New Moon in Gemini | May 22, 2020 - casting a new spell, telling a different story, activating a karmic situation around love or money, being wise and practical with your resources and your heart, delusion and bullsh*t detector on please

On Friday, May 22, 2020 at 1:38PM EDT the Gemini Moon meets the Gemini Sun at 2 degrees giving us this month's New Moon; our annual New Moon in Gemini.

The Moon and Sun are together at the same degree. The skies are dark. Then as time moves on, the Moon becomes visible, a little more visible everyday.  

This is called waxing and this is the two weeks of the month when things are naturally growing.

The Gemini New Moon is ruled by the planet Mercury and collectively rules our 3rd house. Gemini reigns over - the flow of information, technology, communication, our mental processes, words, language, ideas, learning, teaching, writing, commerce, our local community, our neighbors, our siblings, our transportation.

This Moon is remarkably similar to our New Moon eight years ago - the Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012 - an event so powerful it was pointed out by the ancient Mayans as the rare date the Earth, Sun, Moon and the Pleiades would align to create a portal for incredible TRANSFORMATION.

This was the beginning of the Mayan timetable that culminated with the "time runs out" ending of their calendar - December 21, 2012.

(interestingly it is this year's December 21st when Saturn meets Jupiter at 0 degrees Aquarius that restarts the world)

We talked about Venus retrograde's eight year cycle HERE.

Eight years ago we had the Moon/Sun at 0 degrees Gemini squaring Neptune (and asteroid Hygiea), Mercury conjunct Jupiter (ruler of the North Node) and Venus, retrograde at 23 degrees was trining Saturn. The North Node was in Sagittarius, the South Node was in Gemini.  

Today we have the Moon/Sun at 2 degrees Gemini trining Saturn, Mercury (ruler of the North Node) is conjunct Venus (and asteroid Hygiea) and Venus, retrograde at 20 degrees is squaring Neptune. The North Node is in Gemini. The South Node is in Sagittarius. The same players talking to each other from different places. Amazing, right?!

(an interesting, or maybe not, tidbit that I happen to know about singer Adele, random I know, from doing Adele's chart back in the day, no, not for Adele :) is that she has her Mercury (news, information) conjunct this New Moon and her Venus (beauty, self-esteem, love) conjunct this Venus, so now, and also, eight years ago she had this same alignment, except the nodes of fate were reversed back then - on this date eight years ago she was in the news for winning a bunch of Billboard Music Awards and now she is back in the news for losing a bunch of pounds - interesting, right? And BTW Adele was born with her Venus exactly conjunct Chiron - the wounded healer ... so likely she attracts experiences to heal wounds around valuing herself, her creative contribution and even her appearance in big, splashy public ways during these times.)

So, what does all this mean? For the rest of us, and, not just Adele?

Well, let's unpack the chart!

The Sun/Moon are trining Saturn and Pallas - both retrograde in Aquarius. Mercury, ruler of Gemini and so ruler of this lunation is in Gemini, too, exactly conjunct Venus and exactly squaring Neptune.

The trine to Saturn creates stability/practical and workable limits and speaks of the longevity, and responsibility encoded in what is started now. Maturity. Patience. The trine to Pallas speaks of a clear, detached focus. Pallas connects the dots and can see what is working and what isn't. Both Saturn and Pallas are retrograde. Neither got very far into Aquarius when they needed to back up. Something needs to be re-vised/re-viewed. Both these trines are waning, so this in our rear-view mirror. We have had to adjust to (Saturn) a change of boundaries/rules, a loss of structure and (Pallas) to a need to revise our strategy/our plans, our way forward.

The Sun and Moon are applying to a square to Mars - the Moon will get there today, the Sun not until June 6th. The Sun and Mars started a new cycle back on September 2, 2019, so this is their waxing square as that story plays out. This started in Virgo, and yes, September feels like a lifetime ago, but was really only a few months. Back then there was a need to do things right. To be careful and practical. To take care of our health and our work. Also to stay flexible because Virgo is a mutable sign.

Now, during this New Moon (and over the next two weeks) we meet an obstacle to whatever work was seeded back then. The Sun will be in Gemini and Mars in Pisces this time. This is tension/frustration that will require expression through action, but with Mars in drifting Pisces, direct action is unpredictable. So, again, we will need to stay flexible and make incremental adjustments as we go.

Squares with Pisces energies (the final sign) sometimes bring endings. Often the kind of endings where things just kind of drift away. Choices/decisions at the time of this square with Mars, could be driven by impatience. We can't do this, but we can do that, so let's do that even if it makes no sense/cents. At the New Moon, right now, we get the emotional impact of the Moon squaring Mars. Running in water/talking underwater. Buyer's regret. Passive-aggressive nonsense. Torn between what is practical and what we want .. but do we really want it. 

Asteroid Hygeia is still conjunct Vesta - this speaks of our continued need for safe/hygienic practices to guard what we value most. So we will continue to wash our hands (Gemini rules our hands). Also, we will want to think about - what we are thinking about/putting into our brain or saying to ourselves and other people. We can't feed ourselves a steady diet of bad news and expect to be healthy.

Mercury, ruler of this lunation and also in Gemini - where he/she is strong and at home is cuddled up to Venus (retrograde) and both are squaring Neptune.

Mercury is flying through Gemini and Venus is backing up here, taking her sweet time. Mercury meets up with her, brings her some news. Our thoughts can return to past relationships. The things we used to love. Communications from ex's - even people/unbalanced situations from past lives. Unfinished business via our relationships, resources, money, women, our Gemini natal house theme.

Mercury and Venus are exactly squaring Neptune.

Here's the pitfall.

With Neptune it will be hard to know what is real. Confusion. Rose-colored glasses. Things can be disappointing/not as they appear. People can over-promise and under-deliver. Anything that looks to good to be true, is too good to be true. There is something here we don't want to look at too closely and it is exactly the thing that will sabotage us/trip us up. We could overpay. Agree to something we later regret because things don't turn out the way we are expecting.

So, our New Moon start and this Venus/Gemini wanting will be challenged by illusions (something looking better than it actually is), lies, unrealistic ideals/dreams. The truth is hard to know because with Neptune something is always hidden. We aren't seeing/hearing the whole story right now!

Neptune also represents the virus - so we have this New Moon wanting this fresh start and there is this little fellow named corona getting in our way. We haven't risen from our sweaty deathbed sheets just yet.

Gemini is the sign of the twins/choices/decisions. So, there could also be two different relationships/two creative projects/two financial purchases/two deals that must be decided between and with the Sun and Moon squaring Neptune and trining Saturn -

we will want to CHOOSE THE MOST PRACTICAL, SOLID PATH. Well, maybe we won't want to. But the one that makes the most sense/cents will be the better choice - follow those trines to Saturn and Pallas. Keep in mind they are both retrograde in Aquarius, so are pointing toward us re-working something that is future-focused.

On the other hand and there are always two hands in Gemini - squares to Neptune may bring illusion and confusion, but they can also bring us intense creativity, compassion and intuition.

They can be a pathway to activation of past-life trigger points (what did we come here for/what did we promise to do?). Squares to Neptune are wake-up calls coaxing us to restructure our reality toward a higher purpose. Pray. Meditate. Ask your ancestors/your angels/your muses for their guidance through this.

Coming as part of a powerful New Moon this Neptunian contact is particularly important now. And keep in mind our connection to 2012.

What were you doing/thinking/believing around May-June 2012? Here is where our 2012 ascension energy really starts to connect to 2020.

And keep in mind the North Node is in Gemini, too, making this New Moon even more powerful and important! Set those intentions!

The next three Moons are eclipses, so for the next two weeks we will have more power in our own hands, to drive this train, than we are going to see for awhile - so where are we taking this thing? Somewhere warm and sunny? Who's with me? It's a brand new world baby even if we are still stuck in the house!


This is a great time for affirmations for Gemini themes - movement, flexibility, wit, communication, logic, social graces and ease, siblings, local issues, teaching/learning, mental anxiety, areas of life where you are seeing double or doing two things at once, our nervous system, hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and our lungs.

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a good frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive place (meaning both happy and certain) - write your affirmations down by hand in script, speak them out loud - then release your attention from them knowing that your intention is known.  

Know what you seek is seeking you (Rumi). Know these things are already yours.

xo all

Keep in mind with this powerful Mercury we are literally breathing life into our reality through our words now. Choose carefully. Pretend there is a reporter following you around recording everything you say. No babbling. No gossip. No verbal nonsense. Use serious language and note I don't mean harsh language. Critical words can push things teetering on the ledge right over the edge here. Splat.

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