NEW MOON IN GEMINI-A breath of fresh ideas! (June 8, 2013)

In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 8:58 a.m. on Saturday, June 8.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 19° of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 20° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most affected by this New Moon’s presence. 

After the heavier, earthy energy of Taurus, the New Moon in Gemini is often experienced as a time of renewal and a breath of fresh air.  Or more accurately, a breath of fresh ideas!  Gemini is the sign associated with thinking and communication.  The location of the New Moon in Gemini in our chart often indicates where we will be receiving a plethora of new information and insights that can lead to new beginnings or changes.  It’s like the Universe is saying, “Hey, now’s the time to take the blinders off and think outside the box.”  New ideas and new connections are definitely possible now. 

This impact of this New Moon in Gemini is amplified by the presence of two other planets in Gemini:  Mars (the planet of action & assertiveness) and Jupiter (the planet of expansion & ethics).  Our new ideas may involve how, when, and where we can take assertive action to ethically expand our world.  We are being asked to perceive things differently, and as stated by Wayne Dyer, “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” 

During the days before and after this New Moon, a rather complex grouping of planets is sending out both supportive and challenging ripples of energy.

  • On Monday, June 3, Mercury forms a grand trine (120°) with Saturn and Neptune (i.e., trines between all 3 planets form an equilateral triangle).  This means that there is a very easy flow of energy between these 3 planets that is likely to facilitate thinking and communication (Mercury), responsibility and structure (Saturn), and intuition and altruism (Neptune).  We may have insights into practical steps needed to manifest our dreams.  This relatively fleeting grand trine in water signs is a sneak peak at what is to come in mid-July when a longer-lasting grand trine in water signs will feel like a drink of cool water on a hot summer’s day.  Currently, the trine between Saturn and Neptune will actually be in effect for several days, providing us with a framework for making dreams come true and skillfully blending compassion and responsibility. 
  • On Friday, June 7, Venus conjoins (0°) Mercury, thereby joining the rather short-lived grand trine with Saturn and Neptune.  We are now being asked to identify and express our highest ideals.  And given the presence of Saturn, we may be given ideas about how to apply positive feelings about these new ideals in concrete ways. 
  • At the time of the New Moon (Saturday, June 8), this grand trine will still be present, but two of the planets involved, Mercury and Venus, will oppose (180°) Pluto.  And Mercury, Venus, and Pluto all square (90°) Uranus.  This forms a t-square configuration (right triangle).  T-squares are always challenging, and this one will likely have our minds and conversations (Mercury) going into some dark and difficult places (Pluto).  But when used constructively, the depth of perception afforded by this configuration can help us focus our attention on crucial concerns.  We will feel an urge to look at what’s holding us back and to evaluate alternatives that we may have disregarded or dismissed.  We may, though, have a sense of nervousness and some restless thinking that makes concentration difficult, but it can free up perception to make way for brilliant ideas. 
  • But let us not forget about Venus as part of this t-square.  Venus, too, is opposing (180°) Pluto and squaring (90°) Uranus.  The bottom line is that the involvement of Venus could rattle our relationships.  When Venus is opposing Pluto, there is a tendency within partnerships to “stew in silence.”  A better use of this energy is to face dissatisfactions and find ways to clarify our values, expectations, and priorities.  If we can do that, we can more easily see what needs to change with ourselves, others, and the world.  This can actually lead to reaffirmations of your commitment to both our partnerships and to fulfilling our strongest desires.  And the presence of Uranus can add a dose of adventure and a willingness to try new things. 
  • Other aspects occurring at the time of the New Moon, grand trine, and t-square, could make us hypersensitive and/or we could find that distractions abound.  However, we may also be able to see when it would be best to not act or when it would be best to push forward so gently that resistance from others is reduced. 

And then there’s Neptune:  During this same time period, the planet of intuition, healing, dreams, and illusions begins moving in retrograde on Friday, June 7.  Neptune is a very slow moving planet, so the impact of its retrograde phase will be subtle and will continue through mid-November.  During this time, our intuition is often heightened, so it is an important time to listen to that “inner voice.”  We will probably feel more inclined to talk about our feelings.  Because the “fog” of Neptune direct has lifted, many of us will more easily see things for what they really are and not for what we hope or wish they could be.  Without a great deal of effort, we will see through any illusions.  Therefore, this may be a time when we feel ready to face difficult relationships or financial problems head on.  We all may find that we are able to plan more carefully and start doing some of those projects that have felt nebulous or ill-defined.  And our ability to heal ourselves will be heightened, too!

Then on Tuesday, June 11, Neptune in Pisces forms its second of three exact trines to Saturn in Scorpio (the first was October 10, 2012, the third will be on July 19).  This amplifies our call for reforming or releasing what is not in the best interest of all concerned.  It provides us with patience and hope for the future, which can go a long way toward overcoming the uncertainties of the present.  We may also find that we are ready to make a commitment (Saturn) to a spiritual practice and our inner world (Neptune). 

And one final note:  On Wednesday, June 19, the Sun will conjoin Jupiter at 29° of Gemini.  This is occurring the day before the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer, which marks the Solstice.  It is a big deal when the solar system’s two largest bodies line up.  It will elevate spirits and illuminate minds with optimism.  We may feel like we are being given an overdose of information, and this is not the best time to sort out the wheat from the chaff.  It’s wise to avoid overinvesting in new ideas without doing some serious research first.  But the hope provided by Jupiter is never a bad thing . . . as long as we keep in check any desire to invest large amounts of money, time, or energy. 

Overall, the days before and after this New Moon in Gemini involve a number of configurations that encourage us to explore our fundamental truth(s).  The emphasis is on Gemini, which means that we need to keep in mind that everything we do involves communication and exchanges of energy in some form or another . . . be it through texts, tweets, empathy, or telepathy.  The planets are urging all of us to recognize that we are each responsible for all forms of communication and for the energy that we bring into the world.  As stated by Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event. 


  • New Moon at 19° of Gemini
  • Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8:58 a.m. PDT
  • Saturday, June 8, 2013, 11:58 a.m. EST
  • Saturday, June 8, 2013, 3:58 p.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations