June 9, 2017: Sagittarius Full Moon
This 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 are the vital ingredients to 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.
With imaginative Neptune highlighted during this Full Moon time, we could have moments where we are not clear what it is that we know; alternatively, we can also see that the knowing path requires us to not just focus on our rational mind, but also turn to our intuitive mind and our compassionate heart. Through this, the experience of knowing may at once end up being more diffuse, and yet paradoxically clearer. Maintaining a balanced appreciation for the pieces and the whole is emphasized during this time. Remember not to lose the forest for the trees, yet don’t forsake the trees for the forest either; both are equally important.
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 Geographicmagazine, or see a foreign-language film. All can magnetize to you enhanced understanding and a broader perspective on life.
Echoing the Sagittarius Full Moon's pull towards feeling a sense of possibility and expansion, today we also have Jupiter—the planetary ruler of Sagittarius—stationing direct (it's been galavanting through its yearly retrograde cycle since February 5 and today it begins its forward-moving path again). When a planet stations, it slows down to turn directions, and in that slowing down, it seems as if the archetypes it represents become very pronounced in the collective consciousness around the days of this event. Jupiter represents wisdom, bounty, the far-reaching spheres, publishing, religious and spiritual understanding, the interpretation of law, and other realms that relate to occupying a wider perspective and an attempt to find meaning. We may find ourselves greeted with a greater sense of optimism and luck; yet, alternatively, Jupiter's orientation towards more/more/more may have us oriented towards excess. Just be aware of the latter, that you're not saying Yeshere/there/everywhere, when in fact the Yes is coming from a momentary exuberance not grounded in sustainability.
The Full Moon falls at 19 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 houses of your natal chart in which this Full Moon falls will shed 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 the moments that we are enchanted with the details, we don’t readily adjust our vision to see the inherent connection between them, getting lost in data at the expense of 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.
* The Full Moon is exact at 6:10 am PDT