June 20, 2016: Sagittarius Full Moon (exact at 4:02 am 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. This is the second Sagittarius Full Moon this year, with the first one occurring on May 21.
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.
The planning and/or experience of travel—whether it be a weeks-long journey to a foreign land or a weekend road trip out of town—sometimes coincide with the Sagittarius Full Moon. Even if exploration via a plane, train, or automobile isn’t in your current or near-future plans, use this time for surveying new ideas or cultures; for example, read a book set in another country, flip through National Geographic magazine, or see a foreign-language film. All can galvanize an enhanced understanding and a broader perspective on life.
This Full Moon seems quite connected to the New Moon that occurred earlier this month. During that lunation, the Sun, Moon, and Venus resided in a spot that transformed the T-Square of Jupiter/Saturn/Neptune into a Grand Cross. During this Full Moon it's messenger Mercury that takes the reigns at this location; owing to this, we may find ourselves better able to understand and/or share the visions that we've been testing for the past year, those that are inspiring us to cast into formation a whole new set of goals, guided by the dreams and longings we have been more recently taken seriously. Reflect upon whether what is coming to light for you now has a connection to what was initiated the first week of June.
This Full Moon also occurs just hours before the Solstice. It is a day of extremes--it's a time when the daylight is either extended (in the Northern hemisphere) or limited (in the Southern hemisphere). At the Solstice the movement turns, days begin to get shorter in the Northern Hemisphere and longer in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a day where we can consciously recognize and weave together the essential interplay between day and night, light and dark, masculine and feminine. The season shifts, the direction of the Sun transitions, and we are connected again of the cycles of life--the Solstice reminds us of this.
The Full Moon falls at 30 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.