The first four signs of the zodiacal year follow a cycle of action and rest. Aries: action; Taurus: rest; Gemini: action; Cancer: rest. Or more precisely: Aries: action; Taurus: rest; Gemini: research; Cancer: care. The cycle continues like this with increasing complexity throughout the zodiac (Leo: perform; Virgo: synthesize, etc).
We like to act as though the zodiacal year is a clear movement through all of these signs with the sun’s passage through them. “It’s Gemini season!” We say now, “Time to get out there and take it all in!” But the planets close to the sun complicate this—Mercury and Venus remain in Taurus for much of the month, while Mars is still behind in Aries. We have just as much planetary energy asking us to sit down as we do asking us to get out there.
It’s almost like astrology is a complicated mix of 7 planets, a moon, a sun, countless asteroids, 12 signs, 12 houses, one earth, and 7.7 billion people! 12 signs we each possess all of, all those celestial bodies working in tandem/chaos.
Reflecting on this, catsitting in another city, lying down on the couch with a sweet old kitty on my chest, I was thinking about the not-just-duality of rest and action. I thought about the complicated dance that is negotiating the two to create efficiency.
I recently performed in a dance work that required me to hold strenuous and muscular positions for quite long periods of time. Sometimes the answer in a challenging shape is to muscle through, but most of the time it’s about figuring out where I can allow for release in order to maintain tension where it is needed. Where can I find space between the two that makes efficiency possible?
The main astrological stories I’m interested in this month are conversations between planets in Taurus and Aquarius, and then Taurus and Capricorn.These are conversations that have to do absolutely with rest (Taurus) and action (Capricorn), but Aquarius’ presence in the mix is a bit more complicated. If I had to choose one of the two for the sign of the water bearer, it would be rest, but mostly the sign’s focus on knowledge, freedom, information, and individuality speak to me of the great spectrum between these extremes.
Astrological events this month:
June 1-2: Mercury retrograde in Taurus / June 3: Mercury stations direct / June 1 – 8: Mercury in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius / June 9 – 13: Mercury in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn / June 11 – 13: Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus / June 14: Full Moon in Sagittarius, Mercury ingress to Gemini / June 16 – 20: Venus in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius / June 21 – 23: Venus in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn / June 22: Sun ingress to Cancer / June 24: Venus ingress to Gemini / June 28: New Moon in Cancer
This month I encourage you to consider the grey area between action and rest. Much has been made in the past few years about the deep importance of rest, stopping, pausing: this is all still true. But many people feel pressed by the moment we are in to return to an activity level that was before *all of this*. If you are struggling to get back to it, please consider the wide spectrum that is activity.
If you are struggling to find the pause that you need, please consider the wide spectrum that is rest. Please consider all the numbers between 0 and 60.
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