The New Moon occurs at 15:02 (UT time) on the 19th June at 28GEM43
The New Moon kick starts this week’s blistering cosmic action which culminates in the Uranus square to Pluto. The New Moon in Gemini marks the time of the year to focus on the mind and communication – what you know, what you are learning, how you think, the words you use. All this comes under the domain of Gemini.
It fascinates me that whilst Venus is still retrograde in Gemini, a whole hoo-ha has erupted in the USA over state congresswoman Lisa Brown using the word ‘vagina’ during a debate on new abortion regulations. As a consequence she was barred from speaking the following day due her using this ‘offensive’ word. Sadly, this situation raises some ugly truths that women still have some way to go when it comes to the equality battle. But the ridiculous reaction to her comment has forced a discussion that needed to be had, symbolised by Mars square to the New Moon. Like a modern day Lilith, Lisa has well and truly upset the apple cart and it seems there are some rotten apples to be rooted out.
Like Venus, we may have to go backwards before moving forwards in reclaiming words and educating others about women’s rights and women’s bodies. Lisa’s public chastisement has returned its own backlash and suddenly the right’s of women is a hot topic of discussion. In the New Moon chart, Venus is sextile asteroid Echo. The topic may reverberate for some time to come.
The New Moon is conjunct fixed star Polaris. Robson states that with the moon, this star gives ‘hatred of the vulgar’. Polaris is of the nature of Saturn and Venus, a combination in itself which can be read as the ‘restriction of women’. But Polaris is the guiding star. It is to her you turn to when you are lost. It doesn’t matter where you are, if you can find Polaris, you can find your way home. Perhaps then this New Moon has an element of pointing out which direction to go. Rather than simply reacting to what you hear, it might be time to digest what is being said, to examine what you really think and (perhaps most importantly) why you think it.
Trines from the New Moon to Saturn and Neptune suggest focusing on the long term gain rather than worrying about the short term pain. Both Libra (Saturn) and Pisces (Neptune) are concerned with relating. We need to keep our eyes on the truth and remain compassionate towards each other, even when it seems like some things are just never going to change.
The Sabian Symbol for this Moon is: -
The First Mockingbird Of Spring
A mockingbird imitates the sounds of other birds expertly then weaves them together to create a complex song.
As a writer, sometimes I feel like every story has already been told, a song for every subject. Even today, in a bleak moment as I tried to construct this post and worried over the zillion and one other things I want to write, I had a moment of utter despair that I have nothing new to say. “It’s all been done” my mind insisted as I flipped despondently through ideas and half started pieces.
We have the ability to imitate because as children we need this to learn and grow. We imitate the smile of our Mother or the wave of Grandad because we quickly learn that these things brings others pleasure and in turn we are rewarded. It’s how we learn language and to communicate with the rest of the world. But as we grow older, mere imitation no longer works. We cannot plagiarise other people’s words or simply copy someone else’s path to success. Whilst it may help me to study the path another writer took to the best-seller list, I can’t merely copy it. We can’t be just imitations and echoes of other people’s thoughts and experiences. We can’t just regurgitate what others think – or what they do.
The forward momentum of the world hinges on our ability to be like the mocking bird – to weave together what we have learned from others and translate it into something of our own. It’s about letting your originality shine through, daring to show a little piece of your soul even if it makes you feel a little vulnerable.
Mercury, ruler of the New Moon sits on asteroid Urania – the muse of astronomy. Her name is derived from the Greek for ‘heavenly’. As astronomy and astrology were once intertwined, Urania can foretell the future from the arrangement of the stars.
The cosmos is in a constant state of change, evolving into new patterns and shapes slowly over thousands of ages, billions of years. Some cycles repeat but no cycle is exactly like the preceding one.
You may be just one voice, like one tiny star in the billions above, but only you occupy this space in the universe and at this point in history. Your view of the world may be infinitesimally different from mine, but that tiny margin can create a magnitude of difference – in much the same way as a blindingly small change in one single factor in the universe is the difference between life and death.
Thoughts and Reflections for the New Moon in Gemini
What views do you hold about the world?
Where do these ideas come from?
What do you think about others?
What do you think about yourself?
Spend one day making a note of what your inner voice is saying.
Are you parroting someone else’s beliefs?
Do you trust your own thoughts?
How are you unique?
When all else fails, what is your guiding star? What thought do you return to when you feel lost?
Who is your inspiration?
Who was your favourite teacher as a child – why?
Trust that you have something important to say.
Make your voice heard amongst the crowd.
Photo by Gabriel Delgado on Flickr