The Full Moon in Gemini perfected in the dark early hours before dawn. This Full Moon illuminates new ways of thinking and making connections that are coming into visibility. Angela Davis writes, “…feminist methodologies impel us to explore connections that are not always apparent. and they drive us to inhabit contradictions and discover what is productive in these contradictions. Feminism insists on methods of thought and action that urge us to think about things together that appear to be separate, and to disaggregate things that appear to naturally belong together.” What might you begin to think together that appear to be separate, and how might you actively engage in disaggregating things that we are conditioned to believe belong together? The Moon moves through the remainder of Gemini with no aspects, then ingresses into Cancer—its domicile—in the evening. In Cancer, the Moon calls us back to our own sensitivities, allowing ourselves to truly feel what we are feeling. By the end of the day, the Moon opposes Jupiter in Capricorn. Our feelings may seem too big or overwhelming, very likely because of the ways they draw our pasts into the present, flooding our systems with cumulative patterns of emotional response that we’ve been carrying across our lifetimes. Try not to resist. Instead, if you find yourself facing feelings that overflow the scale of the present moment, let yourself get soft. Turn in toward the wave and whisper: “I’m listening. What are you trying to teach me?”
Today Venus perfects its conjunction to Saturn in Capricorn. This is the start of a new Venus/Saturn cycle. What are the practices of love and pleasure to which you are ready to commit? Saturn demands longevity and discipline, which can throw us against the walls of our own fears. Saturn can also describe experiences of scarcity and limitation. As we begin this new cycle between Venus and Saturn, we are asked to confront: in what ways have we been in service to believing that love is a limited resource? In what ways have we made ourselves small because we could not believe that our whole selves are worthy of love? How have we measured or constrained the love we are willing to give? The Moon in Gemini makes a square to Neptune in Pisces; a fog of uncertainty may settle around what we thought we knew, challenging us to find ease with ambiguity and not knowing. The Moon is approaching its opposition to the Sun in Sagittarius. The Full Moon technically perfects within the first hours of December 12 (EST), but it will be at its brightest throughout the night tonight—still Wednesday according to the planetary days and hours. How has this lunation cycle pushed you to open your mind, expand your thinking, and make connections that reorganize your worldview? From the New Moon in Sagittarius on November 26 until this Full Moon, what new perspectives, insights, philosophies, or ideas have been introduced to you? Now is the moment of realization, the time to recognize what new understanding is available. Look to the part of your chart occupied by Gemini, and ask what you have learned about this area of your life over the past two weeks.
Today the Moon ingresses into Gemini, shifting from the steady, sustained qualities of Taurus into the lightness and quickness of mutable air. In Gemini, the Moon draws us toward our curiosities, toward learning and social connections that inspire us. In the early afternoon, the Moon opposes Mercury, newly entered into Sagittarius. As the Moon opposes its ruler, we may feel challenged to embody thinking that still feels too vast to articulate clearly in words. Trust in the capacities of the body to think and to know in ways that are felt in the flesh. If you are struggling to find the right words, how might you let the body do the thinking and speaking? You may find that as you feel into the body for answers, what you think you know opens up and expands, revealing connections that were not apparent when you were struggling to rely on language.
Although the Moon is currently in slow, stable Taurus, today is an active day of aspects for the Moon. Starting with an opposition to Mars in Scorpio, the wounds we carry from emotional or physical harm may surface and interrupt our experiences of grounding into our own bodies and pleasures. Less than an hour later, Mercury ingresses into Sagittarius, after spending over two months in Scorpio. This has felt like an endless journey through the depths of our emotional lives—learning to speak our shame, learning to name our desires. Mercury in Sagittarius finds itself far afield in expansive possibilities. Mercury is in its antithesis or detriment in Sagittarius; whereas Mercury is adept at managing and expressing the details, in Sagittarius, the ideas may feel too big to put into words. It may feel more difficult to express or convey perspectives that exceed our available frameworks, but it is worth the effort and the energy it takes to craft new language that will support us in the days ahead. The Moon then makes a sextile to Neptune in Pisces before moving through trines to Venus, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn. Allow yourself time for daydreaming, for letting your mind wander, and for learning from the experience of drifting without clear direction. Then ask yourself: how can I best embody being in service to what I love? What are the structures and containers I need to create to hold and support my experiences of pleasure and satisfaction? How do we embody the ways in which we want power to operate throughout our world?
Today the Moon ingresses into Taurus, the sign of its exaltation. With reception from its ruler Venus, this is a stable, supported, nourishing Moon, drawing us toward reconnecting to our sensuous experience, feeling deeply into our bodies, and investing in our practices of pleasure. The Sun in Sagittarius makes a square to Neptune in Pisces. This aspect creates the conditions for dazzling illusions, for misunderstanding or confusion. What you see may not be the truth. Or it may be that you find what you know to be true is in conflict with evidence that is being presented to you. It’s difficult to know how to proceed when truth and evidence seem to be at odds; it would be best to wait, allow this fog to pass, and see what new understanding becomes available in the days ahead. The Moon in Taurus makes its monthly conjunction to Uranus, which can unsettle our systems, agitate or disrupt the steadiness and ease that we might otherwise experience as the Moon moves through Taurus. It may be that your body is demanding new approaches to grounding and stability; the old ways of accessing rest and pleasure may no longer be working. Finally, Venus in Capricorn makes a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, a romantic aspect that invites us to share our dreams and fantasies with those we love. While Venus in Capricorn is drawn to the practical work that it takes to build and sustain meaningful connections to others, Neptune is inviting us to be swept up in one another, to lose track of time, to dissolve into each other in the ways that we can, and to listen to our fantasies as guides to new practices of love.
Today the Moon in Aries moves through squares to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. The enthusiasm and ambition of Aries may feel diminished or weighed down by these heavy aspects from Saturn’s domain. Saturn insists on structure and discipline, and can exacerbate our fears around scarcity and “not enough.” Saturn contains and constrains the heat and urgency of the Moon in Aries, stoking the fires of rebellion and resistance. Whereas Aries is primed for combustion and sprinting ahead, Saturn demands that we take action in ways that are sustainable in the long-term and have the capacity to endure. Then Pluto drags the Moon into the pit where we have buried histories of harm that are both personal and systemic. Trauma—whether it is rooted in our individual or collective experiences—shapes our impulses whether or not we acknowledge or accept the ways in which this is happening. Today you might ask: how am I acting out patterns of injury that are all the more controlling because I refuse to face them? In what ways are the actions I think affirm my own agency actually subjugating me to ongoing operations of suffering interred within my own unconsciousness? So often what gets called freedom is actually just the path of least resistance—aligning with systems of oppression and harm, digging ourselves deeper into the trenches of the familiar. This square between Pluto and the Moon calls us into the crisis of considering: what if there’s another way?
Friday is Venus’ day, and today, the Moon in Aries makes a square to Venus in Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn is calling us into responsibility, maturity, and commitment in our relationships and practices of love. For many of us, that means stepping into the difficult work of healing our relational wounds and attachment patterns, and being willing to support our loved ones in their healing as well. The Moon in Aries activates impulsive desires, our drive for freedom, and the spark of fight or flight. Today we may be challenged to reconcile our needs for stability and commitment with our desires for freedom and our instinct to run away or charge into conflict. With Mars, the ruler of the Moon, moving through Scorpio, there is wisdom in investigating: what are the feelings beneath these feelings? What are the deeper longings at the roots of the emotions flaring up today? The Moon then makes a trine to the Sun in Sagittarius, offering us the understanding and comprehension that comes from reframing our experiences within broader contexts. What do we associate with commitment and freedom? How were these values modeled to us throughout our lives? What kind of life or world are we working to create in the long-term, and how are our choices today part of larger patterns of what has come before and what we want to see continue into the future?
Today the Moon in Pisces makes a trine to Mercury in Scorpio. Mercury is nearing the end of its retrograde shadow, delivering messages from the depths of dark places beneath the surfaces of our emotional lives. Today we’re asked to allow all that has been uncovered to land in our bodies, to feel the tidal shifts that are set into motion when we use our voices to speak what we have never said before. adrienne maree brown writes in Pleasure Activism, “Part of liberating our desires from the rape culture and patriarchy we’re swimming in is reclaiming our right to communicate. We must learn to say, sign, or type the truth in real time about what our bodies actually want and need and what we don’t want.” What if communicating from the depths of your own desires is not only a matter of personal healing but of collective liberation as well? The Moon then ingresses into Aries and directly into a square from Jupiter in Capricorn. This is a condition of bonification called overcoming, in which Jupiter offers its beneficence to this fiery Moon. Jupiter is in detriment in Capricorn, but it is offering abundance from what it has available to fuel the ignition and drive of the Moon in Aries. We may feel a combustion of motivation, particularly in the area of life occupied by Aries in our charts. If there are projects or pursuits in which you’re feeling the impulsive flames of Aries today, know that Jupiter is offering grounded, patient support from Capricorn. With the Moon in aversion to its ruler Mars, the outcomes of our actions may not be clear, so focus instead on what it means to start and act well, taking responsibility for how you begin.
As the Moon in Pisces makes a square to the Sun in Sagittarius, we enter the waxing quarter of this lunation, a period Dane Rudhyar described as “crisis in action.” What new ways of thinking have been expanding your view of yourself and the world? What voices or perspectives are you being challenged to consider and assimilate into how you think about what else could become possible? The Moon makes a conjunction to Neptune in Pisces, which is a perfect time from dreaming new dreams, opening to new fantasies, and projecting new speculative realities. Tangible, practical tasks may be more elusive today, so instead, use this time for reflection, meditation, and rest. The Moon then makes sextiles to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, reminding us that whatever we imagine for worlds to come will require discipline, focus, determination, and accessing power that has maybe been repressed within our lives. Audre Lorde writes, “In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed that can provide energy for change.” What sources of power have been repressed, corrupted, distorted, and vilified within the current systems through which we are living our lives? In order to create the kinds of worlds we are dreaming of, we must access those powers and resources that have been hidden and marginalized by white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, colonization, capitalism, and religious domination. What have you been taught to view as worthless, inferior, or sources of shame—and what if those parts of ourselves are actually the keys to building justice in the days ahead?
The skies are busy today: Mercury in Scorpio makes its third and final sextile to Pluto in this retrograde cycle, completing a story that has been unfolding since October 19 when this aspect first perfected. How are you speaking truth to power? How are you advocating for change and transformation, in your life and in the world? The Moon ingresses into Pisces and immediately forms a sextile to Jupiter, its ruler, in Capricorn. Jupiter is the wise teacher, and in Capricorn, Jupiter offers wisdom that comes from maturity, from having done the work necessary to integrate and grow from life’s difficulties. As the Moon pulls us toward boundless empathy, sensitivity, and emotional connections, Jupiter reminds us to take responsibility for what we are feeling, to remain accountable to our own boundaries and the boundaries of others, and to build emotional connection on foundations of trust. Venus in Capricorn makes a sextile to Mars in Scorpio, and we may feel motivated toward commitment in our partnerships. What actions do you need to take in order to support the kind of love that you want to share in the long-term? The Moon in Pisces then moves through a trine to Mars in Scorpio and a sextile to Venus in Capricorn. Love has the capacity to endure when it is built on ongoing honesty and courageous vulnerability. How much more sustainable could our relationships become if we entered them again and again from the honesty of our felt experiences, rather than all the psychic labor required to withhold or elide parts of ourselves from the love we are trying to build?
Today the Moon in Aquarius makes a square to Mercury in Scorpio. We may find ourselves in the midst of ideological conflict, debates, or disagreements. How to best articulate our desires for the future may not be clear, or it may be that the words we are speaking do not actually align with our aspirations. With the Moon in aversion to its ruler Saturn, long-term outcomes or goals may feel elusive; for today, give your energy to clarifying your message, finding the words that move us closer to the futures for which you long. Then Jupiter ingresses into Capricorn, leaving Sagittarius behind after spending over a year moving through its own sign. Jupiter is said to be in its fall or depression in Capricorn. The planet of growth and abundance is now in the domain of Saturn—the planet of limitation, discipline, and delay. Jupiter continues to make new growth possible, but now perhaps with much more planning, effort, and patience for long-term developments. Jupiter will remain in Capricorn until December 19, 2020. Look to whatever part of your chart is occupied by Capricorn and ask yourself: how do I want to expand and cultivate more abundance in this area of my life? What foundations do I need to lay? What work do I need to begin to do now in order to support slow, durational development that has the capacity to last and endure?
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Today the Moon in Aquarius moves through a square from Mars in Scorpio. We may feel as if our thinking and analyses are in conflict with emotions that are churning beneath the surface to motivate our actions. So often we act impulsively or compulsively from deep rage, resentment, and woundedness. Remember, your rage is valid and your wounds deserve attention and care. Take time to get curious: how might your personal wounds be part of larger systems of harm, and how might you channel your rage into strategic action? The Moon then makes a sextile to the Sun in Sagittarius. As we move from the New Moon in Sagittarius last week to the Full Moon in Gemini on December 12, we are being asked to expand our thinking. What perspectives have you not yet considered? Whose intellectual contributions have you not yet given yourself the opportunity learn from? Remember, the history of colonialist, white supremacist, hetero-patriarchy has so deeply shaped systems of knowledge production that most of us are not only more exposed to the thinking of straight white cisgender men than anyone else, but we are also conditioned—consciously and unconsciously—to value those sites of knowledge more as well. What if you used this lunation cycle to seek out the brilliance of women, Black and Brown people, queer and trans people, disabled people—to learn to see what you can only see from these points of view? How much bigger and more expansive could your world become?