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Gemini New Moon: Chiron in Aries Checks In

This new moon is at 22.44 Gemini on June 13 at 3:43 pm ET

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The ruler of this Gemini new moon, Mercury, moved into Cancer yesterday, where he immediately began to make a challenging aspect to the fresh, bloody wound of Chiron in Aries. If Cancer’s sign represents the ocean and saltwater, then cleansing with salt water can heal a wound, but the salt stings. Words--the purview of Gemini and Mercury alike--may sting at this new moon. Cleansing, yes. But, ouch! This new moon is also square Neptune in Pisces, signifying that we may be thinking our way through some confusion or delusion.

Chiron in Aries, remember, is showing us how to be authentic. Where are you hiding and how can you find the courage to be yourself in that part of your life? We are healing the wounds of toxic masculinity, anger, war, destruction, and self-abnegation. We are healing the wounds of perfectionism that hold us back from an authentic life.

I’m beginning this lunar cycle by gathering insights from a profoundly useful consultation with Ivy over at Circle Thrice. Ivy is a project manager, witch, and tarot reader combining these three skills to help people plan strategic goals and navigate projects to success. When I work with a business consultant like this, I have to be vulnerable. I have to show this other person all of the numbers behind my business, and tell them about my problems. If I hide the problems and pretend it’s all going perfectly, she can’t help me solve anything. It’s scary for most of us to show another human being how imperfect we are, and ask that person to tell us about the mistakes we’re making. It can feel like a risk to ask for help.

Ivy’s assessment of my business hiccups and advice for solving them was excellent. She helped me see my return on investment in various projects from a different angle, which in turn clarified some of my goals. A consultation with her showed me how I need to reorganize my time in order to get where I want to go. Her words didn’t sting me, mind you--she’s very professional and supportive of her clients. But having to look at the rational side of things when I may have been ignoring or obfuscating the details for myself stung a little, privately. It means I can’t ignore reality. Ultimately, though, doing this kind of practical problem solving is healing, helping me to do my authentic work a little better every day. A lot of things are going well in my career--most of it, actually--and now I can move anything that is out of alignment with my goals back into alignment, thanks to Ivy’s advice.

The words that come to you at this new moon may come through someone else or your own inner voice. Though they may sting a bit, consider their healing potential. It’s a Chiron-in-Aries check-in, saying: are you being true to yourself? Are you practicing self-love? Are you taking risks, even though they make you vulnerable?

Gather the insights without judgment and start acting on them in a day or two, during the waxing moon. Today is a good day for just thinking about it, and maybe setting an intention for what you want to do with these insights. It’s a good day for reviewing Chiron’s transit through Aries. If you want to know what this Chiron transit means for you, check out your monthly horoscope for April in the members’ archives. And if you want advice for this new moon, this week’s horoscopes will help.

Image Credit: Illustration from Old French Fairytales by Virginia Frances Sterrett

Happy birthday, Gemini! Your horoscope for May 20 - 26

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This week is about maneuvering around obstacles and regaining emotional equilibrium. Uranus’ move into Taurus and Mars into Aquarius last week was a cosmic jolt. If you feel like you’ve been thrown into chaos, you’re not alone! It’s the beginning of some major inner change for you. At the beginning of the week you may feel some hurt around your sense of belonging and receiving love. It’s hard to open up sometimes. Luckily, on Sunday night, the sun moves into your sign, officially beginning your birthday season! The airy energy helps you feel more confident and free. And we have Jupiter trine Neptune this week, acting like a pair of guardian angels who will assist you in reaching your career dreams.

You’re more supported than you may have felt last week, but it’s still a bit of a rollercoaster. By Friday, you may receive a transformative opportunity that could alter your image. Work with the energy by visualizing what you would like that to be and taking some action to make it happen. Do the visualizing part on Monday, as you’re not likely to feel too active then. It’s a good day to practice going easy on yourself. The rest of the week is about doing the dream. On Tuesday especially, you may feel inspired and spiritually awakened, and on Wednesday the sun trine Mars has you racing off to find out the answers to some burning questions. On Saturday, you may find your sense of worthiness tested. Difficulties in an intimate relationship or shared financial situation could make you feel emotional next weekend, so take that time for self-care. Your inner life and dreams are slowly and surely manifesting in the outside world.

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