The moon in this full moon lunar eclipse falls at 18 degrees in the sign of Gemini with the eclipse Sun at 18 degrees Sagittarius. Communication (Gemini) and speaking your truth (Sagittarius) are in the spotlight. With Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, retrograde at 4 degrees Sagittarius at the time of the eclipse and with the Sun in Sagittarius, we must be mindful of how we speak that truth. Mercury retrograde can garble our words and the Sun in Sagittarius can cause uncensored words that can be hurtful to others. In addition the eclipse is square (challenge) transiting Mars (aggression, anger, action), a classic configuration for “hasty words long regretted.”
Obviously, the days around the eclipse are not a good time to hold important discussions, especially those in which hurt feelings or righteous anger could result.
It is much better to use this time to become aware of your own truth to yourself. Many of you are going through rather difficult Pluto transits (deep transformation) that often involve loss of all your carefully built structures such as jobs, relationships and a clear sense of self. Though Pluto transits can be devastating, they are useful in getting rid of those things in our life that no longer serve us or that have served their purpose.
This lunar eclipse is an excellent time to deeply consider how you wish to rebuild the structure of your life. That is, what worked in the past but no longer works? What can I salvage and what should I let go of. What would I really like my life to look like now and in the future? How can I take baby steps toward that life?
Need ideas on how to make your life better? This lunar eclipse highlighting the Gemini/Sagittarius axis is ideal for finding new inspiration. Spend some time meditating on new ideas. When Mercury becomes direct after December 14th you can begin to try these new ideas and to put the good ones into action.
New Years eve will be a powerful time when Mercury transits over the eclipse point of 18 degrees Sagittarius. When an eclipse point is activated by a transit the power of that planet is added to the eclipse dynamics. In this case, it is an even stronger emphasis on communication and truth. However, on New Year’s eve Mercury is direct, not retrograde as it was previously. It is time to put your ideas into action.
Remember that square of the December 10 lunar eclipse to transiting Mars? By December 31, 2011, Mars is partile (within one degree) of an exact square of the eclipse point. It would be wise to continue to watch your words and actions so that you do not stir up unnecessary trouble. However, the good news of a Mars square is that you will be challenged to put your ideas into action. Good ideas along with action can go a long way to propel you toward your goals!