A Full Moon in Gemini December 6, 2014
In celebration of the full Moon in Gemini, we have a Uranus/Pluto square, astrological symbol of the past few years! This will be the sixth of seven exact squares stretched from 2012-2015. It will provide an extra injection of gabby energy into the electrical Gemini full Moon. A Gemini full Moon is already full of verbal overflow, Mercurial monkey mind, wide curiosity and unfinished business. The intellect is buzzing in several directions at once.
Uranus, considered a higher expression of Mercury is in a close relationship to both Sun and Moon. We are almost certain to hear or to take part in the rhetoric of spiritual or political concepts. Uranus was born from Chaos, and is both son and husband to Gaia, the earth mother. In our charts he plays the part of sculptor to our individuality. In the wider world he is the revolutionary, sometimes humanistic, sometimes anarchic. At the present time he is in Aries, the sign of Mars, while Mars is in his sign of Aquarius. I think this may have something to do with the deep urge towards war and the warrior’s response, whether it be the appeal of ISIS to young people from all over the world, or the ‘adult’ response to bomb and repress what looks chaotic and dangerous, each side upping the level of violence. If we are conscious of this impulse towards anger and defensive response, we may be able to transform it into actions that will be fueled by the energy of the moment, but will open new doors to understanding instead of destruction! This will take a deep appreciation of silence and slowness which is at odds with the impulse to respond quickly and decisively.
The influence of Pluto is more difficult to discern because he stands ‘inconjunct’ Sun and Moon, but he is moving through this period with slow but deep powers of transformation. He is the god of the underworld, but it’s always important to remember he is also the god of ‘riches’ as in ‘Plutocrat’. That inexorable power that we associate with Hades/Death has treasures for us when we dare to delve into its depth. The treasure we need on earth seems to be an unexpected appreciation of difference, which is a Sagittarian characteristic.
Mercury, who rules the sign of Gemini is cheek and jowl with the Sun in Sagittarius. The opposition between the Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius is not as contrary as some others. Both signs are concerned with education, travel, and a variety of communication. Both have an optimistic flavor, and perhaps that is because communication is central to human endeavor and evolution. Programs, which allow those traumatized by war or abuse to speak of their experiences, have showed amazing results to heal and transform pain into speech. Maybe that’s why the Greeks saw Hermes and Hades as natural companions.
Here’s a picture of Hades (Pluto) returning his stolen bride Persephone to the world of sunshine. He has the company of Hermes (Mercury) and Hekate, once Maiden, Mother and Crone, later demoted to goddess of magic and mystery, all things hidden from day light consciousness. This is an interesting combination of processional companions. Mercury’s function is to help us think in new directions, rather than go round and round in obsession. The relationship between Hades, Persephone, Hekate and Mercury is one that can open our eyes to new ways of seeing what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad.’
Chiron the healer is also closely linked in this chart to the Sun and Moon, Uranus and Pluto. Demeter (Ceres) and Hera (Juno) are in the mix as well. Chiron, like the symbol for Sagittarius is a centaur with the archer’s desire to hit the target. His healing powers were always balanced by his wound, which never healed despite his ability to heal others. Chiron in our chart speaks of a wound which can be turned into a healing power.
I think this time (and chart) of the full Moon are a moment of integration between the material world and the spiritual underpinnings of our consciousness. We are fast approaching the moment of the Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the South. The play of light dark at opposite extremes seems everywhere around us.
Here in the frantic and rundown part of my life
I halt to see if I am catching up with my shadow.
I yearn to tell about the pain of silence, to speak,
but cannot form the words which howl like wolves.
Surely, I can wait long enough for the sound
to catch up with my speedy travel through space.
The fall of leaves strike me as momentous
They cover the sound of my own fall into darkness.
I was here in a workaday world,
I held myself together with sound.
I turned a corner and found
I was lost in a fog, on a rocky cliff.
Below is tied the tiny dinghy
which will be my test and trial.
She rattles against the dark stones
oarless and rudderless for me to steer.
It’s a dream, it’s a dream!
I can wake and find the path home.
Shame is banished and I am free
of the odious task I cannot attain.
Then I experience disintegration,
not at an even pace, but in heartbeats.
Most of the pieces will get put back together
but not in their original form or place.
My nose may become my bellybutton,
my legs may take the place of my ears.
I know the rules of rebirth are written
on parchment invisible to the pregnant eye.
In the meantime I ask to be a mouthpiece
for the toad I saw eaten by snake much too slowly.
By now toad is snake and snake is robust with toad.
What seemed impossible has taken place.
The woodland path, no longer their theater,
is where I enter and perform my impossible feat.
Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present. To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.