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Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Gemini ~ Dec. 21, 2010

Full Moon

This year, the Sun makes a grand gesture before leaving Sagittarius and entering Capricorn. On December 21st, at 12:13 a.m. PST / 3:13 a.m. EST and while at 29 degrees, the Gemini-Moon waxes to an Eclipsed-Full Moon. This is the first of the Gemini/Sagittarius set of eclipses that will last until 2013. The Sun enters Capricorn on the same day at 3:38 p.m. PST / 6:38 p.m. EST.

Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous New Moon in Sagittarius which encouraged us to get past seeing where we might have failed or have been disappointed, but instead use what we now know and understand to make plans for the upcoming year. This is the last full moon of 2010, and it is also a lunar eclipse! Per my original post on understanding eclipses:

Eclipses, in astrology, are accelerators. They speed up events, issues, situations in our personal lives and demand for them to be dealt with.

Eclipses trigger necessary changes to one's journey in life. Because these changes are triggered outside of one's own volition, they are often harsh, sudden and undeniable. The initial shock evoke sadness, confusion, frustration, anger, worry and, possibly, depression. However, it is our reaction past the initial shock that defines how we will allow these eclipses to influence us.

Gemini governs thought, ideas, communication, interaction, education, and short travel. Sagittarius is Gemini's opposite sign and governs philosophy, religion, spirituality, personal growth through experiences, higher education, and long distance travel. The Gemini-Sagittarius set of eclipses highlights the polarity between Gemini and Sagittarius and finding the balance between the two. At the core, Gemini and Sagittarius focus on the mental process. While Gemini represents logical thinking and knowledge, Sagittarius expands upon what Gemini knows and understands by searching for meaning and a higher purpose. Knowledge alone isn't enough. Wisdom must also be applied.

With the Gemini-Moon opposing the Sagittarius-Sun, the Sun's need to inspire and aspire seeks harmony and balance with the Gemini-Moon's need to apply logic and reason. Just a few hours before the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, the Gemini-Moon connects with Neptune (the enlightened one), Chiron (the wounded healer), and Uranus (the awakener). The influence of the Moon's link to these celestial bodies continue to linger and mixes with the energy of the Eclipsed-Full Moon. Elsewhere in the sky, Neptune and Chiron make their own connection, reminiscent of their alliance earlier this year and offer up hope and healing where needed; while retrograde-Mercury (ruler of Gemini) squares (in conflict) Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius), even their rulers are not playing too nicely with each other. But they are challenging one another to consider that there's more to whatever's going on than meets the eye; perhaps, there are alternatives that haven't been thought of yet; or maybe, opportunities/solutions can be found when least expected.

As previously mentioned on prior posts, including the New Moon in Sagittarius article, Jupiter and Uranus remain very close to each other (within a two-degree orb):their conjunction grows stronger and perfects on January 4, 2011, the same day as the New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn. This conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus encourages us to delve deep within the part of us that we don't normally take enough time to tap into. By seeking deep within, we enable ourselves to access and become aware of hidden motivations/drives/desires, which help in giving us a more complete picture of what we may want or hope for in this life...right now. Why am I talking about this conjunction? Because this energy between Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces surrounds this Eclipsed-Full Moon in Gemini, just as it had the Sagittarius-New Moon, and we're able to make use of it if so choose it.
So, as we close out 2010, let's also close out any thought processes that keeps us blind to truth or to whatever else is out there that can be of use to us/can be of help to us. With the Sun and Moon in zodiac signs that represent the mind; the Moon still affected by her links to Neptune, Chiron and Uranus; Mercury squaring Jupiter; and Jupiter-Uranus collaborating, let's challenge ourselves to quit limiting ourselves by sticking to what we know. Let's be mindful that there are still experiences we've yet to have and these experiences expand our knowledge, foster personal growth and give us greater wisdom. But we can't have these experiences if we are unwilling to step out beyond what we already know and are comfortable with.

This Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs at 29 degrees in Gemini on December 21 at 12:13 a.m. PST / 3:13 a.m. EST. Those celebrating a birthday within 3 days of December 20 may be in for an exciting year! And those with natal planets/house angles at 29 degrees of mutable signs or within the first 3 degrees of cardinal signs may experience the effects of this eclipsed full moon more powerfully than others.

How might this Eclipsed Gemini-Full Moon manifest in your life? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this full moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Gemini on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the Full Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the Full Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 4th House
Unsure if you have natal planets or house angles within 29 degrees of mutable signs or within the first 3 degrees of cardinal signs ? Cast your own birth chart -- birth date, time and place required.

Alternatively, I am available for a personal consultations. Are you celebrating a birthday? Schedule a session for a Solar Return (birthdays), Eclipses reading (how upcoming eclipses impact you personally and how to make more productive use of their energy), or 3-Chart reading (detailed natal & overall outlook for the next 12 months) or request an estimate for a more customized reading tailored to your needs. You might also consider giving a loved one the gift of insight.

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