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New Moon in Gemini: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone + Get Inspired

new moon in geminiThe new moon in Gemini, happening June 13th, 2018 at 3:43 pm ET, brings with it (in true Gemini fashion) the essence of duality. While many of you know me as Jenn, the astrologer and coach who delivers you cosmic updates to help you chart your success in life and business, there’s something else you may not know. I have a deep love for something other than astrology. In fact, there are two completely separate passions that keep me inspired, driven, and awakened to new possibilities as a business owner.

My first love is music.

I’ve spent a large portion of my life attending rock concerts all over the world—hundreds and hundreds, in fact. I love to immerse myself in the experience of art and culture. To some, this may sound like a waste of money. For me, it’s the biggest source of inspiration in my life. By studying the history of music and different artists, and witnessing the way they create music, I open my mind. It’s a practice that encourages me to consider the endless possibilities of life. It’s a spiritual experience, indeed.

Second, I’m obsessed with food.

I love the culinary arts. It may just be my Italian roots or the positioning of Venus and Mars in my natal chart, but I’ve always had such an appreciation for food and especially for the chefs behind the scenes. Having worked in the restaurant industry for many years to pay my way through college, I witnessed the challenges chefs come up against, and how dedicated someone has to be to make it in the restaurant business.

(I write my blogs in advance and had no idea that when this article would post, legendary chef, Anthony Bourdain would no longer be with us come time to post this one. My heart breaks with this tragedy. There are no words. RIP Anthony.)

While a musician and a chef may appear unrelated, the truth is that they are two of the hardest professions to succeed at in the world. Both industries require relentless grit. Breaking into the music industry is bonkers and I’m always so impressed by the tenacity it takes to get recognition and gain traction in the industry. The same goes for chefs.

Cleansing My Palate: European Adventure and Lunar Logic Moon School

Later this week I take off for Europe for my Lunar Logic Moon School mastermind retreat in Tuscany. But before arriving in Italy, I’m taking a long weekend in Dublin to see one of my favorite bands, The National, indulge Dublin’s culinary scene, and travel to a few sacred sites too. As I hold space for the transformation of the women participating in Lunar Logic Moon School, I have to fill my cup, too. And, despite being a true introvert, the live music experience, married with culinary explorations, offers an unparalleled experience of inspiration.

While I love The National for many reasons—especially because of the collaboration formed between all members of the band—I find the twins Bryce and Aaron Dessner aspirational. Even though the Dessners are Tauruses (born on April 23rd, 1976), I write about them at the Gemini new moon, because, well, twins. After all, they are by far my favorite twins when it comes to famous ones!

For example, aside from just playing in an esteemed, Grammy-winning indie rock band, guitarist Bryce Dessner’s prolific musicianship extends into the classical sphere, too. He has a wild resume, including composing for organizations like the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic (amongst many other highly prestigious arts organizations globally). Aaron Dessner, equally prolific, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter who has spearheaded many projects I deeply respect. He recently formed a side project band with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and the two of them have launched a music platform called PEOPLE (which also dubs as a festival in Berlin). These amazing, multifaceted musicians also make great culture shifting entrepreneurs, too. If you want some new musical inspiration this new moon, check out PEOPLE.

Channeling Innovation: Embodying The Sun and Moon in Gemini

Most people say you can only do one thing really well. But whenever I find myself questioning my own ambition or capabilities, I think of Bryce and Aaron. At that moment, I’m reminded that it’s possible to deliver with excellence in multiple verticles simultaneously. Studying them, their music, and their relentless abilities to defy logic with prolific capacities boosts my resilience more than any positive psychology lesson I’ve ever read. (Though, let’s be honest, studying other people who inspire us correlates with what Carol Dweck coined as a growth mindset. Check out this video on the topic for a refresher or if you’re new to the concept.)

In addition to representing twins, Gemini, a mutable air sign, is known for spreading ideas and cross-pollinating cultures.

So often we admire those who we want to be, whose life we want to have, and who show us a potential that we already know is possible. The problem? This often perpetuates idea-stealing and copycats and doesn’t actually foster innovation and originality.

On this Gemini new moon I encourage a different route. Find a completely one-of-a-kind role model, unlike anyone you’ve ever seen before, that you have no aspirations of becoming. I believe that it’s more important to find inspiration outside your industry than within it.

You see, I don’t have aspirations to ever become a musician or chef. (Honestly, I can barely make toast.) I love the people I love because of their creativity, tenacity, and the soulfulness in which they live. My inspirations teach me something new every single time I witness their incredible gifts. Yet, my goal is to be the very best coach, astrologer, speaker, writer, and entrepreneur I can. (Not to win a Grammy or Top Chef!)

Having inspiring people in your life—whether they’re in close proximity or muses from afar—is essential to opening your mind and witnessing human excellence.

The New Moon in Gemini: Find Your Muse

The new moon in Gemini happens on June 13, 2018, at 3:43 pm ET at 22 degrees in the sign of the twins. It’s a time to seed desires and aspirations as they apply to who you wish to become.

My suggestion? Find a muse that activates you. That makes you sit in awe of their accomplishments and talent. That inspires you to push past fear. That awakens you to a deeper creativity than you ever knew was inside you. That’s what’s possible when you have a source of inspiration that broadens your perspective—they connect you to yourself more deeply.

Given that Gemini represents the sign of the twins, you might even want to find two!

Simultaneously, at the time of the new moon, Mercury (the ruler of the new moon in Gemini), forms a perfect sextile to Uranus. Uranus embodies breakthrough and change, and this cosmic connection amplifies original thinking and innovation. Meanwhile, Mercury makes a sharp angle to Chiron, the comet that represents our karmic wound. This planetary alignment invites you to tend to your emotions and honor them. To top it off, Venus—the planet of love and beauty—exits emotional Cancer today and enters vivacious Leo, squaring Uranus. It’s time to take a step back and witness what’s unfolding. Resist the urge to react. Then, from a place of clarity and calm, set your intentions!

A Conscious Practice for the New Moon in Gemini: Get Writing

1. Write it out: What’s your definition of success?

With Mars in his retrograde shadow, stationing retrograde on June 26th, ambition is under scrutiny. Now’s the time to determine for yourself what it is you really care about. Go deep or go home. Words have power and this is especially potent for Gemini, a sign known for communication and writing. With the sun and the moon in this intellectual and expressive sign, now’s the time to tap into this skill. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, take time to articulate your desires on paper.

2. Look outside of your industry for inspiration.

Find an out-of-the-box role model by studying something that has nothing to do with your profession. If you’re in the wellness industry, for example, look for someone in the world of philanthropy or activism or theater or music. Whatever you naturally feel drawn to. Consider historical influences. It will make you feel more courageous, uplifted, lit up, and conscious of what’s possible for you, instead of limiting your perception of excellence to one hot spiritual guru.

To circle back to Bourdain, a man who traveled the world telling stories of the intersection of food and culture, find an intersection that you want to explore. After all, life isn’t linear, and our passions shouldn’t be either.

3. Dream big and set your intention.

Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is known for innovation, big-picture thinking, communication, and socializing. So, when setting your intentions for this new moon in Gemini, remember that most of the limits we place on ourselves are based on our past, not on our future. There’s a whole world of possibility just beyond our current perspective, which can be incredibly challenging to access without actually doing the thing.

Meditate on your muses. Imagine where they came from, how they grew up. Consider that in relation to where they are now. Do you think they knew early in life exactly how their dreams would play out? Re-read your definition of success and conjure up the best possible outcome. Disregard the voice in your head that tries to tell you it’s not possible from your current vantage point. Remember that life is a combination of preparation and planning, and surrender and chance. At any moment, it’s possible for your life to change dramatically.

Now, I’d love to hear from you! What’s coming up for you this new moon? What’s inspiring you? Leave me a comment below.

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  • Erica

    Thank you for this 🙏 As a Gemini myself, I am feeling a major shift. I appreciate you!

  • Kat Scott

    Hi Jennifer

    My name is Kat. Am here in Dublin. I have worked on music projects with Bryce and Aaron and my pal Mary is v involved with the People project. I will forward them your blog! How long are you in Ireland for? Send me a mail and we can chat.
    Love your work xox

    • jracioppi

      Hi Kat, So cool. I am in town for the shows and to see a couple of things in the countryside. It’s a very quick stop in Ireland, but I’ll email you, for sure! Big hugs to you. And super pumped to see these shows.

  • Ryan Worlds

    I love these prompts to dig deep and consider the possibilities with the moon cycle. I find it so empowering and refreshing. I have to think about my muses. I think my first on is Mama Gena. I’m digging deep in to her work and exploring all that she has to offer me in terms of my marriage and making it the best, most amazing relationship I can. My 2nd muse is a mystery at this point but I will find it! Monday I met a man who loved his job and it was his 2nd career as he was retired and guess what? He absolutely loved his first career too! Imagine that. His energy was seductive to say the least. I was totally envious as I search and hope to one day soon feel that way about what I wake up to do every single day. Thank you for guiding us through these moon cycles. I love it!

  • Brandy

    I appreciate this message! I intuitively know the benefit of giving time and love to my passions, however, They don’t get what they deserve (what I need) when I find myself more busy than normal. Which is when I need it the most. Thank you. I enjoy you and your work very much.

  • Linda

    Hi I really am not sure where to start however here I go …just started a leadership role in management and just for a few months and now find myself in charge as my manager is leaving . There are so many behaviours in this department that it makes my head spin ..I am a Gemini as well and find my thoughts everywhere and feel out of control and un able to be that strong and effective leader I desire to be ..

  • Vanessa Castro

    Hey Jen!
    This week I’ve done a few new and different things, it has been so refreshing. Although, right before that i was kind of in the dark. On Monday I met a group of women and participated in a dark moon ritual which was basically sharing feelings and experiences around a candle, sipping tea while actually listening to each one of us. Being new in the city (3 months I’ve been in Calgary) it felt so amazing to connect to such a beautiful group of powerful women and feel listened and supported. The next day I went with my boyfriend who is a musician/producer to have a session at a friend’s studio, where they create and experiment music. So for the first time I chose to participate. I love singing, and I had to try this. It was so much fun! I am dedicating my time lately to all my passions, very Geminian! I have both Mercury and Mars in Gemini , so Im really enjoying this new Moon! Thank you for making this connection for me 🙂 Enjoy your journey!

  • Kirsten

    I am a dedicated follower of your sacred work Jen and today I am diving deep into this new moon energy. My muses are Chris Mosier (transgender world class triathlete) and Marianne Williamson (spiritual teacher). I’m off to lay in my hammock and mediate on them so I can weave their authenticity, courage, and strength into my intention setting. Thank you and enjoy every second of your European experience xxx

  • Niamh

    That is such an interesting post Jenn thank you! I hope you enjoy your stop over in Dublin we have plenty of sacred sites to keep you going! I also love the National, all types of music and dance always inspire me how people authentically create something you’ve never heard before and yet some seems to know me as if written for my soul to smile back and say thank you!

    I’m feeling such a huge shift this new moon I’m being pulled to explore the works of Laura Aguilar a photographer who had auditory dyslexia. She is well known for her portraits, mostly of herself and also focused upon people in marginalized communities including LGBT and Latino subjects and obese people. As a new world is opening to rid ourselves of shame including at long last – fat shaming -and embrace our vulnerability I’m finding more and more women who inspire me to step up with all my disabilities and be counted! Because my worth was never outside never in question at all <3

    Enjoy Tuscany and thanks again for sharing those parts of yourself with us!

  • Lisa

    I’m a fellow music and food fan! I’m a musician and cook just for fun. I always read your blogs, Jennifer and get so much out of them. I have a Gemini mid-heaven as a Capricorn, but Uranus makes some big angles in my first house. I really felt this new moon for some reason. It coincided the day before the 3-year anniversary of my mom’s passing. Since she passed, I’m going deeper in my healing on all levels. It’s been a huge blessing, to be honest, even though I’ve had to feel so many things and process. I’m finding new energies coming through me when it comes to my creative path as a soul. I do find that music is SO imprinted in me that my new muse might be someone not in my usual genre. However, I’ve morphed too into an emerging poet who reads her stuff at open mics, along with my mixed media artwork I do for myself. I find inspiration in everything, including street art, nature, yoga, and even podcasts. Thanks for all work you do. You make me think deeply and I also have been inspired to keep a private, digital moon journal at the full and new moons because of you! A good thing and so informative in my life.

  • Marrian

    I really enjoy reading your monthly newsletter.

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