New Moon in Gemini, June 4, 2016

New Moon

Gemini’s dual nature is quite apparent on the New Moon at 14° 53′ Gemini on 4 June 2016, 08:00 PM PDT. The cheerful, friendly side of Gemini is highlighted by a tight stellium of the Sun, Moon and Venus square to exuberant Jupiter in Virgo. The darker side stems from an opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius and a square to Neptune in Pisces. At its best, Gemini is entertaining and calls our attention to the vast diversity of information waiting to be explored but it also excels at spreading misinformation which creates considerable confusion. We get plenty of both on this New Moon.

A mutable Grand Cross is the heart of this lunation (Sun, Moon, Venus in Gemini; Jupiter in Virgo; Saturn in Sagittarius; Neptune in Pisces) and gives us all a taste of what it is like to be Gemini. For those who have personal planets and Angles from 12° to 14° in the mutable signs, this experience is going to be very up close and personal (pardon the pun). A Grand Cross is an inherently stable configuration with four squares and two oppositions acting as braces. Stability is not a natural state for mutable signs that thrive on change, and it is my guess the Mutable Muddle we’re living with now is going to be very evident on this lunation.

A closer look at some of the elements of the Grand Cross can give us a better of idea of what comes next. The square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius is now officially waning, while the square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is waxing. The Jupiter-Saturn square was exact on May 26 and highlighted the role a solid, structured plan plays in making positive change happen. The Saturn-Neptune square will be exact on June 17 at 12° and if we’re lucky, we’ll make progress on manifesting our dreams; either that or land ourselves even deeper in denial.

In my opinion, it is Neptune in Pisces squaring the Gemini stellium that may create the most problems for us. Neptune excels at seduction and combining that with Gemini’s natural persuasiveness can land a whole lot of us in deep, deep trouble. Venus conjoining the Sun and Moon adds loads of charm to this already potent brew. Seriously, folks, invest in some good ear plugs because the sirens are going to be singing! Saturn sitting in opposition to the Gemini stellium will help to a degree but only if we’re willing to take the hard road instead of the easy one.

There are some helpful aspects out there including the waning trine between Mercury in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. We’ve been enjoying the benefits of this trine for a week or so. By the New Moon, Mercury is back up to speed and able to process information in a timely manner. It helps that both planets are in solid, no nonsense earth signs too. The trine between Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto is fading but still close enough to bring in Jupiter’s optimism to the mix.

Uranus in Aries is up to causing mischief in small but annoying ways via an inconjunct to retrograde Mars in Scorpio and a semi-sextile to Mercury in Taurus. Last minute changes in plans will NOT be well received. Rather than add more stress and hostility to already volatile situations, please choose to be considerate and take other people into consideration.

This is the second of three lunations featuring Gemini and Sagittarius. We had the first Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 21, this New Moon in Gemini on June 4 and the second Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 20. All three lunations feature either a mutable T-Square or a mutable Grand Cross. These are giddy times when flexibility is critical. The most challenging part of this muddle of mutability is being able to discern fact from fiction. Enjoy this Gemini New Moon but leave your valuables in a safe place.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Moon Rise © Amiralio |