Explanation: First came the trees. In the town of Salamanca, Spain, the photographer noticed how distinctive a grove of oak trees looked after being pruned. Next came the galaxy. The photographer stayed up until 2 am, waiting until the Milky Way Galaxy rose above the level of a majestic looking oak. From this carefully chosen perspective, dust lanes in the galaxy appear to be natural continuations to branches of the tree. Last came the light. A flashlight was used on the far side of the tree to project a silhouette. By coincidence, other trees also appeared as similar silhouettes across the relatively bright horizon. The featured image was captured as a single 30-second frame earlier this month and processed to digitally enhance the Milky Way.
It’s time to pick up the pace! The Sun is moving into breezy Gemini from May 21 to June 21, 2015, signaling a lighthearted time to meet new people, explore new ideas and learn new things.
Gemini is a curious and intellectual zodiac sign, ruled by planet Mercury and the wing-footed messenger god. This connects Gemini to ideas, information and communication, which is why so many of us do a lot of extra thinking, analyzing, learning and chatting time of year.
Gemini is also restless, preferring to do 20 fantastic things at once instead of focusing on just one (how boring!). Yet all of this unfocused energy can make Gemini seem scattered and fail to finish what they start, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing the same while the Sun is in Gemini.
This may be a confusing time for some people, because there are two sides to Gemini. They are symbolized by the Twins because there is a dark side and a light side that can see both sides of every situation and change moods in a moment.
So if you find yourself changing your mind a lot and having trouble sitting still now, you can look to the Sun in Gemini for an explanation.
Those born from about May 17-23 were born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp, and those born from about June 18-24 were born on the Gemini-Cancer cusp. Being born on the cusp simply means that you were born during the transition time between two zodiac signs, so you retain some qualities from each sign.
More than anything, Gemini brings an affectionate, playful and fun energy to everyone this time of year. If you can learn to enjoy it all without overextending yourself during this time, the bright, playful energy of the Gemini Sun will light up your life!
Here’s how to make the most of life during Sun in Gemini:
What to do: A million things at once! Gemini is far too mentally active to sit still doing one thing. These are the folks you’ll see browsing the Internet with 10 different tabs open while they watch TV, eat a sandwich, talk on the phone and text a few different friends at the same time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself multi-tasking more than usual while the Sun is in Gemini, and don’t be too hard on yourself when only half of those things get done.
What to say: Anything and everything to anyone who will listen! Gemini is the communicator, and they’ve got a lot to say — they can talk almost non-stop, spouting facts, cracking jokes and asking questions like a five-year-old going “Why? Why? Why?” It’s almost impossible to get a word in edgewise with a Gemini around, and with the Sun in Gemini you’re likely to hear an increased amount of chatter everywhere you go.
Where to go: As the Sun transits Gemini, our lust for knowledge will be on the rise. Satisfy your need to know with trips to the library, catch a foreign flick at the indie movie theater, or take in a lecture or class at a local community college. You can learn something new by meeting new people, too, so get out there! Accept every invitation you get and meet as many new people as you can.
What to wear: Gemini doesn’t take life too seriously, and the best attire this time of year is something playful and colorful to match that carefree Gemini mood. You never know where you’ll wind up now because Gemini is always up for anything, so it’s best to be prepared. Wear whatever you like, but be sure to pack a spare bag with workout gear, a swimming suit and a cocktail dress wherever you go.
What to buy: Shop for anything that will engage the mind or allow you to communicate, such as books (you’ll start more books than you finish while the Sun is in Gemini), computers, iPads, pretty stationary — all that stuff. And make sure you buy a blank journal and a good pen to bring with you everywhere you go, because ideas come fast this time of year and you’ll want to write them all down!
What to watch out for: Hyperactive Twins sometimes overthink and over-analyze things to the point of anxiety, and you might find yourself doing the same while the Sun’s in Gemini. If so, try a relaxing activity that will get you out of your head, such as yoga, watching silly TV programs or just keeping your hands and body busy. Gemini is also known for quick and cutting wit, so be careful about speaking too quickly or making offhand remarks that hurt someone’s feelings now.
What to look forward to: Having fun, meeting new people and learning new things. What are you waiting for? You better get started, there’s a million things to do while the Sun is in Gemini!
A powerful force will rule you within aspect for the duration of a year. You will be given few choices to make as most will be made for you. This force is benign in nature and the end result will be positive.
Abraxas stones were commonly worn and highly esteemed in the Roman Empire about the time when Christianity was becoming established there. Much importance was attached to the word Abraxas in the Greek notation making up the number 365, signifying 365 heavens, occupied by the 365 gods, who according to the Gnostic religion, formed the earth and ruled its destiny. The Abraxas, the curious devide Jeo, of jehovah of the Gnostics, has a fowl’s head, signifying watchinfulness and foresight; the shield, wisdom; whip, authority; two serpents, mystery, eternity, vitality. These rings were worn as talismans for protection against physical ills.
When Horse came back to the Americas, he brought with him the ability to move rapidly from place to place—and it’s this rapid movement that he brings to you today. Get up, get out of the rut you’ve created. Grab Horse’s mane, pull yourself onto his back and let him carry you across the plains of your life. The time for being stuck is over.
Strength denotes an inner power, mastery of will, development of inner might, and the ability to lead effectively. Through mastering one’s emotions and learning from both success and failure the person Strength represents has reached a place where they are influential without applying physical force, able to weather the roughest of storms, and not likely to abandon the less fortunate. Strength also denotes a large capacity for forgiveness and compassion. Strength is not as much about winning as it is about overcoming hardship, and using well crafted persuasion to ease others to your side.As a daily card, Strength indicates a period in which your psychological powers are extremely strong. Your mental endurance may well astound even you at this time. Possibly it is time for you to stand up and take command of any loosely run situations in your life. If you take the lead others will follow.
Meaning: The presence of the spear signifies arguments, negative events, and all manner of strife of an upsetting nature. However similar to the ‘Tower’ tarot card if next to a positive rune it could mean the end of an argument or quarrel. If with the rings it means the healing or renewal of a relationship. If there are military connections it could mean promotion. If illness is within the equation it means a speedy and successful recovery.
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The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lover’s embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
Gebo represents the coming of gifts and favors. While each are usually positive events, they often carry obligations with them. Gebo often represents strong bonds such as deep friendships and marriage.
ANALYSIS: Gebo is a rune of connection, particularly the connections between people. Up until now, our journey has been a solitary one. This rune represents those places where our path intersects with others, and allows us to begin to form conscious relationships. Such relationships are strengthened and sanctified by the exchange of gifts. The use of the gift as a symbol of an oath or a bond is an ancient one. When a lord wanted to ensure the loyalty of one of his subjects, he would give that person a gift. The gift would create a debt on the part of the person receiving it, and this debt would ensure his readiness to serve his lord. Similarly, a gift given between lovers, especially that of the ring symbolizes the bond between them.
Originally, only the man gave the ring in a marriage for much the same reason as the lord giving gifts to his vassals, but today the arrangement is usually more equitable. Gifts or offerings given to the Gods often carry the same meaning, representing the giver’s love for or loyalty to their Gods. The giving of a gift implies the acceptance of a debt with the understanding that the debt will not be repaid. It is this imbalance that forms the bond
May 25th, 2015
Remain optimistic in the face of adversity.
Line One of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Mistakes in your approach may cause setbacks.
Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not make impulsive decisions concerning important matters. Remain calm and think things through.
Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Be discreet. Develop a plan for solving your problems alone.
Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Be patient. In time assistance will come.
Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 9:
You may lose ground. Do not act with malice. Accept your losses and move on to new things.
Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Evaluate your next move. Do not repeat old mistakes. Move carefully and with optimism and results will be positive.
Like The Sun, The World brings good blessings. The World appears where all is in balance. It allows you to act effectively not only as an individual but as a member of a group too. The World promises contentment, fulfillment and completeness to those under its influence. It doesn’t guarantee there will not be moments of strife or discord in your life, but it does indicate that your trials and tribulations will be overcome; that ultimately you will know inner-peace and contentment. The World suggests you have found or will find your place in our Universe—that place where all is as it should be.
This might shape up to be the most difficult week in May. Get your cosmic advice on how to deal with the tension — STAT!
Monday, May 25: Venus in Cancer square Uranus; Mars square Neptune
On Monday, Venus will square off with Uranus prompting an unexpected but radical shift in a romantic or financial matter. Making it worse is the fact that Mars will also square Neptune, leaving you feeling incapable of doing anything about it. This day might feel a lot like being hit by lightning one minute and then drowning the next. Go with the flow as much as you can and above all, be gentle with yourself.
Wednesday, May 27: Mercury Retrograde conjunct Mars
Friday, May 29: Mercury Retrograde square Neptune
Saturday, May 30: Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde
On Wednesday, Mercury, now retrograde, will conjunct Mars and on Friday he’ll square Neptune. Then, on Saturday, the Sun will conjunct Mercury. This could be an opportunity to review important communication matters that you were confused about a couple of weeks ago. You can make things right, but first you’ll have to deal with the accompanying mental frustration. Don’t initiate any new communication-related endeavors this week. Instead, make sure you focus on tying up loose ends from existing ones.
Sunday, May 31: Sun square Neptune
Finally, on Sunday the Sun will square Neptune. Again, your vitality won’t be as strong as you’d like. The good news is that it’s a great aspect for pursuing anything spiritual or imaginative. Even better, schedule a spa day for yourself and just “zone out.” Soul nourishing activities are called for. Honor it.
You tend to speak with more passion today, Aries, and you may be very quick to communicate. Of course, hasty communications can sometimes be regrettable, so you may want to watch for that, but you may very well enjoy the ability to make quicker decisions or to handle a matter that you’ve put aside. Mental energy runs high today, and it should be kept in mind that people may not be saying what’s in their hearts. As such, it’s better to keep some emotional distance if engaging in debates. There can be many distractions, but this can be a great day for reviving an old mental interest or idea.
While the Moon in your entertainment zone all day stimulates a desire/need to let loose your more playful side, Taurus, you can also feel quite motivated to put an idea into action, solve a problem, and get things done. This is especially the case with finances and business. Some of you could feel reason to defend yourself or come to the defense of someone. You are a little more impulsive than usual, and decisions can be made quickly, and ideally not hastily. This is a good time to revisit old ideas and perhaps update them. Review of past purchases or budgets can be fruitful.
Mental energy is abundant today, and while it can sometimes cross over the line of excess, Gemini, you can get a lot done. The desire to build something for yourself or to take action on your ideas can be powerful now, and you are more willing to do what it takes to make things happen. You may want to watch for impulsive or unintentionally insensitive remarks, as your mind is working a lot faster than your heart, and at a quicker pace than that of most people around you. Of course, you can blurt something out and immediately prepare yourself for damage control. However, you may decide to consider consequences first and save yourself the trouble.
This can be a day in which there is a lot of energy and animation surrounding a matter or a person from your past that has resurfaced, Cancer. You could find that you have more energy for putting something to rest, or for dealing with a nagging problem once and for all. A new piece of information, or a sudden memory, can make your mind race today, and there can be new insight into a matter. If you can harness the extra energy (mostly mental energy) you can be very productive today. There can be a desire to share something private or to release a mental burden, although you may want to doublecheck that you are not revealing something prematurely. Gather your facts before jumping into something.
Others can notice you for your especially unique point of view or accurate observations today, Leo, and you can enjoy a nice feeling of invigoration and enthusiasm. Be aware that there can be a tendency to misconstrue or to put a lot of energy into something that you change your mind about later. As well, it can be especially important to pay attention to emotional cues and not only intellectual ones, and avoid taking others’ possibly insensitive commentary to heart as well. Otherwise, this can be an exciting day in which new visions and ideas are inspiring and light a fire under you. Conversations with friends or groups, and meetings in general tend to be animated and worthwhile.
You’re communicating and coming across with considerable strength today, Virgo, with the Moon in your sign and your ruler, Mercury, approaching an alignment with Mars. What you communicate has more impact than usual, so be certain you know what you’re talking about! There is a tendency to live in the mind, so you may want to double check that your heart is behind what you’re expressing. You can be especially busy going over past work, researching ideas for future plans and goals, or doing editing activities. Try to balance logic and emotion. Be firm and true to yourself in your dealings with others today.
This is a day of increased motivation and determination to get things done, or at the very least, to understand something more thoroughly, Libra. There is an extra dose of sharpness in your mental capacities now, and you’re inclined to look to the past to examine problems or put something to rest. Focus on tying up loose ends. You can be quick to debate or defend an opinion or cause today and tomorrow morning. Watch for too much living in the mind, however, as this can temporarily dull sensitivity to emotional cues. Be cautious about what you express, and if something said truly bothers you and causes your mind to race, try to wait before reacting, as the tendency to misinterpret runs high. You may be craving some alone or rest time today, and if you can take it, do so, with the Moon in your recuperative solar twelfth house all day.
This is a good time to tackle projects or endeavors that you’ve let slide or that you’ve avoided in the past, Scorpio. There is mental courage today, more than usual, as well as a real desire to make things happen. Some of you could make an important discovery about finances or in a research project. There can be a competitive feeling today, and this can be used positively as motivation to make improvements. Restlessness might lead you to big discoveries, but it can also lead you down a frustrating path if you’re not careful. Focus on existing problems now for best results, rather than looking for new ones! Avoid pushing too hard for answers unless you’re prepared to truly get them. This is a strong day for review, research, and the revival of old interests or ideas.
With Mercury and Mars coming to a conjunction in your partnership sector today, there can be an accelerated, energized pace to a relationship, Sagittarius. Impulsive communications are a tendency. Others may be reacting strongly or acting a little unpredictable. You may very well learn from the experience. You may be revisiting an old problem, and this time finding answers to it. An old relationship or significant person in your life can be in strong focus. Try not to be oversensitive to changes of plans or to others’ comments. Let others express themselves, but draw the line if you feel someone’s overstepping or too pushy with you. Channel the extra energy you have today into truly productive activities.
An old problem or grievance, particularly work or health-related, can crop up today, demanding your attention, dear Capricorn. There can be a quickened pace to your routines and work, and to the day in general, and you can be filled with a sudden desire to get busy, to make a real difference, and to sort out problem areas. It’s a great time to find ways to reduce waste – you are especially resourceful and can easily get to the point or bottom line. Mental energy is strong today, and you are best off if you can use it to clear away clutter or otherwise clean up your life in little yet significant ways. Others may be falling behind you in terms of work or contributions, and it’s best not to worry too much about it. Also, watch for sharp words, whether you’re hearing or saying them. There is a business-like, slightly impatient quality to the day.
There can be animation surrounding children, a romantic partner, a friend, or a creative project today, Aquarius, with Mars and retrograde Mercury meeting up in a sector of your chart that rules these matters. There may be surprises or excitement now, a desire to get to the bottom of a matter, and a need to solve a problem from the past. You can get very fired up about an interest or idea, and may be focused on past ideas, projects, or even people. It’s a strong day for feeling motivated to sort things out. For some of you, there can be an undeniable urge to express yourself in a creative, unique manner, and people tend to admire you for your ideas. As long as you avoid impulsive decisions or an overly competitive disposition, this can be a great day for increased motivation levels, making a real dent in your to-do list, and solving old problems.
This can be a good day for picking up where you left off on an old project, Pisces, particularly around the home or with family. Something from the past might resurface, and it can be refreshing as you uncover needs that you have either denied in the past or simply overlooked. Home may not exactly be your haven today, as it’s likely to be quite busy and possibly hectic, and if you’re away from home, it may be that your own brain feels overloaded or especially excitable. Prepare for changes in plans and some level of restlessness, but also a real chance to get things done. Conversations can be lively. A partner may be taking the lead today or energizing and encouraging you.
You are a witty, humorous, talkative person. Under the chatty or sociable surface, you are a lot more serious than you appear. In fact, you never take anything at face value. You consider yourself unusual, and most people agree! You are highly imaginative with fantastical dreams and ideas. Famous people born today: Robert Ludlum, Mike Myers, Anne Heche, Karen Valentine, Cillian Murphy.