Sun into Libra: Emerging into a New World

It is now six months since the Sun started its new cycle in Aries at the last Equinox. Its heroic journey began as it emerged, a seed from the other-dimensional womb of Pisces.

Each year the Sun presents us with a new incarnation to be birthed. Its journey begins in the dark below the horizon of the astrological chart. In the beginning we are only conscious of this earthly realm and like the seed need to follow our inner instincts to grow and fulfil the promise of the potential contained within Aries. In Taurus, the seed appears to remain intact and solid but way beneath the surface, it drops roots into the soil, knowing that that it cannot survive unless securely established. Gemini explores the environment, gathering variety and nutrients from the soil. Cancer takes in the nutrients and nurtures the softening seed not allowing anything to alter until the life inside is strong enough for the journey ahead. Finally, in Leo the call to the light is strong and the shoot breaks out of its seed home and issues forth leaving the shell behind. After the initial flourish, it is up to Virgo to push the shoot through the layers of soil, gathering experience and strength for the journey ahead, ensuring  the plant has all it needs to manifest into the glare of the wider world, the garden. Ta dah!

In Libra the bud lifts its head above the horizon of the astrological chart and opens to the world around. Here we forget the underground kingdom and the journey we have taken. We lose ourself in the abundance of beauty and creation all around. This is no longer the journey of the single seed but the awareness that the garden is full of other growing specimens. All around beings abound in all their amazing, beautiful diversity. In Libra we fall in love with the beauty in the bounty of colour, light, shape, and smell. Who knew there was so much to appreciate beyond our inner world?

The Sun has moved into Libra marking the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and the Autumn Equinox in the North. This is the beginning of our full participation in an external world.

We emerge after our six month inner journey of self-awareness. Survival and self-definition completed, we are able to become conscious of others. Ready to blossom we now lose ourself in the new world of possibility that is opening up. At this half yearly point, we want to join the party, let our fragrance be shared. It is time for some wooing and some co-creation, forgetting ourselves in the joy and the celebration of finding others. We are the beholder of beauty. Finally, with some confidence in who we are, there is no longer need to hold our ground and resist difference until we feel secure. We can now look at another without concern for our own survival. We fall in love with the assurance that we are alive and have something to offer and something to receive.

Secure in our uniqueness we can meet another in their different perfection and agree to work together.  No longer looking at our environment to divine who we are in its midst. Now we can see the other objectively and just appreciate them as they are.  This is where polarities become most conscious and allow us to step on the bridge and meet another in the middle.  There is fun to be had in  sharing. We have wonderful conversations as we explore, magnify, and affirm the glory of our companions. Together we can gift our talents to the whole.

It is now that we are ascending. It is time to show the hidden self that we have been nurturing. There is no need for self-assertion because we are self-assured. Forget about ourselves and celebrate the beauty we see in another; we no longer journey alone. There is no resistance. Beware of the media that tells you how to fear with its reports of constant unrest outside your domain. Check in with your heart. Rely on the logic of your personal observations and intuition. Trust the appreciation and the admiration that you feel for another. It is now time to support peace. The “I” has become “We”.  Viva la difference!

Gaia has shifted into another peaceful dimension and is asking us to join her. We are celebrating the sacred marriage. There is compassion for all that we are and the ability to step gracefully into this new open dance. Have faith the Virgin Goddess has completed her work, she has delivered perfection, and hands us on to Aphrodite to be mesmerised by the magnificence of other creations. Our heart is full and we yearn to connect.

The Gemini Eclipse – Ascension Anyone?!!

I am a Gemini. Does anyone else smart at the qualities that people throw at you when they discover your sun sign? I feel offended when I am accused of being fickle and two faced. I have Sun, Venus and Ceres in Gemini with Saturn, the planet of authority, responsibility and limitation, opposing them from the third house. It seems I have taken on Saturn’s approbation and disapproval of my Mercurial nature. My Virgo Ascendant and Taurus Moon weigh in to ground some of that Gemini whimsy. It may feel more comfortable but not always so merry. I have been horrified to be thought of as a party girl, social butterfly or light weight…no way! I am one of those that will get defensive for other notorious Gemini’s like Marilyn Monroe. ‘She is a great comedienne! You need intelligence to pull such timing and wit!’

I remember when I was first with my partner, I started playing the fool, pulling faces and generally mucking around. I was shocked and amazed at my levity and very delighted. I think at that point I knew I had found a safe haven with someone I could frolic with irreverently.

Still, no matter how often I indulged in childlike behaviour, I always felt it would not be condoned by the ‘real world.’ My core qualities were those I could not openly value causing a rift between my private and public self. Gemini is after all a sign of duality. Therein lies a feeling of alienation from my neighbours, of not belonging, because of my naturally errant ways.

My Gemini Sun has therefore, always felt eclipsed, which brings me to the subject of this post- the Solar Eclipse in Gemini. We have a day more in the Taurus energy before quite suddenly the New Moon and the Eclipse coincides at zero degrees Gemini. Anyone who has been reading my posts over the last Sun/Moon cycle through Taurus would have witnessed and likely felt for themselves, my ‘sinking into the earth’ sensation, slowing down almost to a standstill. Over the last few days my sleep has been very heavy and when I wake I have experienced my consciousness as almost physical, taking effort to pull my awareness up through my body where it had been captured by slothful slumber. Everything has been very sensate. Now the Sun will move into the bright light of Gemini and the Moon will shift from its dark slumber and will embrace the golden orb so enthusiastically, that for a time it will blot out the Sun’s bright light allowing the dross to be burnt off in a ring of fire.

Mercury, the God of the mind, is the only planet that can dart around and go safely to places where the other gods cannot. He can enter the underworld and negotiate for the release of those held there. He is capable of tricks that allow him to conceal his whereabouts by appearing to turn backwards. My Gemini self is much amused as her ruling planet displays these antics during this eclipse. Mercury’s trickster qualities come in when the path of the full eclipse can be viewed over Southwest China and Japan on the 21st of May. It then travels over the Pacific crossing the International Dateline so it arrives in the USA on the day before on 20th May. (Much mirth at mercurial magic :D) It enters the USA at the California/Oregon border and travels in full fire through to Texas. And so the Messenger God does double duty going back in time to rescue us from whatever paralysing dilemma we have been experiencing in the underworld during the Dark Moon in Taurus.

As I matured I began to really appreciate the value of my Sun sign. What I was judging as lightweight and bubble-headed, I now perceive as de-light-ful. What I perceived as feather-brained I, now see as nonjudgemental, more like the feather that is used to measure the purity of the heart in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. I appreciate and engage curiously with whatever I encounter, allowing it to be the perfection that it is, no matter how contradictory. I am curious to know, and without preconceptions allow the paradox to lead me into further discovery. I have learnt to value my lightness and know that it is a gift I have to share with others. At my best I become the light-bearer bringing good vibes and the tinkle of joy wherever my essence may shine.

This Gemini Eclipse promises to bring light to our underworld wanderings, illuminating the path of ascension to our rightful place amongst the stars.

Image: FredericLeighton-The Return of Persephone (1891) Here we see Mercury/Hermes returning Persephone to her mother, Demeter on the surface after her abduction into the underworld. A perfect echo of this eclipse.