In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 1:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17. 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 26° of Gemini and 26° 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 ask us to see if we can find a better balance between the two signs involved. Gemini is a mutable air sign that represents communication, learning, curiosity, and being flexible, but it can also be indecisive, impatient, and too talkative. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, which means being adventurous, generous, straightforward, and ethical, but it can also be judgmental, blunt, and pushy. Both signs love to learn, but where Gemini is interested in basic information, Sag is motivated to take all those basic pieces of information, combine them, and determine what is “right” or “true.”
Although this Sag Full Moon is very powerful, it is also very complex. Unfortunately, due to time constraints on my end, this will need to be one of those times when I provide a summary without as much analysis of the astrological “whys and wherefores.”
If you review the Moon Update from 2 weeks ago, you’ll get the general “drift” of this time period; i.e., our mental and verbal energy could be volatile, so “Watch what you say to yourself and to others.” The only difference this time are (a) there is a greater chance of the volatility coming to the foreground and (b) we are more likely to be held accountable for what we say to others and to ourselves. Although I personally know how hard this can be, we need to make sure that we are coming from a place of compassion, in both arenas. Any anger, sarcastic comments, or emotional outbursts may come back to haunt us later. We are all encouraged to pause, breathe, and even ask for spiritual help and guidance, especially if we feel ready to explode.
However, all is not grim. Jupiter is strongly influencing this Full Moon, and Jupiter is the “happy-happy planet.” It will be conjunct (0°) the Moon, which means it will also be in opposition (180°) to the Sun. Both ends of this opposition, though, are squaring (90°) nebulous Neptune, which is very powerful right now because it is located in its own sign of Pisces. Additionally, it should be noted that the square (90°) between Jupiter and Neptune will be exact at the time of Full Moon (orb of only 0°06’, which means it’s very powerful!). This is the second of three squares between Jupiter and Neptune, with the first one occurring back in January. The second in a series of squares is usually a time when we are asked to make some changes that we only started thinking about with the first square. With this Jupiter-Neptune square, we are being asked to look at what we believe (Jupiter) versus what we find spiritually meaningful (Neptune). This entire year, we may all find ourselves asking “big questions” about what direction our lives are going in, what we want to accomplish, and what is our life path or spiritual mission.
The aspects between the Sun, Moon/Jupiter, and Neptune form a t-square, and the squared planet is always an important outlet for the energy of the t-square. This time it is Neptune, which is telling us to be compassionate (with self and others). It is also urging us to listen to our intuition and move toward trusting in the Divine Order of everything in our lives. However, we also need to realize that sometimes what we see isn’t accurate right now because Neptune can cause the “fog” to roll in. I think the moral of this story is that we may have some very powerful intuitive hunches or insights coming to us, but we need to wait a few days before we take any concrete steps to put those ideas into action. What looks logical or might appear to be “the truth” around the time of the Sag Full Moon could be elusive until the energies settle down. But Neptune can help us find the faith we need in order to trust that all will work out and to feel more at peace with what we don’t understand (yet).
Luckily, Saturn (the planet of structure and discipline) is coming to the rescue, at least to a certain extent. At the time of the Full Moon, Saturn will be in a sweet sextile (60°) to Neptune (exact the day after the Full Moon). This can help us ground ourselves, motivate us to put in the hard work needed to convert our dreams into something concrete, even assist us in beginning to create a plan for how to achieve those dreams, and provide us with the patience we need because we will understand that creating something big and sustainable may take some time. But as we discussed in the last Moon Update, Saturn is still in the very powerful conjunction (0°) with Pluto and the South Node, all in Capricorn; and at the time of the Full Moon, all of them are in an opposition (180°) to Mercury, Mars, and the North Node in Cancer. Cancer is an emotional sign. Whenever Mercury travels through Cancer, our conversations are often more emotional than logical. But Mercury and Mars are both in this sign (and conjunct) and both are in oppositions (180°) to the planet of power (Pluto). When these energies and aspects are combined, we definitely need to be aware that our words may come out more forcefully than we intended. And if fueled by emotions such as anger, jealousy, resentment, etc. . . . well . . . hence the caution to be careful right now.
On Friday, June 21, the Sun enters Cancer, which represents the solstice, when the amount of daylight is equal to the amount of night. The Sun’s transit through Cancer is a time when we naturally feel drawn inward, including a desire to spend time with family. We often feel more self-protective during this time period. Nurturing our loved ones (including our inner child) becomes more important, and emotions tend to be very close to the surface. Many astrologers believe that the chart on the day of the solstice gives us an idea of things to come for the next three months. Unfortunately, all of the same aspects described in the paragraph above are still present. Therefore, individually and collectively, we all need to continue to tap into the compassionate energy of Neptune to help calm ourselves and help calm others. Aspects present at the time of the solstice also indicate that we all will benefit from trying out some new ways of dealing with some long-standing problems.
On the same day as the solstice (Friday, June 21), Neptune will begin its annual retrograde phase. It will remain in retrograde until November 27. When Neptune goes retrograde, it is usually a time when the fog lifts and we are able to see things more clearly. Sometimes this is a pleasant experience; however, having our illusions brought into the light of day can sometimes be a harsh lesson. But over the next few weeks, we may begin to see some of our dreams and visions coming into form. And having Neptune retrograde often means it’s easier for us to tap into our compassion. It is also often a time of increased spiritual growth.
On Wednesday, June 26, Mercury moves out of Cancer and into Leo. Looking ahead, Mercury will be entering its second of three annual retrograde periods on Sunday, July 7 (we will discuss this more in the next Moon Update). Mercury will start off moving backwards in Leo, but it will move back so far that it will re-enter Cancer for a while. So, Mercury isn’t quite done with Cancer yet. But for now, Mercury is in Leo until July 20. This means our thinking and communication style will likely become more confident and expressive. It can even become rather dramatic or theatrical. Our focus will be on our goals, and the bigger and grander the goal the better. The problem is that we are seeing the big picture and not the details when Mercury is in Leo, and we may also be a bit self-absorbed and not as good of a listener as we need to be.
Overall, this Sag Full Moon could be a time when we are feeling optimistic, hopeful, and idealistic (Moon in Sag, Jupiter conjunct the Moon). Use this energy to be a positive beacon of light to those around you (and to yourself). But it is important to remember that the influence of Jupiter and Sag (Jupiter’s ruling sign) is that we can veer into being judgmental and “brutally honest.” We do this by convincing ourselves that we are “right,” which makes others wrong. We need to tap into the compassionate energy of Neptune right now and realize that there are always multiple perspectives to each situation. If we find ourselves feeling “judge-y” (or if we are on the receiving end of being judged), it will help if we consciously choose to take some deep breaths, tap into our heart energy, and try to observe what is happening from a higher perspective. And although we do need to be realistic right now, we shouldn’t hesitate to use the intuitive side of Neptune. It may be able to provide us with insights that lead to new solutions to problems that started long ago.
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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 26° of Sagittarius
- Monday, June 17, 1:30 a.m. PDT
- Monday, June 17, 4:30 a.m. EDT
- Monday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. GMT