“We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.”
― Kahlil Gibran
One of my favorite ways to spend the day is to walk, talk, visit, and pop into and out of places, meandering through the sunlit streets of San Francisco. It’s a rare occurrence to be warmed by solar fire in this town, but today granted a reprieve from the fog, the wind and the bitter cold that can sometimes sweep through these streets making sensitive types like myself scornful and sullen. But not today, no today was for sauntering through the mission, catching glimpses of babes in short shorts and beauties in all there tattooed glory. Today was full of vacillating conversations, light hearted and soulful, irreverent and deep. Today was perfect because it was filled to the brim with the wonder of friendship, the joy of connection and the simple pleasure of loving what is.
The days leading up to today have not been so sweet though, truths that have laid latent for my entire life have been surfacing and they aren’t always easy to live with. Stories of losing, breaking, grieving and being unable to realize my potential have been plaguing me-but that’s just how it goes when we do our inner work. Sensitive types (especially Cancer’s and folks with Cancer rising) feel each new and full moon acutely and I knew that this one was having it’s way with me. Personally every part of me seems to react to these rhythms; my mind, my body, my emotions and many outside events that collide in front of my tender heart always teaching me not to take it so damn personally! This is life, it comes it goes, it succeeds and recedes, bends and sways, builds and releases. Everything passes, everything.
Tonight’s full moon (1:28 am PDT) in Gemini collects and releases information. Gemini roams quickly, changes frequently and is constantly chasing the most fascinating concept it can catch a glimpse of. Gemini moves refusing boredom, stagnation and ruts. Gemini thinks, wonders, ponders and whips through subjects at lightening speed. Freedom to think is it’s MO and if one could visualize its thought process it may look a little like this. A Gemini full moon pulls into focus the tricks of the mind and the power that even the slightest shift in thought can provide.
At the same time (or mere hours after the full moon peaks at 9:39 am) Uranus stations direct after being retrograde since July 17th. It’s always good to take note when a planet “changes direction” (it only appears to from our POV) especially Uranus given that we are in the heart of the Uranus Pluto Square, an era defining aspect that astrologers will reference for decades to come. Uranus breaks, changes, disrupts and leaves whatever it touches in a state of disarray. One aspect that I am keeping my eye on is the Mars opposition to Uranus on Christmas day. Where Uranus changes, Mars cuts, where Uranus disrupts Mars gets into a brawl and where Uranus refuses the old Mars has a tendency to burn the city to the ground. One way to work with this energy is to get out in front of it by means of letting go of the traditions that no longer serve you (guilt, shame and blame would be good traditions to release, for example).
The other major happening this week is that as the sun cruises through the galactic center, the mysterious rotational center of the Milky Way, as it heads towards the winter solstice, Hallelujah! For us in the Northern Hemisphere this means that the light will be returning and so to will some perspective. I don’t know about you, but this year the darkness has been a great teacher for me, a teacher that I honor, respect and revere, but one that I am happy to see gain next year. Of course now that I know the light is on its way back, I can get into the short days and long nights with a little more appreciation. The turning point is near. Relief.
There is a way in which we can see the solstices and equinox’s as points, as they are demarcations of our relationship to light, to growth cycles (death and renewal) and they carry us over the thresholds of time. The point of an arrow pierces, punctures and penetrates whatever it comes into contact with; the seasons and cycles are no different. Historically most cultures have rituals and rites of passage around these times, celebrating the mysteries of everlasting life, which we may simply call hope.
We are always free to begin again, to renew our commitment to this moment, to this breath, to this conversation and to this slice of silence. Our life is what we think about it, our life is what we bring to it.
May we all bring the best of ourselves to this full moon and everyone after it.