This is a very busy New Moon, with the Sun, Moon and retrograde Mercury all gathered together in curious, communicative and adaptable Gemini. Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, so this certainly brings the potential for receiving important messages, having significant conversations, reaching a greater understanding, figuring things out, talking things through, gathering information and passing it on and also delivering messages. This is also the second of two Eclipses, which is highly significant and will have a greater impact on our destiny, both personally and collectively. This Eclipse is connected to the Solar Eclipse on 14 December 2020, so whatever happens during this time will very likely set an energetic ball in motion that will have an impact on the coming 6 months, until the next set of Eclipses in November/December. It is very common to experience some kind of a shift around Eclipses - a sense of something passing away and a new chapter beginning.
Indeed, a Solar Eclipse is a super-charged New Moon, whereby the intentions we set, whether conscious or otherwise, could have a more far reaching effect than your average New Moon. Something may need to be left behind in the dark of the Moon so that we can move forward with a lighter step. With Gemini and retro Mercury involved, we may find out something important that we hadn’t considered before now. Important information could come to light that has a profound impact on us. We may find ourselves needing to speak up about something important. With Mercury retrograde we may find ourselves looking back in order to gain insight and understanding, or someone or something from our past could pop up with whom we have unfinished business. It is important to be aware that words and thoughts hold energy and can have a powerful impact on our life and reality. It is helpful to be mindful of the thoughts that run through our minds and the things we say to people, especially during the next few days.They could really make a difference.
It is interesting that Neptune in Pisces is forming a dynamic and challenging square to the Sun, Moon and Mercury. On the one hand this could make it hard to know what is real and what is illusion. Mercury/Gemini energy is quite logical and rational, preferring to deal with facts rather than conjecture, and common sense rather than unfounded beliefs. Neptune/Pisces is the master of smoke screens, confusion, illusion, delusion, idealistic projections, enchantments or spells and propaganda. Issues around truth and lies could be rife during this time. We could find ourselves feeling somewhat disoriented and even disillusioned, not knowing what to believe or what information to trust. We may experience feelings of fear and anxiety as our imaginations run wild in all the wrong directions! We might simply want to bury our heads in the sand or hide under the covers, numbing out so that we don’t have to face reality!
However, Neptune could also be prompting us to turn inward and find the answers from within. The planet of oneness and unity can certainly help us to tune into the spirit realm, experiencing higher states of consciousness, altered perception and an understanding or awareness that defies logic but which allows us to truly sense the truth of things. This could be a good time to meditate, pray, chant mantras, spend time in nature and do whatever we can to switch off our busy monkey minds so that the answers we seek can quietly seep into our consciousness. Eclipse Season is a profound and potent time energetically, during which we could receive messages, insight or understanding that make a big difference, both personally and collectively. It could be the perfect time to offer up a heartfelt prayer for love and truth to prevail, as our thoughts and words could hold extra power and weight during this Eclipse.
Neptune also calls for some kind of sacrifice for the greater good, as we are reminded that it is not all about us and that this is not a time to be selfish or self-serving. Some things are more important than our personal happiness or comfort. What might we need to say or speak out about that will benefit the whole but which could involve some kind of personal sacrifice? How can we use our voice to make a difference in this world? How can we say what needs to be said with sensitivity, compassion and awareness? Is there something we have been holding back from saying or expressing because of fear? Can we allow our thoughts and decisions to come from a higher place, so that we are intuitively led and guided where we need to go next?
Neptune and the Sun will be exactly square each other on 14 June, when the Saturn Uranus square will also be exact. What might happen when Saturn, the planet of authority and control comes up against Uranus, the planet of revolution, sudden change and rebellion? Saturn represents tradition and the old order, while Uranus is the maverick planet, representing radical change and new vision. Saturn represents structure and the limits of our reality, while Uranus breaks down structures and blasts through our perception of reality, which can be liberating, exciting and also deeply unsettling!
Uranus seeks change, revolution and progression, waking us up to new possibilities and encouraging us to step out of the comfort zone, while Saturn is the part of us that judges, holds back or limits ourselves through fear and the need to maintain a sense of control. This could be an uncomfortable yet liberating time, as the old structures are dismantled and our perception of reality is radically altered. It is not a time to be too resistant or rigid; rather we need to remain as flexible and open as we possibly can because change is inevitable. This is the second of three squares between Saturn and Uranus this year, so we are now half way through the process. Things could look quite different by the end of the year! It will be interesting to see what happens, both personally and collectively in the days building up to the 14th.
Venus is in the spotlight during this Moon, with a square from Chiron the Wounded Healer and a supportive sextile from Uranus. This brings the potential for some triggering of our wounds and insecurities through our relationships, but could also bring fresh new ways of relating and a new perspective on relationships. Uranus liberates and helps to release us from unhealthy or stagnant patterns of relating, while Chiron can certainly bring up some pain and discomfort but can also help us to heal some of our core wounds, which could be amazing!
Venus is now in sensitive, nurturing Cancer, a sign that can make us aware of how our childhood patterns and experiences still have a hold over how we relate in the present moment. This could be a good time to recognise and work on our insecurities and unresolved needs and to get them out into the open. Chiron in Aries calls for us to be honest, open and direct with ourselves and others even if it hurts, while Venus in Cancer encourages us to allow our emotions to have full reign and to let our true feelings be seen. The Cancer part of us can be needy, irrational and childlike at times, but it also helps us to master the art of vulnerability. Better out than in!
It is also interesting to note that Mars is in the very last degree of Cancer during this Moon, which also brings the potential for us being more emotionally reactive than usual, especially if we have planets or angles around 29° of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Mars will move into Leo the following day, which could ignite our passion, creativity and ardour somewhat!
Venus’s aspects with Uranus and Chiron will be exact on 12 June, so the energy will be strong during this Moon. Anyone with personal planets or angles around 12° of the Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will feel the energy of Chiron most acutely, while anyone with personal planets around 12° of the fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius will be feeling the unsettling yet liberating energy of Uranus.
The Sabian symbol for the New Moon, at 20° Gemini, is: “A modern cafeteria displays an abundance of food, products of various regions”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The assimilation of multifarious knowledge through the synthesizing power of the mind”. He goes on to say “ This modern symbol expresses the fact that man, now at the close of a cultural cycle, is able to gather foodstuffs – mental as well as physical – from many regions of the globe. His diet has acquired a planet-wide foundation; history tells us that the search for salt and spices, then for commodities rare in the local regions, provided the impetus for global trade and thus eventually for a planetary consciousness. The results may be satiety and indigestion, and mental confusion caused by lack of discrimination”.
If we take this symbol symbolically, it is possible that we may have to contend with an overwhelming amount of choices, opinions, ideas, information or concepts and it may be hard to decide what is good for us. Information overload is quite possible, and we are invited to strip back and simplify. It is so very important to use the power of discrimination and discernment. Some things may seem too good to be true. What is real and what is illusion? What are the right choices?
It seems as if this Moon could involve a lot of mental energy and output, which could potentially overwhelm and confuse us. Neptune’s involvement could bring extreme sensitivity, confusion, brain fog, overwhelm, wishful thinking and even downright deception, but could also bring inspiration, higher understanding and true connection, urging us to step back and tune in to find the answers we seek. Not to mention that the ruler of this Moon, Mercury, is retrograde! This means that nothing is completely straightforward and that this is more a time of reflection, retrospection and introspection than making concrete decisions on how to proceed. Indeed, that Sabian symbol indicates that we may experience information overload so that it may be hard for us to make up our mind!
This New Moon Eclipse is energetically linked to the New Moon/Eclipse on 11 June 2002, so it might help to look back then to contemplate what was going on at that time, as this could somehow represent the next phase. We have a chance here to leave whatever is no longer serving us behind in the dark of the Moon and to start fresh in whatever area of our chart the New Moon is occurring in. The way may not be very clear, however. There is the potential for clarity, understanding and insight, but we may need to be quiet, still and open to find that. We need to be open to any messages we may receive and also say anything we feel we need to say. Communication is very important indeed during this Moon. With Jupiter still in Pisces, we need to keep the faith that we are being guided in the right direction and that there is some kind of higher plan at work. The Gemini part of us wants to know, understand and comprehend in a concrete way so that we know what to do, but maybe we are not meant to know just yet.
Picture: 7 of cups tarot card from Rider Waite deck