GEMINI FULL MOON - 23 November 2018
Exact at 5.39am GMT, 12.39am EST
This Full Moon has the potential to bring things to a head with regard to our thoughts, communication, opinions, and beliefs. It falls on the teaching/preaching axis, which means that emotions could be riding high when it comes to any discussions, disagreements or debates we may be having with others. Sagittarius season begins on Thursday, which on the one hand can make us quite jovial, giving us the ability to see the bigger picture and laugh at the absurdity of life. On the other hand, Sagittarius energy can cause us to become too firmly entrenched in our own beliefs and so convinced that our version of the “truth” is right that we try to convince, convert or indoctrinate others. Gemini reminds us that there are many paths to the same destination and that truth is relative. Our personal beliefs, in fact, are merely a drop in the ocean when it comes to the total, universal, timeless truth. This Full Moon could bring heated discussions as our beliefs and opinions are challenged. The key here is to remember is that who is right and wrong isn’t important, as we are all entitled to our point of view and have opinions that are valid. What’s right for us isn’t necessarily right for someone else, so it’s better to simply live and let live.
The rulers of Gemini and Sagittarius, Mercury and Jupiter and right next to each other and also right next to the Sun in Sagittarius during this Full Moon. It’s a full on Sagittarius party, with all its right brained intuition, wisdom, humour, ability to see the bigger picture and potential for self-righteousness. Sagittarius allows us to piece together all the data and information we have received over the course of our life into one big belief system, which then determines how we interpret life. However, some of those beliefs need to be challenged once in a while, because they come directly from our conditioning and experiences over the course of our life. For instance, if we had a violent or aggressive father we may grow up with the underlying belief that all men are predators and the world isn’t a safe place. Similarly, if we had a manipulative or controlling mother we may live our lives with the belief that all women want to control us. These beliefs can be so firmly entrenched that we are completely unaware that they are running the show and colouring our reality! This Moon has the capacity to bring these beliefs to the surface of our conscious minds and make us more aware of the conditioned indoctrination that we have received and how it colours our experience and interpretation of life.
Mars in Pisces is forming a challenging square aspect to the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Jupiter, which certainly could add some heat to any discussions or debates we might be having over the course of this Full Moon week! When our ideas, thoughts, opinions and beliefs are challenged it’s hard not to become defensive, as it can threaten our sense of security and shakes and rocks our perception of reality. In the same token, we could find ourselves receiving so many opinions from others that we don’t know what to think, in which case it helps to remember that they are just their opinions and when it comes down to it we need to listen to our own inner wisdom and trust our own inner guidance system. People may have nuggets of wisdom to impart, but when it comes down to it they are still interpreting it from their own viewpoint and life experience. What is true for one person may not be for another.
With Mars involved in the picture we could be called upon to be brave enough to assert ourselves and speak our truth, although as Mars is in Pisces hopefully we can do so in a kind, sensitive and compassionate way, calling upon our sacred divine warrior rather than simply forcing our opinions and views down one another’s throats! With Pisces in this gentle, empathetic sign we could be called upon to act with fierce compassion. The combination of Mars and Jupiter does bring the potential for pride, arrogance and self-righteousness, as well as some quite strong and hard hitting opinions! Some age old and deeply held beliefs could be challenged during this Full Moon! When it comes down to it there is no right or wrong – just differing viewpoints. Sometimes it helps to let go of the need to be right and simply agree to disagree. If we do become locked in a battle with someone else it might help to ask ourselves why it is so important that the other person accept our version of the truth. Are we able to step back and see things from their perspective? In what way do we actually agree with one another? What is the underlying issue causing the disagreement in the first place?
Mercury, the ruler of the Moon, is retrograde from 17/18 November until 6 December. While Mercury is retrograde we have a chance to go back over old ground, looking back over our lives and taking stock of where we are. This is an opportunity for review and reflection, so it’s good to use the time turn within and to be a bit retrospective. People from the past may pop up if we have unfinished business with them, or things left unsaid. This is a good time to let our left brains have a bit of a rest and allow our intuitive right brain run the show for a while. The Sabian Symbol for Mercury is very appropriate: “In the left section of an archaic temple, a lamp burns in a container shaped like a human body”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The value of the “return to the body” advocated by modern thinkers in order to balance the stress on intellectuality and objective consciousness….This refers to the process of deconditioning a consciousness that has become a prisoner of intellectual concepts with their total reliance on quantitative values, objectivity and conformity to the official patterns of our culture.” When in doubt about what to think, we should listen to our intuition and trust the wisdom of the body, as it is our internal guidance system. What is it telling you about whatever situation you are facing? Our bodies do tend to send us some very clear signals, if we are willing to listen.
Venus is now moving forwards again, after being retrograde for 40 days. This means that she will be going back over the same ground she has already covered twice in the last couple of months. This includes Venus squaring the Nodes of the Moon while opposing Uranus. The first time this configuration occurred was around 13 September, the second pass was around 30 October and the third and final pass is building now and will be exact on 1 December. This brings the potential for some shocks and surprises in the realm of our relationships that could shake us out of our proverbial ruts. It is quite possible that we could have some epiphanies and potentially “wake up” to some rather profound and unsettling realisations about ourselves and our relationships. Some relationships may break apart if they are on shaky ground to begin with, while others could receive a much needed breath of fresh air. We have here the possibility of releasing ourselves from some ancient conditioning and ingrained patterns that have been running the show and not serving us in the slightest!
We are now at a turning point, potentially a pivotal moment of liberation from whatever keeps us imprisoned in these patterns formed so very long ago. This is the time to break free, to break the cycle, to step out of the comfort zone and do things completely differently, even though it might scare us to death! It is time to face any unresolved material regarding the way we relate to ourselves and others. We have an opportunity to break the shackles and to do whatever is necessary to step beyond this old way of relating that is simply not serving us anymore. This is a watershed moment that could change the way we relate forever, radically revolutionising our relationship with ourselves and others. Sometimes it takes a bit of a shock to wake us up. Anyone with personal planets around 0 degrees of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, and around 29 degrees of the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will have been feeling this the strongest.
This Full Moon involves an interesting mix of planetary that could bring some firmly help beliefs crashing to the ground and brings the potential for disagreements and heated debates as people attempt to convince or convert one another. However, with all of this comes the opportunity to break down the walls of our conditioning and recognise how some of our belief about ourselves and life are simply not helping us anymore. We have a chance to change the way we relate, which could feel quite uncomfortable as we try a new way on for size, but if we are brave we have the chance to revolutionise our relationships. An important thing to remember during this Moon is that it’s not about who is right or wrong. Everyone’s truth is personal and relative to them, depending on their life experience, and what is right for us may not be for the other person. Opinions are simply opinions, and when it comes down to it we need to trust that we know what is right for us. Sagittarius invites us to look at the bigger picture, listen to our bodies and trust our gut, while Gemini reminds us that there are many paths to the same destination!
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Picture: An Argument Between Deities – Danni Moresi