Tuesday is the second consecutive New Moon in Gemini, at 11:02 am EDT. This means it’s been less than two weeks since the lunar eclipse and the transit of Venus; less than four weeks since the wormhole was opened by the solar eclipse on May 20. Remember that? Does it feel a universe away? If that second New Moon decided it wanted to be an eclipse, too, it might not surprise too many people. They do seem to be all the rage these days.
With as much discombobulation as we’ve experienced, how is your life settling down? Or is it? It may take you a few more days (or longer) to get into your new rhythm. Such a concentration of events may have knocked you off-center, though this was for the purpose of reorientation. Here’s a suggestion: rather than trying to get back into your old routine, adapt to the environment you find yourself in now.
Venus retrograde (the heart of the transit of Venus show) is still offering us meaningful astrology. As mentioned in this space yesterday, on Saturday she makes a square to Chiron in Pisces. That’s a hotly charged aspect, the kind of thing that keeps us going from one emotional high to the next.
Yet Venus is now retrograde, so it would be healthier to seek those peak experiences inwardly rather than from the involvement of other people. The retrograde is an internally directed factor, and its mission is about guiding the seemingly separate aspects of who you are into relationship with one another.
Jupiter’s ingress of Gemini earlier this week also has a similar message about resolving inner oppositions, conflicts and what many spiritual paths describe as dualism. Are the things you think of as being opposite one another really at odds? Or are they aspects of the same thing? Jupiter encourages you to see the common ground, and to recognize that parts are only parts because they are aspects of the whole.
Oh — and guess what? Even if the New Moon doesn’t decide to go all eclipse-y on us, Jupiter will actually do the honors. On Sunday at 3:59 am EDT, the Moon will occult Jupiter in early Gemini. That means the Moon will pass by the face of Jupiter precisely enough to ‘eclipse’ it.
Generally, Moon-Jupiter conjunctions are described in optimistic, positive terms. They tend to confer sympathy and generosity, good health and a concern with social welfare in natal charts. Jupiter is an expansive energy, and the Moon — though a bit more cerebral in Gemini — is an emotional influence. Note that in Gemini, there will be a flip side to this expansiveness, and it’s represented by the square to Neptune in Pisces that this occultation will be making.
We covered the potential exaggeration/deception effect of the Jupiter-Neptune square yesterday. That the Moon is occulting Jupiter in this aspect suggests there are two options to feel out, choose from or perhaps hold in the balance and reconcile this weekend — and there may be some lasting effects. Keep your eyes (and heart, mind and soul — we are talking about the Moon, Gemini, Neptune and Jupiter here) alert to the other side of whatever emotional coin you’re spending or collecting Sunday.
You’ll have one day between the Moon-Jupiter occultation and the Moon-Sun conjunciton (New Moon) on Tuesday to integrate the weekend, take a breath, and internally prepare to gently press the lunar ‘reset button’ for this coming month’s cycle. Granted, this New Moon is a bit ominous — in the next-to-last degree of Gemini, it aspects numerous horoscopes of major world events: Sept. 11, the 2004 Indonesian quake and tsunami, WikiLeaks, the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns and even the Titanic. There is something about that degree that is a common thread between all of these events, and the New Moon happens right there, activating all of those charts.
This does not mean you need to hole up and batten down the hatches Tuesday. You will want to pay attention to how your emotional temperature is running in the background. If you go to Serennu.com, you can put in your birth data to find out if you have any planets (major or minor) at or near 28+ Gemini (or aspecting that degree) to get a sense of themes to watch for in your life for this New Moon. If you’re not sure what to make of what you find, you can comment here and some of our more astrologically-savvy readers are sure to help you sort it out.
Then: it’s onward to the Cancer solstice Wednesday and the next season of 2012 — starring the first exact contact of the Uranus-Puto square.