The Times They Are A-Changing
Mercury Retrograde May 6 – 30th
Full Moon in Scorpio – May 8th
The Times They Are A-Changin…wrote the great prophet Bob Dylan who while was always true to his faith in the One God, as a true Gemini, he kept changing the name of that God, thus in a single lifetime managed to be a Jew, a Christianity, a Buddhist and a Jew again. Gemini of course is a mutable sign, the sign in charge of mutations, changes, adjustments and shifts. So we can all find it in our hearts to not only forgive him but thank him for doing what we all want but don’t have the gall to do ourselves. In an interview with 60 minutes’ Ed Bradley, Dylan stayed true to his Gemini nature when he said: “the only person you have to think twice about lying to is either yourself or to God." How super Gemini of him. Gemini is the sign that rules lies, so we need to listen to a Gemini when he tells us who you should and shouldn’t lie to (unless the Gemini is lying at that moment and that constitutes a Gemini loophole). Gemini is a double sign. No wonder Bob Dylan is telling us to:
A. Think twice before lying.
B. If we must lie to anyone let it be NOT yourself or God…
…The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is Rapidly fadin'. And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin’…
Times are changing, specially in the last year and a half as we all feel the burden of the global or galactic recession (I am sure the aliens are having a hard time as well – have you not heard that when the Earth sneezes, the Galaxy catches a flu!) We are learning with our bodies and our bank accounts how everything is One and how we are all connected. People often ask me what is 2012 all about. I have no idea what the Mayan saw and why (if they truly did) stop the count of time on the Winter Solstice of 2012. Maybe they sensed that in order for human beings to evolve to the next stage they must recognize that they are all the same, coming from a similar mitochondrial Eve. If we cannot grasp it through art, literature, yoga, mysticism, spiritual teachers etc, then life will have to present us with a common enemy to bring us all together. Is that what the global recession all about? Or do we need a flu with an exotic name, or an alien invasion, or a climate catastrophe to make us put aside our differences and reconnect to the notion that everything around us is us. I believe Dylan with his Gemini prophesy shows us that the tables are turning, the wheel of Fortune spins, what was slow will be fast, what is present will be past, what is high will be low, and so on. It’s scary and exciting at the same time.
Gemini is ruled by Mercury and from May 6th to the end of May, the planet that rules communication, computers, thoughts, words, mail, networks, messages, siblings, contracts, neighbors, negotiations, sales, and digits is going to be retrograding. In other words, expect the unexpected seasoned with some glitches in those aspects of life. That being said, it is a very auspicious time for editing, reconnecting with people from the past (especially folks that were cut out of your life when Venus was in retrograde between March 6 – April 17th). While it is not the best time to meet new people (unless they are people Mercury wants you to reconnect from past lifetime) it is a very good time to dive deeper into relationships you already have. If you have any projects cooking, now is the time to taste them, adjust, stir them and lower the heat. Come June it will be easier to get things finalized and done. In addition, according to Kabbalah, we are now in what is called “The Count of the Omer.” It started on April 9th (the Full Moon in Libra) and ends after 49 days on May 28th. It is supposedly took the newly released slaves from Egypt to reach Mount Sinai and be ready to receive the Torah from Moses. Each one of the 49 days represents an aspect of the soul that needs to rectified and refined. During this period of purification, very much in line with Mercury retrograde, it’s a time for diving deep inside rather then embark on new projects.
The times are indeed a changin’. I have noticed that the astrological aspects that before just brushed through our lives now leave a deeper and more enduring marks on our soul. It is as if the sample rate of reality is much higher. We capture life in a higher resolution, the files are heavier and we all need a bigger hard drive to contain what we are all experiencing now. It is a time of change, and we should learn from our Gemini friends to be flexible, communicative and curious. These qualities can help us survive these storms.
This Friday, May 8th we will experience the Full Moon in Scorpio. It is the Full Moon when Siddhartha the wondering prince became enlightened. For us, it affords an opportunity to get an insight, an Aha! moment. It will helps us see, like the Buddha did under the Bodhi Tree, what is the nature of our own suffering and how we can overcome it….stay tuned to the Moon “channel” on Friday and throughout this weekend. You will find many things unveiled.