This June 24, 2017 UT (June 23 MST) New Moon lies just past the "Gate of Man" of Earth's Precessional Cross. It conjoins the stars forming the Foot of Castor of the Gemini Twins. The New Moon also conjoins Mercury, which lies slightly north of Castor's foot. Mercury is at home in Gemini and thus is empowered and expresses clearly and confidently. Mercury's transit through Gemini heightens all Mercurial processes, such as communication and language skills. It brings clarity of mind and promotes rational thinking. It accentuates all neurological and intellectual processes. Mercury plays a significant role throughout the first half of this lunar cycle as it makes passage through the stars of Gemini.
Mercury imparts an expressive and intellectual force. It drives our need to organize, rationalize, categorize, and assemble our world into a coherent understanding. It is the significator of the intellect. Mercury governs our sequential and logistical processes, our learning and reasoning abilities, our mental focus and capacity to concentrate, our language, reading, writing, and communication skills, how we speak and articulate. Mercury's astrophysical resonance effects some motor skills associated with coordination and dexterity and governs our neurological system.
The Gemini Twins are marked by the two principal stars, Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars, which mark the Twins' heads, lie in the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. The Twins stand upon the galactic equator at a 60° angle to the ecliptic plane, with the "Feet of the Twins" lying in earlier Gemini, upon the "Gate of Man." Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation, which inspires the expression of soul purpose through the daily activity of humankind—the theme of the Gate of Man. Sidereal Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. The Twins are of partnerships in mutual cooperation, linking and uniting efforts through their daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind.
The Foot of Castor
"IC433 is a supernova remnant of a star that exploded about 35000 years ago. It is located approx. 5000 light years away. To the left is IC444, a large emission nebula, which also contains a small reflection nebula (the small bluish patch in the upper middle). The two bright stars are Eta and Mu of Gemini." Eta and Mu are less than 2° apart. Image Credit: NASA Hubble Space Telescope
The foot of Castor is composed of Propus (Tejat Prior, Eta Gemini), Tejat Posterior (Mu Gemini), and the large emission nebula IC444 along with the supernova remnant IC433.
Tejat portends eminence and renown, and will make visible that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden in the closet, but destined to be seen. Tejat impels us to come out of hiding, to become visible, to stand forth in the limelight, and to become available and shareable. This can also indicate the need to emerge from our own mental obscurations, procrastinations or illusions. It impels decisive action. The foot of Castor impels demonstrable action to claim our roles in the physical world, to show up and participate, to take the immediate steps at hand in our everyday lives that are required for what we truly want in our lives. Tejat can also indicate those who are physically marked in some way, including birthmarks, genetic marks, or other unique features or adornments.
This lunar cycle impels us to communicate, connect and involve, to become shareable from a truer, open-hearted and more self-aware level of consciousness in our daily activity amongst humankind, especially in our personal, domestic and international relations. It impels us to take the practical steps at hand, those simple actions right in front of us that lead to our empowerment in life and our place in the world. It is a time to make decisions, to leave procrastination behind. Our Mercury New Moon at the Foot of Castor creates a fresh and exploratory energetic, one that is self-centric and sagacious in dealings with people, and is very goal oriented. Castor has a more boisterous opinionated activist nature than Pollux, and here in early sidereal Gemini, at the foot of Castor, Mercury prominently arouses this nature, riling things up in sense, but with intent to create progressive change from a righteous and moralistic perspective.
Several unique events occur in this lunar cycle that may emphasize a marked turning in the nature of our experience. A primary one is the Sun-Earth-Juno-Chariklo alignment, which marks a pivotal shift for relationships of all types.
Juno is the asteroid of covenants in relationships, mutual compatibility and is about the nature of the relationships we desire and draw to ourselves. Chariklo (pronounced Kha'riklo) is the largest of the known Centaurs, named after the nymph Chariklo from Mount Pelion in Greece, Chiron's wife. Chariklo inspires us to create an environmental resonance, a vibrational space, that encourages the manifestation and expression of the uniqueness and full potential of those we care for. Juno and Chariklo are in the midst of their synchronous retrogrades, an exceptionally rare occurrence. Their retrogrades occur amongst the higher-ideal stars of the Zen Archer, which inspire us to seek and attain our higher aspirations, our optimal human potential and unified awareness. This entire period impels a deep introspective process to reassess and redefine our relations and how we interrelate while bringing emphasis to if and how the energetic resonances we create in our relationships truly support the manifestation of our greatest potential as individuals and that of our relationships.
The alignments occurring now mark the pivotal transition point in this process. Occurring in our Mercury-empowered Gemini lunar cycle, this pivotal transition is an ideal time to make definitive decisions regarding how we interrelate at a personal level and, more importantly, about the nature of the resonance we wish to have in our relationships, as the vibrational resonance we mold is either nourishing or it is not to our greater wellbeing, our higher ideals and our longer-term goals. This planetary alignment marks not only the start of new Earth-Juno and Earth-Chariklo cycles, but also the start of the new Juno-Chariklo 4.7-year cycle, which continues through March 2022.
A more in-depth exploration of the Juno-Chariklo synthesis is presented in the article: Juno & Chariklo 2017: The Resonance of Our Relationships.
Other significant and catalyzing events include the Full Moon of July 9 UT (July 8 MST) conjoining retrograde Pluto by 1° in sidereal Sagittarius. The exact Sun-Pluto opposition occurs 24 hours later, initiating the new annual Earth-Pluto cycle. The Disseminating Moon occurs in Aquarius conjoining and nesting between the Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 and the Centaur Nessus. 2007 OR10 is the third largest Dwarf Planet so far discovered, after Pluto and Eris, expected to be given a name this year. The Last Quarter Moon conjoins Eris, just as it stations to begin its retrograde in opposition to the Dwarf Planet Haumea, while the Sun conjoins Pollux of the Gemini Twins. Eris and Haumea are in a several year opposition, which continues well into 2018. Both play a significant role in catalyzing the awakening of Human consciousness and our transition into a new world paradigm.
Pluto's True Colors - Image by NASA New Horizons Spacecraft
At one time, Pluto was thought to be the planet that ended the limits of our solar system. It was also consider the planet that marked the end of life, with astrologers associating it death and destruction, and something malefic to abhor. We now know this is not the case, both astronomically and astrologically. With the discovery of Eris and subsequently many more planets in orbits beyond Pluto, we are invited to explore and embody realms of consciousness far more transcendent to that of Pluto—while we are alive. So although Pluto was reclassified, some say demoted, to the Dwarf Planet category, in reality Pluto was elevated in stature, to be recognized not as a planet merely delineating endings and death, but as a gatekeeper and escort into deeper levels of self-empowerment. Pluto maintains its eminence associated with nuclear power, but he implores us to realize this nucleus of power is within self, rather than it being something to acquire through dominance and control over others or resources, or worse yet by judging and condemning others. Until realized, Pluto will continue to deconstruct immature and self-destructive behavioral patterns and attitudes that limit us from awakening to the power within. Pluto teaches us to look within self, rather than outside of self, to find our nuclear core of creative force. Pluto then teaches us to demonstrate the use of that force in ways that empower others and that awaken ourselves to new vistas of human potential, conscious awareness and experience waiting to be realized.
These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical sidereal astrology and synodic astrology.
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