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Gemini, the Twins
Gemini the Twins in the year 2002
Long Term Plans...
Sober Saturn in your own sign and powerful Pluto in Sagittarius (your solar seventh house of partnership) played strong roles in your life in the year 2001. Saturn may have brought increases responsibility and status, but will also have limited options and brought a sense of restriction because of new conditions, requirements or duties.
Some of you will have experienced health problems due to fatigue or overwork and these could become long term without proper care and correct treatment. Saturn calls for long term plans so it will be important to continue to look to the future and work in a determined fashion towards the things you want out of life, even if that means a change of direction.
With revolutionary Uranus and mystic Neptune moving through your solar ninth house, the coming year gives further opportunity to move in new directions, travel new roads and learn new things. Make sure strong principles and good spiritual values are in place for your journey. Hear the higher voices call! See the wider picture
Pluto the transformer has been in the sign of Sagittarius and your solar seventh house since the beginning of 1995. Over the years, Twins born up to June 6th or 7th will have been strongly affected by change, upheaval, eruption and transformation in matters of partnership and close relationships. This sector of your life will have been marked by endings, beginnings, close or intense encounters and even outright opposition to your plans or doings.
Some of you will have had partners go through change, bringing a shift in your responsibilities. Some of you will have seen important relationships end and others may have experienced loss of someone close or the end of an important association. This year, Pluto calls those Twins born to June 10th or 11th to the arena of intense investigation and change in the operation of partnership matters or status. Go with the change. Get as much insight into the inner workings of both yourself and others as you can. If we accept Pluto’s transformation, then he gives deep and insightful wisdom in return. These gifts are powerful but not always pleasant or comfortable.
Love and Money
The year begins with a gathering of planets in Capricorn, your solar eighth house. The eighth house is the house of joint finances and resources, but it also rules matters of sex, death and the subconscious desires or drives. This will be an intense year for you, so it will be important not to let outside forces or events take control of your life. Don’t overdo and don’t get in too deep.
With giant Jupiter opposing Venus the goddess and the Sun, you might be tempted to overspend or push the limits, especially if you’re looking to expand or develop personal finances through investment, speculation or new ventures. You might not know when to stop or you may simply feel compelled to push ahead when moderation might be advisable. Take a good long look at why you’re doing what you’re doing rather than simply forging ahead or allowing yourself to be forced by the pressures. Don’t waste money on extravagant enterprises or gestures. This can be a good year if you know when to be restrained and how to keep matters under your control. Some of you may be certainly spending a deal of time with people in the money trade. If you’re offered good advice from this sector, make sure you take it.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
There may well be some trouble and loss this year through love affairs. Although the potential for existing partners to increase their mutual undrstanding and closenes is there, those Twins who are single and on the prowl should be ready for repressed issues to rise into the arena of love. This in the end will be a good thing, for it produces growth in consciousness. All partnership relations will receive some obstruction this year, but have the potential for profound transformation, especially in areas related to finances. If you have children there could be some discord with them.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
You can do well through through industry, business, profession or government connections, especially in dealing with foreigners or faraway places. There is potential for undue extravagance, but you could do well from affairs connected with other people's money, investment analysis and research, inheritances, insurance, legacies and the like. Be very cautious in matters of property inheritance.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
The most likely sources of health issues this year will be pressure on your public image, whether from sneaky tricks being revealed, or from the influence of parents or inlaws. Problems with your self-image can only be resolved by a conscious effort on your part to accept responsibility for the way you are and to make the best of it. Chronic or long-term afflictions may resurface.
Home and Away: Family and Children
- Some difficulties may be expected with your children this year, for your communication with them suffers a cosmic blockage. You will be tempted to take a long journey or voyage and should do well communicating with strangers. Parental health issues may arise.
Periods of confusion affect
- Jan/Feb: higher education, advanced training, publishing, publicity, advertising, politics, foreign travel, foreign studies, religious and philosophical views and activities, and cultural pursuits, court decisions, a second marriage, and in-laws.
- May/June: self-image, performance reviews, how others see you, health
- Sept/Oct: creative talent and imaginative powers, capacity for enjoyment and the pursuit of pleasure, romance, children, and speculative ventures.
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As regards matters of partnership, extravagance and changeability of mood and feeling may mark your dealings with your nearest and dearest this year. Either your spending or that of your partner may come up as a matter for examination. Be active, practical and considered in balancing the books. This is not a year for any secret doings or indulging in such a way as to have to keep your activities secret from partners or close associates. On a personal level, you may find it hard to keep your love life and the practical demands of earning living in balance.
For the single Gemini, it may be a year where romance comes and goes all too easily. You may find yourself in love one moment and out of it the next. Don’t be too extravagant with the newfound object of your desire as the diamond engagement ring or Rolex may well outlast the relationship. For some of you, money pressures or financial matters may have a determining influence on what happens in your love life. Try not to mix matters of money and love too heavily or you could find yourself in a sticky position.
Home and Family
Matters of finance and resources may be the strongest considerations in regard to your domestic and emotional life this coming year. You may find decisions or considerations that affect home and family will have a strong financial component. Don’t be too eager to expand and don’t respond to pressures or possibilities in an exaggerated or extravagant manner. August, September and early October hold the strongest possibilities for change or developments in these areas. Watch September for conflict in the home, especially in the third week.
Work and Health
The last twelve months will have seemed a long haul for those born under the sign of the Twins as sober Saturn has brought increased responsibilities or workload, restriction, isolation, separation and a new sense of doing things independently. Some will have benefited through promotion or success, but even then the load may have been difficult to carry. Make sure that good health routines are being built into your daily life. They will be essential for you to maintain the output or deal with demands. For some, there may have even been the influence of a serious or debilitating condition. Such things call for a proper course of treatment and must be dealt with accordingly. There are no shortcuts in health matters under this influence.
The last quarter of the year may represent something of a challenge with regard to work and health. Venus the goddess turns retrograde in Scorpio and your solar sixth house for the bulk of October and November, necessitating changes and indicating some difficulties with relationships at work. A review of what’s occurring at this time may be helpful and you may also need to look at work-related spending. December sees mighty Mars in Scorpio, running with the goddess for the balance of the year. Problems of social intercourse could be troublesome at work and there may be a lot going on underneath the surface of apparent difficulties. For some, a new emotional or sexual relationship could emerge within the workplace. Make sure everything is above board if this happens, otherwise there could be strong repercussions.
The month of May represents a 'make or break’ period with current involvements and recent developments. It’s not the easiest of times to navigate so keep your eyes fixed firmly on what’s important but be flexible as to how you can achieve it. Negotiations with partners and superiors may be testing and there could be a lot of pressure in this area. While Saturn brings the call to responsibility and workload, Jupiter keeps you firmly focused on financial matters until the end of July. From August, matters of travel, communication, education, expanding your network of connections and developing new and more creative ideas all become important in the process of growth and advancement. You will really need to be on the ball in this portion of the year and will have plenty of opportunity to move ahead if you’ve set the ground.
Mercury Retrograde |
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 reverse motion cycle comes in mid January in Aquarius and your solar ninth house. There could be changes of plan or arrangement with regard to legal matters, overseas travel or connections. Higher learning or travel may attract as a new option or you may have to step back from such matters to take another look. Take a detached view. See the wider picture. Communications with unusual or eccentric people may be troubling or exciting. Matters advance after February 9th when both Mercury and Saturn move forwards.
Mercury’s second retrograde phase comes in your own sign from mid May. You may have cause to revise your plans or direction on a personal level. Hold off major decisions. Review your options and look for new ideas or alternative approaches. New information may be helpful or will make a difference over time. This is an important month in many respects and decisions here will set or reinforce the long term patterns of your life. Take care with what you do or decide upon. The messenger dispels confusion and frees you up for important decisions after the second week of June.
The third and final phase for the year comes in mid September, in the sign of Libra and your solar fifth house. Children, leisure activities and creative matters could all be under examination or undergoing some kind of change. These changes may impact on home life and emotional life in the first week of October as the messenger ends his stint there in the sign of Virgo. Emotional problems or domestic routines could be the source of problems that relate to lifestyle or creativity.
Your New Moon comes with a solar eclipse early in the morning on June 11th. There may be difficulties or clashes with partners or close associates that herald the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. You may have to give ground or even have to give up on something altogether. Accept the changes that come and review how your close involvements are actually working. Responsibilities to yourself may clash with what’s expected of you by others. Older people or those in authority may figure in any problems. Act with the long view in mind. Relationships with women in particular may be difficult. Watch the domestic budget.
Your Full Moon comes in the evening of December 19th, conjoining with sober Saturn. This could be a time of restriction and bring the inevitable conclusion to a path or line you have been walking. Once again, dealings with older people or those in authority may figure. There may be difficulties over joint monies or resources. If there are, negotiate an end or a new beginning. The responsibility factor is high as it is throughout most of the year for those born under the sign of the Twins. Health and work routines may need your attention at this time. Take health problems seriously even if you have trouble diagnosing what’s going on. Don’t lose your way over work-related spending or effort.
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 Sagittarius and your partnership house on May 26th. There may be tricky communications with partners or close associates. Misunderstandings could lead to a breakdown of relations. Work hard at getting things clear and don’t let an excess of emotion influence thinking or judgement. This is an accident risk day, especially around the home or travelling to or from it. Take care with travel and movement.
June 24th brings an eclipse of the Full Moon in Capricorn and your solar eighth house. Matters of money and finance will be affected, especially if joint finances are involved. Domestic spending may be a problem and there could be some cross words or intense exchanges. Ride out any difficulties without getting too stressed. Things may not be what they seem. Don’t make any under-researched investments at this point. You won’t get what you think is on offer.
A lunar eclipse at the Full Moon in Taurus and your solar twelfth house may bring revelations about hidden matters or secret doings to light. You may find you’ve had someone working against you or opposing your plans. You may even find the secret enemy is you. Watch your health here. There could be a sudden breakdown or change in some part of your system. Matters overseas might affect your work here at home. Consult with people with spiritual or creative gifts to solve any problems that confront you. Discuss problems where necessary and be prepared to revamp work or health routines.
December 4th brings a solar eclipse at the New Moon in the sign of Sagittarius and your partnership house. You may find you will have to make a new start or institute a new approach with regard to matters of partners and close associates. There may be much to discuss and you may be feeling the weight of the demands of others. This could be a low time. Pick yourself up slowly.
Mighty Mars the warrior begins the year in Pisces and your solar tenth house, creating tension with Pluto in Sagittarius and your solar seventh house. Expect some dramatic changes or clashes in regard to matters of partnership and work this year. You might find yourself at odds with a partner or close associate or you simply may be coming to an end with a cycle of connection either personally or professionally.
Professional moves or changes will be a determining factor in such matters. Situations of this nature may be intense and endings may come with dramatic suddenness. Don’t clash with a partner or close associate or let a clash develop without first attempting to solve any differences through negotiation.
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