Well, this Moon could certainly heat things up a bit! We have retrograde Mars, the warrior planet, sitting right next to the Moon in Gemini, which has the potential to bring out into the open anything we might have been bottling up and not expressing. Retrograde Mars certainly brings the potential for us revisiting old anger that we might have swallowed so that it has turned into ongoing resentment. There are very few of us who have been taught how to express our anger in a positive way, so that it tends to come out in a distorted fashion or get pushed down so that it becomes self-destructive and unconsciously sabotaging. This Moon could help us to consciously access our anger and even find a way to verbalise it, although hopefully not in a reactive or explosive way!
Gemini is the sign of the mind and communication, so we could find that our minds are very active during this Moon and that the pace quickens, with lots of information flying around and lots going on for us to think about. Gemini is a curious, adaptable and versatile sign that likes to gather information and pass it on to others. As such, the media comes under the Gemini banner, as does gossip and slander. It is important to watch what we say and think during this Moon, as words have the power to both help and harm!
We are in the midst of Sagittarius season, a sign known for having strong opinions and a good sense of humour, not to mention a great deal of optimism and faith. This is a good sign for the Sun to be travelling through during holiday season, as it can bring out our more jolly, jovial side and the capacity to laugh at ourselves and life! Sagittarius is the truth seeker, and is known for speaking bluntly and honestly, while Gemini is better at saying things in a smoother, more palatable way. Indeed, Gemini has the gift of the gab and a silver tongue, and can tell a good story, although it may not always be the truth. We could find that things are said in the heat of the moment during this Full Moon, getting to the truth of the matter. Mars could make us say things in anger but could also give us the courage to speak in a more open, direct, candid and forthright manner rather than pussyfooting around the issue.
Juno, the goddess of long term, committed partnership, is being squared by the Sun and Moon, bringing her energy into focus. It is quite possible that whatever truths need to come out, or whatever information comes to light, or whatever needs to be said during this Moon could have an impact on long terms relationships or marriages. Possibly we have been putting up with something for a while that has now become intolerable, so that we are forced to let it out. Possibly we need to say how we really feel rather than holding back, putting our cards on the table so that everyone knows exactly where they stand. Sometimes the truth hurts, though, and this combination can make us a bit more impulsive and not as sensitive as we might usually be! However, it is always better for everyone to know where they stand.
Anyone with personal planets or angles within a couple of degrees 16° of a sign will feel the energy of Mars and this Moon most acutely, especially the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Mars could be very energising and motivating but could also make us quick to act and react. With Mars in Gemini at the moment there is the potential for heated discussions and angry words spoken in the heat of the moment, especially with a Full Moon building! This is the kind of Moon that could have us blurting things out without having time to think, which could be both helpful and hurtful. Possibly some hitherto hidden information could be revealed that makes us angry.
Interestingly, Mercury, which is the ruling planet of this Gemini Moon, will have just slipped into Capricorn on Tuesday 6 Dec, a sign known for being quite cautious and withholding. This could put the brakes on a little, helping us to carefully consider what we say and how we say it. It can also make our conversations and thought processes a bit more serious and somewhat weightier. This could temper the impulsiveness of Mars slightly, although Capricorn can also strip things down to the bare bones of the matter and certainly doesn’t mince its words.
Neptune in Pisces is forming a dynamic square aspect to the Sun and Moon that is fairly wide, but note-worthy nevertheless. If Sagittarius and Gemini pertain to knowledge, information, understanding and truth, then Neptune can muddy the waters somewhat! We may find that the actual truth is so hard to find, given the sea of propaganda and disinformation we are currently swimming through, that we experience Neptunian disillusionment and just feel like giving up and not bothering anymore. Neptune is the part of us that just wants to escape the harsh reality of life for a while, through alcohol, drugs, sleep, TV, video games, movies and novels. Neptune is also known for illusion, deception and smoke screens, which could make things quite confusing but also calls us to be as sensitive and compassionate as possible while saying whatever needs to be said during this Moon.
Uranus is also very present right now, as the planet of change and wake-up calls is close to the North Node in Taurus while also forming a nagging inconjunct aspect to the Sun. Are we willing to step outside the comfort zone and embrace necessary change? Where in our lives are we stuck in a comfortable rut for the sake of security? How can we be truer to ourselves and more authentic? Where in our life do we feel the need to break the rules and bust out of a cage? Whatever house Uranus is in right now could give a clue. Uranus can bring sudden insights and revelations that shock us back onto our true path. It calls for us to think outside the box and embrace a different perspective that we might not have considered. It calls for us to break away from any restrictive or unhelpful conditioning or programming.
Uranus is at 15° Taurus, so any of us with personal planets or angles around 15° of a sign, especially the fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, will be experiencing the erratic, unpredictable, liberating energy of Uranus most acutely.
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 17° Gemini, is interesting: “The head of a robust youth changes into that of a mature thinker”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The transformation of physical vitality into the power to build concepts and intellectual formulations through which knowledge can be transferred. What we see pictured is the transformation of emotions into mind, of instincts into thoughts – a process of MENTAL METAMORPHOSIS”. It feels as if we are being asked to mature with regard to the way we think and to apply our wisdom to what is being presented to us. We may have to face some truths that we would rather not think about, but it is necessary, as it will bring a greater understanding of how everything works. “Growing up” can be uncomfortable, but we can’t bury our heads in the sand forever.
It will be interesting to see how this Moon plays out! Mars certainly brings issues around war, anger, assertion and even aggression to the fore, but can also help us to have the courage to confront ourselves and others in a direct, open and candid fashion. Whenever Mars forms an aspect to the Sun, as it does during this Moon, there is the potential for acting and reacting from a place of ego, so it is important to be mindful of what makes us angry and why. Is it righteous anger or are we reacting because our sore spots have been triggered? It will be interesting to see what information comes to light during this Moon and what messages we receive. It certainly could get things out into the open, which could be well and truly overdue.
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