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Is a New Moon in Gemini a Potential Undoing?

Gemini Factory

Gemini Factory

Every day as I cross the Crescent City Connection bridge, I notice a factory that features a Gemini symbol and two smokestacks. Gemini is a binary sign and the duality of the smokestacks curiously mirrors and emphasizes this. As we are experiencing a new, invisible moon in the sign of Gemini, I decided to take a closer look at the factory. I was told by a gentleman that the factory used to be a sugar refinery, fitting for potentially candy-loving Gemini, the childlike, extroverted, and communicative sign. However, when I pass the factory, I always wonder, “What went wrong?” Perhaps astrology, from an acausal standpoint, can provide an answer.

Carl Jung famously called synchronicities, or meaningful coincidences, the “acausal connecting principle.” I draw a connection between the Gemini moon phase and the factory, that Gemini is the twelfth sign of moon-ruled Cancer, thus its potential undoing. Signs are relative to each other, and the last sign that precedes each sign is its potential undoing, as the twelfth or last sign is an ending. For example, Leo is the twelfth sign of Virgo if you go around the zodiac. 

With this new moon in Gemini, the moon wants to be in its home sign of Cancer, but it isn’t. It’s in its twelfth sign of Gemini, emphasizing a glib childishness that could spell disaster. What are you to do? Examine the pleasure-seeking, game-loving parts of yourself and make sure they aren’t your undoing, perhaps like a factory that got ahead of itself seeking sugary success. Or, bring those impulses out into the open so they can be expressed healthfully rather than repressed. The moon is new, so it is a ripe time for wishes. Just make sure they’re the types of wishes unlike the Gemini-like curiosity that killed the cat. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

The Sun's Cycles, and Opting for the Moon

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Moon Messages Week of June 4, 2018

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

As I wrote in last week’s Moon Messages column, the drive is towards the future, the future so desperately wanted. But is desire the only path towards what your soul craves? The Buddhists would say no, as it is commonly held that desire is the nature of suffering. I recently consulted for a non-profit executive who lamented the state of her employees’ morale, working hard day in and day out, year to year, pushed to exhaustion. I suggested she consider a different work cycle, that of the moon. The daily and yearly cycle is of the sun, the seasons and the day. But the moon cycle is of the month, waxing and waning. Great gains can be made on this more gradual, incremental cycle, and the heavens at this very moment suggest as much. The moon is waning in earthly Taurus, where it loves to be, building, flowering, and growing; but a waning moon seeks to dispense with what must go, dead vegetation that provides the seeds of renewal, so that new vegetation might spring forth.  Release what must go and you will find a childlike wonderment in a new start, unearthing a new, loving, homely base where you can feel your way into the future, as opposed to adjudicating the daily battles of the day and the wars of the year. 

Interpreted lunations and aspects: Mars conjoined south node squares waning, exalted moon in Taurus (moon conjoined Uranus) that moves through Gemini and waxes into Cancer. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: You may be experiencing some new growing pains, as you are stepping towards an electrified and awakened state. Slow and steady wins the race, though, even if your visions dominate your spirit.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: There’s disruptive energy and unavoidable questions around your self, will, and purpose. Know that these events will grow into a new, awakened self even if it’s uncomfortable at the moment.   

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: There is a massive amount of energy surrounding your thoughts and communication, but you must allow for a slower growth, a roast in the oven that takes time. This is critical because if you move too quickly, you will undo yourself. 

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22:. This week is a homecoming of sorts, even if there’s a bit of disruption around your friends and social networks. Know that it’s all for the better, and that you will find a quiet homecoming where you breathe a sigh of relief, at home alone. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: You’ve recently experienced disruption in your career, but it’s not one event that makes or breaks you. If you keep tending to your proverbial garden, you find a solid home in your career, even if it is hidden from you at this moment. 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: As Virgo, you’re more in the air that your earthly sisters, Taurus and Capricorn, Mercury being the embodiment of your energy. Get down in the earth this week to resurface as your perfection-seeking, purifying self, and see great long term gains in travel and knowledge. 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Issues with inheritances and other people’s money arise this week, and you do best to take a measured, sober stance. Even if there’s disruption, make sure to hold steady and look to the future, even if difficult past issues arise. 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: If you’ve been listening to the heavens, you been making dramatic, hard, but expansive changes over the past year. However, others can help you with the more incremental, long term game if you open up to benefical relationships and partnerships. 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21:Issues around your health and daily working conditions have been disrupted as of late. You don’t like to approach matter with conservatism, but it helps you here, along with opening yourself to the emotive line that ultimately builds your future. 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: You’re experiencing a nice expressive moment with your creative fruits, children or otherwise. Know that this will build wonderfully over time as long as you stay your normal, structured, conservative course. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: You’re keen on the future, with the drive and verve to back it up. Yet become awakened to a building process that is gradual and adjusting rather the inspirational and fleeting to achieve your extraordinary visions.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Staying grounded in your thoughts and communication, even if they take on an eccentric quality as of late, is the key to your long term career success. It may not be as introverted and as exciting as your dreamy, colorful, creative world, but you benefit in the end.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

The Most Disruptive Week Since the 30's

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Moon Messages Week of May 14, 2018

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

This is a momentous week in the heavens, as the new, invisible, moon situates herself in her favorite sign of Taurus, providing optimal conditions to build and grow the great materials that spring from the earth. Also, Uranus, the great awakener and disruptor, moves into Taurus, a grounded state he might not immediately relish but that could be beneficial. Uranus is the sky God, birthed from Gaia, the earth, but through the family lineage of the Gods has come down to unleash the fire of creativity upon humankind through Promethean spirit. You may experience massive, earthly disruption when Uranus takes on the garb of Taurus, but if you can adjust, this is one of the most powerful times for your potential as an individual. In fact, this type of configuration has not occurred since the mid-thirties. Be forewarned, however, that the disruptive power of Uranus can be catastrophic. The power of Taurus and Cancer will be required, especially through Venus as she moves into that protective sign next week. The word tenor comes to mind, meaning “to hold”, and heroic, physical acts such as a great, operatic tenor holding onto a climatic high note is the spirit of the next week. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: You’re set to experience some massive changes in your money, possessions, and what you value. The key is to own this and not impulsively react to external circumstances. 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You are set to experience massive changes this week to who you are, your will, and purpose. Do what you do best and take ownership of how you will build upon this, and put your mind toward harnessing this disruptive energy.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: Your normative state of being is to be curious, communicative, and aware, but the heavens will throw you some massive curves this week, manifesting through your emotions and dreams. You do best to sit back and process these quakes and then move forward in your extroverted, communicative manner.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: You may experience disruption with your friends and social networks. The best way to approach this is to reboot and slowly supplant the social networks that feed your soul. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Taking ownership of your career, especially on a monthly time schedule, is the way for you to go. Though this may be a different pace for you, Leo, preferring to shine in the moment, this disruptive approach will pay dividends down the road.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: Though not as obviously spiritual as your opposite, Pisces, you are the virgin who births great, pure things. There is set to be a great awakening in your belief system and knowledge base, and you are the one who will expand, cyclically, in your individual, revolutionary approach.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Though you like to see all sides of an argument, you must take ownership of the carnal motivations of others. The heavens will force you to evaluate what the role of others are in your life and make some hard decisions with regard to them.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: There is a real opportunity for you to take ownership of the relationships in your life, and not in your carnal, furtive way. Yes, you can own the pleasures the world has to give without having to control or manipulate others. But this can take a little more time than you’re used to. 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You’re set to experience some disruption in your working conditions and even health. You do best not to charge ahead but rather sit and take ownership of your unfolding situation. 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: Though there has been a driving impulse towards your ambition and status, your normative mode, you have a real opportunity to express yourself creatively. This energy will be less driving and climbing and more emotive and internal, a welcome change for your state of mind. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:You are set to experience disruption in your home life even though home is not necessarily your favorite place to be. Though your head is in the future, you need to have a home base, so you do best to put your mind towards defining your home space.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Being grounded, purposeful, and taking ownership in your communication will takes your far if you are open to expressing yourself this way. Your magic will take care of the rest. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

A New Moon, A New Year

Celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year with the Dragon at Boomtown Casino in Harvey, LA

Celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year with the Dragon at Boomtown Casino in Harvey, LA

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday—Moon Day

 

This week is really the beginning of 2018. After coming down from the massive Super Moon at the beginning of this year, this new moon in the serious sign of Capricorn, along with five other planetary bodies, signals a year of structure-seeking, slow, and steady success. Down the street from me, there is a Vietnamese Lunar New Year’s celebration happening, ringing in the year of the Dog. The Dog is quite different from the Goat, less serious and more fun-loving, and that is the Dog’s fall in Vietnamese folklore. But the combination of the two will yield massive success for you in 2018, a care free attitude combined with sober planning, execution, and discipline. Today is also the birthday of Martin Luther King, the greatest leader to come from the United States. I was fortunate enough to hear Coretta Scott King speak at my alma mater, New England Conservatory, as I played for the commencement ceremonies my junior year. She spoke of her courtship with her husband, feeling blessed that they were called to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest in the bus boycott, and hoped that speaking at New England Conservatory would inspire her to get back into singing. She was a beautiful, self-possessed, earthly Taurus, the best manifestation of that sign and spirit, and her husband, Martin Luther King, was Capricorn, the greatest expression of ambition and success.  

 

Aries: 2018 could shape up to be a huge year for your career, but you must pace yourself. Place reasonable checks on your hard-driving nature, and the stars will take care of the rest.

 

Taurus: 2018 can be the year where you rise above the pleasures of the earth which you hold so dear. The roots that hold you in place have the ability to transport you to the heavens, and other realms of travel and knowing, if you’d only climb the beanstalk.

 

Gemini: 2018 will be the year where you dive into the deep, dark recesses of your soul, and make great gains. Integrating and placing structure around the rejected parts of your psyche, not your preferred domain, will prevent you from flying too high in the sky and being burned by the sun.

 

Cancer: 2018 will put an inordinate amount of emphasis on other individuals, relationships, and partnerships of all kinds. But remember who you are, Cancer, and never forget that love and home are the domains where you triumph.

 

Leo: 2018 will be the year where you put your warmth and creativity to work for you, but not without some balancing and adjusting. You succeed when you nurture yourself, the sculptor and objet d’art, working in tandem, a singular act of love and creation.

 

Virgo: 2018 is the year where you can truly do what you love and love what you do. Work and service are your hallmarks, but they won’t be mutually exclusive from what you love doing, and in turn, your own personal success.

 

Libra: 2018 will be the year of your family and home base. You’re so used to juggling and judging that which the universe throws at you that you lose the anchor of your home. No matter, as you’ll have it this year, as long as you make the necessary judgments with regard to people, places, and things that don’t nurture your home base.

 

Scorpio: 2018 will be the year of communication, short trips, and siblings. These aren’t necessarily the natural fields in which you play, but place some structure around these areas in your life and see how a little light-hearted, playful communication can lift you up.

 

Sagittarius: 2018 can be a great year for you, if you harness your fire. Remember, Apollo drove Helios’ sun, and the next sign over, Capricorn, asks you to put the reigns on your exuberance and optimism. Cautious optimism is always better than unbridled optimism.

 

Capricorn: 2018 and the next several years really are your years with so much planetary activity in your sign. Appreciate and be grateful for the gifts, but don’t let it get to your head, as your ambitious, success-seeking nature can do.

 

Aquarius: 2018 will be a year, ironically, about the past. Dredging up past karma and shedding light on the unconscious motivations that drive your present will lead you to the future visions you hold so dear.

 

Pisces: 2018 will be a year for succeeding, but in an unconventional way. If you get yourself organized, you will have much success with friends, larger social organizations, and even the wishes you dare to make, but only if you find some suitable, structured channels in which to swim, as a lone fish and with your school.

 

I’m Dan Beck, an astrologer and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To personally explore the Moon’s Messages and other spiritual themes, book an Inner Makeup session by calling 504-313-8706 or e-mailing dan@innermakeup.net.

 

 

Happy Halloween, New Moon!

Nice blouse, Lynn. Way to rock your Gemini Rising and bring some color as the days are getting darker and more Scorpio.

Nice blouse, Lynn. Way to rock your Gemini Rising and bring some color as the days are getting darker and more Scorpio.

Happy Halloween, everybody! First off, I'd like to thank some wonderful clients who have come to the Inner Makeup Studio the past few days, from distant places such as Hunan, Brooklyn, and England. It's amazing how many people, places, and things converge upon this small city. And thanks to our die-hard Inner Makeup devotee, Lynn, for attending our weekly Inner Makeup gathering Sunday morning. 

But now to Halloween, All Hallow's Eve. What is sacred about this night? As we've shifted into Scorpio, the days are longer, the night is greater, and our deepest, darkest impulses emerge to the fore, perhaps having been rejected by ourselves and others, banished to forbidden places. Halloween is a chance for those ghouls to surface, but beware of the deal you make with the devil, if you are to entertain these ghosts. Decadence comes at a cost, and Scorpio knows this the best, ruling the underworld and death, all too ready to play the undertaker. So have fun, express yourself, revel in your garish expressions of creativity, but do ask, is there another way to channel this energy? Can these impulses, exciting as they are, be harnessed and used transformationally for brighter days? This is the question Scorpio, and Halloween, asks, and since we synchronistically are ensconced in the new moon phase, what do we wish for as we move forward, as the new moon is a new start. But since Scorpio is the great regulatory grim reaper of the zodiac, we may instead ask what needs to go, rather than what our souls ecstatically and aggressively want. Happy Halloween!