In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 3:52 a.m. on Thursday, June 10. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun conjunct (0°) at 20° of Gemini. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 20° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.
New Moons always provide us with an opportunity for a new emotional start in the areas associated with the sign. This time, we are focused on Gemini. The higher expression of the sign includes being communicative, flexible, optimistic, and curious. The lower expression is associated with being overly talkative, indecisive, scattered, or impatient. As a mutable air sign, Gemini’s focus is on being very adaptable and versatile (mutable) when it comes to our thoughts and communication (air).
Gemini (i.e., the twins) is referred to as a double-bodied signs, as are Sagittarius (i.e., half man-half horse) and Pisces (i.e., 2 fishes). This means that there is a dual nature to the energies of the sign. With Gemini, we may be able to see a situation from both sides or from another perspective, which can help us be more open-minded and receptive to new ideas. The double nature of Gemini also means that we could see a side of ourselves or someone else that we were not fully aware of until now. This may be an eye-opening experience, and we could need some time to adjust to these new insights.
Mercury, which is extra powerful because it is located in its home sign of Gemini, is conjunct (0°) this New Moon. This will increase our desire to communicate and be social. Our curiosity will also be enhanced. However, Mercury is currently in retrograde, which means that we may find it harder than usual to express ourselves. Luckily, having Gemini closely influencing the New Moon could further open our minds to new ideas.
The importance of being open to new things is reinforced by this New Moon being a solar eclipse. Eclipses occur every 6 months, and they occur in pairs. The lunar eclipse that happened 2 weeks ago may have been a catalyst for making some decisions that either did or will result in the culmination of something important. With this solar eclipse, the focus shifts to new beginnings. We may begin to see something more clearly, which can help us see where we want to go next in our life. It can be an exciting time!
Because Neptune squares (90°) the New Moon and Mercury, many of us could feel like we are getting a major “download” of information from the spiritual realms. Although we may be consciously aware of some of the information, there are likely to be pieces of the proverbial puzzle that will be planted in our subconscious and harder to access. We need to trust that this difficult to access information is be stored and will become available when needed.
However, we do need to keep in mind that Neptune can also cause the “fog” to roll in and obscure our vision of “reality.” Yes, the intuitive information that is downloaded at this time may contain some of the answers and/or guidance that we’ve recently been longing for, but we need to remind ourselves that we may not be able to see the entire picture quite yet due to that fog. A solar eclipse often does coincide with new beginnings, and sometimes these new starts happen quickly. Other times, the seeds are planted at the time of the solar eclipse, but the flowers don’t reach full bloom for about 6 months. So for many of us, the ideas we have now may are not fully formed yet, and we need to be patient. This is especially true because Mercury is in retrograde at the time of the New Moon and solar eclipse.
Put all this together, and it might be best to delay making any major decisions (e.g., signing a contract) until the energy shifts and fog become clearer. This could happen as soon as June 22 when Mercury ends its retrograde phase and begins moving direct again. But as mentioned in the previous paragraph, eclipses are known for influencing a 6-month period. Therefore, we might take some initial steps once Mercury goes direct, but the bigger changes may take more time to gel before being fully birthed.
The fact that Saturn is also in retrograde at the time of this New Moon and solar eclipse also reinforces taking a slower approach. Saturn in retrograde is asking us to re-evaluate our boundaries and the structures in our lives. If we jump too quickly into a new beginning, we may end up jumping into something that lacks a firm foundation and isn’t sustainable. And although I risk repeating myself, having Mercury in retrograde tells us that slowing down will provide us with the time we need to carefully reread and review documents, re-run the numbers one more time, and/or think through what we want to say before we say it.
Additionally, we should not ignore that fact that the Gemini New Moon and solar eclipse are happening under the influence of the second of three exact squares (90°) between Saturn and Uranus. The first square occurred on February 17, and the third will happen on December 24. Although the second square will be exact on Monday, June 14, the sequence of Saturn-Uranus squares is influencing us all year, with the exact squares serving as checkpoints as we work through the issues indicated by this square. To summarize what we have been talking about since the beginning of this year, this square is asking us to cull wisdom from the past (Saturn) and then apply it in new and innovative ways (Uranus) to present challenges. (NOTE: You can read more about the Saturn-Uranus square in my summary of astrological influences for 2021.)
As was the case with the last Moon Update, this Gemini New Moon is a very astrologically active time. Rather than overwhelm you with details about specific aspects, let me just provide you with a general summary and some guidance. Events around the time of the New Moon may trigger some wounds from the past. Rather than react, we are being encouraged to pull inward (do you sense a theme to this Moon Update?!), be open to spiritual insights (another theme!), and focus on self-healing. Changes may be needed within one or more of our relationships (or within our finances), but there are various astrological supports provided to make those changes. But the overarching recommendations are to focus internally on what needs to be healed, review our plans, get our ducks in a row, and plan to bring any changes into the light of day a few days after the New Moon/solar eclipse or possibly even after Mercury goes direct on June 22.
Mars moves into Leo the day after the New Moon (Friday, June 11), where it will remain until the end of July. While traveling through Cancer, Mars may have been feeling pretty defensive or protective. In Leo, the energy lightens considerably. We may feel more outgoing, confident, and self-assured. If we aren’t a little careful, our pride may get the best of us or we might act in an overly dramatic way. It will help if we remember to focus on giving our gifts to the world as a form of service. While Mars travels through Leo, our interactions with others will be more direct than when Mars was in Cancer, and we will feel ready to go after our goals.
Overall, this Gemini New Moon and solar eclipse may mark some new beginnings in our lives. In fact, given these lunar events are happening at the time of the second of three squares between Saturn and Uranus, these new starts may impact us individually or might impact the entire planet. We need to understand, though, that any new beginnings are likely to be in their infancy stage and all pieces of the puzzle may not be clear yet. We are encouraged not to rush but, instead, to be willing to let everything develop and mature over time. Especially around the time of the New Moon and until Mercury goes direct on June 22, it’s a good idea to write down your thoughts because almost anything might be helpful at some point. The time for change is coming! And, with Mars moving out of cautious Cancer and outgoing Leo, we may find we have the courage of a lion and are ready to go on a new adventure.
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
New Moon at 20° of Gemini
- Thursday, June 10, 2021, 3:52 a.m. PDT
- Thursday, June 10, 2021, 6:52 a.m. EDT
- Thursday, June 10, 2021, 10:52 a.m. GMT
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