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New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Gemini ~ June 1, 2011

The Colorful Moon. Credit and copyright to the Galileo Project, JPL, NASA

Has it been a crrraaazzzyyy week (or couple of weeks) for anyone else other than me?! Tense, busy, icky energy. Even my usual mild temperament has been easily riled up these days. Maybe it's transiting Pluto oppose my Sun and square my Uranus, while transiting Uranus also opposes my Uranus -- yes, a great, big bundle of cardinal energy nicely packaged in a grand cross. Nuts!

But enough about me... If any of you have also been experiencing funky energy in your immediate environment, we can probably put some of the blame on the upcoming eclipse. 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. Click here for a more detailed explanation of Eclipses in Astrology.

June kicks off the month with a New Moon in Gemini (at 2:03 p.m. PDT / 5:03 p.m. EDT), which also happens to also be a Solar Eclipse (at 2:16 p.m. PDT / 5:16 p.m. EDT). This is the second eclipse in Gemini; the previous one occurred on December 21, 2010 and was a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, kicking off the Gemini-Sagittarius series of eclipses that are happening from 2010 to 2013.

New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. 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 and will soon be home in Gemini the following day, on June 2nd.

In Gemini, the Moon is energetic, excitable, gregarious, an extrovert opting for logic over emotions. This Gemini-Eclipsed New Moon (blending of heart & soul) allies with Saturn (old/structure) and Uranus (new/radical change) while challenged by Neptune (imagination/enlightenment), Chiron (wounds/healing) and Pluto (purging/transformation). It's mid-year. How has 2011 been for you so far? How much of it is what might have planned or expected? What of it are complete surprises or interesting turn of events?

With the heart (Moon) and soul (Sun) in agreement, it's time to 'see' things/situations/events for what they really are (Saturn). No more turning a blind eye or escaping behind wishful thinking (Neptune). Enough with just living with the hurt or avoiding what must be done to get through painful experiences (Chiron). It's time to break away (Uranus) from what's been keeping you from the life you envision for yourself. So, get to the root of the problem/issue and purge/eliminate what you must (Pluto) in order to have your much needed renewal (New Moon). The path to a new life or a new version of you may not be an easy one, but I have no doubt it's a rewarding one :)

This new moon occurs at 11 degrees of Gemini. Those born within 3 days of June 1st or December 3rd; or have planets/house angles around 11 degrees of mutable signs may experience the effects of this new moon eclipse stronger than most.

For me, as a Virgo-rising, this Solar Eclipse/New Moon falls in my natal 9th house (personal growth/experiences) and also affects my natal 10th house (career/future goals) since Gemini is the sign that governs that house; and as a Cancer-Sun, in my solar 12th house (subconscious/dreams). At 11 degrees, this eclipsed new moon is sextile both my Venus (relationships/finances) and my Chiron, which add intensity to the cardinal grand cross already happening in my transit chart. Hmm...if only I could hide under a rock until things subside a bit. But, alas, no :)

How might this solar eclipse/new moon manifest in your world? Look to the natal house this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign (Gemini) and degree (11 degrees) to the sign on the house cusp. Use the list below to identify the Gemini zodiac sign then click here to read about the New Moon in Houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of New Moon illuminating 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 11 degrees of mutable signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on June 1 at 2:03 p.m. PDT / 5:03 p.m. EDT and will be void of course on June 3 at 1:08 a.m. PDT / 4:08 a.m. EDT. Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

For new readers of this blog, I am available for personal consultations. Are you celebrating a birthday soon? Or know someone who is? Schedule your session for a Solar Return (birthdays), 3-Chart Reading (detailed natal & overall outlook for the next 12 months) or an Eclipses reading.

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"The Colorful Moon" - Image credit and copyright to Galileo Project, JPL, NASA.

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