The Moon will rise in its Full illumination this evening as it is directly opposite the Sun at around 2:44 PM Pacific Standard Time. Last night it was only shy of 1% so it probably looked pretty full as well. It will be in the sign of Gemini, the Twins, at 3 degrees, 20 seconds of arc. Gemini is affiliated with the archetype of The Teacher and the Storyteller as it is ruled by Mercury. Gemini is in the element of air and so we associate it with the mental faculties. It can be quite the communicator, able to take in and process information at a rapid pace, and then respond appropriately without skipping a beat. With its hunger for curiosity and desire to engage in new thoughts rather than routine predictability, it can become bored if not stimulated. As the mind keeps rolling along, if left too long to its own terrain, it can lead to neurosis or an exhaustion of the nervous system. It is key then for Gemini to have a life filled with variety and fresh new experiences where it can exercise its mind and change course as necessary. The Sun entered the sign of Sagittarius a few days ago and is therefore very close to Saturn. Sagittarius, a fire sign, also engages with the mind, but in more of a theoretical capacity. As Sagittarius seeks to understand the meaning of life, experiencing life as a quest to explore the “questions”. With Saturn in Sagittarius, we find a disciplined calculating approach aimed at this exploration. At its worst, Sagittarius can get a little too full of itself and end the search for meaning, believing it has found the “Holy Grail” and becomes the fanatical one touting to “know”. The archer’s goal is to always keep a set of arrows ready continuing to aim for its lifetime, enriching and deepening its understanding. Getting into the mix is Neptune, the planet that is known for all things “formless”, preferring to live in the terrain of the dream, the bliss of drifting into universal consciousness and the connected feeling that “we are all one”. As this nebulous mystical landscape can result in a loss of time or detachment from factual reality, we need to stay present to the potential for illusion. So we have a mental curious Moon trying to strike a balance with the taskmaster Saturn while being broadsided from Neptune to “follow the dream”. What do we make of this? We may all feel a bit mentally high strung and are encouraged to be social or do something that warms our hearts by allowing our minds to feel curiously engaged. As disciplinarian Saturn will be confronting us, we may feel that there is an authority trying to make something of our experiences and we may inherently just want to “move on” to the next idea that gets our attention. Neptune will be in our ear prompting us to “chill out” and “just be” allowing ourselves to “zone out”, while our hearts and minds are spilling over with excitement. In fact, Saturn and Neptune will remain in tense aspect to each other peaking tomorrow. The god of form, Saturn, will be engaging with the god of formlessness, Neptune. While they are both in mutable signs meaning there will be some level of dynamic flexibility, we may experience a level of restriction in following our dreams. Rather than being allowed to creatively and compassionately float about, we may have to sit down and do the hard work of bringing those visions into form. This friction can lead to a feeling of depression as we lose some of the freedom to just be joyful and spontaneous. While we don’t want to let Saturn harden our beliefs to the extreme resulting in arguments as we feel we know the truth and everyone else is just a “buffoon”. If we also allow Neptune to go to its dark side, we could want to escape the restrictions by engaging in addictive behaviors. If we can integrate these tensions, we can allow Neptune to hold the dream while Saturn keeps our feet on the ground. It is a delicate line that will need to be harnessed with presence of these two motivations.
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