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The Sun, traveling through Gemini this month, invites us all to open our hearts and minds to new experiences, until the 21st when its entry into Cancer marks the Summer Solstice and we celebrate the balance of our inner and outer lives. Gemini's energy lures us into the middle of life and we find ourselves open to new and different things. The full moon in Sagittarius on the 11th moves us into our philosophical seats, where we share what we have learned during our explorations. The new moon on the 25th in Cancer compels us to honor our feelings in all of our endeavors.

Mercury, traveling direct, enters Cancer on the 3rd and then moves into Leo on the 28th. Listening to what our feelings tell us as we interact with others gives us the roadmap to creating a life that is self-honoring. Venus travels through Taurus until the 23rd when it enters Gemini. When our basic needs are taken care of and we feel grounded, it is only natural to move willingly into new life experiences with confidence and grace. Mars enters Leo on the 3rd, activating our urge to venture into life with a joyful and playful approach toward fulfilling our desires. Mars joins Saturn on the 17th, revealing concrete directions we can take to make our dreams real. Jupiter continues traveling retrograde through Scorpio, deepening our capacity to consider the roots of our beliefs. Uranus in Pisces turns retrograde on the 18th and Neptune continues its retrograde movement through Aquarius. Chiron, also traveling retrograde in Aquarius, reaffirms our collective need to address our inner lives as we look outward to
our shared creations: How does our personal private relationship with our own soul tie into the world we see out there? Pluto continues its retrograde movement in the late degrees of Sagittarius as we become more aware of the origins of our belief systems.

Famous Geminis: Bob Dylan, Anne Frank, Nichole Kidman


GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—Happy birthday, Gemini! There is nothing like experience to create a depth of knowledge. Your open nature has afforded you great opportunities and you have taken them! Now, you feel how deep you have become and how wise you are as the result of all that you have learned through living your life as you have. It is time to own this and share it with others.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)—There is nothing quite as beautiful as witnessing another soul creating in love and balance. You are able now to connect to that place inside of you where you feel your divine creative voice. You drop deeply into yourself and reveal what you find there through your creations. Others are moved by your beauty.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)—This is the time for wrapping things up, Leo. You finally have what you need to reach closure and to bring things to completion. Life is an endless serious of cycles and you are now harvesting the fruits of your labors. The seeds you plant next will carry the power of the cycle now ending.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)—You have a tremendous creative capacity, Virgo. It is through separating ourselves from the world that we come to know who we are. The capacity to do this is one of the great strengths that Virgos carry. The self-knowledge you have gained will now fuel your fiercely creative works.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—What is your place in the larger scheme of things, Libra? You ponder this now. We are more than we realize. The existing paradigm is stifling in its limitations. That is the human predicament. When we connect to our place in the universe, we feel the beauty of our soul. You can do this now.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—Your cup overfloweth, Scorpio. You consider where and how to give. Following your intuition and staying centered in yourself allows you to draw the right people to you. There is not necessarily any action to take; you just watch life unfold in ways that allow you to participate in loving and giving ways with those who come into your sphere of influence.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—There is no denying the fact that the existing paradigm we participate in as we go about meeting our needs is fundamentally flawed. It is crucial that we move beyond the confines of the world as it is if we are to create lives that hold the space for our full expression. Be gentle with yourself.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—You are ready for a break, Capricorn. There is an ease about you that is lighthearted and you are a pleasure to be around. Your devotion now is to your own happiness and to the simple pursuit of pleasure. It is time for a break!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)—Opportunities arise that allow you to share your expertise with those in need, Aquarius. You have learned a lot and now you give of yourself to those who gain from your adeptness. It is great to feel your value in the world.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)—You awaken from your dreaminess and find yourself activated, Pisces. Things are moving fast and that requires your attention. You go with the flow but find yourself more alert as you work through changing circumstances. It is an exciting time!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—It is true what they say about needing to love ourselves before we are capable of really loving others. You teach people to have the courage to honor themselves and this is a great thing that you do. Now, you find yourself in the presence of those capable of loving you, too.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)—It is a pleasure bearing witness to your mastery, Taurus. You are tuned into the workings of the world and are an inspiration to those around you as you create the circumstances you want and do it gracefully and with ease. You reap the rewards now and enjoy them fully!


Motavenda Mekchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com, or see www.innerworlddesigns.com.

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