NEW MOON IN GEMINI – Do you enjoy a good roller coaster ride? (May 25, 2017)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:44 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 5° of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 5° 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 represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions or goals in the areas associated with the sign.  The keywords associated with Gemini include communication, flexibility, learning, optimism, and curiosity.  However, the shadow side of “the sign of the twins” can include indecisiveness, impatience, and being too talkative and/or unemotional.

It is rare for a New (or Full) Moon to make no major aspects to other planets, which is the case with this Gemini New Moon.  When this happens, we look to other planets to see if there are any significant aspects occurring between them at the time of the New Moon.  This is definitely true with this New Moon!

Often a Gemini New Moon is a time when new ideas are swirling around us, and yes, our minds (and even our mouths) could be on overdrive.  But due to two important astrological configurations (i.e., groupings of 3 or more planets) happening at the time of this New Moon, we need to be ready to accept that our ideas may not be met with open arms by those around us.

  1. Mercury and Neptune are in a sextile (60°) to each other and both planets are in an inconjunct (150°) aspect to Jupiter. This forms a very elongated, isosceles triangle that is referred to as a yod.
  2. Jupiter, which is part of the yod above, is in opposition (180°) to Venus, and both Jupiter and Venus are squaring (90°) Pluto. This forms a right triangle, which is a configuration called a t-square.

Both of these configurations are challenging ones.  Yods require adjustments, and t-squares demand change.  Given Jupiter is part of both configurations, this planet is a very important indicator of what we will be called upon to adjust to and change in our lives.  Jupiter is usually a very positive and beneficial planet.  It’s all about wisdom, ethics, abundance, and where we stand when it comes to our beliefs of right and wrong.  That all sounds good, but given that Mercury is part of the yod, we may need to adjust any limiting beliefs that might be keeping us from living a life that is based on what we each believe to be true or that might be keeping us out of integrity.  We will likely be asked to use our inner sense of “right and wrong” to guide any indicated changes and to make any necessary adjustments.  Also, Jupiter is a planet that can lead to expansion, and it is up to us to use Jupiter’s wisdom to see the big picture and avoid moving from healthy expansion into unhealthy excess.

The square (90°) between Venus and Pluto that is part of the t-square could bring unresolved relationship issues to a head.  Pluto’s involvement means that previously hidden information or agendas could be revealed.  This isn’t the best time to start a new relationship or make any new financial decisions, which are areas ruled by Venus.  If we fear losing a personal or business partnership, we need to keep our feelings of jealousy and/or competition in check.  All social interactions could be intense.  Something needs to change, which is indicated by the square.  The positive side of this aspect is clarity and healing, but to attain this we need to avoid overreacting to whatever is revealed and/or becoming manipulative or engaging in emotional or financial power struggles.

But all is not lost!  Another configuration at the time of New Moon could help ease the adjustments and changes that need to happen.  Supportive trines (120°) are present between Saturn, Uranus, and the North Node, forming an equilateral triangle called a grand trine.  All 3 corners of the triangle are in fire signs (i.e., Aries, Sagittarius, & Leo, respectively), and it includes the ongoing trine between Saturn and Uranus, which will support us in making changes more easily and being open to new ideas that lead to a more solid foundation upon which to build as we move forward.  The inclusion of the North Node in Leo indicates that part of that foundation may involve finding ways to take actions that are related to our life’s mission (North Node) by taking a more active, leadership role in some area of our life (Leo).  (See last Moon Update for more on the ongoing trine between Saturn-Uranus & the Nodes changing signs on May 9.)

On Sunday, May 28, Mars will move into an opposition (180°) to Saturn.  We may feel more judgmental or resentful than usual, especially if we are feeling misunderstood.  It may feel like people or circumstances are hindering our progress, which could lead to feeling irritable and frustrated.  For the few days on either side of this aspect, we need to be sure to find responsible ways to express any pent-up feelings.  Before expressing our ideas to others, now would be a good time to journal or talk with a close friend who can provide emotional perspective.  Physical exercise can also provide a good outlet.

Mars is again active on Tuesday, May 30, but in a positive way when it forms a sextile (60°) to Uranus.  It’s very likely that some area of our life is requiring change (Uranus), and Mars will give us the courage to take the next indicated steps . . . even if they feel like risky ones.  We feel an increased sense of independence and assertiveness.  We want to make things happen.  However as is true with all sextiles, the support provided is subtle and can be easily overlooked.  We need to consciously choose to take advantage of its positive influence.

Two days later on Thursday, June 1, the Sun will oppose (180°) Neptune, which could mean we need to hold off on anything new for a few days.  The presence of the Sun usually increases clarity, but Neptune brings in a fog bank.  We could feel like we have put on a pair of glasses with the wrong prescription because everything appears blurry.  Although this is not a good time to make any important decisions, our creative juices and intuitive abilities may be heightened.  And a nice trine (120°) between Venus and Saturn later that same day will likely make work and relationships enjoyable, and we might even be able to make progress toward something we desire or value.

The next day (Friday, June 2) could be challenging.  A square (90°) between Mars and Chiron means that old wounds could come to the surface and interfere with present activities.  We may feel touchy and vulnerable.  Although not easy to do, we need to use this as an opportunity to look objectively at what triggers us today and use that awareness as a way to identify what still needs to be healed.

Luckily, Saturday, June 3, will be like a salve on any of yesterday’s wounds.  There is a conjunction (0°) between Venus and Uranus and a trine (120°) between the Sun and Jupiter.  Happiness and excitement are the name of the game today!  It’s a great day to go on an adventure of some kind, especially if it involves fun, larger-than-life activities.  We may want to experience things we’ve never experienced before, especially if it leads to growth or expansion.  It’s a good day to start new things because we are filled with confidence and optimism.

And we need to be sure to take full advantage of the fun of yesterday because the next day (Sunday, June 4) could be a bit of a downer as Mars moves into often cranky Cancer.  It will remain there until July 21.  Mars isn’t a happy camper in emotional Cancer.  We may find ourselves more moody than usual.  When approaching a task that has any emotional elements, we may find ourselves looking for an indirect way to deal with issues, which could make things a bit convoluted.  We might be more defensive than usual if someone confronts us directly, which may cause us to feel a need to pull in and protect ourselves.  If this happens, we need to have compassion for ourselves and do whatever is necessary to get ready to go back out into world again.  This may involve being a good “mother” (Cancer) to your wounded inner child.  Any activities that involve taking care of “home base” (however you define that) are supported while Mars is in Cancer.

Overall, this New Moon in Gemini is ushering in a 2-week period that may feel like a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs.  If we can take a step back and look at the big picture, the need for adjustments and changes makes sense.  We’ve recently been initiating a lot of new things in our lives, and it’s important to remember that any changes that we make will impact those around us.  Ultimately, all of us are not acting independently.  In order to live harmoniously, we all need to find ways to work together.  Therefore, we need to take the time now to make those adjustments so we are ready to make more leaps forward in the months ahead.  It may be helpful to remember to, “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach” (Tom Robbins).


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New Moon at 5° of Gemini

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:44 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3:44 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:44 p.m. GMT

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