“The wobble of the earth’s axis, “… describes a cone in space. Because of precession, as it is called, the equinoctial point appears to shift slowly backward through the zodiac… For that reason the signs and constellations do not correspond. Precession, however, has no bearing on the signs, which are based on the seasons. The signs never change, though once every twenty-six thousand years or so the signs and constellations roughly coincide.” (From ‘A Fated Sky’ by BENSON BOBRICK)
I’m thinking about cycles… from the 26,000-year cycle of the precession of the equinoxes to the monthly cycle of the moon… and even right down to the daily cycle of the signs over the horizon (which pinpoints the rising degree in our charts)… astrology is a study of the symbolic meaning of those cycles. In this part of the solar year, the sun is moving through the sign of Gemini, with Mars also moving through this sign as part of his 2-year journey around the zodiac.
I’m offering a workshop at the end of the month (24th June, 2017) based on a talk I gave recently on Astrology & Healing (there are still places available if you’d like to join us). Gemini is the sign associated with the arms, hands and shoulders – those parts of the body that we use to gesticulate! Gemini also rules the lungs (the element of air is connected to breath and movement) and the nervous system (the mutable quality of this sign combined with the air element is easily thrown off centre – like the Ayurvedic dosha of Vata is the first to go out of kilter). Jacaranda (Australian Bush Flowers) is a lovely essence to help with the Geminian susceptibilities of scatteredness and anxiety (which might also be due to a high or stressed air element – or even a challenged Mercury, whether natally or by transit). There’ll be opportunities in the workshop to explore the energies of the Bach Flowers and the musical tones (amongst other things) associated with each sign and tune into what resonates for you personally.
The ruler of Gemini is Mercury and in his yearly cycle he dances with the sun – sometimes he’s behind and sometimes in front (depending on the retrograde cycles). Since his recent retrograde (this planet retrogrades three times a year), he’s behind the sun in the sign of Taurus. Someone with a Gemini sun sign might have Mercury in Taurus, Gemini or Cancer, depending on the cycles. Venus is in Aries just now (she retrogrades once every 18-19 months) and might be in Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer or Leo if you’re born with a Gemini sun. And the moon is currently waxing in Virgo (having reached the first quarter earlier this afternoon).
Jupiter and Saturn take approximately 12 and 29 years (respectively) to move through all the signs of the zodiac, with the outer-planetary energies (Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) taking approximately 51, 84, 165 and 248 years. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the planetary energies contained in a house system (worked out from the degree of the sign that was rising at the time of your birth) which delineates areas or circumstances of life (e.g., the third house is the house which rules siblings, schooling, neighbours and thought-processes – the house often associated with the sign of Gemini).
Do join me in dipping a toe into the synchronicities of astrology – if you can’t make the workshop (suitable for beginners, refreshers or those wishing to explore the healing correlations), these things can be explored in a one-to-one consultation.
Love and blessings from Helen x
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