The New Moon occurs at 3+ degrees of Gemini on May 22, 2020. Earlier in the day Mercury, the ruler of the sign, and Venus retrograde conjoined at 20+ degrees of Gemini. Two asteroids, 10 Hygiea (symbolizing health, cleanliness and hygiene) and 4 Vesta (named after the goddess of the hearth, home, and family) are in conjunction with Mercury and Venus.
The New Moon in Gemini is trine Saturn in Aquarius, sextile to Varuna (the great equalizer) in Leo and in quincunx to Zhulong (the indicator of the change in a blink of an eye) in Scorpio. The long term square between Varuna and Zhulong has been developing since 2018. We have now experienced the two first exact squares from the total of seven, the first one in January and the second in April.
Gemini, the butterfly of the zodiac, is a social sign. It is associated with communication, curiosity and traveling. Gemini rules lungs, hands and the nervous system.
Finland has cautiously started to loosen the pandemic restrictions. The primary schools were reopened in a controlled manner on May 14, and the guidelines for senior citizens have been eased. The cafes and restaurants will be permitted to open, with certain limitations, on June 1. Our spring has been cold, but now the weather is quickly warming, too. It feels as if everything in life is lightening.
Gemini, the Twins, is a sign of dualism. We are allowed to enjoy spring and focus on the positive, as long as we remember that Covid-19 is a serious disease, and we still need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
The New Moon in Gemini will take place on May 22nd (today) around noon where I live (Mountain time) which is 2 pm DST and 7 pm UT.
Today’s New Moon in Gemini represents a multiplicity of meanings and a diversity of opinions. It is dreamy and inspired, and creative and wired. Adaptable, mutable, changeable. And – Illusory. This New Moon energy is good for planting seeds of intention ~ although outcomes may be somewhat uncertain (now that’s an understatement!). Cause this New Moon is just a little bit crazy!
The Gemini New Moon is great for artistic, creative expression or indulging in a lovely escapist romantic book or movie that can help you forget, for just a moment, what a strange time we are all having on planet earth right now.
The Sun and Moon will be conjunct at 2 degrees Gemini, a mutable sign of duality symbolized by the Twins. Two faced, two sided, two points of view. Very curious, intellectual, talkative. Gemini’s are interesting, flirtatious and generally likable, and can seem superficial, though its more that they are distracted by all the different trains of thought running through their head. It can be confusing when they change their minds so quickly. They can say and be something one day, and be the opposite the next. Sure keeps life interesting! What this means to all of us is that the energy we start this new cycle with, and the intentions we hold, may shift and mutate a great deal before we get to any sort of outcomes (like a virus).
Romantic fantasies abound, as Venus (love) and Mercury (communication) link to Neptune in Pisces (dreamy, spiritual, unreal, dishonest). Mars (desire) may end up disappointing you after a lot of flowery promises. There is a potential for more stability to develop (Saturn) but that too may be an illusion. Everything is so changeable right now, only time will tell. Pluto and Jupiter continue to cause havoc, and due to that fact, plus all of the crazy making aspects, this New Moon could feel more like a Mercury retrograde, or an eclipse, or a Full Moon – or – all of them all rolled in one. Things will continue to get stranger and stranger… Curiouser and Curiouser!
A few days ago I was feeling unwell and feel asleep on the couch while watching an interview with Johnny Depp – who I find to be charmingly surreal. He said he chooses outlandish characters because he’s more comfortable playing them than someone straight and ordinary. As I dosed off YouTube continued putting out more interviews with him – so every time I woke up there he was! I dosed off and on like that for what felt like hours… very surreal experience – me and the Mad Hatter! Sometimes life is stranger than fiction! Life in the time of Carona.
There’s a spirit of rebellion developing; a resistance to authourity, rules and restrictions – people are getting antsy and questioning the lockdown and the mixed messages we are getting. Facts seem to change daily. Conspiracy theories abound. Then there appears to be an equivalent effort to block and contain, to shut down anything not in line with the approved narrative. Videos discussing different theories around the pandemic for instance, are posted one day are gone the next. I tried to post some info re Cubans having great results with homeopathic remedies- and FB said it violated their community standards!! Help! I’ve definitely gotten sucked into the dichotomy of all the so-called facts more than once! It’s enough to make your head spin! (I guess thats why they call it ‘spin’!)
How many rabbit holes do we need to go down to find the truth? Go ask Alice…
(this such a great video)
The North Node entered Gemini and the South Node entered Sagittarius on May 5, 2020. The Nodes will remain in these signs until January 18, 2022. Note that in my practice I use the True Node. The Mean Nodes will enter Gemini/Sagittarius on June 5, 2020 and remain in those signs until December 3, 2021.
The Nodes themselves are points in space. They represent the intersection between the orbital path of the Moon with the ecliptic. Below is a handy image to help you visualise. The Nodes are what connect the unconscious (the Moon) with the conscious (the Sun) or the eternal soul (the Moon) with the mortal identity (the Sun). The Nodes are like a mystical gateway that takes us from past to future. They are also like a compass, guiding us along our soul path.
The Nodes travel backwards through the signs, their retrograde motion reminding us that we are always meeting our past – from other lives and from this life, the consequence of choices we have made along the way. The North Node has extremely brief times of direct motion whereas the Mean Node remains always retrograde. Brief periods of the Node moving in direct motion can represent respite from karmic developments and also an opportunity to create threads of new karma. When the Nodes change signs, it signals the beginning of a new lesson in our collective karmic evolution.
The passage of the South Node indicates where we have got stuck. It represents our comfort zone, the place that we fall back on when the going gets tough, the blind spot, a weak point, the part that has been done to death and needs to move on. We’ve ‘been there and bought the tee shirt’ where the South Node is concerned. This point also represents unresolved karma, the lessons we have skirted around, the things we know we need to do but don’t. To understand the meaning of the South Node, it is best to take the most challenging traits of the sign concerned to see where we might experience problems and difficulties. We can however, also take the best traits of this sign and put them to the service of the North Node to help us fulfil our mission. The South Node can also hint at what we have excelled at in a previous incarnation which can manifest as a natural talent in this life.
So, beginning with the South Node, Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the greatest of the Gods – he who reigned supreme above all. This is a sign that is connected to faith, adventurousness, overseas travel, higher education, morals and laws and symbolic language. In Sagittarius we’re looking at the big picture, theorizing, thinking in abstract. The challenge with this sign is that it can become pompous and opinionated. ‘What I believe is the law’ says the Sagittarius shadow and we can certainly see how this can become a problem. One of the big issues we may be dealing with during this transit is the concept of truth. Is there one truth or many truths? We’ve already seen the start of this with the many theories about Covid 19 – from the scientifically verified to the conspiracy theory, everyone is fixated on their own truth. But the ‘truth’ can hinge strongly on our beliefs and we can easily embrace evidence that supports our world view and reject evidence that doesn’t. The consequence is no one knows what to believe. Dogmatic opinions, religious fever, indoctrination, accepting things by the book without question. This has got to change. Our collective worldview isn’t serving us anymore. Still, we can take the best of the traits of Sagittarius – easily pleased, unencumbered, an ability to perceive the big picture, an understanding of symbolism, seeing foreigners as friends, faith and a willingness to go into unknown territory – and put these towards the service of the North Node.
When it comes to the mundane world, we have already begun to see some of the manifestations of the South Node in Sagittarius as international travel has almost come to a full stop, flights are grounded, airplane companies in dire financial straits, universities closed. Globalisation is also in question.
Moving to the Gemini North Node, we see that over the next 18 months, we need to develop curiosity and an open mind. This sign has an aptitude for gathering information and a penchant for connecting people together. Gemini wants to know the facts, but it also wants to hear stories, particularly real-life experiences. We’re moving from theory to practice, from preaching to teaching, from knowing to asking questions, from big picture to little picture (details). We need to cultivate Gemini perception, recognise duality, engage rational and intellect. This isn’t about accepting what we’ve been told, instead it’s continuing to enquire so that we find our own answers.
As we move away from international travel, places closer to home take centre stage. This is about community initiatives, knowing the names of your neighbours, neighbourhood Facebook groups, street events. It’s seeing your local area anew, as if you were a tourist, taking in the sights. Under Gemini, we see each other as brothers and sisters. We become closer to extended family. One immediate manifestation of this transit caught my eye the other day – proposals for more bike lanes and pedestrian only areas have been fast-tracked due to Covid-19. Our government wants more people on bikes and on foot and therefore provisions need to be made for them. Cars, bikes, taxis, buses, short journeys are all the domain of Gemini.
Gemini and the global 3rd house is also about schooling and we may find that we are looking at new ways of teaching. Smaller classes for children in an effort to adhere to social distancing may turn out to be a blessing. For years classes have been far too big (Sagittarius!).
The way we communicate generally is multiplying. Think Zoom, online classes for kids, doctors seeing patients via video link (a practice which was sorely needed and much resisted over here in the UK yet which has proved hugely popular with both patients and doctors). The different methods we have to communicate with one another help us to advance (especially if with think about conventional Saturn in progressive Aquarius making technology the norm). Yet, as Mercury (in his Greek guise as Hermes) invented writing, we’re also seeing a marked increase in good old-fashioned letter writing. As Gemini is also connected to the hands, maybe we want something that has been touched by human hands – of course controversial in our current situation! Gemini by the way, also rules the lungs.
As Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the Mercury retrograde periods over the next 18 months will take on extra significance. We should also be alert to what happens when Mercury and Jupiter create aspects between them as these could represent times of significant development or challenge as far as our karmic path is concerned.
If you want some idea of how this transit might manifest for you. Look back to October 13, 2001 – April 14, 2003 as this is the last time the Nodes were in these signs.
If you are around 18, 37, 55, 74 years of age, you will experience your nodal return during this transit. The nodal square takes place at around the ages of 4, 13, 23, 32, 41, 51, 60, 69. The inverse (or reverse) nodal return occurs around 9, 27, 46, 65, 83 years of age. More information about the Nodes Transiting Nodes is available here.
If Jupiter touches your Venus and you’re a painter, you’re likely to paint something big, like, for instance..the Sistine Chapel… In Michelangelo’s chart, there is a tight square between Venus and Jupiter….
If Jupiter touches your Mars, you’re not going to be just a mere warrior. You’re going to be a Genghis Khan. Ah, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. Not everyone with Mars-Jupiter contacts becomes a fierce conqueror of the world, fortunately.
If Jupiter touches your Mercury, you’ll be clever, you’ll see the big picture. You’ll communicate bigger: Mercury speaks and Jupiter does public speaking. Mercury moves around, Jupiter travels the world. Mercury analyses, Jupiter synthesises. Mercury gather information, Jupiter organises it in theories, and beyond what can be known by science, logic and reason, Jupiter uses intuition and believes… Mercury is common sense, Jupiter is philosophy.
Jupiter and Mercury both symbolise the mind. What makes Jupiter such a Miracle Grow energy… is in the mind. It’s a question of positive attitude, of coherence, of faith, of open mindedness…
If I used verbs to conjure up what Jupiter does, a part from “I grow big” I would say:
The three more important of these key words might be: Integrate, explore, think. Yes, Mercury is the thinker, and Jupiter as well. There are always two opposite poles.
When Jupiter dresses up, it wears…. the robe and the wig of a magistrate, the square hat and gown of the scholar, the tiara of the pope, the cassock of the clergyman, the blouse of a scientist, the suit of the businessman, I should say business human, the uniform of the general… and these clothing usually go with an appellation: Your honour, Your Holiness, Father or Mother (yes, it’s rarer than Father) Sir, General, Doctor…
With Jupiter we have a function. We integrate society. We play our role. In an horoscope, Jupiter tells something about how we do that…
Jupiter is often said to bring good luck. However, luck rarely happens in the form of food falling directly from the sky right into our plate. (I have seen a case, but it’s exceptional)
Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer