These past few months have been crazy busy for me and finally winding down, so I rejected all invitations for the holidays to spend the day alone with my thoughts. Being too busy steals our alone time, which is what keeps us connected to the spirit. Today I am giving much thanks for all my gifts and bounty and thinking about my life in general. I am truly blessed to have really wonderful people around me. All my clients are good people who I enjoy working with, my friends love and protect me, my kitty still gives me the "I'm wiser than you" eye but she adores me too. I have a friend with perpetual conflict in her life and I give thanks for the relative sanity in my own. It took me decades but I have learned to say "no" to craziness and I don't try to fix people anymore (boy was that exhausting!) Now I am working on me. I am doing meditation asking for deep spiritual growth, I am writing in my journal to manifest those gifts in the material world, and I am thanking God, The Universe, The Creator, etc. for my life and my constant learning. I want to contribute something powerful to the changes looming before us, and I am readying myself. Another friend is worried the world will end and are we prepared? I figure I live in earthquake country so I should be ready for emergencies anyhow so we're working on a "what if the worst happens" plan. I have stored a little food, am shopping for a water storage container, and looking for a greenhouse to put on my deck to grow some food. As a kid I lived on a farm for a while and I seem to have a green thumb as my plants are doing well even though I sometimes neglect them. I do talk to them however, and ask them how they are doing.
I was thinking about people in general, and how much division there is in the world. I have recently gotten to know an amazing Pakistani woman, raised in the Midwest as a Muslim and now working as a Theta Healer and helping me get over old childhood wounds and rewiring my brain. There is so much fear of Muslims in this country and I just don't understand it. (Did we hate all Christians after Timothy McVey?) And while we are learning to hate a particular group, the government contractors are making a fortune with our tax dollars fighting "evil doers" who just happen to be sitting on large deposits of crude oil. Like a magicians sleight of hand, we are looking at one hand and not noticing what the other one is up to. And we don't have the power or the money to fight this giant propaganda machine, so how to we "fight back"? We do it with love.
I look at my new Muslim friend who radiates love, joy, charisma and a heart as big as the ocean, and I wonder about the people out there who would think ill of her because of her family religion. In getting to know her she has told stories about her family gatherings, and they make me laugh inside because they are just like my family stories and yours. Some are wonderful, some are pig headed, some are afraid of anything new, some embrace the new, some can't think outside the box and some are just irritating as hell. People are people. All kinds of personalities, but somehow the same kind of behaviors despite religion or politics or geographic locale. Yet we cannot know everyone on the planet, so how do we derail the prejudice which keeps us apart, in fear and stuck? We do it with Love.
And one of the things we can do with love is be thankful. I have had a lovely day to myself. Thank you God. l had a wonderful turkey dinner and watched "Love Actually" one of my favorite movies about love. Thank you Universe. I slept late (yeah), wrote in my blog. I feel good and I thank God for my good life. That action of thankfulness pours love into our energy pool and lifts all boats up just a bit. Do your part for the world by giving real thanks for all the good things in your life - today and everyday. And tell everyone you love that you love them. It's always wonderful to hear and it opens our hearts to more love. Love really is the answer "they" just don't you to know it!!!
Mercury retrograde always makes me wince. The mind gets fuzzy, past mistakes are shoved in your face, people don't hear you, mail gets lost, things back up and progress is hard to come by. Its time to finish those things you've been meaning to do and they will go smoothly. Thanksgiving week will be esp crazy so expect delayed flights, dark moods, forgetfulness etc. Its time to be quiet and not engage in anything resembling an argument. Bite your tongue and wait till Nov 27th when it goes direct...no wait another week for your brain to come back because you will be living in lowered IQ time during a retrograde mercury which rules the mind. But its not all bad. People from the past come back, old matters get resolved or renewed, clean those closets, make that to do list and clear the decks for December. Be quietly productive.
The sun moves into Gemini on May 20th. The New Moon is in Gemini on May 20th. A Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th. whew. And I am a Gemini with Sun, Moon and Mercury in Gemini, so I'm buckled up and ready for the rocket ship to take off. You should be too. Gemini's are going to feel this earthquake of energy erupting. Sagitarians are going to be bracing for "something". Virgo and Pisces are going to be a little scared, but as they are mutable signs they will do fine. Leo, Libra, Aquarius and Aries are ready for the ride too. Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorns are going to try to dig in their heels, which will only make it worse. Its 2012. Its all about change. And as this eclipse affects the North Node, its about independent change. Its about working on yourself. You might be feeling anxious, but its just the sense of all this energy bursting out around you. And its double the energy in Gemini, the sign of the twins.
New beginnings and strong energies are being released, which take a while to play out. Its like gunshot before a race. Fire and Air signs are energized to change. Earth and Water signs are pushed to make change. 2012 is all about redefining yourself. This is one more opportunity to do that. It's not quite time to act, but it is time to mull things over from different viewpoints than usual. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the mind, and the messenger of the God's. Your mind will be full of ideas. Be sure to carry pen and paper or a recorder so you don't forget those flashes that come to you while you're stopped at a red light. Flashes from out of the blue are the norm now.
There is another Gemini new moon on June 19th as well. Two chances to harness energy for change, for the new, for the next phase of our life. Be innovative, listen to hunches or odd ideas. Creativity is bubbling around you if you will listen. Things will probably happen suddenly. Be ready when the unexpected happens so you can leap. But it is Gemini, the twins, so you may get conflicting ideas, opposite directions...which way to go. Depending on what house Gemini is in for your chart, this is the area of your life that will be activated by this new energy. First house (rising) will affect your personality and how others see you; 2nd house, your values are changing; 3rd - your communication skills are changing(for the better); 4th your home will undergo changes; 5th romance and creativity get a new wind; 6th house duties may come upon you quickly or change in some way unexpectedly; 7th partnerships will be redefined; 8th what others give you may change in unexpected ways; 9th your spiritual path is being redefined; 10th your career is undergoing a review; 11th - are those friends really good for you or will new ones be better; and the 12th - your hidden "stuff" is coming up to the surface for review and release.
Also Venus is now in Gemini too and just went retrograde last Tuesday, bringing old loves and ideas back to the table for review. Did you do the right thing, or should you rethink old decisions? The brain and heart are very busy now, reviewing all of our internal stuff.
Gemini is change. Always in motion. Moving. Never a dull moment with a Gemini. By the second full moon of June, decisions should be made or accepted. Eclipses release energy like a gun shot at the start of a race. Get ready, get set.......... for several months of change. Isn't 2012 just amazing? For you fixed signs who have trouble with change, use everything you've got to embrace the new. Its really good for you now, and what you may lose will be replaced by something better, more challenging, more self-defining. Its all good. We're in the year of being shaken up...might as well enjoy it cause you're only gonna make it worse if you dig in your heels. Flap your wings and go where the wind takes you.
And in June there are two more eclipses....in Gemini. This is going to be a summer of 1969 kind of energy. Be ready for ANYTHING!
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.
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