Sunday 5 June – 3.59am BST, Saturday 4 June – 10.59pm EDT
This New Moon is very potent indeed, as it also completes the square between Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter that has been so prevalent in recent times, making a Grand Mutable Cross. This is a very good time to set some positive intentions for ourselves and contemplate what we need to leave behind in the dark of the Moon so that we can walk into the light. Gemini is the sign of the mind and communication, so we may become more aware than usual how our thoughts and words have an impact on our lives and the lives of others. Indeed, we may also be more conscious about how other people influence the way we think and act. A throwaway comment can have such a huge impact, more so that we think, so it is important to be mindful of what we say to others and also of how much power we give to what other people say to us. It is important to remember that while people may have good intentions, when they speak or advise they are also projecting themselves and their opinions onto our situation. Gemini season could make us all too aware of how powerful the spoken word is, as it really does have the ability to inspire, encourage, hurt or harm.
The Sun and Moon are joined by Venus in Gemini, and these three will be forming an exact conjunction at the time of the New Moon. Venus is the planet of love, values and relationships, and in Gemini this could make for a very light and playful time for our relationships, when we want to be out and about sharing ideas and thoughts with like-minded people. We may also find ourselves talking about our relationships with our loved ones, as communication should flow quite easily and it will be easy to maintain a sense of humour. There is something very youthful about Gemini, who is very sociable and likes to have his finger in many pies. This could be quite a restless, nervous time too, when we find it hard to keep still and our minds could be very alert and active. Gemini rules the left side of the brain, so we might find it a bit hard to switch off the monkey minds! It might be good practice to observe where they take us, however, and to become more conscious of our train of thought and whether it is positive or negative, fearful or hopeful. How we think has such a huge impact on our reality, so it is very important to be mindful of it.
As I said, we also have Grand Cross involving the Sun, Moon and Venus with Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter. Saturn’s influence could help us scrutinise our thought processes and our relationships, as he tends to shine the harsh light of reality onto whatever planet he is aspecting. He makes us aware of our limitations and in aspect to Venus he can make it quite obvious where our relationships need a bit of work. Solid relationships will only be strengthened and deepened by Saturn’s influence, while those that are on shaky ground could find themselves faltering under his unforgiving gaze. With Neptune involved we could become very aware of how we bury our heads in the sand and refuse to see things how they really are. It’s so easy to put the rose-tinted spectacles on and only see what we want to see, but this Moon could force us to face reality head on. It is also important to remember that combination of Saturn and Neptune could be causing irrational fears to surface in us and our anxiety level s could be higher than usual. This can make reality seem rather overwhelming and make us want to bury our heads in the sand all over again!
On the other hand, Neptune could also help us to let go of any rigid beliefs that are keeping us stuck and sabotaging our lives and relationships. We all have a set of beliefs that are so ingrained that it is hard to see just how much they influence everything we do and every relationship we enter into. They generally stem from childhood and were formed through watching our parents relate, and indeed though how they related to and reacted to us. During this time we have a chance to recognise and release these beliefs. Conscious awareness is an amazing thing, because once we are able to recognise a particular belief or way of thinking that we are holding onto then we can start to work on dissolving and releasing it. This is where our close relationships can be very helpful, because the other person is able to see us more clearly than we see ourselves and can point out how we might be holding ourselves back. As long as they do so with compassion and unconditional love, rather than with judgement or blame! We have an opportunity to see where we are stuck or being too rigid and to allow ourselves to surrender to the flow of life with faith the we are being steered in the right direction.
Retrograde Mars went back into Scorpio on Saturday 28 May and will be there until 3 August, so this is another opportunity to be brave soldiers and dive into the murky depths and confront our shadows. Mars is the warrior planet who knows no fear, and in the deeply intense and emotional sign of Scorpio we could feel prompted to face the not so pretty parts of ourselves head on. There is something quite primal about Mars in Scorpio and we may find ourselves driven by some deep, unconscious urges coming from the depths of our soul. This could be a good time to go somewhere and let out a good scream! Anything that is toxic in our lives can be brought up to the surface and released, whether it be old trauma, beliefs, attitudes or relationships. It’s an amazing opportunity for some purging, so we must make the most of it!
Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, is forming a nagging aspect to this New Moon/Venus combination, so we may be forced to be very honest with ourselves and our loved ones, which on the one hand could make us feel quite vulnerable while on the other hand can greatly increase our intimacy. It takes a lot of bravery to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, even though it may feel like we are revealing our weaknesses. Truths could also be revealed that are initially quite painful, but ultimately very healing. Pluto will be asking us to look within and ask whether our lives and relationships are aligned with our true purpose. Mars in Scorpio definitely has the potential to bring up some very deep, dark, hidden stuff to the surface, and we must be careful not to turn it back on ourselves, as Mars is retrograde after all.
The Sabian symbol for this Moon is 15° “Two Dutch children talking to each other, exchanging their knowledge.” This stresses the importance of finding like-minded people to share our thoughts and ideas with. This is not a time for deep introspection, but rather is a time for us to flit around like butterflies and have open hearted conversations with people who really understand us. The Saturn/Neptune square may cause things to feel a bit heavy, but this Gemini Moon reminds us to have a sense of humour and keep things light and airy. The Saturn/Neptune square will be exact on the 18th of June, and until then we must be aware of the potential for seeing things from the darker, more fearful perspective. It is very important that we recognise when our thoughts are heading in a more fearful direction and work on fostering feelings of faith and hope. Gemini gives us the opportunity to see how our thought processes help or hinder us, so keep a close watch on those chattering monkeys because they could be very revealing!
Painting by Ginette Callaway