SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON / SUMMER SOLSTICE - 20 June 2016
Solstice exact at 11.34pm BST, 6.34pm EDT
This is a very energetic Full Moon, as it occurs eleven hours before the Summer Solstice and also coincides with the peaking of the Saturn Neptune Square and the Jupiter North Node conjunction. June has been a very intense month, what with the Saturn Neptune square building in strength and retrograde Mars in Scorpio causing blood to boil and emotions to run high as people’s version of the truth is revealed in no uncertain terms! Mars will be stationing direct during this Moon, which means his passionate, transforming, cauterising energy will be at its strongest. We shouldn’t be surprised if we experience intense, seething rage or power games during this time, as this energy can be quite destructive. We will have to be brave spiritual soldiers and be willing to face some truths that might be difficult to face and to confront some aspects of ourselves that we might usually prefer to deny and hide away from ourselves and others. The scorpion’s sting comes out in very direct, forthright ways with Mars in Scorpio, and the truth could well cut like a knife. Better out than in, however, and at least we will know where we stand!
The Moon is full, for the second time this month, in jovial, optimistic and enthusiastic Sagittarius, sitting directly opposite the Sun in versatile, curious, sociable Gemini. This is the axis of the lower and higher mind, the left and right brain, the rational and the intuitive, the city and the country. It’s all about finding the balance between the two. Gemini is known for his sophistication and street smarts and likes to have his finger on the pulse and be up on the latest trends. Sagittarius, however, is happy to gain his information and wisdom from a dragonfly, or a giant oak tree in the middle of the forest, and isn’t exactly known for having a silver tongue! Quite the opposite, in fact, as Sagittarius is well known for being so frank and honest that they can easily suffer from foot in mouth syndrome! Again, this shows more potential for the truth to be revealed in the build up to this Moon. Both the Sun and Moon are in the very last degree of Gemini and Sagittarius, which is a very critical and potent degree and means that we are tying up loose ends pertaining to the signs and could feel a sense of urgency about dealing with whatever issues we are facing.
The Saturn Neptune square is exact on the June 18th, so its energy will still be very strong indeed at the time of the Full Moon. There are three of these squares – the first was in November of last year and the last one will be in September of this year. It’s not over yet! Saturn and Neptune are such different energies, as Saturn likes to stay in control, while Neptune loves to go with the flow. Faith and trust are a big part of the picture at the moment, as we are being asked to let go of the need to direct the flow of our lives and to trust that we are being guided in the right direction and that whatever is happening is for our greatest good. In the same token, and to continue with the truth theme, Saturn is shining his rather harsh light of reality into areas of our life that we may be deluded about, so we may experience disillusionment and sadness and we are forced to face up to some uncomfortable truths. This square certainly forces us to take our heads out of the proverbial sand and face whatever we might have been hiding from.
The energy of the square is very heavy in nature and can make things seem quite bleak. Saturn has a tendency to look at things from a rather dark, pessimistic perspective, and with Neptune thrown into the mix there is the potential for experiencing irrational fear and anxiety, and we could find it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel or understand why things are happening the way they are. Again, faith and trust are what’s needed here, as it is all happening according so some kind of higher plan. Saturn represents government, authority, structure and boundaries, while Neptune represents unconditional love, transcendence and unity, reminding us that we are all connected and what happens to one happens to all. Separation is an illusion. The square has definitely made the divide between the two very apparent, as we deal with the refugee crisis and also the EU referendum. Do we close our boundaries or keep them open and free flowing? Do we close our hearts through fear or allow love, empathy and compassion for our fellow man to guide us?
Neptune and Chiron the Wounded Healer will both be slowing down this week, getting ready to go retrograde in Pisces, so their energy will be very strong indeed during this Moon. Our intuition and imaginations could be greatly heightened, as could our compassion and empathy. We could be a bit more sensitive than usual and more easily triggered than at other times. Hearts could break open. This is a great time to become aware of our blind spots and any wounds that might be wreaking havoc in our personal lives and relationships. We could experience beautiful, open-hearted connection with one another as we dissolve any boundaries and have some very sweet, poignant interactions with our loved ones and strangers alike. It is also possible that we may have a greater need to escape or deny reality, especially if it is too painful to face. It is very important that we treat ourselves with the same compassion and forgiveness that we would have for our loved ones, because so often we are much harder on ourselves than we would be on others!
Jupiter will form an exact conjunction with the North Node in Virgo on the June 25th, for the second time this year. The North Node represents where we want to get to on a soul level in order to move forward and evolve. Sometimes we can resist what we know is good for us, but with Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion and ruler of the Sagittarius Moon, sitting on top of it we are being given the opportunity to take a giant leap forward on our journey. Often when things are at their most challenging and seemingly so bleak there is also a chance to move forward and grow on a deeper level. As such, this conjunction is like a shining light of hope in the midst of the quite difficult energy that surrounds us at the moment. It reminds us that whatever we are going through, both personally and collectively, is not in vain! We may have certain beliefs shattered during this time, but only if they are holding us back. Jupiter is also part of a Grand Mutable Square involving Saturn, Neptune and the ruler of the Gemini Sun, Mercury, so there is a lot of pressure building during this Moon and we could struggle to keep the faith and not get drawn into feelings of fear and anxiety. Watch the chattering monkeys!
The Sabian symbol for the degree of Virgo that Jupiter and the North Node are conjoining in is: “A volcanic eruption”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “the explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious. It may be a spectacular catharsis, but it often takes paths of destruction. Yet unless some form of purification by fire is experienced, the inner pressure of the karmic past or of more recent frustrations would shake up perhaps even more destructively the very foundations of the personality.” This Sabian symbol speaks for itself really, and reinforces the sense that things are coming to a head towards the end of this month! Whatever has been building within us will demand release. A volcano brings to mind the energy of Mars in Scorpio. Anything that erupts out of us during this time we should just let go and let it flow, because resistance won’t do us any good whatsoever. As we let it out and clear space we have a chance for that giant leap forward in growth. Exciting!
Interesting times indeed! I think that we just have to ride the waves and have the faith and trust that whatever comes out now is for our highest good. Sagittarius certainly has that faith, as he sees life as a big adventure wherein even the hard times and challenging situations have so much to teach us! It’s just all part of the twist and turns of life! The Summer Solstice is also occurring on the 20th, the same day as the Full Moon, which definitely heightens the energy of the day! It is a time when the Sun (spirit) seems to stand still and we celebrate the light in the Northern Hemisphere on the longest day of the year. The Solstice represents the start of a new cycle, which is very appropriate indeed, so we must honour this energy by setting some positive intentions for ourselves and this planet we live on. It might be good to imagine ourselves, our loved ones and the entire planet surrounded by a healing white light, filling everything and everyone with love and peace.
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens” Rumi