The Dance of Earth and Venus

The Cosmic Story: Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon 2018

Gemini Full Moon 2018

The Truth Will Set You Free

When we walked through the Wheel's Gate of Samhain/ All Hallow's Eve a few weeks ago, we entered into the death season of the year here in the northern hemisphere. The days are getting shorter, the Dark is rising and we are finishing up old business as the holidays approach. This is the time to shed old skins and let go of the old year in a 6-week long process until Winter Solstice. This year it feels as if the veils between the world are especially thin, perhaps because our collective psyche is lost in the chaotic clash of old vs. new. We are in the tidal flow of the changing of the ages -- the tug and pull of conflicting currents. With this inter-penetration of dimensions, reality can and will begin to vibrate at a different frequency.

Believe it! Change is happening.

As we emerge out of Scorpio's deep well of emotional memories, we can release them to burn up in the Phoenix's flames. As Scorpio's emotionally instinctiveSnake transforms into the Eagle's insight, there is a sudden burst of awareness as the Phoenix rises from the ashes of these transformations. 


The fire sign Sagittarius follows the watery sign of Scorpio. Out of the dark depths comes enlightenment. We'll especially feel this change now that Jupiter has left Scorpio and entered Sagittarius. Jupiter in Scorpio expanded our vision so we could see our shadows -- both personally and collectively. In Sagittarius, he can help us find our truth now that we've released the old wounds that taught us our life lessons. What we do with the meaning of those lessons will be shaped by Jupiter's cosmic truths.

Jupiter brought up quite a lot of shadow material for individuals as well as the culture while he traveled through Scorpio. The first weeks after Jupiter entered Scorpio saw the Harvey Weinstein accusations and the birth of the MeToo# movement. He left Scorpio with more women winning seats in the American Congress than ever before. Women used this past year to stand up for what they believed in. And others followed.

When the Scorpio New Moon occurs at the power gate of Scorpio, it usually brings results. It is the true Samhain/ Day of the Dead (15* Scorpio), leaving us more open to the unseen real, those powers and energies which are unseen by us but which influence our world so deeply. Patriarchy has deliberately denigrated and persecuted people who are open to these unseen energies, but more people than ever are learning to listen to these messages for their personal life.

It is interesting that the US holds its elections every year around the power gate of 15* Scorpio -- the energetic gateway to death and rebirth. According to Thomas Jefferson, America needs to have a revolution/evolution every 20 years or so. This year's Scorpio New Moon gave us a message about our collective life here in the US with this past election: we can make change happen on a societal level if we take back the system.

People are fighting to count every vote, minorities are being elected and the energy of hatred has received a tsunami of blue love. In this giant blue wave of new energy, those of you who are caught up in the rhetoric of fear will discover this wave will bring you peace and opportunity. We cantake care of each other and our world before we take care of the profits of corporate monopolies. We cancare about the future enough to change our lifestyle as we change our economy, and gear it toward a sustainable future for all of us, not just a privileged few. We canchange the course we're on.

To set the seal of new 'possibilities' opening up, the day after this intense New Moon, Jupiter left Scorpio with a job well done and went home to his own sign of Sagittarius. Now that Jupiter has left the intense waters of Scorpio behind, he can bring his enthusiasm and expansion to his own concerns -- the workings of cosmic law. Now that he's given us the opportunity to face our shadows, we need to stand and judge ourselves according to cosmic law, to determine what we need to do with these deep shadows in our collective American psyche. As well as how to shine our light and help.

I believe this is where the return of the divine Feminine will help us. As women step into our power as we step out of patriarchy's rules, we will discover our gift for Wisdom and living according to cosmic law. And Jupiter in Sagittarius will stand us in good stead this coming year as we all clean up the mess of things like 'fake news', a synchronistic occurrence perhaps triggered by the 'truth vs illusion' Saturn/ Neptune square of 2016. When Jupiter squares Neptune in Pisces in 2019, perhaps we'll discover our spiritual truths will win out any time against 'fake news'.

Jupiter in Sagittarius can bring us expanded vision, not only for our own lives but also for the collective. We can imagine a different future if we open up the doors of our perception. Use this Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon to begin the process.

Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon

This Full Moon occurs on the day after the Sun enters Sagittarius on November 22, 2018 at 9:39 pm PST and in the early hours of November 23, 2018 at 12:39am EDT and 5:39am GMT.

This Gemini Full Moon's energy belongs to Jupiter, so it can feel very expansive and energizing. Both Gemini and Sagittarius have fun energy -- energies that are curious and expansive, social and physical, mental and philosophical. So we Americans can look forward to an interesting Thanksgiving weekend -- perhaps we'll start to heal some of our differences over this national day of gratitude and actually have real conversations about the state of our world.

This Full Moon brings together the Sun and Jupiter in Sagittarius, the Moon in Gemini and Mars in Pisces. Jupiter/Sun in Sagittarius can get self-righteous if he doesn't watch out, but otherwise, he can be an inspiration to others. The Gemini Moon just laps it all up, reflecting back both the good and bad ideas floating around without judgment.

Mars in Pisces wants us to be spiritual warriors and challenges us to look at things with an encompassing and compassionate vision that includes what is normally left out of the discussions -- those rejected, needful things we've pushed into the collective unconscious. Like homelessness, poverty, war. Like a woman's worth and a child's needs or the care of our elders. It urges us to listen to our Native people and Mother Earth. It asks us to be kind to ourselves and hopeful for others.

Mercury is the planet said to 'rule' this Gemini Full Moon, although Jupiter certainly carries more weight with Mercury residing in his home sign. This Mercury retrograde (November 16 -- December 6) is in Sagittarius, conjunct Jupiter and the Sun, opposite the Gemini Moon and square both Mars and Neptune in Pisces. So be conscious of what you say, mean what you say, and say it with kindness and intelligence. Neptune can make your mind fuzzy or it can fill it with true images, which you need to interpret correctly. It's really a great time to fine tune your listening skills. And it can be a time to really imagine what you want this next part of your life to look like.

Put this all together and this Full Moon can set the stamp on a new vision of life to set our course by. Personally, it can be a time when the bigger picture clicks in and you understand yourself in a whole new way. Collectively, it can be a time of vision and hope that we can turn around old policies and beliefs that no longer serve our collective needs.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 1* Sagittarius is: Joyous reunion of army veterans around a campfire. Knowing your tribe and standing by a commitment to serve a larger vision.

The Sabian symbol for Jupiter at 4* Sagittarius is: Watched by happy parents, a child takes its first steps. Having an emotionally supportive environment in which to try new things.

The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 1* Gemini is: Glass-bottomed boat drifts over undersea wonders. Opening up to the images of the Collective Unconscious and being open to different perspectives.

The Sabian symbol for Mercury retrograde at 11* Sagittarius is: An ever-burning lamp throws light upon an archaic idol. Perhaps a warning to watch for old patterns of belief that hold us in the past.

Other Influences

So what did you learn from this Venus retrograde?  She forms part of the background to these new perceptions.   We're still involved, although in different signs then at the New Moon, with the grand cross between Venus in Libra opposite Uranus retrograde in Aries squared by the North & South Lunar Nodes now in Cancer and Capricorn. The energy now is cardinal (Aries/Libra, Cancer/Capricorn) rather than fixed (Taurus/Scorpio, Leo/Aquarius). So it wants to initiate things. It offers us a look at life from a different perspective (Cancer/Capricorn). Now it's about what nurtures our souls, and not about the economy. Now it's about loving freely (Venus) while being unique and independent (Uranus).

Put it together this way: we need a vision of life that honors our unique individuality and values cooperation and peace, because these values give us security and help us to build civilizations rather than destroy them. In a relationship, it means stop trying to own the other. They are free and unique souls who have their own path to walk. Possessiveness is very patriarchal you know!

In terms of a new vision for society, patriarchy is destroying nations and societies all over the world, hypnotizing them with the delusion of riches and abundance that capitalism offers, while offering them weapons of destruction for their enemies and environmental disasters leading to climate change. But it is a dead and deadening system when it isn't anchored to the important things in life like family, love, health, creative work, community and 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'.

Let's get away from Capricorn's need to dominate and own everything on the monopoly board (South Node in Capricorn) and look to what really matters to our souls (North Node in Cancer). What kind of life do you really want to live? That's the big question. Are we really living an authentic life or are we still chained to patriarchy's unpalatable vision of haves and have-nots? Are we going to be members of our community, country and the world or are we just consumers? We all are here on Earth to have a fulfilled and creative life. The more of us who opt in for that vision, the more it will become a reality that others can step into as well.

Venus in Libra once more squares Pluto in Capricorn just as she opposes Uranus, bringing back the intense square vibe set up in 2012-2015 between Uranus and Pluto. Venus brought back this vibe all through the year as she transited through her Evening Star phase as well as stationing direct as a Morning Star in Libra, once more in relationship to these change agents. Venus and her cycle which creates a 5-pointed star, a pentacle, in the sky over 8 years, is playing a bigger role in our consciousness now than ever before.

This says to me that a great part of our evolutionary process now concerns the renewal of the divine Feminine. It is the revelation foretold of 'a woman, clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned with Stars, giving birth to the new age'. It is up to women to be our unique and original selves -- different from men but also complementing their energies. This way is more balanced then having women owe our allegiance to the masculine in all things, giving the masculine energies more weight than they need or we want.

This image of the new feminineis a woman, not a goddess, although she is certainly an archetypal symbol of who women can become. A conscious woman who is balanced between the feminine/yin energies and the masculine/yang energies of life. I've written about this new feminine energy in my book, Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World. We're seeing it happen before our eyes now.

With Venus moving forward once again and becoming a Morning Star, she is ready to bring new values into the world. Venus stationed at 26* Libra: An Eagle and a white Dove change swiftly into each other.This images speaks to the need for cooperation between mind/will/spirit and heart/imagination/love. It is the unity of Self which the Woman clothedwith the Sunteaches us.

Walk with the Light,

Sonnets to Orpheus, Part Two, XII

Want the change. Be inspired by the flame
where everything shines as it disappears.
The artist, when sketching, loves nothing so much
as the curve of the body as it turns away.

What locks itself in sameness has congealed.
Is it safer to be gray and numb?
What turns hard becomes rigid
and is easily shattered.

Pour yourself out like a fountain.
Flow into the knowledge that what you are seeking
finishes often at the start, and, with ending, begins.

Every happiness is the child of a separation
it did not think it could survive. And Daphne, becoming
a laurel,
dares you to become the wind.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

(In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)