Monthly Archives astrology: June 2012

Chart for the Summer Solstice, 2012


image by Visual Alchemy.  The Summer Solstice (northern hemisphere) occurs in the tropical zodiac at the exact moment when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer.  This coincides with the longest day of the year and the most fertile season in agrarian cultures in the northern hemisphere.  (Of course for my Aussie and Kiwi friends as well as those in southern Africa the seasons are reversed and the Summer Solstice occurs in December with the entry of the Sun into Capricorn.  If you’re curious about astrology in the southern hemisphere, check out this article.)

Cancer is the sign of nurturing and is ruled by the Moon, yet at the Summer Solstice the Sun is at its peak in its rulership of the sky.  Even when the Sun is at its most strong, its brilliant rays need to be filtered through the lunar light of emotion and instinct, symbolizing the need for the uniting of male and female energies in order for each to truly be expressed.

This Summer Solstice follows a New Moon in which the energies of the Sun and Moon are fused in a fresh new evolutionary cycle, and the New Moon was in Gemini, the sign of duality.  Are you sensing a theme here?  Dark and light, good and evil, Sun and Moon – balance and integration is the key.

That will not be easy during this Solstice season with Uranus nearing its first exact “square” alignment to Pluto.  This is a planetary cycle of change and transformation during which very little will be left unchanged.  We are birthing new paradigms now – any cultural dynamics that no longer serve the modern world will crumble and fall away.  This will lead to much fear and hysteria, but to […]

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By |2018-06-11T11:09:00-04:00June 20th, 2012|Holidays|3 Comments

Second New Moon in Gemini, June 19 2012

Gemini new moon Art by Isa leWinter

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The Gemini New Moon takes place on the 19th at the 28th degree of Gemini.  This is the second Gemini New Moon of the year: an exclamation point from the Universe reminding us that there is so much to learn right now and a great deal of information available to us. With Jupiter and Venus both in Gemini along with the New Moon, the mind is hungry for new information and ready to share it.

The New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle when the solar conscious principle converges with the emotions and lunar instincts of the subconscious.  It prepares us to move forward with something new.  Since the first Gemini New Moon last month Jupiter has moved into Gemini which enhances and expands that thirst for variety and experiences that will reshape the way we look at the world.

Gemini is the sign of the twins and the need to integrate duality.  Duality underpins all of life: light and dark, black and white, good and bad, love and hate, good and evil.  Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and as messenger to the gods Gemini was able to travel back and forth between their domains.  In fact he was the only god permitted to enter the Underworld.  As such, Gemini teaches us to fully understand both sides of duality without judgment and learn to integrate them into our reality.

A square from Venus to Chiron is embedded in the New Moon chart suggesting that a relationship or two will require attention during this lunation as the things we value (Venus) are called […]

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By |2018-07-15T09:44:41-04:00June 19th, 2012|Moon|1 Comment

Sunday inspiration: The unsung intelligence of life’s web

web of life.  Like brilliant ideas and hypotheses made literal flesh in space and time, natural intelligence is what you see when you look down a microscope at a cell. All those busy chemical cycles and all that frenetic protein manipulation — that is natural intelligence. The cyclical networks of molecules and enzymes, communicating with one another, sustaining themselves and repairing themselves — that is natural intelligence. The myriad exquisite nanotechnological machines known as ribosomes that effectively convert DNA code into long strings of amino acids that subsequently fold up into the Lego-like building blocks of life — that is natural intelligence. Indeed, the genetic code is itself an expression of natural intelligence. A code. Think about it. Codes are usually associated with us — machine code, binary code, Morse code, video/audio codecs, sign language and such. Codes — language-like systems in which one sort of information is transcribed into another — are the hallmark of intelligent purposeful activity. Yet Nature got there first. To be sure, the genetic code is so subtle and sophisticated that it took the human race hundreds of years to figure it out. …

evolution likewise involves the specific manipulation and specific reorganization of information. Just as the human brain/mind system takes in information, stores information and manipulates information, so too does the evolving web of life do the same. Information about the environment is stored in DNA — in as much as our genes contain information about the historical environment our ancestors lived (and survived) in. The reason the human organism can live and survive is because we are, through evolution, adapted to do so. Everything about our constituent bio-logic makes sense, […]

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By |2012-06-17T07:41:00-04:00June 17th, 2012|Consciousness, Inspiration|3 Comments

Jupiter in Gemini, June 2012 – June 2013

Jupiter in GeminiJupiter moved into Gemini on June 11th, and unlike some periods during which Jupiter retrogrades back into the previous sign at some point in its travels, it will remain in Gemini without interruption for about a year.

Jupiter is the planet of good fortune – of faith and optimism and our ability to encapsulate the world in a theology that provides our life with meaning.  Jupiter represents the evolution of our philosophies and our shared vision of meaning that we call religion.

Jupiter is often called the “Greater Benefic” (with Venus the Lesser) because of its generally expansive nature.  However, there is a dark side to Jupiter as well – the lack of practicality that blind optimism can engender, a self-righteousness that goes with strong beliefs.  Jupiter’s dark side can appear relatively benign when compared with a planet such as, say, Pluto, but when expansion turns into a relentless quest for more that never ceases it can become a bit of a problem.

I like to say that Jupiter in the natal chart shows where we want to be god.  Jupiter was the king of the gods, and he was always battling to defend his crown. When Jupiter goes through a sign it has a tendency to expand the qualities of that sign, and because Gemini rules all matters of communication, short travel, learning and intellectual stimulation we are likely to see a magnification of these experiences.

Jupiter is said to be in its “detriment” in Gemini because Gemini is opposite the sign of Jupiter’s rulership – Sagittarius.  Of all the polarities, the Gemini/Sagittarius opposition is the least problematic because they share so much in common.  Both are concerned with issues of learning and knowledge, they just approach the issues differently. […]

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By |2012-06-15T08:15:06-04:00June 15th, 2012|Planetary cycles|5 Comments

Family net worth is back to Pre-Pluto in Sag levels

In the news:

 The recent economic crisis left the median American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the  said Monday.


A hypothetical family richer than half the nation’s families and poorer than the other half had a net worth of $77,300 in 2010, compared with $126,400 in 2007, the Fed said. The crash of housing prices directly accounted for three-quarters of the loss.

This is interesting from an astrological viewpoint because Pluto entered Sagittarius in 1995 and began the obsessive (Pluto) push towards grandiosity (Sagittarius) that created the housing bubble, a variety of stock market bubbles, and an ever-widening circle of debt.  Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and began the contracting phase of the cycle, from which we are still recovering.

Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1503 and 1516.  During that time King Henry VIII ascended the throne and presided over a building boom that created what was perhaps the world’s first housing bubble.  He nearly bankrupted the country by spending lavishly on ships and palaces in which he hung 2000 tapestries.  When Pluto moved into Capricorn, the British treasury was empty after years of extravagance and high taxes were imposed in order to fund foreign wars (sound familiar?).

Pluto next traversed Sagittarius between 1748 and 1762.  That period saw the expansion of the British Empire into India, but after Pluto entered Capricorn in 1762 and Britain lost control of the American colonies its influence began to wane.

Astrologers were ready for this same pattern when Pluto entered Sagittarius, and we foresaw the contraction of 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn.  So it is no surprise that on average, […]

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By |2012-06-14T19:50:41-04:00June 14th, 2012|Money and markets|1 Comment
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