The New Moon in Gemini occurs the 25th of May 2017 at 4°46’ of Gemini.
Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Gemini or the house where your natal Mercury is found for more insight.
If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.
You can find out more about how to work with new moons here.
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New Moon in Gemini May 2017
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
Eyes on the Fiery Prize
Gemini Moons are often described as having the power to bring about a double-sided issue, owing to the fact this constellation is inherently double-bodied (#twinning).
At this particular New Moon, however, it may feel more as if we are dealing not with just two options but with a chest full of Rubix cubes that promise an infinite number of thrilling combinations, solutions, or possibilities.
This Moon is very quiet, on one level: the Sun and Moon sit nestled together and do not make any aspects to the rest of the chart; it appears they’ve crawled off to a hideaway retreat, tucked away in the dark cover of the New Moon.
The lunation ruler Mercury is also equally solitary. Mercury finds himself just beyond the shadow of his last retrograde, free as a bird, but with no welcoming party to greet him as he returns to the light. In Taurus, Mercury is the rolling stone that slowly manages to gather moss: thoughts neither come or leave quickly, but they multiply outwards, like cells in a petri dish. Mercury’s last contact was with asteroid Vesta, however, where he may have experienced challenges in concentration or finding the focus needed to build a solid foundation. In general, Mercury’s thoughts these past few weeks may have been preoccupied with Taurean topics like values, resources, or stability.
For this moment, however, he is quiet, a funny situation for our man Mercury, who loves to provoke and ponder, gossip and gander. His winged shoes have been hung up until his next dancing partners become available (an upcoming sextile to Neptune and trine to Pluto and Juno).
With our two lunar hosts unavailable, we look elsewhere in the chart for direction, where we find a busy tapestry of stars cascading and colliding, with sparks flying and powder kegs rolling around to and fro.
Going back to our Rubix cube metaphor, the Mars-Saturn opposition that is building in the background of this lunation may have manifested just too many combinations and possibilities. There could be so much new, so little time; so many thoughts, but so many responsibilities in the way. The speed and thrust of our thoughts may far outstrip our ability to bring them into reality, sit them down and fashion them into form.
Mars & Saturn in opposition can also have us running ragged, with Mars convinced success would just take a little more energy and Saturn agreeing, as long as that looks like hard work. Our insatiable drive (Mars) may meet limits (Saturn), creating more than a handful of frustration. The Venus-Pluto square could add an obsessive, maniacally focused layer; the Venus-Juno square could foster a sense of competition, though I sense you’re really only competing against yourself.
On a lighter, possibly too hot to handle note, there is a fantastic grand trine in this chart, occurring between Uranus in Aries, the North Node in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius (25-28°). All that fire adds up to a lot of verve, spirit, and energy, but that much fire can burn out of control very quickly, too. Roman candles tend to work better as a source of entertainment, even distraction, than a source of light.
I don’t know normally give this kind advice, but I feel it must be said that meditative and grounding work could be especially important at this New Moon, so you can try and whittle down the many into the meaningful amidst what may otherwise feel like madness. There’s a potency here, but a pressure, too; you’ll need to be solidly anchored to decipher which is which.
Taking your eye off this grand fire trine to attend to the issues presented by Mars-Saturn and Venus-Pluto-Juno may very well feel like traipsing off to start a campfire as a five-alarm forest fire rages only meters away.
In the end, maybe this does feel like a double-bodied issue since we’re sitting between these two fires.
Usually, however, something’s gotta give, so for the New Moon in Gemini, try and choose which fire suits you best. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did they try to build three Romes at once.
Get something in your crosshairs and attempt to focus as best you can amidst all the excitement.
Keep your eyes on the (singular) fiery prize.
Want to know more about the Moon?
…or why the number 13 isn’t unlucky at all?
…or how the Moon connects to sacred feminine mythology?
…or my step-by-step method for interpreting every New & Full Moon for yourself?
Asteroids + Other Bits
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but here it goes…
Folks, we need all of the signs of the zodiac, which is why we’ve had the same 12 signs for over 2,000 years.
The following are just a small selection of divine twins who share a mythical backbone with Gemini:
- Dylan and Lleu, the twins of dark and light birthed by Arianrhod (Celtic)
- Castor and Pollux, twin gods of the morning and evening star, birthed by Leda (Greece); known as Gemini in Ancient Rome
- Shaher and Shalem, twin gods of the morning and evening star, birthed by Helel/Asherah (Canaanite)
- Ahura Mazda and Ahriman, the twins of God and the devil, birthed by Zurvan (Persian)
- White and Black Manitu, twins born from the Moon-Goddess “The Old Woman Who Never Dies” (Native American)
- Sol and Sol Niger, the twins of the Sun and the Underworld, birthed from the Moon (Gnostic)
Twins and the duality they represent are not just the basis of these myths, but every religion which relies on a dualistic tension between ‘good’ and ‘evil’, the ancient fight between a pair where one is exalted, and ‘light’ (God, in Christianity) and the other is fallen or ‘dark’ (the Devil, accordingly).
Gemini is a reminder that we are never all good or bad, light or dark; that despite our best attempts at escaping it, some darkness always remains within (what Jung calls ‘the shadow’).
Assuming Beyonce has her little babes this week, all the better, as they’ll be New Moon babies and better placed to approach their life like a fresh slate and find their unique path; as Crescent Moon babies they may experience more resistance in pulling away from the past; first Quarter Moon kids usually have situations in life which require them to act or assert themselves continually; Gibbous Moon twins may agree best with Beyonce’s Virgoan nature, as there is a natural perfectionist tendency.
Now, I will put my petty aside and get back to the real Astrology.
There are a few fascinating asteroids about at this New Moon, which requires a measure of mythological untangling. Namely, we have asteroid Medusa conjunct Sun and Moon, asteroid Athene conjunct Chiron and asteroid Pallas conjunct Venus.
Pallas, Athena, and Medusa are intimately connected to one another. As a group, they are an iteration of the classic triple goddess, but as individuals, they tell a story about the suppression of feminine wisdom, especially wisdom that revolves our bodies and our sexuality.
The crux of the asteroid story surrounds Medusa – yes, that Medusa: the serpent-haired queen. So what do we know of her, outside of her well-documented talents for making men into marble? Not a lot, or at least, what we think we know is mostly wrong.
Medusa was one of many Goddesses that originated in ancient Libya before they were eventually co-opted into the Greek system and re-skinned (somewhat literally, in the case of Medusa, who’s fine epidermis was rumored to have ended up on Athena’s shield). Originally, Medusa was known for her incredible beauty; it was only after an alleged romantic rendezvous* with Poseidon chez Athena that Medusa was transformed into the Gorgon. Athena punished Medusa’s biblical tango by swapping her entrancing beauty with a slightly more terrifying appearance replete with glaring eyes, huge teeth, claws, and hair made from serpents.
In truth, Medusa and Athena act as foils to one another: Athena is the chaste, masculinized alpha-queen of strategy and strength; Medusa’s turf was where sex and the sacred collided to create healing and regeneration. Athena stood for the new order, a patriarchal system, where she denounced the ‘old ways’ and helped solidify male power; Medusa was the embodiment of these ‘old ways’ of the Goddess, with her connection to serpents (a totem of kundalini and healing), sex, and blood.
Athena assisted Perseus in killing Medusa and later places Medusa’s head on the front of her shield. This was a sign not just of her strength but also that she had done the deed and nipped the last thread connecting her to womankind.
It seems there’s not just a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women; there’s a special place in myth, too.
*Other myths suggest that Medusa was raped by Poseidon in Athena’s temple. With that in mind, some interpretations of her myth suggest that Athena’s ‘punishment’ was actually an act of kindness, engineered to protect Medusa from the pain of being assaulted again.
THE NEW MOON IN GEMINI CHART
May 25th, 2017, Gemini 4°46′
The lunation ruler and the planets in aspect to it are in green (in this case: Mercury, which is separating from a square to Vesta and will soon apply to a sextile with Neptune and a trine with Juno & Pluto).