Gemini: Adaptability in a Changing World

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May 2012 Gemini Edition

“The world is always in movement.”

 – V. S. Naipaul 

Sunday morning the Sun will leave the stable, placid earth sign of Taurus and enter the adaptable and interactive air sign of Gemini. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac provides the means to rectify or redirect the energy of the previous sign. Gemini lifts the solid and steadfast energy of Taurus to engage the intellect, connect with others, and create movement.

Gemini is bright, curious and intelligent. It has a child-like enthusiasm for exploring its immediate environment and learning new things. Gemini engages its intellect to work quickly and come up with easy solutions and answers to problems. Quick in thought and action, inquisitive and clever, Gemini easily grasps new ideas. It loves facts and is an avid information gatherer. The key phrase for Gemini is “I Think.” 

The symbol for Gemini is The Twins, which represent duality seeking other viewpoints. Gemini is adept at seeing all aspects of a situation. It easily turns things upside-down or inside-out to view them from all vantage points. Dualistic in nature, Gemini appreciates both sides of an argument and knows there are two sides to every coin.

Gemini is versatile and adaptable, understanding and accommodating. Gemini can be difficult to pin down because of its desire for more information, its need for sharing information with others and its reluctance to make firm decisions. Like the wind and the weather, this mutable sign is ever changing.

Gemini appreciates being in the moment. It is spontaneous and dislikes routine. It searches for variety, and delights in the multi-facetedness of life. Multi-tasking Gemini can do many things at once, for example chatting on the phone while checking email and leafing through a magazine. Like its archetype the juggler, Gemini is adept at keeping many objects in the air at once.

Quick-witted Gemini has a sense of humor and enjoys tricks and riddles. It excels in word-play, such as puns and limericks. Gemini mentally free-associates and can quickly change subjects when talking with others. Gemini effortlessly flits from topic to topic like a butterfly, briefly alighting on one idea and then the next. 

Gemini rules our side-by-side relationships with siblings, peers and neighbors. Social Gemini shares its information and ideas with others. While talkative, Gemini can also be a good listener. It is a communication chameleon, adapting itself to changing situations and people.

Gemini rules our early childhood and grammar school education, when we learn the skills we need in order to adapt and move about in our small corner of the world. We acquire and refine our motor skills, learning how to tie shoes, play catch and team sports. We are taught language skills and how to read and write. We learn how to interact in socially acceptable ways with siblings, playmates, and other children at school. We master using the telephone and the computer to communicate with family and friends.

While Gemini appears changeable on the surface, it often lacks depth and persistence to make lasting changes. It has a short emotional memory and often fears the lesser known, deeper parts of itself. When it feels uncomfortable it changes the subject, or finds a back door to escape. Sometime appearing to lack good judgment, Gemini needs to learn to take responsibility for its feelings and actions.

Gemini’s restless intelligence becomes bored easily and it can lack follow-through. When it lives exclusively in the realm of the mind, it can neglect the body and practical, worldly matters. As the breath helps unify the mind and body, deep breathing exercises can be very grounding, centering and restorative for cerebral Gemini.

Archetypes for Gemini are twins, Peter Pan, the Fool, Coyote the Trickster, jesters and mischievous imps and sprites. Writers and journalists, novelists and book sellers, elementary school teachers, news commentators, weather forecasters, telephone operators, taxi drivers, and messengers of all sorts embody the energy of Gemini.

The color for Gemini is lemon yellow, which stimulates mental processes and encourages movement. Visualize yellow as you move about in your environment, in your car or on your bicycle. Malleable and flowing quicksilver is the metal for Gemini. Citrine is its gem. Ferns and Lily of the Valley are Gemini plants. Butterflies, small birds and monkeys are Gemini animals. Parts of the body ruled by Gemini are the hands and arms, the lungs and respiratory system.

 

Mercury, Planetary Ruler of Gemini

The sign of Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury.  Mercury in our astrological chart describes our information filter to the world: how we take in information from our immediate environment, how we process it, and what we do with it. Perhaps you are familiar with other models that describe the ways in which we relate to the world, such as the Myers-Briggs types or the 4MAT learning styles. In astrology we turn to the planet Mercury in a person’s chart. Its sign and House location reveal a person’s primary mode and arena of interacting with their environment, and how they think, learn, and communicate. The relationship of Mercury to other planetary energies in the chart further refines its nature and expression.

Mercury expressed through each of the 12 signs of the zodiac represent 12 different languages, or 12 different intellectual approaches to life. The 12 signs are classified by element. The fire signs are action-oriented, willful, inspirational and spontaneous. Earth signs are concrete, practical, material and sensation oriented. Air signs are intellectual, communicative and relational. Water signs are emotional, sensitive and creative in nature.

As the planetary ruler of communication and movement in our life, Mercury asks how well do we use our communication filter in perceiving the world around us? Can we be open-minded, adaptive and tolerant in a changing world? Can we be flexible, receptive, and accommodating of other communication styles? How can we use our relationship skills to be a spiritual messenger?

 

Celestial Events 

 

The Month Ahead

As the Sun moves into Gemini on Sunday it squares Neptune in Pisces. Allowing our conscious awareness to shine through when interacting and communicating with others can be difficult when fear and confusion cloud our thinking. Look for spiritual meaning in your experiences. Incorporate empathy, compassion and forgiveness in your thought processes and communications.

The Sun in Gemini disposits to Mercury in Taurus, conjunct Ceres, Jupiter and the Moon. These four planets in a grounded earth sign amplify the need to take in information through all our physical senses and communicate in a deliberate, patient, and grounded manner. This will provide us with emotional stability, nurturing support, and a higher vision of life that is connected to planet Earth.

The four planets in Taurus disposit to Venus in Gemini. Mercury in Taurus is in mutual reception with Venus in Gemini, providing greater understanding between otherwise incompatible planets and signs. Venus represents what attracts us, what we desire, what we want. In Gemini, Venus appreciates and is attracted to adaptive interaction and communication with others. Mercury operating in the communication filter of Taurus slows down, keeps its feet on the earth, savors sensory experiences, and takes its time enjoying interacting with others in practically creative ways. 

As you engage with everyday activities this month take time to value, love, appreciate and enjoy the creature comforts provided by nature. Use all your senses to connect with the earth and get in touch with what is good, true, and beautiful for you. This will help you clarify your values, and assist you in identifying what is truly important materially. It will help you integrate your material and spiritual values.

 

Venus Retrograde in Gemini

Venus recently stationed retrograde. It began moving backwards from our perspective on Earth on May 15th, and will continue its retrograde motion until June 27th. Retrograde periods are times to slow down our external activities so we can review and reconsider how effective they have been.

A Venus retrograde is a time to review what we desire in life to satisfy our needs, what we find attractive or repulsive, what we like and dislike. Are your desires in alignment with your true values? Or are they no longer authentic, based on old habits and patterns, social mores, or reflections of the values of others? With Venus in Gemini it is important to review what we “think” we want in life. How did you arrive at your conclusions about what is important to you materially?

Take time during this 6 week retrograde to connect with your deeper inner self and discover how you really feel about what you want. What will bring you greater satisfaction and contentment? How you can you satisfy your needs in more adaptable and practically creative ways, perhaps in your connections with others?

 

Venus-Sun Conjunction in Gemini

On June 5th the planet Venus will move across the face of the Sun. The last time we witnessed this rare event was in June 2004. The next time this transit will occur  will be in 2117. This transit is a turning point, promising new beginnings.

Venus is one of the few planets in our solar system visible to the naked eye. Its movements in the sky have been observed by humankind for eons. From our vantage point on Earth, Venus travels in a cyclic pattern lasting 584 days. During the first 263 days of this cycle Venus appears as the Evening Star. She appears lower in the sky, and a bit dimmer each night, until she drops out of view entirely for 8 days. She then reappears as the Morning Star, growing brighter and stronger for the next 263 days. She disappears again from view, this time for 50 days. The cycle then begins again.

The Mayans are one of several civilizations that carefully tracked the movements of Venus. The Mayan calendar is based on Venusian cycles. The disappearance or “death” of the Evening Star manifestation of Venus, and her subsequent rebirth as the Morning Star following her time in the “underworld” is reflected symbolically in the Mayan mythology of Quetzalcoatl.

The Venus-Sun conjunction occurring on June 5th represents the merging of the Sacred Feminine, spirit infused into material form through love, with masculine intellect and consciousness. As Venus crosses over the face of the Sun in retrograde motion, she intercepts its light and energy, and imbues it with her desire for physical expressions of love and connectedness.

The Venus-Sun conjunction will occur at 15 degrees Gemini, the halfway point through this sign, considered to be its strongest point energetically. Wherever 15 degrees Gemini occurs in your natal chart represents the area of life where you may feel the stirrings of new beginnings that will renew your connection with the earth and others in the months to come.

 

Solar Eclipse New Moon in Gemini

A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.

The next New Moon will be on Sunday May 20th at 4:47 p.m. (PDT), just hours after the Sun enters the sign of Gemini. This Solar Eclipse New Moon will be at 1 degree Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces. The new beginnings we create will support our efforts to create a spiritual connection with others through sensitivity, compassion, and forgiveness.

The area of your astrological chart where 1 degree Gemini falls represents the area of your life where you can benefit from cultivating new beginnings by being flexible, adaptable, and seeing other points of view. How can you be more responsive to your immediate environment? How can you communicate more effectively with others? Where do you need to create some change or movement in your life?
You may wish to set some new goals or create Gemini affirmations on May 20th. Examples are: “I express myself in open-minded ways as I share information with others.” “I embrace change through movement and adaptation.” “I use my communication skills to be a spiritual messenger.”

 

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius

You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 4th, the day before the Venus-Sun conjunction. This Full Moon squares Mars in Virgo, urging us to take action in ways that are of service to others. It will provide us with new ways we can communicate our higher vision of life to others, and become the Spiritual Messenger.

“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”

 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 Gemini Aromatherapy Blend

 

My aromatherapy synergy for this month is Gemini – a light and airy blend for improving communication and mental dexterity. Top notes of Lemon and Sweet Fennel cleanse and disperse emotional confusion. Refreshing middle notes of citrusy Litsea-May Chang and Peppermint enhance clarity of thought. Hay absolute bass note invokes images of warm, breezy days outdoors. Use to enhance learning while reading or studying.

Gemini Aromatherapy blend is available as a convenient room spray in three sizes:

2 oz.        $8.00
4 oz.       $15.00
 8 oz.       $30.00

Also available in a jojoba oil base to use as a perfume, anointing oil, or in a diffuser.

 

1/2 oz.    $6.00

An additional charge will be applied for shipping. E-mail or phone Mary Jo to order.

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 Astrological Services

 

“When we know and are aware of the planetary movements and conditions, and integrate them into our lifestyles, we can then be in alignment with the energies that they bring to support us.”

– Karen Bishop in Staying in Alignment

 

An astrological consultation provides perspective and understanding of your personality and life. It provides insight into ways you can resolve problems and live more effectively. Sessions are available in person, by phone or Skype to address your specific needs.
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Mary Jo Wevers, PhD

Soul•Personality Integration & Healing

Jungian Karmic Astrologer, Accredited JourneyTM Practitioner &

Licensed Spiritual Health Coach

www.maryjowevers.com

phone (541) 740-8081

 

MAx FABRY: THANK YOU

I just spent about thirty minutes reading “recommendations” about me on Linkedin. To say that I am truly humbled would be an understatement. Working in a private practice, staying on course with my mission, and maintaining relationships with family and friends, keeps me in a sort-of “life bubble”. To me, none of the three activities mentioned are driven by the need for kudo’s: my “private practice” provides me with gratitude and a sense of fulfilling a special calling that, at the end of the day, leaves me with a sense of awe about the human spirit. My private practice is a fuel for my capacity for compassion. “Staying on course with my mission” means nurturing an internet community of qualified health and wellness practitioners and supporting resources. The “mission”, based on the success I have achieved in my private practice, is to create a professional integrative/interactive model for delivery health and wellness services. I really do believe that “Together we are better”! And, finally, “maintaining relationships with family and friends” helps  me to remember who I am, where I came from, and, now, keeps me humbled as to my purpose.

Thank you to everyone that continues to love, accept, and encourage me and my dreams.

Learn more about my private practice at: http://www.lifestylechangescounseling.com

MAx FABRY: TESTIMONIAL

Hi MAx,

My name is Sarah Ikenberry and I am part of the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) team. I have been reading your blog and wanted to introduce myself. I appreciate the insight and expertise you share with your readers about substance abuse and recovery. I specifically enjoyed your recent post in which you encourage treatment providers to encourage those with substance abuse disorders to address their whole health.

Kind Regards,

Sarah

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I remember trying to refer one of my pro bono clients to a psychologist that I had sent many paying referrals. I presented the desperateness of the case, provided a financial picture, and asked if he could see her pro bono. I asked him to think about it overnight, saying “I know you will agree what we do isn’t about money, it is about helping people heal.” After thinking about it over night, he called to say he couldn’t take the client, adding “It is about the money, MAx.”

When I started my practice over a decade ago, my partner at the time and I agreed that we would each have three pro bono slots. We did this because we recognized not everyone had the resources to pay for care, and, the public health system had huge waiting lists. When the economy fell in 2008, two more pro bono spots were added. Because I am so busy through the week, I have always considered my pro bono slots my community service—my way of giving back to my community.

I have talked with many of my colleagues that are in the same field (addiction treatment) and other wellness practices (psychology, coaching, etc) that disagree about pro bono services. Many of them said, as part of their education, they were told to “not give your services away”, or, “people that don’t pay for their services don’t appreciate it and don’t get better.”

WOW! What can I say to that?

CONTINUE reading about “what I say about that” at:  www.lifestylechangescounseling.com, click “MAx’s Blog” on the left margin.