Gemini Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse: Connection, Communication and Completion
December 10, 2011 – Speak your mind! This Saturday brings the Gemini full moon, one of the year’s peak moments for expressing yourself. Gemini is the sign of communication—the zodiac’s talkative Twins—and full moons are all about bringing things into the open. There could be some interesting declarations and confessions. Expect illuminating moments over the weekend, and maybe even a little TMI (too much information), as people are feeling pretty loose-lipped. Hmmm … did you really want to know that about your friend?
Gemini is ruled by Mercury the messenger, so you could receive intriguing news by email, phone or post. What will you hear? Take a wild guess! This full moon is also a total lunar eclipse—an anything-goes event that brings change totally out of the blue. You may boldly express yourself or set off on a new life path. (If you’re a Gemini, a Gemini rising, or have a Gemini north or south node in your chart, you’ll feel this full moon the strongest.) Eclipses can close one door suddenly and push us through a new portal. For some people, this eclipse could mark a radical end of a relationship, or the official start of a new one. Anything or anyone who is “eclipsed” out of your life will either be replaced by a better match, or will return in a transformed state later. Remember: Change is good, even if it’s not always welcomed.
This Gemini eclipse is the culmination of events that began six months ago, at the June 1st Gemini new moon/solar eclipse. If you’ve been in a holding pattern, the lull could finally break. That’s good news if you’ve been impatiently waiting for a follow-up to stalled negotiations. You’re ready to close the deal already, or to get a straight answer! Here’s hoping this total lunar eclipse lets you know what’s up, one way or another. It will be good to move on, won’t it?
Here are a few things you can do to capitalize on the Gemini lunar eclipse:
Find a kindred spirit.
Gemini the Twins is all about rocking out, tag-team style. Two is your magic number at this full moon, so collaborate with someone whose skills complement yours. This is especially helpful if you’ve been struggling to get something off the ground. Perhaps the missing link in the chain is another person. Be open!
Listening is a form of communication, just as much as talking is. When you listen to another person, you create a space. It’s either a clear channel, though, or it’s cluttered with judgment. (You know, that “I already know what they’re gonna say, so why don’t I finish their sentence” vibe?) Today, aim to be a better, cleaner listener. Instead of mentally crafting a response, interrupting, or turning the convo back to yourself just … listen. Let your thoughts go. Just be a space for someone to safely express himself.
Gemini is the sign of communication, and it gives us the ability to mirror back what someone is trying to articulate. So, once you’ve heard someone out, try an exercise of repeating back what the person just told you. Not in an awkward parroting way (that’s just weird), but in the “What I think I hear you saying is [insert the summary of what they said here]. Is that right?” Maybe they’ll correct you a little, maybe they’ll just thank you. It’s incredibly validating to feel like someone “gets” it.
You could even make this a formal exercise with someone important, where you both listen without interrupting, then mirror back a la the Imago Dialogue workshops. Ophi had an old boyfriend who initiated a practice called The Fortress of Solitude (hey, he was a fantasy fiction and sci-fi dude)—10 minutes each of uninterrupted talking to work out what was on their minds. It actually helped a lot.
Finish a conversation, project, thought or idea.
Back at the Gemini solar eclipse on June 1, 2011, seeds were planted. You met someone, had an epiphany, came up with a cool idea. Check your calendar to see what was happening near that date. Chances are, it’s coming back full circle.
Rethink how you “get around.”
Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of transportation and travel. Eclipses are swift changemakers that can revolutionize the way we do things, and the Gemini/Sagittarius eclipses (from 2010-2014) are affecting how the world gets from Point A to Point B. Are you driving around in a gas guzzler when you could be biking or taking public transportation? Consider switching from four wheels to two, or taking the shoe leather express now and again. Could you shrink that carbon footprint by carpooling? If you’re verging into Sasquatch terrain, share a ride with a coworker or friend. Bonus: You might start the day with a great conversation or a laugh.
Maybe you keep things status quo—but shift how you spend your transit time. If you’ve been zoning out on the train playing Angry Birds or deleting spam, why not load an e-reader onto your smartphone, listen to new music (hit your friends up for recommendations), or even meditate? If you’re a car commuter, tune into public radio, a great podcast or an inspiring audio book. It beats the third-grade humor and ass-backward rants from that uninformed drive-time DJ (punctuated by the Mariah Carey-Justin Bieber “All I Want for Christmas Is You” remix … again). Not to be intellectual snobs here, but Gemini does rule the mind. Load up on some brain food. There’s plenty available, and a lot is even free.
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