
and long tail. I hold
my hand open for him to go.
Each minute the last minute.
Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how to begin synsethizing differences into a sense of immediate wholeness during the next two weeks:
Aries: You may be responsible for paperwork, official documents, writing. moving things around or all of the above. An awareness that when one door closes another one opens may help you juggle plans for the future.
Taurus: A sibling or family member could be leaving or setting limits that may provoke a feeling of being left out of the loop. Yet it is also possible to see this as an opportunity for a new approach what is right in front of you.
Gemini: The ideal vision of a group or a friend may help give structure to the expression of a new starting point. There is work to do, but if you are willing go into depth and take it on, this can be a creative and productive time.
Cancer: Right now there is some work you like doing on your own, and other work you’d prefer to have help with. The trouble may be getting others to see which is which. This is a good time to talk about how this feels.
Leo: It’s time to take responsibility for fulfilling an obligation or project that’s been dogging you for a long time. Even though you’re resisting, moving toward completion, either literally or in outlook, is the healthy thing to do.
Virgo: It may be time to speak or write publicly about a change you’ve experienced with a group, friend or health routine. If you speak your truth, you could shift your worries toward a compassionate outcome.
Libra: Your emotional attention and purpose may be focused on how to make a move in a big way, whether it is a mental position, or an actual change of location. You’re aware that organizing future plans may rest with you.
Scorpio: A partner might want to at least talk about rearranging travel plans or resources, while you may be inclined to feel the change is unnecessary. Airing both sides of the coin might actually give your view more play.
Sagittarius: Partners could want to talk about feeling left out or not getting their fair share of your attention. You understand innately what needs to shift, so go ahead and act on what you see and feel is the truth.
Capricorn: You may want your perspective on family finances or responsibilities to be considered as a viable course of action. The fact that you have made others aware of what you need to say is enough for now.
Aquarius: The necessities of family or health may serve to adjust what ideal notions you have of yourself in relation to a group or a friendship. You may begin by airing your feelings, but also have to work some of it out alone.
Pisces: You may be stubborn about activities or conversations taking place at home, and want to change your mind as you see fit. That’s okay, as long as you’re willing to take responsibility for letting others do the same.The tarot archetype for Gemini is the lovers, which invites us to bring together and synthesize differences and honor the natural complement in opposites. Gemini also presides over the market as a literal meeting place where we exchange goods, information ideas and energy. In the next two weeks, the Gemini beginning of the lunar cycle asks that we be aware of how we enter into all our social interactions and transactions, and that we bring truth, vision and responsibility to them. When we honor the changeable nature of give and take, and the movement of life back and forth through the gateway of coming and going with open hands and heart, we can more consciously shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!