December's Full Moon brings us the final peak of the lunar cycle not only for 2019, but for the decade. Known as the Cold Moon or Long Night's Moon, we approach the longest night of the calendar and have an opportune moment to reflect on and release what's been experienced as a difficult year by many.
Illuminating the zodiac sign of Gemini, symbolized by the twins, we see themes highlighted of duality, of light and dark, of hopes and fears, the ego and the shadow. With the twins operating in two distinct modes of expression, we see the full range of experience from the light and airy to the darker and more intense.
While Gemini energy can be witty and charming with an insatiable curiosity or thirst for knowledge, it can also be restless, unpredictable and changeable. Movement, connectivity and stimulation is key rather than responsibility or routine. Being the social butterfly of the zodiac, Gemini is concerned at heart with conversation, thought-provoking discussion and social interaction.
With the UK's general election taking place today, we certainly see the spotlight on a country divided into two and a stark polarization between the ideological extremes of the left and the right. This Full Moon reminds us that just as the eagle has both a left wing and a right wing, they both ultimately share the same course.
As with all Full Moons, we have the opportunity to release and let go, to course correct or to take a positive step towards our goals. How can we best make use of the Gemini energy?
- With Gemini governing the mind, language and communication, consider what stories you tell yourself regularly. What's your personal myth or narrative, the story of your life that's on an internal loop? Tune into your inner alchemist and transform any chapters of victimhood into you being at the centre of your own hero's journey, seeing setbacks and hurdles as experiences that eventually bolster you up and teach you important lessons as you make progress. Take your pen and paper or keypad, and literally write yourself an exciting new chapter for your hero to charter.
- Get curious and volunteer. Several years ago I made a Full Moon resolution to become a volunteer in the following new year, and this turned out to completely enrich my life with new connections, experiences, friends and exposure to new ideas. What are the top five things that you're most interested in or yearning to know more about? Seek out a voluntary position in those areas and discover that volunteering can be just as much of a gift to yourself as it is to others.
- Think collaboration and synergy, 'the creation of a whole greater than the sum of its parts'. Gemini loves to pair up - does anyone in your tribe have a similar vision to you? Reach out and suggest teaming up to bring your goals closer and work in sync towards the greater good.
- Get to know your shadow. Just as the twins represent duality, we all have parts of ourselves out for display and other parts hidden away. Journal about the areas of your personality that you're less than happy with or cause you tightness or discomfort, and consider how you'd like to see them transformed. Try a forgiveness or release ritual and visualize letting go of these behaviours, see your burdens being lifted and feel gratitude as you step more lightly towards your higher potential in 2020.
- Get outside and try to catch a glimpse of this weekend's Geminid meteor shower - and don't forget to make a wish!
- Create an altar in a safe space. Meditate and feel your intentions. Adorn the altar with Gemini symbols and 'correspondences', objects that have a natural affinity with the sign:
Colours: Green, blue, green, yellow, silver
Herbs/garden: Ivy, lavender, lily, peppermint, dill, vervain, yarrow
Stones: Aquamarine, citrine, emerald, jade, topaz, tourmaline