FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – Be gracious and focus on possibilities (June 12, 2014)

Astrology New Moon Full MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:11 p.m. on Thursday, June 12.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Gemini will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Gemini and 23° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons require us to give attention to two seemingly opposing energies.  With a Full Moon in Sag, we are being asked to use the qualities of both Gemini and Sagittarius in order to move forward on our spiritual paths.  But progress is only possible if we are able to integrate the qualities of these signs and see the wisdom in both of them.  The focus of Gemini is communication and learning.  It is concerned with how we perceive, process, and share information.  The focus of Sagittarius is the wise and knowledgeable application of what we have learned.  It is concerned with our beliefs about what is possible, real, and true for us.

However, this Full Moon is being strongly influenced by an opposition (180°) between Venus and Saturn.  Due to the presence of Venus, this puts the focus of this Full Moon on our relationships.  When taken alone, this opposition may bring to the surface feelings of dissatisfaction and insecurity.  We may even feel trapped and want to distance ourselves emotionally from those we love in an effort to protect ourselves.

But building structures to block loved ones out of our lives isn’t the best use of this aspect.  Why?  The Venus-Saturn opposition is part of a wonderful water grand trine (in a kite formation).  Saturn, Jupiter, and Chiron form a wonderful equilateral triangle, which will be influencing us through the middle of June.  If we are willing to work with the energy, this grand trine provides an easy flow of energy that can help us use our wisdom (Jupiter) to heal (Chiron) the structures (Saturn) within our relationships (Venus).  Yes, relationship issues (and perhaps financial issues) may take on a serious quality now due to the involvement of Saturn, but we need to make sure our fears and anxieties don’t get the best of us.  Be consistently gracious with others and know that this opposition between Venus and Saturn is simply bringing to the surface issues that need to be dealt with . . . and then allow the emotional support provided by the grand trine to help heal issues both within ourselves and within our relationships.

A little bit of a warning:  Full Moons in Sagittarius are often associated with speaking without thinking, which can get us into trouble.  Even though we probably didn’t intend to be insensitive, our words may be perceived as hurtful.  It is important around the time of the Full Moon to make a conscious decision to think before speaking.  As mentioned above, the key to navigating this energy is to be gracious.  And if someone says something to you that rubs you the wrong way, do your best to not personalize it.  Tolerance, patience, and forgiveness will go a long way around the time of this Full Moon.

Additionally, it is important to remember that this Sag Full Moon is occurring during the third of three cardinal grand crosses.  As we have discussed in previous Moon Updates (e.g., Full Moon on April 15, New Moon on January 1), this cardinal grand cross involves the planets Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn.  They are forming a square in the sky above us, with the planets Jupiter and Pluto in opposition (180°) to each other and the planets Mars and Uranus in opposition (180°) to each other, with the four corners are squaring (90°) each other.  The first grand cross occurred between mid-December and mid-January.  The second peaked around April 20-22, with the second being (by far) the most powerful of the three configurations.

This final configuration of cardinal planets will peak between June 14 and 25.  The distance between the planets is greater than it was in April, so we probably won’t feel its impact as strongly as the second grand cross in April.  However, this cardinal energy will still push us to continue the process of resolving issues in four different areas of our life:  self-identity (Aries), relationships (Libra), home life (Cancer), and work (Capricorn).  For those who have flowed with the changes moving through their lives during the first part of 2014, this final grand cross will likely be a “cleaning up” or “wrapping up” period.  But for those who have previously resisted needed life changes, this could be a challenging time.  The universe is demanding that all of us change, and we can do this the easy way or the hard way.  Either move or be moved . . . either change or be changed . . . it’s your free will choice!  Helpful questions now include, “What do I need to let go of?” and “Where do I need to move forward?”  Staying grounded and centered will help us see ways to let go of old patterns so we can forge new paths.

And just a reminder that beginning on Saturday, June 7, Mercury will be in retrograde.  You can read more about this in the last Moon Update:  New Moon in Gemini.  Mercury retrograde periods can be challenging if we aren’t careful in our communication; however, they are very important because going back over things will often reveal important information that will lead to later success.  Given Mercury is currently in the emotional sign of Cancer and will backtrack into the mental sign of Gemini before moving direct again on Tuesday, July 1, this 24-day period is one where we will need to use both our heads and our hearts to revise, revisit, revamp, or reconsider various plans in our lives.

On Saturday, June 14, a powerful square (90°) between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn could make for a volatile day.  Squares always represent a turning point, and given our relationships are activated around the time of the Sag Full Moon, it could be easy today to have our feathers ruffled.  Remember, there is a difference between demanding “my way or the highway” and moving forward with honesty and integrity.  If you are experiencing emotions such as anger and fear, take time to look at what structures in your life might need to be altered (or even torn down) and/or what unhealthy habits might need to be addressed.  By making these changes, we can be rewarded with a renewed sense of vitality.  We are all being encouraged now to make way for new growth in our lives by purging old ideas and activities.

Venus sextiles (60°) Jupiter on Wednesday, June 18, which will likely feel like a breath of fresh air.  Taking time out from our daily duties to relax and have fun will remind us of the sweetness of life.  Today needs to be about allowing a freer flow of pleasure, generosity, and joy.  For those of us who have been experiencing conflicts in relationships, this aspect grants us the gifts of acceptance and understanding.

On Saturday, June 21, the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer.  This marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  The energy of Cancer often makes us desire increased security in our lives, and we may feel an increased need to protect those we consider “family.”  This desire for safety may translate into a desire for things to stay the same and not change.  However, the symbol for Cancer is the crab, and although crabs may move in unpredictable ways, they also can be very tenacious in their pursuit of what they want.  And when needed, those claws can be used to either cut through obstacles or keep away those intent on deterring them from their goal.

Venus moves into easy, breezy Gemini on Monday, June 23, where it will remain until July 19.  This will likely increase the amount of talking we all do about whatever we love.  It will also likely usher in a more adaptable approach to money, love, and self-worth issues.  We may desire more “variety” in our social relationships, which is fine unless we are in a committed relationship and this need is expressed as flirtations.  But the presence of Venus in Gemini means that we should all focus on finding ways to meet our desire for increased social contact, communication, and interesting pursuits.

Then on Wednesday, June 25, an opposition (180°) between Mars and Uranus will mean that resisting change or trying to cling to the familiar is probably going to be fruitless.  This aspect often brings surprising (and sometimes shocking) new developments into our lives.  We may actually feel impatient, resistant to rules, ready for change, or even revolutionary in some area of our lives.  This is useful for breaking new ground.  The key to using this energy effectively is to create breakthroughs rather than breakdowns by focusing on being innovative rather than reactive.

Overall, this Full Moon in Sagittarius cannot be taken lightly given the Venus-Saturn opposition occurring on the same day as the Full Moon, the healing effects of that water grand trine, and the influence of the third (and final) cardinal grand cross.  We are being given a final push to change, and the grand trine is giving us the emotional support to do so in ways that heal us emotionally.  But change is often difficult, and we are being asked to use our minds to discover new possibilities and to use our hearts to sort through the options to find the best solution.  And remember, “When you focus on problems, you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.” (Unknown)


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


  • Full Moon at 23° of Sagittarius
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 9:11 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, June 13, 2014, at 12:11 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, June 13, 2014, at 4:11 a.m. GMT