Annular solar eclipse creates a “ring of fire” over China in 2010. ©ChinaFotoPress, Getty Images via National Geographic
Another eclipse is upon us. This time it’s a solar eclipse in Gemini. Eclipses intensify new and full moons, giving them an extra kick, a bigger dose of potency, and greater reach/influence. A typical new and full moon have about two weeks of influence, while eclipses can have an impact for as long as six months.
In astrology, eclipses trigger necessary changes to one’s journey in life. Because these changes are triggered outside of one’s own volition, they are often harsh, sudden, and undeniable. The initial shock evoke sadness, confusion, frustration, anger, worry, and possibly depression. However, it is our reaction past the initial shock that defines how we will allow these eclipses to influence us.
This new moon highlights Gemini qualities (cerebral, social, connections) and 3rd house themes (information, thought, ideas, communication). Gemini is governed by the planet Mercury, who is currently transiting Taurus, where our thoughts lean towards permanence and stability.
In Gemini, the Moon is energetic, excitable, gregarious, an extrovert often opting for logic over emotions. It may not be the most comfortable sign for the Moon to be in since she seems happiest when swimming in a world of emotions :) But Gemini encourages the Moon to get out more and express itself freely.
This Eclipsed New Moon in Gemini (blending of heart & soul) opposes (needs balance with) the North Node (life path) and squares (conflicts with) Neptune (spiritual truth), encouraging us to “see” through a different set of lenses. Elsewhere in the sky, Venus (relationships/finance) is retrograde (from May 15 to June 26) while Mars (aggression/motivation) link up Chiron (brokenness/healing) and Pluto (endings/transformation), just as Uranus’ square with Pluto gets within orb.
The combination of all these celestial movements and alignments adds tension to the opposition and square the new moon has with North Node and Neptune. We can be so “set” in the how, who and what where our immediate world is concerned that it’s hard to form a new way of looking at the same situation or an existing, continuing event/relationship. Allow this eclipsed new moon to show you the other side of the same coin, so to speak. Listen to your inner voice (Neptune) and let it guide you toward the path (North Node) that is right for you and your situation/s.
“Seeing differently” may be a little difficult to achieve with Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, currently under the influence of Taurean energy which is practical and prefers tried and true over hypothetical or experimental. No worries though. Mercury comes home to Gemini a few days after the new moon on the 25th.
So if there’s a stubborn streak you recognize within yourself or those around you that you can’t quite explain or get past, hopefully, you are able to exercise patience. Revisiting the issue a week later may just give you the edge you need to break through whatever obstacle may be keeping you from achieving that result you are hoping for.
The new moon/solar eclipse occur at 0° of Gemini. Those born within 3 days of May 20th or November 23rd; or have planets/house angles around 0° of mutable signs may experience this new moon solar eclipse more profoundly than most, especially within during May-July. Those celebrating a birthday on or before this eclipse may also carry the energy eclipse throughout their Solar Return (birthday) year.
For me, this New Moon falls in my natal 9th house (higher consciousness), as a Virgo-rising and my solar 12th house (subconscious), as a Cancer-Sun. With Venus-rx also conjunct (blending energies) my natal Mercury in my natal 9th house, redefining all types relationships (my friends/family, myself, my money) may also be a focus of this new moon/solar eclipse.
How might this new moon manifest in your life? Look to the natal house this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign and degree to the sign on the house cusp. Then, click here to read about the new moon transiting natal houses.
Here are the symbols associated with the zodiac signs.
Aries ♈ • Taurus ♉ • Gemini ♊ • Cancer ♋ • Leo ♌ • Virgo ♍
Libra ♎ • Scorpio ♏ • Sagittarius ♐ • Capricorn ♑ • Aquarius ♒ • Pisces ♓
If you don’t have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the New Moon transit in those houses.
- Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 3rd House
- Taurus-Sun or Taurus-Rising ~ 2nd House
- Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 1st House
- Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 12th House
- Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 11th House
- Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 10th House
- Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 9th House
- Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 8th House
- Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 7th House
- Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 6th House
- Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 5th House
- Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 4th House
Unsure if you have natal planets/house angles on or around 0° of mutable signs? Cast your own birth chart at alabe.com — birth date, time, and place required.
For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on May 20th at 4:47 p.m. Pacific / 7:47 p.m. Eastern and will be void of course on May 22nd at 3:50 p.m. Pacific / 6:50 p.m. Eastern. Click here for Jan Spiller’s DailyOm.com article, briefly explaining new moon wishes.
- The New Moon in Natal Houses
- Eclipses in Astrology
- Venus Retrograde ~ May 15 to June 26, 2012
- Uranus Square Pluto ~ 2011 to 2015
- Saturn in Libra ~ 2009 to 2012
- Chiron in Pisces ~ 2010 to 2019
- Neptune in Pisces ~ 2012 to 2025
- Solar Return