FULL MOON IN GEMINI – Caution is warranted due to a mixture of many kinds of energy (November 22, 2018)
In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:39 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. 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 1° of Sagittarius and 1° 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.
This is a Full Moon that is a complicated mix of many different aspects. The big picture: All Full Moons illuminate two areas of our lives and provide us with the extra light we need to see if we have a good balance between them. All Gemini Full Moons ask us to look at the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. Because both Gemini and Sagittarius love learning, there is usually an easier balance attained between these two signs than other signs that are opposite each other in the astrological wheel. Whereas Gemini wants to learn basic, foundational information (e.g., facts), Sag is more interested in using those facts as a foundation upon which to expand and stretch our minds past normal basic concepts (e.g., philosophy). The need for balance between these two makes sense. For example, we benefit greatly when we have created a firm foundation before we start building a complicated structure on it. If our basic understanding is flawed or incomplete, then whatever structure we are creating could be pretty shaky. And it also makes sense that if we stay stuck in basic information, we won’t receive the mental stimulation that leads to the expansion of our minds and souls. Balance is key!
However, this Full Moon is providing an interesting juxtaposition of energies because the Sun and Moon are both located right at the beginning of their signs (i.e., 0°52’ of Sag and Gemini, respectively). The first degree of any sign is considered a type of “critical degree” with special meaning. It usually represents the beginning of something related to that sign. But a Full Moon often represents the culmination of a phase of learning or growth. With all these recent changes occurring in our lives (be sure to read or review the last Moon Update), perhaps this could be interpreted as the ending of one phase in a learning process related to a new project?
Overall, it’s difficult to predict how this will manifest in each person’s life partly due to a plethora of aspects occurring during the time of the Full Moon. This is one of those Moon Updates where I feel it’s better to give information about each aspect instead of trying to do too much consolidation or interpretation. I have a feeling that each person will have a unique expression of this Full Moon’s energy and that certain aspects described below will be more potent and/or important for each person. And because I don’t want to overwhelm my readers, I will only describe the aspects that I think will be the most important.
- The Sun is conjunct (0°) Jupiter, and it is also in a wide conjunction (0°) to Mercury. All three are located in Sagittarius. Given this is a Full Moon, this means that Jupiter and Mercury are also in opposition (180°) to the Moon. Jupiter is a powerhouse, and having three planets on one end of the continuum (i.e., Sun, Jupiter, Mercury) means that the Sun/Sag energy might be overly emphasized, leaving the Moon/Gemini neglected. We need to remember to check to make sure we have the basic information and emotional understanding we need before we go rushing into some elaborate plan. Another caution is to make sure we are taking care of the basics in our life (e.g., eating, sleeping, paying bills) and not focusing solely on the physical or mental adventures that are calling to us now. We may find that we are involved in too many things and might need to simplify life a little bit in order to gain the most out of our adventures and effectively manage our lives.
- But it’s very important to note that both ends of this Full Moon continuum are squaring (90°) Mars in Pisces. This configuration forms a t-square (i.e., right triangle) with Mars as the “focal planet.” This could mean that taking courageous action will help us find a healthy balance between Gemini and Sagittarius. However, with Mars in watery, indecisive Pisces, we may feel the urge to take action (Mars) but be uncertain which action would be effective (Pisces). Additionally, the presence of Jupiter conjoining (0°) the Sun means that we may have an over exaggerated view of what is possible and an unrealistic view of our true abilities. This could be a risky combination. Mars can be a risk-taker, and Jupiter can take things to extremes. It would be wise to make sure we know how deep the pool is before we dive in headfirst. And Mercury squaring (90°) Mars could mean an increased chance of arguments. However, Mars does give us the courage to take actions that we normally wouldn’t consider. We just need to make sure that our actions are safe and sensible. Foolish risks will only lead to regrets later when we aren’t under the powerful pull of this t-square. Slowing down is advised. The good news is that if we can navigate all of this energy effectively, it can provide us with courage, energy, and possibly a new vision that could substantially change our lives.
- It is also important to mention that with Mars squaring (90°) Jupiter and Mercury, exaggerations or inaccurate information are possibilities. This is even more likely due to Mercury still being in retrograde. This means our mental focus is still directed inward, so we all are advised to be careful with written and verbal information. Don’t take anything for granted. We should double and triple check statements spoken to us and/or carefully review any documents or plans. Now remember, we don’t need to become so frightened that we withdraw from life experiences. We have the advantage of knowing what is happening astrologically, so we can be extra careful and thereby avoid mistakes or misunderstandings. However, if problems do come up, we all need to do our best to be patient and levelheaded because everyone is under this influence now, not just us.
- Additionally, at the time of the Full Moon, the Sun and Jupiter are both inconjunct (150°) Uranus. We may feel anxious because we can’t see an easy solution to the issues we are currently struggling with. When inconjuncts are present, they usually require adjustments rather than a clear-cut solution. Also, remember that anytime Uranus is involved, “the unexpected” is possible. If we are able, we need to do our best to flow with any disruptions to plans. And if we are the ones who are feeling restless and want to change agreed-to plans, a compromise may not be possible. Each party might need to agree to disagree and independently “do their own thing.” Or perhaps both parties can find something totally different that they can agree to.
- But don’t feel discouraged by all of the energy described above. The Universe is providing some support during all of this by the Sun being in a supportive trine (120°) to Chiron and also in a trine (120°) to the North Node in Cancer. Because the Sun is in opposition (180°) to the Moon, this means that the Moon is in sextiles (60°) to both Chiron and the North Node. Even though we may feel a sense of vulnerability now (Chiron), these positive, supportive aspects are encouraging us to be brave and use both our heads (Sun) and our hearts (Moon) to find solutions to our current problems. We can also use the emotional courage provided by Mars in Pisces to bravely move forward.
- Another positive aspect that supports our efforts is a sextile (60°) between Mars (the focal point of the t-square described above) and responsible Saturn. Remember, sextiles are wonderful but subtle. If we don’t consciously choose to use the energy of a sextile, then we will lose an opportunity. With this sextile, if we are going to take any actions (Mars), we need to consciously allow Saturn to help us slow down, act sensibly, and take calculated risks. Saturn will bring in a sense of responsibility and purpose, and it will help us access sound judgment, if we let it. Traditional approaches and being thorough will likely produce results. One of the most effective uses of this energy is to get organized, which is wonderfully timed as we move into the holiday season.
Luckily, right after the Full Moon (Saturday, November 24), Neptune ends its annual 5-month retrograde phase and begins moving direct again. Any “out there” ideas that were stimulated by the Full Moon/t-square will benefit from this change in direction. While in retrograde, we are often asked to inwardly explore our dreams. When moving direct, most people feel that there is a fog lifting and are, therefore, able to see things more realistically. Neptune direct can also bring new spiritual connections and a sense of peace, serenity, and faith that all will be well.
On Tuesday, November 27, three planets will come together in a triple conjunction in Sagittarius: Sun, retrograde Mercury, and Jupiter. This combination of planets in optimistic Sag is great! We will likely feel generous, confident, optimistic, and outgoing. Our minds are filled with thoughts, but we are more able to see the “big picture” now. We may feel ready to take steps toward building something new in our lives, particularly if it brings new experiences or knowledge. Long-range planning is enhanced, although we do need to be careful not to be unrealistic. Because Mercury is still retrograde, inner contemplation is likely to bring clarity and new understanding. This would also be a good time to look at what we are grateful for in our lives and use the Law of Attraction to bring more of whatever that is into our lives. Even when going through difficult times, there are always things we can find to be grateful for.
On the last day of the month (Friday, November 30), an exact opposition (180°) between Venus and Uranus could see sudden changes in social relationships or finances. This can indicate sudden attractions to material items or relationships that seem appealing at first but quickly lose their luster. This is not a good day to start new things or make impulsive choices both financially or socially. Within our relationships, we may struggle between a desire to be intimate (Venus) and a need to be independent (Uranus). However, if the energy of this aspect is used effectively, we may find we are capable of opening ourselves up in new and healthy ways.
On Saturday, December 1, we start off the month with Mercury moving so far retrograde that it temporarily leaves Sagittarius and re-enters Scorpio. Where Mercury in Sag loves to explore as many topics as possible in a light-hearted way. When in Scorpio, Mercury likes to go deep and analyze a topic with intensity and passion. Given Mercury is still in retrograde, this means that many of us will be digging deep into the shadowing areas of our own psyches. Unless we keep a handle on things, our thoughts can get pretty dark. We can go so deep underground that we lose sight of the sun shining above the dark passageways that scorpions inhabit. It is critical now to remember that Scorpio is the astrological sign with many different meanings. Yes, the darkness is intriguing, but the information obtained during our probing explorations is meant to be used by the horse to add strength, the dove to bring peace, and ultimately the phoenix for rebirth. So yes, exploration is good, but remember the purpose is to bring the information to the surface for healing.
The next day (Sunday, December 2), Venus moves out of Libra and into Scorpio, where it will remain until January 8. During this month-long transit, we will feel more passionate about all our relationships, whether they are romantic, friendships, or business partnerships. This is a highly emotional placement for Venus, and we are interested in experiences that are intense. This can bring up fears that we are being too vulnerable with others, so it’s important to approach all our relationships realistically. Before we bear our heart and soul to someone, we need to make sure that they are worthy of seeing past our defenses.
That same day (Sunday, December 2), the Sun will form an exact square (90°) to Mars. This is normally an irritating aspect; however, with Mars located in Pisces, our frustrations might be internalized. This could lead to eventual explosions if excess energy and emotions aren’t released. We may feel driven to do something (anything!) . . . which unfortunately could lead to impulsive actions or needless bickering just to let off steam. But if we can effectively channel this energy, we may be able to focus and accomplish a lot.
Overall, this Gemini Full Moon is complex and will likely impact each of us differently. There is reason for caution, and we will each benefit from not taking any impulsive actions that will lead to regrets later on. With the Sun newly in Sagittarius, this next month will be a time when we will likely want to explore new topics, places, and spaces. Sag’s energy tells us that as we learn more about things outside of us, we learn more about what is inside of us. This is true, but around the time of the Full Moon, we need to use some common sense and healthy caution. Yes, we do have support to take action, but only after slowing down and making sure that the next steps are sensible ones. It is recommended that we consciously take “time outs” to get re-centered, even for short periods of time (e.g., meditating, walking in nature, journal, exercising). So remember, “You are free to choose but you are not free from the consequences of your choice” (Ezra Taft Benson).
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
Full Moon at 1° of Gemini
- Wednesday, November 22, 2018, 9:39 p.m. PST
- Wednesday, November 23, 2018, 12:39 a.m. EST
- Wednesday, November 23, 2018, 5:39 a.m. GMT