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Full Moon in Gemini: Sparrow in the Mirror

Full Moon in Gemini: Sparrow in the Mirror

The story goes that as Jason and the argonauts crossed the wine-dark sea in search of the mythic golden fleece, the constellation Sagittarius loosed arrows made of stars from his bow, lighting up a path forward on this epic adventure. What happened after the seekers arrived in Colchis is a tale for another time, but this image of Sagittarius as a guide for far flung, grandiose exploration is important, and can be a good way of understanding the energy of this sign. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the giant of expansion, fertility, and excess. Jupiter also influences the intellect, and attunes us to mental pursuits, philosophical, spiritual, cultural, and so on. It is time to bid adieu to the Sun in Scorpio, and as the Sun leaves the underworld, we welcome the season of Sagittarius, where the Sun explores every possible horizon in the mental and material realms. The Sun enters this mutable fire sign on November 22nd, the same day that the Moon will be full in Gemini. 

We can think of Gemini as sets of pairs. Mirrored images. The sign is symbolized by the twins, Castor and Pollux, but also any other thing that comes as a set of two like hands, or lungs. Gemini rules the nervous system, as well as the intellectual mind, as Gemini’s patron planet is Mercury, who presides over writing, linguistic expression, poetry, travel, shepherds, merchants, sailors, and passageways of all sorts. Gemini in our contemporary understanding of the sign has a reputation for being duplicitous, or of two minds about everything it encounters, but this is a bit unfair. The power of Gemini is that the sign understands and embodies duality. Mercury infuses the sign with nervous energy, a restless spirit, and a deep curiosity. Gemini knows that light needs dark, and it knows that the high and low must clash with one another to try to form discordant tones. The best music is not all major chords. We needs some augmented, fractured, arpeggiated echoes of seemingly disparate sound to create something that transports us from the material realm. This is the power of Gemini. 

The Full Moon in Gemini arrives on the very first day of Sagittarius season, kicking things off to a slightly complicated start. Full Moons are typically a time of harvesting, of letting go, of plucking from the garden those flowers we planted at the New Moon. Once we do this work of pruning back, we can take our cuttings and move on to the next cycle. This time around, it’s not so straightforward. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and Mercury is currently retrograde. This impacts the expression of our Moon in Gemini, and might work to soften the energetic release we are accustomed to at our monthly Full Moon. 

The Full Moon in Gemini brings a feverish energy to our desire to communicate, to reach out, to move to new ground. With the influence of Mercury retrograde, we might find ourselves in positions where we are misspeaking, missing the mark, or failing to express exactly what it is we mean. Still, there will be a big push to get the right words out, and this should not be discounted. But this is one of those lunations where if things seem to be getting out of hand, the advice is the same advice I give for Mercury retrograde: look within, ask yourself what it is you are trying to say and why, and try to move from a centered, aware, place within yourself before lashing out or acting loudly, dramatically. It won’t satisfy you in the way you need. Gemini longs to express, and secretly longs to be deeply understood. Don’t let the rush of twisted Mercury sweep you away in a current that is not quite yours, not quite true. 

Full Moons carry with them the mandate to release, to let go from old patterns. They are the culminating point of the lunar cycle. Despite the retrograde energy, there are things that you can do to follow this suggestion, and that is by finding ways to disengage from mental or intellectual habits that hold you back, that seek to limit you. We are going into the holiday season, where many people encounter heightened feelings of anxiety and fear around their finances, and also contact with estranged or difficult family members. The Full Moon in Gemini can be used as a tool, this time around, to untangle yourself from the web of history that lives in your brain and in your heart space. You don’t have to participate this time around. The Full Moon in Gemini encourages you to break that mental cycle, and to do it with serious introspection and self-respect. 

Full Moons are noted when the Sun and Moon are exactly opposite one another, and this Full Moon occurs when both luminaries are at 0° Sagittarius/Gemini, respectively. Oppositions can put pressure on the energies put forth by the planets in question, and so with the Sun opposite Moon, we can be sure that the Full Moon is always a time where there is slight tension between the ego (Sun) and the emotions (Moon). There is something that tugs at us, makes us dance away from discomfort. The trick though, is to listen carefully and ask yourself what pain you are trying to escape. The only way to heal is to move through. 

As the Sun and Moon oppose one another, they both form a square angle to Mars, currently in Pisces. This set of angles, an opposition plus two squares, forms an aspect pattern called a T-Square, and this is something that deserves our attention. T-Squares are aspect patterns that exert great force on one particular planet or part of a chart, and through this pressure seek to initiate change and growth. This is not an easy feeling though, and usually before transformation occurs, we feel pain, or loss, or confusion, which spurs us to eventually act. 

The T-Square between Sun in Sagittarius, Moon in Gemini and Mars in Pisces occurs between three mutable signs, and the opposition puts pressure on Mars in Pisces. Mars is already a bit uncomfortable in Pisces, and this is because of a disconnect between the energies of the two entities here: Mars is a warring planet, it is fiery and fast and hot and wants to fight. Pisces is a water sign, the sign of dreams, intuition, deep emotion and empathy. With Mars in Pisces, Mars cannot act as he usually wants to, i.e. move fast and burn things in his path. Mars in Pisces forces us to exist in a space of humanitarian sympathy for our fellow humans, and is drawn more to artistic pursuits than warring ones. This is the focus of our T-Square, and perhaps can shed some light on a positive way to move forward with this Full Moon. 

Deep feelings are going to come up this week with this astrology. The advice here is not to avoid, deflect, or deny, but to root in, to search yourself, as you search your face in a mirror in a long forgotten dream. Sense within yourself what it is you need, and when you think you know, find a way to express it, but let it out gently, like a bird you somehow caught in your Gemini hands. 

Yours in the mirror, 

Celestial Hermit

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.

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