Happy Full Moon !

The full moon on Sunday December 3, 2017 is at 11° Gemini. The astrology of full moon December 2017 is strongly influenced by planet Neptune. The full moon square Neptune at only 0°10′ orb means Neptune will be at its most sinister. Lies and deception, loss and disappointment, theft, scandal and illness are very real possibilities during this two-week moon phase.

The December 2017 full moon falls within 24 hours of Mercury stationing retrograde plus Jupiter trine Neptune. While Mercury retrograde will only encourage more mischief, Jupiter trine Neptune brings faith and optimism. Read on to discover how to use the many positives of this spiritual aspect to overcome the hidden dangers of this deceptive full moon.

Full Moon Meaning

A full moon is Sun opposite Moon which highlights opposing forces or polarities in your life. These can include your ego versus emotions, your work versus home, or what you need versus what you want. Inner tension and external pressures can lead to personal conflict and crises that drain your energy.

The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. Use you increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any challenges. Subconscious awareness allows for an impartial and balanced look at your personal relationships. You will clearly see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony.

A full moon has a relationship to the previous new moon. Your November 18 new moon goals can now be fine-tuned or completed, it is harvest time. You can make emotional adjustments in response to those new goals. The full moon effect lasts for two weeks up to the next new moon, in this case the December 18 new moon.

Moon square Neptune can bring strange feelings or experiences that leave you questioning reality. Chances are that you will not perceive things correctly. Do not make important decision based on first impressions. You could delude yourself or be deceived by others. You could be more vulnerable to deception and being taken advantage of. Deceitful people will easily recognize any confusion or weakness. Extreme emotional sensitivity means you will more likely be hurt.
From the Full moon square Neptune and the Royal Stars it is fairly obvious that you have to be honest and moral to benefit from this full moon. The Moon with Aldebaran may reward you with professional success and happiness in your private life if you are nice and play fair. The Sun with Antares will tempt you to take the shortcut by lying and cheating your way to success and happiness. If you do act dishonestly and use underhand tactics, the full moon may instead deliver you failure, disgrace and ruin. This is serious business because the full moon is square Neptune by a powerful 0°10′ orb.

Mercury stations retrograde only 8 hours before the full moon to also have a big impact on the full moon. Mercury remains retrograde for the whole two weeks of this moon phase. Mercury stationing retrograde conjunct Saturn does mean this full moon is serious business. It gives this fearful and deceptive full moon a sense of heaviness and gloom.

Negative thinking like pessimism, or thoughts of doing bad things, does not mix well with the deceptive and treacherous influence of Neptune. It will bring out any criminal tendencies or nastiness toward others. Mercury retrograde conjunct Saturn is overly critical and tries to place blame. Full moon December 2017 square Neptune means you are likely to criticize or blame someone else, probably an innocent person. You must show respect, especially for authority, tradition and your ancestors. A suspect past may catch up with you during this moon phase, or at least make you feel guilt and shame.

Jupiter trine Neptune

is the one big positive aspect for full moon December 2017. Its direct aspects to the full moon make it easier to work with. You can use the benefits of this aspect to overcome the negative influences coming from elsewhere. This uplifting aspect encourages hope, generosity and community spirit. Use it to counter the pessimistic influence of Mercury retrograde.

Jupiter trine Neptune can be a spiritual quest to seek the truth but this will not be an easy quest with the full moon square Neptune. You may have fated encounters with priests, guru’s or psychics. Enlightenment can come through dreams, visions or meditation. Remember, when receiving spiritual guidance or using your intuition, also use your rational mind to filter out the nonsense.

This full moon will increase the level of suffering and injustice in the world. However, your personal value system and sense of justice can reach a higher standard. Use your moral compass to avoid the temptations to be sneaky or mean. You can draw on this aspect to be more generous towards people less fortunate than yourself. Your charitable nature may extend to environmental causes or animal welfare.

While other factors in the full moon chart may cause disappointment, loss and suffering, Jupiter trine Neptune will focus attention on social justice and human rights issues like the plight of refugees and other innocent victims or war and greed. Your enthusiasm and belief can cause others to congregate around you for a common cause.

 

Happy Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Is Going Retrograde in Sagittarius

What is Mercury Retrograde?

The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn’t actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it’s retrograding in rules. With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don’t feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he’s moving slowly. There’s usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct. This Mercury retrograde begins on December 3rd at 2:34AM ET and ends on December 22nd at 8:51PM ET. The shadow period is November 15th 2017 – January 10th 2018. The first storm period is November 29th – December 7th, and second storm period is December 19th – 28th.

We’re coming up on the last Mercury retrograde for 2017, and this one occurs entirely in fire sign Sagittarius. Sagittarius rules optimism, expansion, exploration, new experiences, and Mercury retrograde can mess with all of that. We can be unrealistically optimistic, or overly pessimistic and miss the optimism; we can expand too much in some ways, and not enough in others; we can explore places we shouldn’t, and avoid the places we should go to; we can dive into experiences we should run from, and avoid experiences we should have. Travel is often disrupted in some way with Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius (particularly flight), and we may see issues with colleges/universities (higher learning is Sagittarius-ruled), or legal issues come up (Sagittarius rules the law). We can be extra boastful, make promises we don’t keep, break promises, and talk a big game that we can’t back up. We can buy into false prophets, and we can be too defensive of our beliefs and not open-minded enough. Holy war, oh holy war . This retrograde is problematic in a variety of ways, to say the least, but it’s mostly focused right at the start.

First, it begins at 29 degrees, which is the anaretic degree. The anaretic degree is the very last degree of any sign and a point of crisis energy, and Mercury will be anaretic in November 30th (before the retrograde starts) to December 5th (already retrograde). This can be difficult energy, and we may see a significant legal issue, accident energy may be high, and we may fight even more over beliefs (hopefully we can avoid some sort of attack, but I’m not holding my breath).

Second, the retrograde begins December 3rd, and we’ll have a full moon that very same day, and the full moon occurs in Gemini, one of the signs Mercury rules (the Moon will be in Gemini to December 4th 3:37PM ET). Full moons are highly charged emotional energy, and with this being in one of the signs Mercury rules, that just becomes even more complicated. With Gemini and Sagittarius and Mercury all being communication rules, maybe happening is some sort of bad news, bad decision-making, bad ideas, bad plans. Maybe a combo!

Third, the retrograde begins conjunct (aligned with) Saturn, who is at the end of his tour of Sagittarius. So Saturn is wrapping things up, and Mercury retrograde comes along wanting to muck it all up – Saturn won’t like that very much! This is exact December 6th (7:05AM ET), and there will likely be some paying of the piper, some last-ditch lesson, some complex karma coming upon us with Saturn. Maybe something with the law or with politics. (BTW, Saturn exits Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn December 19th – So we’ve got a lot to manage right off of the bat, and we’re going to have to work extra hard to get through it as best as we can! Extra patience, extra time – extra liquor?

Mercury retrograde will be at a critical degree (17 degrees Sagittarius) December 15th – 16th, and this may bring some difficult energy, though not as trying as the start, and we may just be extra annoyed. The Moon will be in the other sign Mercury rules, Virgo, December 8th (6:09PM ET) to December 11th (12:01AM ET), and this can be another difficult period of the retrograde (but again, likely not as trying as the very start).

Extra: Mercury retrograde also squares (hard aspect) Chiron on December 10th, an asteroid dubbed the wounded healer who represents our greatest wounds and how we can heal and grow. Chiron ends his own retrograde December 5th square Mercury retrograde, so we may be focused on what we need to heal from, re-open an old wound, feel extra sensitive, and need to be careful with our words and rhetoric. The retrograde begins at 29 degrees Sagittarius, so those of you Sagittarians born after December 18th can feel the start of this retrograde most.

The retrograde ends at 13 degrees Sagittarius, so those of your Sagittarians born December 2nd – 8th can feel the end of the retrograde most. If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don’t experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn’t have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.

Mercury rules over communication, travel, and technology. Usually, the planet spins counterclockwise. But when it goes retrograde, it appears to spin the opposite way, throwing everything it rules over out of whack. Hence communication issues, travel mishaps, and technological crashes.

Mercury goes retrograde around four times a year, and lucky for us, we get to end 2017 with one. But thankfully, we’ll only have to deal with this cosmic phenomenon from December 3rd to 23rd. Yet, that doesn’t mean that things will just go back to normal on the 23rd. Sadly, there’s one more thing to worry about…

Mercury Retrograde’s “shadow period” lasts two weeks before and after its retrograde, and will last until January 11th, 2018.

Did you know that Mercury retrograde has a shadow period? Actually all planetary retrogrades do. The Mercury retrograde shadow phase happens about two weeks before and after the planet’s backspin. It helps us prepare (before) and process (after).

During the “shadow period,” Mercury’s influence will inevitably make itself known. Mercury’s shadow officially began on November 17, 2017, and will linger until January 11, 2018. During this cycle, we should all take the necessary Mercury retrograde precautions, moving ahead at a gentle clip and not rushing into anything binding. Back up all data to password-protected (or firewall-protected) cloud storage, changing overused login codes and making sure that all important bills are being paid in a timely fashion. Bonus tip: With Mercury backspinning through live-out-loud Sagittarius, we’d all be wise to think before we speak!

The second Mercury retrograde shadow is all about integration and processing. Sure, Mercury retrograde might have thrown our lives into a total tailspin, but what are the golden lessons to be gleaned? What necessary losses and changes did Mercury retrograde prompt? Utilize the time Mercury turns direct to the end of its shadow to make those big bold changes. For example, maybe you realized that your jerk of a boyfriend was actually just responding to YOU being subtly critical of his every move. Eek! But, the second half of the shadow is when you can dive into practicing a new, empowering way of speaking to him and address conflicts. This could be the relationship rescue remedy you needed.