NEW MOON IN GEMINI – Taking bold steps forward but we may need to slow down in a few days (May 30, 2022)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun conjunct (0°) at 9°03’ of Gemini.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 9°03’ 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 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, adaptive, optimistic, and curious.  The lower expression can include being indecisive, scattered, unemotional, impatient, and overly talkative.

The symbol associated with Gemini is the twins.  In fact, it prefers to do things with at least one other person rather than alone.  They love talking with others about a wide variety of topics and exchanging ideas.  But the dual nature of the sign does mean that the energy is highly changeable and hard to predict.  Just when a decision appears to be made, there may be a sudden change in direction or focus.

At the time of the Gemini New Moon, Mars and Jupiter are in an exact conjunction (i.e., 0°36’).  These 2 planets are important because they are both in supportive sextiles (60°) to the New Moon.  Mars brings energy and courage, and Jupiter provides optimism, enthusiasm, and even a wee bit of luck.  Additionally, Mars and Jupiter are both in Aries, which is a fire sign and adds even more energy and a desire to start something new.

Keep in mind, though, that although sextiles are a blessing, they are a weak aspect.  Therefore, we need to consciously take advantage of sextiles or they can be easily overlooked.  If we do use this supportive energy, then this can be a time when new ideas lead to some amazing new endeavors.  New beginnings like this sometimes aren’t yet fully formed and, therefore, some adjustments might be needed as we move forward.  But with the fiery energy of Mars and Jupiter as a catalyst, everything could actually fall together rather quickly.

The day before the New Moon (i.e., Sunday, May 29), Venus became more empowered when it entered its home sign of Taurus.  It will remain in Taurus until June 22.  During this time, we often seek security and sensual pleasures.  We want to hold onto the ones we love, but we need to be careful not to become overly possessive.  The desire for financial security may also be heightened during the 3+ week transit of Taurus.

However, at the time of the New Moon, Venus is in a square (90°) to Pluto.  This can cause our close relationships and/or finances to become more intense.  Something previously hidden may be revealed that leads to making some changes (square).  Especially within important relationships, issues related to how power is used (by one or both parties) may come to a head.

Luckily, Pluto is in a very close trine (120°) to Mercury.  This supportive aspect will provide us with an increased ability to talk about any issues that are coming up to be healed.  This aspect will also help us focus mentally and be more aware than usual of any underlying psychological issues involved in a situation.  Also, Pluto remains in a supportive sextile (60°) to Neptune, which means we continue to approach problems from a more spiritual, compassionate, and creative perspective than usual.  Tapping onto our intuition and thinking creatively is further enhanced by a sextile (60°) between Mercury and Neptune.

As has been true for the last month or more, Saturn continues to square (90°) the North Node and the South Node.  In the Moon Update for April 16, I explained that this “will likely prompt a serious re-appraisal of the past and the future. We need to make sure we are making choices that support where we actually want to go.  Yes, Saturn can help us see things more realistically, . . . but the squares indicate that changes are needed.  The South Node in Scorpio is telling us to dig deep into our psyches to find what needs to be healed.  The North Node in Taurus is nudging us to use new or improved skills (North Node) that help us get grounded, stay calm, and feel peaceful (Taurus).  The sign of bull also encourages us to use our five senses to soothe ourselves.  This can include being in nature, getting a massage, meditating, or using mindfulness techniques, such as becoming aware of what we are seeing, hearing, feeling in our bodies, etc.”

One additional note about Saturn squaring the Nodes:  At the time of the Gemini New Moon, Mercury is in a conjunction (0°) with the North Node, which means it is in an opposition (180°) to the South Node and is squaring (90°) Saturn.  The square to Saturn means we will likely need to make some changes to how we are thinking or talking about the future, especially regarding important structures or responsibilities in our lives.  Given both Mercury and the North Node are in Taurus, any changes need to be realistic and grounded in reality.  However, Mercury is still in retrograde until June 4; therefore, we may only be making these changes internally and aren’t quite ready to announce anything to the world.  Luckily, Saturn prefers to move slowly when it comes to major changes, so there’s no need to rush.

On Friday, June 3, Mercury ends its second retrograde phase of 2022 and begins moving direct again.  It may take several days before our mental energy starts to settle down, but we should gradually see improvements in all forms of communication.  At the time when Mercury turns direct, it will have backed up into Taurus.  It won’t return to its home sign of Gemini until Monday, June 13.  During its return visit to Taurus, we receive even more encouragement to take our time to think through important issues before making any decisions.  This will help us make choices that are grounded, practical, and based on common sense (Taurus).  We just need to make sure we aren’t resisting important changes by being stubborn or “stuck in our ways.”

The next day (i.e., Saturday, June 4), Saturn begins its annual 4+ month retrograde phase, which will continue until the end tail end of October.  Repeating the theme mentioned in the previous few paragraphs, Saturn retrograde is a time each year when things often slow down.  In fact, if we don’t allow this to happen, we may encounter frustrating obstacles that force us to take our foot off the gas.  This happens because Saturn retrograde is a time when we need to review the structures in our lives and re-evaluate our long-term goals.  This examination may help us see that we need to “weed out” or “clear our plate” so we are better prepared to start something new.  This usually isn’t the best time of year to start a new project, but it is an excellent time to complete what has been left unfinished.  Taking short-cuts is not advised.  We also will likely be evaluating the “rules” by which we live to see if they need to be adjusted to better meet our current internal standards.  Because Saturn is located in the fixed sign of Aquarius, this will bring determination.  However, this could cause some inner conflict because Aquarius wants to move quickly toward the future and Saturn, especially in retrograde, wants to slow down our progress.  Both needs will need to be addressed, so this next 4 months may require all of us to toggle back and forth between speeding up and slowing down.

Overall, the time around the Gemini New Moon will likely be a very active period with many ideas swirling around us looking for an avenue of expression.  Although we may still be internally working out the details and some adjustments may be required in how we are thinking about our future plans, we are being provided with a lot of energy and courage to begin moving forward in some area(s) of our lives.  In order to have different results, we likely need to think differently; and this is a good time to make any needed adjustments.  However, following the New Moon, there are several indicators that the pace of our lives will need to slow down as we move into the summer months.  Progress can still happen, but patience may be needed because that progress may be slower than we wish.  But keep in mind that if we resist slowing down, then we may encounter obstacles that force the issue.  In many ways, we can think of this summer as a good time to complete any unfinished business so it doesn’t hold us back from moving forward later this year.


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Full Moon at 9°03’ of Taurus

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  • Monday, May 30, 2022, 7:30 a.m. EDT
  • Monday, May 30, 2022, 11:30 a.m. GMT

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