Star Garden Moon Watch for the New Moon, June 6th, 2005

Hello Everyone,

I'm Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here in Moscow, Idaho and you're listening to the Star Garden Moon Watch for the new moon of June 6, 2005.

The new moon this month is in the sign of Gemini, the conversationalist, who reminds us there are (at least) two sides to every story. Gemini is the sign of the twins, and its companion planet is Mercury, the Magician, who in mythology is the messenger between heaven and earth. Gemini's essential nature is one of duality; in the physical body it rules the hands, arms, lungs and nervous system, all of which function in pairs that counterpart or complement one another. The Tarot archetype for Gemini is the lovers. In our inner world, Gemini articulates thought and connects the dots between the mind and our immediate environment. Gemini's witty intelligence thrives on versatility. People with lots of Gemini energy often have at least two jobs, two degrees, can easily do at least two things at once, take two positions or have two feelings on a single issue, and seem, at times, to be at least two completely different people. Quick moving and quick witted, Gemini energy presides over the bustle and exchange of the open market. Another of Gemini's faces is the master trickster in Native American mythology, Coyote, whose fools himself with his own trickery, yet lives to tell the tale, and blissfully forgets to learn from his mistakes. In the spirit of twinning, Gemini describes our relation to our siblings, or to those we interact with in our neighborhood. Since the moon describes our emotional habits, feelings seeded at the Gemini new moon are restless and varied, and we look for interesting and varied words to describe them. Gemini's least favorite emotional state is boredom. The Gemini tendency to talk or report for the sake of reporting can be either a therapy for discovering how we feel in the course of a conversation, or a distraction that keeps us from going deep into simply feeling what we feel, and acting from that place of emotional truth.

This new Gemini moon is joined by Mercury and opposed by Pluto in Sagittarius. In astrology, an opposition between planets signals an opportunity for awareness. This Gemini/Sagittarius opposition between the moon and Pluto might focus us on whether as a nation are too immersed in "doublespeak" to tell the truth about issues having to do with international justice, religious persecution, or laws governing education, publishing, or the environment—all the domain of Sagittarius. On both a personal and collective level, it brings a desire to use the intellect to cut through the doublespeak and find the truth—which at this time could itself be two-sided or many layered. Pluto requires that we go deep and die to self-righteous illusions or superficial solutions, and instead mobilize to speak out against them.

Even our personal relationships at this time are shaped by discussion or revelation of what our understanding of the larger picture is. Jupiter and Neptune help us bring forth or return to the generous vision we need to grow in wisdom and compassion in all our social ties. As Jupiter moves forward after four months of retrograde review, we may literally be on the phone or on the move, either across town Gemini style, or across the country Sagittarius style, and find that we are saying hello and goodbye simultaneously, either to people we know or to parts of ourselves. Linda Pastan's poem "In Back of" reminds us of the dual layers in all our comings and goings:

In back of "I love you"

stands "goodbye."

In back of


stands "it was lovely

there in the grass, drenched

in so much green


Words that wait

are dark as shadows

in the back rooms

of mirrors:

when you raise

your right hand

in greeting

they raise their left

in farewell.

Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs about how to center thoughts in emotional truth as we begin this Gemini lunar cycle:

Aries: Tension between what has been hidden and what must be said is released through exchanging ideas about your home or family with others.

Taurus: It's time to get ready to sell something you've been holding onto for a long time that's dear to your heart: it could just as easily be an idea as a thing.

Gemini: Your struggle to leave or stay or decide which commitment to honor is moot; trust that your cause gains support from unselfish benefactors either way.

Cancer: Your attention shifts from domestic projects toward a need to articulate a belief or a vision that may be controversial. This truth could change your habits.

Leo: You are trying to bring together many disparate elements or people into an ideal configuration. You want others to see what you see and feel what you feel.

Virgo: You may enter a partnership that opens up or transforms your philosophy of life. Group ideals that impact a friend or partner could change you. too.

Libra: Jupiter in your sign signals it's time to expand or diversify, physically or intellectually; this movement could bring structure and security into balance.

Scorpio: While life can seem as if it requires you to be in more than two places at once, your understanding of what brings comfort and balance is also available.

Sagittarius: You want to see a big change happen, but clashing sides of the story must be heard. Your compassion & generosity will help this venture take flight..

Capricorn: It's necessary to articulate your beliefs about the connection between mind, body and spirit. By doing so you balance your public and personal needs.

Aquarius: You may find yourself explaining the pros and cons of educating youth about controversial issues. You want people to have a chance to see both sides.

Pisces: You might be considering a move, or talking about how to rearrange your home life so you can nurture a spiritual or educational legacy into being.

The mirror image in the poem and in Wiccan creation stories represents the Gemini paradox: all things are one, yet each thing is separate, individual, and unique. Along similar lines, esoteric astrologer Isabella Hickey wrote that Gemini is the most important sign for our earth because everyone is influenced by its intrinsic opposition of the human and the divine in all of us. In Neal Donald Walsh's Conversations with God we're told that fear and love are the primal polarity: thoughts rooted in fear will produce one kind of reality on the physical plane and thoughts rooted in love will produce another. . Let's begin this lunar cycle by listening to the stories that live in our cells. As we stand at the Gemini crossroads, we can choose the road illuminated by our longing to respond to life in the moment, and trust that desire to light the way. Then we can walk the talk that it takes to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!

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