The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for December will occur on the 12th at 19 degrees and 51 minutes in the sign of Gemini; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 12:11 am. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprising what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading, and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; December’s Moon is the Cold Moon. In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the time when winter begins. This Moon has other names: the Moon before Yule and the Wolf Moon.
There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years). The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.
Full Moon in Gemini – Harvesting Knowledge
This Full Moon will take place in the 2nd Decan (middle 10 degrees) of Gemini, making it a Libra/Gemini Full Moon by modern Decan. The planetary influences involve Venus as the ruler for Libra and Mercury as the ruler for Gemini. Thus, this Full Moon will be about how our relationships are interconnected. In essence, who are the people we communicate with: the most, easily, at a distance, poorly, in everyday life, and on and on. We need to look at our network of relationships with this Full Moon.
This Full Moon energizes us to think about what we learn, have learned, and hope to learn from the various relationships in our lives. With the energy occurring so deep (19 degrees) into Gemini, we want to explore our thoughts around our information and knowledge; where we get it from and why we believe or disbelieve the inputs we receive. And what do we put out in the information network? What do we want to communicate to others?
With this Full Moon at 19d51m, the Sabian Symbol is 20 Gemini, “a cafeteria”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the facility with which men organize their own special experience for the benefit of the community at large.” The keyword is SUPPLY.
This Full Moon encourages you to share your thoughts and feelings with the people in your life and take the time to ask them questions and listen carefully to what they want to share with you. The winter represents a time to reflect as life naturally slows down, daylight shortens, and the nights get longer. You can use this full moon to go through your contact list on your phone, review your connections on social media, and clean them up.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or four signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (120 degrees away).
Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and a trine (a point supporting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
In my case, there are two significant impacts. One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way. If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that the same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state. Full Moon individuals are constantly trying to “fulfill their potential”.
With this Full Moon, I will experience it passing through my 8th House of Intimate Relationships and Share Resources. Interestingly, I have no points in this part of my chart because nothing is in the sign of Gemini for me. Because I am married, this Full Moon phase would be a good one for me to discuss life plans with my wife. I do get a nice boost from this Full Moon because it will form very supportive aspects with the Sun and Moon in my chart.
This Full Moon will not be as intense as past ones and should pass with mostly positive energy. Mainly I will want to be sure to communicate with my wife, which means sharing my thoughts and feelings about our life together and listening to her thoughts and feelings. Depending on where the Full Moon falls in your chart, that area of life would be the one where you will want and need to talk about and share your feelings.