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!! OMG Stars: New Moon in Gemini !!

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.

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!! OMG Stars: Full Moon in Scorpio !!

Amelia Ehrhardt OMG Stars horoscopesWelcome 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 7th – May 22nd
Full moon in Scorpio, a lot of retrograde, and a Venus-Neptune square

The astrology of this lunation is characterized by a lot of action to the full moon. This moon sits in a trine to dreamy Neptune, a sextile to transformative Pluto, and a stressful square to Mars. Trines speak to supportive flow between planets, and with the moon in the fixed water sign of Scorpio supported by Neptune the mutable water sign of Pisces, this astrology gives us an opportunity to check in deep on our emotional state.

Full moons always speak to a closure of some sort of cycle, whether it be a cycle we entered at the preceding new moon, or cycles that relate to the full moon’s sign or house it occupies in your chart. In Scorpio this moon speaks to passionate and transformative energy.

Scorpio never forgets a wound, so with a full moon here we might see some old hurts coming back up – particularly with Neptune’s murkiness added to the mix.

This thematic continues when Venus stations retrograde on May 12th, where it will be joining Saturn and Pluto, and be later joined by Jupiter, in a retrograde cycle. Retrogrades speak to a turning-inward of planet’s energy. Venus, planet of our values and bonds, stations retrograde every 18 months, leading us to go deep inside ourselves emotionally.

Again, in the context of the astrology leading up to it, this is a lot of time to navel-gaze at our feelings (and given our present collective situation, it’s not like we needed any extra incentive to zone in). Venus stays retrograde until June 25th, and this 43 day period gives us an opportunity to contemplate – and likely re-examine – our values.

As we continue to push through collective enforced solidarity by staying home and facing new measures of socialization, this retrogradation is a good time to go through your own shit, on your own.

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