December 3, 2017: 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.
If we can find a way to integrate the energies calling for our attention, the day can grace us with a significant opportunity for wisdom and learning. 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 launchpad 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.
Let your curiosity lead you on journeys of interest. See how the insights you collect may add to a further ability to envision goals, and the strategies you need to pursue them.
This Full Moon falls just hours after Mercury has stationed, shifting retrograde, a time in which Mercury-associated themes—such as communication, information delivery devices, travel, transport, bridges that connect, and others—may seem really pronounced. Couple this with the Moon being in Gemini—a sign ruled by Mercury—during this Full Moon and it could seem as if there’s an an even greater focus on the process of movement as well as gathering and disseminating information to be able to weave together an understanding. That said, there’s also the possibility that we could experience information overload, so see how you can moderate your input/output if you’re finding yourself nervous, agitated, or otherwise stressed by a deluge of data or dialogues.
What’s also striking about this Full Moon is how prominent the planet Neptune is at this moment. It makes a square aspect to the Sun and the Moon, and on December 2, also makes the first of three harmonious trines to Jupiter. Reflecting this, we could find ourselves open to learning and inspiration from things that are more subtle and uncontained – the water, the love that binds us all, art that moves/touches and inspires us, spirituality, etc. That said, given this, the Mercury station, and the Gemini Full Moon occurring so near each other, it feels even more important to do what you can to not feel overwhelmed by info overload, or else it may cause you to feel ungrounded, anxious, or spacey.
This month’s Full Moon falls at 12 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 essential oil: 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.
* The Full Moon is exact at 10:47 am EST