New Moon in Gemini
By Araxe Hajian
After the intensity of our recent full moon in Scorpio, this new moon on May 30 brings a softer vibe as we enter the chatty, clever, and curious sign of Gemini.
This air sign is a fast-talker, eager to gather intel and spread the word far and wide. Get ready for some serious mental stimulation to help you clarify how you invite and share messages and meaning in your life.
Communication is critical for Gemini, but in this new moon period, expression takes a circuitous path. Some aspects get us fired up and ready to go while others hold up a hand, palm out, telling us to pause. It’s a good time to think before you speak; contemplate before you cruise.
Remember all that dreamy Pisces energy we were paddling around in earlier this year? Under this new moon, we step out of that misty sea into clearer air and open skies.
“It’s time to step outside our comfort zone to use this new cycle effectively,” says Miraval Astrologer Lynn Carroll-Rivera. “There’s a new mental incitement to act and do something we might have been dreaming about or imagining earlier this year when we had that strong Pisces influence.”
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are all in Aries right now, adding passionate energy for getting motivated. “Mars rules Aries, so it’s bold, courageous, and confident here in its own sign,” adds Lynn. “One of the hallmarks of Jupiter in Aries is the activist.”
The Mars-Jupiter combination is super ambitious, and in Aries, it makes it impossible for us to sit still. Something is going to happen, no matter how much we try to suppress it, so we might as well steer it.
It’s easy to spur others into action right now, and if we aren’t careful, that can veer into impatient impulsiveness. There’s a doing vibe brewing… and yet! Mercury—the ruler of this lunation—is still retrograde and square to Saturn, and that tempers our drive and tells us to wait a hot minute.
“Mercury is in Taurus right now,” says Lynn, “which means it is pretty set in how things are done. This is not an experimental time.”
So, less chance-taking and more concrete idea-making.
“We are already afraid of losing anything when Mercury is retrograde, and that square to Saturn does not favor things that make us feel insecure. This lunation points to a much more practical, realistic bottom line. Whatever you’re promoting, make sure it’s something tangible.”
In other words, this is not a time for abstract messaging. You might want to ask all those pesky questions regarding value proposition and return on investment.
It is time for a cost-benefit analysis of the cosmos.
The best part of Mercury retrograde is when we get to look at our inner patterns to remember and research things. It brings information to light that we didn’t know and can now reevaluate. Because of this square to Saturn, it’s possible that what we bring into the light makes people uncomfortable. It’s also not a period that lasts forever: Mercury stations direct on June 3 and will come back into Gemini again mid-month, realigning communications.
“Gemini tends to resist narrow-mindedness or dogmatic refusals to consider new possibilities,” Lynn notes, “and will lobby hard to get people out of that mindset with information, humor, or storytelling.”
The new moon’s message is pretty straightforward: it’s time to use the Gemini power of persuasion to tell people to offer something productive or step away and stop wasting your time.
A trine to Pluto compels us to seek growth and understanding; it’s an intuitive energy and an excellent time to ask yourself what you are holding unconsciously. You might need to shrug off a security blanket to move forward. We can take the information that has arisen during this Mercury retrograde period and put it to use for inner development, strategy, or growth.
The Ace of Swords: Truth Revealed
Our accompanying tarot card for this new moon—the Ace of Swords— is all about new ideas.
“Aces are like seeds,” Lynn says, “bringing opportunities. But they depend on your having the intelligence and mental fortitude to do something with it.”
This card can reveal brilliant moments of clarity, new ideas, and truths. Along with the new moon, its message is all about seeing things as they are and being inspired to do something with that information.
“Swords,” Lynn adds, “is a tricky suit—it represents our minds, and sometimes our minds pose our greatest challenge. We have ideas, beliefs, and mental blocks that can hold us back, but we also have insights and awareness that move us forward. We go down or up the stairs, depending on the direction we seek.”
When we speak our truth, we send a golden spotlight of clarity, illumination, and honesty into the sky. Our darker thoughts take flight, and we shift from a mind frame of fretting to focusing. We have all this stuff swirling in our heads, but when we get this beam of light as a new idea, it cuts through the winding, meandering spiral staircase of our minds and offers a direct path up and out.
“Maybe,” Lynn muses, “that’s part of that Mercury square Saturn. We are so used to seeking security and reassuring ourselves that we’re safe and that the thoughts and ideas we’ve been using are solid. Yet this lunation says no. It’s telling us to use that Mars-Jupiter-Aries courage to develop new moves and ideas that challenge the status quo.”
When we get passionate and inspired about something, our dark thoughts tend to diminish. We spark the fuse and stoke the fire—and that inner flame can banish all that would undermine us.
Remember, aces are never manifestations; they are always the beginning of something. This lunation is less about culmination and more about mental inspiration and stimulation. We might not be moving mountains right now, but we can get excited about the prospect—and sometimes, the anticipation is the best part of any action or adventure.
Araxe Hajian is a senior writer who covers wellness stories and specialist offerings at Miraval Resorts & Spas. She was associate editor and writer at Life in Balance Magazine, storyteller at the social platform MindMeet, and author of numerous articles and Miraval Resorts’ coffee-table book Miraval Mindful by Design.