First Quarter Moon in Gemini ☽ Mar 5, 2017

Sunday, Mar 5 at 6.33am EST

Learn about the Moon. Learn about Gemini.

The Sun in Pisces squares the moon in Gemini. The moon will rise at noon in the north, peak at dusk and set at midnight in the south. Quarter moons prompt definitive change. They represent a turning point or moment of truth.

Gemini refreshes the left brain by helping us incorporate otherworldly wisdom in a scholarly, systematic fashion. The twins live behind the lectern, fueled by locution. See what it’s all about by writing/journaling at this quarter moon.

Your task is simple: meditation. Gemini catches Pisces in all four hands for a meticulous translation of feeling to thought. The twins are not satisfied with unanswered questions. Gemini asks us to fully embody our words. Still the mind. Be one with the mind. Important because Gemini and Pisces know what it means to be absolutely consumed by oblivion. They know the twisted bliss of surrendering to insanity, addiction and fantasy.

Have you researched twinhood? Twin mythemes share some core commonalities, according to Steven O’Brien’s work “Dioscuric Elements in Celtic and Germanic Mythology.” They are frequently depicted as: sons of Dyeus, a cross-cultural pantheistic deity of the daylight sky and partner of Gaia; brothers of Hausos the “Sun Maiden,” goddess of dawn, springtime and the new year; possessing cosmic identities and magic healing powers. In addition, they are associated with swans; dancing; human nature and cities; and upholding spoken promises. Mythic twins are male, often sharing one mother but different fathers. It is also often the case that one twin is immortal, the other human. This last element is of particular note because the Gemini twins, despite being identical, struggle to integrate. A constant disparateness persists.

Castor and Pollux of Greek and Roman mythology are the twins for whom Gemini was named. In one myth, titled “Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus,” Castor and Pollux abduct, rape and impregnate two sisters engaged to the twins’ cousins. I do not mean to upset anyone, and of course do not believe that this myth represents Gemini in any way. My intention is to find or create a better origin story for Gemini, one that is not utterly revolting and unjust. Accepting such stories normalizes rape and female oppression. We are too glorious for this antiquated bullshit. Let us honor Gemini, patron of free flyers, wind spirits, seekers, luminaries and long-legged gypsies. Other twins in the mytheme realm include: the Vedic Ashvins; Hinduism’s Nara and Narayana; Romulus and Remus of Italy; the Mayan Xbalanque and Hunahpu; and Ibeji of Yorubaland, originating in present-day Nigeria. We’ve got options.

In the wee hours of March 6, Luna has her once-monthly opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn is the Moon’s most difficult opponent. This is a low energy day best spent with minimal social contact. Later in the morning, she returns to her home constellation Cancer. On the afternoon of March 7, the Moon has another once-monthly opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon and Pluto are somewhat friendly in astrological terms, but once in opposition, Pluto in Capricorn’s icy crush liquefies the Moon’s resolve. This is a tumultuous and intense transit where we feel bogged down, gasping for air. Past issues and neuroses surface from deep below the conscious mind. Patterns once too dark to see come into view. Immediately disengage from what you cannot control. Be wary of explosive confrontations and especially mindful if/when expending sexual energy. Just before noon on March 8, Luna hops into Leo. Last but not least, the Moon lays her head in Virgo in the early evening of March 10 and that’s when the full moon craziness commences!

This quarter moon often results in exhaustion. Gemini is an arcade of ceaseless stimuli; a mammoth, blaring turbine. Clear your mind with Gemini Yoga. To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  surfacing for air

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