Days of Joy, Nights of Revolution

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
― Arundhati Roy, War Talk

Chiron’s position in this Full Moon chart indicates that the energy is poised to bring forth deep healing, if we can soften and open to it. Sometimes even the process of healing feels painful and triggering. So instead of softening, we freeze up in fear. The body’s response is set for fight, flight, or freeze – and without conscious effort, we automatically resist something that could ultimately provide positive and lasting change.  

This theme is especially important in light of the upcoming sixth contact between Uranus and Pluto. Yes, we’ve so far survived five hits of this transit. A quick reminder: Uranus and Pluto have been in a 90-degree relationship to each other, which is a stressful dynamic, in the signs of Aries and Capricorn respectively, for the past three years. This has brought forth themes such as: death and rebirth of social structures; visiting our own personal underworld; the dying of old forms; transformation of personal and collective authority; individual sacrifice for group needs; uprising and revolt; tension between liberty and conservatism.

This cosmic weather has brought into collective consciousness many things that we might wish we didn’t have to see. We’ve seen unleashed anger and outrage at systemic racism and injustice. We’ve seen indifferent leaders unable to grapple with big issues like climate change and sexual violence. But we’ve also seen some beautiful things as well, such as acceptance of gay marriage by courts and the people, expanded health coverage for more Americans than ever before, and a Pope who is transforming the deadened structures within his religion -- and kind of makes me want to become Catholic. Remember that widespread protests, strikes, and marches are evidence of our connection, compassion, commitment to one another.

On December 14, when Pluto and Uranus meet at 12-degrees, we have the chance to receive an activation of our Third Eye Chakras. This is the gateway to seeing the ultimate reality, the opening to the imaginal realms in which change can happen quite quickly. By being present with your fears without letting  them run over you, you can soften into the healing. By calling in love, you can release those fears and create the space for some radical beauty to present itself to you. How do you call in love? Meditate on the places, people, beings, and objects that fill you with love. Give things away – generosity can inspire loving feelings. Perform some small acts of kindness – this opens the heart and creates peace.

To help on this journey, here is an excerpt from my book on the upcoming Full Moon in Gemini. Doing some magical releasing this Full Moon is full of healing. You can release with Gemini by listening to others, telling stories that you need to tell to someone you trust, and undoing the lies that are ready to fall away. May your heart and mind open to receive the light of wisdom during these dark and powerful times.

From The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories, and Time by Rhea Wolf

The Full Moon carries the energy of culmination and celebration. Projects completed, accomplishments noted, recognition received, harvests collected: the full moon can bring all of these things and more. But the energy of the Full Moon is not always joyous. The Moon symbolizes our emotional state, our inner knowing, and our physical wellness. If we have been bottling anything up – repressing, ignoring or dismissing what we feel – then the Full Moon will certainly take those feelings and unleash them.

Whenever the Moon is full, we can align with this energy by gathering together with others in celebration and joy. We can reserve this time for cutting loose and going a bit wild. This can release tension and blocks in our lives.

Full Moons can also help us release negative emotions or dispel unhealthy energy in general. Whether in a relationship, in your home or other areas of life, we may see more clearly the things that aren’t working and make room for change.

Taken altogether, it’s intense. Whenever the Moon is full, we tend to have big feelings and these feelings come out in all kinds of unpredictable ways. Fights happen. Outbursts burst out. The tempo speeds up. We just can’t take it anymore!

When we know that the Full Moon is coming, we can adjust ourselves accordingly. Sometimes just knowing that the energy is building is enough. We don’t have to do anything about it. Other times, the build-up is telling us that it’s time to release something, whether in a celebration or a grand purging. Making room in your life for some Full Moon magic might make the lunacy a little less destructive.

With the Full Moon in Gemini on December 6th, we can feel a bit flighty and scattered. Our minds may wander and our bodies feel restless. Gemini is about exchanges, whether in commerce, communication or ideas. Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, the Messenger God. Mercury is quick, clever and crafty, and uses his skills of communication to get himself into and out of trouble. When the Moon is in Gemini, we may speak too quickly and say things we later regret. However, this is a great time to change the stories that are keeping us trapped. Get out the pen and write down new visions, ideas, and questions you have about your life.

At this time of year, we are often pulled in two directions: the winter says “slow down and contemplate,” but the holidays cry, “So many parties/gifts/obligations, so little time!” The Gemini Full Moon can make us feel frazzled, or it help us keep a sense of playfulness and curiosity during a time that is often stressful.

Remembering to enjoy time with friends and family by focusing on energetic sharing (story-telling, listening, making music, playing games) rather than overemphasizing gift giving can re-ignite our love for winter holidays. Use the Gemini Moon to get into your knitting projects or other handicrafts and throw in some light conversation. Open up your curious mind and try to leave heavy decision-making for another day. 

  • How do you enjoy spending time with friends?
  • What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
  • What are your least favorite things? What are the crafts you like to do or the ones you enjoyed as a child?