December 13, 2016: Gemini Full Moon
This Full Moon features the Sun in Sagittarius opposing the Moon in Gemini. And with this, we may feel ourselves caught in a push-pull between stepping back to gain perspective and focusing in on the facts that make up the whole picture. Striking a balance is important: Remember not to lose the forest for the trees, and yet don’t forsake the trees for the forest either, as both are equally important.
As we quest to become aware of the bigger picture, it’s important to remember to tap into information that can promote our greater understanding, rather than just taking off from a launch pad of vision and beliefs. Yet, at the same time, it’s important to remember that it’s not just information that contributes to a sense of knowingness. We all have a deep sense of intuition that can guide us in charting the course of our life journey; we just need to have the faith that this resides within us.
This year's Gemini Full Moon weaves in Saturn and Chiron. And with this, we may find ourselves more aware of the importance of taking responsibility for our beliefs. We may have the opportunity to really look at whether what we hold as personally true has at its foundation the integrity that supports its validity. We could actually see that it is built upon a sand castle of age-old (perhaps dating to childhood) wounds and hurts, which have forged the basis of what we're saying to be true, and yet which is truly just a story that was given birth in a moment and then continued by our identity association with it. Take this opportunity to inventory which beliefs are soulfully resonant and which ones have their seed in a moment's upsetting occurrence, are rooted in hurt, and which you know hold back your free expression. As you begin to identify the latter, hold those stories in a sweet space, full of compassion; these are jewels to return to, ones that can be released over time, allowing you to orient more freely and fully with beliefs that feel more authentically aligned.
Additionally, we may find ourselves realizing more and more that the media is not completely separate from us; if we share news, whether in conversation or social media, we too are part of the publishing cycle. And with that, we may see that it's not enough to just adopt something as truth because it crosses our radar and then just pass it along as if it's fact; rather we may come to further realize how we each are accountable to be our own fact checker, to cull through information we hear and discern whether it's rooted in veracity or mendacity. There's a responsibility—and empowerment—that comes with being part of the information stream, and we may further see the difference between facts and fiction, as well as facts and truth.
This month’s Full Moon falls at 23 degrees of Sagittarius (Sun) and Gemini (Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Sagittarius, Gemini, or the other mutable signs—Virgo and Pisces—it may impact you more intensely.
Gemini Full Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Sagittarius is associated with liver, hips, buttocks, thighs, and sciatic nerve while Gemini is associated with the shoulders, arms, lungs, and nervous system. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body and areas of health around the time of this Full Moon.
Meditation: Full Moons oftentimes stimulate a sense of agitation. When the energies of Gemini are involved–which they are today–it’s especially fruitful to focus on centering our sense of calm. Meditation can be very helpful for this. As Gemini rules the respiratory system, incorporating pranayama breathing exercises may be especially beneficial. Even if you don’t regularly meditate, try taking even just 5 minutes to sit quietly and focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale as this can be a great exercise to quell nervous tension. Although Sagittarius is the sign of the sojourn, during your meditation try to still your mind, keeping it on a short reign so that it doesn’t travel too far.
Lavender: During this Full Moon time, we may be processing a lot of mental and emotional energy, resulting in our nervous system being a bit amped up. If you’re feeling a bit wiry, consider using lavender essential oil, which has calming benefits not only cited in traditional tales but also by numerous research studies that have found it to have stress-relieving, attention-enhancing, and anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) properties. In addition, lavender also has powerful antibacterial properties. Carry a vial of lavender with you, inhaling its beautiful aroma whenever you need a sense of calm. Or add a few drops to a plain massage oil and apply as a fragrantly centering body moisturizer.
*This Full Moon is exact at exact at 4:05 pm PST