May comes with our first lunar eclipse for 2022 in intense Scorpio, and a new moon in intellectual Gemini. What does this mean for us?
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What is a New Moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a Lunar Eclipse?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy. Lunar eclipses occur with full moons.
Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio: May 16th 2022 (12:15AM ET/May 15th 2022 @ 9:15PM PT)
The Scorpio lunar eclipse is sure to be quite intense. Scorpio full moons can be quite emotional and intense normally, but when it's a lunar eclipse - look out!
Scorpio is what we hold deep inside, it's the darkness within, and what we run from. The lunar eclipse may bring this out, and we're forced to see what we've been hiding away in the cold light of day. This may be uncomfortable, but is likely necessary. It can make us more emotional, and we likely need a healthy outlet for our intense feelings.
Scorpio rules transformation, so this can be a good time for it. Bring new life to something old and stale, refresh, renovate, and remodel. Make it shiny and new again.
Scorpio also rules other people's money: taxes, debts, loans, inheritances, joint finances, business finances, stocks. These may get more attention, and if things haven't been done right, there can be problems; if things have been done right, it can get even better.
Scorpio is ruler of intimacy, so we can work on growing closer with others. We can strengthen emotional bonds,and this can help us feel more stable and secure. We may be more willing to cut ties with those we don't have these kinds of bonds with, and don't feel we ever will.
This lunar eclipse does come with Mercury retrograde (as of May 10th), but is still in Gemini until May 22nd. Then it enters Taurus, and it ends in Taurus on June 3rd opposite the lunar eclipse point. This might bring out the emotional energy in a big way, and we may see major developments around the end of Mercury retrograde to start June.
The lunar eclipse is trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) transit (moving) Mars and Neptune in Pisces, sextile (positive aspect, 2 signs away) transit Pluto in Capricorn, and square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) transit Saturn in Aquarius. The trines to Mars and Neptune and sextile to Pluto help us to find personal power, take control, use energy well, trust intuition, be compassionate, and settle issues. But, the square to transit Saturn might hurt, and we can feel overwhelmed by responsibilities, reckless and irresponsible, immature and restricted. We can to avoid dropping everything, otherwise we can see big problems and get derailed.
This lunar eclipse occurs at 25 degrees 18 minutes Scorpio. The aspects to this lunar eclipse are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 18 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Scorpio
Semisextile: 23 degrees 18 minutes - 27 degrees 18 minutes Libra or Sagittarius
Sextile: 20 degrees 18 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Virgo or Capricorn
Square: 20 degrees 18 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Leo or Aquarius
Trine: 20 degrees 18 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Cancer or Pisces
Quincunx: 23 degrees 18 minutes - 27 degrees 18 minutes Aries or Gemini
Opposition: 20 degrees 18 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Taurus
New Moon in Gemini: May 30th 2022 (7:31AM ET/4:31AM PT)
Gemini new moons are great energy for ideas and plans. Gemini rules the mind and communication, so we can come up with new ideas and plans, pursue opportunities to take action with them, and can be more open with what's on our minds and what we want to do.
We can keep busy, doing more in our communities and neighborhoods, and can share knowledge we have. We may want to expand what we know and do some learning as well.
Mercury, the natural ruler of Gemini, is retrograde for this new moon though (in Taurus), until June 3rd. That might throw us off a little bit, and we may struggle at times with getting any of our new ideas and plans going. It can, however, be helpful for do-overs and second chances, something 2022 has been big for. It can also be a good time to say something over again, re-learn something, or redo something in the community.
The new moon occurs at 9 degrees 3 minutes Gemini. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 7 degrees 3 minutes - 11 degrees 3 minutes Gemini
Sextile: 7 degrees 3 minutes - 11 degrees 3 minutes Aries or Leo
Square: 7 degrees 3 minutes - 11 degrees 3 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 7 degrees 3 minutes - 11 degrees 3 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Opposition: 7 degrees 3 minutes - 11 degrees 3 minutes Sagittarius
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations