New Moon in Gemini
Sun in Gemini
Mutable Grand Cross
Neptune in Pisces & Jupiter in Virgo
(Retrograde) Saturn in Sagittarius & Venus in Gemini
The Moon enters a new beginning late Saturday evening and brings with it a host of stellar events that will shape how we move through the weeks up to the Solstice Full Moon on the 20th, and beyond!
The buzzword for this month is Mutable Grand Cross and it carries an intensity and potential for reaction or response. A Grand Cross occurs when four (4) planets create aspects that result in 2 dynamics (or lines) of opposition; intersecting creating 4/right angles at the mid-point and thus forming the geometric image of a cross. Additionally, these four planets each represent the four alchemical elements (earth-air-fire-water) of one of three modalities; meaning that they are the four elements of a Cardinal (beginning catalyst) – Fixed (stability of synthesis) -or, in this case – Mutable (flexibility of ebb and flow) Cross.
The Mutability of this auspicious celestial event provides the lessons of adaptability and resiliency. In the cycle of the three modalities, the Cardinal beginnings or seeding moves towards the Fixed intention of synthesizing and providing structure so that the energy may be utilized. Once the bolstering and defining work of the Fixed nature is complete, this newly organized energy moves into the space of Mutable imprint, where it may expand, test its flexibility and in so doing, ultimately release its former constraints and bring with it the experience of its journey that spills into that will be birthed anew as it feeds the Cardinal spark of new beginnings. This Grand Cross of Mutability is both a time of releasing what has been outgrown and feeding what will be the next phase of journey that heralds a new way of “being”.
There are two (2) Grand Crosses that will occur this month- the first at the New Moon and the second on the Full Moon on June 20th. In both instances retrograde planets remain and, in the case of the second, the inclusion of a Solar transit and the Solstice. As with most astrological events, these aspects and dynamics do not happen all at once, but are the peak of planetary movement inching its way towards creating enough change to form a dynamic pattern that refuses to remain unnoticed. Remembering this is a way to keep yourself on track; maintain a balanced approach and choose carefully how you will re-act or respond to the accumulated energy.
Gemini – The Erudite Professor or Eloquent Persuader?
This New Moon and Sun in Gemini are tools that can be used to navigate the opposition of Retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius. One of the Cross lines of opposing agendas will occur with Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini. This means that Gemini is represented three times: New Moon, Sun and Venus. This also means that communication may have the same effect as listening to a broadcast of crossed wires and mixed signals. We just experienced the loosening of Mercury’s Retrograde (the ruling planet of Gemini) on the 22nd of May, and are still receiving some of the errant waves of miscommunication that are lingering behind.
Saturn seeks to control and re-order whatever it lays its application towards and the weight of this energy remaining retrograde in Sagittarius, can act in a way that suppresses the organic flow and outreach of Sagittarius’ inquiring nature. Sagittarian Fire seeks to find the place of viable landing of multiple arrows of connection and action that are dispersed. Now, that aim and release is imbued with a highly structured and controlled approach, putting on hold the natural spontaneity of the Sagittarian archer.
Venus seeks the balance and harmony of a refined order that produces beautiful result. Beauty, not limited by the visual constructs of what “beauty” means to us personally, but broadened to see the inherent beauty in the design that contributes to what that construct becomes. Venus wearing the mantle of Gemini adds to this balance versatility and adeptness around how that balance is expressed and what form that expression takes. Gemini is the master of duality (and manipulative persuasion, if necessary) and facility of style surrounding all manner of communication.
Put these two together on the same line of trajectory, as is the case of this line of the Grand Cross and false starts, hiccups and what seeks to order can actually create a jam up of efforts at communicating clearly and in harmony with a defined and precise aim.
This dynamic also leaves open the space for persuasion to take hold, simply because it “seems” like the right course instead of holding steady and choosing a response that has knowledge and consideration of previous experience as its guide. That also means, being patient enough to allow that information to come of its own accord.
Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo..
The second line of dynamic in the Grand Cross is that of flowing waters and expansion that moves much like a ratchet, step-by-step; carefully organized and analyzed. As partners, yes I did say partners, in mastery of movement Pisces has finely honed the craft of overflow and freely giving of its emotional reserves and Virgo has mastered the art of restricting and allowing only what should run with a strong current do so. Virgo, as a sign of earth provides the container for what Pisces would naturally flood because of its organic instinct towards acting as provider and insures that there will be adequate supply left of that outpouring to renew, rather than deplete.
In this line of the Grand Cross we find Neptune in its sign of rulership, Pisces, so the dialogue between the two is a tale of old friends. A point of tension and opposition arises from Jupiter in a more restricting sign of Virgo. Imagine the damming up of what has mastered the tides of expansive reach that moves in accord with the rhythm of calibrated contraction as needed. Virgo tightens that contractive action, making sure that everything is in order and each outcome has been evaluated, verified and then checked again, before any expansion can occur. Emotions that arise from the deepest space of our vast ocean of experience and memory that would, otherwise, have been transparent in our sightline are now placed in a holding pattern to allow for greater scrutiny.
Sit As the Observer..
As difficult as it may be, the best course of action is to simply sit as the observer looking out as the waxing light provides a better view of what the options are. Breathe into the space of acknowledging that you may be feeling the pull of your emotional self to react rather than wait for the correct response that will insure you move from an informed heart-centered space. Acknowledge that although you are feeling pressed to restructure aspects of your life that you have not been in clear communication with for some time, this reaction could result in your overlooking a very useful, albeit small, detail of previous experience that will resurface when you remain still and open enough for it to gain your attention.
A Center Point of Calm Response…
Alchemically, Mind and breath (Venus in Airy Gemini) have the potential to move with a grace and refinement that is your personal signature of harmony achieved through the beauty found in the process.
Will and action (Saturn in Fiery Sagittarius) are enabled to burn brightly in a structured and orderly way that endure time and catalyze the smaller fires of continued outreach towards collaborative and communal effort that is both aligning your internal communal s(S)elves and the outer world you inhabit.
Compassion and a healing heart (Neptune in Watery Pisces) can flow fully and with the appropriate discernment that heals and soothes without depleting its own reserves and capacity to give.
Prosperity and the realization of an abundance (Jupiter in Earthy Virgo) that provides what is needed devoid of excess and becomes fruitful in manifesting the space of gratitude are honed within the “knowing” that the earth of our bodies and home will sustain.
Find the space of stillness within. Find the space of receptive communication that flows. Find the gift of patience and deepening of your own self-aligning nature. Find the center point where each of the dynamics of this Grand Cross have opportunity to flow into, fuel and inform, so that you may find the resonance that is uniquely your own path towards future growth.
Blessings of this New Moon and this first Mutable Grand Cross …