The Sun’s entry into Gemini wakes within us a stirring towards novelty. Gemini delights in adventure, and in the breadth and variety of experience. This New Moon in Gemini brings about the characteristic energetic lightness and fluidity of Gemini. There are however, other planetary energies playing out to be considered.
Gemini, and its ruler Mercury, preside over matters related to cognition, language, teaching and learning, writing and thinking. In the season of Gemini, our thoughts, the way we communicate with each other, the messages that we give and receive, our thought patterns, whether positive or negative come to the fore front.
At this New Moon, apart from the Sun and Moon being in Gemini, we also find Mars in Gemini, coming to an opposition to planetary heavy weight, Saturn. While Gemini is concerned with the accumulation of information, and with connecting the dots, Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to consider the weight of our words and ideas. Saturn can help us commit to our worthy ideas, and show us what is necessary for true vision an meaning in our lives. Saturn may task us with the challenge of first overcoming an obstacle, or he can bring about delays and a slowing down, asking us to re align with that which truly has meaning for us.
What are our ideas and our words worth in this time of information overload? What is the quality of our communication now that we commute through our phone and computer screens?
I was blessed with opportunities to sit in local ceremonies when I lived in Gabon. Their indescribably beautiful songs, stories and dances are handed down orally, through generations. Today, this is still the way the teachings and songs live on. I was struck by the richness of feeling and spirit that flowed through their voices and their songs, it was alive with the breath of the ancestors.
I feel grateful for my encounter with their oral tradition. It taught me something I had not known about before. The possibility of intimacy in knowledge. I realized that writing and reading as a means to learn is not ‘more sophisticated’. Oral traditions preserve a secret presence, an aliveness and love that is passed down through the generations, forging a web of living relationships.
With technology, I miss that quality of presence and attention in my day to day communications.
It is however, at this New Moon, a propitious time to set intentions and wishes around the kind of encounters and communication we wish to have in our lives. It is also a powerful time to set intentions for the kind of thought patterns we would like.
Magicians and healers in the times of old, and in present time, understand the power and magic of words. Writer and Magician Alan Moore talks about Magic as language. To him, Art and Words are Magic, as they bring about change in consciousness. He mentions that a grimmor, a book of spells kept by Witches or Magicians is another word for grammar.
At this New Moon in Gemini, may we come to know the weight and the Magic that is contained in our thoughts and words.