Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
Effective Date: 5/16-7/26/16
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” – George Orwell, 1984
Cards: the tower, the hierophant, 10 of swords
Fanaticism starts in the mind. Watch what you say and how you say it, because words are a magical spell. Your words, like seeds, weave intentions subconsciously; slipping themselves into your personal symbolism until one day they blossom and overrun your brain like dandelions on steroids. Have you noticed the power certain ones have over you or a collective? Call someone a “terrorist.” Better yet, call a woman a “cunt” and see what happens. Tell someone they “deserved” something. The funny thing is, words are just puffs of air, blots of ink, or digitized nothingness. They can’t really hurt you, can they? I use to be a very sensitive kid. I was very distraught over the fact that people weren’t kind to each other, and the smallest insult would send waterfalls down my cheeks. My first grade teacher sat me down one day and repeated the words that just about every adult has said to a child, “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” She was wrong.
Words can sway entire nations. Words can make you fall in love. Words are the building blocks of the world, and no one knows this better than Gemini. We give Gemini’s a lot of shit in astrology, but they really are the primordial power of air. They are connection, tributaries, circuit board that brings all of the information together. They are libraries and telephones. They are the motherfucking internet. Where Vesta in Taurus had us diving into what our foundations are, and our dedication to those foundations. Vesta in Gemini will have us contemplating our dedication to certain ideas. This is a combination for zealotry (hello hierophant surrounded by the tower and 10 of swords – both very destructive cards that alter our entire worldview). Be very careful during this season.
If you built your idealistic foundation on something solid, then this ingress will have you developing its method. If you are an artist of ideas and words, this is going to be a great time for dedicating yourself to your work. Gemini is a mercurial sign, and therefore will not stop until every rock is overturned. Their busy minds work like a locomotive, so use this time of mental dedication to develop your ideas. Vesta is all about dedication and stoking one’s flames. Without the eternal fire in our belly, there is no torch to guide us through life. Vesta in Gemini will magnify our ideas and language and show us just how they fit into the ideology and passions that move us through life. You will be shown just how powerful language really is. It is time to let false constructs fall, because building towers on shaky ground will only lead to complete devastation in the future (10 of swords) via fanaticism (hierophant). The cards are heavily warning us here. Please keep in mind that certain words can completely shut your brain off, while others can blast open a door of imprisonment. Be careful to learn what makes up your personal ideology and what words have complete power over you when you hear them. It could be someone’s name. It could be whispering rumors. To combat them, build weapons using your own words. Ideas and words are the suit of swords in the tarot for a reason…