Aptly timed with the forecast arrival of a polar vortex, Tuesday's Full (Cold) Moon takes place at 7:06 p.m. (Eastern Time), illuminating the latter degrees of Gemini and Sagittarius (22Gem/Sag26) which is likely to throw communication and transportation themes into polarity as these signs have connections to both. This is especially significant in light of the fact that Gemini is ruled by Mercury which will be entering retrograde before the current solar-lunar cycle comes to a close on Dec. 28.
This Full Moon's symbolism encourages us to find ways to harmonize facts with the broader viewpoint while allowing our words to accurately reflect our personal philosophies and beliefs without rancor. As tensions rise ahead of the new administration taking the reins of power, it's important to utilize our higher awareness to out-picture best-case scenarios instead of the worst as we’re already seeing thoughts turn into things with greater rapidity. Images, words and ideas take on a life of their own as this Full Moon illuminates the process that pushes the issues front and center into the social dialog. So, if you're feeling an angry, negative reaction to whatever you're engaging your mind in, either do something to constructively change it or focus your attention on something else. It's damaging to continually dose your body-mind with shots of adrenaline and then just sit there, fuming over stuff you can't control. It's time we stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated with the hate-porn dominating mainstream corporate media and its impact on our personal lives with feelings of anger and impotence.
Another, potentially positive feature of this Full Moon involves its fleeting connection with Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, the three major players forming a tight configuration that will echo throughout 2017, bringing with it the specter of revolution and revelation to the foreground. In and of itself, the first of three Jupiter-Uranus oppositions, exact at Christmas, has major historical precedents that imply radical shifts and unexpected outcomes which we’ve already begun to see the outlines of by way of recent events at Standing Rock. I'm hopeful that as dire as some scenarios appear to be playing out at this time, we're going to ultimately see justice and sanity prevail. I'll be speaking at greater length about the Jupiter-Uranus opposition in the weeks to come.
Countdown to Retrograde
The astrological indicators spread through the coming week suggest a build-up toward a more dramatic set of alignments becoming exact during the final week of the month, but for now the pattern is relatively benign with the only real major astro-event centered on Tuesday's Full Moon. Keep in mind that Mercury is now in its retrograde shadow and that this is the last full week before the planet of communication and travel plays havoc with holiday expectations coincidental to retrograding Dec.19 through Jan. 8. From many of the reports I've been getting, Mercury retrograde is already beginning to show in the way of glitches, goofs, accidents and outages. Last minute travel arrangements, bookings, phone and online orders, mailings and tech purchases would best be taken care of before Mercury begins to retrograde next week for best results.
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Lunar Gardening Report
Saturday and Sunday are both good days for planting, transplanting and amending soil with the Moon in Taurus but Tuesday and Wednesday are not while the Moon enters its Full Phase in Gemini. Wednesday and Thursday are ideal days for planting, feeding, sprouting or cutting to encourage growth as the Moon makes its way through super-fertile Cancer and perhaps the last best days for doing so for a while. The Leo Moon on Friday and Saturday are better for weeding, cutting, clearing and pest control, but nothing in the way of planting or feeding.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Standard -0050/UTC)
Saturday, Dec. 10: With the waxing Taurus Moon lending a more stable and practical approach to the task at hand, much can be accomplished if you're able to rise above entrenched, habitual negativity and struggle (Sun conjunct Saturn). Life doesn't have to be an uphill battle, and in fact, it operates on the principle of least resistance so there could be an experience or an interaction that calls attention to wherever you may be holding yourself back. Let it go and enter this new yearly Sun-Saturn cycle with a renewed commitment to cut yourself some slack and ride the waves. Differences in tastes and values should be celebrated and harnessed for creative use in the early afternoon while you might see ideas and communication flowing more freely during the late night hours.
Sunday, Dec. 11: Here we have a more laid-back kind of day with a somewhat indolent Taurus Moon forming alignments that can snap your attention toward the things that really matter and leaving the rest behind. A late night energy surge suggests a restless state of mind that could provide valuable insights and potential breakthroughs if you're willing to be carried downstream (Sun trine Uranus). Eccentric behaviors and the need to be free of limiting circumstances are strong, but not overwhelming; express yourself in a firm, yet kind way if something is getting under your skin.
Monday, Dec. 12: The Moon is now strongly waxing in Gemini ahead of tomorrow's Full Moon, pointing to a lively, busy day in the way of communication, technology, errands and short journeys as well as getting all your ducks in a row for the week ahead. Harmonious and cooperative interactions mark the early evening while later tonight offers the conditions for some form of escape via movies, music or a little self-medication, if that's your thing. With Mercury set to turn retrograde one week from today, this might be a good time to focus on Christmas mailings and last minute travel arrangements before things start getting wackier than they already are.
Tuesday, Dec. 13: Action builds throughout the day as we make our way toward tonight's Full Moon with the early afternoon showing simultaneous expansion and contraction in the search of a fine balance. Upbeat and positive attitudes combine with duties and responsibilities in making the best of any given situation with a suggestion to avoid matching unpleasantness with unpleasantness: kill 'em with kindness! The Full Moon becomes exact at 7:06 p.m., illuminating the late degrees of Gemini and Sagittarius (22Gem/Sag26) where matters pertaining to communication, travel, publications, education and political rhetoric reach exaggerated levels. Facts become conflated with opinion while you might be encouraged to focus away from negative media accounts that only make you feel bad. Fleeting ideas can be channeled into loftier forms of wisdom if you're so inclined with animated conversations lasting well past bedtime.
Wednesday, Dec. 14: After spending the past couple days in the cerebral zone, the focus now centers on hearth and home with the Moon now moving through Cancer where interactions take on a decidedly more emotional tone. Domestic concerns and items involving parents, parenting, security and sense of place are highlighted until Friday. Tonight appears most favorable for concerts, movies, a good read or soaking in a hot bath before drifting off to sleep.
Thursday, Dec. 15: A string of lunar alignments formed by the Cancer Moon to five planets would suggest twists and turns throughout the day with early morning communications taking the lead. Any possibility of going overboard in the early afternoon is likely to be immediately countered with a more conservative take on things while you might see a sudden change of plans develop a few hours later, asking for innovative solutions. Tonight is free of aspects but is highly encouraging of activities close to home.
Friday, Dec. 16: A more lively, if not dramatic tone is set this morning as the Moon enters Leo in search of creative expression and sunny states of mind. As much as this lunar transit encourages self-talk, keep in mind that most people are too focused on their own favorite subject to pay that much attention to yours, so don't take it personally. As we begin the final countdown to Christmas and Monday's Mercury retrograde, you know what you have to do and there's really no putting it off, right?
Copyright 2016 Gary Paul Glynn