Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Moon into Gemini, Jupiter trine Neptune, Sun square Neptune, Mercury Retrograde

Ok, first things first, Mercury is stationary and will be officially retrograde later today. I posted the link to the survival guide yesterday, but if you missed that post, you’ll find it here.

Secondly, there’s a Full Moon in Gemini in the early hours of tomorrow, Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time…man, that’s a mouthful! Anyways, today’s aspects will be really important for tomorrow’s Full Moon, so when you’re looking at meditating on what this Full Moon could mean for you, take what I’m saying here into consideration too.

As for the Full Moon itself? The post went up yesterday afternoon. If you happened to miss it, you’ll find it here.

Ok, I’ll break these two aspects down separately, but they need to be considered together. Neptune is the key to that – and whenever Neptune is concerned look beyond what I’m writing. Neptune is never about literality. It’s about subtlety and nuances and fluidity and sensitivity.

Both Neptune and Jupiter are about faith. They are both also the co-rulers of Pisces, the sign that Neptune is currently in.Where Jupiter is concerned with growth and expansion through experience, Neptune is more interested in the soul and spirituality. 

When these two meet up your idealism and spirituality is stimulated. Especially where Scorpio is involved, the deeper, more mystical secrets of life might be interesting to you. It’s though an exploration of these subjects, or selfless (and they should be truly selfless) acts towards another that you can gain some insight into your own life.

Sun square Neptune is a very different transit – for a start, the aspect is a challenging one. Coming so close to the trine involving Jupiter, it’s almost a warning not to over-idealise, overextend or overdo.

If possible, it’s a good day to take a step back and take it easy – that’s exactly what your energy levels are telling you.

The downside of this transit is that under it it’s easy for you to convince yourself of things that are lurking in your subconscious. Imaginary problems and discouragements become real, and real problems can be pretended away into figments of your imagination. Neither of these scenarios is ideal, but the truths they tell are both real and unreal at the same time – depending on your perspective.

Notice how I used the term truth again? Like in yesterday’s Full Moon post? That’s because these transits are occurring at the same degree as the Full Moon tomorrow so are part of this Full Moon story. Sometimes the time for asking questions has gone and it’s now time to trust. Sometimes the truth becomes visible when you stop attempting to see it. Sometimes you simply need to step back and do some of that reflecting that I mentioned in yesterday’s Full Moon post that you should be doing. Just saying.

Gemini Full Moon

Gemini Full Moon 11 Gemini 40’, December 4, 2017, 1.46am (ADST Australia East Coast Daylight Saving Time)

Under the Gemini Moon, your curiosity is aroused. Maybe. Your desire to know more stuff is heightened. Maybe.  Your thirst for information is stimulated. Maybe.

Or maybe you’re collecting data and asking questions as some sort of analysis paralysis. We do that. Instead of trusting the process and having faith in the future, we continue to ask questions, look for more supporting data, more answers – anything to put off the moment when we need to move forward, beyond the boundaries of our comfort zone. Hmmmmm.

Or maybe you’ve not been asking enough questions, listening through the white noise to the snippets hidden beneath. You see, quite often we think we know it all. You know how it goes: been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. We can fall into the mistake of knowing it all – or thinking that we know it all and happy to tell anyone else who’ll listen that we know it all.

Anyways, once we think we know it all, we can fall into preacher mode and make the mistake of not seeing the detail.

Wherever this falls in your chart is where you need to ask the questions, to listen beyond the white noise. It’s also where you need to know when to stop questioning and when to simply trust your instincts and flipping do it already.

In the background of this full Moon is a conjunction between Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius. It won’t be exact for another couple of days, but the energy is absolutely there. This one is a lot about truth – as, indeed is the Gemini Full Moon itself. It’s not just the truth as you think or perceive it to be, but the truth as you wish it to be. It’s the truth of the past that can help transform into the truth of the future. And yes, this all makes a weird sort of sense.

But what is the truth? That question is more than a tad more difficult to understand.

Where Saturn is involved, we can tend to dwell on the darker or more negative side of a situation, see only shadow when there is also light, lose the forest for the trees. Sometimes we absolutely do need to take tiny steps in the dark, but the whole point of a Full Moon is illumination, so our way forward is more visible than it would normally be.

A dreamy, imaginative trine between Jupiter and Neptune will help you see the more subtle, soulful nuances of spiritual truth – and what that means to you. While it’s important at all Full Moons to sit and reflect, it’s possibly more important at this one.

Why? Because Mercury is retrograde and everything I’ve just said above has the potential to muddy or distort the message.

Listening to more than what is said is absolutely vital in order to comprehend not just the full and big picture, but the textures and subtleties of that vision. And the only way you can do that is to pull back, sit quietly and reflect. If you’re into meditating do that, if you’re into sitting and watching the ocean do that, if you’re into grabbing ten deep breaths in between meetings do that. But whatever it is that you do, do it totally and without distraction. And then listen.

Doing it for yourself

Ok, by now you should know the drill, but if not, check out this post.

I’ve popped a solar guide below to keep things simple, but if you know where 11 Gemini 40’ falls in your chart, check that out.

As for what you can expect? By now you should also know what the general themes of each house are about, but if not- or if you’re new to this site (and welcome- it’s lovely to see you here)- you can always check out this post.

As for me?

This Full Moon doesn’t aspect anything in my chart, but it is lighting my 4th house. I’m in the process of getting the house ready for Christmas. I have a big picture vision in mind of how I want things to look and be, and am now dealing with the detail. There’s some family stuff in Sydney too that needs my attention.

Ok, that’s enough about me- now it’s over to you…

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house- look also to the 7th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house- look also to the 6th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house- look also to the 5th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house- look also to the 4th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house- look also to the 3rd house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 8th house- look also to the 2nd house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house- look also to the 1st house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house- look also to the 12th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house- look also to the 11th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house- look also to the 10th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house- look also to the 9th house for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house- look also to the 8th house for balance.

Total Eclipse…and all that…

Somewhere in the South Pacific. Pic by me.
Somewhere in the South Pacific. Pic by me.

As I write this, I have half an eye on a piece of pork belly that I am attempting to blister the crackling on before pouring milk into the pan to cook it slowly. Scented with sage, the milk will tenderise the meat so it should melt off the fork. I’m serving it with thyme roast potatoes, a capsicum pesto and some lemony green beans.

I’m even doing a cocktail hour thingie- a home-made smoked salmon dip that we will munch on with char grilled asparagus, artichoke hearts and toasted baguette. I have some sprightly sparkling red in the fridge to give the whole effort a festive air.

Why? It is partly guilt- I am out every night pretty well between now and when we go away in just over a week. More importantly I am trying to make myself feel a little better and brighter and more festively uplifted. Today we are celebrating my last work from home Friday.

Next week is my last week in the partition job and I have no idea what I should be feeling, just not this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sad- this is an amazing opportunity to do something for myself- or not, the point is, it is my choice to make- and the whole transition has been handled with incredible integrity. But I am feeling empty and illogically lonely.

As I will be pretty well the last man standing (you know what I mean), aside from my boss, there are so many odds to finish up and loose ends to tie off. I’m worried I will forget something and the last thing I want is for him to be somewhere thinking badly of me. Didn’t Lizzie Bennett say that about Mr Darcy? Totally different situation, but  I have worried myself sick, literally, this week.

Pisces does that- the guilt thing- better than most other signs, and I could seriously guilt at Olympic level- if there was such a sport. We do the crying thing well too.

I sat here this afternoon with tears pouring down my face at this clip (check it out, it is funny and sad and awwwww all at the same time) from the last episode in season 1 of Offspring– an Aussie romcom/dracom. My daughter refused to let me into the TV room to watch the end of Hannah Montana with her: “in your mood Mum, it’s like too embarrassing- you’ll cry at The Climb like you did on the plane.”

In any case, I am sure you are more interested in hearing stuff about the total Lunar eclipse on Sunday morning (Sydney time) than hearing me bang on about crap like “feelings”.

Well tough, there’s more. This is a self indulgent Friday afternoon post.

This Full Moon (and eclipse) at 18 Gemini 10 on Sunday morning (1.36am Sydney time- in fact, East Coast Australia is one of the best places to see it- that is if Sydney’s grey skies clear for the event) will play absolute merry havoc with my chart. Within a few degrees of orb, this one, falling pretty well across my 4th/10th axis, will also:

  • Oppose the Midheaven (hello- how obvious is that one?)
  • Square the Ascendant/Descendant
  • Square my Sun
  • Square Pluto
  • Square Uranus

According to my Moonshadow report (I got mine refreshed today for the next 2 years) eclipses across the 4th/10th houses represent a crisis in direction. No shit Sherlock. It’s all about making peace with the past and ending something in order to move forward.

Looking at all of these squares, the words of the day are “tension” and “frustration”. When a square aspect is involved, something will happen that will force you into doing something.

This one is a biggie, with both luminaries squaring my Sun and providing one trigger. The other flash point will come from Uranus who, at the time of this Full Moon will have stationed direct- almost exactly on my natal Saturn. Next week will be a challenge.

What about you? Where does 18 Gemini fall for you? For more on this eclipse, from my favouritest eclipse astrologer, check out Big Sky Astrologys post. The link is here.

Oh, and the pork? It melted- in fact Miss 13 actually closed her eyes to savour it.

The recipe is from Annabel Langbeins’ Free Range Cook, but is also in this link. The recipes are at the end of the article.. I cooked the spuds in the pizza oven at a high temperature so that the pork could loll in the main oven and take its’ time.

The pesto and green beans work well and freshen the dish. If you want to cheat with the pesto, use a good store bought char grilled capsicums rather than doing your own.