New Moon in Gemini – As Ross Would Say on the TV Show Friends, “PIVOT!” (June 17, 2023) 

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.
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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 9:36 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun conjunct (0°) at 26°43’ of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 26°43’ 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.  (NOTE:  Click here to learn how to find the transiting Moon in your chart.)

New Moons always provide us with an opportunity for a new emotional start in the areas associated with the sign.  This time, we are focused on Gemini: 

  • The higher expression of this sign includes being communicative, flexible, optimistic, and curious. 
  • The lower expression can lead to being indecisive, scattered, and impatient.   

Gemini is a mutable air sign.  Mutable signs are adaptable and flexible.  Air signs are associated with mental activities.  Therefore, this is a mentally agile sign.  Gemini is what is described as a “dual-body” sign, meaning it has two parts to the symbol representing it.  As such, there is often a see-saw, back-and-forth feeling to this sign.  For example, just when we think a decision has been made, we will receive new information that upends that choice. 

And with this Gemini New Moon, certainties may be unusually hard to come by due to the Sun and Moon being in exact squares (90°) to nebulous Neptune in Pisces.  Although Neptune can increase our intuitive abilities and our connection with the Divine, we may find it hard to focus, and our thoughts may be all over the place. 

Squares always tell us that it’s time to make a 90° turn and go in a new direction.  With the Sun and Moon in Gemini, that means changing our thinking in some important way.  But Neptune’s involvement makes it difficult to pin anything down around the time of the New Moon.  It is probably best to simply let our minds wander and dream about possibilities.  But we should be sure to write down any ideas so they aren’t lost in the fog that is often associated with Neptune.  Once our thinking becomes clearer in a few days, we can sort out what might be worth pursuing and what was just a pipe dream. 

Although Gemini is usually associated with both thinking and speaking, this may actually be a good time to remember to listen.  What we hear may provide us with valuable information that opens our minds to some new and possibly surprising ideas.  At the very least, listening intently will increase our level of understanding, which will enable us to speak with more power when it is time to express ourselves. 

Within this lunar chart, there is even more evidence that changes are coming.  For several days before and after the New Moon, we will be influenced by a very powerful square (90°) between Mars and Uranus.  Mars represents action, and Uranus is all about change, as are squares.  It is likely that we are already feeling a strong need to move in a new direction.  We may be ready to take risks and even break out of our typical roles or behavior, which may be unsettling or shocking to others.  However, we do need to be careful not to be overly impulsive.  Acting too quickly is more likely if we feel our freedom or independence is being blocked in some way.  In these situations, pay attention to any felt need to make a big change; but before taking that next step, it will be important to take a deep breath, pause, and make sure you are not reacting but are, instead, making choices from a calm and centered place.    

However, we do need to remember the edict associated with Uranus: “Change or be changed.”  If we resist any nudges to make important and timely changes, the Universe will accommodate us by forcing our hand through unexpected events, plans going haywire, encountering obstacles, etc.  It’s up to us to to make the free will choice to go with the changes and not resist them, which I realize can be easier said than done, especially with Neptune making things unclear at the time of the New Moon.  But have faith!  If we are patient and give it some time, situations will become clearer. 

However, if we are feeling uncertain and we need to take action sooner rather than later, then it may help to seek out those who can provide a more objective perspective.  There is an exact sextile (60°) between Mercury and Venus, which would support finding what we need in terms of learning, relationships, and communication.  But sextiles aren’t a strong aspect, so we will likely have to actively seek out the support we need as opposed to sitting back and waiting for it to magically come to us.  Luckily, Mars is in a supportive trine (120°) to Chiron at the time of the New Moon, so we may be able to reach out for that help and/or take courageous actions without feeling our usual level of vulnerability. 

In general, the time of the New Moon is a good time to be open to sudden insights and unexpected events.  As my beloved Grams used to say, it’s a good time to “sit light in the saddle” and let the horse take the lead.  Rather than be fearful of what might come up, we can use the Law of Attraction and expect wonderful and unexpected events that help us pivot in new directions that take us on amazing adventures.  As you read that, I’m sure you will agree that this is a much more optimistic and “better feeling” approach!  It may help to remember that any changes are designed by the Universe to assist us in creating greater freedom and independence. 

Additional assistance may be available through the typically light-hearted and curious energy of Gemini.  With the Sun, Moon, and Mercury all in Gemini, this can help us emotionally and mentally reframe any challenges as opportunities to try something new.  Also, Mars is currently located in Leo, and this can provide us with an extra dose of confidence and courage to explore new ways of being in the world.    

However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a square (90°) between Mercury in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius may bring a seriousness to our thoughts and could put a bit of a damper on the Gemini New Moon’s typical light heartedness.  Especially when it comes to serious conversations, Saturn will be encouraging us to slow down and choose our words carefully.  The ringed planet is telling us to be realistic about what is happening, and it can also help us to take responsibility for where (and how) changes are made.  Any actions we take now should help us create a more solid foundation in one or more areas of our life.  A supportive sextile (60°) between Jupiter and Saturn can help us create those new structures using sound judgment, humor, and optimism. 

Saturn will be playing an important role because on the same day as the New Moon (Saturday, June 17), it will begin its annual 4.5-month retrograde phase.  Planets often are more powerful when they are changing direction.  Because Saturn is currently moving through Pisces, this will be a time when we turn inward to explore (a) the structures of our psychological make-up and (b) how our Divine connection fits into our life.  Reassessing our dreams and aspirations will also be important in order to make sure they are realistic. 

On Wednesday, June 21, the Sun leaves Taurus and enters Cancer.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this coincides with the beginning of summer; and in the Southern Hemisphere, the beginning of winter.  As the Sun makes its way through the sign of the crab, we often find it easier to be compassionate, but we also tend to become more emotionally sensitive.  Perhaps because of that increased sensitivity, we often experience increased intuitive abilities, but we also are understandably more self-protective.  Our attention turns toward our home, family (as we define it), and it’s a good time to what is needed to feel safe and secure. 

On Monday, June 26, Mercury joins the Sun in Cancer, where it will remain until July 12.  When Mercury was traveling through Gemini, it wanted to gather a great deal of information.  While in Cancer, we will no longer focus on quantity and will shift our attention to the quality of what we are learning, thinking, and speaking.  Mercury in Cancer often use a more intuitive approach to decision-making.  Our thoughts are colored by our emotions, and we are focused on issues related to security and safety on both a personal level and for those we care about. 

Finally, on Friday, June 30, Neptune joins Saturn and Pluto in the summer retrograde season.  It will remain in retrograde until December 6.  Interestingly, this is often experienced as a positive change.  When Neptune goes retrograde, we see a clearing of the typical foggy conditions associated with Neptune direct.  Many will find that they are able to think more clearly.  However, it is a time when we may have to “face reality” regarding some of our dreams.  We tend to see through deceptions, which can include being deceived by others or by ourselves.  If we use this time productively, we can see the truth and gain clarity. 

Overall, this Gemini New Moon is a time when the influence of Neptune could make things seem a little unclear or murky.  However, the strong presence of Uranus means that something in our life needs to change.  We have a choice to make: we can fight against it or flow with it.  The image of the sitcom character Ross from Friends comes to mind.  In the scene that has now become (in)famous, Ross and his friends are in the process of carrying a sofa up a flight of stairs and he repeatedly tells them that they need to “PIVOT!”  With Uranus’s strong influence and so many squares involved in this New Moon chart, we all should heed this advice and be ready to pivot, both with short-term plans and longer-range goals.  Everything may not feel clear quite yet, but clarity will come.  Patience is key!

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  • Anne Reith, Ph.D.©


New Moon at 26°43’ of Gemini

  • Saturday, June 17, 2023, 9:36 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, June 18, 2023, 12:36 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday, June 18, 2023, 4:36 a.m. GMT


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