WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER - EXACT AT 2.46pm GMT, 9.46am EST
This is a very powerful Full Moon/Lunar eclipse, and I am most definitely feeling it; I was almost too overwhelmed to settle down and write this post! This is the last Lunar Eclipse in Gemini until 2020, and completes the series which began in December 2010. A lot has changed since that first one! Eclipses are incredibly intense Full Moons which have the potential to cause a shift or change in a particular area of our lives, and this one in particular has an enormous amount of planetary force behind it to help us change our lives for the better. As the Moon passes into the shadows, shielded by the earth from the light of the sun, we are pulled deep within ourselves to the core of our being so that we can discover who we really are. The Sabian symbol for this Moon at 6 degrees Gemini is “A well with a bucket and a rope under the shade of majestic trees”, which seems to be asking us to dig deep to connect to an inner wisdom and strength which lays waiting in the shadows. This water of life has been nourishing the trees from the roots upwards for centuries and centuries, and is in plentiful supply if we are only willing to tap into it. It is the wisdom of our ancestors; that which we already know and the root of who we are. It has always been part of us; we just have to bring it into our awareness and start consciously drawing from it.
This Full Moon illuminates the Gemini / Sagittarius axis, as the Moon in Gemini directly opposes the Sun in Sagittarius. As such we are being asked to find a balance between the energies of communicative, logical and detail-orientated Gemini and the truth seeking, intuitive and expansive Sagittarius. I noticed that the Sun entered Sagittarius just in time for Thanskgiving in America, kicking off the holiday season which is definitely a reflection of the qualities of Sagittarius; joviality, goodwill, abundance (of food and drink!), expansion and growth (of our waistlines!), optimism and joy. Gemini governs the rational mind and seeks to gain information and experiences from the immediate environment. Like a butterfly, Gemini collects information and then spreads it around. While Gemini is more logical and tends to focus on details, Sagittarius is more intuitive and prefers to look at the big picture. Gemini rules the media, thoughts, writing, and all forms of communication, while Sagittarius rules beliefs, faith, religion, spirituality and philosophy. These are the realms we are dealing with during this Full Moon, and it is possible that we may be asked to examine our beliefs (Sagittarius), looking at them from different angles (Gemini); focusing on the big picture and making up our own minds instead of just following what we have always thought or been told.
As I said, Gemini is a rational, logical sign, and is also represented by the twins, which brings a sense of duality to the picture. The Moon on the other hand is emotional, feeling, intuitive, so the combination is always an interesting one! It is like they have a bit of a clash of interest! It is possible that the Full Moon will bring up some irrational feelings which will bring certain issues to our awareness so that logical understanding can follow. We should definitely examine whatever thoughts pop up during this Moon, because things which may have been slightly hidden from our conscious awareness may be ready to reveal themselves now as the Moon brings things to a head. It is definitely true that our thoughts and feelings create our reality, on both a personal and global level. Negative thinking breeds a negative reality, while positive, loving thoughts create a much better outcome. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is in soulful Scorpio, asking that we dig deep and really get to the heart of the matter, processing the painful stuff so that we can move on towards the new, lighter reality that awaits us. In general it seems like it is now time to start thinking with our hearts, not our heads, and to be true to our own principles, but first we must deal with the darkness of the past and let it go once and for all.
There is a lot going on with this Full Moon, as a few other planets are involved in the overall picture! The most prominent aspect is a Yod, otherwise known as a Finger of God, with the finger pointing at the Moon herself. There is a sense of fate or destiny with a Yod formation; it has been described as an invisible hand prodding you in the back, making sure we are moving in the right direction whether we like it or not! We might have to change course altogether and have to deal with old karmic issues which probably won’t be very comfortable. The interesting thing about this Yod is that it is going to be repeated on the Winter Solstice in a different form, so there is a sense that this Full Moon is starting a process that will continue or conclude then. As you can see in the chart, the players involved at the base of the Yod are a Mars and Pluto conjunction in Capricorn and a Venus and Saturn conjunction in Scorpio with the finger pointing at the Moon, Jupiter and Black Moon Lilith, who symbolises letting go. My sense is that it is a time to let go of old karmic residue from our past relationships, as both Mars and Venus are involved, combined with soulful Pluto and karmic Saturn. Mars and Pluto are an interesting combination; together they represent extreme desires of the soul and the powerful urge to move forward, but can also mean superhuman power and use of brute force, and in Capricorn this could be at the hands of authority. Venus and Saturn in Scorpio combined can mean digging deep and dealing with relationship karma in an emotionally honest way and letting go of old pain that may be holding us back, but can also mean serious and deep commitment to a relationship, path or set of values. Combine all of this with the emotional nature of the Full Moon and we have quite powerful possibilities!
How this will manifest I do not know, but personally I am feeling the effects of this Moon very acutely, and I must say that I am not particularly enjoying writing this post! I have almost abandoned ship a few times to be honest, because this is all so complex that it is hard to explain in just a few paragraphs! I will be very interested to see what happens over the next few days, both globally and personally, because the tension is definitely building. Uranus in Aries is also involved, forming a positive aspect to both the Sun and the Moon which brings the potential for considerable excitement; sudden and unexpected events, insights, moods and some possible acts of rebellion or revolution. Relationships or situations could suddenly end, or a bolt out of the blue may be the beginning of something beautiful. One thing to remember – everything happens for a reason, and it is all going according to the master plan, whatever that may be! Chiron, the wounded healer, is also forming a tense T-square with the Sun and Moon, meaning that some old wounds and insecurities may be exposed, which could be a bit painful but will ultimately be healing.
This Moon seems to be asking us to shift perspective a bit and look at things from a different angle, letting go or old beliefs that we may have just blindly accepted in the past. Gemini rules our immediate environment and communication on a day to day basis, and things may be a bit tense in the build-up to the Full Moon, as the deeply transforming Pluto and Mars conjunction is almost exact and may well bring up some quite turbulent emotions. Relationships may be strained and we may be a bit more sensitive than usual, meaning that it is a bit easier to hit each other’s sore spots. Ultimately we are being asked to face up to the pain of the past and let go of it once and for all so that we can move on with relationships which better suit that which we are becoming rather than who we were. Our past relationships are what have made us who we are today, and it is very important that we lay them to rest with love and compassion, letting go of any anger, guilt or blame so that we can move forward properly with our current or future relationships. So often we carry the ghosts of relationships past with us so that they contaminate the present, and this simply will not do anymore. We must lay the past to rest as we walk towards the end of 2012 with a lighter step.
We are shifting towards a new way of being which involves a balance between Venus and Mars; the divine feminine and the divine masculine. We are moving towards a time when we must live from our hearts and dare to be open, giving and loving. No longer can the “us against them” mentality work, but rather we must recognise that we are all in this together. We all have a purpose, and Saturn and Pluto in each other’s signs for the next couple of years are asking us to own up to our responsibilities to that purpose and join together to rebuild the structures that are no longer working for us. These structures may be spiritual, physical, political, religious, societal or economic, personal or global, but if they are no longer functioning in a way that is true to what we are becoming, they’ve got to go! We are currently in the process of looking below the surface and digging out all that is rotten and outworn in our world, and people worldwide are united by a common cause. The protestors around the world are realising that they have very similar objectives, and global communication is highlighting that. The signs involved in this Yod are Scorpio (power), Capricorn (authority) and Gemini (communication) and the finger is pointing at communication. Quite a combination! On both a personal and collective level there is a sense that this Full Moon is pushing us to make some very necessary changes in our lives and I think that while it may be fairly uncomfortable and possibly quite painful, ultimately it will be tremendously cleansing on an emotional level.