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Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, Nov. 30, 2020

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

Full Moon in Gemini
Seeing and Believing

Perception is a clash of mind and eye,
the eye believing what it sees,
the mind seeing what it believes.
~ Robert Breault

Nov.30 ~ LUNAR ECLIPSE: FULL MOON in GEMINI (08:38 of Gemini)

The Gemini-Sagittarius axis is essentially based on gathering information and making sense of it.

Gemini is our mental and intellectual interface with the world. It's where we receive information through our awareness of what is happening around us. In Gemini, our job is to name, label and define what we perceive, and this enables us to think and talk about what we observe.

By connecting the dots of similarities and discrepancies between the things we perceive, we can begin to combine thoughts and information to create new ideas. This is the

Gemini is the first dual sign in the archetypal Zodiac (preceded by Aries and Taurus), and the first sign represented by a human. It is about sentience and the sophisticated mental abilities that make us different from other animals.

In this sign's archetype, we begin to interact with other humans through communication and the exchange of our observations.

By communicating what we notice, we can collaborate with our ideas. The old adage, "Two heads are better than one." is true! And the Gemini twins are just the folks to make that happen.

The opposite sign is Sagittarius, which is our quest for meaning and a personal connection to something greater than ourselves. This can be anything from God(s) to simply viewing life within a broader context.

Sagittarius explores the implications, symbolism and significance of what we perceive. When we have the basic information (gathered in Gemini), we form opinions and judgments, ascribe meaning and moral value to it, and speculate about what comes next on the continuum of implications and consequences.

In Gemini we explore what is. In Sagittarius we consider what should be.

Over the coming weeks, we are working with the energies of this zodiac axis through two eclipses – the current Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, and the Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. Since these are eclipses instead of your garden variety Full Moon and New Moon, we have an invitation to delve more deeply into how we work with these energies and how we can grow through them. First we look at Gemini, then on Dec.14 we look at Sagittarius.

So, fire up your brain, your imagination, your quest for truth, and your love of knowing.

You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.
~ Neil Gaiman, Stardust

There are other dynamics here between Gemini and Sagittarius. For one thing, there is a built-in tension between these opposite signs. One example is an argument about which is better – to stick with facts and pure information, guided by curiosity (Gemini), or to take that info into the realm of the ideal, guided by a quest for ultimate truth and omnipotent wisdom (Sagittarius). Do we let the facts speak for themselves, or do we stretch our minds to interpret the facts in a way that (hopefully) reveals a greater pattern?

Opposite signs also hold a different perspective on something the signs share. Gemini-Sagittarius is about seeing versus believing. The opposition aspect (180°) between the Moon and Sun (Full Moon or Lunar Eclipse) emphasizes the polarizing nature of the opposing signs.

On one hand, the Moon shines big and bright in the sky (especially within a month or so of the eclipses), projecting its light out toward the Sun and the Earth, the latter being in the middle between the Moon and Sun. The Luminaries (Sun and Moon) are pretty much exclusive when opposed each other. We don't see both in the sky at the same time, with brief exceptions when they are rising or setting just above the horizon.

So, in any Full Moon there are two captivating sources of light – one lunar and one solar. Two ways of perceiving and understanding – Water versus Fire, unconscious versus conscious, one based in feelings and the other rooted in the will. One that is receptive and detects what is, and the other that seeks what could be that can be brought into being through intention, focus, understanding and faith.

And yet, each influences our perception of the other, from our Earthly perspective, especially during a lunar eclipse. The Moon has no light of its own, but is only a reflection of the Sun's light. So, whatever the Sun symbolically sends out is shown to us through the filter of our intuition, feelings, and our need for belonging and connection (Moon). And what we see in the Moon shows us what the Sun is doing—visually through the waxing and waning of the Moon's shape and size, and metaphorically through our self-perception and self-awareness (Sun).

The eye sees only what the mind
is prepared to comprehend.
~ Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost

In a Lunar Eclipse, we become active participants in this exchange of light. Physically, the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow cast by the Sun, which changes the colour of the Moon (through refraction – distortion from bending the light waves through Earth's atmosphere).

In other words, literally and symbolically, what we see is altered by the filter of our perceptions and beliefs. And what we believe and understand is altered by what we see. Put another way: you'll believe it when you see it, but you also need to believe it before you'll be able to see it.

So, in Gemini and Sagittarius: Does what you perceive reveal the actual facts, or is it a picture distorted by what you believe is (or should) be there? Likewise, is what you belief and have faith in based on verifiable and complete information, or is that information distorted and coloured by what you believe is true?

Examining and questioning these can feel risky because beliefs, by their very nature, imply that we take them on faith and assume them to be The Truth which endures even if the facts change. But what if we're wrong? What does that say about ourselves that we have invested in that belief? A shattered faith is a deep wound that's not easy to heal.

2020 Mars squares to Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto

And although we may be certain in our facts, we may also realize that facts don't always reveal the greater Truth. The significance and understanding of information can change considerably when placed in a different context. This is similar to how colours will shift in our perception of them, depending on what other colours they are next to. The notorious "dress" that sent the Internet spinning in 2015 is a classic example. (Check out this video for a quick scientific explanation of the phenomenon.)

This is the theme we are exploring through the Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, where the Gemini Moon opposes the Sagittarius Sun.

If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?
~ Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Neptune reveals another component in the lunar eclipse chart that reflects a potential for illusion, delusion and confusion, yet also for imagination, creativity, vision and hope. For one thing, Neptune is stationary, having turned direct just 1½ days ago. This greatly boosts Neptune's energy, transforming its flowing undercurrent into a vivid, colourful fountain in the chart.

Neptune square the Nodes

In addition, Neptune squares the Lunar Nodes (90°). This slow-moving transit doesn't reach exact until Jan.26.2021. Its influence started building in early September and after it's exact, it will dissipate until mid-March.

However, it's especially significant at the Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, as well as the upcoming Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius (Dec.14), because the eclipses themselves are aligned with the Lunar Nodes. So, between Neptune being stationary and in a dynamic aspect to the Nodes, their combined energy takes on extra significance in the chart.

The Nodes show where our evolutionary and growth cutting edge is (North Node, currently in Gemini) and where/what we need to let go in order to free up energy to help us get there (South Node, currently in Sagittarius). On a personal level, this can be seen in the houses where the transiting Nodes are travelling in your chart. On a collective level, it is shown more in the signs and aspects of the Nodes.

So, anything square the Nodes sets up some conflicting turbulence in terms of where you are heading in life. You might find you are spinning your wheels and getting nowhere, yet unsure of how to get un-stuck. Or, you might be questioning where you're heading and whether that is still relevant to your journey toward being the best you can be.

Since it is Neptune squaring the Nodes, that turbulence may come in the form of uncertainty about the ideals you're guided by. You might even question whether your distant goal is real or just a fantasy that seemed good at the time but now seems obscure.

With Neptune, we're not just talking about "something that would be nice" to have in your life, but about your core beliefs, your most fervent dreams, and what you believe in. It's about what you see as absolute and enduring, the things you trust you can take for granted—and yet you may be questioning lately whether this is still valid, or whether you need to fine-tune your perception of them and how you integrate them into your life.

These two eclipses – the Lunar Eclipse in Gemini and the Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius – offer avenues through which to explore those Neptunian questions. The Gemini Node squaring Neptune says, "Check if you are modifying what you see and perceive to fit your beliefs. Is there something else you're not seeing?" And the Sagittarius Node squaring Neptune says, "Check if you are narrowing your principles to suit what you see happening around you. Are you dimming what is possible because you're not seeing it in the world?"

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
~ Garth Nix, Sabriel

There are a number of planetary aspect patterns in the Lunar Eclipse chart, although one of them is particularly interesting. But we'll save the best for last. ;-)

Wedge pattern to Chiron

Meanwhile, there are three Wedge configurations that involve the Sun-Moon opposition as their "spine." One is a regular Wedge aspect pattern with Chiron as the apex, making a sextile to the Moon and trine to the Sun (60° and 120°). The Wedge includes a planet (Chiron in this case) that offers some relief from the tension of the opposition (Sun and Moon).

Picasso: A reclining female nude

Kintsugi bowl
Kintsugi bowl

Chiron is known for symbolizing healing and wounding. But beyond these typical buzzwords, it's also about the ways we piece together our broken selves, and whether the end result feels more like a Picasso painting or Kintsugi (Japanese art of ceramic repair using gold). (I must credit Shannon Rae for expanding my understanding of Chiron in her excellent lecture at the 2019 Canadian Astrology Conference.)

The Moon-Sun opposition in Gemini-Sagittarius, indicates a struggle between seeing and believing; between facts and meaning. With Chiron as the apex planet in a Wedge with the Sun and Moon, it suggests that a point of balance may be found not by favouring one side or the other, but by bringing the debate back to: what will promote a process of healing that can bring some relief and resolution to both sides of the argument.

Chiron in this case is about piecing together conflicting insights and perceptions in a way that can show a way forward out of the stalemate. And since Chiron is in Aries, this way forward is about taking action. Either you may need to stop endlessly debating which side is right or wrong and just take a step, or you may need to refrain from acting on impulse and re-examine the facts and implications of what you're doing in order to achieve your vision.

Hard Wedge pattern

A second aspect pattern is a Hard Wedge that involves Pluto and Jupiter as a double apex, forming a sesquiquadrate to the Moon and a semisquare to the Sun (135° and 45°). Rather than providing a sense of creative outlet or soothing escape from the tension, the apex of a Hard Wedge tends to indicate a challenge.

The apex points to a way to resolve the opposition, not through easing it but by facing it head-on and thereby shifting the energy. It may not be pretty or comfortable or even pleasant, but it can be stimulating, energizing and persuasive. Think of it like pushing through your exhaustion to find your "second wind" and thereby getting past your stuck point.

Pluto is the closest in orb (0:22) and brings a reminder that Gemini-Sagittarian debates aren't just about playing theoretical mind games. What you say, what you believe, and what you're receptive to, all have undertones and consequences that can affect real-life outcomes. By grappling with your intellectual and spiritual exploration from a raw gut level, the result is likely to be a lot more meaningful and relevant than if you just play around with ideas and what-ifs.

Irritation Wedge to Uranus

Jupiter's orb is wider but applying, so it is building in energy and becomes increasingly relevant. Ruler Jupiter also disposes the Sagittarian Sun, yet this tense aspect connection to the Sun and Moon urges you to question the conclusions you come to and don't just take for granted that you know what's right. Humility and objectivity can go a long way to avoid the hubris that can blind you to clear seeing.

And finally, there is an Irritation Wedge formed by Uranus making a semisextile to the Moon and a quincunx to the Sun (30° and 150°). Uranus likes to keep stirring the pot to keep things from becoming boring, predictable and routine. In this case, there may be a continually changing source of information that keeps shifting your perceptions and assumptions. Uranus keeps asking: Are you sure you know everything there is to know? Maybe there's more to learn, more to see, more to explore? Let yourself be surprised!

[The Irritation Rectangle] indicates a great stability of consciousness, and the person is constantly striving for mental continuity and to expand awareness. However, that can lead to stagnation if he sticks fanatically to his decisions, and his mental rigidity can lead to dualistic conflict.
~ Bruno, Louise and Michael Alexander Huber, Aspect Pattern Astrology

And finally, the prize for the most intriguing aspect pattern in the chart goes to the Irritation Rectangle. It starts with the Sun-Moon opposition. Then Uranus steps in – we've already seen Uranus in the Irritation Wedge pattern (above). But Uranus is also opposite Venus in Scorpio, and Venus forms her own Irritation Wedge with the Sun and Moon through a semisextile to the Sun and quincunx to the Moon. When you put them all together, you get an Irritation Rectangle.

Irritation Rectangle

Huber astrology sees this aspect pattern as having a challenging yet stimulating effect on the mind and thoughts. The semisextile and quincunx aspects (sometimes referred to as Inconjuncts) draw an outline around the rectangle (green, using their colour coding), and these aspects challenge us to think outside the box and see things from an atypical point of view.

The principle behind this is that Inconjuncts connect signs that have nothing in common. They don't share an element (Fire, Earth, Air, Water), nor a modality (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable), nor a polarity (Yang, Yin). So, they have little common ground to give them a shared point of reference. In trying to interact or communicate, they may dismiss or argue with each other because they simply can't see or understand the other's point of view.

However, at best, the planets involved could essentially make it up as they go along, creating a new common ground through which to relate, reaching beyond themselves to find a greater perspective through which to connect. Direct communication between the planets involved is difficult at best, and pretty near impossible at worst, so an indirect or abstract pathway may work better between the planets involved. Huber astrology calls these "awareness aspects."

In the case of the Irritation Rectangle in the eclipse chart, The Sun and Moon can communicate through the Gemini-Sagittarius axis, which we discussed above. Venus and Uranus interact through the Taurus-Scorpio axis, which is about maintaining deeply rooted material value (Taurus) and emotional intimacy (Scorpio).

The entire aspect figure indicates there may be uncertainty on the outside (the Inconjuncts), and therefore a need to expand one's learning and awareness. What drives this from the inside is conflict and tension (the Oppositions), perhaps in response to frustrating contradiction or randomness in the surrounding environment. At worst this pattern may lean toward mental rigidity, but at best it could encourage a more flexible, open-minded, even philosophical point of view.

The lesson here is that, as you work through the seeing-versus-believing dynamic, there could be a potential for leaping to conclusions. This may satisfy a need for certainty or stability, but may not bring you to the reliable truth that you're hoping for. Therefore, this might be a good time to cultivate the ability to tolerate ambiguity and contradiction while you're waiting for deeper insights and clarity that can reveal a more 3-dimensional perspective.

I will face my dark. I have always been pierced with stars.
~ Katherine Mackenett

Mercury sextile Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto

Last but not least is the planetary ruler of the Gemini Moon: Mercury which is in Scorpio. Mercury's aspects are few but potent – his only major aspects are sextiles (60°) to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. He could do worse!

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Mercury in Scorpio loves to delve below the surface to witness and investigate the dynamics that are hiding there. It knows the best way to learn about how a river flows is not through the dazzling sunlit surface but by studying the rocks, bumps, crevices and plant life that it flows over.

So, Mercury is here to tell you that mere mind games with playful notions, or arguing as a "Devil's advocate," aren't enough to get at the heart of the truth of something. Mercury's super-tight sextile to Saturn reminds us that any speculation or playing with ideas needs to go through a reality check to ensure it is relevant to the real world and not just (ahem) "mental masturbation."

Mercury also has a super-tight sextile to Jupiter, which should be very helpful in finding a useful bridge across the Gemini-Sagittarius divide. This will work best while you are willing to bring all four elements into the picture: Fire (Sagittarius, the visionary realm of possibilities), Air (Gemini, the intellect and thoughts), Water (Scorpio, the passion that connects heart and mind), and Earth (Capricorn, the hard realities that must be dealt with before anything can manifest effectively).

Mercury's role here is important especially because the Moon is the only planet in an Air sign (Gemini, of course). So, the Moon turns to her dispositor, Mercury, for support and ideas. Mercury is happy to oblige with some optimistic intuition.

Whereas the Sun and Moon have a difficult relationship right now with Jupiter, Saturn and (especially) Pluto, Mercury is on good terms with them all, and can suggest ideas on how to cooperate with those heavy energies without giving away too much of your power. The trick is to own your own power through self-awareness.

Remind yourself that it's possible to have a healthy and productive balance between acknowledging the ways you have strength in a situation, while also recognizing that the power in that situation needs to be shared, preferably in a win-win manner.

In all your journeys through empowerment, knowledge and wisdom, remember to stay safe. Stay sane. Stay awesome. The world needs you.

There are things known and there are things unknown,
and in between are the doors of perception.
~ Aldous Huxley

Day to Day Transits for the Next 2 Weeks

Nov.30 ~ Mercury sextile Saturn (28:23 of Scorpio/Capricorn)  (Dec.01 in AU)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and decisions now. It's a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your ambitions. Or, you may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals, by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the past several months. This will probably require a bit of effort on your part to make it happen, but the opportunity is there if you choose to take it. This transit can bring mental stability and the ability to apply your mental focus in a practical and grounded way. It may be easier to see things realistically and objectively. Creative energy can become productive and rewarding, if you use it methodically or logically.

Dec. 1-4 – Moon goes Out of Bounds (22:18 of Gemini to 00:17 of Leo)  ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

The Moon goes Out of Bounds (OOB) by Declination, during which time your feelings and emotions may move in a different kind of rhythm. One possible effect is that you might feel more disconnected from the world around you; perhaps a bit alone, lonely or isolated. Or, this could be a welcome change where you can let the stresses of the world roll off your back more easily. Or, your emotions could be a bit erratic, extreme or harder to contain. The common thread through these diverse experiences is that your feeling state may reach beyond your usual range of feelings. If you're an artist, musician, writer or other creative person, this can be a very inspiring time as your creativity and imagination could more easily flow into unusual ideas, whims and impulses.

A planet goes OOB when its declination is greater than 23:26 (23 degrees and 26 minutes), which is the maximum declination of the Sun, and the Sun defines the "Bounds." The Moon goes OOB twice a month for about 8-9 years at a time (and remains In-Bounds for about 8-9 years in between). Currently the Moon's declination is able to go beyond 23:26 from March 2020 to January 2030, peaking at a maximum declination of 28:42 in September 2025 (called the Maximum Lunar Standstill).

So for now, as the maximum declination of the Moon increases from month to month, so will the strength of the OOB effects. Watch to see how you respond to these times. You can work on finding ways to channel this energy into positive, productive, creative experiences, or use it as an opportunity to take another step in your emotional healing.

Dec. 1 – Mercury enters Sagittarius (until 20-Dec-2020)  (Dec. 2 in AEDT)

Communication, ideas, thoughts and perceptual "spark" become expanded in Sagittarius. Your mental focus tends toward a philosophical and spiritual outlook that seeks the highest truth in the broadest context. However, it's not always easy for the conscious mind to assimilate and digest such a vast territory of knowledge, or to find the higher meaning in mountains of raw information. You might feel a bit overwhelmed by trying to take in such a panoramic view of your world, but the gifts from doing so are abundant and inspiring! To get the most out of this transit, try learning something new that expands your horizon. Or pick a situation in your life and imagine that you're looking at it from a mountaintop – what do you see from way up there that you can't see when you're closer to the ground? Just remember that whatever visions and insights you get from doing this, these are SOME of the truths to be found, but not necessarily the only truth. Leave room in your new understanding to remember that every mountaintop shows a slightly different view and that this doesn't make one mountain right and the others wrong.

Dec. 4 – Mercury trine Chiron (04:59 of Sagittarius/Aries)  (Dec. 5 in GMT, AEDT)

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. 5 – Venus trine Neptune (18:10 of Scorpio/Pisces)  (Dec. 6 in AST, NST, GMT, AEDT)

This can be a time of romance, creativity, and a sense of oneness with the natural beauty of all that exists in the world. On a social or intimate level, things may run smoothly Рeven a bit magically! So be sure you are clear about what you really want. In terms of finances and material worth, this can be a time of blessings and abundance that could seem to appear out of nowhere. But be careful Рit can also be a time of overspending and wondering where the money went! Your natural beauty and warmth shines through now, so it is a good time to peek out from behind any fa̤ade of glamour or illusion you might be cloaked in. You are likely to see the very best in others (and they in you), so that negotiation, interaction and attraction can seem to flow effortlessly. This magical attraction energy could also open you up to seeing wonderful qualities in others that may or may not actually be there, so do a reality check with a trusted friend before you make any important choices.


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Dec. 9 – Sun square Neptune (18:11 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Dec. 10 in AEDT)

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. 9 – Venus sextile Pluto (23:31 of Scorpio/Capricorn)

Close one-on-one relationships with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) could possibly benefit by being taken to a deeper level now, through creatively combining balanced harmony with deep connection. Just be careful that intimacy and bonding don't go over the top into obsession or domination. There is a brief opportunity now to become more authentic in how you relate to those close to you and how you establish a balance of power with them. The trick is to do this without trying to suppress, control or overpower the other person's interests. Financially, it is a time when you may have an opportunity to profit in your dealings with banks, insurance companies, taxes, and other institutions that deal with collective money.

Dec. 11 – Sun trine Mars (19:39 of Sagittarius/Aries)  (Dec. 10 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST)

Your energy, purpose, vitality and health are likely to be strong and clear during this transit. Your sense of purpose is supported by your ability to assert yourself and take a stand for what you want and what you believe in. In general, this transit is a great time to take action, especially if you have prepared the way and have all your ducks in a row. If you've been waiting for a spurt of self-confidence or motivation, this transit could give you the push you need to move forward in your plans or goals. Strive to be spontaneous rather than impulsive, and confident rather than arrogant.

Dec. 11 – Sun opposite North Lunar Node (19:56 of Sagittarius/Gemini) ("What's a Lunar Node?")

This transit involves a creative release or a letting-go of a piece of your self-image that you don't need anymore. However, this letting go can often be difficult, especially if what you have invested a lot of your sense of self in whatever you're letting go. It might feel like circumstances are wrenching it away, or you could feel quite relieved to let go of this old baggage. Letting go can free up a lot of creative energy, life force and joie de vivre, which can then be rechanneled into other forms of self-expression. Follow your heart! It is time to begin letting go of something in yourself that no longer serves you well. This could be a negative belief about yourself, or perhaps dropping an inhibition that has eroded your self-confidence. This transit only happens close to the eclipses, so its energy is likely to come out around the timing of those events more noticeably.

Dec. 12 – Mars sextile North Lunar Node (19:56 of Aries/Gemini)  (Dec. 11 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Including a day or two before and after today, this may be a time when opportunities come your way. Taking action could have results or implications that reach farther than you expect. You might feel more energetic, motivated or passionate than usual, and therefore find it easier to get moving on projects and plans. By the same token, if you move your body and take steps toward what you want, the incentive and energy could come to you to keep going with it; in other words, getting your physical energy moving could "prime the pump" mentally and emotionally. Remember that this could be any kind of energy—not just positive strides, but also anger, hostility, vindictiveness and rejection. Use this opportunity wisely.

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Dec. 12 – Mercury goes Out of Bounds (16:14 Sagittarius to 23:53 Capricorn, until 4-Jan-2021)  (Dec. 11 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)  ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

Mercury goes Out of Bounds (OOB) by declination, giving us a chance to peek into ideas and observations beyond our usual thoughts, awareness and comfort zone. The "air up there" can be a bit rarefied. If you're not used to it (and even if you are), your thoughts might seem almost a bit drunk, confused, unusually inspired, or flowing so freely that it's hard to capture them clearly. If you do catch one of these thoughts clearly, remember that it's an idea, not necessarily reality, even though you could use it to create a new reality for yourself. Your mental peripheral vision can become expanded, taking in more information than usual. You may have a chance to manifest it more clearly when Mercury returns from "outer space."

Another effect that is common while Mercury is OOB is that it can feel like Mercury is retrograde, even when it's not. Weird things often happen, including confusion and things seeming to be generally out-of-synch. As with the actual Mercury retrograde, it's best to give yourself a bit more time to get to appointments, drive more carefully, double-check information and give everyone around you a bit more patience, since they're going through this too.

Like all things in astrology and life, Mercury OOB has its upside and its downside. Much depends on which thoughts you feed and what you feed them with. If you consume fear, suspicion, anger or hostility, you could find yourself feeling a bit paranoid, easily angered, or looking for ways to cheat in order to avoid anticipated negativity. On the upside, you may discover a fresh understanding about things, putting new pieces of the puzzle into place and tapping into a higher level of truth and insight. Try writing down your ideas, perceptions, thoughts and moods. After Mercury comes back down to earth, you can see how you can put those observations and ideas to good use.

Dec. 13 – Mercury square Neptune (18:13 of Sagittarius/Pisces)

Your mental focus may be a bit clouded, confused or lethargic right now, as your conscious mind struggles to grasp the formless, limitless expanse of the Universe and the unconscious. You may experience some disillusionment or disappointment, in your observations or communication with others. However, what is flowing under the surface of events right now is the need to dissolve away the crust of old expectations that blocks your view from seeing a greater Truth. If you're feeling off-balance, try to listen more than you talk, so that you can be receptive to your inner sensitivity. Left-brain analysis might be difficult to work with right now unless you balance it with a lot of right-brain intuition. You may have to let go of a rigid mindset, or give up what you think you understand about a situation in your life, in order to open yourself to a new perspective that is difficult to define but is ultimately in the best interest of your spiritual growth.

Dec. 14 – Mercury opposite North Lunar Node (19:56 of Sagittarius/Gemini)  (Dec. 15 in AEDT)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

It's time to let go of old perceptions and ideas that are now just getting in the way of your ability to see things clearly. This might not be an easy task, because your new point of view might show you something you don't really want to see. It might mean you need to change your mind about something or someone. However, by clearing away the blocks to greater awareness, you can start to reshape the way you see yourself or others or life in general. To do this, you might need to release, share and communicate your observations of the last 6 months or so. Take advantage of this time of transition by doing some writing, or perhaps comparing notes with someone about things you've been mulling over.

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