The recent Scorpio Full Moon conjunct Saturn combined with a stationary (extra powerful) Mars brought this year’s second heat wave to San Diego – resulting in a series of devastating fires in North County. Friends evacuated their homes as the Santa Ana winds whipped through vulnerable areas. Facebook proliferated with scary photos and breaking news—such as the century-old Harmony Grove spiritualist center burning to the ground, leaving many homeless. Now that things are back to “normal,” some are counting their blessings while others sift through the wreckage and contemplate whether or not to rebuild.
The past few months have been challenging for most of us. You may have sailed right through the extreme planetary happenings and even felt energized by them. But many of us had a rude awakening in one form or another, and may now be starting to realize that certain things in our lives, no matter how worthy, are no longer workable.
With Mars finally direct and the dust beginning to settle, the question becomes:“What do I want next?” If you’ve been resisting the way things are, or feeling upset that something or someone is slipping away from you, it may be a sign that the container you’re in has become too small for you. Like a plant that’s outgrown its pot, choking on its own roots, you’re ready for a transplant. Like me, perhaps you’ve been waiting for something outside of you to change so you won’t have to. I suspect it’s time to accept the truth: We’ve grown, and it’s time to move on and begin again.
A fresh start is ahead with the Gemini New Moon (May 28, 11:40 a.m. PDT). This lunation urges us to set new intentions based on our recently refurbished needs and desires. Yet because the Sun and Moon in curious, mental Gemini exactly square nebulous Neptune in Pisces, we’ll need to deal with our fears and fantasies and move slowly and intuitively, rather than striking out blindly in a new direction. The month of June is for dreaming the future, doing research and prep work, and asking for unseen help. Trickster Mercury is slowing down, preparing for its thrice-yearly retrograde from June 7 – July 1. But luckily the messenger planet spends most of that cycle in its own sign of Gemini, where it is strong. This helps us review the past and decide what’s worth reclaiming.
I’ve been saying all along that the spirited “Year of the Horse” won’t pick up speed until mid-July, when all the retrogrades are over (including Saturn) and Jupiter gallops into spirited Leo. In the meantime, we get to embrace our current truth and create a new plan or recommit to an old one. For help in doing that, check out this Gemini New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. At the bottom of that page, you’ll also find a mini-video showing how I helped one man transform his Knowledge gua and gain greater clarity and direction.