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New Moon May 22, 2020 - Recovery & Rebuilding

New Moon May 22, 2020 - Recovery & Rebuilding

The Gemini new moon on May 22, 2020, is trine Saturn. So new moon May 2020 is a time for rebuilding, getting back to work and making progress with longer-term goals. Progress may be slow but Saturn gives great patience and perseverance.

The May 2020 new moon does have some challenging influences too. Mercury and Venus square Neptune brings confusion and deception, as well as a continuing risk of infection from the coronavirus pandemic. But the May 22 new moon represents a turning point in the pandemic. It is time for recovery and rebuilding.

New Moon Meaning

A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28-day cycle. However, this is the last moon phase of an eclipse cycle and only lasts two weeks up to the June 5 lunar eclipse.

Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative. So this is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf, or starting a new project. You can also question old habits, behaviors, and beliefs as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.

New Moon May 2020 Astrology

The May 22 new moon at 02°04′ Gemini is trine Saturn in a very tight orb. This makes new moon May 2020 generally positive but there are some catches to beware of. Mercury and Venus retrograde square Neptune is a very confusing and deceptive influence. There is also a troubling fixed star which has implications for the coronavirus pandemic.

New Moon May 2020 Astrology [Solar Fire]
New Moon May 2020 Astrology [Solar Fire]

New Moon Trine Saturn

New moon trine Saturn gives a serious, conscientious and responsible attitude. With common sense and an eye to practicality, you can set realistic and achievable long-term goals. Advancement, success, and recognition are likely because of a work ethic, steely determination, and perseverance.

Even under stressful conditions, you can overcome adversity on limited resources, without neglecting other areas of your life. You will be willing to sacrifice immediate gratification to meet your long-term goals.

While progress may be slow and steady, the results of your efforts should be long-lasting, and act as a foundation for future prosperity. Such hard-earned progress will also boost your self-esteem, and bring satisfaction and contentment.

A sense of mutual respect and understanding makes this a good new moon for making new friends and business partnerships. Intimate relationships will benefit from loyalty, devotion and karmic bonding. Relationships with men, superiors and government agencies will be serious, practical and beneficial.

This is a good new moon for learning and teaching. Valuable guidance can come from elders and leaders. You could pass on your knowledge to the younger generation and be respected for your wisdom or ability in your profession.

New Moon Confusion

Mercury square Neptune brings a lack of clarity, confusion, misinformation, and misinterpretation. So stick to the basics of communication. There is also the potential for paranoia, deception, fraud, and scandal. So protect yourself from liars, cheaters, loan sharks, and pushy salespeople. If you must deal with any important business or legal matters, seek professional advice or help from a trusted friend.

Venus square Neptune can lead to feelings of insecurity about yourself and how you look. A poor self-image can lead to relationship difficulties or being taken advantage of. A tendency to over-idealize romantic interests could bring disappointment in your love life. Make sure you fully understand any financial deals and avoid wasting money.

New Moon in The Pleiades

The star chart below shows the new moon in alignment with the fixed star Alcyone. This is the central star of the Pleiades star cluster in the Shoulder of Taurus the Bull.

New Moon May 2020 [Stellarium]
New Moon May 2020 [Stellarium]

Fixed star Alcyone at 00°15′ Gemini causes love, eminence, blindness from fevers, smallpox, and accidents to the face, disgrace and a violent death. It makes people wanton, ambitious, turbulent, optimistic and peaceful; and gives many journeys and voyages, success in agriculture and through active intelligence. [1]

If well-connected (trine Saturn), Alcyone gives ambition and endeavor, resulting in preferment, honor, and glory. While raising people to a high position, it can make for high passion and ruthlessness. Alcyone is not a good omen with regard to relationships with the opposite sex. [2]

New Moon conjunct Alcyone: Throat ailments, chronic catarrh, blindness, bad eyes, wounds, injuries to the face, sickness, misfortune, disgrace, murderer or murdered, imprisonment, death by pestilence, blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck. [1]

Coronavirus Pandemic

In the chart for the coronavirus pandemic, the Midheaven is 02°01′ Gemini, and the May 22 new moon is at 02°04′ Gemini. The Midheaven in the pandemic chart represents the outcome, so this suggests “a peak of global infections or hopefully the end of the pandemic in late May 2020.”

Remember, new moon May 2020 with Alcyone causes sickness, fevers, throat ailments, chronic catarrh, and death by pestilence. Alcyone is also associated with deep sorrows, tragedies, and bereavements. [3] It rules the base of the neck. It is the major connection to the central nervous system in the human body. [4]

The Pleiades are especially indicative of events that affect the family and family life. While they have a generally good reputation during that time of the year when they are hidden by the Sun’s rays (April 30 to June 11), they can be of great harm to mankind. At this time, with other correlative indications in the chart, they can occasion the death of a great number of people.” [5]

Mercury and Venus square Neptune points to the dangers of socializing during this pandemic because Neptune rules illness and infection. This aspect also stresses the need for handwashing and other protective measures to avoid infection. There will be misinformation, propaganda, rumors and conspiracy theories.

New Moon May 2020 Summary

The May 22 new moon gains a strongly positive influence from Saturn. But Mercury and Venus square Neptune is just as strong. With fixed star Alcyone, this points to a turning point in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the risk of infection should still be high, we should be over the worst by now. The new moon trine Saturn suggests the recovery will be slow but steady. Some restrictions and hardship will remain but progress can now be made. Saturn will keep you realistic and wary of the dangers posed by Alcyone and Neptune.

New moons are good for making new starts. New moon May 2020 is good for rebuilding, setting new structures and routines, going back to work or school, getting a new job or even a promotion. Trusted friends, family loyalty, and the support of governments and other organizations will help you overcome adversity and endure during these difficult times. The May 22 new moon lasts for two weeks up to the June 5 lunar eclipse.

If the new moon directly affects your Sign you can read about it in your free Monthly Horoscope. Finally, for more details about how it affects your natal chart see Sun Transits.

New Moon May 2020 Times and Dates

  • Los Angeles, May 22 at 10:38 am
  • New York, May 22 at 1:38 pm
  • London, May 22 at 6:38 pm
  • Delhi, May 22 at 11:08 pm
  • Sydney, May 23 at 3:38 am


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.119, 182.
  2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.17.
  3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.38.
  4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.22.
  5. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.34.

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My name is Jamie Partridge and I live on the coast of NSW Australia with three amazing kids. I’ve had an interesting life so far, with varied occupations ranging from nursing assistant to farm hand.

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