Temple Astrolog: Solar Eclipse and The Power of Choice

by Karin Ugander

The sun has moved into the sign of Gemini.  If you have a friend born in the sign of Gemini, you most certainly have enjoyed many good laughs together. Geminis are known for their sense of humour and their sharp minds. They know how to have a good time and are usually up for some adventure. One of the challenges for Gemini is that sometimes the happy face that they show to the world is not how they feel on the inside.

Gemini is a sign of opposites and just as happy and easy going they are, they are equally deep minded and thoughtful. As the sign of Gemini matures they learn to find balance between both of their sides. If a Gemini does not mature it can lead to a cynical world view and a way of hiding emotions behind bad jokes. One of the lessons of the sign Gemini is learning to be honest, and learning to communicate with the heart and not just the mind. And when that connection between the mind and the heart is made Gemini can become the greatest storyteller and teacher of all.

Gemini and Tarot card The Lovers

Right now we have many placements in the sign of Gemini. Venus (love and romance) Mercury (communication) the North Node (where we are supposed to go) and the Sun. We will all be put in situations when we will have a choice of taking things seriously or not.

In life we are many times put in the situation when someone comes to us asking for help. It can be that they stand in front of a problem, or difficult situation. There are times when the best thing is to lighten up the situation. Perhaps joke about it and say “You don’t have to worry about that! You will be fine!” but there are also times when we need to take things more seriously. When it is not something that can be taken lightly . Being asked to help, you have to make a choice on how to respond. If you respond in the wrong way you may loose the trust between the two of you.

The tarot card The Lovers are ruled by the sign of Gemini, which is surprising for many. But when you think about it, relationships and romance are filled with choices. Beginning with “Should I say yes to the date? If  the relationship deepens and your partner asks you “Do you love me?” or “Will you marry me?” As soon as the question is asked, the relationship has changed no matter if the answer is Yes or No.

If, or when someone comes to you with a problem during this passage, pause a moment before taking action. Think about it, consult with someone you trust if needed. But, don’t wait too long or you will miss your moment of being able to be an allied and trusted friend. Gemini is a fast sign and you need to stay alert.

Mercury and Venus travels together until the 3rd of June. Then Venus moves forward into the sign of Cancer.

Mercury goes retrograde from the 29th of May until 22nd of June and will stay in Gemini until the 12th of July. So we will get a lot of time to practice our communication skills!

The sun is in Gemini until the 20th of June.

Vesta and transformation

Vesta is one of the asteroid goddesses. While not the largest of the asteroid, Vesta is the brightest and the only one that can be seen with the naked eye. The Greeks know her as Hestia and the Romans worshipped her as a goddess of the hearth and a keeper of the flame.

In the astrology chart she is usually very strong if the client is a priest, priestess or has a strong spiritual connection. Vesta brings out devotion, passion and transformation. For many people soul searching and intensive transformation is something that happens perhaps a few times in their lives, usually during the Saturnus returns in their 30 ties, the Uranus opposition at midlife and Chiron return at the age around 50. For people with a strong Vesta the need for transformation does not end after some time. They begin by wanting more and after some years they need more transformation and it has become not just a way of living but also a way of being. These people are usually strongly connected to the energy of Vesta.

If you have this strong connection to Vesta and transformation, it is wise to remember that not all people are like you. They could be happy in their lives with a lesser dosage of transformation. That is ok and that is their choice in this lifetime, in the same way as you are choosing a faster and more challenging speed of transformation in this incarnation. Who knows, perhaps the last time you were incarnated together it was the other way around?

Danger of pushing it over the edge

Right now Vesta is very active, that means that she is pushing for transformation and change. Vesta is making a challenging aspect to the Sun (Me, I) and the north node (where we are meant to go) in Gemini (communication, choices). She is also in a challenging aspect to the South Node (our past, karma) and the asteroid Juno (relationships) in the sign of Saggitarius.

With this energy Vestas need for change and transformation can bring relationships and situations to the edge. We may think that we know how our loved ones, our boss, friends will respond when we push them, but the truth is that we don´t know. And the same thing the other way around. We may think that we know how we will react in a certain situation, but we really don´t know until it happens. The tension right now makes things, people and situations work differently than they have done before. There is a danger of unintentionally pushing a situation or relationship over the edge.

Both Gemini and Saggitarius likes to talk, bicker, and at times even argue as a way of letting out some steam and overloaded energy. But this is not the time for that. Things are tense right now, and most people are doing their best to hold things together without the extra pressure of fighting and arguing with people close to them. If you are overloaded run an extra mile, scream in the forest, find an healthy outlet.

This tension is also seen with the opposition (challenging aspect) between Mars (anger, violence, will) in Cancer (family, children, home) and Pluto (violence, subconscious) in Capricorn. Unfortunately this aspect increases violence in the home, reckless driving and dangerous situations.

On a global plane things are both unpredictable and tense. Countries, states and organisation could react and make moves that no one expected and that brings an uncertainty on to how to find balance and peace again.

Vesta is in challenging aspect to the Nodes until the 10th of June and the Sun until the 13th of June. She continues to be in challenging aspect to Juno until the 19th of June.

Mars is in challenging to Pluto until the 15th  of June

New Moon and Solar Eclipse

On the 10th of June we have a New Moon in Gemini together with a Solar Eclipse. This will bring many of energies that I have mentioned above to a culmination. Even if there is a lot of tension present, new moons can also be about new beginnings and the power to change things for the better.

Saturn as a protector

Saturn is a planet that in many cases has a bad reputation. He is the lord of time, the teacher, the challenger and is many times looked upon as being boring and basically something that you don´t want in your life. But Saturn has many good sides to him as well. Being a protector is one, slowing things down to make sure that we mature before we continue to the next phase is another. Saturn is usually felt more physical and intense when he is in retrograde motion.

Right now Saturn is making a good aspect to Juno (relationships) in Sagittarius and the Sun. This can both help and assist us in finding balance between ourselves and the relationships around us.  If you hit a closed door, take a moment and think about it before you see it as something bad that needs to change immediately. Perhaps the door is closed for a good reason that you don´t know about yet. Perhaps it is something better waiting for you somewhere else. Or perhaps it is just a matter of timing (Saturn)

 Saturn is in good aspect to the Sun until the 10 of June.  Saturn is in good aspect to Juno until the 1 st of September, and for that we can all be very happy! Saturn goes direct again on the 11th of October.

Summary: My advice is to tread carefully. Don´t take things or people for granted. Be impeccable with your words and actions. Embrace the inner priest and priestess, be The Wise one, and foremost…Be kind. 

Blessings! / Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red

Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at karin@kani.se.

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