Gemini Full Moon, Saturn-Neptune Square

Gemini Full Moon Nov. 25, 2015, Saturn-Neptune Square, Breaking the Trance

Outside, silvery gray shafts reveal a familiar landscape stripped of pretense. Behind closed doors, glowing amber fires shed light upon the Real. Like a woman who has found her authenticity, November’s beauty radiates from within. -Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance)

The Gemini Full Moon – November 25, 2015

The Sun is in exuberant and colorful Sagittarius; the gypsy, the truth-seeker, and the pilgrim.  The Moon is in mental Gemini, the student, teacher and messenger. The Archer is the philosopher who is on a quest for meaning; this sign sees the big picture and asks deep questions. The Twins represent the journalist and the broadcaster; the one who gathers and distills the information, then shares it with the world. This Full Moon challenges us to examine our beliefs and our principals. Are we living our truth; are we walking our talk; are we who we say we are? This is the Moon of truth and consequences; a cleansing Moon, a shape-shifting Moon. Stay alert to signs and omens. Teachers and tricksters appear to bring us messages from the future and remind us who we are and why we have come here.

Letting Go is Hard to Do

The Saturn/Neptune Square is at the center of this Full Moon. It makes it’s first of three exact squares on November 26. (The other two take place June 17, 2016 and September 10, 2016.) Saturn is conjunct the Sun and Mercury (all in Sagittarius) and opposite the Moon (in Gemini). Neptune in Pisces squares the Sun, Saturn and Mercury as well as the Moon. Squares are turning points; we have reached a crossroads; something has to give.

Saturn-Neptune squares challenge us to manifest from our essence rather than our ego, and to follow our intuition and inner guidance rather than external authority and convention. –Stephanie Austin (The Mountain Astrologer)

Tough-love Saturn is the planet of reality, responsibility, structure and stability. Watery Neptune is the planet of illusions; it represents formlessness and fluidity. Saturn creates boundaries; Neptune dissolves them. Is it any wonder we are feeling a tad bi-polar? We’re all experiencing this but it’s especially strong for those of you with planets around 7 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces. These two planets will be traveling together during 2016. The old reality (Saturn) won’t work anymore but neither will the outdated illusions (Neptune). Something new is trying to be born but something needs to be released.

Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in human experience. We must walk into the area, whatever that may be – a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation – with courage and willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgement and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly. – Brene Brown

I mentioned Brene Brown’s work two weeks ago at the New Moon but I think it’s worth repeating. She is the Harvard professor and best-selling author who ignited a worldwide conversation about courage, shame, vulnerability, and worthiness. This Full Moon with the Saturn/Neptune square brings to mind her books, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. Do we have the courage to do the hard work (Saturn in fiery Sagittarius) of facing and releasing the old illusions, addictions and habits (Neptune in Pisces) that keep us stuck and playing small? It requires that we be both brave and vulnerable.

This aspect is challenging but it can be the catalyst to shake us up, wake us up, and break the trance. Ultimately this square can help us define our beliefs, which can lead us to manifest (Saturn) our most cherished dreams (Neptune). Another positive use of this aspect is to bring discipline and structure (Saturn) to our spiritual practice and inner work (Neptune).

In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. –Pico Iyer

Thanksgiving is a day we make sacred by our attention. We give thanks; we offer blessings, prayers and peace. We take time to acknowledge what we’re grateful for. Yet each day is holy, filled with the mystery of the ordinary. Give yourself some time during this Thanksgiving holiday to slow down, to quiet down. Lower the volume on the outer distractions and tune into your inner voice; honor the invisible and unseen world. Create a sacred ritual (a wonderful metaphor for Saturn/Neptune) to bless each and every day. Spend some time just listening, breathing, and being. Love, Virginia



Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.

And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

-Mary Oliver