We are now in the New Moon period of the current Soli-Lunar cycle. It took place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at 9:37 pm PDT, at 26° Gemini. A New Moon represents the birth of a new cycle of action that will play out during the coming month. Compared with the last cycle, the present one has the Sun, Moon, and Mercury in airy Gemini. In general, it will emphasize the necessity of working to improve one’s communication in order to make more meaningful connections. Gemini embodies a love of learning and the joy of conversing with many people. It appreciates a reciprocal flow of information and considers it a fundamental part of interacting with the world. Gemini seeks to share discoveries and build networks, resulting in juggling multiple tasks. The challenge of the Gemini archetype is to allow oneself the freedom to pause, feel deeply, and absorb experiences without reducing them to mere words.
Of particular note, the Moon squares Neptune in Pisces, which can be difficult if one desires to find certainty. We can use this to experience life in a sensitive way that can take us far beyond mere words. While this aspect brings some nebulousness, it also offers imaginativeness and openness. Neptune in Pisces opens our minds to new concepts, expanding our vision. The New Moon phase is inherently ambiguous, but it also promises potential. Like a seedling, we can nurture our ideas to help them blossom. It’s best to welcome ideas but allow for the emergence of clarity before rushing into action. If we force decisions in times of uncertainty, this indicates that we may be pushing ourselves and others for ego-driven desires. This will create a disconnection from the present moment, which usually results in disappointment. Neptune’s influence urges us to recognize that trying to control an outcome is a trap. This is because it produces unneeded expectations, causing us to lose the ability to navigate life smoothly, like misinterpreting the tides.
In addition, Saturn has just turned retrograde in the sign of Pisces. This cycle will last for over four months, ending in early November. This is when we must review any missed steps we might have made to establish a more solid foundation. Because the ruler of Pisces is Neptune, along with the nature of this Moon cycle, we must allow ourselves to live in whatever uncertainties exist in our life. One of life’s most significant realities is the truth of uncertainty. It can be a source of fear, or we can accept it and see its value as we become open to new possibilities. Also, Saturn rewards us for seeing things as they are; if we are aware we are uncertain, new answers might find us. Saturn encourages us to control only what we can control and accept our limitations. While retrograde, Saturn calls for restructuring and developing sustainable ways of living that will create inner strength. We can build resilience and inner authority by confronting obstacles and handling life’s pressures.
Supporting this movement, Venus in Leo squares Jupiter in Taurus, offering the potential for long-term opportunities. Taurus needs to produce, create and ground something. It also needs physical comfort, and its heightened senses are easily attuned to the natural rhythms of life. With the square to Venus, we might become much more creative than usual as our imagination expands this coming month. Also, Mercury in Gemini sextile Venus in Leo is urging us forward in our genuine expression and creativity. Embracing our true selves and forging connections with people who appreciate us is key. When we align with those who resonate with us, new possibilities unfold. We pave the way for meaningful growth and fulfillment by valuing and embracing our unique contributions.
At times, we may feel unable to be ourselves in the presence of others. During these moments, exploring the roots of our inhibitions is valuable. Reflecting on our past experiences of nurturing or neglect can offer insights for personal healing and create an environment where our creativity can truly flourish. With a solid inner ground, we possess the resilience and adaptability to navigate the twists and turns with a sense of stability.
By Jim Sher and Olivia Martinez