In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 8:41 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. 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 13°17’ of Gemini and 13°17’ 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. (NOTE: Click here to learn how to find the transiting Moon in your chart.)
All Full Moons involve finding a better balance between the qualities of the 2 signs involved. This time, those signs are Gemini and Sagittarius:
- Gemini: The best qualities include being communicative, flexible, optimistic, bright, and curious. The lower expression can involve being indecisive, scattered, unemotional, impatient, and overly talkative.
- Sagittarius: The higher expression of this sign includes being straightforward, generous, enthusiastic, adventurous, ethical, and fun. The lower expression could mean being self-indulgent, tactless, blunt, and even pushy.
Although both signs have a love for learning and communicating, they each focus on different things. Gemini wants to learn basic information, and it prefers to speak about the surface details in a variety of topics. Sagittarius, on the other hand, wants to take all that information and integrate it into a unified whole or truth. They love communicating with others about the complexities of life and how it may all fit together.
But as is true with all oppositions (180°), both ends of this Gemini-Sagittarius continuum are important. For example, excessive details or jumping from topic to topic can be overwhelming unless they can be melded into something that is meaningful and insightful. On the other hand, any conclusion or truth could be incorrect if we ignore important details. The opposition (180°) between the Sun and Moon in Gemini and Sag, respectively, means that we need to find a way to integrate our thoughts (Sun) and feelings (Moon) in a way that helps us understand the world in a new way. This may be provided by an increased objectivity (Gemini) and/or a new perspective (Sag).
However, both the Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sag are squaring (90°) Saturn in Pisces, which creates one of those powerful t-square configurations (i.e., right triangles) that demand change. We are likely to feel a need to actively make adjustments to structures or responsibilities in our life. The influence of Pisces provides encouragement to (a) tap into our intuitive knowingness and spiritual connections about what to change and how to make them, (b) flow with any adjustments, and (c) use our creativity and compassion for self and others as we move forward. The Moon in fiery Sag is in a free-following trine (120°) to action-oriented Mars. This means that we will have no shortage of energy to make any necessary changes, but some of us may feel like we’ve consumed a bit too much caffeine.
At the time of the Full Moon, there is also an opposition (180°) between Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Aquarius, with both of those planets squaring (90°) Jupiter in Taurus. This forms another powerful t-square configuration, which will provide us with further motivation to make needed changes in our lives, especially given the influence of expansive Jupiter and powerhouse Pluto. Having Jupiter in Taurus as the focal planet means that any actions need to be grounded, responsible, and practical. Whenever Pluto is involved, it often means we are ready to let go of something that no longer serves us. Taurus and Venus both point toward possibly letting go of something that involves our relationships and/or finances. But with Venus in Cancer, we also need to make sure our choices are coming from a compassionate place. Luckily, Venus is in a supportive trine (120°) to Neptune, which again reinforces that any changes will go more smoothly if we consciously tap into our intuition, creativity, compassion, and spirituality.
One final note about the Full Moon: There is a conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Uranus, but both planets are not in aspect to any other planets in the Full Moon chart. The conjunction means that Mercury and Uranus are working together as a team, but the lack of other aspects causes them to work independently and not be well integrated into the rest of the chart. Both planets have to do with the mind, with Mercury representing our earthly, personal thoughts and Uranus focusing on other worldly, transpersonal issues. Whenever they team up like this, we often feel like our thinking quickens and becomes clearer. Intuitive insights can come “out of the blue,” and we typically are more open than usual to different ways of thinking, especially if it affords us greater independence or the opportunity to learn new things. Although this mental agility can be exhilarating, it can translate into our minds and mouths going a mile a minute. Especially given they are not well connected to the rest of the chart, we are all well-advised to carefully think before we speak in order to avoid later regrets.
On Monday, June 5, Venus will move out of Cancer and will join Mars in Leo. Because Venus will be moving retrograde starting on July 22, it will remain in Leo into October. This planet only goes retrograde about every 2 years, so it’s always a big deal when it happens. With this retrograde phase, the planet most associated with love will be spending almost 5 months in the most heart-centered signs, Leo. Venus brings the qualities of peace and harmony, so this could be a very beautiful time period for many of us. We may be supported in exploring what we value most, especially (a) if we have planets in Leo and (b) if we need time to determine what is important to us regarding our relationships and/or finances.
Having Venus in Leo brings in the importance of confidence and perhaps leadership. Although Leo is typically portrayed by the symbol of a male lion, when combined with the typically feminine energy of Venus, it may be more appropriate to use the symbol of a female lioness for the next few months. Energy that we put out into the world should come from our heart chakras and gracefully encourage others to share their gifts with the world. This can include serving as a benevolent leader with others, but it also applies to self-leadership.
However, we do need to consciously choose to avoid the lower expression of Leo’s energy, which can include the need for external “sourcing” of our self-confidence. This may manifest as an excessive need for attention or appreciation, narcissistic tendencies, manipulating or trying to force others to love us, and/or the creation of unnecessary drama for drama’s sake. Our power must come from within and be lovingly expressed without any need for reinforcement from external sources. If we are in a leadership position, we also need to be sure to use our inner strength to effectively guide rather than dominate others.
Then on Sunday, June 11, Mercury will move into its home sign of Gemini, where it will remain until July 8. Mercury loves being in Gemini. Our minds will feel like “It’s time to play with ideas and words!” Many of us will feel more social and talkative than usual. However, because Mercury will be making a relatively brief stay in Gemini (only about 15 days), there may be an intensity to our need to socially connect, learn and explore new subjects, and/or share our ideas with others. The only downside could be mental overload or being more easily distracted than usual.
On the same day (Sunday, June 11), Pluto will retrograde back into Capricorn after spending several months testing out the waters of Aquarius. It will remain in Cap until January 24, 2024, at which time it will return to Aquarius. Pluto will re-visit Capricorn one final time from September through November 2024. (NOTE: This happens to overlap with the next presidential election in the USA.)
When Pluto retrogrades back into Capricorn, it will activate the 29th degree. This critical degree is powerfully connected to culminations and endings. During the past few years while Pluto has been transiting through Capricorn, we have all seen major challenges and changes to many of the structures in our lives. For the remainder of 2023, we may experience a strong push to revisit any recent structural changes and make any additional adjustments. This can include reexamining responsibilities related to finances or material possessions, especially if we need to access our inner power versus the use of dominance or control. If we have already been meeting these challenges head on over the past few years, then Pluto’s return to Capricorn may simply represent a “cleaning up phase.” However, if we have been avoiding making some necessary changes, then this may not be an easy or pleasant time. All of this is helping us create new structures, both personally and collectively, that will support us as we move into the transformational period of Pluto in Aquarius.
Overall, there is always a chance with any Sagittarius Full Moon that we can get lost in our thoughts and avoid taking action. However, this outcome is unlikely with this year’s lunar event due to the presence of two change-focused t-squares. Yes, there is a risk that our minds will be going 100 miles an hour in a 65 mile per hour zone, so we need to remember to use our tools to calm down and soothe our potentially overstimulated minds and nervous systems (e.g., breathing, mindfulness, exercising). And although it will be important to take action, the planets and signs involved in those t-squares also encourage us to tap into our intuition, compassion, and creativity to come up with solutions that are both reasonable and wise. There may be some upheaval in our lives, but we need to have faith in our ability to handle whatever life throws at us. We’ve got this!
- Anne Reith, Ph.D.©
THIS FULL MOON
Full Moon at 13°17’ of Sagittarius
- Saturday, June 3, 2023, 8:41 p.m. PDT
- Saturday, June 3, 2023, 8:41 p.m. EDT
- Sunday, June 4, 2023, 3:41 a.m. GMT
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