Changing Stories : The New Moon in Gemini
This is your time
You are glowing under the moon
You are shining near the fire
You will arise
moving yourself up
to the highlands
of your own heart
you deliciously sweet framework
of brains and bones
Your existence is a miracle
But don't force a smile
honor your humanity
Speak in sentences
of boquets and thorns
Dig in the dirt
and pull up the weeds
of your past
Stretch the length
of your body
along the trunk of a tree
raise your hand
to the branches in the sky
and wrap your fingers
around th largest
you can find.
- Kim Adonna -
Gemini is a sign of our times with it’s emphasis on social connections, fast-moving information, and, when the energy gets carried away, saying something before we’ve thought it through. Words and their many meanings dance around us like a playful wind. Oracles and visionary signs abound during the New Moon in Gemini. It might mean spending time with your divinatory tools, but be sure to be open to the oracles of the everyday. Pay attention to words the books you're reading, the signs of passing street corners, enigmatic combinations of emojis, and snippets of conversations in a new and open way. The New Moon in Gemini is a time that we can hear what we need to know, but it requires us to listen carefully.
After the New Moon in Taurus, the New Moon in Gemini is the young kid who is pulling their parent up from relaxing and saying “Come on let’s go!” And on the way to wherever they want you to be they’ll regale you with the latest school ground gossip. While stillness is a quality of Taurus, quickness is the energy of mutable Gemini. The New Moon in Gemini can be a time of information expansion in your life - and depending on where you’re at in life this can be overwhelming or exactly what you need (or a combination of both). It’s an auspicious time to release old stories that you tell yourself and others that you’ve outgrown as well as make announcements about new projects, identities, and ambitions. If you’re someone who struggles with words, whether speaking them aloud or finding the ones that fit what you want to express, the New Moon in Gemini, when properly focused (check out the plant ally below for help with that) can help you find or create your words.
All New Moons are times of new starts, new beginnings, and new perspectives. With the New Moon in Gemini we have the opportunity to tell a new story to and about ourselves. Instead of "not" and “can’t,” Gemini urges us to speak with "can" and "do" as our words of power. Think of a story you’ve been telling yourself for years. It might be something like:
I don’t deserve to be cared for in the ways that I care for others.
Replace the negatives in the sentence with positive words. So the story is transformed to:
I do deserve to be cared for in the ways that I care for others.
It’s not about believing that the latter story is true (yet), for Gemini is less a sign of belief as it is a sign of talking about and analyzing belief. But it is a sign of memes and persistent thoughts, so why not create a persistently positive meme for yourself? It takes practice, but the New Moon in Gemini is an auspicious time to start, helping to give your re-storytelling an energetic boost.
It’s time to tell your story, instead of being told it.
Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
New Moon in Gemini Plant Ally
Lavender is a wonderful herb for the New Moon, bringing soothing and centering energy to magick and medicine. The gentle purple flower helps us to slow down and take a breath during the energetically busy time of Gemini. In general, Lavender is an herb that addresses physiological tension from muscle spasms to tension headaches. It can be used internally (it’s a great addition to tea) and it’s a wonderful massage oil for tired and tense bodies. Lavender is one of my favorite herbs to use in room sprays to shift the energy of a space.
Lavender works with the nervous system very intelligently - it stimulates a sluggish nervous system when needed, bringing clarity and focus while lifting lethargy and can also calm an aggravated nervous system that needs to be re-centered, and settled. Lavender can help to soften the jolts of energy that run through our bodies while enhancing our energetic output, clearing out lethargy and laziness. The scent of Lavender alone does remarkable things to our nervous system, helping to ward off depression, alleviate stress, and bring the spirit back to the body. I highly recommend including it in your New Moon in Gemini magick-making especially when undoing the knots of tension that can come from untangling stories so that we can find our own words.
Flower + Gem Essences for the New Moon in Gemini: Cerato (Ceratostigma Willmottiana), Mimulus (Mimulus Guttatus), Lavender (Lavandula spp.), Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), Blue Delphinium (Delphinium spp.), Aquamarine, Clear Quartz.
Essential Oils for Gemini: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Peppermint (Mentha piperita).
Changing Your Story of Healing
The work of a healer is to ease suffering by connecting those we serve with hope and an expanded vision of what is possible. We, as healers, deserve the same and believing so starts with examining the stories we tell about what can and cannot be healed about ourselves. Be sure to read the first part of the post about why powerful words (whether or not our beliefs are quite there yet) are an important part of Gemini magick before performing this ritual.
Begin in a sacred way (read the New Moon in Aquarius post for further inspiration). Think about the current story you tell yourself about what you think is broken. Notice the physical sensations that arise and where they are in your body. Spend a moment observing the sensation. Speak the story in a concise sentence such as:
- I’ll never heal from my broken heart.
- My shyness won’t let me connect with others as a healer.
- I don’t deserve the healing that I help others achieve.
The next part is a play on an old knot magick technique (which is aligned with air magick and the sign of Gemini), but you’ll be unknotting instead of binding. Gently touch the place in your body where the energy of your story is tangled and say:
By touch of one, the knot's undone.
Visualize the knot of your story loosening and undoing itself. You might feel resistance - take a deep breath. You might feel joy - take a deep breath. Touch the spot on your body again and say:
By touch of two, the energy is true.
Visualize the clarifying energy of the New Moon flowing into the area where the knot used to be. Pay attention to the color and quality for additional healing insight. Take a deep breath, being sure to expand your lungs to their full capacity. Touch yourself for a third time and say:
By touch of three, I am set free!
Now it’s time to fill that spot with the words of your new story.
- My heart is resilient, adaptable, and whole.
- My sensitivity helps me connect to those who need a gentle healer like me.
- I deserve all of my healing.
Breath in the new words deep. Open your arms wide to embrace the energy of the New Moon and then give yourself a big hug. Say with power:
So mote it be!
With a divinatory tool of your choosing ask the following question. You can also ponder it during meditation or through journaling.
What stories do I tell myself prevent me from being the healer I am meant to be?
Additional queries to consider:
- How can I better use my words as a healer?
- In what ways do I need to be more mindful of what I say?
Tarot Cards of Gemini
Every card within the tarot deck has an astrological association. The following correspondences follow the system laid out by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. You can add these cards to your altar as part of your New Moon in Taurus magick or use them in readings to help with determining celestial influence or timing (i.e. this will come to pass at when the Moon is in Gemini).
- The Sign of Gemini: The Lovers
- Jupiter in Gemini: Eight of Swords
- Mars in Gemini: Nine of Swords
- Sun in Gemini: Ten of Swords
- The Air Signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius: Ace of Swords
Need more astroherbology in your life? You can learn more about the astroherbology of Gemini by reading my in-depth profile on the sign. Check out the magick of each phase of the Moon. For those of you ready to learn how to live your magick and create your herbal remedies by the cycle of Moon and star, you're invited to join the The Lunar Apothecary.
Blessed New Moon, wise healers.
May your healing be healing to us all.
May our healing be healing to you.
Blessed be! Blessed be! Blessed be!