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This New Moon could help us to assimilate all that we have experienced in recent times, as Gemini can help us to make sense of it all and gain a better understanding of ourselves. New Moons are a very potent time of the month, when energetic seeds are sown that then go on to blossom and grow as the month progresses, often coming to fruition at the time of the Full Moon. Gemini is the sign that reminds us that thoughts and words hold power and energy, so that whatever we think and say can end up manifesting as reality. As such, it is important to be mindful of the things we say to ourselves and others, especially during this Moon, because they could come true! The saying “watch what your wish for” is especially appropriate on a Gemini New Moon!
Gemini is a very curious, adaptable, communicative sign that likes to gather and share information. Of course, this can be very useful, but can also involve gossip or slander, so it is important to be conscious and aware of what we say and how we say it. There is a saying “Always speak well of people and you need never whisper”, which is so important to remember when talking about others. The pace tends to quicken during Gemini season, with lots of communication, ideas and opinions being thrown around, especially as we also have Mercury in Gemini, its own sign. This is a very good time for thinking things through and making some sense of whatever we have been going through in recent times with the intensity of the Eclipses combined with Pluto squaring the Nodes of the Moon.
During this Moon we have Neptune in Pisces forming an exact, challenging square aspect to the Sun and Moon, which could make things a little bit confusing and potentially disorienting. Gemini likes clear logic and for things to make sense, while Neptune is the planet of illusion, confusion and represents the dream world, which has the potential to muddy the waters somewhat. It is quite possible that things simply won’t make sense, and we could feel a bit spaced out, confused, overwhelmed and over-sensitive, as if our skin is thinner than usual.
Those of us with personal planets or angles around 26/27° of a sign, especially the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, will probably be feeling this Neptunian energy the most acutely. Neptune has an ego-dissolving energy and is more concerned with dreams and fantasy than concrete reality, so this Moon could bring out our more escapist tendencies but could also call for us to turn inward and heed our inner guidance and the whisper of the divine. Ultimately Neptune seeks to remove any separation between us and spirit, bringing us into a state of unity and oneness.
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini and the planet of the mind and communication, is forming a challenging square to Saturn that will be exact on 16 June but will still be in effect during this Moon. This can make communication somewhat challenging, as Saturn can cause delay, restriction and withholding, potentially bringing blocks and obstacles around communication. It can also mean that we are forced to see the reality of whatever we are facing, which could possibly be a bit depressing! However, it is important not to fall into fear, or to let our imagination run into any dark places, as things are rarely as bleak as they may seem. So often what we imagine ahead of time is far worse than what actually ends up happening!
Saturn is especially strong during this Moon, as it is stationary, preparing to go retrograde a few hours after the New Moon is exact. Anyone with personal planets or angles around 7° of a sign, especially the mutable signs, will be feeling the energy of Saturn most acutely, which could bring a feeling of being somehow blocked, or things being delayed, or facing some kind of obstacle, or having a bit of a reality check. However, it is better to see things as they are, because then we know what we are working with. Saturn in Pisces certainly brings the potential for the scales falling away from our eyes, not to mention that it can help us to “grow up” and take full responsibility for ourselves.
The most important planetary energy that we are contending with at the moment, on a collective and personal level, is Pluto square the Nodes. Pluto is the planet of power/powerlessness, transformation, loss, the subconscious and soul-growth, and has the power to expose the shadows and bring the darkness out into the light. It is especially poignant that Pluto happens to be the ruler of the Scorpio South Node, as we could be forced to face ourselves and to bring things out from under the carpet that have long since been hidden. However, it is much better to face any uncomfortable material rather than leaving it in the shadows so that it has the power to fester and wreak havoc beneath the surface of our lives. We are being called to look in the ugly mirror, face the demons, recognise where we feel resistance, dive into the shadows and not shy away from anything that lurks in the dark recesses of our psyches. This is important work, although it may not be easy.
Pluto is currently retrograde and has just moved from Aquarius back into Capricorn on 10 June, where it will remain until February. This brings a shift in energy, as once again we have the planet of transformation and power in the sign that represents the structures of society such as governments and corporations, not to mention the structure of our own lives. Pluto has a detoxifying effect and can expose the rot within the patriarchy and the power structures while it is in Capricorn, so it will be interesting to see what comes into the light in the coming months. It has become harder and harder to ignore the abuse of power and corruption within the societal structures in recent times, that’s for sure! Pluto certainly has the potential to reveal and even destroy all this is rotten and decaying so that hopefully something more appropriate can take its place.
Those of us with personal planets or angles around 29° of a sign will be feeling the transforming power of Pluto most acutely, especially in the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Puto has the power to strip away self-deceit and can make us much more aware of our psychological complexes. It is the planet that encourages soul-growth and prompts us forward in our evolution, although sometimes that can be quite uncomfortable and can even involve something passing away so that something more appropriate can take its place. This is an important time, both personally and collectively, with Pluto being square the Nodes, and it will be very interesting to see what the next month holds in store as the square gets closer to being exact. The energy will probably become even stronger after the Nodes switch signs on 17 July, and the square itself is exact on 24 July. What might we need to confront between now and then, and what might need to pass away?
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 27° Gemini, is: “A gypsy emerging from the forest wherein her tribe is encamped”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “Reaching out toward participation in a larger whole of mind-structured existence. A conscious attempt to leave behind the tribal-instinctual stage of earthbound existence and to emerge into the realm of mind and complex, tense interpersonal relationships (i.e. the city). The wild drives of nature are reaching toward a situation in which they will be “tamed.” This symbol reveals a period of transition, a more or less clear yearning for a new state of consciousness, and thus for inner transformation. It is a phase of REPOLARISATION”.
This Moon certainly brings the potential for us to understand ourselves better. It seems like an opportunity to process all that we have been experiencing in recent times. We might need to talk things through with others, or write things down so make more sense of them. Many thoughts and opinions could be shared during this time that hold some weight moving forward. It is so important to be mindful of the way we think and communicate during a Gemini New Moon, because we really do shape our reality with our thoughts and tend to get what we focus on. This is an important time that we are in right now, where much may come out into the light, both personally and collectively. This Moon gives us an opportunity to contemplate and understand what needs to be released so that we can move on with a lighter step.
Picture: The Power of the Human Mind, by Corina Chirila
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This is a lighter, brighter Moon that we have had in recent times, as it involves Gemini and Sagittarius, both of which tend to lighten the atmosphere! Indeed, Sagittarius is an enthusiastic, optimistic, expansive, adventurous sign that can help us to find our sense of humour and count our blessings. This is the last of the fire signs and helps us to see the bigger picture and find meaning in large and small things that happen to us. Indeed, the Sagittarius part of us has faith that even the hardest experiences bring profound lessons and blessings, and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel or a silver lining behind the cloud. This Moon has the capacity to lift our spirits and renew our faith, inspiring us to expand and grow beyond our own limitations.
We are now fully in the swing of Gemini season, when the pace tends to quicken and our minds and lives become more active. The Gemini part of us likes to take in information and pass it onto others, much like an insect flitting from flower to flower spreading pollen. However, it can also make it hard to concentrate, as our minds flit from one thing to another. The Full Moon involves an opposition between the Gemini Sun and the Sagittarius Moon, inviting us to find a nice healthy balance between the energy of the two signs rather than veering too far one way or the other. Too much Gemini can put us too much in the head, taking in too much data and information yet not properly absorbing it. Sagittarius, on the other hand, helps us to really grasp the deeper meaning behind whatever we are learning, connecting with an intuitive understanding and higher wisdom rather than merely relying on our rational, logical mind.
However, the Sagittarius part of us can sometimes spout out truths, inner knowing and beliefs without being able to back it up, and this is where Gemini comes in. Sagittarius is also known for being quite blunt in its delivery of the truth, while Gemini has the gift of the gab and can help us to communicate our beliefs in a smoother, more palatable manner! This Full Moon could bring up issues around truth and lies, as Gemini energy can be duplicitous while Sagittarius can exaggerate the truth. Indeed, Sagittarius is the truth seeker and truth sayer. It is just important to remember that there are many different versions of the truth and many paths to the same destination. What is right for one person may not be for the next person. This is the kind of Moon that can bring up a diversity of opinions, beliefs and views, so we must remember to be tolerant of others point of view, even if it contradicts our own. However, overall, Sagittarius certainly has the capacity to bring up the vibration and help us feel more positive about life!
Jupiter, the ruler of this Sagittarius Moon, has recently moved into Taurus and is a very prominent part of the picture during this Moon, as it is sitting right on top of the North Node of the Moon. This is a powerful configuration that could really help us to move forward and grow, both personally and collectively. Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion, and can come in the form of a teacher, guide, mentor, experience or intuitive understanding that helps us to move forward, grow and broaden our horizons somehow. Jupiter is a benevolent energy that expands and magnifies, and so it feels like a very good thing that it is currently sitting on top of the North Node, pulling us forward towards soul growth.
The Taurus North Node shows us what we currently need to learn in order to grow and evolve and grow, both personally and as a collective. The sign of the North Node is what we yearn for and fear all at the same time, as soul growth and evolution often involves stepping out of our comfort zone! For the past 18 months we have had the Nodes in Scorpio and Taurus, the signs that represent finance and the economy, and it certainly has been a prominent topic in recent times. The Taurus North Node is calling for us to strip back, simplify, find a greater sense of stability from within, to develop self-reliance and self-sufficiency and minimise any undue dependency on others, including the power structures such as banks and money lenders.
And with Jupiter on the North Node, we are currently getting a helping hand. Jupiter can help us to develop an attitude of gratitude for what we have and could potentially help us to expand upon it. Jupiter, being the biggest planet, could also bring about inflation during its stay in Taurus, although overall it is a helpful planet to have in the sign that represents Mother Earth and survival, as it has the potential to bring abundance and growth, even if that feeling comes from within. Who knows, this year may bring a bumper crop for those of us who grow vegetables and fruit!
We also have Pluto, Mars and Venus all forming a square to the Nodes during this Moon, which will be causing some tension, to say the least! Pluto is the main culprit, as it has been squaring the Nodes for the past month or so and will continue to do so for most of the year, although most strongly until August /September. Pluto is the ruler of the Scorpio South Node and is prompting us to dig deep and look at ourselves honestly, warts and all. Soul growth is not necessarily a walk in the park and can sometimes force us to confront some gnarly material and to recognise where our resistance lies and in what form that resistance might take. We all have something that our soul yearns for yet at the same time we resist going there. In fact, the greater the feeling of resistance that we experience, the greater potential there is for some amazing growth if we can move past it!
Pluto is currently at 0° Aquarius, getting ready to move back into Capricorn on Sunday 11 June. As such, anybody with personal planets or angles around 0° or 29° of a sign will feel the transforming, empowering and penetrating energy of Pluto, as it strips away self-deceit and forces us to be emotionally honest with ourselves. It may be uncomfortable, but it is worth it, because this is how we grow on a deep soul level. At 0° the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius will feel it the most, while at 29° it will be the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
Venus will move directly opposite Pluto on Monday 5 June, having just moved into Leo, which could intensify our relationships and bring some shadowy material into the light. Pluto can force us to look into the ugly mirror, and to confront parts of ourselves and our loved ones that we might usually hide from sight and consciousness. Venus will then move towards an exact square to the Nodes on Thursday 8 June, which could be an interesting time for our relationships and the economy, especially as Venus is the ruler of the Taurus North Node. Those of us with personal planets or angles around 3° of a sign, especially the Fixed signs, will feel the energy of Venus most acutely. We could find ourselves needing to go back over any unresolved issues in our relationships that might be preventing growth, both with ourselves and others. It will also be interesting to see what happens in terms of the economy as Venus moves towards the exact square.
Mercury, the planet of mind and communication, is also going to be joining forces with Uranus in Taurus during this Full Moon. This conjunction is exact on the same day as the Moon. This can bring about sudden, shocking news and epiphanies that could be both surprising and insightful. We could have a complete change of perspective, so it is worth considering what house of our chart Uranus and Mercury will be in, so we can see what area of life could be affected. Uranus can force us to think outside of the box and consider ideas and concepts that we may not previously have considered. It can also help to free our minds from their conditioning. We could find ourselves suddenly changing our mind about something. Anyone with personal planets or angles around 20° of a sign, especially the fixed signs, will feel the energy of this conjunction most acutely.
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 14° Sagittarius, is an incredibly powerful one: “The Great Pyramid and the Sphinx”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The enduring power of occult knowledge and of its quasi-divine Custodians, “Seed-men” of a previous cycle of existence. The belief in an Original Tradition based on the perfect knowledge of the archetypal principles and forms which underlie all manifestations of life on this Earth (and by extension in the cosmos) is deeply rooted in man’s consciousness. The Great Pyramid and the Sphinx are witness to such a Tradition, especially for the Western world. The symbol implies that such an archetypal knowledge remains the foundation upon which men’s minds can still build solid and valid formulations, as new evolutionary developments are pending. This symbol suggests that this occult knowledge and the traditional process of acquiring it is still available, and that by accepting their principles, modern man can best meet the challenge of our present world crisis. The symbol, interpreted from a personal point of view, points to the greatness of a Soul’s past achievements and the value of trying to re-evoke this past. What is revealed is THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL ANCESTRY”.
As ever, there is much to be learned from the past in order to move forward, both personally and collectively. With the Nodes so heavily activated right now, and by the Nodal rulers, no less, it is not surprising that the Sabian symbol for this Moon would be so profoundly spiritual in nature. There are clues for the present in the past, but maybe we just need to decode them. There is so much growth potential right now, but real soul growth doesn’t come without some inner work and the willingness to face whatever part of us resists the very thing that we yearn for most. We all have our demons that we wrestle with – they just come in lots of different shapes, sizes and guises! The beautiful thing about a Sagittarius Moon is that it can bring a huge boost of faith, optimism and willingness to expand and grow! The sky’s the limit, as far as Sagittarius is concerned. The only thing holding us back is ourselves.
Picture: Reach for the Stars – Scott Horton
I love writing about the Moon and the effect it has on us all, both collectively and personally. We all look at the same Moon and feel her energy, albeit in different ways. It reminds us that we are not alone and there is something very comforting about that!