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Meanwhile, it is a very big picture right now with the ongoing T -Square between some heavy hitting planets turning into a Grand Cross while the Sun is in early degrees Cancer. (read the last post for more on that). The coming eclipse on July 1st will bring even more intensity to an alreay pressured atmosphere...good time to keep your head down, you thoughts clear and your heart still.
That is the challenge with Venus at 19 degrees Gemini today... near the South Node and opposite North Node in Sagittarius. Both the winter and summer eclipses have been very close to these nodes...and have sent out some powerful messages. When a travelling planet (transit) hits a recent hot spot... it triggers the original pattern; this Venus will activate that energy field.
Two posts ago (you can scroll down) I wrote about how the eclipse of the Moon and North Node at the Gallactic core in Sagittarius calls to us to know our purpose...know who we are. Venus now sitting opposite, at the South Node, wants to distract us with surface pleasures. With the Cardinal Grand Cross bearing down on us, and so mch tension around us and within us, some lightening up may be a good thing. This Venus is up for the job.
Venus... (how we love and relate) in Gemini is very social and wants lots of contacts; lots of variety and lots of stimulation. Loquacious and flirty, always seeking something or someone new, this chatty Venus is a social butterfly... flitting about from person to person, party to party. Having this in my own chart I can assure you it can be most exhausting. But fun.
And right now, the Sun is sextile the Moon...which is coming from Aries to hang out with expansive Jupiter in Taurus for a day or two. We feel generous and playful as we indulge (Jupiter in Taurus) in earlthy delights. A weekend of pleasure to take away the pain. Music, and mud in Galstonbury Music festival in England could do the trick.
I watched U2 playing there on telly last night as they sang in the rain...'I still havent found what I'm looking for...' In the after show interview, Bono spoke about his pull to Glastonbry as a pilgrimage to a sacred site. He was visibly moved by the experience of playing there...spoke of special energy everyone seems to feel there...about the ley lines it sits on...the Tor...the myth of Aurthur and Avalon etc etc. And a big huge party going on in the background as thousands enjoy the great music and amazing vibes without necessarily knowing why they feel so high (well besides the obvious) A perfect metaphor for this discussion.
I wonder if Bono was feeling the inlfluence from the Sun's sextile to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces ...calling us deeper in the midst of our reveries. Stirring our longing, calling for healing.
http://youtu.be/wdCJRybAtso (click for U2 song))
Add that to the Venus activation of the North Node in Sagittarius...warning us to be cautious of superficiality and remain clear on who we are (on a deeper level) and why we are here. Yes, enjoy the msic enjoy the fun...yet keep your eyes on the road...don't let yourself get overly distracted...
So...the planet of Love opposite the North Node galactic core thingy... asksing us to kow what we really need. And we all need love; no doubt about it. Love makes us relax, it expands our awareness, it creates a sense of harmony and well being. It connects us to others. It nurtures and soothes. Yet, true love is of itself...it doesnt depend on anything outside itself to exhist. We all need it we all seek it and ironically...though we often don't realize it...it is right here within us.
So be careful of spreading yourself too thin. Stay centered if you can. Let Gemini entertain you; enjoy a little play, a bit of flirtation, a bit of music a bit of beauty ... these can be a soothing balm in the midst of the storm.
And, on the inside....Know Who You Are. Love who you are. Find the love within.
If you knew yourself for even one moment,
if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face,
maybe you wouldn't slumber so deeply in that house of clay.
Why not move into your house of joy
and shine into every crevice!
For you are the secret Treasure-bearer,
and always have been.
Didn't you know?