NEW MOON IN GEMINI – Being objective, setting boundaries, and healing old wounds (June 13, 2018)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:43 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 23° of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and a time to set new intentions and goals in the areas associated with the sign involved.  Gemini is all about thinking, communicating, curiosity, and learning.  It is a mutable air sign, which means that our minds may be “all over the place.”  However, this is also a mentally fertile time when new ideas may come to us and begin to take shape into a new situation or reality.  (The house involved may give you a hint of what area of your life might experience this influx of new mental energy and possibly even a rebirth of some kind.)

Most Gemini New Moons bring social energy.  We tend to want to be around people and communicate, often in ways that are objective and respectful of everyone’s point-of-view.  But this year’s New Moon is a bit different.  We all need to watch for signs that we are running an old “story” or “tape” from the past that is hindering our ability to see things from a new perspective.  The best way for us to do this is through equal parts of intellectual objectivity and emotional awareness.  This is because on the same day as the Gemini New Moon, Mercury moves out of objective Gemini and into emotional Cancer, where it will remain until June 30.  With Mercury in Cancer, our thoughts and words (Mercury) take on an emotional quality (Cancer).  This can cause us to lose some of our usual objectivity.  But other aspects this month will help counter that (e.g., Mars in Aquarius).  It is good to remember, though, that during this New Moon, our greatest clarity will likely come from talking through our feelings and exploring our needs.

This is reinforced by the fact that the Moon is located in Gemini and Mercury is located in Cancer.  The Moon is the ruler of Cancer and Mercury is the ruler of Gemini.  This forms what is called a “mutual reception,” because each planet is located in the sign that is ruled by the other one.  When this happens, the energies are blended together and not easily separated.  So this means that using our “emotional intelligence” could be highly effective now!  In general, listening with our hearts and our heads will provide us with more information than doing either one alone.

Adding to this need for heart-energy is Venus’s move into Leo on the same day as the Gemini New Moon.  Venus will remain in Leo until July 11.  Venus in Leo is all about love!  We will benefit from approaching life with a light-hearted, big-hearted, love-filled way.  We feel more generous and playful.  Remember that laughter can lighten the mood of any conversation, but only when appropriately timed.  Additionally, we need to be aware that Venus in Leo can also increase our need for drama, attention, or validation.  If we aren’t careful, this can undermine our efforts to express our love.

At the time of the New Moon in Gemini, many of us will be influenced by a very strong cardinal t-square (i.e., right triangle) configuration.  This one includes (a) an opposition (180°) between Mercury in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn and (b) both planets squaring (90°) Chiron in Aries.  T-squares are never easy.  They demand change.  I always say that a t-square is like a burr underneath a horse’s saddle; the horse will buck!  This means that almost all of us will feel its influence in some way.  With Mercury opposing Saturn, we may be at a turning point.  If so, a decision will be needed that leads to a more solid foundation or structure in some area of our life.  The squares to Chiron make it the “focal planet” of the t-square, which shows us that the way to find a balance between the planets that are in opposition is to face what old wounds that need to be healed.  Any pain coming up now is very likely from very old issues, and we have a choice to avoid them or face them with the courage provided by Chiron in Aries.

The t-square described above may make this Gemini New Moon a time when difficult conversations need to happen.  But with Mars in an extended stay in Aquarius (see last Moon Update), any dialogue should benefit from Aquarian objectivity and humanitarian focus.  We definitely need to avoid falling into believing we are a victim of our past, which will keep us from owning our own power.  With Mercury in Cancer, these conversations may have to do with family matters or issues that are “close to home.”  We may need to ask for what we want and/or set new boundaries.  We do have the potential now to think realistically (Mercury-Saturn opposition), but we need to avoid becoming overly negative or critical of ourselves or others.

Support is provided by a trine (120°) between Chiron and Venus.  Our healing (Chiron) will likely involve our relationships and/or finances (Venus).  It may be harder than usual to find fault in other’s weaknesses, and trust is more easily created.  This amplifies the opportunities now for healing through addressing old wounds.  Peace will come from focusing on love and leaving the past behind.

Luckily, Mercury is in a very close sextile (60°) to Uranus, which supports us in shifting our thinking, sometimes in radical ways.  Our intuition is strengthened, and we may experience sudden insights.  When speaking with others, we may expand our level of understanding, but only if we speak our truth in a compassionate and loving way.

All of these influences around the time of the New Moon may lead us to make a commitment to a new course of action.  However, any external actions are best taken slowly (Uranus in Taurus) and methodically (Saturn in Capricorn).  Additionally, due to so many planets being in retrograde (i.e., Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto), it’s more than likely that any changes and shifts will mostly be done internally first in preparation for external changes.

On Monday, June 18, Neptune joins the retrograde party for its annual 5-month retrograde phase.  This could make us feel a little more “dreamy” and unfocused than usual, but that could be helpful during this internally-focused retrograde season.  It definitely has the potential to bring emotional and unconscious material to our awareness, which could supplement our effort to heal those old wounds.

Thursday, June 21, is when the Sun moves into Cancer, marking the Solstice.  When in Cancer, the Sun is telling us that it’s time to shine our light on our home and our family, however we define that.  It’s a month when we seek a sense of belonging and have an increased interest in exploring our origins or roots.  This is the perfect position for the Sun while so many planets are in retrograde because we tend to pull in and want to “nest” so we can focus on nurturing ourselves and our families.

Overall, this Gemini New Moon may see some radical change in how we perceive certain issues in our lives.  The t-square at the time of this New Moon will bring issues to the surface that may require us to stand up for ourselves, set boundaries, and even deal with conflict.  But with Mars in Aquarius, our intention should be to do so with kindness, objectivity, and focusing on how we are all connected.  With Mercury in Cancer, our words can either be softened with Cancer’s “Mama energy” or we could use those claws to do some damage.  It is up to use to choose which way we want to use the energy.  It may be helpful now to think about how you would like to be treated by others, and then act accordingly.


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New Moon at 23° of Gemini

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12:43 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 3:43 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:43 p.m. GMT

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