Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer Solstice 2020



Astro Tips for Summer Solstice
June 20, 2020
Linda Sprague

Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of light of the year.  The Sun is just stepping into the sign of Cancer.  Sitting right with the Sun the North Node of the Moon sits at 29 degrees of Gemini and the Moon itself is at 28 degrees of Gemini.  The South Node at 29 Sagittarius sets up a tension between past and future.  Today is another moment in time when we can step through a portal to make a commitment to becoming co-creators with the Universe. Review the teachings and beliefs from your past. Discern what to keep and what to release into the nothingness. Let your heart guide you to teachings that support a new cycle for humanity’s survival and the survival of our home, Earth. This can all end soon, or we can support a new cycle of existence.  The Maya Indians believed a 25,722-year precession of the equinoxes shifted around 2012.  How did they know that?  Knowledge and wisdom have been around a long, long time.  We are in the liminal transition between that 25,000-year cycle and the next 25,000-year cycle. Take that in. We are walking unsteadily into the haze and breathing new energy into our cells. Where are we going? Many teachers say that we are learning to co-create with Creation. It is important to dream big, not for the self, but for all forms of life on Planet Earth.   Robert Green Ingersoll, often called the great agnostic in the 1800’s, said this:  “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.”   Together we can put aside our attachments to ideologies. Instead, we can create beautiful consequences.

If you want to know more about precession of the equinoxes, here is a link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_precession



Friday, May 22, 2020

Astro Tips New Moon May 22, 2020

ASTRO TIPS
New Moon in Gemini
May 22, 2020

Linda Sprague

The New Moon in the sign of Gemini joins the Sun today, May 22, at 2 degrees of Gemini. This New Moon squares Mars in Pisces and Mars gives us an energy boost.  Friday and Saturday are good days to ponder what our intentions are during the Sun’s passage through the sign of the Twins. Maybe we have more than one intention since Gemini is a sign of multiplicity.  Grab on to the gift from Mars--a kick in the brain cells. Gemini is known for changing its mind and for getting sidetracked.  Write down your intentions if you can. Maybe they are physical things like take a walk every morning. Or maybe the intentions are internal things, like work on self esteem and confidence.

Mercury and Venus are also currently sitting in the sign of Gemini. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo. Venus rules Taurus and Libra.  Venus is in its retrograde cycle in Gemini and that cycle began May 13 and continues until June 25.   This means the planet Venus has slowed down in its orbit and it appears to move backwards in the heavens. Of course it is not actually moving backwards. It is going slowly in its orbit. This particular Venus retrograde holds the same energy as the Venus in Gemini retrograde cycle in the May/June of 2012.  If you can recall what was happening in your life at that time, you will have some rumbling of what needs your attention right now. If that period in time was not significant for you, then perhaps this Venus retrograde period is not going to rattle your cage. However, all of us might expect to reconnect with people from the past or reach out to people who keep popping into our mind.  That is the people, relationship part of Venus.

Venus not only influences our external relationships and belief systems.  From the time we were little children the planet Venus gave form to how we thought and felt about ourselves.  This is not a cause and effect rule. Venus in Gemini, for example, does not make someone feel a certain way.  However, there is a connection or relationship between where Venus is in your horoscope and how you experience yourself. Venus influences how you talk to yourself on the inside as well as the outside. What is your self-talk? What ideas and beliefs do you hold about your essence and your life?

I mention self-talk because Gemini rules communication. Communication begins inside us. What and how we think is how we express externally.  Gemini also rules short trips and everyday travel. Due to the Coronavirus we are limited in how much we are traveling.  For some people this is a hardship and it is irritating. The internal talk can turn to blame and conspiracy. Whose fault is it that I have to stay home and cannot do what I want to do?

Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac. It is the third house of the horoscope. The third house does pertain to communication and learning. Gemini’s never stop learning.  We can think of Gemini as going to grade school and beginning to learn what we need to know in order to navigate our society and the cultural landscapes. This includes fundamentals like the ABC’s and how to play baseball, as well as the belief system of our particular tribe and community.  We learn these beliefs from family, friends, teachers and institutions like churches.  Grade school is where Gemini energy begins and where we start to adapt to our surroundings.  This is where we learn how and what to perceive in the world. We learn what is good and what is bad.  We learn what we are interested in and what we are good at. Because we are young, the learning is concrete and goes straight to the unconscious..

We grow up and we forget where we learned the beliefs we had to accept when we were young in order to get along in our world.  It’s easy to become unconscious about many of our behaviors, preferences and beliefs.  When Venus is retrograde in Gemini we have an opportunity to think back to grade school.  What did we learn? Do we still believe it?  If we were raised to believe that other people are not as good as our tribe, do we still believe that?  Were we raised to believe we were inferior to others and do we still believe that? In short, Venus retrograde in Gemini asks us to go a little deeper and get conscious about what we believe and how it affects our behavior, our life and the lives of others.

Gemini is very black and white. When we were young life needed to be black and white. Otherwise we might stick our hand in the fire. Now we are grown-up. It’s time to look at the nuance of life and do that without judgment. Not easy.

We are living in a time of open duality. It’s no secret that we are a divided society and our beliefs often exclude understanding others and life nuance.  Journalism should be open. It should start with a question and accept many answers and then sort through them. We have lost that ability.  Mercury rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo. Gemini is the collector of data and Virgo is the analyzer of  that data. We have lost our way.  The data is sometimes altered and the analysis is often full of prejudice. As a society we seem to be operating from a grade school mentality that lacks consciousness. We are third grade bullies who didn’t learn how to do the Virgo analysis in high school.

It is worth mentioning that President Trump is a Gemini (June 14, 1946).   Gemini rules journalism but Trump has no ability to accept journalism that does not support his reality.   Perhaps all of us have areas that we reject because they do not support our reality.  As little Gemini’s we learned how to perceive in order to survive. As grown-up Gemini’s we are asked to review our beliefs about life and to open our doors of perception.   “All this universe is in this eye of mine.” Seppo (Zen Calendar  May 13, 2020).





Thursday, May 7, 2020

Astro Tips Full Moon in Scorpio May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020
Full Moon in Scorpio

It’s time to do your deep work.  Scrub the kitchen and bathroom, clean out the chest of drawers, look deep inside to examine fears and motivations; and be a detective. Try to uncover some hidden information, try to solve a mystery. What is conspiracy and what isn’t?  Is there any way to know for sure? Isn’t there some truth in everything? These are clearly Scorpio topics.

The Full Moon in Scorpio encourages us to get to the bottom of things.  We may never know the full truth of Corona virus and this pandemic.  I totally believe the personal experiences of patients, nurses and doctors. Everything else I’m not so sure.  Is it from an animal? Is it from a lab? All we can do is our own detective work and live with what we figure out. There is consistent information that this virus is most dangerous to people over 65 and to people with serious conditions.  AND there is consistent data that the virus occurs mostly where there are a lot of people in close contact:  prisons, nursing homes, and factories, cruise ships, etc.  When we wear a mask we are helping to protect others. This is like being in kindergarten and learning that the other kids are as important as I am.  The virus is a lesson about learning we are all one.

The full moon today is occurring on the tail end of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn.  Saturn is the established agenda. Pluto is the intense means that might be used to maintain the established way of life. Pluto is also the energy that destroys the old useless parts of something. The process is complex, slow and mysterious.

Jupiter is close to Pluto and that makes the misuse of power potentially exaggerated (because Jupiter makes things big—like gaining weight).  The ultimate meaning of Pluto is this:  not my will, but THY will be done.  When we are little, the world revolves around us. We throw a tantrum if we don’t get our way. That is a natural expression of immature Pluto in action. Most of us grow out of that phase (at least for the most part).  Sometimes the Pluto energy turns from tantrum to manipulation.  Most pathetically, some of us never outgrow the need to physically express the raging inner Pluto child-- it’s all about me!  Right now we witness groups of people demanding their so called god given rights to carry around semi automatic guns to intimidate others about wearing a mask or opening doors for business.  It’s hard to understand why it’s difficult for people to grasp that this pandemic is about everybody. It’s about the inhabitants of our planet. It’s not just one place or one nation. This is not a time to be selfish.

And on that note we see an outpouring of goodness during this difficult time. Jupiter makes things bigger and that includes compassion and good deeds.  Food, money, caring for those in need, nurses and doctors working under extreme stress wtih long hours, truck drivers still driving to deliver goods, people working in necessary jobs that keep us feed, keep our medicines on schedule, give us the supplies we need to keep on living-----so many good deeds in spite of the opposite manifestation of fear, greed and selfishness.

As we move through this Scorpio full moon period, it’s good to remember that Scorpio is one of the big gates into the other realms.  This here reality is not the only dimension!  We are not confined to our homes. There are many other realms to visit during this quarantine.  Meditation, visualization and ceremony can free us from the worry of these times. Whatever big or small thing you can be grateful for, be grateful. And stay safe.