FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – Energy and courage to dive into the deep end but a few cautions (June 14, 2022)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 11:51 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.  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°25’ of Gemini and 23°25’ 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 involve finding a better balance between the qualities of the 2 signs involved.  This time, those signs are Gemini and Sagittarius:

  • The best qualities of Gemini include being communicative, flexible, optimistic, bright, and curious. The lower expression can involve being indecisive, scattered, unemotional, impatient, and overly talkative.
  • The higher expression of Sagittarius includes being straightforward, generous, enthusiastic, adventurous, ethical, and fun. The lower expression could mean being self-indulgent, tactless, blunt, and even pushy.

Both signs have a love of learning.  However, Gemini wants to learn basic information and focuses on the details.  Sagittarius, on the other hand, wants to take all that information and integrate it into a unified whole or truth.  As with all oppositions, both ends of the continuum are important.  For example, excessive details can be overwhelming unless they can be melded into something meaningful.  On the other hand, any conclusion or truth could be faulty unless it’s based on solid information and important details aren’t ignored.  Now is a good time to evaluate whether we might be over-emphasizing one end of the continuum or the other.  Are we focusing too much on the individual trees or are we seeing only the forest?

This Sag Full Moon is closely squaring (90°) Neptune in Pisces.  This forms a t-square planetary configuration (i.e., right triangle) with Neptune as the “focal planet.”  The higher expression of Neptune can include increased compassion, spirituality, faith, and creativity.  However, it can also cause the proverbial fog to move in, which can cause us to feel fearful, lost, or confused.

Luckily, Saturn is in a trine (120°) to the Sun and a sextile (60°) to the Moon.  These supportive aspects involving the planet most associated with realism (i.e., Saturn) should help us cut through any Neptunian fog and allow us to clearly see where the shoreline is located.  However, we can’t take Saturn for granted.  We have to make the choice to access its help.  If we allow our boat to drift too far out to sea, we may become overwhelmed with fear and get completely turned around within the fog.  But if we can calm ourselves (e.g., breathe, reach out for help), then Saturn may help us find practical solutions.  Additionally, it is likely that Saturn’s influence means that we may be feeling a need to put something in place that is long-lasting and secure.

Several other significant astrological influences are present at the time of this Sagittarius Full Moon:

  • Mars is moving through Aries right now. The red planet is all about how we use energy in the world, and it is extra powerful right now because it’s traveling through its home sign of Aries.  Also, Mars is in a wide conjunction (0°) to expansive Jupiter.  This combination provides us with a great deal of motivation, initiative, courage, confidence, optimism, excitement, and enthusiasm.  If we can tap into this extremely positive energy, then great progress is possible.  We may feel ready to take a major step forward.  However, this aspect can cause us to be too energized due to Jupiter’s penchant for going to excess.  If we feel hyperactive or unable to control our energy, then physical exercise of any kind will bring the level of our energy down to a manageable and productive level.
  • It should be noted that Mars is also in an exact conjunction (0°) with Chiron in Aries. Chiron is the wounded healer, so this Mars-Chiron pairing may cause us to feel vulnerable when we think about asserting ourselves in a courageous way.  We also may be feeling extra sensitive, especially if we feel attacked or maligned in some way.  Although we can run away and hide, that’s not recommended because this is an opportunity to heal, especially when it comes to increasing our self-esteem or expressing anger in a healthy way.
  • The Mars-Jupiter conjunction means that our healing work associated with the Mars-Chiron conjunction has a good chance of being successful. However, courage will likely be required.  We may feel like we are ready to jump into the deep end of the pool, but we balk right before we take that final step.  We need to be careful not to react to our indecision at the end of the diving board by either (a) blaming ourselves for feeling weak or ineffective or (b) being too blunt, impulsive, or even aggressive with others.  Yes, given the involvement of Chiron, it is time to move forward toward healing.  However, we should do so with moderation and care.  Many of us are more likely to heal if we acknowledge and work with the fears of our inner child.  This combination of Mars-Jupiter and Mars-Chiron conjunctions also encourages us to move away from judging our worth or specialness by external standards or social status (e.g., the number of “likes” that we receive).  Although many of us are very good at celebrating and accepting others, we also need to learn how to celebrate and accept ourselves.
  • Venus is closely conjunct (0°) Uranus in Taurus. This could mean important and possibly unexpected changes with love, finances, or whatever we desire in life.  In some area(s) of life, we become very aware of our needs for authenticity and for individuality.  Luckily, this meeting of Venus and Uranus means that we are less afraid than usual to express those needs.  Just a bit of warning:  Uranus can bring unexpected or sudden changes.  If we can flow with them, then all will go well.  However, if we resist, this could be a rocky time.  Whenever Uranus is influencing our lives, we need to use the motto “Resistance is futile.”  Although many humans don’t like change, change is an inevitable part of the human experience.  For example, from the moment we are born and until the point when we leave this lifetime, our bodies, relationships, and preferred activities change.  Change is part of life, and we need to allow changes to happen so we can get our ever-evolving needs met and better express our uniqueness in the world.
  • As will be true for most of this year, the Moon’s Nodes are again playing an important role in this lunar event. At the time of the Full Moon, Saturn continues to be the “focal planet” in a t-square to the North and South Nodes.  As a reminder, this planetary configuration means that we are all in the process of exploring our past in order to make important changes in the future regarding important structures or responsibilities in our lives.
  • This time, the North Node is also conjunct (0°) the Venus-Uranus conjunct (0°) described above. This means that Venus and Uranus are in opposition (180°) to the South Node and are squaring (90°) Saturn.  We may be thinking seriously about what is or isn’t working within a partnership or financial situation.  Given that Saturn is in retrograde, it’s likely we will benefit from reviewing our past in order to discern important lessons related to these areas of life.  Saturn tells us to move slowly, diligently, and responsibly, and this is a good time to wrap up any unfinished tasks or projects.
  • Mercury is in a challenging square (90°) to Saturn, but Mercury is also in a supportive trine (120°) to Pluto. When these two aspects are combined, this may be a time when we will be talking about (Mercury) making changes (square) to some of the structures or responsibilities in our lives (Saturn).  As we make these changes, the trine between Mercury and Pluto tells us that we may be able to (a) heal and transform our words or thinking and/or (b) use the words of others to help ourselves heal and transform.  This is also a time when whatever has been previously hidden in our thinking (or in the thinking of others) is brought to the surface for healing.  Secrets could be revealed.

Mercury finished its retrograde phase on Friday, June 3, while still located in Taurus.  However, the day before the Full Moon (i.e., Monday, June 13), Mercury will move back into Gemini.  It will continue in this sign until July 4.  Gemini is Mercury’s home sign, so it’s very happy here.  This is a time each year when we are thinking and communicating clearly.  We may also feel more social than usual.  Our curiosity about many different subjects is very intense.  This can be a fun time, but Mercury in Gemini can cause our minds or interactions with others to feel rather scattered.

The Sun will move into Cancer on Tuesday, June 21.  This is referred to as the Solstice, and it marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  For the next month, the Sun in Cancer will focus our attention on our home and family, however we define them.  Emotions will be very important and can, at times, be volatile.  We may also be concerned about security and safety.  This is an important time of year to nurture both ourselves and those we love.

Then on Thursday, June 23, Venus joins Mercury into Gemini, where it will remain until July 17.  Our curiosity will be heightened when it comes to anything related to social contacts, finances, and/or whatever we desire.  For the next 3+ weeks, we become very interested in learning about a wide variety of people, especially if they are intellectually stimulating.  There is a fun, light-hearted energy when Venus is located in Gemini.  However, we may feel like keeping our distance emotionally and will prefer engaging on a mental rather than emotional level.

NOTE:  An upcoming astrological event will be impacting us through the end of 2022.  During 2021, we all went through a series of squares (90°) between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus.  Earlier this month, Saturn began its annual retrograde phase, and as of Friday, June 17, it will be moving back within 8° Uranus.  Saturn and Uranus will move even closer together over the next few months.  They will finally separate at the end of the 2022.  This revisiting of the Saturn-Uranus square provides us with another opportunity to address our needs for both (a) structure and stability (Saturn) and (b) freedom and individuality (Uranus).  During 2021, we all know that many structures changed in our lives.  As we move through the latter part of 2022, individually and collectively we may be doing some final restructuring, which will better prepare us to move forward into the new energy coming into our lives during 2023 and beyond.  This may involve clarifying how we can integrate the past into the present (and the future).  We may also need to make further changes to any structures or responsibilities in our lives that are holding us back or constricting the expression of our unique gifts.  Although rebellion is possible with this Saturn-Uranus square, it would be best if we can find peaceful avenues of expression during the latter part of 2022.

Overall, given this Sagittarius Full Moon is occurring while Mars is moving through its home sign of Aries, some of us will have the courage we need to jump off the diving board into the deep end of the pool.  However, in addition to the influence of Mars, Neptune is squaring (90°) the Full Moon.  This provides an interesting mix of energy/courage and compassion/sensitivity.  Neptune’s influence should not be ignored.  For example, many of those reading these Moon Updates are caring people who are great at providing compassion and love toward others.  But especially because Neptune is currently traveling through its home sign of Pisces, we are being gently and compassionately reminded that we should direct some of that unconditional love toward ourselves.  It may take a few days after the Full before the Neptunian fog lifts and we can trust that we are seeing things clearly.  Luckily, supportive aspects between the Full Moon and Saturn will likely help us clarify what is happening and where to go next.  Additionally, Saturn also tells us that there is no need to rush.  But in general, this is a good time for many of us to take that leap of faith into the deep end.  By doing so, we are likely to discover that we can actually swim.


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Full Moon at 23°25’ of Sagittarius

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 4:51 a.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 7:51 a.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:51 a.m. GMT

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