Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto Echaurren Matta, Here, Sir Fire, Eat! oil on canvas, 1942

Full Moon in Gemini: Tempering the Twins

Heralding the bifurcation of singular experience, pulverizing the illusory blueprint of solidarity, November’s Luna illuminates the starry Twins of Castor and Pollux. Unfurling the illimitable boundaries of dual existence, Gemini’s urgency stems from the necessity to engorge itself with unembellished, mobile perception. Without time for complacency or dogmatism, Gemini whirls to amalgamate experience, embracing both the chaos and splendor of earth. It sprints past singularity, past the shatterings of solidity, anxiously unearthing the capacity to encrypt life.

As the airy trigon’s initiator, what, then, propels the mutable Twins? Unrestrained by the margins of meaning and interpretation, the raw facts of human perception are Gemini’s ultimate terminals.

The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. As key participants of this lunation, the double-bodied signs require the calibration of overt flexibility. Piscean Mars, a cautionary sphere of boiling plasma, poises at the Full Moon’s precipice, portending the necessary temperance of ferocity. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options.

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto E. Matta, Black Virtue, oil on canvas, 1943

Gemini Decan I: The Scribe’s Art

At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon’s decan is surveyed by Jupiter and Mercury. Unencumbered by the material sphere, the first decan of the Twins curiously explores the infinitesimal scope of cerebral consciousness. Agrippa portrays the Twins’ first decan as “serving another”, one that “granteth wisdom”, along with “the knowledge of numbers and arts in which there is no profit.” Unrestrained by earthly gain, a vast cerebral pleasure erupts. Here is the amplification of service through the vehicle of knowledge. The mind’s elasticity is stretched to interminable limits, gorging itself with a broad scope of abstract sciences, arithmetic, literary skills, and craftsmanship.

Picatrix forges this decan as “the art of the scribe, [that of] reckoning, of giving and receiving [i.e., trade], and of the sciences.” Again, in Paul Christian’s History and Practice of Magic, decan I of Gemini denotes an “aptness for unprofitable abstract sciences”. The first decan of Gemini combines the amplified wisdom of experiential Jupiter with Mercury’s amalgamation of unfiltered knowledge. Yet throughout these depictions, the joy of learning excludes material profit: the rare scribe is satisfied with the pleasure afforded by wisdom.

Fixed Star Alcyone: A Starry Inner Eye

At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon conjoins Eta Tauri, known as Alcyone, the indicator star of the Pleiades, and corresponds to the third lunar mansion. A controversial star and the brightest of the Pleiades open cluster, Alcyone forms part of the seven stars in the shoulder of the Bull. According to Ptolemy, the nature of Pleiades is akin to the Moon and Mars, echoing this lunation’s caution against potential injuries resulting from impulsivity. In Christian Astrology, Lilly lists the Pleiades as culprits for ocular issues, a prediction echoed by Robson, Ebertin, and Rigor. According to Brady, Alcyone is also linked to the visionary skills of mystical insight and wisdom. The polarizing extremes of this star can be gleamed, for example, in the charts of Jim Jones and Leonardo Da Vinci, where the former native’s ‘spiritual’ quest is warped in judgmental barbarism. Contrastingly, Da Vinci’s inventions and visual art expand the visionary elasticity of Alcyone.

The industriousness of Alcyone, currently at 0° Gemini, echoes the essential nature of Al-Thurraya, the third lunar mansion whose tropical boundaries extend from 25°42’ Aries – 8°34’ Taurus. Positioned in the Mansion of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, this mansion augurs abundance. Noted by Warnock in Mansions of the Moon, although Al-Thurayya is a positive indication regarding career-based prosperity, beauty, and creativity, there is a warning against material and metaphorical over-indulgence, a cautionary reference to this lunation’s Moon-Jupiter opposition. [4]

Roberto Echaurren Matta, Lumiere Noir, oil on canvas, 1942

Full Moon Aspects

Moon Opposite Jupiter, Mars Square Jupiter

This lunation opposes Jupiter, ferociously emblazoned by a Mars-Jupiter square. While the Moon-Jupiter opposition inspires liberation and voluntary initiation, it parallels the third lunar mansion’s caution against intemperance. Excessive literal and metaphorical desires of the material sphere require moderation, while disputes stemming from the assertion of personal freedom are stimulated. The overt mutability of this lunation can manifest as an anxiously deep inquiry into foundational aspirations. While a disquiet temperament can saturate the trajectory of current goals, this lunation is best occupied by measured contemplation.

The Luminaries and Mars ‘Upon the Tenth’

Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Known as ‘upon the tenth’ in Hellenistic astrology, a planet in the tenth sign relative to another planet forms a superior square. In this lunation, Mars is upon the tenth and in a superior square relative to the Moon. The nocturnal, angular Moon readily mirrors the ferocity of Mars, alerting the surge of possible tensions and grievances. For the discouraged minority (despite Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, as general transits cannot tailor to the exclusive needs of a native’s chart), the Moon-Mars square suggests deliberate and serene action in the face of hidden aggressions.

Mercury Retrograde as Dispositor

Under the Sun’s beams and conjunct Jupiter, Mercury retrograde disposes this brumous lunation from the Archer’s angular stellium. As messenger, Mercury utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter. As an oratory lord, Mercury indicates the necessary mental prowess to initiate gnosis. When dignified, Mercurial Gemini is not merely a proficient speaker, he embodies the voice of truth echoed by wisdom. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto Echaurren Matta, The Disasters of Mysticism, oil on canvas, 1942

The Aftermath of the Mercury-Neptune Square

Seemingly independent of this lunation, the Mercury-Neptune square saturating most of November’s backdrop separates, levitating the fog of deception. As a result, blazing the nebulous veil, scorching through the illusory masquerade of deceit, a myriad of previously occult truths surface. While temporarily discouraging, these insights can fortify the underprivileged to commence anew. Now, the gelid candour of earthly wisdom is a sober reminder of the eternal shift between cruelty and grace. The pendulum sways in rhythmic unison to life’s stoic endpoint.

A Divisive Nation: The Full Moon’s Echo

This lunation’s expression extends its divisiveness to the results of the 2018 United States elections. Held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, as the Democratic Party secured control of the House of Representatives and broadened gains at the state level, the Republican Party expanded its presence in the Senate. Indeed, A ‘modern’ nation is uncompromisingly cut at the core by race, education, and region. Increasingly, the U.S. is bifurcated by dual constitutional ideologies and lifestyles. Since 1968, the U.S. has projected a divisive entity, cleaving control of the national government between the Democrats and Republicans. This unyielding polarity contrasts the predominant exclusivity prior to 1968, where the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Presidency was entrusted to the same party per election.

Tethys

Bust of Tethys

Tethys: The Ocean’s Empress

At 0°52′ Gemini, this lunation’s decan is ascribed to Tethys. Often described as a personification of the sea, Tethys is also identified with Thalassa and Amphitrite. Tethys, whose name is derived from the Greek word têthê (meaning ‘nurse’ or ‘grandmother’) is one of the Titans, and the daughter of Uranus and Gaea. She is the wife of Oceanus, birthing the river gods and three-thousand water goddesses, or Oceanids.Gemini’s illimitable nature, as illustrated in its first decan, parallels Tethy’s abundant offspring.

In Greek vase painting, Tethys appears accompanied by Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, and her fish-tailed husband Oceanos. In mosaic art, she is depicted with a small pair of wings on her brow, signaling her role as mother of rain-couds. With clouds and the wings on Tethys’ brow, the element air is emphasized, as is its levitating quality (associated with Eurynome, Queen of Heaven). The incremental nature of Gemini’s first decan, as a singularity that branches into thousands (as Mother Creation, in connection to Protogenos Thesis), is repeatedly referenced by Tethys’ children, including the Oceanids and Venus.

“Tethys I call, with eyes cærulean bright, hid in a veil obscure from human sight;
Great Ocean’s empress, wand’ring thro’ the deep, and pleas’d with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
Whose blessed waves in swift succession go, and lash the rocky shore with endless flow:
Delighting in the Sea serene to play, in ships exulting and the wat’ry way.
Mother of Venus [Kypris], and of clouds obscure, great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my pray’r, and make benevolent my life thy care;
Send, blessed queen, to ships a prosp’rous breeze, and waft them safely o’er the stormy seas.” – Orphic Hymn to Thalassa (the Sea) or Tethys (The Hymns of Orpheus, translated by Taylor Thomas, 1972)

Gemini Talismanic Stones: The Agate and Chrysoprase

While Gemini is said to govern striped stones such as Howlite, its talismanic stones are the Agate and Chrysoprase.
The Agate is a variety of quartz found in different colours, often with alternate layers of red and white known as “ribbon” Agate, also of a milky white. The latter can be artificially colored and, as a result, is obtainable in bright greens, blues, and various tones of grey-purple. Additionally, the Moss Agate is considered favorable for the sight, and was once used by physicians when composing lotions and ointments.

Chrysoprase, like the Agate, is a variety of quartz that acquires its name from the Greek words meaning “golden leek,” in reference to its color, which varies from an opaque yellow-green to a light white-green. Its color can fade from lengthy light and sun exposure, but is remedied if dipped in a solution of nitrate or nickel. According to Albertus Magnus, a Chrysoprase formed the Amulet of Alexander the Great, and Chrysoprase was much used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for signet rings and cameos; and also by the Egyptians, who set it with lapis lazuli. The virtues attributed to the Chrysoprase are said to impart cheerfulness, remove uneasiness, and afford protection to its wearers. It also bestows assiduity in good works, removing greed, covetous desires, bringing success in new enterprises, and true and faithful friends. It is also worn as an amulet against rheumatism and gout.

Full Moon in Gemini

Dioscuri, The Twins, or Castor and Pollux, are the two principal stars of the Gemini constellation. Deemed part divine and part human via conception, the brothers’ dual nature is illustrated via myth. “They were the sons of Leda. Pollux and Helen were the children of Zeus, and Castor was the son of Tyndareus, also the daughter of Clytemnestra.” [8] The true meaning of Castor and Pollux, however, is etymologically derived from the Latin word castus, implying chastity, while Pollux means to defile or pollute. As the self’s bifurcation, The Twins are the dual centers of consciousness.

The cerebrospinal system carries the physio-chemical electricity associated with the energy of Mercury. As messenger, Hermes utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter, a combination allocating the necessary mental prowess to deliver gnosis.

The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options. Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.

Full Moon in Gemini

The 2018 November Full Moon in Gemini occurs on the day of Venus, November 23rd, 2018.

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References:

1. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

2. Agrippa, Henry, The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

3. Greer & Warnock, The Picatrix

4. Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

5. Christian, Paul, History and Practice of Magic

6. Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon

7. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

8. Smith, William, Classical Dictionary

9. Brady, Bernadette, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars

10. Robson, Vivian, Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology

* Artwork by the late abstract-expressionist painter, Roberto Echaurren Matta.

November 2018 Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Odilon Redon, Ophelia, 1902

Mercury Retrograde

The synodic cycle of Mercury completes a set of movements in approximately 116 days, repeated thrice within the 365-day calendar year. As the sway between Mercury and the Sun reaches exactitude, the triad repetition of this relationship forms an approximate triangle within the zodiacal sphere. Consequently, it is the inferius (Latin for ‘below’) or inferior conjunction that occurs during Mercury’s retrograde motion. Here, the Sun and The Messenger traverse opposite paths as Mercury speeds, with accelerated momentum, past the Sun. As a visual spectacle, Mercury’s retrograde motion is an act of invisibility, synonymous with an oscillating odyssey into shrouded or hermetical realms.

November 2018 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

Mercury enters and remains in its shadow zone from October 28th to November 16th, is retrograde from November 16th to December 6th, and completes its post-retrograde shadow from December 6th to 24th.

In Sagittarius, Mercury is in its sign of detriment. Mercurial Sagittarius seeks to rise and separate, in alignment with its hot and dry, fiery elemental properties. In contrast to the unifying properties of water (as experienced via Mercury’s previous Scorpio ingress), fiery Sagittarius is propelled by primal, individualistic needs and instinctive knowledge coupled with energetic optimism. Because of the all-embracing properties of Sagittarius, the challenge of Mercury in Sagittarius is one of discernment between the extraneous and the critical: a task, for example, succinctly executed by Mercury when ingressed in its domicile and exaltation of Virgo. Nevertheless, Mercury in Sagittarius offers opportunity for expanding individualistic expression, spontaneity, and the illumination of wisdom. Its pathway is opportune for the reassessment of our self-expression and instinctual spiritedness. As part of the fire trinity, Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius begins to re-evaluate current sources of creative fuel and inspiration, blazing beyond the accumulated detritus of life.

Mercury Retrograde

Odilon Redon, Strange Flowers

The November 2018 Mercury retrograde heralds the necessity for equilibrium amidst a plethora of options. Scattered thought-patterns are the partial result of Mercury in its detriment of explorative Sagittarius, but the Messenger is simultaneously under the beams (come November 22nd, as the Sun ingresses into Sagittarius) and retrograde, amplifying the challenge to discern between an abundance of possibilities. As a whole, November is gorged with celestial activity. Aside from Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, the nodal shifts into Cancer and Capricorn, respectively, the new and full lunations (in Scorpio and Gemini, respectively), Uranus’ regress into Aries, Mars’ ingress into Pisces, and Neptune direct in Pisces, Venus stations direct on the same day as Mercury’s retrograde (approximately 14.41 hours prior to). Clearly, there is an over-abundance of planetary transitions in the mutable and cardinal modes, and, as a result, Mercury retrograde suggests fully exploring options instead of committing to any singularly specified agenda. This entails patience and the acute ability to detect the essential from the superfluous components of information. While caution should be taken throughout the retrograde period, as with most Mercury retrogrades, the most critical times for transactions, electronic and communicative challenges, transportation, and decisiveness occur during the few days prior to and following the precise retrograde and direct stations.

Venus stations direct 14 hours and 41 minutes prior to Mercury retrograde. 

Mercury Retrograde

Odilon Redon, Underwater Vision

November 2018 Mercury Retrograde Aspects

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Mercury retrograde encompasses three major aspects (elaborated below), echoing the urgency for clear communication and impeccable honesty. Because the logical mind is enshrouded in emotional and illusory subjectivity via Neptune and Luna, it is imperative to remain immaculate with our words.

Mercury Square Neptune

The centerpiece of Mercury retrograde is the nearly exact (13′ orb) Mercury-Neptune square, remaining within 1° orb from November 13th to November 20th. Having both planets retrograde adds intensity to themes of deception, illusion, and deceit, now amplified by the imaginative stimulation of nebulous Neptune. Tasks requiring concentration, lucidity, and detail-orientation will prove challenging, for the will is embedded in exploring inner dynamics of sensation. Mercury-Neptune can accentuate miscommunication and its literal loss in delivery. Precision is pivotal when an aspect influences potential confusion, especially under the current of Mercury retrograde. Simultaneously, avoiding confrontations in attempts to either ameliorate or maintain secrecy will only escalate pertinent issues. Remaining impeccably honest with our words is the best course of action, as is maintaining clear and realistic communication. Challenging Mercury-Neptune aspects request that reliance be placed on the logical and factual, in contrast to intuitive guidance, as the latter is potentially distorted throughout Mercury retrograde.

Odilon Redon, Girl With Red Poppies, 1898

Moon Square Mercury

The Moon-Mercury square introduces somewhat of a battlefield between the intellect and the emotive sphere. In essence, the mind and the heart become discordant and can hinder reasoning and deductive faculties. This aspect is swayed by the emotive expression, often dominating logical discernment. Again, in the context of Mercury retrograde, this manifests as a critical time in communications, particularly those that involve emotional expression. There is a compelling necessity to express issues, as Moon-Mercury aspects often invite emotional and psychological realignment. Perceptions and the subjective realm can oscillate at this time, which is why remaining honest will be paramount in resolving mercurial issues.

Moon Conjunct Neptune

The Moon-Neptune conjunction further amplifies the emotional sensitivity, potential deception, and perplexity stirred by Mercury retrograde. Not unlike the Mercury-Neptune square, the fantastical realm is stimulated, yet this particular aspect cautions against forms of deleterious escapism in order to avoid health issues. The Moon-Neptune conjunction introduces sincere empathy, coupled with the alleviation afforded by forthrightly expressing issues with trustworthy friends. However, once again, there is potential for misinterpretation, delusion, and dubiousness, as this aspect stimulates the emotive sphere without any realistic foundation. This aspect activates vivid dreams, the general dream-state, and is best incorporated into the production of artistic endeavors.

Mercury Retrograde and the Full Moon in Gemini

The Full Moon in Gemini occurs on November 23 at 0º52′ Gemini (decan I), where Luna opposes Jupiter. Likewise, the luminaries and Jupiter are tangled in a T-Square to Mars. Mercury, the dispositor of November’s Full Moon, conjoins Jupiter, and stirs themes of potential inaccuracy and exaggeration. Equilibrium between ambition and ethics will surge for inspection, as will our necessity for accurate communication.

November 2018 Mercury Cazimi in Sagittarius

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2018 November Mercury Cazimi, exact at 5°03’ Sagittarius

Mercury Cazimi

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. For the purposes of this article, I will be focusing on the tighter value of 16 arc minutes. 

On November 27th, Mercury retrograde is afforded a brief portal of protection, in exact Cazimi at 5°03’ Sagittarius. The applying Moon-Mercury trine provides necessary psychological equilibrium and emotive insight. Most importantly, this aspects balances the emotional core and rational intellect. In Leo, the Moon receives reception from the Sun, echoing the fortifying properties of Mercury Cazimi. This Cazimi conjoins Jupiter in a Sagittarius stellium of all-encompassing beneficence. To a lesser extent, Jupiter is mitigating the condition of Mars, as it oversees both the second and fifth places. While this is not an ideal election for mercurial work, the Cazimi portal does offer potent insight and strength to the otherwise impaired conditions of Mercury retrograde.


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology.

Oil paintings are by Odilon Redon.


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