Calling all soul twins! This Saturday, June 4 marks the annual new moon in Gemini, the star sign of friendship, cooperation, transportation, transmissions and local affairs. The search is on for kindred spirits and synergistic partnerships. Ruled by chatty Mercury, Gemini is the the star sign that governs communication. Ready for a rebrand or an image refresh? This new moon wants us to think about the messages we’re sending out to the world. Or, is it time for a new set of wheels, like that Tesla or lightweight cruiser bike? Gemini also rules transportation, making this a great time to shop around and go for a few test drives.
New moons are known as initiation points—days for planting seeds that we’ll harvest six months later at the corresponding full moon. The Gemini new moon helps us turn a fresh page and spark productive dialogue. Since this particular new moon is also conjunct harmonious Venus, it won’t be long before proverbial olive branches are extended. But be careful not to over-promise and under-deliver, as this new moon will also oppose structured Saturn. Make sure you can back up your words with solid action. Motivate now and reap the rewards at the corresponding Gemini full moon on December 13.
Here are eight super-charged tips to turn this new moon into pure, super-connector gold:
1. Be the connector.
Affable, outgoing Gemini understands the power of social networking. Surely it must have been a Gem who coined the term, “it’s all about who you know.” Pay it forward this week and play matchmaker. Link the awesome people that you know to each other and let them take it from there. Write a glowing testimonial on Yelp for someone who gave you great service. Shout people out on Instagram; Snapchat or Periscope a compelling story about someone who inspired you, Tweet about their mad skills. Being the person with the juiciest contact database, or the one with a finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist is nothing to sneeze at. In his bestselling book “The Tipping Point,” author Malcolm Gladwell refers to these peeps as “connectors.” If you’re not naturally a connector, cozy up to one this week and observe the master in action. Or, take it up a notch and turn your connector status into a super-connector, someone who can build relationships very quickly and with a lot of people. While being a connector-type is an art unto itself, it’s also a skill that can be learned; it simply requires untamed generosity and the courage to stick your neck out and give props to people you believe in.
2. Call it like you see it (uh, tactfully please).
Where are you being “two-faced” in your life? You know, those subtle “lies of omission,” the things you don’t say that build up and put a wedge between you and the people you love? Make a list of things you’re holding back from saying, and to whom. Things you’re too scared or shy to say aloud (like “I love you” or, “you’re important to me” or, “you hurt my feelings”). Then, go on and have those conversations. You’ll feel like a new person once you do. Warning: telling it like it is doesn’t mean tearing people down or bludgeoning their egos with a truth hammer. Best to speak in “I language,” instead of the accusatory “you.” For example, “I’ve been missing you a lot,” is likely to engender a more favorable response than, “You never call, you never text.”
3. Find your “second city.”
As the zodiac’s sign of the Twins, Gemini loves everything in pairs. Given that commuting and short trips also fall under Gemini’s domain, let this new moon lead you to a second city that speaks to your soul. It’s a wide world out there, and you can’t always find everything you need within biking distance of your own front door. What aspects of yourself would you like to develop? Spin the globe and find a city that is known for nurturing that activity or mindset. The cultural atmosphere of a city can lure forth a slumbering side of your personality. Anyone who’s traveled can attest to feeling differently when in, say, New York City than in a sleepy seaside town in the South of France. Gemini’s “split personality” reputation would love nothing more than for us to develop a bit of an alter ego this week. If you can’t actually travel, start planning the trip that you’ll embark upon before the Gemini full moon in the coming six months. For some people, this will be the week where bicoastal or bi-city living becomes an exciting reality.
4. Go locavore.
Supporting local businesses is a perfect way to honor the community-minded Gemini new moon. Extend the trend to your palate this month and give the locavore food movement a try. Food that is grown by area farmers is more likely to be fresh and thus, packed with live enzymes. Plus, you’re supporting the farmers and growers in your region, which helps the local economy. Some nutritionists believe that our systems benefit more from eating seasonal ingredients, which follow the same natural rhythms as our bodies. Look into fresh off the farm produce delivery services and CSAs (community-supported agriculture). Each week throughout the summer, a newly harvested box of fruits and vegetables will arrive on your doorstep. Some weeks it will be anyone’s guess what the box will contain, which is an exciting opportunity to grow your epicurean skills. Farm-to-table dinner party, anyone?
5. Dance, dance, revolution!
It takes two to tango, so hit a dance studio this week with your partner in tow. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the reincarnation of Ginger Rogers, or cursed with two left feet. From salsa to tango to ballroom dancing, learning to groove together requires an incredibly powerful level of unspoken communication. Who will lead? Who will follow? Dancing can reveal the areas of your relationship that need strengthening (Pop and Lock or, uh, Pop and Just Stop?). Although a few frustrating spinouts may happen, stick with it and you’ll get in step with each other like never before.
6. Find your “zone of genius.”
We’re fans of Gay Hendricks’ book “The Big Leap,” which talks about finding your zone of genius—that thing you do effortlessly and magically. Gemini rules books and brilliant ideas, so treat yourself to this awesome read (bonus tech-savvy Gemini option: put it on your Kindle, smartphone, or iPad). If you already KNOW your zone of genius, commit to doing one thing that expresses it.
7. Upgrade your technology (in an earth-friendly way).
Gemini rules gadgets and new media—all forms of communication devices. In this world, having a crappy, behind-the-times model can actually hold you back. Are you still lugging around what feels like a 50-pound laptop? Are you eligible for a phone upgrade? Is your printer so ancient it’s practically fossilizing with each page it ekes out? Just be mindful of your carbon footprint: you can donate old cell phones in drop-off bins and take outworn computers, printers, and appliances to special recycling areas that will dispose of them without wreaking further havoc on the planet. Here are the EPA’s suggestions for electronics donations and recycling if you live in the U.S., and some must-know guidelines for responsible electronics disposal. Tip your hat at Gemini’s communal spirit, too: your “ancient” (read: two-year-old) desktop PC could make an amazing donation to an after-school center or a women’s shelter.
8. Go on a tech diet.
On the other hand, if you’re addicted to texting, answering every call, and staring at your smartphone instead of engaging with people (guilty as Instagram-charged), we challenge you to a two-week technology diet. Take one hour a day minimum to go gadget-free and connect with another real, live human being! Selfie sticks have their place too, but if yours has become an extension of your arm, try putting it down and actually being present, real and unfiltered. Every moment of life doesn’t have to be televised on YouTube.