FULL MOON IN GEMINI & LUNAR ECLIPSE – Evaluate rather than react (November 30, 2020)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Intermediate Astrology CourseIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 1:29 a.m. on Monday, November 30.  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 9° of Sagittarius and 9° 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.

With all Full Moons, we are being asked to evaluate whether or not we are effectively balancing two seemingly opposite ways of approaching our lives.  Gemini’s focus is on gathering information (e.g., learning, research) and disseminating it to others (e.g., talking, writing, teaching).  Similarly, Sag loves to learn, but it wants to take all the information and integrate it into unifying principles, ethics, values, and meaning.  The two signs also differ in “personality.”  Whereas Gemini’s energy is often described as outgoing, talkative, optimistic, and unemotional, Sagittarius is enthusiastic, adventurous, straightforward, and even blunt.  Their focus also differs, in that Gemini is focused on the present and Sag is more interested in the future.  As usual, the Full Moon is telling us that neither side of these continuums should be emphasized.  Our goal will be to find ways to address both approaches to life. 

It should be noted that this Gemini Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse.  However, it’s a partial eclipse, with only a sliver of light being blocked by the Earth’s position between the Sun and Moon.  This likely means that the impact of this Lunar Eclipse will not be very strong and, therefore, may not have the same “kick” as most eclipses.  Most Lunar Eclipses correlate with endings or completions of some kind, which often involve seeing the “truth” about something.  With this weaker Lunar Eclipse, this may manifest as disappointments or as clarifying our feelings.  Or rather than dramatic endings, perhaps whatever we’ve been planning won’t quite turn out the way we had hoped.  (NOTE:  Eclipses always happen in pairs, and the Solar Eclipse coming up on December 14 is a full eclipse.  It’s likely that the intensity of the Solar Eclipse will make up for the less powerful impact of this Lunar Eclipse.)

Given the Moon is in Gemini, it could be that we encounter two different options or paths at the time of the Full Moon.  Gemini, similar to Libra, can get lost in thinking about which of these two choices is “best.”  Full Moons also tend to be emotional times, so this mental equivocation could lead to emotional rumination or even obsession.  Rather than feeling torn apart by this process, it may help to remember that the emotional intensity will only last a few days.  We also should keep in mind that we are usually not as trapped as we feel.  We often have options: (1) Go with Option #1, (2) go with Option #2, (3) delay a decision until you have more information (which Gemini’s love!), or (4) delay and let the Universe decide for you. 

Luckily, help is available when it comes to making our choice!  Mercury in Scorpio is forming sweet sextiles (60°) to the trio of planets that are still located in Capricorn (i.e., Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto).  The mental focus of Mercury in intense Scorpio can help us think through those options using a grounded, practical approach (Capricorn).  These aspects will likely provide us with increased optimism and patience.  They may also provide some new insights and a willingness to cooperate with others.  It will likely be a good time for writing, speaking, getting organized, and doing detailed work.  This will be particularly rewarding if our thoughts and words are focused on future tangible results (Capricorn).  Additionally, the presence of Pluto in this positive mix increases our ability to understand the psychological underpinnings of the matter at hand and to investigate further, if needed. 

However, having Mercury in Scorpio tells us that in order to move forward, we may need to think about allowing something in our lives to die in order to be reborn anew.  This is further supported by an opposition (180°) between Venus and Uranus.  Venus tells us that the focus will likely be on either our relationships, finances, or both (especially if a relationship influences our finances or vice versa).  Uranus indicates that we may feel a strong need to pull away from anything that is hindering our sense of freedom to be who we truly are.  We may find ourselves at an important crossroads in one or more areas of our lives.  In fact, for some of us this may be a time when we need to have a breakdown in order to have a breakthrough. 

At the time of this Gemini Full Moon, it will be very important to pay attention to our intuitive insights.  Neptune is currently squaring (90°) the North and South Nodes.  This influence will actually be in effect through February 2021, so we have time to fully allow its influence to unfold.  The South Node represents the past and what we often need to let go of.  Given it’s in Sagittarius, we may need to let go of long-held beliefs, especially those related to justice and philosophy.  The North Node is telling us to gather more information, work on improving our communication skills, and enjoy life a bit more.  How do we do this?  The squares to Neptune tell us that the path may come in the form of intuitive insights.  Yes, the involvement of Gemini and Sag means we will be thinking, thinking, thinking; but the ultimate decision might defy logic or explanation and be best described as an “intuitive knowingness.” 

By the way, Neptune is particularly powerful around the time of this Full Moon.  On Saturday, November 28, it ended its annual retrograde phase and began moving direct again.  Whenever a planet is changing direction, its energy becomes more intense.  Some people believe that when Neptune is moving direct, the proverbial fog thickens and we aren’t as able to clearly see “reality.”  Others believe that the fog actually thickens when Neptune is moving in retrograde, although I have always found the retrograde periods to be a time of more clarity.  Either way, our intuition and creativity are likely to be enhanced around the time of the Gemini Full Moon, and we should follow the guidance provided by this Full Moon and think things through before we leap. 

However, if action is indicated, there is support for us to take some steps forward.  There is a trine (120°) between the Sun and Mars.  However, the distance between them is pretty large, which weakens the influence.  Therefore, it may be that our action (Mars) is to prepare for something that will happen in the future (Sun in Sagittarius), rather than taking any huge steps forward.  This can also be a very creative aspect because we will be comfortable actively expressing our true essence in the world.  Mars is also in a sweet sextile (60°) to the North Node, which can provide energy, strength, and endurance to pursue the lessons we are here to learn in this lifetime. 

The day after the Full Moon (Tuesday, December 1), Mercury moves out of intense Scorpio and into light-hearted Sagittarius.  It will remain there until December 20 (Pacific Time), just hours before the winter solstice.  While it was in Scorpio, Mercury wanted to dig deep . . . and then deeper . . . and then deeper still.  But in Sag, our desire is to learn as much as possible about a wide range of subjects, without going too deep into any of them.  It’s easier for us to think optimistically and have faith in the Divine.  Our focus is on exploring our ideals, beliefs, values, ethics, morals, and visions of the future. 

Overall, this Gemini Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is relatively quiet when compared to the events that have transpired over the last year.  As previously mentioned, Lunar Eclipses are often emotional times, and this is especially true if we’ve been suppressing certain feelings.  Our focus may be on evaluating our needs and beliefs, but we also should be taking into consideration whether we are communicating effectively.  There is a lot of support for us to think things through and come up with practical solutions.  However, the best long-range solutions are likely those that combine rational thought with intuitive insights.  Many people are continuing the 2020 imperative to make major structural changes in their lives, and this Full Moon is helping us mentally process what has happened thus far and what is likely going to happen in the future.  A good mantra for the time around the Full Moon might be “evaluate rather than react.”  In sum, we should all use the positive, supportive energy of this Full Moon to think things through carefully, clear out any dark corners, and make sure that we have “all our ducks in a row” so we are better ready to take action in the future.


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Full Moon at 9° of Gemini

  • Monday, November 30, 2020, 1:29 a.m. PST
  • Monday, November 30, 2020, 4:29 a.m. EST
  • Monday, November 30, 2020, 9:29 a.m. GMT

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