May 21, 2016: Sagittarius Full Moon (exact at 2:14 pm PDT)
The Sagittarius Full Moon ushers in a heightened emphasis on synthesis and deconstructing duality for a more unified and cohesive understanding. This celestial event may have us reflecting upon our educational path, our goals, our beliefs, and our spiritual pursuits.
With this Full Moon featuring the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Sagittarius, we may feel compelled with a need to know. We could find ourselves striving to collect facts and figures not only because of intellectual curiosity but also because we feel they to be the vital ingredients that can provide us with the deeper sense of the understanding that we seek. And yet, through this, we may also find ourselves questioning what knowing actually is. We could find ourselves with a better understanding of what it means to know something, to really know it. Or, our take away may be that there is not one truth when it comes to defining knowing. Additionally, we may find that what knowing means to us has shifted over time and we are no longer content with our previous relationship with it as we had been before.
Expect the potential of a very action-oriented time given Mars retrograde connecting with the Moon and opposing the Sun. We could find ourselves sprung into action, triggered by someone or something that inflames our urge to defend a position or go after something we deeply desire. It's not to say that action may not be called for—yet, being clear and cogent about what you're fighting for and why may be important so as not to catalyze into action for action sake, leaving a wake of charred regrets in your past. And remember that with Mars retrograde, going slow, playing witness to your impulses before unconsciously darting into action, may be the more effective route. With this, we may also garner new understanding: whether of a new strategy, reflexive way we deal with frustration, or why something that turns us on turns us on (or, alternatively, realize that actually it doesn't any more).
Some of the bursting-at-the-seams feelings could possibly come from information overload, an exposure to too much data or news that burst forth that seems to override our ability to process it. After all, on the 22nd, Mercury stations direct. Yet, this doesn't necessarily mean this time will be negative; perhaps what manifests is the determined pursuit of a goal that has us defending our ideas and creative outlets. Being mindful of how communication and willpower are aligned (or not aligned) may be key during this time.
The Full Moon falls at 2 degrees of Gemini (Sun) and Sagittarius (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 Gemini, Sagittarius, or the other mutable signs—Virgo and Pisces—it may impact you more intensely. Additionally, like with other planetary alignments, the house(s) of your natal chart that this Full Moon falls in sheds light on how it may be influencing your unfolding.
SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON APOTHECARY SUGGESTIONS
Gemini is associated with the shoulders, arms, hands, lungs, and nervous system while Sagittarius governs the liver, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this Full Moon.
Rabbitbrush Flower Essence: When Gemini and Sagittarius are strong, we’re called to expand our agility and flexibility in thinking and perceiving. We could become more aware that at times that we enchanted with the details, we don’t readily adjust our vision to see the inherent connection between, getting lost in data rather wide-ranging insights. At other times, we could find ourselves basking in our view and understanding of the big picture, and yet doing so at the exclusion of extracting the nuanced riches of the pieces from which our holistic view is comprised. If you want energetic assistance to enhance flexibility in your viewing, support for holding simultaneous awareness of both the sum and its parts, the proverbial forest and the trees, consider trying Rabbitbrush flower essence. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Collage project: Even for those who consider themselves not artistically inclined, a collage project can be a wonderfully therapeutic and relaxing activity to partake in on this Full Moon. Not only is making a collage a creative expression, but it can be a great vehicle for inventive problem solving. For this aim, just focus on a situation in your life that you are being challenged by and for which you seek a solution. Holding it in your mind’s eye, cut out words and images from old magazines and newspapers that reflect aspects of the situation as well as its potential resolution. Glue these to poster board adding fabric, shells, rocks, or other small bric-a-brac in an arrangement that makes sense to you. Remember that there is no right or wrong here; just use your imagination and allow for your creativity to flow in your quest for discovery. Given that Neptune is prominent, we have enhanced access to our inspired artistry, the ability to tap into our unconscious to extract images, feelings, and symbols that we can express in this creative activity.