“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive,” Joseph Campbell said. And with Tuesday’s new moon in Gemini activating our joie-de-vivre, it’s time to make that experience fuller, richer and more exhilarating. Passion planet Mars will sit right alongside the new moon, pumping up the vivre-volume further. Maybe you’ve scrawled out a bucket list or simply can’t stop thinking about giving a new activity a try. Carpe diem! Gemini energy loves to dabble: Hey, you never know how you’ll REALLY feel until you give things a try, right? This is the week to stick more than a few toes in the water. No need to fully commit, not until you’ve “tasted the rainbow.” By the corresponding full moon in Gemini on November 25, anything worth pursuing wholeheartedly will be obvious.
Track for soul twins! Gemini is the sign of the dynamic duos and the new moon-Mars merger prompts us to recruit for that missing puzzle piece. While opposites might attract, limit this week’s search to kindred spirits. Nothing will feel better than finding people who truly understand us and tread on common ground. Warning: Gemini is the communication sign and with feisty Mars in the frame, we could get a little carried away with our, er, enthusiasm for new ideas. Pay attention to the audience and make sure they are engaged before unloading a diatribe or obsessive gushing about the amazing new idea or group you just discovered. Don’t forget that listening is even more important than impressing people with clever quips!
The summer solstice is on Sunday, June 21—which officially kicks off the Sun’s monthlong tour of emo Cancer. As the longest, lightest day of the year, this is a powerful moment of personal illumination. With Cancer’s solar flares shooting into the softest, most sentimental parts of our hearts, we could wrap up the weekend with some true confessions. Write that “I Heart You” in the sand; hand deliver an old school love note to the one you adore. Or simply have a sit-down with your journal and dedicate Sunday to tracking the wisdom of your heart. Creative bursts could give birth to transcendent works of art. Plant yourself somewhere that inspires you on Sunday and be a vessel for the muse. The Sun hangs out in Cancer until July 22, putting our personal lives in the spotlight. Reconnect with relatives and your inner circle: Hello, family-reunion-time perfection! Home should be a haven, so get those summer projects like painting and gardening underway. There’s still time left in a later planting cycle to grow your own edibles or at least pop some colorful blossoms in a window box.