Welcome to OMG Stars: an astrology column written by Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects) a queer astrologer currently practicing from bed. Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, I’ll give you a report of the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global) with the help of the *stars*.
May 22nd to June 5
It’s Gemini Season! Plus: New moon in Gemini, Venus still retrograde, it’s okay to be stressed out.
I have been repeating to all of my clients that I see for private chart readings lately: this astrology is *a lot*. The day-to-day astrology we are living in is very stressful and has been as such since at least January of 2020. Right now with a whole collection of planets retrograde, the energy is particularly potent.
Venus stationed retrograde on May 14th, in the middle of this last full-to-new moon cycle. When a planet is retrograde, the “re” suffix can be applied to words describing that planet’s energy – we re-visit, re-evaluate, re-question. Venus is about at once our comforts – our romantic inclinations and our sensuality – and at the same time, about our money and our resources. Venus also has to do with our aesthetics. It is what we need to feel safe, and the way we feel in our body once we have that.
When Venus stations retrograde we go through those re-words about Venus qualities. Ex-lovers tend to re-emerge. Our money needs re-counting. We want to re-cycle our entire wardrobe. But since there is such intense energy during these times, any retrograde period is a bad time to make decisions regarding that planet’s function. Famously when Mercury stations retrograde, it’s a bad idea to make commitments or buy technology. Venus retrograde has similar qualities. Ruling Libra and the 7th house, Venus has to do with contracts – so a contract you sign during Venus retrograde might be one you find needs re-negotiating.
At 9:30 EST the morning of May 22nd, the sun moved into Gemini. Later the same day, at 1:39 PM, the new moon will be exact, also in Gemini. New moons always take place in the same sign as the sun (since the moon goes conjunct the sun at that time). Gemini season is about communication: information, thoughts, research, social media, gossiping, talking. During Gemini season in this part of the world we finally, finally are in weather during which it feels good enough to go outside, and people get a little manic about it. Legs out of pants! People on the street! There’s too much to look at.
New moons encourage us to set new cycles and intentions in the thematics of the sign they appear in. In Gemini, today while the sun moves into that sign, it encourages us to not go too bonkers into the frenetic energy of Gemini and to go inside ourselves a little bit to set intentions for how we relate to this side of ourselves. Take this day to think twice about whether you really feel ready to get back outside and interact with the world. It might feel overwhelmingly tempting (and Gemini loves an impulse), but let the knowledge of the new moon help you decide whether you really need to run around the city or whether you’re just distracted by your local hot jogger.
Read the full set of sun and rising sign horoscopes after the jump!