The New Moon in GEMINI will grace the sky on June 18th reaching peak illumination at 12:37am EST.
This blog post covers all you need to know about the New Moon in Gemini along with a simple eco-somatic ritual.
In this blog post you will find:
Introduction: Moon 101
The sun and moon are in a cyclical relationship as they weave through the seasons of the zodiac. This celestial dance provides us with an intuitive road map to explore our own inner/outer journey as we too make our way through the ebb and flow of nature's seasons and come into new and ever-changing dimensions of our lives.
While the sun is ruler of the day and influences our "outer" expression in the world, it is to no surprise that as ruler of the tides and queen of the night the moon is also ruler of our emotions and "inner" felt experience. Our emotions have long been associated with representations of water and the sea: fluid, ever-changing, ebbing and flowing. As the moon pulls at the tides, we also experience this influencing force on our emotions, desires, shadow realms, fears/worries, psyche, and dreams.
Self-knowledge arises through a process of uncovering hidden layers of self through revelation and integration. This process is mirrored in the ebb and flow of the moon which is why it's something we learn to observe and track. As the light of the moon waxes, more of what lies hidden becomes revealed - our deeper motivations, mechanisms, and feelings. As the light of the moon wanes, we are given time to integrate these new learnings and discoveries.
This New Moon falls within the sign of Gemini right before the Sun shifts into the sign of Cancer. Keep reading to learn how you can use this moon portal to explore new dimensions of self seeking expression in the world.
The GEMINI NEW MOON supports you to nurture your soul's journey toward embodying love and authentic power in service to the conscious evolution of earth.
Here in the northern hemisphere, we are well on our way toward the height of Summer as the sun makes its way through the constellation of Gemini. Days are lengthening, soils are heating up, and the growth cycle underway is building momentum. Summer Solstice is soon to arrive on June 21st, when the seasonal energy will reach full yang expression. Two weeks ago, the Sagittarius Full Moon was amplifying the energy of abundance by reflecting the strength and power of the sun's light. The sun is the sustainer of life on earth and is like the conductor of a larger planetary orchestra. Sitting at the center of the solar system the sun feeds and bears witness to the emergent process that is music-making. We also have an inner sun that sits in the center of our being: our soul. When we are living from our sun source, we are able to zoom out and gain a broader perspective by getting into the larger arcs of our lives.
Now the sun and moon stand together (conjunct) in the sign of Gemini, a robust mental sign who tends to look for the details, exploring and analyzing them. The message of Gemini lies lies within its symbol: the twins. The twin aspects of self that Gemini must learn to unite are the rational-mind and heart-mind. One operates from knowledge, the other from wisdom. Acquiring knowledge is an outer pursuit, whereas cultivating wisdom is an inner one.
In the absence of an inner world, there is a predisposition to stay on the surface and focus on the details of daily life. Thus, communication is confined exclusively to the outer world. The spiritual task of Gemini is is to build the communication bridge to the soul. This involves quieting the mind and letting go of the addictive tendency to stay busy and fill space. The spiritually mature Gemini, upon awakening to the soul as the higher self, will begin to turn the communication inward. Through regular and routine practices like meditation, study, and service to the greater life, the bridge to the soul is built.
Practices to support integration: take pauses throughout your day to rest in stillness, meditate or practice breath work. When communicating with others, restrain yourself from speaking to be heard or to prove point. Practice deep listening by rooting your awareness in the felt sense of your body.
New Moon Energy
The New Moon in Gemini marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle. The previous Taurus New Moon cycle ends and a Gemini New Moon cycle begins. Since the moon is the closest "planet" to Earth, this satellite zips around the zodiac very quickly, completing its round in less than a month. Actually, the entire trip takes 29.53 days, to be exact, and is measured from one “New Moon” to the next. We call this a lunation or lunar cycle.
During a New Moon, the moon is sitting between the Earth and the Sun, hence the Sun is shining on the side of the moon we never see. Both the Moon and Sun are in the same Zodiac sign during a New Moon forming a conjunction, which means that the influencing energies are united and enhance the other. In this case, both the sun and moon are conjunct in the sign of Gemini.
SETTING AN INTENTION
The New Moon is the beginning or conception stage in the lunar cycle. The darkness of the new moon represents fertile ground.
New moon energy is a time for introspection, heightened intuition, surrendering to the unknown, releasing what no longer serves you, opening to magic and conjuring visions.
It is the most potent time to plant your dream seeds or set intentions by consciously focusing on the "feeling' of your hearts' desires.
Whatever intentions you set for yourself now should be revisited 6 months from now on the Gemini Full Moon.
What you need to know about Gemini
THE MUTABLE CROSS
PISCES - VIRGO AXIS
Anticipation, movement, change, adaptability, flexibility
This Mutable Cross is one of the three zodiacal crosses. Following the determined stable forces of the Fixed Cross comes the changing nature of life in its mutable form. The purpose of this cross defines the shifting adaptable natural forces of the elements.
"Mutable signs are represented by sattva in the Hindu system. Geometrically, they are expressed by a spiral, which combines the inwardness of a circle and the thrust of a straight line." - Vicki Noble, Motherpeace
Pisces is the mutable Water sign (circled in the diagram here), opposing it is the mutable Earth sign of Virgo which creates one axis of the Fixed Cross. The two feminine elements (Water and Earth) always create an axis and the two masculine elements (Air and Fire) create the other axis. Each cross contains each of the four elements. In this case the mutable signs are represented by: Sagittarius (fire), Gemini (air), Virgo (earth), and Pisces (water).
LIBRA, AQUARIUS, GEMINI
Air is the element of the mind. It is related to perception, the intellect, study, communication, music, harmony, inspiration and sound.
"Ideas come from somewhere unseen, and drift in and out of our minds like the wind. Air is also the breath of life. Each day we wake with new breath within us, we have the ability to experience the wonders of life. When someone is a 'breath of fresh air' they bring new perspectives and a renewed sense of life to our reality, not unlike the qualities of air." - Kayla White
Air signs feel at home in the imaginal realms of thought, poetry, philosophy and the arts like music and song. They thrive in the pursuit of humanitarian efforts and hold big visions for the collective. They are often called to contributing their voice to change as communication is often a strength and find enjoyment in articulating concepts and new ideas.
RULING PLANET: MERCURY
Qualities: communication, knowledge, intellective, awareness, thought, expression
Being the closest planet to the Sun, and the smallest in the solar system, Mercury is a mover who orbits the sun in only 88 days. The planet mercury is a rocky world that doesn't have oxygen or water. Mercury is said to be the messenger of the gods and is the planet of day-to-day expression and communication. Mercury's influence is restlessness in motion. Things happen fast. This planet is incredibly energizing, prompting us to move from one thing to the next. Mercury is also about a quick wit, quick thinking, possibilities, opinions, reasoning. Relating to travel, Mercury is about short trips: visits with family, friends or neighbors close by, commuting for work and errands, or weekend getaways.
Gemini the Twins is a constellation of the zodiac, which means that it lies on the ecliptic, or path of the sun and planets through our sky. It most visible during early Spring or late winter season in the months of January, February and March. Gemini rises in the east after night fall.
According to EarthSky:
"Most people see the constellation Gemini as just two bright stars – Castor and Pollux – sometimes called the Gemini twins. These two stars aren’t really twins. Pollux is brighter and more golden in color. Castor is slightly fainter and white. But both stars are bright, and they’re noticeable for being close together on the sky’s dome. From time immemorial, people have thought they looked like brother stars". (Source)
Gemini New Moon Ritual
What You'll Need
1. Elements for your altar. Drawing on the ritual elements above, consider what you might want to bring to your altar. Start simple. There is absolutely no need to go out and "buy" altar items. This is something that we encourage you to unlearn. Everything we need is within us and can be found around us. A simple candle will do, or a yellow flower for example.
2. Journal & something to write with for the journaling portion.
Important Considerations & Prep
1. RIGHT RELATIONSHIP: being in right relationship with your spiritual practice means approaching each aspect with humility, curiosity and reverence. This includes checking yourself on the nature of how you relate to "objects" as things and the process itself.
For example, if you feel called to stones as part of your ritual, consider WHY first. Then contemplate the impact of whatever action comes next. For example, instead of mindlessly purchasing cheap precious stones from somewhere like amazon (which have more than likely been harmfully mined/extracted and then shipped across the world as part of the consumer machine that's destroying our planet), perhaps part of your spiritual practice is to resist such a prompting and instead take the time to go for a mindful walk in your backyard, or a nearby stream and see if the right stone presents itself to you.
2. CLEANSE & PURIFY YOUR SPACE: Cleansing, also known as purification, is the practice of clearing out and releasing negative energy from your space, as well as energy that’s just old, stale, stagnant, or no longer serving you. Here are a few different methods:
Physical cleaning: dusting, vacuuming, opening windows for fresh air
Salt: a common element used for purification and protection in many different cultures. To use, simply sprinkle salt along doorways and windowsills to protect them from negative energy entering or just keep a small bowl of salt on your altar or nearby surface.
Smoke cleansing: light incense or burn a bundle of dried herbs such as rosemary, cedar, or mugwort. Choose plants that you have grown yourself or that grow abundantly wild nearby, plants that you have ancestral tied to or just those that have been grown and harvested ethically.
NOTE: If you do not have meaningful/authentic relationships to Indigenous culture and customs, "smudging" with white sage cultural appropriation and is dishonoring to Indigenous nations across Turtle island. It is important to understand that smudging is not just about burning sage to purify the negative energy from your space but is a sacred ritual that is culturally specific to tribes such as the Lakota Sioux, Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Navajo. If you have been gifted sage by an Indigenous friend, use to your discretion in how to engage with this medicine. This sacred plant is being abused, exploited and mass-harvested for commercial and consumer use which perpetuates the violence of white supremacy and settler colonialism. Take some time to locate yourself within a settler-colonial context interwoven with the land you currently occupy. Check out Native Land to learn the name and more about the territories you occupy.
3. CLEANSE & PURIFY YOUR BODY-MIND
Take a shower our bath; visualize any negative energy that has accumulated in your auric field to be washed away as the water goes down the drain.
Meditate, center and take some time to ground in stillness and embodied presence.
Write or speak your intentions for your ritual out loud
4. BE MINDFUL & STRIVE FOR INTEGRITY ALWAYS.
Creating an altar is optional. Altar tending is a beautiful practice, especially if you have a designated area in your home that you can tend to over the course of each moon and seasonal cycle.
Tending to an altar is an intentional practice that supports your exploration of nature spirituality and carries the potential to deepen your relationship to the energetic archetypes of the unfolding seasonal & moon cycles.
To set up your altar, simply play with any number of the ritual elements offered above in the chart by using symbols, colors, precious gemstones, symbolism, etc.
There is no right or wrong way to go about creating, tending or being with your altar, however we do not condone cultural appropriation or theft of any kind.
Eco-Somatic Practice: Connecting & Communicating from the Heart
For this eco-somatic we will be drawing on the element of AIR since Gemini is an air sign.
This part of the ritual is best performed outside under the sky, or next to an open window. In this practice, you are invited to listen from the heart via pathways of sensation, feeling, intuitive knowing, imagery and/or visualization.
Begin by finding a comfortable place either seated or lying down outside where you can hear birds.
Take some time to settle into the base of your posture and notice the weight of your body descend into the earth. Sense the part of you that is lifting toward the sky.
As you inhale, practice breathing slowly and softly into the front and back of the heart. As you exhale, draw your awareness to the base of your posture and center of gravity (the area inside right below the belly button). With every inhale, lengthen the spine, and every exhale, relax into your seat.
After a few minutes, begin to notice the sensual landscape holding you. Draw your awareness to the realm of air.
the multi-layered orchestra of bird song and chatter.
the soft breeze or gusty wind, the temperature of the air.
the color of the sky, the movement of the clouds, the feeling of warmth against your skin.
the way light dances with shadow, how the trees sway and and then rest.
all of the winged creatures from tiny insects to soaring birds of prey.
From a place of gratitude and reverence, send a greeting of thanks to the realm of air. Say hello to each spark of life though words, sound, song or gesture.
How does this change or deepen your experience? What subtle shift do you notice in your body-mind-heart and being?
Invite the spirit of air to send a message to you. To receive the message, allow your mind to be open, your body to be rooted, and your breath to be soft.
Bring your hands either to your knees with your palms open toward the sky, or gently resting on your heart.
Begin to breathe into the front and back of the heart very slowly and softly as you continue to make contact with the spirit of air all around you. Listen with your heart. Be here for at least 10-20 minutes.
Next, take your journal and write a message to yourself, channeling the spirit of air.
When you are finished, read out loud what has been written.
Offer gratitude to the spirit of air with words, gesture or by leaving a gift or offering.
What has changed or deepened your experience? What subtle shift do you notice in your body-mind-heart and being?
What came up for you during the eco-somatic practice? Take some time to reflect on anything you'd like to hold onto.
Additional journal prompts for the new moon:
What inspired vision, dreams, thoughts or ideas are percolating for me right now?
How am I in conversation with life? Am I listening?
You may also feel called to finishing the following sentences:
A habits of thought or behavior that I am releasing is....
A new practice that I would like to incorporate into my routine is...
Something that I am letting go of is...
Something I am welcoming in is...
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