FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – What can we gain by letting go of control? (May 21, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 2:14 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.  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 2° of Gemini and 2° 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.

Full Moons are designed to shed extra light on whatever we began back at the time of the last New Moon on May 6.  We now need to find a balance between the two signs involved in the Full Moon in order to make progress toward the intentions we set back then.  This time, we are dealing with the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Sagittarius.  These two signs, like all opposing signs in the zodiac, appear on the surface to be very different but are actually very connected.  Gemini is interested in how we perceive, process, and share information in an objective way.  Sagittarius is interested in information, too.  However, it wants to take that information that we have learned, interpret it, and convert it into knowledge and wisdom.  Its focus is on what we personally believe is true for us, so it is very subjective.

So if we look back at whatever topics we were dealing with or projects that we started around the time of the New Moon, we may see where we need to achieve a better balance between objective information and subjective truth.  Neither can be ignored, but if one has been emphasized over the other, now is the time to do what is needed to achieve equilibrium.  To do this, we may need to use the extra light provided by the Full Moon to not just look at the surface of things but to look into the shadows of our unconscious.  So for example, we may need to explore whether we have been focusing on our personal beliefs of what is right or wrong and have inadvertently ignored important facts.  Or it might be that we have been focusing on gathering data and now we need to settle down and figure out what is right for us based on our personal beliefs, values, morals, and ethics.

At the time of this Full Moon, Venus is conjunct (0°) the Sun and Mars is in a very close (less than 1°) conjunction (0°) with the Moon.  The former aspect is asking us to keep our mind (Sun) and heart (Venus) open to all possibilities.  The latter aspect is providing us with confidence, courage, and the energy we need to move forward toward our goals.  However, Mars is still in retrograde until June 29, so some of our “actions may entail taking “behind-the-scenes” action or making the internal changes necessary to prepare for the external changes that are coming this summer.  Given Mars is in such close proximity to the emotional Moon, we could feel impatient.  Unless we keep this in check, we could make assumptions, see only what we want to see, or take action before the time is right.  That doesn’t mean that action may not be called for, and Mars will help us take those actions.  But we just want to take the time to make sure it’s the correct action and that we don’t jump into something prematurely and thereby weaken our position in the long-run.  This will be especially true on Sunday, May 22, when Mars will exactly oppose (180°) the Sun and be at its closest approach to the Earth during 2016.

Also on Sunday, May 22, we can all take a collective sigh of relief as Mercury turns direct once again.  It may take a few days before the Messenger planet is back up to speed again, but communication will gradually become more overt, direct, and clear.  And there will likely be a decrease in snafu’s related to travel and technology.  If we have done the work of Mercury retrograde, we should now have a clearer idea about what is important to us.  It’s likely we will be able to use our words effectively due to Mercury remaining in a supportive grand trine (equilateral triangle) with Jupiter in discriminating Virgo and Pluto in responsible Capricorn.  And with both Mercury and Jupiter now moving direct, the inner changes and healing that we’ve been working on will hopefully help us create a more satisfying life.  Moving toward this goal will likely involve continuing the routines and disciplines that we have recently integrated (or re-initiated) into our lives.  We may also need to let go of rigid thought patterns, understand that others see things differently than we do, and make efforts to see things from multiple angles.

Just a reminder:  Although Mercury and Jupiter will now be moving forward again, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are still in retrograde.  Therefore, we will still have a lot of “inner focus” going on.  Keep looking for what needs to be reviewed, completed, or released in your life.  Although two other planets will be joining Saturn and Pluto in retrograde later this summer (i.e., Neptune in June, Uranus in July), things will really start moving again in our lives when Mars turns direct on Wednesday, June 29.  The new energy that will be coming into our lives at that time will be used successfully if we consciously spend this retrograde time period doing any internal or external “prep work.”

On Tuesday, May 24, Venus moves out of earthy Taurus and into mental Gemini, where it will remain until June 18.  For the next three weeks, we will likely feel more social, outgoing, and communicative, although we may also feel a need to keep our distance emotionally.  It is likely we will enjoy a lot of different types of people, and those who communicate effectively will be very appealing to us.  However, later that day (May 24), Venus will be in an exact opposition (180°) to retrograde Mars.  When these two planets are opposing each other like this, it’s often a time when “adjustments” need to be made within partnerships and/or our finances in order to regain a sense of balance between male-female, yin-yang, active-passive, etc.  Today is a good day to take it easy in all communication and not act impulsively.  This energy will pass quickly, and tomorrow we can effectively work with others to find healthy solutions to imbalances that were identified today.

On Thursday, May 26, Jupiter forms its third and final square (90°) to Saturn (the first was on August 3, 2015, the second was on March 23).  Jupiter is about expansion; Saturn is about contraction; and squares always represent a turning point.  The third square in a sequence is a “last chance” to make needed changes.  Helpful questions to ask ourselves around this time include, “Where in my life am I ready to expand or take a leap of faith?” and “Where in my life do I need to consolidate, regroup, and/or make sure my foundation is in place before moving forward?”  This sequence of squares has been asking us to clarify where we need to move forward and where we need to be more aware of our personal limitations.  We may also have been receiving some “learning opportunities” related to when it’s appropriate to be optimistic and when a dose of realism is more appropriate.

Then on Friday, May 27, retrograde Mars move backwards into the final degrees of Scorpio, where it will remain during all of June and July.  This represents intense, powerful energy that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  The last degrees of any sign are very powerful, but Scorpio is particularly passionate, intense, and deep when combined with the energy of Mars (the traditional ruler of Scorpio).  We may find ourselves needing to search our psyches for our inner motivations and desires, and this may require courageously cutting away (Mars) anything that blocks us from healing or using our power in a constructive way (Scorpio).

Right before the end of the month, a wonderful trine (120°) between Mercury and Pluto is formed on Monday, May 30.  This helpful aspect will support us in reaching a deeper psychological understanding of ourselves and others.  Our minds may be more focused than usual, which supports patience and strategic decision making.  We may also find that information is revealed that will help us see things more clearly.

Overall, this Sagittarius Full Moon is motivating us to find a balance between fact-finding and determining what all that information means for us on a personal level.  Both are important, but we always need to keep in mind that what might appear to be “the truth” is based on our individual, unique perspective.  As research shows, if a group of people observe the same event, each one will report seeing slightly different things.  The truth is clearly subjective, but that doesn’t mean that truth is not important.  If we incorporate someone else’s truth into our lives, chaos often results.  But we do need to be respectful and not impose our truth on others.  And finally, as has been discussed in previous Moon Updates, we are still under the constructive influence of a t-square (right triangle) between Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune.  This astrological configuration is helping us to learn that there are times when we gain more by letting go of control and that every loss is often “a gain in disguise,” although the gain may not be understood until later.  So remember, “Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” (Tony Gaskins)


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Full Moon at 2° of Sagittarius

  • Saturday, May 21, 2:14 p.m. PDT
  • Saturday, May 21, 5:14 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, May 21, 9:14 p.m. GMT


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