Mercury entered Gemini, where it rules, earlier today. The smallest planet’s ingress to Gemini follows a quick trip through Taurus, lasting just over two weeks. Before Mercury was in Taurus, it took nearly three months oscillating between Pisces and Aries, as consequence of a retrograde cycle. Clearly, the innermost planet is demonstrating a pattern of acceleration. That pattern, taken with Mercury’s placement in Gemini, thematically echoes much of the current astrology. Symbolically it signifies Mercury’s potential to make the current astrology work for you through a regimen of being present and mindful when things get fast and furious.
Mercury expresses through your mind and its means. Gemini, domain of mutable air, is compatible with the fleetest planet’s archetype. Thus, Mercury’s annual tour of Gemini typically favors fast, flexible thinking and communication. This year, there’s an extra wrinkle.
This year, Mercury encounters a Gemini recently enhanced by the luminaries, Sun and Moon, with even more such activity yet to come. Just as this week was getting off to a start, the Moon entered mutable air less than eight hours after the Sun did. Literally minutes after its ingress, speedy Luna caught up with the Sun for a New Moon and a spectacular annular solar eclipse just inside Gemini’s threshold, and near the lunar south node. Such a precisely placed and timed beginning assures that both the current eclipse cycle (from solar to lunar) and lunation cycle (from one New Moon to the next) will be completed while the Sun is in Gemini. That sort of thing does not happen often. As rare and auspicious as the current luminary cycles are, Venus is giving them a run for their money, also from within Mercury’s realm.
Venus is in one of its relatively rare retrograde cycles. That cycle is taking place entirely in Gemini. In addition, this particular period of Venus in retrograde will be accompanied by its visible transit of the Sun. The solar transit that will take place in mid-Gemini on June 5 (or June 6, depending on where you are; it’s the day after the Sagittarius Full Moon and lunar eclipse) is so rare that more than a century will elapse before it happens again. Indeed, with so many seldom-seen and auspicious events preceding and during its comeback tour, it would appear that Mercury’s homecoming is destined to be overshadowed. Actually, there is potential for Mercury’s representation of mind to dominate events, but it will not happen without your conscious participation.
The importance of celestial events to astrology is usually in proportion to how uncommon they are. Relative rarity, however, is not the only criteria by which to evaluate a planet or its position. Timing, location and compatibility are also important, and by those standards, Mercury’s impending trip through Gemini is both symbolically resonant and a potentially useful point of reference. Consider the theme that connects the current eclipse cycle with the Venus solar transit.
Eclipses take place near the two perpetually opposed nodes where the Moon’s orbit around Earth intersects with Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The physical result is that Earth and Moon take turns imposing themselves in front of the Sun relative to each other, opening and closing a cycle of contrast and compliment. When considered that way, Venus’ impending passage in front of the Sun is another type of eclipse, but with a planet, rather than the Moon, imposing itself between Earth and its source of light, and opening a cycle that will will not close until the next century. Thus the Venus transit is symbolically amplifying and extending a luminary eclipse cycle into an entire epoch.
Having Venus move so precisely between the Earth and Sun on the heels of a luminary eclipse cycle indicates that you may expect a concurrently rapid series of comparably exceptional events to amplify the scale of your own life. Mercury’s recent history indicates that your recent experience has prepared you somehow to handle that acceleration, provided that you remain present to each moment and continuously mindful of where you are and what you are doing. That means keeping your mind in mind, making a practice of thinking about how you are thinking. It may seem that such a practice would slow you down, but that’s the idea.
Events can only go as fast as your mind perceives them to move. If your focus is entirely on the pace of events, that pace will become your reality, carrying you away as if on a flood. If, however, you focus on observing your own thinking, you give yourself a chance to regulate your perception. You can begin by reflecting on what the last two weeks have taught you. Consider how and when you have met and encountered the world with impressive success since Mercury entered Taurus and give those triumphs equal weight with any mental lapses that may have led to needless frustration and even exhaustion. Beginning today, work to literally create your own pace by building on what has worked for you and learning from where you have lost the thread. If you can maintain that practice you will also maintain the pace and that will be how to make Mercury’s time in Gemini work for you. It is possible and you are prepared to do it.
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