Dec 17, Full Moon at 1:28 AM Pacific 25 Gemini 36
Full Moon at Old Faithful, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, Jason Renfroe image
2013 National Geographic Traveler Outdoor Scenes Photo Contest entry
No planets are very close in a major aspect with our Sagittarius Full Moon.
What we do have is Mercury, traveling in Sagittarius with the Sun, in close aspect with Jupiter, Sagittarius’s planet, along with Ceres, prominent again as in the New Moon chart, in the tight 4 planet 17/18 degrees pattern.
Mercury inconjunct Jupiter Mercury and Jupiter are kin in a way because they rule opposite but related signs of thinking. Mercury (of Gemini) is famous for gathering data and telling anyone who will listen all about it! Jupiter lumps the info into categories, giving significant insight to its connections and purpose. As Mercury continues the input, adjustments are made, fine tuning intentions. Jupiter inspires with the sight of the vision, the rainbow oracle, focused on a best possible outcome! Both of them love learning and travel. Mercury scoops the neighborhood. To Jupiter the world is the ‘hood! Near and/or far, together, they tell jokes and stories, each elaborating on the other’s, play the drums, dance the circle. Kokopelli, musician, magician, trickster, keeper of languages, storyteller, has left home on the journey of a lifetime!
Ceres square Jupiter Squares are usually thought of as challenges, but with Ceres in social Libra and friendly Jupiter in Cancer, if the party is in the home territory, it can be lovely! Jupiter may not be taking off on that world trip after all. Or, if it does, it will be more sensitive in Cancer, culturally aware, and considerate of women. Jupiter and Cancer are both proponents of lifelong education and sharing the wisdom. Libra is aware of the laws of the land, respectful of local etiquette, sees its value. Ceres, Earth Mother, goddess of agriculture, a foodie, has common ground wherever she goes. Breaking bread together equalizes disparity.
Jupiter is still trine Saturn, but retrograding away…. Serious progress has been called for and made! Jupiter has infused doubter Saturn with more confidence. Now he is going back to pick up some threads still waiting to be further livened and folded into new structures Saturn is so skillfully building! Bigger windows, wider vision, more time. A broader purpose is possible, more far reaching. There is more joy on the job! Yes! Long term commitment has successfully been negotiated.
THREE Fixed Stars! Spica and Arcturus both at 24 Libra, and Algol at 26 Taurus, straddling the degree of the Full Moon!
- Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden and at times is associated with Ceres, Goddess of Harvest! Uniquely it is a binary star, actually two stars that whirl around each other in only 4 days!!! In Horary astrology, Spica was/is considered to be the only point of good fortune, very fortunate at that, along the Via Combusta, the oasis along the fiery way, 15 degrees Libra to 15 degrees Scorpio. It can bring riches, love of arts and sciences.
- Arcturus is the 4th brightest star in the heavens! There is contradictory thought about it. Some say it brings treasure and high-ranking positions, honor and prosperity through navigation and travels. When it is not well-aspected, and in certain placements on the zodiacal wheel, Arcturus may bring betrayal, ruin and poverty, and storms that ruin your crops and down your ships! Mostly, however, it is thought of as fortunate. It wants freedom, has innate charm, and a potential for fame!
The Sun is just one day past having sextiled Spica and Arcturus, such fortunate Stars. And sextiles are considered to offer fortunate opportunities! Libra and Sagittarius, air and fire, go well together. Libra gives finesse. Both love meeting people, mingling with other cultures. Sagittarius is happy to make the arrangements, guide and escort Libra wherever they might enjoy to go, introducing them to everyone! Mama Moon opposite in Gemini will be trining the two stars, which she does once a month, just not under Full Moon conditions. She will be the telegraph for the wisdom of these places deep in space. The conduit may be brief, but of prime importance is the perception of HOW to think, where to gather the data, when to be present, how to open to deeper connection – follow the breath, how to speed the ability to link one thought to the next. It’s half logic, half psychic. Know what you are doing but don’t question it. Let it happen. Watch it happen, so you can do it again! Great time to see your Channel or BE the Channel! Time for automatic writing, the laying on of hands.
- Algol, 26 degrees Taurus, is entirely another story! The Sun will inconjunct Algol the next day. Algol is another binary star, in the Perseus constellation, in the head of Medusa. It ‘eclipses’ itself as the stars whirl around each other, blinking on and off, every 3 days. To the Ancients, it was thought of as dying and being reborn! Our word alcohol comes from the word Algol. We can loosen up at parties, or are dehydrated, lose control, sometimes crimes and mistakes are committed. Diana Rosenberg says ‘The Algol placement on a chart insists upon a confrontation and assimilation of these harsh aspects of human experience in this lifetime.….Algol, like other stars, confers tasks upon us which, if comprehended and accepted, offer great rewards of power and creativity. These stellar challenges are not to be feared, but understood and used in a positive manner.’ Traditionally it has to do with death and pain, transformation and power. If you would like to read further about Algol, historical events and their charts, see Nick Kollerstrom’s Mountain Astrologer post. Read further thoughts and Algol with famous people by Marina E Partridge.
For those of us connected to this 24 to 26 degrees, we will likely have some blessings and some real things to face specific to the nature of the stars and these signs, Taurus, Libra and Sagittarius. Taurus and Libra are both Venus ruled, so, possible matters of values, what we want, how to be more attractive, better self esteem, conditions of relationships, are in mind. Being kind to others, crossing cultural boundaries could make a difference. More lovely lodgings with supportive people may be healing. Center yourself, get grounded. Be at Peace in the storm.
Clearly, we all have these 3 stars somewhere in our charts, and they are afoot in the heavens every day! It’s when moving planets connect to our personal chart planets, or connect to the planets of an event chart, that they activate per the nature of the connection. Fixed stars move only a few dozens of seconds of arc per year, or one degree every 72 years, approximately. They are on the compass of eternity.