FULL MOON IN GEMINI and LUNAR ECLIPSE: Seeing outside the box (Sat, Dec. 10, 2011)

This Full Moon on Saturday, December 10, finds the Sun in Sagittarius in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Gemini.  To further clarify how this Full Moon in Gemini will impact you on a personal level, locate 19° of Sagittarius and 19° of Gemini in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most affected by this Full Moon’s presence.

Full Moons always require a balancing act between the qualities of the two signs involved.  Gemini is all about communication, learning, the mind, optimism, and flexibility.  Sagittarius is all about generosity, enthusiasm, exploration, honesty, and ethics.  Luckily, both signs tend to have a lighthearted and fun nature, which can help us find and maintain a balance between the qualities of each sign.

But this Full Moon in Gemini must be discussed in the context of the total Lunar Eclipse that occurs with it.  Every six months, the orbits of the Sun, Moon, and Earth align and form an eclipse.  An eclipse interrupts the flow of electromagnetic energy toward Earth.  During these times, it is believed that Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants have an opportunity to “reboot” and “upgrade” their levels of consciousness.  Old programs can be more easily erased.  New pathways become available.  Higher dimensions become more accessible.  Eclipses mark important turning points and opportunities to advance our evolutionary journey.  We see things in a different light.

With the Sun in Sagittarius and the Moon in Gemini, this eclipse puts attention on our views and assumptions about reality.  Because Sagittarius is all about the future, this eclipse can help us let go of outmoded ways of seeing and understanding things.  And again, Full Moons are all about balance.  For example, Gemini can get lost in maintaining superficial connections, so this Full Moon reminds us to “release in love” any people and activities in our lives that don’t provide deep meaning and value (Sagittarius).  Luckily, there is a wonderfully supportive trine (120°) between the Moon and Saturn during this Full Moon.  Saturn’s energy will provide much-needed maturity and patience.

On Friday, December 9, the day before the Full Moon, Uranus ends its yearly retrograde period.  Uranus is known as the Great Awakener, and it is the planet most associated with technology and revolutionary ideas.  This further supports the opportunity for a major shift in consciousness that is available during the Lunar Eclipse.  Uranus often supports us in looking at what we believe is true and urges us to march to the beat of our own drummer.  Because the focus of Uranus is on individuality, compromises and cooperation may become a bit more challenging for us.  But Uranus can also provide strokes of genius that allow us to think “outside the box.”

And last but not least . . . on Tuesday, December 13, Mercury ends its retrograde period and begins moving direct again.  Because of this retrograde period, Mercury has doubled its usual time in Sagittarian energy.  This is providing us with extra time to expand our horizons and see the bigger picture so we gain a more strategic view of all manner of situations in our lives.  In the days following Mercury’s change in direction, many of us will find that ideas that have been lurking in the shadows during the retrograde period may now soar into the light of consciousness.  This is supported just a few hours later by a delightful trine (120°) between Mercury and the Moon, which supports visionary thinking and creative communication.

This Full Moon in Gemini and Lunar Eclipse is another powerful opportunity for us to let go of the past and what is no longer working so we can move into a better future.  The presence of two harmonious trines (120°) and having both Mercury and Uranus moving forward again (within days of the Full Moon) all provide further support for us in (a) letting go of old beliefs, ideas, and relationships that no longer serve us, (b) expanding our levels of consciousness, and (c) thinking outside the box.  You may find that after this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, you see yourself in a whole new light.  However, always remember that Full Moons require finding balance.  With this Full Moon in Gemini, “We may feel ourselves caught in a push-pull between stepping back to gain perspective and focusing in to hone the pieces that make up the whole. Striking a balance is important. Remember not to lose the forest for the trees, yet don’t forsake the trees for the forest either; both are equally important.”  (Stephanie Gailing)

REMINDER:  New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

Full Moon at 19° of Gemini
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 6:38 a.m. PDT
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 9:38 a.m. EST
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 2:38 p.m. GMT

The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
Various online sources
Anne’s interpretations