The general feeling in the air is one of gestation. Something is brewing, and there are enough aspects that are waxing to produce that feeling. Mercury is also finishing up its retrograde motion and will be fixed in on the 16th degree of Gemini for most of the week.
As this new Moon in Gemini is a partial solar eclipse and tied into this year's "eclipse season," we will need to explore eclipses in more detail to fully understand the depth and power of this new Moon. An entire chapter can be written on eclipses, their meaning, cyclical nature, astronomy, and astrological significance. I will "boil it down" to some keywords, thoughts, and observations, but be aware there is much more.
This week we move through the last week of the lunar cycle. It is a culmination point where we begin to consolidate our resources based on what we have gained during this cycle and prepare for a new phase to start on the upcoming New Moon. "If you consolidate something that you have, for example, power or success, you strengthen it so that it becomes more effective or secure."
If we accept the notion of the eclipses being like a "portal," it would make sense to grasp the concept of a time warp. Considering this cycle involves both Saturn and Mercury going retrograde, most of us will likely feel transported back into the past in some significant way or another, at some point over the next month or so.
Moving through an eclipse cycle changes us. As deeper, more significant aspects of our life are unearthed or even erupted from untapped, buried, hidden recessives of our psyche, we are revealed. Greater meaning and purpose become us, and we are moved to grow, surrender, and expand into more.
To gain the greatest insight and guidance from this month's new Moon, and the subsequent Lunar and Solar eclipses following after it, let's see how they fit into the more significant cycles of unfoldment within which they occur. Then, looking back, we can view last year and the great Pluto/Saturn/Jupiter conjunction as heralding the end of the world as we knew it.
At this point, we are coming deeper into this Taurus Season, where we are being guided to ground into creating stability and finding peace within. Taurus teaches us to trust ourselves and to know what it takes to achieve such a virtuous feat—showing up for thyself with consistency, reliability, honesty, authenticity, and unwavering certainty that you will be there FOR yourself. Generally speaking, Taurus really love themselves!
Mars has now left Gemini where it was for about seven weeks activating the North Node of the Moon – our Future and our Destiny. In Gemini, it is mostly about gathering and sharing information. It was a time for many of taking risks and opportunities to expand further out into the environment, make contacts and connections, and gain a deeper understanding of what it's going to take for you to move more successfully into your future.
It's a time of new beginnings, birthing new identities, and essentially about experiencing a taste of freedom along the way. Freedom - the feeling of having choices, options, opportunities, and new horizons to expand into. The sense of doing what one wants and desires uninhibited with the ability to go for it. We've been in this "Aries Season" for just about a month now, and I feel it's safe to say we've all probably had our fair share right about now of the intensity of this ride we've been on!
In order to understand the astrology of this new lunar cycle, it is helpful to look at the broader context within which it is occurring. Aries is the archetype of new beginnings, new impulses, new desires, independence, and initiation. The Sun is traveling along with both Mercury and Venus by his side this month, and we can look at them a bit like the minute hand of a clock. The hour hand I would put on Saturn (Chronos), up in Aquarius, just about midway between Pluto and Jupiter.