There will be a full Moon at 18°53’ of Sagittarius, a mutable Fire sign. The Sagittarius Moon is usually a jovial, quest-searching entity that desires, above all, truth and something to believe in. It also loves freedom and is easily motivated.
Full Moons are times of harvest, the climax of the lunar cycle when energy is at its topmost…and we would do well to recognize this fact…that it can’t get any better (or worse) than this regarding whatever intentions we set on the previous New Moon.
Since Full Moons occur when the Sun and Moon oppose each other it is therefore during this time that we may feel tension in regard to integrating the matters of the houses that are facing each other.
If the Full Moon aspects a natal planet then it urges us to reflect upon how we are presently using that planetary energy and how we could devise plans to act upon and thus set our intentions for the next New Moon regarding any changes we might deem necessary. Or, we may sense internally or be alerted through external happenings regarding the outcome of the intentions we set on the previous New Moon.
This Full Moon falls on the 9th-3rd axis of the traditional horoscope. It’s about wisdom vs knowledge, intuition vs reason, long vs short journeys, morality vs amorality etc. If you have planets or angles at 16-21° of the mutable signs of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces then this Full Moon could have a bigger influence for you. Nevertheless, it will illuminate an area of our lives that we may have preferred to have kept hidden since the last New Moon, now is the right occasion to explore it more deeply.
Raven Kaldera, in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this the Priest’s Moon, “he who has acquired knowledge through the channel of the sacred texts and traditions that he has learned and who is now ready to dedicated himself to the Truth (as he sees it).”
On this Moon he suggests “that we reflect about the traditions and beliefs we hold (religious or otherwise) and if we are able to objectively question them. If we think that we hold no fixed beliefs then maybe we could ask our friends if they think that this it true and be ready to listen carefully to their answers about ourselves.”
The Moon will be approaching a conjunction with Saturn retrograde, which is squaring Chiron in Pisces. A damper could be put on our emotional state and may lead to pessimism as past hurts return to haunt us. We may also feel the need to advocate our opinions/views in a rather self-righteous way. This could in effect manifest as a stark reality check for many since a Sun-Moon opposition hints at difficulties between what we feel and how we act and this sense of confusion/illusion/delusion could be amplified by the T-square to this opposition formed by Neptune in Pisces (which is also slowing down before going retrograde on June 15th). The desire to escape into fantasy land might be an option for many since physical strength is diminished by Saturn-Neptune contacts and many of us could also be feeling tired or even worn out.
However, on a slightly brighter note, we also have Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius and dispositor of this Full Moon) now stationary in Libra, forming a sextile aspect to Moon-Saturn and quincunx Neptune. It could go either way, by incrementing Saturn’s clamp down on our emotional state and resulting emotional/physical weariness or by softening the harder tones whilst aiding us to find a just and equal (for all) way to work through whatever truths this Moon reveals.
The Sabian symbol for 19° Sagittarius: “Pelicans menaced by the behaviour and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their young”. Indicating the need for people concerned with the future to discover a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings.
For 19° Gemini: “A large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom”. Indicating the need to contact the all-human planetary Mind underlying any cultural and personal mentality.
“If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.” Lev Grossman, The Magicians
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 216-218, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 102 and 221, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Image: Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology: Sagittarius Moon