This New Moon will occur at 4°47’ of the mutable, Air sign of Gemini.
This is a very inquisitive, intellectual Moon, hard to pin down emotionally due to its constantly changing feelings caused by its tendency to over-rationalise everything. Under pressure this Moon is not very reliable and commitment issues may surface.
New Moons are times when we are invited to set our intentions for the month to come regarding that area of our life which the Moon is illuminating in this lunar phase.
In his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, author Raven Kaldera calls this New Moon “The Little Brother’s Moon” because Gemini is the traditional ruler of the third house that also involves siblings. For Kaldera this Moon phase in Gemini represents “the younger sibling who lives in his mind and not in the physical world since although he is intensely clever, compassion is unknown to him.”
He continues “on this Moon we indulge our curiosity, the nervous energy associated with it can affect already highly strung people to the point of a nervous breakdown and concentration becomes difficult so it is more worthwhile to go out with friends rather than stay at home worrying.”
The Sun and Moon (together in the New Moon phase) stand alone (they are making no aspects to other planets in the transiting chart) so they are particularly powerful giving a strong rationality and clear-headedness over the next four weeks.
Mercury the ruler of Gemini, and dispositor of this New Moon, is in Taurus and heading for a sextile aspect with Neptune in Pisces which could rock the boat as far as being rational is concerned but it does confer a practical type of dreaminess as our imagination is more grounded. They are both in a loose yod with Jupiter retrograde in Libra as apex and Mercury and Neptune both forming a quincunx aspect to Jupiter. Perhaps make-believe (Neptune in Pisces) could become real in the future (Jupiter) but we need to make that vision do-able (Mercury in Taurus) so that we can move ahead (Jupiter) also in harmony and accord with our loved ones (Libra).
Quincunx (150°) aspects unite two planets which have absolutely nothing in common with each other be it for modality or element and can be likened to having a pebble in your shoe. First you realize it’s irritating you. Then you stop in your tracks and take off your shoe and while you’re hopping around on one leg you suddenly realize that perhaps you’re not going in the right direction after all and now that you’ve been forced to stop for a minute and think then maybe turning round or going left or right might be a better idea or even the only solution.
Retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius is also still in a trine aspect with Uranus in Aries reminding us that when we ground our faith we can still experiment with the new and daring.
Venus in Aries is in a partile (exact) square to Pluto in Capricorn, being wilful and strong-headed regarding love or finances may not give us the power or the authority we crave or….we may bump into someone who tries to manipulate us for the same motives.
The Sabian symbol for 5° Gemini: “A revolutionary magazine asking for action.” Indicating the explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions.
“Our true self is being who we are.” Lailah Gifty Akita
Are you setting any intentions for this New Moon?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 30-32, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 92, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA