21 May Human and Divine ~ Gemini Season ~ May 21st-June 21st, 2022
The Sun has moved into the mutable air sign of Gemini and things are beginning to lift off the ground. Just as Taurus awakened the flowers of the earth, this season awakens the flowering of thoughts and ideas.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun climbs higher each day through the season of Gemini. The ever increasing brightness has long been associated with the light of mind, the expansion of knowledge and perception.
And as the light grows stronger each day, you become stirred by a restless curiosity. With the Sun and Mercury Rx conjoined on the 21st, this season looks to be intellectually inspiring, a time where you will sharpen your mind, ask better questions and discover a new reason for being.
The sign of the twins represents the dual hemispheres of the mind and awakens your appetite for information. Like a dandelion puff exploding into the air, this season of Gemini will influence you to expand in many directions at once.
The biggest challenge will be learning to focus on what’s really worth investing your time and energy in.
Even with the surreal influence of the Mercury Retrograde, Gemini season will feel like a breath of fresh air this year. The mood is so much lighter than the last couple months have been. And the days ahead will be uplifted by a romantic spirit, inspired by Venus and Mars transiting their signs of rulership. There is opportunity to find love, money and adventure that will all be energized by the uplifting spirit of Jupiter in Aries.
The mercurial nature of Gemini is so flexible that it adopts multiple points of view at once. This is why those born with their Sun in Gemini are often seen as being changeable and inconsistent. The Gemini poet, Walt Whitman described this quality in himself when he said:
“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
Geminis are known for having diverse talents, skills, and interests that span the vast array of polarities. They tend to have dynamic abilities crossing between poetry and math, art and science.
Gemini is symbolized by the twins, referring to the duality of the world seen in the polarities of light and dark, up and down, good and bad.
The most famous myth about duality is the Fall of Man from the Book of Genesis.
Garden of Eden
To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.
The soul of Taurus can be found in the tranquil Garden of Eden. While the spirit of Gemini represents the fall, when the knowledge of good and evil split the original unity of creation into duality: light and shadow; life and death.
However you interpret the story, duality is the only reality you know. As the ancient mystic Pythagoras said:
“If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.”
Moved by the dual hemispheres of the mind to know both sides of every equation, Gemini listens intently to the angel and the devil. Gemini’s free-flowing cerebral hum inspires adaptation and mutation of thought, inspiring the evolution of ideas.
The knowledge of duality eventually leads towards the mystery of original unity that the Garden of Eden represents, that the Hindus call Brahma, and that ancient alchemists called the One or the All.
Mystical cosmologies perceive unity as the root of all being, the center of the eternal flux rediscovered in transcendent unions between opposites. The underlying condition of unity is also perceived in synchronicity, the mysterious web that inexplicably weaves together vast stretches of time and space; above and below; internal and external.
Ancient Hermeticists believed that a seed of divine light, born from original unity, was contained in all matter. Something that is holy is whole and unified.
Thus, the work of alchemy was to liberate the light of the divine from the duality of matter. The first operation of alchemy, calcination, is devoted to burning away the dark matter that obscures and represses this divine light. From this initial breakthrough, the creative binaries of spirit and soul emerge, a polarity that coils together in alchemical union.
This Gemini Season is about bringing the division of your spirit and soul back into unity, chasing the clouds in your mind away to the return of clarity.
Heart of the Sun
As the Sun enters Gemini on May 21st, Mercury retrograde will be leaving. As they cross paths at zero degrees Gemini, you will be given an opportunity to change your mind about something important.
Over the next 30 days, you’ll stop waiting for the world to change and instead change your mind about the world.
The inferior conjunction with the Sun is the most important moment in Mercury’s retrograde cycle, representing a moment of clarity. When Mercury crosses through the heart of the Sun, his energies are purified and strengthened by the light of knowledge.
The retrograde cycle is Mercury’s alchemical dance through the skies, making fixed the volatile. The reconciliation of the fixed and the volatile is central to the Great Work—the magnum opus that defines the path of alchemy.
The Great Work is never complete; it is an ongoing process of eternal refinement. It represents the impossible task of “making fixed the volatile” or the reconciliation of spirit (volatile) and matter (fixed) that is central to the alchemical opus.
The quest for the Philosopher’s Stone is the long and enduring process of capturing spirit in matter—of transforming yang into yin.
Because of his retrograde cycle, Mercury is a master of the fixed and the volatile. And his rulership in Gemini represents perfectly the duality of volatile/fixed, spirit/matter, male/female.
Gemini represents much more than the duality of good and evil. Rather, it is the duality of human and divine. In classical mythology, this was represented by the twins Castor and Pollux—one human, the other divine.
This myth holds a secret to understanding the lessons of this retrograde cycle—that in order to square the circle, reconciling the human and the divine, the human must be sacrificed. When the human Castor dies, Pollux sacrifices some of his divinity to give his twin brother eternal life, with the bargain being that they spend half of the year on Mount Olympus and the other half in Hades.
On May 21st, Mercury will make his Inferior Conjunction with the Sun at 0 degrees Gemini. This transit is otherwise known as the Cazimi, translating to “In the Heart of the Sun.” The image given here is one of a messenger entering the throne room of a great monarch.
With Mercury’s role as messenger of the gods and his rulership Gemini, his powers to move between the human and the divine will be greatly amplified. And as the Inferior Conjunction germinates a seed of light within your heart, all kinds of new thoughts, beliefs, and actions will become possible for your life.
In the words of Timothy Leary, this Mercury retrograde is a time to pick up the needle and move to another groove.