There is an edgy, uneasy feeling to the Full Moon at 25° 36′ Gemini on 17 December 2013, 01:28 AM PST, like being in a room full of people separated off in small groups and all glaring at one another. Normally a Gemini Full Moon is wonderful for social events and exchanging information with all and sundry but not this one, too many elephants in the room.
The planet aspecting the Sagittarius Sun and Gemini Moon is Venus in Capricorn at 28°. It is semi-sextile the Sun and inconjunct the Moon. Venus in Capricorn is a very able social arbitrator and understands the reasoning behind the importance of good manners. Sagittarius is not noted for tact, especially if they feel they have the right of it, and Gemini can be witty at the expense of other people’s feelings at awkward moments. Think again if you don’t believe Venus in Cappy can’t set both straight in short order! Be polite if it kills you . . . OK?
Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, is in outgoing Sagittarius at 18° but it is not particularly comfortable. It is exactly semi-sextile dour Saturn in Scorpio and inconjunct Jupiter in Cancer. Water signs Scorpio and Cancer often find Sagittarius loud, opinionated and prone to stepping on sensitive water sign toes. The end result is Mercury in Sagittarius feeling like its parade has been rained on, dampening its sense of humor.
Part of the unrest is due to Uranus stationing direct at 8° Aries, still square to Pluto in Capricorn and feeling the pressure of a waxing opposition from Mars in Libra. The opposition will be exact on December 25 and that ought to make for some lively family gatherings. These days when Uranus stations in Aries, the subtle vibration sparks rebellious feelings in many of us whether we speak up or not. Mars in fair minded Libra is likely to stand up for those he feels are being treated with a lack of respect or rudeness, something Uranus in Aries is all too capable of. I foresee more than a few heated discussions in the days ahead.
Mars in Libra is slowly slipping out of a waning inconjunct to Neptune in Pisces that was exact on December 13. Thankfully. Those who felt knocked off balance by this aspect should be recovering their energy by this Full Moon. Hard Mars-Neptune aspects can drain our vitality in surprisingly short order. If you were affected, please continue to get extra sleep, eat right and avoid intoxicants. That’s right . . . no sneaking eggnog or sugar cookies for a midnight snack!
The serene Saturn in Scorpio-Jupiter in Cancer trine will have an uphill battle soothing hurt feelings and jangled nerves but it will do its best. As we navigate this contentious Full Moon bear in mind those behaviors that most offend us in others are often reflections of what we don’t like about ourselves. I’m not sure whether agreeing to disagree will work under these conditions, so if you are feeling thin skinned and sensitive it may be wise to stay in the background for now. This is an excellent time to practice being kind, forbearing and patient with ourselves and others. Play nice please!
On a personal note: The planets in the chart of this Full Moon touch my natal chart only in passing. The lunar axis places the Sun semi-sextile my ASC and the Moon semi-sextile my DES. No biggie. Saturn is now within a couple of degrees of my Scorpio Mars and that will probably drag me down some though having Jupiter in the picture eases the effects for this pass. The nagging irritant of Neptune in Pisces squaring my Venus is almost over! It moves on to 3° just before Christmas. Yay!