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The Cosmic Story: Gemini New Moon Solar Eclipse 2012

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   Mercury is said to be the ruler of Gemini. The divine messenger is the Mind, our ability to think rationally and imaginatively, factually and intuitively.   At this eclipse, Mercury joins Jupiter in Taurus, helping us communicate our new ideas in spiritually concrete ways.   Mercury, though, has to get through some hard aspects with Saturn in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, the hard-hitting transformational energies at play now.   Pluto and Uranus are coming up to the first of seven squares in June, demanding that we transform our sense of ourselves and our institutions.   Saturn asks us to be fair and balanced in how we deal with ourselves and others.   So Mercury is sitting there in Taurus, trying to get all the facts straight at the same time as it looks at the big picture (Jupiter).    Give you mind a break and slow down and smell the lilacs/roses.   The more sensual information you take in (Mercury in Taurus), the better you can build up the vision and understand what needs to be done.

Sabian Symbols for the Astrological Degrees

   The waters of life will help us.  

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The Sabian symbol for this new Moon (both the Sun & Moon) at 1* Gemini invokes the waters: A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders: the revelation of unconscious energies and submerged psychic structures.   We can learn a lot when we go into our unconscious depths, because we've had to repress and suppress many of our innate instincts to fit into patriarchy.   Now is the time to go exploring into your own depths.   Dream work is especially helpful in discovering and re-integrating those submerged psychic structures.

   The Sabian symbol for Neptune at 4*Pisces is: Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts.   We see the water theme played out again with the seashore.   Whenever anything is doubled in a dream, it usually indicates that it is becoming conscious -- the duality of conscious and unconscious.    It is time to dynamically engage the unconscious and each other if we want to transition into another paradigm, another way of seeing the world.   There is a pathway for all of us, indicated by the "heavy traffic'!  

   The Sabian symbol for Chiron at 10*Pisces is: An aviator pursues his journey, flying through ground-obscuring clouds.   Clouds form from water.   Water symbolizes is our feelings as well as refreshment and healing.   This image symbolizes a healing of our minds (Chiron is the Wounded Healer).   The ability to let our thoughts fly, frees us from not only Earth's gravity but from society's expectations.   Up in the air, we see the whole, rather than the parts.   The ability to fly blind is important now, because this is about not getting caught up in the collective thought processes which produce feelings (the clouds) of fear and anxiety.   We have to stay true to our inner knowing and sense of direction.   We have to master ourselves and our fears.

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    The Sabian symbol for Mars at 11*Virgo is:   A woman gives each of her children a loaf of bread and a spike of barley, and sends them out into the world.   With Mars at this degree, we are assured that we will be nurtured as we set off on this journey to a new vision of the world.    The collective unconscious, the World Soul, the Spirit of Mother Earth provides us with concrete tools that help us in the immediate situation (the loaf of bread) and in the future (spike of barley).   This Mars anchors in the new vision with the promise of future manifestation.

   The symbols for both Nodes, which create the possibility for this solar eclipse, carry forward the idea of letting go of old individualistic ways of seeing the possibilities of life and letting a new group consciousness in.

   The Sabian symbol for the south node at 6*Gemini is: Workmen drilling for oil.   This is a perfect symbol for the old paradigm of greed and ambition, especially in the face of climate change.   Power and wealth have been our societal goals, which no longer serve life.   We have to give up our need for this kind of power and knowledge, and learn to live wisely.

The Sabian symbol for the north node at 6*Sagittarius is:   A cricket match.   Society is based on the interplay of different groups and their needs.   Each of us works for a common goal amidst the constant back and forth of the game of life.   We have to develop not only our skills to play cricket, but also a sense of team solidarity.   Games teach us both group-consciousness and our responsibility to the whole.   Once we leave behind our collective sense of individual entitlement and self-interest, we can work together toward a common goal we can all feel passionate about.  

Venus Retrograde

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On May 15th, Venus begins her retrograde that will take her back to cross the face of the Sun on June 5th -6th, the second of two transits in her present eight year cycle.   The first transit was in June, 2004. I saw it at sunrise on a beach in Rhode Island.   This second transit will be the last one until 2117.   I will be writing a separate article on this Venus transit so watch for it!

Venus is in a wonderful relationship with Saturn at this eclipse, connecting us to the ideals of true partnership, justice and balance.   Let the goddess enlighten your hearts this month as she prepares to shift from the Evening Star to the Morning Star.   This shift will bring a new energy to us, one that will strengthen our hearts for the work ahead.

Find a place to watch the eclipse and Venus transit and let the wonder of our Universe fill your hearts.

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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We haven't seen a solar eclipse here in the States... by Cathy Lynn Pagano on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:43:11 PM