The New Moon takes place at 18.39 BST, 2 degrees 04′ Gemini.
This New Moon heralds the start of eclipse season – the following lunations are a Lunar Eclipse on June 5th at 15 degrees Sagittarius, a Solar Eclipse on June 21st at 0 degrees Cancer – just after the Summer Solstice on June 20th – then a Lunar Eclipse on July 5th at 13 degrees Capricorn.
The New Moon brings a massive focus to the energies and influence of the sign Gemini, with the Sun, Moon, ruler Mercury, Venus and the North Node (way forward) all in residence.
On the same day as the New Moon a retrograde Venus, on her journey through the Underworld meets up with Mercury – this conjunction is square Neptune in Pisces.
Our relationships with others, love life, pleasures, creativity and finances (Venus) are being mentally analysed and processed (Mercury/Gemini). The square to Neptune brings themes of fantasy versus flaws, wishful thinking versus reality – bringing to light imperfections and limitations but simultaneously what would be inspiring and satisfying to create and grow.
A fresh perspective is brewing, but before it can emerge and take shape we may have to endure some inner turmoil. We could be swept away by daydreams, romanticise the past or fixate on faults and dilemmas – Gemini accentuates duality, that there is always another side. The New Moon is about choices, decisions, utilising Gemini’s curiosity and flexibility to see all the possibilities – not just what we wish to see. Neptune can highlight delusions and deceit, so it is wise to be cautious, take a closer look – all that glitters is certainly not gold.
Ultimately, as so much has and still is changing in the world around us, it is about our struggle to resolve, come to terms with what (perhaps) has to be released or sacrificed from the past, and choosing what would be fulfilling to focus on. Our thoughts and ideas, messages and communications, will help decipher and decide something that needs clarifying, to enable us to move forward – around our relationships, finances or creativity.
Creatively the energy is awesome – enhanced and sprinkled with magic. Artistic endeavours – words, pictures, music, even entrepreneurial ideas – could be amazing, recent events may have stirred up something deep that needs to be materialised.
The New Moon is trine a retrograde Saturn in Aquarius, which will help bring some stability and structure to what needs to adjust and change.
Fixed Star ~ Mirfak
Mirfak is located in the Constellation Perseus, on the right side of the hero. Perseus killed Medusa by cutting off her head, he then rescued and married Andromeda.
Constellation Mirfak ~ “is indicative of events effecting large numbers of people, especially those events caused by meteorological phenomena. When prominent in a natal chart it is said to denote adventurous individuals, but also those who are less than honest in their dealings with others.” ~ Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, page 14
Mirfak ~ “represents the concept of the young warrior proud of his strength, his hunting and fighting abilities, and flaunting his trophy.” ~ Star and Planet Combinations, Bernadette Brady, page 184
TAROT ~ 8 of Swords
The New Moon takes place in the 1st decan of Gemini, ruled by Jupiter (Mercury by triplicity.)
GEMINI I ~ “a beautiful woman, a mistress of stitching, and with her ascend two calves and two horses. This is a face of writing, computation, and number, of giving and taking, and of the sciences.” ~ PICATRIX
In the 1st decan of Gemini, Jupiter expands and exaggerates Gemini’s ideas and thirst for knowledge, admiration for cleverness and desire for wisdom. But, Jupiter can also enhance and magnify details – the little things – along with Gemini’s changeability and duality, to such an extent that making decisions or focusing on and completing goals can become complex.
Book T calls this card “Shortened Force.”
The Rider-Waite-Smith card depicts a woman in a red dress, bound and blindfolded, surrounded by 8 swords. Behind her, in the background is a castle.
The woman feels alone, restricted, trapped and can’t see a way out of her oppressing situation. However, in reality, this is a mental prison, with some willpower and a little creativity she could easily free herself. A shift in perspective can lead to liberation.
The 8 of Swords suggests mental anxiety, confusion or feeling victimised. The escape route is to get clear on our intentions and set them in motion with determination. Access our inner intuition and power, seek out creative solutions.
“This is a card of restrictions and indecision that are largely self-imposed and often bought on by a lack of faith in our own ability to handle the problem at hand. As yet unaware of our personal power, we are limited by our rigid beliefs.” ~ Spiritual Tarot, Echols, Mueller and Thomson, page 160
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8 of Swords from the Aquatic Tarot by Andreas Schroter