Welcome to Gemini season, 2016! This Saturday's Full Moon in Sagittarius was very personally revelatory. To understand the energy and influences of Sagittarius, I like to view it in context as a part of the third quadrant of the zodiac, associated with the fall season and made up of: Libra (October), Scorpio (November) and Sagittarius (December). The whole wheel of the zodiac is a metaphor for the cycle of conscious evolution. During the fall portion of the wheel, we balance and reflect in Libra to prepare for a battle to the death in Scorpio and a realignment to a truer, clearer vision in Sagittarius. As a mutable sign, Sagittarius ties up the loose ends of the activities of this quadrant before the inauguration of the final season, winter, in Capricorn. The core insights gleaned in the alchemical process of the fall months comes to fruition in the winter, much like the decay and regeneration of composting that creates a fertile and refined environment for the peak expression of life and growth.
These heavier and hard-worn processes may seem inconsistent with a sign typically known for its high-flying optimism. But a matured expression of Sagittarius is not one of naivety or rashness but a deep-rooted trust and a resiliency born from an unwavering commitment to the tasks of Scorpio before it. Traversing the harshest depths of ourselves and our world will add depth of soul, refine and vivify our appreciation for life, fortify our muster and basically reorient our whole being.
It may also seem strange that Capricorn, which occurs at the winter solstice, should represent such summery themes as flowering and peak growth. The zodiac's metaphors are riddled with paradox and this is no exception. The impossible task of bearing fruit and coming to full bloom in harshness of winter is indeed quite a fitting description of coming into our own in a lifetime. Blizzards of doubt will block your vision and ask you to go back inside where it's safe. You will have to emerge through seemingly impenetrable barriers of frozen ground both internally and externally. Standing exposed to the elements, perhaps without another encouraging soul around, you carry on with only your passion to flourish despite all odds. As opposed to the summer-time ripening of the child with full support of Cancerian mother energy, the Capricorn path is the adult and solitary version of individuation.
I find my poetic sensibility at the bedrock of my ability to cope with all of this. Language comes from lack. Our primary urges toward expression come from the need to communicate our needs and desires. We mature and master the ability to meet these needs on our own and then there is an excess of language. My life is much less chaotic when I keep it simple rather than build up ever more complex desires to meet my ability to language them. But what to do with these staggering vocabularies? Channel them poetically! Cultivate a metaphorical lens that fosters healing by giving meaning and richness to experiences both pleasant and painful, reconnecting with the transient nature of existence and breaking out of narcissism to offer up some beauty. Gemini rules communication, language and thought. We are supported to take stock of how these things operate in our inner and outer world and transmute them with the power of poetics.
My little, well-loved slice of cyber space is like a playground, a pillow for my head to dream upon, a public confessional for the sweetest secrets of my humanity. Thank you for visiting, whoever you are!