Allll- righty then!
New month, new week and a New Moon in Gemini — let’s get this party started!
A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Today’s New Moon is exact at 6:02 AM ET — at 12 degrees of Gemini.
Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, which refers to the mindset, information and communication. Gemini is a double-bodied sign (it is represented by the Twins), and is thus capable of going either way — or more than one way simultaneously — in a situation. Gemini invented the phrase “…on the other hand” — and guess what? Gemini also rules the hands. It likes to have its hands in a lot of different pies. The Gemini mantra is I THINK.
The closest aspect to this New Moon in Gemini is a square from Neptune, ruler of vision and rose-colored fog. In the chart set in Washington D.C., we see the potential for vison and/or fog amplified, as Neptune squares the DC chart’s 15 degree Gemini Ascendant. If the truth is out there, we may not see it quite yet. Until then we can dream, inspired by a high-functioning Mercury in Gemini (the sign it rules) and by the pixie-dusted action potential of a harmony (trine) between Mars and Neptune.
And if you do dream, dream BIG, aided by the fast-approaching square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Upside potential: the highest good for all, based on genuine empathy and compassion. Downside potential (because the square, while energizing, can be a challenge): bombastic opinions that may be delusional, possibly involving self-proclaimed victims (tune your tiny violins now, please). We may see a mini-dose of either potential today, as the Moon squares Neptune at 4:39 PM ET and opposes Jupiter at 7:35 PM ET.
Elsewhere in the New Moon horoscope, rebel Uranus is running wild, suggesting more than the usual share of unconventional free spirits shaking up the system. In the chart set in Washington DC, Uranus rules the 10th House (our fearless leaders), in which Neptune is sitting. Could be sublime; could be ridiculous. On with the show!
You are more personally affected by this New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 13 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. Wherever it falls in your horoscope is the area that is likely to be ripe for innovative and visionary thought and communication. Meanwhile, the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a great musician at his piano.” This is an image of a master using his/her chosen instrument of expression. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes that a “great musician” may be a master technician or a genius at highly personal expression, but not necessarily both. One can command center stage “through talent and hard work, or through dramatic emotional manipulation.”
Bovee advises us to apply this symbol with a mind for “center-stage indulgences; keeping one’s past quiet behind a proud and brave face; putting a damper on an emotional situation; imposing a formal posture on a full scale of emotional highs and lows,” to name a few possibilities. Am I the only one thinking, “God save the Queen”?
The rest of the week flows like this:
TUESDAY: Moon leaves Gemini and enters Cancer at 12:17 PM ET, after a 30 minute void. The Cancer Moon shifts the focus to preserving emotional and home security, so plan accordingly. At 4:05 PM ET, Mercury leaves Gemini for Cancer. Watch, as over the next few days, we hear especially prominent news. Mercury will be at the Aries Point, so we should be hearing something about Barack Obama‘s social expression/value system any day now; Elizabeth Warren and Meryl Streep may also catch our attention, as those astro-twins both have Sun and Uranus at the Aries Point.
In Cancer, Mercury’s natural need for verbal expression is literally muted. When have you ever heard a crab make a sound? Thought and communication that is intuited is favored until June 27th…and then again between July 19th and August 12th. Why the return engagement? Because dear Avid Readers, Mercury will be retrograde between July 8-31 (huzzah!). Anything that is signed, sealed and delivered after June 20th is subject to review, review, review.
WEDNESDAY: The Cancer Moon meets up with Mars at 10:48 AM ET, pushing for an assertive agenda involving home, family and nurturing. The evening is marked by a harmony with Neptune at 8:06 PM ET, offering a dreamy or musical interlude. An authoritative advance or wet blanket follows at 9:28 PM ET, when Moon opposes Saturn.
THURSDAY: the wee hours feature the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting an emotional catharsis or power play. It happens at 3:01 AM ET. The Cancer Moon goes void at 10:10 AM ET and enters rip roarin’ Leo at 3:16 PM ET, looking for a party or a regal entrance. During the five-hour Moon void, remember that crises which crop up are often much ado about nothing. Roll with the twists and flakes. Stick to routine. Avoid impulse shopping. Chill! At 11:37 PM ET the Moon makes its weekly clash with disruptive Uranus, offering an opportunity to clear the air or shock the system.
FRIDAY: Innovation in communication and technology has been favored all week, courtesy of a harmony between Mercury and Uranus that is exact today at 10:16 AM ET. There’s a lot to love about the easy flow between the Gemini Sun and the Leo Moon, and the Gemini Sun may be carried away on a wave of exuberance and idealism over the weekend. Why? Because on SUNDAY and MONDAY, the Sun will square Neptune and oppose Jupiter, respectively. Stay tuned.
SATURDAY: keep the Leo Moon party going. Moon goes void for 20 minutes at 5:23 PM ET and then enters Virgo to put things right. Venus leaves Taurus for Gemini at 9:37 PM ET, seeking diversity and clever conversation in values and social expression. How many summer loves would you like to have between now and July 4th? Can’t blame Venus in Gemini for trying.
And now, the news.
UPDATE: I wrote about Alex Trebek‘s horoscope in last month’s issue of Mountain Astrologer. He had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but was putting on a brave and determined face, true to his natal chart. And planetary patterns did look promising for a daring initiative. Thus it was gratifying to read last week that his Stage 4 diagnosis is responding well to treatment and is in “near remission.” Meanwhile, Jeopardy!‘s ratings are breaking records, thanks to contestant James Holzhauer’s near record-breaking wins. We don’t have a birth date for Holzhauer, so we can’t opine on the secret of his success. I’m fine with just feeling happy for Alex Trebek.
- Take the potential for charity and spirituality of Jupiter square Neptune and mix it with the weekend’s harmony among Venus (women, arts, money, social expression) Saturn (age, structure) and Pluto (power): “These Millennials Got New Roommates. They’re Nuns”
- The NYT Sunday magazine’s cover story focused on: “Twelve Performers Show What It Takes to Make It in New York”
Neptune refers to music, as you know. Here is something BIG: “Apple Expected to Close iTunes After 18 Years.” iTunes launched on January 9, 2001 — when the Sun was at 19 Capricorn. Guess where Pluto, Saturn and the South Node have been for the past few months — and will continue to hover for a few months more? Right on that 19 Capricorn Sun, suggesting a need for streamlining, transformation and possibility even a toxic release. If you were born around January 9th, perhaps you can relate.
- Neptune refers to fantasy: “Disneyland’s “Star Wars” expansion is the biggest in the park’s history…”
Meanwhile, we are still in the dark of the Moon — an apt time for activities that may never see the light of day. Add that factor to the current mix: “Bilderberg Ahoy! Pompeo and Kushner join the billionaire boat club.” Don’t know what that means? That’s probably what they’re hoping.
Elsewhere, Avid Readers will recall that transiting Jupiter is currently activating the U.S. Mars-Neptune square, reflecting our country’s idealism involving firearms. How apt to see this story in the NYT Sunday Review: “A Gun Killed My Son. So Why Do I Want to Own One?” I was initially averse to reading it (especially given what just happened in Virginia Beach), but I’m glad I did. It’s long, but thoughtful.
UPDATE: John McCain’s horoscope is also currently activated by transiting Jupiter, as it connects with his Venus at 22 Virgo and Saturn at 20 Pisces. Saturn rules McCain’s Capricorn Ascendant. The Ascendant refers to how his needs to be seen — as an executive in charge. People are still talking this weekend over the White House’s request that the U.S. Navy literally hide the USS John McCain — a ginormous sea-faring vessel — from P45’s sight during his visit to Japan. The Pentagon was having none of it — as we would expect. Jupiter transits are often protective ones — and the horoscope lives forever. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Elsewhere in “big boat” boondoggles: the NYT writes about Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Her family runs a big shipping business in China…
UPDATE: This week P45 and his Dursley ilk are heading across the pond for a state visit with the Queen and her family. Sky News promises to bring us the full story — but I bet they won’t tell you what’s going on in Her Majesty’s horoscope. Sure, there are long-term patterns humming in the background, reflecting the recent changes in her family and the shake-ups in her realm, but what about the “little bells” that will be exact over the next two days? My software program offers these interpretations:
- June 3: Transiting Mercury Square Uranus
Mental tension. Fixation on one point of view — rigidity of mind. Radical views challenged. Interrupted communications.
- June 4: Transiting Venus Opposition Saturn
Distance from others. Inhibitions. Utility over beauty. Exacting distinctions. Serious or traditional social matters.
- June 4: Transiting Mars Conjunction Pluto
The urge to change things, to eliminate and purify. Efforts to unite, to transform, to share power and territory. Intense cleaning and purification. Convincing, or being convinced of something. High energy output.
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