Full Moon Gemini 2017 / Mercury Retrograde

December’s Full Moon is in Gemini, the sign of the twins, duality, curiosity, communication, and exchanging information.  With the Sun in right-brain, intuitive, truth-focused, and at times dogmatic Sagittarius, this Gemini Full Moon illuminates the need for clear communication, flexibility, adaptability, staying present in the moment, and being able to speak another person’s language. 

Like many things on the planet these days, however, this full moon is complicated.  The first curveball is that we’ve got dreamy, illusory Neptune making a T-square with the Sun and Moon, This suggests that communication could be muddy if we try to conduct business as usual.  Why?  Neptune speaks the language of dreams and Spirit, rather than logical, reasonable understandable rational thought patterns.  Neptune communicates in pictures, psychic impressions, visions, and cosmic synchronicities.  It either blinds us with hypersensitivity and delusion, making us want to escape with our favorite addiction, or helps us to see through illusions we have limited ourselves by clinging to, especially now that it is trining Jupiter in Scorpio!  In any case, boundaries separating people, places, and things from each other begin to blur now, and we become open vessels for spirit and cosmic intelligence, whether or not it makes any rational sense to our conscious minds.  Neptune JUST stationed direct after being retrograde since June, so its energy is amplified massively at this time.  To get the illumination we seek at this dynamic Full Moon, we must embrace spiritual practice, surrender, and effort to communicate with compassion, grace, love, and humility.

Communication could be even more challenging, however, due to the second curveball: Gemini’s ruling planet, left brain-focused Mercury, is stationing retrograde the SAME DAY the Full Moon exacts!  Yup.  Oh-so-infamous Mercury retrograde begins the day the moon is full in the sign he rules.  Communication breakdowns, misunderstandings, computer problems, travel plans changing, and business deals delaying, are to be expected if we reamain attached to the rapid pace of every-day business reality.    

Despite societal pressures, it’s best to take a deep breath and pull back from the rat race into reflective communication within your own self and with spirit on this Full Moon as much as possible.  Mercury retrogrades are invitations to reflect, rethink, reassess, meditate, withdraw, process, and make intuitively-based decisions.  This retrograde cycle, Mercury stations in intuitive Sagittarius, conjunct Saturn (lord of karma, still in Sag) and Black Moon Lilth (wild feminine shadow energy), which is now in early Capricorn, AND squaring Chiron (the wounded healer) in Pisces.  A LOT going on.  This is a time of rethinking and reassessing our life visions and how we want to expand into our greater purpose.  We must be honest about how our life frameworks, circumstances, and commitments are either harming us by keeping us in victim consciousness, or helping us heal, grow and evolve.  Sagittarius is about the big picture and our beliefs.  December is a time of rethinking our visions, and withdrawing from the normal pace of busy life to allow space for intuitive wisdom to flow. 

By the time Mercury goes direct and catches up to Saturn again in January, Saturn will have moved into Capricorn, not to return to Sag for another 29 years.  This is quite powerful, as Mercury at this juncture is acting as a bridge between Saturn signs.  It is a final inquiry from the lord of karma in Sagittarius before he moves on to grounded, pragmatic Capricorn: what is your vision for your life?  We have to vision it and dream it before it can manifest as reality.  This is what December is all about.  Lilith, already in Capricorn, is taking us deep into unearthing our sense of purpose, and asking us whether or not we feel we are getting the respect we deserve.  She wants to call up to the surface, clear, and integrate any authority issues we have, and get us into right relationship with authority.  She asks: are you projecting authority outside of yourself and taking less than your due, or are you effectively standing in your power as the author of your own life?    

The final noteworthy event of this Full Moon is that Mars in late Libra has arrived at his opposition to Uranus, the awakener.  First Jupiter, all through 2017, opposed Uranus in Aries. Then in October, Mercury and the Sun did the same, followed by Venus, and now finally Mars, the warrior, ready to forge ahead, make it happen, initiate, or cut and run.  Expect unexpected impulses and awakenings within relationships and partnerships, or new and exciting relationships and partnerships and connections.  To forge ahead, or to cut ties and liberate yourself?  In any case, other people will help us to reflect and awaken the warrior within at this time, and we will need to take action. 

In conclusion, this Full Moon portends a very pivotal illumination, wherein we must surrender conscious thought to feeling and extrasensory impressions and synchronicities.  It’s a GREAT time to meditate!  We need to journal, be creative, vision, clear our minds, withdraw, and interact with those with whom we can relate in a spiritual way, elevatng and expanding our counsciousness together.  Mercury and Gemini want to make plans and attain logistical clarity.  It seems however, that with the Neptune aspect to the full moon and the retrograde cycle beginning, this is more of an invitation into a right-brain, intuitive period of time for December, wrapping up nearly 3 years of Saturn in Sag and all we have learned, as well as giving us a proper cosmic prompt to process the electrical shock waves of 2017, and discover what it all means for us personally AND collectively.  With all we’ve been through this year, we deserve to give ourselves a break, and to seek spiritual connection and attain deeper clarity on a soul level.

Wishing you a rich and reflective inner process this Full Moon!


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