More Gemini Eclipses, Universal Year 5, Retrogrades
Throw away your pens and get out your pencils and erasers if you’re filling in your datebooks. As Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz, “Things change so quickly here.” 2012 is poised to be a Mercurial year.
Universal Year Energy
2012 has a universal year energy of 5, ruled by Mercury. Since it can be a frenetic year, it’s easy to overindulge or overdo. #5 Years are more of the Gemini ilk than the Virgo ilk. Virgo is more in line with the 4 energy (hard work) or the 9 (service).
The basic themes for a #5 Mercurial year are:
If you’re in a #5 Personal Cycle, you’ll find this to be a year full of last minute changes, so try to stay flexible with your plans and schedules. Learn which cycle you’re in with Personal Cycles for All Birthdays. It’s a free download that has the personal year cycles for everyone through 2023. If you like numerology, this is a great tool to keep on hand.
We had two eclipses in Gemini in 2011, the latest being the December 10th lunar eclipse. There are two more in Gemini in 2012:
- Solar eclipse on May 20 at 00°Gemini (intellectualism or superficiality)
- Lunar eclipse on November 28 at 06°Gemini (changeable, flexible and dramatic emotions)
The Solar eclipse occurs at the most Mercurial point of Gemini ~ in the Gemini decan and the Gemini dwad (I love that word!). That’s the strongest Gemini energy in the zodiac. It’s more than Gemini twins here. It’s triplets!
November’s Lunar eclipse is still in the Gemini decan, but in the Leo dwad, ruled by the Sun. Bernice Prill Grebner calls this the dwad of “Pleasurable or dramatic communication” in her fanatastic book, Decanates A Full View. I’d like to pre-register for “pleasurable,” please.
If 00-06° Gemini marks an important point in your chart, look for issues related to the house that degree falls within or to the placement of planets in your chart that are impacted. Don’t forget midpoints.
If 00-06° Gemini isn’t an important point, you may not notice the eclipses at all. Checkpoint: Did you notice the last Gemini eclipses if they weren’t in close aspect in your chart? Work with your personal experience on eclipses.
Mercury is retrograde three times this year. If Mercury aspects any important planets or points during these periods, you’ll be entering a “think it over ” phase. You get to encounter an issue, think it over again during the retrograde period, and then move ahead again (with possible do-overs) when Mercury resumes forward motion. Retrogrades can be fantastic times for gaining clarity, so no freaking out allowed. Start planning ahead. (Heads Up: Mercury is Rx right before the tax deadline here in the US).
March 12-April 4
July 14-August 8
Mark your calendars for eclipse and Rx dates. Those you can put in ink. 😉