Neil Giles is a storyteller, astrologer and historian. He is a novelist and journalist and has written for theatre, radio and television, as well as many articles for Astrology on the Web.
His passion for mythology and the ancient traditions has led him on a journey through Astrology, Tarot, the Runes and the Celtic Ogham Script as a seeker and personal reader.
He is the author of a number of works on Celtic and Teutonic spirituality, including Odin's Runes and The Oracle of the Trees.
For Neil, the storyteller's path reminds us that while the wisdom of the past still lives, we can take wise action now and in the future. Always a traveller, Neil is at the moment living in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, on the east coast of Australia.
Weight of Responsibility Lifts From Your Shoulders
The coming year will provide some relief for the weary Gemini. While underworld Pluto continues his transformative journey through your solar seventh house of partners and close associates, Saturn, the measurer of effort, signals the close of an important cycle as he prepares to move out of your own sign and into that of Cancer and your solar second house. As this hardest of taskmasters leaves Gemini on June 3rd, the weight of responsibility you have been carrying will ease and the second half of the year will bring relief from the pressures many of you have been facing since August of the year 2000. Twins born in the second week of June will still need to be mindful of the underworld god as he will test the bonds and structures of your partnership situation to the full in 2003.
Giant Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, continues his journey through the sign of Leo and your solar third house of travel and communication, offsetting the burden of Saturn in Gemini until June. The expansive one will bring vivid, lively and dramatic interchanges that can enrich your communication skills and enhance your ideas, attitudes and opinions. Teachers, study, dramatic enterprises and bold projects may play an important role for you from January to June.
Love and Money
As the year begins, mighty Mars and Venus the goddess are hovering in powerful Scorpio and your solar sixth house of work and health. It may be that working matters and personal relationships will somehow become intertwined. Relationships with co-workers will be important so give them perceptive attention. If not, quarrels or conflict could emerge. On the other hand, there is also the possibility that a liaison could form itself with someone either in your working situation or somehow connected with it. This could come suddenly and with some intensity.
For the married Geminian, partnership may bring change or unsettled conditions. Overseas travel, study, legal matters or the in-laws could be the source of change, unexpected developments or disruption as Venus the goddess clashes with revolutionary Uranus in your solar ninth house on the bell of New Year. Working conditions and political or religious matters may be a trigger for change in your partnership situation. Work through what happens with a view to the long term outcome. Don't let temporary disruptions or distractions influence your decision-making.
For the single Gemini, there could be ups and downs with relationships. For some, work may bring you a liaison but you may struggle to find the time to pursue it. For others, your need for freedom may make it hard to settle into something. You may find that events in the bigger picture disrupt the pattern of your life, either making you uncertain about what you want in the romance stakes or changing your ideas about what's important for you.
With the Sun and Mercury the messenger in your solar eighth house at New Year, your focus will be on matters of joint finances and resources. You might have to review your debt management practices or position. You may need to reorganize invested monies or you may seek to go down such a path. If you can get it right with money this year, then a lot of other things will fall into place.
Sober Saturn rings the changes with money from June 3rd when he moves into Cancer and your solar second house of personal finances and resources. This marks a period when new financial plans are needed, plans based on experience. You may need to restructure your finances. Some of you may need to go down the 'lean and mean' path and reduce spending. Others might find yourselves in reduced circumstances and simply have to work with what you've got.
Some of you may look to shifting your resource base altogether through changes in work or in your financial interests. Once again, keep it simple. Some of you may move from wages to business returns or vice-versa. Others may need to shed the dead wood in terms of spending. You may need to increase your earning power as well as reduce your spending. This is a time to call in the experts and take the advice that comes from a realistic appraisal of your situation. Don't spend money on things you don't value or require. This is not a time to put on a show. If you act simply and wisely, you can benefit greatly in the long term.
Home and Family
Home and family matters will come into a strong developmental cycle from August 27th when giant Jupiter moves into the sign of Virgo and your solar fourth house. There may be home improvements for some. For others, there may be a relocation, one that could even take you overseas. Family or emotional matters may be linked with overseas connections or travel. Some of you may find that people of status in the community, foreign visitors, academics or professional people will become part of your domestic life for a time.
There may be strong feelings or a high emotional state around your home and life. For some, there will simply be a 'larger than life' feel to the goings on in the domicile. Whatever the nature of these events, make sure you develop a practical approach and good working methods to deal with the changes. Good fortune may come from proper attention to domestic matters but at times the atmosphere will be charged and there could be strong words and high debate at home. Let things run but don't let them get out of hand.
Work and Health
With mighty Mars and Venus the goddess in Scorpio and your solar sixth house, on January 1st, matters of work and health will have an important focus in the year ahead. For some, this will be a year in which you simply forge ahead to fulfill your goals or get what you're looking for despite the odds and obstacles. For others, it will be a year in which sudden change may open new horizons as old ones are shut down. You may opt for change or have it thrust upon you.
Health matters to do with sexuality and the sex organs may be a concern for some. This is definitely a year for 'safe sex' practices. Vital energies may fluctuate. Overwork could see these fluctuations become extreme so remember to put a good recreational schedule in place. You will have the power to renew rapidly after any downturn.
Career matters will be up for examination in 2003 and the years that follow. On March 10th, revolutionary Uranus moves into Pisces and your solar tenth house of profession, status and dealings with authority. He hovers there until September 15th when he moves back into Aquarius, remaining there until January of 2004. He then returns to Pisces and continues to stir up the changes in your career sector.
In the years to come, some of you may experience disruption or unexpected changes at work. Others may decide on change themselves and enact it in a sudden or dramatic fashion. There may be new ideas or possibilities in career matters that turn the heads of some twins. For others there may be a dramatic shift in interests or beliefs that sends you down a new path. You may end a career or begin one. Those who have been focused on career matters may go through a change of heart and move in a different personal or spiritual direction. Others of you may suddenly find a focus you have not had before and start to build a career out of nothing but a new and radical drive.
For some, work and dealings with authorities will become an unexpectedly rocky road. For others there will be a rapid elevation in status. Some of you may suddenly want to buck the system and do something completely different while others will find themselves going through a dramatic change of attitude or awareness about vocational matters. All of these possibilities will unfold in the years to come, but it is the early born Gemini that will feel the winds of change in 2003.
From July 29th until September 27th there will be tricky period for the twins as mighty Mars turns retrograde in the sign of Pisces and your solar tenth house. You will need to be wary of frustration or tension that builds up with regard to career matters, social status and dealings with people in authority. The tension could easily lead to conflict. Negotiate your way through problems in these areas and resist the tendency to fight back if others are hostile. Work around such problems.
You might seem to lose time and energy in efforts that are frustrated and get you nowhere. You might feel your career is not simply flagging but actually going backwards. Hidden forces may seem to work against you. You may get bogged down in niggling details. Once again, don't let frustration get the better of you. Review your approach and change your style of action. In time it will all pass. The Gemini born in May will need to be careful of accidents and clashes of authority at this time. The first week of September may bring disruptive or unsettling influences that could change your beliefs in a key area.
Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned for and didn't. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently show where problems might lie and help us with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these times! What you think you've said and what others have understood will often prove to be two different things.
The messenger's first retrograde cycle comes on January 2nd in Capricorn and your solar eighth house. It will be time to review your spending and arrangements as far as all matters of joint finance or resources are concerned. You may have reached a limit with what you can do. Make sure discussions and negotiations are clear and understood on both sides. This is a time to resolve outstanding money problems, not to enter into new arrangements or to extend your spending. There will be hidden costs or traps if you do.
You might have to slow down or pull back a little as Mercury's second retrograde phase comes in the sign of Taurus and your solar twelfth house from April 26th until May 20th. You might feel stressed or a little under attack. It will be very easy for things to go wrong because of misunderstandings or hidden traps. You might be accident prone as a consequence of inattention. Don't engage in deception or underhand practices. There will be consequences if you do. Give yourself time to rest and withdraw. Attend to your inner life. Give thought to creative and spiritual matters. Health concerns for yourself or others may take your attention.
Mercury's third retrograde phase for the year comes in Virgo and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion from August 28th to September 20th. There could be upsets or communication difficulties at home. Practical matters, daily routines or health matters may be at issue. Your emotional life might take a downturn. Take extra time and trouble to understand how loved ones are feeling. Domestic appliances could give trouble.
The messenger takes one final turn on the backward cycle before the year is out. This fourth phase begins on December 17th but does not complete itself until January 2004. As at the beginning, so it is at the end as the messenger moves backward in Capricorn and your solar eighth house of joint monies and resources. Don't let the Christmas spending get out of hand. Do a budget and stick to it rather than trying to work it out in retrospect. Watch communications or dealings with financial institutions. Ensure everything is clear and clean in this department. If you're restless and frustrated about what you're doing, try to get inside your own head and see what's really amiss. Don't overdo things just to compensate for any unsettled feelings.
Your New Moon comes with a Solar Eclipse on May 31st. Be watchful that you don't set patterns of conflict with partners or close associates. They might return to haunt you or blow up into something much larger. Fulfill all the responsibilities that fall to you over the weeks that follow and don't let them become a point of contention with those close to you. There may be an end to a pattern of authority or personal power that you are accustomed to. Let things finish and don't waste time arguing the point. A time out will do more good than a frontal attack on any problems.
Your Full Moon comes on December 8th, bringing with it tension with powerful Pluto and giant Jupiter. There might be conflict with partners or close associates. There may be a break or ending to a relationship. You might experience tension or hostility from a strong or obsessive person. You may be faced with an event or circumstance about which you can do nothing. Just accept what must be. Strong and insightful realizations can come as you watch your behaviour or that of others, but you may not like what you see. Put likes and dislikes aside and act in accordance with what is necessary or inevitable. This could be an explosive time so don't overreact or exaggerate your responses. This could bring considerable pressure around your home or emotional life.
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun may affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon may affect matters of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and children. Both may affect your health.
A Lunar Eclipse comes in the sign of Scorpio and your solar sixth house of work and health on May 16th. There may be an end to a cycle of work or a change with regard to relationships with co-workers. Beware of rivalries or tension that come from a hidden source. Pay attention to your health. You may be more stressed or tired than you realize and could thus be more susceptible to minor problems. You may be somehow prevented from keeping up with your usual daily routines.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Taurus and your solar twelfth house on November 9th. You may suffer some kind of loss through an ending or a separation. There could be developments or changes that come unexpectedly or from a hidden source that will leave you uncertain as to what to do next. Events will force you to go within yourself to look for deeper insight or spiritual understanding. This is a good time to learn to take solace in the seeing the greater pattern of things. If you seek spiritual awakening here, the results could be profound. Accept the changes that come.
The New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar seventh house of partnership brings a Solar Eclipse and some tension on November 23rd. There could be conflict with partners or close associates. Make sure you watch the signs coming up to this time, otherwise you might miss something important and be caught unawares. You might fail to see something about yourself, but others won't. With Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and Pluto all clashing in the Heavens, there could be a strong verbal display and some exaggerated reactions. This will have repercussions in your home life and the domestic or emotional atmosphere will be quite unsettled. Try to let the drama play itself out rather than wading in to take up the role left for you.
The Lunar Nodes are an axis by which we assess not only the cycle of contact and associations around us, but also the cycle of karmic growth and development. On April 14th, 2003, the Lunar Nodes move into the signs of Taurus and Scorpio, bringing the focus for the Gemini into the realms of spiritual or creative development and health. Healers and teachers may come into your life, either because health or spiritual issues generate the need for them or simply because you're seeking something new. You may adopt simple practices to maintain yourself or you may be drawn into the depths of self-examination. You may find yourself seeking the unknown and yet struggle to cling to the things that are known and certain in your life. Be careful that you don't end up losing yourself in the journey to find yourself. Clear insightful action will break through barriers.
This is also a time when you could meet people who are not what they seem. Some of you may have to sort out the wheat from the chaff as people with concealed motives or hidden enmities come into your sphere. You may have to deal with the desire that others have to deceive or take advantage. Insight and clear values will sort out problems. And, for anyone who offers you a disservice, there will always be someone waiting to show you the way. Trust the process.