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DECEMBER 2017 FULL MOON IN GEMINI

DAZE & DUALITY


The time has come for the annual paradox that is the Dec. 3 Gemini Full Moon. Chatty, mental, prone to duality and flitting about, this one has a slipperiness that makes it hard to know what to believe or who to trust.

I describe the dynamics in my Mooncast at Empowerment Unlimited:

“Full Moons are all about emotions, and Gemini is anything but. A Gemini Full Moon demonstrates the emotional impact of words and information, whipping them up, working us up and reaching – sometimes piercing – the heart.

“This year has an air of unreality, of cotton surrounding the brain, of romance, magic, confusion and deceit. It’s as if we’re at a party, with a fog machine running and novelty glasses with rose-colored lens being handed out as favors.”

Let’s look at how astrologers across the Internet weigh in on this Trickster Moon.

Purple Haze

Credit for the foggy atmosphere goes to exact T-square, with the Sun and Moon to Neptune in Pisces.  They’re operating as a unit, applying pressure on and expanding energies that are hard to grasp or contain.

In my forecast, I point out a spectrum of possibilities:

“The force is both escalating and forcing out fantasy, lies and deceit, while doing the same to love, compassion, empathy and divine guidance.

“Because of this atmosphere, welling emotions may be cloudy, or confusing, or muffled, or blissing you out to the point of not caring. You may float around in a daze. Your reaction to information may push you to escapism, from binge-watching to boozing to retreating into a fantasy land…. The process of intellect converging with emotion could lead to a higher, forgiving or loving viewpoint. Or all of the above. Simultaneously.”

Other astrologers grapple with darker potentials. Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, warns against the allure of spiritual authority:

“In positions of power the Moon’s popularity and Neptune’s mystique can be used as a smoke screen to cover up corruption. Those who work in the very Neptunian, spiritual arena can be tempted to abuse their care-taking/guru position. Neptune can rule deception, lies and delusion. Therefore Moon square Neptune can have criminal tendencies in its very lowest vibration. The Moon can fall victim to negative Neptune because of its tendency to do things unconsciously. The Moon (Public) can be very easily hypnotized by Neptune’s promise of salvation.”

Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, sees personal challenges and offers advice for navigating:

“Moon square Neptune can bring strange feelings or experiences that leave you questioning reality. Chances are that you will not perceive things correctly. Do not make important decisions based on first impressions…. You could be more vulnerable to deception and being taken advantage of.

“With the Sun and Moon square Neptune it would be normal to feel insecure, guilty and apologetic. Over-idealization and gullibility [could]lead to loss, scandal or slander. Stay above-board in all of your dealings…. Take extra care with business dealings or negotiations, because the predators will be circling. Personal relationships may suffer from dishonesty and deception. Secrets will be harder to keep or harder to uncover.”

A modern astrologer would look to a “release point” for the T-square’s pressure — the empty space in Virgo, opposite Neptune.  This sign’s traits are an antidote to the short-attention-span theater broadcasting under this Full Moon.

(Personally, I advise: Chewing matters over, calling time out, redrawing boundaries – all are probable and workable tactics for navigating the haze.)

Suspended in Time

Other viable tactics come through the Moon’s ruler Mercury. First, it stations retrograde the same day as the Full Moon. Whatever atmosphere we find ourselves in, it’s not going anywhere quickly – and neither are we. Everything has the quality of moving through molasses.

Underscoring the cosmic “Not so fast!” – Mercury is also conjunct Saturn. The lord of structure and order prefers slow and steady. That translates into a sensation of motionlessness.

Yes, life may feel somber and ponderous.

“Mercury stationing retrograde conjunct Saturn does mean this Full Moon is serious business. It gives this fearful and deceptive Full Moon a sense of heaviness and gloom.”

Jamie Partridge, Astrology King

Stillness has its benefits, though. It could calm us and open us to epiphanies. The ongoing trine between Saturn and Uranus this year has loosened up the old taskmaster and pervades his conjunction with Mercury. My forecast identifies Saturn as a lifeline to stabilization in the fog and explains:

“Order doesn’t mean same old/same old, though, as Saturn’s journey over the last year has demonstrated. Innovative perspectives, approaches and paradigms are all over the Full Moon’s activity. They’re coming not just more into consciousness, but into being, via a trine from this pair to Mercury’s “higher octave” (aka his genius uncle), Uranus. The visionary and radical change agent of the cosmos, he’s tossing intermittent lightning bolts, which pierce the fog and illuminate what’s within.”

And because we’re in a retrograde, nothing is written in stone. Do-overs are possible. Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology, reminds us that there is more to be revealed.

“[The] Full Moon’s results will not be definitive – it will trigger questions that urge you to take a second look at the plan, conversation or idea.

“This is the time when opinions change and issues/people from the past emerge. So don’t ignore what doesn’t make sense. Don’t overlook the inaccuracy, or your suspicions about the exaggerated promise. Gemini always has more up its sleeve (multiple layers).”

Silver Linings

Other activity in the sky provides bright spots and even silver linings. Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, champions the exact trine between beneficent Jupiter and transcendent Neptune.

“You can use the benefits of this aspect to overcome the negative influences coming from elsewhere. … Your personal value system and sense of justice can reach a higher standard. Use your moral compass to avoid the temptations to be sneaky or mean. You can draw on this aspect to be more generous towards people less fortunate than yourself.”

And even in the fog, eventual movement and progress are possible.  Another opportunity aspect – a sextile between Mercury/Saturn and Mars in Libra – suggests that taking a time-out or asking for help may be just the springboard for action you need:

“Doorways are open; opportunities to move are within reach through the Mercury/Saturn conjunction’s sextile to Mars in Libra. Action in or through relationships is the key, such as discussing terms for structure or commitment, or a close ally offering a helping hand.”

Kathy Biehl, Empowerment Unlimited

Other considerations

Astrology’s field of study is vast. Once we move beyond the usual astrological markers, astrologers have devised a vast array of other techniques to tease out more meaning from a chart. Let’s explore a few more:

Minor Aspects

To ancient astrologers, when planets’ signs made no aspect at all (were 30 or 150 degrees apart), it was remarkable only in the complete lack of common ground between these planets. Modern astrologers have named these “aspects of adjustment” – an named them the semi-sexile (30 degrees) and the inconjunct (quincunx, 150 degree).

At this Gemini Full Moon, Jupiter in Scorpio is quincunx the Full Moon, and semi-sextile the Sun:

The Moon’s inconjunct to indulgent Jupiter also encourages idealism and those rose-colored glasses I mentioned earlier. To Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology, the aspect pumps up:

“[The] need for more (more faith, more hope, more satisfaction). Along with the square to Neptune, this can create an overwhelming desire to believe what sounds good, even if you have no proof. Jupiter will be separating from its euphoric trine with Neptune… on Dec. 2, so the general vibe will be idealistic and ready to say ‘Yes.’ You may want to simply forget about the inconsistencies.”

Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, spots a positive amid the mix:

“Protection is BIG here, and parents will be incredibly nurturing, warm and generous to those in their care. Of course, though, with Jupiter there is always the danger of going over-the-top. The temptation to indoctrinate children or pupils to fanatically follow a group’s own beliefs is very high. At this Full Moon, certain members of the public can’t help but become completely enamored by a belief system, be it political or religious.”

I also point out the benefits in the quincunx:

“An epidemic of remarkable emotional flexibility and nimbleness is on tap… Since the great benefactor is in the intense waters of Scorpio, this contact makes it possible to perceive more deeply, into one’s self as well as others, than is the Gemini surface-skating norm. As secrets and previously hidden truths surface, we are facing and responding to them.”

Fixed Stars

The fixed stars closest to this Full Moon add shadings of idealizing and illusion to the potential.

Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, discusses the animalistic traits of Tabit:

“Tabit is found in the lion’s skin that Orion holds so triumphantly. This is a great warrior and needs to display his trophy’s. ‘Orion will fashion alert minds and agile bodies, souls prompt to respond to duty’s call, and hearts which press on with unflagging energy in spite of every trial,’ writes Manilus. Orion’s sexual energy seems to be about conquering territory; his sword hangs suggestively below his belt.

“Orion is the most lusty, phallic constellation in the sky, rivaling only Aries and Taurus in virility. He also has quite a Jupiter quality. But where the Ram and the Bull are fueled by procreation and biology, Orion loves the conquest and courtship of sex. The chase is the best bit, lots of twists and turns, intrigue, titillation and teasing.”

The Full Moon is also close to the axis of royal Persian stars Aldebaran and Antares. Marina Marcario views their presence as the duel of the knight (Aldebaran, the hero) and the dragon (Antares, the anti-hero).

Jamie Partridge,  Astrology King, takes a deeper look at their roles.

“Aldebaran is a fortunate star associated with wealth and honor. The Bull’s Eye corresponds to Archangel Michael, the Watcher of the East, the White Horse of the Apocalypse and your spirit.

“Antares has an unfortunate influence associated with violence and destruction. The Heart of the Scorpion corresponds to Archangel Uriel, the Watcher of the West, the Black Horse of the Apocalypse and your body. …

“It’s easy to imagine a simple misunderstanding caused by the Gemini Full Moon square Neptune spiraling into something much worse very quickly. This axis was heavily activated leading up to and during World War II. There is also the possibility of deliberate deception, double agents or paranoid leaders causing two of the Horses to jump the fence.

“The Moon with Aldebaran may reward you with professional success and happiness in your private life if you are nice and play fair. The Sun with Antares will tempt you to take the shortcut by lying and cheating your way to success and happiness.”

Asteroids & Minor Planets

The Moon is conjunct Altjira (12 Gemini), an asteroid named for an Aboriginal creator god with an uncanny connection to Neptune (and the archetype of trickster). He turned away from worldly existence and retired to the sky, returning while people slept and creating chaos that faced them when they woke, per Kim Gould, Love Your Design.

The Moon is also conjunct the asteroid Dionysus (12 Gemini), Greek god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, theater and religious ecstasy – bridging the Moon and Neptune’s favorites, with the lustiness of the fixed star Tabit.

Decans

Each astrological sign can be divided into three sections, known as decans (10 degree divisions of the Zodiac). This Moon is in Leo decan 3, which is ruled by Mars.

Marina Macario of Darkstar Astrology calls this decan “Rollercoasters and Strategists.” She goes on:

“The Gemini twins here then are extra inquisitive, intellectually daring, and their mind is as agile as their bodies. They need to have this acrobatic ability since their propensity for living on the edge means they often have to make very narrow escapes! Watch some interesting mental manipulations and intellectual gymnastics in the media at this time. The truth, like Gemini, can very, very flexible.”

Sabian Symbols

Over the years, astrologers have devised systems to assign meaning to each degree of the Zodiac. The most popular of the past century has been the Sabian Symbols, proposed by Marc Edmund Jones.

The Sabian Symbol for the 12th degree of Gemini is: “A Negro girl fights for her independence in the city.”

In his commentary on the Sabian Symbols, astrologer Dane Rudhyar writes: “Every new beginning is surrounded with ghosts (or personal and social karma.) … No field of activity is ever totally ‘virgin.’ It has its inhabitants, and they cling to their possessions or privileges. Whoever seeks to be truly an individual must be liberated from the past.”

Lunar Mansion

The Gemini Full Moon falls in Lunar Mansion 6, which the Arab astrologers called Al Han’ah. Donna Woodwell of Donna Philosophica nicknamed it “The Lovers.”

Its meaning echoes the duality of Gemini and the card associated with the sign in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The mansion’s purpose is straightforward: inspiring love.

Donna Woodwell counsels:  “Do pursue romance, arrange social engagements, seek partnerships and resolve conflicts. But don’t get yourself ensnared; don’t seek a loan or make financial investments.” 

Summing It Up

This Gemini Full Moon promises a lot of noise and goings-on that may daze, dazzle or confuse.

Forewarned is forearmed. Not everything is as it seems. Stop, look and listen. You can afford the time (in fact, you may not have much choice!) and the occasional lightning bolt will illuminate the landscape for you.

Marina Macario of Darkstar Astrology advises:

“We can use this Full Moon energy to examine how sometimes opposites are two sides of the same coin. We can see this in comparative religions and take the esoteric route. There [are]definitely some mysteries trying to surface, but make sure to grab them before some dogmatic Jehovian tries to turn the positive, enlightening energy into some vacuous media meme or divisive trending hashtag.”

And remember:

“If you’re unhappy with a rule or result, these influences can open things up and give you some creative workarounds. This Full Moon says there is more than one way to approach the issue- maybe you’ll get a chance.”

Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology

Lunaria Datebook

Last Moon Phase: November New Moon in Scorpio
Next Moon Phase: December New Moon in Sagittarius

December Full Moon Times and Dates:

San Francisco: Sunday, Dec. 3, 7:46 a.m. PST
New York: Sunday, Dec. 3, 10:46 a.m. EST
São Paulo: Sunday, Dec. 3, 1:46 p.m. BRST
London: Sunday, Dec. 3, 3:46 p.m. BST
Istanbul: Sunday, Dec. 3, 6:46 p.m. TRT
Mumbai: Sunday, Dec. 3, 9:16 p.m. IST
Tokyo: Monday, Dec. 4, 12:46 a.m. JST
Sydney: Monday, Dec. 4, 2:46 a.m. AEST

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About the author

Kathy Biehl

Kathy Biehl

Kathy Biehl has been explaining astrology to the mainstream since slipping a sun sign column into her high school newspaper in the Bible Belt. Her consultations, forecasts and commentaries blend humor, an encyclopedic knowledge of culture (both high and pop) and diverse life experience as an attorney, journalist, small business owner and performing artist.

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