The Retrograde-fueled Full Moon in Gemini

This full moon is at 11.40 degrees of Gemini at 10:47 AM EST on December 3rd.

Mercury stations retrograde at 29.18 Sagittarius on December 3rd and stations direct at 13 Sagittarius on December 23rd.

Photo uploaded to Flickr by Wade M, sourced from Wikimedia Commons

Photo uploaded to Flickr by Wade M, sourced from Wikimedia Commons

The aspects are intense and the holiday season timing is epically inconvenient, but here at Rebel Astrology we have the foresight to use even the most difficult astrology to our advantage. This supermoon reaches exact fullness just hours after Mercury stations retrograde at 29 Sagittarius tomorrow. Since Mercury rules Gemini, it’s going to be an extra spazzy retrograde.

Normally I don’t worry about Mercury’s shadow periods (the weeks before and after a retrograde), because I just don’t think they’re worth the fuss. But this one has been nuts for me since November 15th when the pre-shadow period started: tech issues, communication fails, major delays. If it’s the same for you, settle in. It’s our third time this year to take a deep breath, refresh, recharge, and rethink.

As far as the retrograde “Re’s” go, Re-thinking is the key to this full moon. Gemini is all about thought: coming up with ideas, talking, and writing are all in the realm of the Twins. On the other side of the axis, Sagittarius is also interested in knowledge, philosophy, and study. But while Gemini entertains many ideas without necessarily declaring loyalty to any of them, Sagittarius is on a search for truth. Gemini has variety and adaptability, and Sagittarius has deep knowledge. Gemini’s pitfall is duplicity, while Sagittarius runs the danger of becoming dogmatic. When the moon’s ruler stations retrograde in Sag, it’s time to investigate our own dogma. Expand your horizons. Seek out other perspectives in the areas where you have strong beliefs. One caveat: This is so not the time to find someone who disagrees with you and discuss your ideas with them. Don’t start sharing until after the retrograde. This is strictly a listening exercise.

Neptune at 11.30 Pisces is at the apex of an exact T-square with the full moon and the sun. Full moons are always opposite the sun, but the exact aspect with Neptune is unusual. Neptune here indicates illusion, delusion, and even dreams of a better world—one person’s utopia is another person’s fixer-upper. The full moon and Mercury prompt challenges to your beliefs. Dispel your own delusions. Entertain multiple possibilities at the same time.

Do you think your beliefs don’t need to be challenged? You’re enlightened, you’re progressive, you’re liberal, you’re one of the good guys, you’re on the right side of history? Liberal people have dogma too. There are never just two sides to any debate. I know we’re currently living through an insane, chaos-fueled nightmare of propaganda. I know some ideas are truly dangerous. I know. It makes me nervous to write this post, because of my “no debates during Mercury Rx” rule. So please understand that I’m not advocating a position. I’m only suggesting that we all go have a listen to someone who has another perspective to offer.

I say another perspective because I’m not talking about listening to your polar opposite. This is not a suggestion to read a neo-Nazi’s blog. Someone from the very large gray area between you and an active proponent of genocide will do just fine. This isn't about listening to arguments that defend dominant ideologies of patriarchy and white privilege at all. Those are currently the loudest voices. Resist the binary. What I'm concerned about is how we're so polarized right now that there only seem to be two categories to fit into: the resistance and the regime. What I'm concerned about is our collective tendency to react on the internet instead of taking the time to reflect, to label a person “problematic” instead of addressing the idea in question, to automatically shame and shun. Problematic means difficult, tricky, complex, controversial. If an idea is complex, it's worth deeper reflection.

So go within your own paradigm to find an alternative idea. If you’re a feminist, there is another smart, informed feminist who disagrees with you. If you’re an environmentalist, same thing. Find someone in your general subculture with a radical thought. Try reading their arguments. Listen. Radical ideas often draw on perspectives that have become taboo in the dominant ideological paradigm of any group. There are dominant ideological paradigms in liberal circles too. Right now it’s intersectional theory and deconstructionism applied to everything. These are useful ideas. They’re also not the only theories that ever apply to anything, and people who present other ways of seeing are not automatically bad, wrong, problem people. Ideas can coexist.

We all have some kind of invisible fence surrounding us that represents our version of reality, our philosophy, our cultural taboo. Most people don’t ever notice the fence. Use this full moon and Mercury retrograde to rethink part of your own paradigm. You don’t have to come to a conclusion about anything. You don’t have to advocate a position, side with anyone, boycott anyone, label yourself or anyone else. This is the way through December’s batty astrology. This is the advantage of the thoughtful person.