Greetings Dear One!
On Sunday, June 14th, 2020 PST, the
SUN MOVES INTO THE SIGN OF GEMINI!
This new phase in Gemini will be a very important time to access and develop your power of discernment—your ability to discriminate between what is rooted in truth and what is shrouded in illusion
Why are the Sun Sign dates different in Vedic Astrology vs. Mainstream Western Astrology? Read the article here
WOWWEE! What a June it has been! Being deep in the eclipse season since June 5th and with 3 planets in retrograde (soon to be 4!), we are seeing a great deal of upheaval and transformational potential in our world. Retrograde phases give us the opportunity to look very deeply into the indications of that planet, but I have noticed that they guide us to this through the setting up of very uncomfortable, often even volatile situations. So with Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus in relative retrograde motion, this means the spotlight is on:
what is the higher meaning/purpose of your life and life at large?
how can you work toward this purpose and meaning in your life?
how can you rethink the nature of your relationship to others and the world at large?
Additionally, with Mercury going retrograde in a few more days, we will also have the chance to reassess the way we communicate ideas, express our inner truths, as well as further develop our power of discrimination.
With this “solar transmigration,” or Sankranti into Gemini, we acknowledge a time ripe for cultivating Jnana Yoga—the Yoga of the intellect. A foundational part of this Yoga is to identify and cultivate one’s ability to be the neutral observer of one’s thoughts—that part of us that can think about thinking—“meta-cognition,” being a modern term for this phenomenon. Without dissociating from one’s self, we have the ability to find that part of us which is Sakshi, or the “silent witness,” of our life and all the itty-bitty details that make up our psyche and thus our energetic contribution into this world. It is also the standpoint from which we can be the neutral observer of happenings in our environment and our world, refraining from judgement and thus separation.
This is a time to really explore our intellectual curiosities, to ask questions of all types—and as Mercury is a planet led by its passion to know and experience more (no atmosphere = no barriers), it is most happy when unimpeded by the survival mechanisms of fear and self-preservation—meaning there is a big part of us that wants to feel completely free to ask any and all questions, and to explore and investigate any place for a greater and deeper understanding of the world we live in, and what these things might mean about our existence altogether. This is a great time to tap into the larger community for information, to share one’s findings, and make connections through these modalities—further expanding the global and universal consciousness.
Gemini, being the third sign of the “natural zodiac,” carries with it the implications of the 3rd house, which additionally illuminates that this is a time to explore one’s own interests, try new things, seek out new lands, etc. as a way of more deeply connecting to one’s self as an INDIVIDUATED being. In Jnana Yoga, a very important practice is Neti, Neti, or “not this, not this”—revealing that we learn about who we are and what we like by allowing ourselves to explore possibilities, and then weeding things out, i.e. through TRIAL & ERROR. The Daoists have a similar practice where we come to understand who we are by better understanding that which we are not. All in all, these practices emphasize the passionate and open approach of Gemini to learn, grow, expand through trying things out with a child-like enthusiasm and curiosity.
Finally, Gemini is known as Mithuna in Sanskrit, meaning “sacred union” or the sexual act, and is not two male twins, but a man and woman, representing the divine couple. This symbol represents the reconciliation of seeming opposites to bring about a completion, and one way Gemini will go about this is through the examination of new information against what was previously understood. But as Gemini is the masculine aspect of Mercury, and thus externally oriented, it has the tendency to be rather over-stimulated and sometimes quite insatiable in its desire to collect the new, often neglecting the importance of integration and the inward process—but, of course, this is where the potential of completion becomes available.
Overall, during the Gemini phase, we will experience an upsurge for wanting to gather information, and to TALK, TALK TALK!—or at least to listen to a lot of talk. And so this may also be a time we become more involved with social media and other forms of communication—podcasts, lectures, informative videos, etc. So this is a great time to observe our communication between ourselves and other people (what does my communication reflect about how I view reality?) And in an already highly cerebral culture, Gemini’s connection with communication/information, intellectual analysis, and intellectual expansion can become extremely, and even dangerously, over-stimulated, possibly leading to nervous system overload or even nervous disorders or breakdown. Being mindful of caffeine intake and proper rest & recovery at this time can be very helpful. Allow yourself time to integrate ideas—meaning NO THINKING, just being—taking breaks in natural settings help immensely, as well as grounding oneself in spiritual practice through forms of meditation, relaxation techniques, and the like.
And as always, to better understand the energetics of Gemini, it is very important to explore and study its counterpart, Sagittarius, on the opposite side of the zodiac. Due to our Western cultural background, I notice our tendency to think of opposites as mutually exclusive, while in Eastern thought it is that the seeming opposites are polar-phenomenon that mutually co-exist within a whole idea, and are seeking reconciliation to bring completion to that idea. This, again, is the concept of “divine union,” the harmonious co-existence of two seeming opposites, for instance, night and day, feminine and masculine, Yin and Yang. Thus, Gemini is the Yang of our story during this phase, while Sagittarius is the Yin. Although the two have important stand-alone ideas to share with us, we can actually better connect to them as individuated ideas when we understand their counterparts.
Without Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, Mercury-ruled Gemini can become a bunch of disembodied ideas—the scientist that has his eyes focused through the lens of a microscope or in mathematical calculations, not being able to see/feel how these observations and calculations are that which he is interacting with in his very life. The Jupiterian aspects being reflected through Sagittarius are very much about what larger philosophical meaning and purpose we can create from the information we’ve gathered through our mercurial curiosity for information. We have the ability to connect the information we’ve gathered into a deeper understanding of who we are, and what we are doing in this world—finding inspiration, support, and guidance from that which is holding this divine tapestry together. And with Sagittarius’ ruler, Jupiter, currently being retrograde, this presents the opportunity to deeply reflect on what it is that you are sharing with the world—how are you interpreting information, and then, what feeling are you infusing into your communication. So the seeming-opposites of this axis reveal to us that both information/science and belief/faith play and grow together as they share this intimate and sacred dance of eternal, mutual expansion.
The current events we are experiencing in our world today are bringing forth that which has been lurking in the shadows for a very long time—REPRESSED RAGE. As you develop the energy of Mercury within yourself, you will find yourself labelling situations, circumstances, and people LESS AND LESS, meaning your ability to remain neutral and observant will become more highly refined. And as you do this, your ability to go beyond and through what is happening to the source of the effect will become more highly attune. As an example, rather than concluding, “the police are pigs and the entirety of the police force needs to be disbanded,” you may instead ask questions such as, “what does this act of horrible violence REVEAL and REFLECT about the state of my humanity?” “how could there be such repressed and pent up rage underneath the surface of my fellow brethren?” And like the greatest scientists, we can come up with solutions by observing and questioning the deeper source issues that have led to the effects that we are now experiencing and dealing with. The evolved Mercury never says something like, “this sucks!” “this shouldn’t be happening!” rather, it takes the reality of what is going on and asks the deeper, albeit more challenging, questions that bring about real, lasting answers and change.
Bottomline: this is a crucial time for not only developing your power of discrimination, but also for sharing this groundedness with others. It is such an important time not to pass judgement on the world, but to remain in the truth that we are one human body and that what is happening in any part of the world is a reflection of the entire human collective. There is a deep knowing within you that can show you ways through which you can offer real and lasting change for our world. This deeper knowing reminds you that you are a powerful being and that what you do matters. If you choose to contribute more violence and separation to an already far too ravaged world, you are only contributing more to its power to keep us divided and powerless. Rather than trying to change the way others operate, which is always a fruitless endeavor, focus on real change—by bringing more tolerance, understanding, and compassion into the way you relate to the world, ah! now there is more tolerance, understanding, and compassion in this world. It’s that simple.
Peace to all our World,
Jane Oka Kaya Shin
The Sun Sign Dates of Vedic Astrology and Mainstream Western Astrology:
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