May 29 – June 12, 2018
Mercury channels each constellation into the mind; he influences our day-to-day mental processing, our parceling of reality. He is a support beam for the sun and Venus. When Mercury joins the sun and/or Venus in the same constellation, the mind (Mercury) aligns with outward manifestation (sun) and the heart (Venus). This entire transit should be fantastic as the sun will also be in Gemini at this time. Mercury is said to “rule” Gemini, so this is the most auspicious placement for him (other than Virgo, the other constellation he rules). In Gemini (and Virgo) we experience mercurial essence in its most quintessential form. Gemini season is perhaps the busiest time of the year. You will likely feel the urge to move or travel. Good luck finding time to meditate!
Just like our most recent Mercury transit in Taurus, this one only lasts two weeks. Mercury’s tiny size and speed are best reflected in the qualities of Gemini. The twins, according to archetype, are small, wiry, spritely and never static. To the untrained eye, Gemini appears cool and collected. Yet hiding just under the surface of this carefully manicured facade lies a bundle of nervous energy. The Gemini soul is an unedited manuscript, a hurried scrawl.
Gemini is the zodiac’s witty wordsmith and gypsy musician. This is a great time for writing and musical pursuits of all kinds. Despite his motormouth, Gemini is solemnly private, soul cloaked in secrecy. Gemini types openly admit that they can’t/won’t stay in relationships, jobs or physical locations for very long. Infatuated with mystery, they become instantly intrigued by (addicted to) new people or ideas, and then, just as quickly, drop these obsessions with stupefying frigidity. The twins cast powerful spells, keeping truth and (true) self well guarded. Here a flicker of the twins’ notorious aloofness. One twin wants to love and be loved, the other can’t wait to fly away and never come back.
Gemini routinely pushes himself out of his comfort zone to slake an undying thirst for what is real and extreme and intoxicating in all its realness. Then he returns to a tight concentricity, rocked and lulled by a familiar revolution. Though he is a talented seer, Gemini’s insights are often distorted by his circular mind.
Twins represent duality in all forms: male and female, light and dark, day and night, life and death, sun and moon. In East Asia, these are known as yin and yang. Hunahpu and Xbalanque are twins from the ancient K’iche’ text Popul Vuh, the creation story of the Mayan people. At the end of the Popul Vuh, the twins become the sun and moon after surfacing from deep within the earth and climbing straight into the sky, heralding a new era of peace and security. May this transit similarly elevate you to a new level of alignment.
With Mercury in Gemini, we may struggle to communicate. Relax, take a breath. Don’t think so much, everything is ok :) Prepare for late nights filled with long conversation and wild gesticulation.
The first day of this cycle coincides with the Full Moon in Sagittarius…insanity! It looks like it’s going to be a wonderful day actually. The first day of June also looks lovely. Mercury will form a friendly trine to Mars in Aquarius and Venus in Cancer will form her own trine to Jupiter Retrograde in Scorpio. June 5 will be one of the more intense days of this transit. Mercury and the sun will link up in Gemini, but Venus will form an opposition to Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn. Watch for interpersonal conflict. The following day will carry a heavy Pisces/Neptune signature with both sun and Mercury squaring Neptune, plus a quarter moon in Pisces. Mercury enters Cancer one day before the new moon!
In meditation, focus on the throat chakra. Wear blue tones. Give special attention to your arms, hands and shoulders. Still the mind with chanting and Gemini Yoga. If you were born with Mercury in Gemini, these two weeks are your Mercury Return. To find your personal Mercury sign, click here.