May 20 – June 20, 2017 (Summer Solstice)
Happy birthday Geminis!
The Sun sign is a much-celebrated yet oversimplified astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – you are a whole soup of planets.
There’s so much noise in this modern world – humming drumming rumbling thundering buzzing that fills every corner of our skies and roads. Gemini is kind of like inward noise, what we call chitta in yoga: the constant fluctuation of the mind. It’s a scattered and structureless essence. It’s a racing air current, crazy, moody, creative, energetic…swirling, building…excitement and movement, a dancing brain. Pure joy in this. Everything bright, scintillating.
We Gemini folk can taste our thoughts. Disjointed, somehow we stay in our sockets, barely. Like water contained by air, giving off the mere impression of solid earth.
I cannot even begin to put into words how cathartic and comforting my dreams of twin flames, real and imagined, old and new, are to me…the love we share there is intense, an intertwining, immortal, transcendental. In that DMT-fueled state of bliss, we are together as one – always have been, always will be. In the dream state we get to jump all the hurdles that normally hold Gemini back. The words, the gestures, the reality of being in a body – all of that dissolves with a tiny pop and gush.
The season of the electrically charged, insatiable intellectual has arrived. This cycle requires massive stimulation, mind interminably circling. Gemini has nervous tics, especially in the eyes and hands. We will fidget and feel cagey when we must sit still, becoming easily disengaged from whatever is before us.
A well-defined comfort zone traps Gemini. The twins obsess, pinion, chase, spinning through infinite turbines until nothing more can be extracted. Our greatest challenge will be emerging from this labyrinth.
Gemini season translates fluidly as success in academic and/or professional settings. Information is processed quickly and systematically as long as we are present. The pace with which we speak may increase now and we will be even more competent and witty than usual. Many Geminis are writers, poets and artists. They are endlessly curious and analytical, drawn to puzzles, games and books.
We will juggle many interests and responsibilities during this cycle. Ironically, the twins are poor jugglers – you’d think otherwise, as Gemini is pure quicksilver-locomotion, but stability and self-control are scarce. And here, a glimpse of Gemini’s inconsistency, his indecision, his flighty heart.
The Gemini cycle favors changes in appearance or entirely new personas. A common Gemini fantasy is traveling the world and becoming a new person at each destination! Gemini types make odd first impressions – often they are totally silent or just ignore everyone! What they are doing is feeling everything out. Gemini’s dream is that others will fall in love with his scrutinizing.
Gemini has a knowing in the eyes. The twins are cunning, sharply intelligent, disarmingly charming. Gemini can instantly put others at ease, but internally the infamous two-faced tendency may be at play. An outgoing sprite no doubt, Gemini’s trust is notoriously elusive. Gemini loves meeting and chatting with strangers, but he is maddeningly picky and struggles to form close, long-term relationships. Ideal Gemini socioscapes are airports, train/bus stations, metropolises, clubs, bars, malls, public squares, etc – anywhere one might get lost in a crowd and become someone else. Gemini thrives on anonymity, stranger danger and chameleon acts.
On June 4 the Sun squares Neptune, the mystic and dreamer. Neptune is more than just a dreamer – she is a fantastical wisher-fish. Reality makes her shudder. She is without form, beyond what can be sensed. When the Sun interacts with such an adamant romantic, we are beholden to reverie and self-inflicted delusion. We may lie to ourselves, and we may lie so well that we don’t even know we are lying. We are not crazy, we are not inventing pain, we just need to trace the root, trace it back to muddled memories. A square with Neptune suggests that some confusion has blurred rosy idealistic notions of the past, particularly concerning male energy, or feelings of neglect, or being misguided. Needless to say, we will all be very very sensitive. Let’s all gently encourage one another to open up.
Seedlings whirl on the wings of springtime. Gaia’s steady breath rolls across the soul’s forest floor. The humid soil dries beneath you. Inhale these winds of change. Ashes mingle aloft like tiny birds, only to land once more in the ocean: a cosmic tale of death and rebirth.
This is my wish: that you rise above fear. May you feel light and invigorated and inspired. May your words ring with truth and freedom. Get lifted with Gemini Yoga. And for the spirit, an excerpt from my journal in India last year:
At the end of the Aries season, I fell very sick (again), but I feel that this was a result of the Self-work I’ve done. So I entered the Taurus season bedraggled and fever-ridden, but something ancient fell away; as the fever lifted, so too did the weight, and I have not felt this cleansed in years. Peaceful, relaxed, balanced within and without – a return to my soul and true nature. The body-mind complex uses extremes to extinguish inner flames. Not everything pans out the way we imagined, and when we accept this, the highest form of happiness comes soaring into the heart.
Mantra: change is good