It is the closest aspect in a chart that sets the tone and for the New Moon at 11° 02′ Gemini on 1 June 2011 at 2:03 PM PDT, this is a trine between the New Moon and Saturn in Libra offering stability without rigidity. Nice!
Because this is the first of a pair of eclipses (the second is the lunar eclipse on the Full Moon in Sagittarius 15 June), the effects of this lunation will be further reaching than usual. Making well informed, conscious choices is by the far the preferred course of action and I see the New Moon-Saturn trine in air being very helpful in this regard. Gemini is supreme at gathering bits and pieces of information and Libra is far and away the best at sifting through all that data to support good choices. Saturn’s role is making sure the process is managed in a methodical, systematic manner. See? You can’t lose!
Moving away from the luminaries this chart gets a little edgier. Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, is still in stolid Taurus, semi-sextile volatile Jupiter at 29° Aries. This could translate into people taking a position and defending it loudly right, wrong or otherwise. You know . . . “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts!” Thankfully Mercury will slip into airy Gemini, its home sign, the day after this New Moon and lighten up considerably. Jupiter is very close to ending its stay in Aries, leaving for earthy Taurus on 4 June and marking the end of this spring’s Aries Avalanche.
Venus is slowly pulling away from Mars after the two were conjoined in Taurus 23 May, bringing an end to the stelliums of the past month or so in Aries and Taurus. Very fitting as we move deeper into Gemini, the sign noted for being a generalist. Don’t get in too big a hurry though because these two planets are still in Taurus and Taurus ambles rather than dashes. I recommend fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) make the most of the next week or so before Venus leaves for Gemini on 9 June to sit, sip and relax.
A deeper source of unease stems from the waxing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Even though the first exact square will not happen until next year on 24 June 2012, the tension between these two slow-moving outer planets is beginning to make its self felt. If you have planets and/or Angles in the early degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), watch out for budding obsessions and a growing awareness of deep seated anger issues, followed by the urge to toss everything away to start anew. In a broader sense I anticipate seeing more and more instances such as we’ve seen this spring in the Middle East of people rebelling against entrenched authorities/governments.
In the two week period between the eclipses, Ceres in Pisces will square the Nodal axis with the North Node in Sagittarius and the South Node in Gemini. Ceres encourages us to look at our lives and identify our natural cycles and rhythms. What time of year do we generally feel strongest and when do we need to rest more? Are we morning people or night owls? The North Node in Sagittarius is the ultimate example of seeking the best perspective possible and the search for the Truth. It is by quieting the busy mind through meditation or by following the breath, we can become attuned to our own personal sense of what works best for us. I am a firm believer that each of us knows what’s best for ourselves even if we often ignore those messages from within. This is a good time to start listening.
Make the most of the clarity and purpose now to plan your next move or consolidate gains made during the past few months. Understanding where we’ve been is very important to deciding where to go next and this lunation has the feel of being a nexus point.
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I’d like to recommend reading what Karen of Ravenesque Tarot says about this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini and if you are curious and want to learn more, Jeff Jawer of StarIQ has a short but informative post on this solar eclipse also.
On a personal note: Jupiter at 29 Aries is exactly opposing my Libra Sun and Venus in Taurus is exactly opposing my Mars in Scorpio. Add in the New Moon in my seventh house trine the midpoint between my Moon and Neptune and it looks like my attention will be on my nearest and dearest but in a good way. This lunation is about what I can offer others and finding joy in doing so.
Between the New Moon and the Full Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars will all be in my seventh house. All I can say is it’s a good thing I’m a Libra and come wired to pay attention to others in my life.