Congratulations, dear Gemini, your birthday this year includes a New Moon, that most refreshing of events! And with transiting Neptune squaring the Sun-Earth axis, you can take on any image you want to. Just be aware that the persona you choose has to blend with your native mentality and complement the reality picture–with relationships, finances, or both strained this year and the mental faculties stretched to their limits (meaning the mind and its ability to cope may be under a wee amount of stress), dreaming Big or re-creating who you are does have some restrictions–but as long as you keep those in mind, it’s really your imagination that’s the limit.
The Solar eclipse occurs April 28-29 (depending on your location) at 8 Taurus 51, a New Moon that only sextiles Neptune; everything else is outside even a generous orb, with Mercury just days past Superior Conjunction (if this were moving toward the eclipse point I would consider counting it) and Mars, though moving retrograde, outside the orb for a quincunx. That lays it all on Neptune and the Sabian for this eclipse, ‘A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree’.
A Solar eclipse is when the Moon arrives at a point just right between the Earth and the Sun, so that the Moon appears to be not just conjunct the Sun, but to be aligned directly between Earth and Sun; our view of the Solar orb is blocked (occulted), at least from particular points on Earth relative to the path of the eclipse. It’s an instance, in symbolic terms, of Lunar sensibilities temporarily blocking the light of the Sun (objective consciousness) from reaching Earth. That suggests that Lunar issues for a time overwhelm Solar ones. Normally as the Sun moves from sign to sign we see our attention drawn to each new chart area, and facets of that chart area are ‘stirred’ by the stimulation of the Sun’s light; in one of those areas, the one where the Solar eclipse occurs, we find that for the 6 months between the initiating eclipse and the next Solar one the energy that would typically draw our regard takes on an emotional, subjective lens, one where intuition and our feelings trump the clear, unblinking light of the Sun’s relative objectivity.
The New Moon, eclipse or not, also indicates new starts; so, we’re looking at a new beginning that may be born of ideals, fantasy, or creative application (Neptune), and that could represent (the Christmas tree) a time of celebration, could usher in an ‘ideal’ period, or present the beginning of a personal creative initiative (birth) or renaissance (re-birth). We’re looking at a pair of factors (the Sabian and Neptune) that describe personal ideals–but particularly with the Sabian, we have to note that the celebration is based on our relationship to the unseen, on faith. It’s not related to any specific religion, but instead on our individual idea of a kind of ‘perfect moment’, the kind that memories are built on and that are striven for consistently in everyday life. We also must note that this is a material celebration, in the sense that we embody our feeling in decoration, gifts, and storytelling, all very Neptunian.
The eclipse may be the inception of a ‘honeymoon’ period between ourselves and our imaginations, where we attempt to build our fantasy life. This is good, as we aim to represent our ideals in our material surroundings and in what we produce, but falling as it does during Mars retrograde, we may want to hold off on actual manipulation of the surroundings until after Mars’ direction, on 19 May. Until then we might do best to muster all our creative sensibilities, ponder what we truly want, and plan–then move when the action urge is once again accessible as a ‘stream’ into which we can launch our intentions.
The eclipse of 15 April falls at 25 Libra 15, and is a Full Moon (Lunar eclipse), conjunct transiting energies Ceres, North Node, and Vesta, opposed t Juno, quincunx t Sedna, sesquiquadrate t Venus, and sextile t Pallas. On its own the eclipse suggests a watershed point in partnership, cooperative efforts, artistic endeavors, and in regard to ‘the Other’, everything and everyone outside ourselves. A Full Moon brings an ending, but within this is found a new beginning; this particular culmination/ beginning is amplified by an eclipse, and married (so Libra!) to Nature/ Authority (Ceres), the future (NN), and to an impeccable level of dedication of life energy (Vesta)–it is, in effect, a relational seed point that carries a walloping life force–and this contradicts the kind of puny, Willful, egotistical sense of empowerment that may be found in negative manifestation of Juno in Aries (opposition), as well as causing adjustment to the unconscious (Sedna) and cooperation with what’s ultimately wise (Pallas). The Sabian for this eclipse is, ‘An Eagle And A Large White Dove Change Into Each Other’ This symbolism implies that the ‘other’ focus of Libra involves an actual transformation of one half of a pair into the other, and vice versa; what we are observing or are partnered with, then, becomes what we are.
The Solar eclipse occurs April 28-29 (depending on your location) at 8 Taurus 51, a New Moon that only sextiles Neptune; everything else is outside even a generous orb, with Mercury just days past Superior Conjunction (if this were moving toward the eclipse point I would consider counting it) and Mars, though moving retrograde, outside the orb for a quincunx. That lays it all on Neptune and the Sabian for this eclipse, ‘A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree’. The New Moon, eclipse or not, also indicates new starts; so, we’re looking at a new beginning that may be born of ideals, fantasy, or creative application (Neptune), and that could represent (the Christmas tree) a time of celebration, could usher in an ‘ideal’ period, or present the beginning of a personal creative initiative (birth) or renaissance (re-birth). We’re looking at a pair of factors (the Sabian and Neptune) that describe personal ideals–but particularly with the Sabian, we have to note that the celebration is based on our relationship to the unseen, on faith. It’s not related to any specific religion, but instead on our individual idea of a kind of ‘perfect moment’, the kind that memories are built on and that are striven for consistently in everyday life.
The New Moon occurs just a hair’s-breadth before the end of the day on the 28th, Pacific time (at 10 Pisces 39 at 11:59 PM PST). In Pisces the New Moon promises a new start for everyone, a Collective seed moment that carries all possibilities, and for the individual, it can spark a new dream, ideal, or delusion, with all the positives and negatives that those might entail.
This meeting of Sun and Moon happens widely conjunct Chiron, semi-sextile Uranus, trine Jupiter; the NM also makes a wide sesquiquadrate to Mars in Libra, which is stationed but still technically direct. These contacts infuse the creative spark or dream planted for each of us with the power of healing, an aspect of the radical or the surprising, the opportunity to expand in some way (probably in what we care about, with Jupiter in Cancer); the only discord comes from an over-exercise of ego, or perhaps from taking action based on a delusion (or perhaps based on one’s partner’s delusion, with Mars in Libra!) Look to the natal House where this NM falls for a sense of where a fresh creative development, inspiration, opportunity, chance, or mistake based on something misperceived or misunderstood might appear. If this NM makes contact to a natal body or point, consider that natal energy vital to what comes about, especially in terms of how and where (by the House the contacted body rules) the new beginning may show itself.
The New Moon occurs at 1:39 PM PST of the 30th at 10 Aquarius 55. The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘During A Silent Hour, A Man Receives A New Inspiration Which May Change His Life’ In this instance it’s as if the New Moon will actually seed us with this inspiration; if you can, stand under the moonlight for a few minutes, and embrace the strange, rushing silence of the night and the Cosmos. It’s time to see yourself as really and truly a part of the Universe, a vital part, without which the Universe just wouldn’t run right.
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The New Moon in Capricorn occurs at 3:14 AM PST on the 1st at 10 Cap 57
The Cappy New Moon forms a tidy Cardinal Grand Cross with Uranus, Earth, and Mars, and is itself conjunct Pluto and Mercury, and also sextiles Chiron and trines Pallas. We typically tense for a lot of action with such a configuration, especially when the ambulance crew (Chiron) is standing by and the Moon and Sun have hooked up with a major power player (Pluto). What I think we end up with, though, is more of a denouement, a drawing together of all the changes and revelations of those participants in the repeated slow-moving squares into a coherent statement of our changed circumstances. Rather than energies that act as bombs or bullies, we instead see an accounting, a gathering, of all that has come before, particularly from the squares of Uranus and Pluto, and we finally see the way these changes have given us power, skills, and wisdom. Yes! That’s what is left, after all the bullsh*t is distilled out: a scenario of grace and beauty is born based on our new (and certainly improved) power stance.
Some of you may say, ‘Wait a minute—I haven’t received any power! Nothing’s changed for me”—or it’s changed in negative ways, with opportunities deteriorating, with unexpected smackdowns and lots of anger, prompting erratic, often emotionally desperate, action (cue Chiron). Healing and claiming your power would’ve been the result, if you hadn’t gotten sidetracked, probably by anger or a need to rebel. Don’t worry, it happens to us all at some point—and it’s never too late to get yourself together. This Grand Cross offers an excellent chance to accelerate the lesson, to act up and heal, using the power you do have to become a dynamic Being. We’re likely to see this magnified ability in the House of the natal chart where the NM falls, as well as secondarily in the other Houses that hold the Cardinals (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).
The Sabian for the New Moon is ‘A Large Group Of Pheasants On A Private Estate’. This is a symbol indicating the necessity of finding our tribe. It’s ‘birds of a feather’ quite literally, and the private estate describes that little portion of the world in which we are immersed, well-versed, and active. If you haven’t yet found your tribe, don’t despair—you will—just keep moving toward your dreams (oh my, I’m sounding like a bad inspirational speaker!) and practicing all those pastimes that define you, because it’s in pursuing your fulfillment that you meet everyone else who’s taking the same road.
The New Moon occurs at 4:22 PM Pacific time on the 2nd at 10 Sagittarius 59: ‘Thanksgiving’. It forms a Grand Cross/ Grand Square with Earth and the opposition between Pallas and Chiron; the New Moon also semi-sextiles Pluto, trines Uranus, and sextiles Ceres. This suggests to me a new, personal ‘power arrangement’ in our world, one that arises from wisdom and healing, the use of unique skills, a certain amount of desire or willingness to take on the hard tasks, a sense of being uniquely suited to lead, to contribute to the group, and/ or to innovate, and an understanding of Nature and one’s position within it. In its essence, this NM is like a culmination, bringing together long-term developments within the individual Being and fitting them to a new role in the life situation—so that’s what’s born at this time, a new way of being and seeing ourselves, and this may come about through stress, conflict, a recognition of nature in our lives, or a need for unique Self-expression.
(A side note here: when I write of nature, our interaction with it and our role within it, I’m talking in large part about the way biology intrudes on consciousness; I’m talking about instances where a physical experience with a biological component such as learning one is pregnant, suffering a career-ending injury, or being diagnosed with cancer can change our way of relating to the world, can change our approach, our actions, our feelings, and even our beliefs)
The New Moon occurs on the 4th at 5:34 PM PDT at 11 Libra 56. The first thing that catches my attention is a configuration: a Fist that has a midline opposition that bisects the figure and creates a small ‘hat’ or kite on top using semi-squares. Some may not find this a true config, since the bisection is made by the Nodal axis and the square involves two points, the Vertex (the point at which the ecliptic intersects the prime vertical–this runs through the nadir and zenith perpendicular to the horizon–if you can’t easily picture it, don’t worry–what you need to know is that Vertex literally means ‘turning point’, hence its association with fated events and life-changing meetings) and the Midheaven, which in this case describes the most public part of the chart, the New Moon energy most likely to be perceived; this falls in Sagittarius, suggesting a sharing of information or knowledge, expansion efforts, belief, or ‘getting the word out’. The apex is the South Node–what’s past, what’s been accumulated (with placement in Taurus implying this may have to do with resources), comfort. security, stability. It suggests that the inception of the New Moon may include a very public, ‘fated’, fait accompli, either its beginning, or its public reveal. The ‘topper’ places Mercury just slightly more than 1 degree from conjunction with the North Node–and ‘shoots’ this energy through the apex of the Fist, otherwise known as the South Node. Talk about a Pre-Echo! This could be a ‘message from the future’ as it was laid out, or destined through choice and circumstance, in the past, and though the message would probably have an individual cast (determined by where in the natal chart the South Node at 7 Taurus 50 falls) there would also be a shared element, likely affecting the material well-being or security of us all.
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The New Moon in Leo 6 August 2013 at 2:50 PM Pacific time at 14 Leo 34: ‘Committing to Ourselves’
The Sabian for the NM is ‘A Pageant, With Its Spectacular Floats, Moves Along A Street Crowded With Cheering People’ This symbol depicts the spectacle of the Soul as it moves through life–the floats are our creations, our actions, the street our Path, the cheering crowd the Universe, the Souls who surround us, and those unseen who support us. It may seem like a silly and exclusive kind of symbol–how can every single person be their own parade?–but each person can, each person is worthy of such display, celebration, and support. Don’t deny this to yourself out of a false sense of modesty, or a fear of disapproval, but also don’t be so caught up in your own pageant that you deny support to others–nobody puts on a parade alone.
And here’s another view by the excellent Jude Cowell
New Moon in Cancer 8 July 2013 at 12:14 AM PDT at 16 Cancer 17
The Cancer New Moon is conjunct Mercury, which is moving backward in preparation for Inferior Conjunction with the Sun on the 9th, is square to hZeus, trines the North Node, quincunxes Juno, and trines Chiron, which with Moon-Sun and NN outlines a Grand Water Trine that will very much influence the unseen, felt portions of our lives. The meeting of Sun and Moon each month pinpoints a time of germination, new beginnings and ‘fresh’ energy dedicated to the sign in which this occurs; with Cancer this suggests that beginnings arise out of how much we care, out of our desire to nurture, out of emotional plenty or ‘starvation’, out of a ‘new’ or ‘gut’ feeling, or out of intuitive knowledge, and with this latter we may or may not be conscious of what motivates us.
So, we are moved to foster something–but what? This time, we may be preoccupied (even obsessed) with some idea or thought that arose pre-Merc retro, and this seems to us to need nurture, as well as tweaking so that it delivers maximum empowerment and irons out any wrinkles related to our ambition and desire scenario–perfect for Merc retro, right?–and this all feels very important, as we are aware of how expressive this idea is of our desired life Path, and that fulfillment of this could (we believe) lead to significant healing of old wounds. How truly viable is the idea? we may ask–and the answer is, if it relates to subjects of the House where the New Moon falls, then it is not just viable, but has already germinated–and now we must give it proper conditions so that it can flourish.
Even if the idea doesn’t begin to grow (if we find, for instance, that our idea really isn’t ready, or upon reflection doesn’t carry the promise it once did), there will be something new that emerges from the House where the New Moon sits; it’s just that it won’t be that idea we’ve been kicking around and considering, but instead will be a new idea or opportunity–and with this, we must take care, allowing it to develop through the Merc retro, after which we should begin to assess and plan in earnest, with our ‘expected delivery date’ the point of Superior Conjunction, 24 August.
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