Updated: Aug 2
Hello again! Go ahead and grab your favorite drink because we're about to delve into a cocktail of cosmic and terrestrial energies and events that are shaping the world around us.
Let's begin with the New Moon and Sun in Gemini. Have you ever looked up at the sky to see if the current astronomical forecast as it aligns with what you observe? It's truly fascinating! Watching the Moon, the Sun, and other planets move and settle into constellations is a captivating experience. This weekend, the moon, the celestial body closest to us, will shift into the star clusters we know as Gemini. During a new moon, the moon comes between us and the sun, creating a shadow and affecting the Earth's waters, resulting in extreme high and low tides. Gemini, represented by the twins, embodying communication and adaptability. Geminis embrace dualities and explore different perspectives. They always have something to say about how we define our truth as we come to understand the story of our life. Such transits offer us an opportunity to reframe our narratives, identities, purpose, and motivations. Lunar and solar events like this invite us to open our minds, approach life with curiosity, and use newfound discoveries to engage in heart-centered conversations. This weekend is an ideal time for social interactions, aligning perfectly with Father's Day and Juneteenth on our social calendars. It presents an opportunity to show up authentically, not only with family but also within the broader community. But let's continue...
This energy prompts us to reimagine how we identify and allows space for embracing duality. So, what do we do with this opportunity? For me, existing in this world entails a constant interplay between my physical body and my mind. Our bodies carry us through life, acting as vessels for experiences, sensations, and emotions. Meanwhile, our minds hold our thoughts, beliefs, consciousness, and shape our perception of reality. Yoga, an ancient practice that can be translated into meaning unity, offers a powerful tool to celebrate and integrate our inherent duality. Yoga aims to unite the body, mind, and spirit, respecting both the physical and mental aspects of the practice. Through physical postures and breathing exercises, harmony becomes attainable. Each pose serves as a microcosm of our larger journey, balancing effort and ease, grounding and expansion, stability and flexibility. By embracing this duality, we discover unity within our identities.
Yoga not only encourages unity within ourselves but also connects us with a community of practitioners. Whether through online communities or practicing with friends outdoors, yoga fosters a bond that reminds me of our shared source. These sacred spaces merge the duality of individual experiences with the collective energy of the community. As the collective flows through poses and synchronizes our breath, we become part of a harmonious symphony, celebrating the duality that resides within each of us. This nuanced understanding of duality extends beyond individuals and unites us with the outside world, cultivating compassion, empathy, and a profound sense of interconnectedness with all beings.
Now, what comes next? That has been my question in recent weeks when engaging with others in this work. When promoting self-care or self-help activities, I started asking myself about the intended results. Having been raised in a religious household with influences from the "prosperity gospel," bettering oneself often seemed tied to power, status, or material possessions. As a child, I questioned these motivations, but nobody seemed to have a satisfactory answer for me. And the promise of a reward in a later heaven didn't suffice either. Power and status held little appeal as an introvert, and hierarchical structures didn't resonate within my close-knit circle. Additionally, my belief in the concept of interconnectedness and oneness contradicted these religious tropes. While I appreciate beautiful things, material possessions are not something I require an epiphany to understand. Moreover, the concept of an enemy that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy aligns more with the flawed capitalist and supremacist systems we are forced to live in. Power, money, and status didn't align with how I personally experience the Divine. I desired for my inner spiritual experiences to reflect in the world around me. When I decided to share my personal practice with my social circle and eventually with the wider community, I found my purpose in this work. I believe that heaven, paradise, or however you define your bliss exists right here, right now. This work is for those of us who currently engage in the creative imagination to make that come to pass; whether through human justice work, environmental activism, or those of us that simply exist in a world where our very presence is seen as a threat— Black, poor, queer, disabled individuals, and others. In this work we must understand the duality of ourselves and as well as those we commune with.
As we celebrate these holidays this week, let's remember especially Juneteenth—a day symbolizing the belated revelation for our enslaved African ancestors in Texas freedom from chattel slavery. Reminding us of the interconnectedness of all things and calls us to engage in introspection, empathy, and meaningful dialogue. This unique convergence invites us to honor the duality within our own identities, defining our inner and outer selves without the influence of external powers. Let's celebrate together, raise a glass, enjoy a smoke, dance, throw a little something on the grill, or simply do nothing as we witness this celestial dance unfolding above us. Let's celebrate the swirling duality energies that guide us on our collective journey of self-discovery and liberation.
🛸 PS. If you're a sky watcher, on June 18th at dawn, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will align, painting the sky as the sun rises.