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Sunday, June 2, 2019
Sivan: The Power of Life and Death in Our Tongues
Read my horoscope for Sivan in The Jerusalem Post.
Chodesh Sivan (June
4 – July 3) is associated with the constellation of Gemini the Twins (Taumim).
Tradition tells us that it was during Chodesh Sivan that the Children of Israel
received the Torah on Mt. Sinai: the ultimate Divine data-download symbolized
by Gemini/Sivan's ruler, swift Mercury (Kochav), the planet of communication. Sivan is all
about gathering and disseminating information and interfacing with the
immediate environment as indicated by Sivan’s Tribal ruler, Zevulon, whose flag
was decorated with ships, symbolizing his journeys along the coasts of the
Mediterranean, seeking new horizons and new opportunities.
This month the journey is towards upgrading our relationship to the concept of security, both personal and public. What makes you feel safe: structures or relationships? Institutions or family? Old fears compete with new alliances when Saturn, South Node with Pluto in practical, serious Capricorn opposes the Mars / North Node / Mercury conjunction in emotional, sentimental Cancer on June 13. “Trust but verify” now, as information is more likely than ever to be biased.
The second in a rare series of three exact squares this year made by Jupiter in Sagittarius to Neptune in Pisces occurs June 16. Stretching the boundaries of dreams and testing the borders of perception, we must guard against extreme distortion of ideals and zealous fanaticism. Facts must actively fight against fear-fueled fantasy now.
June 17’s Full Moon in truth-telling Sagittarius inspires frankness. Proverbs 18:21 tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. The Summer Solstice (Tekufah Tammuz) and the Sun’s ingress into Cancer June 21 immediately following Neptune’s retrograde gives us a moment to evaluate whether what we’ve spoken has been life-affirming or destructive. May we be wise with our words and careful guardians of our hearts during Chodesh Sivan!