“Good friends are better than pocket money.” Jamaican adage
Whew! This last month’s start to eclipse season was grueling. Personally speaking it was one of the most challenging months since the onset of the 2020 collective shift.
But today’s New Moon in Gemini ushers in a fun, playful energy to uplift us. It arrives at 8:30 am ET on Memorial Day Holiday (for those of us in the US) at 9 degrees Gemini.
Gemini is an air sign. Air signs are about communication and social activity. Gemini is also a mutable sign. Mutable refers the mode of the sign. Mode, in astrology, describes the quality of movement or flow of the sign. There are three modes: cardinal, fixed and mutable. Each of the 12 signs fits in one of these three modes.
In astrology circles, mode is also known as quadruplicity and as the word implies there are four signs to each mode. The mutable signs are Gemini (air); Sagittarius (fire); Virgo (earth) and Pisces (water).
Why is this important to know? So far in my blogs, we have only considered the sign and degree that the moon is in when it becomes new. However, if you have planets in your natal chart that are close to 9 degrees in any of the mutable signs, they will also be activated at the New Moon.
Take a moment to look at your natal chart to see if you have planets in Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces. If you find some, next look at the degree. Is it close to 9 degrees? The closer it is to 9 degrees, the more impact it will have for you. (See the Lighten Up Activity below).
Regardless of whether or not our natal chart has planets in Gemini or other mutable signs, this Moon will bring in a wave of fresh air. It will give us a chance to set new intentions around Gemini topics like friendships, fun, communication and connection.
With Mercury, Gemini’s ruling planet, still in retrograde we may want to spend time re-evaluating or rethinking connection and communication. Do you feel connected? Do the friends in our community lift us up or tear us down? Is it time to find or reconnect with our tribe? When was the last time we had a good time with our closest friends?
Isolation is the scourge of our generation. It has chipped away at our vitality and vibrance. Our preference is to send a text message with more emjois than words for the truly personal relational situations. We have gone out and watched couples on a date immersed in their phones instead of eye contact and conversation or see children zombified by computer games, oblivious to people around them.
The COVID lock downs simply amplified what was already the norm. It took the feeling of isolation to dire heights. As a silver lining, it has made us realize how important connection and community are. This New Moon gives us the opportunity to re-imagine how to elevate and appreciate those that always carry us in their hearts.
Who is that person that is there anytime you need a friend? The Universe prompted me to ask this question for the last few days. Often I am given musical cues from the Universe. They drop in during that gap between sleep and wake in the mornings. Sometimes, I don’t know the song and it becomes an adventure figuring it out. That fun is only matched by the exuberance of seeing how perfectly the lyrics answer whatever question I have put into the Universe or how uplifting it is for the present state or situation in my life.
This week, as I returned to the waking world, I was greeted by the Mariah Carey’s Anytime You Need A Friend. What a perfect lead in to the Gemini New Moon. I am indeed grateful for my friends especially as I navigate the upheaval of the last two years.
In Jamaica, there is a saying,’ Good friends are better than pocket money.’ Never were there truer words as the value of a true friend is beyond measure. I am so grateful for my friend who takes time every morning to send me a video message; for the friends who welcome me into their homes; for those who send or create professional opportunities; for the friend who sends her gorgeous photos of the NYC landscape; for friends that I can pour my heart out to and trust with my soul’s desires; for those who do not judge me; for those who always know the perfect moment to call and cheer me up.
During this New Moon, let us prioritize and nurture our friends and community so that we can make deeper connections the most prevalent long-haul condition of this pandemic.
New Moon Lighten Up Activity
My blogs speak about the general movement of the planets, so it is what we experience as we all stand under the same sky. Your natal chart, however, reveals your specific SoulMap for this life.
When you refer to your natal chart, you get a clearer picture of what area of your life the Moon energy will highlight.
Follow the steps below to find out what area in your life you are called to focus more on this New Moon. Discover where you can lighten up and have some fun.
PART I: Step 1: Cast your natal (birth chart)
1. Go to Astro.com where you can do this for free. There is a tab for “Extended Chart Selection”. You will need your birth day, year, time, and place.
PART II: Find GEMINI in your natal chart
Do the following steps:
Step 1: Look for the symbol for GEMINI. It looks like this:
Step 2: Look for it on the outer rim of the natal chart circle
CHART EXAMPLE BELOW:
Step 3. Look for the Astrological House (or life area) that GEMINI rules
CHART EXAMPLE ABOVE
- The Black box shows the symbol for GEMINI
- -The Green oval show the house that GEMINI rules in this person’s natal chart
- SAMPLE CHART has GEMINI on the 12th house
Step 4: Find the Meaning of the House ruled by GEMINI
Below to see the meaning for each Astrological House and determine where you need to lighten up this New Moon
New step: Step 5: See if there are in planets in GEMINI
Look to see how close the planet is to 9 degrees. This will determine how much of an impact this moon will have for you.
Also look to see if there are planets in any of the other mutable signs that is close to 9 degrees. The houses where you find these planets will also be highlighted this New Moon.
PART III: DISCOVER WHERE TO LIGHTEN UP + HAVE MORE FUN THIS MOON
This moon, I will lighten up and have more fun with my spiritual pursuits (Gemini on 12th house cusp) and friends (planet in Gemini in 11th house)
YOUR TURN: Fill-in-the-blank below
This New Moon I will focus on my fill-in-the-blank
This moon, I will lighten up and have more fun with my ………
New Moon Rituals
Gemini helps us flow in flexibility. It is a spontaneous and fun-loving sign. A New Moon in Gemini is a great time to lighten up and have a good time with friends. This week prioritize time with friends that are near and dear.
Stay away from the unproductive Gemini traits that include gossiping i.e. speak no evil. Make sure you also think no evil and avoid succumbing to.feelings of anxiety and worry.
- Refrain from gossip
Gemini is the notorious gossip of the zodiac. Gossip is lots of air with no substance. It lends nothing meaningful to the conversation. Make this New Moon a no-gossip zone.
Gemini is the wordsmith of the zodiac. Dedicate time this week to journal or to refocus on any writing or creative projects.
3. Write to a Friend
This year we spoke about embracing a slow living movement. In 2022, we are purposeful in taking time for the non-urgent but nevertheless, the important things in our lives. Take time this week to write a card to a friend and mail it or deliver it to them.
Is there someone that you have lost touch with? This might be a great moment to reconnect. See New Moon ritual #3
Gemini is known for its flexibility. Get in a yoga class or Pilates session and get in touch with your flexibility on the mat as well as in your mind.
6. Thai Massage
Try a Thai massage. It is often a relaxing and as in New Moon Ritual above, will inspire flexibility.
7. Have some fun with friends
Take time to plan and be present with the people in your innermost circle. Feed your soul and create memories that will last beyond this pandemic.
The Beat of the New Moon
Mariah Carey’s voice and lyrics really bring up the positive vibes in ‘Anytime You Need a Friend’ She reminds us that the antidote for feeling lonely is to reach out to the ones that love us. These last two years, our ‘troubles seem like they never end. Just remember to keep the faith and love will there to light the way.”
Happy New Moon in Gemini!
Just remember you are not alone!