Season of Gemini: May 20 – June 20, 2021
by Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617)
From Earth to Air
As the gentle climate of May hastens
our gardens to bloom, the sanctified Earth welcomes the winds of motion
and change brought by the elemental power of Air. Gemini is one of four
“double-bodied” Signs, representing influences that alternate between
the practical and ideal, the earthly and the heavenly. Just as Mercury
transmits information from the Olympian heights to the mundane world, we
must divide our time and render to the powers that be our attention,
yet not forgetting our obligations to ourselves. In Gemini, it is
awakening to the inner wisdom and paying heed to the intuitive guidance
that the lord Mercurius communicates to us.
How often do we bypass our own
insights, allowing instead our desire for acceptance or fear of
criticism to subdue our better instincts? An understanding of what the
Bringer of Knowledge truly provides – the inner sense of what is true
around us – is what this season awakens. As the plants in our gardens
sprout, let our natural gifts of knowing the ways of the spiritual wind
When the season transitions to Gemini, the mistress Hathor
gives way to the matron Juno, Roman goddess who presides over marriage
and the essential union of family and state. But while she oversees
these affairs in one’s culture, she also opens the door to individual
wisdom as the “bringer of light,” a power in the sky who gives vision to
newborns and insight to her followers.
In the ancient world, some were dedicated for life to
know and honor the ways of the inner life, fulfilling this duty to both
gods and men. In Rome it was the Vestals, a celibate priestesshood of
custodians who safeguarded legal and historical documents and the
genealogies of the aristocracy. But in addition to these civic duties,
their task was the keeping of the sacred fire from which all hearths in
Rome were alighted. This, in reflecting the character of their patroness
Vesta, “the living flame.”
by Frederick Lord Leighton (1830-1896)
Roman, BCE 470
In Greece, Hestia also embodied the powers of the
hearth to bless those who were nourished by its fires. In this role the
goddess lives among mortals, to protect orphans and children and ensure
they always returned to the altar of sustenance. She is honored by the
charity we extend to others by sharing the food we prepare from our
Between June 9–14 the Romans celebrated the Vestalia,
both in public and private. The hearth flame was renewed from the
sanctuary of the Vestals, and special cakes of salt and freshly ground
grain were prepared and offered at the family altars. This is an ideal
time to share the duties of cooking with a gathering of friends and
family. On the 15th of June, homes are cleaned by ceremonial sweeping,
the burning of incense, and baking of newly leavened bread. Vesta
governs the transformation of plant life to food, the alchemy of cooking
and the culinary art. Her glyph represents the flame rising from the
hearth and the creative power of fire, the action that makes ordinary
tasks sacred. We should recognize this miracle in every meal we
prepare and offer to others and ourselves.
We also call on Vesta, as keeper of records, to help
us locate our lost keys and wallets. She protects door bolts,
storerooms, and warns of dangers to the safety of the domicile. Now is
the time to scrutinize the integrity of your living space with an
offering to Vesta and a thorough check on your house locks and keys.
The Sun enters Gemini
on May 20th at 3:37 pm as the Sun and Jupiter form a tight 90º that
promises conflicts and stubborn dissent on matters of money and
collective values. Jupiter enters his comfort zone of Pisces, resulting
in the search for new freedoms, especially in the Fifth House of travel
and recreation, though existing barriers continue to present themselves.
A new phase of openness vs. rule making ensues, with the gods of
wellness and hygiene taking priority. The Virgo Moon hidden in the
Twelfth House obscures health hazards that appear in episodes throughout
Saturn turns to retrograde motion
on May 23rd at 5:21 am (13º Aquarius 31’) with the Lord of Delay at the
midheaven in the U.S. capital. Progress on pressing issues will be at a
standstill until mid-October, when a rush to close important
negotiations will arise. The interval will provide ample time for
agreement and some surprising concessions from previously hostile
The Full Moon takes
place on May 26th at 7:14 am (5º Sagittarius 25’) bringing measures to
suppress information and vital facts from behind the scenes. But Jupiter
the lawgiver rises to the Midheaven in the U.S. capital and prevails
over clandestine activities. This Full Moon brings a Total Lunar Eclipse
of 15 minutes duration, translated in astrological time its influence
is 15 months. This precipitates a new approach to public information and
its access. Lunar eclipses can present rare opportunities for moving
forward where rules or hindrances have prevented progress. Visionary
individuals will open new doors.
Mercury turns to retrograde motion
on May 29th at 6:34 pm (24º Gemini 43’) with a Moon-Pluto conjunction
in the Third House of Statutes that invites drastic solutions to
long-held resentments. With Mars in the Ninth House of Legislation
trailing in opposition, Congress wrangles and leadership takes charge.
The retrograde period lasts a full month, after which time negotiation
and compromise will come to pass. Mercury’s retrograde cycle in Air and
Earth Signs does not bode well for simple solutions, caution in all
matters of communication and consent should wait for unanimity and
The New Moon
takes place on June 10th at 6:53 am (19º Gemini 47’), highlighting an
Annular Solar Eclipse of 3 minutes 51 sec. duration (a timetable of
influence nearly four years long). The separating Mars-Pluto
opposition represents a slow recovery from the chronic Mid East
conflicts that seek resolution, though they may be revisited at the next
2-year Mars cycle, when the tensions of the current Solar Eclipse also
begin to dissipate.
Other hostilities erupt in Europe and Asia as new
schisms appear, though they may have been simmering for a long time.
These will not be long lasting but a flurry of new diplomatic
initiatives will be exacted. Economic recovery slows down as Saturn’s
retrograde motion in the Eighth House of Assets puts a damper on growth.
Season of Taurus: April 19 – May 20, 2021
Goddess Hathor, Nurturer of Heaven
– Temple of Seti I, Abydos
The Womb of Nature
In the ancient Mysteries, the return
of Spring was seen as the descent of fiery spirit (Aries) into the
world of life once more. It is followed by the cycle of fertilization
(Taurus), which brings about the sowing of spiritual vitality into the
soil of terra firma. This is a time that prompts us to think practically
and engage in acts that affirm our connection to nature and her
Innumerable past cultures
viewed the cow as a manifestation of the mother goddess, the nurturer of
heaven and provider on Earth. In the Tellus Mater, a Roman festival
celebrating the mother of Earth, the fruits of the last year’s harvest
were offered to coax the goddess into replenishing the grain stores in
the coming season. She was honored on April 15th with the feasts of
Fordicidia and Hordicidia, an offering of cows and calves. Sacrifices
were never wasted in those times; after partaking of the earthly
oblation, the deity’s powers were endowed to the living through a shared
exchange of food and drink.
May is named for Maius on the ancient Roman calendar, honoring Maia Majesta
(“she who brings increase”), goddess of Spring. On the 1st of May,
priests of Vulcan (god of fabrication) presided over her festival. At
the same time, the goddess Pomona – a tree spirit who embodies the first
bloom of orchards in the Spring – was honored along with Vertumnus, god
of seasons. Together, they tend the gardens of the gods.
In Egypt, Hathor presided over
the harvesting festivities celebrated in May, beginning with the
pharaonic ritual of “driving the calves” across the threshing floor to
banish the serpents of darkness – literally and figuratively. Following
this, the great Festival of the Valley ensured, with the barque of the
goddess traveling south from her seat at Dendera to the throne of her
consort Horus in Edfu. The festival was so revered in ancient times that
it endures in Egypt as a national holiday, Sham El Nessim
(“smelling the breeze”). It is celebrated by Egyptians of all religious
faiths on the Monday following Coptic Easter, this year on May 3rd.
May 1st marks the beginning of
Beltane (“feast of fire”), the traditional Gaelic festival that welcomes
the growing season. May 4th is (true) Beltane, when the Sun reaches 15º
Taurus, the second cross-quarter Solar transit of the year, it occurs
between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The night before
(April 30th) is the Teutonic Walpurgisnacht, reserved for rites to
banish the last spirits of Winter and erect the May pole for the next
As a celebration of the sacred marriage between nature and
humankind, Beltane is a time for handfastings, engagements, weddings,
and renewal of vows. It is also a period that supports the creative
pulse within all of our lives that may be expressed throughout the year
in our daily endeavors.
Rameses II Driving the Calves to Amun-Ra Kaumutef
– Karnak Temple
The Sun enters Taurus on April 19th at 4:33 pm with Mars at the
Midheaven in the U.S. capital. At least two conflicts gain the attention
of the executive branch, one domestic and the other foreign; within the
week punitive measures will be taken. Neptune in the 7th House of open
enemies points to long-standing subversive deceits from outside entities
that come to light from allied sources. The Moon’s tight opposition to
Pluto brings public confrontations on issues relating to women,
reproduction, and health.
The Full Moon takes place on April 26th at 11:32 pm (7º Scorpio
06’) with a stellium in Taurus opposed by the Moon. The issues on family
and education reach a turning point with new measures proposed by House
representatives that will require long term planning and investment.
Mars in the 7th House of foreign relations signifies open conflicts that
will only be tempered by U.S. intercession. More surveillance of
official communications will be discovered, leading to punishing
The Taurus Full Moon is honored in the East as Wesak, the
traditional Buddhist festival that marks the birth, enlightenment, and
passing of the Buddha.
The New Moon takes place on May 11th at 3:00 pm (21º Taurus 17’)
with troublesome Mars once again prominent, though his power is
submerged in the quiet waters of Cancer. Neptune reappears in the 7th
House of open enemies, revisiting the obstinate interference of foreign
entities that has been ignored since Neptune entered Pisces in 2011.
Ramadan ends tomorrow morning.
Pluto turns to retrograde motion
on April 27th at 4:04 pm (26º
Capricorn 48’) and stays frozen in the cold grip of Capricorn through
October 6th. With a Scorpio Moon that opposes Venus and Mercury, an
intense day is ordained, one that propels martial fire through the
atmosphere. But Pluto’s close proximity to the ecliptic (Sun’s path)
since 2018, and his coming return to the U.S. natal position in 2022,
foretells dramatic reversals in the realms of economics, the
environment, and cultural values
that begin at this time.
Season of Aries: March 20 – April 19, 2021
The Vernal (vernalis, “spring”) Equinox has
been honored since ancient times as the transition from the hibernation
of one season to the awakening of another. In the northern hemisphere,
this event heralds the planting cycle; for skywatchers it is the
astronomical beginning of a new year. Visually, the Spring Equinox
(equi, “equal” and nox, “night," referring to the balance of day and
night) marks the time when the Sun crosses the celestial equator and
moves north; it will visually appear high on the horizons until its
southerly descent begins in the Fall.
Daybreak by Maxfield Parrish (1922)
In ancient Egypt, Spring brought the return of the constellation Sah (Orion) to the night sky, a harbinger of the reborn Asar (Osiris) who takes the rejuvenated form of the divine son, Horus. One of the god’s appellations is Wennefer
(“who springs forth”), which expresses the power of this divinity to
regenerate. The hieroglyph of his name is the desert hare, over the ages
it morphed into the Easter bunny.
archetypal slain god who cyclically returns, is half of a spiritual saga
that formed the foundation of the ancient Mysteries. The rest of the
story is found in the opposite cycle of Libra – the wanderings and
magical acts of his consort Isis, who diligently sought justice for her
son’s usurped throne and who mystically restored the broken body of her
slain husband. She follows Orion in her celestial form of Sopdet (Sothis), the star that rises heliacally in early August.
The Neopagan festival of Ostara combines a number of ancient traditions for Spring observances. Among them, the Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess Eostre (whose name is the origin of estrogen) is honored for the return of the growing season.
The ancients communed with the gods by interacting with the environment and its living gifts. In the Tellus Mater,
a Roman festival celebrating the mother of Earth, the fruits of the
last year’s harvest were offered to coax the goddess into replenishing
the grain stores for the coming season. She was honored on April 15th
with the feasts of Fordicidia and Hordicidia, an offering
of cows and calves. Sacrifices were never wasted in those times; after
partaking of earthly oblations, the deity’s powers were endowed to the
living through a shared exchange of food and drink.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Byam Shaw (1872–1919)
The Sun enters Aries
on March 20th at 5:37 am with fortunate Jupiter rising at the U.S.
capital. While there will be much to celebrate, issues on youth, women,
and ethnic minorities are foremost and demand the attention of media and
lawmakers. Leadership breaks from restrictive opposition as Saturn
fades into the background of the 12th House. Mars in the 4th House of
terra firma brings dangerous weather conditions to the western states.
This will be a season of optimism despite lingering frictions and
The Full Moon
takes place on March 28th at 2:48 pm (8º Libra 18’) with the Solunar
axis occupied by beneficent Venus, though she wears a passionate face
while domiciled in Aries. Women take the leading role in matters
judicial during this Lunation, garnering considerable support from
leadership and the public. Some legislative victories will result from
this in coming months. While Saturn occupies the 6th House of Public
Health denoting slow-moving progress, developments are in the picture
for a universal antidote to the current pandemic.
The New Moon
takes place on April 11th at 10:31 pm (22º Aries 25’) with Sun and Moon
surrounded by compassionate Venus and knowledgeable Mercury, traveling
together through the bold spectrum of Aries. They promote forward
thinking and public progress, but are held back by the undercurrents of
Pluto, that seek a return to timeworn ground rules. Uranus in the 6th
House of Public Health offers enlightened approaches and progress, but
much is held back by bureaucratic rules and propaganda. Ramadan begins
the next day at Sunset.
Season of Pisces: February 18 – March 20, 2021
The Well of Memory
When the Sun enters Pisces, we enter
the cosmic sea of timelessness and rejuvenation, where we may encounter
the spirits of water – divinities who have been both honored and feared
from the beginning of time.
In Babylon there is Tiamat, the
primordial being who lives in the waters of the abyss before time became
manifest. Through her we are connected to the ancient sea on which our
hopes and aspirations sail – the collective unconscious. And so we may
use this time to tap into our spiritual reservoir and draw on the
strengths we often forget.
In ancient Egypt, the water goddess
initially takes form as the frog-headed Heqet, dweller in the primordial
swamp. She is the source of cosmic proliferation, the bringer of births
in all dimensions of celestial life. Heqet brings life to the barren,
and in this cycle we can depend on her for inspiration and the visions
of what is possible.
In the physical world, the Egyptian
Nut is the mother of the starry heavens, the keeper of exalted spirits
in the guise of celestial asterisms, mistress of enchantments in the
incubation sleep of the temple. Through Nut we may remain connected to
our ancestral heritage, both human and divine. She also takes us to the
well of memory, past and future.
Nut, Sky Goddess of Ancient Egypt
Naiad nymph of springs of the river Sperkheios
– Otto Theodore Gustav Lingner (1856-1917)
nature spirits of ancient Greece assume great number as water nymphs –
the Nereides (goddesses of the Sea), Naiads (beings of fresh water,
brooks and foundation stones), and Oceanids (powerful children of
Oceanus and Tethys). Each is a mirror of wisdom, enchantment, or
inspiration, and each is a gift we may access in the cycle of Piscean
Pisces, last sign in the annual cycle of the Zodiac,
marks a period of completion and preparation for a new journey. The
Ichthys (twin fish), who represent Aphrodite and Eros in disguise, swim
in the waters of baptism, where we are not cleansed of any mortal stain
invented by false prophets, but returned to the amniotic waters of
renewal and made whole again.
March 1st is a day sacred to Juno Lucina “bringer of
light” (Greek: Hera), guardian of women in childbirth. It was celebrated
in ancient times in the festival of Matronalia, when women would unbind
their hair and remove all knotted clothing, to dispel any hinderings of
a safe childbirth. For husbands, it was customary to bring offerings to
the temples for the well being of their wives and children. The day was
also honored by the Vestals, keepers of the royal genealogies and
divinatory records of the temples.
The realm of Hera, like the Egyptian Nut, is the open
sky. Appropriate rituals at this time include offering bowls of water
at the family shrine to quench our thirst for security and solidarity
among the shared blood, daily ablutions performed to remind us of
the coming Spring, and sacred baths for evoking dream and vision states.
March 8th is International Women’s Day. This is a
time to honor all who bring life into the world and ensure that in some
way we support safe and accessible childbearing resources. If you know a
physician, midwife, or family counselor, show your acknowledgment and
appreciation. Likewise for all organizations – local and global –
dedicated to providing health care for the safe delivery of children in
countries less fortunate than ours.
| Cosmic Events
The Sun enters Pisces on
February 18th at 5:44 am with four planets rising in Aquarius at the
U.S. capital. Idealistic forces are forthcoming but all is restrained by
Pluto in Capricorn, lagging behind this Stellium. Hostile forces to
peace remain behind the scenes, though their intentions are uncovered as
the Sun progresses toward its ruling planet Neptune in the coming three
The Moon moves to a conjunction with Mars, usually indicating a
contentious period, but... with NASA’s rover “Persistence” landed
successfully on the planet today, science overcomes the resistance to
Mercury turns to direct motion
on February 20th at 7:52 pm (11º Aquarius 01’) positioned between the
20-year Jupiter-Saturn cyclic conjunction. Mercury’s stations
(retrograde and forward) bring resolution from past errors and
recalibration. Major decisions are revisited and reconstituted for going
forward. For the present, some errors from past, emotionally-charged
mandates will be dropped in favor of logical resolution.
The Full Moon takes
place on February 27th at 3:17 am (8º Virgo 57’) with matters of public
health and economic stability at the forefront. With the Virgo-Pisces
axis in the Second House of Financial Activity and the Eighth House of
Assets, attention to budgets and fiscal matters predominate. Jupiter and
Saturn in this picture point to necessary sacrifices to provide
benefits, Mercury and Venus indicate idealistic goals muted by the
immediate needs of the health sector.
The New Moon takes place
on March 13th at 5:21 am (23º Pisces 03’) with nearly every planet and
luminary in Earth’s view rising for attention at the U.S. capital.
Pluto’s trail diminishes, indicating the slow decline of the pandemic’s
power and the usurpers of order. Following this, Saturn continues his
dour restraint on progress, through some authoritarian, “old school”
thinkers. But Jupiter and Mercury move ahead, garnering public attention
with innovative plans for growth and social expansion that may come
through corporate innovation. Financial support for the public is
forthcoming, and the pleasant Venus-Neptune conjunction provide good
news in the development of treatment and alleviation of the prevailing
Season of Aquarius: January 19 – February 18, 2021
Coming of a New Era
The Sun entered Capricorn on December 21st,
2020, marking the beginning of a new season with the Winter
Solstice. The Capricorn ingress is regarded as the predictor of world
events for the coming year and on this occasion we had three significant
conjunctions that point to three major themes for 2021.
The pairs are: Sun-Mercury, Jupiter-Saturn, and
Moon-Neptune. These figures embody three scenarios that will influence
major events peaking with the seasonal change at the Spring Equinox
(March 20, 2021).
The Sun-Mercury conjunction is not unusual, it
indicates the beginning of a Solar cycle with new information, as occurs
with some Sign changes throughout the year prior to Mercury’s
retrograde cycle. It points to developments that gradually come to light
and will alter the course of events. This time, the pattern marks the
inception of different leadership with the dominance of information,
communication, and new paths to knowledge. Later this month, Mercury
when turns to retrograde motion, the time will provide additional
opportunity to review or revise past information that will provide
clarity and direction.
The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction promotes the
recalibration of socio-economic values and dramatic changes in religious
(Jupiter) and political (Saturn) movements that will certainly impact
science and scholarship in the next two decades. This conjunction occurs
every 20 years, bringing inevitable change, though it often presages
conflict, assassinations, and upheavals in the social order before
peaceful resolutions are accomplished. This time, the “grand
conjunction” (as it has been known to skywatchers from antiquity) falls
in the Air element Sign of Aquarius, pointing to revolution and sweeping
change from the past 20-year cycle. This may not be peasant or
peaceful, but the next 20-year cycle will alter the status quo and pave
the way for evolutionary developments.
The Moon-Neptune conjunction – a separating aspect –
clearly illustrates the global pandemic that remains encompassing yet
diminishing in power, though it now finds haven – and perhaps
final resolution – in the 4th House of U.S. terra firma.
2020 Capricorn Ingress
2021 Aquarius Ingress
The Brighid Cross is a talisman signifying the four Cross-Quarter festivals in the Celtic year.
| Sacred Calendar
The Celtic Midwinter festival of Imbolc is celebrated on February
2nd, the first of four cross-quarter festivals (falling between a
solstice and an equinox) in the pagan year. Imbolc is derived from the
term for “sheep's milk,” hence it is a festival welcoming the birth and
first cleansing of newborn lambs.
Though traditionally a time given to predicting if winter will
linger (a precursor to Groundhog Day), it is a spiritual doorway that
promotes divination. Originally associated with deities of fire, the
purification of hearth and lighting of candles are rituals enacted to
bring forth the powers of light.
Associated with this season are virgin deity/saints (St. Brigid and
St. Kinnia of Ireland), child goddesses (Kumari of Nepal), and gods as
young men (Ganymede, abducted by Zeus and placed in the heavens as
Appropriate goddess rituals for this season include the passing of
fire from hearth to lamp (Roman: Vesta), invocations to the divinities
of learning and record keeping (Egyptian: Ma’at and Seshat), healing
rites that convey sustenance (Greek: Hygeia and Hindu: Parvati), and
clothing sacred images (Greek: Athena and Egyptian: Taiyet). Offerings
include candles, butter, cheese, and linen.
The Sun enters Aquarius
on January 19th at 3:40 pm with a Sun-Saturn conjunction that brings
winter’s gloom to the forefront, yet in the following days the Sun
conjoins optimistic Jupiter, setting the stage for an enthusiastic
approach to coming challenges. The Aries Moon moves fast to soften the
volatility of a Mars-Uranus conjunction that has fed the hostilities
toward leadership. Neptune on the hidden side of the Midheaven at the
U.S. capitol indicates undisclosed information that will come to light
during this season.
Hapi, Lord of the Nile
| The Full Moon
takes place on January 28th at 2:16 pm (9º Leo 05')
with a fortunate Sun-Jupiter conjunction, sweeping away the doldrums of
winter and strengthening economic conditions. A grand stellium of five
planets (Pluto, Venus, Saturn, Sun, Jupiter) fall in the U.S. Eighth
House of Finance, pointing to movement forward, new policies, and the
resolution of recent obstacles.
Mercury turns to retrograde motion
on January 30th at 7:54 pm (26º Aquarius 28’), with the Moon
rising at the capitol, emphasizing the public mood and needs. The usual
setbacks in contracts and communication can be expected, but the
messenger’s presence in the Sixth House of Health suggests delays and
irregularity. The focus falls in the Fifth House of Schools and the
Leisure industries (sports, entertainment, recreation, tourism), slowly
reemerging from their pandemic slumber.
The New Moon
takes place on February 11th at 2:06 pm (23º Aquarius 17')
with a grand Stellium of six planets in the Sign of the Waterbearer.
All previous indicators – the 20 year Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of
December 21st, Pluto’s descent below the ecliptic path in November 2018,
the passage of the interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua in 2017 – come to
fruition with this planetary convergence as former models of society are diminished and a process of rebuilding begins.
This New Moon inaugurates the Lunar New Year
of the White Metal Ox, an image that embodies the element Earth, the
queen mother, late Summer season, and the Southwest direction. According
to tradition, the I Ching hexagram for the year is #36 Ming Yi,
“The Darkening of the Light.” The Wilhelm translation speaks of
retreating to the inner light when darkness descends and its duration is
unknown. Thus, we learn the extent of our inner light that in its time,
illuminates our outer world. This is the liberation that awaits us.
Year of the White Metal Ox