The element of Air sets the tone of this Full Moon in Gemini. Gemini is the first Air Sign in the Zodiacal wheel, our merry trickster and the messenger of the Gods. The air element in Astrology presides over thought, and the weaving together of thought.
Intellectual study, expression, communication, learning, and social exchange are some of the domains of the Air Signs. Of the Air pantheon, Gemini is known as the archetypal trickster and messenger. We can view Gemini’s role as both the trickster and messenger as relating to the function of thought and our minds. Our thoughts have the potential to trick us and to lead us down a garden path. We may struggle with the identification with thought, grappling with our monkey mind, and lose the experience of our whole selves to being in our heads.
On the flip side, and there always is a flip side to Gemini, who presides over duality, is the ability of our minds to be the receptacle for a divine or true message, for our minds to be a vehicle that channels creativity and inspiration, communication as a conduit for the sacred.
It is known in all traditions that words and thoughts can create, alter or charge reality. Everyday we receive in our unconscious spells from the media, advertising, school, Facebook. We cast spells with the words we say to each other. All of us know the dark magic of words that have scarred us and altered how we felt or thought about ourselves. We also hopefully have experienced how a kind word set us on a new and empowered trajectory in our lives.
In the sacred traditions there are Mantras, incantations, meditations to purify our minds, to work with the potent force contained in words, sound, thought. It is a good time at this Gemini Full Moon, to see what spells in the way of your language, your words and thoughts are creating and casting in and around the reality we are all part of, and creatively contributing to.
In considering the Air element, we may also consider Space as a higher octave of Air. In giving ourselves fresh air to breathe, physical, emotional and mental space, we renew ourselves. If we can find the silent space in between the the rush of life, or in between musical notes, or words in our favourite book we might find deeper, newer possibilities, a break beyond surface words and noise, newness, of the world, life and ourselves being breathed into being.
On the same day as the Full Moon, Gemini’s ruler, Mercury goes Retrograde. This is significant and highly symbolic. The retrograde motion of planetary bodies brings about a reversal or disruption to the ‘normal’ way that a planet operates. Hence, the famous feature of Mercury Retrograde, travel mix ups, delays, technical issues, technology breakdowns and communication bungles.
When Mercury goes retrograde, he is seemingly moving backwards from our point of view on Earth, and often we also are drawn into having to go over things a few times, or revisit the past, in the form of people or memories, events from the past surfacing for us to consider. More importantly, and what is less known, is the opportunity that Mercury Retrograde presents. Mercury Retrograde brings about a much needed pause from the constant liner, logic driven narrative of our times, and offers to us an internal, imaginative space, drawing us into reflection. Mercury is now in the sign of Sagittarius, which is said to be in its detriment. It is said that Mercury is in its detriment here because, Sagittarius, in taking in the whole vision, meaning and picture, often misses the open flexibility of Mercury’s process of taking in details, ideas and connecting the dots.
Mercury’s retrogradation at this Full Moon in the sign of Sagittarius however will serve us well, if we can patiently sit with a vision and picture that doesn’t quite make sense yet. We are likely to feel the tension and being stretched in different directions as we encounter the T-square of the Sun and Moon to Neptune, all lying at 11 degrees of the Mutable signs. This requires flexibility and an ability to let go.
The T-square of the Moon, Sun and Neptune resemble a piecing together of a visionary dream we have in our hearts. We gather clues, a message, fragments of dreams that have come through, look at the directions laid before us. Gemini offers to think and talk through it while Sagittarius looks at does it best to divine a direction. The crashing waves of Neptune may bring something to our shores, or sweep away a cherished idea or belief we have. This T-square has the potential to bring through a healing message in a bottle, but we may need to be comfortable with ambiguity for now, and sit with the symbols, let them make sense in their own time.
Our retrograde Mercury is also sitting next to Old Man Saturn, at the tail end of his tenure in Sagittarius. This is no accident, we have the opportunity now, to do our retrograde work of the lessons Saturn’s two year stay in Sagittarius. Review, Rework, Redo, Release and Research what we have learned about our moral, spiritual foundations, our true beliefs, our faith and our ideals and how they carry us through life.
This Full Moon in Gemini will bring up the situations and circumstances that relate to this final review. This is a propitious time to become aware of the last stubborn driving beliefs and thoughts, and offer them up to the vision/mind space of this Full Moon and Mercury Retrograde to release and reboot your own, clearer, more inspired vision/ mind space. May it be so.
Have a wonderful Full Moon in Gemini.
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