Gemini New Moon: Thoughts are Things

gemini4The Gemini New Moon occurred at 7:05 am MST Tuesday, June 16th, at 25 Gemini 7 minutes.  Here’s the New Moon chart:     GeminiNewMoon2015.  Gemini is a dual archetype symbolizing the choice between two often equally appealing options.  This or that?  That or this??  On a deeper level however, Gemini seeks to reconcile the duality of the reality of this plane of existence where everything operates through polarity.  This sign develops our mind.  Thinking, we come to realize that we are both an individual ‘ME’ as well as a ‘part of the whole’ all at once!  We reconcile the fact that we are separate human beings while also acknowledging that everything and everyone is connected.

Ruling our left brain and our logical mind, Gemini and its ruling planet Mercury, which just stationed direct on the 11th, have been busy, busy, busy! When Mercury Retrograde stationed direct it was squaring Neptune.  Neptune is also now stationary since it went retrograde on the 12th. Both are quite powerful. So we’ve been reviewing and reflecting upon how and what we think and why we think that way. Insights and revelations have been coming for many.  For others, you just may not know what to think anymore.  Confusion and a loss of meaning may be creeping into some area of your life or understanding.

Let me assure you that important and meaningful information is showing up so do pay attention to all the info that comes and goes in your world over the coming days and weeks.  What new understanding or clarity have you come by just recently?  What piece of info did you need and now have?  What issues or ideas continue to constantly occupy your mind?  What continues to utterly baffle and confuse you?

This Gemini New Moon is super fueled by energetic Mars meaning we’re all probably running around like the proverbial headless chickens.  Perhaps more disturbing however is the fact that this New Moon and Mars are square Chiron in Pisces which is slowing down to station retrograde on the 24th.  Negative mindsets can threaten to re-imprint old victim consciousness patterns.  Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, you can choose to focus your time and attention on what would make it better or what is needed for a solution.  Choose inspiration instead of disappointment.  Healing over re-wounding.

The additional stress of the Sun and Moon also inconjunct retrograde Saturn, newly returned to Scorpio for the summer, will likely reflect some outer limit or authority figure trying to tell you what to do or that some rule or expectation must be met before you can successfully move forward with an important personal goal. Make the effort. Take complete responsibility for your choices and actions. Own the consequences of all your behaviors. You won’t be sorry…

Venus in Leo is inconjunct Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio is semi-square Pluto in Capricorn. Both of these uneasy connections point to the necessity of letting go of old realities and old values or value systems that just don’t work anymore. It’s time to get real, and see things and people as they are not as you wish or need them to be.  No, your Girl Friend isn’t perfect.  And, No. Your job isn’t perfect either.  and Neither are all your friends or your apartment or your car…  You get the picture.  For sure, if crises erupt in your relationships or unexpected financial surprises suddenly appear our of nowhere, you have NOT been paying attention to something that needs to change in your life.

For some, changing an old stubborn mindset may be difficult.  After all, you’ve thought that way for YEARS!  But what if those kinds of thoughts are truly NOT serving you?  What if you decided to change the way you think.  The thoughts you think…  Then, perhaps, instead of feeling victimized by something that’s happened in the past, try to imagine the purpose for its happening and what it has taught you and how it may indeed change the course of your life.  That’s inspiration.  That’s a Soul conversation.

I’m reminded of some very old ad campaign that said, ” … a mind was a terrible thing to waste.” We are all processing thousands of bits and bytes of information and data every moment of every day.  Our minds are indeed powerful machines.  But perhaps more powerful however are the thoughts themselves.  Thoughts are things!  They manifest.  They materialize.  Nothing has ever been created that was not first imagined or thought about.  Unconscious thoughts are likely to be bubbling up!  Pay attention!

So yes, we’re all super busy processing our info laden lives moment to moment.  Take just a few of those moments periodically to remind yourself of just what an awesome responsibility your mind holds.  Always use it wisely to produce thoughts for the good of all concerned…

 The Cancer New Moon occurs on July 15th at 6:24 pm MST!

Copyright 2015 Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting All rights reserved.

Gemini New Moon

GeminiGlyph1The Gemini New Moon occurs at 11:40 am MST on Wednesday, May 28th at 7 degrees Gemini 21 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  GeminiNewMoon2014.  Gemini is the sign of the Twins who symbolize the dual nature of our physical plane of existence here on planet Earth.  This sign also reflects the natural law of polarity that exists in our time/space reality.  Gemini is associated with the choices we’re often faced with between two or more equally appealing options as this is the sign of diversity and variety. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Gemini lives up to these qualities by being a ‘walking encyclopedia’ of knowledge.  The usually know a little bit about almost everything!

Gemini also rules the left brain and its logical, linear, deductive way of thinking.  Studying the surrounding environment, it labels and classifies phenomenal objects in order to understand the physical world. Ruled by Mercury, the ‘Messenger’ planet, Geminis never tire of learning one more fact, visiting one more website, attending one more workshop, making one more phone call, or reading one more book, text or email message!  Consequently, Gemini regularly suffers from information overload, becoming overwhelmed with way too many facts – facts that often conflict with one another!

Interestingly, Mercury is at 29 degrees Gemini in the New Moon chart.  The final degree of any sign  signifies culmination.  Planets at 29 degrees can achieve mastery and completion.  Mercury now has the potential ability to KNOW, and to ultimately arrive at a thorough and accurate understanding of the facts of any given situation.

Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that Mercury goes retrograde for the second time this year during June.  Thank heavens for Mercury retrogrades!  This is because Mercury retrograde periods always help Gemini purge excess data and useless knowledge and balance predominantly left-brained logical thinking habits with right-brain intuitive thought processes. After all, our left brain is only half of our brain!  Mercury retrograde is a time to integrate left brain and right brain; logic AND intuition.

Mercury will be retrograde from June 7th to July 1st.  It will retrace its steps from 3 degrees Cancer to 24 degrees Gemini. This particular retrograde period will encourage a review of how we FEEL about ourselves, our home, our family and what we need in order to feel safe, secure and protected. It can reveal how our thoughts (Gemini) contribute either to an overall well-being or conversely to a consciousness of fear and doubt that creates emotional insecurities.

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces will also both go retrograde this month on the 9th and 20th respectively. While they’re coming to a ‘standstill’ before appearing to change directions in the heavens, their influence will greatly intensify.  Retrograde until November 17th, Neptune helps us reflect upon the deepest levels of truth our beliefs allow.  Its a time for spiritual reflection and development.  Spiritual guidance and inspiration is always highlighted when Neptune stations retrograde or direct.  Use this time to develop greater compassion for yourself and your fellow human beings.  Reflect upon beliefs that are preventing a direct reunion with the divine source of creation.  Chiron will be retrograde until November 24th.  In Pisces, Chiron can either bring spiritual awareness that helps heal old wounds, or negative, delusional thinking that re-imprints a consciousness of victimization.

Neptune is currently at 7 degrees Pisces, exactly square (90 degree angle) the Gemini New Moon at 7 degrees Gemini.  This planetary combination reflects the potential for facts and truths to become blurred, idealized, confused, obfuscated or even deliberately hidden or falsified.  Illusions, delusions and deceptions will be far less troublesome if you allow your intuition to help you navigate through spin, scams and lies.  Clearly it’s time to trust your intuition!  Let it point the way to your personal truth and the information you need in order to evolve.  Listening intently to internal messages will allow you to better recognize spiritual guidance and to receive new insights and understanding.  These insights can be particularly helpful in healing those past wounds that may have left you feeling victimized.

Perhaps you’re ready to learn the following spiritual evolutionary lesson:  If you experienced something in your life, your own consciousness co-created it.   Over the last decade, quantum science has proven that consciousness creates reality.  Although most of us have been culturally conditioned to blame the perpetrator for difficult things that happen to us, the fact is, we are each ultimately responsible for everything we experience in our reality.  At a higher level of spiritual understanding there’s a realization that there’s really no such thing as a victim since we all co-create precisely what our Soul believes we need to experience in order to learn the lessons that will facilitate the evolutionary growth intentions our Soul has chosen for us in each lifetime.  Seek to move beyond suffering over WHAT happened, and move on to understanding WHY it happened.  All experiences are PURPOSEFUL.  What are you learning in this life that would make sense of your experiences – especially those that were the most difficult?

The Ascendant of the United States natal chart is at 7 degrees Gemini and natal Uranus is rising at 8 degrees Gemini!  Under this month’s Gemini New Moon it’s likely that we’ll continue to experience upsets and breakthroughs relative to old ideas, opinions and perspectives, particularly thoughts about power and powerlessness.  Our country is also continuing to be greatly impacted by the current Grand Cardinal Cross at mid-degrees (12 to 14) of the four cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) since our natal Saturn is at 14 degrees Libra square our natal Sun at 12 degrees Cancer.  This once-in-our-lifetimes planetary configuration is associated with the enormous social, cultural, economic and political transformations many nations are undergoing.  Shocking and surprising new information will likely be revealed this month that continues to change our self-image and identity as a nation, ultimately leading to changes in goals and policies.

So expect more bombshell revelations!  Neptune rules many things including oil and gas, religious ideologies and organizations, film and videos, drugs, chemicals and the pharmaceutical industry, water, art, music, psychology, mental health and ill-health, infectious diseases, fraud, theft, prisons, scandals and spying.  Watch headlines this month for stories on these and other topics especially ongoing releases of information regarding NSA spying, continuing struggles over ‘Net Neutrality, spread of the the MERS virus and increasing water shortages.  Oh and expect more than a few deceptions and lies to be spun by the media and those in power who frankly don’t want changes or reforms to in any way affect their status quo.

The Sun and Moon are trine (120 degree angle) Mars in Libra (recently direct after a long retrograde from March 1st to May 19th).  This celestial pattern reflects the growing energy available to actively begin new projects and implement plans that have been on hold since early March.  Many new ideas are being ‘seeded’ into personal and collective consciousness now.  Don’t just think about them, act on them!

Working harmoniously through Libra, the sign of relationships and equality, Mars trine the Sun and Moon in Gemini also support new directions in relating and relationships.  An example of this energy is reflected in newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent invitation to attend his upcoming inauguration to his country’s long-time arch enemy Pakistani leader, Nawaz Sharif.  Compromise, collaboration, sharing and mutual respect is on the rise worldwide, despite what the media would have us believe.  Meeting others halfway and treating everyone equally will ensure greater harmony, fairness and justice for all.  A quote I recently read sums up the evolutionary imperative of these extraordinary times perfectly.  It said, “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”

Unfortunately, Mars in Libra is also finishing up an inconjunct angle (150 degrees) with Neptune in Pisces.  Sadly, this astrological aspect was reflected in the latest mass shooting (Mars rules men, guns and anger) by a mentally ill (Neptune) young man who killed six people in Isla Vista California in an insane act of revenge.  He held deep and long standing grievances against other men he felt superior to and against women for rejecting his sexual advances denying him the pleasures he felt he was entitled to as the ‘alpha male’ he perceived himself to be.  Perhaps gun safety legislation mandating background checks for ALL gun purchases that failed last year will be resurrected and finally succeed now that Mars is moving forward once again.

June offers all of us the opportunity to either increase mindless ‘busy-ness’ or a chance to calm our increasingly overwhelmed and overloaded minds.  Take time this month to simply be still and quiet.  Spend more time in nature, by water, listening to soothing music or creating art.  Make time for mindful meditation and prayer to enjoy and maximize the mind-changing benefits of this Gemini New Moon!

This article is a brief summary of my live presentation/analysis of the New Moon chart in an approximate hour-long audio recording that includes dates/descriptions of significant upcoming astrological aspects for the month. The audio recording is available on CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The Cancer New Moon is on June 27th at 1:08 am MST!

 Copyright 2014.  Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.  All rights reserved.

MERCURY RETROGRADE IS NOT A BAD THING! Unless you ignore it…

One of the things I am consistently amazed by as I work with clients is their overwhelming and pervasive negative interpretation of Mercury retrograde periods.  This reveals a biased and unfortunate misinterpretation of the true purpose and meaning of Mercury retrograde.

Let me begin to try to change your mind about this common astrological event by saying that Mercury retrograde occurs three to four times each year.  Mercury retrograde periods last for an average of 21 to 24 days each.  Add 10 days before and after to account for the pre- and post-shadow periods (a technical part of any planetary retro event) and, well, you get the idea.  Mercury retrograde is a pretty commonplace event in our lives!  We are about to experience our next Mercury retrograde period beginning this evening at 7:15 pm MST and continuing until 10:40 pm MST August 7th!

So what does Mercury retrograde really mean?

First and foremost:  Retrograde is a NATURAL phenomenon!  All things natural have a natural purpose and naturally fit into and contribute to a healthy balance within the whole of existence.  All things natural are also archetypal.  So let’s understand the primary archetype associated with the phenomena of retrograde in and of itself.   Yes, retrograde movement has its own archetypal meaning.  The primary archetype of retrograde movement is, ‘individuation.’  Think Jungian theory.  Individuation is the ‘process by which individuals in society become differentiated from one another.’  You become your unique individual self.

And by the way, the proper, technical phrase is ‘apparent retrograde motion.’  This is because the planets do not actually move backward.  It just looks that way from our point of view from Earth.  From our Earth-bound perspective, it’s actually an optical illusion.  Nevertheless, retrograde energy IS different than the energy associated with direct or forward movement of planets.

Retrograde movement is naturally associated with YIN energy or energy moving inward towards the center.  It’s introverted energy so to speak.  So if you have to look inward to find and work with retrograde energy, whose energy are you seeing when you look ‘in there?’  Your own!  Yours. Not anybody else’s.  Retrograde energy is an inside job.   It facilitates the natural individuation process.

Retrograde movement re-focuses energy and attention inward so that whatever is being experienced (depends on the planet that is retrograde) is being interpreted uniquely and individually according to your own personal values, beliefs, needs, thoughts, opinions, expectations, etc.  Yours.  Not anybody else’s.  Especially NOT according to the values, beliefs, needs, thoughts, opinions, expectations, etc. of the mainstream of society, ‘conventional wisdom’ or what’s otherwise known as consensus ‘reality.’

At its core, the purpose of retrograde energy is to teach us to balance our individual experience with that of the collective.  Part/whole.  Individual/community.  Person/team.  At certain points in our life we must decide for ourselves what is right and true for us regarding this, that and the other thing(s).  If we don’t do this, then we are hopeless sheep always following someone else’s example, lead, values, beliefs, needs, thoughts, opinions, etc.  We become cogs in a wheel.  We do not think for ourselves!  We stop evolving personally, and evolving in any way that contributes to the evolution of the collective.

Mercury rules the left-brain and has to do with logical thinking habits including linear thought processes, deductive reasoning, language and the learning process that labels, classifies and therefore KNOWS the real physical world — that which can be experienced through the five physical senses.

Jupiter rules the right-brain and is associated with intuitive thinking habits and wholistic, conceptual, image-based inner mental processing.   It is associated with ‘meta’-physical knowledge, insight, guidance and understanding that occurs in ways that are difficult to prove or measure through the five physical senses of our outer world.

An imbalance of the mind occurs due to extreme habits of utilizing logical thought processes exclusively and by only taking into account evidence from the real physical world in order to interpret and integrate information and make decisions.  Mental imbalance occurs when our intuitive faculties are neglected and ignored.

This left-brain imbalance is remedied by developing the right-brain.  We have to move our attention from the OUTER world of facts, figures and physical data, to the INNER world (YIN energy moves inward toward the center) of intuition, insights, hunches and metaphysical understanding.   We must learn to develop our right-brain capacity by asking for, listening to and honoring INNER guidance or intuitive information to achieve and maintain mind balance.  Most folks call this sort of thing ‘listening to your gut’ or ‘knowing what you know without knowing how you know it!’  Consulting our intuition, in addition to utilizing logical, linear thought patterns, consensus thinking or mainstream opinions, helps us maintain intellectual balance and frankly, our sanity.

So Mercury retrograde, in a nutshell, gives us plenty of opportunities every year to throw off all of the excess data, facts, messages and news commonly associated with the overall daily bombardment of data we call ‘info overload.’  It gives us the opportunity to think for ourselves and to achieve greater mental balance by developing our intuition.  By using our intuition, we know WHICH facts are important, WHICH messages to return and exactly WHAT information is true and worth our time and energy to take in or act upon.  The rest is just junk and likely to ‘clutter up’ our grey matter and render it less than effective.  Using intuition helps to restore balance to our total information processing capacity.  We think and decide best when we use both logic and intuition to arrive at what ‘feels’ right, in addition to what seems to ‘make sense’ to us as individuals.   In short, we learn to think and feel for ourselves and become intellectually whole and mentally balanced.

IT’S WHEN WE IGNORE OUR INTUITION, ESPECIALLY DURING MERCURY RETROGRADE PERIODS, THAT WE TYPICALLY EXPERIENCE HAVOC!

Have you ever experienced a totally unexpected computer crash (with no data backup of course) during Mercury retrograde?   Really?  Was it really completely and totally unexpected?  Or did the thought of the possibility of your computer crashing pop into your head a time or two or five during the weeks or days leading up to the retrograde period?   Or maybe you’ve experienced your car breaking down just like you imagined it would the night before it actually happened?!

OR, have you ever realized that you knew exactly who was calling (and therefore knew it was the person you absolutely did not want to talk to) so you decided NOT to pick up the phone?   Or did you just know, KNOW, the instant you saw that particular ‘help wanted’ ad for employment that it was ‘the one’ so you decided to apply right away?

These are just simple examples of how our intuition works – constantly – to guide us and help steer us in the right direction to grow and accomplish what we intend to accomplish.  Notice that the outcome was much better in the examples where intuition was heeded and followed.  Notice the outcome was much worse in the examples where intuition was NOT heeded and followed.  BOTH were a result of individual choices.  One choice was to trust, listen to and follow intuition; the other choice was to ignore it!

We are so darned conditioned here in the West to be totally logical and completely ignore any and all things intuitive, or ‘hunchy.’   In fact, we are often dismissed and ridiculed and judged as weak if we trust our gut over our head — especially in business situations.  In fact, most social, business and political leaders and experts consistently go out of their way to avoid any association with intuition whatsoever as they fear it will discredit and undermine their professional reputation and standing.   And yet, intuitive, right-brained, image-based thinking is HALF of our intellectual capacity for goodness sake!

The more we develop the capacity to regularly use and honor our intuition, the more helpful it will be, contributing to better choices and decisions.  The more ‘in tune’ we are with our own inner guidance that points us to the relevant info we really do need, the more we’ll be able to turn away from what we don’t need – all the extra input, superfluous data, junk mail, ‘rabbit hole website chasing,’ and endless conversations with people we really don’t want to talk with anyway!  Get it!?  Mercury retrograde periods are actually the perfect antidote to the info overload that’s become an all too common and regular experience in our modern lives.

So stop trashing Mercury retrograde!  It’s good for us!  We just have to overcome our pervasive and ingrained cultural bias that has taught us, to our great misfortune, to ignore half of our intellectual/mental capacity.  Brain science is continuously telling us that human beings vastly underutilize our total brain capacity.  Maybe part of that unused portion has to do with intuitive faculties, and image-based mental processes that stir the imagination and catapult the manifestation process into action in the first place!

Now every Mercury retrograde period is different.  This is because ALL of the planets are constantly moving and so Mercury is always in a unique pattern of connection to all of the other planets each time it begins a retro period.  This next Mercury retrograde period that begins later today occurs in the sign of Leo and should turn our attention to the question, “What about me?!”   Our thoughts will likely focus on issues related to personal recognition, praise, affection given and received, love affairs, pride and our children and creative pursuits.  Leo makes challenging square (90 degrees) and opposition (180 degrees) aspects to the other fixed signs during this retro period, so folks with a lot of emphasis in the fixed signs of Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus will probably find it more difficult than those who don’t to listen to and heed their intuition over the coming three weeks.

Each Mercury retrograde is experienced individually and totally depends upon what sign it’s happening in and what house that sign occupies in your own natal birth chart.  It also depends heavily on whatever aspects to your natal planets Mercury will make during its retro.  Some retro periods are indeed more intense than others.  But in my opinion, this is not because Mercury retrogrades are inherently bad or evil, but more so because certain logical thought patterns and behavioral habits are so dominant and fixed in our experience that they represent a sort of security of familiarity.  So considering a change to those patterns, even when our intuition is screaming at us to do so, can be more difficult for some of us at certain times and with some situations than for others.

However, the primary purpose of Mercury retro remains.  In order to grow and evolve beyond the limitations of old thought patterns of behavior, requires new input and new choices.  And our intuitive faculties will ALWAYS show us the way forward.  Mercury retro periods will always prompt us to pursue and consider input that’s different than what we’ve routinely tried and relied upon.  It will also always provide opportunities for us to achieve a greater balance in our thought processes using intuition alongside logic and honoring intuition as a source of information and guidance that’s equally valid and just as valuable as logic, facts and physical evidence.

So Happy Mercury Retrograde Everybody!  Let intuition reign!!

Infinite Blessings,

Donna

© Copyright 2012.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All Rights reserved.