The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Gemini, Nov-Dec 2018

Chart for the Full Moon in Gemini
Chart for the Full Moon in Gemini

Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now.
Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become
acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.
~ Sylvia Plath

Nov.23 – FULL MOON in GEMINI (00:52 of Gemini)

Gemini is all about information. Gathering it, learning it, exploring it, synchronizing it, thinking about it, playing with it, sharing it, teaching it, and showing it off.

In Gemini's territory, ruled over by its planetary ruler Mercury, we find words that describe, label and identify things, people, experiences and ideas. Words matter. The meaning of words matters. Even the spelling and grammar of words matters – evidence all over the Internet to the contrary... ;-)

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Gemini is also about awareness. Learning about the world increases your awareness of it, and also your awareness of yourself. Increasing your awareness opens up a whole new dimension of understanding about the world and life.

When you have awareness of something, you can talk about it, you can question it, you can build on your knowledge of it. Like pieces of Lego, each fact, idea, observation or question builds on the information you already have.

And as you piece together knowledge about something, it becomes possible to perceive patterns that reveal a greater level of meaning within it.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
~ Plato, The Republic

This Full Moon in the first degree of Gemini begins both a short-term and long-term process of acquiring and integrating new patterns of insight by challenging the validity and importance of information you already have.

The beginning degree of a sign – 0° – is raw, potent, pure and a little wild. It is the Big Bang of that sign's energy which develops, expands and evolves to its conclusion in the final degree. Like an acorn freshly fallen from the tree, it is driven only by impulse and a primal desire to fulfill its potential, whatever that might be.

The final degree of a sign – 29° – is the Grand Finale. It too is potent and powerful, but being at the end of the development process, it is more self-possessed of the subtleties and depth of its wholeness. It is like a mature tree in its autumn colour splendour, surrounded by a forest spawned from its own seeds,

In between 0° and 29° lies a winding road through that sign's archetypal territory.

The chart for the Full Moon in Gemini has planets at both 0° and 29°, including the Sun and Moon opposition (a.k.a. Full Moon axis). The one planet at 29° is Uranus (a quintessential planet of change) which is retrograde in Aries—backtracking to take care of unfinished business before heading back into Taurus on Mar.06.2019.

It all suggests we are ending one process and starting a new one. In fact, the zero-degree Full Moon in Gemini begins a 5-month series of zero-degree Full Moons! Here's the data:

Occasionally we get a run of 5 or more multiple New Moons or Full Moons in the same degree of sequential signs, one right after the other. This happens quite regularly but infrequently – typically every 19 years (so it probably is linked to the cycle of the Lunar Nodes).

And for it to happen at 0° for 5 or more Full Moons in a row is really rare! Between 1900 and 2100, it only happens 5 times – 1904-05 (5 in a row), 1923-24 (7 in a row), 1980-81 (5 in a row), 2018-19 (5 in a row), and 2094-95 (6 in a row).

When these multiples happen, they initiate a time of transition. Multiple-Moons can happen at any degree of the signs, but when they happen at zero degrees it is extra special. There is a build-up of initiating energy over time.

In addition, it typically ends with two Moons in the same sign, at the first and last degree of that sign. The Alpha and Omega. The start and finish. The beginning and ending. The young and the restless. ;-)

This upcoming zero-degree sequence moves through Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra. It starts and ends in Air signs (Gemini and Libra), indicating that this process involves cultivating awareness, gathering information and finding new ways to share it with others in your life.

The cycle moves from Gemini (awareness, information exchange) to Cancer (family, belonging, home), to Leo (sense of self, creativity, fun), to Virgo (perfecting, service, optimization) and then to Libra (close relationships, social interaction, balance and harmony).

At the end of this upcoming zero-degree streak, there are two Full Moons in Libra, in March and April 2019. These Libra Moons may lead us to change our priorities around close relationships, as well as re-evaluate what we bring to them and need from them.

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
~ Albert Einstein

So, what stage of this transition is now being initiated with the Full Moon in Gemini? To find out we look to the details of the chart.

So much of what Gemini is bringing to awareness can be found in its opposite sign, Sagittarius. For one thing, the Moon opposes the Sun in Sagittarius. Every Full Moon is an axis of the Sun and Moon opposing each other from opposite signs, and in this case it's Gemini-Sagittarius. Your local surroundings versus the Big Picture. Facts versus meaning. Data versus the patterns within that data. Information available in the world around you versus knowledge that's derived from more abstract information.

Also, Sagittarius' ruling planet Jupiter is conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon. Just to make sure we get the point of jovial Jupiter conjunct the Sagittarian Sun, they are also tightly parallel by declination (meaning they're aligned not just "left-to-right" but also "up-and-down" – in two dimensions).

Jupiter just recently entered Sag (Nov.08) after a year-long journey through Scorpio. After dredging up the hidden Scorpio toxicity in order to heal it, Jupiter is now in a position to renew faith, remember the good times, and see beyond the current struggles toward a distant, friendlier horizon. With Jupiter so prominently placed in the chart, the Gemini Moon seems to seek ideas and evidence of that optimistic promise.

Sun, Jupiter, Mercury Rx in Sagittarius

Gemini's planetary ruler Mercury is currently retrograde in a mercifully short Rx cycle (Nov.16 to Dec.06). Our hunt for optimism, knowledge, awareness and meaning involves going back over past experiences to see what hints about these we might have missed the first time through. As a result, fresh information may be hard to find at the moment, since it requires you to gather previous thoughts together that will make new ideas clearer.

Mercury is also conjunct Jupiter and in Jupiter's sign, so Mercury's point of focus is more about the Big Picture than the local details. It's not the easiest job for Mercury, who is in his detriment when in Sagittarius. There's so much to take in, it's like trying to swallow a watermelon whole. You either have to take it on faith that you're seeing the important stuff, or it's easy to get lost in the enormity of possibilities and options.

Mercury is a wee bit on the wide side to be clearly conjunct the Sun (9:25 orb). However, the conjunction is made stronger since Mercury is retrograde and therefore applying toward the exact conjunction (Nov.27). Also, Jupiter forms a bridge between them – if you want a good strong bridge between two planets in the same sign, you can't do much better than the planetary ruler of that sign! Together they all form a Rolling Conjunction that binds them together, and in this case it makes the Sagittarius expansive energy even more vivid.

So again: although the Full Moon is in Gemini, the flow of the chart's energy points back to Sagittarius in multiple ways.

Don’t sabotage yourself.
There are plenty of other people
willing to do that for free.
~ Jenny Lawson,
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

So, what helps to bring focus to the vastness of life? Mars in Pisces! Mars is kind of the best—or the worst—of both worlds at the moment. It can bring sharp clarity (Mars can cut through the fluff to get to the heart of the matter) and the ability to work with a blurred field of cosmic vision (Pisces affinity for universality and imagination). Mars in Pisces takes a leap of faith when it "feels right" – not the best energy for precise action, perhaps, but it can be an asset in confusing times to keep you from being stuck.

But although Pisces is often inspirational and uplifting, it can also be tricky. Pisces territory is the place of dreams, imagination, creativity, fantasy and illusion. These qualities are essential for artists, musicians, writers and other creative people, but could be a liability for those who need to deal with specifics or details that are factual, reliable and predictable. It's wonderful to be able to take a leap of faith when faced with the unknown, but if you aren't looking before you leap, to at least find out what can be determined, you might jump off a cliff edge and not realize it until you're half-way down!

Mars in Pisces can act fast, based on an emotional hunch, but if that hunch is based on false assumptions then those actions could make a bad situation much worse. Similarly, if that hunch gets mixed up with the person's own projected issues, it could lead to a real mess.

T-square aspect pattern

Mars forms a T-square aspect pattern, with the Sun-Jupiter-Mercury conjunction on one end and the Moon on the other. On one hand, Mars could contribute encouragement and motivation to go with your gut when moving through unexplored territory or faced with the unknown. That leap of faith could give you extra courage to believe in the greater possibilities you are seeking.

On the other hand, Mars often brings conflict in some form, and Mars in Pisces can sometimes be passive-aggressive. This could manifest as sabotage (including self-sabotage) or presenting one attitude on the outside while acting on a different attitude from the inside.

Mars in Pisces might also make you more susceptible to being deceived, tricked or confused about what is true and reliable. One way this could happen is if you want what is tempting you so badly that you skip over important signals that something isn't quite what it seems.

In addition, Mars in Pisces squared by a gaggle of planets in Sagittarius including Jupiter

Saturn sextile Mars

So, it's wise to keep an eye on your own motives as well as inconsistency in others'. It doesn't always mean something nasty is happening, but it could indicate undercurrents in the situation that are subconsciously carrying you and/or the other person in an unplanned direction.

Thankfully, Saturn is sending a supportive sextile to Mars (60°) and it is the only major aspect Saturn has right now, so you know he's truly committed! ;-) Saturn in Capricorn should help to ground Mars and help keep him focused on the task at hand. If you're willing to be friends with Saturn, his usual gruff, crusty, hard-nosed attitude could actually help prevent a difficult situation from becoming worse.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
~ John Anster, The First Part of Goethe's Faust

Quintile Kite aspect figure

That said, Saturn is also busy in the back room with Venus and the Moon. Together they form a Quintile Kite aspect configuration (a little on the wide side, but I think it works in this case). The Moon is at the pointy end and the Sun at the squashed end. Quintile aspects are known for being creative, cerebral, and determined to express or manifest one's own ideas.

The "tail" of any Kite figure (the long pointy end) is said to be the "last word" in the figure's energy flow. In this case, the tail points to the Moon in Gemini – intuitive perceptions and awareness that is supported and challenged by Saturn and Venus, as well as the Sun.

The Saturn-Venus Quintile (72°) seems to say there is no room for sentimentality, no paint-by-numbers creativity. This is about creating something substantial, genuine and authentic.

The Moon is Bi-Quintile to Saturn and Venus (144°), forming a Yod aspect pattern. There is real creative potential here, especially in terms of thoughts, ideas, communication and teaching/learning. However, this too needs to be the real thing from the heart or it could backfire.

The Sun opposite Moon creates the "spine" of the Kite. In addition, the Sun connects with Venus and Saturn through a Decile or Semi-Quintile aspect (36°). Commanding Saturn has the tightest orb with the Moon and Sun (0:08 applying) so it is likely to speak with a louder voice than Venus (1:16 applying).

Between the Sagittarian Sun's ultra-confident vision and Saturn's authoritative mandate, the Quintile Kite seems to come with a warning about trying too hard to impose your opinions, beliefs and viewpoint. On the plus side, asserting yourself to make something happen will likely have a lot of power behind it, but just remember that a little will probably go a long way.

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories
don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change,
taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.
~ Gilda Radner

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There are no planets in Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), while the majority of planets are in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). This could make it difficult to nail down a clear direction and sustain your efforts to complete your goal. Instead, you may find it all too easy to get distracted, wander off-course, and be so flexible that your sense of purpose becomes eroded by repeatedly changing your mind. On the plus side, though, this is a great time to be in a process of shaping or reshaping your vision of what you want to happen.

Adding to this slippery, malleable energy is the fact that Neptune is stationing Direct the next day after the Full Moon. Neptune is nebulous at the best of times, and he's right at home with the abundance of all this blurry Mutable energy. This gives yet another influence in the chart that suggests it's better to go with the flow rather than try to stuff a cloud in a box and nail it shut. Sorry, Saturn. Saturn's contribution, then, is more about integrity and healthy boundaries; to remind us that straying too far from the original recipe can ruin the bread.

And this brings us back to the fact that this Full Moon in Gemini is a zero-degree Full Moon and the first in a series of 5. Being at 0° it is like a baby—bawling and bellowing and awkward and primal and full of immense potential that needs to be grasped and shaped into a more whole being. Newborns require a lot of care, sticking to a routine, and being consistent about when, what and how you support their growth.

So: What is being born in your life now? What changes would you like to see in your life that can evolve and unfold over the next 5 months? Things may seem stressful, murky, confusing, weird or overbearing initially. It might be best to take a creative approach to whatever you're facing, but don't leave your integrity behind in the process.

The best use of this energy is probably to act with humility and integrity, in a way that sees the best potential in all concerned. The trick is to avoid giving in to snap judgments, jumping to conclusions or mistaking assumptions for fact. Pay attention. There's more to learn than you might realize – Mercury is still retrograde. Keep your mind and your options open. This is just the first step in a long journey.

The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it.
~ Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

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Nov.24 – Neptune Stationary Direct (13:41 of Pisces; until Jun.21.2019)  (Nov.25 in UK, AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Neptune now turns direct after being retrograde for about 5 months. For up to a week before and after this date, you might feel a bit dreamy, disconnected, depressed, sluggish or scatter-brained. The Neptune energy takes you into a non-rational, intuitive place and can stir up feelings and issues from the unconscious. Vivid dreams could give you insight into situations you have been wrestling with, and your intuitive sensitivity might seem to come out of nowhere. Or you might experience the opposite—your dreams elude you and you feel cut off from your usual intuitive sense. What is happening is that your "right-brain" (intuitive, creative, non-rational, faith-oriented) is passing the torch to your "left-brain" (rational, logical, linear, practical), and you can get caught in the whirlpool of transition. Try not to control the process, but allow it to carry you and point you in a different direction. The learning you have gathered over the last five months or so—related to spirituality, longing, inspiration, creativity, imagination, fantasy, divination and intuition—can now start to be applied more directly in your life over the next few months. It may be possible to channel your experience into a creative form—possibly artistic, but definitely creating something new out of what has been, which can ultimately be healing and uplifting.

Nov.26 – Sun conjunct Jupiter (03:56 of Sagittarius)  (Nov.25 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST)

Confidence, optimism, leadership, vision and well being characterise this transit. Your self-esteem and self-awareness can be wide open now. Your sense of being part of something greater than yourself may be vivid and bright. And you may have increased ability to identify and act on opportunities around you, which can bring you "lucky" prospects. On the other hand, if you have difficulty embracing a positive sense of self, or if you shy away from believing you are a treasured Child of the Universe, then this transit might stir up those difficult feelings to the surface. You could wind up trying to compensate with over-confidence, arrogance, blind faith, or gambling on what are realistically poor prospects. The trick is to tap into the spirit of who you are. Let go of blame and instead apply some honest yet compassionate assessment. Let your spirit shine brightly out to the world, but not so brightly that you blind yourself or others by your own light. Consult a trusted friend for feedback or advice if in doubt. This is a great time to expand your horizons, whether that is through travel, by learning something new, by sharing your knowledge with others, or by exploring the Meaning of Life.

Nov.26 – Mercury Retrograde square Mars (06:29 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Nov.25 in HAST, AKST)

Fiery speech, argument, hot debate and impatience characterise this transit. You may encounter conflicts of interest and want to solve them NOW. And in your haste to find a quick fix, you could wind up creating more problems than you solve. You might also feel like you have hit an impasse or roadblock in a problem that began since Mercury entered the shadow. What you thought was a solution or agreement might now show itself to be unworkable or needing adjustment. Getting angry or frustrated is likely to just aggravate the situation, so it might be wise to vent these feelings well away from the actual situation or people that are triggering them. Your mind may see what needs to be said, but you could wind up blurting it out before you've had a chance to choose your words more carefully. Figure out what you really want, and when you feel a bit calmer and more grounded, THEN have your say. On the other hand, this could also be a time when you find the courage to speak up or assert yourself in situations where you have been overly inhibited before now. Don't become so calm that you lose your edge, but do use good judgment when choosing when and how to act. Use this energy to stoke your motivational fires and use your ideas to generate action (not reaction). Pace and harness the energy like a race horse. This is a time to "do your homework" and find new solutions to existing problems.

Nov.27 – Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde (05:03 of Sagittarius)  (Nov.26 in HAST)

When the Sun conjoins Mercury Retrograde, there is a new beginning in the areas of awareness, communication, use of information and exchange of ideas. This may or may not be heralded by a recognisable event or experience, although for a day or two your consciousness may shift. Your awareness and mental concentration may take a dip into the unconscious, becoming unusually murky and muddy, or it may rise into ultra-consciousness and become suddenly clear and lucid (afterwards returning to the usual Mercury retrograde fog). A new awareness or perspective on what has unfolded during the retrograde cycle thus far may surface now, or an unworkable attitude or perception of these events may fall apart under the weight of new information. This shift of awareness may be obvious or subtle, sudden or gradual, but this transit marks a turning point in the Mercury retrograde cycle. It also marks a time when mental awareness often goes further underground, for the rest of the retrograde period, making it a little harder to operate objectively and rationally in the outside world. Spend some time in your right-brain, intuitive, non-rational mind, which can coax your mental creativity and inventiveness to the surface.

Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

Nov.27 – Mars sextile Saturn (07:29 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Nov.28 in AU)

There is an opportunity to harness the energy of willpower using practical discipline. Your physical and mental energy are likely to be stable and enduring, or else they can become this way more easily than usual by applying a sustained focus of effort. This is a great transit if you need to be productive or to make progress in a goal that you are working toward. The thing to watch out for is a tendency to be over-cautious to the point where you get stuck in the planning stage and don't get much done. Or, you might try to rush into the production phase before your plans are fully formed. This transit works best when these areas are brought into balance.

Nov.27 – Mercury Retrograde conjunct Jupiter (04:18 of Sagittarius)  (Nov.28 in AU)

This aspect can make you quite talkative and your mind flooded with ideas. Be careful you don't blurt out any secrets! Your stream of consciousness ideas can flow abundantly right now with optimism and visionary possibilities. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun playing with ideas, to stop and make them manifest. Basic perceptions and simple communication can provide food for thought that feeds your greater understanding and philosophical insight. Your point of view expands to identify opportunities, possibilities and the broader implications of what is happening around you. You might get a flash of vision, insight and inspiration. You could be called upon to form an opinion, consider a different viewpoint, expand your knowledge, or make a judgement call. Your conscious awareness is open to spiritual experiences right now.

Nov.28 – Venus square North Lunar Node (28:02 of Libra/Cancer)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Perhaps you're finding that the people in your life are not being as supportive, encouraging or cooperative as you thought they would be, in terms of helping you fulfil your life purpose. Someone might suddenly withdraw their support, or maybe they contradict or interfere with what you're trying to do with your life. Perhaps an argument or disagreement happens and the upset, stress or hard feelings that result seem to cast a shadow on how you feel about your life. If this happens, it's possible that what you disagree about is something you should look at more closely. Are you responding to this situation in a way that truly reflects your values? Or perhaps your values need to be reconsidered. The agreement or balance of priorities between you might need to be renegotiated. This transit might also manifest as problems around finances or possessions, which requires some adjustment on your part. Since this transit usually lasts only a few days, in most cases its effects will not be major. If it does bring up some significant issues, it is probably hinting at a deeper issue, and you would be wise to look at the problem beyond the current circumstances. Other transits (especially to your natal chart) can give you more information about the nature of the situation.

Nov.30 – Venus opposite Uranus (29:09 of Libra/Aries)  (Dec.01 in UK, AU)

Relationships, social interaction, material resources and emotional balance may be a bit unpredictable or unstable around this time, as Uranus the Awakener sounds a wake-up gong in these areas. You may be more inclined to act out of character, to experiment or be reckless in relationship, social or financial matters, which could be liberating or disturbing, exciting or upsetting. Circumstances or other people might create a situation in which you are forced to respond in an unusual or unfamiliar way. The idea behind this energy is to become more flexible and more open to a broader vision of what is possible in those areas. There may be weak spots in the affected areas which this transit illuminates by creating problems, so that they can be repaired and strengthened, or else broken and released so that new opportunities can come in. Trust the process and keep your eyes open to seeing new truth and insight.

Dec.01 – Mercury enters Scorpio (until Dec.12)

Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio, so you may find you are extra sensitive to the undercurrents around you, especially the energy in other people that pushes your buttons and might make you feel "on guard." Your attempts to voice your concerns and perceptions to others may or may not be well received. You might be picking up on something they're not aware of (and might prefer you weren't either). It may help to remember that it is ultimately possible to control only ourselves. You are therefore challenged to look into your own "shadow" – the part of yourself that lives in your internal blind spot. Take a long look at yourself, your motives and assumptions, which may reveal issues in need of some intense self-honesty. You might feel a bit wary or suspicious of people and situations outside of yourself. However, even though the objective situation may be real and valid, there is probably also something about your experience of it that originates within yourself. It will help to shine a light into your unconscious to learn how you are playing a role in the situation. This can transform mental defensiveness into true empowerment by shifting your perception of events, allowing you to choose a different response and therefore a different outcome, especially after Mercury goes direct.

Dec.02 – Venus enters Scorpio (until Jan.07.2019)  (Dec.03 in AU)

Venus is the planet of relationships, interaction, beauty, pleasure and material resources. She struts through Scorpio with attitude! As a result, we may experience sensuality, sexuality and intimacy in a more intense, in-your-face kind of way. You might feel the need to establish a better balance of power with others that is pleasant and even-handed on the surface but also deals with the more gritty or intense energy that tends to lurk under the surface. It may be easier to attract what (or who) you want now, by focusing your intent and interest on the object of your affection and desire. However, there can also be a danger of becoming manipulative, controlling or devious to get what you want. Strive to become centred in your deepest heart's desire through steadfast self-honesty. Aim to avoid becoming obsessed with power, wealth or lust so that you lose sight of your true light inside. This is a good transit to take joy in your instinctive nature.

Dec.02 – Chiron trine North Lunar Node (27:55 of Pisces/Cancer)  (Dec.03 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

For up to a week or two before and after today, you may find that it's a good time to do healing work on yourself or to have a healing effect on someone else. This is not likely to be a quick fix, but rather a slow process of transformative letting go which leads to new growth. You might find that it is seemingly unrelated activity that brings this about—in other words, you might not even realize that something you're doing is having a long-term healing effect on an unrelated wound or problem. Or you could find that by helping someone else with a problem similar to yours, you gain unexpected benefit, insight or well-being. Release from suffering is another possibility. During a healing process, it often feels worse before it gets better, or a crisis might precipitate action that moves you forward in the healing process. The problem is that isn't not always easy to tell whether things are worse because you're working with them more closely (before a breakthrough) or because you're just making them worse. If you feel stuck or freaked out about what's happening, it might be wise to consult a trusted teacher, advisor or healer who understands what you're going through.

Dec.02 – Sun square Mars (10:46 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Dec.03 in UK, AU)

Assertiveness, aggression and intense energy burst out under this transit. This can be a time of being pushed into taking action...or it can erupt in anger, irritation and hostility (in yourself or others). It may seem like everything pushes your buttons and rubs you the wrong way, creating conflict and putting you on edge. You may feel the impulse to burn off this excess energy through sexual activity. If you look beneath the irritation you may see a frustrated part of you that wants change, yet you have held back for some reason. Being pro-active and initiating steps for voluntary change is preferable, since you will have far more control over the process than if you get pushed into a corner and forced to act. The more preplanning you've done for this moment, the more successful you're likely to be. But if you get caught in a whirlwind of change, connect yourself to the part of you that wants change and let that ground and guide you.

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Dec.04 – Mercury Retrograde trine Chiron (27:54 of Scorpio/Pisces)  (Dec.03 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)

Your mental focus and communication now get an injection of healing energy. Cynicism and depression may soften now, as you become more receptive to a more optimistic viewpoint. If you have been caught up in escapism or "stinkin' thinkin'" (thinking you're more in control of your impulses than you really are), you may now find some relief and healing. Mental argument and critical "self-talk" can now find some reconciliation and acceptance that brings some peace of mind. You have increased ability to find the right words and understanding to help others with their problems. Compassion and empathy may be more accessible because you can identify your own experiences with what you see in others. You might also find someone who can give you good advice or support about your own problems – possibly a teacher or mentor – or you could become this to someone else.

Dec.04 – Mercury Retrograde trine North Lunar Node (27:42 of Scorpio/Cancer)  (Dec.05 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Today, and up to a couple of days before and after, things can feel like they're starting to make sense. What you read, hear and observe may seem more obvious and your ability to put this into words could flow more easily. You might identify and figure out how to utilize the tools, skills, assets and ideas that could bring you further down the road toward whatever destination you're pointed toward. However, a reality check about how wise it might be to act on these ideas and benefits is still a good idea. Write down good ideas to follow up with later.

Mercury makes a second pass to trine the North Lunar Node, this time going retrograde. Normally this can be a time when your ideas, thoughts and words seem like they're falling into place, or at least coming more easily. When Mercury is retrograde, this transit could bring some "second thoughts" about events and situations that shed new light in a positive or softer way. In other words, this can be a time when rethinking a difficult situation might reveal an easier way to deal with it or that perhaps you needn't be as concerned as you are. It's also an opportunity to think about how you can re-centre yourself on the path of your fullest potential.

Dec.05 – Sun square Neptune (13:43 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Dec.06 in AU)

Your ideals, hopes and wishful thinking may loom a little too large during this time, making you prone to disappointment and disillusionment. You might want a fantasy or dream to come true so much that you disconnect from the reality that seems to be in the way – only to find that the obstacle was serving a positive purpose after all. Your imagination may be very active now, but not easy to control or balance with reality. However, it can be a very creative time if you're able to harness that imagination for productive use. Unconscious urges and longings may be especially close to the surface, so you have an opportunity to learn more about the hidden forces that drive you (and perhaps distort your view of the world around you). Spiritually, you might discover that your yearning for enlightenment is not the straightforward path you had hoped for, but it can be just as valuable (although disappointing) to discover what is *not* your best path. Emotionally you may feel a bit overwhelmed, discouraged or confused. On the plus side, you have an opportunity to observe a deeper part of you, which is usually camouflaged against the distracting background of day-to-day life. There is tremendous creative, spiritual and healing potential to be found by listening to and working with the inner voices from those depths.

Dec.06 – Mercury Stationary Direct (27:16 of Scorpio; Direct until Mar.05.2019)  (Dec.07 in AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Mercury Retrograde.  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Mercury finally turns direct! Yippeeee!!!! ;-) But we're not out of the woods just yet. For up to a week before and after today, you may experience mental intensity, confusion, and miscommunications or simply changes in your outlook. After being Retrograde for the last 3 to 3½ weeks, Mercury is now taking a slow turn to resume Direct motion. This period has challenged you to rethink and rehash things that required some fine-tuning or revision. The Direct station can be a time when clearer decisions start to emerge from the issues and struggles you've encountered during the retrograde period. Or, it might turn your perspective around so that you're seeing your situation fresh again.

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Over the next couple of weeks, while Mercury is still in the Shadow, your brain may feel a bit like it's gradually waking up after a deep sleep. During this time, you can gradually put into practice the learning and knowledge you've gained from your retrograde "dreams" and moonlight visions. It will take time to get fully back into sync with the Mercury direct energy. So, take it slow, one step at a time, and untangle yourself one strand at a time.

Mercury stations in trine aspect to Chiron (120°). In addition, Chiron stations direct just 3 days after Mercury. As a result, the Mercury-Chiron trine lasts an unusually long time – roughly from Nov.28 to Dec.16. This greatly amplifies the effects of these planetary stations, as well as the trine aspect between them. The result is that for these 2½ weeks can be a great time to focus on making changes to the health of your mental attitudes and physical well-being.

For example, you may be more receptive to the warmth of peace and goodwill of the December holidays than usual. You might experience increased tolerance for disappointment – it might not be the end of the world if life isn't perfect, since it's likely to be easier to find that silver lining and enough positive perspective to get you through the stressful times. On the other hand, if you tend to have a "Bah Humbug" view of the holidays, you could be more susceptible than usual to the irritation that goes with that. Whether you have positive or negative experiences, it's important (and possibly easier) to find ways to take care of yourself so that you don't get overwhelmed.

Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

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