Choices and the Muddled Mind!

Gemini Full Moon – Dec 3, 2017

Writing this article about the current Gemini Full Moon has been my biggest astrological writing challenge to date! I have tried, over the course of a week, to achieve clarity only to end up frustrated by distraction and confusion. I experienced the full force of the Gemini Moon compounded by a Retrograde Mercury!

The lunar cycle is a natural cycle that follows the basic rhythms of life. The Moon goes from New to Full and then back to New again. Each phase of the Moon represents a special time, whether it’s planting the seed, or harvesting the fruit. Our lives are filled wihth cycles: Spring to Winter, beginnings to endings, personal balanced with social.

A Full Moon is a time to harvest the fruit of our efforts for this cycle. It’s a time to be illuminated by what we’ve created in our lives. This demands decisions between what we wish to hold on to, and that which we need to change.

A Gemini Full Moon can reveal some of those decisions we have yet to make and to help us align with our authentic self. To better appreciate this opportunity as a gift, let’s look at the energies that are playing out at the time of this Full Moon.


Mercury is the personality ruler of Gemini. It governs the mind, our communication style, and how we learn. A person with a strong Mercury or Gemini influence will have a mind that is inquisitive and quick. All of life's details  are observed with no triviality left out. Through Gemini’s keen powers of observation, it notices the dualistic nature of life. This energy is perfectly symbolized by the twins.

Mercury stations and goes retrograde on the day of the Full Moon (Dec 3 – Dec 22). Retrograde Mercury causes a disturbance in the way we receive, process and communicate information. And when it does go retrograde there is a tendency for details to get messed up, along with delays in travel and communication. With Mercury's uncomfortable aspect with Mars, conversations with others may get to the point where one of you blows things out of proportion, leaving frustration in its wake.


A Moon in Gemini shows the reactions, instincts and emotions will be expressed in a Gemini fashion. We may find that we are expressing ourselves in a variety of ways and with a changing perspective. We may not even know why or what we really want. We may find that we desire  more mental stimulation, which often leads to confusion.

A Full Moon in Gemini can reveal the plethora of choices we are faced with in a world of seemingly endless choices. Oftentimes, when faced with contradictory information, we realize that we need to make choices, but which ones? Initially we may feel compelled to sway any way that feels right in the moment. Gemini is known for having a versatile and changeable nature, and will take different positions depending on how they feel in the moment. Yes, Gemini can be unpredictable, even flighty and airy, which can be problematic. The twins also have another face. They can be  charismatic and ingenious, charming and magnetic. The twin is hopelessly romantic, an idealist and a revolutionary, a mover and a shaker. Courageous.


Venus is the Soul Ruler of Gemini and shows us the way. The only way to authentically navigate through a world of such variety and choice is through the truth of your heart and staying authentic to your true Self. Venus makes a loose conjunction with the Sun in Sagittarius telling us to illuminate our choices with vision and wisdom.


Saturn conjunct Mercury normally makes for a somber disposition and can be quite depressing. But this month also gets a boost from Uranus and Mars, bringing added balance and maturity to  the mental confusion. Uranus lightens things up with innovative ideas and Mars entices us into more positive action in our relationships.


Neptune in Pisces creates an exact T-square with the Sun and Moon. Neptune being the ruler of Pisces enhances receptivity of the subtle realms of creativity, imagination and dreams.

Matters of spirituality, service to others, and self-sacrifice become more prominent. When it squares the Full Moon, there can be such a heightened sensitivity to our moods, feelings and emotions that we might tend to pull back into escapism in whatever form it takes, including drugs and alcohol. If you feel that this energy affects you, remember to focus your attention to the opposite side of the chart. Virgo is earthy, practical and reminds us to get something done. Instead of dreaming, do what you can do to be helpful and to feel good about yourself.


This Full Moon is an opportunity to make choices and step more boldly and authentically into your true self. The confusion of so many choices can be lessened by forgetting what others have to say and tapping into your own inner voice.

The wisdom is there for you, if you choose it. And if you feel like escaping from yourself by indulging in holiday parties, remember to get a good night’s sleep instead, so that you can do something wonderful for someone else the following morning.

This morning I woke up making the choice to be of service by any practical means This meant that I needed to get out of my head and the confusion that comes with it. I helped clients by sharing my positive attitude. And to my expectation, I got things done and was happy. Today I followed my heart and clarity ensued!





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