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    The Full Moon and penumbral Lunar Eclipse will take place at 8°38’ Gemini (antiscion 21°22’ Cancer) and is the last of four minor eclipses taking place this year. The last eclipse at 9° Gemini was a Solar Eclipse and occurred on 31st May 2003, what was going on in your life then?

    Full moons are when matters that have been simmering under the surface emerge to be dealt with. This lunation occurs on the 3rd-9th house axis (Gemini-Sagittarius) in traditional astrology; how I think vs how they think, short trips vs long journeys, reason vs intuition etc. Both signs are concerned with gathering and spreading knowledge as well as education and travel.

    The Moon and Sun are not making any Ptolomaic aspects to any other planets and remain as onlookers to other planetary activities in the chart. Again, we have a heavy Earth/Water modality indicating that our emotions will be contained and hopefully well directed but that we won’t be looking too much into the future or have the oomph to get going anywhere either.

    Mercury, dispositor of this “two of everything” Moon, is in Scorpio, probing deep into whatever might attract its attention, this could also be a rabbit hole into which we wander and where dark thoughts and pessimism might take hold yet the sextile from Mercury to Sun’s dispositor Jupiter (separating) and stern Saturn (applying) could swing the tendency either way. Particularly since Jupiter and Saturn are not only approaching a conjunction (in the next sign) but they are also parallel in declination until late January thus reinforcing their imminent union.

    So, as in all Full Moons, the Moon opposite the Sun is calling for a compromise but even with their dispositors, Mercury and Jupiter, being in an easy sextile aspect to each other they seemingly have no intention (no receptions) to help each other in any way.

    And a stationary Neptune square the Lunar nodal axis could still cause general bewilderment about the path to take.

    Whilst Solar eclipses manifest as external events in our lives, Lunar eclipses indicate more intimate, emotional changes which could of course still manifest as external events if the brooding that accompanies our innermost vicissitudes causes changes to our behaviour at an individual level. Such events are in fact brought about by behavioural changes caused by our own thoughts and feelings.

    Personally, I consider only the conjunction and opposition aspects to eclipses (the square only if the Sun or Moon is affected in your chart) and orbs should be less than 2°, slightly larger if Sun or Moon are affected in your chart. Most affected therefore will be those with planets or angles in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces between 6-11°.

    This eclipse belongs to the Saros series 4 South* which according to Bernadette Brady carries a heavy emotional impact concerning money or relationships accompanied by anger and lust.

    Eclipses can be considered as a “spotlight” on the matters of the house axis where they occur in your chart (particularly so if personal planets or angles are involved in the eclipse degrees). It shines its light and brings to our attention those areas of our lives that need to be addressed for some reason. Dealing with these matters, once identified, could lead to a life-changing event in some cases. However, since events under eclipses are often unexpected and sudden it’s not always possible to prepare in advance but having a notion of the matters of the houses interested in the event could give us an inkling as to where the disruption might come from.

    Eclipses also have a stronger effect on tides, tectonic plate movement and our moods of course and these manifestations might be felt in the days coming up to the event.

    Author Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this Full Moon in Gemini

    “The Storyteller’s Moon”.

    He writes that this is an excellent time to enjoy a good book or movie, to sit around with friends confiding your life story or to start a diary where you jot down your most intimate and heartfelt truths about yourself.


    The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 9° Gemini: “A quiver filled with arrows.” Indicating man’s aggressive relationship to natural life, as a basis for survival and conquest.

    For the Sun at 9° Sagittarius: “A mother leads her small child step by step up a steep stairway.” Indicating the need in any social situation to assist the less evolved in their management of the problems which society requires its members to solve.

    For the antiscion at 22° Cancer: “A young woman awaiting a sailboat.” Indicating the longing for transcendent happiness in the soul opened to great dreams.

    “Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.” George Sand



    *to learn more about the Saros cycles “ Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 334-335, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA.

    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 196-199, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 95, 135, 215, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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