The first of three high-pressure, emotionally-charged Eclipses peaks on June 5th – a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius.
Eclipses bring to the surface feelings that have been submerged in the subconscious, and information that has been hidden in the dark. Sagittarius is the fiery sign of TRUTH, and this Eclipse is especially potent for breaking free from illusion and bringing truth to light.
An extra-powerful Full Moon, this Eclipse catalyzes the death of old, fear-based beliefs and stories that maintain the top-down/power-over control system. Our assignment is divest our life force from the systems that are falling apart and start investing in the new reality we want to create.
Mars and Neptune in Pisces square the Eclipse, activating the Spiritual Warrior. Instead of engaging in fighting or further polarization, we can rise to a whole different level. When we turn our awareness toward the larger field of consciousness, we tap into the power of Source. By changing our thoughts and our frequency, we change the reality that’s manifesting.
To get more insight into what this Full Moon Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 15 degrees of Sagittarius. The areas of life signified by that house are where significant events are coming to culmination or completion, and where you’re called to:
- break through the illusion of fear-based stories and beliefs;
- reconnect with inspiration and enthusiasm and open to a more positive future;
- strengthen faith in your own spiritual authority and inner guidance;
- acknowledge the truth of your feelings and clear the emotional backlog in order to experience greater freedom.
Tonight’s First Quarter Moon in Virgo (May 29, 11:30pm eastern) marks the halfway point between the Gemini New Moon (May 22) and the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse (June 5). A significant turning point in the cycle, the First Quarter or Waxing Half Moon is when the balance shifts from dark to light.
The seeds of intention planted in the fertile darkness of the New Moon are now ready to manifest, and as the energy builds toward the Full Moon, we’re challenged to overcome obstacles to bringing our vision into the light.
The Virgo Moon forms a square to both the Sun and Venus in Gemini, while also opposing Mars in Pisces – forming a pressurized configuration called a t-square (two squares and an opposition). In the mutable signs, this t-square stirs up fast change, feelings of restlessness, and a need to be flexible and adaptable.
In a Gemini lunar cycle strongly characterized by Neptunian energy, it can be easy to be pulled in multiple directions and get distracted and scattered, losing focus. Confusion, illusion and denial are also more shadowy Neptunian potentials. The higher potential is to increase connection and communication with Source, with our deepest soul selves, and use spiritual inspiration as fuel for creating a more loving and beautiful world.
The Moon in earthy, discerning Virgo directs our attention to the here-and-now, our body and environment, helping us get grounded and focus in on what’s most important. Virgo is the Priestess who purifies the temple of her body and home in order to become a stronger and clearer channel for spirit (Pisces). Making small improvements at this Quarter Moon can make a big difference – just take care of what’s right in front of you, and then the next thing.
Mercury – ruler of both Gemini and Virgo – has just moved into watery Cancer, the inwardly-focused sign of deep feelings, nurturing, home and family. We can rely on our feelings and instincts to guide us forward, and trust that, as we change our inner environment, we change the world.
With the South Node in Sagittarius, we don’t need to understand the big picture of everything that’s happening “out there” before taking action, and being overly focused on world events can distract us from the power we have in our immediate environment. Use this First Quarter as a time of preparation, purification, refinement and discernment, and remember that all the “little things” we do as individuals add up to major shifts in the collective.
– Emily Trinkaus
New Moon collage by Emily
Today’s Gemini New Moon (May 22, 1:39pm Eastern) sparks fast changes in your environment, relationships and most importantly, your mind. This New Moon is a cosmic wake-up call, a lightning bolt that pierces through the veil of illusion to connect you with your soul’s deepest truth.
Alcyone, the brightest star of the Pleiades and the “Central Sun” around which our solar system rotates, is activated by the New Moon. The doors to higher information are wide open, especially when you unplug from technology and media, spend time in nature, and quiet your mind and nervous system.
This is a lunar cycle for gathering information, making connections and reconnections, building alliances, and sharing your understanding of the present and dreams for the future. The Sun and Moon trine Saturn in Aquarius, helping you see the bigger picture and harness your thoughts toward building a positive future.
This New Moon is the gateway into Eclipse season – a high-pressure period of accelerated growth and change, in effect until July 20th. You can work with the Gemini New Moon to reset your mind and get into the right headspace to successfully surf the tides of the three upcoming Eclipses.
To get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 2 degrees of Gemini. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re being called to:
- deepen your sense of belonging and connection (first within yourself);
- listen to the voice of your soul;
- open your mind to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities;
- improve communication skills (especially when it comes to listening);
- learn something new, or revisit a subject you used to love.
– Emily Trinkaus
Get all the details about this new lunar cycle, in effect for the next month, in my 80-minute New Moon recording, offered “in the gift.”
We’re in a week of major cosmic shifts – Saturn turned retrograde on Sunday night (May 11, 12:09am eastern), followed by Venus tonight (May 13, 2:45am) and Jupiter on Thursday (May 14, 10:32am).
As I talked about in my Scorpio Full Moon call, this emphasis on retro planets (for the next several months) indicates potential reversals in circumstances and in our feelings. Retro planets slow momentum and turn our attention inward and toward the past to reflect, review and recalibrate.
In addition to three planets turning retrograde, two planets change signs this week. Mercury, planet of the mind, communication and information, moved into its home sign of Gemini on Monday, May 11, until May 28th.
Mercury is moving quickly and super-strong for the next few weeks, supporting stimulating connections, conversations and the flow of ideas. With Venus retro in Mercury-ruled Gemini, there may be a lot of RE-connections that happen, as well as reviewing past events to gather new data and get a new understanding.
The other notable shift is action planet Mars, which moves from Aquarius to Pisces tonight (May 13, 12:17am). We can best work with Mars in watery Pisces (until June 27th) by going with the flow and relying on our intuition, rather than being willful and trying to push our way forward.
If all that weren’t enough for one week – on Thursday we enter the Last Quarter phase of the lunar cycle, when the Aquarius Moon squares the Taurus Sun (10:03am Eastern at 24 degrees).
The Last Quarter or Waning Half Moon, when the predominance of light gives way to darkness, often marks a turning point. We’re called to complete what we started at the New Moon – or let go of what we’re not going to complete – in order to focus on our priorities.
The Aquarius Moon inspires “outside the box” thinking and connects us with our dreams for the future, while the Taurus Sun encourages practical steps in the here-and-now to manifest our ideals.
Both Taurus and Aquarius are fixed signs, and there’s the potential for stubbornness, stuckness, resistance and over-attachment. But the Sun’s harmonious trine to Pluto and Jupiter lends support for making changes to improve our world and tangible progress toward long-term goals.
With the North Node now in Gemini, flexibility, adaptability and considering multiple options and perspectives are key.
– Emily Trinkaus