Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
The bird is known by his note, the man by his words. Romanian Proverb
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. Chinese Proverb
The birds I heard today sang as freshly as if it had been the first morning of creation. Henry David Thoreau
Until spring comes, nightingales do not sing. Azerbaijani Proverb
The early bird catches the worm. Proverb
The new Moon in Gemini occurs on the 19th June in the United States and the 20th June in Australia. The Sabian Symbol is one of using, or finding, ones voice. What is it that you want to say? What announcements do you have to make? What revolutions do you have to reveal? What have you been wanting to speak or write about, but have been reticent (or afraid) to lift up your voice? It seems that now is the time to find that voice; to strike those chords and get the message out. The Symbol is Gemini 29: The First Mockingbird Of Spring Sings From The Tree Top. From my book, The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
The trick with this Symbol is to take the best of what’s available, make sense of it and to then improve it. There can be a great deal of skill involved in this, however, there are often those who will respond with scorn or jealousy, especially if a success of some type is involved. Knowing what to discard or leave out when you have a number of options is a valuable skill and may need to be employed now. If you are not good at these sorts of decisions then perhaps you need to employ the services of a good ‘Mockingbird’. It may be important to listen to and see what “song” ‘The Mockingbird Sings’. Are the thoughts original and unique or are they borrowed from others without any sense of a filter of personal authenticity? The new “song” that is created can be an announcement or signal of new beginnings. This can also show the mimicking of “sounds” to bring joy to those who need to hear the right thing. Sometimes it is better to tell someone what they would like to hear than to confront him or her with a harsh reality or something new and unfamiliar. It will still be, however, uniquely put together by the ‘Mockingbird’ and should leave anyone who hears the message happy.
Keywords: Enormous creative potential and talent. Integrating sounds to find a new melody. Being the first to see potential. Music and musicians. Interpretation. Pleasing others. Getting the story out first. Seeing and telling things ahead of their time. Being an innovator. Passing on messages. Tunes, songs. Positive vibrations.
The Caution: Taking from others and claiming the credit. Being noisy. Announcing new possibilities or just sounding off? Mimicking others. Not coming up with one’s own creative ideas. Having to always get in first. Making a noise and expecting others to respond. Stretching the truth. Revving up a story to get an effect.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of this new Moon is Gemini 28 - this what we
need to move away from, to let go of - it's Society Granting Bankruptcy To Him, A Man Leaves The Court With Mixed Feelings. This degree often implies the need to let others, or ones self, off the hook (to leave the court) - to forgive and forget and to move forward with the new, leaving the past behind. Where are you, or others, perhaps hanging onto old grievances, old failures and losses, old relationships that no longer serve, or decisions made that fell flat and didn't fulfill your desires? The 'Mixed Feelings' can be a sense of relief, but there can also be a sense of grief or loss as one moves on and lets go of what went before.
Keywords: Protection. Being let off the hook and free to get on with a new life. Starting back at square one. Renewal. Sacrifice. The need to remain optimistic about the future. Release of pressure. Facing judgment on one’s worth. Booms and busts. Playing with money. Taking risks in the quest for money. Issues of deserving respect. Leaving the scene. Feeling sad and relieved at the same time.
The Caution: Feeling let off the hook and able to commit the same mistakes. Running full tilt and risking everything. Not learning the lessons of how to operate in a structured society. Shifting responsibility onto others. Going “off duty” regardless of how others feel. Moral bankruptcy. Being kicked out. Using other people’s resources. Dejected and deserted.
So, obviously this is something that we're moving away from; it's time to leave the court of mixed feelings and time to get clear about what we want in the future.
Mercury, the ruler of this Gemini new Moon, is on a degree that describes waiting for the right moment. It can also show someone waiting and waiting and waiting and not committing to moving forward. The Symbol is Cancer 22: A Young Woman Awaiting A Sailboat. If you're waiting at the end of the dock wondering when your ship is going to arrive and you've been standing there for a while, it may be time to just jump in and take a chance.
Keywords: Waiting for one’s ship to come in. Escapist fantasies that rob everyday life. Travel and the longing for escape. Living in the future vs. being in the here and now. Nervous anticipation. Leaving things to chance. Believing that things will come eventually. Opportunism. Rocking someone’s boat. Expectant waiting. Constant looking to the horizon. Boats. Tides. Creating a safe harbor.
The Caution: The bubble bursting. Waiting for Mr. or Ms “perfect”. Ignoring what’s readily available. Longing for that which may never come. Missing opportunities. Always looking over one’s shoulder, seeking better things. Boredom with one’s life. Escapism. Possibilities that are never “good enough”. Pining for the unattainable. Not taking life on. Delusions of grandeur. Things always being better tomorrow.
Venus is retrograde and about to go stationery and then direct, and it's sextile Uranus, so it's quite a powerful influence. The Symbol is Gemini 9: A Medieval Archer Stands With The Ease Of One Wholly Sure Of Himself, Bow In Hand, His Quiver Filled With Arrows. I thought this picture of the female archer was quite apt with Venus retrograde and so strong on this degree. She's stripped bare and she doesn't seem to be fazed by her nakedness. Perhaps we need to emulate her ways...What are you aiming at? Where is your gaze heading? What are you focusing on?
Keywords: Being armed and ready. Having the aim and ammunition. Accuracy and strength. Getting to the point. The power of tension. Sending a message true and clear. Skills that create confidence and assurance. Focus. Bulls-eyes. Bows and arrows. Warriors. The determination to prevail.
The Caution: Going into battle unprepared. Overconfidence in one’s mission. Being trigger-happy. Someone “cocksure” of themselves. Threatening postures of attack or defense. Always being on the alert for any opportunity to fight.
Venus will go direct on June 27 and things will start to get interesting. Many have commented how the current Uranus-Pluto square is bringing about revolution and unrest and Venus' stay of several days on Gemini 8 will add a lot of fuel to the fire of that and protests will be seen everywhere. Not reported in the mainstream media in the US at all is the recent (and current) protests in Israel. Protests are happening everywhere... the Symbol for Venus going direct is Gemini 8: Aroused Strikers Surround A Factory. The Commentary of this degree from my book:
‘Aroused Strikers Surround a Factory’, they are obviously unhappy with their work, their pay or their conditions, and they are now on ‘Strike’. In some measure, they are not putting up with what they’re receiving for their efforts. For the moment, the disagreement has stopped anyone from benefiting from anything at all as events have come to a standstill. This Symbol pictures a dramatic type of power struggle or disagreement over how something of value is to be shared. It may be about work conditions, or the distribution of wealth that results from the work they are expected to do. What is their incentive for putting in the effort? The ‘Strikers’ may be calm, but all hell could break loose, turning into a full-blown demonstration with placards, yelling and violence.
My prediction is that, in some places and on many levels, things are going to get worse and people are going to get sick of putting up with it all. In a video I have just watched on the huge demonstrations currently happening in Israel, a woman said '... all they talk about is terrorism, terrorism, terrorism and security.' And that is ALL they talk about to keep us in line, to keep us terrorised and silent and not concentrating (or having the energy to seek the answers to) on things that really matter. Things are set to change on that score, though, as people rise up and proclaim that they are not going to take it any more.
Keywords: Bargaining to find more equitable solutions. Demanding better rights and conditions. Comradeship. Disruption of the normal flow. Not wanting to contribute or work. Taking time out to consider one’s position. Taking action or refusing to act. Labor strikes and strikers. Demonstrations. Peace rallies. Standing up for others. Scab labor. Sweat shops. Slave labor. Strikes. Bosses. Workers. Placard waving.
The Caution: Being obsessed with what is desired. Refusing any compromises. Going without one’s due in order to protest. Being locked out because of one’s actions or attitude. Being left out in the street. Greedy behavior. Asking for more than one’s share. Overworked and underpaid. Shutting down.
Mars is just now about to clear the place that it went retrograde in January. In other words, we've been covering the same old ground that we covered last year - no wonder many feel held back, frustrated or treading water.
Mars is on the last few minutes of Virgo 23: A Lion Tamer Rushes Fearlessly Into The Circus Arena. This pictures the need to get up and get going - to tackle those things that you've been rehearsing and rehearsing, learning and accumulating... especially if you've felt held back from coming to grips with your own somewhat unpredictable and wild energies. Perhaps you're ready to unleash them?
Just moments after the new Moon, Mars moves onto the same degree that it went retrograde on: Virgo 24: Mary And Her White Lamb. This is a lovely degree, but with Mars on it it can be saying that it's time to reassess how we handle relationships. This degree can show co dependent relationships where it's hard to let someone go, or to believe that they are no longer wanting to be with us, or we're no longer wanting to be with them or that people just need to stand on their own two feet, independent and more self reliant.
Keywords: Simple childlike innocence or pure escapism. Naivety. The Mary and Jesus story. Dependence. Kindness. Friendship. Bonds between pets and owners. Believing in the essential goodness of others. Hanging out with people. Looking out for someone. Cuteness. The urge to prove something. Dislike of dirt or grime. Being ‘addicted’ to someone or something.
The Caution: Naiveté. Avoiding real issues. Stalking. Over protection. Doubting motives. Paranoia that someone is following you. Feeling lost without the other. Doe-eyed attraction. Clinging to people. Arousing jealousy through favoritism. Not leaving people alone. Checking people’s whereabouts. Not growing up. Being the black sheep.
Some relationships or friendships may have to be let go as we come to new realisations about our lives. Venus was exactly square the degree where Mars went retrograde when it (Venus) went retrograde. The story appears to involve how we live together and cohabitate with others. How we feed ourselves, make money and manage to get along. Venus and Mars seem to be saying that there are lessons to be learnt around boundaries, desires, defences, what we will and won't put up with from others and who we let into our social circles and why. Sometimes the message is that even though some people (or things) are around you and may have been for some time, there comes a time when you want your freedom or to be more authentic or free of past ties, constraints or expectations.
It seems that fairy tales, myths or fantasies may be around us quite a lot. Jupiter is on Gemini 2: A Nervous Gentleman, Dressed In An Elaborate Santa Clause Costume, Is Filling Christmas Stockings Secretly. This degree can manifest itself all the way from someone wanting to dispense gifts, to be kind and thoughtful and wanting to share their 'gifts' with someone, all the way up to someone creeping around and trying to get away with something surreptitiously. As with all Symbols, it depends on how things are playing out as to which is happening.
Keywords: Wishes fulfilled. The longing for superficial gratification. Gifts being dispensed. Receiving from unknown sources. Giving for no particular reason or thought of reward for one’s self. Rewards coming. Making surprise visits. Token gestures. Furtive acts. Charity. Philanthropy. Secret affairs. The need for quick getaways.
The Caution: Hiding true gestures behind futile pretence. Concealing true intentions with a façade of goodness. Trying to get away with something. Stealing, shoplifting. Intrusion. Giving others what they want in a sly and secretive manner. Sneaking around in the dark. Bribes. Self-gratification. Eavesdropping and voyeurism. Being nervous or easily startled.
Saturn is on a degree that sounds very much like the degree of the new Moon as it's another one of using ones voice. However, with Saturn on it, there may be a reticence to speak up, to take the risk of speaking out, to stand out, etc. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The Symbol is Libra 23: Chanticleer's Voice Heralds The Rising Sun With Enthusiastic Tones. With the 'Mockingbird' of the new moon, it seems that we are being asked to find our voice and to see how it can be used to our advantage. Perhaps we're also seeing through the messages that the media is feeding us and we're wanting to 'blow the whistle' on things that appear to not be of 'the right tone'. One thing is for sure; we are being pushed to speak up, to not shrink back from making a contribution out there in the world. Saturn on this Chanticleer degree can bring up issues to do with people sounding off and making announcements that really irritate, alienate or confuse. The trick is to see where we're being manipulated or used and to turn our ears and attention to those who have a message worth listening to.
Uranus is on a great degree of seeing into things and sorting things out. It's Aries 9: A Seer Gazes Intently Into A Crystal Ball Before Him. This Symbol asks that we look into the meaning of things, to take a closer, deeper look at what's going on. With Uranus on this degree, many people are likely to increase their intuitive and psychic gifts and they're set to pick up on things more and more than perhaps they've done before.
Keywords: Flashes of inspiration. Tuning in and looking within for answers. Creative visualizations. Aura readings. Cutting through irrelevant messages. Looking carefully at structure. Seeking perfection. Clairvoyance. Illumination and deep insights. Looking ahead to see the signs.
The Caution: Confused by literal meanings. Not seeing the symbolic message. Always looking this way and that, not at the center. Getting lost in the big picture. Daydreaming and ignoring what’s really going on. Obsessing over what may happen. Needing to know what’s coming up. Being impatient.
Neptune is on Pisces 4: Heavy Traffic On A Narrow Isthmus Linking Two Seaside Resorts. This can talk about being stuck, not being able to move, having to better plan your movements, etc. It can refer to things where there's a lot going on at any level, it is not necessarily be about literally traveling on highways. It can be having a misaligned neck = restricted blood flow between one's head and one's body. I certainly experienced this degree in literal form a few days ago when I drove from San Diego, in southern California, up past Los Angeles to Thousand Oaks to give a lecture and do some readings. Six lanes of highway and it was what someone described as "a car park". It is extraordinary the number of cars here.
Keywords: Going with the flow. Running back and forth. Having to move continually. Pollution and car exhaust. Rush hour and road-rage. Plans for arrivals and departures. Public holidays. Traffic jams. Traffic banking up. Having trouble making left hand turns. Detours. Packing and unpacking. Luggage. Travel itineraries. Impasses. Nervous systems. Urine therapy. Constant phone calls. Switchboard jams. Heat and smog.
The Caution: Creating barriers. Constant traffic stopping the possibility of real human interchange. Claustrophobia. Feeling like there is no escape. Exhaustion due to everyday hustle and bustle. Running out of fuel. Accidents. Taking the long way round. Blockages.
Pluto is square Uranus, bringing quite a lot of tension and a desire to break through those blockages, barricades, obstructions, rules and regulations that don't make sense, smash the old guard, etc. Pluto is on Capricorn 9: An Angel Comes Carrying A Harp. This is a beautiful degree that speaks of angels and chords and harmonies and spreading beauty and peace. However, with Pluto on it, it can be difficult to know whether to trust the message - although it is in our highest good to expect the best and to feel that we can trust. It can be difficult with this configuration, but it's fairly safe to say that one must pick that tune that they want to dance to, listen to or follow.
The new Moon is basically saying that there are those that are heralding the spring and the dawning of a new time. Are you amongst them? Do you write? Do you communicate your thoughts? Do you have others to share your ideas with?
I'm in San Diego, having a wonderful time. I love it here. This Tuesday morning, smack on the new Moon here, I am going to Encinitas for a week. What a gorgeous place that is, too. Things are really happening in California!
I hope this new Moon brings all kinds of beauty, grace and gifts your way.