May 22, 2020, 1:39 pm EST
New Moon at 2 degrees of Gemini
A Flood of Communication
The moon and the sun conjunct for the May 22 New Moon, and outline the beginning of a cycle. They are planted firmly in Gemini territory, and it would be impossible to examine this new moon cycle without also looking to the ruler of Gemini – Mercury himself.
Mercury, for his part, has raced further ahead in Gemini and perches on the 20th degree, where he is also conjunct the lovely Venus, passing through in retrograde. Mercury is granted a great deal of power here, since he runs the mutable sign of Gemini, but the presence of the other planets also offers support to him, from Moon and Sun conjunction at 2 degrees to Venus also conjuncting Mercury at 20 degrees. We should expect this new moon to be all about communication and small trips. The news cycle will reflect this with a continuing flurry of messages which will impact us across every level, from the powers that be (the Sun, authority) to our more personal and private behaviors (the Moon, emotional and home centered).
The Luminaries point the way for us, notably forming a square to Mars, who bides his time in the sign of Pisces, at 6 degrees. This is always an interesting placement for Mars, in the watery sign of self-sacrifice, dissolving, illusions, gambling, and institutions. Mars loses the majority of his assertive self-esteem here, especially since Neptune has been happily dancing through his home sign for a long time now. That does not mean Mars loses his aggression, but instead expresses it slightly differently than normal. People may feel prone to avoiding necessary confrontations and thus abrogating responsibility. Expect passive aggressive incidents where people express their irritation in small, needling ways. Conversely, there may be a temptation to different types of escapism, from those which are beneficial — such as getting lost in a book or caught up in a creative act — to the potentially destructive, such as too much drinking or gambling, ill-timed investments in stocks.
Venus, retrograde at 20 degrees of Gemini alongside Mercury, is going to raise the stakes when it comes to communications between lovers and issues of money. May is a big month for financial quarter earnings in the stock market — things might have to be recalculated and initial reports give way to costly errors. Check your budget more than once, should unexpected expenses arise and cause and outflow of money. On a more mundane level, you may end up having to purchase something new in the kitchen or upgrade your router. Don’t feel secure enough to indulge in pretty, amusing purchases — husband your resources during this Venus in retrograde period.
The conjunction of the Moon and Sun at 2 degrees of Gemini greases the wheels of politics, business, career, and the desire for progress by forming a trine with the three heavyweights: Pluto at 24 degrees of Capricorn, Jupiter at 27 degrees of Capricorn, and Saturn at 1 degree of Aquarius, all in retrograde themselves. The current news as I write this is filtering through of various areas throughout the country reopening after closures from the pandemic, highlighting a decidedly public issue (Capricorn). It should be noted that the trine is an aspect emphasizing speed — not necessarily beneficial speed. So what we will continue to see is a ramping up of the world opening, for good or for ill. Conversely, it could also, at this new moon, suggest that infection rates will also quicken with this reopening. Considering somber Pluto’s tight configuration with expanding Jupiter in Saturn’s home sign, this sounds like the most likely effect of quickening and multiplying influences.
Neptune is planted at 20 degrees – Again, the 20th degree! This harks back to the conjunction of Mercury and Venus at 20 degrees of Gemini, where they also form a square to Mercury and Venus. Tensions will rise as communications and domestic life are influenced and changed by the watery dissolving influence of Neptune, and institutions in general. Many of us have had to engage with the medical industry in ways we did not before, and we are navigating a little differently than we used to, perhaps coming up against new frictions. The square to Venus in retrograde highlights increased expenses in this area. There is a lot of confusion during this time, so you will have to weigh in on Mercury for due diligence, as Neptune may not be entirely helpful during this time.
Uranus remains at 8 degrees of Taurus, squaring to Jupiter at 27 degrees of Capricorn. These two are united in earth signs, but little else. Taurus is a fixed sign and Uranus is dragging the bull by the nose to the gates of change. Another arena where bulls are a big deal is the stock market, of course. We are going to see the square expressed in that arena, where the house of Capricorn (public) and the house of Taurus (material possessions) intersect. While there are murmurings of the decade long bull run in stocks finally being slowed, one wonders if the long term game of Uranus in Taurus will be to reconsider how business is done in the stock market. Rest assured, stocks will be downgraded and companies go bankrupt in an eyeblink, leaving shareholders with nothing.
Lastly, let us visit the north node which just turned the corner from its course in Cancer, and sits at the 29th degree of Gemini. Here in Gemini will be where our challenges reside. We may have to rethink how we tackle communications, and now is a good time to consider how to do this, under the influence of the new moon. Our communications will have more impact as the moon cycle runs its course to completion. This could be as simple and mundane as how you manage your email, the efficiency with which you use messages, how you text, or perhaps a rethinking of the short trips we make for necessary needs – grocery shopping, for instance, has been impacted for many people. Changing our basic habits and routines can be the most difficult thing we do, and communications will be the challenge and the key for those looking for that change.