Today is Monday, May 22, 2017
Hebrew date is 26 Iyyar 5777
Islamic date is 26 Sha’ban 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 5 B’en
Mayan Long Count is 18.104.22.168.13
Julian Day is 2457896
Today’s Birthdays: William Sturgeon (1783-1850), Richard Wagner (1813-1883), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), Laurence Olivier (1907-1989), Sun Ra (1914-1993), George S. Hammond (1921-2005), Michael Constantine (1927), Ahmed Fouad Negm (1929-2013), Harvey Milk (1930-1978), Betty Williams (1943), Cheryl Campbell (1949), Bernie Taupin (1950), Bill Whelan (1950), Morrissey (1959), Johnny Gill (1966), Graham Linehan (1968), Naomi Campbell (1970), Ginnifer Goodwin (1978), Maggie Q (1979), Nazanin Boniadi (1980), Lucy Gordon (1980-2009), Adrian Marcel (1990).
“I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one’s weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can’t all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.”
— Arthur Conan Doyle
Looking Into Parallel Realities: Gemini New Moon
In the play Constellations by Nick Payne (which I saw Friday night), the two characters depict some of the many possible ways their intersecting lives could evolve depending on the countless variables at play at any given moment.
The plot’s structure is based on the concept that infinite multiverses exist in parallel, and the one we live depends on the choices we make. In each scene, the characters only have to reconcile their own two viewpoints on that particular shared experience — unlike the audience, who witnesses the entire gestalt.
Yet you don’t have to go all sci-fi to get a taste of something similar — you can just tune into some Gemini astrology. In contrast to Payne’s play, Gemini suggests that perhaps we can indeed occupy parallel realities — or be two people — at once.
Gemini is also about reconciling these different viewpoints. Step out of the mindset that there’s only one way to see and think about something. And stop pretending that your shadow is not just as much a part of you as your light.
We’ll get a prime opportunity this Thursday, when the Sun (which entered Gemini on Saturday) conjoins the Moon for the Gemini New Moon. This is exact at 3:44 pm EDT (19:44 UTC) on May 25.
The Sun represents conscious awareness; the Moon can represent a veil over consciousness. So already there’s an indication to let yourself be open to what each of those sides of yourself has to say about things. Gemini makes this explicit.
Still, it’s not always easy. Human beings are great at ignoring facts and intuition and even our own behaviors in favor of what we want to believe. “Do as I say, not as I do” is often said partly in jest; but every parent knows that at one time or another (or often), it’s the message they’re sending their kids.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Last Quarter phase and enters Balsamic (waning crescent) phase today at 7:37 am PDT / 10:37 am EDT (14:37:36 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Gemini on May 25 at 12:44 pm PDT / 3:44 pm EDT (19:44:23 UTC).
Corresponding Full Moon in Sagittarius is on June 9 at 6:09 am PDT / 9:09 am EDT (13:09:31 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Aries and enters Taurus on May 23 at 5:33 am PDT / 8:33 am EDT (12:32:41 UTC).
Sun Degree: 2-3 Gemini.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mercury square Vesta at 5:59 am PDT / 8:59 am EDT (12:59:09 UTC), and Diana at 7:59 am PDT / 10:59 am EDT (14:59:03 UTC).
— Sun trine Logos at 9:13 am PDT / 12:13 pm EDT (16:13:00 UTC), and Makemake at 2:22 pm PDT / 5:22 pm EDT (21:22:06 UTC).
— Mercury trine Orcus at 4:25 pm PDT / 7:25 pm EDT (23:25:37 UTC).
— Sun sextile Salacia at 2:23 pm PDT / 5:23 pm EDT (21:23:37 UTC).
— Mars conjunct Chaos at 5:24 pm PDT / 8:24 pm EDT (00:23:42 May 23 UTC).
If Your Birthday is May 22
(The Day of the Serial Epic) | Gemini Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
Count on both your popularity and your diplomatic skills to create the life you want. Many of the best things that come into your world will enter through semi-public spheres, such as parties and gatherings where you know some of the people but not all of them. Parlay interesting encounters on social media to in-person meetings sooner, rather than later.
Written in the Planets
Aspects involving Mercury and Mars speak of recognizing and acknowledging the feelings we might conceal from ourselves. This is necessary if we wish to live authentic lives, and particularly where we contribute to a cause: hidden information can sabotage our best efforts. Looked at another way, if something is holding you back from turning your good intentions into manifest improvements, digging out and dealing with the issue can in fact be more efficient than carrying on regardless.