For this New Moon, I invite you to come to stillness and listen within. If you are in the Raleigh-Durham area, I am offering Tarot readings today at Dancing Moon Bookstore, if this is a way you might like to do so.
Meantime, I offer this beautiful article from astrologer Dana Gerhardt.
May the Seeds you plant today be blessed. ~ Beth
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A late spring wind is blowing, and despite Gemini’s restless urge to get moving—Let’s jump in the car and drive like the wings of Mercury were the only fuel we’d need—the tenuous nature of the times advises us to do otherwise.
The Gulf of Mexico is filling with oil. Birds, fish, precious micro-organisms are dying. On land, the jobless are still jobless while those in power drink martinis behind the gates of their mansions. The stock market jumps up and down as self-interested wizards pull its strings. And despite Obama’s health care bill, I just got another envelope from my health insurance company saying I’ll have to pay more for less coverage.
What can we do? Maybe we can just sit down for a while and feel it all. And so, just as the Sun entered Gemini, I found myself in a living room satsang, sitting for a long time in silence with a group of seekers, each of us drilling down toward some pool of dark treasure. One meditator brought up tears, another felt a strange buzzing in the body, another discovered old insecurities.
“There is something to explore, right here, right now,” urged our Zen teacher. “Nowhere to go,” she said, “you’re already here.” And to each physical sensation or emotional wounding that came up, she would offer, “Get curious. Be with it. Observe it, without trying to manipulate it into anything else.”
Sitting still, in silence, with a curious mind, unwilling to invent or manipulate—this is a radical strategy for Gemini’s New Moon. You know the typical Gemini mode—busy. It drowns us in text messages and ties up the traffic. It circulates the latest office gossip and inspires more chatter on the constant news channels.
It fills our Facebook pages and writes more blogs than we could possibly read. Gemini inspires curiosity, versatility, impatience and restlessness. Under its influence we’re itchy to learn, happy to socialize, forever on the go. New Moons bring us new zodiac signs each month, so we can renew our expression of its archetypes. This makes us rounder, more spacious, and keeps us feeling new.
Yet how do we freshen our Gemini expression—when it’s never too far away?
Ah… through precious silence. Not dull silence, but a vibrant curiosity. Being with whatever is right now. So whether you’re happy, sad, harried, wounded, or somewhere in between, before you jump in the car and ride on the wings of Mercury toward something new, and you will, because that’s what we do in Gemini, promise me you’ll take a moment this New Moon to slow down and get curious about yourself.
Give yourself fifteen minutes to just be with whatever is right now. Close your eyes. Listen to the sounds in the room or coming from the street beyond your door. Feel the air. Can you notice how it’s gently touching your skin?
Tune into your body. Is there tightness anywhere? Numbness? Or are there pleasant sensations? Let your body communicate. It’s telling you exactly what’s going on in your life right now. Ah… how nice to be the one who is listening.
During Gemini’s transit, the Sun sails toward its northernmost limit on the horizon. North is a cardinal direction which in many cultures represents “knowledge and wisdom”—and so your journey in Gemini is also towards gaining more knowledge. Gemini takes us to the Summer Solstice (June 20/21), when the Sun slows to an imperceptible pace. That’s what “solstice” means—to stand still.
Gemini, as the last month of spring, brings us to this cardinal turning point, when summer officially begins and the Sun turns southward again, to retrace its steps along the horizon line. As the days lengthen in Gemini, let your mind also stretch and soar. Reach for new information, enjoy stimulating conversations, and take your curiosity everywhere.
© Dana Gerhardt