We all have at least two sides.
The world we live in is a world of opposites.
And the trick is to reconcile those opposing things.
I've always liked both sides. In order to appreciate one
you have to know the other. The more darkness
you can gather up, the more light you can see too. - David Lynch
The eclipse on the Gemini Full Moon November 30 is the first of a pair eclipses that completes the year of 2020. The first one is about endings and the second is about beginnings.
A Lunar Eclipse is a time of culmination, where some issue is brought to the head. Crisis, breakthrough and a movement towards completion and integration are indicated. Issues and events of 2020 are seeking resolution. We can now distill the wisdom this year has yielded. With all planets moving forward (except Uranus) there is a fast-moving energy that has built to a crisis point that seeks resolution so we can prepare to embark on a potent new beginning sparked by the Solar Eclipse on December 14 followed by the eyebrow raising astrological dynamics of the coming Winter Solstice.
Gemini, the Twins, is the planet of duality. It is the sign of ‘twos - the sign of 'This and That'. Two options. Two directions. Two ideas. A choice emerges to be made about one or the other. Our minds may be highly active as we try and wrap ourselves around options and possibilities. Rather than feeling resolution, we may actually feel distracted and scattered, wondering how it will all come together. We may find our mind is flitting from one thing to the next. Sustained thought may evade us. The key to minimizing fractured thinking and the shadow side of Mercury, is to embrace this as a time of learning rather than a time where we reinforce or validate what we already know.
In Greek Mythology, the Twins represent the two sides of nature, one immortal and one mortal, one virtuous and the other destructive. Gemini is our mind, how we think, communicate and process information. Mind by its very nature operates in duality.
Mind is a duality; it is always split. There is no single point on which the mind agrees in totality. Half of the mind will agree and half of the mind will disagree, and whatever you choose, you are choosing only the half. The remaining half is going to take revenge. The unchosen part, the left over, will wait for its chance to show you that whatever you have chosen is wrong. But it does not matter which part you choose. Choice itself is wrong.
Escalating polarization has been a theme of 2020 accompanied by strong feelings about the right way forward and passionate advocacy against what we perceive as the wrong way forward. Within this, we face choices. We face an uncertain future marked by substantive change. Confusion thus surrounds decisions we are making.
When we are making a choice, we are in our minds - the realm of 'this and that', trying to think our way through. When we are centered in our heart, there is a knowing of which way to move. It may appear like we are making a choice, but in fact we are simply moving towards what we know to do. Perceiving through the lens of the heart, the seat of love, polarities dissolve. If we reflect back to big choices we made, we may discover that we took action from a feeling of knowing which direction we wanted to move rather than making a choice between two things. We may in fact have said to others that what we did didn't feel like a choice at all. It was just something I had to do, or knew to do.
A Full Moon in itself is a polarity. The Sun and Moon are precisely opposite each other in the sky. As the Sun is setting in the west, the Moon is rising in the east. The dynamic tension between them begs for resolution, where the conflicting urge expressed by both these planets can be unified. Rather an 'either/or 'way of looking at an issue, a 'both/and' perspective emerges that reconciles the polarity.
I have put duality away. I have seen the two worlds are one.
Pleasantville was a movie released in the 1990s. The setting was a small town. The movie, initially, was in black and white. But the audience soon discovered that the movie was not so much in Black and White as much as the characters, the townspeople saw the world in black and white. As as the characters began to feel their feelings, began to connect with their desires, began to see life as it is and feel increasingly alive, they began to see the world in full color. Partway through the movie, some characters are seeing in color and some are still seeing in B&W.
It is not that oneness, and the resolution of opposites create a singularity where all is light or white or occurs the same. Instead, it opens us to a greater dimension of life, where we feel alive with the full spectrum of feelings and colors of life rather than a narrow two-dimensional view of right versus wrong, black versus white, conservative versus liberal.
Social activity has slowed down this year. For some, it has come to a screeching halt. With most of us withdrawing from social activity and spending more time at home, things that had been repressed, surfaced. Mass demonstrations, strong feelings and the deep cultural wounds surfaced. Many of us were able to step off the hamster wheel of our life. We may have binged on Netflix, but there was a greater opportunity to open to areas of life that we had neglected or set aside. There was added time to engage the richness of our inner lives, the beauty of the living world and connect with those we loved. Disengaged from routine, from an automatic way of living, our world could become more colorful. This doesn't necessarily mean it was all sweetness and bliss. The agitation, fears, and longings are also on the color palette. Within this, the world ceases to be just black versus white, work versus family, abundance versus scarcity, isolation versus connection. The tapestry of life becomes much richer, more alive.
Gemini’s greatest gift is an insatiable curiosity for learning.
The potential of this eclipse is to distill and embrace the learnings of 2020.
Gemini learns through conversation, through gathering information, through reading and engaging new experiences. Talking is a key element of conversation, but equally important is the capacity to listen. We can be curious about the other's viewpoint. We can set aside validating the wisdom in our possession in favor of learning something new. And in our curiosity, we may open to a world much richer in color, nuance and dimension.
To resolve the escalating polarization we are seeing on the world stage, we begin by finding reconciliation within ourselves and in the field of our personal lives. Moving beyond black and white thinking, where someone is right and someone else is wrong, where there is a perpetual war between opposites, we can find the realm of unity, when we reside in our heart and move from compassion. It may feel out of reach and we may fail at this multiple times a day, but this is the task, the learning, because this is at the heart of how balance will be restored.