20 May Over the Rainbow ~ Gemini Season Forecast – May 21st-June 20th, 2023
On May 21st, 2023, the Sun moves into the mutable air sign of Gemini. The divine spark of the logos that was born in the fires of Aries now becomes split into light and shadow.
The twins represent the dual hemispheres of the mind which perceive reality through the polarities of left and right; one and zero; good and evil. Positive thoughts and negative thoughts represent the polarity of your mind’s creative flux. The place of peace is found somewhere in between. But life demands that you learn to move freely between both sides.
Just as Taurus awakened the flowers of the earth, this season awakens the flowering of thoughts and ideas. Like a dandelion puff exploding into the air, the light of Gemini season inspires thoughts and ideas to take flight and expand in all directions. As a mutable air sign, the nature of Gemini flies freely between worlds, inviting cross-pollination of ideas, colors, flavors and cultures.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun is climbing higher each day, representing the expansion of the light of mind. And as the days grow brighter, your appetite for knowledge increases. The Sun in Gemini stirs the breezes of curiosity, pollinating your mind with new information, ideas and facts.
The mercurial nature of Gemini is so flexible that it adopts multiple perspectives at once. This is why those born with their Sun in Gemini are often perceived as inconsistent in their viewpoints, a trait that antagonizes dogmatists of all persuasions. But as the Gemini poet, Walt Whitman said:
“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
The twinned polarities of mind create the dynamic motion of thought which expands into multitudes. Contrary to popular opinion, negative thoughts have just as much value as positive thoughts. Doubt can be protective against deception. Anger has catalyzed you to grow. And sorrow has gotten you in touch with your soul.
As Oscar Wilde wrote when he was in prison,
“Truth in art is the unity of a thing with itself: the outward rendered expressive of the inward: the soul made incarnate: the body instinct with spirit. For this reason there is no truth comparable to sorrow. There are times when sorrow seems to me to be the only truth. Other things may be illusions of the eye or the appetite, made to blind the one and cloy the other, but out of sorrow have the worlds been built, and at the birth of a child or a star there is pain.”
What is anathema to Gemini is polarization, getting stuck in a negative or positive state for too long which kills the free flow of imagination. Excess positivity blinds you to truth as much as negativity.
In Gemini season, let your thoughts fly freely, cycling through your mind’s polarity to find renewed strength, clarity and purpose.
Wherever, Gemini shows up in your natal chart reveals where you have this flexibility and openness to learn from life’s ups and down, ins and outs. And the spirit of Gemini is a pollinator, mixing and mingling the dust of many worlds to create a unique syncretism of culture. This cross-pollination of ideas becomes polyrhythmic, liberating your mind from the dullness of its conditioned assumptions.
The Great and Powerful Oz
The Sun’s entrance into Gemini begins with a dramatic trine to Pluto in Aquarius. The element of air is the realm of intellect and ideas. And as the Sun in Gemini penetrates the Pluto in Aquarius, great truth will be revealed. This may be a very personal revelation that alters your perceptions. But this trine will also turn a light on in the collective mind to see through the darkness of deception and propaganda.
Propaganda has always existed. But in the early 20th Century, the power of mass media to influence public perception was a sorcery unlike anything seen before. The innocent public was at the mercy of the Great and Powerful Oz.
As the U.S. Propaganda Czar of the 20th Century, Edward Bernays said:
“There are invisible rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes.”
The light of art and cinema has offered many transcendent and seductive pleasures. But the shadow of propaganda lurking behind the curtain has sought to rape your mind, covertly manipulating you into buying, believing and most importantly obeying.
Pluto in Aquarius begins a new age of media literacy, where it will be increasingly commonplace to question authority, to follow the money and to expose deceptions.
The hubris of the ruling class has become laughable. And nothing breaks a spell quite like laughter.
Gemini is symbolized by the Twins, a symbol of the dual mind. But it is also a reminder of your double life as both human and divine, an immortal spirit in a finite material world. And though this material world operates through the tension of opposites, which manifests as good and evil, the wisdom of Gemini seeks to create cooperation between binaries.
“Are you a good witch? Or a bad witch?”
The law of polarity within your mind isn’t meant to create war. Polarity operates more like a battery, which has a positive and negative pole that work together to create power. The functions of positive electric charge and negative magnetism are opposite, yet they remain unified.
This reveals that unity is always hidden beneath duality. There’s wholeness or holiness within this world of opposites. Ancient Hermeticists perceived this primal unity as the logos, a seed of divine light that was within all matter. Even in the darkest times, the light of the logos inspires flashes of gnosis along with a great longing in your heart to wake up where the clouds are far behind.
“Someplace where there isn’t any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be.”
Over the Rainbow
As a meditation on the spirit of Gemini season, it’s always helpful to reflect upon a great artist who was born under this sign. Nobody is better for the role than the iconic Judy Garland who embodied that twinned nature of human and divine.
She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922. Her Gemini Sun was in the 12th house of the collective unconscious, a luminous presence in the sea of images. This gave her the transcendent power to become a part of American mythology.
Judy Garland’s precocious skill and emotionality led to transcendent musical art: which was a tonic during the Great Depression. Art Critic Colin Fleming wrote: “With the exception of Ella Fitzgerald, no American popular singer could touch Garland when it comes to vocal technique. She exuded perfection.”
The human child, Frances, was blessed with supernatural vocal abilities. When she was only 13 years old, she was signed by MGM, who transformed Frances into the divine counterpart, Judy Garland.
Much has been revealed about the abuse and exploitation she endured at MGM. But these struggles only demonstrate what a great artist she truly was because her divine light couldn’t be dimmed.
Judy Garland is inseparable from her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. (1939) It’s so iconic that no remake has ever been attempted. This was from the Golden Age of Hollywood, when the most popular films were also critically acclaimed.
Since then, The Wizard of Oz has remained a perennial classic. Its images and phrases are woven so deeply into the collective unconscious, an intrinsic part of the symbolic lexicon.
The original book by L. Frank Baum, was intended to be an allegorical tale of the soul’s path to illumination. But through the magic of cinema, The Wizard of Oz wrapped up metaphysical religion in glitter and show tunes to become a part of the American mythos.
The film begins in Kansas, shot in black and white. Dorothy feels alone and unwanted, like there’s nobody who understands. Her young heart longs to be someplace else, imagining another life somewhere over the rainbow.
The hand of fate summons a great tornado that blows Dorothy all the way to the land of Oz. And when she steps out of her house, the gray world dissolves into sparkling technicolor. She’s over the rainbow, in the prismatic realm of imagination.
But now all Dorothy wants is to return home.
Home symbolizes her desire to return to her true self, the unity within. Her longing to escape Kansas followed by her longing to return home describes exactly how the dual mind becomes separated and exiled from the light of unity within.
The Wizard is supposed to be able to have the power to send her home. The title of the film suggests his authority, and he becomes the promise that the audience hinges its hopes on.
But in the end, it’s revealed that the Great and Powerful Oz is a charlatan, just a little man behind the curtain.
The message is that true gnosis can never be attained through outside authority figures. And the more they claim to have that power, the more of an illusion it is.
Instead, Dorothy discovers that she always had the power to return home. And her companions learn that they always had the brains, the heart and the courage they needed.
“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it yourself.”
It’s the journey of struggle that has allowed her to learn for herself. Dorothy says goodbye and repeats the mantra:
“There’s no place like home… there’s no place like home…”
The movie makes it clear that it was all a dream. When she wakes up, she realizes that everything she wanted at the beginning of the movie has been found. She’s in the same place. But her shift in consciousness changes everything.
She was blind. But now she sees.
“…if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn’t here, I never really lost it to begin with.”
No Place Like Home
As the Sun travels through Gemini, a glimpse of transcendent union beyond duality is awakened: the longing to unify spirit and matter; human and divine. It’s this primal unity that the Garden of Eden represents, that the Hindus call Brahma, and that ancient alchemists called the One or the All.
And the power to return to that state exists within you now. You just have to learn it for yourself.