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This Full Moon is relatively straightforward in nature as it is for the most part untethered by other planets. The most notable thing about the Full Moon itself is that the Sagittarius Sun is sitting at the centre of the Milky Way, which represents the Root chakra of the Cosmos, while the Moon is surrounded by Pleiedes, a cluster of stars of a higher vibration which is seen as the Crown chakra of our galaxy. This brings the potential for realigning ourselves on an energetic level, thus evolving to a higher frequency and moving collectively towards a more enlightened way of being. Full Moons represent a climax of emotions, when whatever has been building over the previous couple of weeks comes to a head. There are some other quite powerful energies at work during and after this Full Moon. Hours after the moon reaches its peak Uranus, the Great Awakener, will be waking up after after having been retrograde for 5 months. The day after the Winter Solstice Venus will turn retrograde in Capricorn. We also have the beginning of a Cardinal Grand Cross involving Mars, the warrior/motivator, Uranus, the rebel/awakener, Pluto, the powerful lord of transformation and Jupiter, the harbinger of growth and expansion. This is a very powerful collection of energies and will create an enormous amount of pressure for us to make some significant changes on both an inner and outer level in the coming months. For now, however, the energy of the square is at the very beginning, while whatever we started during the New Moon is culminating.
The Moon is full in curious, logical, and versatile Gemini, the sign of the intellect, thought processes, perception and communication. She is sitting directly opposite the Sun in jovial, enthusiastic and optimistic Sagittarius, the sign of faith, beliefs and intuition. The key to the Full Moon is to find a balance between the energy of the two signs involved. Gemini represents the rational, logical, “lower” mind while Sagittarius is the higher, more intuitive mind. Sagittarius seeks to find meaning in life and represents our beliefs and what we choose to have faith in. Gemini shows how we make sense of the world, putting it in a more concrete form and helping us communicate it more effectively. This Moon in Gemini will probably bring communication to the fore and we may have many thoughts and ideas racing around our minds. We may well get quite fired up about our beliefs and probably won't hold back from voicing them! Mercury, the ruler of the Full Moon, is sitting next to the Sagittarius Sun who is well known for speaking his mind and does tend to suffer from Foot in Mouth Syndrome! On a higher level, this Moon gives us a chance to find a balance between our higher and lower mind, between rational logic and faith and intuition.
Uranus, the Great Awakener, will be turning direct just a few hours after the Moon is Full, having been retrograde since the 18th of July. Planets energy are at their strongest around the time they turn direct because they are closest to the earth at that time. Don't be surprised if you have some flashes of inspiration, sudden intuitions, erratic thoughts, strokes of genius or the urge to break free from any shackles that bind you during this Moon! Uranus is the rebel and revolutionary who wants to liberate us from limitation and to shake us out of any stagnant ruts and has a tendency to force change in no uncertain terms, rattling our cages and clearing the cobwebs of our lives away. He wants us to grow and will do whatever he can to make sure that happens. In Aries he is very wilful and forceful and wants us to be free to be exactly who we are with nothing holding us back. He is not afraid to stand up and fight for what we deserve and we will see that on both a personal and collective level in the coming weeks. While he was retrograde his energy was more internal, but now it is turning direct it is full steam ahead again. During this Full Moon it is quite likely that we will experience so “Aha!” moments, as light bulbs go off in our minds and we experience true epiphanies. Uranus seeks to Awaken us and has just woken up himself, so watch out!
Meanwhile, Mars is beginning to form a tense T-square with both Pluto and Uranus which will build in intensity over the coming week or so. This marks the beginning of a Grand square which will come to a head with the 5th Pluto Uranus square on April 23 2014. This square will force change on us in no uncertain terms and could cause upheaval in any area of our lives where we are stuck or not moving forward. What joy! We are being asked to step up to the plate and be true to ourselves and the process is not necessarily going to be comfortable! Mars is currently working towards an opposition with Uranus which will be exact on Christmas Day, and when you put the two of these planets together you have the potential for sudden acts of aggression, tempers flaring, acts of rebellion and energy erupting, seemingly coming from nowhere. On another level this kind of aspect can cause kundalini energy to rise quickly and suddenly and with considerable force. Mars will then go on to form a challenging square to Pluto which will be exact on New Years Eve and it will be interesting to see what happens when you put Mars, the warrior planet, up against Pluto, the planet of the soul and transformation! This is a potent mixture indeed and could really shake things up over the holiday season, bringing any hidden tensions to the surface for us to confront head on. It is possible that we could be in for some shocks and upheaval within our lives in the coming months, but only in so far as we are stuck or not moving forward with integrity.
Venus is turning retrograde in Capricorn on the 22nd December, the day after the Winter Solstice. She will remain in her backwards motion until February 1st. Venus is the planet of love, attraction, relationships, money and values and when she goes into retrograde motion it is time to re-evaluate this area of our lives. The backwards motion of Venus will cause us to reassess our relationships and make sure that they are working for us, while also could bring people up from our past, whether they be past lovers, fateful encounters with people or rekindling karmic ties from past lives. Capricorn is a serious and karmic sign so it is quite likely that we will encounter people we have somehow known before. Venus in Capricorn brings the possibility of us having to restructure and redefine our relationships in order to make sure they have integrity. Capricorn is the sign of commitment, responsibility and realism and help us look at our relationship in quite a sober and realistic light. Over the course of the retrograde cycle we will be given the chance to decide whether our relationships are a true reflection of who we are becoming and whether we are growing together or apart. It is a time to face fears and let go of any relationships which are impeding our growth on a soul level. As Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is in Scorpio the ultimate goal is to achieve a greater sense of intimacy and trust within our relationships.
As Uranus is such a big part of the Full Moon it is quite likely that we will feel quite agitated and excited, experiencing a kind of electrical energy in the air. Uranus is bit like a lightening rod, so it is quite likely that we will feel a bit unsettled but will also have some amazing epiphanies along the way! This, in addition to the Full Moon's focus on the higher and lower minds could mean that we reach some amazing understandings in the coming days and have the potential to reach a higher vibration of being. This combination could be quite enlightening in fact! This is an amazing time for yoga, energy work and mediation and could produce some powerful results. Our intuition may well be much higher and the thoughts and insights could simply flood through! Most importantly we must remember that this is a Full Moon which does tend to bring things to a head and with Gemini and Sagittarius involved we are quite likely to give voice to our emotions! The Mars energy will involve a certain amount of discomfort and a sense of pressure building, but I can only assume that anything that erupts over the coming weeks will do so for a very good reason and will only help us grow. We could feel a bit unsettled and possibly agitated in the coming days, so stay grounded!