StarGarden MoonWatch for the Full Moon, December 15th, 2005

Hello Everyone,

I'm Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you're listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the full moon of December 15, 2005.

The moon is full this month in Gemini, the sign of the messenger between heaven and earth. Gemini is symbolized by the twins, and the gateposts of both the marketplace and the temple of the mind. The tarot archetype for Gemini is the Lovers, a card which encourages synthesis of variety and opposition. Each month at the full moon we have an opportunity to peak our awareness of how emotional habits can most genuinely reflect the will and vital purpose of the sun. This month that awareness comes to us in the polarity of Gemini, the messenger of breaking news in the moment, and Sagittarius, the philosopher, who takes the long view that the moment is part of a large historical or spiritual design. This month, Gemini's love of variety and twinning is reflected in the sun's conjunction with Pluto, since both of these planets stand together to oppose this moon. As a result, this Gemini moon reflects the all or nothing, life and death purpose of this Sun-Pluto combination, and deepens Gemini's role of "go-between" for the material and spirit realms.

In the interest of Gemini's love of variety and storytelling and Sagittarius' love of history and spiritual truth, let's look at how two very different stories form a lunar crossroads where awareness of generosity or love brings about a life-changing choice that spans the two worlds of spirit and matter. Selene or Luna, is the moon goddess whose name reminds us that the moon's energy brings out the silliness or lunatic in all of us, and that "silly" once meant "blessed." She is the twin sister to the sun, and each night she crosses the sky in a silver chariot carrying a torch and wearing the crown of a half moon. She fell in love with the beautiful young mortal shepherd Endymion. Each night she kissed him to sleep, and they had 50 daughters together. She begged Zeus to grant Endymion eternal life so she could always be with him. But since she was so deeply in love with him, she also asked that Zeus let Endymion choose for himself between waking immortality and eternal sleep. He chose sleep, in order to remain ageless and deathless, and so each night Selene visits him in his sleep. The pranskter in Gemini knows a goddess like Selene could certainly use artful trickery to ensure her lover would always be with her. But deep in the heart, Gemini also knows these tricks don't work. Love beckons her so deeply, she gives the ultimate gift: the right to choose. The choice Endymion is allowed to make reminds us that the moon's energy "blesses" us at a level beyond our rational mind, even in intellectual Gemini.

The Sagittarius sun is the domain of a generous heart, but it wouldn't be a truly Plutonian transformation without ghosts and mortal fear of death stirred into the mix, which brings us to the story of that famous miser, Ebenizer Scrooge. When he awakens Christmas morning after his night-time journey with the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Scrooge is "silly" with the Gemini gift of returning to the present moment, and even shouts that he's "quite a baby" as he gratefully embraces his surroundings: "Yes! And the bedpost was his own. The bed was his own, the room was his own. Best and happiest of all, the time before him was his own, to make amends to!"

We may find events in our public or personal life take on the same quality of dramatic reckoning, whether we are awakened to and enlivened by the miraculous change of heart Scrooge feels, or whether we are kissing someone to sleep who will never wake up, but whose dreams can live on in us. We may either rejoice in or mourn for those effected by the mercy or the lack of it in our system or in our hearts. In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the Spirit of Christmas Present represents the Gemini energy most able to make Scrooge "conscious" of his own cruel rhetoric, an important lesson for the other side of the Gemini in all of us, who turns the phrase first and thinks about it later. When Scrooge asks the Spirit of Christmas Present if Tiny Tim will live, the Spirit quotes him back his own harsh words as truth serum:

"If these shadows remain unaltered by the future, none other of my race," returned the Ghost, "will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he'd better do it, and decrease the surplus population!"

Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief."

Like the Spirit of Christmas Present, at this full moon, Gemini's imitative gift has the potential to sound the depth of the soul. Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs about how to listen to the true story in our hearts to learn what and who is of lasting value to us:

Aries: Joyful commitment to serious action you take either in writing or with friends or groups can clarify your vision of the future and your sense of the past.

Taurus: You could be moving more deeply into a new dimension of relationship that requires you talk about your past or sexual history. Seeing both sides of the coin can heal.

Gemini: You may be taking a new direction in an old partnership, or discussing how patterns from the past can be changed. Being truthful brings stability to the future.

Cancer: It makes you happy to communicate deep thoughts and feelings about something having to do with physical or spiritual healing. You see they are connected.

Leo: You may want to collaborate or combine creative projects with love interests in the future. If you talk frankly about your wishes you can balance the real and the ideal.

Virgo: Expression with hands or with words can bring healing at home and on deep inner levels if you also allow for flux in your most stable relationships.

Libra: A religious, legal or media debate may have you exploring how to speak or write your truth in a wider arena, while also addressing both sides. The stakes are high

Scorpio: The spiritual, educational or legal needs of a partner may bring you to a crossroads where feeling kindness, flexibility and handling your responsibilities meet.

Sagittarius: A new ideal structure is being laid down through your willingness to push the envelope when a partner or relative/sibling wants to talk openly about the past.

Capricorn: Friends offer deep understanding as you continue to free yourself to live and speak your truth. Your immediate environment can surprise and delight you.

Aquarius: You are on the front lines with friends who need help. A partner could also lend structure to your ideas or vision of how to transform the future for others.

Pisces: There's an interesting balance of standing your ground while remaining flexible available to you at this full moon. You don't have to cave in to give something.

The Christmas Carol reminds us that we each contain the twin potential of miser or benefactor, judge or penitent, and our rebirth from one to the other is achieved in the truth we allow our stories to tell. And Selene brings the message that a fair and loving exchange includes giving each partner the right to choose, which blesses us in the giving, even if the choice is not ours. As we approach Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, rekindling the light within through unconditional love and generosity becomes even more essential to our renewal. During the last half of this lunar cycle, let us speak and write truthful words to one another that bring comfort, understanding and the courage to shine our lights, shed some light and keep it light!

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