FULL MOON IN GEMINI – An important time for turning inward and tapping into our intuition (December 3, 2017)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

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 A NOTE TO MY DEDICATED READERS:  Due to recent demands on my time, this Moon Update will need to be briefer than usual.  Hopefully, I will be able to resume my more comprehensive coverage of astrological events with the next Moon Update.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:46 a.m. on Sunday, December 3.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Sagittarius will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Gemini.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 12° of Sagittarius and 12° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

As usual, the challenge with each Full Moon is to determine if we need to make any adjustments between the qualities of the two signs involved so we have a healthy balance.  This time, the two signs involved are Gemini and Sagittarius.  Gemini is an air sign and has keywords associated with it such as communication, flexibility, and curiosity.  Sagittarius is a fire sign that is all about being straightforward, enthusiastic, and ethical.  I personally find a lot of similarities between these two signs.  For example, they both are optimistic, fun-loving signs.  They also both love learning.  However, there are still differences, such as Gemini’s interest in basic education (e.g., facts, logical thinking, rational mind) as opposed to Sag’s love of learning high-level information (e.g., ethics, intuitive wisdom, philosophy).  But if you think about it, both are important!

This Gemini Full Moon is part of a powerful t-square (i.e., right triangle) because both ends of the opposition are squaring (90°) Neptune.  The planet being squared, in this case Neptune, provides guidance for finding balance between the two planets in opposition, in this case the Sun and Moon.  With this t-square, the fog (Neptune) could roll into our lives for a few days.  However, a foggy day now and then can be comforting.  It can represent a time to hunker down, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and read a good book.  So fog, in and of itself, is harmless, as long as we understand how to use this time productively and don’t get frightened by our inability to see things clearly.  We need to trust that everything is still “out there” beyond our visual perception, but the lower expression of this configuration could be to become so anxious that we lose faith.  This might cause us to engage in escapist behaviors to numb any emotional reactions (e.g., dependency, addictions).  The most productive use of Neptune’s energy is to tap into our intuitive “knowingness.”  The fog is beneficial in that it helps us block out the external “reality” for a little while and find our inner truth.  This can be a very creative, imaginative time.  This Full Moon is also a SuperMoon, which is when the Moon makes its closest approach to the Earth.  This adds intensity and possibility to any changes that are occurring in our emotional and subconscious worlds, which happen to be Neptune’s “happy places.”

Reinforcing the need for an inward focus is the fact that Mercury will be turning retrograde in Sagittarius just a few hours after the Gemini Full Moon.  The next three weeks is a time to review, re-evaluate, reframe, and revamp (any re- words) what is going on in our lives, especially topics related to Sagittarius (e.g., truth, ethics, morals).  Sag is a very spiritual sign that is concerned with the “big picture,” so we may feel ourselves exploring what our spiritual mission or purpose is for this lifetime.  But don’t forget that Gemini is part of the picture.  It is encouraging us to keep track of important details that could help support that “big picture.”  It’s a balancing act between these two viewpoints.  (See additional recommendations about this Mercury retrograde phase in the last Moon Update).

Given Mercury’s retrograde phase in Sagittarius coincides with the Gemini Full Moon squaring Neptune, our inward turn might also involve ferreting out where we might be deluding ourselves or not honoring our own inner truth and wisdom.  We may need to look at whether we are using denial, distractions, or addictions to avoid hearing the truth about an important topic in our lives.  If unsure whether this is the case, we can look at what we may have been resisting or reacting strongly to.  This is a time when we need to drop our resistance (Neptune), listen (Mercury), and then go off by ourselves to discern what is true for us.

Luckily, retrograde Mercury is closely conjunct (0°) Saturn, which supports us being responsible, slowing down, and exploring hard truths.  We may want to ask ourselves if we have recently been living according to our own inner authority or to external standards that aren’t aligned with our true selves.  Mercury retrograde is giving us an opportunity to re-write our story and move into a more solid future when Mercury turns direct on December 22.  Both Mercury and Saturn are squaring (90°) Chiron.  In fact, Saturn and Chiron have been in this square for about the last year.  Bringing Retrograde Mercury into the picture means increased awareness that will allow us to re-think how our thoughts and words might need to be changed in order for healing to occur.

Luckily, Jupiter and Neptune are in a wonderful trine (120°) at the time of this Full Moon.  This supports our evolution in powerful ways.  Both planets are in water signs, so we should be able to tap into our emotions more easily now, which can serve as our guidance system during our inward journey.  This aspect can also bring increased compassion for self and others, and it facilitates the release of anger and/or resentment.  Additionally, even though we will be turned inward, this aspect will likely help us to feel more optimistic and hopeful about how the future is going to unfold.

On Tuesday, December 5, Chiron ends its 5-month retrograde motion, which began back on July 1.  During the retrograde period, many of us have been taking a good look deep within our psyches in order to heal some core issues.  If we have done the work and reclaimed any disowned parts of ourselves (e.g., wounded inner child), we are likely going to begin taking actions that are coming from a more healed place and/or putting some plans for healing into motion.

Then on Saturday, December 9, Mars moves out of diplomatic Libra and into intense Scorpio, where it will remain until January 25.  Mars will fuel our passions and even cause us to feel driven to get what we want.  There is a single-minded focus when Mars is in Scorpio that can help us overcome almost any obstacle.  We will likely have an increased desire to explore topics deeply and act on what we discover.  Given Scorpio is a water sign, this will include probing deeply into our own emotions and the emotions of others.  Any activity that has the potential to lead to transformation or healing is very appealing; however, part of this process may entail secrets being revealed as dark corners are brought into the light of day.

Overall, the days around this Gemini Full Moon are not the best time to be making any major decisions.  Due to the strong influence of Neptune and Mercury’s retrograde turn, the fruits from this Full Moon will be cultivated when we turn our attention inward.  We will benefit greatly from tapping into our intuition, paying attention to our dreams, meditating, and/or engaging in creative activities.  If we don’t consciously use this time in a productive way, we could fall into the shadow sides of Neptune (e.g., anxiety, avoidance, dependency, addictions).  So we need to use this inwardly focused time to explore our own inner truth.  Trying to be “rational” and “logical” right now will likely lead to more confusion.  Instead, surrender, trust, follow spiritual guidance, and remember, “The more I trust and let go, the more I’m guided” (John Holland).


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Full Moon at 12° of Gemini

  • Sunday, December 3, 2017, 7:46 a.m. PST
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:46 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:46 p.m. GMT

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