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Duality – Gemini

1267973551l9sO3b Another Eclipse has graced us again! This one a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius, the energy of truth and wisdom. Personally, I feel it was a perfect way to end this wave of Eclipses with the Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Gemini. Why? Because by listening and following our heart’s wisdom, our own truth (Sag) we can bridge the gap and unify (Gemini) our subconscious (Moon) with our conscious mind (Sun).

So whatever may have transpired in your life, whatever you have been asked to contemplate on and relinquish in your life these past few months, by having followed your heart, is now on its path to a new beginning. The effects of this Eclipse, as well as the others that have passed, will be with you for a time. So sit and listen…….

With that….welcome to Gemini, the Messenger in your life! Here is where we take our seed that we have planted (Aries) and given value to via our talents, our own self-worth (Taurus) and begin to communicate it, market it, sell it , trade it, think it through (Gemini). Gemini uses all forms of communications (internet, writing, radio, speaking…) to get the message out, but it is also where we begin to understand the road to take in order to materialize our goal by carefully listening to the messages we receive, not just give. Here is where we find our messenger, as well, either through something we hear, someone we meet whose words trigger a moment of clarity, lyrics to a song, an advertisement…..any form of communication.

Gemini traits are those of intelligence, wittiness, charm, adaptability, and lovers of information. Being the energy of communications, you may find Geminis in all walks of life, sales, public relations, marketing, writing, speaking, entertaining. All paths that deal with bringing forth a message of some sort, and they do so with great love and passion!

I find it somewhat challenging to write about Gemini and its ruler Mercury because I am Gemini!! It’s a misconception that people have that we understand our own signs best and that it is where we shine the brightest. Though it is our expression, our ego, the shadow of our Sun is also our challenge. Based on the laws of karma, we come back to overcome certain traits for our soul’s evolution, which is why you find the positive and negative traits of your Sun sign. By unifying the negative and the positive (ego and higher self) of whatever solar energy we are born into, we can live that energy to its fullest creative expression, which is what Gemini does. It brings union between opposing forces. And that is a good place to start.

Why does Gemini have the reputation of being a “split personality?” Because no other sign understands the dualities of life better. Negative/positive, giving/receiving, love/hate, good/evil….and the list goes on. Why do they understand duality so well? Because they themselves are dual. They are the Twins. They perceptually understand.

To be a communicator, a messenger, one must understand and deliver both sides. A messenger must balance the opposing forces, but in order to do this, it also becomes necessary to separate them out. And so Gemini’s mission is actually one of separating in order to bridge the gap and bring unity. So we can see how they make great traders, salespeople, writers, politicians. This energy knows that there is only One, but to get there you must bring unity of oppositions.

Some of the symbols associated with Gemini are the Lovers card in Tarot, the Twins, Adam and Eve, and in the discipline of Kabbalah, the Hebrew letter Zayin (also spelled Zain, Zayn, or Zay). So let’s take a quick look at a few of these and maybe this will help bring some clarity, which is Mercury‘s, Gemini’s ruler, role.

So the Lovers card. This Tarot card represents the intimate relationship with our soul. It is the ability to be able to discern our physicality to our Higher Selves. The woman in the Lovers card represents our subconscious, and the man represents our conscious mind. The man looks to the woman who is looking upwards towards the Angel.

This is a representation of how our ego in order to live a full life must balance itself with the Higher Self for guidance. It is unifying our masculine (conscious mind) with our feminine energy (subconscious) How is this Gemini?

Well, the man (ego) has separated itself. It uses the energy of Gemini (in this case the woman) to bridge the gap of separation uniting him with his Higher Self. This shows us the importance of communications in relationships (spousal, parental, whatever), the giving and receiving of information that can lead to self-healing. All communications can raise your consciousness and that of others. Messengers and Messages. The Tree in the card represents the Tree of Knowledge, and the serpent is the duality in life.

Where did the separation of the ego and the Higher Self occur? We could probably use as an analogy the story of Adam and Eve. They tasted from the Tree of Duality making them aware of an opposing force. Their physicality and purity became shame, hiding from God and themselves. I’m sure some of you are saying wait…..Eve coaxed Adam to do that! So where is this concept of masculine needing feminine to reunite (feminine in this analogy being the Gemini energy)? And here enters Gemini’s dual nature. How can you know the opposing force exists without knowing the separation? Again, Gemini separates in order to understand and unite so that we may evolve and return to our Higher Self.

The Hebrew letter Zayin is the letter associated with Gemini. Zayin is obtaining sustenance through struggle. It is also the sword (which, by the way, in Kabbalah Yoga would be the side plank) of discernment cutting through delusions/illusions to receive clarity. So how is this Gemini?

Zayin’s numerical value is that of seven. This is the path of the law of Expression, communication. When we look at this in terms of Creation, there were six days to Creation, and then the seventh day is that of rest. The six days of Creation can be likened to the many different tensions that we face in our daily lives working hard to measure up to the elements of external factors (families, community, work) and this creates struggle because no matter what, we feel we are never free of these challenges and are not really sure how to balance our inner natures, our own values and integrity to fit in with the expectations of the world. We believe it is our egos, our physical abilities alone that control and sustain our fate.

The seventh day of rest is our peaceful center, our own inner identity. We are the object but we are not of the external factors. So Zayin represents the challenge in shaping and maintaining our identity, our spiritual selves knowing that God will provide success if we understand that all things come from Him, that all comes from One Source. Zayin allows us to persevere by bridging the gap to understand the concept of duality. It is the sustenance, the struggle to balance between the tensions of human existence and the Spirit. This is the challenge of life. And there is Gemini….the Messenger…..the bridging of duality. Gemini is the seventh day, the understanding that all comes from One.

Though Geminis are prone to be emotionally-detached, I can say from a personal perspective that Gemini loves. And it is this love that inspires them to inspire others and to unite others and unite all things into the One. It is a true, genuine heart, but it has to go through so many gyrations and does what is necessary to be sure that their goal of unifying is accomplished.

So let’s get down to what this means for you. Reflect on your life and see where you may be needing to merge two opposing forces. Where is there duality, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally that is creating separateness? Find ways to merge this duality. It shouldn’t be an either or decision, but a unifying, a balancing of that which we are and that which is needed to sustain ourselves in our physicality.

In yoga, practice alternate nostril pranayama. Merge your right brain energy with your left. Since Gemini rules the hands, lungs, and nervous system, when performing your asanas flow with the breath and bring your attention to uniting the body with the breath while being mindful of your hands/wrists while performing inversions. Bring the mind to the heart, the heart to the mind.

And listen…..pay attention to all forms of communications. This is the perfect energy for hearing the much needed message in order to fulfill your desire, to bring to life the seed you have planted. Pay attention to what people say.

And with that….I wish all my fellow Gemini friends a Happy Birthday!

With love,
Debbie

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Solar Eclipse – New Moon in Taurus

So much celestial activity this May! And so much inner activity within our lives! We have three eclipses, and they each ask of us to go within, examine ourselves, and bring to light new beginnings. Of course, that’s always easier said than done for in doing so, we are to open our hearts and look at our vulnerabilities, exposing them!

Solar and lunar eclipses are not necessarily doom and gloom as many ancients and even some modern-day schools of thought like to believe. Yes, there can be drastic events during eclipses, but this is most likely due to the aspects that planets begin to form to the place where the eclipse occurred. It is not the eclipse itself.

Really, they can be wonderful awakenings for us. They can bring introspection, endings and beginnings, fresh starts, clarity if we “listen.” It’s almost as if they are like our calendars in our computers or cell phones that periodically start making noises at us to remind us to do something. Eclipses remind us to do a self-check.

A solar eclipse takes place when the light of the Sun is blocked by the Moon coming between the Sun and the Earth. So temporarily, we do not see the light. We may feel lost, confused, unsure of our direction. They bring “darkness.” But in that darkness is silence, a perfect place for introspection. And then eventually it passes and the light reappears and can bring with it clarity and new beginnings.

A lunar eclipse can bring even more introspection as they occur when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon forcing us to balance our ego identity, which is our Sun, and our subconscious, our emotions, which is our Moon. The effects of a solar or lunar eclipse can last up to six months, but are most powerful for about a month.

As I was meditating on this solar eclipse event and what it meant, I found myself connecting to the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. There are 10 spheres on the Tree of Life. A brief description of what they represent would be the different levels of consciousness, not only within ourselves, but in the World around us. Each sphere has various archetypes associated with them, including astrological. For purposes of this article, we will work with the astrological significance.

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So when you look at spheres 6 (Tiphareth-Beauty), 9 (Yesod-Foundation), and 10 (Malkuth-Kingdom), they are The Sun, The Moon, and the Earth. The Sun in our astrological charts represents our self-expression, our ego-identity, vitality. The Moon is our subconscious, our emotional expression, intuition, anxieties. It can be our fears. Earth is our physicality, the manifestation of all conscious energy. And so there it is….the Moon in between the Sun and the Earth. Our own inner eclipse triggered by the external.

The sphere of Beauty (Tiphareth) on the Tree of Life represents our ego identity, but it is also our Awareness, our higher self. You notice it sits in the middle of the Tree. It is the place that oversees our subconscious and our conscious mind. Here is where we need to balance our spiritual higher awareness (intuitive mind) with our Earth-bound senses and look within our ego-identity to see where we need to sacrifice those parts of our ego that block our higher intuitive mind. The Sun rules over Beauty. Again, this is Beauty in a nutshell. It is so much more!

Foundation, (Yesod) you could say, is like the mixing bowl of all our conscious energies. It contains all our accumulated experiences, our patterns, our deepest memories and emotions. It contains our fears, anxieties. This is a place of transformation, death to that which will not serve us for our better good. You could liken Foundation to the Underworld. It is where we hold our deepest memories and emotions, but it is also a place of many riches! When we go within, here is where we gestate that which we come to learn about our “self” that prepares us for a rebirth, a new beginning. It is introspection, acceptance, and the force that then pushes us to manifest in our lives that which we desire to achieve. Foundation is the Moon.

And then Earth (Malkuth) is where all manifests. Here is where we take our self-expression balanced nicely with our higher intuitive natures and contribute to the World around us, our families, our work, our relationships.

So back to this eclipse! It is happening in the New Moon of Taurus with the Sun also in Taurus. As we know, Taurus is about our talents and self-value translated into our self-worth, whether monetarily, spiritually, materially, emotionally. So ask yourself questions regarding your talents, your self-worth, money, possessions. Where are you experiencing challenges and why. Go within and examine what it is you need to sacrifice in order to achieve a greater sense of self-worth to then contribute to the World.

Beauty (Sun) asks you to sacrifice. Foundation (the Moon) prepares for the birth by asking you to face that truth, that sacrifice. And then as the Moon moves away, the Light shines back onto the Earth bringing new clarity, new beginnings.

One other point I would like to mention is that Venus will be playing a role within the next few days, as well. Venus will be reappearing in the sky making a conjunction to the Moon. What does this mean? Open your heart, face your vulnerabilities. How do they interfere with your relationships? What vulnerabilities do you need to sacrifice in order to transform? Do you even acknowledge your vulnerabilities? I know….who wants to open themselves up like that. But to truly move on and create something new, it’s necessary. That is the suffering of change.

Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, this will be about opening our heart to self-love, self-acceptance, self-worth, self-value. Where do you lack self-love and why? It is about your physicality, your senses. It is how you will bring about success, and also how you will attract the right relationships. In Taurus, Venus is more about materiality. In Libra, it is more about love, grace, beauty, relationships. Connect to nature, connect to the beauty of life, and see the beauty of your “self” so that you can see it in others.

Of course, how this eclipse affects you personally and in what area of life is dependent on how it is aspecting your personal natal chart. However, if you’re wondering what areas of your life you need to be looking at, think back to the eclipse of November 2012. What was going on in your life? What was going on within you? Is this resurfacing?

All this will be helpful in preparing for the full Moon eclipse that will be happening at the end of the month. This will be a lunar eclipse, so it will bring about apprehensions and raise fears. You will be susceptible to the reactions of others. So if you want to create something new, deal with it now so that it will be easier to face your fears later.

And so the question is….what do I need to sacrifice (Beauty) in order to recognize my own self-worth and value to the World around me…..gestate and transform it (Foundation)…..and then birth it (Earth).

Wishing you much success and love! You are worth it.
Debbie

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