Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and information, Gemini is a mutable air sign known for its curiosity, versatility, and ability to chat and charm. During this full moon in Gemini, ongoing conversations and discussions may reach a climax.
Thanks to Gemini’s dichotomous nature (it’s the sign of the twins, after all), you may come to important decisions ready and willing to consider all possibilities. You may also feel called to take action on one of your ideas, or perhaps witness something you dreamed up around the new moon in Gemini (on June 18) now come to fruition.
With the moon in Gemini and the sun in Sagittarius, we’re finding a balance between sorting through the little details and steps, and establishing an overarching vision for our future.
At the same time, it’s easy to feel mentally distracted or pulled in different directions under these moonbeams. With the moon in Gemini and the sun in Sagittarius, we’re finding a balance between sorting through the little details and steps (Gemini), and establishing an overarching vision for our future (Sagittarius). Debates about personal beliefs, ideology, and philosophy may abound, and information you learn today has the potential to alter your worldview.
What is a full moon, and what does it mean in astrology?
A full moon occurs when the sun and the moon align directly across from each other with the Earth between them, such that, from our perspective on Earth, the moon is fully illuminated. In turn, full moons are often associated with moments of illumination: The moon’s light is at its height, and what was once in the dark or unknown is revealed. To that end, full moons can coincide with the arrival of critical information or the release of something old in favor of something new.
Full moons typically happen once a month, marking the halfway point of the lunar cycle. Many set intentions under the new moon (the beginning of the cycle), and by the full moon, we may see signs of progress, learn key information regarding our desires, or reach a turning point.
It is also possible to manifest, perform rituals, and set intentions under full moons, taking into account their energetic signature. Understanding what unique energy a full moon might carry requires considering what aspects it forms with other planets in the sky and the meaning of those planets. For example, if the full moon forms a potent aspect with Mars, Saturn, or Uranus, it can embody more disruptive or challenging energy. Whereas, if it connects with Venus or Jupiter, it may portend more auspicious energy (which is better aligned for manifestation work).
Full moons also create an opposition in the sky, as the moon sits in one zodiac sign and the sun sits in that sign's opposite or sister sign. This can trigger a push-pull effect between two areas of our life, as we're tasked with finding the middle ground and learning how to integrate opposing energies. As a result, these lunations can be dynamic and energetically draining. Tend to your nervous system, drink extra water, and carve out time for reflection and rest.
What can we expect from the full moon in Gemini in 2023?
This year’s full moon in Gemini delivers a serious reality check. The sun and moon will be forming a tense angle toward Saturn, the planet of limitations, boundaries, challenges, and setbacks. In turn, you may be called to make a decision regarding a certain type of sacrifice. News and information learned and shared today can feel sobering and require you to put your responsibilities ahead of your pleasure or leisure.
As the full moon arrives, Mars, the planet of action and willpower, will be “combust the sun,” meaning its proximity is so close to the sun that it’s thought to lose its strength. In turn, topics related to Mars may be obscured. Secret action or simmering resentment may be unfolding unbeknownst to you. On the bright side, this is a powerful time to funnel your energy into a project or goal that you’re working on behind the scenes and aren’t quite ready to reveal just yet.
The ruling planet of this full moon is Mercury (Gemini’s planetary ruler), which will add a layer of complexity. Mercury is currently in Sagittarius, where it’s considered to be “in detriment,” or unable to fully express its energy, and it will be forming a harsh aspect with Neptune, the planet of illusion. This can lead to overthinking, paranoia, and misunderstandings.
Adding to the confusion, Mercury is also in its pre-retrograde shadow phase (Mercury retrograde begins on December 13), meaning it’s tracing over the steps it will revisit once the retrograde begins. While this time period can hint at our personal Mercury retrograde stories to come, it can also cause uncertainty in our communication and thought process.
It’s easy for our feelings and sensitivities to cloud our judgment and for us to inaccurately assume others’ intentions.
Whatever is occupying your mental focus under this moon will require additional forethought and consideration. It’s easy for our feelings and sensitivities to cloud our judgment and for us to inaccurately assume others’ intentions. If possible, hold off on making final decisions today. Instead, lean into your imagination and explore the possibilities without forcing yourself to land on an “absolute truth.”
You’ll want to bring a similarly flexible stance into any conversations with partners or close friends, as Venus, the planet of relationships, will also move over the same point in the sky where the October 14 solar eclipse in Libra took place. Any time a planet traces over an eclipse point, it reactivates themes from that eclipse—which, in this case, shook up our relationships.
Venus is also inching toward the south node (an invisible point in the sky that symbolizes what we need to release), which may bring fated endings to connections that have overstayed their welcome. Add in the energy of communicative Gemini during this full moon, and you may find yourself having boundary-setting conversations or addressing uncomfortable topics you’ve long avoided within your close ties. Trust that whatever is removed from your life is creating space for more aligned opportunities and connections to find you.
To get a better picture of how this karmic energy will affect you, read on for your sun, moon, and rising signs. Then, pick up a unique self-care practice to help you move through this lunation with a little more steadiness and calm.
Here's what the full moon in Gemini has in store for your zodiac sign
Hidden information may come to light soon, Aries. As the full moon in Gemini lands in your third house of communication and information, its connection with sobering Saturn could lend a serious bent to whatever is revealed.
You may feel called to share some of your fears or triggers that you’ve kept bottled up in your subconsciousness. Conversations can feel cathartic and healing today, but first you must push through any discomfort. You may also be ready to act on one of your ideas and are realizing the sacrifice and commitment required to do so.
Your full moon self-care practice: Spend part of your day brainstorming and engaging in a personal spiritual or meditative practice. Your next big idea arrives when you cultivate stillness and spend time in your own energy.
A sobering shift in your finances could arrive, Taurus. The full moon illuminates your second house of income and resources. ‘Tis the season to reshuffle your budget, pay down some debt, or make an important purchase. You may also be investing in tools or skills that will contribute to your career growth in the long term.
This can also mark a moment of transition with your work contracts; you may be stepping into a new role that requires more responsibility or choosing to move on from a position that no longer feels aligned. Your personal values and beliefs may also influence whom you choose to invest your time, energy, and resources into moving forward.
Your full moon self-care practice: Look around your home, and find five items for which you’re grateful. Practice cultivating small moments of gratitude for things you would normally overlook to foster a deeper sense of abundance from within.
You and your feelings are center stage, Gemini. The full moon is in your sign and activates your first house of identity, new beginnings, and personal goals and relationships. A new you may be emerging from within, shaking up the current dynamics in your close relationships.
This is an important time to advocate for your needs and set boundaries in your romantic, business, and platonic relationships. Addressing any resentment that’s been lurking beneath the surface can feel uncomfortable in the moment, but will create a more solid foundation for the future of these partnerships. You may also be stepping into an authority role or experience a moment of culmination regarding a goal you set for yourself.
Your full moon self-care practice: Practice mirror work (by speaking affirmations aloud to yourself in the mirror) to cultivate a deeper relationship with yourself and learn how to nourish yourself versus seeking external validation.
You’re running on empty, Cancer. The full moon lands in your 12th house of solitude, closure, healing, and rest. If you’ve been overextending yourself and not honoring your own boundaries, today you may feel it more intensely.
You’re tasked with confronting your beliefs about the ways in which you show up in the world, and you're offered a chance to redefine your daily routine in the process. This can bring a reality check regarding the self-sabotaging behaviors you may be engaging in (whether consciously or subconsciously) and what you need to do to let them go.
Your full moon self-care practice: Cut something (or someone) out of your routine. Your energy is more precious than normal, and limiting the places where you’re investing it can help you focus on making progress on your goals.
A goal you’ve been working toward for some time may be realized, Leo, as the full moon illuminates your 11th house of wishes, dreams, support, and friendships. You may be signing a contract that will require much of your commitment and dedication or otherwise adding more responsibilities to your plate.
On the other hand, discussions regarding some of your goals can also experience setbacks or delays. You’re also more aware of the limits of your resources (financial, emotional, and energetic), which could lead you to set firmer boundaries on your time and energy.
Unaddressed tension within your social circle can also bubble up, and you may be asking yourself, Is this person or friend contributing positively to my life or leaving me more depleted?
Your full moon self-care practice: Look through your last 10 text messages. Are the relationships equitable and of substantial value? The people whom you keep close say a lot about your potential and personality, so edit that list, or have uncomfortable conversations accordingly.
Your work life-balance is a priority under this full moon, Virgo, as it moves through your 10th house of career, professional life, and major life milestones. Because of the tense aspect between the moon and Saturn (which hits your seventh house of partnerships), you may need to make a sacrifice or adjustment in terms of your professional ambitions in order to cultivate more time with the important people in your life.
Contracts and collaborative projects can also experience delays. You may realize that your current life path is cluttered with things that feel out of alignment, and this is an opportunity to recalibrate and prioritize what is truly meaningful for you.
Your full moon self-care practice: Moving toward new goals often requires releasing old ambitions and expectations. Reflect on where you’ve been focusing the majority of your energy, and consider how you might pivot and free up time and space to move toward a more aligned vision for your future.
Conversations may be anything but tactful and cute under this full moon, Libra. It highlights your ninth house of philosophy, debate, learning, and perspective. But given its harsh aspect with Saturn, this lunation could make you feel like you’re talking to a wall when it comes to voicing your beliefs and opinions.
You may also have to rethink a path forward when it comes to a major personal or professional commitment. Indeed, ongoing discussions related to your future goals can experience temporary setbacks or require more effort than you previously thought.
Your full moon self-care practice: Engage in the uncomfortable conversations that you’ve been avoiding. Setting boundaries isn't fun, but it can bring relief long-term and a healthier dynamic to your relationships, whether in business or pleasure.
You’re renegotiating your relationship with desire, Scorpio, as the full moon lands in your eighth house of shared resources, vulnerability, and the past. You may feel called to set boundaries around your financial budget, opting to reign in your spending on leisurely activities and indulgences. This can bring a turning point to your shared resources with a partner or your current relationship with outstanding debt.
Emotionally, you may also feel called to channel and share some of your shadow qualities through self-expression or a creative outlet.
Your full moon self-care practice: Go through your automatic subscriptions, and cancel anything that you’ve forgotten about or no longer use. Money is energy, and having some of yours drift away unknowingly each month can drain your energetic resources, too. (By contrast, feeling in control over your budget can bring a deeper sense of security in all forms.)
You’ve reached a make-it-or-break-it moment for your important relationships, Sagittarius. The full moon in Gemini moves through your seventh house of one-on-one connections and contracts; whether it’s romantic, work, platonic, or familial, one or more of your partnerships will require an adjustment moving forward.
Past wounds and negative cycles can pop up in your relationship dynamics, pushing you to consider whether the relationships you’re in are actually serving the current version of you. Advocating for your needs and setting boundaries may be especially necessary now.
Your full moon self-care practice: If old relationship patterns are getting in the way of your current dynamics, consider exploring attachment theory and taking a closer look at your attachment style to understand what’s holding you back—and where you might benefit from breaking your usual mold.
You feel like you’re starring in Groundhog Day, Capricorn, and you’re sick of the same old routine. The full moon illuminates your sixth house of daily rituals, responsibility, and patterns, making you more aware of the self-sabotaging habits that are holding you back.
Conversations regarding any personal or professional commitments can feel sobering and harsh today. You may feel especially overloaded with responsibilities—but remember: It’s within your power to set boundaries and say “no” accordingly.
Your full moon self-care practice: Adopt a consistent journaling practice. Finding an outlet for your thoughts, feelings, and ideas can help you identify unsupportive patterns. You may start to think, Am I writing and complaining about the same things day in and day out? Spoiler alert: This is your first clue as to what needs to change.
One of your creative pursuits could be on full display, Aquarius. The full moon activates your fifth house of romance, creativity, pleasure, and self-expression. If you’ve been seeking support for a personal project, it may require more of your financial sacrifice and investment than you previously thought.
Drama may also stir up in your romantic life or friendships today, as it’s possible to experience a clash of ideals and values with others. On the bright side, one of your hopes for the future may be materializing in the physical world, providing a new stream of financial support.
Your full moon self-care practice: If it’s within your means to do so, find an organization or mutual aid fund that feels aligned with your value system, and consider donating your time or a monthly financial investment toward the cause. Cultivating a deeper sense of community or service can connect you with your purpose.
It may feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world, Pisces. As this lunation moves through your fourth house of home, family, and the past, much may be unfolding in both your public and private lives, leading you to spread yourself thin across all of the situations that warrant your attention. Due to the harsh aspect between the moon and Saturn (which is in your sign), you can feel a bit immobilized.
On the bright side, however, a professional or personal achievement may help you redefine your sense of self and step more confidently into a position of authority.
Your full moon self-care practice: Give your living environment a good decluttering. Go through the junk drawers, and organize all of your reusable bags. Sorting through your belongings and clearing out anything that you don’t use will open up more energetic space for your mental and spiritual selves to flourish.
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