We've had so much going on in the areas of communication and nervous energy in the last couple of weeks that it's hard to imagine today's New Moon as a seed time for talking and interacting over the next four weeks. This is the difference between planetary cycles and the Lunar cycle; while several planets can already be very active in the sign the Sun is in, it may take a couple of weeks for the Moon to catch up to the solar energy and to begin a new phase. That's exactly what's going on right now. The Sun, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter were all in Gemini for the last ten days of May, then Venus and Mercury moved into Cancer to start off June, right when Mars entered Gemini.
We could think of this New Moon cycle as a renewed opportunity for planning and negotiating. Plant the seeds for what you need to explore, study or clarify in your daily life over the coming month. Are you finishing up a grant proposal, writing project or job description? Any writing project will benefit from focused concentration now and needs to be solidified sometime between the Summer Solstice and the Full Moon.
If you're looking into new employment or need to make agreements with coworkers, siblings or neighbors, this is the time to focus on getting the necessary information and working out the details. Once we move into the 3rd week of June, situations become more emotional and less logical. Actively research your options now so you know where you're going by the Full Moon on the 23rd. Gathering information is what Geminis do best, they just need to focus on the middle ground and what gives them balance, not waver between options!
Speaking of communication, we are experiencing a challenging aspect today between the Messenger of the Gods - Mercury, and Uranus, symbolizing intuition and Divine Will. Uranus is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury and the only planetary energy we cannot control. It is tied up with knowing when to listen to our intuition (Uranus) and follow the path to our destiny, whether we think (Mercury) we're ready or not. The difficulty comes in not trusting our higher selves to know what's the next right thing to do... or in not taking that next step. If you have gotten the message, glimpse or insight into your next step, but are waiting for some kind of guarantee, you need to get quiet and get free of the opinions of others so you know when to act. By the way, there are no guarantees... just forward movement!
The coming week brings values and necessity to the table as "have-tos" in the form of a Venus/Pluto opposition and a Saturn/Neptune trine, both occurring on the 11th. First, Venus and Pluto... these two planets are facing off in Cancer (Venus) and Capricorn (Pluto) to highlight safety and security issues. What do you need to take care of on a practical, physical level and how can you insure you'll be able to do this?
For most people this involves either their home or career choices and who they choose to go into partnership/business with. Venus rules the attracting principle and is associated with our values and how we get our needs met. Pluto represents the transformation principle that begins with breakdown for cleansing and the breakthrough or catharsis that can occur once the process of decay, disintegration and elimination has occurred. We can more easily identify with our personal needs than we can admit to what is necessary to change in the bigger picture. You may have to listen to the rumblings that tell you what is falling apart so you know what to let go of before you can move on to rebuilding.
Next up for discussion is the Saturn/Neptune trine aspect of harmonization. Saturn is the Lord of Karma, and where he resides, shows us our current responsibilities. Neptune is considered to be the Great Dissolver, who connects us to the spiritual realms or leads us into escapism and like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, continually asks the question, is it real?! How we bring together limitations (Saturn) and lack of boundaries (Neptune) is the purpose here. When two planets are in the same element, they have an opportunity to work together, even if their natures are fundamentally opposed. Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces flow together in the Water element through the undercurrents of feelings, dreams and imagination.
Saturn in Scorpio, drives us to get to know our needs and desires on a much deeper level. Scorpio has to do with powerful feelings, imagination and creative potential that can be sabotaged by negative traits of jealousy, secretiveness or suspicion. By acknowledging your shadow side - what you can't live without, you will come to know who to associate with in order to get your needs met, but make sure you know the price that will be exacted! Saturn harmonizing with Neptune lets meditation and/or the dream realms inform you of where the current is flowing. Make time to connect with these feelings!
While floating down the stream of inner consciousness, make sure to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!