May Astromusings – Happy Birthday Geminis!

3 Gemini

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Have you ever met a Gemini?
There’s double trouble there
As there’s two rolled into one
He’s an artful dissembler
But he’s always lots of fun
There’s a sparkle in his eye
Betraying intelligence and wit
With his brilliant repartee
And his fondness for a jest
Every host should have one
To give his party zest

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Geminis who celebrate their birthdays between May 21 and June 21. Gemini is one of the three air signs along with Aquarius and Libra. Air is the element which refers to mental qualities. Gemini is one of the four mutable signs indicating the flexibility and changeable quality of Gemini. The others being Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Gemini is the Latin word for twins which indicates their dual nature. The Gemini can be of two minds or is sometimes believed to have two or more personalities.

In Alan Oken’s book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, he elaborates on the twin symbology. Among its many meanings, the glyph for Gemini symbolises the two pillars. In ancient times, the Twins were the guardians of the doorways and entrances. Pairs of gods can often be seen at the gates of Babylonian, Assyrian and Egyptian temples. They are often depicted as siblings. The Twin symbology also pervades Eastern mythology. In the ancient Indian epic the Mahabharata where there are two brothers, Sunda and Upsunda who are said to live together and are incapable of being slain by anyone unless they slay each other. In the Ramayana, Rama, the great Indian saint, also has a twin brother. Examples of twins also abound in the Old Testament but one myth about twins which is very significant is the Greek legend about Castor and Pollux because it links up with the constellation of Gemini of the same name.

The Significance of the Myth of Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux avenged the carrying off of their sister of Helen of Troy. Leda, the mother of Castor and Pollux, was seduced by Zeus/Jupiter, this time in the guise of a swan. From this union she gave birth to two eggs – from one came Helen and from the other came Castor and Pollux. There was some confusion and scandal about Castor’s real father, for he was mortal, while Pollux, on the other hand was an immortal, the true son of Zeus. Homer describes Castor as the tamer of horses, and Pollux is the immortal boxer, one who uses his hands and is fleet of foot, which typifies the Gemini. Castor is killed in battle, and Pollux, in great despair prays to his father to let him also die. Zeus responds by taking them both in the sky as the constellation of Castor and Pollux. Homer writes “They possess their life in turn, living one day and dying the next and they have gotten worship as gods” The keynote for Gemini, esoterically, is: ‘I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self I grow and glow.’ Alice Bailey comments that it is an astronomical fact that the star, Castor, is waning in brilliancy, while Pollux, the immortal brother, is waxing in brightness and eclipsing his brother. Pollux represents the soul while his mortal brother represents the personality.

The Constellation of Gemini
Alice Bailey has the following to say about the constellation of Gemini: Gemini has in it two stars Castor and Pollux, the Twins. These personify two major groups of stars, the Seven Pleiades, and Seven Stars of the Great Bear, which are two constellations, in the north, around which our universe seems to revolve. She writes these two groups of stars the Pleiades and the Great Bear represent God, the macrocosm, whilst in Gemini, Castor and Pollux were regarded as symbols of man, the microcosm.
Alan Oken adds: The most notable asterisms are the two great stars which bear the names of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. Castor, befitting the nature of Gemini, is really two closely placed white stars which revolve around each other. This phenomenon is called as “binary system” by astronomers, as the two stars seem to revolve around a common centre of gravity. Pollux is somewhat brighter than his brother and is orange reddish in colour. These stars lie only four and half degrees from each other and between the  were long known as the sole representatives of the entire constellation. (They were called the “Mas-mas” or Twins by the ancient Assyrians.) In time the brothers grew and many more stars were added to complete their portraiture. The ecliptic divides the Twins at the middle; their heads (Castor and Pollux) are above and are posited between the left claw of the Crab and the whip of Auriga, the Charioteer. Their feet just touch the Milky Way, above the upraised arm of the great constellation of Orion, the Hunter. The Twins are usually depicted as bound together by each other’s arms.

MercuryMercury the Ruler of Gemini – Mercury/Hermes in Mythology
We can gain insight into the Geminian nature by studying the myths of Mercury and his alter ego Hermes. Howard Sasportas, in the book ‘The Inner Planets’, co written with Liz Greene illuminates one on the role of Mercury. Mercury was conceived of an illicit union between Zeus, the King of the gods, and a mere mortal called Maia so he was born out of deceit. As the story goes he was already into great mischief even when he was still a baby in his cradle. He stole his older brother Apollo’s cattle, and by leading them out backwards made it appear as if the cattle were going in the opposite direction. When his older brother accused him of stealing his cattle he acted as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. He also fashioned a lyre out of a tortoise. When he plays this instrument he charms Apollo out of his anger and he makes a deal with Apollo. In return for teaching him the lyre, Mercury must be allowed to share Apollo’s patronage of the cattle. The resourceful bargaining qualities of the Gemini nature are mirrored in Mercury’s actions. Apollo agreed to this on the condition that his miscreant younger brother swore an oath. When Mercury complied Apollo made Mercury the patron of oaths and solemn pledges and he also bestowed upon him the gift of the caduceus, a magic wand with two snakes wrapped around it which becomes one of Hermes’ most famous symbol and is an emblem of the medical profession.

Mercury is Zeus’ personal messenger and is often used to rescue others from danger. He is also a magician and charms Cerberus, the ferocious three headed dog who guards the Underworld, so he can slip in and out of the Underworld unnoticed. He is a master of magic words and magic formulas in much the same way the Gemini can charm their way out of tricky situations with their gift of the gab. The derivation of the Greek word, ‘Hermes’, is he of the stone heap, a place where travellers would stop and talk, and eventually where commercial deals took place and magic and rituals were performed hence Mercury’s rulership over commerce, transport and short distance travel. Hermes was known as the god of crossroads, borders and transitions. There is also a figure in alchemy called Mercurius which represents both the transformer and the thing which needed to be transformed. To sum up then, the agility, versatility and ingenuity of Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is very evident in the Gemini individual.

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Lungs

Gemini Health and Anatomy
In the human body Gemini rules the bronchial tubes and lungs, the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Kali mur., the Gemini Salt, is essential for the formation of fibrin. Every tissue and organ of the body, with the exception of bone, contains fibrin. Man’s whole garment of flesh is built upon the foundation of filaments or fibres. There is an infinitely fine network of these tiny fibres, all branching off from one another, forming the framework, as it were, upon which the tissues are built. This includes also the skin, glands and nerves. Symptoms arising from lack of Kali mur. are catarrh, congestion of bronchial tubes, swollen glands, mumps, sore throats, enlarged rheumatic joints, and swollen tonsils, all children’s diseases where there are exudations through the skin, such as measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, etc., for these are all disturbances of the fibrin. All cases of a very white tongue and sluggish liver and constipation, and all congestion and swellings need Kali mur. Geminis live on their nervous energy and most of their illnesses are of a nervous character. Therefore, it is vital that they learn to switch off their busy minds and relax. Plenty of sleep and proper breathing exercises would be very beneficial for them.

Gemini rules the colour yellow and also they responds well to the healing orange ray. The birthstone for Gemini is agate, the multi coloured stone and the metal is Mercury in keeping with their quicksilver personality. A homeopathic remedy beneficial for Gemini is Byronia used in the treatment of colds, flu and headaches. Healing aromatherapy oils which will help to promote calm for the excessive nervous energy of the Gemini include bergamot, lavender, lemongrass and lily of the valley. The healing musical note for Gemini is A. Diet for Gemini should include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables especially orange coloured foods such as oranges, peaches apricots, pink grapefruit, etc. which help decongest the lungs and prevent mucous. Mucous forming dairy products and salt should be avoided. Carrot juices and legumes such as lentils are also beneficial.

Gemini Hall of Fame
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, has dominion over communication, writing, teaching, and short distance travel. Geminis are attracted to careers which utilise their great mental skills, wit and eloquence such as teaching, lecturing, politics, music, media, journalism, advertising, public relations, publishing, astrology, technology, finance and sales.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Famous Gemini writers include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Thomas Hardy, Anne Frank, Colleen McCullough, Judith Wright, Salman Rushdie, M Scott Peck, Patrick White. Poets of note include W.B Yeats, Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Alexander Pope, Alexander Pushkin.

Kylie Minogue 2

Kylie Minogue

Geminis who also express themselves through music and dance include Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Isaac Albeniz, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Isadora Duncan. Singers include Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Prince, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Judy Garland, and Dean Martin.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Geminis are not only agile mentally but also physically as this impressive line up of champion tennis players confirms – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf and Anna Kournikova.

Marilyn Monroe

The Gemini charisma translates well onto stage and screen with such show business icons as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Errol

Flynn, Rudolph Valentino, Joan Collins, Marilyn Monroe, Michael J. Fox, Isabella Rossellini, Kristen Scott Thomas, Hugh Dancy, Geoffrey Palmer, Christopher Lee, and Johnny Depp.

Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver

Australian Gemini actors of note include Jason Donovan, Jacki Weaver, Frances O’Connor, Nicole Kidman, Anna Torv, Sophie Lowe, Pia Miranda and Gia Carides.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

Geminis are also famous for their wit as expressed by the Gemini British comedian Russell Brand and American comic Amy Schumer

Media personalities include Elsa Maxwell, Hedda Hopper and Joan Rivers.

Politicians and political activists include John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Hubert Humphrey, Rudolph Giuliani, George Bush Senior, Benazir Bhutto, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Che

Aung San Suu Kyi

Guevara. Another Gemini who has been in the spotlight in the last year is President Donald Trump. Richard Di Natale. the leader of the Australian Greens is also a

Richard Di Natale

Richard Di Natale

Gemini.

The science of astrology has also attracted its share of Geminis including Lois M. Rodden, Grant Lewi, Alexander Ruperti and Francoise Gauquelin, the French woman statistician and psychologist, who along with her husband Michel, set out to disprove astrology but instead ended up being some of its strongest exponents.

Dava Sobel

The astronomer and best selling author Dava Sobel featuring prominently in the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival is also a Gemini.

Overview for Gemini for 2017
Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma is still moving through your marriage and partnership sector. Your ruling planet Mercury will make a visit in Gemini from 7 to 21 June facilitating communication and networking. Your ruling planet Mercury will be retrograde from 10 April to 4 May – a period for the busy Gemini to slow down to rest and reflect. This is not a good time to make major decisions or sign contracts but rather to carry out research. There can be delays and misunderstandings so there is a need to pay special attention to detail and remain patient until this retrograde phase is completed. The other retrograde Mercury periods occur between  19 Dec 2016 to 7 January 2017, and 2 -22 September and 13 August to 4 September and 3-22 December 2017. These are periods for rest and reflection to recharge your batteries ready for when your ruling planet Mercury resumes its forward motion. The extended cycle of spiritual Neptune in your career sector encourages you to pursue your creative and spiritual aspirations.

Relationships
Saturn which began its sojourn in your relationship and partnership sector in December 2014 is still moving through your relationship sector. Saturn, the lord of Karma, teaches you about boundaries and responsibilities in your relationships. Saturn can deepen your commitments in your primary relationships. Sometimes there can be a reality check about what is functioning well and what is not in your relationship. This can act as a catalyst for you and your partner to change outmoded patterns of relating bringing maturity and wisdom in your relationships. It will move out of your relationship sector on 21 December this year.

Home and Family
Planetary visitors, Mercury, Venus and Mars will activate your domestic sector. Dynamic Mars will pay a visit to your domestic sector from 6 September to 22 October giving you the impetus to deal with affairs on the home front but you need to be aware that be domestic disputes could flare up. Mercury will follow close on the heel of Mars visiting your domestic sector from 11 September to 17 October facilitating communication with family members. Gentle Venus will grace your domestic sector with her presence from 21 September to 14 October bringing harmony on the home front.

Creativity, Children and Romance
Lucky Jupiter is currently in your creativity and romance sector giving your opportunities in this area of your life. The first part of the year Jupiter will be retrograde from 6 February to 8 June. The focus will be on your romance and children sector with visits from Venus and Mercury. Venus will grace your romance and creativity sector from 15 October to 7 November which should bring pleasurable romantic encounters, enhance your personal creativity and relationships with your children. Your ruler quicksilver Mercury makes pays a visit there from 1 – 17 October affording you an opportunity to initiate conversations with your children and romantic partners while bringing a sense of fun to your relationships with children or affording you an opportunity to explore your inner child.

Career
Your career sector is highlighted with a solar eclipse on 26 February 2017. Neptune, the planet of spirituality and Chiron the wounded healer, continue their passage through your 10th house of career. This cycle will emphasise the spiritual and creative side of your career. Your interactions with your colleagues will be motivated by altruism and sensitivity. You may be drawn toward pursuing a spiritual or artistic career. You may even experience confusion about what career to pursue. Ultimately, Neptune may beckon you toward a career of selfless service. Added to this the karmic south node and 2 eclipses the first one being a solar eclipse on 9 March and the second a lunar eclipse on 16 September. This will highlight career issues and may cause you to revision your career and goals.

Travel and Education
Your travel and education sector will be highlighted with the karmic South Node. Quicksilver Mercury will be there from 8 – 25 February activating this area of study and travel making it an ideal time to undertake a study tour.

Finances
Mars, Mercury and Venus  make their passage through your finance sector during 2017. Dynamic Mars visits your finances sector from 5 June to 21 July imbuing you with the energy to deal with your finances. Quicksilver Mercury which rules commerce follows closely on the heels of Mars visiting your finance sector from 22 June to 6 July facilitating communication and networking with your business dealings.  Venus which rules finance graces your financial sector with her presence from 1 – 26 August. Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn through your debt and taxes sector which would act as a catalyst for you to transform this area.

Friends, Groups and Goals
Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues to stir up your friendship sector, causing change and unpredictability in this area of your life. You may encounter exciting new friends or be inspired to join groups that are aligned with your humanitarian or political aspirations. Venus pays and extended visit to your social sector from 4 February to 6 June bringing harmony to your friendships and opportunities for pleasurable socialising. Part of Venus’s visit here will be in retrograde motion where it spends from 4 to 28 April back in Pisces in your career sector.

Spirituality
The focus will be on  retreat and contemplation when your 12th house of spirituality, karma and seclusion is activated by a visit from Mercury from 17 May to 6 June. Venus follows close on the heels of Mercury gracing your spirituality sector with her presence from 7 June to 5 July. You may be inspired to spend time in a retreat or health farm nourishing body, mind and soul. It is an ideal time to keep a dream journal exploring the realms of your unconscious yearnings or take up meditation, yoga or martial arts to find extra meaning in your life. It is a time to protect your boundaries so that you can recharge your batteries and feel rejuvenated.

Sources
Gemini Greeting Card illustrated by Sue Robertson
Gemini Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

Gemini

                                                                  GEMINI

Design by Sue Robertson

Have you ever met a Gemini?
There’s double trouble there
As there’s two rolled into one
He’s an artful dissembler
But he’s always lots of fun
There’s a sparkle in his eye
Betraying intelligence and wit
With his brilliant repartee
And his fondness for a jest
Every host should have one
To give his party zest

by Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Gemini
The Personality asserts: Let instability do its work
The Soul sounds its note: I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self, I grow and glow.

Rulers for Gemini
Exoteric Ruler:
Mercury under the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict
Esoteric Ruler: Venus under the Fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science
Hierarchical Ruler: Earth under the Third Ray of Active Intelligence

Happy Birthday to all the Geminis who celebrate their birthdays between May 21 and June 21. Gemini is one of the three air signs along with Aquarius and Libra. Air is the element which refers to mental qualities. Gemini is one of the four mutable signs indicating the flexibility and changeable quality of Gemini. The others being Virgo Sagittarius and Pisces. Gemini is the Latin word for twins which indicates their dual nature. The Gemini can be of two minds or is sometimes believed to have two or more personalities. In Alan Oken’s book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, he elaborates on the twin symbology. Among its many meanings, the glyph for Gemini symbolises the two pillars. In ancient times, the Twins were the guardians of the doorways and entrance’s. Pairs of gods can often be seen at the gates of Babylonian, Assyrian and Egyptian temples. They are often depicted as siblings. The Twin symbology also pervades Eastern mythology. In the ancient Indian epic the Mahabharata where there are two brothers, Sunda and Upsunda who are said to live together and are incapable of being slain by anyone unless they slay each other. In the Ramayana, Rama, the great Indian saint, also has a twin brother. Examples of twins also abound in the Old Testament but one myth about twins which is very significant is the Greek legend about Castor and Pollux because it links up with the constellation of Gemini of the same name.

The Significance of the Myth of Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux avenged the carrying off of their sister of Helen of Troy. Leda, the mother of Castor and Pollux, was seduced by Zeus/Jupiter, this time in the guise of a swan. From this union she gave birth to two eggs – from one came Helen and from the other came Castor and Pollux. There was some confusion and scandal about Castor’s real father, for he was mortal, while Pollux, on the other hand was an immortal, the true son of Zeus. Homer describes Castor as the tamer of horses, and Pollux is the immortal boxer, one who uses his hands and is fleet of foot, which typifies the Gemini. Castor is killed in battle, and Pollux, in great despair prays to his father to let him also die. Zeus responds by taking them both in the sky as the constellation of Castor and Pollux. Homer writes “They possess their life in turn, living one day and dying the next and they have gotten worship as gods” The keynote for Gemini, esoterically, is: ‘I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self I grow and glow.’ Alice Bailey comments that it is an astronomical fact that the star, Castor, is waning in brilliancy, while Pollux, the immortal brother, is waxing in brightness and eclipsing his brother. Pollux represents the soul while his mortal brother represents the personality.

The Constellation of Gemini

Alice Bailey has the following to say about the constellation of Gemini: Gemini has in it two stars Castor and Pollux, the Twins. These personify two major groups of stars, the Seven Pleiades, and Seven Stars of the Great Bear, which are two constellations, in the north, around which our universe seems to revolve. She writes these two groups of stars the Pleiades and the Great Bear represent God, the macrocosm, whilst in Gemini, Castor and Pollux were regarded as symbols of man, the microcosm.
Alan Oken adds: The most notable asterisms are the two great stars which bear the names of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. Castor, befitting the nature of Gemini, is really two closely placed white stars which revolve around each other. This phenomenon is called as “binary system” by astronomers, as the two stars seem to revolve around a common centre of gravity. Pollux is somewhat brighter than his brother and is orange reddish in colour. These stars lie only four and half degrees from each other and between the  were long known as the sole representatives of the entire constellation. (They were called the “Mas-mas” or Twins by the ancient Assyrians.) In time the brothers grew and many more stars were added to complete their portraiture. The ecliptic divides the Twins at the middle; their heads (Castor and Pollux) are above and are posited between the left claw of the Crab and the whip of Auriga, the Charioteer. Their feet just touch the Milky Way, above the upraised arm of the great constellation of Orion, the Hunter. The Twins are usually depicted as bound together by each other’s arms.

Mercury the Ruler of Gemini

We can gain insight into the Geminian nature by studying the myths of Mercury and his alter ego Hermes. Howard Sasportas, in the book ‘The Inner Planets’, co written with Liz Greene illuminates one on the role of Mercury. Mercury was conceived of an illicit union between Zeus, the King of the gods, and a mere mortal called Maia so he was born out of deceit. As the story goes he was already into great mischief even when he was still a baby in his cradle. He stole his older brother Apollo’s cattle, and by leading them out backwards made it appear as if the cattle were going in the opposite direction. When his older brother accused him of stealing his cattle he acted as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. He also fashioned a lyre out of a tortoise. When he plays this instrument he charms Apollo out of his anger and he makes a deal with Apollo. In return for teaching him the lyre, Mercury must be allowed to share Apollo’s patronage of the cattle. The resourceful bargaining qualities of the Gemini nature are mirrored in Mercury’s actions. Apollo agreed to this on the condition that his miscreant younger brother swore an oath. When Mercury complied Apollo made Mercury the patron of oaths and solemn pledges and he also bestowed upon him the gift of the caduceus, a magic wand with two snakes wrapped around it which becomes one of Hermes’ most famous symbol and is an emblem of the medical profession. Mercury is Zeus’ personal messenger and is often used to rescue others from danger. He is also a magician and charms Cerberus, the ferocious three headed dog who guards the Underworld, so he can slip in and out of the Underworld unnoticed. He is a master of magic words and magic formulas in much the same way the Gemini can charm their way out of tricky situations with their gift of the gab. The derivation of the Greek word, ‘Hermes’, is he of the stone heap, a place where travellers would stop and talk, and eventually where commercial deals took place and magic and rituals were performed hence Mercury’s rulership over commerce, transport and short distance travel. Hermes was known as the god of crossroads, borders and transitions. There is also a figure in alchemy called Mercurius which represents both the transformer and the thing which needed to be transformed. To sum up then, the agility, versatility and ingenuity of Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is very evident in the Gemini individual.

The Role of Gemini – The Third Labour of Hercules

Hercules gathering the golden apples of Hesperides

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey recounts the test of Gemini in the third labour of Hercules. In this labour his task outlined by his teacher is to gather the golden apples from the sacred tree of Hesperides, guarded by three fair maidens and a dragon with a hundred heads. The teacher tells the aspirant, Hercules, that five great tests would meet him on the Way which will afford him wisdom, understanding, skill and opportunity. Hercules meets a serpent, Antaeus, with whom he has to wrestle and overcome. Next he encounters a false teacher, Busiris, who deludes Hercules with words of seeming wisdom. He bounds Hercules to an altar for a year until he sees through Busiris and remembers the wisdom of his teacher. He breaks his bonds and bounds Busiris in his place. His next test is to free the suffering Prometheus who is bound to a rock while having his liver pecked out by vultures, and then heal his wounds. His teacher declares to his pupil that the fourth great test on the Way to the sacred tree is passed. “There has been no delay. The rule upon the chosen Path which hastens all success is, ‘Learn to serve’.” After many vicissitudes he finally sees the treasured apple tree in the distance but once again he is distracted by the sight of Atlas suffering under the burden of carrying the load of the world on his shoulders. Forgetting his goal, he relieves Atlas of his burden but in so doing this deed of kindness the load rolls off, and both he and Atlas are free. Atlas offers the golden apples with love, to Hercules. The three sisters press still more golden apples into his hands, reiterating the mantra, “The Way to us is always marked by service. Deeds of love are signposts on the Way.”

Gemini Hall of Fame

Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, has dominion over communication, writing teaching, and short distance travel. Geminis are attracted to careers which utilise their great mental skills, wit and eloquence such as teaching, lecturing, politics, music, media, journalism, advertising, public relations, publishing, astrology, technology, finance and sales.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Famous Gemini writers include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Thomas Hardy, Anne Frank, Colleen McCullough, Salman Rushdie, M Scott Peck, Patrick White. Poets of note include W.B Yeats, Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Alexander Pope, Alexander Pushkin.
Geminis who also express themselves through music and dance include Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Isaac Albeniz, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Isadora Duncan. Singers include Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Judy Garland, and Dean Martin.
The Gemini charisma translates well onto stage and screen with such show business icons as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Errol

Marilyn Monroe

Flynn, Rudolph Valentino, Joan Collins, Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman, Michael J. Fox, Isabella Rossellini, Christopher Lee, and Johnny Depp.

Media personalities include Elsa Maxwell, Hedda Hopper and Joan Rivers.
Politicians and political activists include John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Hubert Humphrey, Rudolph Giuliani, George Bush Senior, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Che

Aung San Suu Kyi

Guevara.

The science of astrology has also attracted its share of Geminis including Lois M. Rodden, Grant Lewi, Alexander Ruperti and Francoise Gauquelin, the French woman statistician and psychologist, who along with her husband Michel, set out to disprove astrology but instead ended up being some of its strongest exponents.

Dava Sobel

The astronomer and best selling author Dava Sobel featuring prominently in the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival is also a Gemini.

Gemini Health and Anatomy

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell notes that the sun enters the sign of Gemini on May 21st and remains there until June 21st. During the greater part of the month of June the sun is in this sign. The word June comes from the Latin verb,’Jungo’, and means joint or jointing and therefore a fibre or shoot. It is a thread or filament branching off from the main stalk. In the human body Gemini rules the bronchial tubes

Lungs

and lungs, the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. If one considers the structure of the lungs, there is the first joint or branching off of the tubes at the entrance to the lungs, then splitting up into countless little branches, the bronchial tubes. Just as the arms are the two branches, ending in further branches, the fingers.

Kali mur., the Gemini Salt, is essential for the formation of fibrin. Every tissue and organ of the body, with the exception of bone, contains fibrin. Man’s whole garment of flesh is built upon the foundation of filaments or fibres. There is an infinitely fine network of these tiny fibres, all branching off from one another, forming the framework, as it were, upon which the tissues are built. This includes also the skin, glands and nerves. Symptoms arising from lack of Kali mur. are catarrh, congestion of bronchial tubes, swollen glands, mumps, sore throats, enlarged rheumatic joints, and swollen tonsils, all children’s diseases where there are exudations through the skin, such as measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, etc., for these are all disturbances of the fibrin. All cases of a very white tongue and sluggish liver and constipation, and all congestion and swellings need Kali mur. and if there is an inflammation Ferrum phos. is also called for, because the inflammation arises from lack of oxygen due to iron deficiency.

Geminis live on their nervous energy and most of their illnesses are of a nervous character. Therefore, it is vital that they learn to switch off their busy minds and relax. Plenty of sleep and proper breathing exercises would be very beneficial for them. With reference to the Latin word, ‘Jungo’, meaning joint, we need to bear in mind the fact that the nerves and bronchial tubes constitute that part of the body which first branches off, after the formation of the cerebrum, cord and cerebellum. The bronchi are the branches which convey air to the lung cells which may be termed the twigs and leaves. Without lungs there would be no marriage in Cana of Galilee, no turning of the water of life into wine. For here is where oxygen, spirit or prana, combines with the blood for the arterial system, producing a combination of earth, air, fire and water, of which so very little is really known. The word Cana means reeds in Hebrew, while Galilee means circle. Their combination refers to the lungs and their function of combining air and blood, which is the Water of Life. When Spirit is added it becomes the Wine of Life.

With regard to biochemic remedies: long standing cases of catarrh are very depleting to the system, and the first thing to do is to eliminate the mucous forming foods from the diet. To ensure the nutriments from the food is assimilated, Kali mur. must be present in sufficient quantities to enable the elements contained in the food to be built into fibrin for new tissues. In all children’s diseases where scaling takes place, or there is a skin rash, Kali mur. is needed. If given regularly it will prevent pitting after chicken pox. It will also greatly lessen scars after burns, and should be taken with Silica for this.

Gemini rules the colour yellow and also they responds well to the healing orange ray. The birthstone for Gemini is agate, the multi coloured stone and the metal is Mercury in keeping with their quicksilver personality. A homeopathic remedy beneficial for Gemini is Byronia used in the treatment of colds, flu and headaches. Healing aromatherapy oils which will help to promote calm for the excessive nervous energy of the Gemini include bergamot, lavender, lemongrass and lily of the valley. The healing musical note for Gemini is A. Diet for Gemini should include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables especially orange coloured foods such as oranges, peaches apricots, pink grapefruit, etc. which help decongest the lungs and prevent mucous. Mucous forming dairy products and salt should be avoided. Carrot juices and legumes such as lentils are also beneficial.

Overview for Gemini for 2015

Good news for Gemini! Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and abundance, is making its way through your 4th house of home and family. There is also an eclipse highlighting your domestic sector in September this year. Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma is in your marriage and partnership sector. Your ruling planet Mercury will make a prolonged visit in Gemini from 2 May to 8 July facilitating communication and networking. Your ruling planet Mercury will retrograde 3 times this year. The most powerful retrograde phase occurs from 18 May to 10 June – a period for the busy Gemini to slow down to rest and reflect. This is not a good time to make major decisions or sign contracts but rather to carry out research. There can be delays and misunderstandings so there is a need to pay special attention to detail and remain patient until this retrograde phase is completed. The other retrograde Mercury periods in 2015 occur between 20 January and 10 February, and 16 September and 8 October. These are periods for rest and reflection to recharge your batteries ready for when your ruling planet Mercury resumes its forward motion. The extended cycle of spiritual Neptune in your career sector encourages you to creative and spiritual aspirations.

Towards the end of the year Mars is coursing through your romance and children sector imbuing with energy to take the initiative in love affairs, creative initiative and your children.

Relationships

A new phase begins in your relationships with the entry of Saturn in your relationship sector from 23 December 2014. Saturn, the lord of Karma, teaches you about boundaries and responsibilities in your relationships. Saturn can deepen your commitments in your primary relationships. Sometimes there can be a reality check about what is functioning well and what is not in your relationship. This can act as a catalyst for you and your partner to change outmoded patterns of relating bringing maturity and wisdom in your relationships.

Home and Family

An eclipse and lucky Jupiter will activate your domestic sector during the 2nd half of the year. Jupiter’s presence here is sure to be felt whether it is a house move or major renovations or extensions. Jupiter or Zeus, his Greek counterpart as king of the gods magnifies whatever he touches so there is great opportunity for  growth, abundance and expansion. The September 13 eclipse will bring things to a head in your domestic sector with some resolution being reached.

Creativity, Children and Romance

There is strong focus on your romance and children sector with dynamic Mars and the karmic north node eclipse and an extended visit by Mercury highlighting your domestic sector in 2015 affording you an opportunity to take charge and initiate conversations with family members. Mercury makes his entrance there from 27 August to 2 November. activating this area of your life bringing a sense of fun to your relationships with children or affording you an opportunity to explore your inner child. A lunar eclipse on 4 April will highlight your creative and romance sector bringing something to light. Towards the end of the year dynamic Mars activates your creativity and children sector enabling you to show leadership in these areas of your life.

Career

Neptune, the planet of spirituality and Chiron the wounded healer, continue their passage through your 10th house of career. This cycle will emphasise the spiritual and creative side of your career. Your interactions with your colleagues will be motivated by altruism and sensitivity. You may be drawn toward pursuing a spiritual or artistic career. You may even experience confusion about what career to pursue. Ultimately, Neptune may beckon you toward a career of selfless service.

Finances

Dynamic Mars and a new Moon accompanied by a continuous stream of planets make their passage through your finance sector during 2015. The most active financial period occurs between 7 May and 5 June and again from 24 June to 28 August. The presence of dynamic Mars from 24 June to 8 August will allow you to take charge of your finances emboldening you to take risks to increase your wealth.

Friends Groups and Goals

Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues to stir up your friendship sector, causing change and unpredictability in this area of your life. You may encounter exciting new friends or be inspired to join groups that are aligned with your humanitarian or political aspirations. Added to the mix is an eclipse on 28 September in your social sector which which will bring into sharp focus any issues with friends or associates that need to be addressed or goals that need to be revisioned. It  could also bring you in contact with friends from the past with whom you may have some karmic issues to resolve.

Spirituality

There is a need for  retreat and contemplation when your12th house of spirituality, karma and seclusion is highlighted from 17 March to 12 May. You may be inspired to spend time in a retreat or health farm nourishing body, mind and soul. It is an ideal time to keep a dream journal exploring the realms of your unconscious yearnings or take up meditation, yoga or martial arts to find extra meaning in your life. It is a time to protect your boundaries so that you can recharge your batteries and feel rejuvenated.

Sources

Gemini Greeting Card Designed by Sue Robertson
Gemini Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

 



Taurus

Design by Sue Robertson

Taurus

Taurus, golden eyed
bull of God
worshipped with song and dance
in ancient fertility rites
slow sure sensual
sow your seeds
ensuring Mother Nature’s bounty

by Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Taurus
The Personality asserts: Let struggle be undismayed
The Soul sounds its note: I see, and when the eye is opened, all is illumined

Rulers for Taurus
Exoteric Ruler:
Venus under the Fifth Ray of Concrete Mind or Science
Esoteric Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power
Hierarchical Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power

Happy Birthday to all the Taureans who celebrate their birthdays between April 21 and May 21. Taurus forms part of the triplicity of Earth signs with Capricorn and Virgo. Taurus, the Bull, is the sign of fertility as traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it brings the regenerative life force of Spring. The glyph for which represents the full Moon with a crescent moon attached to it. The Full Moon can be seen as the Celestial Mother and the upturned crescent moon as the cow’s horns, another symbol of its fecundity. In the Age of Taurus (C.4220 BC-C.2160 B.C) the Egyptians established their vast agricultural empire through an economy based on slavery. During the Age of Taurus the cult of the bull and cow was prevalent. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped Isis as the Crescent, crowned with the headdress of the cow horns, the Horned Goddess, the cow, and as such was identified with Hathor the Cow-Goddess who preceded her. Isis’s husband Osiris, was also worshipped as a horned deity, known as the bull god, Apis. The veneration of the Bull was also prevalent in other cultures, for example the Bull of Minos known as the Minotaur of the Cretan Labyrinth. At certain times of the year young boys and girls were sacrificed to the Bull God. During these festivals young people danced upon the bulls and jumped through their horns in the arenas, a custom which was the precursor of the modern practice of bullfighting. The glyph for Taurus also represents the parts of the body ruled by this sign: the neck, throat and the shoulders.

Venus and Vulcan, the Ruling Planets of Taurus

The ruling planet of Taurus is Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty and the patroness of the arts. When she is favourably placed in a horoscope she will bestow her bounty of charm, beauty, creativity, sociability and wealth on the recipient. Taurus rules the second house of the horoscope which governs finances, material possessions and values. In keeping with the Law of Attraction, Venus governs desire and sexuality. Because of the earthiness of their nature, Taureans are challenged to overcome their weaknesses on the physical plane i.e. the desire nature and stubbornness to transmute this into aspiration and goodwill. The esoteric ruler of Taurus is Vulcan, the god of the Hammer and the Forge. His role is to beat “base metal” into a more refined state for spiritual purposes which aids in this transmutation. Esoterically, Taurus is referred to as the golden eyed Bull of God, with its keynote being: “I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light”. This connotes that the goal of the aspirant in the second sign is illumination. The second Labour of Hercules sheds more light on the tests facing the hero in the sign of Taurus.

Hercules ropes the Cretan Bull
Photograph by Maria Daniels, courtesy of the University Museums, University of Mississippi

The Second Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Cretan Bull

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey elucidates the test of Taurus. Hercules is told by his teacher to capture the sacred Bull of Minos to save it from being sacrificed, and ride it from Crete to the mainland where he is to deliver it to the three Cyclops, Brontes, Steropes and Arges, who dwell in the Holy Place. This, Hercules succeeds in doing by chasing the bull from one corner of the island to another, mounting it and riding it through the waves to the mainland. There is much symbolism involved in this apparently straightforward labour which Hercules has to complete. Minos, the King of Crete, who owned the sacred bull also possessed the maze which has ever been the symbol of the great illusion. The island of Crete with its maze and its bull is an outstanding symbol of the great illusion. It was separated from the mainland, and illusion and bewilderment are characteristics of the separated self. The bull represents animal desire which must be caught and mastered and chased from one point to another in the life of the separated self. Hercules must hand over the bull to the three Cyclops who represent the initiates, having the single eye which symbolises the third eye. It also refers to the Bull’s eye in the constellation of Taurus. In other words the task of Hercules is to overcome desire, transcending the personality self and aligning it with his Higher Self to achieve illumination.

The Constellation of Taurus

Constellation of Taurus

Alan Oken in his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology writes: ” The Bull has only half a body, its hindquarters seeming to disappear into the depth of space. Its legs are bent under its body. He then goes on to quote the poet Manilius who says:” The mighty bull is lame; his leg turns under; Taurus bends as if wearied by the Plough.” Even though the Bull has only his frontal segments, the constellation of Taurus is very rich in it stellar components. Oken observes that Manilius calls Taurus “dives puellis” – Latin for rich in maidens a reference to the fact that within its demibody are the Pleiades or Seven Sisters and the Hyades, the seven mythological daughters of Atlas and Aethra and half sisters of the Pleiades. The Hyades form the great V of the reddish star Aldebaran often called the “Eye of the Bull.” The Bull’s horns are very long and extend quite far from its body. The tip of the northern horn extends into the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer. Near the tip of the southern horn is the beautiful Crab Nebula, a huge cloud of stardust and fragments, the remnants of a star which exploded centuries ago.

Under the title of The Theme of Illumination Alice Bailey explains the esoteric significance of the constellation of Taurus. Taurus is one of the most interesting of the zodiacal constellations, the Cross of the Disciple. The “eye of the bull” in Taurus, the magnificent fixed star, Aldebaran, is one of the reasons why this constellation is regarded as conferring illumination. In ancient days it was called the leading star of the heavens, and Taurus has always been connected with light and, therefore, with Christ, who proclaimed himself as the Light of the World. Light, illumination and sound, as expressed of the creative force: these are the three basic ideas connected with this constellation. The “interpreter of the divine voice”, as Taurus was called in ancient Egypt, can be paraphrased into Christian terminology and called “the Word made flesh.”

Bailey continues: ‘The following is of interest’ she includes an excerpt from The Zodiac – A Life Epitome by Walter Sampson: “The bull or the cow is the symbol of this sign, and in the celestial chart it will be observed that the little group of stars called Pleiades are represented just at the shoulder of the bull. Now, in Egyptian sculpture, or painting, the Pleiades are sometimes represented by the figure of the dove with wings outspread over the bull’s saddle. The dove as we remember, is the bird sacred to Venus, and as the Pleiades are part of the constellation Taurus and as we shall see, more Taurean in nature, if possible, than Taurus itself, the dove becomes a specially appropriate symbol for this little star-group.”

Bailey continues explaining the significance of the constellations connected with Taurus:
The three constellations connected with this sign are Orion, Eridanus and Auriga: and the nature of the work in Taurus is beautifully foretold by the three pictures in the heavens which they present to us. The ancient name of Orion was “the three Kings”, because of the three beautiful stars found in Orion’s Belt. The Three Kings represent the three divine aspects of Will, Love and Intelligence, and Orion, therefore, symbolises the spirit. The name Orion literally means “the breaking forth of light.”

Bailey makes the observation about the recurrence of the spiritual prototype: “Again and again, as we circle around the zodiac, shall we find appearing what might be called “the spiritual prototype” of Hercules; Perseus, the Coming Prince who slew the Medusa, symbol of great illusion. He is found in Aries: Orion whose name means “light”, is found in Taurus; in Scorpio, Hercules himself, triumphant and victorious, appears. Then we have Sagittarius the Archer on the Horse, going straight for his goal, and in Pisces we find the King. The more closely we study this heavenly picture book, the more we realise that ever before us is held the symbol of our divinity, the symbol of the soul in incarnation, and the story of matter, as it receives purification and glorification through the laborious work of the soul.

The second constellation connected with this sign is an immense river of stars, which stream forth from under the feet of Orion. It is called Eridanus, or the “River of the Judge”, and it is the symbol of the river of life, carrying souls into incarnation, where they learn the meaning of the words, “as a man sows, so shall he reap”, and where they undertake the stupendous task of working out their own salvation. Just as Orion symbolises the spirit aspect, so Eridanus concerns itself from the form-taking aspect and holds before us the thought of incarnation: whilst the third constellation, Auriga, is the charioteer, leading forth to new lands and so symbolising the soul.”

Taurean Hall of Fame

David Attenborough

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, has dominion over the arts, culinary activities, nature, money, and sensuality. Therefore Taureans are attracted to careers in fields such as music, massage, banking, real estate, farming, gardening, and hospitality. An example of the Taurean affinity with nature is evident in the books and documentaries on nature by the famous Taurean, David Attenborough.
Taureans are well represented in the field of music with such classical musicians as Brahams, Tchaikovsky and Yehudi Menuhin. The prima ballerina, Margot Fonteyn, and Fred Astaire were also born under the sign of the bull. Other famous musically gifted Taureans include, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Enya, Cher, Shirley Temple,

Barbra Streisand

Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Collins, Lesley Gore, Duke Ellington, Glen Campbell, Roy Orbison, Pete Seeger and  the crooners, Perry Como and Bing Crosby.
Actors of note include Rudolf Valentino, Lionel Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Orson Welles, Pierce Brosnan, Gerry Seinfeld, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Uma Thurman, Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellwegger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joanna Lumley. Writers of note include William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, Anthony Trollope, Vladimir Nabokov, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Daphne Du Maurier, Charlotte Bronte, and James Barrie who created the favourite children’s book Peter Pan.

Taurus is potentially a sign of power and it has had its share of rulers who have brought stability but it also has had its share of tyrants who have abused their power. Queen Elizabeth II who has her ascendant in steadfast Capricorn and celebrates her 86thbirthday

Mary Robinson

on April 21 2012, epitomises the stable, pragmatic monarch. Mary Robinson, the former president of the Irish Republic and current human rights commissioner for the United Nations, who also exudes this Earth Mother quality, has both her Sun and Moon in steady Taurus. A quality which has reassured many people in times of conflict, both on a national level and in the international arena. Other Taureans who have made their presence felt include Catherine the Great,  Golda Meir,  Eva Peron, Czar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Hitler, Robespierre, Oliver Cromwell, Ho Chi Minh, Emperor Hirohito, Harry S. Truman, Saddam Hussein. and Pope John Paul II. Some spiritually inclined Taureans include Gautama Buddha, Krishnamurti, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit priest and mystic.

Taurus Health and Anatomy

Taurus is represented in the human body by the cerebellum, or lower brain, and neck, ears, lower jaw, throat, liver and gall bladder. In her book ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell writes that the biochemic cell salt for Taurus is Nat. sulph. and is the first cell salt to become deficient where symptoms of disease in the Taurean native are observed. The chief work of Nat. sulph. is to eliminate excess water from the body. In the hot moist weather the atmosphere becomes heavily charged with water, and is breathed into the blood through the lungs. Blood becomes overcharged with water from an atmosphere overcharged with moist vapour, and not from the water we drink. One molecule of the Taurean salt has the chemical power to take up and eliminate from the system two molecules of water. Therefore, the more surplus water there is to be thrown out of the blood, the more sodium sulphate is required. Biliousness and malaria are the effects of a deficiency of this salt. Chills and fevers are Nature’s methods of getting rid of surplus water, through violent muscular, nervous, and vascular spasms and perspiration. There are some people who put on weight in spite of careful dieting. This is because the lymphatic system becomes slowly engorged with excess fluid derived from the atmosphere through the breath. These people need plenty of Nat. sulph. to carry away this excess fluid.

One of the weaknesses of Taureans is over indulgence, so moderation in eating and drinking needs to be cultivated. Because Nat. sulph. works with the fluids of the body it is one of the most important salts affecting the digestive organs. The bile of the liver, the pancreatic juices, and the secretions of the kidneys all depend for their normal functioning upon a proper supply of Nat. sulph. Bile disorders of which there are many, range from sluggish liver and tiredness in the early morning, to gall stones, jaundice, stoppage of the bile duct, and constipation. Diabetics need Nat. sulph. because it stimulates the secretions of the pancreas, liver, and kidneys. When the digestive organs are not functioning harmoniously, then sore throats and colds are frequent. The following are suggestions for liver and throat complaints. Balmony is good for jaundice conditions; Agrimony is good for both liver and kidney troubles and helps the assimilation of food; Centaury is also a good tonic for the liver; A combination of both Agrimony and Centaury is helpful for jaundice conditions, and corrects the kidneys at the same time. Golden Seal is very helpful for bilious subjects; Dandelion is excellent for the liver and as a dyspeptic remedy. Red Sage is helpful for Laryngitis and Raspberry leaves and Mulleins also make good remedies for sore throats.

Taurus rules the colours turquoise, brown and russet. The gemstone for Taurus is emerald and the metal is copper. An ideal homeopathic remedy for the sluggish Taurean digestive system is Belladonna. Aromatherapy oils suitable for the Taurean temperament include patchouli, rose and ylang-ylang. The healing musical note for Taurus is A# (A sharp). Taureans should avoid fattening, starchy foods or liquors because of their proneness to gout. Citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit, as well as bananas and melons are beneficial for Taureans. The Taurean diet should include carrots, celery, spinach, beans and peas.

Full Moon Festival in May– Wesak Festival –  9-11 May 2014

Wesak Festival

Taurus is especially connected to the Buddha as Buddha is said to have been born, reached enlightenment and died in the sign of the Bull. The Buddha taught that the path of detachment from the desire is the vehicle for the entrance of Light. These events are celebrated each year at the Wesak Festival, the time of the full Moon when the Sun is in Taurus. It is so-called as the ceremony of Wesak is held in the actual Wesak Valley in the Himalayas at the time of the Full Moon of May which is actually the Full Moon in Scorpio. Wesak, the Sun in Taurus Full Moon, is the most powerful Full Moon of the year. According to mystics the ceremony marks the return of the Buddha to help regenerate the Earth. He is said to return at this time each year to bring new light to the world. He appears above a flat rock on which a great crystal bowl filled with water rests. It is said that He and His great Brother, the World Teacher of Love, work in the closest cooperation for the spiritual benefit of humanity. Through the Buddha the wisdom of God is poured forth. Through the World Teacher of Love, the Love of God is poured forth. At the end of the ceremony the water in the bowl is distributed to all the participants who drink from their cups and share it with others. This beautiful water ceremony of communion is symbolic of the Age of Aquarius which we are entering, the Age of the Water Bearer.

Overview for Taureans for 2014

Relationships

Saturn continues it passage through your relationship sector remaining there until 23 December 2014 giving a certain fatedness to you relationships. Saturn is often referred to the Lord of Karma and part of its time spent here it will be in retrograde motion from 3 March to 21 July.  Saturn adds a serious tone to your relationships bringing up issues to do with boundaries and responsibilities in your intimate relationships. It is a time when you face your limitations and have a reality check. Saturn, also depicted as the grim reaper, separates the wheat from the chaff, therefore you will be faced with decisions of whether you want a long-term commitment or whether your relationship has reached its use by date. Positively, you will emerge with more maturity and wisdom from your most intimate encounters. Mercury, the planet of communication, pays two visits to your relationship sector the first from 28 September to 10 October. Mercury will be retrograde for part of his stay here from 4 – 10 October making it an ideal time to review relationship issues. Its 2nd visit occurs from to 9 – 28 November. Venus graces your relationship sector with its presence from 24 October to 16 November bringing harmony and pleasure to your relationships. There is also a Solar Partial Eclipse in Scorpio in your relationship sector 23 October which will bring things to a head that need to be resolved.

Creativity, Children and Romance

Both Mercury and Venus visit your 5th house of creativity, children and romance. Mercury pays a visit there from 16 August to 2 September encouraging communication with your children and lovers and learning new hobbies. Venus graces this sector from 6 – 29 September bringing harmony and inspiration in these areas of your life.

Home and Family

Two celestial visitors Venus and Mercury will activate your home and family sector. Venus visits first from 13 August to 6 September bringing harmony to your domestic sector and a desire to beautify your home. From 16 August to 2 October Mercury, the messenger of the gods will pay a visit there. This encourages communication within your family and any commercial transactions.

Work and Health

There is strong focus on your work and health with Mars, the karmic North Node and a total Lunar Eclipse in your health and work sector. Part of Mars’ passage here will be in retrograde motion so the normal Martian drive and competitiveness may be turned inward. Mars will be retrograde from 2 – 20 March. Once it goes direct again you will be able to harness the Mars energy in a more proactive manner. With health you need to guard against fevers and inflammation.

Finances

Mercury and Venus will pay a visit to your finance sector. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce will be in your finance sector from 8 May to 29 May which could enhance your finances. Venus, the planet of love and money, will grace you with her presence here from 24 June to 18 July.

Travel and Education

Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn in your ninth house of travel, publishing and higher education, guaranteeing that any travel, writing, publishing or study undertaken could prove life changing for you. This sector of adventure, travel, study and publishing is also activated with a visit from both Mercury and Venus. Venus pays an extended visit here from 6 November  2013 to 5 March 2014 stimulating your passion for study and travel. Mercury pays an extended visit to this sector from 25 December 2013 to 11 Jan 2014, stimulating your desire to study write and travel. Jupiter the planet of good fortune and higher learning will be in your 3rd house of the rational mind until 16 July. This should arouse your curiosity and desire to learn and communicate. Part of Jupiter’s passage here will be in retrograde motion from the beginning of the year until 7 March.

Friendships, Groups and Goals

Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its lengthy sojourn in your eleventh house of friends, groups and goals. Neptune’s lesson is non-attachment so you may find that you have to surrender some of your cherished goals or experience some losses or sacrifices in your friendships or group affiliations. Positively, you will gain a deeper spiritual awareness through your friendships, awakening your compassion and inspiring you to join groups which espouse altruistic goals. Mercury’s visit here from 18 March to 7 April will give an opportunity to extend your social networks and communicate with your peer groups. Venus the planet of love and harmony visits your friendship sector from 6 April to 2 May bringing social harmony.

Spirituality

Unorthodox Uranus continues its journey through your twelfth house of the unconscious and karma which encourages you to experiment and investigate alternative spiritual dimensions. Uranus is not concerned with the herd mentality but rather with mapping out your own unique spiritual path. You may undertake psychotherapy or be inspired to keep a dream journal recording the messages from your unconscious, releasing untapped potential. Since the twelfth house is concerned with karma, people and circumstances from your past may reappear in unexpected and unusual ways where there is unfinished business to be resolved. The total lunar eclipse in Aries on 8 October will highlight this area of your life.

Sources

Taurus Greeting Card Designed by Sue Robertson
Taurus Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell