On December 3rd, 2017 we will be having a Full Moon in the sign of Gemini, which is also supermoon, and will be appearing at least 14 percent larger and much brighter than usual.
In Native American tradition this moon is referred to as the Cold Moon (or Long Nights Moon), because it characteristically signifies the time when winter cold “fastens its grips” and nights become long and dark. The paradox of this “dark night of the soul” of nature, with the brightness of the Full Moon allows us to shine light on our darkness, and find the warmth of clarity during the coldness of winter. Nature’s wisdom speaks in metaphor, and if we can seek, and apply the metaphor of this time a new reality will dawn, just in time for 2018.
“Just like a caterpillar metamorphoses into a beautiful winged butterfly, ready to take flight, these individuals too take up a different persona in every phase of life and finally emerge, after some serious soul searching, as their true selves.”
The Full Moon in Gemini characteristically carries an open mind, and a curious soul, but can at times be at odds with their wants/needs, and desires/dreams. This potent energy of the Moon allows us to “open to receive”, we must remember to protect and shield our openness, because December 3rd also is the beginning of the dreaded Mercury Retrograde.
Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini, so it being in conjunction with the Gemini Full Moon may bring about some interesting shifts in consciousness. The result of these two energies may be a push/pull of the need to communicate and express your desires, but a hesitation towards action and movement towards your goals – and on the opposite side of the coin you may also feel a pull to be spontaneous and to make moves, but you have to have a plan of action before you act.
“Gemini is ruled by the trickster Mercury, the planet of lightning speed, who forces this man, woman or child to try on a thousand faces, then discard them, in a restive search for personal identity.” – Linda Goodman
Mercury is known the god of communication, and when he goes into Retrograde, communication on the mental, emotional, and astral planes can sometimes go awry. Journaling insight, and taking note of what is coming to the surface will help make sense of what you’re feeling and receiving. Perception, and emotion is at all all time high – so try not to give into the “astonishment” of the flood of feelings.
“But the cold metal of Mercury divides Gemini with twin desires, until he stops and waits―and listens―to his own heartbeat.” – Linda Goodman
This Retrograde will last from December 2nd, until December 22nd, and (with each Retrograde period) its advised during this time to be gentle, breathe, and be very mindful when communicating, and starting new commitments, contracts, or creative projects.
The key during this period is to allow the energy to work for you, not against you, and an important reminder to harness the positive aspects of the Full Moon/Retrograde period is to reflect, but also protect, to examine before acting, and to listen as well as hear.
If you’d like to commemorate this time with ritual, the following exercise is a great way to empower your intentions with these potent energies.
Ritual for Mercury Retrograde / Full Moon in Gemini
What You’ll Need
- Blue Candle
- Frankincense incense or oil
- Blank Paper
- Ball point pen with blue ink
How To Do It
Mercury governs the throat chakra, which corresponds to the color blue, and Frankincense incense. It is recommended to get a blue candle, and Frankincense incense (or oil) to honor Mercury, and to call forth clear communication.
Light the blue candle, and incense, and open sacred space with a prayer of gratitude for the time, energy, and intention of the ritual. Honor creativity and creation from a place of gratitude, and call in energies that support your highest good, “for the benefit of all beings.”
Take about 10 minutes to meditate while softly gazing at the flame of the candle, and with each inhale visualize the light of the universe expanding within you, with each exhale allow all that does not serve you to dissolve.
After the 10 minute meditation, say the following affirmatiosn outloud:
- I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
- I have a right to speak my truth.
- I communicate my feelings with ease.
- I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
- I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.
- I nourish my spirit through creativity.
- I live an authentic life. I have integrity.
- I love to share my experiences and wisdom. I know when it is time to listen.
- I express my gratitude towards life.
- I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.
- I take good care of my physical body.
- I am at peace.
Now, take a piece of blank paper, and write the following intentions in BLUE ink. Fill the gap in the following sentences on a sheet of paper with your name, and intention.
I _______ am so grateful for ____________.
I _______ have blissful relationships with ___________.
I _______ have increased my health, and well being by ________________.
I _______ am abundant with _____________.
I, Jennifer, have blissful relationships with friends that share my insights, and values.
I, Jennifer, am abundant with a diverse portfolio of cryptocurrency, and a book deal with a major publisher.When finished, take the paper, and put it under your pillow. Visualize each of these events every day, and visualize/embody your practice each day until the next Full moon. When the next Full Moon occurs, take the paper out from under your bed, and burn it with a white candle, expressing gratitude for what’s manifested, and what will continue to unfold.