|By Louise Gilbert|
Gemini, as you go through the year, you continue to experience moments of restlessness and sudden urges to become more independent in your career and most likely your life in general. If partners or authority figures become too demanding and controlling, you are looking to make a swift exit – no one tells a Gemini how to spend their days at the moment. As you continue on your quest to find the right balance between independence and balanced one-to-one partnerships, early May 2013 also presents an opportunity to redefine your goals and hopes for the future before you wind down your solar year.
On the one hand, this can be a very social time packed with lots of networking, group activities, hobbies and generally spending some time with your friends. This month in particular, there may even be a good chance of some extra income or a bonus coming your way, not only from all your efforts over the past year but from activities, initiations and projects or perhaps simply from how you applied yourself in your job and if you are self-employed, as many Gemini Ascendants prefer to be at the moment, how you managed to expand your client base over these past weeks. On the other hand, however, you may feel a kind of a push and pull energy between your groups of friends and your wider network versus who you are or who you want to be. Or between being the social butterfly you are versus spending time with your partner; your between future direction including responsibilities towards the wider community, network or group interactions in general versus how you really want to express yourself as an individual within these groups and through your creative projects.
The ongoing square between Pluto and Uranus which was exact at the end of April added some extra tension as you continue to contemplate whether or not to stay in your career or change profession entirely and follow your dreams. The first week in May, with the stellium in Aries promises a lot of quick action and reaction, determination and hopefully progress where your life goals are concerned and making decisions about them. The lunar eclipse at the end of April may have brought some desires to the surface that you can no longer ignore. Equally, the end of April would also have been a time of completing work projects and reaping the rewards for those. While you value your independence immensely, you are also hugely creative at the moment with sudden insights and inspirations that make you stand out from the crowd. Nevertheless, this was a time of completion of something – a certain, long-term work project or an association with a certain group of people.
The solar eclipse takes place on 10th May, in addition to another lunar eclipse on 25th May. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon stands between the Sun and Earth. This means that a solar eclipse is always a new Moon, marking new beginnings. However, a new Moon also cuts off the light of the Sun, so whatever is beginning now, may not carry all the details that you need to make informed decisions and really understand what it is that is coming into your life now. As with the lunar eclipse, solar eclipses bring in life’s big events – a marriage or divorce, birth or pregnancy, a house sale or purchase or an important trip. Whatever it is, things are progressing swiftly now and the planets are intent on pushing you towards your next step. The emphasis really is more on the beginning than the finish – you’ve done that with the lunar eclipse at the end of April. Whatever is beginning now could be phased in over a period of months and you should expect to reap the rewards of the seeds sown around the time of the next lunar eclipse in October and until February 2014 when you will reach another milestone. For you this has primarily to do with the people you mix with on the one hand and setting yourself up on the path to achieving your life goals including those of the financial kind.
In terms of vedic astrology, this solar eclipse is in the nakshatra of Bharani, ruled by the Venus, which will be transiting through her own sign of Taurus. The nakshatra of Bharani has an understanding and a sixth sense for the acquisition of accrued wealth but this nakshatra also represents the person who ‘carries and bears’, mainly the consequences. For you this may mean that although new opportunities around your goals and financial and spiritual gains appear, new developments could, at the same time, result in more responsibility towards others.
Of course partnerships are part of your goals but romance seems to have been more difficult to come by of late and the concept of a committed partnership appeared more intangible and theoretical than a realistic possibility. As The Sun, Mercury, Venus join Jupiter in your house of behind the scenes and letting go, you contemplate what’s next for the remainder of the month and what it is you would like to achieve over the course of the next 12 months. Once Jupiter, the planet of opportunity and expansion, moves into your 1st house at the end of May, a long-awaited boost of energy and optimism enters your world after the possible tension of the past year is likely to have left you a little drained. All of this is closely linked to partnerships, so watch this space.
Have a reflective month, Gemini!