Bridges & Gates: Full Moon in Gemini

Paradigm shifts, rites of passage, movement and travel, bridging the gaps between vantage points, and linking people or places via communication or information exchange – these are all likely to be major themes at the Full Moon in Gemini.

Given all of this, I think it interesting that the Full Moon takes place on 12/12, which from a numerological point of view, can not only be seen as a number that marries opposites (1 = yang/masculine + 2 = yin/feminine energy), but can also be reduced to the number 3, which is the number in sacred geometry that creates a triangle from a straight line. Not only does this (literally!) add another dimension to the equation, but it also creates harmony and balance from two warring/polarised energies.

The moral of the story: the next two weeks is likely to be a busy, eventful time filled with travel, communications and exchanges of information. But, with Venus forming a triple conjunction to Saturn and Pluto between the 11th and 13th, it is also likely to be crunch time for decisions – a personal crossroads on many levels, when we are being asked to narrow down our options and cut back what is dead/dying in order to pursue what we really want/value.

The best way to visualise this Full Moon is to think about thresholds and doorways – just like the High Priestess card in the tarot. When you come to a major crossroads, as you are likely to do over the next two weeks, it is important to decide whether you want to build a bridge or close a gate. Essentially, Gemini is a twin sign = a fork in the road – deciding between two options or ways to go. Who/what you decide to let in or build up, or close down/keep out is up to you. But choose you must.

In this respect, it’s worth noting that in ancient folklore, the December Full Moon is known as the Cold Moon. From a symbolic point of view, this seems to emphasize the fact that Gemini is an air – not a water – sign. This points to the need to keep a calm head during what is usually an emotionally-charged time.

This probably because there will be a lot of trickster energy around (the Full Moon will be making a T-square to Neptune). So it will very be important to take your time and keep your wits about you so that you don’t fall for Mercurial/Neptunian ‘smoke and mirrors.’.

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Jupiter Ingress!

On Monday 2 December, Jupiter will ingress into determined and pragmatic Capricorn for a year-long stay. This hasn’t happened for 12 years, so is quite a big deal. The last time Jupiter was here was between Dec 2007 and Jan 2009, so you may want to think back to that period in order to find parallels with now.

Your beliefs, long term goals, philosophical bent and future plans are likely to switch:

  • From expansion/freedom at any cost to careful, calculated risk-taking
  • From ‘give it a whirl’ take the plunge and see what happens to careful and consistent mastery
  • and from amateur level to pro.

Hiring the services of an expert or finding a sponsor/mentor who can help you to take your plans/skills/ambitions to the next level is a wise move under this transit.

Learning to expand within the limits of system/rules/the law is also likely to be another big theme.

This is about walking the fine line between expansion and contraction, between freedom and limits, between more and less. For once with Jupiter, bigger won’t always be better. Think more in terms of a mature, classy, understated vibe.

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Finding Answers: New Moon in Sagittarius

Are you ready to expand your emotional and relationship horizons? An upbeat New Moon in expansive, adventurous Sagittarius urges us to adopt ‘beginner’s mind’ in order to find the answers to any leftover enigmas or outstanding issues brought to your attention by the six month soli-lunar cycle begun at the solar eclipse on 2 July.

The key to enlightement now is via perspective shifts. Assume nothing.

With a new six month phase due to begin at the solar eclipse on December 26, this is your chance to wrap up anything still outstanding from the present one.

Thanks to a Chiron trine, healing and resolution in family and relationship matters are now possible. All it takes is a shift in perspective AND the courage to open up your heart again.

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Taurus Full Moon: Making the Invisible, Visible.

Tomorrow’s Taurus Full Moon is all about making the invisible, visible.

The luminaries, together with several key planets, form a nexus point between past (Sun-Mercury), present (Moon) and future (Mars-Jupiter).

Revelations, secrets and aha moments concerning the past (Mercury retrograde) come to light, helping to free you from old ghosts and make important internal paradigm shifts.

At the same time, some confident and expansive ‘can-do’ energy from Mars & Jupiter, urges us onwards and upwards. Like the Chariot in the tarot deck, this energy is telling us to sezie the day.

With so much Pluto/Scorpio energy around, the theme is one of healing, redemption, and abundance.

Its time to take some major evolutionary leaps forward – and concentrate our energies on turning resolutions into reality. Get ready to shift paradigms and make some life changing decisions.

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Scorpio New Moon: Inner Poise = Power

Passion, self-control, trust and self-possession – these are all likely to be major themes activated by November’s New Moon in fearless and intense Scorpio.

Taking place in the first decanate of Scorpio, this New Moon is likely to focus our attention on ways to achieve greater inner alignment between body, heart and soul – to unite subconscious instinct with lived experience and deeply-felt spiritual truths in order to achieve greater emotional congruence.

The Sabian symbol for this particular lunar phase urges us to spend the next 28 days focusing on ways to create greater inner stability and poise, despite changing outer circumstances or any inner emotional turmoil that may occur when we get sub-consciously triggered.

Get ready to do some serious inner work. The good news is that if you do, you’re likely to undergo some powerful inner transformations this month. Learning to cultivate inner strength will also free you from the grip of the reactive mind, allowing you to detach from any compulsions, fears or addiction to emotional drama that may have been holding you back.

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Mercury Retrograde & the Spectre of a Halloween Brexit

Halloween 2019 will be especially spooky: not only will Mercury be turning retrograde in scary Scorpio on October the 31st, but thanks to ongoing Parliamentary hi-jinks between Boris Johnson’s ragtag government and a bellicose, rebellious Parliament, the prospect of a No-Deal Brexit continues to loom large.

As we saw back in February-March, when Mercury retrograded in Pisces, Westminster politics went into meltdown. Now it looks as though the same thing could happen again.

With Venus set to form a ‘make-or-break’ sextile to powerful Pluto today, before joining up with Mercury next Wednesday (30th) – the day before it changes direction, the clock is ticking.

Can the movement of these two planets offer us any clues as to how this particular episode in the Brexit drama is likely to end? Find out in my latest post on the AstroInsights Blog.

PS. I also enjoyed the recent poll by Beano comic books, which revealed that:

54% of families are drawing direct inspiration from Brexit for their Halloween plans on Thursday

Sky News

In fact, nearly a third of respondents plan to dress up as Boris Johnson (who was named ‘ghastliest figure of the century’, while 20% of British households plan to use Brexit-themed decorations at their Haloween celebrations this year.

Full Moon in Aries: Turning Things Around

Healthy forms of conflict, healing crises and making peace with the past are all likely to be major themes at the Aries Full Moon.

In many ways, this may feel like an emotional low-point, but really, when you look a little closer, you will find that it actually contains within it the seeds of a brand new way of handling conflict, asserting your needs and dealing with difficult emotions.

Both the Sun and Moon will be squaring transformative Pluto, so we’re definitely talking about major healing shifts and emotional turning points. However this may mean getting real and facing up to emotions/experiences we usually feel ashamed about, such as sex, jealousy, anger, selfishness or bullying of some kind.

For some, there may also be a karmic element to dynamics that are activated now, especially within family and close relationships.

The key to doing so will be to cultivate a tolerant and respectful mindset – one that anticipates positive outcomes and is willing to rise above the ego in order to resolve problems and heal from past pain.

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Restoring Equilibrium: New Moon in Libra

Get ready for a brand new start in the joy and happiness stakes, care of this weekend’s Libra New Moon! Libra rules justice, balance, harmony and love. Thanks to a very auspicious Venus-Jupiter sextile on the same day as the New Moon, these are all qualities we can cultivate and attract into our lives in spades this October – if we choose to.

The Sabian symbol for this particular lunar phase is all about choices – AND learning how to manifest and realize your dreams. Put into Venusian terms: how to work with the Law of Attraction (or Law of Resonance, whatever you prefer) to create a life of joy and abundance.

So, if you feel like you are on the cusp of a major upgrade or miracle, that’s because you probably are… After all the heartache and disapointments of this year’s Jupiter-Neptune squares, you’ve certainly earned it.

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Telling Real from Fake: Jupiter-Neptune Redux

Get ready for the final pass of 2019’s most tricksy and challenging transit: the mutable square between Jupiter and Neptune.

This is your final test to see whether you’ve mastered 2019’s lessons concerning the ability to discern real from fake, fact from fantasy. Luckily, this time around, Mars and Pluto will be there to help us ‘keep it real’ and stay focused on where we want to go, despite any temptations to drag us off course or escape to Neverland…

Think back to mid-January and mid-June (and to 2006 when we last experienced this particular planetary combination). These periods brought many of us face to face with the truth of where we may’ve been:

  • Harbouring unrealistic expectations of situations or other people
  • Addicted/overly attached to outside sources/substances/systems as a way of trying to get validation or rescue/save us.
  • Lying to ourselves or others about self-defeating habits, escapist/self-indulgent behaviour
  • In denial/refusing to take responsibility for our actions or decisions
  • Wasting/leaking time, energy or resources on hopeless causes or thankless people
  • Leaving our reputation or immune system open to attack/smearing from debilitating illnesses, or by dishonest/judgemental people
  • Being too trusting, gullible or naive.

Now, as we build up to this third (and final) chapter in the Jupiter-Neptune story on 21 September, you could be presented with a chance to test out your newfound coping skills/knowledge, process recent experiences and integrate any clarity/insights that emerge after all that pain, grief, loss, disappointment and confusion.

Don’t be surprised if temptation once again slithers into town – just to see if you’ve learnt your lesson. However, this time around, you should see it coming because you’ve been there, done that and got the T-shirt. Forewarned is forearmed.

The key is to stay grounded and keep things real. And to be fearless in shedding/cutting away anything or anyone that harbours even the faintest whiff of pretense/fakery/false promises.

As long as you remain focused on where you are going – and remember the truth – which is that you cannot depend on anyone outside of yourself (other than Source/God/the Universe) for your happiness and wellbeing – you’ll be fine.

Emotional Turning Point: The Pisces Full Moon

Taking place a week or so before the last pass of 2019’s tricksy Jupiter-Neptune square, the Pisces Full Moon promises to be an emotional, possibly confusing time. Expect to feel all the feels. However, try not to go overboard – less is more now, especially when it comes to your boundaries.

Temptation won’t be very far away, so you’ll need to be on your guard not to repeat the traps many of us fell into in January and June during the first two passes of this devilishly tricksy transit.

In many ways, this particular Full Moon represents a psychological turning point: With the luminaries making positive transits to powerful Pluto, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if many of you find yourselves at a karmic crossroads.

The question is: Will you have the strength to leave behind the past and move on decisively? Or, will your resolve weaken, leaving you vulnerable to the toxic people or situations you have been trying to heal from?

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