New Moon in Gemini

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Welcome to the New Moon in Gemini which waned at 2:40 eastern standard time this afternoon.

            The Moon, the planet that rules our emotional selves, that which we need for our emotional security, the receptor of the sun’s energy, and our feminine side, although that’s not necessarily tied to our emotions.  The moon is also where we feel a sense of protectiveness or parental instincts.  In the sign of Gemini, adaptable, communicative, logical… the dual energies, the dual columns, the twins and the lovers/brothers. 

            In the 9th house, where we search for meaning in our lives, where we explore what our beliefs really are whether we were born into them or not.  The 9th house would show whether you’re typically a person that just takes things at face value, or whether you dig and question each and every step of your spiritual development.  Gemini is mutable air, ruled by the planet Mercury, the color yellow and the agate Mutable signs are flexible and versatile. They adapt and adjust.  

Air enlivens the intellect and enhances sociability.

The conjunction with the sun is a place of unity. The sun representing our sense of self, how the world perceives who we are, but not necessarily who we are on the inside, with some of us that’s a side we’re often trained to keep hidden from the world around us.  The sun is where we develop our true abilities.  A positively positioned sun in your chart could be an indication that you walk a higher path of self-realization.  In Gemini, our sense of identity is changeble, we can adjust and adapt to new information expanding our spirituality outside the box.

            Mars, our impulsive will to act, our tunnel vision, our desire to conquer…Mars acts in order to get what Venus desires… where Venus attracts the desire, Mars desires to conquer symbolizing the centrifugal force, currently sits in the sign of Libra, intellect, creativity and social.  She gives Mars a false sense of accomplishment, so Mars may be frustrated here and in the 2nd house of material possessions, those things that we want may seem to slip out sit just beyond our grasp.  

Neptune, I think ever since I started studying charts, has been one of my favorite planets and has been one of the greater influences in my life once I got passed being driven by all those 8 house planets.  Neptune’s placement in your chart is important to your creativity, your imagination and dreams.  If you have ever taken an image, an initial idea, a vision, and gone through the process of making that vision come to fruition, the initial idea is Neptune energy.  It is your muse. Neptune sits square to the sun in Pisces in the 6th house, representing a sense of conflict. Neptune is comfortable in dreamy romantic Pisces, but in the 6th house, he’s very much aware of how we are perceived by others which could be the source of the tension with the Sun’s sense of identity.  

Today in the Hebrew calendar should be the Rosh Chodesh of the month of Sivan.  I wrote to an chassidic rabbi about this issue and this was his response…

“There is much written on this topic. In principle, our calendar is calculated, not measured. I.e., it is calculated based on astronomical constants, which of course results in an average date for the new moon, not the actual date of the new moon as can be observed. Halachically, we are obligated by the calculated new moon, not by the observable.”  

Now, I’m not making any judgments but one rule seems to contradict the other and as they follow their path, I have to follow mine.  As a pagan, to honor the new and full moon, and kabbalistically as the zohar makes no distinction between the actual or the calculated new moon, the calculated moon seems kinda silly and inappropriate.  That being said, today is the Rosh Chodesh of the month of Sivan. 

Sivan is the third of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar. It is the month in which the Torah says God descended on Mt. Sinai and gave the Torah to the Jewish people.

Symbolically, we are often born into a belief system within our family, even people who have no specific religious practice, is of itself, a belief system, and as we grow, it’s either that we learn to develop our own sense of spirituality, or we obediently remain where we were born.  I was watching an episode of Miami Ink the other day, and there was a young girl who wanted an inverted pentacle with a goats head… claiming she was raised catholic but was now into satanism and I wondered if she would have believed there was any such thing as satanism were it not for her catholic upbringing that teaches the absolutes between jesus the good and satan the evil.   

In the exodus story, I remember in the movie, with Charlon Heston and Edward G. Robinson, when Moses goes up to the mountain and Edward G Robinson convinces the people to build a golden calf to worship… known as the sin of the golden calf.  

Now El is also an acronym for Enlil, the brother of Enki who was later depicted as the serpent that wanted man to have the knowledge of the gods… Enlil did not.. so as the story goes, it would be symbolic that the exodus to be the finding of one’s freedom, and as the people thought their savior Moses had abandoned them, they reverted to the golden calf, the god they knew… even if it was one of oppression and sometimes we are like that ourselves… rather than step into the unknown, we often prefer to stay  where we are, where we are used to, pardon the phrase, but the devil we know.  

            Now it was supposed to be Aaron that the people asked to make the golden calf, Aaron was of the first lineage of the kohen gadol… the lineage of high priests.  Priesthood was often passed down through generations, as was royal lineage… which brings us to the Card the Lovers, also known as the brothers, the unseen forces of the power of Gemini…

The letter attributed to the month of Sivan is the letter Zayin… the woman of valor  zayin

The previous letter, vav, portrays the or yashar (“straight light”) descending from God into the worlds. The zayin, whose form is similar to a vav, though with a crown on top, reflects the or yashar of the vav as or chozer (“returning light”). Or chozer ascends with such great force that it reaches a higher state of consciousness than that of the revealed origin-point of the or yashar.

Though Sivan is itself the third month of the year, the letter associated with it in Sefer Yitzirah (the letter by which God created the month of Sivan in time) is the letter zayin (ז ), whose numerical value is 7.  Both numbers, 3 (the 3rd month) and 7, (the value of the zayin) are referred to by the sages as “beloved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

loversVenus and Mars – on a higher level Sun and Moon – as the combination of the contrasts
Zodiac: Gemini
Tree of life: From Binah to Tiphareth
Element: Air 
Number: 6 as combinantion of contrasts and their mutual penetration

The Lovers are one of the most complex cards in the Major Arcana, standing for the love in common and the alchemy of the universe. The trump represents the power of life, the creative love, which can be quite impressive, but also destructive when one happens to disregard the fire of instinct, burning down rationalism. 

The card also represents a decision, the farewell to a former way of life and the full acceptance of love uncompromising. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the ‘love’ is a person that you tie your knots to with fancy tungsten wedding bands – it can be a passion, a desire, or even a profession, like going to sea or working with horses. Many people who lead an adapted, settled life actually have deep desires and hidden wishes, that they don’t dare show, that they constantly fight back, surpressing their own happiness. 

The secrecy observed by the alchemists was made necessary by the power of persecuting churches. Bitterly as bigots fought among themselves, they were all equally concerned to destroy the infant science, which, as they instinctively recognized, would put an end to the ignorance and faith in which their power and wealth depended.

There are many stories /parables of brothers, one of the most notorious was of Cain and Abel and Isaac and Ishmael… stories of jealousy and betrayal, but the older story of the Gods of the Enuma Elish,  Enki and Enlil were just as dramatic as Enlil being the first born and entrusted with ruling and Enki being the favored because of his talents and capacity for great love.

This card is the Solve in the equation solve et coagula… it is the creation story telling the tale of eve and of Lilith, the seed of adam and the seed of the serpent.

Today is under the watchful eye of the Knight of Swords and the 8 of swords, the card of Interference- giving us the suggestion that sometimes we stand in our own way.

 

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8-swords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the decision to stay within the realm of what is our safety net, maybe over our sense of duty, or life, in reality… stepping off the path of safety into the realm of the unknown letting that trail take us where it will.

The Lovers card is the path 17  that between Tipareth and Binah…

— Sphere of Tiphareth —

We begin our journey in Tiphareth, Beauty.

The Hebrew Divine name is Jehovah Aloah Va Daath.

It is known as the Mediating Intelligence.

The Archangel is Raphael, Prince of Brightness, Beauty and life.

The Order of Angels is the Melachim, the Angelic Kings called the Order of Virtues, Angels and Rulers.

The corresponding planet is the Sun.

The number is 6.

Symbols of Tiphareth are the Calvary Cross, the Rose Cross, the Truncated Pyramid and the Cube.

Elements are air and spirit.

Stones are topaz and diamond.

The metal is gold.

The color is yellow.

Rhe corresponding body part is the breast.

The corresponding chakra is the Heart Center and the gland is the thymus.

Living beings are the lion, the child, and the phoenix.

The symbolic creature is the sparrow-hawk.

The musical note is “F.”

The scents are aloe, cinnamon and clove.

Herbs are angelica, almond, frankincense and myrrh.

The magical image is a Majestic King, a Child or a Sacrificed God.

The mythical correspondences are all of the Sacrificed Gods.

The spiritual experience is a vision of the Harmony of things and of healing and redemption; the “Christ Consciousness.”

 

— Sphere of Binah —

We conclude our journey in the Sphere of Binah, Understanding.

The Hebrew Divine Name is Jehovah Elohim, the perfection of Creation and the Life of the World to Come.

She is known as the “Sanctifying Intelligence.”

The Archangel is Tzaphqiel, the Prince of Spiritual Strife against Evil.

The Order of Angels is the Aralim, or Thrones, the strong and mighty Ones.

Binah corresponds in man to the right side of the face.

She is known as the Great Mother in all her forms, as Ama, the dark and sterile mother and as Aima, the bright and fertile mother. She is Mara, the great sea of the unconscious.

Binah is form, the container of force.

Her planet is Saturn.

Her stones are onyx and sapphire.

Her incense is civet, musk, ivy or nightshade.

Her musical note is “B.”

Her sound is the deep sympathetic sound of the cello, or rainfall.

Her color is black.

Her symbols are the yoni, the triangle, the cup and heh.

Mythological Correspondences are all of the “Mother” Goddesses.

The spiritual experience is stillness.

Now, lay aside your mandala and hold its image before your closed eyes.

 

— 17th Path —

The 17th Path is known in Hebrew by the Divine name of Zain.

It is called the Disposing Intelligence, which provides faith to the righteous.

The letter Zain is the final fertilizing act, the sword or armor.

The planetary ruler of the Path is Mercury.

The corresponding astrological sign to the Path is Gemini.

The Tarot Major Arcanum Key is the Lovers.

This Path rules the sense of smell and also the hands and body extremities.

The Esoteric Title is the Children of the Voice, the Oracle of the Mighty Gods.

The Mythological Correspondences on the Path include all of the sacrificed Gods because to successfully complete the Path requires even the “death” of one’s own higher self!

The color is orange.

Herbs are wormwood and cinnamon.

Stones are alexandrite and tourmaline.

The musical note is “D.”

 

Areas the 17th Path will help you:

The ability to detach from the material world

Being able to generate feelings of peace, harmony, joyousness, and attunement

Being accepted

Knowing that the more evolved you become, the narrower your path becomes; you walk the “razor’s edge”

Understanding patterns and karma

Understanding that we lose awareness of our past lives with each incarnation until we leave our bodily attachment behind; past life recall

Understanding that to gain control of any patterns we must first understand them

Increasing the energy you can draw in and project out

Grounding, stabilizing, with flexibility

Learning to accept nurturance without obligation

Being able to “merge” without resistance

Freeing energy through the releasing of expectation

Astral traveling and dream enhancement

Merging with and accepting your feminine nature

Enhancement of all of your physical and psychic senses

Understanding that the clearer you are, the lighter you are, and the higher the planes that you can access

You always have control – knowing that it is your free will to decide to repeat a pattern or to change it

Being able to surmount the “group mind” and merge with the “universal mind”

Feelings of “coming home;” being able to relax totally in your current situation

Being able to “let go” and have fun

Self-healing

Inner stillness

Opening the Heart, Throat, and Third Eye Centers

Conservation

Understanding that, “All the world is a stage, and life is a circus”

“Waking up” – coming to an awareness of a higher awareness

Being able to recognize yourself in all things

Understanding opposites, and the principles underlying discrimination

Understanding and finding the soul mate

 

Musical note is D= RE

= 417 hz on the solfeggio scale

Totem animals include hybrids and magpies… I chose the twins because they are fitting of the polar energies of Gemini.

magpie

 

 

 

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