Dearest moonbeams, we are approaching our next full moon and this one is a powerful Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Gemini. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse will take place on Monday 30th November at 9.29am(gmt). Lunar eclipses are when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon blocking the sunlight. Full Moons always offer us the chance to do shadow work and eclipses just amplify that energy even further.
We all have shadow sides of ourselves, parts of us that are wounded, parts of ourselves that we are ashamed of, states of mind that you could consider to be 'negative' - these might be things like anger, jealousy and attachment. When we're talking about spirituality and 'doing the work' we're referring to shining light on these dark places within ourselves and learning how to either heal, embrace or overcome them. Shadow work means leaning into those difficult and painful emotions and looking at what lessons they can teach us. There's a beautiful section in the book Belonging by Toko-pa Turner where she talks about 'negative emotions' and the Shadow self:
"'Negative emotions' don't cease to exist because we ignore them. They just find other ways to express themselves. Sometimes we lash out inappropriately, have confusing crying fits, or feel protractedly numb. Most commonly we slip into depression and anxiety. And if we leave it for too long, we become prone to accidents, crisis, and even physical disease."
"Negative doesn't mean bad, it simply means opposed to the way things are. So if we remix those definitions, negative emotions are a disagreement with how things are and, if we are receptive to them, they can change the way we are navigating our lives." - Toko-pa Turner
What tends to happen when we experience a 'negative' feeling is that because we have labelled them bad, we immediately feel ashamed and then try to bury/repress them. Shadow work teaches us to invite them in, sit them down with a cup of tea and listen to what they have to tell us. It won't always be comfortable or easy but each time we do this we will have learned a little bit more about ourselves and how we can heal and move forward. That is the invitation for this full moon as we begin to close out this difficult year.
The November full moon is also known as the Moon Before Yule, the Mourning Moon and the Darkest Depths Moon. For this full moon we will have the sun in the fire sign of Sagittarius and the moon in the air sign Gemini - both are masculine signs and both are to do with the mind. Both Sagittarius and Gemini are inquisitive, curious and mentally expansive. Gemini also rules communication so it's interesting here to work with combining the philosopher archetype of Sagittarius with the ability to communicate our ideas out into the world.
A key theme for Gemini is truth and honest communication and sometimes that communication can be to do with how we view ourselves, the conversations we're having with ourselves and whether or not we're being honest. When the full moon is out, there's nowhere to hide, this can be a powerful time for looking inwards and asking these questions.
On Gemini moon days it's easy to get caught up in our thoughts, Gemini has a mercurial energy to it which can leave us feeling ungrounded and mentally overwhelmed, add this to the busyness of the lead up to Christmas and hello frazzled mind. It's a really good idea on Gemini moon days to bring ourselves back into our body and do things that will calm and focus the mind. Think of the idea of using the arrow and focus of Sagittarius to focus the somewhat flighty tendencies of Gemini.
Using practices such as Yoga Nidra, guided meditations and gentle yoga can be really helpful for slowing the mind down. Also, when it comes to tackling Christmas tasks, try to focus on one thing at a time, write lists or use a bullet journal to give yourself the satisfaction of ticking things off. Try not to flit from one unfinished task to the other, just like leaving loads of tabs open and programmes running on your computer slows it down, it's the same for our mind too.
The combination of Sagittarius and Gemini can also lead us to get over excited about new ideas and ventures, so check-in with yourself honestly about whether or not you're taking on too much? Can some things wait? Are you honouring the season of winter and the need to rest? Sometimes it can be so hard with all the pressures of social media to not want to jump into new things straight away, one of our favourite quotes is "Do less, be more" - can we let go and soften a little bit and pick up the pace again in Spring? Or is our gut telling us that now really is the right time? Only you can know :)
Gemini is an AIR sign so why not use sacred smoke cleansing practices to cleanse your home, your oracle cards and crystals and to do a ritual of letting go - this ideal as this full moon falls at the end of the month. Use incense, resins or herb bundles to clear negative, old or unwanted energy from the last month. Afterwards light a white candle which represents the way you'd like to feel moving forward or the things you want to welcome in for the month of December.
Gemini rules the shoulders, arms and hands and it's easy at this time of the year to feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders or that we're juggling too many things. Make sure you're taking time out for yourself, meditate, listen to relaxing music, read and take baths.
Sometime over the next few days, if you have access to one, run yourself a cleansing epsom salts bath to help soothe tense and tired muscles and gently detox the body. Add rose and geranium essential oils to help you de-stress and bring you back into your heart space.
We've also created a Gemini playlist for you to enjoy:
Honouring the Full Moon
Set aside some time on the full moon itself or the days either side to honour the full moon. First of all, reflect on the intentions that you made at the New Moon in Scorpio and read back over your reflections and insights. Ask yourself how those intentions have served you? What have you learnt over the last 2 weeks?
As mentioned above, this full moon is taking place at the end of the month, reflect on the events of the last month and ask yourself what needs to be released? What are your grateful for and what, if anything, needs to be forgiven?
Spend some time connecting to your intuition, draw oracle cards and reflect on their messages and meaning. Place your crystals out to be cleansed and re-charged and take a cleansing aromatherapy salt bath.
Wishing you a blessed Full Moon dear ones!
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